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The next Sterling-Rock Falls Historical SocietyMeeting will be on Sunday, November 13th at CGH's Ryberg Auditorium, 100 East LeFevre, Sterling, IL.

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Pat Pressman will present a program that will focus on a legendary pioneer family, Royce and Mary Ann Oatman who traveled in covered wagon over 1800 miles from Vermont to Western Arizona in a covered wagon.  During that time they spent four years in Ustick Township in Whiteside County where they farmed from 1846 to 1850.  Of particular interest will be the story of a kidnapping in 1851 of two sisters and a struggle to survive, a search, a discovery and finally, an amazing rescue in 1856. 


Everyone is invited, admission is free and refreshments will be served.