Looking Back – Runkle Family Singers


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Pictured are the Runkle male quartet and the ladies’ trio.

Pictured are the Runkle male quartet and the ladies’ trio.


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The Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s.


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A brochure promotes the talents of the Runkles.


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This looking back features the Runkle Family Singers of St. Paris. The photos are from a 1923 promotional brochure outlining “A Tentative Program” that could be presented by the Runkle family which would be suitable for Chautauquas, Churches, and organizations of various kinds. The brochure includes photos of Mr. & Mrs. Glen Runkle, their daughters Harriet & Helen and their sons Roderick, Norman, & Dick. Later Dick Runkle formed a dance band which included his son and his sister Harriet and her sons. The Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s.

On Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. in the museum at 809 E. Lawn Ave., Marty Reich and Dan Walter will present a related program focusing on local jazz history.

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The Champaign County Historical Museum is a not-for-profit organization that depends upon donations and dues to preserve, protect, archive and display the artifacts that tell the Champaign County story. The free public museum located at 809 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pictured are the Runkle male quartet and the ladies’ trio.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2022/01/web1_Runkle-quartet-and-trio1.jpgPictured are the Runkle male quartet and the ladies’ trio. Submitted photos

The Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2022/01/web1_Runkle-Orchestra-1950-s-Edited.jpgThe Dick Runkle Orchestra performed locally in the 1960s. Submitted photos

A brochure promotes the talents of the Runkles.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2022/01/web1_Runkle-brochure-cover.jpgA brochure promotes the talents of the Runkles. Submitted photos

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Info from CCHS

Info from CCHS