Honorary Resident
Registration & History

A great tradition of honoring residents each year!

        Old Settlers Day has been a Whitley County institution since 1904 when the first reunion of the pioneers was held at Loon Lake. On Thursday, June 22nd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Whitley County residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to come to the Whitley County Historical Museum Annex to register their attendance on Old Settlers Day. All ages are welcome and encouraged to register. 

        For over a century part of the Old Settlers Day celebration has been annually recognizing two honorary residents, the Longest Continuous Resident of Whitley County and the Oldest Registered resident of Whitley County. In years past those residents were presented with and engraved trophy, fondly called the “Loving Cups” for this distinguished milestone. The presentation of these cups date as far back as 1904 and were very coveted amongst those who visited Old Settlers to record their name in their township of residence. 

        In more recent years the cups were discontinued and recipients were given an engraved plaque. A new tradition began in 2022 as those who achieve these still much coveted awards as the Longest Continuous Resident and the Oldest Resident will have their names engraved on a perpetual memorial plague that will be on display at the Whitley County Museum. And after you register, if you are hungry, don’t forget the annual Beef and Noodle Lunch from 11-2 and the Beef and Noodle Dinner at Grace Lutheran Church, 294 N Main St.! 

To Read different historical accounts of Old Settlers’ Day Click the titles below!

Flu Pandemic of 1918

Historical Reading about 1906 OSD Celebration

Post and Mail Reading about 1906 OSD Celebration

Historical Reading about 1910 OSD Celebration

Post and Mail Reading in 1963 about the History of OSD Celebration

OSD Celebration 1925

Congratulations to Jeanette Sullivan, this year’s recipient of both the Oldest Resident and the Longest Resident awards during the official registration at the Whitley County Historical Museum during Old Settlers Days-Whitley County.
Pictured with Jeanette are left to right: Chad Whetstone, 1st VP; Linda Hyndman, 2nd VP; and Jeff Walker, 2022 President OSD Association.