Longtime KP resident Marge Summerfelt is the first lifetime member of the KP Historical Society. Photo by Ed Johnson, KP News

Marge Summerfelt of Vaughn recently became the first lifetime member of the Key Peninsula Historical Society with a single donation of $1,000.

“Now I don’t have to worry about paying my dues on time,” she said.

Summerfelt works as a museum docent nearly every month and has shared family and other local history with the organization for years. Her father and three brothers are included in the museum veteran’s display and album.

She arrived in Vaughn in 1937 at 6 years old with her parents, Glen and Wanda Rose, and four of her siblings. They lived in several locations around Vaughn, eventually purchasing property from Ted Knudson on Lackey Road. Summerfelt and husband Jack Niemann later built their own home on that property and she’s lived there ever since. Four of her seven siblings eventually returned to the Key Peninsula. Summerfelt hosts an annual Rose family picnic for brothers, sisters and descendants.

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