The Elms Restaurant in El Paso, well-known for its elegant décor and excellent buffet, closed in 2003 after over 40 years of service. In the 1940s the original restaurant was fitted into the 1858 Italianate mansion that was built in 1858 by James Wathen, one of the founders of El Paso. The family of the original owners have donated all of the reservation books and many of the remaining dishes to the Woodford County Historical Society. The Society is selling cup and saucer sets for $5. The supply is limited, so the sales are first come first served. For more information, call Beth Miller at 309-275-8860 or visit the Society’s FaceBook page.

Currently the record books are in a display window; however, they will be retained at the Society and available in March for research. The Society is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.