San Manuel Miner
It is pure enjoyment getting to know Janice Rapp who has been around the San Manuel area for many years after moving here from the New York area. Rapp has participated in many community activities throughout her life her in San Manuel. Some people described her as caring, smart, funny, a good business sense, interesting stories and easy to talk with. Rapp is also know at the San Manuel Historical Society for her diligence in the obtaining and gathering of our communities history then, keeping it all together as clear and concise as possible. Rapp is certainly a positive influence in our community.
A birthday party was held at the Oracle Inn for Janice Rapp Saturday, Aug. 16. Family members and friends who haven’t seen each other in years were thrilled to assemble to help Rapp celebrate this extraordinary birthday. Many people attended the event including her two sons, her daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. It was certainly fun to see her reminisce about where she grew up in New York area and to meet some of her family and friends from that area.
Rapp enjoys the community and helping out where she can. Every year around the middle of August the Elk’s wives get together to raise money for Toys for Tots, this is just one of the events Rapp is involved in. In the past they’ve put on a luncheon and fashion show. Clothes were lent to them by Cohen’s and Mitchell’s Department Store. “I volunteered at the library, started the historical society, not that the museum that was started by Jo Buttery, worked for chamber of commerce, organized the Halloween Parade for many years, volunteered at the San Manuel Museum along with Mike Vos, then took over management of the museum and Thrift Store,” Rapp said. “I also tried to get this town incorporated, but that fell through. Now I just want to keep what little is left in this town alive.”
Janice Rapp shared some adorable stories of having locked herself out of her own home and resolving the issue. She truly enjoys helping others in the community, through the Thrift Store, museum or any other way possible. If you have a chance to stop in and meet Janice, please do so and wish her a Happy 90th Birthday!