February 1, 2011


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:30 PM with eight members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given.


The president read a Thank You note.


The date for the Historian of the Year Banquet has been set.  It will be Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:00 PM at the Spencer County Youth and Community Center in Chrisney, Indiana.  The Community Center has been reserved.


Since The Lincoln Club of Southern Indiana is being honored as the “Historian of the Year”, there was a discussion on how to handle the complimentary tickets and how many.  It was decided to send the President of the club two complimentary tickets to do with as she wishes.


The Lincoln Club was chartered in 1959 and has given all their scrapbooks from the Lincoln Bicentennial to the Dale Library.  Two members had several items they had copied from the library to use for information about the club.  It was suggested that the Society enlarge a copy of the program from the club’s second Lincoln Day celebration dinner to use as placemats.


Barbara Hevron will talk about David Turnham who is being honored as Commemorative Historian.


“Lincoln’s Neighbors” is the topic for the speaker of the evening, James Hevron.


A motion was made, seconded, and approved unanimously to accept the following menu from the Rockport Inn:

            Marinated pork chops

            Fried chicken

            Mashed potatoes/gravy

            Green beans

            Pasta salad





The dessert will be a cake.


A member will get the plaques from the Owensboro Trophy House.


Several members will order the banquet tickets, get a frame, and print the commemorative certificate and the programs.  They will also get the tablecloths and other supplies for the banquet.  The price of the tickets will be $15.00 each.


The president had received a call from the library about an old book in the Genealogy Room that was in need of repair.  A woman doing research wanted to take the book out of the library.  It was decided that it is the Society’s opinion that such items should not be taken out of the Genealogy Room.  The president stated that he was going to take the book to the Evansville Bindery to be repaired.


The president had been contacted by Marathon Oil Company concerning the re-interring of the remains that had been uncovered while they were digging.  (The site is known as the Kramer Mound.)  They may be re-interred in the Alexander Cemetery near Patronville, Indiana.  He mentioned that he had not heard anything from the Indiana Archeological Society about the artifacts which were found.


A member said that the Society should at least get pictures of the artifacts that were unearthed.  It was also suggested that Marathon Oil needs to put a marker where the remains are reburied.


Several books were mentioned about Indian artifacts and described many that had been found in Spencer County.  The books were written by Art Gerber and David Lutz.  There was some discussion on purchasing the books or having one of the authors as a speaker at a meeting.


A member informed the Society that the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce was instituting a “cell phone” tour that would describe important locations in the county and one of them was Boner Bridge.


A member also mentioned about the renovations of Huffman Mill Bridge and that after they are finished, the Society could possibly go with Perry County and put up a plaque and a concrete picnic table at the site.


Items also discussed were: 

1.  Funding being cut from the state budget for the Lincoln Amphitheater

2.  An e-mail received from USI in Evansville from the Steamboat Bicentennial Committee asking about pre-1811 structures in the county


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.


The next meeting will be March 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.