August 7, 2012


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:32 PM with seven members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given. 


The secretary reported that dues reminders had been sent out and tonight the Society had received 14 membership renewals along with $55.00 in donations.  She also said that the library had received the microfilm of the 2007 The Spencer County Leader.  That completes the microfilming of the local papers through 2010.


A motion was made and seconded to retain the same slate of officers for 2012-2013.  The motion carried.  The officers are:

                                    President                      Steve Sisley

                                    Vice-president              Duane Walter

                                    Secretary/Treasurer      Patricia Dawson


A note had been left for the president concerning the painting of the Huffman Mill Bridge which is undergoing refurbishing.  The Society feels that it should be repainted in the original color of white.  The president will contact the county engineer.


The president read a note from INDOT concerning Eiceman Cemetery which is on the bluff above the hill slide on Highway 66 east of Grandview. 


A member asked about the condition of the Olde Rockport Cemetery behind the superintendent’s office.  No one had been there recently and did not know its condition.  It had been an Eagle Scout project of Dakota Schmitt and the school corporation was mowing it.


A member mentioned that he would like to have a stone placed near the flagpole, in front of the superintendent’s office, listing the names of the people buried in the cemetery.


The president complimented James Hevron on the presentation he made about Lincoln City during the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial’s 50th anniversary celebration.


James Hevron announced that he and others are in the processing of starting a group “Friends of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial”.  There will be articles in the local papers when they have more information.  Future plans include a research library.


A member had a written proposal for a project for the Society.  It involves making “Lincoln Fans” similar to the ones that were formerly used in churches and funeral homes.  He passed around samples of the fans which he and his wife had made.  They have a picture of the Lincoln Homestead cabin at Lincoln City, a picture of Lincoln’s head, along with the logo of the Society, and the saying: 

I’m a Lincoln Fan

Spencer County, Indiana

Where Lincoln Spent

His Formative Years

1816 – 1830


He mentioned some would be sent to a genealogy meeting being held in Indianapolis in October and they would make great table favors at the annual Historian of the Year Banquet.  They would be a way of advertising the Society.  A motion was made and seconded to purchase the supplies to make 120 fans.  The motion carried.


A member reported The Lincoln Pioneer Village had received a donation of over 1,500 Lincoln artifacts.


A motion was made by a member to skip the September meeting and have the next meeting date as October 2, 2012.  The motion was seconded.  The motion carried.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 7:47 PM.


There will be no meeting in September.


The next meeting will be October 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.