October 1, 2019


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:37 PM with 11 members present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read.  There was a correction about the date of the Trinity Methodist Church celebration.  It is Sunday, October 27, 2019, not October 29.


The treasurer’s report was given. 


The secretary reported on the following communications she had received:

·         A membership renewal with kind comments about the newsletter.

·         E-mail from Histories for Kids with a list of programs they had available.


At the last meeting, there was discussion about the possibility of making a book of newsletters from 1986 - 1989.  A member has scanned in all those newsletters with the exception of three which the president has.  All told there will be approximately 225 pages.  The next step is to see what the printer would charge to print them and make them into book form - preferably with a plastic binding.  He is going to check and have more information at the next meeting.


The president had talked to the Rockport Mayor about placing a plaque near the Langford/Lankford cave below the bluff.  He is going to give her all the information and then let the city decide what they want to do.


When the president was checking out the cave site, he talked to a couple from Ohio who was enjoying the Rocky Side park area.  They were resting and were delighted to watch the activity on the Ohio River.


A member gave a report on the plaque dedication on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Eureka Baker’s Creek Baptist Church.  The pastor gave a nice talk on the history of the church and the president told about the Historical Society.  The church was very appreciative to receive the plaque and there were over 90 people in attendance.


The president is going to check to see if the pastor will be putting an article about the dedication in the paper.  If not, he will write something about it.


A member asked if anyone knew who the first doctor in the county was.   No one knew.  A member mentioned the Goodspeed History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana had a lot of such items listed in the book.


There was a reminder about the upcoming program by William Bartelt and Joshua Claybourn on their book Abe’s Youth:  Shaping the Future President.  The program will be Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 6:00 PM at the Spencer County Youth and Community Center in Chrisney, Indiana.   A member passed out copies of fliers to members to be placed in various locations announcing the free program.

A member asked again about the “Treemendous” tree decorations that will be in the Lincoln Pioneer Village on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  A member suggested, since the date is December 7, maybe the tree could be decorated to honor the Spencer County people who died during World War II.  The member liked the idea and said the tree could be decorated with small flags and have a list of people with Allen Brooner, who was killed at Pearl Harbor, being at the top of the list.


A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 7:53 PM.


The next meeting will be November 5, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room.