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Items of general interest to members and friends of the Roane County Historical Society
General Interest : Notes From October 27, 2011 Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/11/2 10:20:00 (770 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society met Thursday, October 27, 2011 for their regular monthly meeting with eleven members present: Brenda Whited, Peggy Starcher, Marvin Stemple, Jack and Jean Nida, Philip Miller, Rick Greathouse, Carol Board Westfall, Susan Tucker, Hazel Gandee and Linda Liss.
Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order and led an opening prayer. Susan Tucker, Recording Secretary, read the minutes from the September meeting, which were approved as read. Carol Board-Westfall, Treasurer, reported all bills paid, leaving a working balance in the amount of $17,737.41
Books donated or purchased & added to historical society’s library:
1. Images of America – Lewis County
2. Jackson County Deaths, Letter F-M
3. Photographic History of Ritchie County
4. Snodgrass Family Ancestors/Descendants by Sondra Elmore Reger
Also a set of Comstock’s WV Heritage Encyclopedias was donated to the society.

Linda Liss, Membership and Corresponding Secretary reported 4 new members and the loss of one member, which brings total membership to 207. She has also contacted all members (14) who have not paid their 2011-12 dues. They will be removed from the roll if not paid by time of our next newsletter mailing. The RCHS extends its sincere sympathy to Carol Board-Westfall and family at the Oct. 19, 2011 death of her sister, Eleanor S. Hunt.

Inquiries:
1. Mr. Paul Morehouse is looking for descendants of the late Edward & Biddy [Nugent] Kelly whose granddaughter married Thomas Ferrell of Roane County. Contact: epm1812@neo.rr.com
2. Society member, Marvin Stemple, is looking for information about the Stemple/Looney/Chewning family of Calhoun and Roane Counties. Contact: mstemple@wvadventures.net

Board-Westfall reported a good turnout for the Annual Genealogy Fair in September. A couple new vendors were present and everyone seemed to have a good time. You may see fair-related photos posted elsewhere on this site.
She also reported that the October 13, 2011 unveiling of the Congressman Woodyard plaque was well attended and the family was very appreciative for the society’s project to honor their ancestor. The plaque was hung at the Roane County Court House.

Liss reported that she has contacted the Counselor at Roane County High School about the 2nd Annual Essay Scholarship, that it has been raised to $750. She is awaiting contact back from the school.

Greathouse is awaiting a mailing from the WV Archives & History Commission regarding the Feb 23, 2012 16th Annual History Day at the Legislature. The society nominated Mrs. Linda Cottrell Liss for the “History Hero” honor. Applications will be available Nov. 1 and must be completed and returned by December 31st.
He also announced an invitation to display history, cultural or society items during the February History Day at the Legislature. There is an application for and guidelines for the exhibits.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday the next meeting of the RCHS will be one week earlier, November 17th, 7:00 p.m. at the Roane County Library. A speaker, Sara A. Prior, from State Historic Cemetery Preservation office has been scheduled for that meeting, so please make every effort to attend.

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General Interest : Notes from September 2011 RCHS Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/10/25 18:22:37 (760 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. met on Thursday, September 22, 2011 with twenty-four members and guests present. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order and welcomed those present. Johanna Nutter led the opening prayer and the Pledge to the American Flag was recited.

Susan Tucker, Recording Secretary read the minutes from the August meeting & they were approved as read.
Carol Board-Westfall, Treasurer, reported an accounting of receipts and disbursements showing a balance of $17,335.16 The disbursements included payment of the Harry C. Woodyard plaque and the purchase of several Wes Cochran publications. A report copy was filed with the meeting minutes.

Linda Liss, Membership & Corresponding Secretary, reported membership stands at 204, which includes two new members. She has responded to inquiries where needed and has contacted members whose dues have not been paid.

A report was given by Johanna Nutter, 2011 Genealogical Fair chairperson. Vendors are signing up and everything is coming together nicely for the 17th Annual Fair sponsored by the R.C.H.S. scheduled for Sat., September 24th.

The R.C.H.S. voted to increase the Annual Essay Scholarship from $500 to $750. In an attempt to get young persons interested in their family history and genealogy, the society is offering a $750 scholarship to a Roane County High School senior. The applicants are asked to write an essay on their family history and experiences. The scholarship will be awarded at the school’s 2012 Spring awards ceremony.

Carol Board-Westfall reported that all of the plaques for the Roane County historic churches and the Goad house near Walton have been installed. An album will be available in the society’s library with photos as the plaques were being installed. Special thanks to Carol for spearheading this project and also to those helping her with the installation.

The dedication of the plaque commemorating the service of U.S. Senator Harry C. Woodyard as the county’s only U.S. Senator, is scheduled for Thursday, October 13th at noon at the Roane County Courthouse during Black Walnut Festival activities. Woodyard descendants are expected to attend and a reception, hosted by the R.C.H.S., will be held after the unveiling. (You may check our FaceBook page, Roane County Historical Society, Inc. to see a photo of the plaque.)

The society will be considering a nomination for the annual “History Hero” presentation. Nominations must be in before the end of 2011. The society has had three members honored as History Hero in the past: Mrs. Carol Board-Westfall, Mr. Jack Nida and Mrs. Carol Cronin.

Denver R. Gandee, R. C. H. S. member and county historian, is looking for information regarding the founding of the Methodist Church in the Roane County area. He is a scheduled Veteran’s Day speaker at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Spencer, WV on Sunday, November 6, 2011.

The meeting adjourned with refreshments being served to: Tucker, Susie Wyatt, Nutter, Liss, Board-Westfall, Greathouse, Jim Heim, Brenda Whited, Carol Cronin, Hazel Cottrell Gandee, Marvin D. Stemple, Phyllis Counts, Jerry R. Morgan, Melissa Swisher, Betty Moore, Anthony Hofstad, Denver Gandee, Robert Green, Phillip J. Miller, Ellen Platt, Reva Paxton, Peggy Starcher, Jack and Jean Nida.

The next meeting of the R.C.H.S. is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th at the Roane Co. Library, lower level at 7:00 p.m. Members are urged to attend and guests are welcomed. You may contact Linda Liss at WVRoots@aol.com if you have questions about membership or R.C.H.S. activities.

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General Interest : 2011 Genealogy Fair Well-attended
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/10/15 14:39:21 (708 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc., sponsored the 17th Annual Roane County Genealogical Fair on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Heritage Center Community Building in Spencer, 9 am. – 3 p.m.

The fair was deemed a success with registrars signing in over 150 guests. The vendors and others having display tables reported a good day with a steady flow of genealogists searching for clues to their family history in books and other source materials.

As always, the American Legion Auxiliary delighted fair-goer’s taste buds with their baked goods, hotdogs, bbq’s, coffee and cold beverages.

Johanna Nutter, Fair Chairperson, drew numbers for the hourly door prizes. Mr. & Mrs. Randall L. Fields of Poinciana, FL traveled the farthest to attend. They received the R. C. H. S. totebag. Karen Boles of St. Albans, WV won the raffle for the 5-volume set of books: "Cemeteries of Roane County, WV". Many R.C.H.S. t-shirts & other nice items were also awarded as hourly drawing prizes.

Linda Liss, Membership Secretary, reports that three renewals and one new society membership was received during the fair. In addition one 1-year membership was given as a prize and one historical society signed up for a newsletter exchange.

We extend our thanks to all those who helped in any way to make this year’s fair a success, especially those who handled advertising, those who helped set up & then clean up after the fair. Also, special thanks to Mr. David Griffith, society member, for his collection of 2011 fair photos posted to this site.

The 18th Annual Roane County Genealogical Fair is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012.

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General Interest : Election of 2011-12 Officers
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/8/9 10:00:00 (1473 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc., met Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Roane County Library with fifteen members present. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order. Jack Nida led the opening prayer and the pledge to the American Flag was recited.
Susan Tucker, Recording Secretary, read the minutes from the June meeting which were approved as read.
Carol Board-Westfall, Treasurer, reported a balance of $19,824.61 in the society’s treasury.

Linda Cottrell Liss, Membership & Corresponding Secretary, reported membership at 202 which includes two new members. She has also responded to several pieces of correspondence and contacted members by email who have not paid dues for the new fiscal year, 2011-12.

Board-Westfall reported three new books have been added to the society’s library:
1. “Historic Photos of West Virginia” by Swick
2. “Images of America – Mason County” by Bolte
3. “Baltimore & Ohio Railroad of West Virginia” by Withers

In the absence of Johanna Nutter, Genealogy Fair Chairperson, Board-Westfall reported that the society has started receiving calls regarding reservations for table space for the September 24th genealogy fair..

Liss reported that she has not heard back from the landowner where the Civil War marker for T. J. Cottrill is found. The marker is located along the road in a remote area up McKown’s Creek in Roane Co. just as reported earlier. It is quite heavy and the road very rough. Jack Nida volunteered to meet with the Liss’s to retrieve the marker soon.

Board-Westfall reported that two of the 16 church plaques have been installed. She needs help with this since the churches are located all over the county. Jack Nida volunteered to help her with the installation. She also reported that the plaque commemorating Harry C. Woodyard’s service as Roane County Congressman is being designed and hopefully will be ready for dedication by the October 2011 Black Walnut Festival.

Board-Westfall reported that:
1. A set of West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedias & Supplements have been donated to RCHS through the Fields estate.
2. Several old photos and an old Spencer High School Rupicola was donated to
the history library
3. The Historical Society’s microfilm reader machine has been repaired

President Greathouse is still working to schedule speakers for upcoming meetings, in particular one from “Preservation Works” and one from Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] or Sons of the American Revolution [SAR].

Patty Wyatt reported that she has completed organizing the notebook of old obituaries from the society’s library. It is available in the history library.

Report from the Committee on Nominations: Slate of officers for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

President – Richard I. “Rick” Greathouse
1st Vice President – Anthony Hofstad
2nd Vice President – Jack Nida
Recording Secretary – Susan Tucker
Treasurer – Carol Board-Westfall
Membership/Corresponding Secretary – Linda Cottrell Liss

Motion was properly made and seconded to accept and elect the slate of officers as presented. The motion carried unanimously.

The meeting adjourned with refreshments being served to Board-Westfall, Greathouse, Bernard and Patty Wyatt, Liss, Hazel Gandee, Okey and Mary Young, Jean and Jack Nida, Tucker, Phyllis Counts, Wilma Rhodes, Brenda Whited and Peggy Starcher.
The next meeting of the R.C.H.S. is scheduled for Thursday, August 25th, 7 p.m. at the library. All members are urged to attend and guests are always welcome.

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General Interest : June 23, 2011 RCHS Meeting Notes
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2011/7/7 11:00:00 (1031 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society met on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Roane County Library with eighteen members and guests present.
Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order and welcomed those present. Anthony Hofstad led the opening prayer and the pledge to the American flag was recited. The minutes from the May meeting were approved as read.

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