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News : Notes from RCHS December 18, 2014 Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2015/1/16 15:53:19 (747 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Roane County library. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order, led an opening prayer and the Pledge to the flag was recited by all. (Ten members present).
In the absence of the Recording Secretary, the minutes from the November 20, 2014 meeting were read by Linda Liss. With a few minor notations to minutes, Patty Wyatt made motion to approve the minutes which were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report by Carol Board-Westfall. Ending Balance: $13,700.67

Membership Secretary: Linda Liss reported membership at 206. There are still 18 members who have not paid their 2014-15 dues. All have been contacted at least two times and will be removed from the roll.
Correspondence: Linda reported that she had received a research paper titled, “History of the Lynch Homestead Property” prepared by society member, Jim Ranson. He also included some family group sheets for the John Looney [1814-1889] descendants. Mr. Ranson’s mother descends from the Looney line through the Lynch line.
Linda also reported that she had sent get-well cards to members: Peggy Starcher and Carol Cronin.

E-mail correspondence to Rick Greathouse from society member John Sagart. Mr. Sagart is looking for information on Andrew Taylor Nichols, son of Robert Nichols and Margaret Schoolcraft. They are buried at a Nichols Cemetery on the Richard Greathouse farm in presumably the Smithfield Dist. of Roane County.

2015 Genealogy Fair: On calendar for Saturday, September 26 at the Heritage Park Community Bldg.

Old Business: Linda reported that she is still working on the Spencer State Hospital Album project. She has identified over 5,200 persons who were patients at the institution, recorded the 1900-1940 census’s to include in the project and has collected several pictures of the building. Still needs input from former employees, etc. who have first-hand experience of the hospital. The album will be donated to the Roane County Historical Society when completed.

5th Annual Essay Scholarship: Guidelines & Application forms have been sent to Roane County High School counselors. Forms will be available for distribution during the month of January 2015 & the essay deadline is April 10, 2015.

Rick reported that Elaine Gates, associated with the Archives & History Library in Charleston, is still working on scanning [1900-1950] obituaries and Roane County related newspaper articles for donation to the R.C.H. Society.

2015 History Hero: R.C.H.S. Nominee, Melissa Swisher, is completing needed application papers. The West Virginia Division of Culture & History “History Heroes” will be announced in January & recognized at a February session of the WV Legislature.

New Business:
Resignation of Newsletter Editor – Email dated Tuesday, December 09, 2014
“This notice is to serve as official notification of my resignation as editor of the Roane County Historical Society’s newsletter, The Journal, effective immediately. This was not an easy decision for me to make………
Between my own health issues and those of my extended family member, I have neither the time nor the energy to do the research necessary to find and make articles for the Journal interesting enough for publication. Thank you all for the opportunity to have been the Journal editor for the past twelve years. Sincerely, Carol Cronin”

Where do we go from here with regard to “The Journal” newsletter? Discussion continued as how to prepare and go forward with the Winter issue. The Executive Committee will meet in January 2015 to discuss the future of “The Journal” newsletter.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. with refreshments being served to Carol Board Westfall, Linda Liss, Rick Greathouse, Patty and Bernard Wyatt, Melissa Swisher, Reva Paxton, Carl Paxton and new members: Luther and Phyllis Jarvis.

We do not meet during the months of January & February. The next regular meeting of the Society will be Thursday, March 26, 2015.

News : 2015 - 21st Annual Genealogy Fair
Posted by Richard Griffith on 2014/11/5 8:00:00 (824 reads)

The 21st Annual Genealogy Fair, is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2015, sponored by the Roane County Historical Society, Inc.

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News : Documentary Film Maker, Wayne Worth, to be August 28th Guest
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/8/15 12:30:00 (1066 reads)

"JOURNEY INTO THE WILD & WONDERFUL" documentary film writer, Wayne Worth of Clarksburg, WV, will be our special guest for the August 28, 2014 meeting of the Roane County Historical Society. Mr. Worth is interviewing and film documenting the cultural dynamics & history of all WV counties. He has already filmed 30 of West Virginia's 55 counties and wants to include Roane County in the project. Upon completion of the project, he plans making the documentaries available to every 8th grade West Virginia history teacher to help expand their students cultural awareness of our State. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for August 28th, 7 p.m., at the Roane County Library in Spencer for this special time of sharing.

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News : Tanner "Cliff Dweller" to be Portrayed at July 24th Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/7/11 12:40:21 (632 reads)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Ms. Rebecca Park will portray Sudna Carpenter Tanner at the July 24, 2014 meeting of the Roane County Historical Society. Roane County Library, 7 p.m. Mrs. Tanner was the wife of Roane County settler & pioneer, Samuel Tanner. The Tanner's arrived from Harrison Co., VA(WV) in about 1812 and made their home under the huge cliff along the water of Spring Creek, [now Spencer Middle School]. Ms. Park travels to clubs, schools and other venues, bringing to life the times & trials the Tanner family endured.
Invite friends, family & children to take part in this live presentation. Refreshments will be served.

News : Notes from 3-27-2014 Society Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/4/11 14:30:00 (601 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society met Thursday, 27 March 2014 for the first meeting of the new year. Meeting called to order by Rick Greathouse, President, prayer was offered and the pledge to the American flag was recited. There were nine members and one visitor present.

Susan Tucker, Recording Secretary, read the minutes from the December 2013 meeting which were approved as read. Carol Board-Westfall, Treasurer, reported a balance of $15, 059.76.

Linda Liss, Membership Secretary, reported the current membership at 198. As Corresponding Secretary, Liss reported that she had responded to three inquires since last meeting.
1. From Merrilee Matheny who is writing book & seeking Roane Co. information on the last public hanging in West Virginia of John F. Morgan. Wants name of 1897 Roane County sheriff who helped capture Morgan and return him to Jackson County
2. From Mary Ann Mullady seeking information on Breazeale family
3. From Dan Addison seeking information on burial place of his Harper/Hunt ancestors in the Walton area of Roane County
A fourth inquiry was received by Carol Board-Westfall in society mail from Peggy Stewart of Ohio regarding her Roane County May & Wilmoth ancestors. Linda Liss will respond to the inquiry. Also, an inquiry was received from an Emily Stehr who is writing a book about place names. She is looking for information on Looneyville and Nancy's Run in Roane County in particular.

We are happy to announce that society member, Susan Tucker, has been selected as one of thirty-five West Virginia citizens named as “2014 History Hero” at the West Virginia History Day ceremony 13 February 2014 sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. She was nominated by the R.C.H.S. She spearheaded the preservation of the society’s printed materials and participated in the digitization of the society’s historic newspaper collection from microfilm to CD’s. She has been an active member of the society since 2005. Susan is the fifth R. C. H. S. member to receive this prestigious honor.

Old Business:
Essay Scholarship: Linda Liss reported that she has been in contact with the Roane County High School counselor, Rebecca Lockhart, regarding the 2014 Scholarship Essay. Applications and guidelines were made available in January to interested seniors. The deadline for essay submission is April 11, 2014. The Scholarship Committee will review the essays and select a recipient of the $1,000 scholarship who best tells their family genealogy. Presentation will be made during the May 20, 2014 Awards Ceremony at the high school.

Friends of Market Street Chapel restoration project: The society unanimously voted to donate $500 toward the project of restoring the historic former Spencer Presbyterian Church building located at 408 Market Street in Spencer.

Depot Museum: After much discussion during the last few meetings, the R.C.H.S. has decided to decline the city’s proposal of the society taking over the operation, maintenance and upkeep of the Depot Museum located the Heritage Park in Spencer. The local society members feel that this is too big a project for them to take on at this time. The 1893 building needs major renovation, insulation, and heating/cooling systems to help preserve the articles donated and stored at the site.

New Business:
Publications Inventory & new CD: Susan Tucker reported that she has done an inventory of the society’s printed publications. She will order those books on which we are running low. She also reported that she has recorded the society’s “Roane County Journal” newsletter on one CD. Volumes I-X [1993-2003] are now available at the low cost of only $20.

RCHS member, Cheryl Moss Holbrook, has expressed interest in reading cemeteries in the Linden, Roane Co., area. She invites others to help with this project. No action taken at this time.

20th Annual Genealogy Fair: Annual fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Heritage Park Community Building in Spencer. Details to be worked out and will be announced at a later date.

The next meeting of the R.C.H.S. will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Roane County Library. Society members are urged to attend and visitors are always welcome.

The meeting adjourned with refreshments being served to: Susan Tucker, Rick Greathouse, Linda Cottrell Liss, Carol Board-Westfall, Peggy L. Starcher, Patty Wyatt, Bernard Wyatt, Reva Paxton, Paul Hughes and one visitor, Jeanne Garrett McIntosh.

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