Merri C. Peck
Merri Peck called the meeting to order at 7 PM. Donna Griffin began our open discussion of “Wilmington—The Way it Was,” by talking about how she first came to Wilmington in 1954 and every summer thereafter there were more motels and new businesses in town. There was some discussion about tourist attractions, The Mystery Spot being one. Doug Wolfe discussed the history of buildings related to Whiteface and the ski area. He showed us a copy of a book titled, How to Build Cabins, Lodges and Bungalows that his father had used to build his cabins on Bonnie View. He also built the Bonnie View Golf Links. Doug also showed pictures and talked about buildings on Whiteface and at the Marble Mountain ski area. Guy talked about the old road that runs behind Owen, Copperas and Winch ponds. It was once used to haul iron ore to the North Elba forges.
Merri opened the business meeting and called for the secretary’s report. She pointed out an error in the July minutes. In paragraph six the Name “Kempton Price” should be changed to read Kempton Pierce. Guy made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected and his motion was seconded by Linda Joss-Dyke. All voted in favor.
Donna presented the treasurer’s report. At of the end of July we had $10,913.39 in our Adirondack Foundation fund, $3,617.71 in our bank account, $100 in our NBT Building Fund Account and $100 in petty cash. Guy moved to approve the treasurer’s report and Bob Cressey seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
Merri reported on communications. Karen Peters sent a thank you letter to several businesses in town to thank them for selling the Arcadia book Wilmington and the Whiteface Region and asking them to continue supporting us in this way. Karen received an email from Dennis Keegan saying that he had found an interesting article about John Jay and he asked for the contact information for history in Jay so he could forward it to them. Karen responded with that information. We received a letter from Dave Ruch thanking us for having him perform at the Range Hall. Karen sent a thank you to him for the “Ballads, Bunkhouses, Fiddles and Flings” concert he gave on July 17th. She inquired whether he might be willing to create a CD of “The Stolen Gun” for historical presentations. Karen also received and responded to another email concerning cemetery preservation from Jan Ward. Marty Podskoch sent an email advising that he plans to pass out bookmarks with information about the club and patch for all who have purchased his Adirondack 102 Club book. He said that the book does not have information on getting a patch to become a “Vagabond” and he asked for suggestions. The Adirondack History Museum sent a message about their Adirondack Fire Tower Program family days. The first scheduled day was July 22nd and the second will be held on August 12th.
We had a research inquiry from someone looking for baptism records from the 1820s and 1830s. Karen referred the requester to Jay, since Wilmington had not yet separated from Jay at that time. Karen referred a request for information about the Wolfe family to Doug. Donna Foucaud sent an email about Walter Bottger who is looking for anyone who might have known his kin. Doug will look into this request. Donna Griffin did two interviews focused on the history of North Pole Campground and Whiteface Terrace.
Nancy Cressey presented the membership report. During the month of July we received 24 memberships largely as a result of the reminders that recently went out.
Guy reported for the cemetery committee that he and Karen attended the cemetery preservation workshop at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. There were two presenters who both provided much valuable information. The first speaker was a lawyer who gave a good tip on how to address the requirement for a legal notice before working on headstones for which no relative can be located. He suggested we do a single notice listing all the names for any headstones that we may want to repair now or in the future. The other speaker was an expert in preservation and repair and he also provided some good information that we did not have. Guy said we have now received the repair estimate and the cemetery committee can pick two headstones to work on with the funds budgeted by the town. Guy also talked about the possibility of having the preservation specialist give a workshop locally. Linda suggested a project for children to do stone rubbings and then research about some of the people on the older stones.
Our next program is “Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks” by Jeremy Davis on Friday, August 21st at 7PM. Open discussions for our next two meetings are Wilmington Family History #1, the Lawrence family on September 2nd and Wilmington Family History #2, the Winch family on October 7th. Our next research day is Tuesday, August 18th from 10AM to 1PM.
Discussion turned to old business. As previously indicated, Karen contacted businesses selling our book to encourage them to continue to do so. The first annual Adirondack 102 Club Dinner will be held 6PM Thursday, September 3rd at Jimbo’s Club at The Point in Brant Lake, NY. Linda Joss-Dyke plans to hold a fundraising committee meeting to discuss the proposed dinner and/or wine tasting. Raffle basket themes will be a party-themed basket, something for kids and a tool/gadget basket. The Festival of Colors is Saturday September 19th. Donna will have our Pay Pal card swiper working before the Festival so we will be able to accept credit cards. All were reminded that if we purchase anything from Amazon to use Amazon Smile and designate the Wilmington Historical Society as our charity of choice. Amazon will donate a small percentage of the purchase price to the WHS at no cost to the purchaser.
The ceremony for the re-dedication of the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway scheduled to take place August 6th at the summit has been postponed. The 12:00 ceremony and lunch at the ski center is still on. No invitation is needed.
Our next meeting is September 2nd. Guy made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Gil Dyke seconded his motion. All voted in favor.
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