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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Maurice Fletcher
Guy Stephenson
Gil Dyke
Linda Joss-Dyke
Barbara Rothman
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Lora Bushy
Merri Peck
Pete McAfee

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM and our discussion on Area Rum Running, Bootlegging and the Temperance Movement commenced. Karen started off the discussion with some articles and general information about the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and prohibition history. Maurice Fletcher told us a story about his father using his team of horses to pull a bootlegger’s car off the ice where it was stuck on Haselton Road for $20 and a bottle of liquor. Pete McAfee volunteered a story about how his father-in-law had put himself through college by delivering whiskey. Guy Stephenson told about how his grandmother’s brother was killed bootlegging in Duane Center in 1927. Doug Wolfe gave information about how the Lake Placid Club and local Protestant churches were staunch supporters of temperance.

The business meeting commenced at the conclusion of the open discussion and Karen asked if there were any additional nominations for the offices up for election, which are President, Vice-President, Secretary and one Trustee. No additional nominations were offered, so the election was held and the incumbents were unanimously reelected:

President – Karen Peters
Vice-President – Merri Peck
Secretary – Nancy Cressey
Trustee – Doug Wolfe

Karen then passed out draft copies of the Annual Report. Bob Cressey passed out copies of the treasurer’s report. Our current balance is $3,994.92. Our expenses for the month were $51.13 including $26.14 for postage and $24.99 for office supplies. Our income was $502.50 including $110 for memberships, $382.50 for Great Escape Tickets sold and a $10 donation. Guy moved to accept the report and Doug seconded the motion. It carried unanimously. The current treasury balance was then added to the draft Annual Report and Gil Dyke made a motion to accept it as written. Linda Joss-Dyke seconded the motion and all voted in favor. After a brief discussion we decided to send the report out via email to those members who have it. Nancy will go over the membership list to determine how many hard copies of the report need to be printed for those members who do not have email.

Karen called for the Secretary’s report. Guy moved to accept the minutes as read and Doug seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Discussion then turned to communications. We had an inquiry from Bonnie Walters about the Storr’s house for which we were able to provide some information. Karen has asked Bonnie Walters for a copy of Ira Storr’s Civil War Pension records. We had an email from the Adirondack History Center Museum. They opened for the season on May 26th and they announced the opening of the Raging River Exhibit on June 9th. Robert Sturges sent an email about the release of the 1940 census. Karen sent an email out to advise all members that the WHS now has a Facebook page and ask everyone who has a Facebook page to “like us” on Facebook. We had a message that the North Star Underground Railroad Museum in Ausable Chasm is now open. We received a note from Kay LeClair with a donation to go toward refreshments.

Our acquisitions for the month included several more boxes of materials from Harold Hinds.

Almost all of the Wilmington book series is now available. Four new books just released include:

1)Town of Wilmington, Essex County, New York: 1830 U.S. Population Census, 1835 Statistical Summary, 1840 U.S. Population Census, 1845 Statistical Summary, 1847-1849 Birth, Death and Marriage Census, 1880 U.S. Population Census and Misc. Schedules, 1890 U.S. Military Census, 1892 New York State Census, Transcribed Serial Records, Volume 5
2)Town of Wilmington, Essex County, New York: Wilmington Church Records, Transcribed Serial Records, Volume 17
3)Town of Wilmington, Essex County, New York: Wilmington Newspaper Transcriptions, 1831-1889, Transcribed Serial Records, Volume 18
4)Town of Wilmington, Essex County, New York: Wilmington Newspaper Transcriptions, 1890-1900, Transcribed Serial Records, Volume 19

We had research inquiries about the Owens and Jaquish families. Doug told us that the Transportation Museum would like a copy of an historic postcard of the Lozier Car Factory that we have in our collection. Merri Peck reported that Jane Peck asked her to help identify a picture. Merri was able to establish the location of the photo to a spot on Route 86.

Merri reported for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee that she and Barbara Rothman indexed about 25 more books at the last research night.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that Ginny Crispell will again do flyers for our 2012 Programs. She showed us a copy of the flyer for our next program. We are now advertising the sale of the Great Escape tickets on Facebook. Great Escape has extended the tickets for thirteen additional days until June 30th. Our website was down at one point. Karen contacted the host and they fixed it after 48 hours. The Country Bear has agreed to provide refreshments for all our events. Our next Program is “The History of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere and its Effects on Climate Change,” by Rich Brandt.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received 5 memberships during the month for a total of $110. Nancy will send a reminder letter out to those who haven’t renewed their memberships sometime next month.

The Historical Walking Tour Information website still has errors that need correcting. The WHS website is up to date. Website traffic is up.

Linda reported that 23 tickets have been sold for Great Escape. Sales have been slow. Linda plans to go to the Youth Center and send information to the local churches. Karen has put up posters advertising the tickets.

We now have a signed contract with Arcadia Books with a completion date of March 5, 2013. The book committee will meet on Wednesday, June 27th to distribute blocks of photos and begin organizing them into subjects.

Doug reported that he is still working on the Post Office Display and there is nothing new on our request to the Olympic Regional Development Authority for extra WHS storage/display space.

Guy reported that the Partridge cemetery stone is now repaired. He is very concerned about the condition of many other stones at the cemetery. Some are being hit with the mower and some are knocked off their bases and need to be set upright and secured. Guy is going to talk to Gerald Bruce and Randy Preston to see what can be done to rectify the situation.

Gil passed around a copy of a draft letter he has prepared outlining our concerns about the stone bridge. Gil will show the letter to Randy Preston and talk to him about what steps we need to take next.

We need to reschedule our next research night because no one is available on June 19th. Karen will try to change it to Monday June 18th and will email everyone to advise them of the change.

Guy moved to adjourn the meeting and Bob seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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