2008 Meeting Minutes
The Historical Society Meets on the 3rd Saturday of each Month,
at the Davis Center, Lower Level, Oak Grove, MO
December, 2008 - No Meeting - Open House
November 15, 2008
The Oak Grove Historical Society met Nov 15, 2008 in the Davis Center. The minutes were read and approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $5,228.13. Arrangements were finalized for the "ye Ole Christmas" open house to be held Dec 20th, 2-6 p.m. at the Davis Center.
Wallace Johnson's sleigh may have to be outside as it is doubtful it will fit through the doors of the building. Bryan, Wallace and others will check. Becky Pigg Ogden will donate her time as the photographer. Kelly Johnson will be our Santa again from 2-4 p.m. Decorating will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, 20th. Musical entertainment is scheduled. All members should bring two dozen cookies for refreshments and may also bring baked goods and craft items to sell. Karen Findley and Mary Turner will set up the refreshment table.
Wallace Johnson brought items from Lynda Owings' family and others to show the group. Bryan Hord read a story written by Lynn Owings.
The meeting was adjourned.
October 18, 2008
The Oak Grove Historical Society met Saturday, October 18 in the Davis Building. Vice President Bryan Hord called the meeting to order.
Minutes were read and approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $4,578.13.
Vice President Bryan Hord reported that the executive board had met and the Christmas open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on December 20 in the lower level of the Davis Center. Members will meet at 9 a.m. on that day to decorate. Karen will take care of the food table. Each member is to bring 2 dozen cookies each and crafts and goodies for the bake sale. Bryan will contact Santa. Wallace will see if the sleigh will fit through the doors. Members have contacted several music entertainers for the event. Pat Lewis will contact Ministerial Alliance to see if the announcement can be published in church bulletins. Final preparations will be made at the groups regular November 21st meeting.
General discussion held about involving Oak Grove students. Bryan will try to contact a Civil War enactment group about the possibility of an enactment in Frick Park.
Bryan also spoke about the Quantrill society that held its meeting in Oak Grove in October.
Joyce McCrander will send a card from the group to express regrets about the Corn grocery store closing this month.
Meeting was adjourned.
September 20, 2008
The Oak Grove Historical Society met Saturday, September 20th in the Davis Building. Meeting was called to order by President Karen Findley. Speaker Al Hale returned to continue his program. Mr. Hale displayed confederate flags, and other artifacts from the Civil War period. He also spoke about medical care of the time period.
Minutes were read and approved. Treasurer's report was $5,064.00 less $500.00 check sent as a deposit on the 2008 Christmas ornaments.
Karen reported that 250 Christmas ornaments have been ordered. They will be shipped to CeCe and she will distribute to members. Ornaments will be glass and sell at the same $10.00 price as last year. Karen reported that some 2007 ornaments are left and ask each member to take a couple of those, as buyers may want both year ornaments.
There was a discussion about the Christmas open house. Karen has requested the use of the historical society's regular meeting room for December 20th. She is waiting on a response from Parks and Recreation department.
Vice-President Bryan Hord spoke about the old jail. Mrs. Jenny Reichoff has verbally committed to donating the jail to the Historcial Soceity. Bryan and Greg McLallen have looked at the structure and recommend taking the jail apart, brick by brick, numbering the bricks and storing until a permanent "home" is acquired. Mark Fulks said the jail may be on a separate lot in the legal description. He will check on this and report to Bryan Hord. Mark Fulks also spoke about the Arnone property and it's possible uses. The president ask for volunteers to serve with Bryan on the jail project and appointed Barbara Lefholz, Mark Fulks and Greg McLallan. Barbara will speak with Mrs. Reichoff about deeding the lot (if separate) to the historical society.
Mark Fulks requested a speaking time in October.
Barbara Griffith announced an open house at the Odessa Historical Society on Sunday. Karen discussed a history book sent to her that is published by the Odessa Historical Society.
Kathleen Baer brought an old Oak Grove Banner with photos of the Oak Grove depot and trains.
Discussion about storage cabinets and a safe was held. Mark Fulks will check on this. Meeting was adjourned.
August 16, 2008
Oak Grove Historical Society met August 16, 2008 at the Davis Center.
Vice-President Bryan Hord introduced Al Hale, Independence, a volunteer at Lone Jack Museum. Mr. Hale spoke to the group about the border wars and the Battle of Lone Jack.
President Karen Findley reported she had renewed the group's CD for 3 months at 3 percent and that she had spoken to the AARP group meeting about the historical society.
Minutes were read and approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $4,741.22 in the regular account.
Barbara Lefholz made a motion to place an order for 250 Christmas ornaments. Motion was seconded and approved. Date will be added to the ornament which features the Oak Grove Railroad Depot. Karen will order the ornaments.
Mary Turner made a motion to hold the Historical Society's Christmas Open House on December 20, a regular meeting day, at the Davis Center if allowed. Barbara Grifith seconded and the vote was unanimous. President Karen Findley will contact the Parks Department about use of the lower level of the Davis Center.
Members are to contact local talent about entertaining at the event.
Group was pleased to receive a gift of the original charter of the American Modern Woodsman from John and Victoria Thomson. Barbara Griffith will have the charter framed.
Meeting was adjourned.
July 2008, No Meeting
June 21, 2008
Society met June 21, 2008 at the Davis Center.
Vice-President Bryan Hord presided. Bryan reported that President Karen Findley would visit Jackson County Historical Society to find a photo of the Oak Grove Railroad Depot. The photo is needed for the society's 2008 Christmas ornament. Karen will also renew the historical society's CD's.
Bryan will meet with Carol Robinson concerning some of Anna Robinson's historical articles.
Greg McLallen spoke to the group about the Quantrill Era and displayed numerous artifacts he has found and collected. He also displayed a Springfield 1847 rifle. The rifle was in Lawrence, KS at the time of the raid.
Members were ask to locate any local Quantrill history connected with Oak Grove families for the Quantrill meeting to be held in October in Oak Grove.
The group welcomed Ike Church as a member.
Meeting was adjourned.
May 17, 2008
The Oak Grove Historical Society met Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the home of Karen and Rex Findley. Karen led a tour of their historical, beautiful home and told of some of it's history.
A pot luck meal and conversation, outside on the porch, was enjoyed by all.
Ce Ce Morgan
April 19, 2008
The April 19, 2008 meeting of the Oak Grove Historical Society was a trip to the World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. Members present were Bryan Hord, James Nebgen, Becky Nebgen, Carol Nebgen, Wallace Johnson and Barbara Griffith.
March 16, 2008
The Oak Grove Historical Society met Saturday March 16, 2008 at the Davis Center.
Vice President, Bryan Hord presided. The minutes were read and approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $3,866.62 in the regular account. Two new members joined, Greg McLallen and Mark Fulks.
Bryan Hord introduced Paul Kirkman from the Missouri State Historical Society. Mr. Kirkman presented an interesting program about the social outlaws and notorious persons of the Missouri/Kansas border during the time of the 1860's to 1880's.
Historical Society books were distributed. The April meeting will be a trip to the World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial.
Ce Ce Morgan
The Guests Were:
February 16, 2008
Oak Grove Historical Society met February 16, 2008 at the Davis Center.
President Karen Findley opened the meeting. Minutes were read, corrected and approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $3,838.93. Karen thanked Betty and Wallace Johnson for buying a new coffee maker for the group.
Karen reported on items donated to the society. The society does not want to take items on loan. Release forms will be prepared so donors can sign items over to the Historical Society. A steel fire-proof cabinet is needed to safeguard donated items. Karen is preparing a booklet for each member. The by laws, and members information was checked for accuracy.
Programs for the year were discussed with many interesting destinations mentioned. Dianne Hord will make covers for booklets.
The Historical Society's by laws were changed when the society was reorganized. The number of board members was decreased from twelve to seven. Board members are to include the five officers and two at large members. Evelyn Church and Joyce McCrander were nominated and elected to serve as at large members of the board. This action completed the executive board. Executive board will meet twice a year.
Marcia is still working on the Federal Tax Exemption Number.
Barbara Griffith reminded everyone to talk to people about purchasing the commemorative plaques.
Karen had made copies of photos and has started placing them in scrapbooks. She needs help in identifying some of them. Newspaper articles needs to be placed in a scrapbook. Bryan asked for any history on the railroads and also wants items and information on Bates City. Photos are needed of the old skating rink and Steigmeyer's Feed Store.
Wallace Johnson suggested putting an ad in the Focus for old photos.
Business portion of the meeting was adjourned to work on scrapbooks. The next meeting will meet March 16, 2008.
January 19, 2008
The Oak Grove Historical Society met January 19, 2008 at the Davis Building.
President, Karen Findley, called the meeting to order. Minutes were read and approved. Treasurer reported a balance of $3,223.53. Treasurer reported a profit of $845.00 from the society's Christmas Open House.
Karen thanked everyone for their help and contributions to the open house. With special thanks to Bryan Hord and Wallace Johnson.
Under old business Bryan reported that work was proceeding on the federal tax number.
There are 30 plus christmas ornaments left. Plans needed to proceed for the second historical ornament for the Christmas 2008.
Hollis Dyer purchased commemorative plaques to honor Les and May George. Karen stated that we need a brief history of each person remembered on a plaque.
President Findley introduced the guest speakers Ann Mallinson, Centerview, and Nancy Lewis, Blue Springs, both members of the Missouri State Historical Societies Speaker's Bureau. The two presented a lively history of Jackson County that was enjoyed by those in attendance. Mallinson also played the Dulcimer.
Meeting was adjourned. Next meeting will be Saturday, February 16.
Clarence Baur (guest)