This page contains the announcements and details for the THS year 2009 - 2010.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Claude Kenneson. He welcomed our visitors and members. A total of thirty-five people attended the meeting. The Treasurer's Report was given by Ernie Sanders. We now have a balance of $4372.15 in the bank.
The March 13, 2014 meeting minutes were sent by e-mail to the membership. Bob Davis made a motion to adopt them as they stand and the motion was seconded by Ernie Sanders. The minutes were approved.
Requests and Inquiries
Kelly Crocker, commander of the Sons of the Confederacy Camp Cresset Finley's Brigade from Havana Florida, is doing research on Confederate veteran John L. Farrior. The Sons are preparing for a memorial service and the placing of a government marker on the site of his grave at Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee. A patron thought that the State Library had Tallahassee City Directories prior to 1904 and that John might be listed there. No such directories were located with the other city directories.. There are Florida Gazetteers (1883-1884 and 1885--1886) plus Elliott's Florida Encyclopedia of 1889, which contain entries of Tallahassee businesses and professionals but Farrior is not listed. Kelly has been in touch with the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation which has a copy of the 1887 Bensel's Tallahassee Directory. In the meantime, Claude also, quite by accident, stumbled upon Bensel's work in the State Library in a section devoted to Leon County - unfortunately, Farrior was not listed.
THS member Diane Whitney is working on a monologue with music associated with Louella Knott for Bea Cotellis of the Knott House Museum. It pertains to a dissertation by Cynthia Robertson Waddell on William Valentine Knott that contains two footnotes listing a couple of boxes, one on Luella and one on the Knott family. She asked Claude to check to see if the State Archives had them. They do and he has seen Diane at the State Library researching and taking notes.
Mark Perrin from Tallahassee sought information on the Marion Race Track, which existed in Tallahassee from 1832 to 1843. He was referred to an excellent article "Horse Racing in Middle Florida 1830-1843" by Dorothy Dodd which appeared in a publication by the THS called " Apalachee 1948-1950". Bertram H. Groene in "Antebellum Tallahassee" also relates the story of the Marion Course.
Mary May, who has previously spoken to us, arranged for Jim Apthorp to meet with Matt Lutz, Director of Records for the City of Tallahassee, herself and Claude at the State Library on April 8. He is doing research on his ancestors the Apthorps. Claude shared with him information from a notebook on Union soldiers buried in the Old City Cemetery that he had complied for the State Library. John Perkins Apthorp is listed. Another notebook on the dairy industry in Leon County contains several mentions of the Apthorps, who were involved in dairy farming.
Architect Deborah Desilets sent Claude an update from Larry Coltharp on the Calvin C. Phillips mausoleum in Oakland Cemetery. Phillips was a professional architect to whom the state of Pennsylvania and the government of France had awarded medals recognizing the exemplary quality of his work. He designed his tomb and the Clock House of Tallahassee (since torn down). Phillips also built his own casket of Cherry wood which he had placed in the mausoleum. On November 19, 1919 he was found dead in the mausoleum on a cot he had placed there to rest upon when tired. Greg Smith, who is in charge of Tallahassee cemeteries, is holding discussions with the city on its possible restoration.
A THS member sent Claude an article from the MySunCoast.com website posted from Osprey, Florida in Sarasota County entitled "Historic graves stones located on Osprey property". A photo of one stone shown was a military civil war marker bearing the name of 1st Lt. John D. Young. These stones were found on land being cleared for development but there were no grave sites or bones near them. Claude researched "Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate and Union Soldiers 1861-1865" and found John listed with the same information as on the marker but with an additional note stating he was buried in Alachua County. The website Find a grave listed Lt. Young as being buried in Kanapaha Cemetery in Gainesville with a tombstone but no military marker. The mystery is how the stones ended up on Osprey. Claude posted a comment on the website and has contacted the head of the Florida Division of the Sons of the Confederacy to look into the matter and have the headstone returned to where it belongs. At our meeting Kelly Crocker informed us that a Son of the Confederacy in Sarasota is now in possession of the marker and has contacted Kanapaha Cemetery regarding the return of the marker.
Florida History Fair Coordinator K.C. Smith has put out a plea for judges at the Florida History Fair contest on Monday, May 5 at Tallahassee Community College.
Betty Ashler from the Birdsong Nature Center invited us to a presentation on March 29 "History: The Dickey Plantation Era". Ginny Hardcastle informed Claude after the meeting that the talk was postponed and will be rescheduled.
The Panhandle Archaeological Society invited us to hear on April 1 archaeologist Jeffrey Shanks of the National Park Service speak on "Prehistoric Peoples on the Redneck Riviera: Rediscovering the Woodland Cultures of Coastal Northwest Florida". Archaeological surveys, excavations, archival research, systematic probings and a cadaver dog were used by the Southeast Archaeological Center to determine the exact locations of middens and mounds located on Tyndall Air Force Base over the last eight years. Several THS members attended this most interesting talk.
Marina Brown invited us to the Book Launch of "Airport Sketches, A Week of Lives at Tallahassee Regional Airport" at the Tallahassee Regional Airport today (April 10).
Past THS president Marti Pytel sent an invitation to a presentation and slide show about her book "Baker's Haulover - A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers" at the Museum of Florida History on May 27 at noon. This is in conjunction with the current exhibit "The Lure of Florida Fishing".
On April 17, at the Museum of Florida History, renowned marine artist Randall Scott presented "Portraits of the Sea - Art of the Dive".
Our speaker Gene Jones of Sarasota gave a lecture entitled "The Myth; Not Much Happened in Florida during the Civil War". He answered questions and had a book signing of his novel "Suwannee Divide".
The meeting was closed, followed by refreshments.
Laura Jernigan, Secretary