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
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm. Claude Kenneson introduced himself and welcomed everyone present.
Ernie Sanders gave the financial report. Our balance in the bank is $4,352.15.
Wade Birch is now Ernie's assistant and his name has been added to the bank's signature card.
The minutes for the February 13 meeting were sent to the membership by e-mail. David Lang made a motion to adopt the minutes as sent. Ernie Sanders seconded the motion. There being no corrections or additions, the minutes were declared approved.
Mary Glowacki, on behalf of the Department of State, asked her colleagues to write a letter to Susan Gales, Grants Coordinator, at VISIT FLORIDA requesting a grant to create a virtual tour of Mission San Luis. A letter of support was sent by our president.
K.C. Smith and Jennie Brock from the Museum of Florida History asked our participation to serve as Florida History Fair Judges on May 5, 2014.
Inquiries and Requests
James Rudd requested information on James Thomas "Tobi" Chester killed by Mark Houstoun on Feb. 7, 1908. Claude was able to locate the story in the Jacksonville, Florida Times Union on Feb. 8 under the heading "Tragedy at High Springs."
Melaney Cordell of Buigas & Associates, lobbyists, asked for the history behind the property at 713 E. Park Ave. The Leon County Property Appraiser's website and Polk's Tallahassee City Directories provided most of what she wanted to know.
Karla Brandt, who produces a bimonthly newsletter called The Senior Gazette, asked permission to quote from an article Claude wrote on Fort Braden. Permission was granted.
Romantic Readings by Barbara Hamsby were held at the Knott House on Feb. 14.
We were invited to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Olustee held from Feb. 14-16.
On Feb. 19, Dr. Michelle Williams spoke on "Pathos and Plants: Medicinal Plants and Pathologies Among the Windover Population" to the Panhandle Archaeological Society of Tallahassee.
The Museum of Florida History sent us a list of events through April for their History at High Noon programs. Likewise, the John G. Riley Museum also sent us a list of events which they sponsored during the months of February and March.
On Feb. 20, Dr. Jane Landers discussed "Africans as Discoverers and Settlers in La Florida" at the third Thursday program at the Museum of Florida History.
On March 1 and 2, the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Natural Bridge was held near Woodville, Florida.
On March 5, the Carrabelle History Museum opened its Salt Exhibit, chronicling Florida's contribution to the South during the Civil War.
On March 8, Donna Meredith had a book signing at My Favorite Books in Market Square on her Florida environmental thriller entitled "Wet Work."
On March 11, Alva T. Stone spoke at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park Museum on her great-great-grandfather, Dr. James M. Madden, and other relatives who lived in St. Marks, Port Leon, and Newport during antebellum days.
On March 15, the third annual "Authors in Apalach" will be held at the Fort Coombs Armory in Apalachicola.
On March 18, at the Florida Historic Capitol, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham will discuss his long-standing involvement in Florida politics.
Deborah Desilets, a local architect and Barbara Mattick have been working on a historic marker for Gilbert S. Chandler's Tin Can Auto Camp/Ben Bridges Ball field. The City has agreed to this placement on South Adams Street across from the Gramling Feed Store (near where the Fletcher Building is now placed). The review will be on March 21st with Michael Zimny. She is also making a poster for a Music Fest and Marker Benefit Party, for April 6, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. with Labamba and Harvest Gypsies playing.
Past president Marti Pytel invites us to a presentation with a slide show about her book, "Baker's Haulover-A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers" at the Museum of Florida History for the new exhibit opening tonight on 'The Lure of Florida Fishing." This will take place on May 27 at 12:00 noon.
Juanita Whiddon was introduced. The title of her topic was "A History of Tall Timbers." She brought a fascinating scrapbook of photos taken at Tall Timbers in the early years.
Claude announced that at our next meeting (on April 10) Gene Jones would speak about his book Suwannee Divide, A Civil War Novel. Since then, Gene informed him that the title of his talk will be "The Myth: Not Much Happened in Florida during the Civil War."
When Claude spoke to the membership at our May picnic about Gene, who will be driving from Sarasota, we decided to have a pot luck on that night to defray the cost of his expenses. Since the meeting Claude has thought it over and decided that it is too difficult to eat regular food with a fork while sitting down in a chair and requests that members bring trays of finger foods to share instead. This is what the Archaeological Society does and it works out well. He will send out a list asking for specific items that members can sign up to bring. Gene also will not need a room for a hotel since he will stay at Claude's, who has an extra room. However, if anyone wants to help Claude pay for Gene's gas for the trip, please see Claude. The cost will be around $50.00.
Next--this is the most important and urgent announcement.
At the upcoming 2014 May picnic three officers are stepping down. Ernie Sanders, who has been treasurer for 13 years will not continue. Neither will our secretary Laura Jernigan. And Claude is stepping down from the presidency after four years. David Lang Jr. is the president-elect, but someone will need to replace him as Vice President. So everyone is asked to please think hard about it and step up to the plate and become an officer. No one wants to see the THS come to an end, yet the outcome is in your hands. Contact Claude if you wish to replace any of the officers, PLEASE.
Romas Sparkis told us about the opening of Cascades Park on the upcoming weekend.
Francis Watson reminded us that the F.S.U. Digital Library Collection is now accessible online. He called our attention to an article by J.H. Reese entitled "The Lands of Leon" in the "New Era Edition True Democrat" of Dec, 1911. There are also lots of photos and postcards of F.S.U. as well as Alumni and Faculty Collections.
The meeting was officially adjourned and was followed by refreshments.