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Madison County Genealogical Society

Minutes of the Meeting - June 12, 2008


President, Robert Ridenour, called the meeting to order.


Treasurer LaVerne Bloemker presented the financial report for the period ending May 31, 2008.

Librarian/Researcher Elsie Wasser reported that we had received articles from Scott Delicate about his ancestor who was a Methodist minister in Wanda, Illinois. These articles will appear in an upcoming issue of The Stalker.

An enquiry was received looking for the records of the Troy Methodist Epicopalian church from the 1860s. The surname of interest is Majors. This church was unfamiliar to anyone at the meeting.

A visitor to the Genealogy Room at the library, Arlene McCabe of Andover, Kansas, is looking for information on the Goedecke family in Madison County.

Rev. Carl Nelson has sent us much material on his ancestors -- the Williams family of Madison County. This material will be placed in the family vertical file.

Twelve guests were present at this meeting, many due to their interest in our speakers' excellent program.

Rebecca Pinkus and her sister, Kathy Geisler, presented a program titled Melville People and Places. Rebecca and Kathy grew up in the Melville area. Their aunt, Lydia Keidel Collins, grew up there in the early 1900s and spent most of her 102 years in the Melville area.

Their presentation covered from the earliest known Melville pioneer, Moses Walker, in 1828 up through the 1980s. The program included a photo/music DVD containing pictures of some of the early residents and early Melville homes and businesses. The program concluded with a question/answer/discussion session.

This presentation was very well done and extremely intertesting.