Cairo Historical Society

Minutes for 2012


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes January 19, 2012
By Sylvia Hasenkopf from notes by Hillary Higgins 

Members Present: Robert Uzzilia, Michael Sharkey, Hillary Higgins, John Gallagher, John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Helen Chadderdon, John Rieker, Robert E. Dodge Jr. 

Robert Uzzilia called the meeting to order at 7:10pm. 

  1. John Gallagher moved that the minutes from the December meeting be accepted as written. John Kargoe seconded the motion.
     
  2. Robert U. thanked everyone for coming. He asked that the Cairo Historical Society take a moment of silence in honor of George O’Neill, who died January 13, 2012 at the age of 67. George was a key member of the first Case’s Speakeasy Committee. He will be sorely missed.
     
    1. John G. presented the Treasurer’s Report for the Cairo Historical Society, the Building Fund and the Case’s Speakeasy accounts. As of December 21, 2011 there was $857.49 in the CHS Main account. As of January 19th there was $1,596.36. There is $1,831.33 in the Case’s speakeasy account and there was $78.55 in the Building Fund as of December 31st, 2011 and $323.55 as of January 19, 2012. The $1000 from the Case’s Speakeasy account has not yet been transferred to the Building Fund account.

      The Treasurer’s Report was accepted.
       
  3. Membership update:
    Sylvia left a membership update with Robert U. We ended the year with 85 memberships. As of January 19th, 2012, 32 members had renewed their memberships and 4 new memberships were received. A warm welcome to Cary Worthington, Stewart’s Shops, Helmedach & Young and Donna Tuzio Mundt.
     
  4. Item Sales are continuing to move along well
     
  5. Deed of Gift Register
    Sylvia left a report indicating that there were 347 items donated to the Cairo Historical Society last year.
     
  6. Old Business:
    1. Repair of old marker – Michael Lamanec has advised that Scott Taylor has agreed to repair the marker at no cost to the Cairo Historical Society.
    2. 501c3 – Sylvia left word that the 501c3 paperwork is complete and has been mailed to the IRS. In order to complete the paperwork, a Conflict of Interest Policy was developed and approved by the Board of Trustees. Each Board member must read and disclose and conflict of interest before signing the Conflict of Interest Form each year.
    3. Cairo Historical Society Logo – Robert U. took a proposed logo style over to Linda and Bob Curry that emphasizes simplicity. Everyone supported the new look.
    4. Hillary provided an update on the State of the Union Dinner. Tickets are printed, the menu has been developed and the advertising planned. Just need to sell tickets! $18 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
       
  1. New Business:
    1. John Kargoe reported on the meeting between Sylvia and Ewald Schwarzenegger and the Kaaterskill Associates team. It appears that the bones of the building at 29 Railroad Ave are in good condition. There is a recommendation that the floor be poured concrete. A fuller assessment was suggested by the Kaaterskill Associates Team and will be reviewed by the Building Fund team.
    2. Rooster (Robert Dodge jr.) volunteered to make a sign to place on the building, advising that it is the future home of the Cairo Historical Society.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm

Show and Tell

1)      Michael Sharkey donated a Business Card from his grandfather Bill Snyder and a Roller Skating Admission Card from the Purling Roller Rink.

2)      Robert U. showed various artifacts from the future HQ’s of the Cairo Historical Society. We tried to preserve various features from the old building.

3)      John Rieker advised that his grandfather’s deed shows where his home is in East Durham, however the house stands in Cairo. A discussion ensued regarding the boundaries of the two towns.


Notes from Cairo Historical Society
February 16, 2012
Prepared by Linda Larsen 

Present:  Pres. Robert Uzzilia, John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Michael Sharkey, Bob Dodge and Linda Larsen.  In late (after meeting) Michael Lamanec.

Meeting opened 7:05 PM.  Minutes of the previous meeting accepted as amended.  No Treasurer’s Report.   Pres. Uzzilia received dues ($20) from Bob Dodge.

Old business: 

Robert U. reported that Scott Taylor should have repairs to Historic marker done by now.   Don’t know whether he will charge for his services.

Logo being worked on anew – many suggestions.  Robert U. will call a meeting of the committee to come up with final submittals. 

John Kargoe reported on The State of the Union Dinner – 80 tickets sold thus far and others have been ordered.  Friday cleaning in afternoon and decorating in the evening.  Saturday AM food prep work.  Raffles, give-aways, gift basket readied.  All proceeds benefit CHS Building Fund.  John reported that after the dinner the committee would commence working on T&T, Speakeasy, Apple Harvest and other CHS proposed activities.

New Business:

Robert U. reported that Robert Hempstead found piece of rail which could be used in the Railroad project. 

No further business.  Business meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM. 

Show and Tell: 

Poster of August 5, 1916 showing a page from an engineering journal picturing Cairo’s Hydroelectric System at Woodstock Dam.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes March 15, 2012
By Sylvia Hasenkopf  

Members Present: Robert Uzzilia, Hillary Higgins, John Gallagher, John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, John Rieker, Helen Chadderdon, Sandy Muller, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Lois Vendon, Carol Spohler, Gene Houghtaling, Linda Larsen, Ron Hasenkopf. 

Robert Uzzilia called the meeting to order at 7:02pm. 

  1. Treasurer’s Report:

John G. presented the Treasurer’s Report for the Cairo Historical Society, the Building Fund and the Case’s Speakeasy accounts. As of February 21, 2012 there was $2,246.38 in the CHS Main account. There was $1,531.33 in the Case’s speakeasy account (a $300 deposit to secure Teri Roiger and the Gentlemen of Swing was sent out) and there was $1,546.24 in the Building Fund.

Hillary motioned that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted and John Kargoe seconded the motion. All agreed. 

  1. Membership update:
    The membership drive was quite successful. Our current membership is 56 members of which 10 are new members. The CHS welcome the following new members: Cary Worthington, Stewart’s Shops, Helmedach & Young, Donna Tuzio Mundt, Rank Klinke, Jim Calderone, North Point Creek Ltd., Claudia Zucker, Cairo Democratic Club.

    Last year we had a total of 85 members and collected $1610 in membership dues. This year we have already collected $1755. A second dues notice was mailed March 5, 2012 to members who have yet renewed.

    Membership is important as our first elections will be held this year and only those individuals who have an up to date membership as of March 31st may vote.

    We currently have 182 Facebook members and the site has been very active over the last two months. Discussions have centered on the Cairo Methodist and Presbyterian churches, the Purling Roller Rink, the Baptist and Methodist churches in Acra, many items from the Cole collection, George H. Turner Funeral Home and many other pics.
     
  2. Collections:
    Phyllis Silva-Keith donated a number of Temperance items.
     
  3. Item Sales have continued to be steady. There are two new items that have been added to the items for sale.

    Sweet Violets – a new DVD filmed and produced by Tobe Carey $20. Sweet Violets is the story of the violet industry in Rhinebeck during America’s Golden Age. At one time nearly 400 violet houses dotted Rhinebeck, supplying 25% of the US violet crop.

    Legs Diamond, Gangster – by Patrick Downey, $20 – a new look at this iconic gangster.
     
  4. Old Business:
    1. Repair of old marker – Michael Lamanec has advised that Scott Taylor has repaired the marker at no cost to the Cairo Historical Society. It still needs to be painted. Mike has agreed to do this for us. Hillary recommended that the CHS provide Scott with a free business membership in the Cairo Historical Society as a thank you for helping us out. Ann Clapper seconded the motion and it was accepted by all.
    2. 501c3 – Sylvia advised that we are still waiting word from the IRS.
    3. Cairo Historical Society Logo – Robert U. presented some options for the logo. The members present felt that it was very important to keep the logo as simple as possible, so it can be used on various promotional items and help brand us. Mike Lamenec will meet with Linda Curry to flesh out some ideas and report back.
    4. Hillary provided an update on the State of the Union Dinner which was held in February. Our net profit for the event was $1386 for the Building Fund. The event was a great success and very positive feedback was heard.
      Ron suggested that members of the Building Committee offer to paint the Kitchen of the Masonic Hall as a thank you letting us use their premises. This idea was agreed to by all.
    5. Rooster (Robert E. Dodge Jr.) has completed the sign for the Cairo Historical Society and it is hanging on the porch of the building. Nice job Rooster.
       
  1. New Business:
    1. On April 19th, the Cairo Historical Society will hold its first elections. Robert U. appointed Linda Larsen to be the chair of the nominating committee.
    2. Sylvia presented the Proposed Program schedule for 2012. After some discussion and some fine tuning it was accepted and is attached to these minutes.
    3. Sylvia also presented some proposed projects for this year:

1.      Rebuild the Susquehannah Turnpike Enclosure in front of the Elementary school

2.      Install the railroad ties on Railroad Ave.

3.      Purchase a new Historical marker

4.      Digitize the Round Top Cemetery

5.      Remediate one abandoned cemetery

6.      Publish the Eseck G. Wilber letters

7.      Begin work on the new HQ’s
After some discussion the projects were accepted

    1. Robert U. mentioned that Gail Walker is organizing a clean up day in Round Top. Local children will be bagging trash along the roads. This is part of Earth Day activities.
    2. Robert U. advised that he had spoken with Tobe Carey who has confirmed that he is working on a Railroad DVD that will include the CMRR.
    3. Sylvia mentioned that Michael Sharkey had suggested that the Cairo Historical Society establish a youth group. Everyone thought this was a great idea. We need someone to be the lead for that project and work with Michael.
    4. John Rieker suggested that we create an historical scavenger hunt around Cairo – all thought this was a great idea.
    5. Robert U. mentioned that there was a highly significant discovery on Highway Property that has attracted the attention of scholars worldwide. They have discovered the bed of an ancient lake with fossils dating back 350 million years. Predates the Gilboa site.
    6. There is no link to the Cairo Historical Society webpage on the Cairo Town website. Robert U. to ask them to create the link.
    7. Sylvia asked whether anyone had every heard that the old Olmstead house in Acra was haunted? No one was aware.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes May 17, 2012
By Sylvia Hasenkopf  

Members Present: Hillary Higgins, John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Ray Houghtaling, Linda Larsen, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf, Ann Clapper, John Gallagher. 

Sylvia Hasenkopf called the meeting to order at 7:08pm. 

  1. Treasurer’s Report:

John G. presented the Treasurer’s Report for the Cairo Historical Society General Fund, the Building Fund and the Case’s Speakeasy Accounts. As of May 17, 2012 there was $2,170.80 in the CHS General Account. There was $3,161.91 in the Case’s speakeasy account and there was $1,645.24 in the Building Fund.

John K. motioned that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted and Hillary seconded the motion. All agreed. 

  1. Membership update:
    We currently have 73 members, an increase of 13 since March’s meeting. We have now collected $2350 in membership dues.

    A warm welcome to new members Lois C. Vendon, Gene Houghtaling, William P. Freese, ST Welding, Carmela Altamura and Edmond Albright.

    We currently have 227 Facebook members. Discussions have centered on the Baldwin Hotel, Leona Bingel, Main St. (Earl’s Drug Store, Arnolds, Coursen’s etc.), Cairo Airport, Cairo Yearbooks, items from the George Wilk and Arnold Chadderdon collections.
     
  2. Collections:
    George Wilk collection was recently received.
     
  3. We sold 1 Portrait of the Past and 6 Legs Diamond books.
     
  4. Old Business:
    1. Cairo Historical Society Logo – Suzanne Oldakowski has suggested we keep the logo for the CHS very simple. Some suggestions were: a wheel, a key, a forge, a mill stone.
    2. Sylvia advised that the elections in April went very well. We will install our new VP and Trustees when the President is present.
       
  1. New Business:
    1. Sylvia advised that we have two upcoming events and are looking for volunteers. The Coxsackie-Athens Community Band will be playing at 2pm on May 20th and the Temperance and TommyGuns 1920’s Street Festival is on June 16th.
    2. Sylvia has received a query from someone about the Grand View Resort on Rte 23. Looking for information to share with her.
    3. Sylvia suggested that the CHS acquire Cairo, NY baseball caps to sell at our events. After some discussion all agreed this was a good idea. Ann Clapper was wearing a baseball cap with the logo we were interested in. It was decided that we would purchase 50 hats and the colors would be black with white stitching, blue with white stitching, white with black stitching, Khaki with green stitching, hunter green with white stitching. Ann C. motioned to move forward to purchase the caps and Ron seconded the motion. All agreed.
    4. A discussion began on the new historical marker. Sylvia presented a list of the existing markers. It was decided to table further discussion on the choice of which sign to have manufactured to a future meeting when more Directors were present. The signs we already have are:

1.      Mowers House – Stage Coach Stop & Inn Built 1689

2.      Massacre 1780 – Johannes Strope and wife killed by Indians. Frederick Schermerhorn carried captive to Canada

3.      Bell Factory – of William Barton, earliest American Maker of Sleigh Bells stood on this stream 1828

            There were two additional markers, now lost:

4.      Iron Forge – of Enoch Hyde and Benjamin Hall stood at first fall 1788. First in Greene County

5.      Woodstock – First settlement in Town of Cairo by James Barker and Tenantry in 1791

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes June 21, 2012
By Sylvia Hasenkopf  

Members Present: Robert Uzzilia, John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf. Helen Chadderdon, Ray Houghtaling, Ed Englehart, Bob Rose, Floyd Hempstead, Robert Dodge, John Gallagher. 

Sylvia Hasenkopf called the meeting to order at 7:08pm. 

  1. Treasurer’s Report:
    As of June 21, 2012, there was $1,575.24 in the Building Fund and $2195.04 in the General Fund. Numbers for the Case’s Speakeasy and T&T account was not available.
     
  2. Membership update:
    We currently have 78 members, an increase of 5 since May’s meeting. A warm welcome to new members Craig and Donna Wexler, Jeana Ruggero, Bavarian Manor and Dorothy Rumph as well as returning member Steve Mann.

    We currently have 238 Facebook members. Discussions have centered on Freeman’s General Store, S. Cairo, Graduation classes 1939 and 1967, Temperance and TommyGuns event, Cedar Lawn, The Erin House (Cairo).

    There are two outstanding questions from our Facebook page: People are looking for pictures of the Old Limelight and the Grand View. The Old Limelight was the former Gayhead General Store and Post Office in Gayhead at the corner of County Rt 67, Schoharie Turnpike & Gayhead Earlton Rd.. The Cairo / Greeneville town line runs thru the middle of Gayhead, the Limelight is on the Greeeville side of that line. The Grand View is on Rte 23 next door to the Cairo Family Care building.
     
  1. Collections:
    Carol Spohler donated a number of items to the CHS (election pens, the Masonic Bibles of Walter F. Teubler and Fred R. Spohler, a leather/suede Catskill Mtns. Photograph album, and Indian arrow head key chain and a Benefit  Concert Program 1971 for new band uniforms.)

    Linda Larsen provided a number of items for scanning into our collection – the Finch Farm deed of 1959, the school essay “A Gem in the Catskills” by Mary Donnelly, and a Scrapbook from the 1950’s.

    Jean Ruggero from Minnesota mailed a packet of materials on the Decesare family to us for scanning. Her grandparents owned the Commodore Inn. Many of these scanned items have been posted on the CHS Facebook page.
     
  1. We have had a very successful item sales month. We have sold 30 Cairo hats, 3 Portrait of the Past books, 1 Legs Diamond: Gangster book and 1 Catskill Mountain House DVD. We received the remaining $150 in donations for the Curtis Clock project. Work on the Curtis Clock is underway by Russ Oechsle, who is bringing it back to original condition and placing it in working order before we pick it up.
     
  2. Old Business:
    1. We cannot reinstall the Bell Factory historical marker until the repair to the culvert on old 23 is completed.
    2. Robert U. recused himself from the committee on the development of the CHS logo.
    3. Robert U., as president of the Cairo Historical Society, formally welcomes Hillary Higgins as a Vice President and Ann Clapper and Ron Hasenkopf  as Trustees.  He congratulates John Gallagher on his reelection as Treasurer.
    4. Sylvia advised that the new baseball caps have arrived. There are six colors to choose from, black, navy blue, forest green, chocolate, wheat and khaki. Each cap is $15 plus shipping where necessary.
    5. It was decided that the CHS will move forward with a new historical marker. We will install a marker dedicated to James Barker, the Patroon. Robert U. and Sylvia will work on the wording on the marker. A review of the costs to make the marker were undertaken.
      Catskill Castings, in Bloomville, Delaware Co, NY manufactures the standard NYS Historical Markers and has the molds. The base price is $1025 per marker plus $30 for shipping by UPS. There are two types of mounting poles, aluminum ($114 per length plus $25 shipping by UPS) and galvanized steel ($114 plus $25 shipping by UPS). Delivery is 6-8 weeks but could be longer depending on manufacturing backlogs.
      We can place our own logo on the sign – there is likely a charge to create the mold for our unique logo.
      Included in the cost is the message on the plaque. There is one title line of up to 15 characters, 5 lines in the body of the message of up to 27 characters each line and 1 credit line of up to 30 characters. All character totals include punctuation and spaces.
      Ed Englehart volunteered to talk with other foundaries to see if we can get a more competitive price.
    6. Sylvia is pleased to report that the CHS received its 501c3 designation at the beginning of March 2012. The paperwork was lost in the mail and she has ordered a copy.
    7. Sylvia suggested we move forward with the painting of the Masonic Hall’s kitchen. Bob Dodge and Robert U. have indicated an interest in participating. The fall will likely be a better time to schedule this.
    8. The link to the Cairo Historical Society website from the Town of Cairo website is now complete.
       
  3. New Business:
    1. Sylvia provided John G. with a packet on the software application Square Up which would allow the CHS to accept credit card sales. John has agreed to provide a recommendation on whether this application will work for our business application.
       
  4. Project Update
    1. Temperance & TommyGuns – Sylvia reported that our T&T event was very successful. It is estimated that we had 2000 people in the Town of Cairo. As we are still learning, the T&T team will meet to discuss the events and identify areas for improvement. There has not yet been enough time to identify whether the event was financially successful.
    2. Movie Night – Sweet Violets is scheduled for next meeting date – July 19, 2012.
    3. Archival Day 2012 is scheduled for July 28th at 11am at Gallagher’s.
    4. Cairo RR lecture by Dale Flansburg will be held during August’s meeting. Robert U. says that planning for the event is well underway.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:36pm. 

Show and Tell:

1) Robert U. donated a Program from 1969/70. Discussions started on the Vietnam lottery. Fond memories of Scott Garrity protesting Vietnam War. He wore a coat with the peace sign on his coat.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes November 15, 2012
By Sylvia Hasenkopf  

Members Present: Robert Uzzilia, John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf, Jon Morgese, April Saccocio, Linda Larsen, Ann Clapper, Ray Houghtaling, John Gallagher, Hillary Higgins, Michael Sharkey 

Robert Uzzilia called the meeting to order at 7:10pm. 

  1. Treasurer’s Report:
    As of November 15, 2012, there was $3,029.01 in the Building Fund, $4,120.16 in the General Fund and $2,069.01 in the T&T Fund.
     
  2. Membership update:
    We currently have 87 members, an increase of 9 since June’s meeting. A warm welcome to new members John Chadderdon, Joan Chadderdon, Nancy C. Gontarek, Jacksie Anne Chadderdon Hurley, Barbara and George Morrison, Roxann and Miklos Salgo, Nicholas Mammano, Jon Morgese and the Inn at Hillcrest Manor (Russ Ekstrom and Will de Bonis).

    We currently have 264 Facebook members, an increase in 24 members since June. Discussions have centered on the Chick Weeks family, the George Wilk collection, the Living History WW2 event, the Freese family, Pickwick Resort, the Apple Harvest Festival, Case’s Speakeasy, the closing of Slater’s, the Chadderdon and Darby families, and much more. 
     
  3. Collections:
    Cataloguing new donations continues. New material has been received from Michael Sharkey (Purling Roller Rink and Bob Schneider), Bob Harring (family pics and genealogy), Sandy Muller (2 Cairo baseball jerseys, Baldwin family pics, Cairo ephemera), Doug Persons (3 Montgomery Ward catalogs, Cairo billy stick), Sylvia Hasenkopf (Eliab Alden genealogy), Dot Rosenthal (Cairo souvenir), Ray Houghtaling (Fiero deeds), Betty Chichester (Cairo calendars and Lennon pics), Carol Spohler (Cairo ephemera).
     
  4. Since June we have had brisk item sales:
    1. T&T Tshirts – 3
    2. Bicentennial Tshirts – 6
    3. Cairo caps – 33
    4. Portrait of the Past – 5
    5. Legs Diamond book – 5
    6. Cairo Herald 2012 – 72
    7. Greene County Historic Homes – 1
    8. Greene County DVD – 3
    9. Catskill Mountain DVD – 2
    10. Capitol Hill Fire DVD – 1
    11. William Kennedy’s Legs Diamond DVD – 2

Our events over the last months were well attended: Gunsmiths of Greene County – 29, Catskill Mountain RR – 57, Sweet Violets Documentary - 15, Capitol Hill Fire Documentary – 12, Archival Day 4, Case’s Speakeasy 70.

  1. Old Business:
    1. Bob Uzzilia will contact Mike Lamenec and Robert Hempstead to install the Bell Factory historical marker.
    2. Sylvia has offered to head up CHS logo initiative.
    3. Sylvia advised that Robert Uzzilia and herself moved forward with an application to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for an historical marker. This would be at no cost to the CHS if we are approved. Daniel Sayre was chosen as the topic and the Ed and Maureen Forrester agreed to have the marker on their property. We will know in December is we have been approved.
    4. Sylvia presented the information collected by Ed Englehart on an alternative company for producing the historical markers. A. M. Tech, Inc quoted a price of $2195.00 including shipping and mounting pipe.
      Catskill Castings, in Bloomville, Delaware Co, NY manufactures the standard NYS Historical Markers and has the molds. The base price is $1025 per marker plus $30 for shipping by UPS. There are two types of mounting poles, aluminum ($114 per length plus $25 shipping by UPS) and galvanized steel ($114 plus $25 shipping by UPS). Delivery is 6-8 weeks but could be longer depending on manufacturing backlogs.
      It seems clear that Catskill Castings has a more competitive price.
    5. Painting of the Masonic Hall’s kitchen was discussed. As the Masonic Hall closes for the winter at the end of December Hillary suggested that the painting take place in January. All agreed. The painting team is Ron, John Kargoe, Mike Sharkey at this point.
    6. John Gallagher has indicated that he has not had the time to investigate the pros and cons of the Square Up program for using credit cards with an IPod or IPhone. Hillary has agreed to take on this initiative.
       
  2. New Business:
    1. A meeting was held between the Cairo Task Force Board and the Cairo Historical Society Board regarding the monies that were collected by the Cairo Task Force for the restoration of the Cairo Diner. A proposal was tabled that the new Cairo Historical Society recreate a section of the old diner in the HQ’s building. Bob Uzzilia, President of the Cairo Task Force advised that the Cairo Task Force Board met and agreed to transfer the monies raised for the Cairo Diner Restoration, about $3000, to the Cairo Historical Society Building Fund. All CHS members present at the meeting were very appreciative of this gesture and thanked the Cairo Task Force.
    2. Jon Morgese of the Cairo Taxpayers Association also mentioned that the Cairo Taxpayers Association is now defunct and that the remaining members voted to transfer the remaining balance in their bank account, about $700, to the CHS Building Fund. All CHS members present at the meeting thanked Jon and the members of the Cairo Taxpayers Association for their generosity.
    3. Sylvia presented two new potential programs to the membership present at the CHS meeting. Both programs were presented to the CHS Board of Trustees and received their support.

1.   The first is the Town of Cairo Hometown Heroes Banner Program. Sylvia proposed that the CHS sponsor this program. The vision would be to have banners hung on each of the 62 lamp posts that we have along Main St. and Mountain Ave. The banners would have the picture of the veteran as well as information about the veteran. A committee would need to be struck to develop the program criteria and the details regarding pricing and communications. Sylvia raised a motion for the program to be approved. Ann Clapper seconded the motion, all agreed. Ray Houghtaling, Steve and Hillary Higgins and Sylvia Hasenkopf have volunteered to be on the committee.

2.   The second program is the Cairo Family Tree. This initiative would support our Building Fund. Sylvia presented some pictures of potential trees, with leaves and animals that would be placed in the HQ’s along one wall. She raised a motion for the program to be approved. Ann Clapper seconded the motion and all agreed. Team members will be identified in the future. The first priority is the Hometown Heroes Banner Program.

    1. There was a discussion regarding the closing of Slater’s Great American. The Cairo Historical Society wanted to publicly acknowledge and thank Unk Slater for the tremendous support he has given us over the years and to wish him well in his ventures.
    2. A discussion began o the creation of a USPS stamp to commemorate one of our events. John K. has volunteered to pick up the paperwork.
       
  1. Project Update
    1. Sylvia reported that Case’s Speakeasy was a great success. We had 70 guests and everyone had a good time. The food was outstanding and many thanks go out to Teri and the Mountain View Brasserie for their support and professionalism throughout the evening. Many thanks go out to Moki Pambianchi for the design services. The “look” of the banquet hall was breathtaking. And many thanks go out to all the committee members and volunteers that made the event such a success. The numbers were not yet in but the event made a small profit. We also raised just over $1100 for the building fund with our silent auction. Many thanks to Gail and John Kargoe who worked hard and long to make the silent auction such a success.
    2. Hillary reported that she will be sending out the pictures from the Case’s speakeasy event as a Holiday Card.
    3. Hillary reported that the State of the Union Dinner will be held on February 23rd at the Masonic Hall. The event will be run from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. The dinner menu will remain the same and prices will be $18 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
    4. A discussion was held regarding the need to buy equipment for our presentations – speakers, projector, wireless microphone. Jon Morgese volunteered to look for speakers and a projector and Mike Sharkey for a wireless microphone.
    5. A discussion was held that that it has been too long since our last CHS meeting. We need to ensure that our programming does not interfere with our regularly held meetings. The CHS Board of Trustees will be working on the new programming for 2013 and will take a more balanced approach to the year’s events.
    6. Sylvia stated that she would like to begin work on the clean up of an abandoned cemetery – the Solomon Earl Cemetery on Joseph Kollar Rd. She suggested December 1st as a possible date. Ray Houghtaling, Mike Sharkey, Robert Uzzilia and Sylvia Hasenkopf have volunteered to be on the team.
    7. A discussion began on the replacement of the enclosures of the Susquehannah Turnpike markers. Should we replace just the one that is in very poor condition in front Cairo Elementary or all four? Ron suggested it would be much simpler to replace them all at the same time. Robert U. stated that the enclosures were built by a kids youth program and he would like to preserve those that are in good condition as long as possible. Perhaps the students in Votek would be willing to make the enclosures as part of their program. Mike Sharkey volunteered to get the contact name and number of the Shop teacher at Votek.
    8. Robert U. stated that the placement of the rails for the CMRR display would need to wait for spring.
    9. Sylvia advised that the digitization of the Round Top cemetery is complete.
    10. Sylvia advised that the publication date of the Eseck G. Wilber Civil War letters has been pushed back to the Spring of 2013, as is the lecture on the book. All letters and his diary have been typed and proofed. She is working on the Notes to the letters now.
    11. Sylvia advised that work on the new CHS website is pushed into 2013
    12. Sylvia advised that work continues on the Schoolhouse project. Yearbooks are being collected as are photos of the one room schoolhouses and pupils.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05pm.

Show and Tell:

1) Robert Uzzilia brought in a postcard of the Clarice boarding house. He wondered where it was located. It was owned by D. Vaccari.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes December 20, 2012
By Sylvia Hasenkopf  

Members Present: Robert Uzzilia, John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf,  Linda Larsen, Ann Clapper, Ray Houghtaling, John Gallagher, Hillary Higgins, Steve Higgins, Bob Dodge Jr., Gail Kargoe, John Rieker

Robert Uzzilia called the meeting to order at 7:09pm.

  1. As the minutes to the November 15, 2012 meeting were received rather late, the approval of the minutes was put off until the January 17, 2013 meeting in order to give the members sufficient time to read them.
     
  2. Treasurer’s Report:
    As of November 15, 2012, there was $3,029.94 in the Building Fund, $2,852.85 in the General Fund and $2,069.01 in the T&T Fund.

    Sylvia motioned that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. John Kargoe seconded the motion and it was accepted by all.
     
  3. Membership update:
    We currently have 90 members, an increase of 3 since November’s meeting. A warm welcome to new members Steve and April Saccoccio, Muriel Weeks Test and Gretchen Test.

    The 2013 Membership Drive was launched in early December. 137 membership packets were mailed and a general membership plea was placed on the CHS Facebook page.

    We currently have 267 Facebook members, an increase in 3 members since November. Discussions have centered on the F.W. Evory sign, Joe’s Inn in Acra, the Ray Houghtaling family photos, The Inn at Hillcrest Manor, the Montgomery Ward catalogs in the CHS collection, the George Wilk collection and the Weeks Family photos and much more. 
     
  4. Collections:
    Cataloguing new donations continues. New material has been received from April Saccoccio (Cairo Central School material) and we received the 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950 and 1951 Forge yearbooks from Ray Houghtaling.
     
  5. Item Sales for November/December are:
    1. Greene County USA DVD: 2
    2. Deep Water DVD: 1
    3. Capitol Hill DVD: 1
    4. Portrait of the Past: 5
    5. Sweet Violets: 1
       
  6. Old Business:
    1. Bob Uzzilia advised that he had spoken with Robert Hempstead, Town of Cairo Highway Supervisor, who stated that he is too overwhelmed with Town projects at present and cannot reinstall the historical marker. He suggested we contact the County. The marker is repaired and painted and is ready to be installed.
    2. Sylvia indicated that the Logo Project will be a priority next year.
    3. Sylvia advised that she had spoken with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation regarding the grant for an historical marker. It was indicated that the Cairo Historical Society will receive a grant, however more information is needed using primary resources to support the application.
    4. Sylvia indicated that she has received the 501c3 paperwork, finally and has provided a copy to John. John needs to now apply to the State for a tax exemption.
    5. Sylvia advised that we are in the fund raising mode presently for the CHS building.
    6. Hillary indicated that she explored the use of Square Up, a mobile credit card system and has discovered that there has been some negative feedback on the system. Some individuals have indicated that they have not received the daily deposits to their accounts as guaranteed in the literature. It was suggested that Hillary explore the Intuit program from Quickbooks, which she has agreed to do.
    7. Sylvia advised that the Hometown Heroes Banner Program Committee has met and prepared the Application Kit, which was distributed to all members present at the meeting. Discussion ensued with some suggestions on additional information we could collect. Anne Clapper motioned that the Application Kit, with suggested changes, be accepted and the Program launched. Hillary seconded the motion and the vote was carried unanimously. The Application Kits will be placed at Cairo Town Hall and be available at the Cairo Historical Society website.
      The program will also be launched on the CHS Facebook Page and a front page spread in the Greenville Mountain View Pioneer. Sylvia will also reach out to the Daily Mail.
      Sylvia suggested that the Cairo Historical Society sponsor a Hometown Hero Banner themselves. She suggested a Civil War soldier. There are two such soldiers for which we have a picture – Milton Howard and William Henry Spencer. Ray Houghtaling motioned that we move forward with a banner for Milton Howard. Ann Clapper seconded the motion and the motion was unanimously approved. The Town of Cairo has agreed that we can hang this banner in the Town Clerk’s Office until May.
    8. Sylvia advised that cheques from the Cairo Task Force and Cairo Taxpayers Association have not yet been received.
    9. As neither Jon Morgese nor Michael Sharkey are at the meeting the new equipment discussion is tabled until a future date.
    10. John Kargoe indicated that he visited the Post Office and obtained the information for the process on creating a commemorative stamp for Cairo. There is a 10 week application process and there are strict guidelines that must be followed.  The application fee is $25 and we can purchase any number of envelopes with the stamp as we wish and resell at any cost we wish. The logo can be no more than 2 inches by 4 inches. The cancellation process occurs at the time of purchase. John K. has agreed to chair this committee.
       
  7. New Business:
    1. No new business was discussed.
       
  8. Project Update
    1. Sylvia advised that a small team of members, Ray Houghtaling, Bob Dodge, Sylvia Hasenkopf and Bob Uzzilia cleared the brush from the Solomon Earl Cemetery on December 2, 2012. Further work on the cemetery will occur in the spring. George True stopped by and brought coffee and cookies to warm up the team. George also volunteered to fix the stone wall of the cemetery in the spring.
    2. There were two attendees at the What’s in your Trunk – Using Military Records lecture. A small, but enthusiastic group.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

Show and Tell:

1)      Bob Uzzilia brought in pictures of Cairo in the winter. – Yonker’s Hotel, the Cairo Fountain and others

2)      Pics of Sam and Edna Cozine and Bob Harring were also shared.

3)      Sylvia shared the picture of the F. W. Evary sign that was posted on Facebook. After some discussion, it was felt that this appeared to be the stencil for produce that was packed in crates or barrels – very possibly apples. Linda Larsen had seen the discussion on Facebook on this sign and brought in a genealogy on the family. An Evory file will be created.


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