Cairo Historical Society

Minutes for 2014

 


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes January 16, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ed Englehardt, Ray Houghtaling, Robert Uzzilia, Elton Rouse, Ron Hasenkopf, Ann Clapper, Mary Lou Nahas, Nick Nahas, John Gallagher 

President, John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:07 p. m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The November 21, 2013 and December 19, 2013 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Ed Engelhardt made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion.
  2. The Treasurer advised that there is no treasurer’s report this evening. He advised that the Balance sheet and Income Statements for 2013 are almost complete. He needs the inventory count of our sales products. Sylvia will provide the info.
  3. Sylvia advised that she followed up on the bank charges that appeared on the last bank statements. They were Intuit bank charges and they have been reimbursed by the company.
    Sylvia advised that the $25 cheque from the Department of the Aging has been received.
  4. Membership update:
    Our membership for 2014 is currently 51 members. Included in this total are three new members: James Amodeo, Abbie Test and Kurt and Kathleen Spohler. The CHS welcomes these members. Our renewal rate is 47%.
  5. We currently have 525 Facebook members, an increase of 53 members since November. Discussions this month have centered on pics from school classes, A Victorian Tea with Charles L. Beach, Spoke shaves, and various ads from the Cairo Herald.
  6. Collections:  Sylvia has been working on cataloging the CHS collection. For 2014 we have over 300 items cataloged. She brought the index in for everyone to look at.
  7. Item Sales:  6  Eseck G. Wilber books,
  8. Old Business:

a)      John K. confirmed that the CHAR500 has been filed with NYS.

b)      Sylvia advised that Rita Carver has produced a tentative logo for the CHS and the Logo Committee will be meeting to discuss once everyone is back in town.

c)      John Kargoe advised that he will be signing the land papers for the Cairo Depot land at Mike Esslie’s office on Monday. He hopes to put together a Railroad Committee soon to begin the planning process for the project.

d)     Sylvia advised that the planning and designing for the CHS HQ’s is well underway. She expects that Kaaterskill Associates will be presenting the preliminary designs to the Planning Board in the next few weeks.

e)      Sylvia advised that the Collections stamp has been ordered.

f)       Sylvia advised that she has not had time to pursue wider distribution of the Eseck G. Wilber book.

  1. Projects Update:

a)      Sylvia advises that applications for the 2014 Hometown Heroes Banners are now available.

b)      A Victorian Tea with Charles L. Beach is scheduled for January 18, 2014 at Gallagher’s at 2:00pm. Joe Capobianco will do a theatrical performance as Charles L. Beach followed by the Victorian Tea. Gail Kargoe advises that we have sold 93 tickets already, a sell out crowd. Gail wanted to acknowledge the generosity of the following businesses who are supplying cash or materials for the event: B&B Forest Products ($100), US Paper Counters ($75), Hannafords ($150 worth of groceries), Price Chopper ($25 gift card), Karen’s Flower (table centerpieces for $50), Rooster Doodle Café and Bakery (100 scones). Gail will be using china primarily from her own collection and that of M.a. Tarpinian and other ladies in the community are also helping out.

c)      Planning for the State of the Union Dinner will begin directly after the Victorian Tea.

  1. New Business:

a)      No new business 

Ann Clapper moved to close the business meeting at 7:52 and Ed Englehardt seconded the motion. 

Share Session:

1) Sylvia presented a binder of pictures of the United Methodist Church which included maps of Main St. Cairo from 1856 and 1867.  This church was initially the Cairo Presbyterian Church and this particular church building was constructed in 1835. The Presbyterian Church was founded by Daniel Sayre, Cairo’s first town supervisor at his home in 1799. The Cairo Methodist Church appears on the 1856 map on Bross St. The Cairo Methodist Church appears at two locations on the 1867 map – on Bross St and at the site of the current Masonic Hall on Main St. This building was the Cairo Baptist Church on the 1856 map. In 1952 the Cairo Presbyterian Church and the Cairo Methodist Church merged and the United Methodist Church was born. The United church decided to use the Presbyterian Church building and put the Methodist church up for sale. It was bought by Kedemah Lodge.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes February 20, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ray Houghtaling, Robert Uzzilia, Elton Rouse, Linda Larsen, John Rieker 

President, John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The January 16, 2014 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Gail Kargoe seconded the motion.
  2. There is no Treasurer’s Report.
  3. Membership update: We have 73 members, up 15 members from the January report. Our renewal rate stands at 65.69%. We have four new members to date in 2014.
  4. We currently have 579 Facebook members, an increase of 54 members since January. Discussions this month have centered on the 2014 Hometown Heroes Program, the death of Artie Schlobaum, who was remembered by many CHS Facebook members with great fondness, the Cairo Railroad, old resorts in Acra, Eva’s Farm, Durso’s shoestore.
  5. Collections:  No new collections additions, however two buttons and two medals for Fred J. Meyer, a former Cairo resident and a Spanish-American War veteran are available for purchase on Ebay. Phyllis Silva-Keith, a member of the Cairo Historical Society, has purchased the two buttons and one of the medals and is donating them to the Cairo Historical Society. Many thanks are extended to Phyllis for her generosity. There is one last medal of Frederick J. Meyer that the seller on Ebay has posted. Asking price is $500. Sylvia asked the members present whether the CHS should acquire the medal. After much discussion it was decided that the membership is willing to donate $100 towards the purchase of the medal and Sylvia will extend an invitation to the CHS Facebook membership to see whether there are any other individuals interested in contributing to the purchase of the medal. Sylvia will also see if she can negotiate a lower price on the medal with the seller.
  6. Item Sales:  1 Greene County Historic Homes, 1 Greene County USA DVD, 1 Cairo Mountain House, 1 Capitol Hill Fire, 6 Eseck G. Wilber books. As we sold the last Greene County Historic Homes book, 6 additional books were ordered. The inventory of all our items for sale has been taken and forwarded to John Gallagher for his year end report.

Old Business:

a)      Sylvia advised that Rita Carver is still working on the final logo layout.

b)      Sylvia advises that she spoke with John G. and he has advised that he has filed the NYS Tax Exemption request.

c)      Sylvia advised that the Collections stamp has arrived and will be used to identify all items in our collections.

d)     Sylvia advised that she has not had time to pursue wider distribution of the Eseck G. Wilber book.

Projects Update:

a)      Sylvia advised that a number of applications for Hometown Heroes Banners have been received. She suggested that the CHS may want to sponsor a few banners this year. There was a general agreement with this idea and the issue will be re-tabled in the March monthly meeting.

b)      The State of the Union Dinner was highly successful this year. We served 96 dinners, not including the volunteer dinners and we raised $1948.37 for the CHS Building Fund.

New Business:

a)      John Kargoe provided an overview of the first meeting of the Cairo RR Repot committee.  Elton Rouse, John Kargoe, Robert Uzzilia and Ed Englehardt met to begin discussions on the project. John Kargoe provided the minutes of the meeting which are attached to these minutes. Ray Houghtaling expressed a concern that we not have two major construction projects underway at the same time. John K. advised that the Cairo RR Depot Committee will be doing fact gathering and preliminary fund raising ideas at this juncture. The focus of the CHS is to complete the CHS Headquarters before we begin any real fundraising efforts on the Depot. John K. felt that the CHS could move forward with laying the tracks on the property. Doing this we would be making the community aware of our intent to develop the property.
A number of ideas were tossed around regarding fund raising opportunities: 1) Get a table at the different train shows 2) Elton Rouse stated that he is writing a book about the railroad and interested in donating a percentage of the profits to the CHS 3) Writing various grants 4) Casting an original switch plate or spike from the CMRR line and sell it as a fundraiser 5) Develop a CHS Depot float 6) Create a specialty Cairo Herald full of Railroad articles from the past.
John K. advised that the next meeting of the Cairo RR Depot Committee will be March 12th at 7:00pm at the Cairo Library – all interested parties are invited to attend.

b)      Sylvia asked the members present at the meeting whether the CHS should take a proactive approach to acquiring the Forge Yearbooks. We spend a considerable amount of time tracking down old yearbooks. She is suggesting that we purchase the yearbooks every year as they become available. Robert U. motioned that we purchase a yearbook every year as they become available. Gail seconded the motion. All in favor.

c)      There will be three positions open for election at the April Yearly Meeting: the secretary position, Sylvia Hasenkopf current incumbent and two trustee positions, Robert Hempstead and Linda Larsen current incumbents.

d)     Sylvia read an email from Valerie Meddaugh and a small note from The Kissanes that were complimentary to the work the CHS is doing:
From Valerie Meddaugh, commenting on the news the CHS had purchased the Depot property: “Fabulous news! Great work on your part. The CHS seems to be a real driver in re-shaping Cairo. January 23, 2014”
From the Kissanes: “Dear Supervisor Banta: I am writing to tell you we were very impressed by your respect your town displays on you lamp posts. We think it is a wonderful thing the town is doing by displaying the pictures of your heroes. Thank you for a beautiful drive thru your town. Sept 2013” 

Sylvia Hasenkopf moved to close the business meeting at 8:25 and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. 

Share Session:

1)      Sylvia presented a binder on the Cairo Episcopal Church. Pictures of the church’s exterior and interior were included. The Episcopal Church is noted for its beautiful stained glass windows. A listing of church baptisms, marriages and burials was added to the file. Robert U. provided a brief history of the church, which was founded in 1832. He also brought in a number of publications regarding the church: 1) 150th Anniversary booklet, 2) The Centennial Booklet 3) Annual Chicken Dinner 1948 booklet. Copies were made for the binder. It was noted that the original bell for the church was purchased in September 1840 from Mr. Hanks’ Factory in Troy, NY, weighing 530 lbs. The purchase price was $153. That bell was replaced in 1903.

2)      Ray Houghtaling donated a copy of the founding of the Cairo Fire Company as was found in the Greene County Advertiser, Vol.1 No.1 April 8, 1886.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes March 20, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf, Ray Houghtaling, Robert Uzzilia, Elton Rouse, Linda Larsen, Robert Uzzilia, Ann Clapper

President, John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The February 20, 2014 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Ann Clapper made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion.
  2. There is no Treasurer’s Report. Sylvia provided the account balances from the February bank statements, however she believes there is a deposit that is still outstanding. General Fund: $4,937.47; Building Fund $18,201.51; Events Fund $2,844.79.
  3. Membership update: We have 81 members, up 8 members from the February report. We have three new members and four renewal members. Our renewal rate stands at 71.57%.
  4. We currently have 642 Facebook members, an increase of 63 members since February. Discussions this month have centered on many school pictures that resulted in huge numbers of comments – Ed Hatton, the bus drivers, John DuRoss Drivers Ed classes. Also discussed Van’s, the Cock & Bottle shop (a snowmobile club), the Candy Cane and pictures of the Lampman siblings over the years. Obituaries were posted for Granger William Dittmar, Frieda Swanson and Helen Wyszynski.
  5. Collections:  Sylvia has completed the cataloguing of the George and Leta Arnold WW2 letters. In addition she began a binder of business cards for businesses from the Town of Cairo, past and present. There are already over 100 business cards in the directory. Due to the generosity of members Ann Clapper, Phyllis Silva-Keith, Cindy Coffel, Jimmy Amodeo and Russ Ekstrom, the Cairo Historical Society was able to acquire the Fred J. Meyer Military Order of Santiago medal/badge. Many thanks go out to these members for their generosity.
  6. Item Sales:  The University of Virginia has ordered one copy of the Eseck G. Wilber book.

Old Business:

a)      Sylvia advised that great progress has been made on the logo – a design image has been identified and Rita Carver is working on the fine tuning of the design. This image will be useful for our correspondence. We would need a line drawing of the image for other mediums. Michael Lamanec says he has a line drawing of  the Shinglekill Falls that we could look at.

b)      No change with the NYS Tax Exemption request.

c)      John K. advises that he had to cancel the meeting of the RR Depot Committee, due to bad weather. The next meeting is scheduled for April 22, 2014 at 7pm in the Community Room of the Cairo Public Library. All are welcome. John also advised that he has had a conversation with Mike West regarding the Cairo RR. Turntable. He appears to be quite willing to discuss options with us.

d)     Sylvia advised that she has not had time to pursue wider distribution of the Eseck G. Wilber book.

e)      Sylvia provided an update on the progress of the CHS Headquarters. Kaaterskill Associates presented our plans to the Planning Board a second time during the public comment phase. There were no questions. The Planning Board has provided conditional approval to our plans, pending variance approvals.

f)       The Cairo Historical Society has been offered 6 brand new Cairo HS Yearbooks from 2008-2013 for $100.  All agreed we should acquire them. New yearbooks are $45 per year and it was also agreed to order a new one each year for the CHS collections. Sylvia will proceed.

g)      John K. advised that we have an election at the Annual meeting of the CHS in April. Two trustee positions are up for election, the positions of Linda Larsen and Robert Hempstead. In addition, the Secretary/VP position, currently held by Sylvia Hasenkopf is also up for reappointment by the Board of Trustees. Current incumbents have all expressed an interest in continuing in their positions. The review of the By-Laws and Constitution of the Cairo Historical Society is not yet complete; therefore there is a need to establish the elections process before the Annual Meeting. This will be done at the next Board of Trustees meeting which will be held before the Annual Meeting. It was agreed the Board of Trustees Meeting will be held at Sylvia’s house on April 10, 2014 at 7pm.

h)      The Constitution and By-Laws Committee is Linda Larsen, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf and John Kargoe is the Chair.

Projects Update:

a)      The CHS has received 18 Hometown Heroes Banners applications to date. There are six WW1 and WW2 soldiers who were killed in action and for whom we are seeking sponsors.

  1. Sgt. Robert J. Rothenhausler, WW2

  2. Pfc. Joseph D. Kollar, US Army Medic, WW2

  3. Pvt. Floyd A. Hauver, WW1

  4. Pvt. Frank W. Hitchcock, Cook, WW1

  5. 1st Lt. Harold C. Meyer, WW2

  6. Pvt. Virnel Butler, WW1

              Dan Joyce has indicated that he is interested in sponsoring Virnel Butler’s
              Banner. The CHS is actively looking for sponsors for the other banners. The
              CHS is also actively looking for sponsors for a number of Revolutionary
              War vets:

  1. A mos Finch

  2. Eliab Alden

  3. John Balis

  4. Jeremiah Mandigo

  5. Peter Simpson

  6. Jonathan Nickerson

                           North River Research has agreed to sponsor Jeremiah Mandigo’s banner. 

                           Sylvia asked the members present whether the CHS membership would like    
                           to sponsor any banners. It was agreed by all present that the following
                           Hometown Heroes Banners will be sponsored by the membership:

  1.  Capt. James M. Pierson, Civil War

  2. Eseck G. Wilber,  Civil War

  3. George Arnold Jr.

Ray Houghtaling asked for help in getting the banners hung as we will have a large number to place on poles. John Kargoe, Ed Englehardt and Michael Lamanec indicated an interest in helping.

New Business:

a)      Elizabeth Brinkerhoff has asked the Cairo Historical Society whether they would be interested in having a table at the 2nd Annual Town of Cairo Picnic, taking place Saturday, May 3 from 11:30am to 3:00pm. Rain date, Sunday May 4.  John and Gail Kargoe have indicated that they would man the table. 

Ann Clapper moved to close the Business Meeting 8:30pm, seconded by Ed Englehardt. 

Share Session:

a)      Sylvia presented the George and Leta Arnold letters Collection. She also has a picture of Main St. Cairo, showing the location of the Arnold’s Store.

b)      Sylvia presented the Business Card Directory.

c)      Sylvia shared advertising inserts from the Brooklyn Eagle, 1930, 1931 and 1933 that shows the resorts in the Cairo area

d)     Sylvia presented three pictures of the Lampman siblings: Erwin, William, Charles, Winnie, Elsie, Patricia, Pete, Betty, Walter and Ervine.

e)      Robert Uzzilia brought in a Bicentennial Scrapbook, with pictures of Fred J. Meyer, our Spanish-America War Hometown Hero. Copies will be made for his file.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes April 17, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf, Ray Houghtaling, Elton Rouse, Ann Clapper, Mike Lamanec, John Gallagher, Gary Hickey, Hetty Hickey

President, John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

John Kargoe expressed the gratitude of the Cairo Historical Society for the complimentary coffee, tea, cakes and cookies that Rooster Doodles Café and Bakery provided for the Annual Meeting of the Cairo Historical Society this evening.   

Ann Clapper made a motion to adjourn the business meeting and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. The business meeting was closed at 7:45pm. 

The Annual Meeting of the Cairo Historical Society commenced immediately. Sylvia Hasenkopf provided a Powerpoint presentation outlining the year end financial status and detailing the successes of the Cairo Historical Society in 2013. The printed presentation is available in the archives of the Cairo Historical Society. 

Following the presentation the annual elections were undertaken. Sylvia Hasenkopf was reelected for her second term as the VP/Secretary of the Cairo Historical Society. Robert Hempstead and Linda Larsen were reelected to their second term as Trustees. Gary Hickey, Michael Lamanec and Elton Rouse were elected to their first term as Trustees. Congratulations to everyone.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes May 15, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ann Clapper, Ron Hasenkopf, Ray Houghtaling, Elton Rouse, Mike Lamanec, Gary Hickey, Ed Englehardt, John Rieker 

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.
 

John Kargoe formally congratulated everyone who was successful in the Cairo Historical Society April elections: Sylvia Hasenkopf who was reelected as Secretary/VP, Robert Hempstead and Linda Larsen who were reelected as Trustees and Michael Lamanec, Gary Hickey and Elton Rouse who were elected as first time Trustees. 

Old Business: 

  1. The March 20 and April 17 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Ed Englehardt made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Ann Clapper seconded the motion. All agreed.
  2. There is no Treasurer’s Report.
  3. Membership update: We have 96 members, up 15 members from the March report. Year to date we have 19 new members and 77 renewal members. Our renewal rate is 75.49%. We are 14 members shy of our 2014 goal of 110 members.
  4. We currently have 760 Facebook members, an increase of 118 members since March. The significant increase in Facebook membership was driven by the discussions about Hometown Heroes and the competition to identify the 2014 Hometown Hero who will appear on the Trail Guide for the banners. There were eight Hometown Heroes on the short list: Bill Staker (Navy/WW1), Frank Dorpfeld (Marine/Korea), Tom Rogers (Navy/WW2), Robert Esslie (Army/WW2), Dusty Byrne (Marine/Vietnam), Heather Ray (Army/Afghanistan), Wallace Chadderdon (Navy/WW2) and Dorrie Savage (Air Force/Korea). Tom Rogers was the winner of the voting process.
    This month we discussed the many photos posted by Michael Lamanec from his family collection. Michael’s grandfather, Jules Lamanec, was in business with Otto Sternagel under the business name Julot. The photo studio was primarily located at the O’Connell Farm in the 1920’s and onwards. Prior to that time the Julot studio was on Main St. in Cairo for a short time. Julot studio primarily took photos of guests at the various boarding houses of the area.
  5. Collections: There were no new additions to the collections.
  6. Sylvia presented the proposed logo (see attached proposal) and asked for feedback from the group. Some members felt that the image, showing the Shinglekill Falls and mill is too busy; there is too much foliage. Michael Lamanec indicated he has the same view of the falls and mill, but with less foliage. The image is on a postcard. He had the image on his cell phone and showed a number of the members. There was some significant interest in using this as the prime image of the logo. A discussion ensued about having an image of the Catskill mountain range or Round Top overlaid on the Shinglekill image. Although not necessarily a true image of the falls, as there are no mountains in the background, many members noted that artistic license such as this was not unusual.
    Michael Lamanec indicated that he would be willing to liaise with some high school students who may have the computer skills to combine the images. Sylvia will be in touch with him next week.
    The Cairo Historical Society wanted to thank Rita Carver for her work on getting the logo to this point. A little more fine tuning is needed, but the oval layout is ideal for what we would like to do.
  7. Sylvia advised that Chuck Holtz, a local surveyor, has agreed to survey the Cairo Depot property at no cost to the Cairo Historical Society. The CHS is very thankful for his willingness to do this.
    John advised that he has spoken with B&B Forest Products and they have agreed to supply the wood for the ties to the railroad tracks we are going to lay. It was agreed that we should use locust trees for the ties as they do not rot. It is hoped that Billy Metzler will be willing to cut the trees into the ties.
    Ron asked whether the creosote ties stored at the back of the CHS HQ’s are now surplus to our needs and asked if he could remove them, if so. He will be beginning the cleanup of the materials in the back yard. John indicated that the CHS no longer needs the creosote ties.
    Elton Rouse spoke with Lance Wheeler about our Cairo Depot project. Lance was very interested and was willing to perhaps do a television spot on the laying of the tracks. He’s asked for a three paragraph overview of the track laying project. Elton will prepare.
    The next meeting of the Cairo Depot Committee is scheduled for May 20th at 7pm at
  8. the Cairo Library.
  9. Sylvia provided an overview of the CHS Headquarters project. We are currently in front of the Appeals Board as some of our building is within the 10 foot variance as established in our local laws. John K. attended the Appeals Board meeting and advised that the Board has asked the CHS to approach all our neighbors to ask them if they have any concerns regarding the building being within the variance. Sylvia will write those letters.
  10. Sylvia advised that she has not had an opportunity to explore wider distribution of the Eseck G. Wilber book.
  11. John advised that the Town Picnic went very well. A number of people stopped by the booth to discuss local history and some purchased items as well.
  12. Ray H. advised that he and Ed Englehardt, John Kargoe and Gary Hickey have been organizing the banners and have raised about 55 already. The push is on to have all 210 up by Memorial Day.
    Sylvia advised that the writing for the Hometown Heroes Book is underway. Nine biographies are complete; two are almost complete, leaving 199 to do.
    Sylvia also advised that she is working on a poster of the men and women who appear on the banner. Stay tuned.
  13. Ann C. advised that the Coxsackie-Athens Band will be playing folk music from around the world at the concert on May 18th.  The concert will be at Gallagher’s Banquet Hall at 2pm. Spread the word. The Band will have a free will offering at the door.
  14. Sylvia advised that the William G. Pomeroy Foundation has approved the historical marker for Thurlow Weed. We have already received the grant cheque and the order for the banner is already placed.
    Mike L. asked why we did not place the historical marker in front of Weed’s boyhood home. Sylvia advised that there is no primary historical proof that the house, purported to be Weed’s boyhood home, is in fact his boyhood home. As we could not provide this proof, we could not place that info on the marker. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a stickler for primary proof on all its historical markers. That being the case, placing the marker in front of the purported Weed homestead would make no sense as there would be no reference to it on the marker. Instead, the Acra manor was gracious enough to allow us to place it at the corner of Rtes 31 and 23B. It was felt that this location would also get a great deal of drive by traffic and attention.
  15. Sylvia indicated that she has begun work on the application for the Prehistoric Forest for the National Register of Historic Places.
  16. Sylvia advised that Tobe Carey is willing to have us do a showing of his new documentary, Trails to the Catskills, on November 1st. After some discussion Ed E. motioned that we have the film shown at 2pm on November 1st at the Cairo Library. Ann C. seconded the motion. 5 members were in favor, 2 not in favor and 3 abstained from the vote. The motion was carried. Sylvia will confirm that the Library room is available that day. Sylvia also asked whether we should be charging admission to the event and it was finally agreed that it will be a free-will donation.

New Business:

  1. Sylvia advised the membership that Joe Fabrizio has donated $5000 to the Cairo Historical Society. Everyone present was extremely thankful for his generosity.
  2. Sylvia presented the donation form she designed with Joe’s help. A copy was distributed to all members present for comment. No changes were suggested. It was agreed that the form will be very helpful.
  3. Sylvia advised that she had received a query on Facebook about the Limelight in Gayhead. Which side of the road was the building located? Did it have a post office at one time? The collective memory of the members present was tapped. It appears the Limelight was on the north side of the Schoharie Turnpike, hence located in the Town of Greenville. It also appears that memories do recall a post office in the building.
  4. Sylvia presented a proposal to increase our microfilm collection. We currently have 14 rolls of microfilm – all of the Cairo Herald. She proposes that we start acquiring additional newspaper microfilms that cover the Town of Cairo area. After much discussion Ann C. motioned that $400 be set aside yearly for the acquisition of microfilm. Mike L. seconded the motion and all agreed.
  5. John proposed that the Cairo Historical Society send a letter to the Cairo Public Library thanking them for the use of the Community Room for our meetings and events. Sylvia will write the letter.

Ann C. motioned to close the business meeting at 8:51 and Ed E. seconded the motion. All agreed.

Share session:

Sylvia brought in two old maps that were made in 1911 of Cairo’s Main St., showing the residences and businesses on each side of the road. The maps were recently donated to the Cairo Historical Society by Joyce-Karen Oswald.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes June 19, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ray Houghtaling, Elton Rouse, Mike Lamanec, Gary Hickey, Ed Englehardt, Robert E. Dodge, Robert Uzzilia, John Gallagher III

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The May 19, 2014 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Ed Englehardt seconded the motion. All agreed.
  2. John presented the Treasurer’s Report. There is no change in the special events account – it remains at $2844.79. The General Fund is currently $5922.75 and the Building Fund is at $20879.49.
    John questioned a bill received from the Town’s water department. We are being charged $50 each quarter for water for vacant land. John K. has agreed to explore these charges with the Water Department.
  3. Membership update: Our membership remains at 96 members, no change from the May report.
  4. We currently have 807 Facebook members, an increase of 47 members since May. This month we discussed a number of True family photos, Renne Falls, the Wolter’s Valley View, the Angeline Canniff Family Album, the Ozone Jolly House fire, the Rails to the Catskills DVD, Georg Graf Cairo Photographer, Oscar Shillings List of Local Businesses and the 1953 Memorial Day Parade stills and many other topics.
  5. Collections: We received a number of items to add to our collections this month. Suzanne Bauer Oldakowski donated a number of pictures of Wolter’s Valley View, Chris Bauer donated Albin Tomkiewicz’s WW2 photo albums and a number of other Tomkiewicz family items, Denise Daly and Donna Reilly donated a Barton Bell, Rooster Doodles donated a menu from the restaurant, Sylvia Hasenkopf donated Field Horne’s Greene County Catskills book, Tobe Carey donated his Rails to the Catskills DVD, Jean Snyder donated a photo of Leta Arnold in uniform and James Amodeo donated a Sacred Heart Church postcard.
  6. Item Sales: We sold 10 Cairo hats, 3 Portraits of the Past, 1 Eseck G. Wilbur book, 3 Rails to the Catskills DVDs.

Old Business

1.      Sylvia is happy to report that the NYS Tax Exemption certificate has arrived. The only item left is our tax collection certificate, which has been submitted.

2.      Mike L. advised that work on the new logo is progressing very well. His computer crashed, although he believes his work is undamaged. He has combined a number of images together as we discussed in the last meeting.

3.      John K. provided an overview of the progress at the Cairo Depot site. B&B lumber have agreed to donate 20 locust logs and Bill Metzler has agreed to mill them into railroad ties. A work crew will assemble on June 25th to work on the site. A ribbon cutting ceremony of the completed project is projected for September 26th, possibly in the early evening. John has spoken with the Grupe brothers of Gemini Construction, who have agreed to donate time and equipment to the project. Mike L. is repainting the historical marker for the CMRR – Cairo Line. A need to locate approximately 70 spikes for the project was discussed. Robert U. will reach out to Dale Flansburg to see whether he has any ideas. Ed E., John K. and Elton R. will meet to hunt some old spikes down. Lance Wheeler has expressed an interest in the project and has requested a brief summary of what we are doing. He may decide to do a video for his weekly show. Rooster Doodle will donate a cake with a picture of the railroad station on it to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Roger Liller has agreed to develop a presentation on the CMRR for after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Sylvia will contact Chuck Holtz who is doing the site survey to establish where we are in the process.

4.      Mary Jo Cords donated all her office furniture to the Cairo Historical Society. Many thanks Mary Jo! We are storing the furniture at the St. Edmund’s Chapel in Acra. Sylvia advised that Kaaterskill Associates has identified a governmental program that may provide a grant to assist us with electricity efficiency. The program is called NYSERDA and funding is available to assist in the costs related to electrical efficiency – the HVAC system and lighting. Sylvia is preparing the application for the program. Work is underway to resolve the property boundary lines between the CHS property and the Jeune/Parker property and the Town property. Sylvia will be attending the upcoming Variance Board meeting, the Planning Board meeting and the Town Board meeting, as we resolve these issues. Sylvia proposes that we erect a sign in front of the building identifying project partners. There was a general agreement to this proposal.

5.      Sylvia advises she has had no opportunity to explore wider distributions channels for the Eseck G. Wilber book.

6.      As mentioned previously, the paperwork has been submitted to New York State for the purposes of collecting New York Sales Tax.

7.      Sylvia and Ray extend their thanks to everyone who helped placing the Hometown Heroes banners – Gary Hickey, John Kargoe, Robert Uzzilia, Michael Lamanec, Michael Adrian, Bill Alfeld, Mike Houghtaling and Joe Turner. We have 212 banners this year.

8.      John K. advises that he spoke with Robert Titus who expressed an interest in giving a presentation about Cairo’s Prehistoric Forest next year. He would like to visit the site. John K. will arrange.

9.      Sylvia advised she has the packet ready to be sent to SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office) for the Prehistoric Forest to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places and is awaiting the next Town Board meeting (July 14, 2014) for approval by the Town for the nomination process.

10.  Sylvia advises that Cairo Archival Day is scheduled for July 12, 2014 at 10am to 2pm at the Cairo Public Library.

11.  Sylvia advises that the Cairo Historical Society has received the DVD Rails to the Catskills, Tobe Carey’s new DVD. The DVD is $20.

 New Business

There is no new business.

 Ed Englehardt motioned to close the business meeting at 8:32 and Robert U. seconded the motion. All agreed.

 Share session:

1)      Ed Englehardt brought in a beautiful lithograph of the Catskill Mtns. from Van Loan’s 1882 Travel Guide.

2)      Robert Uzzilia brought in one of the stars from the Love Star Theater, owned by Jane Van Buren.

3)      Sylvia presented a binder on Church of the Sacred Heart in Cairo. A history of the church was provided and numerous postcards and pictures, the oldest of which dates to the first years of the church.

4)      Sylvia presented the two Albin Tomkiewicz photo albums from his time in the service in WW2. He was stationed at Hawaii.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes July 17, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Mike Lamanec, Robert Uzzilia, John Gallagher III, Linda C. Larsen, Ray Houghtaling, Mark Grupe, Richard Grupe 

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The June 19, 2014 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Mark Grupe seconded the motion. All agreed.
  2. John presented the Treasurer’s Report. There is no change in the special events account – it remains at $2844.79. The General Fund is currently $6,585.97 and the Building Fund is at $22,189.49.
    John K. advised that he discussed the water bill for the Depot property with the Town’s Water Department. All vacant land in the village is charged a minimum of $50, half the rate, per quarter.
  3. Membership update: Our membership remains at 96 members, no change from the June report. Mike Lamanec has agreed to chair the Membership Committee and will begin his responsibilities with the 2015 membership campaign.
  4. We currently have 833 Facebook members, an increase of 26 members since June. This month we launched voting for the 2015 Historical Marker initiative. Three potential markers were presented: 1) Cairo Poorhouse, 2) The Forge and 3) James Barker. At present the Poorhouse has 76 votes, The Forger has 27 and James Barker has 12. A request for business cards for Cairo businesses was also posted. We discussed the Cairo Seminary from 1827 and an old ad from 1827 regarding the varieties of apples being sold in Cairo. We also discussed a pic of the early home of the Fabrizio family when they arrived in Cairo in the 1920’s, Hearts Content Rd, Cairo Depot pics, and camping along the Catskill Creek in South Cairo. We also posted pics of the tree removal by McAlister’s Tree Removal Service at the CHS Headquarters’ site. We posted one obituary for June – Cody Veverka.
  5. Collections: Roberta Waldron Ryan donated a number of issues of the Cairo Herald from the 1930’s. Chris Bauer provided scans of early photos of his grandfather welcoming Elsie the Cow to Greene County. These photos were publicity stills photographed by Earl Cooper likely in the 1950’s. We also received a copy of a pic of the Fabrizio home when they arrived in Cairo.
  6.  Item Sales: We sold 1 cap, 1 Sweet Violets DVD and 7 Rails to the Catskills DVDs.

Old Business

  1. Michael L. advises he has no update on the CHS Logo.
  2. John K. advises that work on the Cairo Depot site is progressing. There is a need to convene a few work parties together in order to clean the stone embankment and prep the area for the placement of the ties and rails before the reveal date in September. He also advises that Robert Hempstead indicated that the railroad bed needs to be raised so that it is higher than the road. Robert U. advise4s that the locust logs have arrived at Bill Metzler’s for sawing. There was also some discussion regarding the two telephone poles at the Depot site. One appears to be a “dead” pole. Ray H. advised he would look at it. The next meeting of the Railroad Committee is slated for August 22 at 7:00 pm at the Cairo Library. A work party is scheduled for August 23 at 6:30pm at the Depot site.
  3. Sylvia provided an update of progress at the CHS Headquarters’ site. McAlister’s Tree Removal Service has removed three trees at the Headquarters’ site and trimmed branches back on a number of others. The CHS extends it’s thanks to the company for the favorable pricing for the endeavor. Sylvia indicated that she attended the Variance Board meeting in June and the Board approved our variance for the CHS Headquarters’ Building. They also provided provisional approval to the subdivision of the land between the Jeunes and the CHS Headquarters’ property. Sylvia also attended the planning board meeting in June subsequent to the Variance Board Meeting. After much discussion, the Planning Board voted to approve the site plan for the CHS Headquarters. We can now move forward with the building permit. The issue of the “gore” between the CHS and the Jeunes and the CHS and the Town is still outstanding.
  4. Sylvia advises that there is no update on wider distribution of the Eseck G. Wilber book. She expects to look at this in the fall.
  5. Sylvia advises that we have not yet received the NYS Tax Collection certificate.

Projects:

  1. Sylvia advises that we paid $1143.02 for the 2500 Hometown Heroes brochures. Work on the book is moving slowly and the launch date has been moved forward to coincide with a launch date in May 2015.
  2. Sylvia advises that she has submitted the application to the National Register of Historic Places for the Cairo Petrified Forest. The process can take a year.
  3. Sylvia advises that she and Linda Larsen held the yearly archival day on July 12, 2014 at the Cairo Library. Carol Spohler, Robert Uzzilia, Linda Larsen and Friends of the Cairo Library all donated items to the CHS. Cataloguing is underway.
  4. Sylvia advises that the Thurlow Weed marker is expected by early August. She also wondered whether the CHS should create a commemorative postal cover to commemorate the placement of the marker. John K. and Robert U. will work on the project.
  5. Sylvia advises that the deadline for the 2015 historical marker is October 1, 2014. An email listing primary source documentation is due, however on September 12. It looks like the Cairo Almshouse will be the next historical marker. Sylvia will work on this project.

New Business

  1. Gail K. indicated that she is the Parade Committee Chair. M.a. Tarpinian, John K. and Robert U. have expressed interest in participating in the committee. At present there are three parades that the CHS will prepare a float – Memorial Day, July 4th and Christmas parades. If anyone is interested in participating in the committee, please contact Gail at gchikar@aol.com.

Elton Rouse motioned to close the business meeting at 8:40 and Mark Grupe seconded the motion. All agreed.  

Share session:
1) A discussion ensued regarding Heart’s Content Rd. Sylvia brought in a copy of a postcard of the Hearts Content Camp. Members at the meeting recall that the camp was a small boarding house and was known for hunting and fishing. A Col. Keith Hubbard was the owner of the camp.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes August 21, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Mike Lamanec, Robert Uzzilia, Mark Grupe, Robert E. Dodge, M.A. Tarpinian, Carol Spohler 

Guests: Neil Schoenfeld, Sharon Schoenfeld  

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The July 17, 2014 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Carol Spohler made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. All agreed.
  2. John Gallagher, the Treasurer, was not present, however the Treasurer’s report was sent to Sylvia and she presented it. There is no change in the special events account – it remains at $2844.79. The General Fund is currently $6,084.77 and the Building Fund is at $18,229.82. Mark Grupe moved to accept the Treasurer’s report and M.A. Tarpinian seconded the motion.
  3. Membership update: Our membership is now 98 members, in increase of 2 members from the July report. The Cairo Historical Society welcomes Nancy Prosser-Marshall and Gemini Construction. We are 12 memberships short of our 2014 goal.
  4. We currently have 842 Facebook members, an increase of 9 members since July. This month we discussed Siam, the escaped elephant from the Vidbell circus in 1957, which was found in the stone quarry at the Cairo Highway Department site, the Windmere House, Janet Brainard Noonan and her twin Laura Lindsay Noonan pics, along with pics from the Cairo Cemetery in 1925. We posted three obituaries: Donald Stein, Ralph Pahl and Mary Bryant Chadderdon.
  5.  Collections: No items were received
  6.  Item Sales: We sold one baseball cap and one DVD Rails to the Catskills.
  7. Sylvia advised that she assisted one visitor to Cairo seeking the location of the graves of Elisha Powell and his wife Rachel. She sent Kathy Prause from Michigan digital pics.

Old Business

  1. Michael L. advises he has no update on the CHS Logo.
  2. Sylvia advises that there is no update on wider distribution of the Eseck G. Wilber book. She expects to look at this in the fall.
  3. Sylvia advises that we have received the NYS Tax Collection certificate which has been forwarded to the Treasurer.

Projects:

  1. John K. briefed everyone on the progress at the Cairo Depot site. Thirty-one feet of rail is ready to be laid. Mark Grupe of Gemini Construction cleared a space along the road in readiness to lay the plastic. Gravel was then placed on the plastic. Next step will be the ties and the rail placement. Seven ties are already cut. The locust wood is so dense that it is affecting the saw at Bill Metzler’s. White oak is being substituted for the remaining rails. The wood is being provided by B&B Forest Products. Next work crew meeting is scheduled for Monday August 25th at 9:30am to start laying the ties.
    John and Sylvia met with a concerned neighbor to the Depot site. Also at the meeting was Chuck Holtz, who surveyed the property for the CHS. The homeowner was satisfied with the discussion and has been briefed with the plans for the Depot site.
    Mark Grupe indicated that he would ask the Firehouse if the CHS can plug into their electrical outlet for the speaker system for the big reveal on September 26th.
    Neil Schoenfeld suggested that a railroad layout would be a nice addition to the presentation following the reveal on the 26th. He indicated that he would be willing to reach out to Johnathan Munster, a local railroad enthusiast and modeler, to see if he would be interested in doing the layout.
    John indicated that the Depot Committee has developed the idea of having a Cairo Depot T-shirt or Polo shirt for sale at the event. M.A. indicated she met with Manny at Round Top Knit and Screening for some price quotes. For a quantity of 12-23 shirts the price for small to x-large is $9.25. 2x to 3x is $11.35 for a t-shirt and for polo shirts, small to x-large $14.50 and 2x to 3x $16.50. A discussion ensued regarding the purchase of the t-shirts. It was agreed that white print/image on a black t-shirt was desirable and that a combination of t-shirts and polo shirts be purchased. Sylvia raised a motion to authorize an expenditure of $500 for t-shirts/polo shirts. Rooster seconded the motion and the motion passed.
    Elton Rouse indicated he was watching a show on the RFD channel. It was showcasing the Durango and Silverton narrow gauge railroad in Colorado. Elton called them to see whether they have any surplus narrow gauge cars and he was referred to another organization. Sylvia reiterated that the CHS is in no position to acquire a car for the track in the foreseeable future. All major fundraising by the CHS is geared towards erecting our headquarters. Should a car be donated to the CHS, which would be wonderful, the CHS would gladly accept it.
  2. Sylvia advised there is no real update on the CHS Headquarters project. We are awaiting the signature of the site plans by the Planning Board and the completion of the construction plans.
  3. Sylvia advised that the launch of the Hometown Heroes book must be moved to May 2015. Logistically, there isn’t enough time to complete the project by Christmas.
    We have received three applications for the 2015 Hometown Heroes: John L. Simons, Donald O. Huntley, John L. Telga.
  4. The Thurlow Weed historical marker is now slated to arrive in early September. John K. and Robert U. are still investigating a postal commemorative stamp commemorating the installation of the marker.
  5. Sylvia advises that it appears very likely that the 2015 historical marker will be the Cairo Poorhouse. Preliminary proofs must be sent to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation by September 14, 2014 and the full grant packet by October 1, 2014. Sylvia will action.
  6. Sylvia advised that she will be starting the next phase of the Cairo Cemetery digitization project in the next month.
  7. Robert U. advises that he has no update on the Solomon/Earle cemetery remediation project.
  8. Gail advises that the Parade Committee comprises the following volunteers: Gail Kargoe, John Kargoe, Robert Uzzilia, M.A. Tarpinian. Anyone interested in assisting is welcome to join the team. The first meeting of the Parade Committee is September 8th at 1:00pm at Gail’s house. Work is commencing on the Christmas Float.

New Business

  1. Neil Schoenfeld proposed that the Cairo Historical Society consider St. Edmund’s Chapel in Acra when looking for another project. Sylvia mentioned that the Town of Cairo currently owns the chapel and uses it as a warehouse of goods and furniture at the present time. It also seems unlikely that the CHS could adopt another capital project any time soon. However, the chapel is certainly a historical site that would be of interest to the CHS in the future.
  2. John K. advised that he accompanied Robert Titus to the quarry site of the prehistoric forest. Dr. Titus has expressed an interest in doing a presentation for the CHS next year on the site. Date to be determined.
  3. Neil Schoenfeld also suggested that the CHS develop a map/guide of historic sites in Cairo.

Carol Spohler motioned to close the business meeting at 8:24 and Gail Kargoe seconded the motion. All agreed.  

Share session:
1) Robert Uzzilia brought in a gift from Alice Foster. It is the Certificate of New York for Frank D. Cole issued by the Department of the Secretary of State. Frank was the Secretary of the Greene County Agricultural Society. The certificate was issued in 1905.

2) Sylvia brought in a United Press photo of Siam, the escaped elephant from her personal collection.

3) Sylvia brought in a brochure from the Glens Falls House. The date is was published is uncertain but likely in the early 20th century.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes September 18, 2014
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Ron Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Mike Lamanec, Robert Uzzilia, Mark Grupe, M.A. Tarpinian, Linda C. Larsen.  

Guests: Neil Schoenfeld, Sharon Schoenfeld, John M. Rieker 

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

  1. The August 21, 2014 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.  Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Ron Hasenkopf seconded the motion. All agreed.
  2. No Treasurer’s Report was presented.
  3. Membership update: Our membership remained at 98 members. We are 4 memberships shy of our 2013 membership level and 12 shy of our 2014 goal.
  4. We currently have 854 Facebook members, an increase of 12 members since August. This month we discussed the Blackhead Mountain Ski Club, Stanley Schepp (he was the clown at the Remuda Ranch in the 1970’s), the Cairo Poorhouse (Almshouse, County Home), the Ribbon Cutting at the Cairo R.R., the Cairo Diner, Mose Deyo and his wife Virgie, Coleman Duncan’s POW papers and various pieces of ephemera from Richard Sulger’s collection. We mentioned three obituaries during the month: Linda Joyce (Simpkins) Resnyak, Allen Garcia, Karl Hoffmeister.
  5. Collections: Carol Spohler donated a number of items of ephemera, Richard Sulger allowed us to scan a number of pictures and ephemera, Patty Sutter donated railroad items (2 spikes, blank RR certificate) and a book of the old service stations in the Hudson Valley and a few other items of ephemera.
  6. Item Sales: 1 throw, 3 hats and 1 DVD (Rails to the Catskills).

Old Business

  1. Michael L. advises he has no update on the CHS Logo.

Projects:

  1. John Kargoe advised that the Cairo Depot R.R. Ribbon Cutting is ready to go. Robert Hempstead and his crew laid stone and helped lay the rails. Elton Rouse has painted two rails a gold color and they will be ceremoniously driven into the rails.
    Neil Schoenfeld suggested we connect with the Ulster/Delaware RR in order to gain an insight on how to promote the Depot site. After some discussion it was decided that we would wait until the Depot is further along in construction.
    John advised that Richard Viglio donated an additional $150 to the Railroad Depot fund. These funds will help cover the costs of the polo shirts that have been purchased for the event.
    Neil Schoenfeld and John Kargoe have agreed to draft a letter of support to the Ulster/Delaware Railroad.
    Mike Lamanec indicated that the he will ensure that the Cairo Depot sign will be painted and rehung by the Ribbon Cutting Day.
  2. Sylvia provided an update on the Cairo Historical Society HQ’s. The site plan has now been approved and signed by the Planning Board. The construction drawings have also been completed. We are awaiting the sewer plans. It appears that the building permit will cost about $1034.
  3. The Thurlow Weed historical sign has still not arrived. Catskill Castings advises it should arrive shortly. John K. and Robert U. advised there is not enough time to prepare a postal commemorative stamp before the installation of the Thurlow Weed historical marker.
  4. Sylvia advised that she is finalizing the grant for the Cairo Home. The suggested wording is:

                                                   County Home
                                        Provided shelter for Greene
                                          County sick and destitute.
                                         Architect – John B. Halcott
                                        Contractors – Mull & Fromer
                                          Erected 1883, closed 1962.

The wording was approved by the members present.

  1. Sylvia advised that she will be starting the next phase of the Cairo Cemetery digitization project in the next month.
  2. Robert U. advises that he has reviewed the Solomon/Earle Cemetery.  The cemetery has been well maintained by the Town Highway Department. Work is needed to re-right fallen stones. Tree stumps also need to be removed. A review of what materials can be used to clean the stones must be made. Sylvia volunteered to find out more info on what products can be safely used to clean the stones. Bob will set up a remediation date to work on the cemetery.
  3. Sylvia advises that the Hometown Heroes banners will be coming down after Columbus Day. Ray Houghtaling will spearhead the taken-down crew, but he needs help. Robert Uzzilia and John Kargoe have volunteered to assist. It will take 3 to 4 days to take the banners down, clean them and store them.
    We have received 4 new banner applications since August: William C. Birk, Thomas Webber, Daniel Patrick Haran, Karl A. Eisenhardt Sr.
  4. Gail advises that the Parade Committee met and plans are underway for the Christmas Parade float. There is a need for a flatbed for the display.

New Business

  1. Neil Schoefeld has suggested that Ralph DiCaprio, who is very knowledgeable about WW2, would be an excellent speaker in 2015. Another friend, Teddy, has a large collection of Indian artifacts and also would be a great lecturer.
  2. M.a. advised that there is an effort underway to document the historic places in Greene County. A meeting will take place on October 22nd, co-jointly hosted by the Greene County Land Trust and Cornell Cooperative.
  3. Neil advises that Altamura, who was going to close its doors, is reinventing itself as a Broadway theater club. The first show is October 5, 2014.
  4. Sylvia presented an email from Janice Colvin who submitted her concern regarding the dilapidated condition of the enclosure around the Susquehannah marker opposite the Pork Store on old Rte 23. Mark Grupe and Robert Uzzilia will look at repairing or replacing the enclosure.
  5. The yearly postcard show is arranged for the Mountaintop on Saturday from 10-3pm.

Sylvia motioned to close the business meeting at 8:43 and Ron Hasenkopf seconded the motion. All agreed.  

Share session:
1) Sylvia brought in pictures from the CHS collection:

            - Stanley Schepp on his horse Hi-Fi

            - Frank Maggio and Stanley Schepp (in his clown’s outfit)
            - Remuda Ranch Rodeo banner

            - Round Top Rodeo poster

            - Blackhead Mountain Ski Club brochure, ca 1942-1955


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