Gleanings from "The Kinmundy Express"

Newspaper gleanings from our Hometown Newspaper

(Oct. 1904 - 1959)

 

"The Kinmundy Express"

(1914-2005) is now on Newspapers.com!


 

CEMETERIES

Photos &  Plats of local Cemeteries

 

CHURCHES

Photos & Histories of churches in Alma, Foster, Kinmundy, Meacham, & Omega townships

 

HOMETOWN PLACES

Historical Photos of area Businesses, Residences, Fires, Railroad & Depots, Parks & Lakes, plus Histories our area Towns & Townships

 

NEIGHBORS & FAMILY

Photos of Families, Clubs/Organizations,   Soldiers & Veterans, Kinmundy Centennial & Sesquicentennial, Homecoming & Parades, Farming, Bob Ford portraits from the 1960s-70s

 

MEMORIES & STORIES

Area Neighbors write about Growing Up and Living in the Kinmundy-Alma area

 

SCHOOLS

Photos & Histories of Kinmundy & Alma area schools including complete yearbook listings and pictures from the one-room schoolhouses

 

 

INGRAM'S PIONEER LOG CABIN VILLAGE

All about Kinmundy's own Pioneer Village, this includes historical articles and photos



NEWSPAPERS


SURNAMES


Links to other Kinmundy-Alma area websites

 

 

KINMUNDY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

meeting minutes

 


KHS Minutes - May 1, 2017 - Kinmundy Museum

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” or “Look before you leap” could aptly describe the May 1st meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society meeting.  Marla Shirley presided over the meeting with Dan Cheatum, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Gladys See, and Eleanor Tate also attending.  After approval of the minutes, the group considered the following issues:

·       Gladys is still considering possible designs for future Christmas ornaments.  Anyone who has a design idea is asked to share it with her.

·       Harvey Yoder and his son have agreed to incorporate the Kinmundy Express doors into an enclosed cabinet on the east wall of the Museum.  Details are still being worked out.  Display at the Museum is on hold until the cabinet construction project is completed.

·       Any plans for possible Pioneer Log Cabin Days are on hold until definite decisions about the future of the Village are made.

·       Marla asked everyone to take notes during the next month about ideas KHS needs to pursue.

·       The major success story of the month was the program at Kinmundy Public Library by Dolores Ford Mobley.  An enthusiastic crowd attended to share her passion for all things Kinmundy/Alma.  Dolores demonstrated how to use each section of the kinmundyhistoricalsociety.org website.  The extensive "Veterans & Soldiers" section she developed along with Gladys See has been described as one of the best available.  They continue to gather information and welcome stories and pictures for scanning.  Pictures can be scanned instantly without ever leaving the owner’s possession.  Dolores explained the process for putting "The Kinmundy Express" on www.newspapers.com and invited anyone to visit the Kinmundy Public Library for free access.  During the social hour hosted by Library volunteers, Dolores shared her extensive print collection of all things Kinmundy-Alma.

·       The meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.  The next meeting is scheduled for June 5 at 5 p.m. at the KHS Museum.

 


KHS Minutes - April 3, 2017 - Kinmundy Museum

 Debbie Gilbert, Rick Hanks, Teresa Hanks, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Eleanor Tate drove through hail and pouring rain to conduct business for the Kinmundy Historical Society on April 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Museum.  Discussion items and decisions made include:

 1.       Approval of reimbursement to Debbie Gilbert for a dress form for displaying historic costumes at the Museum.

2.       Approval of payment to Hestia Creations for ornaments.  Gladys is exploring the possibility of designing a new ornament featuring the Farina LaGrove School.

3.       Acknowledgement of the gift of a pony saddle and a rifle from the Schufeldt family for display at the Museum.  The rifle was carried in the Civil War by Henry Warren from Marion County.  They also donated a box of printed materials which Gladys is scanning for the website.

4.       Acknowledgment of gifts to help defray the cost of digitizing the Kinmundy Express newspapers.  Dolores Ford Mobley will present a program at the Kinmundy Public Library on April 26 to explain what is available on the Kinmundy Historical Society website and how to find own family roots around Kinmundy-Alma as well as the capabilities of searching old copies of "The Kinmundy Express" from the newspapers.com website.  Anyone may use it to access Kinmundy Express articles free of charge at the Kinmundy Library or with a membership fee from any location.

5.       Appreciation to Carter Hulsey for repairing a wooden Kinmundy Express item displayed at the Museum.

6.       Marla asked for ideas for the best way to use metal work from Zimmer’s Cafe whether it be at the Museum or another site where it can best be appreciated.  She will be meeting with Harvey Yoder to get an estimate for the cost of installing the Kinmundy Express doors into a locked shelving unit for the Museum.  The goal is to complete these projects by Labor Day Open House.

7.       Rick Hanks explained the purposes and plans of the Kinmundy Promotion Committee of which he is the president.  Rick has extensive business and construction experience, and KHS appreciates the legal work and repair work at the Village he and his family have done without charge.  We are thinking positively about the plans of the Kinmundy Promotion Committee.

8.       The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 1, 2017 at the Kinmundy Museum.


KHS Minutes February 6, 2017 - Kinmundy Museum

     “Weaving Through the Heart of Kinmundy Piece by Piece” was the theme of the February 6th meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society meeting.  Attending were Marla Shirley, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, Nancy Hanna, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus. This little group along with Webmaster Dolores Mobley coordinates business and projects for people all over the country who have “Heart” for Kinmundy.“ This is their current report.

     A new shipment of butter crocks has arrived, and more Christmas ornaments featuring the school are on their way.  Find them on the KHS website.

     Dolores & Gladys continue to document the collection of items donated to KHS.  New additions include a purple and gold blanket donated by Edith Hammer and a small cook stove donated by Ron and Nelda Zinser.  Nelda’s parents used the stove when they were first married.

    The digitized Kinmundy Express (Oct. 1914-1978) is available at newspapers.com by subscription and at the Kinmundy Public Library without charge.  The next batch of newspaper microfilm (1979-2005) has been sent to Newspapers.com for digitation. Plans are being made for Dolores Mobley to present a program at the library to explain the features of this resource.  In the meantime, anyone is welcome to come to the library to explore on their own.  The digitizing process was expensive, and KHS appreciates the donations being received to help defray the cost involved.

     Nancy Hanna was appointed to the Kinmundy Promotional Committee.  This is a small group of community leaders with different interests who will bring their ideas together for the good of the community.

     Jeanette Hoeinghaus made a motion to join with the Kinmundy Promotional Committee, Home Town Proud group, and Log Cabin Village to share a nonprofit tax number.  KHS will pay one-fourth of the approximate $600 cost.  Gladys See seconded the motion, and all were in favor.

     Tony Wimberly made and donated four yardsticks to KHS for displaying hats at the museum.  As the museum exhibits continue to evolve, Marla Shirley will explore the plausibility of using walnut lumber from the historic tree in the park to make narrow shelves to be enclosed with the doors from the Kinmundy Express building to protect fragile items.

     Kinmundy stories continue to be added.  Watch for a story about businesses south of Kinmundy on Route 37.  The Chow Now was a happening place.  Along that strip, one could buy shoes, dance, stop for lunch with a truck load of migrant workers on their way to Alma to harvest fruit, and pick up almost anything one could buy at a Seven Eleven store.  Also coming soon will be a story by Rudy Slane about newspapers in Kinmundy.  Recently, Bill Olden shared that he took a job at the Kinmundy Express when Rudy Slane joined the army.  Rudy gave him a key to the building, and Bill kept it until he recently gave it to KHS.  This key fits the door that will be on display at the museum.

     The next meeting will be held the first Monday of April at 5 p.m. at the museum in Kinmundy.  The work of the group will continue online and at the museum.


KHS Minutes - November 7, 2016 - Kinmundy Museum

     Interesting and exciting are apt words to describe the Kinmundy Historical Society meeting held November 7, 2016 at the Kinmundy Museum.  Those attending were Marla Shirley, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, Dolores Mobley, Eleanor Tate, Nancy Hanna, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Charles Randolph, and Ken Williams.  Items of discussion during the business meeting were:

·              Two KHS classes have written memories for the KHS website, and more classes are encouraged to do so as a part of class reunions.

·            KHS Christmas ornaments are available.  They make excellent holiday gifts and class reunion door prizes.  Marla will replenish the supply in February at discount time.

·             Six tables were purchased for the museum and have already been put to use for holding maps for local history research and displaying historical items.

·             With the approval of the Pioneer Log Cabin Village trust attorney, Debbie and a group of volunteers have been clearing dead trees that were in danger of falling and repairing leaking roofs that were in danger of collapse at the Village.

·             The response to the first museum open house was very positive.  Many treasured pictures and artifacts were brought for scanning and then returned to their owners.  Word is spreading, and Dolores is spending many hours researching to display on Facebook and the KHS website.  As an example, Charles Randolph brought Brubaker Baptist Church ledgers from the 1920’s for scanning.  Watch for future open house/scanning dates.

·              Dolores asked permission to proceed with an exciting Kinmundy project.  Newspapers.com is a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, and she has been in contact with their company as well as the State of Illinois to obtain permission to use local microfilm rolls to digitize original copies of "The Kinmundy Express".  The will be available to anyone who has a Newspapers.com subscription thru Ancestry.com.  The company will also give access to the papers to 5 computers at the Kinmundy Public Library because of this contract and our work with the company.  With the enthusiastic endorsement of Kinmundy Express Editor Rudy Slane, Dolores made a motion to send all of the 1914-1978 copy to newspapers.com and try to get the copy for 1904-1914 as well as copy of a Salem paper from 1870-1915.  Also included in the motion was to purchase 24 rolls of "The Kinmundy Express" from 1979-2005 at a cost of $1083 plus $45 per roll for conversion expense.  Gladys seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  

·               Ken Williams spoke about his metal detector group, The Fishermen. During the winter, he does research on old stagecoach routes while waiting for warmer weather to treasure hunt and find relics.  Their process is not an archeological dig where the area is stripped.  They take plugs, search, and replace the sod leaving little trace of their dig.  Ken is interested in finding others who would like to join The Fishermen.  He also asked the help of KHS members in soliciting permission from area residents for digging on their property.  Ken can be reached at 618-214-4935. 

     With busy schedules, many do not have time for meetings, but each person attending loves the Kinmundy/Alma area and represents a passionate group working “little by little and bit by bit” to preserve our history.   All are welcome to contact members who share your interest, or attend the next meeting on December 5 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Museum.


                              KHS Minutes - October 3, 2016 - Kinmundy Museum

     After several informal work sessions over the past few months, Kinmundy Historical Society held a business meeting on October 3 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Museum located in the minimall in downtown Kinmundy.  Those attending were Marla Shirley, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, Dolores Ford Mobley, Eleanor Tate, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus.  Actions and topics of discussion included:

·             Approval of minutes and treasurer’s report.  Thank you to those who have made donations to KHS to help maintain the website and Museum.

·             Thank you to Randy Wooden and Curt Jones for display area construction at the Museum. 

·              Thank you to Ben Webster for saving items from the Kinmundy Express and moving them with his equipment to the Museum.

·              Thank you to T.J. White for rough cutting logs.  South Central High School students plan to make memento items from the logs.

la,        Gladys, Eleanor, and Dolores hosted a Museum Open House on Labor Day.  The response was excellent—especially to the wall of pictures. The sign on the picture wall says:  “Because every picture has a story to tell.”  As visitors see the pictures, they remember the stories the pictures tell them.  You can add to this rotating picture display by bringing pictures relating to Kinmundy and Alma history to one of the future monthly open houses for scanning.  Watch for date announcement on Facebook and kinmundyhistoricalsociety.org. 

·              Development of museum displays will be an ongoing project.  Approval was given for purchase of five tables.  Other items that will be needed are a locked curio cabinet, mannequins for clothing displays, Plexiglas to protect fragile items, and a donation box.

·              Thank you to Brad Mazanek for agreeing to create a quilt rack this winter for display of the Isaac Eagan quilt.

·             Thank you to Debbie Gilbert, her family, and the large number of community volunteers who worked together for the successful Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days.  A huge rainstorm forced the cancellation of one day, but with straw bales in muddy areas, ESDA members to direct traffic, and Donnie Thompson to pull out a few who were stuck, the other three days were beautiful and enjoyed by huge crowds.

·              The small Kinmundy butter crock is available at the Museum, and larger crocks can be special ordered.

·              The meeting was adjourned at 7 p.m.  The next meeting will be November 7 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Museum.


KHS Minutes - May 2, 2016 - Kinmundy Museum Site

     Kinmundy Historical Society held an informal working meeting for members and friends on May 2 at 5 p.m. at the future site of the Museum.  Several announcements were made, and a variety of activities were going on including:

     Matt Gura measured for a custom built wall display area and offered suggestions for the construction. 

     Barbie Ambuehl viewed the collection of items for display and worked with Marla Shirley on effective presentation methods.

     Dolores Ford Mobley and Gladys See went through the collection to determine which items still needed to be scanned.  They continuously update the kinmundyhistoricalsociety.org website.  There is a wealth of information available on the site for those with an interest in Kinmundy history.

     The Christmas ornaments picturing the old Kinmundy High School are in the mail and will available at the Alumni Banquet.

     Marla is designing the first collectible children’s book in a series about famous American historical figures.  A new book will be available each year at the Pioneer Village.  Davy Crockett is the subject for the first book in the series.

     Wayne and Gladys See will replace the motor for the Serenity Garden fountain and open the fountain for the season.  Matheny Nursery will plant flowers around the fountain as well as filling the planters at the Kinmundy MiniMall.  Jeanette Hoeinghaus will plant flowers in the Lela Smith Memorial at Kinmundy City Park.  A volunteer watering schedule for all the plants will be developed.

      Marla will again enlist volunteers to help with placing flags at veterans’ graves at Evergreen Cemetery for Memorial Day.  To make sure no one is missed, she will have additional flags available in her yard which is near the cemetery along with a sign suggesting that visitors to the cemetery take a flag to place at their loved one’s grave along with one for another grave of someone whose relatives may not be able to visit.  These veterans have helped us by providing side defense to keep us safe.  This is an opportunity for others to go on the offense to honor them and pay it forward.

     The next meeting is scheduled for June 6 at 5 p.m. at the future museum site.


KHS Minutes - March 7, 2016 - Kinmundy Museum Site

     Marla Shirley, Eleanor Tate, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys and Wayne See, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus met at 5 p.m. on March 7 at the future site for the Kinmundy Historical Society Museum.   Marla outlined her vision for the Museum.  Large items such as equipment from the Kinmundy Express building will form two aisles with smaller collection pieces arranged on the walls and shelving units along the walls.  Matt Gura will help with installing fireplace type display area shelving.  The assigned tasks during the working meeting were to wash the windows, sweep the floor, and separate trash from treasure.  Every drawer and piece of equipment was carefully examined for items the Museum could use and items that could be repurposed.  Wayne brought his truck for taking away trash.  He’s also quite a good window washer.  As the group worked, Marla made the following announcements:

     It wasn’t possible to save the bricks from the Kinmundy Express for the front of the Museum, but the ironwork from the building will be used.  Curt Jones will help with the project. 

     Dolores Mobley is continuing to share lots of stories and pictures on the kinmundyhistoricalsociety.org website and Facebook. 

     Twenty-five ornaments featuring the old high school have been ordered. 

     Marla is in discussion with the City of Kinmundy and Kinmundy Insurance about liability insurance coverage for the Museum to avoid duplication of coverage and yet provide adequate protection. 

     Marla is also seeking display ideas for the Museum.  She suggested that members visit the St. Elmo Museum since it is similar to what she visualizes for Kinmundy.  \

     Earlier in the day, Marla had received a call from a family travelling through the area wanting to visit the Museum.  We aren’t ready for visitors yet, but we are making progress toward our goal of preserving Kinmundy history in a practical and manageable fashion for friends of Kinmundy to enjoy.  Follow the progress on this website.

     The next meeting will be Monday, April 4th at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy MiniMall.


                         KHS Minutes - Nov. 2, 2015 - Kinmundy Public Library

      Marla Shirley, Eleanor Tate, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus met on November 2 at the Kinmundy Public Library to reflect on the success of Kinmundy Historical Society’s successful project serving as hosts at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days and to plan ahead for the winter.  Debbie led a group of volunteers in helping to clean up at the Village in preparation for the 3-weekend event.  She sparked the interest of vendors and visitors with many pictures and announcements on the Village’s Facebook Page.   In previous years, KHS members enjoyed a quiet time over the winter.  Marla challenged the group citing projects in progress and upcoming events in the near future that will require the efforts of members and friends in the community.

      Karil Garrett has completed the restoration of a quilt donated by Patsy Hebron to KHS.  It is currently on display at the Kinmundy Bank.  Kevin Day power washed the bandstand in downtown Kinmundy.  Kolin and Barbie Ambuehl are staining it for a fresh appearance.  Connie Luker donated historical costumes to KHS.  Louise Cheatum donated the original hitching post that was used in front of her home along with many other items of historical importance to Kinmundy.  KHS has also received monetary gifts to help with work of the group.  Dolores Mobley and Gladys See are continuing their project of recording monuments in local cemeteries and scanning school yearbooks and other pictures.  These can be accessed on the KHS website.  Jeanette Hoeinghaus is interviewing senior citizens for the website and is accepting suggestions of people who would like to share their stories.

      With the demolition of the Kinmundy Express on November 16, Marla is asking that members open their eyes to those who are willing to help in moving bricks with wheelbarrows from the demolition site to the new KHS Museum in the Kinmundy MiniMall.  The bricks will be used to enhance the lower portion of the exterior of the whole MiniMall.  Funding for brick laying will come from KHS savings.  Much work is ahead to move forward toward opening the KHS Museum.  KHS is going into unknown territory without knowing what will be involved and who will be available to help.  If you would like to move some bricks with a wheelbarrow, help clean the building, or decorate, please contact one of the ladies mentioned.  Experience has shown that many people don’t enjoy a business meeting, but they are willing to help with a project.  We do need help.

      In other business, it was announced that the Christmas ornament picturing the old Kinmundy School has been very popular, but the supply is depleted.  A decision was made to restock the supply.  In the meantime, some of the other ornaments are still available and would make good Christmas gifts.

      The next meeting will be called when needed for decision making as plans develop for the KHS Museum. 


              KHS Minutes - July 6, 2015 - Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village

     The July 6th meeting of KHS was changed from a business meeting at the Kinmundy Library to a working meeting at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  Eleanor Tate, Pauline Burgess, Cotton Waggoner, Bob Ingram, Debbie Gilbert, and Susan and Keith Smith hosted a group of 8 students and 6 adults from the Quest School in Mt. Vernon.  In addition to hearing about the history of the cabins, Susan and Keith played their dulcimers.  The haunting melodies wafting through the woods is the perfect setting for dulcimer music, and the group loved it.  The students were well behaved, and the tour provided a perfect introduction for this fall’s Log Cabin Days.  The theme is “The Healing of a Country” focusing on the Civil War.

       KHS members and friends are as busy as bees while quietly helping the organization.  This year the Serenity Garden hasn’t required much watering, but the weeds enjoy the rain.  Friends have applied weed killer to the rock area, and others have weeded around the flowers.  When a storm split the largest tree in the Garden, Gladys and Wayne See brought their grandsons on a very hot afternoon to assist with clearing the tree.  KHS President Marla Shirley will be selling lemon shakeups at the Thundermoon Festival and Labor Day to benefit the Kinmundy City Park.

      When the flowers begin to fade and vacations are over, plans will go into full swing for Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Days.  In the meantime, a perfect activity for a hot summer afternoon would be reviewing the pictures on the KHS website.  Bob Ford, father of Webmaster Dolores Mobley, took many of the pictures.  Bob passed away recently, and we appreciate and want to remember his contribution to preserving the history of Kinmundy and Alma.   

      Tentative plans call for a meeting on August 3 at 5 p.m. at Kinmundy Public Library.

 


KHS Minutes - June 1, 2015 - Kinmundy Public Library 

     The Kinmundy Serenity Garden is displaying a sea of purple flowers to view while listening to the fountain.  Coneflowers are spreading and will soon add their color.  At the same time, weeds are growing and trees and shrubbery require trimming.  Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Debbie Gilbert, Marla Shirley, Nancy Hanna, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus met on June 1 at the Kinmundy Library to quickly conduct business and adjourn for a garden party.  No tea and cakes were served, but the Serenity Garden benefitted from their landscaping efforts.  During the summer, members will be watering the fountain flowers and pulling stray weeds as well as maintaining the Lela Smith Memorial planting at the park.  Marla presided over the business meeting with these agenda items:

·                Support is being gathered for moving the KHS collection from Webster House to its new home in downtown Kinmundy.  Shawn Garrett and friends will do the heavy lifting.  Kendra Galbraith will  offer suggestions for planning the layout for the new facility.  When complete, expect to see a regular rotating history for the interest of the viewer and reduction in need for dusting.

·            Appreciation was expressed for the maintenance efforts at Evergreen Cemetery.  A question was raised about a wrought iron fence, which was removed three years ago for restoration.  Hopefully, it can be put back in place soon.  Marla leads young people of the community in placing flags in the cemetery at the graves of veterans.  She is researching the possibility of PVC pipe at each veteran’s grave to facilitate flag placement.

·             Gladys is still busily scanning pictures for the KHS website.  Over the summer, there will be many interesting additions.

·             Debbie reported on activities at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  KHS will guide a tour on July 6 for the UMCH Quest School.  Plans are also underway for Log Cabin days this fall.  With a theme, “The Healing of a Country:  New Beginnings,” the emphasis will be on the Civil War Era.  More details will follow as plans unfold.

·             The next meeting will be held on July 6 at 5 p.m. at Kinmundy Public Library.


KHS Minutes - April 7, 2015 - Kinmundy Public Library

    Spring is here.  The daffodil bulbs planted by KHS in the fall are in full bloom.  Like the bulbs resting for the winter to flower in spring, Marla challenged members Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Debbie Gilbert, Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus to help KHS change and blossom.  At the April 7th meeting, Marla explained how opportunities had developed for KHS over the winter.  The Kinmundy City Council approved granting space in the Kinmundy Minimall to KHS.  According to government regulations, it can be rented to a not for profit organization without charge.  If a paying tenant can be found for the space in the future, KHS will find another new home.  The Ben Webster family has graciously provided a room for the KHS collection up to this time, but the new space will have room for the complete collection.  The Kinmundy Express and adjoining buildings will soon be razed, and additional space is needed for items of historical significance currently housed at the Kinmundy Express building as well as other locations in the community.  Volunteers are needed for the heavy lifting and for collecting bricks from the building demolition.

    Marla shared her vision for the new building with the goal of respecting the past and preserving Kinmundy history with art. Sharing the quote, “To preserve the shadow before the substance fades,” she suggested using ironwork and bricks from the Kinmundy Express for a tribute.  KHS will hire a brick mason to face the exterior of the Minimall below the windows with the bricks.  An artistic rendition will be created using the ironwork.  Linda Summerville donated picture frames and Barbie Ambuehl will use them to create a rotating display of vintage pictures visitors will enjoy.  This is just a small taste of surprises to come in the new location.

    In other business, the purchase of 36 butter crocks was approved.  Some will feature the old water tower and others the Log Cabin Village.  They will be available without waiting for a special order.

    Barbara Shanafelt donated a “Souvenir of Kinmundy Ills” cup dating back to 1900.  The other donation acknowledged was a trophy with the following description:  At one time, there was a group in Kinmundy that held a hound show every fall for Beagles, Fox hounds and Coon hounds.  The trophy is the challenge trophy awarded to the best Beagle each year.  It was given in memory of the Beaglers named on the front of the trophy.  To retire the trophy it had to be won three times by the same owner.  We were able to retire the trophy in 1983 and now donating it to the Kinmundy Historical Society.  Donated by John & Peggy Shaw, Walnut Hill IL”  (Lottie Mulvaney’s nephew donated it.)

    In addition to a new home for KHS, the membership structure is changing.  The group attending monthly meetings is a very small portion of those having a vested interest in preserving Kinmundy history.   Therefore, in the future, anyone who volunteers time and resources for KHS projects will be considered a member without paying dues.  Anyone who wishes to support KHS but isn’t available to physically assist may continue to help by paying $15 annual dues.  This dues year begins in April.  Monetary donations are also welcome to defray project costs.  An anonymous donation given at the April meeting will be used for planting flowers at the Serenity Garden.

    The meeting ended with Marla’s challenge to keep eyes and ears open to new opportunities but suggesting that the slow and deliberate turtle be the model rather than the fast and aimless hare of the familiar fable.  The next meeting will be May 4, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Public Library.


KHS Minutes - November 3, 2014 - Kinmundy Public Library

     Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Debbie Gilbert, Marla Shirley, Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus gathered at the Kinmundy Public Library for a Kinmundy Historical Meeting of thanksgiving for the generosity of community members in sharing their time and talents for our projects. Marla led the meeting with the following reports, plans, and assignments:

        - She displayed the family photo and 1890 Kinmundy Graduating Exercise document donated by Patricia Thompson and framed by Barbie Ambuehl.  They will be placed on exhibit at Webster House in the KHS Museum.  The Doudera family also donated photos which Gladys will scan for the KHS website.  Perhaps someone visiting the website will be able to solve a mystery by identifying some of the people in the pictures dating back to the early 1900’s.  Gladys brought an old coin for the group to see.  Charles Randolph found it while using his metal detector and gave it to Marlis Neilson because her grandfather’s name is inscribed on it.  The coin is a token to be used at the Ingram Business.  Any information about the coin is welcomed.

·            - Wayne See volunteered to winterize the fountain at the Serenity Garden as well as help with putting up the Nativity Scene.  Marla donated and planted bulbs at the Serenity Garden to add more color next summer.

·            - Gladys will be doing further research on the old Kinmundy jail to expand information about the jail.  If website visitors have stories about the jail to share, please send an email to Gladys.

            - The three weekends at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village were a huge success due to the cooperation of so many people that it would be impossible to name them all.  Musicians, crafters, cabin hosts, venders, grounds volunteers, and visitors came together to make an outstanding fall experience for all involved.  The crowd was smaller for the third weekend due to inclement weather, but a quality group attended.  They just put on their boots and enjoyed their time at the Village to the fullest.  Chairman Debbie Gilbert and Owner Bob Ingram worked tirelessly to guide the efforts of the volunteers.   We are thankful at this season of Thanksgiving to have this historic treasure in our midst.

             In spite of a world of uncertainty, Marla sent the group away with a challenge to “Be prepared to plan for possibilities.”


KHS Minutes - August 11, 2014 - Kinmundy Public Library

      Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Debbie Gilbert, Marla Shirley, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus attended the August meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society.  Marla led the meeting with the following items on the agenda:

       Gladys reported assisting Patricia Thompson through email and phone conversation with researching family history.  Patricia donated the 1890 Kinmundy Graduating Exercise document from her great grandmother, Caroline Schermerhorn Tyson.  This is the oldest document in the KHS collection.  Gladys is scanning it for the website along with the cemetery deed for Mrs. Tyson.

     Thanks to Wayne See, the Serenity Garden fountain is repaired.

      Thanks to T.J. White for preparing boards from the historic tree at the park.  They are seasoning in Marla’s barn loft.

      Thanks to John Scattergood for the article about KHS in the Salem Times Commoner.

      Dolores Ford Mobley continues to maintain the website in a superior manner for people all over the country to enjoy.  KHS is fortunate to benefit from her work.

      Debbie is planning a workday at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village before Labor Day in preparation for the 5K Walk/Run.  Volunteers will provide music and greet runners in the Village on race day.

     As a memorial tribute to Gary Shirley, the Kinmundy Labor Day Parade will feature Gary’s truck followed by family and former ball players and cheerleaders.  The alumni will carry signs identifying the years they participated in sports under Gary’s leadership.  Uniforms from the past are included in the tribute.    

     Debbie announced that the theme for Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Days is “Bringing History to Life.”  The next meeting of KHS is scheduled for September 8 at 5 p.m. at Kinmundy Public Library.  Final plans for Village activities will be made at that time.·         


KHS Minutes - May 5, 2014 - Kinmundy Public Library

    Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Debbie Gilbert, Marla Shirley, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus attended the May meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society.  Even though the voting membership is small, we are grateful to the large number of KHS friends who make our projects possible. We are grateful this month to Larry Robb for designing, constructing, and installing the arbor for the Serenity Garden.  The clematis is already climbing well.  Gladys is now scanning Kinmundy Grade School yearbooks for the website.  Friends are weeding the Serenity Garden between raindrops and will add fresh mulch and will add a few more perennials for a greater burst of color.  Louise Cheatum agreed to grant an interview about the life of her recently deceased husband, Elwyn.  It will soon be a part of the KHS website.  Friends Bob Ingram, Patsy Hebron, and Susan Smith, and Members Debbie and Jeanette hosted 60 students at Pioneer Log Cabin Village recently.  Then Debbie and members of the dulcimer group went to Louisville for a presentation to grade school students.  On May 12th, KHS is hosting 100 students from Flora Junior High.  Debbie, Nancy, and Eleanor will serve as tour guides.

     After discussing several ideas for Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Days, the theme, “Bringing History to Life,” was selected.  Debbie is excited about including new volunteers in hosting cabins this fall.  We have opportunities for additional crafters, vendors, and hosts of all ages.  Watch the KHS website and Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Facebook page for more details as they become available.

     The next meeting will be held Monday, June 2 at 5 p.m. at Kinmundy Public Library. 

  Jeanette Hoeinghaus - KHS Secretary/Treasurer


KHS Minutes - April 7, 2014 - Kinmundy Public Library

    Kinmundy Historical Society opened the group’s 2014 year with a meeting at Kinmundy Public Library on April 7.  Marla Shirley led the meeting with Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Gladys See attending.  Marla announced that dues are now payable.  Dues paying members have voting privileges and financially help support KHS projects.  The membership form is available on the KHS website for those who can’t come to meetings but wish to become members. 

    The membership is small, but THE MANY  “FRIENDS OF KHS” MAKE THE WORK OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY POSSIBLE.  Friends, Steve Wilkins and Jim Holley, determined that the bench with arbor at the Serenity Garden is beyond repair.  They removed it for recycling, and Steve donated a concrete bench to replace it.  Larry Robb is willing to build a new arbor.  When the historic walnut tree in the Kinmundy Park had to be cut, T.J. White has been contacted to rough plane the boards.  Brad Mazanek is willing to build a quilt rack to be used at Kinmundy City Hall for greater visibility for the historic quilt.  Since the wood needs solar drying first, there’s plenty of time for design suggestions.

    Marla and Debbie helped Jimmy Cobb with his one room school research, and he is willing to share with KHS website.  Through the winter, Dolores Mobley and Gladys have been scanning documents and adding to the KHS website.  Check out the new information and links to other sites.  Marion County Genealogical Society has a hard copy of cemetery write-ups by Dolores.  Kinmundy Library will also request a copy.

    Debbie asked for help in hosting school groups coming to Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village on April 25 and May 2.  Contracts are available for the Log Cabin Village Days for Fall 2014, and Debbie is working with Bob Ingram in considering themes and exciting plans for the event.  More helpers are needed for preparing the Village, and more cabin hosts and demonstrators are needed to make this a delightful opportunity.  The Village is a community treasure.  Let Debbie know how you can lend your support.  Plans will continue at the next meeting on May 5 at 5 p.m. at Kinmundy Library. 

    One final business item concerned cookbooks.  Since another Kinmundy group is developing a new cookbook, KHS will not place a new order for the Kinmundy Sesquicentennial Cookbook at the present time.

Jeanette Hoeinghaus - KHS Secretary/Treasurer


KHS Minutes - November 4, 2013 - Kinmundy Public Library

     The final 2013 meeting of KHS took place on November 4 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Public Library with Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Shelly Phillips, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Eleanor Tate attending.

     Marla reported that all copies of the Kinmundy Sesquicenntial Cookbook have been sold.  Shelly informed the group that ordering more would require a minimum order of 100 copies.  KHS would need to charge $20 for a book for a $1 per book profit.  Anyone following the website is invited to give input on the subject.  A decision will be made in the spring.

     The website continues to attract more visitors through the efforts of Dolores Mobley and Gladys.  Gladys is currently scanning a small book for the site written by the editor of the Kinmundy Express who also served as postmaster in the early 1900’s.  Positive feedback continues from people throughout the country who enjoy this connection to Kinmundy.

     Marla and Husband Gary will soon winterize the fountain at the Serenity Garden.  With the plants in dormant stage and in no danger of being damaged, Larry Robb will be taking the bench to his workshop for repair.

     The large 1904 Calendar Rohrbough map of Kinmundy will be returned to City Hall.  This is the best location due to its size, weight, and historical relevance to the city.

     Debbie and Don Gilbert hosted 15 students from Vandalia Christian Academy for a program at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  The students were interested in learning about Don’s black powder gun, making a rope for their class members to jump, and visiting the cabins.

     South Central High School students, under the supervision of Curt Jones, and Gary Shirley completed the roof for the Kinmundy jail in time for Log Cabin Days.  After evaluating the situation, it seemed best to purchase new shingles for the project.  The shingles borrowed from the Village were returned.

     It was great!  That’s a summary of the response to Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days.  Only one of the six days was rainy, and even then, most were prepared for the shower.  Face book interest in the Village increased greatly.  Attendance on some days was 1500.  New venders joined the faithful who have been coming for a long time.  More volunteers from Kinmundy and the surrounding area shared their talents to provide a pleasant experience for those attending.  The food was good; the music was good, and the walk through the woods with family and friends was delightful—lots of positives.

     After a busy fall, KHS members are going to enjoy family for the holidays and hibernate for the winter.  Look for new activity at the next meeting on April 7, 2014 at Kinmundy Library at 5 p.m.

 Jeanette Hoeinghaus - KHS Secretary/Treasurer


 KHS Minutes - September 4, 2013 - Marla’s House

       KHS met at Marla Shirley’s house on September 4th at 5:30 p.m. for a Productivi-Tea.  Homegrown roses coordinated with glasses, China, and lights featuring a rose motif.  It was a magical evening for Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Gladys See, Eleanor Tate,  and Jeanette Hoeinghaus as Marla gave the group inspiration for the upcoming events.

      KHS appreciates the help of our member, Dolores Mobley.  She is seldom able to attend meetings, but she spends a tremendous amount of time maintaining the website, adding new material, and answering questions from around the country from people seeking information about their ancestors.  Thank you, Dolores!  

      The minutes were approved with the correction:  The theme of Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days is "Little Cabins in the woods, In Search of Past Treasures" rather than House.  The shingle makers at Power Days in Salem will not be able to provide shingles as planned.  The cost of shingles from the lumberyard is $900.  If Bob gives permission to use shingles that are being stored in one of the cabins and they are usable,  the roof could be completed without additional cost.  If not, the jail roof will go without shingles for this year, and another plan will be formulated for next year.

      Debbie and other volunteers are assisting Bob Ingram at the Village.  She reported that KHS volunteers greeted runners at the Village during the Labor Day Run and that the flags along the racecourse and through the Village were a welcoming sight.  The medal awarded to runners featured a representation of Phil Phillips, a musician who played at the Village and who passed away this year.  KHS is collecting donations in his memory, and those donations will be used for improvements at the Village.

      Several dead trees were cut at the Village.  Debbie’s family split the wood, and stacked it beside their cabins.  Others may share the wood to keep the fireplaces going this fall.  The Gilberts also collected aluminum cans netting $113 to purchase supplies for repairing picnic tables at the Village.

      Marla presented her final plans for the Treasure Hunt at the Village.  It promises to be even more fun than last year’s activity. Debbie is emailing contracts to anyone interested in bringing handmade crafts to the Village for sale.  Debbie announced several dates when volunteers could come to the Village for cleaning and maintenance.  KHS is getting community support to prepare for the festival and can use more volunteers.

      Along with Productivi-Tea, Marla served pears from her own tree and six varieties of chocolate chip cookies.  She compared the cookies to the group.  Each type of cookie contained one unique ingredient, but they were all the same kind of cookie.  God creates each person, but He gives each one different talent that can be used for the good of the group.  After enjoying refreshments, a couple of brave members climbed the ladder to go down the very steep homemade backyard slide.  Fortunately, both landed on their feet.

     During October, KHS will meet informally at the Village and return to Kinmundy Library on November 4 at 5 p.m. for the next scheduled meeting.    


 KHS Minutes - August 5, 2013 - Kinmundy Public Library

      Helen Garrett, Nancy Hanna, Eleanor Tate,  Jeanette Hoeinghaus and Marla Shirley attended the August 5th meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society held at the Kinmundy Public Library at 5 p.m.  The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved. 

     Marla announced the theme for Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village days—"Little House in the Woods In Search of Past Treasures."  Debbie Gilbert developed a flyer for the event to be held September 21st & 22nd, September 28th & 29th, and October 12th & 13th.  KHS members are posting flyers around the area.  The flyer is also available online at IPLCV.com and Facebook.  Eleanor and Nancy displayed bags they have been making for the Log Cabin Village treasure hunt.  Marla described the Jesse James outline of facts children will need to answer questions in pursuit of gold coins on the treasure hunt.  Marla also reported that Barbie Ambuehl will make a silhouette of a man on a horse to identify each cabin participating in the hunt.  The premise for the treasure hunt is that the Shadow Bandits held up the stagecoach at Jacob’s Well, but the bucket holding the loot had a hole leaving a trail of gold pieces.

      Other items of discussion included discussion of storing Kinmundy Express items KHS will be acquiring when the building is demolished.  No plan is set in stone, but available options are being considered.  KHS is also initiating a new discussion about the best display location for a large Kinmundy map currently housed in the Community Center.  Marla will be calling members with a schedule for collecting shingles at the Antique Power Days in Salem.  These handmade shingles will be used for the roof being constructed by Curt Jones and his building trades class for the old jail.

      KHS appreciates the support of the community in hosting the cabins for Log Cabin Village Days.  Please contact a member if you could share ideas or help host a cabin.  The next meeting will be held September 4 at 5:30 at Marla’s.  She promises an hour meeting with a treat.


KHS Minutes - June 3, 2013 - Kinmundy Public Library

       Debbie Gilbert, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Dorothy Geiler, Jeanette Hoeinghaus and Marla Shirley attended the June 3rd meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society held at the Kinmundy Public Library at 5 p.m.  The minutes were approved with the correction from “Gladys is going to scan the 150-year Sentinel” to “Gladys will scan to peruse the 150-year Sentinel.”  Project updates were given.  The Serenity Garden is beautiful after weeding, planting, and nurturing. Vandalism resulted in some broken stepping-stones, but they will be replaced.  Curt Jones and his building trades class will build the roof for the old jail.  For a donation, we have permission to collect handmade shingles for the roof at the Power Progress Show in Salem in August.  Debbie reported on a Pioneer Log Cabin Village tour request for June 15.  She reported an increase in visits to the Village website.  Log Cabins Days theme suggestions included:  Searching for Lost Treasures, In Search of Lost Treasures, Fall Days at the Log Cabin Village, and Outlining History at the Log Cabin Village.  Debbie was authorized to make the final decision.

     With busy summer schedules, there will be no July meeting.  The next meeting will be August 5 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Public Library.


KHS Minutes - May 6, 2013 - Kinmundy Public Library

      Debbie Gilbert, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Dorothy Geiler, and Marla Shirley attended the May 6th meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society held at the Kinmundy Public Library at 5 p.m.  After approval of the minutes and treasurer’s report, Marla updated the group concerning ongoing projects.  She has weeded the Serenity Garden.  Steve Wilkins volunteered his services to spray, which will lessen future weeding time.  The target date for transfer of the Kinmundy Express building to the city is May 15.  This could mean we are getting closer to demolition of the building and the need for a storage place for the items in the building that are going to KHS.  Gladys took the Sentinel 150th Anniversary Edition home to review for ideas. Marla has communicated with Bob Ingram and has been given the green light to help with planning for Pioneer Log Cabin Days on September 21-22, September 28-29 and October 12-13.  Debbie will pursue a theme and work with Theresa Hanks to design a flyer.  Bob has started a roofing project at the Village.  Barb Shanafelt has volunteered the use of long dresses to anyone who needs them for hosting duties at the Village.

      Most of the new business focused on Log Cabin Days.  Debbie and Eleanor will make additional pouches for the treasure hunt.  Marla will contact Ed Green about having volunteers from his ranger group strolling the village as sheriffs.  Marla will contact Curt Jones about the possibility of his building trades class making a mobile shake shingle roof over the jail at the Village.

      The next KHS meeting will be held on June 3 at the library at 5 p.m.  Bring ideas for making Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days even better than last year.


 KHS Minutes- April 8, 2013 - Kinmundy Public Library

      Members Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Gladys See, and Marla Shirley conducted a short business meeting before joining friends and family for a special program.  After approval of minutes and treasurer’s report, Marla gave a project update.  The fountain at the Serenity Park is open.  Members made 100 coin bags for the Pioneer Village treasure hunt.  The genealogy program with Kinmundy Library was a success.  Twenty-two came to hear Robert Lybarger share his interest in tracing family history.  Gladys scanned several yearbooks for the website.  Debbie is thinking about themes for Log Cabin Days and asked members to be ready for brainstorming at the next meeting.  Debbie, Jeanette, and Nancy will demonstrate rope making for 3 elementary classes at North Clay later this month. 

     Charles Randolph shared his interest in metal detecting with KHS members and invited guests.  For 35 years, Charles has visited parks, parking lots, and fields—any place in Marion County where he suspects a bit of history is hiding.  He has two notebooks filled with coins along with documentation for each of his finds.  One was a half-dime, which was used before the nickel.  After he finds an interesting item, Charles starts researching to learn the “back story” for his find.  Jewelry, Civil War ammo, tools, 1904 World’s Fair souvenirs, chauffeur pins, and carnival prizes were among other treasures he discussed while the group sifted through his treasure trove.  Daughter Susie Robb recorded the program for his daughter Lisa to see on You Tube.  Contact Susie about how you can see the program.  Charles says treasure hunting is not as exciting as it appears on television, but the group, from his young grandchildren to the oldest KHS member was enthralled with experiencing local history.

      The next meeting will be May 6, 2013 at Kinmundy Library at 5 p.m.


 KHS Minutes - March 4, 2013 - Kinmundy Public Library

      Spring is almost here, and KHS members are ready with the announcement of several new projects.  Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, Eleanor Tate, and Marla Shirley met at the Kinmundy Library on Monday March 4 to begin plans.  In addition to the complete information about KHS accessible on our website, Dolores Mobley will be adding KHS notes on the “You Might Be From Kinmundy-Alma if…” Facebook page.   We are also going to explore the possibility of partnering with the Cake Lady and the zipline company to place a sign for those businesses and the Pioneer Log Cabin Village near the Kinmundy exit on I-57.  The cost is $250 per year.  We are also designing a new Kinmundy T-Shirt which will be available on the website and locally.  We will be uncovering the fountain in the Serenity Garden and planting pansies to add spring color as soon as possible.

      Last year, children especially enjoyed the treasure hunt at the Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  We are starting now to be ready this fall with another treat.  The challenge, Outwitted Outlaws, will take the young historian around the Village with a moneybag seeking clues.  With each clue, a gold coin will be awarded to fill the bag and complete the outline of a famous person.  Abe Lincoln silhouettes will play a role in the cabin décor this year.

      The new membership year begins April 1.  A regular membership is $15, and a family membership is $25.  Dues paying members have voting privileges, but anyone is invited to attend the meetings, especially two very special upcoming events.  KHS and Kinmundy Public Library are co-sponsoring a genealogy program with Robert Lybarger as presenter on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.  The next regular meeting of KHS will be April 8 with Charles Randolph displaying and talking about items he has found over the years while metal detecting.  The business meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 5:30 p.m.  


 KHS Minutes - November 5, 2012 - Kinmundy Public Library

    At the final meeting of the year, KHS members reflected on the organization’s accomplishments and looked forward to new projects.  Members Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Eleanor Tate attended the meeting.

    After approval of minutes and financial statement, Marla presented ideas requiring expenditures.  Gladys made a motion, which was seconded by Debbie and approved, to purchase a sample crock featuring a picture of the old water tower.  The crock will be included in the KHS Store on line.  Helen made a motion to purchase daffodil bulbs for the Serenity Garden.  After seconding by Jeanette, the motion carried.  Marla will plant the bulbs as soon as they arrive.  Jeanette made a motion to order chocolate coins for next year’s treasure hunt at the Village.  Helen seconded the motion, and the motion carried.  Since the chocolates can only be shipped during the winter, Marla will order during cold weather and store them in her freezer.

    All agreed that this was a good year for Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  KHS members along with friends and relatives hosted the cabins all three weekends.  Several of the volunteers had ancestral ties to the cabins they hosted.  Even the youngest generation got in on the action.  Brooklyn and Sydnee Garrett and Josie Smith are great-great-great-grandchildren of the Doolens and the Robbs, original owners of two of the cabins.  Brooklyn and Sydnee volunteered with their dad, Shawn Garrett in the Doolen cabin to give their great-grandparents, Helen and Floyd Garrett a break.  Josie assisted her grandmother, Shelly Phillips, in the Robb Cabin.

    Debbie reported lots of positive feedback about the Treasure Hunt, the new “150 and 5 Years” booklet, the volunteers, and even Marla’s chicken, Henny Penny. The venders were so appreciative of Debbie’s help that they gave her a monetary gift, which she is donating for a Village improvement.  Many first time visitors joined our annual guests on the stroll down Memory Lane.  Parents and grandparents enjoyed a   special bonding time while sharing their heritage with children and grandchildren. 

    Debbie is keeping the Ingram’s Log Cabin Village Facebook page up-to-date.  You can see lots of good pictures there and follow the progress of next year’s events.  The theme will be something like, “Outlining History,” featuring a time line.  She’s hoping to add an antique shingle maker to the list of attractions.  The treasure hunt will continue with a new spin.

    The KHS website continues to grow and attract new visitors.  As a result of the website, relatives of Mr. Leusch, a circus historian of the home based Lamont Brothers Circus, visited the Webster House to see the circus display.  Also, from the website connection, the owner of the House of Plunder in Iuka, donated a wonderful 1923 picture of the Siloam Church congregation to KHS.  Gladys scanned it for the KHS website.  Take a look, and let us know if you can identify anyone.  During the winter, Gladys will continue her yearbook and cemetery scanning project, and Dolores Mobley will add them to the site.  This could result in hours of viewing pleasure on a cold winter night for website visitors.

    The small but mighty KHS group will join the bears  going into hibernation for the winter but return March 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Public Library to start another busy year. Charles Randolph has agreed to join us to share local treasures he has found while metal detecting.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


KHS September 2012 Minutes

The Kinmundy Historical Society met on September 10 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Library.  Members Louise and Elwyn Cheatum, Dorothy Geiler, Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Larry McCarty, Dolores Ford Mobley,  Gladys See, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.  Marla presided over the meeting with the following items on the agenda:

       ·      Minutes and treasurer’s report were read and approved.

·      Visitors continue to enjoy the Main Street historical display during the Labor Day parade.  With the quilt show in the Masonic Temple coinciding with the parade, individuals were seen strolling past the displays as if they were window shopping.

·      Zola Blomberg and Eileen Garrett along with Bud Robnett served as Kinmundy Labor Day parade marshals.  This is of particular interest to KHS as they are the great great grandchildren of Kinmundy Pioneer Isaac Eagan.

·      The sale of the KHS 150 and 5 Years Booklet is sparking interest in the featured buildings, resulting in the “begets” of more treasured items and memories.  Teenie Skyles donated a Kinmundy Centennial plate to KHS.  Angie Diss donated an old Kinmundy Depot Box of items.    Angie Diss also renovated the O’Brien house for her new business.  O’Brien relatives came to Kinmundy to find the house, and we want to tell them the house is alive and faring well.  Dolores is contacting them to let them know the latest chapter in their family home’s history.

·      The Bailey sisters—Pola Atkins, Shirley Miller, and Lillie Phillips, have agreed to record an oral history about their family in Kinmundy.  We’re looking forward to their stories.

·      KHS appreciates the donation of paint by Ed Blomberg; the work of the Methodist and Christian Church youth groups for quilt show setup; and the work of the sister act, Karil and Pinkie for presenting a wonderful quilt show.

·      Connie Luker’s daughter has training in historic preservation and will be looking for information to help in the restoration of our quilt. 


 KHS August 6, 2012 Minutes

 The Kinmundy Historical Society met on August 6 at the Kinmundy Library at 5 p.m.  Members Helen Garrett, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Eleanor Tate, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.  Marla led the meeting beginning with approval of minutes and treasurer’s report.  As corresponding secretary, Helen sent a note of appreciation to the Frederick Howell family for their donation.  Business discussed included:  

·      Teresa Hanks, Marla, and Gladys are producing a booklet, “150 Years of Community Plus 5,” as an update for the Sesquicentennial book.  The 20-page booklet will feature Kinmundy homes and businesses not included in the previous publication and will be available for only $2 starting September 3 at the Community Center during the Lion’s Club annual dinner.  They may also be purchased from KHS members or from the KHS Store on the website.  Anyone who doesn’t have a copy of “150 Years of Community” may want to purchase one, as the new booklet will reference the earlier book.

·      Marla acknowledged the donation by Shirley Miller of a World War 1 mess kit originally owned by Eli Robb, father of Wayne Robb.

·      Since this is the 15th year of the Kinmundy Lions Labor Day 5K Annual Run and Walk, special events are being planned.  KHS will host a quilt show under the direction of Karil Garrett.  KHS volunteers will greet racers at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  Debbie will call KHS members with more information about a workday at the village to prepare for the race.

·      Teresa Hanks designed a “Journey Thru Time” flyer for Ingram Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days.  The dates are September 22-23, September 29-30, and October 13-14.  Bob Ingram and Debbie are communicating with prospective vendors, crafters, and volunteers.  Marla ordered compasses for children to use for their treasure hunt journey through the Village.

·      The next meeting will be held September 10 at 5 p.m. at the Library. 


 KHS June 29, 2012 Minutes

 The Kinmundy Historical Society met on June 29 at the Kinmundy Library at 5 p.m.  Members  Louise and Elwyn Cheatum, Helen Garrett, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Larry McCarty, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.

 Marla presided over the meeting with the following items on the agenda: 

·      Minutes and treasurer’s report were read and approved.

·      Marla received permission to leave the Kinmundy homes display at the Community Center for others to enjoy throughout the year.

·      Bagworms have invaded the Serenity Garden, but treatment will have to wait for cooler weather.  The plants can’t tolerate pesticide application at current temperatures.

·      A group from the Quest School in Mt. Vernon will visit the Log Cabin Village on July 2 at 9:15 a.m.  Eleanor, Debbie, and Helen have volunteered to host the group.

·      Marla challenged the group to go forward in support for our community.  We have a rich history we need to know and share with others.  A project to share our history is the development of a booklet featuring pictures of Kinmundy homes and businesses of the past and now.  The booklet will replace the calendar originally planned.  Since Gladys will be compiling the pictures, she asked for suggestions for pictures to consider which have not been used in past KHS publications.  A small amount of descriptive text will accompany each picture. Teresa Hanks will work with Gladys on production of the booklet. This will be a five-year historic follow-up of the Sesquicentennial.  The booklet will be stapled or spiral bound depending upon availability of supplies for spiral binding.  The booklet will be copyright protected.  We need to spread the word that we are proud of our history and proud of our active city council working to improve our community.

·      Elwyn shared a Kinmundy Centennial scrapbook featuring newspaper clippings and keepsakes.  Dolores will be asked to scan items from the scrapbook, which are new to our collection.

·      The next meeting will be held August 6 at 5 p.m. at the Library. 


KHS June 4, 2012 Minutes

 The Kinmundy Historical Society met on June 4 at the Kinmundy Library.  Members Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Louise and Elwyn Cheatum, Larry McCarty, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.

 Marla presided over the meeting with the following items on the agenda:

 ·      Minutes and treasurer’s report were read and approved.

·      The KHS display at the Alumni Banquet featuring Kinmundy homes went well.  Marla will contact Gary Miselbrook about leaving the display at the Community Center for senior citizens to enjoy.

·      Debbie led a discussion of log cabin concerns in preparation for the fall events at the village.

·      Dolores and Gladys continue to work on the documentation of Evergreen Cemetery.  One of the results of this project will be a spreadsheet for location of veterans’ graves at Evergreen Cemetery.  This facilitates flag placement for Memorial Day.

·      Theresa Hanks has agreed to look into a calendar program in cooperation with KHS to include local homes and businesses with a “Then and Now” theme.  The calendars could be produced in a small quantity and more added as demand dictates.

·      Flowers in the memorial planter at the park have been damaged by vandalism.  The city police department has been notified.  Along with the ice cream shop opening and creating more traffic through the area, hopefully, the problem will be alleviated.

·      Gary Shirley sprayed at the Serenity Garden and adjusted the fountain.  Marla plans to ask the Methodist youth to weed at the garden as a community service project.  They were so helpful in collecting the flags at the cemetery after Memorial Day, she may ask them to help with flag placement next year.

·      The Farina Woman’s Club sent a thank you note along with a contribution to KHS in appreciation of their tour of the Webster House conducted by Helen and Marla.

·      The next KHS meeting will be held on June 29 at 5 p.m. at the Kinmundy Public Library.

 


 May 2012 Minutes

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met on May 8 at the Kinmundy Library.  Members Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Louise and Elwyn Cheatum, Larry McCarty, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Dorothy Geiler, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.

Marla presided over the meeting with the following items on the agenda:

·      Minutes and treasurer’s report were read and approved.

·      Matheny Nursery has been contacted, and they will be planting flowers around the fountain in the Serenity Park and in the concrete planter at the City Park.

·      Marla noted that a relative of Joseph Bass was aided by our website in finding a relative who possibly lived in one of the cabins now located at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  That person will be coming from North Carolina for further research.

·      Marla and Helen have agreed to host the Farina Women’s Club for a tour of Webster House on May 15.

·      Marla will contact Dolores to find an easier way to locate graves of veterans at Evergreen Cemetery for the purpose of placing flags on the graves every Memorial Day weekend.

·      Permission was granted for KHS to place an antique map at the Community Center.

·      Dolores will be gathering information at the Alumni Banquet.  Someone else is needed to help her and to make KHS store items available for sale.

·      Plans are progressing for the quilt show.  The focal point of the show will be the quilt originally belonging to Mr. Eagan and his first wife that was returned to Kinmundy.  Linda Summerville is making a quilt of that same era with red and green colors popular of the time to display with the Eagan quilt as the red and green colors on the Eagan quilt have faded.

·      Debbie and Jeanette visited Louisville Elementary School for a rope making demonstration as part of their Pioneer Day celebration.  Karyn Gilbert, speech pathologist at the school and Kinmundy native, made the arrangements for the visit and assisted with making the ropes.   Three classes made ropes for classroom use and viewed Debbie’s antique collection.  Patsy Hebron and Susan and Keith Smith played dulcimers for the students.

·      Jeanette has transcribed the three completed interviews for KHS records.  One final interview has been completed and the other two will be completed soon.

All are welcome to attend the next KHS meeting on June 4 at 5 p.m. at the library.   


April 2012 Minutes

 The Kinmundy Historical Society met on April 3 at the Webster House.  Members Debbie Gilbert, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Helen Garrett, and Marla Shirley and Guest Eileen Garrett attended the meeting.

The minutes and treasurer’s report were read and approved.  Marla led the meeting with input from the members relating to the following ongoing and new projects:  

·      Gladys and Dolores have made tremendous progress on the Evergreen Cemetery project with 3,000 entries and 2,800 images.

·      The fountain at Serenity Park is open.  Josh Hawkins, Debbie, and Marla did the spring weeding.  Jake McCarty volunteers as daily caretaker.

·      Jeanette has conducted three interviews for preserving Kinmundy stories; is continuing the interview transcriptions, and has plans for two new interviews.  Eileen Garrett has agreed to an interview.  She is the great granddaughter of Isaac Eagan.

·      All current members attending paid dues which are due at the April meeting annually.  Regular and sustaining KHS memberships are eligible as a tax deduction.  Anyone interested in the history of Kinmundy is eligible to join.

·      City Hall has a large antique map for donation to KHS.  Marla will contact Gary Misselbrook to explore the possibility of displaying it at the Community Center.

·      Debbie will be leading the KHS group volunteering for Pioneer Days at the Louisville school on April 27.

·      KHS will host a quilt show on Labor Day at the Masonic Lodge.  Karil Garrett will organize the event.  Admission was set at $2.

·      KHS fundraiser details were set for Log Cabin Days in the fall.  For only $1, each child may purchase a compass and map, which will lead the explorer through the village in search of clues and candy, treats.  Compasses will be sold all three weekends of the festival.

     Projects are in full swing and plans will continue at the May 7th meeting to be held at the Webster House at 5 p.m.


March 2012 Minutes

     The Kinmundy Historical Society met on March 12 at the Kinmundy Library.  Members Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Marla Shirley and Guests Elwyn and Louise Cheatum attended the meeting.

     The minutes were read and approved with a correction to change the location of the high chair donated by the Robnett family from the Log Cabin Village to Helen Garrett’s home.  Helen will display it at the Village during Log Cabin Days.   Along with approval of the treasurer’s report was acknowledgement of Connie Luker as a sustaining member.

      Gladys gave an update on a proposed cemetery walk.  Background information about local Civil War veterans is coming into the website, but Gladys and Dolores Mobley do not have enough data for the cemetery walk yet.  Gladys is excited about the find a grave website.  She and Dolores are currently working on gathering material about local cemeteries to make a link from our website to the www.findagrave.com  website.

      In other old business, Helen and Dorothy have completed their recordings for KHS archives.  In the future, the recording procedure will begin with Jeanette conducting a taped interview.  The recording will be transcribed, and the person interviewed will make any corrections and then read the corrected transcription.  All interviews will be a part of KHS records.  With permission, the interview will also be available at the KHS website.

      Marla shared ideas from Linda Summerville who has volunteered to lead a fundraiser.  Members are to bring additional ideas to the next meeting.

     Debbie invited members to join her for Pioneer Days at the Louisville school on April 20 or 27.  She will be helping students make rope.  Others could tell stories or demonstrate other pioneer skills.

    Since Erma Ingram, original owner of Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village, would have been 100 this year, this fall’s celebration will be extra special.  The theme is “A Journey Thru Time.”  At the first cabin, Marla will give each child a replica of a compass from an old trunk and send them off for a treasure hunt throughout the Village after hearing her special stories.  Other new features being considered are wagon rides and a settlement of teepees.

     Helen brought a pair of children’s overshoes worn by her brother, Donald Robb and shared a story.  When Donald was a small child, he stepped in the path of their dad’s axe and received a serious facial injury.  While their dad hitched the horses to the wagon for the ride to the doctor, their mother put flour on Donald’s face to mix with the blood to seal the wound.  Combined with the doctor’s treatment, the wound completely healed. 

     The next meeting will be April 2 at the library.


November 2011 Minutes

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met on November 7 at the Kinmundy Library.   Debbie Gilbert, Dorothy Geiler, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.

    The minutes were read and approved with a correction to include the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for the flag ceremony one of the weekends at the Village.  Also relating to Ingram’s Log Cabin Village Days,  Marla displayed a framed picture of the family who won the dinner prepared and served by Barbie Ambuehl, Linda Summerville, and Marla.  They are making plans to revamp the event for next year to make it even more exciting.  Teresa Hanks is revising the Log Cabin Village booklet to incorporate more pieces to the puzzle of the history relating to the cabins and their original owners.  KHS appreciates Teresa’s excellent work.  Debbie reviewed the evaluations from the Fall Festival at the Village and her plans for next year’s 35th annual celebration.  The North Clay Historical Society asked Debbie to invite KHS to their Pioneer Days in April and to participate with demonstrations and story telling. Marla also shared some of her ideas for next year to make it even more exciting than this year’s highly successful event.  Speaking of excitement, Marla said a representative from a movie company is touring the Village tomorrow hoping to use a cabin as a setting for their production.

    Helen displayed a large Bible donated by the family of Mary Lou Followell and an antique purse donated by the family of Miss Alice Readnour, who was a teacher in Kinmundy for many years.  Marla showed a magazine picture of antique belt buckles similar to those donated by the Robnett family.  Gladys reported that she scanned the Robnett collection of 1904-1930 Kinmundy commencement programs and graduation pictures.  A donated high chair is being housed in a cabin at the Village.

    Marla asked members for ideas and gave assignments.  Gladys is working with Dolores Mobley on plans for a cemetery walk focusing on Kinmundy’s Civil War connections.  Marla received permission from Ben Webster for an Open House at Webster House.  Dorothy is considering the options for a report at the next meeting.  Dorothy and Helen will tape record some of their stories about their ancestors for the KHS records. 

    After a packed agenda and productive meeting, KHS is taking a winter break.  The next meeting will be the first Monday of March at 5 p.m. at the Webster House. 

 


September 2011 Minutes

     The Kinmundy Historical Society met on September 12 at the Webster House to make plans for activities at Ingram’s Log Cabin Village.  Debbie Gilbert, Dorothy Geiler, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Elwyn and Louise Cheatum, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Marla Shirley attended the meeting.  The theme, “Holiday Memories” will be carried out in cabin decoration to include Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Civil War, Easter, 4th of July, fall, and Civil War.   The American Legion will present the flag ceremony on all three weekends.  Josh Conley will preach at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday.  Teresa Hanks completed a lovely booklet featuring each of the cabins.  Some corrections will be made before the next printing.  These copies are available at the Village for a $2 donation.  Village caps and raffle tickets for a dinner to be served in this year’s featured cabin will also be available.  Debbie organized workdays at the Village in preparation for the September 17th opening of Log Cabin Village Days. 

     Marla announced the donation of vintage clothing, which any member may use for costuming at the Village as well as linens, donated by Karen Robnett, which may be used to embellish cabins.  Then Marla displayed other donations—a syrup dispenser from Bargh’s Drug Store, an 1800’s Kinmundy Express preserved by the former Marilyn Alberson, and tintype school pictures donated by Eleanor.

     Since members will be so actively involved with the Village, we won’t have another meeting until November 7 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.


August 2011 Minutes

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met on August 1 at Marla Shirley’s home.  Gary Shirley introduced the video program featuring his Aunt Betty Gail as a Shirley family ancestor speaking at the Bethel Cemetery Walk.   The group was enthralled with the video.   A cemetery walk is a chance to remember where families came from.  In the future, KHS may consider having a cemetery walk at one of our local cemeteries.  For now, Marla gave the homework assignment to write down or tape record individual family histories.   Others attending the meeting were Nancy Hanna, Eleanor Tate, Gladys See, Larry McCarty, Helen Garrett, Elwyn and Louise Cheatum, Debbie Gilbert, Dorothy Geiler, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus.

    In Pioneer Village news, the Kinmundy Labor Day Run/Walk is featuring the Lester Cabin.  It is also being called the Backwards Cabin because the assembly of the cabin took place on a day Mrs. Ingram was out of town.  Much to her chagrin, she came home to find the rear of the cabin facing the road.  Musicians and costumed KHS members will greet the runners and walkers as they come through the village.

     Teresa Hanks is designing a booklet featuring the cabins of the Village with a little history.  Visitors to Log Cabin Days will have an opportunity to purchase the booklet as a guide and keepsake.  This year’s celebration will emphasize the Civil War and have the theme, Holiday Memories.  Each cabin will feature a holiday including Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

    Marla acknowledged recent donations to KHS.  The Robnett family donated a filing cabinet made by P.H.Robnett and plates hand painted by Mrs. Sechler (a German lady who gave painting lessons in Kinmundy many years ago).  Marla and her husband restored the filing cabinet and added it to the Webster House collection.  Helen shared a bag filled with memorabilia from the Robnett collection.  Gladys displayed a collection of Florence Jack’s graduating class donated by Jean Vallow Keen.  Gladys will scan those for the website.

     The next meeting will be held September 12 at the Webster House at 5 p.m. 


Kinmundy Historical Society Open House Minutes

June 27, 2011

     KHS met at the Webster House on June 27, 2011 with Gladys See, Debbie Gilbert, Helen Garrett, Dorothy Geiler, Marla Shirley, Eleanor Tate, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Kent and Rena O’Dell, and Bruce Krop attending.  During the short business meeting, Jeanette made a motion to present a print of ice skaters from the Ernst collection to the new ice cream shop.  Larry seconded the motion, and the motion passed.  Marla announced Ben Webster’s purchase and donation of The Kinmundy Express linotype machine to KHS.  She displayed Bud Robnett’s father’s bathing suit, which the Robnett family donated to KHS along with a Kinmundy Grade School yearbook. 

     Helen brought the collection of feed sacks donated by Irene Gammon.  Helen read a poem about 1930’s and 40’s flour sacks given to her by Ruby Shaffer.  Then Helen shared her own recollections of having feed sack dresses, aprons, bonnets, and bloomers.  She invited members to share their memories of the era.  Eleanor read a story her sister Nevada had written.  Marla talked about the Montgomery family’s wartime experiences and their memento donations, which has been framed, with one of the feed sacks as background.  It was a special time.

 

     Marla invited the group to meet at her house on August 1.  She will share a Cemetery Walk DVD with her husband’s aunt portraying one of his ancestors to tell their family story.  With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this could be the ideal time to make a Cemetery Walk record for Evergreen Cemetery.   Anyone interested is invited to attend the meeting at 5 p.m.


Kinmundy Historical Society News - June 2011 

     The Kinmundy Historical Society met June 6 at the Webster House.  Attending were Helen Garrett, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Eleanor Tate.  Minutes from the April meeting and treasurer’s report were read and approved.  Communication included a thank you card signed by the students from the Trenton school who took a field trip to the Log Cabin Village.  KHS members hosted the event.  Prior to the June meeting, KHS members signed a card for Shirley Quick in honor of her 50 years in the newspaper business.  KHS is also adding a mug to her collection.

     Marla brought the Spencer collection of pictures for group viewing.  She also announced plans to display Irene Gammon’s flour sack collection at the next meeting with commentary by Helen.  One of the flour sacks will be used as a background for the Paul and Virginia Montgomery ration book display.

     Under old business, the Alumni Association gave permission to scan the old high school pictures from the Community Center collection.  Discussion continued from last month about printing a Log Cabin Village booklet.  More information will be gathered for a decision at the next meeting.   Gladys reported $111 sales of KHS Store merchandise at the Alumni Banquet.  KHS received gifts of a 1942 Kinmundy yearbook, Kinmundy athletic letters and sweater, and a Miletus School record book from the 1940’s. 

     Debbie reported on the success of the Living History Day.  The extreme heat kept the crowd down, but it was a worthwhile event with corn shelling, pottery making, rug beating, pony riding, blue grass and dulcimer groups playing, storytelling, rope making, lace making, crocheting, butter churning, blacksmithing, and viewing of cabins.  Homemade ice cream, grilled sandwiches, and cold drinks were available as well as a variety of handmade wooden items to purchase for souvenirs.  We were especially happy to see young people actively involved, and we will continue to look for ways to encourage their participation in our events.  With volunteers from the community and Debbie’s careful planning, the cost to KHS was only $41. 

     Marla challenged members to develop ideas for other marketing strategies for the calendars and ornaments on hand.  She displayed a basket to which she had attached an ornament.  The ornaments are durable and need not be limited in use.  She suggested display books for City Hall and the Community Center to show people what is available as well as wall picture displays in community businesses.

     After the meeting was adjourned, members stayed to sign cards of appreciation to all the volunteers who helped at the Living History Day.  The next meeting is tentatively set for June 27 at 5 p.m. at Webster House. 


Kinmundy Historical Society News - May 2011 

   The Kinmundy Historical Society met May 2 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.  Attending were Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Larry McCarty, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Eleanor Tate. 

   The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.  The current balance is $3442.99. Helen made a motion, seconded by Debbie, for Matheny’s Nursery to plant flowers around the fountain at the Serenity Garden.  Motion carried. The other monetary consideration related to the possible purchase of equipment from The Kinmundy Express building.  Several items are available ranging in cost from $10-$325.  Since many past and current residents have strong emotional ties to The Kinmundy Express, the group is accepting donations of these items to KHS.  Individuals or Kinmundy High School classes may wish to preserve a piece of Kinmundy history in this way. 

   Debbie reported on her Log Cabin Village committee meeting.  Due to the wet weather, the group is considering changing the Living History Day from May 14 to May 21.  Debbie is conferring with demonstrators and venders and will publicize the definite date.  Individuals who wish to loan antiques for display at the Inn for Living History Day should contact Debbie.  Debbie has many exciting events planned for the day, and admission is only $1. All the details will be announced in local media. Debbie announced the rescheduling of a field trip for 50 students from May 6 to May 18. She also told the group about plans for Log Cabin Village Days with the theme, “Holiday Memories.”  Each cabin will have a holiday theme chosen from holidays which were celebrated in the 1850’s.

   Marla announced plans for Irene Gammon to bring her flour sack collection to the Webster House for either the June or July meeting.  When plans are finalized, the event will be publicized, and the community is invited to attend.  A very special circus picture will also be displayed for the first time at the meeting.   Marla adjourned the meeting at 5:55 p.m. with plans to meet again on June 6 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House. 


 Kinmundy Historical Society News - April 2011

   The Kinmundy Historical Society met April 4 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.  Attending were Elwyn and Louise Cheatum, Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Larry McCarty, Shelly Phillips, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Peter Wrench.  Peter Wrench, who resides in Texas, was seeking information about his family who lived in Kinmundy for a short time in the 1800’s.  After giving a legal description of their former property, Debbie called her husband to take him to the farm to walk the ground Great Grandpa Wrench walked.  The property is currently owned by Dale Hulsey, who is also very interested in the history of Kinmundy and in sharing that history with others.  Mr. Wrench appreciated the Kinmundy hospitality and gave a generous donation which will be used for the KHS project at the Village.

   The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.  The current balance is $3500.19. With only one ornament in the collection being cost effective and costs increasing, Larry made a motion not to pursue a Christmas ornament this year.  Helen seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

   Members signed a card of congratulations for Bob Ingram in honor of his selection as Kinmundy Lion’s Club Citizen of the Year.  The group appreciates working with Bob at Ingram’s Log Cabin Village.  Debbie will contact volunteers for cleaning at the Village in preparation for a school group on May 6 and the Living History Day on May 14 from 10-4.  Debbie is sending an informational packet to 30 schools and will publicize the event in the local media.  The list of demonstrators and exhibitors continues to grow and promises to be an enjoyable event for all ages.  Admission is $1.

   Under old business, members turned in information about the cabins they host. Pictures of the cabins will be added to the data to produce a booklet about the Village.  The booklet will be available this fall.

   Although KHS is not directly involved with the icehouse preservation, the group is looking for ways to be supportive of the project. With this goal in mind, the Kinmundy American Legion was invited to be a food vender at the Living History Day.

   In other business, Marla expressed concern about having a place to store items KHS will be acquiring from The Kinmundy Express building.  Elwyn graciously offered space in one of his buildings without charge. Helen mentioned a storage building that is for sale.  The issue will be considered further next month.  Gladys reported that Dolores has spent a lot of time updating the KHS website.  When she is finished, she will write a news release to explain the changes.  Dolores will attend the Alumni Banquet. She will request permission to remove the Community Center class pictures from their frames for scanning. Dolores and Gladys want to add them to the website but can’t get clear images through the frames.

   Marla reminded the group that April is the month for paying 2011 dues.  Anyone who wishes to vote on KHS issues must be up-to-date with dues payment.

   Elwyn reported on his visit with Thomas Horton, who came from Minneapolis to gather information on the O.N. Tyner family.  Thomas’s wife is related to Mr. Tyner.  O.N. Tyner was a photographer in the Civil War.  Barbie Ambuehl scanned the Tyner collection including old Kinmundy circus pictures.  Stop by the KHS Museum and enjoy yet another addition, the quilt that “walked” to Wisconsin and back.  View Lizzie’s story and quilt which now includes her tintype picture.

   This is a busy time for KHS, and everyone’s help is welcome.  The next meeting is May 2 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.


Kinmundy Historical Society News - March 2011

     The Kinmundy Historical Society met March 7 at the Webster House.  Attending were Elwyn and Louise Cheatum, Helen Garrett, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Nancy Hanna, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Larry McCarty, Gladys See, and Marla Shirley.  Minutes from the November meeting and treasurer’s report were read and approved.

     With increased sales from the KHS store, the supply of centennial books and school ornaments is depleted.  Dorothy made a motion to order 10 copies of the centennial book and sell them for $15 since the cost of printing has increased.  Debbie seconded the motion, and the motion passed.  Dorothy made a motion to order 25 school ornaments with Helen seconding the motion.  Motion carried.  Marla is adding a crock with our water tower (Est 1857) to the store.

     Marla announced the donation of World War II items including a telegram and ration book from Virginia Montgomery.  Larry made a motion, which was seconded by Debbie to commission Barbie Ambuehl to design a World War II themed shadow box and order museum glass to fit inside the trunk to protect the quilt but make it visible for viewing.  Motion carried.  Also for the museum, Marla will develop a notebook featuring pictures from all the KHS calendars to display for individual sale.

     Elwyn displayed a glass negative/positive from his collection purchased at the Ernst estate sale.  Former Kinmundy resident, O. N. Tyner, who converted the glass images to picture postcards, developed these pictures.  One of the Tyler family members is coming from Minnesota soon to view the collection.

     Debbie is busily preparing for a Living History Day on May 14 at Ingram’s Log Cabin Village.  Volunteers for her planning committee will meet March 17 at 3 p.m. at the library.  Rope and pottery making, musicians, wood carving, butter churning, petting zoo, and lots of good food are some of the attractions.  Also Debbie  asked for help with hosting a school group from Trenton on May 6 at 9:30 a.m.

     Marla gave three homework assignments for members: 

           1. Think about an ornament theme for next year and whether we should skip a year.

2.        2.  Write a rough draft of the history of the cabin the member hosts to be used in preparing a booklet about the village.

3.         3. Think of ways to promote the icehouse building preservation project.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.  The next meeting will be April 4 at 5 p. m. at Webster House. 


 Kinmundy Historical Society News - November 1, 2010

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met November 1 at the Kinmundy Express office to view Rudy Slane’s printing equipment.  Rudy will place a hold on several selected items until spring for possible purchase by KHS.  Then the group reconvened at Webster House.  Attending were Marla Shirley, Shelly Phillips, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, Larry McCarty, Helen Garrett, Elwyn Cheatum, Louise Cheatum, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus.  The minutes and treasurer’s report were accepted.  A monetary gift from Marilyn Rich was acknowledged. Gifts of time and talent as well as monetary gifts are listed under the “friends” category on the website.

    Since KHS will not meet during December, January, and February, Marla gave assignments and alerted the group to her plans to keep the phone tree active.  We will be exploring options for an additional site for displaying historical items.  We are considering the development of a soft cover book about the cabins at Ingram’s Log Cabin Village.  It would include history of each cabin along with pictures.  We are also planning next year’s ornament.  Subject suggestions were the old Kinmundy water tower in winter and the Kinmundy Ice Plant.

    Debbie suggested a Living History Day at the Village for a Saturday in May.  She has many exciting ideas, and the group agreed to proceed with the project.  Debbie also asked members to think about a theme for next year’s fall days at the Village.  Helen displayed the surveyer's instrument donated by Bruce Donoho.  Helen will write a historical sketch to accompany it for display at Webster House.

    The next meeting will be held March 7, 2011 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.

 


Kinmundy Historical Society News - October 4, 2010

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met October 4 at Webster House on Madison Street to review the first two weekends at Ingram’s Log Cabin Village and to make plans for the final weekend.  Debbie Gilbert, Marla Shirley, Louise Cheatum, Elwyn Cheatum, Helen Garrett, Gladys See, Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, Larry McCarty, and Jeanette Hoeinghaus attended.  Minutes and treasurer’s report were accepted.  We’re happy to have Karen Bess as a new member.

    Marla expressed appreciation to Marti Ambrose for singing the national anthem to open Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village Days and the Kinmundy American Legion for the flag ceremony at the opening and the second Sunday.  Kyla McGinnis will sing this weekend, and the Boy Scouts will lead the flag ceremony.  Marla also reported that the Jeff Powless family won the raffle for a meal served in the Lester Cabin.  Debbie told us about the popularity of the homemade ice cream concession.  The group agreed with Debbie that more concessions are needed. Eighty children made ropes outside the Gilbert cabin.  Cotton Wagoner is a new volunteer this year hosting in his family’s cabin. Debbie passed around a copy of The Southwestern, a Southwestern Electric Cooperative magazine featuring the Log Cabin Village in the October issue.  With this and other media publicity, Debbie welcomes more crafters and volunteers for this weekend.  A flea market, gospel singing and old time preaching are special features.

    In other business, Gladys shared a letter from Mr. Mifflin of the Illinois Central Historical Society requesting permission to use material from our website for a follow up article about the 1912 train wreck in Kinmundy for The Green Diamond publication.  Dolores responded granting permission as long as he cited the source.  Gladys also shared her genealogy idea for the website that will be pursued with direction by Dolores.  Dorothy donated a framed apron from her family’s lumberyard in Kinmundy.  Helen reported that Bruce Donoho wants to donate an old survey instrument on a tripod from the old Kinmundy High School. We accepted each donation with appreciation.

     The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.  The next meeting will be November 1 at 5 p.m. at Webster House.


Kinmundy Historical Society News - September 13, 2010

    Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Shelly Phillips, Elwyn Cheatum, Louise Cheatum, Marla Shirley, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Debbie Gilbert attended the September meeting at Webster House on Madison Street.  Marla called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.  Jeanette gratefully acknowledged monetary gifts from Paul Williams, Kent Sullens, and Steve and Maggie Robeson (Whisnant, Galloway families).  They will be added to the Friends list along with Darrell McCarty who faithfully keeps the fountain filled.  After approving the minutes and treasurer’s report, each member had a chance to speak about current activities.

    Marla announced that Kay Hoard volunteered to catalog KHS files and keep them current on a flash drive.  Gladys has the recorder and is ready to record stories and download them.  Shelly displayed the new caps.  We have low rise and high rise caps featuring embroidered log cabin logo on the front and Kinmundy embroidered on the back.  They sell for $13.  Helen donated and delivered a bed for the old jail.  Marla researched the best way to preserve the quilt.  For now we will purchase non-acetate paper and pursue further restoration plans later.  Debbie told about volunteers dressing up at the Village to welcome runners during and Kinmundy Labor Day 5K and Walk.  She also shared several plans for Ingram’s Log Cabin Village Days.

    Reporters from Southwestern Electric Company came to the Village to write a story for their flyer going to 18,000 customers.  Debbie took our flyer to the local grade school and middle school.  Members at the meeting took flyers to mail to other area schools.  KHS members and friends are mowing, cleaning, painting signs, decorating, and cutting wood in preparation for the September 18 beginning of Log Cabin Days. Venders are currently setting up at the village.  Eldon Prosise loaned his rope making equipment, and Rural King donated rope.  Donnie Thompson will provide a wagon with hay.  The Gospel Melody singers will perform September 18.  Josh Conley will preach at 1 p.m. September 19.  KHS members are excited about the increasing interest in the Village.

    Marla adjourned the meeting at 6 p.m. to allow time for reporters who were covering Village activities and the opening of the KHS museum room at Webster House.  The next meeting will be October 4 at 5 p.m.


Kinmundy Historical Society News - August 2, 2010

    The August 2, 2010 meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society was productive and interesting.  Debbie Gilbert, Marla Shirley, Helen Garrett, Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, Gladys See, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Larry McCarty met at the Webster House on Madison Street.  After approving minutes and treasurer’s report, Debbie announced exciting plans for Pioneer Village Days. A new business from Edgewood will provide costumes; take old time pictures and print them on site.  We have commitments from several crafters and concession operators, a wool spinner, a blacksmith, a minister for old fashioned church service, a gospel singing group, a dulcimer group, and volunteers to serve as hosts in several of the cabins.  A new specially designed Log Cabin Village cap will be available for $13.

   In other business, it was decided to provide receipts upon request for donations.  The guest book from the sesquicentennial will be used at Webster House to record visitors viewing the KHS collection.  A Bible belonging to the Levi Calendar Rohrbaugh family was accepted for our collection.  Marla was given permission to purchase a preservative box for an heirloom quilt.

   Helen read a letter accompanying a quilt made by Elizabeth Murry for her hope chest.  Elizabeth married William Eagan in the 1880’s.  Even though she died at an early age, William kept the quilt; continued to use it, and passed it on down through the family.  Since Elizabeth is buried at Holt Cemetery and has ties to the area, the owner of the quilt felt it should belong to KHS.  At about the same time, Denny Geiler gave Helen a trunk, which had belonged to her grandmother.  The trunk had been sold in an auction after Helen’s grandmother died in the Effingham Hospital fire.  Helen and Floyd restored the trunk and donated it to KHS.  Now the quilt will be displayed in the trunk.  We will treasure these new treasures!

   Since the next regular meeting date falls on Labor Day, we will meet September 13 at 5 p.m. at Webster House to make final plans for Log Cabin Days.


Kinmundy Historical Society News, July 5, 2010, at Webster house

   The Kinmundy Historical Society met July 5, 2010 at the Webster House on Madison Street.  Members present were Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Larry McCarty, Marla Shirley, Helen Garrett, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Gladys See.  The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.

   Several record keeping issues were discussed.  The KHS membership list will be recorded on the website.  New members may send dues of $15 to Jeanette Hoeinghaus at 300 E. 5th Street in Kinmundy.  We are grateful to Dolores Mobley for offering to scan the frames from the KHS cornerstone as well as the high school pictures at the Community Center that are not included in yearbooks.  As soon as a recorder is available, we will start interviews of historical significance to Kinmundy.

   In preparation for Log Cabin Days, the jail sandblasting is on track.  A spinning wheel with Kinmundy ties was donated to KHS and placed in the Schwarm cabin at the Village.  We would like to add a photo opportunity—maybe aboard a stagecoach.  Homework for the next meeting is consulting with others about picture taking, posting flyers publicizing Log Cabin Days, and thinking about a memento, such as a pin, to make available to visitors.

   After the business meeting, we spent time organizing historical items belonging to KHS. The desktop pocket organizer arrived, and Gladys has made a wonderful display of circus items for it.  Marla is detailing the displays in the cases at Webster House. We are happy with our progress in organizing our collection.

   The next meeting will be August 2 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.


Kinmundy Historical Society, June 7, 2010, at Webster house

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met June 7, 2010 at the Webster House on Madison Street.  Members present were Dorothy Geiler, Larry McCarty, Marla Shirley, Helen Garrett, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Gladys See.  The secretary and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.

   Helen reported that Dolores Mobley made an excellent presentation for KHS at the Alumni Banquet.  The alumni enjoyed viewing the pictures and purchased several ornaments, cookbooks, etc.  The ornaments and cookbooks continue to be available by phoning Marla at 618-547-7682.

   Marla gave some food for thought concerning Log Cabin Days.  Barbie Ambuehl has volunteered to take flyers to post at each of her races.  Marla suggested that every member take flyers for the places they visit to give more publicity.  Teresa Hanks went to a festival where each guest received a memento.  KHS will investigate this possibility for Log Cabin Days.  Having vintage clothing available and someone to take pictures was also mentioned.

   The circus scanning is complete. Now, Marla is leading the group in organizing the historical documents.  Each member was given pictures and documents to place in file folders with itemized lists on the covers.  At the next meeting, work will continue to consolidate the items in an orderly fashion.  Cindy Garrett and Vicki Neilson will make labels on card stock to identify the items on display. 


Kinmundy Historical Society, May 3, 2010, at Webster house

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met May 3rd at 5 p.m. at the Webster house on Madison Street.  Those attending were Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Eleanor Tate, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Shelly Phillips, Larry McCarty, Eileen Garrett, and Marla Shirley. 

   Marla updated the group on plans for the Alumni Banquet.  Cookbooks and the 2010 ornaments with stands will be available.  The ornaments and cookbooks can also be obtained by phoning Marla at (618)547-7682. A pictorial collection of historical schools of Kinmundy-Alma’s past will be on display at the banquet as well as the 1910 sign from Kinmundy-Alma High School, the cornerstone, and the time capsule which will be permanently located at the Community Center. Dolores Mobley will represent KHS.  She will distribute informational cards about KHS. Dolores has also scanned the circus pictures.

   Teresa Hanks and Marla designed a flyer for Log Cabin Days.  Marla gave each member a copy for review. In other business related to the Village, Debbie shared that she, Barbara Shanafelt, and Karen Robnett represented KHS as hosts for a large school group’s field trip. Debbie is currently signing up cabin hosts for Log Cabin Days.

   Larry resigned as treasurer. A motion was made by Helen and seconded by Larry to elect Jeanette for the position.  Motion carried.  Larry made a motion to purchase a tape recorder for preserving special Kinmundy stories.  Gladys seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

   Since the old jail has recently been moved to the Village, the group was especially interested in Eileen’s stories from her childhood.  In the 1930’s when she was five years old, she remembers passing the old jail on her way by the Smith Livery Store on her way home on Eagan Street.  The jail was abandoned and scary to her, but one time she gathered the courage to look inside to see boards that had been used in the past for sleeping. It had provided “no frills” accommodations.  Eileen also reported on a letter she received from Norma Miller, daughter of Dr. Miller, regarding a Kinmundy hotel in the 1890’s.  Albert Elder owned it and named it for his wife, the former Beatrice Ryan.  Helen remembers her mother’s stories about working in the dining room of the Hotel Ryan dressed in high heels and a long dress.

   The meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.  The next meeting will be June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House.  Guests and new members are welcome.     


Kinmundy Historical Society, April 5, 2010, at Webster house

   The Kinmundy Historical Society met April 5 at 5 p.m. at the Webster house on Madison Street.  Those attending were Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Bob Ingram, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Shelly Phillips, Dolores Mobley, and Marla Shirley. 

   Marla announced the theme, “Liberty, Honor, and Freedom”, as the theme for this year’s Log Cabin Village Days.  Bob recommended that the jail be moved as soon as possible.  Jerry Chasteen will set up the jail.  Marla had prices for banners for the Village.  Decisions will be made next month.  Marla suggested that a town crier roam the village announcing special events.  A new event will be Mark Ellis and Civil War reenactors learning the Virginia Reel with KHS!  The cornerstone from the old high school will be installed at the Community Center with Helen designing a KHS donation box to go with it.  Shelly presented a design for a hat to sell at the Village.  “Ingram’s Pioneer Village” and a log cabin will be embroidered on the front with “Kinmundy” embroidered on the side.  Gladys made a motion to order 50 hats at $11 each with a one-time $25 digital fee.  Jeanette seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

   Several items of new business were discussed.  Debbie reported that a school group will be visiting the Village on April 16, weather permitting.  She asked for volunteers to dress up and tell stories.  Barbie Ambuehl is making a display of matted pictures featuring schools for the Alumni Banquet.  Dolores will bring her notebooks of pictures to circulate during the banquet.  Dolores made a motion to extend the agreement for the website domain name for five years for $95.  Jeanette seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Marla suggested that historical documents be filed in boxes and stored in the cabinets below the display shelves at Webster House for the present time.  Dolores will scan the circus collection for the website.

   The meeting adjourned at 6 p.m. with the group going to the display area to consider use of the area.  The next meeting will be May 3 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House. 


Kinmundy Historical Society, March 2, 2010, Ben & Marilyn Webster’s house

The Kinmundy Historical Society met March 2 at 3 p.m. at the Webster house on Madison Street.  Those attending were Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Larry McCarty, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Shelly Phillips, and Marla Shirley.   Larry reported a checking account balance of $1816.15 and savings account balance of $18,040.44.  He also shared that a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy is in effect. 

Marla presented the 2010 Christmas ornament featuring the old Kinmundy High School.  Gladys made a motion to order 60 ornaments and to increase the cost to $16 to cover the increased production cost.  Dorothy seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Gary Shirley took the restored flag for Marla to the Kinmundy City Council Meeting to be reviewed and to thank them.  He also told them about our desire to restore the old Kinmundy jail and relocate it in the Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  Roger Eckert will sandblast the jail, and Gary Shirley will paint it.  It will be set up on railroad ties or treated wood.  Dolores has scanned the city minutes book.  Now it will be given back to the city to include with their other records.

We have a number of other historical documents including a large collection of circus materials with Kinmundy ties.  Larry will purchase legal size folders.  At the next meeting, the group will decide which materials should be laminated and begin filing other materials.  We are investigating the possibility of purchasing a file cabinet to store the items.

Marla made a number of miscellaneous announcements.  The nativity star was destroyed by the weather.  We may make a wooden star to replace it.  Shelly is working with a friend to design a ball cap with a log cabin theme to sell at the Pioneer Log Cabin Village. Decisions about the caps will be made at the next meeting.  Marla displayed the motion reference system for displaying documents.  All agreed it doesn’t meet our needs, and it will be returned.  A generous donor has provided microfiche of the Kinmundy Express and a reader, which will be used at Kinmundy Library.  Dolores Mobley will teach us how to use the equipment when in place.  Tom Turner is building a cabinet to hold the equipment.  A suggestion was made to hold a raffle to purchase a printer.  However, we don’t feel we can add another fundraiser at this time.  Regular meeting time and dates have been changed.  We will continue to meet on the first Monday of the month.  However, the time was changed to 5 p.m.  No meetings will be held in December, January, or February.

Debbie reported on plans for the Village.  The 2010 celebration may feature a patriotic theme.  In keeping with the time period, she will purchase flags to decorate and avoid current patriotic decorations.  Debbie is planning some surprises to go along with the addition of the jail at the Village.

Marla reluctantly violated her policy of a one hour meeting, but we needed almost two hours to handle pressing business since we hadn’t met for the winter months.  The next meeting will be April 5 at 5 p.m. at the Webster House in Kinmundy.


  Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, November 2, 2009

The Kinmundy Historical Society met November 2, 2009.  Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, Larry McCarty, Gladys See, Marla Shirley, and Debbie Gilbert attended.

Larry gave the treasurer’s report.  Gladys gave the secretary’s report.  A correction was made to add Barbie Ambuehl to those helping with the dinner at the Log Cabin Village.

Dolores Ford Mobley is updating the website. Crocks are still being offered. A computer will be donated to KHS by Kirk Wilson to be used to film the Serenity Garden for security purposes.  We checked on prices of a leaflet type display case to display pictures that had been donated to KHS from a circus that performed in this area.

Gladys, Helen, and Marla visited the Jefferson County Historical Museum in Mt. Vernon to gather ideas.

The next meeting is February 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.


 Kinmundy Historical Society, October 5, 2009, Ben & Marillyn Webster’s house

The Kinmundy Historical Society met October 5 at 7 p.m. at the Webster house on Madison Street.  Those attending were Gladys See, Eleanor Tate, Helen Garrett, Larry McCarty, Dorothy Geiler, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, and Marla Shirley.

Dorothy was appointed to replace Clayton as a board member.   Marla showed a picture donated by Dorothy Schooley and another picture taken at the village which will be displayed at the Webster house.  Larry suggested that a Chicago Tribune print of their feature on the Village be framed and exhibited at the museum.  Dorothy Keen donated a 48 star flag from the house that used to be on the lot where she currently lives.  It will remain folded and be displayed at the museum.  Marla suggested a field trip to the Village in Mt. Vernon for ideas for next year.  Next year’s theme for the Kinmundy Village will probably be a patriotic theme, Americana.  Larry will explore sending e-mail reminder of dues.  This will be helpful for those who are away and might want to join.  A special “Friends of Kinmundy” will be listed on the website to include those who have made a significant contribution to KHS but are not members.  Ty Hassebrock won the raffle for “A Memorable Evening from the Past.”  Linda Summerville and Shelly Phillips hosted the enjoyable event, and newspaper coverage will present pictures and details.

   The next meeting will be held November 2 at the Webster House on Madison Street.


Kinmundy Historical Society, September 14, 2009, Ben & Marillyn Webster’s house

At the group’s September 14th meeting, Debbie Gilbert announced installation of quaint new street signs at the village to help visitors see all the attractions.  KHS society and community members, some related to the original families, will dress in pioneer clothing and serve as cabin hosts.

In conjunction with fund raising to restore the flag donated by the Eagan family, one lucky person will win “A Memorable Evening From the Past”—a dinner for four served at the Ingram Pioneer Log Cabin Village by Linda Summerville and Shelly Phillips.  For a sneak preview of their culinary skills, watch them cook Cornish hens over an open fire this weekend. Tickets will be available at Log Cabin Days or from Marla Shirley at $1 for one ticket or $5 for six.  Marla also has a new shipment of Kinmundy Sesquicentennial Cookbooks, log cabin ornaments, and order forms for log cabin crocks in all sizes. 

Special weekends at the village are September 26-27 and October 10-11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Through the generosity of the Webster family, the stroll “down memory lane” will continue year round with the completion of display areas in their Madison Street home for displaying Kinmundy memorabilia.  Monthly KHS meetings will be held at the home and new members interested in preserving Kinmundy’s history are welcome.  The next meeting will be October 5 at 7 p.m.


 Kinmundy Historical Society, August 3, 2009, Kinmundy Library

Museum Begins

Ben and Marilyn Webster attended the August 3rd meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society to extend an exciting invitation.  They are offering their parlor room in the Webster house on Madison Street in Kinmundy, formerly owned by Floyd and Helen Garrett, as a home for the KHS Museum.  The Webster family is restoring the house to its original grandeur, and they want it to be enjoyed by the community.  Dialogue will continue to work out the details.  Mr. Webster expressed his interest in helping KHS start the museum but encouraged the group to continue to research other options as they may outgrow this space.  Chairman Marla Shirley expressed the group’s appreciation and reminded them that, “little by little and bit by bit Kinmundy’s history will be preserved.”

In other business, Shelly Phillips announced plans to order more Kinmundy Sesquicentennial Cookbooks to be sold for $18.  Contact Marla to reserve a copy.  In preparation for Log Cabin Village Days, Debbie Gilbert is ordering small brown crocks featuring a log cabin to be sold for $30.  A large crock can be preordered for $50.  For an additional $2 fee, crocks may be preordered in other colors.  The crocks are on display at Kinmundy Public Library. 

Detailed plans for KHS involvement in Log Cabin Village Days will be announced after the next meeting to be held September 14 at the Webster house on Madison Street. 


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes - June 6, 2009

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met at the Kinmundy Library on June 6, 2009. Marla called the meeting to order and reported Clayton Keen had contacted Roy Bowen about his property being possibly available for Kinmundy’s Historical Museum.  Building a steel building would be so much cheaper than building onto the library even if the city and library board would both be receptive to that idea.  Our meeting earlier, where Terry Neilson and Tom Turner attended and gave their ideas and also quoted prices we could not believe!  Without applying for and receiving thousands of dollars in grants we could do nothing.  Marla said a steel building could possibly be used for us temporarily and later if other options come up, that building could be used for something else.  Also the old Miller house, once considered, was discussed, but it has been sold to the Kinmundy Christian Church.

    Shelly Phillips reported prices for reprints of our cookbooks, so popular during our Sesquicentennial, as the following: 300 cookbooks would be the cheapest each.  After much discussion, it was decided to instead of actually ordering the cookbooks, we will be printing brochures and advertising in local papers with our price as $18 each.  Checks should be written to the Kinmundy Historical Society and orders given to Marla Shirley.  This way we can be sure of the actual number of cookbooks to order.  Marla reminded us of crocks and our annual Christmas ornaments we will be paying for already.

   Treasurer Larry McCarty gave the treasurer’s report showing $3,279.69 in our checking account with $18,000 in savings account (c.d.’s)  Motion made by Helen Garrett to approve the report and seconded by Dorothy Geiler.

   Eight members were at the meeting.  They were Gladys See, Marla Shirley, Debbie Gilbert, Dorothy Geiler, Larry McCarty, Elwyn Cheatum, and Helen Garrett.

   Helen Garrett presented appropriate cards to the group for Clayton, Ginny, and Taylor Keen at the death of Clayton’s sister, Carla Keen.  Each member signed the card as well as one for Everett and Eleanor Tate.  Eleanor was unable to attend this meeting due to Everett’s visit to his cancer doctor at St. Louis.  Our hearts and prayers go out to both families.

   Debbie Gilbert gave a report of progress at Ingram’s Log Cabin Village.  Lots of clean up to do there due to the excessive rain received during both spring and summer here in our area.


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, June 1, 2009, Kinmundy Library

A new crock featuring a log cabin will debut at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Days, according to Chairman Marla Shirley.  Contact her now if you would like to order a size and color to fit your décor.  Sesquicentennial books, ornaments, calendars and other memorabilia are also available. 

At the June meeting, Debbie Gilbert announced plans for the Kinmundy Historical Society’s involvement in Log Cabin Days.  Her family is making signs to direct visitors around the village.  No one will want to miss a single attraction during the “Down Memory Lane” celebration.  This year features antiques.  Contact Debbie if you have a pioneer hobby you would like to share during the festival. 

The Miller family gifted KHS of a book of 1867 Rules and Ordinances of the City of Kinmundy and a large book with hand written records dating from the day after the 1903 Kinmundy fire which destroyed records up to that point.  Chairman Shirley announced the donation of a Kinmundy class ring by the family of Louise Ernst and the donation of an antique flag by the Eagan family.  The Historical Society appreciates the support of all those who are interested in Kinmundy heritage. 


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, May 4, 2009

   The Kinmundy Historical Society met May 4, 2009.  Those present were Marla Shirley, Gladys See, Shelly Phillips, Elwyn Cheatum, Bob Ingram, Larry McCarty, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Dorothy Geiler, Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, and Eleanor Tate.

   Tom Turner and Terry Neilson were present to discuss building onto the library.  Tom told of stipulations on displaying antiques in the library.  Terry told of the size of the addition and approximate cost.  We would need to get a certified architect to be in charge.

   Debbie suggested we have a workday at the village and ways to present and advertise the village.  She asked for ideas to decorate the cabins.  Also there are trees that need to be cut down.

   Darrell McCarty offered to tie up the vines in the Serenity Garden.   Dorothy Geiler made a motion to order cookbooks.  Helen Garrett seconded the motion.  Shelly will order them.

   Larry McCarty reported that we have $21,263.66 in the bank.

   Minutes of the last meeting were read.  Larry McCarty made a motion to approve, and Marla Shirley seconded.    The next meeting will be June 1.


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, April 6, 2009

   The Kinmundy Historical Society met April 6, 2009 with Marla Shirley, Gladys See, Elwyn Cheatum, Larry McCarty, Debbie Gilbert, Helen Garrett, and Eleanor Tate present.

   A picture of the 2009 Christmas ornament was passed around for all to see—very nice.

   Minutes of the last meeting were read with a motion to approve by Gladys See and second by Helen Garrett.  Motion carried.    Treasurer’s report was read.  The current balance is $21,306.66. A motion to accept was made by Debbie Gilbert and a second by Elwyn Cheatum.  Motion carried.

   Reed Garrett has put down weed killer and trimmed shrubs, also replaced a couple of them.  He will continue to trim them.  We will acknowledge Reed and sponsor his membership, motion made by Larry McCarty, second by Marla Shirley.

   Debbie Gilbert reported on the fliers for Pioneer Village.  Some changes need to be made.  We are very appreciative to the Ingram family for the village and hope to keep it up for future generations.

   Larry McCarty met with the library board to discuss where to display some antiques.  They will get back with him after their next meeting.

   Marla  met with Terry and Justin Neilson on building onto the library, what codes, and other issues that need to be met.  We will need to get approval from the city, then the library board before we go ahead with this plan.  Terry Neilson will meet with us next meeting to answer any questions we may have.  Marla said we need to go ahead little by little and bit by bit.

   We discussed putting some money in a CD or other interest bearing account.  Larry McCarty will look into this.  A motion to do this was made by Marla and seconded by Helen.    Meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting is May 4.


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, February 2, 2008, Kinmundy Library

   The Historical Society met February 2, 2009.  Those present were Elwyn Cheatum Larry McCarty,  Debbie Gilbert,  Marla Shirley, Shelly Phillips, Helen Garrett, Eleanor Tate, and Gladys See.

    The treasurer’s report was given--$21,230.66, motion to approve by Helen Garrett, second by Gladys See.  Secretary’s report was read, motion to approve by Larry McCarty, second by Helen Garrett.

   Pictures of Fort Massac were passed around for all to see the display of historical items.

   The Christmas ornament was discussed, and we plan on putting a cabin on it for next year.     We will not do calendars next year.  Instead we will offer postcards and crocks, the brown ones only.

   Colin Ambuehl will take care of the Nativity Scene and repair and store it for us.    We talked about a place for a museum to store antique articles.  We will look at the building by the Pentecostal Church.     Gladys See made a motion to put a date on the Christmas ornaments.  Motion was approved.

   Come next month, and we will discuss a place for the museum.  Our next meeting will be March 2.  Meeting adjourned.


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, November 3, 2008, Kinmundy Library

At the November meeting it was discussed how best to sell our products during the holiday season.

Looking for a special stocking stuffer?  See Kinmundy Historical Society member Helen Garrett at Kinmundy First National Bank, Saturday morning, December 6, to purchase the group’s 2009 calendar for only $7 and the new collectible Christmas ornament for $15.  All Kinmundy Historical Society memorabilia is also available by phoning 547-3771. 

KinmundyHistoricalSociety.org is a site worth visiting.  Webmaster Dolores Mobley has updated the site making it fast and easy to navigate.  Take a look at pictures of Harvest of Blessings, the 2008 Log Cabin Village celebration.  You will see pioneer actors playing musical instruments, cooking, sitting around the fire—all dressed in period costume.  The Village came alive showcasing the richness of local history. 

The Historical Society is currently displaying the Nativity Scene at the Kinmundy Serenity Garden.  We wish you a blessed Christmas season and thank everyone who has helped make our projects successful.


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, October 6, 2008, Kinmundy Library

   The Historical Society met October 6 with Gladys See, Shelly Phillips, Clayton Keen, Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Eleanor Tate, Larry McCarty, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Dorothy Geiler present.

   Meeting was called to order by Vice President Gladys See.  The secretary’s report was read and motion to approve by Larry McCarty, second by Debbie Gilbert.

   Treasurer’s report was read with bank balance of $20,358.65 at present.  Motion to approve by Dorothy Geiler, second by Helen Garrett.  Report approved.

   Some items were sold at Pioneer Village.  We still have a lot of items on hand.  Motion was made to sell remaining t-shirts and sweatshirts at half price.  Buttons were reduced to fifty cents.  Each motion to approve by Larry McCarty, second by Clayton Keen.

   Shelly reported that the price for cookbook reprints went up.  We will look into taking orders.

   Helen Garrett will look for a nice flowerpot to put in the Serenity Garden for cigarette butts.

   Calendars and other articles will be displayed and sold at the bank.

   Debbie Gilbert reported on Pioneer Village.  Visitors reported they like people in the cabins, and attendance was up.  She suggested we sell more things with the log cabin insignia on them.  Maybe we should have a pamphlet with the Log Cabin Village instead of calendars for next year.  We discussed selling tickets for a dinner at the village.  Shelly will check on this.

   Meeting adjourned.


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, September 8, 2008, Kinmundy Library

 Kinmundy’s Harvest of Blessings 

The Kinmundy Historical Society’s September 8th meeting focused on activities at Ingram’s Pioneer Log Cabin Village.  According to President Marla Shirley, the theme, “Harvest of Blessings”, is especially appropriate this year.  When she was hospitalized in St. Louis, people there couldn’t believe her Kinmundy stories of a place like Andy Griffith’s Mayberry television show where neighbors come together to help each other.  After volunteering her time to successfully lead Kinmundy’s sesquicentennial celebration last year, Marla found herself at the receiving end of the community’s help on the home front while her family stayed with her at the hospital.  Friends and neighbors are also lending a hand to Bob Ingram, owner of the Pioneer Log Cabin Village, whose wife died recently leaving him with sole responsibility for the village.  Debbie Gilbert, historical society member, led a group in cleaning the grounds and cabins.  Donnie Thompson mowed and cleared brush.  The Kinmundy Methodist Church Endowment Committee purchased materials, and Keith Smith led a group in building a bridge at the village.  Don Gilbert is building a ticket booth.  

Special weekends at the village are September 20-21, September 27-28, and October 11-12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely stroll thru history!  See old-fashioned craftsmen demonstrating their wares, community members in period dress and decorated civil war era cabins.  Enjoy craftsmen such as a basket weaver, wool spinner, rug weavers, potter, wood carvers, etc. as well as old time bluegrass music and dulcimer music.  See Civil War Reenactors, take a pony ride and enjoy great food such as funnel cakes, Mann’s Kettle Corn, ham and beans, sandwiches, fudge, Alma Ball Park food stand, etc.  Come share Kinmundy’s “Harvest of Blessings.”


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, Sept. 2008

    The Historical Society met September 8.  Those present were Marla Shirley, Gladys See, Helen Garrett, Dorothy Geiler, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Eleanor Tate, Debbie Gilbert, Larry McCarty, and Elwyn Cheatum.

   Secretary report was read.  Motion to approve made by Helen Garrett, second by Larry McCarty.   Treasurer’s report was read--$210 was received for sale of yearbooks.  A check was written to Marla Shirley for $25 for ornaments.  Balance on hand--$20,351.42.  Motion to accept report by Dorothy Geiler, second by Elwyn Cheatum.

   We have 13 copies of the 1957 yearbook reprint left.

   We still have 2007 calendars left.  They will be sold for $3.

   We have 24--2008 calendars left.  Helen Garrett made a motion to sell these for $5, second by Jeanette Hoeinghaus.  Motion carried.

   Some people have asked for the sesquicentennial cookbooks.  We would need to order 100.  Will table for now.

   We have 75 sesquicentennial yearbooks on hand--$20 or $25 if mailed.

   Christmas ornaments are $15, stands $2.

   Larry McCarty made a motion that all items mailed should charge $5 shipping and handling.  Debbie Gilbert seconded the motion.  Motion carried.   Our event page on the website needs to be updated.   Crocks can be reordered.  We still have a few t-shirts and sweatshirts.     We will discuss the depot later.     Debbie Gilbert has been cleaning the cabins, and several men came out and built a bridge, mowed, and cut weeds.

   Motion to buy materials for a ticket booth and pay Debbie for publicity material made by Larry McCarty, second by Jeanette Hoeinghaus.  Motion carried.   Meeting adjourned.  Next meeting—October 6. 


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, Aug. 4, 2008

The Kinmundy Historical Society met August 4, 2008 with members Gladys See, Shelly Phillips, Clayton Keen, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Dorothy Geiler, Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Eleanor Tate, Larry McCarty, and Elwyn Cheatum present.

   Secretary report was read and approved.   Treasurer’s report was given as of now. 

   Christmas ornaments are in and the bill was presented.  Motion to pay by Clayton Keen, second by Debbie Gilbert.  Also a bill for the reorder of sesquicentennial books was presented.  Motion to pay by Jeanette Hoeinghaus, second by Elwyn Cheatum.  Motion carried.  The price for yearbooks will be $20 or $25 if mailed.  Christmas ornaments will be sold for $15.  Motion made by Dorothy Geiler, second by Helen Garrett.

   Calendars for 2009 will be in around August 15.  Motion made to sell them for $7 by Clayton Keen, second by Gladys See.  Calendars will be sold at the Community Center if it is ok with the Lions Club.

   Gladys presented a print of the postcards with a picture of Illinois Central Depot.  Price was discussed, and we decided twenty-five cents each.  We will print 100 to start.

   Elwyn is checking on a railroad depot.  Nothing definite yet.

   Debbie Gilbert reported on Log Cabin Village workday, which is set for September 13.  She had cards and flyers to hand out telling the dates of Pioneer Days. 

   Clayton Keen mentioned that he read where Kinmundy was known for dogwoods and suggested we check into planting more dogwood trees.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, July 14, 2008

The Historical Society met July 14.  Those present were Gladys See, Larry McCarty, Dorothy Geiler, Eleanor Tate, Debbie Gilbert, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Helen Garrett, Shelly Phillips, Clayton Keen, and Reed Garrett.

   The meeting was called to order by Vice President Gladys See.  A get well card was passed and signed for Marla Shirley.

   Secretary report was read with motion to approve by Larry McCarty, second by Reed Garrett.  Motion carried.

   Larry McCarty read the treasurer’s report.  As of June 24, the balance was $20,091.20.  Motion to accept treasurer’s report made by Helen Garrett, second by Debbie Gilbert.  Motion carried.

   Larry received a letter from Ronda Lakin, Lela Mae Smith’s daughter with a memorial gift to the Society.  We received a bill from Rudy Slane for work done.  Motion to pay by Debbie Gilbert, second by Helen Garrett.

   Clayton Keen told of the new trashcan in front of the Community Center and also the new water hydrants in the Serenity Garden and Veterans’ Memorial.

   Reed Garrett replaced two plants in the Serenity Garden.  A bill will be presented at the next meeting.  Also, he told of a leak in the fountain from a crack.  He is looking into getting it repaired.

   We talked about recognizing the people who helped with the Serenity Garden.

   Meeting adjourned.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, May 5, 2008

    The Historical Society met May 5, 2008 with Marla Shirley, Elwyn Cheatum, Larry McCarty, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Helen Garrett, Debbie Gilbert, Dorothy Geiler, and Eleanor Tate present.

   Secretary report was read and approved with a motion by Larry McCarty and second by Dorothy Geiler.  Motion carried.  Treasurer report by Larry McCarty—received $95 in dues with balance of $4,578.89.  Dorothy Geiler made a motion to accept report, second by Eleanor Tate.  Report accepted.

   We will close the cookbook account.  Historical Society will have all accounts now.

   Charter members who have passed away will remain on the list if dues have been kept up to date.  Jeanette Hoeinghaus made motion, second by Helen Garrett.

   Debbie Gilbert reported on Pioneer Village.  It needs a lot of cleanup from storms.  She has sown flowers and plans to make a garden spot.

   We picked out pictures for 2009 calendar.  Plans were submitted for a memorial for Charter Member Lela Mae Smith at the park garden.  Dorothy Geiler made a motion to do this, second by Jeanette Hoeinghaus.

   Some very nice letters were read from people who had received the newsletter.

   Next year’s calendar pictures will be black and white.  There was discussion on getting a sign for businesses in Kinmundy. One hundred twenty three dollars was spent for postage.

   We decided to order 100 more yearbooks.  Motion made by Dorothy Geiler, second by Larry McCarty.

   There will be no meeting in June, as our president will attend her son’s wedding in Jamaica.  Meeting adjourned.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, March 10, 2008

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met March 10, 2008.  Those present were Marla Shirley, Gladys See, Larry McCarty, Helen Garrett, Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, Debbie Gilbert, Eleanor Tate, and Elwyn Cheatum.

   Larry McCarty gave the treasurer’s report receiving $15 dues and $25 donation from Martha Williams in Cherokee Village, Arkansas.  Total balance--$4,453.89.  Motion to accept treas. report by Helen Garrett, second by Gladys See.  Historical Society dues are to be paid in April.  Larry also read a very nice letter from Mrs. Williams.

   Debbie Gilbert reported on Log Cabin Village.  We discussed cleaning the area of the Village before Pioneer Days.

   A bill of $115.91 was presented by Gladys See for supplies used for the yearbook.  Motion to pay was made by Larry McCarty, second by Dorothy Geiler.

   We selected a picture to be put on next year’s Christmas ornament.

   We received 100 cookbooks.  After orders are filled, they will be sold to first come first served at a cost of $16 or donation of more.

   Larry McCarty, Marla Shirley, and Gladys See discussed the website.  Some things have not been updated.  Dolores Ford Mobley has been very helpful with history of Kinmundy.

   We are planning on buying a balled tree to use next Christmas in the Serenity Garden and later plant it at the cemetery as we have lost several trees there due to the ice and wind.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, Jan. 7, 2008

 Meeting January 7, 2008.  Historical Society gave a mug to Farina News.  They are going to print a newsletter.  They have been very helpful with the Historical Society.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, Dec. 3, 2007

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met December 3, 2007.  Those present were Marla Shirley, Larry McCarty, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Clayton Keen, Helen Garrett, Bob Ingram, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, and Eleanor Tate.  President Marla Shirley opened the meeting and read the minutes from the last meeting.   Larry McCarty gave the treasurer’s report with a bank balance of $4,389.  The calendar money will be deposited in the Historical Society account.

   We talked about buying a trash bin for the Serenity Garden.  Clayton Keen suggested the city look into building trash bins.  We will discuss this at a later meeting. 

   Marla talked about putting up a sign on Highway 57 for Log Cabin Village, the wooden water tower, and the Calendar Rohrbaugh Home.  We will contact people who could help with this.

   A motion was made to inform the public of the things we are doing by sending a letter.  Gladys See made a motion we do this, seconded by Larry McCarty.  Motion carried. 

   Gladys See discussed the yearbook.  Pictures are needed soon from different churches.

   Debbie Gilbert and Bob Ingram talked of ways to promote Pioneer Village on the website, advertising, etc.

   We purchased a security camera , and it has been installed on Elwyn Cheatum’s building.  We are in need of a computer.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, Nov. 5, 2007

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met November 5, 2007 with President Marla Shirley, Larry McCarty, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Helen Garrett, Shelly Phillips, Dorothy Geiler, Lela Mae Smith, Bob Ingram, Debbie Gilbert, Gladys See, and Eleanor Tate.  Minutes from last meeting were read.  Larry McCarty made a motion to accept minutes as read.  Seconded by Lela Mae Smith.  Treasurer Larry McCarty gave the report—bank balance October 1, 2007-$4197.89, received $15 dues, and donation from Methodist Church Starshine $100.  Balance November 5, 2007--$4312.89.  Gladys See made a motion to accept treasurer report, seconded by Dorothy Geiler.  Yearbook was discussed with a deadline for ordering to be set.  Nativity scene has been delivered and security camera and trashcans are to be ordered.  Bob Ingram told of how the visitors to the village enjoyed Christmas in the Village.  Debbie Gilbert talked about putting pictures on the website, updating the flyer, and other ways to get more crafters for next years, and ways to advertise the village.  We decided to have next year’s theme, “A Harvest of Blessings.”  Next meeting--December 3.


Kinmundy Historical Society Minutes, Oct. 1, 2007

    The Kinmundy Historical Society met October 1, 2007 with President Marla Shirley, Larry McCarty, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Karen Robnett, Helen Garrett, Gladys See, Eleanor Tate and Clayton Keen.  New secretary Eleanor Tate and Board Members Helen Garrett and Clayton Keen were elected.  We discussed and decided to start a newsletter sending them to all on the Kinmundy newspaper mailing list.

   We talked about ways to promote Pioneer Village—radio and TV stations.  There was discussion on a place to store and display antiques.

   We talked about the yearbook pictures need to be turned in.  We need information on different organizations and churches.  Clayton Keen was asked to get information on Nature Acres and Ford Farms. 


Regular Meeting, October 2, 2006, Kinmundy Library

 The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Marla Shirley.

 Present at the meeting were:  Eleanor Tate, Helen Garrett, Dorothy Geiler, Irene Gammon, Denise Slane, Rudy Slane, Lela Smith, Gladys See, Elwyn Cheatum, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Marla Shirley, Rena O’Dell & Teresa Hanks.

 Minutes:  Motions was made by Lela Smith and seconded by Dorothy Geiler to accept the minutes as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

 Treasurers Report:  Larry McCarty was absent so no Treasurer’s Report was presented.

 Old Business: 

We still need pictures of the downtown store fronts for the Year Book.  They will be scanned in as soon as the scanner is operational at the Library so the pictures can be returned immediately to the owners.

 New Business:

Gladys See reviewed the Historical Society Web Site and members were allowed to view the finished product.

Mason’s volunteered to let us store Historical Society Treasurers in their facility.  Motion was made by Dorothy Geiler, seconded by Helen Garrett to use the Mason Facility for storage.  Motion passed unanimously.

The Society’s fund raiser of calendars is going well, but there are still several calendars to sell.  A motion was made by Elwyn Cheatum, seconded by Gladys See to run the front of the calendar and a purchase form in the paper.  Motion passed unanimously.  

Irene Gammon will bring feed sacks to next meeting.  They were used to make dresses and aprons. 

There being no further business a motion to adjourn was made by Dorothy Geiler, seconded by Lela Smith.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m..

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Hanks, Secretary


Regular Meeting, August 7, 2006, Kinmundy Library

 The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Marla Shirley.

 Present at the meeting were:  Larry McCarty,  Jeff Mulvaney, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Lela Mae Doolen Smith, Dorothy Frances Dunlap Geiler, Marla Shirley and Teresa Hanks.

 Minutes: Motions was made by Jeff Mulvaney and seconded by Larry McCarty to accept the minutes as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

 Treasurers Report: Larry McCarty presented the Treasurer’s Report stating the Methodist Church has given the Historical Society 1700. in seed money to begin some of our projects.  The current bank balance is $2642.51.  Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Jeff Mulvaney, seconded by Lela Smith.  Motion passed unanimously.

 Old Business: 

If you have pictures to be published in the 2007 Yearbook please bring them to the Library on Wednesday, August 9, 2006, to be scanned.  Pictures will then be returned to you immediately.

 New Business:

The Calendar will be available for purchase at the Labor Day Information Booth.

If you would like to volunteer to work in the booth, please contact Marla Shirley.

 A motion was made to cancel the September meeting due to the Labor Day Festivities.  Motion by Jeff Mulvaney, seconded by Larry McCarty.  Motion passed unanimously.

 It was discussed allowing Joyce from the Salem Times Commoner to purchase the first calendar off the press in return she would give us free advertising in the Salem Times Commoner.  All were in favor of this exchange.

 There being no further business a motion to adjourn was made by Jeff Mulvaney, seconded by Larry McCarty.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m..

 Respectfully submitted,

 Teresa Hanks, Secretary


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, June 5, 2006, Kinmundy Library 

The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order by President Marla Shirley. 

Present at the meeting were: Gladys See, Larry & Judy McCarty, Lela Smith, Dorothy Geiler, Eleanor Tate, Rudy & Denise Slane, Marla Shirley and Teresa Hanks 

The minutes of the May meeting were presented, motion to accept as presented by Larry McCarty, seconded by Lela Smith.  Motion passed unanimously. 

Larry McCarty presented the Treasurer's Report.  He reported the Society has a bank balance of $746.90.  No Expenses were incurred during May.  Treasurer's Report was accepted as presented. 

Old Business: 

      There were 2 of the Seven Sons Plants left from the plant sale.  A motion was made  by Larry McCarty and seconded by Lela Smith to donate one of these plants to the Park and the second plant to Wernsman Nursery.  Motion passed unanimously. 

      Calendars  will be sold by pre-order.  Gladys See presented the photos and an example of the Calendar, everyone was in agreement that she had done and excellent job on pulling all the pictures together.   

      Marla Shirley will approach the Methodist Church for start up money for history awareness.   

      A motion was made by Larry McCarty and seconded by Denise Slane to forgo the July meeting.  Motion passed unanimously. 

      There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45.  

Respectfully submitted, 

Teresa Hanks, Secretary 


Kinmundy Historical Society Meeting, May 1, 2006, Kinmundy Library 

The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order by President Marla Shirley. 

Present at the meeting were: Jeannette Hoeinghaus, Larry McCarty, Lela Smith, Rena O'Dell, Nancy Hanna, Richard Jackson, Gladys See, Denise & Rudy Slane, Elwyn & Louise Cheatum, Reed & Helen Garrett, Marla Shirley  and Teresa Hanks. 

The minutes of the April meeting were presented, motion to accept as presented by Larry McCarty, seconded by Richard Jackson.  Motion passed unanimously. 

Larry McCarty presented the Treasurer's Report.  He reported the Society has a bank balance of $661.90.  Motion to accept the Treasurer's Report as presented by Richard Jackson, seconded by Lela Smith.  Motion passed unanimously. 

Old Business:

      Gladys See presented the calendar fund raiser information.  She also presented information on possibly at a later date ordering post cards containing pictures of houses/business.  A motion was made by Larry McCarthy, seconded by Elwyn Cheatum to use card stock for the paper in our calendar. Motion passed unanimously.  Reed Garret presented a motion to order 500 calendars at a cost of $3.54 and take orders at the Alumni Banquet, cost of the calendars will be $7.00 for in-town and pick up orders; the cost of a calendar mailed will be $9.00., motion was seconded by Helen Garrett.  Motion passed unanimously.  Discussion ensued on the pictures to be selected for the calendar.  Larry McCarty presented a motion to authorize Gladys See to select the  pictures, motion seconded by Jeanette Hoeinghaus.  Motion passed unanimously.  Marla Shirley will present the calendar information to the Alumni Banquet participants. 

The Plant Sale final totals will be presented at the June meeting. 

Elwyn Cheatum stated he would like to see the Society collect more information on the Coal Mine which was once a major part of Kinmundy. 

New Business:

      The group discussed a Historical Relics Policy.  A motion was made by Reed Garrett, seconded by Larry McCarty, that the policy would state all items donated to the Society will be housed at the Kinmundy Library with the person donating the item making the stipulation on the way the item will be presented, whether the item may be loaned and the final disposition of the item if the Historical Society should disband.  Motion passed unanimously.  Teresa Hanks will develop and present at the June meeting a form for accepting donations. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50.  

Respectfully submitted, 

Teresa Hanks, Secretary 


Regular Meeting, April 3, 2006, Kinmundy Library

The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Marla Shirley.

Present at the meeting were: Larry McCarty, Rena O'Dell, Gladys See, Rudy & Denise Slane, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Lela Mae Doolen Smith, Nancy Hanna, Irene Livesay Gammon, Tom Turner, Bob Ingram, Reed & Helen Garrett and Teresa Hanks.

Teresa Hanks, Secretary presented the minutes. One correction was made on page two to place the word tentative in the dates of May 22 and 23 for the School Historical Education Sessions. Motion to accept the minutes with the one change by Larry McCarty, seconded by Tom Turner, the vote was unanimous.

Larry McCarty presented the Treasurer's Report, he stated to date we have no expenses and a bank balance is $375.00. Motion to accept the treasure's report by Nancy Hanna, seconded by Jeanette Hoeinghaus, motion passed by a unanimous vote.

Old Business:

No Discussion

New Business:

Maura Townsend presented a report on the feasibility of the Historical Society creating a website. Several different options were discussed. Possible links discussed were: Pictures, Cemetery Listings, Family History Links, Archives of Minutes, e-mail addresses and Upcoming Events. The domain name will be Kinmundy Historical Society.org. A motion was made by Tom Turner and seconded by Nancy Hanna to contract with Blue Host at a cost not to exceed $110.00. Motion passed unanimously.

A suggestion was made to produce note cards featuring out of date maps as a fund raiser. That suggestion will be place on the fund raiser list to be considered in 2007.

Gladys See presented her research on the Calendar Fund Raiser. A motion was made by Gladys See and seconded by Lela Smith to pursue that fund raiser and to have a sample by the May meeting of the Alumni Association. Motion passed unanimously.

The next meeting of the Kinmundy Historical Society will be May 1, 2006.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Teresa Hanks, Secretary


Regular Meeting, February 27, 2006, Kinmundy Library

The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Acting President Marla Shirley.

Present at the meeting were: Richard Jackson, Larry McCarty, Rena O'Dell, Gladys See, Rudy & Denise Slane, Elwyn Cheatum, Jeff Mulvaney, Jeanette Hoeinghaus, Shirley Miller, Lillian Phillips Lela Mae Doolen Smith, Nancy Hanna, Dorothy Frances Dunlap Geiler, Irene Livesay Gammon, Eleanor Tate and Teresa Hanks.

Ms. Shirley called on Teresa Hanks to make a report on her contact with the Illinois Historical Society. Kinmundy Historical Society may join the IHS by paying the $50. annual dues. Benefits of membership are 2 publication or 10 copies per year, the annual awards program, the centennial awards program also KHS would have access to the Illinois Humanities Council's Speakers Bureau for free speakers on topics related to the Historical Society. IHS also has a large selection of publications to purchase. No action was taken on joining the Illinois Historical Society at this time.

Gladys See passed out a list of interesting Web Sites to visit.

Larry McCarty, Acting Treasurer reported that there were no financial transactions since last meeting.

Acting President Marla Shirley read the Purpose Statement to the members. The Purpose Statement was adopted by a unanimous vote.

The next order of business was the review of the Constitution, under Article III, Membership the category of Advocate was struck from the list. There are now only 7 classes of membership In Article IV, Annual Meeting a discussion was held on having the annual meeting in March. There being no further discussion the entire Constitution was adopted unanimously with the small change listed above.

Following the adoption of the KHS Constitution the group turned to the task of electing Officers and Board Members for the Society. The nominations were as follows: Marla Shirley, President; Gladys See, Vice-President; Larry McCarty, Treasurer; Teresa Hanks, Secretary; Board Members are Richard Jackson, Jeff Mulvaney, and Elwyn Cheatum. All were approved by a unanimous vote. The terms of office are President, Vice-President, and Secretary one year. Treasurer and Board Members will serve a three year term.

The Bylaws were approved by a unanimous vote.

A regular date was set for the first Monday of each month as the KHS regular meeting. The next meeting will be April 3, 7:00 p.m. at the Library.

Marla has scheduled the School Historical Education Sessions for May 22 and 23 tentatively she will work with Sharon Folson to pull these program together.

Marla reported that she has made contact with several groups to present programs for the Sesquicentennial Celebration, they include: a Fashion Show, Completion of a Year Book, Cook Book and Old Fashioned Ballgame.

The group agreed to have two fund raisers for the Historical Society in 2006. The first will be a tree sale to be held this spring. Rena O'Dell will be the contact and will work out all the details, she will notify the society members concerning order forms. Jeff Mulvaney and Shirley Miller agreed to have their phone numbers along with Rena's published for anyone who would like to call to place an order for trees. Teresa Hanks will work with Rena on creating some newspaper ads for the Tree Sale. The second fund raiser will be a 2007 calendar to be sold in the fall, Gladys See will chair this project.. A suggestion was made to list birthdays at a cost of .25 and anniversaries at a cost of .50 on the calendar. These two fund raisers were approved by a unanimous vote

Larry McCarty suggested that Marla Shirley approach the Methodist Church Endowment Committee for start up funds for the Society. All agreed start up money would be needed to begin the fund raiser projects. A reminder was made to everyone and will be published in the Salem Paper and Kinmundy Express that donations are always welcome.

Teresa Hanks will publish the meeting notices in the Kinmundy Express, the Crier and the Salem Times Commoner.

Reminder the next meeting will be Monday, April 3, 2006, 7:00 p.m. at the Library.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted, Teresa Hanks, Secretary


Meeting, February 13, 2006, Kinmundy Library

The Kinmundy Historical Society meeting was called to order by Acting President Marla Shirley.

Present at the meeting were: James Mulvany, Richard Jackson, Larry McCarty, Rena O'Dell, Sharon and Shawn Folson, Gladys See, Rudy & Denise Slane, Elwyn Cheatum and Teresa Hanks.

The Society discussed the draft Purpose, Constitution, Membership Dues and Bylaws for the Society. Recommendations for changes were made and will be incorporated into the second draft set. The group tabled further discussion until the February 27th meeting to give everyone time for thought on this very important foundation to the organization.

Acting Treasurer, Larry McCarty announced he had opened a bank account on behalf of the society at the First National Bank of Kinmundy.

A suggestion was made that everyone who attends the meeting on the 27th be considered in the Charter Membership of the Kinmundy Historical Society, all were in agreement.

Rena O'Dell and Gladys See presented a wide variety of fund raiser options they were: Sesquicentennial Book, Food, Raffles, Patriotic Items for Sale, Cook Books, Flea Markets, Candles, Bingo, Exercise Classes, Donations with recognition on a plaque, Plant Sale, Calendars, Greeting Cards, Notepads, Christmas Ornaments and Historical Home Concerts with admission going to the Society. Other ideas presented were a Spring Tour of Homes, or a Fall Tour of Homes to coincide with the Pioneer Log Cabin Village weekend, a Cemetery Tour and the sale of a CD containing old pictures of our Community.

Sharon Folson presented a list of possible historical education programs they were: An Annual Historical House Tour, and a Cemetery Tour at Halloween with a topic of Meet Your Ancestors.

On a monthly or quarterly basis it was suggested a series of workshop/speakers:

  • How to date and identify your old family photos, includes advice on how to care for your old photos;
  • How to Care for Your Family Heirlooms and Antiques, public is invited to bring objects important to them for dating identification and to receive tips on how to preserve them at home;
  • So You want to do Your Family History, meet an experienced genealogist who can show you how to get started tracing your family;
  • Your Old House, public invited to bring photos of their homes which are dated and styles are identified by an expert;
  • Railroads in Illinois;
  • the Civil War in Marion County History;
  • Concerts or Interpretative Programs at Historical Homes or Log Cabin Village;
  • An Annual Dance and Buffet, costumes encouraged where awards are given for community service related to history;
  • Christmas Open House for Kids and their Parents in a historical home.
  • School based programs to include, but not limited to:
    • Set up a "Historical Mentor" program to promote traditional skills or citizens with special historical interest to work with our children to preserve special skills to pass to the next generation; Mentoring examples include:
      • storyteller
      • musician or singer
      • quilter or needle worker
      • archeologist
      • historical interpreter
      • antique power member
      • traditional gardener
      • hunter or wild crofter
      • restoration carpenter
      • historian
      • weaver
      • farmer who preserves a rare breed of livestock
      • horse trainer or harness maker
      • genealogist
      • woodworker or basket maker
      • fisherman
      • antique restorer
      • archivist or librarian
      • baker producing baked goods from old family recipes
    • the creation of a history club within the school system.

The group agreed all of the ideas possessed possibilities, but we would need to study the suggestions and pick just one or two to pursue at the present time with our main focus being on the sesquicentennial celebration in 2007.

The group felt that possibly a House Concert during the 2006 Labor Day activities would be a kick off project for the group. Another suggestion was to select a weekend in 2007 to coincide with the Pioneer Log Cabin Village and to offer a Tour of Historic Homes.

A suggestion was made that we prepare Posters to advertise our events and also the Historical Society Meetings, Marla Shirley volunteered to coordinate this effort.

A suggestion was made that the group have created a web site to advertise and promote our events and society, Marla will contact Web Masters to accomplish this goal.

Elwyn Cheatum presented 3 photo albums packed with photos of "Old" Kinmundy, he told the group the oldest photo shows downtown Kinmundy in 1877. All were invited to review the photos after the conclusion of business.

At the meeting on February 27th, the Society will adopt bylaws, the constitution, membership dues and the purpose statement. Official officers will be elected and we will begin making definite plans for fund raisers and the Historical Society's role in the sesquicentennial celebration. Teresa Hanks will contact the Illinois Historical Society on the benefits of belonging to their organization and make a report.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Teresa Hanks, Acting Secretary


Organization Meeting, January 30, 2006, Kinmundy Library

The organizational meeting for the Kinmundy Historical Society was called to order by President Marla Shirley.

Present at the meeting were: James Mulvany, Richard Jackson, Larry McCarty, Tom Turner, Rena O'Dell, Sharon Folson, Gladys See, Barbara and Carroll Ford, Rudy Slane, Elwyn Cheatum and Teresa Hanks.

Discussion ensued on the focus and direction of the newly formed Historical Society. It was decided that, we must begin with the basics and create a constitution, bylaws, and membership dues. Secretary Teresa Hanks will submit to the present members a draft copy of each of these documents prior to the next meeting.

Assignments were made as follows:

Larry McCarty was appointed treasurer for the society and he will begin preparation for the society's bank account.

Tom Turner will begin searching for grants for the society and will make a report on his findings next month.

Sharon Folson will make a list of historical education programs and will present that list at the next meeting.

Elwyn Cheatum will provide some of his collection of historical trivia at the next meeting.

Rena O'Dell and Gladys See will search for fund raising ideas and will make recommendations to the group at the February 13th meeting.

Gladys See will also work with Rudy Slane on the newspaper article concerning the group, its actions and vision.

James Mulvany expressed to the group his wish for the society to play a major role in the sesquicentennial celebration for the City of Kinmundy in 2007.

With assignments made, the group moved on to deciding the dates for the next meeting. It was decided that during this organizational phase the group would meet twice monthly. The next meetings are scheduled for February 13 & 27, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. at the Kinmundy Library.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Teresa Hanks

 

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