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Calhoun County Historical Society January 2009


The Calhoun County Historical & Genealogical Society held the January quarterly meeting on the 11th at the Pittsboro Methodist Church with nineteen in attendance.


Secretary/Treasurer Karen Norman gave her reports and told of ordering a set of books from Southern Historical Press. The Vardaman book from James Clark had not been received.


Recognition was given to Paul Moore for sending reminder postcards to the members. Some papers were signed for the Supervisors for the courthouse construction and a brief monologue given about the upcoming Ace Cannon and Sawmill Festivals.


Larry Hellums donated several GA Genealogical Quarterly magazines that he had rescued. He previously had donated several bookcases for the Society.


Sarah Margaret Hallum told of the recent tour of The Murphree House conducted for Angie Newland’s Advance placement class and that the new sign for the house would hopefully be installed soon.


President Rose Diamond reported that she, Yancydine Smith, Karen Norman and Larry Hellums had visited the McClellen Family Cemetery, Union Grove Church Cemetery, the Elizabeth Boyt gravesite and the Travis “Dude” Ward gravesite on January 1st with the purpose of transcribing/proofing for the 3rd Calhoun Cemetery book. They later went by Hugh Bill McGuire’s home. If anyone knows anything about the graves that were covered at the corner of CR 272 and CR 275A when the Arthur Landreth Road was built around the 1950’s, please contact Rose.


Ann King from Artifacts (on the Bruce Square) presented an interesting program with audience participation about the value of family memorabilia. Examples included: wedding cake toppers, Currier & Ives prints, dog figurines, military insignia, horn birds and other items. Some items were from Lora Cook, JoAnn and Gayle Denley, the Phillips brothers and family members. Her emphasis was on the importance of marking the sentimental and personal value of items whether by written notes, pen, or photography and keeping a record of the items in a safe place.


The next meeting will be March 8 at 2 pm. You do not have to be a member of the Society to attend the presentations. Research time and tours of The Murphree House can be arranged by a simple phone call to the Society’s officers.


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Rose Diamond, Calhoun County Coordinator

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