Old News July and August 2006


Farewell to A Friend

It is with deep regret and sadness that I must bid our long time volunteer, Chris Koch (Mrs. Owen Koch) (pronounced Cook) farewell. I have been told that she and Mr. Koch are relocating to Tennessee. Mrs. Koch, we will truly miss your smiling face and all that you do as a volunteer, member and friend. I sincerely wish for you and your's the best of health, wealth, happiness and Blessings in your new home.

Due to Mrs. Koch's departure, PRHGS is seeking someone to volunteer at the PRHGS research library and gift shoppe on Main Street for Wednesdays 12 noon to 2pm.
Please contact Dr. Jack Oden.

UPDATE: July 14th, 2006 Pea River Trails arrived

July 11th, 2006: "Pea River Trails Summer 2006" should be mailed out this week....
keep an eye on your mailbox....

July 31st, 2006
Thank you to Dr. Jack Oden for appearing as guest speaker at the Lion's Club meeting this week as representative of the PRHGS.

Thank you to the Lion's Club for inviting Dr. Oden to speak and represent us.

UPDATE: August 6th, 2006 The Annual Yard Sale was a success!! We are now able to replace our old copier that gave us so many problems. Thank you to all of those kind and generous folks who donated items to the yard sale! Thank you to all who came to make purchases and support our PRHGS! And thank you to all of the kind, hard working volunteers who gave so unselfishly of their time, effort and sweat in this southern heat to make the day a truly enjoyable event inspite of the heat! Thank you all!

Date:August 5th, 2006
Time: 7am Until --
Place: Welcome Center, Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise, AL

All are welcome to attend!!
If you have items that you wish to donate for this project, please deliver them to the Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society Welcome Center, Library/Gift Shoppe or Museum. Volunteers will also be needed to man this project at the yard sale. Anything that you can help with, be it donations or purchases, is greatly appreciated.

Message from Our President

As the new president of the Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society, I want to brief you on recent activities and inform you of future programs and projects of our organization. We look forward to your active participation in the coming year and look forward to seeing you at this coming year’s programs.

OFFICERS FOR 2006-2007
President – Dr. Jack Oden
First Vice President – Cheri Clark
Second Vice President – Rex Roberts
Third Vice-President – Donna Clark
Secretary – Lavinia Helms
Treasurer – Gloria Evans

Directors – Vernetta DeRamus, Sue Ciuzio, Jim Gilmer, Homer Todd, Mazie Stanley, and Rex Everage

Mr. Louie Reynolds serves as Director of the Welcome Center; Mr. Larry Herbst is Director of the Depot Museum, and Mrs. Gloria Evans is acting Director of the Library/Gift Shop.

PROGRAMS FOR 2006-2007
We have the programs and dates set for the coming year. They are as follows;

September 17 – Dr. Martin Orliff, Director of the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, Troy University
(Above meeting: 2pm Enterprise-Ozark Community College Campus, Room 100 Talmadge Hall)

November 19 – Mrs. Vernetta DeRamus – The Black Experience in Enterprise

January 21 – Dr. Scott Smith –To Be Announced

March 18 – Mr. Rex Everage – The Civil War in the Wiregrass

May – 20 – Dr. Jack Oden – Gimme’ That Ole Time Religion – the 19th Century Frontier Camp Meeting

We will continue to meet at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays (above dates). Our meeting place may be at either Enterprise-Ozark Community College or the Community Center of Citizens Bank. We shall put a notice in the area newspapers of the program, date, time, and meeting place.

If you are retired and have some free time, we could certainly use more volunteers to keep open the Welcome Center. Please contact Louie Reynolds at 347-5748 if you would like to help.

On May 28 one of the Warrant Officer Classes conducted a “spruce-up” day at the Welcome Center – trimming bushes, clearing the inside and painting the outside of the Little Red Schoolhouse We also have a flag pole with a light that shines on the flag at night and a new flower bed. Many thanks to the Oscar Club of Enterprise who arranged for this workday. Continued thanks to the Azalea Garden Club for their upkeep of our shrubs and flowers.

We continue to have visitors to our gift shop and others who are doing research in the library. A big thanks you to those who volunteer their time to assist researchers and others who visit our store. Again, if you have time to volunteer we would love to have your help.

You will be pleased to know that we recently received a grant of $3,000 from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan. We appreciate the efforts of Cindy Osborne who helped secure this grant. It could not have come at a better time as we were greatly in need of funds to pay some bills and upgrade and repair some equipment at the library/gift shop.

Rex Roberts and I met with Mayor Boswell on May 31 about the possibility of obtaining some financial assistance for our society. He informed us of a grant program for which we might be eligible. I am awaiting word from assistant his matter.

We have also recently requested, as we do on an annual basis, funding from the Coffee County Commission.

If you have not paid your dues for this year, please do so in a timely manner. Dues are effective for the calendar year, January 1 - Dec. 31. (Webmaster NOTE: Memberships expire on December 31st; thereby, renewals are due by the first of each January ~~ if mailed after January 1st, please include two dollar late fee.)

Finally, on the matter of finances, the Board of Directors has given approval for our organization to hold a giant hard sale at the Enterprise Welcome Center on SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 7am until --. We are asking all members to contribute items to this yard sale. Clean out your closets – remember the old adage, your trash may be someone’ else’s treasure! Please bring donated items to the Welcome Center as we can store them in the basement. If you wish to put a price on them, please do so. We are also going to have available receipt forms for tax deduction purposes. In lieu of donating items to the garage sale, we certainly would be pleased to accept cash donations.

And, we shall need volunteers help in putting on the garage sale. If you wish to help us please contact me or any officer or board of directors member.

Mr. Rex Everage is serving as editor of Pea River Trails for this year. If you wish to contribute items for our magazine please contact him at 347-7779

Special thanks to Phyllis J. K. Owens who continues to do a marvelous job of maintaining our web site (and moderating the ALCOFFEE mailing list) we hope you find it interesting and informative.

If you have suggestions for programs, activities, or how we may otherwise improve the operation of Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society, please let us know.

Thank you for your continued support of PRGHS.


Dr. Jack P. Oden

Landmark Park's 2006 Heritage Forum Series

Landmark Park will host its 2006 Heritage Forum Series beginning Sunday, July 9.

Each event will occur at the Park's Auditorium or at the Alabama Agricultural Museum at Landmark Park. Forums are free, though there is a small charge to enter the park for non-members.

Beginning at 2:30 pm each Sunday, July 9-30, scholars will discuss various aspects of the history of the Wiregrass and Alabama.

Below is a website with the scheduled speakers, but let me summarize here:
July 9, "Horace King, Legendary Bridge Builder" featuring Dr. John Lupold and Thomas French

July 16, "Manufacturing Communities of West Central Alabama, 1830-1860" by Dr. Angela Lakewete

July 23, "History of Mallalieu Seminary of Kinsey, Alabama," by Ms. Helon Cutler

July 30, "The Death and (Occasional) Resurrection of Railroad Towns of South Alabama," by Dr. Larry Brown

More information is available at http://dothan.troy.edu/AS/molliff/2006forums.htm

Call 334-794-3452 for information and reservations.

Heritage of Dale County, Alabama Book Stolen
We are attempting to retrieve our copy of this book which was taken from the PRHGS Library/Gift Shoppe in late June/early July. If you have any information, please contact us.
We just wish this book returned to us.


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