Dekalb County Indiana Genealogy Society - Prior Meetings
DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706



Prior Meeting Details




“Trash or Treasure?”
presented by Roger Lash

December 14, 2015

6:00 Social Time

6:15 Meeting Time


This program is our annual Christmas present to ourselves. Everyone bring a dish to share – cookies, fruit, veggies…etc. Also bring one or two items to place on the table for Roger to give an estimate on what the value may be.

You may bring more items and place under your chair…if there is time, we will have Roger look at those too. We only have him for an hour total.








DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society
Presents

A DAY AT THE CEMETERY
By
John Scoville

November 9, 2015

At the Willennar Center, a service of the Auburn Eckhart Library
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George May family stone
George was born in Wilshire England April 6, 1827 and died January 10, 1899

John Scoville will take us through the tidbits he has learned in all the years of being caretaker of these 3 cemeteries: Riverview at Newville, Newville Burying Grounds and Evergreen at Newville. He has researched individuals or companies making monuments installed at the cemetery.

John and Jim Wells have been working on repairing some stones in the cemetery.

Newville cemetery’s earliest burial took place in 1838. Between the three cemeteries there are monuments made of various resources and John will familiarize you with the different materials used. Talking about the stones, monuments, he will share some strange stories.

Come and join us to take a journey through the cemetery, through PowerPoint, without actually walking, worrying about weather or mosquitoes! You do not have to be a member to attend. Questions? Call Roselyn Wells 925-0384

Picture contributed by Robert Wilder.







DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society

Presents

The Civil War in Original Photographs - Part Two

By Bill Carey

October 12, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
Willennar Genealogy Center (A service of the Auburn Eckhart Library)


Photo by Matthew Brady (from Wikipedia)
Photo by Matthew Brady (from Wikipedia)

Bill Carey will give a PowerPoint presentation of original photographs of the Civil War taken by Matthew Brady and other photographers throughout the war. The program includes both Union and Confederate battles on land and sea, blacks in the war and various men and women. There will be a few surprises as well as some little known trivia. This program will be about 60 minutes long. Come and enjoy a FREE fun filled educational evening.






2015 ANNUAL BANQUET
Early Railroads in DeKalb County
By
Craig Berndt

August 29 Saturday @ 5:45 Dinner at 6:00 (Program after dinner)



At the Masonic Lodge

223 W. Hobart St. Ashley, IN
(Across from the smiley face water tower)


Menu: Pecan chicken, baked steak, mashed potatoes & gravy,
Almond green beans, orange jello salad with carrots, rolls, homemade pie & drinks.

Members, guests and the public are welcome.

For more information: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society,
PO Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706
or Roselyn Wells, 925-0384 & rozwells@mediacombb.net

Meal reservations are $12.00 per person and are due on or before August 20

Mail your check (and who will be attending) to: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706


$12.00 per person—please make checks out to: D.C.I.G.S. and mail to D.C.I.G.S. P. O. Box 6085 Auburn, IN 46706
ATTENTION: Rather than raise the cost of the meal, please come prepared to leave a gratuity...thank you.







Evergreen Cemetery Walk
July 13, 2015
6:00 p.m. at Cemetery


Evergreen Cemetery

Please join us for a tour of the Evergreen Cemetery. You will meet residents of the cemetery portrayed by friends and members of the DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society. Some of the names included are Thomas, Latson, Kuhlman, Rhodefer, Kimmel, Cuppy, Baxter, Meese, Hartman, Adams, Provines, Goetschius, Lockwood, Teeters and Casebeer.

The picture attached is of Hannah Valleau Latson Thomas. Hear her story among others.

Hannah Valleau Latson Thomas

If the weather is bad (thunderstorming or raining heavily) we will meet at the W.H. Willennar Genealogy Center, a service of the Eckhart Public Library located on Jackson St. in Auburn. The cemetery is located on S. Union St. between 16th and 18th streets. Please dress accordingly and bring mosquito spray. It also is helpful to bring a folding chair to carry with you if you have trouble walking.






Eddy Cemetery Tour
June 8, 2015
6:00 p.m. at Cemetery



A cemetery tour is offered by the DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society members and friends. They will be portraying citizens buried in the early days of Eddy Cemetery. Some of the surnames are Aldrich, Learned, Eddy, Houlton, Allwood, Rosenberry, Brunner, Everetts, Slentz along with others. Have fun in a trip to the past of our earliest DeKalb history!

The society has been conducting tours for fifteen years, including Cedar Creek, Mott, Old Auburn Evergreen, Old Auburn, Fairfield, Christian Union, Ridge, Waterloo, Butler, Newville Cemeteries, St. Joe Riverside, Rude, Husselman, Calvary, St. Michael’s, Corunna, Sixteen and Woodlawn. Dress appropriately for weather and please bring bug spray. If you would like, please bring a chair that you can carry with you if you have trouble standing. If we have heavy rain or a thunderstorm, we will cancel until the next night, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Please call 925-0384 before 5:00 if you are not sure about weather conditions. After 5:00, you can call 260-235-0954.

Directions to Eddy Cemetery: From Butler, drive one mile east on US6 to CR71 and turn north. Continue northbound for five miles to CR4A. The public cemetery is located 0.25 mile east. From SR1, go 1.1 miles southeast on CR4A. Cemetery is just east of CR71 intersection, located on north side of road.

Group picture from the collection of Jim and Roselyn Wells, copied with permission from The Rose Family. Bottom picture is a picture of Harriet “Hattie” Hanes Aldrich and will be one of the people portrayed at the cemetery walk. Hattie Hanes’ picture is from the collection of Jim and Roselyn Wells.









May 11, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
Held at the Masonic Lodge in Ashley
Across from the Smiley Face Water Tower

"Thanks for the Memories"

Reba Sliger,The First D.C.I.G.S. President

We are celebrating 20 years of the DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society on May 17. Share your favorite memory with us and we will have a power point presentation of pictures of cemetery walks, meetings, fair booth, cemetery repair workdays etc. Also we will be honoring charter members, charter members in good standing (those that have been members all 20 years) and the first elected officers through the current elected officers.

Join us for a trip down memory lane, learning how we started and what we have achieved. The first meeting was Feb. 6 at the First Christian Church in Auburn. The first officers were Reba Sliger, President; Larry Baker, First Vice-President, Teresa Culley, Second Vice-President; Rosalie Spirek, Corresponding Secretary; Lina Zerkle, Recording Secretary and Gretel Smith, Treasurer. Current elected officers are Roselyn Wells, President; Jill Devine, Vice President; Sue Kratzman, Corresponding Secretary; Amanda Blackman, Recording Secretary; and Susanna Johnson, Treasurer.

We are a very active group in DeKalb County. After our celebration, on May 17, we will be narrating the Horsedrawn Wagon Historic House Tour for the DeKalb County Visitor’s Bureau. The tour has been updated with at least one more house added to the tour and even more research done on some of the other houses. Don’t miss this tour that is a part of the “Discovering Historic Auburn” event. We will be also be sponsoring a booth downtown featuring Derek Wells, a balloon artist and Deb Argast, an expert face painter. Since 2001, we have been having cemetery tours and this year, being held in June and July, we will be having cemetery walks with the first one being held at Eddy Cemetery on June 8. August 29, a banquet will be held with Craig Berndt presenting a program about Early DeKalb Railroads including Interurbans. September, we will have a booth at the fair. In the summer, we usually work on repairing some of the damaged stones in DeKalb County. Last year, we worked at Newville cemetery with the caretaker, John Scoville. Previous years, we have worked on Waterloo Cemetery, Lutz and Ridge Cemeteries, Sixteen and the Old Auburn City Cemetery. A big project that we headed was the Civil War Days held at Eckhart Park in 2011 which had over 2000 people in attendance.

You do not have to be a member to attend any of our events or meetings!




 



April 13, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
At the Willennar Center


Do You Own A Sears House?
By
Roselyn Wells

The Minerd home

 This Sears house was built for Mr. & Mrs. Minerd, the grandparents of Mrs. Bill Carey and was finished about 1918. The Hillrose house cost $3,141 originally to build. An historical replica of this home was built in Prophetstown State Park by Lafayette, IN. The State Park people came to the farm house and measured the house taking pictures to get the house built correctly. The original Sears house is located on the Indiana-Ohio State line 1.5 miles south of US 30 in Allen County. It is on the Indiana side and the picture was furnished by Mr. Carey.


This program will be a power point presentation featuring houses built by kits sold by Sears. You will learn the cost of these kits, history and where and what to look for if you think you have one of these homes. Did you or one of your family members own a Sears house? Sears and Roebuck Company started in 1892. Sears sold many items for a time including houses, groceries and even chickens. Pictures of some of the Sears Kits offered will be shown. If you know of a Sears home, please share with us.

You do not have to be a member to attend any Genealogy Society meeting








The DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society presents

“The Civil War in Original Photographs”
By Bill Carey


March 9, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
At the Willennar Genealogy Center
(A service of the Eckhart Public Library)


 Bill Carey will give a PowerPoint presentation of original photographs of the Civil War taken by Matthew Brady and other photographers though out the war. The program includes both Union and Confederate battles on land and sea, blacks in the war and various men and women. There will be a few surprises as well as some little known trivia. This program will be over two meetings of 55-60 minutes each, the first on March 9 and the second on October 12. Come and enjoy a FREE fun filled educational evening.

Bill graduated from the General Electric Apprentice School (4 years) as a tool maker. While in the apprentice school he attended Purdue Extension accumulating two years of an Engineering Degree. He graduated from Flight Simulator School at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, IL (8 months). He was in the Indiana Air National Guard for six years as a Flight Simulator Specialist/Link Trainer. Bill graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics, Purdue University with a Master’s in Mathematics and Physics and took post graduate courses at Purdue and Notre Dame. He is a retired High School Math, Physics and Computer Programming teacher of 39 years in Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Bill is a member of DCIGS, Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and Vice-President of Steuben County Genealogical Society. He is also a life member of Sigma Pi Sigma, a Physics Honorary.

If you have any questions, please call Roselyn Wells, President of DCIGS 925-0384.









“Research Night”



February 9, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
At the Willennar Genealogy Center
(A service of the Eckhart Public Library)


After a short business meeting, we will be offering a research night at the Willennar Center at a time that it is usually not open. Genealogy society members will be available to help if you need that extra assistance. We will provide some family sheets to record some of your family’s history to make it easier in the future to find information.

Really bad weather? CALL Roselyn Wells at 925-0384 before 5:00 p.m. to see if we called our meeting off due to inclement weather.

The picture above is of Hannah Vallieau Latson Thomas. If we would not have researched this person at the library, we would have never figured out who this was. We found the picture in a box of family pictures. She looked very similar to another picture that we found that was identified as Sarah Latson Altenburg and thought maybe this was the same person but older. Then we realized the other person, Sarah, never lived that long so could not have been her. It was her mother, Hannah who was born in 1786 and died in 1866. According to DeKalb cemetery records Hannah was the mother of J.J. Latson (brother of the aforementioned Sarah.) Later we found a picture of Hannah by her spinning wheel and surrounded by children. In yet another picture, the children are identified and were her grandchildren. If we would have not seen the reference to her son, J.J. Latson, we would have never discovered who she was. Later I went to the courthouse, where I found a deed, dated 1857, conveying her land to two other sons.








“Jane Brooks Hine, the Indiana Bird Woman”
Presented by
Terri Gorney

Terri Gorney

January 12, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
At the Willennar Genealogy Center
(A service of the Eckhart Public Library)


Terri Gorney will speak about Jane Hine, the Indiana Bird Woman. Terri will appear and talk in period dress. Terri was first introduced to the legend of Jane Brooks Hine in January 2008 while transcribing Maurice McClue’s journal for the McClue Reserve. Maurice mentioned Jane Hine but outside of DeKalb County she was all but forgotten. With her curiosity aroused, Terri started researching her, with the help of others, using newspaper articles, journals and other resources.

Jane Brooks Hine
Jane Brooks Hine

Jane was born in Lake County, OH in 1831 and married Horatio S. Hine in 1857 and moved to DeKalb County. Their home became known as Birdlawn and the adjoining farm was known as Meadow Lake. She wrote many articles for different publications and was invited in 1913 by President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson to a costumed bird party at their summer home. Mrs. Wilson was one of the officials of the Audubon society. It was impossible for Mrs. Hine to make the long journey because of her age and health. She died in 1916, just shy of her 85th birthday. Hine is a DeKalb County legend, who wrote about and photographed the birds at her DeKalb County home, Birdlawn, and its adjoining farm, Meadow Lark, in Richland Township.


Terri is the president of the Paulding County Genealogy Society, vice president of the Friends of the Limberlost State Historic Site and on the boards of Stockbridge Audubon Society, Indiana Audubon Society and the Society of Indiana Pioneers. She also has volunteered at Pokagon State Park for over 10 years, working with Fred Wooley.

You do not have to be member of the Genealogy Society to attend.






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