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NORTH LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

JANUARY 8, 2012 EMAIL NEWS

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

From the President;

About two months since the last newsletter and I know a lot has happened that I will forget to mention in this month’s newsletter.

 

First I want to thank all the volunteers and Generations staff that has helped to keep the museum open during 2011 almost every day. Their dedication, to assisting tourists, keeping the place clean, manage the gift shop and assisting with the artifacts has been amazing.

 

Looking forward to 2012 we will continue to provide the great service to the community and public at the temporary Historic Center in the CB&Q depot, but will be beginning our move back to our old facilities and the city fathers will be addressing our lease on that facility.

 

As for the president’s stand point the NLCHS has raised and spent nearly $400,000 since 1972 to restore the buildings that sat empty (replacing widows, paint, roof, lights, furnaces, etc) and restored the badly fire damaged Division Freight  building and placed the chain-link fence around the entire facility. Many of those dedicated members from the 1970’s, 80’s and later have since passed away but we must keep them in mind as they sacrificed a lot. The NLCHS also suffered through a few floods with sometimes little assistance from the City during our 40 years we have maintained the structures.

 

With this in mind, I feel our Society should take a hard stance when we negotiate a contract, IF the City does not want to honor our current lease contact that ends in 2040 and wants the NLCHS to give up a portion of the leased area to place AMTRAK in a portion of the depot in 2013. Both the City and Society worked well together to place us in a temporary facility and provide storage for our artifacts in 2011 – but we have suffered some hardships with our artifacts in many locations, not easily accessible and some being in non-temperature controlled buildings, which is not good for the items and makes it hard to rotate displays.

 

Also during that time our share of the city tourism tax allotment was cut approximately $3,000 this year from previous years, and we had to jump through hoops for what we were awarded. 

 

 Our mission still is to PRESERVE and SHARE our areas rich history, and we need all members and others in the area to help on our mission. This is the 40thAnniversary of our Historic Center in 2012.

 

               

                                                                        Andy Andrews, NLCHS President 2011-12

 

VISITORS

            So far in 2012 we have 25 signatures in the guest book and last year in 2011 we closed with 2,285. That was a drop of 929 visitors from the 3,214 we had in 2010. Probably the economy had a little drop in the tourist numbers, but it could be a little the location as many in 2010 brought kids to see the caboose and a few displays that are not available at the CB&Q depot. Walking tourists and train buffs that visited at the ATSF complex that used the walkway over the tracks were also shut off in 2011.  

                        MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 – 7 P.M.

Don’t forget the meetings will be held in the CB&Q depot instead of the regular location, but still will be held on the 2ndTuesday each month at 7 p.m.

 

Since we voted in November to cancel the December meeting, believe program chairman Don Lucas has some program on Christmas Traditions for our January meeting. The meetings in October on the depression years and November on “Honoring our Veterans” were well attended.

 

We have many important items of business to discuss at the meeting on Tuesday.

 

SANTA FE HISTORICAL MEET

 We will be hosting the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modelers Society mini-meet on Friday and Saturday April 13 &14 and will need members and volunteers to act as hosts at the meet at Kingsley Inn the CB&Q depot and ATSF 2913 that week-end. Steve Rippeteau is chairing the event and should bring from 70-100 railroad enthusiasts to our community and Historic Center.

 

BRUSH COLLEGE – JAIL

            Fundraising goals for the lead-based paint removal at the Old Lee County Jail and repair of the Brush College Roof have not been reached. Thanks to a Brush College Alumni, Martha Waters Kruger, who mailed in the largest donation of $500.00, John & Marlene Barnes and relatives of Jim Winke that gave us $200 as a part of his memorial, only about $1,000 has been raised towards the nearly $12,000 project. It is in hopes that we can run another article in paper and start mailing out letters this month that the project will be less of a strain on our treasury, as the contractor should be starting soon.  

SHORT NOTES

On Monday the volunteers for the Fort Madison Historic Preservation Commission will be scampering to get their information ready for Rebecca McCarley who gave us a December 31 dead-line to have all the pictures, research, etc. done on the “Park-to-Park” residential historic district done. I for one have fallen behind, and we could still use some more volunteers to help us conclude the project. Rebecca will be at the FM Library Genealogy room on Tuesday afternoon to gather what information the volunteers have collected.

           

DeLong Construction has halted the work for the winter on phase II of the “grounds work” but Mohrfeld Electric is still working on the electrical end. When weather comes back the concrete work will again be going “full steam”.  “Phase 3” was awarded to Bi-State Contactors to do work inside the buildings and as soon Monday they should be starting work as their dumpster arrived Friday. Still many items such as restoring the shelving and storage in the old boiler room, restoring HVAC in Division Freight office and a few other things are not included in phase III and we will have to wait for. It was in hopes that HVAC would be up and running in the DFO since we have hundreds of documents, books, etc in storage on second floor that need temperature/humidity control.   

 

The Caboose has been returned to its final resting place, and want to thank Jim Burch, retired car foreman for his assistance. Gary and Barb McVey donated an original caboose stove that we will need to get cleaned up and installed.

 

I need a group study options to get our gift shop inventory increased for the this spring, and volunteers to take 5 cent cans/bottles back for recycle, maybe wash outside windows on a warm day and other items that need done.  

 

We can always use help both financially and manpower wise to keep our Society running smooth. Those that want to make donations through the Community Foundation to the NLCHS may also use that avenue. We will be losing John Scott on Feb. 17 that has been diligently getting all our items accessioned on “Past Perfect” since the 4 year Generations contract ends but we did pick up Ken Parrish in December as a “Generations” docent. Darrell Richers and Steve Rippeteau have been assisting as docents whenever asked. Since John will be leaving could use a couple of members to learn the “Past Perfect” accession program to assist later on, if we do not get a replacement for John.

 

            This newsletter will not go out US Mail, due to the late issue so if you know of a member not on email that needs reminded of the meeting let them know or if you have a prospective member invite them to join us. Do not forget if you change your email address – let us know.

 

                Those that have made generous monetary contributions, some in addition to their dues since the 2010-11 year include:

 

Louse Benbow Gray                                       Schroeder Brothers

David & Sheila Sallen                                      Jose Perez

Gerry Shibley                                                     Joe & Pat Tebbs

Fred & Kitty Winke                                          Thomas Frantz

Mark & Pamela Fonger                                  Allison Lo

Francis & Linda Boone                                    Mary Miller

Cliff & Arleen Matta                                        Bob & Betsy Badger

Sharon Little                                                       Bob Morawitz

Bev Gobble                                                        John Pagin

Scott Kincaid                                                      Andy and Sue Andrews

Chuck Block                                                        Mary Ottoson

Rebecca Pollard Study Club                         In memory Craig Morton

John Wilke                                                          Rob & Carol Davis

Danny Willits                                                      Steve & Linda Rippeteau

Robert Timmerman                                        Vince & Jan Garza

Larry & Jo Cantwell                                          John VanBuecken

Brian Riggs                                                          Merlin & Theresa Hellman

Lee County Board of Supervisors              Bill & Kathleen Napier

Jan Bindewald                                                   Dallas Mowen

Rebecca Pollard Study Club                         Judy Meyers

Steve Ireland                                                     James Creen

Valerie Root                                                       Gwen & Lyle Brown

Linda Roxberg                                                   Linda Baxter

Martha Waters Kruger                                   Carol Pierce

John & Marlene Barnes                                 Howard Amborn

William Napier

Kim & Rebecca Winke Hall – in memory Jim Winke

Barb Hocker & Julie Worden – in memory Lorraine Worden

The Paul Family – In memory of David & Marcy Paul

               

All for Today – Sure there is 20 items I forgot and 20 more people I forgot to thank since I have space available that is not filled  - but taking quick a break historic home research t get this out.

 

L. D. Andy Andrews, president NLCHS – 319-371-5379 – NLCHS@iowatelecom.net

P. O. Box 285, Fort Madison 

 

NORTH LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

AUGUST 4, 2011 EMAIL NEWS

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

From the President;

                July was a hot month and seemed tourism was down at both the Old Fort and the Historic Center. The first phase of the depot raising project ended and now we are waiting for DeLong Construction to  start raising the parking lot.

               

                Around the CB&Q depot we did get up some of the pigeon guard, and patched some of the holes in the eaves to hide some nesting places. Since the downstairs to the jail has been repainted we have attempted to store some items that have been recently donated so can get a display case set up when the weather gets cooler.

 

                The wind damage to the Brush College roof has been temporarily repaired and waiting for more estimates from the insurance adjuster and hope by Tuesday’s meeting we can decide the future repair of the bell tower and the other ¾ of the roof that needs replaced, after lasting for nearly 50 years.

 

                Finances are the main problem since the fundraising for the jail work announced in the newspapers only drew $10.00 from the general public and a plea for money to fix up Brush College may also be awash due to the economy, but without repairs the situation could get bad for the future of the building.  

 

                General admission donations and sales from gift shop  since January 1 have fallen behind nearly $450 compared to this period in 2010, so we may be in danger to borrowing more from savings to keep our books out of the RED.

 

                Dues billings will be going out next week in hopes of getting our paid membership back above the 150 member mark, which I hope will assist the cash flow.

 

                This is beginning to sound like a very negative newsletter, but we have had many encouraging things that have happened. The tourists love the museum and donations of area memorabilia, pictures and other items have picked up to add to our collections.  Of the over 10,000 artifacts that have been donated to the museum over 75% have been photographed and documented into our Past Perfect database, which is an ongoing project. 

 

                I am finally taking a week-end off and Darrell Richers will be overseeing the museum operations this week-end.  

               

                                                                        Andy Andrews, NLCHS President 2011-12

 

VISITORS

            As of the end of day today we have 1,345 visitors signed in for 2011 and hope to exceed the 3,214 we had in 2010 by the end of the year. It appears we are running behind previous years as the August 5th newsletter last year had 1,839 visitors, so we behind about 500 visitors.

            I have chatted with Dr. Watkins at the old Fort and all indications their tourism season has fell off, but he feels it has been caused by heat more than the economy.  

                        MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 – 7 P.M.

Don’t forget the meetings will be held in the CB&Q depot instead of the regular location, but still will be held on the 2ndTuesday each month at 7 p.m.

 

Our program will be given by Gary Mead curator of the Fort Madison Rodeo Museum. At the last meeting Dr. Eugene Watkins did a great job of educating those in attendance on the War of 1812. Gary has put some items from past rodeo’s in our display of the month case.

 

We have many important items of business to discuss at the meeting.

               

 

SHORT NOTES

On August 8 the Fort Madison Historic Preservation Commission will be launching the second phase of a “Park to Park” National Residential Historic District for Fort Madison and will be looking for volunteers to attend the training session at the Sheaffer Room at Fort Madison Library at 6:30 p.m. In all we need 20-25 volunteers to assist in surveying, researching and compiling information on nearly 1,200 historic residences that lay in the area.

Rebecca McCarley, of Bettendorf will be conducting the training session, and we hope that all whom assisted on “phase one” will again join in this effort.

           

            The city tourism commission did not meet in July so our request for the money to run the tourism center is still on hold. It takes a lot of our volunteers time to stock the tourism displays, order replacements and I will say that probably over 300 have stopped in just to pick up information and do not get in far enough to sign our guest book.

 

Well now that I have pointed out we need to spend nearly $12,000 or more to preserve Brush College we need to start raising money if we do not want it to fall to disrepair. Yes we do have the money in our savings but until the 2008 FEMA final audit we need to keep at least $26,000 in that fund in case the audit does not go well. Your president needs grant writers and members to follow through on some of the local funding sources as Cat Fish Bend, Southeast Riverboat Commission, Sheaffer Foundation and other entities.

 

Now that the contractors are done in the Division Freight Office the building is again able to be secured to keep our archives stored upstairs safe. 

            This will not go out US Mail, due to the late issue so if you know of a member not on email that needs reminded of the meeting let them know or if you have a prospective member invite them to join us. Do not forget if you change your email address – let us know.

 

                Those that have made generous monetary contributions, some in addition to their dues since the 2010-11 year include:

 

Louse Benbow Gray                                        Schroeder Brothers

David & Sheila Sallen                                     Jose Perez

Gerry Shibley                                                    Joe & Pat Tebbs

Fred & Kitty Winke                                         Thomas Frantz

Mark & Pamela Fonger                                  Allison Lo

Francis & Linda Boone                                   Mary Miller

Cliff & Arleen Matta                                       Bob & Betsy Badger

Sharon Little                                                      Bob Morawitz

Bev Gobble                                                        John Pagin

Scott Kincaid                                                      Andy and Sue Andrews

Chuck Block                                                        Mary Ottoson

Rebecca Pollard Study Club                        In memory Craig Morton

John Wilke                                                         Rob & Carol Davis

Danny Willits                                                     Steve & Linda Rippeteau

Robert Timmerman                                        Jan Garza

Brian Riggs                                                          Merlin & Theresa Hellman

Lee County Board of Supervisors              Francis Boone

Jan Bindewald                                                  Dallas Mowen

Rebecca Pollard Study Club                        Judy Meyers

Bob Morawitz                                                    James Creen

Valerie Root                                                      Gwen & Lyle Brown

Barb Hocker & Julie Worden – in memory Lorraine Worden

The Paul Family – In memory of David & Marcy Paul

 

All for Today – Sure there is 20 items I forgot and 20 more people I forgot to thank since I have space available that is not filled .

 

L. D. Andy Andrews, president NLCHS – 319-371-5379 – NLCHS@iowatelecom.net

P. O. Box 285, Fort Madison 

 

NORTH LEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

JULY 11, 2011 EMAIL NEWS

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

From the President;

                Most of you will not get this in time for Tuesday’s meeting. Hopefully we get a good turnout anyhow.  It did get in the paper and put a notice on our “face book” page and web-site, but the best way to get a good turnout is for you to make a date on the 2ndTuesday every monthwith the NLCHS and pass the word to your friends.  The NLCHS serves a very important part in our community and is living proof that “History is Fun”.              

               

Somehow we are getting by this summer with only minimal volunteers. The main docents besides our “Generations” part time help have been Darrell Richers, Steve RIppeteau, yours truly and at times Mark & Linda Lair, John Worrell, Rusty Andrews and Don Lucas. Prescott Smith did come down and spend a couple hours watching the displays the evening of the 4th. Although RSVP had volunteered to get us some volunteers we still have not got one aboard.

 

I also need a volunteer to get out dues billings and maybe even letters to others that should be members of the NLCHS. We need someone to order more gift shop items and study suppliers that we can obtain items from.

 

My thanks to those who keep thinking of the museum, when attending auctions, yard sales or getting rid of their personal archives.  As you know the Lee County offices also thought of us when disposing of old documents no longer used by them and we need to keep all who may be disposing of old records to keep us in mind. The estate of our longtime member Betty Haas also dropped off a box of memorabilia.

               

The Historic Center will be celebrating our 40thyear in 2012 and without it the visual history of the people, art and crafts and industries of our early era will in many instances be lost to our community. It is very important that you continue to support the NLCHS by renewing your dues, making contributions and searching for artifacts that may someday be important for future generations. 

 

            The future of the NLCHS lies within our membership and we need to get our numbers up to the 200 base we had in 2010 and take all “caps” that were ever placed on membership so we can soar to new heights this year. I will also be submitting for the third or fourth time. a request to the Tourism Commission to fund and run the tourist information center this month.

            We do keep busy, cleaning, answering phones, greeting tourists, answering questions, etc. – 7 days a week.

                                                                        Andy Andrews, NLCHS President 2011-12

 

VISITORS

            As of the end of day July 10 we have 1,029 visitors signed in for 2011 and hope to exceed the 3,214 we had in 2010 by the end of the year. It appears we are running behind previous years as the July newsletter last year had 1,287 visitors.

                        MEETING TUESDAY, JULY 11 – 7 P.M.

Don’t forget the meetings will be held in the CB&Q depot instead of the regular location, but still will be held on the 2ndTuesday each month at 7 p.m.

 

Our program will be given by Dr. Eugene Watkins on Fort Madison’s involvement in the War of 1812. At the meeting Jimmy Wendorf will also explain the “green bike” program to our membership.

 

Terry Altheide, past president of the Lee County Pioneer Cemetery Group, was the guest speaker at last month’s meeting and believe Program Chairman Donald Lucas has a program on Rodeo History in August. He is always looking for suggestions and your help in getting programs of interest to all members and guests.

 

               

 

SHORT NOTES

On August 8 the Fort Madison Historic Preservation Commission will be launching the second phase of a “Park to Park” National Residential Historic District for Fort Madison and will be looking for volunteers to attend the training session at the Sheaffer Room at Fort Madison Library at 6:30 p.m. In all we need 20-25 volunteers to assist in surveying, researching and compiling information on nearly 1,200 historic residences that lay in the area.

Rebecca McCarley, of Bettendorf will be conducting the training session, and we hope that all whom assisted on “phase one” will again join in this effort.

           

The Fourth of July fundraiser at the depot raised a little for our treasury – probably $100.00 after bills were paid – and we did pick up a few new members. Thanks to Tom Shultz the brats were burned to perfection and everyone had plenty to eat - with the many dishes that were brought in by the membership.  Your leader was not much help that night after “over-exerting” himself at the Kiddie parade and visiting the friendly FMCH Emergency Room.

 

Our gift shop has been doing well and took in about $143.00 over June 2010 sales.          

           

Gerri Shibley did get the display of the month for July set up – “Fort Madison – Summer Fun”. Gerri always looking for ideas.

 

The “Save the Jail” lead abatement project has been completed by Commercial Contractors of Keokuk and will be doing final inspections today to pay the remainder of the bill. We have had several tours of the jail during and after the project and will this fall increase the lighting in the lower portion so can install some display cases to show our early artifacts from the jail. The plea the NLCHS made for financial assistance in the local news paper brought in a grand total of $7.00 so far towards the $9,200.00 project.

 

Another problem was discovered at Brush College where some wooden shingles have blown off the Northwest corner of the school and the rain leaked into the building and we lost a portion of the ceiling. Right now our insurance company and maintenance supervisor have agreed to use the insurance company contractor to do the repairs and we pay the deductable. This only brings to mind that this is another facility that has suffered some neglect and we need to decide at tomorrow night’s meeting what we need to spend to replace the remainder of the roof and repair the bell tower.

It was a beautiful sapling that Ina Winke planted next to Brush College in 1963 to commemorate the opening of Brush College by the NLCHS, but as with all trees they grow and now after 40 years shading the school the beautiful tree is also needing trimmed yearly to avoid damage to the shingles since it was planted about 10 foot to close to the school house. Remove it or trim it is the question.

 

Well now that I have pointed out we need to spend nearly $12,000 or more to preserve Brush College we need to start raising money if we do not want it to fall to disrepair. Yes we do have the money in our savings but until the 2008 FEMA final audit we need to keep at least $26,000 in that fund in case the audit does not go well. Your president needs grant writers and members to follow through on some of the local funding sources as Cat Fish Bend, Southeast Riverboat Commission, Sheaffer Foundation and other entities.

 

Over the 4th of July week-end we had two volunteers, Steve Rippeteau and Dennis See, that manned the ATSF 2913 in Riverview park and gave tours and a total of $103.50 was raised in donations to help preserve the engine. It is in hopes that we can find manpower to open it up a couple more week-ends this summer as all who toured it appreciated our efforts. Since Steve will be at Old Threshers Labor Day week-end am looking for a volunteer to man the 2913 about 4 hours each day and if someone is available the first week-end in August.

 

Progress on the ATSF Depot Complex is on schedule and first phase will end this month and the parking lot contactor DeLong Construction will start August 1 in raising the parking lot, sidewalks, etc. At least the buildings will be secured, stairs again available to our storage in the two story building and may this fall bring some artifacts back to the REA loft from storage.

 

Thanks to our chief gardener Jan Richers for brightening up the Center with flowers and your President has created a small version of a community garden and has straightened up a lot of bricks on the platform around the depot.

 

            This will not go out US Mail, due to the late issue so if you know of a member not on email that needs reminded of the meeting let them know or if you have a prospective member invite them to join us. Do not forget if you change your email address – let us know.

 

                Those that have made generous monetary contributions, some in addition to their dues since the 2010-11 year include:

 

Louse Benbow Gray                                       Schroeder Brothers

David & Sheila Sallen                                      Jose Perez

Gerry Shibley                                                     Joe & Pat Tebbs

Fred & Kitty Winke                                          Thomas Frantz

Mark & Pamela Fonger                                  Allison Lo

Francis & Linda Boone                                    Mary Miller

Cliff & Arleen Matta                                        Bob & Betsy Badger

Sharon Little                                                       Bob Morawitz

Bev Gobble                                                        John Pagin

Scott Kincaid                                                      Andy and Sue Andrews

Chuck Block                                                        Mary Ottoson

Rebecca Pollard Study Club                         In memory Craig Morton

John Wilke                                                          Rob & Carol Davis

Danny Willits                                                      Steve & Linda Rippeteau

Robert Timmerman                                        Jan Garza

Brian Riggs                                                          Merlin & Theresa Hellman

Lee County Board of Supervisors              Francis Boone

Jan Bindewald                                                   Dallas Mowen

Rebecca Pollard Study Club                         Judy Meyers

Valerie Root

Barb Hocker & Julie Worden – in memory Lorraine Worden

The Paul Family – In memory of David & Marcy Paul

 

All for Today – Sure there is 20 items I forgot and 20 more people I forgot to thank since I have space available that is not filled .

 

L. D. Andy Andrews, president NLCHS – 319-371-5379 – NLCHS@iowatelecom.net

P. O. Box 285, Fort Madison 

 

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