Historical Society Meeting on March 5 – published in local papers
Guests and members of the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society gathered at the Military Museum in Greenup for the March 5 meeting and for the privilege of hearing two interesting presentations.
At the beginning of the meeting, in a special presentation, Phillip Green, currently a Grand Master at the Greenup Masonic Lodge, gave CCHGS members a presentation about the history and functions of fraternal organizations, some of which started in the late 1800s and have continued until the present day.
The main focus of Green’s talk was the history and current charity work of the Improved Order of Red Men (IORM). He also brought exciting information about the possible donation from Kent Howell of the original charter certificate for the Greenup chapter of the IORM which was found at a yard sale.
The Johnson Building currently has a small collection of pamphlets and other artifacts from Greenup’s Tahoma Tribe #25 and the women’s Pocahontas organization, both parts of the IORM. The Tahoma Tribe met between 1898 and 1933 in the IOOF Hall and other locations around Greenup. Their charter will be a welcome addition.
Mr. Green also emphasized the importance of preserving labeled photographs and talked about his current goal to locate photos, paintings, or drawings of all past and present members of the Greenup Masonic Lodge for display and historical reference.
Next, several items were covered in the business meeting. The minutes and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. The ongoing issues of building repair and maintenance were addressed. Kirstan Scott asked for feedback on the presentation she made to represent the organization. The members made plans to participate in Springfest, Neoga Days, the Jeep Run, and other County activities.
Special thanks this month, go to Jim Grant and to the family of Bobbi Goodman for donations to CCHGS. Also, a big thank you goes to Mark Reese for his help shoveling the walk and stairs of the Museum for the March meeting.
The second program of the evening was Jerry Brown’s presentation of his sister’s findings about a relative on their mother’s side, Eli Gardner. Eli and John Van Dyke went from Cumberland County to California during the gold rush. Though his traveling companions reportedly did not do as well, Eli made a lot of money and had a family there, but the story was not all happy. Jerry and his sister were surprised to learn that Eli’s granddaughter became a killer, infamous as “The Trunk Murderess” – Emma LeDoux, and the first woman to be sentenced to death in California (the sentence was reduced, but she died in prison). Find details about her at http://emmaledoux.com/
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, April 2 at the Military Museum in Greenup. Remember, winter hours for the museums in Greenup are Saturdays 11-3, Sundays 1-3, and by appointment. Call 923-9306 for information or special tours. Check out our website at www.cumberlandcountyhistory.org and our facebook page www.facebook.com/historicalsociety.greenupill