Price County Historical Society Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Fred Smith Studio/Wisconsin Concrete Park-Phillips
President Foytek called the 2015 Annual Meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. at the Fred Smith Studio, Phillips. After the Pledge of Allegiance, a Moment of Silence was observed to honor those departed: Louis Lobermeier, Bob Plant, Pru Alm, Gloria Gehring, Kathleen Lavoie, Laddie Zellinger, and Jim Stutz.
Motion to approve the Agenda. Dahlie/Burant Carried
Foytek introduced members of the PCHS Board of Directors: Peter Dahlie, Vice-President, Jo Gibeaut, Treasurer, Annette Setterman, Secretary, Arlene Morrison, Laurie Pilch, Deb Sales, Edith Burant, Beverly Brayton and Jeff Koshak (absent).
Motion to approve the October 25th, 2014, Annual Meeting Minutes, which were previously mailed to all board members. Burant/Gibeaut Carried.
Gibeaut distributed treasurer’s current report for 2015. Income total: $19,338.17. Expense Total: $8,178.70. Cash on Hand checking and savings: $27,721.62. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report (subject to audit). Setterman/Burant Carried.
Membership: 227 members. New members are always welcome.
Newsletter: Pilch-Rich and Laurie Pilch work to put the newsletter together. Interesting articles, pictures and facts highlighting the history of Price County are among the writings found in the newsletter. Members and local historians are welcome to submit stories.
Photo: Gibeaut-Photos are inventoried and archived in the temperature-controlled room at Phillips MarquipWardUnited. Additional software was recently ordered which will allow multiple persons to submit information to the files.
Fundraisers: Burant- In 2015 we held several events to raise money; including, a Spaghetti Feed, an Afternoon at the Museum, a Tea Party and a Plant Sale. Over $2500 was raised.
Displays: Burant-On an average two to three displays are replaced each year. This keeps viewing interesting for new and repeat visitors.
Building and Grounds: Gibeaut-The museums constantly need maintenance. At present the Old Town Hall is in need of new windows, an inside and outside painting, in addition to regular maintenance. Our prioritization report guides the board in making its decision on a timeline for these jobs. We submit grants to help out with costs. The MarquipWardUnited building helps with storing and archiving of photos. Our new office at the Northwoods Building is used for conducting business and holding board meetings. Inventory of all artifacts is an ongoing activity. The location of each item is now being recorded. Price County and the Town of Fifield help with finances and grounds work.
Election of Directors: Arlene Morrison and Etola Foytek, who have three-year terms expiring in 2015, have consented to stay on the board for another term to expire in 2018. Gibeaut is leaving the board. Nominated for a new term are Leslie Alm and Bonnie Salm. Motion to accept nomination. Burant/Pilch Carried. Motion to cast a unanimous ballot for recommended board members was made by Karen Baumgartner and seconded by Virginia Bosse. Carried.
Open Forum: Karen Baumgartner reported that the German Settlement Historical Society held a barn dance on Memorial Day at the German Settlement and a summer picnic in town of Spirit.
On display today: Mourning Hair and three-ring binder containing the history of Mary Murray, a one-room school teacher; a painting, “Fleeing the Fire,” donated by David Winkler; a chair from Clyde and Anna Erickson that survived the Phillips fire; and two quilts which were used to wrap silver when fleeing the Phillips fire.
Adjournment: President Foytek adjourned the meeting at 2:33 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by: Annette Setterman, Secretary
Following the meeting historian, John Berg, spoke on his book The Lake Shore and Eastern Railroad, a logging railroad located in North Central Wisconsin before and after the turn of the 19th century. Over fifty people attended.