Cairo Historical Society

Minutes for 2015


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes January 15, 2015
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Gail Kargoe, Elton Rouse, Ray Houghtaling, Mark A. Gruppe, Linda Larsen, Sherry True, Ron Hasenkopf, Michael Lamanec, John Gallagher.

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

1)     Minutes from the October 16, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved.  Sherry True made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)     Minutes from the November 20 meeting were reviewed and approved. It was noted that Phil and Bunny Savino’s last name was misspelled and will be corrected. Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes with the correction of the Savino name and Sherry True seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed. All agreed and the motion was passed.

3)     Minutes from the December 18, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved.  Gail Kargoe made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Mark Gruppe seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

4)     Jill Lamanec, our Interim Treasurer is ill at home. Mike Lamenec relayed a message from Jill; the 2014 and 2015 data entry into the Quickbooks is almost complete and is expected by week end. She needs a few things to facilitate working on the financials:

·       a scanner for scanning in receipts

·       a 32 gig thumb drive

·       cheques for the Quickbooks        

Motion from Sylvia to proceed with the acquisition of the 32 gig thumb drive and the cheques for the Quickbooks program. Mike Lamanec seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion passed.
Sylvia suggested that she explore the costs of the scanner for the Treasurer.

Sylvia indicated that she has received the bank statements from the National Bank of Coxsackie. The General Fund has $13,659.57, the Building Fund $15,612.44 and the Special Events Fund $2693.02. She cautions that there are restricted funds in the General Fund that are earmarked for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program, the Hometown Heroes Book and the Cairo Family Tree.
John Gallagher indicated that he has materials from the Treasurer’s position to transfer to the new Treasurer.
John Kargoe expressed his thanks and that of the Cairo Historical Society for John Gallagher’s six years service as the Treasurer of the Society, as well as the many years serving the Cairo Historical Association.

5)     Membership update: Our final membership for 2014 was 107 members, just 3 members shy of our 2014 goal. To date there are 60 members in 2015, 10 of them new members. Our current renewal rate is 46.73%. Welcome to new members Ellsworth and Pam Slater, Ewald and Janet Schwarzenegger, Greene House Ltd. (Gary Kitsinger), Miklos and Roxann Salvo, Muriel Weeks Test, Jean De Simone and Family, George M. Acker and Irene M. Beede, Steve and April Saccocio, Bavarian Manor, Sharon and Neil Schoenfeld, Craig and Donna Wexler.

6)     We currently have 935 Facebook members, 34 members more than in November 2014. This month we discussed the Woodstock Dam, Fincke’s Manor and Green Acres in Purling. Someone was asking for pictures of the Kelly House on Rte 31 in Purling. Four pictures were posted of the Resort Directory from the Civil Service Leader, America’s Largest Weekly for Public Employees, June 6, 1950. Also posted: the Blue Danube postcard, White’s Bottling Works, the Class of 1920, the Van Buren Theater, Pickwick letterhead, Acra School pic 1915.
Lynda Rizzuto wrote: My family bought the resort in 1969 from Lena and Pompeo Rocci, It was called Rocci’s Green Acres at the time of purchase. Marge & Ed Rizzuto were my parents and added a new string of rooms in addition to the one string plus the Main house. There was a small cottage that served as a residence for my family and office. There was also a dining room and a separate Rec Hall. Ed passed in 1971 at the Bavarian Manor during a Republican dinner/dance. My brother Rick, myself and several others finished a banquet hall my Dad started in order to hold 250 people. Several 50’s acts brought in additional income for the dying resort business. The acts included Danny & the Juniors, the Crests and the Platforms. The 1st Chinese Restaurant was also born at Green Acres, the House of Cheng, which moved to the Jamesway Plaza in Catskill.

7)     Collections: John Valchovic donated a copy of a map of Cairo’s Hydro Plant dated 1961. Sylvia Harper Nelson donated 6 original letters of Gideon Noble Lewis to his mother Sally Ann Lennon Lewis and brother Charles L. Lewis. A copy of the picture of the drilling of a well at the CMRR at Cairo Junction, dated September 1900 was also received.

8)     Item sales in last month: 1 Portrait of the Past, 4 Rails to Catskills DVD, 1 Throw, 1 Legs Diamond book, 1 Cairo cap, 1 postcard, 6 postal commemoratives.

9)     Sgt. Frank Dorpfeld’s veteran’s picture was featured in the Greenville Pioneer contributed by the Cairo Historical Society. 

Old Business:

1.     Mike Lamanec indicated that he has a line drawing of the Shinglekill Falls that he is working on and should have a proposed logo ready for review at the next monthly meeting.

2.     John K. read a proposed letter to the Ulster/Delaware Historical Society. All were in favor. Sylvia will retype under the CHS letterhead for John’s signature.

3.     Mark Gruppe indicated that he and Robert Uzzilia are awaiting the spring to repair/replace the Susquehannah Turnpike enclosures. 

Projects:

  1. Cairo Depot - John K. advised that the Cairo Historical Society has been invited to have a table at the train show at Greene County Community College on March 1, 2015.  No fee will be charged for us to have a table there. We will be able to sell train related items, including RR T-shirts, Rails to the Catskills, train postcards. Authorization for a 50/50 draw has also been received. We will also raffle the old lamp. Volunteers to man the table are needed.
    The Cairo Historical Society has also been given exclusive permission to sell 50/50 tickets at the Soccer Tournament being held at Riedlbauers on June 6-7. A professional soccer ball has been donated to be a second prize.
    The Cairo Depot Committee is discussing various fences for the Depot site and will be presenting various options when the cost/benefit is completed.
    It is the goal of the Cairo Depot team that these various fundraising events will bring in sufficient funds for the construction of the fence at the Depot site.
  2. CHS Headquarters – Sylvia indicated that Kaaterskill Associates has provided two more sets of plans for the sewer and building construction at no cost to us.
    We are still looking for an asbestos remediator. The local professional seems uninterested.
    Sylvia indicated that she needs to write a letter to Home Depot, requesting corporate sponsorship of the HQ construction.
  3. Hometown Heroes - Sylvia indicated that we have received two more Hometown Heroes banners, Walter Prapolsy (Korea) and John Lutes Sr. (Vietnam).  Our total for this year is 12 so far.
    It has been learned that Bill Lenski was a POW. More info needed.
    Sylvia suggested that the Cairo Historical Society sponsor 5 more banners this year, primarily pre WW1 Heroes. Mark Gruppe motioned that the Cairo Historical Society sponsor 5 more banners for this year. Mike Lamanec seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion was passed.
  4. Cairo’s Hometown Heroes, the book – Sylvia advised that we have 30 biographies completed: Eliab Alden, William H. Spencer, Almern Wells, Eseck G. Wilber, George Ross Greene, Herbert Leander Chichester, William S. Freeman, Earle Houghtaling, Robert Kugler, Eric Kuever, Virnel Butler, Russell Perkins Byington, Joseph P. Chadderdon, Joseph P. Francel, Raymond D. Houghtaling, Wilson Lester Jr., James G. Van Orden Jr., Stanley B. Warner, Fred P. Yost, Floyd Hauver, Lucius Lennon, Courtney Tolley, Frank C. Algozzine, Vernon J. Chadderdon, Wallace Chadderdon, George Morrison, Fred Spohler, David l. Clapper, Robert Peder Larsen, Amos Finch.
  5. Cairo Family Tree – Sylvia advised that we have received a number of new additions to our family tree: a bluebird (Ann Clapper), a cardinal (Sylvia Hasenkopf), a bluebird (the True family), a bronze leaf (Tom Baldwin), a bluebird (the Slater family)
  6. State of the Union Dinner – Sylvia advised that we are actively selling tickets for the state of the Union Dinner.
  7. Robert Titus Lecture – John K. indicated that the Robert Titus lecture is scheduled for January 31, 2015 at 2pm at the Cairo Library. RSVP with tickets $5 at the door. There is limited seating.
  8. License Plate Toppers – Sylvia indicated that Catskill Castings has the license plate toppers and they will be cast in the next month. The resale cost has been fixed at $50 each. 

New Business:

There is no new business


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes February 19, 2015
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Gail Kargoe, Elton Rouse, Ray Houghtaling, Linda Larsen, Sherry True, Jill Lamanec, Robert Uzzilia, Carol Spohler.
 

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

1)    Minutes from the January 15, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Gail Kargoe seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)    Jill Lamanec, our Interim Treasurer, distributed the 2014 Profit & Loss and 2014 Balance Sheet statements. All revenue and expenses have been recorded in Quickbooks. Jill is still working on the entries for 2015, however January is mostly done. She is awaiting word from Susan True, our accountant, who has the final statements from 2014, for advice and direction for 2015 setup.
Jill has closed the Special Events account and the funds have been transferred to the General Fund.
The decision has been made to add sales tax to all taxable sales.
Jill advises she needs Microsoft Office for the laptop dedicated to the Treasurer. Sylvia made the motion that we move forward with the acquisition of the full suite of Microsoft Office. Elton seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

3)    Membership update: Our current membership is 84 members, an increase of 24 members since January’s meeting.  New members since the last report are: The Accounting Offices of Tom Fuscito, CPA, Mary E. Datka, Dawning Real Estate, Inc, Dan and Diana Benoit and US Paper Counters. Our renewal rate stands at 58.88%.
The membership goal for 2015 has been established as 115 members.
Sylvia read very moving letter received from MaryBeth Datka who recently joined the Cairo Historical Society.

4)    We currently have 961 Facebook members, 26 members more than in January 2015. This month we discussed the Tiesmeyers grocery store, items from the Cairo Herald 1920’s (KKK cross burning on lawn of Mohican House in Acra for example), 8 maps showing the evolution of Greene County from 1772 to 1836 (Sylvia showed the map to the group), a question regarding the name of Joseph Kollar’s boarding house in Gayhead, a question regarding the name of the Jacob Stein boarding house in Cairo, a picture of Edison Timmerman Rd. in the 1920’s, the Rose Haven sign, how Cairo got it’s name, the Almshouse, Dr. Titus lecture, the Wiltse genealogy and more.

5)    Collections: No items received this month.

6)    Item sales in last month: 15 pictures for Round Top Cemetery Association, a gift for Mrs. Norma Bodratti (pictures of Round Top). A donation of $60 was given to the Cairo Historical Society.

7)    Salvatore “Charles” Calcagno’s veteran’s picture was featured in the Greenville Pioneer contributed by the Cairo Historical Society. 

Old Business:

1.     Jill Lamanec indicated that Mike, her husband, could not be present this evening as he was dealing with water emergencies in town. She indicated that he is close to completing the logo proposal; however the bad weather that we have been experiencing has been limiting his available free time to work on it.

2.     Jill also indicated she still needs the Neat document scanner. Sylvia indicated that she will reach out to Jill regarding model.  

Projects:

  1. Cairo Depot - John K. advised that the Railroad Committee will be setting up shop at the Train show on Sunday March 1, 2015 at the Columbia-Greene Community College. John is looking for volunteers who would like to assist with the day and manning the table at the show. Set up is from 7-10am the day of the show. The show runs from 10am-3pm. Johnathan Munster is putting together a train and tender for the display at the College.
  2. CHS Headquarters – Sylvia is pleased to announce that Frank Maggio & Sons have agreed to donate their services to the installation of the sewer and water line for the HQs.  We have now received our permit for the construction of the HQ.
    Sylvia has indicated that she has launched a GoFundMe campaign for the Cairo Historical Society. To date we have raised $175 from 5 donors.
    The sign layout for the Construction sign is with Manny from RTKS in Round Top for design.
    Letters to Home Depot and Lowes are still outstanding.
  3. Hometown Heroes - Sylvia indicated that we have received one more Hometown Heroes banner, Joseph Ray.  Our total for this year is 13 so far. The Inn at Hillcrest Manor has indicated an interest in sponsoring a banner this year. They have an interest in sponsoring the banner for William Pierson, a War of 1812 veteran.
    We have not received any further information on Bill Lenski, supposedly a POW from WW2.
  4. Cairo’s Hometown Heroes, the book – Sylvia advised that she and Linda have completed another 29 biographies, for a total of 59 completed biographies to date. Those completed this month are: Joel M. Austin, George W. Steelman, Floyd Whitcomb, Nathan Lockwood, John Lennon, Clara Green, Roland Whitcomb, John Kargoe, Jeremiah Mandigo, Ansell Alberga, Art Waldron, John Balis, George True Sr., George True Jr., Isaac Howard, Milton Howard, Rick Spohler, James Barker, Edmond Albright, Harold Bishop, John Hayes, Edison Timmerman, James McTigue, Victor Lennon, Warren Stein, James Pierson, Leonard Meddaugh, Charlie Calcagno, Coleman Duncan.
    Sylvia indicated that she has completed a grant application for the William Gundry Broughton Private Charitable Foundation for $10,000
    Sylvia also indicated that she completed a letter of interest for another grant and submitted it to the Dyson Foundation.
    Linda indicated that there is another grant program – Furthermore. She will get details and forward to Sylvia for review and action.
    Rep. Congressman Chris Gibson has agreed to write a forward for the book.
    Sylvia circulated a proposed Pre-Order form for the Cairo’s Hometown Heroes Book and asked for feedback. It was suggested that a little more detail on the scope for the book would be helpful. In other words, include the details that the Hometown Heroes represent men and women from the French & Indian War to the present day. Once amended the form is good to go.
  5. Cairo Family Tree – Sylvia advised that we have received a number of new additions to our family tree: 10 gold leaves for the Fabrizio members (Giuseppe Nicolo Fabrizio Sr., Anna Lucia Fabrizio, Paula Maria Fabrizio Raffa, Frank Paul Fabrizio, John Fabrizio, Cosmo (Gus) Damien Fabrizio, Anthony Fabrizio, Mary Lucia Fabrizio Shippee, Angela C. Fabrizio O’Connor, Joseph Nicholas Fabrizio Jr.; a cardinal (the Chadderdon Family); a bluebird (David & Hannah Stead & Sons, who lived on Joseph Chadderdon Rd ca 1830 – sons were Charles, John, James and Levi). 
  6. State of the Union Dinner – Sylvia advised that as of February 19th we have 119 reservations. Anyone interested in helping out to peel carrots and potatoes, drop on down to the Masonic Hall Saturday morning at 9am to help out. Sylvia suggested that we should offer B&B Forest Products 2 free dinner tickets for their generous $250 donation. John K. will reach out to them.
  7. Robert Titus Lecture – John K. indicated that the Robert Titus lecture was a great success. We had 41 guests and Robert and Johanna Titus were very knowledgeable and very entertaining lecturers. They have indicated that they would be interested in returning next year to lecture about glaciers in the Hudson River Valley. We brought in over $900 in item sales and entrance ticket sales.
  8. License Plate Toppers – Sylvia indicated that Catskill Castings has advised that the license plate toppers are being made next week.

New Business:

  1. Sylvia advises that The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has granted the CHS a grant for the County Home historical marker.
  2. Sylvia advised that the Cairo Piecemakers have offered to make a quilt for the CHS to be a donation to our Archives. They would like to know what them we would like. It was agreed, after some discussion, that we would like the Piecemakers to surprise us.
  3. Sylvia has advised that the CHS Board of Trustees have voted to donate $200 to the American Legion for the purchase of replacement flags along Main St, which hang above our Hometown Heroes Banners. Jill will write the cheque.
  4. Sylvia advised that the CHS has received an invite to attend the 3rd Annual Cairo Town Picnic. It was agreed to take a booth at the event.
  5. Sylvia advised that she will be on vacation at the time of the next monthly meeting and a temporary secretary will be needed to take the meeting minutes.
  6. Sylvia indicated that there is a new event in the early planning stages. The Touch-A-Truck event. This would be a fundraiser for the CHS and the Youth Fair has given the CHS permission to run the event on the Saturday and Sunday of their four day event in July. Sylvia is looking for volunteers who would be interested in working on this event.

John moved to close the meeting at 8:20.  All agreed.


Cairo Historical Society Monthly Meeting                                                
March 19, 2015
Prepared by Acting Secretary Sherry B. True 

The monthly meeting for the Cairo Historical Society was held at the Cairo Public Library on March 19, 2015.

Those in attendance were John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sherry B True, Mark Grupe, Mike Lamanac and Robert Uzzilia.

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm. A motion was made by Mark Grupe and seconded by Elton Rouse to open the meeting.

John made an announcement that Sherry B True agreed to fill the trustee position vacated by Gary.  This is a two year commitment.  

Old Business: John/Sylvia provided an update on Membership numbers. Current membership is 101, an increase of 17 since the February report. All but one membership is a renewal. Our new member is Dennis Mower. Our renewal rate is 72.89%. Since the beginning of the year we have attracted 20 new members.  

Facebook: We currently have 972 members, 11 members more than February 2015. Through Facebook we had discussions on the Blue Spruce Farm, the location of the Love Star Theatre on Main Street, Bicycle Bill (it was the consensus Bill Staker was the original Bicycle Bill). Staker’s Round Top View Resort in Purling, the Hometown Hero’s Book (Linda and Sylvia continue to gather info and do write ups), Tony the Ice Cream Man, the Cock and Bottle Shop, Artis Beojokian wedding announcement, the Trout Brook Farm, Kim Morrison’s poetry, posts from the Cairo Herald and photos from the State of the Union Dinner.

Collections: No items received. Item sales: John and Gail sold 3 depot shirts, 4 rails to the Catskills DVD’s, 3 postal Commemoratives and 1 plain postcard at the Train Show. $90 was collected from the raffle on the Oil Lamp at the Train show.

Treasurer's Report: There was no Treasure report. Jill was gathering information for the New York State Sales tax that was due in by March 20, 2015. We can talk about scanner needs for Jill at the next meeting.

Projects: Cairo Historical Society Building. John updated everyone on the asbestos status with the building. He stated he is in contact with Michael Frueh and Michael said that the cost may not be as expensive as we first thought. Possibly in the range of $300 - $500 for removal of the asbestos in the chimney. Michael will give us an estimate, however we need to get his liability insurance and worker’s compensation exempt form (if he is exempt) information from him first before we move forward with the project with him.

So far on the Go-Fund-Me page we have set up for the Cairo Historical Society Building Fund we have received $155.00 in donations. 

John also stated that we now have a building permit from the Town and will need to have it posted in plain sight on the building during construction. We are looking to begin work as soon as the weather breaks.

It was also noted that Maggio and Sons was donating the work for the water tie-in for the Cairo Historical Society.

It was noted that Manny is close to completion on the sign for the front of the building. Someone will need to pick up the sign once it is completed.

Robert Uzzilia brought up the second floor renovations to the second floor and according to code there needs to be an 8 foot height requirement on the second floor.

We also talked about a Construction Manager being needed at the Headquarters building site of if the Building Committee would oversee the project. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.  There is a meeting with Ruppert and the Building Committee on April 1st at the Cairo Public Library to go over building plans. The meeting time is 4:30 pm.

License Plate Toppers: Currently delayed due to the February snow storms.

Hometown Hero’s: We have added 5 new banners to our collection. The information for the banners have been received along with payment.

The new Hometown Hero’s Banner applicants are Harold Elton Rouse, Jr., Arthur C. Harm and Justin Jere Patterson. Applications are in process for Ernest F. Passler, Chris Gibson, Stephen Romanek, Thomas Valentine Staker, and William Pierson.

John noted that Sylvia has made a proposal that the following veterans be the 5 CHS funded banners: Nelson Walters, Aaron Betts, Stephen Burgess, Eliab Alden, and John H Betts. 

Linda and Sylvia have completed 63 Hometown Hero’s biographies so far out of the 212 that will be listed in the book. The four new ones completed include Matthew Sayre, Edward B Hatton, Gerard Patrick Daly and Renate Alexander.

There are 12 books on pre-order as of right now.  John noted that the Cairo Historical Society was turned down on a grant funded by the Dyson Foundation but they stated they generally do not give grants to Historical Societies. Our project was outside the scope of the projects they support.

Sylvia has written another grant to the Furthermore Foundation and that grant was submitted by the March 1st deadline. 

Historical Marker:  The Cairo Historical Society will also need to talk more about what Historical Marker we would like to request for this year and come up with some ideas for the new marker.  

Cairo Family Tree: No additional requests have been made.

Logo: Mike Lamanac said the logo is with a friend of his to adjust the lettering in the Logo for the Cairo Historical Society and he should have it back this week. The winter weather has been part of the issue this year for getting it completed.

State of the Union Dinner: The dinner was a huge success! We ended up with a profit of $2,569.53. We had a total of 110 tickets sold ahead of time, 5 were sold at the door and 4 were complimentary tickets to the Bank of Coxsackie. With increased attendance it was agreed we would probably need to look for another venue for this years’ dinner.

John noted that this event could not be as huge of a success as it was if not for all of those who volunteered. A big thank you went out to the following folks: John and Gail Kargoe, Ron Hasenkopf, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Derick Hasenkopf, Mark Robichaud, Helen Chadderdon, Robert Dodge, Robert Uzzilia, Laurie and Ron Mcgyver and Sherry B True.   

New Business: Annual Meeting and voting was discussed and John stated that both Ann Clapper and Ron Hasenkopf will run for reelection again this year. The voting will take place at next month’s meeting. Robert Uzzilia bring a voting box to the meeting next month.

John noted that there will be an Annual Meeting review at the next meeting also.

John said that Elizabeth Brinkerhoff had been in touch with him via email about the 3rd annual picnic in the park to be held on May 2nd. The Cairo Historical Society will have a table there and will be able to sell items but will need volunteers to help man the booth. The set up begins at 10:15 am May 2nd.

The Train Committee talked briefly about the next step for the fencing of the escapement. The committee will meet at another specific time. John noted that the work done on the rails being laid so far has all been donated so there were no costs to the Historical Society. He mentioned that keeping folks interested in the train depot would also help the overall interest in the Cairo Historical Society and could possibly help shed interest to the needs of the Building Fund.

The meeting was closed at 8pm with a motion by Mark Grupe and it was seconded by Robert Uzzilia.   


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes April 16, 2015
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary/VP
Annual Meeting

Members Present: John Kargoe, Ann L. Clapper, Ron Hasenkopf, Jill Lamanec, Michael Lamanec, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Sherry B. True, Mark Grupe 

Guests: Mary Lou Nahas 

President John Kargoe opened the meeting at 7:05pm by welcoming everyone to the 2015 annual Meeting. Pledge of Allegiance was made by all present. 

President Kargoe stated that there will be a short business meeting followed by a Powerpoint presentation by our Secretary/VP about the successes of 2014 and our plans for 2015.  

1)    Minutes from the March 19, 2015 meeting was reviewed and approved.  Sherry True made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)    Work on the CHS Headquarters is moving along. The asbestos removal was completed in April 2015 and we are now proceeding with the clean up of the wooded area behind the CHS, which is part of our property. We are looking at a Saturday or Sunday for a clean up crew. Sylvia suggested that we enlist the Boy Scouts. Mark Grup volunteered for Gemini Construction to come in and use their heavy equipment to clear the brush and dispose of the debris. Many thanks go out Gemini Construction for their help.

3)    The CHS had planned to run a new event called the Touch-A-Truck, which would be a fundraiser. We require a chair for the event. Should no one be available we will move the event to next year. No volunteer stepped forward, so it was agreed that we would shelve the event for this year.

4)    Jill Lamanec provided the Treasurer’s Report. The Total income for the 1st quarter of 2015 was $20,038.54, our Cost of Goods sold for the same period was $583.20, leaving a net total of $19,455.34. Our total expenses for the first quarter were $$1,602.06. Our total assets for the same period is $88,022.97.

5)    John indicated that the CHS would like to have a presence at the Memorial Day Parade. Sherry indicated that she would be happy to assist, even if it was walking down the street holding the CHS sign. John will coordinate.

6)    John indicated that we have three positions open this year. Ron Hasenkopf and Ann Clapper’s term has come to an end and both are interested in continuing in the role. Jill Lamanec stepped in as our interim Treasurer in January 2015 and did a phenomenal job converting our financial records to Quickbooks. She has agreed to continue as the Treasurer and has put forth her name for the position. John asked if there were any other nominations for these positions from the floor. None were presented. Mark Grupe moved that the Secretary close the nomination process and cast the vote as there are no other nominations. Ann Clapper seconded the motion. The Secretary cast the vote and Ron Hasenkopf and Ann Clapper will continue as Trustees and Jill Lamanec will continue as the CHS Treasurer.

7)    Elton made a motion to close the meeting; Mike seconded the motion. The meeting was closed at 7:20pm 

Sylvia continued with the Powerpoint Presentation which is attached to these minutes. Given the size of the document it is available for any who wish to see it upon request.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes May 21, 2015
Acting Secretary Linda C. Larsen 

Members present: John Kargoe, Elton Rouse, Sherry B. True, Linda C. Larsen, Jill Lamanec, Mark Grupe, Ray Houghtaling, Carol Spohler, M.A. Tarpinian, Richard Grupe (late)

President Kargoe opened the meeting at 7 PM leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  He then introduced guest speaker Cairo Librarian Debbie Kameckie.  Ms. Kameckie spoke about the programs offered and current use of the library asking for any input from the members of CHS re: potential use or offerings the library could consider.  Among items discussed: how can the library be promoted to those who don’t know about or don’t now use the facility, how to better connect with schools, cooperation re: grants and grant applications and each organization helping advertise activities of both.

April 2015 minutes approved by motion of Carol S. and second by M.A..

Treasurer’s Report accepted (see attached report).  Jill mentioned she paid for the banners (approx., $4,000 – not reflected in April’s report).

Membership list reviewed – John K. and Sherry T. will follow up with those who are on the list who have not renewed their membership.  Jill will give contact info.

Membership goal for 2015 met with 115 members.  Facebook members 1018.

Old business: Mike Lamanec not in attendance – no report on our logo.  Discussed the need for logo for upcoming projects, including the proposed CHS newsletter, presented by Sherry True.

Projects:

1)    Headquarters – awaiting Maggio & Sons to start sewer work.  The Grupe brothers did much work clearing alongside the building.  Discussed the concrete platform and possible uses.  Chimney will be taken down.  HVAC estimate not realistic.  Home Depot estimate for windows and doors 14K.  John will speak to someone from Home Depot re: work on the building.  GNH Lumber to be contacted re: material.  M.A. mentioned grants may be available for some of the work to be done.  She will look into same and report back.

2)    Depot: fundraiser at Reidlebauer’s Soccer Tournament June 6 & 7.  People needed to sit at the table during those days.  RR Committee meeting to be rescheduled.

3)    HH Banners: Ray H. reported (see attached report).  Ray requested we send a Thank You letter to the Cairo Highway Dept and The Cairo Town Board for the assistance given re: the banners.  Sylvia will be asked to write the letters.  A motion to sponsor pizza and drinks for the men who helped with the banners and for the Grupe brothers was made by Carol S. seconded by Elton R. and passed.  Same to be held Thursday June 11th at 6 PM at the Library.  John will contact Audrey from the Daily Mail to do an article re: the Hometown Heroes Banners.  M.A. will pick up the HH flyers at the Hillcrest Press and get them to John for distribution.

4)    HH Book – biographies being written

5)    Historical Marker: Unveiling the County Alms House marker Sept. 12th 2015 at Canna Town park.  Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ will be available.  Need people to help at that event.  2016 marker – Shinglekill Falls.

6)    Coxsackie Band Concert was a well attended, successful afternoon.

No new business.

Carol made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Sherry.  Meeting was adjourned 8:30 PM. 

John brought up an issue re: Eric and Liz Rasmussen’s Durham One Room Schoolhouse.  The Rasmussens are looking into donating the building sometime in the near future.  They are installing a security system and some other work may be needed (ie. Electrical service, heating system).  The CHS Board of Trustees has expressed their interest to the Rasmussens asking for additional information.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes June 18, 2015
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Gail Kargoe, Elton Rouse, Linda C. Larsen, Sherry B. True, Michael Lamanec, Robert Uzzilia, Richard Grupe, Mark Grupe, Neil Schoenfeld, Helen Chadderdon, Ron Hasenkopf. 

Guest: Alex Chadderdon
 

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

1)    Minutes from the May 19, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. Sherry B. True made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)    Jill Lamanec, our Treasurer, is unable to attend the meeting this evening.

3)    Membership update: Our current membership is 120 members, an increase of 5 members since May’s meeting.  New members since the last report are: John F. Leis, Steve and Janice Dodge, Gene F. Houghtaling, Paul Kubler and Thomas and Theresa Corrigan. We are 1.04% above our 2015 goal.  

4)    We currently have 1043 Facebook members, 25 members more than in May 2015. This month we discussed a number of topics, including Ray Miller’s pics of the Pickwick, the Elias Dutcher house and the lake at the Glenbrook Farms, the Cryer House in Purling, Hometown Heroes pictures, damage to the Cairo Cemetery, the Trailguide for the Hometown Heroes this year and envelopes from various businesses in the Town.

5)    Collections: Ray Miller donated images of Elias Dutcher’s house in Round Top, the Lake at Glenbrook Farms and a postcard of the Pickwick. Joanne Fabrizio Spencer donated the book “Out of Darkness”, the tales of American POW’s in Nazi Germany, which includes the story of Cosmo “Gus” Fabrizio. She also donated the military and some personal effects of John Raffa, including his WW2 shadow box.

6)    Item sales in last month: No report


Old Business:

  1. Mike Lamanec presented 7 versions of the proposed Cairo Logo. After some discussion the membership selection decide upon Logo 1 as the new Cairo Logo. Many thanks to Michael Lamanec for his work in providing the seven style choices and the use of his line drawing of the falls that appears in the Logo. In addition, many thanks to everyone who worked on this project over the years: Hillary Higgins, Robert Uzzilia, Linda Larsen, Rita Colger Carver and Sylvia Hasenkopf. With each proposed logo by the various teams we moved closer to the final logo.
    It was suggested to copyright/trademark this logo. Sylvia will look into it and report at the next meeting.
  2. John reported that the Rasmussens have been made aware of the interest of the Cairo Historical Society in the One Room School House. We are on a holding pattern until they decide.

Projects:

  1. Cairo Headquarters:
    1. Sylvia advised that the Cairo Historical Society fundraising sign has been installed. And it looks great. Hasenkopf Quality Construction donated the materials to mount the sign and their time.
    2. The sewer is scheduled to be installed by Maggio & Sons on June 26th.
    3. Discussions have begun with masonry firms regarding the foundation.
    4. The doors and windows are expected to cost close to $12,000. Sylvia and Ron spent some time at Home Depot and have received a quote on the Anderson windows and the doors for the building. Richard suggested that we contact the window manufacturer to see whether they would be willing to assist with a discount.
       
  2. Cairo Depot:
    1. John K. advised that the following volunteers, Michael Kargoe, John Kargoe, Elton Rouse, Robert Uzzilia, Sherry B. True, Helen Chadderdon and Carol Spohler attended the Soccer tournament on one or both days, June 6 & 7 at Riedlbauers. The 50/50 raised $257.50. Other events in Greene County (Mountain Jam and a car show) competed with the Soccer event affecting attendance.
      John indicated that there will be a Depot meeting at the Library on June 23rd at 7:00pm.
       
  3. Hometown Heroes:
    1. Sylvia indicated that she wrote a letter of appreciation to the Cairo Town Board and to Robert Hempstead, the Cairo Highway Superintendent for their support in installing the 250 banners all over town. It is attached to these minutes.
    2. We have received 25 preorders for the book.
    3. We have received another $10,000 grant from the William Broughton Private Charitable Foundation to assist us in the printing the book in full color. We now have a total of $20,000. She has identified another two potential grant foundations: The A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation in Hobart, NY and Peckham Industries. She will assess them for applicability to the Hometown Heroes Book printing.
    4. Sylvia advises that 92 biographies have been completed. 168 to go.
       
  4. Archival Day 2015 is scheduled for July 18, 2015 at the Cairo Library from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

New Business:

  1. Neil Schoenfeld advised the members present that a new propane storage facility is being planned for the vacant land by the new Dollar General. He suggests that the Cairo Historical Society should write a letter to the Town Planning Board expressing their concern about a facility like this which will obstruct the scenic views of the mountains for all visitors to the town. After some discussion Sylvia suggested that the discussion should be continued at the next Board of Trustees meeting. All agreed.

Mike Lamanec moved to close the meeting at 8:08, Mark Grupe seconded the motion. All agreed and the meeting was closed.


 There were insufficient members present for a meeting in July, therefore the meeting was cancelled.


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes August 20, 2015
Acting Secretary Sherry B. True

Members Present: John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Sherry B. True, Linda C. Larsen, Elton Rouse, Helen Chadderdon, M.A. Tarpinian, Mark Grupe

The meeting was called to order by John Kargoe.

John reviewed the following:
Membership Report - Current membership is 132, 14% above goal. Membership revenue $4045, $45 above goal. The CHS welcomes new members: Cathleen O'Reilly, Joe Fabrizio (courtesy membership as he has donated $5000), Dan Pugsley and Jo-An Scandaliato, Linda Maran, Sandy, Greg and Greg Jr. Benedetto, Jean A. Snyder, Michael Sharkey, Melissa Levy and Erick Tkacey, Neil Young, William and Joan Patterson and Susan L. True and returning member Mountaintop Detachment 1274, Marine Corps League. 

Sherry B True reviewed the following:
Facebook: currently at 1080, an increase of 37 

Item Sales since June meeting:
License plate topper 10
Boxes with knives 6
Postcards 3 

Collections:
- Richard Obach - Ed Pamatier letters (3) scans
- Kim Morrison - Book with his published poetry
- Anita Berro - scans of Robert Cox and family 

Trademark/Copyright of CHS Logo - no report 

CHS HQ's- 
    -Building has been stripped of siding
    -Chimney removed by Gemini Construction
    -Spreadsheet created to capture volunteer hours - at end of July 185 hours

Concerns were brought up by Mark Grupe in regards to the sill and the wood on the existing building. There is also a large hole on the left side of the building that will need to be addressed. Further discussions on the Headquarters will resume with the next meeting.  

Hometown Heroes Book:
    -Preorder sales - 32
    -biographies written - 118
    -received another $10,000 grant for the publishing of the book in color from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation. Many thanks to Helen Chadderdon for connecting us with this organization.
    -Have been advised that the banner for William Berg in South Cairo has disappeared, brackets as well. Will contact Central Hudson to see whether they had replaced the pole. 

Cairo Archival Day:
-Benedetto Family joined CHS
-Susan L. True donated images-processed a large backlog of materials, however much more needed to be done 

Miscellaneous:
Met with Rhonda Breunig-Kearns to show her banner of her ancestor John Hayes, as well as his burial site in Acra Cemetery          

The meeting was concluded by Helen Chadderdon and seconded by Gail Kargoe


Cairo Historical Society
Minutes September 17, 2015
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Sylvia Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Linda Larsen, Sherry True, Robert Uzzilia, Michael Lamanec, Ron Hasenkopf, Mark A. Grupe, Ted Banta.

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

1)    Minutes from the August 20, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. Elton Rouse made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Mark Grupe seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)    No Financial Report presented.

3)    Membership update: Our current membership is 134 members, an increase of 2 members since August’s meeting.  New members since the last report are: Jackie Patterson and Richie and Hanni Obach.

4)    We currently have 1087 Facebook members, 7 members more than in August 2015. This month we discussed the County Farm (dedication of historical marker and BBQ)., Errante’s Cedar Terrace, O’Connell Farm, Benny Richman and Cairo’s various Airports and much more. Darlene Spencer-Miller posted family pics and Kim Morrison discussed his father, Harold and great-grandmother Vettie Palmeter.

5)    Collections: Pat Latta, Vincent Canna’s daughter, donated pictures and letters from Vince’s service during WW2.

6)    Item sales in last month: 1 Portrait of the Past, 1 License Plate topper, 1 Cairo hat, 1 wood box with knife, and 1 wood box.  

Old Business:

  1. Sylvia indicated she will pursue the steps in Trade marking our Logo in the fall.

Projects:

  1. Cairo Depot – no update.
  2. CHS Headquarters – Sylvia indicated that there has been no new activity on the HQ’s since August’s meeting.  Mark had raised concerns in the August meeting regarding the structural soundness of the building, citing concerns over the weakness of the wall where there was the chimney fire and the condition of the existing sill (it’s rotted). Sylvia noted that these concerns were reviewed by Kaaterskill Associates when they did our drawings and are not unknown to the Board. Kaaterskill Associates felt that the “bones” of the building were still solid and could be retained for use in the renovations of the front part of the building. There is no question that the damaged wall would need to be braced when the building is lifted and part of the wall replaced when the renovations took place. The sill will be replaced before the building is returned to the new foundation.
  3. Hometown Heroes – the Hometown Heroes banners are scheduled to come down the week of October 19th. Robert Hempstead has agreed to supply a bucket truck and men to assist with the process. Ray Houghtaling has agreed to coordinate. John Kargoe indicates he has four volunteers to assist in the cleaning and packing of the banners.
    Sylvia has indicated that she has come across a number of veteran’s biographies that do not have much material to work with. She has been successful in obtaining the DD214 Separation documents from the County Clerk’s Office, as the service period is in the Public Domain, however not all vets filed their DD214’s at the County level. She would like to ask the table whether there is support to order the DD214’s from NARA. The cost would be $25 per veteran. She has two veterans currently that have confirmed DD214’s at NARA. Mike Lamanec motioned that Sylvia may order the two DD214’s at $25 each from Nara. Elton seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
  4. Cairo’s Hometown Heroes, the book – Sylvia advised that she and Linda have completed 119 biographies and have restarted their intensive writing. Pre-orders stand at 38 books ordered.
  5. Cairo Family Tree – Sylvia advised that we have received three additional sponsors for the family tree: McDonalds has purchased the Mama Duck, an Anonymous Donor has purchased a bluebird, and the Inn at Hill Crest Manor has purchased a bronze leaf. Donations to date are $11,750.
    Sylvia indicated that Augie Freemann Jr. has approached the Cairo Historical Society looking to partner with us on the Cairo Family Tree Project. He owns Unlimited Metalwork and proposes to make our leaves, animals and trees for us at cost. The Board of Trustees has voted to accept his proposal. Many thanks Augie!
  6. Sylvia advises that the historical marker dedication for the County Home will happen on September 19th. Immediately following the dedication is our Chicken BBQ. We have the capacity to sell 200 dinners, but have only sold 49 tickets so far. Here’s hoping that we have a large walk-in crowd.

New Business:

  1. Tom Plank has approached the CHS to ask whether we would be interested in participating in the upcoming Dare Program in Angelo Canna Park. Although a worthy idea, there isn’t enough time to put anything together and there is not enough volunteers to man a table. Mike Lamanec advised that he will have a table in the Park for the Purling Fish and Game Club and would be willing to place literature about the Cairo Historical Society on the table as well. Robert U. mentioned that in previous years he has put together a program about old games children used to play which was well received.
  2. Sylvia read an email she received from Susan White commending the CHS on the publication of the Cairo Herald Journal. Email is attached to the minutes. It is great to get such favorable feedback.
  3. Sylvia received another email from Hammond Fox. He was corresponding with “Debbie” who was trying to find out the name of the resort her family stayed in during their vacations to Round Top in the 1960’s. Based upon her description (attached to the minutes) it sounded like the family stayed either in the Winter Clove, Crystal Brook or Glens Falls as those are the only Round Top Resorts where guests had to cross a road to get to the swimming pool that the meeting members could recall. This info will be relayed to Hammond. (Follow up: Hammond indicated that it was decided that Debbie’s family stayed at the Round Top House).
  4. Sylvia received an email from Mike Esslie indicating that Pastor Jason Thompson and his church had recently purchased the old Morton’s Store on Main St. They are looking for ideas to improve the appearance and façade of the building. Ted Banta mentioned that there are Main St. Revitalizations Grants offered through the Greene County Economic Development group in Catskill and that Carl Heck would be the contact person. Robert Uzzilia said he would stop by and Sylvia indicated she would also.
  5. Sylvia indicated that she has about two weeks to get the grant together for the 2016 William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s Historical Marker Program. It appears that the proofs she will need for a historical marker at the Shinglekill will take longer to locate than she has the time to do so. She proposes that the 2016 grant be for James Barker, the Patroon. Members were agreeable with the proposal.
  6. Mike Lamanec indicated that he had an item to propose to the table. It appears that the monthly meetings of the CHS have really become business meetings and we no longer discuss historical topics, which is really the reason most people attend the meetings. Consequently the number of people who attend has been dropping, to the point that in some months we have only Board members in attendance. He proposes that in the new year a new format be adopted. The business section of the meeting be no longer than half an hour and be restricted to only necessary business items that cannot wait until the next quarterly meeting. Also, that monthly topics be developed that can be posted in advance, so people can come to those meetings. Sylvia indicated that she also feels that way and that it is incumbent on the Board of Trustees to discuss a new format at the next Board meeting. Mark motioned that this topic be a discussion point at the next Board meeting and Mark seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

John moved to close the meeting at 8:15.  All agreed. 

Share Session:

  1. Sylvia brought in pictures that we have recently received via our Facebook page:          
    1. From Darlene Spencer-Miller: Her father Gilbert Spencer in Berlin Germany during WW2, Graduation class photos – 1956, and two others undated, a local baseball team, date unknown, a picture of workers from the Welsh & Gray  business with Cecil Spencer, basketball team with Gilbert Spencer, a group of ladies, date and event unknown
    2. From Michael Lamanec: Carlton Terrace bungalows and plat map
    3. From Nancy Bogdanowicz, Samuel Cozine and grandson Lou Cozine in front of the LaFrance pumper.
  2. Robert Uzzilia brought in the 1957 Junior Varsity basketball team looking for help in naming the members. Michael Lamanec indicated he would ask his father. (Follow up: all members have been named)
     

Cairo Historical Society
Minutes October 15, 2015

Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Linda Larsen,  Sylvia Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Sherry B. True, Robert Uzzilia, Michael Lamanec, Ron Hasenkopf, Mark A. Grupe, Neil Schoenfeld, Sharon Schoenfeld, Gail Kargoe, Richard Obach, Hanni Obach 

Guest: Howard Parmalee, Dorothy Grupe

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

1)    Minutes from the September 17, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. Sherry B. True made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Ron Hasenkopf seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)    No Financial Report presented. The bank account balances for the two accounts of the CHS at the National Bank of Coxsackie were presented: our main account has a balance of $43,956.13 of which $20,000.00 is reserved funds for the printing of the Hometown Heroes book. The building account has $17,385.68.

3)    Membership update: Our current membership is 141 members, an increase of 7 members since September’s meeting.  New members since the last report are: Doug Dittmar, Mike Scheulen, Art Byas, Ann Bentley, Mary Heisinger, Snyder Family, Phyllis Huntley.

4)    We currently have 1134 Facebook members, 47 members more than in September 2015. This month we discussed a picture of the 38th Borthwick Family Reunion that was taken at the IOOF 417 building in Cairo back on September 1, 1947. We also discussed many Hometown Heroes questions that are helping facilitate the writing of the biographies of the veterans. The new wooden boxes that the CHS is selling were also posted as was the notice of our upcoming event Native Americans in Greene County. Many other topics were also discussed – it was a very busy Facebook month.

5)    Collections: Personal reminiscence of someone in WW2 in the Philippines (Fisher or Millbank Family possibly) – Robert Uzzilia

6)    Item sales in last month: 2 Cairo baseball caps, 2 license plate toppers, 7 wooden boxes,  14 knives with boxes, 2 Cairo bi-centennial t-shirts, 2 Depot t-shirts, 1 Portrait of the Past, 2 Greene County USA DVD’s, 1 Mountain House DVD, 1 Capitol Hill Fire DVD, 1 Prohibition DVD, 17 postcards, 3 Cairo Logo wooden boxes.  Many of these sales occurred at the Apple Harvest Festival.

Old Business:

  1. Sylvia indicated she will pursue the steps in Trade marking our Logo in the fall.

Projects:

  1. CHS Headquarters – Sylvia indicated that we have received permission from our neighbor to the north with the apartment building to remove as many trees as we wish from along the driveway. Gemini Construction came in and removed 6 trees. Gemini Construction provided a bid of $5000 to lift and move our existing building back on a rail system and after the new foundation is poured, bring it back and place it back on the new foundation. We are expecting to move the building sometime in October.
    Mark Grupe indicated that he and Richard plan on building a rail system in steel that will attach to the outside frame of the house with bolts. This will allow the building to be attached to wheels and moved easily.
    There is a small brick foundation behind the HQ’s that has some historical significance to it. The local lore is that hootch was stored there during Prohibition times. Robert Uzzilia will be looking for volunteers to help rebuild the walls that are in poor condition so we can incorporate the brick cellar in our storage building.
  2. Cairo Depot – no update.
  3. Hometown Heroes – Sylvia reports that the Hometown Heroes banners are coming down next week.  Robert Hempstead is supplying a bucket truck and men to assist with the process. Ray Houghtaling has agreed to coordinate. John Kargoe is managing the volunteers to assist in the cleaning and packing of the banners.
  4. Sylvia reports that she and Linda have completed 144 biographies to date; only 106 to go. The writers are struggling to find any kind of military information on quite a few veterans. Sylvia is requesting authority to purchase up to 10 DD214’s from the National Archives (NARA) to assist in the writing process. Mark made the motion that Sylvia be authorized to purchase up to 10 DD214’s from NARA. Sherry seconded the motion and all agreed. The motion was passed.
    No additional pre orders for the book have been received.
  5. Cairo Family Tree – Sylvia advised that we have received another leaf donation to the tree – George and Barbara Morrison of Gem Wood Stove have purchased a bronze leaf. Augie Freemann Jr. has begun cutting the animals for the tree.
  6. 2016 Historical Marker – Sylvia advises that the James Barker grant application has been submitted to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
  7. Sherry indicated that the CHS table at the Apple Harvest Festival was very busy and she could have used a second person there. Thanks go out to Michael Lamanec who came and relieved her for lunches and to John Kargoe for helping to move the CHS materials. Sales for the two days was $661.24.
  8. Sylvia advised that the County Farm Historical Marker dedication went very well. We had a nice crowd of people there, most of whom came over for the chicken BBQ. We sold 81 tickets and had quite a few chickens left over but they were sold at cost to many people who took them home. Our gross sales for the event was $1628.88 (ticket sales $984.00 plus $644.88 cash donations) less costs of $1038.22. This was the first BBQ we have ever done, and we learned a lot that we can apply to a future BBQ. Many thanks to Sherry True who co-chaired the event and Helen Chadderdon and Ron Hasenkopf who volunteered to help. The Cairo Historical Society would like to formally thank all of its sponsors for the chicken BBQ event: Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ (the chickens were delicious!), Hannaford’s, the National Bank of Coxsackie, Story’s Farms and Murray and True CPA’s.
  9. Sherry advises that all is set for the Jay Ciccone lecture on November 7, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Cairo Public Library. Jay will be speaking on the early Native Americans of Greene County. Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door.

New Business:

  1. John mentioned that we had discussed changing the format of our monthly meetings to include more historical material. A discussion ensued about inviting local people to the monthly meeting to talk about Cairo memories. Neil Schoenfeld suggested that we invite Ralph Di Caprio to the meeting to talk about WW2 and local veterans that he interviewed. This sounds like a great idea. More names were suggested as guests and it was agreed that an effort be made to invite someone every month.
  2. Richie Obach raised the question of the CHS doing more research to locate the exact location of the old Curtis Clock Factory. Robert Uzzilia mentioned that intensive research has already been done and due to the vagueness of the deeds, it was found impossible to establish the location.

Sherry moved to close the meeting at 8:05.  Elton seconded the motion. All agreed and the formal meeting was closed. 

Share Session:

  1. Mrs. Dorothy Grupe was our special guest at the meeting and brought along a very interesting scrapbook of her husband’s time in Hawaii in the service during WW2. The Grupe family came from NYC to Cairo in 1916 and was the owners of Clearbrook Farm off Rte 32 at the Woodstock Dam. She also had a picture of her husband as one of the inductees to the war, standing on the steps of the Greene County Court House May 12, 1944, Navy. August F.K. Grupe is the man standing bottom row far left. She also brought in a Clear Brook Farms brochure and a school picture with her husband, August F.K. Grupe, seated third from the left. The year of the picture is unknown.
  2. Sylvia brought in 2 pictures that were posted on Facebook. The first is a Roy’s photo of the 38th Annual Borthwick Family Reunion taken on the steps of the IOOF417 Lodge in Cairo on September 1, 1947. The other is a Coursen Photo taken of the Travis Colonial Homestead by Greene Lake near Leeds. Coursen was Cairo’s own photographer.
  3. Robert Uzzilia brought in an item from the Purling Post Office, its actual use unknown. We decided to post it in the next edition of the Cairo Herald hoping for some ideas.
     

Cairo Historical Society
Minutes November 19, 2015
Sylvia Hasenkopf, Secretary 

Members Present:  John Kargoe, Gail Kargoe, Linda C. Larsen,  Sylvia Hasenkopf, Elton Rouse, Sherry B. True, Michael Lamanec, Ron Hasenkopf, Mark A. Grupe, Jill Lamanec, Richard Grupe 

President John Kargoe called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

1)    Minutes from the October 15, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. Mark Grupe made a motion to accept the minutes as written and Elton Rouse seconded the motion. All agreed and the motion was passed.

2)    No Financial Report presented. Jill indicated that the amount of data to input is greater than the time she has available to do it. She advised that Sylvia has agreed to be cross trained in Quickbooks; she prepares the deposits for the bank anyway. Sylvia indicated that Sherry has agreed to be trained also. Jill has agreed to continue to do the remaining Treasurer’s responsibilities.
Jill has indicated that we seem unable to establish a yearly sales tax payment method. She has written two letters already to the Taxation office, who have stated that we need only submit NYS Sales Tax once per year, yet we still receive overdue notices.
Sylvia advised that the property insurance we currently have is for liability only. Jill indicated that Farm Family, the insurance company she works for normally does not offer builder’s risk insurance, but is willing to do so for the Cairo Historical Society. Jill stated that she would not receive any commission on the policy should we decide to take the builder’s risk policy through Farm Family. Farm Family offers a builder’s risk only policy for $305,000 for $1583.00. Grapeville Insurance offered a builder’s risk insurance policy for $200,000 coverage for $2758.00. Gail made a motion that we take the builder’s risk insurance policy through Farm Family, Sylvia seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed. Jill will draw up the policy and either John or Sylvia, as officers of the CHS, will sign.

3)    Membership update: Our current membership is 145 members, an increase of 4 members since October’s meeting.  New members since the last report are: Galen Joseph-Hunter, Thomas Roe and Echo Roe family, Phil Schratweiser, Ernie and Mary Barkman and Grace and Randal Goodwin.

4)    We currently have 1159 Facebook members, 23 members more than in October 2015. This month we discussed Polly’s Rock, the WW2 Living History that took place in Round Top, the plan for Angelo Canna Park and other topics. We assisted Athena McIntoo with pictures on the Hansel and Gretel Restaurant in East Durham for a high school project. We also did 24 hours of veteran’s banners on Remembrance Day. A query was posted seeking additional information on the Joshua Parmenter and Wilhelmus Brandow families in Greene County. We discussed the Native Americans presentation by Jay Ciccone and shared some photographs from the event. We also introduced the wooden boxes from our collection.

5)    Collections: Envelope from the Purling Rod & Gun Club (Mike Lamanec), woman’s gold class ring, 1943, Cairo Central School, initials D.E.E. (Allyn and Mary Shaw), Cairo Herald July 23, 1959 (Claire Barra), 17 Forge Yearbooks 1947(2), 1950, 1952, 1954-1959, 1960 (4) (Cole Family)
Sylvia, with the help of Sherry and Linda, processed 200 items into the CHS archives in the last month. We now have 218 business cards from the Town of Cairo.

6)    Item sales in last month: 2 Cairo caps, 1 Greene County DVD, 24 tiny treasures boxes, 6 basic knives, 6 postcards, 1 Cairo logo box, 1 Portrait of the Past, 1 License Plate Topper, 1 box with playing cards.
We also introduced the new CHS mugs, 2 new books – Catskill Peak Experiences and Hudson Valley in the Ice Age, and 2 new knives – the staghorn knife and the premier knife.

Old Business:

  1. Sylvia indicated she will pursue the steps in Trade marking our Logo in the fall.

Projects:

  1. CHS Headquarters – Sylvia indicated that Gemini Construction moved the HQ’s building this week and a number of videos were taken of the move. Everything went smoothly. We will now obtain bids for digging and pouring the foundation.
  2. Cairo Depot – no update.
  3. Hometown Heroes – Sylvia reports that she and Linda have completed 169 biographies to date; only 81 to go. Three additional preorders have been received for a total of 43. We have received Dave Dorpfeld’s forward (Greene County Historian), and are awaiting Chris Gibson’s which is written and is now under review by his Chief of Staff. We need to develop some strategies to pre-sell additional books. It is expected that proofing of the book will begin in January and February.
  4. Sylvia indicated that the CHS has received a letter from the Law Office of Monica M. Kenny-Keff, requesting permission to purchase a second Thomas Webber banner. Thomas Webber passed away in 2015 and Monica and her husband live on a private road called Thomas Webber Rd. and they wish to hang his banner on the road in his honor. The members at the meeting discussed this issue and there was unanimous consensus to approve the request at the prevailing price of the other banners. Sylvia will write the letter to Monica advising of the decision.
  5. Sherry advises that the Native Americans in Greene County lecture went extremely well. We had 67 paying attendees and sold a fair number of items. Revenue for the day was $623.88. Attendees were very enthusiastic and Jay has indicated that he will come back in 2016 for another lecture.
  6. A discussion ensued regarding establishing a speaker’s list for 2016. Work is underway to confirm speakers for 2016. The Titus’ are confirmed for January.
  7. Sylvia asked the table for volunteers to work on the State of the Union Dinner for February. Gail, John, Ron, Sylvia and Sherry indicated their interest.

New Business:

  1. There is no new business.

Sherry moved to close the meeting at 8:00.  Elton seconded the motion. All agreed and the formal meeting was closed. 

Share Session:

Sylvia brought in postcard images of:

·       Cairo Main St. ca. 1930’s

·       Cairo Main St. winter scene

·       Cairo Main St., ca. 1900

Sylvia also brought in new Fabrizio Family pictures courtesy of Jackie Raffa Fabrizio:

·       Fabrizio coal shed under construction 1942

·       Fabrizio coal yard 1940’s (2 pictures)

·       Aerial view of the Fabrizio home and businesses 1953

Sylvia also brought in a picture from Joe Fabrizio showing Joe, Guiseppe and Frank Fabrizio in 1944 in the Fabrizio Tire shop

Also a picture of the graffiti at Polly’s Rock


 

Cairo Historical Society Home Page