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A committee on marking historic sites and routes was named by the President as follows: Robt. Harvey, chairman; President H. T. Clarke, A. E. Sheldon, Ross Hammond, and Ernest Pollard.
Other committees consisting of the following members were named by the President:
On Publication.-Geisthardt, Sheldon, Bowlby.
On Obituaries.-President Clarke, Governor Mickey. On Program.-Caldwell, Watkins, V. Rosewater. On Library.-Barrett, Howard, Mrs. A. J. Sawyer. On Museum and Collections.-Blackman, C. S. Paine, L. S. Reed.
After some discussion of plans to secure an adequate building, on motion of Governor Mickey the executive committee adjourned.
H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL MEETING, 1906.
Lincoln, Nebraska, January 17, 1906, 8:00 P.M. In the absence of the President, Hon. H. T. Clarke, the meeting was called to order by Robt. L. Harvey, the first vice-president. After an announcement by Mr. Harvey of the absence of Mr. Clarke, he made a general summary of the work of the Society, calling especial attention to the publication of the proceedings of the constitutional conventions, now under way.
The President then called for the reading of Mr. Clarke's address by the Secretary; then followed an address in memory of the life and services of the late H. H. Shedd, of Ashland, by his son, George E. Shedd.
The President then announced that of the pioneers of the state who had passed away none were more missed than our late President, Hon. R. W. Furnas. Mr. H. H. Wilson then presented a paper on the work of Governor Furnas for the state of Nebraska.
Mr. Harvey next stated that the new work of the Society, undertaken during the last year, was the securing of Indian songs. Mr. Sheldon then gave, by means of the phonograph, a number of records made of the songs of the Pawnee and other Indians.
At the regular business meeting the calling of the roll was dispensed with on the announcement that a quorum was present. The minutes of the annual meeting of the board for the year 1905 were read and approved. The Treasurer's report was read and adopted.
Under the reports of special committees Mr. Harvey, as chairman of the committee on historic sites and their markings, reported the work of the year, which is found in full in the stenographic minutes.
Mr. A. E. Sheldon brought up the questions of the Society's interest in the "Historical Square," and the means that might be taken to recover the whole or a portion of it for the Society's use. Mr. Sheldon then moved that an effort be made to secure the block for the Society's use. The motion was seconded and carried.
The following names were then presented for membership:
I. D. Evans, Kenesaw.
G. E. Shedd, Ashland.
Mrs. Minnie P. Knotts, Lincoln.
Mr. Sheldon gave notice of an amendment to the constitution striking out "second Tuesday of January," and inserting "third Tuesday" as the date of the annual meeting of the Society.
Mr. C. S.
The nomination of officers was then called for. Paine nominated Dr. Geo. L. Miller, of Omaha. Mr. E. T. Hartley moved the rules be suspended, and Dr. Miller be elected by the unanimous ballot of the Society. Carried, and the Secretary was instructed to cast the unanimous ballot of the Society for Dr. Miller, which was done. Mr. R. L. Harvey, of St. Paul, was chosen as First Vice-President. Geo. E. Howard, of Lincoln, as Second Vice-President
in the same manner. Mr. S. L. Geisthardt was reelected Treasurer, and H. W. Caldwell, Secretary for the ensuing year. Mr. Dinsmore asked if anything had been done looking to the marking of the site of the Indian massacre, in Hitchcock county, 1878. Mr. Blackman responded in the negative. On motion of Mr. Barrett the matter was referred to the committee on sites.
'Mr. Paine moved that the offer of the Treasurer, that the salary for that office be donated by him to the Society, be accepted, and that the Society extend its thanks to Mr. Geisthardt for his generous offer.
Society adjourned to meet at 8:00 P.M. in St. Paul's church. January 18, 1906.
Society called to order by the acting President, Mr. Robt. Harvey.
After a pipe-organ solo by Mr. Howard Kirkpatrick, the program of the evening was given. Mr. Harvey announced that the Society occasionally set aside an evening for the discussion of topics of current interest. This evening the program related to the taxation of railroad and other property. Prof. E. A. Ross then discussed "The Problem of Railroad Taxation." Mr. Norris Brown, attorney general, spoke of "Railroad Taxation in Nebraska." He was followed by Gov. J. H. Mickey, who spoke on the "New Revenue Law and Its Workings."
The following additional names were then proposed for membership and all elected:
T. L. Norval, Seward.
The meeting then adjourned.
Mr. C. H. Challis, Ulysses.
H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
TREASURER'S REPORT, 1906.
January 17, 1906.
To the Officers and Members of the Nebraska State Historical
I hereby respectfully submit my report as Treasurer for the year ending January 17, 1906.
On January 27, 1905, I received the books of the late Treasurer, Hon. C. H. Gere, from the hands of his widow, and received the moneys to the credit of the Society in the First National Bank of Lincoln. During my office as Treasurer the following have been the receipts and disbursements:
January 27, received from First National Bank, de
January 27, G. L. Loomis, membership fee...
January 28, Jacob North & Co...
July 11, Farmers & Merchants Bank for L. D. Wood
Since practically all the funds of the Society are now received and disbursed by the state treasurer, I see no good reason why the Society should pay a treasurer for collecting and disbursing a few dollars' membership fees. I would recommend that all membership fees be collected by the Secretary, and by him paid to the Treasurer, and that the Treasurer's salary from this time forward be discontiued. The past year's salary I will donate to the Association.
I submit herewith bank book duly balanced and vouchers for disbursements. Dated this 17th day of January, 1906. S. L. GEISTHARDT, Treasurer.
DRAFT OF PROPOSITION TO LINCOLN CITY
SUBMITTED BY MR. SHELDON, ADOPTED BY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, JANUARY 17, 1906.
Lincoln, Nebraska, December 22, 1905.
To the Hon. Mayor Brown and City Council, Lincoln, Nebraska:
The Nebraska State Historical Society, through its executive board, submits the following proposition to the city of Lincoln:
1. That the city of Lincoln quit-claim to the Nebraska State Historical Society its interest in and use of block 29 in said city, known as "Historical Block,” and also as "Haymarket Square," except that portion at the southeast corner of said block now occupied by the city's buildings.
2. In consideration of said cession the State Historical Society agrees to immediately clear said square, the ceded part thereof, of all unsightly rubbish and to park the same and to plant it to trees and shrubs, properly protected, during the next two years.
3. It also agrees to erect thereon a wing of a suitable fireproof building of the best modern architecture, said wing to cost not less than $100,000 and to be erected at the earliest