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dertaken by the Society; at least resolutions should be recorded in the Society's files. It was also stated by the Secretary that the officers of the Society, Mr. Barrett, Mr. Sheldon, and Mr. Blackman, were present, ready to make reports of their work for the year. The report in this abbreviated form was accepted.
Mr. Blackman announced that his report would be incorporated in a written form as usual with the Secretary as a part of his report.
The President then called for committee reports.
Mr. Harvey, the chairman of the committee on sites, sent a letter to the Secretary stating that, owing to sickness, his report was not ready, and asking the favor of making it in a written form later.
The next order of business was the annual election of officers. Mr. Geo. L. Miller was nominated for reelection as President, and on motion of Mr. S. L. Geisthardt the Secretary was instructed to cast the unanimous ballot of the Society in his favor, which was done. Mr. Miller thanked the Society for the honor, and called for nominations for first Vice-President. Mr. Harvey was renominated for first VicePresident, and on motion the Secretary cast the unanimous ballot of the Society in his favor. Mr. Sawyer nominated Prof. Geo. E. Howard for reclection as second Vice-President. Mrs. Knotts nominated L. D. Stilson, who declined; she, then presented the name of J. E. North, of Columbus. Professor Howard then withdrew his name, and on motion Mr. North was unanimously elected second Vice-President.
Mr. C. S. Paine and H. W. Caldwell were nominated for the Secretaryship. While the ballot was being taken a list of proxies was presented, and their votes asked to be counted. The question was raised whether proxies could be voted in the Society. It was noted that no instance had ever occurred in the Society to afford a precedent. The President ruled that the vote of proxies might be counted, and an appeal was taken from his decision. After discussion by several members of the Society pro and con on the issue a standing vote
was taken, and the decision of the chair was not sustained. The President then announced that the Society had voted against the use of proxies and that vote would stand as a precedent, and the ballot of the Society, proper under the constitution, would now be counted. The tellers announced 20 votes for Mr. Paine and 17 votes for Mr. Caldwell. Then, on motion, Mr. Paine was declared elected by the full vote of the Society.
Mr. S. L. Geisthardt was unanimously reelected Treasurer. Mr. Sheldon called attention to the pending amendment changing the time of meeting from the second to the third Tuesday of January. After some discussion the whole matter was laid on the table.
The committee to draft resolutions on the death of Mr. Rosewater was announced as Mr. Sheldon, Mr. Gilder, and Mr. Sawyer. On motion the names of Mr. Woolworth, Mr. Kountze, and Mr. Kitchen, of Omaha, were added.
The Society then adjourned.
H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF BOARD OF
HELD AT THE OFFICE OF THE SOCIETY, FEBRUARY 1, 1907.
Meeting called to order by President George L. Miller. Present, Dr. George L. Miller, James E. North, Chancellor E. B. Andrews, Robert Harvey, Prof. H. W. Caldwell, and C. S. Paine. Reading of the minutes of the last meeting of . the old board was dispensed with.
The President announced the appointment of the standing committees for the ensuing year as follows:
LIBRARY.-Miss Charlotte Templeton, Miss Edith Tobitt, Chancellor W. P. Aylsworth.
MUSEUM.-Elmer E. Blackman, Melvin R. Gilmore, Robert
OBITUARIES.—Jay Amos Barrett, A. J. Sawyer, Capt. H. E.
PROGRAM. The Secretary, the President, Prof. H. W. Caldwell.
PUBLICATION.—The Secretary, A. E. Sheldon, Robert
The report of the Secretary was then presented, and action upon it suspended, while the board listened to the report of the Director of Field Work, Mr. A. E. Sheldon. This report was ordered accepted, and placed on file.
The report and recommendations of the Secretary were then taken up seriatim.
Chancellor Andrews moved to approve the apportionment of salaries as outlined by the Secretary, with the addition of an appropriation of $600 for a newspaper clerk, and assistant in the legislative reference department. Carried. The salary roll as finally approved standing as follows:
A. E. Sheldon..
E. E. Blackman..
Assistant secretary and librarian (to be chosen)
Stenographer (to be chosen).
Chancellor Andrews moved the appointment of a committee of three to investigate the matter of salaries, and ascertain whether or not any reduction could be made from the amounts recommended by the Secretary. Carried.
The President appointed as such committee Chancellor Andrews, Professor Caldwell, and the Secretary.
On motion of Chancellor Andrews the apportionment of the funds for the ensuing year as submitted by the Secretary was approved.
The report of Mr. Robert Harvey, chairman of the special committee on marking historical sites, was presented and accepted.
Motion of Chancellor Andrews to appropriate $100 for the use of the committee on historic sites. Carried.
Professor Caldwell moved that $50 be appropriated to pay S. A. Gardiner, balance due on a collection turned over to the Society in 1904. Carried.
On motion of Chancellor Andrews the Secretary was authorized to dispose of the printing material owned by the Society, proceeds to be turned into the treasury.
Mr. H. H. Wilson appeared before the board to discuss the resolution adopted by the Society at the last annual meeting with reference to the purchase of the Furnas collection of Nebraska woods, which resolution had been referred to the board of directors for action. A resolution was offered by Chancellor Andrews as follows: "Resolved, that Professor Wilson has the approval of the board of directors of the Nebraska State Historical Society, in the project for introducing a bill in the legislature to acquire the Furnas collection of Nebraska woods, for the use of the Nebraska State Historical Society." Adopted.
Motion was made by Professor Caldwell to appoint a committee of three to take into account and report on the value of the Furnas collection of woods. Carried. The President appointed Messrs. Caldwell, Harvey, and Geisthardt as such committee.
On motion of Chancellor Andrews the proposition of the Director of Field Work to secure the restoration "To the state and to its original purposes of block 29 in the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, originally known as State Historical Society Block," and to secure an appropriation of $25,000 for the beginning of the foundation for the wing of a building thereon, was approved.
The report of the Treasurer being presented was ordered approved and placed on file.
The bill of the Treasurer for salary and expense, 1906, was approved and a warrant ordered drawn.
On motion of Professor Caldwell the President was requested to invite Gen. A. W. Greeley to deliver an address in Lincoln under the auspices of the Nebraska State Historical Society at some date during the latter part of February or the first part of March.
On motion of the Secretary the meeting adjourned.
FOR YEAR ENDING JANUARY 16, 1907.
To the Officers and Members of the Nebraska State Historical Society:
I hereby respectfully submit my report as Treasurer for the year ending January 16, 1907.
I am to be charged with the following receipts :
January 17, balance on hand in National
Bank of Commerce.
September 11, cash, J. A. Barrett, publication sold
September 30, exchange collected..
January 16, exchange collected...
January 16, 70 membership fees collected
as per list annexed...