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OFFICE OF TREASURER STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The President of the Nebraska State Historical Society;
SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the receipts and expenditures of the Nebraska Histori. cal Society for the year ending Jan. 9, 1894.
Total balance on hand...
$2,113.07 Very respectfully,
C. H. GERE, Treasurer. Jan. 10, '93.--Approved and found correct, with proper vouchers, so far as the report concerns moneys received and disbursed by the treasurer of the Society. We have no means of auditing the state treasurer's disbursements.
SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING.
LINCOLN, NEBR., January 9, 1894. In the absence of President J. Sterling Morton, the annual meeting was called to order, at 8:00 o'clock, by the Vice President, Governor Lorenzo Crounse. Fifteen members answered to their names at roll call.
The first paper of the evening was read by Hon. J. A. MacMurphy, on Part of the Making of a State, This paper was interesting and vividly portrayed the early life in Nebraska. After this paper Mr. Victor Rosewater, of Omaha, presented a carefully prepared study of The History of Municipal Government in Nebraska. Mr. C. B. Aitchison, of Hastings,'gave the Society an extemely well-written and valuable account of the Life of Governor Francis Burt, as the third paper of the evening.
The Society then adjourned to meet at 8 p. m., January 10, 1894.
LORENZO CROUNSE, Vice President. H. W. Caldwell, Secretary.
LINCOLN, NEBR., January 10, 1894. In the absence of the president and both vice presidents, the Society was called to order at 8 p. m., by the secretary. On motion, ex-Gov. R. W. Furnas was chosen president, pro tem. The minutes of the meeting of January, 1893, were then read and approved. The annual report of the secretary was presented and extracts read by the secretary from the report of the librarian. Both reports were approved and placed on file. A committee consisting of S. L. Geisthardt and L. B. Treeman, was appointed to examine the report of the treasurer. A letter from the President, J. Sterling Morton, extending his good wishes and regretting his inability to be present was read by the secretary
The program of the evening was an exceedingly interesting one, and called out a larger attendance than usual. The first paper was by Hon. T. M. Marquette, of Lincoln, on the Effect of Early Legislation upon the Courts of Nebraska,1 This was followed by a study of Early Nebraska Currency and Per Capita Circulation, by Hon. H. W. Yates, of the Nebraska National Bank, of Omaha. One of the most interesting papers of the session was by Hon. S. C. Bassett, of Gibbon. The Soldiers' Free-Homstead Colony, of Gibbon, was described in an instructive and entertaining way. Two other papers were presented to the Society without reading, as the hour was late. One by B.J. Johnson, of Howe, entitled Early Reminiscences in Freighting Days,* the other by Mr. F. Ball, of Palmyra, Extracts from Early Documents. The Society then went into an adjourned business session for the election of officers and the transaction of miscellaneous business.
4 See Vol. I., Second Series, pp. 3-24.
See Vol., I, Second Series, pp. 76-87. * See Vol. I.; Second Series, pp. 25–38.
The following officers were elected by a unanimous ballot:
J. Sterling Morton, President,
Rev. D. Fitzgerald, of Auburn, called the attention of the Society to a sword, discovered in the Republican Valley, which he thought might be connected with the expedition of Coronado. Mr. Barrett moved that the thanks of the Society be extended to those who had so kindly prepared papers, and asked that copies be furnished for publication. The motion was carried. The names of thirty-two persons, as follows, were presented for membership, and on motion the secretary cast the unanimous ballot of the Society in their favor:
C. B. Aitchison, Hastings; L. L. H. Austin, Lincoln; S. C. Bassett, Gibbon; J. N. Baer, Lincoln; Prof. Lawrence Bruner, Lincoln; Hon. Uriah Bruner, West Point; H. E. Dawes, Lincoln; Rev. L. A. Dunphy, Aurora; Prof. F. M. Fling, Lincoln; Hon. John A. Davis, Plattsmouth; Rev. D. Fitzgerald, Auburn; Prof. E. T. Hartley, Lincoln; Hon. Geo. H. Hastings, Lincoln; F. L. Kendall, Weeping Water Academy; F. B, Kenyon, Lincoln; C. S. Lobinger, Omaha; Miss L. B. Loomis, Lincoln; John L. Marshall, Lincoln; Rev. William Murphy, Tecumseh; Victor Rosewater, Omaha, C. F. Neal, Auburn; J. J Sayer, Lincoln; Supt. Frank Strong, Lincoln; George L. Sheldon, Nehawka; A. L. Timblin, Weeping Water; S. L. Wright, Bethany Heights; T. F. A. Williams, Lincoln; W. B. Lambert, Neligh; Prof. O. V. P. Stout, Lincoln; Hon. H. W. Yates, Omaha.
1 See Vol. I., Second Series, pp. 103-118. 2 See Vol, I., Second Series, pp. 67-76. 3 See Vol. I., Second Series, pp. 39-44.
See Vol. I., Second Series, pp. 87-102.
The members of the standing committees were then named by the president as follows:
On Publication-The Secretary, S. L. Geisthardt, and S. D. Cox.
On Obituraies-R. W. Furnas, Geo. L. Miller, and W. H. Eller.
On Program--The Secretary, J. L. Webster, and J. M. Woolworth.
On Library-Jay Amos Barrett, Mrs. S. B. Pound, and James H. Canfield.
Also a special committee on the "Form of Publication" was appointed as follows: D. A. Campbell, J. A. Barreit, C. H. Gere, J. A. MacMurphy, and E. H. Chapin. W. W. Cox presented the following resolution concerning death of Hon. H. W. Parker, which was adopted:
Resolved, That in the death of Hon. Hiram W. Parker, of Beatrice, Nebraska, which occured in April, 1893, the Historical Society lost a most valuable member, the State of Nebraska one of its oldest, most energetic and honorable citizens.
Resolved, That this Society extend to the sorrowing family its warmest sympathy.
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes and a copy of the same be furnished the widow of the deceased.
On motion of S. L. Geisthardt, the secretary was instructed to have files of newspapers bound, and also additional numbers of Vol. I. and II. of Proceedings and Publications, at his discretion. The executive committee was authorized to see about procuring the sword mentioned by Father Fitzgerald. As there was no other business to transact, the Society stood adjourned.
R. W. FURNAS, President Pro Tem. H. W. CaldwELL, Secretary.
EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE STATE HISTORICAL
LINCOLN, NEBR., Jan. 8, 1895. In absence of the president, the Society was called to order by the secretary. On motion, Prof. C. E. Bessey was called to the chair.
On motion of Mr. J. A. Barrett, the Society adjourned for one week, to meet January 15, 1895, in the chapel of the University. No other business coming before the Society, it stood adjourned.
C. E. BESSEY, President pro tem. H. W. CaldwELL, Secretary.
ADJOURNED SESSION OF THE EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
FUNKE OPERA HOUSE, January 15, 1895. Meeting called to order by Vice President R. W. Furnas. On motion of Secretary Caldwell, all business was deferred till January 16 in order to proceed with the program of the evening. The motion was carried unanimously.
Mr. Furnas then introduced Hon. J. Sterling Morton, the President of the Society, who gave his annual address on "The Pioneer Populists and Their Finance in the Territory of Nebraska in 1855, 1856, aud 1857, and the Results: A Parallel Between Past and Present Fallacies."