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a series of views, showing early Nebraska men, with illustrations to show the work the Society is doing in the way of gathering photographs of Nebraska history.

H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.

Lincoln, January 11, 1905. The State Historical Society was called to order for its adjourned meeting at 7:45 P.M. The first order was a business session, and according to the by-laws the Secretary called the roll of the active members of the Society to get corrected addresses, names of deceased members, and information needed to make the record complete.

The report of the Secretary for the meetings of 1904 was then read and approved as read. Mr. Barrett, curator and librarian, then presented his report, and on motion it was placed on file. Mr. W. W. Cox made a brief oral report on the Morton tablet, stating that the same had been placed on one of California's giant trees, according to instructions.

The following names were then proposed for elective membership: B. Y. High, Bloomfield. Henry Hemple, Havelock. G. Wonder, Blue Springs. R. Dewitte Stearns, Kimball. James Crawford, Barnston. Lute H. North, Monroe. Walter Rice, Blue Springs. L. J. Griffith, Nehawka. Edmund Huddart, Barnston. A. Darlow, Omaha. · L. H. Leavy, Columbus. G. F. Wiles, Omaha. J. J. Hawthorne, Fremont. A. B. Todd, Plattsmouth. August Saltzman, Ft. Cal- Charles L. Saunders, Omaha. houn.

Mrs. Margaret Gallatly, SutHenry Schwagger, Omaha. ton. Mrs. Mary E. Jackett, Gilt- Miss Addie Searles, Platts

mouth. C. W. Wright, Genoa.

E. A. Thomas, Stuart. C. H. Coffin, Genoa.

W. E. Steele, Yutan. J. W. Williamson, Genoa. C. C. Cobb, York.

ner.

E. S. Nickerson, Gretna. Charles H. Epperson, Fair-
Howard Cleveland, Lincoln. field.
E. H. Whittemore, Adams. M. H. Whaley, Clarks.
Thomas Wolfe, David City. Michael Lee, Omaha.
Capt. H. E. Palmer, Omaha. L. C. Gibson, South Omaha.
Thomas J. Majors, Peru. N. P. Dodge, Jr., Omaha.
Rev. J. H. Presson, Milford. John Ward, Springfield,
D. C. Stratton, Pawnee City. James N. Paul, St. Paul.
J. C. Hill, Imperial.

N. J. Paul, St. Paul.
W. V. Allen, Madison. A. E. Cady, St. Paul.
Rev. A. E. Ricker, Aurora. F. W. Crew, St. Paul.
M. R. Gilmore, Bethany. Geo. A. Ray, St. Paul.
L. P. Bush, Bethany.

Henry Hansen, Dannebrog. H. T. Clarke, Jr., Omaha.

On motion of H. T. Clarke the Secretary was instructed to cast the vote of the Society in favor of the above list of persons, which was done.

The next order of business was the election of officers. The President, Hon. R. W. Furnas, announced that he believed that he had had the honors of the presidency long enough, therefore he wished to place in nomination Mr. H. T. Clarke, who had been in the state just fifty years. On motion the Secretary was instructed to cast the unanimous ballot of the Society for Mr. Clarke as President for the ensuing year, which was done, and Mr. Clarke was declared duly elected Presi. dent. Hon. Geo. L. Miller was nominated by C. S. Paine for First Vice-President and elected by unanimous vote cast by the Secretary. On motion of H. W. Caldwell, Prof. G. E. Howard was elected Second Vice-President, Mr. S. L. Geist. hardt was nominated by Mrs. H. H. Wheeler as Treasurer, and on motion was unanimously elected, as was also. H. W. Caldwell for Secretary.

Hon. R. W. Furnas then read a paper on the life and seryices of C. H. Gere, the only member of the Society to pass away during the year, as far as known. Mr. W. W. Cox moved, and it was adopted, that the address be given to the press of the state for publication.

Mr. C. 0. Whedon then read a very able paper on the subject of "Public Expenditures.” This paper was followed by one by Judge William Gaslin on “Judicial Graft," or the unnecessary number of judges on the bench in the state.

On resumption of the business session Mr. A. E. Sheldon presented two resolutions, which were adopted, as follows:

“Moved, that a committee be appointed by the President of this Society to confer with any other patriotic societies who may be willing to join with us in marking historic sites and thoroughfares in this state and particularly the home of Logan Fontenelle.

"Resolved, that a committee of three be named, of whom President R. W. Furnas shall be one, to copfer with the State Agricultural and State Horticultural Societies at their coming annual meetings proposing to them that they join with this Society in asking for the erection of a fireproof building in which they shall have permanent offices and headquarters."

Committees :
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.

On Marking Historic Sites and Routes.—Harvey, A. E. Sheldon, H. T. Clarke, Ross Hammond, Ernest Pollard. Adjourned.

H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.

PROPOSITION MADE TO STATE AGRICULTURAL

SOCIETY, 1905.

To the President and Board of Managers Nebraska State

Agricultural Society: At the annual meeting of the Nebraska State Historical Society held last week the undersigned were appointed as a committee with full power to make such arrangement as shall be satisfactory with your Society and the State Horticultural Society in order to secure cooperation and joint action to obtain a permanent fireproof home, centrally located, for the use of all three societies.

By virtue of previous arrangements for the past ten years the publications of your Society and the records and publications of the State Horticultural Society have been kept in the rooms of the State Historical Society and distributed by its staff. For a number of these years there has been felt an urgent need by all three societies for safe, convenient, and permanent office quarters and store-roonis.

We therefore make these propositions to your Society:

1. That it join with us in asking from the present legislature an appropriation sufficient to erect a building, fireproof and large enough to care for the present pressing needs of the three societies. Said building to be erected on satisfactory ground donated by the city of Lincoln, in lieu of the old II istorical Society block.

2. That the State Agricultural and State Horticultural Societies shall have ample office and store-rooms in such building for their own exclusive use and occupancy and joint use with our Society of halls therein for public meetings.

3. That your Society appoint a committee with full power to present the need for such a building before the state legislature and city of Lincoln; to plan for its construction and arrange details for division of office room.

ROBT. W. FURNAS.

H. W. CALDWELL.
A. E. SHELDON.

MEETING BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Lincoln, Nebraska, January 19, 1905. A quorụm being formed the meeting proceeded to business. On motion the bond of S. L. Geisthardt as Treasurer was approved. The resignation of Geo. L. Miller as Vice-President was reluctantly accepted, and Hon. Robt. Harvey elected in his place.

It was moved and carried that Mr. Sheldon be instructed to prepare and have introduced into the legislature a bill for an historical building to cost not less than $100,000 and to be erected on land donated by the city of Lincoln.

John L. Tidball, of Crete, was elected a member of this Society.

Mr. Geisthardt moved that the curator and librarian make quarterly reports to the board of progress of the work of the Society.

Carried.
Adjourned.

H. W. CALDWELL, Secretary.

MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

Lincoln, Nebraska, June 24, 1905. Present: Mr. H. T. Clarke, Governor J. H. Mickey, Geo. E. Howard, S. L. Geisthardt, Robt. Harvey, and H. W. Caldwell. Meeting called to order by President Clarke at 11:00 A.M. The Secretary then, after stating that the meeting should have been held April 1, presented the account of expenses for the last biennium, and a proposed distribution of the budget for the vear 1905-6, April 1 to April 1, as follows:

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