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News : RCHS to Hold First Meeting of 2015
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2015/3/16 11:30:00 (25 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. will hold its first meeting for 2015 on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Roane County Library, 110 Parking Plaza in Spencer.

The Roane County Historical Society was formed in 1993 when several Roane County folk showed interest in preserving the county's history and researching their family genealogy. The Society's membership holds steady with about 200 members from all over West Virginia and the U. S. Annual dues are just $12. We welcome new members.

We continue being about the business of preserving and sharing stories of Roane County's history and its people. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter, "The Journal," which includes interesting stories and photos contributed by members. Meeting programs are presented to enhance genealogical research and annual projects are completed to preserve an element of Roane County history.

A list of society publications can be found on this website or interested parties may request a copy by writing Roane County Historical Society, Inc. at P.O. Box 161, Spencer, WV 25276-0161. The society also has an extensive history library housed on the lower level of the Roane County Library. The Society's library is open for genealogical research during regular library hours.

We look forward to greeting many of you at the Thursday, March 26th meeting. Members are urged to attend and visitors are always welcomed. If you have questions about membership or society activities please contact, Linda Liss at WVRoots@aol.com

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Obituaries : Roxie Tanner Ware
Posted by Rick Greathouse on 2015/3/15 13:30:00 (54 reads)

Roxie Tanner Ware
(February 20, 1928 - March 11, 2015)
MARSHALLVILLE, OH – Roxie Ware, age 87, passed away on March 11, 2015. Roxie was born in Braxton County, West Virginia to the late Samuel and Sara (Greathouse) Tanner.

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General Interest : Archives and History, Thursday Lecture: "West Virginia Lobotomy Project" on March 19
Posted by Rick Greathouse on 2015/3/11 7:50:00 (37 reads)

Archives and History, Thursday Lecture, "West Virginia Lobotomy Project" on March 19

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Dr. James L. Spencer will present "The West Virginia Lobotomy Project, 1948-1955" in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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General Interest : 5th Annual Essay Scholarship
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2015/1/17 7:59:15 (83 reads)

REMINDER - ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO ROANE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. reminds interested students and parents of the availability of a $1,000 scholarship to a 2014-15 full-time student at Roane County High School, Spencer, WV.

In order to promote Roane County history and family genealogy the society is encouraging young citizens to write an essay on their family history. The essay must be genealogical in nature and may include family migration patterns on their way to settling in Roane County. The essay best meeting the guidelines will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship. This is the 5th year the society has made the scholarship available to Roane County High seniors.

Applications and guidelines are available through the Guidance Counselor at Roane County High School and must be completed and returned to the Counselor by Friday, April 10, 2015. Announcement & presentation of winning essay scholarship coincides with the school’s May 2015 Awards Ceremony.

For specific questions about the Essay Scholarship, you may contact Linda Liss, Scholarship Chairperson, at WVRoots@aol.com

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News : Notes from RCHS December 18, 2014 Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2015/1/16 15:53:19 (101 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Roane County library. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order, led an opening prayer and the Pledge to the flag was recited by all. (Ten members present).
In the absence of the Recording Secretary, the minutes from the November 20, 2014 meeting were read by Linda Liss. With a few minor notations to minutes, Patty Wyatt made motion to approve the minutes which were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report by Carol Board-Westfall. Ending Balance: $13,700.67

Membership Secretary: Linda Liss reported membership at 206. There are still 18 members who have not paid their 2014-15 dues. All have been contacted at least two times and will be removed from the roll.
Correspondence: Linda reported that she had received a research paper titled, “History of the Lynch Homestead Property” prepared by society member, Jim Ranson. He also included some family group sheets for the John Looney [1814-1889] descendants. Mr. Ranson’s mother descends from the Looney line through the Lynch line.
Linda also reported that she had sent get-well cards to members: Peggy Starcher and Carol Cronin.

E-mail correspondence to Rick Greathouse from society member John Sagart. Mr. Sagart is looking for information on Andrew Taylor Nichols, son of Robert Nichols and Margaret Schoolcraft. They are buried at a Nichols Cemetery on the Richard Greathouse farm in presumably the Smithfield Dist. of Roane County.

2015 Genealogy Fair: On calendar for Saturday, September 26 at the Heritage Park Community Bldg.

Old Business: Linda reported that she is still working on the Spencer State Hospital Album project. She has identified over 5,200 persons who were patients at the institution, recorded the 1900-1940 census’s to include in the project and has collected several pictures of the building. Still needs input from former employees, etc. who have first-hand experience of the hospital. The album will be donated to the Roane County Historical Society when completed.

5th Annual Essay Scholarship: Guidelines & Application forms have been sent to Roane County High School counselors. Forms will be available for distribution during the month of January 2015 & the essay deadline is April 10, 2015.

Rick reported that Elaine Gates, associated with the Archives & History Library in Charleston, is still working on scanning [1900-1950] obituaries and Roane County related newspaper articles for donation to the R.C.H. Society.

2015 History Hero: R.C.H.S. Nominee, Melissa Swisher, is completing needed application papers. The West Virginia Division of Culture & History “History Heroes” will be announced in January & recognized at a February session of the WV Legislature.

New Business:
Resignation of Newsletter Editor – Email dated Tuesday, December 09, 2014
“This notice is to serve as official notification of my resignation as editor of the Roane County Historical Society’s newsletter, The Journal, effective immediately. This was not an easy decision for me to make………
Between my own health issues and those of my extended family member, I have neither the time nor the energy to do the research necessary to find and make articles for the Journal interesting enough for publication. Thank you all for the opportunity to have been the Journal editor for the past twelve years. Sincerely, Carol Cronin”

Where do we go from here with regard to “The Journal” newsletter? Discussion continued as how to prepare and go forward with the Winter issue. The Executive Committee will meet in January 2015 to discuss the future of “The Journal” newsletter.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. with refreshments being served to Carol Board Westfall, Linda Liss, Rick Greathouse, Patty and Bernard Wyatt, Melissa Swisher, Reva Paxton, Carl Paxton and new members: Luther and Phyllis Jarvis.

We do not meet during the months of January & February. The next regular meeting of the Society will be Thursday, March 26, 2015.

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