The regular meeting was called to order and minutes of the March, 2001
meeting were read and approved.
Miss Dorothy Shell gave a report on her siblings, Dennis and Doris
Shell, both recent victims of a stroke.
Annette Womack gave a brief talk on the day's earlier meeting at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints library/research center for
those who were unable to attend. Annette stated that the center was
open each Thursday from 6:30 p.m. until and at other times if the need
arose (by appointment). The center can access 10,000+ books, via
microfiche and microfilm and there is access with the main church
library at Salt Lake City, Utah. An attempt was made to make a donation
from the WPGHA to the local church but Annette stated that any donations
of cash had to go directly to the main church, Salt Lake. It was moved
and seconded and passed that the WPGHA assist with a donation in kind
and Annette will attend to procuring an item of use for the local church
Thanks was given to the journal committee (Sue, Peggy, Annette) for
another excellent joy on Legacies and Legends.
Mention of submissions by local members to the La. Gen. Journal was made
and discussion was held on trying to get back issues, which Annette said
would be improbable.
It was noted that Jack Peebles, retired assistant district attorney of
Orleans Parish had completed his book, "Nightrider Chronicles" and that
Gregg Davies had copies for sale. Gregg stated that the new book
compliments the earlier work of Richard Briley's "Nightriders-Inside
Story of the West & Kimbrell Clan" and that Peebles' work had more
proven fact and was well-written. Also, Mr. Peebles has agreed to
appear and speak at a meeting of the WPGHA at a later date to be worked
out with Peggy Beaubouef, program chairman.
The audit report was given by Roy Johnson and by motion of Annie Jones
and Chris Verrett, accepted by the membership.
Roy also related several pieces of correspondence he had thanking the
WPGHA and members for cemetery postings, etc.
Peggy furnished surveys for the membership to fill out and submit for
the upcoming conference in September. She stated that the featured
speaker, Mr. Sellers, would be in Shreveport in August for those who
would like to see/hear him.
Grady McFarland announced that he had donated a computer to the Winn
Parish Library for genealogy use only. Thanks were in order and given
for such a nice gesture.
Gregg pointed out the number of local advertisers in our Legacies and
Legends and asked that we patronize these folks who have been so
gracious with their donations.
The business meeting adjourned, followed by refreshments, and the guest
speaker for the meeting was Dr. Florent Hardy, La. State Archivist, La.
State Archives, who gave a very informative talk and presentation.
Doris Jean Mercer Sikes