PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY,
NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The thirty-ninth annual meeting of the
Nebraska State Historical Society was called to order at the
Temple Theatre, Lincoln, January 11, 1917, at two o'clock in
the afternoon, John L. Webster, president, presiding.
Reports of the secretary,the treasurer, and of
Wiggins-Babcock Company, auditors of the Society's accounts,
were received and approved.
Wiggins-Babcock Company's statement of the Society's financial transactions for the year follows:
1 I have classified these fees as follows: Initial membership, 30 at $2, $60; annual membership 291 at $2, one 50c, $582.50; life memberShip, Hector Maiben $50, James Hazen Hyde $50, George W. Hansen, balance. $5.--ED.
We have examined all vouchers for funds
disbursed and found them correct in form and detail and
charged to the ap propriate accounts.
Dr. Hamilton B. Lowry, for the obituary
committee, reported deaths of members during the year 1916
For the office of president of the Society for the ensuing year Mr. Novia Z. Snell nominated Samuel C. Bassett and Mr.
Horace S. Wiggins nominated Mr. Webster, the incumbent whereupon Mr. Webster said: "I feel that under the circumstances I cannot permit my name to be used in the selection I think I must decline the nomination."
Thereupon a motion that the secretary cast the ballot of the Society for Mr. Bassett was carried unanimously.
For members of the board of directors Messrs. William E. Hardy and Novia Z. Snell were opposed by Messrs. William A. Lindly and Horace S. Wiggins. Mr. Hardy received 57 votes, Mr. Snell 47, Mr. Lindly 20, and Mr. Wiggins 24; whereupon Mr. Hardy and Mr. Snell were declared elected.
Don L. Love for vice president; Robert Harvey, second vice president; Addison E. Sheldon, secretary; Dr. Philip L. Hall, treasurer, were elected unanimously.
A resolution of thanks for Mr. Webster's services as president of the Society, and a resolution that he continue to preside over the further ceremonies of the semicentennial celebration, at Lincoln, were unanimously adopted. Thereupon the business session adjourned.
The final session of the annual meeting was held in the evening at St. Paul's church, at which Governor Neville gave an address of welcome, Mr. John L. Webster responding. General Nelson A. Miles then delivered the principal address of this session. His remarks were mainly about the pending war.
At a special meeting of the board of
directors held January 17, 1917, Attorney-General Reed was
asked whether, in his opinion, the Society should deposit
moneys received as membership fees and from miscellaneous
sources in the state treasurer's office. The attorney
general replied in the negative Regular quarterly
meetings of the directors for the year 1917 were held on
January 11, April 25, July 10, and October 10.
Judson, Omaha; P. W. Johnson, Fullerton; Iretus W. Jacoby, Havelock; T. J. Nolan, Snyder; Frank A. Peterson, College View; Edwin E. Squires, Broken Bow; Luke Roberts, Douglas; A. R. Honnold, Scottsbluff; Burnell Colson, Fremont; H. M. Davis, Ord--all residents of Nebraska; and 0. G. Boisseau, Holden, Mo.
The publication of a monthly paper by the Society, the cost not to exceed fifty dollars for each issue, was authorized. At the July meeting eighteen new members were elected, all sustaining and all residents of Nebraska, as follows: R. H. Pember, Trenton; C. G. Barns, Albion, John M. McAllister, W. L. McAllister, Neligh; Lee W. Edwards, Omaha; Walter F. Crinklaw, Wahoo; Rachel Stander, Louisville; Alfred L. Swanson, Ong; Lucian C. Johnston, Seward; James V. Wood, University Place; Mrs. R. C. Maiben, Benjamin Maiben, Palmyra; George L. Berger, Elmwood; Gus G. Becher, Columbus; Mrs. J. F. Vauscoyoc, Maria Canfield McCrillis, George L. Towne, and Malcolm G. Wyer, Lincoln.
At the October meeting the superintendent was authorized to donate sets of the Society's publications to the libraries of the several military camps where Nebraska soldiers are located in considerable numbers.
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