Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©1998 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Laurel Crook and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

October 6, 1998

The coming of Columbus Day reminds me of something I read in a publication (Solitude in Stone) which tells the itinerary of Christopher Columbus AFTER his death! According to this story, his first burial was in Vallodolid, Spain. He was then moved to Seville, Spain, and then on to Santo Domingo. After that, he was moved to Havana and once again returned to Seville, Spain. However, the last move raised some questions, in that it is suspected the WRONG bones were shipped!

We were privileged to have former Carmian Mary Smith Fay of Houston, Texas, and Anna Belle Baird of Springfield, Mo., with us last week. Both are outstanding genealogists, and Mary Fay has been our mentor almost from the starting of our little library.

Eva Lou Allen has an 1886 Posey County History published by Goodspeed which she will sell. If interested, call her at 968-2383 or write her at 1672 County Road 700 N.; Carmi, IL 62821.

"Hank" Funkhouser of Granite City called last week. He was delighted to report he had found the grave of his grandfather, John Henry Funkhouser, and had repaired the monument. Funkhouser has the unique hobby of fixing broken markers, and he does a remarkable job. He plans to retire next spring and hit the road, perhaps mending monuments as he goes along. More about that when the time comes. If anyone is interested in his services, his phone is 1-618-876-7964, or you may write him: John Henry Funkhouser; PO Box 1285, Granite City, IL 62040.

How could we have ever survived without the invention of Walter Hunt of Brooklyn, N.Y.? He invented the safety pin about 1834 and sold the patent rights for only $400.

A miser may not be fun to live with, but his descendants will certainly appreciate him!

The Genealogy Library is open from 11 to 5 on Wednesdays.
Write us at PO Box 121, Carmi, IL 62821.

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White County Historical Society
located downstairs in the Ratcliff Inn, downtown Carmi

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