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 ©1999 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Laurel Crook and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

April 27, 1999

Moving the genealogy collection to the Carnegie building was not an easy task, but IT HAS BEEN DONE!

On Wednesday and Thursday, volunteers Lecta Hortin, Stephanie Dennis, Anna Jones, Doris Welch, Janet Armstrong, Betty Chapman and I started packing the prodigious collection of materials into boxes. On Thursday morning, we started packing the boxes into trucks provided by Dean Hortin, Elmo Jones and Danny Williams, and we were really grateful for the strong arms and backs of these men, as well as those of Don Winkleman and James Pumphrey. (Those books are really heavy!)

Just as our muscles and backs were starting to protest vigorously about this unusual activity, and doubts were surfacing about whether everything could be moved within a week, a most wonderful sight appeared: Jogging down Main Street toward the Ratcliff Inn was the eighth hour P.E. class from Carmi-White County High, consisting of Josh Allen, Brady Bolerjack, Josh Carrell, Brian Cook, Pat Cox, Mike Evans, Daniel Garner, Josh Girten, Curt Hale, Jay Harris, Derek Kirkpatrick, Josh May, Ben McCord, Daniel Mobley, Josh Owen, Scott Pritchett, Kyle Rogers, Matt Stanley, Jason Templeton, Ben Vaupel, Brad Winter and Coach Terry Gholson.

We watched in amazement as these young men finessed a large, heavy desk through a doorway with only about a half-inch clearance, removed the doors from a large storage cabinet (after we finally located a screwdriver, which had been industriously packed away), and moved it delicately around the staircase onto the lowboy truck provided by Gary Edwards. In no time at all, it seemed, the bookcases, tables, file cabinets, desks and stack after stack of book-filled boxes were loaded onto the trucks. Then the class jogged over to the Carnegie for the unloading.

Meanwhile, at the Carnegie, other members of the class had unloaded the trucks filled up in the morning and were awaiting the arrival of the balance of the materials. When the trucks pulled up, with both groups combined, everything seemed to be transported by magic into the new quarters, which Rick Stein, Fanny Jordan and Eddie Nelson have been refurbishing the past few weeks.

On Friday morning, Tri-State Business moved our delicate copiers for us. Now, the task of unpacking and finding the right place for everything has begun, but we will be ready and open for business at our regular hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Carnegie, 203 N. Church St., Carmi, though we may be somewhat disoriented! (Y'all stop by and see us, y' hear?)

We want to express our gratitude to all those who helped: Our heartfelt THANKS to each and every one of you!

(Charlene, though with us in spirit, was unable to be here for our move, so she asked me to write this column for her. Hurry back, Charlene! Pat Davis)


The Genealogy Library has MOVED to the Carnegie Library at 203 N. Church

St. in Carmi.

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

Notes from the Genealogy Library
White County Historical Society
located downstairs in the Ratcliff Inn, downtown Carmi

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