7:00 pm, Thursday April 12, 2018




o   The April meeting was held at the Wilder City Building.

o   President Steve Battistone thanked the City of Wilder for the use of their facility and welcomed members and guests.

o   Dr. James Ramage gave a talk on “The Siege of Cincinnati” during the Civil War.


Treasurer – Glen Elsener reported that we have a balance on hand of $ 9,833.99.

Current Membership – Jan Lester reported that 228 members have paid for 2018.

Newsletter – Jan Lester reported that the May edition of the newsletter will be out at the end of April and will contain the essay contest winners. Jan also reported that several new contributors have submitted articles for publication.

Veterans Files – Pam Casebolt reported that there are currently 13,512 records in the veteran’s collection. Pam also reported that the previously mentioned Alexandria project that will place posters of veterans throughout the city is currently being reviewed by the mayor of Alexandria.

David Leitch Cabin  

Steve Battistone reported that two cleanup days have taken place since our last meeting. All of the garbage and debris were removed from the cabin on the first day and all of the drywall was removed on the second day. Steve thanked the patrons who donated equipment and labor to the cleanup effort. Options are still being looked at for the cabins location, Steve would like it to remain where it is but that option does not look good at this point.

Cemeteries – Ken Reis will be taking over responsibility for reporting on cemeteries since Marvin Record’s passing. Ann Record will contact Ken after she and her family go through and organize Marvin’s records.

Speaking Engagements – Ken Reis has completed two speaking engagements and has another one scheduled for next week. He gave a presentation on Evergreen Cemetery to a group at Christ Church in Ft. Thomas and presented a tour of the Societies museum which was requested by Martha Pelfrey’s group. A tour of the museum is schedule for a Highland Heights school group next week.

Campbell Lodge – Ken reported that the Brighton Center is still trying to move forward with a treatment center at Campbell Lodge but the area residents are opposed.  Brighton Center has lost their grant for funding the project since it has dragged on for so long and will need to find another funding source. Ken has arranged a tour of the Historical Farney House located on the Campbell Lodge property for Board Members. 


Essay Contest – Winners of the Essay Contest were announced at the meeting.

1st place went to Cora Bertsch for her article on Paul Busse of Applied Imagination

2nd place went to Logan Woosley for his article on Griffin Industries

3rd place went to Jacob Moellman for his article on The founding of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Camp Springs.

Honorable Mention went to Tyler Twehues for his article on Dr. Newton G. Zinn.



Gifts and Donations - Richard McCormick reported on the donations that were recently received. Rodney Skein donated a display case containing bottles from the Newport Mineral Water company dating back to 1882. The display case was present at the meeting for everyone to see.

EMAIL & Correspondence

1.       Jan Lester reported that the Campbell County Library is hosting a Regional History Series. The first presentation will be on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM. The topic for the presentation is Exploring our Region’s Prehistory presented by Robert D. Webster.

2.      The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is offering research assistance for those interested in joining the organization and will be at Campbell County libraries on three dates during April and May to provide that assistance.

3.     The 2nd annual Kentucky history and Genealogy conference will take place on August 10-11, 2018 at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Library.


GenWeb Site

Jan Lester reported that the GenWeb site has a new web address. The address is This address will be published in the next newsletter.



Evergreen Cemetery - Mike Stull reported that the next meeting of the Friends of Evergreen group will take place on April 26 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Ft. Thomas antique mall. Meetings are now schedule for every other month. The spring cleanup is scheduled for April 14 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. A CD containing a list of 65,000 names of the people buried in Evergreen Cemetery is now available, contact Mike Stull if you would like one.


Steve Battistone reported that the organizations fundraiser dance will be held at the Southgate VFW on May 12 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM and he had posters that could be displayed at businesses. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets were available for sale after the meeting tonight.


 Steve reported that the Old Town Alexandria shopping district sign is now up and contains the CCH&GS placard.


Steve Battistone reported that Board Members are in the process of reprinting some of the organizations publications. The first one to be done is the Hayfield Precinct book. Shirlene Jensen will be retyping the print and Glen Elsener will be redoing the photos.



May 10

Wilder - Dan Pompillio – Family and Restaurant

June 14

Cold Spring - Picnic

July 12

Doyle Country Club – Dayton Ky. Talk on Tacoma and Beaches of Dayton

August 9

Ft. Thomas Mess Hall – Talk on the Altamont Hotel

September 13

Wilder – Essay Contest Winners to present their articles


Member News

Board member Marvin Record passed away on March14. Marvin was involved in many activities with the Historical Society and will be greatly missed. Steve Battistone asked for volunteers to fill some of Marvin’s jobs.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Christen, Secretary

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