7:00 pm, Thursday February 8, 2018




o   The January meeting was held at the Wilder city building.

o   President Steve Battistone opened the meeting by thanking the city of Wilder for the continuing use of their facility and welcoming new members and guests.

o   Dr. Chris Lorentz gave a talk on the Thomas More College Biology field station in California, Kentucky.


Treasurer – Glen Elsener reported that we have a balance on hand of $8849.31  

Current Membership – It was reported that 212 members have paid for 2018 as well as 12 business and technology sponsors.

Newsletter – The next newsletter will be out at the end of April and will be the May edition. Jan Lester reported that we will begin a series of articles in the newsletter covering Campbell County Historical Markers. The deadline for submission of newsletter articles is April 1.

 History Day – History day is scheduled for March 3rd and will again be held at the Boone County Library. Event notifications will not be mailed out this year; however postcards were distributed to members present at this meeting. Participants can register on-line to save $2.00 on the admission fee.

Veterans Files – Steve Battistone reported that we have 13,501 veterans record in the collection and 24 oral histories.  

David Leitch Cabin – Steve Battistone provided some background on the Leitch cabin. It is the oldest building in Campbell County and was constructed as part of the first permanent settlement in the count. David Leitch lived in the cabin and died in 1794. His widow later married James Taylor. The historical society would like to save the cabin to use as an educational tool.

Cemeteries – It was reported that a new fence has been placed around the St. Paul cemetery that is located behind Southern States in Alexandria.


1.     Gifts and Donations - Richard McCormick reported that there were no new gifts or donations received
2.      EMAIL & Correspondence

a.      Jan Lester reported that 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.

b.     Jan Lester reported that she received a call from Arthur Allen who had information on an old tavern on Route 10 at the current location of the Alice John’s Winery. Hiram Harlan Nichol was the owner of the Creek Side Tavern and Harlan had a brother in Wyoming who was killed by (gun for hire) Tom Horn who was later convicted of the murder. Kevin Stewart from Alice John’s Winery is researching the story.

 3. Steve Battistone reported that a new scanner has been purchased for the office that will allow larger sized negatives to be copied.

      4. Steve Battistone reported that the CCH&GS web site that is hosted by Ancestry has been down for several weeks due to security issues and is not likely to return. The Board of Directors is addressing the issue and has a special meeting scheduled for February 12 to discuss options for replacement.


Ken Reis reported that he will be taking charge of tours of the CCH&GS museum, Library and his museum. At the request of Martha Pelfrey he will be giving a tour of the CCH&GS Library and Museum to her group at the end of February. Ken will also be presenting a talk on Evergreen Cemetery to a Sr. Citizen group at their meeting on February 27; the meeting takes place at the United Church of Christ in Ft. Thomas.

Ken Reis reported that the Brighton Center has purchased the old Campbell Lodge facility to be used as a women’s treatment center. The property contains a house that was built in the 1820’s and was lived in by artist Henry Farney for 20 years. Ken will be arranging a visit of the building for our members. The visit date has yet to be determined but will take place on a Saturday.

 Mike Stull reported that the next meeting of the Friends of Evergreen group will take place on February 22 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Ft. Thomas antique mall.

Shirlene Jensen reported that 18 entries have been received from St. Peter and Paul for the 10th Annual Frank Steely Essay Contest

Steve announced that we will have another fundraising dance this year on May 12. This year’s event will have a “Country” theme.

Shirlene Jensen presented the story of Daniel Goth who was a free black man who lived with David Leitch and is likely to have helped build the Leitch cabin in Campbell County. Daniel Goth worked for James Taylor following the death of David Leitch. A Revolutionary War marker is being placed on his grave where he is buried in Boone County,

Carol Rich informed members that the Campbell County Citizens’ Academy is forming for its spring session. Similar to a citizen’s police academy, the Campbell County Citizens’ Academy is an eight week educational program where 25-30 citizens meet one night per week to learn more about the structure, functions, and work of various county government entities. Sessions run from February 26 through April 16. 



March 3

Northern Ky. History Day (Boone County Library)

March 8

Newport rolling mill steel plant office – Dean Gosney

April 12

Wilder – Dr. James Ramage – The Siege of Cincinnati

May 10

Dan Pompillio – Family and Restaurant

June 14



Member News

Ken Reis reported that he attended the funeral of Jan Mueller at the Ft. Thomas armory and that it was well attended.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Christen, Secretary

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