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Minutes of Rankin County Historical Society

February 10, 2011


Mel Corley, President, opened the meeting.

 The Treasurer’s Report for the year was given by Anne Vanderleest. The report shows a balance of $9,744.35. The complete report is filed with the minutes and is available from the secretary at your request.

Unfinished Business:

It was announced by Mel that Davie Lindsey from the Gold Coast Historical Society will be attending our March 10 meeting to present a program on the Gold Coast and the buildings in the area. This is a new group that is hoping to preserve the history of this period of Rankin County history.

Work continues on the society’s website; there are still some issues with uploading material to the site.

New Business: The proposed slate of officers was accepted as presented: Anne Vanderleest, president; Paul Davis, vice president; Joan Singletary, secretary; and Mary Lou Ayers, member at large post 1.

The post of treasurer remains vacant; board members will continue to canvass our membership for a person willing to serve in this capacity.

Anne accepted the chair by saying she can’t be a leader without followers; we will look at our mission and what we as a society will be doing in the future. Changes have happened in the last few years so we will need to rethink some of our priorities.

Announcements: Anne announced that a date for the scanning of the Shiloh Campgrounds records will be reset; she will notify members of the day and time. Volunteers with no computer or scanning experience will be needed to help with this project; records will need to be removed from their frames or cases and returned after scanning.

Mel reported on his research visit to the Edgefield District, SC, historical/genealogical society during a recent trip to the area. Welcome to the club, Mel.

Mel will follow up with Marcus Bowers, editor of Rankin County News, to get an answer about our republishing some of the Searchlight columns.

Paul read information from our Rankin County history book about the letting of the contract in 1848 and the subsequent building of a bridge across the Pearl River from Jackson to Rankin County. The location was near the present day Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

The next meeting of the Society will be Thursday, March 10, at 7:00 P.M. at the Brandon Library. This will be a get-together for the membership as we begin planning for a new year. Speaker will be Davie Lindsey from the Gold Coast Historical Society. Please plan to bring some “goodies” to share.

Question: Where was the covered bridge located in Rankin County, and was it really used to house prisoners during the Civil War?

The meeting was adjourned.


Joan Allen, Albert Allen, Mel Corley, Paul Davis, Carolyn Erickson, Anne Vanderleest, Joan Singletary

Proxy votes presented:

Nina Jones, Anne Stratton, Martha McCown, Linda Wolfe, Lloydine Outten, Henry Wood Jr., Bryan Bailey, Mark Baker


Thursday, March 10, 7:00 P.M. Meeting of Rankin County Historical Society

Document scanning at Shiloh Campgrounds

Joan Singletary


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