Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

May 8, 2010


Present:  Barbara Lee, Pete Wilson, Nan Botzau, Pat Lambert, Martha-Allison Blewer, Barbara Webster, Don Carter, Kevin Mote, Paul Lorrain


The meeting at McDonald’s in Coppell was called to order at 10:23 a.m. by President Barbara Lee.


Last month’s minutes were approved as presented through email.  Moved by Pat Lambert; seconded by Barbara Webster.


The treasurer’s report from Dave Murph was accepted.  Moved by Don Carter; seconded by Pat Lambert.


The display case at the new Senior Citizen’s Center//Community Center is still not completed.  The doors have not been installed.  Our display to go into the case is ready, but we will delay putting it up until the display case is completed.


Pat Quinlan submitted a report from the Kirkland House committee, read by Pete Wilson.  Peggy Riddel is arranging to acquire the needed hardware, such as doorknobs.  She is also looking for a water pump and a replacement front door.  Mindi Hurley has reported that what is holding up work is completion of the contract with Jeff Ballard, the contractor.  The original contract needed several revisions.  Pat reported that, upon looking inside the house, no additional work has been done since our last visit, but it appears that the doors which we purchased have been brought back, and the wainscoting materials are inside.  We are still awaiting a meeting regarding the landscaping.


Pat Lambert reported that there has been no activity by the Cemetery committee.  The meeting with the city manager has not been set up yet.  Kevin Mote is going to post cemetery information on our website.  Barbara Lee reported that Francis James will include information about Coppell’s cemeteries in her upcoming book.  Barbara also reported a problem in the Stringfellow cemetery:  Bamboo is spreading into the area and causing maintenance problems.  It was suggested that Barbara put out a call for volunteers to help maintain the cemetery, and it was suggested that we look into finding a way to control the bamboo growth.


Pete Wilson reported that an article about our new findings on George Coppell is to be published soon in the Dallas News Neighbors section.


Pete Wilson reported progress on cataloguing approximately half of the photos we digitized from the Kirkland/Brooks photo album.  Several photos of Jack Kirkland and of the Kirkland house are in that collection.  Don Carter will complete editing of the remaining photos.


Barbara Lee is going to attend the next meeting of the Peters Colony Society and will sign up to attend a session hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington about historically significant maps.  Kevin Mote will also attend the event.


Pete Wilson, accompanied by Nan Botzau, will attend the city council work session on May 18 to make our oral presentation for city funds for the coming fiscal year.  We have requested $5,000.


Don Carter suggested creating a new officer position:  Public Relations/Education Officer.  Moved by Pete Wilson; seconded by Don Carter.  The motion was approved.


Don Carter presented the nominating committee’s recommendations for officers for the coming year, as follows:


President – Barbara Lee

1st Vice-President – Don Carter

2nd Vice-President – Pat Quinlan

Recording Secretary – Pete Wilson

Corresponding Secretary – Barbara Webster

Treasurer – Dave Murph

Public Relations/Education Officer – Nan Botzau


New officers, as recommended by the committee, were elected by acclamation.  Don Carter moved; Martha-Allison seconded.


Our next meeting will be September 11.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:44 a.m.


Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

972-741-3894 (cell)



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