Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

June 13,  2009

Persons present:  Barbara Webster, Pat Quinlan, Barbara Lee, Jackie Parrish, Debbie Kittelson, Pat Lambert, Paul Lorrain, Pete Wilson, Jean Murph, Dave Murph, Kevin Mote, Don Carter.

President Barbara Lee called the meeting to order at 10:32 a.m.

New member Debbie Kittelson was recognized.  She and her husband live near the Bethel Cemetery and mow its lawn.

Minutes of the last meeting were approved.

The treasurer’s report by Dave Murph showed a current balance of $55,055.68.  The treasurer’s report was approved.

Barbara Lee reported that our representation at last weekend’s Farmers’ Market Festival was successful.  The display board and easel made it possible to display photographs, and the display will be available for future presentations.

Barbara Lee and Pete Wilson noted that there is always a need to update our historic photo collection.  Our photo books, currently located at Jean Murph’s office, have pages on which anyone can write information about our photos.  Barbara plans to spend some time in the near future adding information that she has acquired recently.  Pete also has some new photos and information to add.

Kevin Mote reported on RIP, a program that seeks to register and help support historically significant cemeteries.  Kevin mentioned that there are a number of advantages to the program that could aid the cemeteries in Coppell, especially the Bullock Cemetery, which he presently maintains, but he also pointed out that there are many forms to fill out and extensive time will have to be spent working on the project.  He does plan to register the Bullock Cemetery soon.  The general consensus was to register all four of Coppell’s historic cemeteries.  Pete Wilson, a member of the Dallas County Historic Commission, will try to locate any county document that lists cemeteries in the county.

It was agreed that we will have a workshop in September to address registering and maintaining our cemeteries.  It was approved that this workshop will be at the September meeting, September 12.

Barbara Lee reported that the historic plaques have been installed at Rolling Hill Cemetery, Coppell’s new city cemetery.  Our society, primarily through Barbara and Jean Murph, was instrumental in selecting and implementing the historic photos that were used for these plaques.  There is a formal opening ceremony for the cemetery planned for July 18.

Our next archeological dig will be the second Saturday in October.

It was agreed that at our November meeting, the public will be invited to review our newly-completed historic survey.  Don Carter, president of the survey committee will email copies of the survey to members who request it.  Printing copies is rather expensive, so it was decided not to print additional copies at this time.

At Don Carter’s suggestion, it was agreed that the historic survey committee will change its purpose from getting the survey completed to implementing the recommendations of the survey.

Jean Murph reported on progress she has made in preserving the old service station in old downtown Coppell, the one that has been acquired by the city and is slated to be demolished.  A local land owner and merchant in old downtown Coppell has agreed to allow the facade of the station to be moved and attached to his current store.  Jean’s discussions with city manager Clay Phillips have resulted in cooperation, and the city has reiterated its cooperation in preserving the station if the Society has found a solution to its being demolished.  The property owner will be able to apply for a city matching grant for restoring the building..

A motion was approved to allocate up to $1,000 to Cornerstone Heritage Foundation to provide drawings to facilitate the move and up to $10,000 to move the entire façade itself, subject to the following provisions:  (1) That the property owner will commit to reassembling the façade to its original state; (2) That our Society will be allowed to attach a plaque or other designation to the façade.

A task force was created to address the subject of moving the service station.  Members of the task force are Jean Murph, Pat Quinlan, Don Carter, and Pat Lambert.

Pat Quinlan gave an update on restoring the Kirkland house.  Installation of the windows is about half complete.  The original wood from the interior walls is in fairly good condition and will be reused.  A decision to use form insulation has been made.  A model of air conditioner has been chosen, and the contractor has been instructed to install it.  There should be more information available to us about the renovation from the city due to updates that Pat will be receiving regularly.  The Kirkland house committee must make a decision on the interior doors of the house:  If the house were to receive national recognition as a historical landmark, there will be no need to modify the width of the interior doors for disabled access; however, since that designation is some time off, there could be legal issues if there is not disabled access throughout the house.  It was pointed out that modifying the interior doors will upset the historical restoration and is probably not necessary since a person in a wheelchair would be have access into the building and into half of the house, with a good view of the other rooms.  If additional access is needed, the interior doors could be removed from their hinges, providing enough room to accommodate a wheelchair.  One of the back doors is already being modified for proper access.

The Kirkland house committee has purchased several items for the Kirkland house, including a cabinet, about twelve small items, a sewing machine, four chairs, and a desk.

The city has provided a key to the lock on the Kirkland house.  It will be kept by Pat Quinlan.

Chris Brooks, wife of John Brooks who is the great grandson of Jack Kirkland, will be at the Kirkland house on Wednesday, June 17, at 10:00 a.m., to share memories and photographs.  Anyone who is interested is invited to be present.

Our next meeting will be September 12.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 p.m.

Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

972-741-3894 (cell)

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