Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

September 9, 2011


Present:  Barbara Lee, Paul Lorrain, Pat Lambert, Pat Quinlan, Pete Wilson, Jackie Parrish, Martha-Allison Blewer, Don Carter, Jean Murph, Dave Murph


President Barbara Lee called the meeting to order at 10:28 a.m.


The minutes of the last meetings were approved.  Pat Lambert moved; Jean Murph seconded.


Dave Murph’s treasurer’s report showed expenses since the last meeting of $1139.99 and income of $150.00


Pat Quinlan was thanked for handling the weekly reports about the Kirkland house from Mindi Hurley.


Jean Murph reported on the upcoming Old Town Festival on October 1.  Since work will begin along the road through old town Coppell as early as October 8, the last date for a festival will be October 1.  


Don Carter moved and Pat Lambert seconded that the Historical Society participate in the festival and that the Society purchase 16 dozen toy plastic construction hats.  Motion carried unanimously.


Charles Chance’s parking lot will be used jointly by the Old Town Association, the Farmers’ Market, and the Historical Society for a “Coppell Village” for children, to educate the public about Coppell’s history during the renovation period.  The toy construction hats, with stickers on them identifying the Society and the activity, will be given to participants.  Pete Wilson will look into having the stickers printed, as well as labels printed for drinks to be given away.  He will also arrange for a small banner to be made for the upcoming archeological dig and a sign that will announce the dig at the old town festival.


Jean Murph moved and Don Carter seconded that Pete be authorized to spend up to $200 on the two signs.  The motion carried unanimously.


Dave Murph will order the toy hats.


A committee was appointed to work on the festival project:  Jean Murph, Pat Lambert, Barbara Lee, Martha-Allison Blewer, and Pete Wilson.  A workday to accomplish tasks for the festival will be September 30 at Dave Murph’s office.


Martha-Allison Blewer moved and Jackie Parrish seconded that the annual archeological dig be October 8, possibly at the site of the old Coppell School building, just off W. Bethel Road, behind and slightly to the west of the present Chamber of Commerce.  The motion carried unanimously.  Dave Murph will contact the search group who often helps with the dig.  Jean Murph, Nan Botzau, Don Carter, and Paul Lorrain will be in charge.  The official meeting place for the dig will be the parking lot of the Kirkland house.


Don Carter will supply his tent for the archeological dig.


It was decided to move the date of the Tree Search to one of the Society’s spring meetings.


Pete Wilson suggested that we go ahead with plans to attach our plaques to the Kirkland house and to the Minyard store now, even though it may be some time before those buildings are completed.  Paul Lorrain moved and Jackie Parrish seconded that we act as suggested.  The motion carried unanimously.  Pete will contact the city about arranging for the plaques to be put up.


Pete Wilson reported on several on-going projects: (1)  The Society’s historical photo collection, consisting of over 775 photos, is now completely organized, thanks to members who were able to help work on the project.  (2) Two new oral histories have been added to our collection, and all the oral histories are now organized, also.  (3) The project to record Coppell history onto disc for public education is still incomplete and much of it needs to be redone.   Pete expects to start working on that project with Kevin Mote again soon. (4) The approved membership in Ancestry-dot-com to research information about the George Coppell family has not yet begun; Pete doesn’t want to start the monthly membership until he has time to devote to the project.  (5) The plans to get state designation for our four historic cemeteries have bogged down, particularly with work on the Parrish Cemetery, which was the most nearly complete.  Some work on deed records is needed to complete it.


Dave Murph moved and Martha-Allison Blewer seconded that we consult Peggy Riddell about the possibility of paying her or someone in her organization to work on searching deed records for us, and, if it works out, that we authorize up to two hours work to be done initially.  The motion carried unanimously.  Dave will contact Peggy Riddell and have her contact Pete Wilson.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m.


Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

972-741-3894 (cell)



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