Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

November 13, 2010


Members Present:  Pete Wilson, Don Carter, Joy Onstott, Delbert Onstott, Paul Lorrain, Man Botzau, Dave Murph, Jean Murph, Kevin Mote, Pat Quinlan, Pat Lambert, Barbara Lee


The meeting was called to order at 10:28 a.m. by President Barbara Lee.


The minutes of the last meeting were approved.  Moved by Don Carter, Seconded by Pat Lambert.


The treasurer’s report by Dave Murph was accepted.  Moved by Pete Wilson, Seconded by Jean Murph.  The report showed only one adjustment of $10 income from dues.


Barbara Lee reported that we are now required to sign a contract and make quarterly financial reports to the city for funds that we receive from the city.  Since these funds must be kept separate, Dave Murph will open another bank account for them.  The city has suggested that these funds might be used for: new exhibits for display, oral histories and CDs, regular website updates, educational materials and certificates, and cemetery maps and packets for teachers.


The antique furniture purchased for the Kirkland House has been stored temporarily in the unused senior citizen annex.  Barbara Lee acquired this by seeking help from City Manager Clay Phillips.  Mr. Phillips also arranged that our society can meet in the training room of the fire station, free of charge, until we are able to meet in the Kirkland House.


The group expressed thanks to Jean and Dave Murph for hosting our session with Scott Day iat Dave Murph’s office.


Pat Quinlan gave a report from the Kirkland House Committee.  Work is scheduled to start Monday on securing the doors and windows, and the wall treatment will follow that.  After that, doors, windows, and trim will be shellacked, then the floors will be finished.  The bathrooms should be finished in about three weeks.  The landscaping is being accomplished now.  Trees and bushes have been delivered, many of which are to be placed around the foundation of the Minyard’s store.  The landscaping was started earlier than planned because the city had money in an account that could be used before the end of the fiscal year.


Jean Murph is contacting the Nash Farm historians in Grapevine to seek information about the maintenance of their windmill and about the installation of an antique pump that we have acquired for the Kirkland House.


Pete Wilson passed out copies of the updated society contact list, containing the names and addresses of both members and non-members.


Pete Wilson reported that our historical photo collection has been updated.  Almost 400 photos are digitized and indexed in photo albums.


Kevin Mote explained how photos like ours are digitized, with different levels of detail.  The ones on our website are so simple, no one could successfully download them.  We still intend to charge for providing copies of our photos to anyone who would want to own copies.


Kevin Mote requested suggestions for updating the website monthly.  He is using some articles supplied by Barbara Lee, but most of the articles are obituaries.  He suggested that a question and answer section on the website might be interesting.


Pete Wilson will send out reminders that dues are payable next month.


Our next meeting will be in the training room of fire station #3 next to Town Center, on January 8.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:27 a.m.



Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

972-741-3894 (cell)



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