Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

December 12, 2009


Present:  Barbara Lee, Pete Wilson, Pat Quinlan, Barbara Webster, Pat Lambert, Paul Lorrain Joy Onstott, Jean Murph, Dave Murph, Nan Botzau, Tom Botzau, Joy Onstott, Delbert Onstott, Don Carter, Kevin Mote, Joanne Smith.


President Barbara Lee called the meeting to order at 10:25 a.m.


Minutes of the last meeting were approved.  Moved by Don Carter; seconded by Jean Murph.


The treasurer’s report by Dave Murph showed no activity since last month except for a grant from the city of $5,000.  Current balance is $52,126.68.


The grant from the city is to be spent on “educational resources.”


Dave Murph, chairman of the committee to design display cases for the new City Community Center, reported that the committee has been working.  Peggy Riddle is providing guidance on design.  Each display will emphasize different aspects of Coppell history.  Peggy is looking for some historical articles for display.  Joanne Smith has a number of items that could be used.


Pat Quinlan gave an update on the Kirkland house progress.  The boards on the walls are installed; electrical and plumbing are complete.  We are awaiting a quote for installing the wallpaper.  $20,000 remains in the fund for refurbishing the house.  It will cost $9,000 to shellac the trim as planned.  Painting the trim will cut that cost in half.  Pat is to ask that the city get another bid for painting the trim, since the amount quoted so far seems high.


Pete Wilson reported that the Historical Bethel Cemetery was dissolved by the state in 2007.  The funds cannot be reclaimed at this point.  Barbara Lee is going to talk to Representative Jim Jackson about working out something.


Joy Onstott’s plans to tear down her old barn will take about a year due to the fact that plans have to be submitted to the city.


Jean Murph suggested that we encourage the developer of old downtown Coppell to make improvements along Bethel Road earlier than planned so that the look of Old Coppell can be improved.


Jean Murph reported that the work on restoring the facade of the old service station has been approved.  A contractor is lined up.  Work should start after the first of the year.


Barbara Lee appointed Don Carter to head a committee to prepare a slate of officers for the coming year.


Another committee was appointed to look after the welfare of cemeteries in Coppell – specifically to have them all designated by name and recognized, with the eventual goal of suggesting that maintenance of the cemeteries be undertaken by the city.  Committee members are Pat Lambert, president, Kevin Mote, Jean Murph, Tom Botzau, Joanne Smith, Barbara Lee, and Joy Onstott.


Joanne Smith suggested we notify all members when someone passes away.  Pete Wilson will send out an email to all members if everyone will get information to him.


Kevin Mote expressed concern about preserving the Bullock Cemetery.  Developers around the cemetery are beginning o remove trees.  The Cemetery Committee is charged with dealing with issues that affect all Coppell cemeteries, including the Stringfellow Cemetery, its name, and a possible sign.


The next meeting will be January 9.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.



Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

972-741-3894 (cell)



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