The Colbert Historical held its Spring Meeting at the Gazebo downtown to attend to regular business and held a planning session for the season, that will be of interest to more members and (as always) attract more members as the year moves along. All members present paid annual dues that were increased starting in 2016.
Projects that were approved is having Bill Duckworth, active and busy member, will be presenting a program for the whole community on the History of the Chickasaw Nation. Mr.
Duckworth in completing a wonderful Map of the Cherokee Nation that will later be placed
at District Chickasaw Nation Headquarters in Oklahoma for permanent and public viewing.
This program will be presented at City Hall and the whole community is invited to attend.
The group will honor the local tradition of hosting the Birthday Party for Southern Pointe Living Center residents in Colbert. With the date set again in August.
Also approved by the group is one or more contests at the local cemetery, which is a treasure trove of history. Members who have family buried there will have an opportunity to check on them and also get a count on the members, military stones and or selecting the most unique stones (Participants do not have to have family buried there to compete in contest)
Members (twins ) Jan Lyde and Joan Turner Volunteered the Cemetery Care for many years and will be honored at this event to be held at the Cemetery.
The group approved getting bids to freshly paint the “Welcome to Colbert” sign located in the Gazebo downtown.
The group voted unanimously to start a Christmas lighting project at the City Park, starting at the Bridge Span that we were fortunate to get a span off the Red River Bridge, back when the old one was taken down to replace. Thank You’s went out to the District Engineers of both sides of the river. The Old Red River Bridge is the one in which Governor “Alfalfa Bill Murray” came down and had troops “Guard the Bridge “ to open for traffic. Now, after this many years, Christmas lighting will greatly enhance that piece of history.
The downtown “Cocoa & Carols” will be considered, with dates to also be announced. The meeting adjourned, with refreshments and visiting following.
Submitted by Wyota Hannan.