TSGS Cruiser Blog

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tombstone Thursday - Murray

Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery
Evansville, Indiana
William Alfred Murray
Alice J. Murray

Notice that places of birth & death have been included on the stone!  The places cover the tri-state area.

- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest

[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, May 9, 2012



TSGS May 2012 Meeting Highlights

President Don Counts opened the meeting with some brief business. John West, Nominating Committee Chair, announced the slate of candidates for the 2012-13 year: President – Don Counts; Vice-President – John G. West; Treasurer – Diana Davis; Recording Secretary – Kim Nightingale; Corresponding Secretary – Sue Hebbeler; Packet Editor – Brenda Legate; Program Chair – Bettie Cummings Cook, CG with the following Directors: Rena Goss, Larry Goss, Becky West, Karin Maria Kirsch, Mary Lou Bevers.

In the absence of the current Program Chair Becky West, John West introduced the guest speaker... Jeannie Browning Hester, CEO & Owner of Browning Funeral Home. Jeannie presented a slide presentation that was followed by a live online demonstration of the Browning Genealogy Online Database. Several new features were shown with examples of information on some of our TSGS members that can be found on this database. Perhaps the most used is the obituary collection from the Evansville newspapers from 1900 to the present that were compiled by Charles H. Browning over most of his life. There was lots of interaction throughout the program of the near 20 persons present.

After the program, the Browning family gave everyone a delicious cookie for attending, plus they donated a restaurant gift certificate for a drawing... with Carol Lantaff winning it. Another drawing for a genealogy T-shirt donated by Gloria Strott was won by Betty Counts! [Corrected donation of T-shirt from Gloria Strott... thanks, Gloria!]

- Compiled by JGWest

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

TSGS Meeting - Tonight!

TSGS Meeting Notice... Tonight!

When: 08 May 2012 Tuesday Night - Tonight
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Willard Library - 2nd. Floor
What: Monthly Meeting

A drawing for an attendance prize will be awarded at close of meeting... you must be present to win.

The Tri-State Genealogical Society will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by Jeannie Browning Hester ~"The Browning Online Genealogical Database."

Anyone interested in genealogy or history is invited... you do not need to be a member to attend the society's monthly meetings.

Donald R. Counts, TSGS President

Monday, May 7, 2012

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

The Rick Borries
Memorial Garden

Becky and I decided to go downtown Evansville to get a few photos of the life-sized chess set and board that was constructed next to the Signature School across from the Ford Center and the Civic Center.  The TV news covered the story about this outdoor chess set with pieces between 3 and 6 feet tall.  We found the chess board, but the pieces were being stored in the Victory Theater in some un-disclosed location by another group responsible for its care.  I just wanted to get a photo of one of the pieces, at least... possibly the king or queen.  It was not going to happen.  To save the expedition to the downtown area, I had noticed several beautiful gardens east of the U.S. Post Office near Data Mail - one of which I posted on Saturday.

The other set of gardens (closer to the Post Office and the Civic Center) was to my surprise a very nice garden dedicated to Rick Borries about one year ago.  I did not remember this being done or mentioned via any news media, but I do not always follow the news as closely as I would like.  I would have attended the ceremony, since Rick was a long-time political associate.  Rick had been in several political offices including serving as an elected Vanderburgh County Commissioner.  We had many close mutual friends.

Rick Borries was a Social Studies Teacher in the Evansville Vanderburgh County School System.  Quite some time back (possibly 30 years), Rick was looking for someone to present a beginning genealogy class for two of his Central High School Classes.  So, he called Willard Library to request someone to do this.  Willard Library suggested me.  Rick was very pleased because he knew me and thought I would do a good job.  I had always wanted to be a teacher and even took classes at University of Evansville in Elementary Education before going into the U.S. Air Force in 1968.  So, this was a big thrill and a great opportunity to complete a dream even if it was just being a "teacher for a day!"  It was a lot of fun and with my 4-H Genealogy Project experience giving workshops for 4-H teenagers... it was an easy assignment.  Special thanks to Rick for providing that opportunity that I will always remember and cherish! 
 Click on these photos to get a larger, better image.  In the photo below, you can see downtown Evansville in the background... and I must say, with a smile, that it is appropriate that in the background is a political "yard sign" for a candidate running for an office that another friend (and TSGS member) is running for, J.D. Strouth - County Clerk (this is not J.D.'s sign).
These gardens are part of "Keep Evansville Beautiful" and these gardens sure do just that.  Rick "Rest in Peace!"

- Photos taken by JGWest

Sunday, May 6, 2012

TSGS Meeting Reminder - 08 May 2012

TSGS Meeting Notice... Reminder!

When: 08 May 2012 Tuesday Night
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Willard Library
What: TSGS Monthly Meeting

The Tri-State Genealogical Society will have a brief meeting followed by a presentation by Jeannie Browning Hester ~"Browning Online Database."

Anyone interested in genealogy or history is invited... you do not need to be a member to attend the society's monthly meetings.

An attendance prize will be awarded to someone attending, must be present during drawing to win.

Donald R. Counts, TSGS President