Meeting Minutes

Elk Grove Historical Society Board

For the most part we are up-to-date on copies of the minutes, but in the early years we don’t have minutes for every meeting. We have searched computer files, old binders, etc. and posted what we could find. So, there are a few random minutes missing, but the ones posted will at least give you somewhat of an idea of the state of affairs with the organization at that time.

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2021

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Ken Miller – Secretary: Pam Phelps

2021 – December 13 meeting

2021 – November 8 meeting

2021 – October 11 meeting

2021 – September 13 meeting

2021 – August 9 meeting

2021 – July 12 meeting

2021 – June 21 Meeting

2021 – May 10 meeting

2021 – April 12 meeting – ZOOM

2021 – March 8 meeting – Cancelled (Medical issues)

2021 – February 8 meeting – ZOOM

2021 – January 11 meeting – ZOOM

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2020

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Ken Miller – Secretary: Pam Phelps

2020 – December 14 – ZOOM

2020 – November 9 – ZOOM

2020 – October 12 – ZOOM

2020 – September 14 – ZOOM

2020 – August 10 – ZOOM

2020 – April-May-June-July: COVID –

No meetings held, but necessary motions were made in emails to board.

2020 – March 9

2020 – February 10

2020 – January 13

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2019

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Bryce Tanner – Secretary: Ken Miller

2019 – December 9

2019 – November 11

2019 – October 14

2019 – September 9

2019 – August 12

2019 – July 8

2019 – June 10

2019 – May 13

2019 – April 8

2019 – March 11

2019 – February 11

2019 – January 14

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2018

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Ken Miller – Secretary: Carol Dunkel

2018 – December 10

2018 – November 12

2018 – October 8

2018 – September 13

2018 – August 13

2018 – July 9

2018 – June 11

2018 – May 14

2018 – April 9

2018 – March 12

2018 – February 12

2018 – January 8

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2017

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Ken Miller – Secretary: Carol Dunkel

2017 – December 11

2017 – November 13

2017 – October 9

2017 – September 11

2017 – August 14

2017 – July 10

2017 – June 12

2017 – May 8

2017 – April 10

2017 – March 13

2017 – February 13

2017 – January 9

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2016

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Brookelea Lutton – Secretary: Diane Borden

2016 – December 12

2016 – November 14

2016 – October 10

2016 – September 12

2016 – August 20

2016 – July 11

2016 – June 13

2016 – May 9

2016 – April 11

2016 – March 14

2016 – February 8

2016 – January 11

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2015

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Brookelea Lutton – Secretary: Diane Borden

2015 – December 14

2015 – November 9

2015 – October 12

2015 – September 14

2015 – August 10

2015 – July 13

2015 – June 8

2015 – May 11

2015 – April 13

2015 – March 9

2015 – February 9

2015 – January 12

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2014

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Barbara Claire – Secretary: Diane Borden

2014 – December 8

2014 – November

2014 – October 13

2014 – September 8

2014 – August 11

2014 – July 14

2014 – June 9

2014 – May 12

2014 – April 14

2014 – March 10

2014 – February 10

2014 – January 13

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2013

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Barbara Claire – Secretary: Diane Borden

2013 – December 9

2013 – November 11

2013 – October 14

2013 – September 9

2013 – August 12

2013 – July 8 meeting – CANCELLED

2013 – June 10

2013 – May 13

2013 – April 8

2013 – March 11

2013 – February 11

2013 – January 14

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2012

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Barbara Claire – Secretary: Diane Borden

2012 – December 10

2012 – November 12

2012 – October 8

2012 – September 10

2012 – August 13

2012 – July 9

2012 – June 11

2012 – May 14

2012 – April 9

2012 – March 12

2012 – February 13

2012 – January 9

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2011

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Norm Franklin – Secretary: Sue Richter

2011 – November 14

2011 – October 10

2011 – August 11

2011 – May 9

2011 – April 11

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2010

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Jim Entrican – Secretary: Sue Richter

2010 – December 14

2010 – November 8

2010 – January 11

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2009

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Jim Entrican – Secretary: Sue Richter

2009 – December 14

2009 – November 9

2009 – October 7

2009 – September 14

2009 – August – NO MEETING HELD

2009 – July – NO MEETING HELD

2009 – June 8

2009 – May – NO MEETING HELD

2009 – April 27

2009 – March 23

2009 – February 16

2009 – January 26

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2008

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Anita Peters – Secretary: Joyce Amundson

2008 – December – NO COPIES FOUND

2008 -November 17

2008 – October 27

2008 – September 22

2008 – August 25

2008 – July

2008 – June

2008 – May

2008 – April 28

2008 – March – NO COPIES FOUND

2008 – February 25

2008 – January 28

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2007

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Anita Peters – Secretary: Sandy Hampton

2007 – September 24

2007 – August 27

2007 – July 23

2007 – June 18

2007 – May 7

2007 – January 22

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2006

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Anita Peters – Secretary: Vera Botelho

2006 – October 25

2006 – August 28

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2005

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Tom Russell – Secretary: Sandi Russell

2005 – December meeting – No Copies Found

2005 – November 14

2005 – October 10

2005 – September 12

2005 – August 15

2005 – July meeting – No Copies Found

2005 – June meeting – No Copies Found

2005 – May 9

2005 – April 11

2005 – March 14

2005 – February 14

2005 – January 10

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2004

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Milt Webb – Secretary: Joyce Amundson

2004 – December 6

2004 – November 8

2004 – October 11

2004 – September 13

2004 – August meeting – No Copies Found

2004 – July meeting – No Copies Found

2004 – June 7

2004 – May 17

2004 – April 19

2004 – March 15

2004 – February 16

2004 – January 19

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2003

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Tom Russell – Secretary: Sandi Russell

2003 – December meeting – Not held this month

2003 – November 17

2003 – October 20

2003 – September 15

2003 – August 18

2003 – July meeting – No Copies Found

2003 – June 4

2003 – May 19

2003 – April 21

2003 – March 17

2003 – February 17

2003 – January 6 & 27

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2002

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Tom Russell – Secretary: Sandi Russell

2002 – November 13

2002 – September 11

2002 – June 3

2002 April 1

2002 – March 2 & 18

2002 – February 4

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2001

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Elliott Mulberg – Secretary: Iris Zimbelman

No Minutes can be found

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2000

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Elliott Mulberg – Secretary: Lucille Christensen

No Minutes can be found

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1999

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Dorothy Hrepich/Jeanette Lawson – Secretary: Donna Wolff

1999 -December meeting – No copies found

1999 – November

1999 – October 25

1999 – September 27

1999 – August – No copies found

1999 – July – No copies found

1999 – June – No copies found

1999 – May 24

1999 – April – No copies found

1999 – March

1999 – February 21

1999 – January 25

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1998

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Sandi Russell – Secretary: Jane Morse

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1997

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Sandi Russell – Secretary: Jane Morse

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1996

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Bob Dayton – Secretary: Joyce Amundson/Sandi Russell

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1995

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Merwin Rose – Secretary: Susan Gordon

1995 – December – No copies found

1995 – November 27

1995 – October 30

1995 – September 25

1995 – August – No copies found

1995 – July – No copies found

1995 – June 26

1995 – May 15 & 29

1995 – April – No copies found

1995 – March – No copies found

1995 – February 13 & 27

1995 – January – No copies found

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1994

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Elaine Wright – Secretary: Sharon O’Hara

1994 – May 9

1994 – February 23

1994 – January 26

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1993

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Dorothy Hrepich, Secretary: Sharon Derr

No Minutes can be found

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1992

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Ed Frutchey/Dorothy Hrepich – Secretary: Marilyn Flemmer/ Sharon Derr

No Minutes can be found

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1991

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Peggy Forseth-Andrews – Secretary: Carmel Silva

No Minutes can be found

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1990

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Peggy Forseth-Andrews – Secretary: Sue Earls

No Minutes can be found

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1989

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Ed Frutchy – Secretary: Ric Windmiller

1989 – April 3

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1988

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Pat Braziel – Secretary: Cheryl Griess

1988 – February 8

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1987

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Pat Braziel – Secretary: Cheryl Griess

1987 – December 14

1987 – November 16

1987 – October – No Copies Found

1987 – September 21

1987 – August 25

1987 – July 13

1987 – June 8

1987 – May 11

1987 – April 13

1987 – March 10

1987 – February 23

1987 – January 12

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1986

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Pat Braziel – Secretary: Cheryl Griess

1986 – December 22

1986 – November 24

1986 – October 17

1986 – September 24

1986 – August 24

1986 – July – No copies found

1986 – June 29

1986 – May – No copied found

1986 – April – No copies found

1986 – March 17

1986 – February 24

1986 – January 20

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1985

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Sterling Kloss – Secretary: Versie Ellis

No Minutes can be found

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1984

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Dennis Buscher – Secretary: Versie Ellis

No Minutes can be found

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1983

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Dennis Buscher – Secretary: Pat Brazeil

No Minutes can be found

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1982

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Elizabeth Pinkerton – Secretary: Louise Waterman

No Minutes can be found

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1981

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Bud Long – Secretary: Louise Waterman

No Minutes can be found

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1980

Board Meetings of the Elk Grove Historical Society

President: Lois Toquer/ Bud Long – Secretary Louise Waterman

No Minutes can be found

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The Elk Grove Historical Society was certified as as an organization on

November 5, 1979

Compiled by Helen Mahon-Reynolds from Pioneer of Elk Grove Documents in the file “historical documents” she writes,

“Anabel Gage became interested in the history of Elk Grove, helping to arrange the first meeting of the Elk Grove Historical society in the mid 1950’s. The meeting was held in the home of Helen Mahon-Reynolds, Edna Batey, a native of Elk Grove, and Norine Wackman, who married Howard Wackman, a native of Elk Grove, helped fashion the plans of preserving the history of Elk Grove.”

“Anabel spent many hours with her camera, developing the picture of Elk Grove. She even placed Ada Beattie in her car and drove around to various cemeteries to record history of the old timers of Elk Grove. Much credit should be given to Anabel Brady Gage for the knowledge and pictures that we now have.”

In the Elk Grove Citizen Progress Edition in January 1979, it was written about the Elk Grove Historical Society:

The first forerunner of the present Elk Grove Historical Society was the Ernestine Smith Memorial Room Community Committee.

It was organized on April 15, 1971 by interested community residents and teachers at Joseph Kerr Junior High School to commemorate a gift of $10,000 given by the late Ernestine Springstead Smith Library at the school.

She was the daughter of early day Elk Grove pioneers and a descendent of the Henry and Harvey Kerr families who originally owned the property on which Elk Grove is located.

A room in the Kerr library was established in her memory and members brought various items of local history interest for display to perpetuate the history of the Elk Grove area.

The displays were rotated and proved quite popular. However, due to a shortage of classrooms, the room was eventually needed and the room closed. Mrs. Smith’s bequest was used to purchase library books and equipment.

Members were Bob Fite, Kerr librarian Ruth Cagle, Anabel Gage, Beth Enos, Marion Mix, Alvin Bartholomew, Phylis Krull, and Lucille Hodo, most of whom were members of the current Historical Society.

This was followed by the Elk Grove Bicentennial Committee which was formed in June 1975. It was during this time that the century-old Rhoads School on Sloughhouse Road, closed and abandoned for many years, was taken as a Bi-centennial project by the Bicentennial Committee, headed by Carl Amundson of Short Road, Elk Grove.

It was moved to the site of the old Elk Grove Pavilion and was renovated and refurbished to its originality, almost entirely by community efforts including students of the Joseph Kerr Junior High School.

When the the Bicentennial ended in 1976, members decided to perpetuate the ideals of the Bicentennial with its emphasis on American history, and so the current Elk Grove Historical Society came into being.

It received its charter on the 11th of November 1977. It had 68 paid members, most of them charter members………..

The following was compiled from the files, documents, and information found in the Elk Grove Historical Society archives:

President Ronald Reagan challenged communities throughout the United State to start a history project of some kind for the Bicentennial in 1976. Some long-time active residents of the Elk Grove community decided to relocate the 1872 one-room Rhoads Schoolhouse from its rundown setting in Sloughhouse to the Elk Grove Park, and they did. The citizens of Elk Grove jumped on board. For the next year elementary classes, high schools students, parents, organizations, and many other volunteers and construction workers restored the building to its original glory and on July 4th, 1977 it was dedicated and opened. It was a unifying event, wonderful achievement, and proud moment for the Elk Grove community. Over the years, it has evolved into monthly tours and the Rhoads School Living History Program providing about 80 classes a year introducing children to what school life was like in 1890.

Those forward thinking organizers became the forefathers of the Elk Grove Historical Society. A year after the dedication a non-profit was organized and incorporation papers were drawn up and made part of the bylaws on December 8, 1978 and signed by Milt Webb, Anabel Gage, Margit Kloss, Lois Toquero, Gertrude Hogaboom, Edie McDonald, and Carl Amundson. On November 5th, 1979 The Elk Grove Historical Society was officially certified as an organization by the State of California.

Later, on July 31th 1982 there was a ceremony to break ground on the land formerly owned by Marion Brown, for the new Elk Grove Hotel & Stage Stop Museum of 1850 organized by project manager Carl Amundson. On hand were Hal Bartholomew, Don Nance, Toby Johnson, Henry Kloss, and Elizabeth Pinkerton. Meanwhile, during the years of construction, in 1983, in the heart of Old Town Elk Grove, Chuck Argentine has chosen to have his place of business in one of the most historic buildings in Elk Grove, the IOOF Building. Argentine has filled offices with artifacts and items of historic interest and has opened part of his building to the Elk Grove Historical Society to use as a mini-museum.

About the Minutes of the Historical Society

Very little was written down or survived in those transition years, or at least we were unable to find anything. Organized writings didn’t start to appear until 1980. We have random minutes and newsletters then that begin to give us an idea of the early years. We have scanned what we could find and wish we had a better history, but it is what it is.

We have noticed that it wasn’t unusual to find minutes randomly missing in some type of configuration during the summer months (June, July, and August) and it was thought that perhaps they took summer breaks. And the same occasionally for December to celebrate the holidays. In those days, due to a lack of a facility or offical meeting place, they would meet at someone’s house or place of business. Also, we found occasionally, they held more than one meeting per month. It seemed as if this was during big events or construction projects.

The society has changed over the years and we can only guess at those decisions.