Vice President Lois Hawe conducted the meeting in April by making mention of the Society President, Beth Perret, and wishing her the best in her recent surgery, and then leading the members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Larry Cowell pointed out that anyone wishing to purchase the DVD remakes can obtain them at the John K. Tener Library.
It was also stated that there would be a special tour slated for the 24th, and that starting on Monday, the 30th, between 11a.m. to 1 p.m., docents would be available for general seasonal tours for the public through November 1st, with more information being released later.
Hawe then introduced the speaker for the evening: Stewart Boyd, who has dedicated himself to being immersed in Civil War history, activities, and pursuits. He spoke on "James Allison: Regular Man of the Civil War." Boyd pointed out the various battles and how Allison had been involved in the 140th of the PA Infantry, made side notes about the Ringgold Calvary, that the most important aspect of the men serving was "preserving the union" and not so much freeing slaves as slavery had already been out-lawed in the northern states. Further, Boyd described in much detail what kind of environment and degraded conditions that the farm boy soldiers had to live in, endure in, and how they suffered to survive. Boyd took time to answer some questions afterward, and then the members had their social hour with Leota Voelker and LaVerne Williams assisting as hostesses for the evening.
Recognizing the Oldest Member of the CAHS, Inc.
In the active membership of the Charleroi Area Historical Society, Inc. is someone who has long kept a helpful hand in providing refreshment, information, humor and historical confirmation via memory, documents and pictures over the years. At the recent April meeting, Belle Brutout, whose father had strong ties to the Monongahela River boat “family” and who has had strong, deep ties to Charleroi community, was recognized at 98 years of age.