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Central States Archaeological Societies
Obituaries


John Baldwin Dan Thomas Harper Cameron Parks William “Bill” H Shearer
Dr. Robert E. Bell Roy Hathcock Mrs. Cameron Parks Sid Sheffield
Olander J. “Jack” Barrett, Jr. Lar Hothem Greg Perino Timmothy “Max” Stoner
Darrell Cross Bob Jenkins Iona Pilcher Jimmy Sweezy
John T. Crowley Bruce Jones William T. Pinkston Marcia R. Thompson
Judge S. P. Dalton Byron Knoblock Bob “Eagle”Rampani Walter Wadlow
Dr. Don F. Dickson   Dale Roberts Stephen G. Walker
Floyd Easterwood Don C Miller Dale Roberts Bill Wilkie
Phillip L Eviston Mike Miller Lloyd Rose Carl M. Wright
Walter D. Farr, Jr. Harold W Mohrman Joseph D. Love/Herschel K. Love Tom Zmudka
Michael S. Flanigan Kyle L. Sly Howard L. Brandt Dr. W. A. McGuire
Edward Zimmerman Raymond F. Long Dr. Paul Frank Titterington Charles T. Love
Jospeh C. Walta Eugene E. Curtiss Clifford H. Bry Earl Robert Honeywell
Ralph Paul Reust, Jr. Theodore "Ted" K. Watson Edward (Ed) C. Mahan Donald H. Sartor
Milburn C. Halverson Judge Claude U. Stsone Bob Hufford Professor Jesse E. Wrench
John George Braeckein Samuel Cole Joe A. Willbanks Roland R. Hanna
Donald G. Edwards George Ross Hoke Houston B. "SI" Sisemore Ann Curtiss
Ken Barrow Kenneth E. Patterson Arlis Levette Coger Alma Stone
James Lansden H. C. "Buddy" Brehm Morris (Morrie) Ricker Dr. Warren Wittry
Dr. James R. Reed Stephen Ray Healy Larry Dyer Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr.
Elvin Wilson Smith C.C. Franks John Henry Retherford Wade Calvin Sharpe Jr.
Dan A. Stroud Richard Gene North Charles A. McCorkle J.D.Strain
Jan Walter Sorgenfrei Jasper Newton Bailey Jr. George Looney Cleatis E. Hook
David A. Scott Calvin D. Howard Claude U. “Bud” Stone, Jr. John Calvin Hill
Merrill F. Kuske Mike Wilson Mike Millsap James Owen Behnken, Jr.
Larry Hardage Elliott Rick “Daltonman” Stevens
H. Noreen Gustafson
Donald “Jim” Gustafson
Don E. Lewis John Sam Potts James E. Felke Dr. Guy H. Gross
Norm Grogitsky James King Thompson Harry Raymond McPherson William A. Steele
Deane G. Carter Irvin M. Peithmann John W. West Ben Thompson

 


 

 


Lloyd Rose

Lloyd Rose, 1916-2011

Lloyd Rose, long time member of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, died on Feb 11, 2011, at the age of 95. He was able to play cards with friends until about two weeks before he died.

He collected artifacts for approximately 70 years, mostly in North St. Louis County, Missouri. It is a very rich archaeological area overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The full spectrum of prehistoric sites from Clovis to Proto-Historic can be found there. He also collected in the Aleutian Islands when he was stationed there in WWII. His in-laws were farmers in North County which gave him access to many sites. He was well known for writing the location of his finds with the date found on the artifacts. He documented many of his discoveries in the Central States Archaeological Journal.

Lloyd and his wife LaVerne regularly attended artifact shows in Missouri and western Illinois. It was always a pleasure to visit with them. Their finds enhance the artifact frames of many Midwest collectors. He was also a craftsman and made many artifact frames for sale, most of which are probably still exhibiting artifacts. LaVerne’s health deteriorated before Lloyd’s and he visited her faithfully every day while she was in a nursing home. They are survived by son Gerald and daughters Marilyn and Diane and several grandchildren.

Lloyd was one of the old time collectors, seriously interested in artifacts and the people who made them. He was respected by his contemporaries and admired by those who were younger. His interest led him to walk hundreds of miles, probably more than anyone in the area will again because many of the sites are gone. His legacy is the artifacts with his distinctive writing and the knowledge he shared with other collectors.
submitted by Alan Banks

July 2011 Vol 39 No# 3


Bob Eagle Rampani

In Memorial: Bob Eagle Rampani

On Monday morning, April 18, the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society lost one of our best ambassadors for avocational archaeology. Bob had gone turkey hunting at his son's farm near Forestell, Missouri. He never finished that hunt.

Bob is survived by his mother, one brother, two sisters, four sons, and one daughter along with eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bob served with distinction as a demolition expert in the Army during the Korean War and received several decorations. He retired from the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, where he worked as a sheet metal specialist.

Several years ago Bob joined the Laureates Society. He published two books of poetry and one book of short stories. There was a third poetry book being typed, but it may not be published.

He joined the G.S.L.A.S around 1980 and became one of our biggest supporters. Bob was an introvert and it took him many years before he started his career with us. He had his own way of saying things, and he was difficult to understand at times. Many of us can remember his calling a discoidal, “dis-ka-del.”The more he learned, the more involved he became. He saw that our Secretary/Treasurer was having difficulties
keeping up with the demands of a growing society and offered to help him with the sales of posters. That was fifteen years ago and the start of Bob’s becoming the unofficial business manager of the G.S.L.A.S. Several years ago we changed the Constitution to add the position of Business Manager and Bob finally became “official.”He took great delight in signing up new members and renewals and selling all the publications we offer. There was no such thing as turning down a question about artifacts. He loved helping people, especially those new to the hobby and children. “This society cannot continue unless we get the kids involved,”he was always preaching. Bob considered friendships more important than any of his artifacts. He told me many times that his collection was nothing compared to all the friendships he had acquired while in this society.

We are going to miss his gruff voice, the backwoods way of his speech, his dry sense of humor, and his tireless efforts to make ours a better society. We have lost a true friend. May God bless you, Bob!
By John H. Beyes

In Memorium: Roy Hathcock

On March 25th, 2005, American archaeology lost a great friend and supporter. Roy Hathcock passed away at the age of 72 from complications following open-heart by-pass surgery.

Roy was a sought out fixture at many state-sponsored artifact shows within Central States for several decades. His warm charm and pleasing wit will be sorely missed. Roy was always helpful and provided guidance to many beginning collectors. His advice and opinions were always taken seriously by friends and fellow collectors. Many professional archaeologists also appreciated Roy’s willingness to communicate and share opinions and information, thereby helping to bridge the gap between professionals and amateurs.

Roy was a registered member of the Cherokee Tribe of Tahlequah. He is well known for his books on Native American pottery. His first, Ancient Indian Pottery of the Mississippi River Valley, was published in 1976. A second edition with many additional examples of Indian ceramic art was released in 1988. Roy’s second major archaeological contribution, The Quapaw and Their Pottery, was published in 1982. This book was dedicated “To the remaining Quapaw and to the preservation and recognition of their ancestral heritage.”Items from Roy’s personal collection are currently on display as a part of a traveling exhibit developed by The Art Institute of Chicago. Roy’s collection is diverse, with artifacts of interest from many part of the Central States region. Documentation of Spiro Mounds artifacts, the history of the site and interpretation of the artifacts were of special interest to him.

Roy was a United States Army Veteran and served with the Missouri National Guard. He is survived by Norma, his wife of fifty-two years, and by his son, Bryce.

Tom Zmudka

My heart was saddened with the knowledge of Tom Zmudka's untimely death that occurred in late 2003. I had previously been aware of some quiet rumors, but nothing definite until just recently, when my suspicions were confirmed by two local people. Tom was very instrumental in organizing, implementing and following through with the northeastern Illinois Archaeological Society shows held in Utica, Illinois on a semi-annual basis for many years. Tom was a resident of Ogelsby, Illinois. He was a fast and true friend of the late Don Edwards, a collector from the Utica, Illinois region. An age difference separated the two but not their love of the local history and archaeology of the area. It is my opinion that Tom was never recognized and given the thankfulness that he deserved for all of his hard work, dedication and devotion in his putting on”the Utica show. With all due respect, I thank Tom for all he did so selflessly. It would be most appropriate for all of us to take a minute and say, THANKS, TOM! His walking on has left a void that wont be replaced.
by Jake Ilko

Floyd Easterwood

Floyd Easterwood III, 1959 - 2005

Floyd Easterwood III, Fredericksburg, Texas passed away at age 46 on October 4,2005. Floyd served as president and vice president of the Lone Star State Archaeological Society of Texas. He was strong advocate of collector rights in the State of Texas. He authored many articles about archaeology and assisted in hosting the GIRS/LSASS show in Temple, Texas. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served on the U.S.V on Stuben where he received many awards and citations for his service.

July 2006 Vol 53 No# 3


Lar Hothem July 26, 1938 - October 18, 2006

Lar Hothem

Lar (Larry) L. Hothem, author and book seller, age 68 of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at his home.

Lar was born July 26, 1938 at Fresno (Coshocton County), Ohio to the late Luther Clark and Edith Irene (Maurer) Hothem. He grew up in West Lafayette, Ohio, was a graduate of Wooster (Ohio) High School, attended the College of Wooster and graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in social welfare and journalism.

While owning several small businesses Lar authored more than 700 articles on many topics appearing in over 75 regional, national and special interest publications. Lar was a long-time contributing editor to The Antiques Journal, wrote the "Arrowheads" chapter of the Time-Life Collectibles Series, and was a frequent contributor to the Columbus Dispatch Sunday Magazine. He was active in the Columbus Writers' Club for many years.

Lar's life-long interest in collecting, studying, and writing about North American prehistoric Indian artifacts began at a young age on the Hothem family farms. Beginning in 1976 he launched into a successful career as an author, becoming one of the country's most respected authorities on collecting North American Indian artifacts. His numerous identification and price guide books (over 35) have proven to be indispensable to both beginning and advanced artifact collectors as well the amateur archaeologist. Lar wrote regularly for Indian Artifact Magazine, Prehistoric Antiquities Quarterly and the Ohio Archaeologist.

Lar was an active member of The Standing Stone Chapter and the Kokosing Chapter of the Ohio Archaeological Society, The Ohio Archaeological Society of Ohio, several other local and state archaeological societies, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Genealogical Society and Fairfield County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

Lar married Sue Ann McClurg (daughter of William C. and Virginia M. Gardner McClurg) of Lancaster on August 21, 1976 at the Columbus (Ohio) Park of Roses. Together they developed Hothem House Books.

Lar is survived by his wife Sue, brothers Dr. M.C. (Pat) Hothem of Portland, Maine, Dr. Arden (Jean) Hothem of Gainsville, Georgia, and Rev. Dr. Hugh (Ilene) Hothem of Wooster, Ohio, and by sister-in-law Linda Childs Hothem of Sausalito, California, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Luther and Edith, brother Ronald E. Hothem, Esq. and sister Mary Rae Gambrell.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced by the family at a later date.
Caring cremation has taken place at The Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Lancaster.

Donations in Lar's memory may be made to the charity of choice or to the Fairfield County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Lancaster, Ohio.


Carl M. Wright 1938-2006

Central States Archaeological Societies, Inc. lost one of its most prolific writers and contributors on Thursday October 18th, 2006. Carl was born on May 21, 1938 in Murphysboro, illinois to late Carl Matthew Wright and Pearl (Penrod) Wright, she survives him. He married Dorothy Green on October 9, 1960 and is survived by her, two daughters, a son-in law, three grandsons, a granddaughter as well as sister, brothers, nieces an nephews and other relatives.

Carl’s archaeological training was under the tutelage of the late Dr. Robert Bell at Oklahoma University and he graduated from South East Missouri State with a Bachelor of Science degree. Science was always a passion for Carl and this interest wasn’t limited to just archaeology, he also enjoyed astronomy, ballistics, philosophy and many other varied subjects.

Carl participated in formal archaeological digs in Kansas with the late Dr. John Reynolds as well as digs in Illinois and Arizona. He was a prolific archaeological writer and the author of the regular feature “Avocational Archaeology” for the Central States Archaeological Journal for many years, and authored articles in other publications. He was a Contributing Editor for the CSAJ and was instrumental in the publication of Indiana’s 50th and the Central States 50th Anniversary journals.

Carl was a founding member of the Kansas Archaeological Society, the CSAS affiliate. He was given the CSAS Award of Recognition, the Central States highest honor for his contribution to American archaeology.

Carl also loved our country and served in the United States military in both the Army and the Air Force and ended his service as Warrant Officer II. He served in Vietnam and taught Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) as a specialist.

He was a test engineer for the railroad and a member of the Perryville American Legion and the Elks Lodge. I came to know Carl and Dorothy quite well over the years and always enjoyed our visits and fascinating conversations.

I can truly say I never met anyone like him. He was the CSAS’s Renaissance Man. He will be sorely missed.
Submitted by John T. Crowley CSAS VP


Timmothy “Max” Stoner 1953-2007

The Hawkeye State Archaeological Society has lost one of it’s own. Timmothy Edward “Max” Stoner, 54, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, passed away on Friday April 27, 2007 following a massive stroke. A life long resident of Mount Pleasant, Max worked as a Grounds Keeping Department Foreman at Iowa Wesleyan College for many years. Max enjoyed trapping, fishing, hunting, gardening, mushroom hunting and looking for Indian artifacts. Born March 18,1953 in Mount Pleasant, Tim was the son of Harold and Betty Stoner. He was a 1971 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He is survived by his wife Mary and one brother Ted Stoner. Max was very interested in archaeology and enjoyed sharing his artifact collection with others. His collection of entirely personal finds included over sixty axes. He was one of the founders and show host of the Mount Pleasant Artifact Show held at Wesleyan College. He will be deeply missed by his fellow artifact collectors and all in the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society who knew him.

April 2008 Vol 55 No# 2

 

Michael S. Flanigan

Michael S. Flanigan of Evansville, Indiana, died Monday, June 25, 2007, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center. He was 60 years old. Born and raised in Evansville, he attended the University of Evansville. He worked at the Whirlpool Corporation in Evansville, retiring after more than 30 years of service. He was especially proud of his Irish and Belgian heritage. He found his first point, a Mississippian triangle, while a boy along the Ohio River. He often attended the Booneville, Columbus, Huntingburg, and Owensboro shows in Kentucky. He amassed a fine collection of artifacts from Southern Indiana and Northwestern Kentucky. He was also active in Native American arts and powwows, a long time member of Tecumseh Lodge in Indiana, and was an excellent craftsperson. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, black powder rifles, and his dog Notch.. Mike was a very down to earth, unassuming, honest, and generous person. He was always willing to share what he had or what he knew, as well as to learn. Those that knew him have lost a great friend.

July 2008 Vol 55 No# 3


Bruce Jones

Bruce Jones, 81, died January 28, 2008 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was a charter member of the Wolverine State Archaeological Society. He was born October 29, 1926 in Battle Creek and attended Bellevue High School. He worked as a pressman at Michigan Carton for 48 years. Bruce married Twyla Barre on November 2nd 1948 and she accompanied him to all the shows over the years. He enjoyed hunting for, as well as collecting Indian artifacts through out his life. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, sons K.C. Jones and Stacey Jones, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and his half brother Brent Higdon. He will be missed by his family as well as his many friends at the Wolverine State Archaeological Society.

July 2008 Vol 55 No# 3

 

Iona Pilcher

The Hawkeye State Archaeological Society has lost a dear friend. Iona Pilcher (1930-2009) passed away at the Van Buren County, Iowa hospital in Keosauqua on Saturday, February 7th. She was an avid artifact collector who always showed up at the Society's annual show in Keosauqua, a diminutive but spry person who enjoyed the company and the displays. She is survived by her six children, numerous grandchildren as well as several great grandchildren. I met her some 20 years ago when she came to see me about legal work and during our conversation I learned she owned some acreage in Van Buren County. When I brought up arrowheads, she lit up and told me she liked to collect them as well. That began a long friendship. I made many trips with her up and down Van Buren County creeks and over fields searching for relics. She liked nothing better than to be out in the sunshine and pick up a nice point.

Sid Sheffield

Sid passed away suddenly on the 3rd of March, 2009. He had just returned from attending the Gallatin Show in
Tennessee. Sid was born in 1942 and had an interest in artifacts his entire life. He was very passionate about collecting
and dealing artifacts, and was an attendee of shows in many states; from Florida to Texas to Ohio. Sid lived
in Fulton, Mississippi. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

John Baldwin, 65


By Anonymous
The Holland Sentinel
Posted Dec 08, 2009 @ 10:41 PM
West Olive, MI —
John P. Baldwin, 65, of West Olive, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at his home.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Weichts Funeral Home, 207 North West St., Angola, Ind.

Local arrangements by The Northwood Chapel, Dykstra Life Story Funeral Home.

http://www.hollandsentinel.com/announcements/announcements_obits/x2072238835/John-Baldwin-65


William T. Pinkston

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, The Green River Archaeological Society lost long time member Bill Pinkston, who passed away at age 92.

William T. Pinkston

Bill Pinkston(right) and Jerry Dickey together at the CSASI Waverly Tennessee Show in 2009.

Bill was the widower of Elizabeth Gaynelle Gardner. He was born on March 6, 1919 in Washington County, Kentucky, and was the son of the late A.H. "Arlie" and Nante Belle (Graham) Pinkston. He served during World War II in the Army. He was the owner/operator of Gardner & Pinkston. He served 5 years with the Fish and Wildlife Department. He was also a Kentucky Colonel and a life member of American Legion and the VFW. Over the years he was a member of the Green River and Ohio Archaeological Societies as well the Genuine Indian Relic Society.

Survivors include: two daughters: Gayla (Steve) March of Alachua, Florida, Sherra (Bill) Hardy of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; and one son: David Pinkston of Apachua, Florida; Brother In Law, Bill Wilham; nine Grandchildren; twenty Great Grandchildren and two Great Great Grandchildren.

Bill attended countless shows, including many in recent years accompanied by his son-in-law, Bill Hardy. He always proudly displayed on his table a picture of himself in World War II. Bill was always smiling, open to conversation with anyone who walked by, and will be greatly missed. Bill Pinkston(right) and Jerry Dickey together at the CSASI


Marcia R. Thompson

Marcia Ruth Thompson, wife of Ben W. Thompson, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011.

Marcia Ruth Thompson, wife of Ben W. Thompson
Marcia Thompson with her husband Ben, around 1980 at the desk they used for producing the Who’s Who in Indian Relics Series and managing the business of the CSASI.

Marcia grew up in Owensville, Indiana, daughter of Ronald and Martha Gordon. She attended Evansville Business College and became a court stenographer.

In 1946, she eloped and married her childhood sweetheart Ben. She gave birth to two children; Joseph and Rachel. In 1959, they moved to Kirkwood, Missouri. Marcia worked as an elementary school secretary at Rose Hill School and she was involved in Kirkwood Baptist Church, Choir and Bell Group.

She supported and traveled with her husband Ben in his various Indian Relic adventures, which included resarching and publishing the series Who’s Who in Indian Relics. She also assisting her husband while he was Business manager of the CSASI.

In 2010 she and Ben moved to Friendship Village and enjoyed independent living, until her recent illness. Marcia is survived by her loving husband, son Joseph (Debbie), daughter Rachel (partner Beth). Four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

See Ben Thompson obit

 


Walter D. Farr, Jr.

Walter D. Farr, Jr., passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011. He was an Alabama native and had a lifelonginterest in Indian Artifacts.

Walter D. Farr, Jr.
Walter Farr at the 2009 Alexander City Show.

During the 1950’s, Walt promoted and played in several bands as vocalist, musician, director and agent. After tiring of life on the road, Mr. Farr began a career as an educator. Graduating from Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama with his Bachelors and Masters degree in education, Mr. Farr taught at Randolph County High School and Lineville High
School and ultimately served as the Dean of Students at Southern Union State Community College.

During the last 30 years of his life, he shared his love and knowledge of the ancient Native American people through his vast collection of artifacts. Walt travelled from school to school, showing and telling the students and all who would listen about the rich heritage of the earliest inhabitants of Clay County, of which Walter was a life-long resident. He had served as president of the Clay County Historical Society, President of the Rebel State Archeological Society and was a founding member of the Hillabee Archaeological Society.

In August, 2011, Walter donated a large portion of his collection to Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama, in order to create The Walter Farr Indian Artifacts Museum. Walter Farr is survived by two sons: Mark David Farr of Ashland and Walt Farr (Myra) of Tullahoma, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Jonathan Farr (Jessica), Justin Farr (Maribeth), Ashley Bailey (Ben), Marco Moyers, and Cody Farr along with five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter D. Farr Sr.
and Hollie Mae Prestridge Farr; his wife of 48 years, Jewell Gaither Farr; one sister, Imogene Farr and one brother, Elton Farr.


This photo for the Journal was submitted by Walter Farr earlier this year for submission in the Journal. The caption he included was:
Drill found in-situ on the Buttachee River in Lamar County, Alabama by Walter Farr, Jr.

Walter D. Farr, Jr. point


Mike Miller

Mike Miller, Oct. 14 1956 to Dec. 12 2012

Mike Miller, Oct. 14 1956 to Dec. 12 2012
 


Mike Miller passed away on Dec 12 from cancer. Mike was a good friend of mine and to all that knew him. He graduated form highschool in 1976 and joined the Marines Corp Resv. in 1977. He got his permant duty station with the Dragon Platoon H & S Co., 3 Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment. He was honorably discharged in 1982.Mike worked for Chrysler for 30 years. and retired in 07, and opened Mikes lawn service in 2008. He had a avid love of artifact collecting and was a active member of the GSLAS since 1984. Mike was Priesdent of the GSLAS from 2000 to 2002, V. P. from 1998 to 2000 and was an Ambassador for them over the years. He was also in the Who's Who in Indian Relics, vol. 9 Mike is servived by his loving wife Kelly, his 2 sons Joshua, Jesse, his daughter Sarah, a brother Robert, and his father Burkett. Mike will be missed by his many friends. May you walk your fields forever my friend.

April 2013 Vol 41 No# 2


Dan Thomas Harper

Dan Thomas Harper 1948-2013

Dan Thomas Harper died February 2, 2013 in Belem, Brazil while on a cruise to Rio de Janiero -- an important destination on his "bucket list". He was born September 14, 1948 in Knoxville, TN. He

Dan Thomas Harper
 

graduated from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Agriculture. Dan lived in Nashville and pursued a career as a salesman, working in many fields including men's clothing and real estate. His hobbies included hiking, kayaking, landscape painting, and the study of primitive cultures. Having to retire early due to health problems, he was still able to travel throughout the United States and many international destinations. Much of the focus of his travel was to further his understanding of ancient history. Dan was an enthusiastic collector of Southeastern Paleolithic and Archaic artifacts and loved displaying his collection at shows. He is survived by his two brothers, Don and Robert; sister Julia; niece Sarah; and nephew Michael.
submitted by Tim Fields


William “Bill” H Shearer

William "Bill" H Shearer

William "Bill" H Shearer
 


William "Bill" H Shearer, 93, of Buchanan, MI, passed away on January 28, 2013. He was born on November 1, 1919, in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Marshall & Florence (Scott) Shearer. He proudly served his country in WWII as a member of the Army Air Force, belonging to the Jolly Roger 90th Bomb Group. At the end of 1945, he married Lucille Mary (Swikoski) in St. Joseph, MI. That same year, William purchased his own farm, and remained a farmer for 25 years. He was an avid collector of Native American artifacts, and was a member of the Wolverine State Archaeological Society. William is survived by his eight children, 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and his sister Margaret Dongvillo, of Scottville, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents,
and wife, Lucille.
Submitted by Ron Covietz


Stephen G. Walker

Stephen G. Walker 1949-2013

Stephen G. Walker 1949-2013
 


Stephen G. Walker of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack on May 18, 2013. He was well known in the artifact community, as a collector and as an artifact dealer. He was one of the guiding forces behind OFFLINE Magazine, published from 2005- 2008. He traveled frequently with his wife, Jacque Jane, who is shown with him in the photograph from a show in 2010. He is survived by mother, Cleo Passons Walker of Sparta; son, Christopher Walker (Tiffany) of Castalian Springs; wife, Jacque Stewart of Gallatin; step son,Timothy Waggoner (Robin) of Duncan, OK; step daughter, Renee Sutton (Wayne) of Goodlettsville; sister, Kathy Dunn (Mickey) of Lawrenceburg; nine grandchildren; one great grandson. He was the owner of Tennessee Tire


Olander J. “Jack”Barrett, Jr.

Olander J. “Jack”Barrett, Jr. 1923-2016

Olander J. “Jack” Barrett, Jr. 1923-2016
 


Olander “Jack”Barrett passed away on October 20, 2016. He was married to Marian Villella Owens Barrett for 56 years. Mr. Barrett was a native and lifelong resident of Augusta, Georgia. He served in Patton’s 3rd Army, 80th Infantry Division, earned three Bronze Stars and Purple Heart with four clusters. Mr. Barrett was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. Family members in addition to his wife include his son, William J. “Billy”Owens and wife Mary Ann Poteet Owens of Augusta. He was a longtime member of the Peach State Archaeological Society. He assembled a large private collection over many years and the collection remains with the family.
submitted by King Ross


Zimmerman, Edward

Edward Zimmerman, Of Bonne Terre, Missouri. He was born in Doe Run, Missouri, on December 13, 1893, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zimmerman, and died February 6, 1972, at Bonne Terre Hospital, at the age of 78.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, his parents and three sisters. Surviving are three children: Faith (Mrs. James Bunch), of Bonne Terre, Charles Edwin Zimmerman, of DeSoto, Lewis Edward Zimmerman, of Rt. 1, Festus, four sisters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr Zimmerman was a member of the Bonne Terre Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War I and served in France and elsewhere in Europe with the famous Rainbow Division, being engaged in several combat actions. He was a member of the Wisconsin Archeological Society, the Missouri Archaeological Society and a charter member of both the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society and the Genuine Indian Relic Society, having served in an official capacity in both of the latter two organizations, as well as having contributed articles and pictures for publication. He developed an interest in the North American Indian and Indian artifacts in an early childhood and sustained the interest throughout his life, having accumulated a large and diversified collection of fine stone-age relics, of which he kept meticulous records and data. He was an artist of no mean ability and well known for his drawings of outstanding flint specimens and beautiful restorations of pottery and other artifacts, which he often did for his friends at little or no change.
submitted by Kenneth Barrows


Raymond F. Long

1895 - Raymond F. Long - 1965

No one among the Indian relic collectors of the central United States had a wider acquaintance than Raymond F. Long. His many friends were shocked to learn of his sudden death August 29 at the St. Anthony Hospital of Alton.

Mr. Long was a member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society for the past 20 years, during which time he made a great many lasting friendships among the Indian relic collectors, because of his sincere and honest dealings, as his word was his bond.

His knowledge of Indian artifacts was very extensive and an opinion, regarding them, from him could be depended upon. He was very particular about obtaining proper and complete information on all artifacts that came into his possession. HIs home county of Pike, being rich in archaeological material, furnished the source, and this the beginning of his collecting activities, which developed with the years into an extensive following of Indian relic collector friends, among whom the writer, with over 4 years of very satisfactory contacts with Mr. Long, is proud to count him among his best friends.

Mr. Long was born near Pearl Illinois, on April 17, 1895, a son of John F. and Matilda Wilson Long. He was marred in 1935 to Grace Butler who died in November, 1939.

Surviving are a son Frank of Alton: two daughters, Mrs. Howard Camerer of Alton and Mrs. Sylvia Barnes of East Alton; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Bazzak of Glen Carbon, Illinois, and Mrs. Vinnnie Renoud of San Francisco, California, and 13 grandchildren.

Those of us who enjoyed the close association of Mr. Long will truly miss him.

October 1965 Vol 12 No# 4


Joseph D. Love/Herschel K. Love

Joseph Love died last January 16, 1987 from injuries received in a boating accident while hunting arrowheads on the Hiwassee River near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

His brother, Herschel, was with him and is presumed dead, but at this date his body has not been found.

Jospeh was a retired school teacher and a veteran of World War II. He was also a member of the Red Bank Presbyterian Church, the Red Bank Masonic Lodge and the Volunteer State Archaeological Society of Tennessee. He is survived by four daughters and eleven grandchildren.

Herschel was a retired school teacher in Hamilton County Schools and a veteran of World War II, serving in the navy. He was also a member of the Red Bank Presbyterian Church, the Red Bank Masonic Lodge and the Volunteer State Archaeological Society of Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a son and two daughters, his mother and five grandchildren.

Both Joseph and Herschel attended most of the archaeoligical meetings in the southern states and their smiling faces will be missed by their fellow collectors. A write-up about them and their pictures may been seen in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No 4.

April 1987 Vol 34 No# 2


Howard L. Brandt

Howard L. Brandt 1919-1987

Howard L. Brandt, 68 of Columbia, Illinois died Tuesday, July 7, 1987.

Mr. Brant was the last of the original five people who started the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society. He had been a member of the society since the formation in 1940. At the first called meeting of the society they had 16 charter members and Mr. Brandt was elected librarian.

Mr. Brandt grew up in the shadow of the Great Cahokia Mounds. He said it took him ten years to find the first 63 Cahokia-type bird points in his collection.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Phillips, a son, Gary, Orlando Florida, a daughter, Debra Wilhelm, and six grandchildren.

Besides the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, he was a member of the American Legion Post 581 in Columbia ( he served in World War II), the Antique Automobile Club of America, the National RIfle Association and the Chemical Workers of America.

A photo and write-up about Howard Brandt may been seen in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No 7 on page 255.

April 1987 Vol 34 No# 4


Dr. Paul F. Titterington

Dr. Paul Frank Titterington, the unofficial dean of St. Louis amateur archaeologists, died May 14, 1969.

Dr. Titterington, a radiologist, became interested in Illinois Indian burial mounds nearly 35 years ago, and spent much of his life exploring archaeological sites in Jersey County, Illinois.

Dr. Titterington was an honorary member of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society. He addressed many groups, discussed the medical aspects of bones and Indian artifacts uncovered in his diggings. He was also the author of a book entitled "The Cahokia Mound Group and Its Village Site Material."

October 1969 Vol 16 No# 4


Dr. W. A. McQuire

Dr. W. A. McGuire, Optimetrist, died April 27, 1969. He was 84 years of age.

Dr. McGuire had been a resident of Campbell Missouri for 50 years and had a large collection of Indian artifacts found in this area. In former years his office was known as a showplace of find Indian relics and taxidermic exhibits. He was often consulted to identify rare speciments of fish, animal and plant life. Survivors include his wife and two daughters.

October 1969 Vol 16 No# 4


Charles T. Love

Charles T. Love, died June 11, 1969 at the age of 66 years.

Mr. Love retired last December after working for 49 years for The Press-Scimitar Newspaper in Memphis Tennessee. He ha collected Indian relics for over 40 years and had one of the finest collections in this area. He was a member of several archaeological societies and attended meetings whenever possible. His many friends will truly miss him.

October 1969 Vol 16 No# 4


Jospeh C. Walta

Jospeh C. Walta, 1901 - 1968

Jospeh C. Walta, 67, died on September 29, 1968. He was born in Czechoslovakia, April 10, 1901, coming to this country in 1906, and eventually settling in St. Louis, Missouri. He was employed at Freund's Baking Co., in St. Louis. H is survived by hs wife, Mary two daughters, Mrs. Joyce Hrdlicka and Mrs. Rose Mary Stanovsky also of St. Louis. He lays at rest at S.S. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

Collectors who knew Joe Walta probably remember him best for his love of fine flints. He was amoungthe first to hunt the famous Cahokia Mound Group, located near East St. Louis, Illinois.

Joe began collecting around 1930 when he found a small arrowpoint on a baseball field. His first visit to Cahokia Mound Group left him awe struck at seeing the vast earthworks, designed by these ancient people.

From 1930 to 1950, he found approximately 3000 Cahokia points. In 1941, the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society was formed and Joe was a faithful member.

Joe Walta was a quite person who was always anxious to talk 'relics' with anyone interested.

He once said 'Few people could have enjoyed this hobby more than me. To see a perfect red and orange gem point, lying near a clod of dirt, has no equal, Cahokia and its many wonders have been a great source of pleasure with many pleasant memories, that I will cherish, the rest of my life.'

By William Fecht

An article, "Joe Walta, a steady Cahokia Collector" is found in Cahokia brought to Life, published by the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, page 54 to 57.

 

October 1969 Vol 16 No# 3


Eugene E. Curtiss

Eugene E. Curtiss, 1899 - 1969

Mr. Eugene E. Curtiss died at his home in Benton, Kentucky on March 31, 1969.

Mr. Curtiss was a retired superintendent of TVA operations at Kentucky Dam. He was a native of Wisconsin, and a student of archaeology most of his life. Mr. Curtiss had one of the largest and most desirable Indian relic collections in this area and was one of the real old-time collectors.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ann Curtiss, of Benton, a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

October 1969 Vol 16 No# 4


Clifford H. Bry

Clifford H. Bry, 1901 - 1968

Word has been recieved that Clifford H. Bry, an adrent collector of Indian artifacts, and a member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society, died of leukemia in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 24, 1968. Mr. Bry was sixty-seven years old. It was his desire that a notice of his passing be published in the Central States Archeaological Journal.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clifford H. Bry, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

October 1969 Vol 16 No# 4


Earl Robert Honeywell

Earl Robert Honeywell

Professor Earl Honeywell, 84 years old, died August 16 1985, in West Lafayette, Indiana. He was born January 11, 1901 in Leoti Kansas. Professor Honeywell was an instructor in charge of floriculture at the University of Missouri for two years and then went to Purdue University in 1927 in a similar position which he held for over 40 years. He retired in 1969.

On July 7, 1927, he married Georgia Mary Crowl. She died in 1978.

Professor Honeywell was an avid Indian relic collector and was very active in the Indiana Archaeological Society. He was an author and lecturer and was the speakers bureau for Purdue University. He has written many articles for this journal. He is pictured along with his collection and a fine article abou thim on page 98 of Who's Who in Indian Relics, No. 2.

January 1986 Vol 33 No# 1


Theodore "Ted" K. Watson

Ted Watson, 54, of Stockport Iowa, died September1 1985. He was born March 22, 1931. He married Martha Jean Lynn on June 14, 1952, in Eureka, California.

Ted was very active in Indian relic collecting for many years. The Watsons' collection grew in quantity and quality until they finally opened a museum in the basement of the family home in Stockport.

He was one of the founders of the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society. They also founded the Ray and Bonnie Watson Memorial Award, which was for the outstanding pride and achievement in Indian relic collecting. This award has been given at the Keosauqua, Iowa, show every year from 1970 to present.

He owned and operating the Van Buren Reality Company in Stockport. He belonged to the Iowa Board of Realtors and was a member of the Iowa Product Development Corp. and also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was chairman of the Van Buren Republican Central Committee.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Scott; and two daughters, Susan and Melissa.

January 1986 Vol 33 No# 1


Edward (Ed) C. Mahan

Edward C. Hahan, 73, of Guntersville, Alabama, was a retired Civil Service worker at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama. He was born August 9, 1911, in Honduras, Central America, on a banana plantation, and died June 21, 1983.

In 1961 he was married to Mary Stimeez, who was a registered nurse at City Hospital in Guntersville, Alabama.

Since 1953 he has been an active member of the Alabama Archaeological Society, which he helped organize and was one of its first vice presidents. Later he helped organize the Huntsville, Alabama, chapter and then the Marshall County, Alabama, chapter.

Due to continued interest, exploration and research on Early Man in the Tennessee Valley over many years, he was made a Fellow of the Institute Inter-American (F.I.I.) in 1963.

It was once quoted in an archaeological news letter that he was probably the only bald headed Early Man hunter in existence. He has been heard to say, "The Anthropologist would like to study my head.' He also said that he wanted to be buried in some old cliff shelter along with Early Man.

Ed Hahan was a collector of collectors and literally proved more fluted points are found in Alabama than in all other states put together. Such efforts in collecting Early Man artifacts led him to naming the Redstone and Paint Rock Valley projectile points.

He has published many articles in the Alabama and the Tennessee Archaeological Society's journals as well as several in the Canadian journal. He was also a member of the Central States Archaeological Society. Ed was indeed a friend of all who knew him and will be missed by his fellow archaeological groups.

A.B. Hooper III

January 1986 Vol 33 No# 1


Donald H. Sartor

Donald H. Sartor, 1918- 1988

Donald Sartor, age 69, of Tebbetts, Missouri, died on April 18, 1988. He was married to Mary G. Zeni of DuQuoin, Illinois. She survives at the home. Other survivors include two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, one sister and one aunt.

Mr. Sartor was a graduate of Fulton High School where he was an active athlete. He graduated from Westminster Colllege in 1941 and received his Master's degree from the Uniiversity of Missouri in 1943. He was employed as a chemical engineer at Monsanto for 31 years. He served with the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of LT(j.g.) during World War II.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fulton and the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, having been a founding member. He Sartor started collecting arrowheads with his father at the age of six. He chose early retirement at the age of 55 and has spent many enjoyable hours since then pursuing his hobby in central Missouri. He is pictured in Who's Who in Indian Relics No. 5.

Don was always present att the meetings held in Jefferson City, Missouri and will be sorely missed by his many friends.

January 1988 Vol 35 No# 3


Milburn C. Halverson

Milburn C. Halverson, 73, of Sommonauk, Illinois, died Feb. 9, 1988 at Sandwich Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 28. 1914 in Leland, the son of Leslie and Mathilda (Jacobson) Halverson.

He farmed in the Leland area all his life and was a collector of American Indian artifacts.

He is survived by one sister, Marian (Mayron) Henrikson of Ottawa; two stepsons, Bevin Wold of Leland and Jim Wold of Chicago; two nephews; and several great-neices, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Burial was at Little Indian Creek Cemetery in Leland.

January 1988 Vol 35 No# 3


Bob Hufford

Bob Hufford, 1949 - 1978

Bob Hufford died February 8, 1978, in Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois, at the age of 28.

Bob made is home in Quincy with his wife and three step-children. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Illinois State Archaeological Society, for which he helped sponsor the annual Quincy show.

Although a collector of but a few years, Bob had assembled a very nice collection, and few exceeded his enthusiasm.

For his friends, relic hunting will never be the same. Bob's presence will be greatly missed.

April 1978 Vol 25 No# 2


Professor Jesse E. Wrench

Professor Jesse E. Wrench, 1882 - 1958

Prof. Jesse E. Wrench, co-founder and president of the Missouri Archaeological Society, died i his sleep October 14, 1958. Prof Wrench joined the faculty of the University of Missouri in 1911 after graduation from Cornell University and participation in archaeological excavation in the Near East. He became a full professor in 1930 and professor emeritus in 1953 when he retired after 42 years of teaching service.

As a teacher and student of history, Prof. Wrench became concerned about the rapid destruction of Indian remains, the source of the state's unwritten history. In 1934, he and Prof. Brewton Berry organized the Missouri Archaeological Society to do something about it. Objects of the Society were and are "to preserve the remains of prehistoric people of Missouri, to study these remains scientifically, to publish information about them, to provide amateur and professional archaeologist with opportunities to discuss their common interest and to arouse public opinion to the appreciation of Missouri's antiquities." These objectives were not idle words Under his direction, the Society has done all these things and has been a pioneer in the organizing and training of amateurs to make worthwhile additions to the knowledge of the archaeology of Missouri. The Society is now the largest of its kind with over 1400 members.

Prof. Wrench has been described by those who knew him well as a stimulating teacher with the ability to make students think for themselves: "a rugged individualist; always ready to stand up for human rights; good at organizing and getting things started; sincere and modest, but with a flair for showmanship; always ready with a helping hand; a man in a hurry, for there never was enough time to do all he wanted to do, see or hear."

January 1958 Vol 6 No# 1


John G. Braecklein

John George Braeckein Dies, 1865 - 1958

John George Braeckein, 93 years old, who, as a progressive young architect at 23, designed Kansas CIty's first skyscraper office building in 1888, died last October 7th at his home, 3850 East Sixtieth Street Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri. The structure was the Heist Building later called the Manhattan Building, at 724 Main Street. The structure has since been razed.

In retirement for more than 20 years, Mr. Braecklein was able to devote much time to another lifelong interest - the collecting, identifying and cataloging of American Indian artifacts. Although retired, he also was called upon by old friends to serve in consulting capacity to many Kansas City firms and individuals on their building programs. Mr. Braecklein suffered a stroke about two years ago, recovered, and then became ill again about two weeks prior to his death.

As an amateur archaeologist, Mr. Braecklein virtually reached full professional stature in the field and at his death was an honorary member of many museums and archaeological societies in the United States and Canada.

For many year Mr. Braecklein bought Indian relics and sold them to Edward Payne, the man who assembled the world's largest Stone Age collection. The famous Long collection of Kansas City, the Bennett Young collection of Louisville, Kentucky and many others, outstanding from the standpoint of quality material, were negotiated by Mr. Braecklein for the Payne collection. Many collectors have artifacts with the signature J.G. Braecklein inked upon them, as he was very particular about obtaining proper data and labeling a relic he usually signed his name.

January 1958 Vol 6 No# 1


Samuel Cole

Samuel Cole died at his home east of Rainsville, Indiana, on Wednesday, February 25, 1959, after a long bedfast illness of eight long years. He was 70 years old and pursued a hobby of collecting American Indian relics during most of his life. He possessed on of the outstanding collections in the United State. Sam enjoyed showing his collection to clubs, school children, and other collectors.

Sam's war record was outstanding. He served as a Master Engineer with the famed First Division during World War I and received the Silver Star, the Croix de Guerre, the U.S. Victory and Occupation Medals, and personal citations by four generals. He breathed poison gas during the war which led to his death. He married his German nurse in 1919 at Kobienz, Germany. She survives him.

Sam served as sheriff of Warren County from 1927-1930 and began a poultry farming in 1931.

The Indiana Indian Relic Collectors have lost a devoted charter member. We will always miss Samuel Cole.

July 1959 Vol 6 No# 3


Joe A. Willbanks

Joe A. Willbanks, 1895 - 1966

on October 26, 1966, our good member and friend, Joe A. Willbanks died at the age of age of 71 at his home in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He was born May 8, 1895 in Shannon County, Missouri.

He attended school at Mountain View, Missouri. He was a civil engineer and was superintendant of construction on many major highways in Missouri.

He took a great interest in the youth of his community and at the time of his death was a counselor of the Neighborhood Youth Corps in Butler, Wayne, Ripley and Carter Counties.

Few collectors enjoyed their hobby of collecting Indian relics more than Joe. He had an attractively arraanged and propertly labeled display in one room of his home. We who knew him will certainy miss him and his attendance at our meetings.

by E.L. Simpson

October 1967 Vol 14 No# 4


Roland R. Hanna

Roland R. Hanna, 1888 - 1967

Roland R. Hanna's many friends were saddened to hear of his death, which occured Monay, March 13, 1967 while residing at his home in Ottawa, Illinois.

Mr. Hanna, 78 had a great many aswuantances and was widely known throughout the state for his interest in the American Indian, and for his many hobbies which included the collecting of fine Indian artifacts. He was a serious student of world archaeology, an ardent reader who was always eager to learn, and one who possessed that great ability of gathering knowledge easily.

Mr. Hanna was for many years a member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society. He was a charter member and one of the founders of the Northern Illinois Archaeological Society Chapter One, and also a director of that organization, a position which he so capably filled the past two years. He, for many years, hunted relics in the vacinity of Sac Creek in Kansas and also tramped many miles along the banks of the Illinois River in quest of the elusive artifact.

Roland Hanna, a retired jeweler, wsa born in Grand Rapids township, August 3, 1888 to John and Harriet Richard Hanna. To his wife, Elsie Jane, and his family, we extend our deepest sympathy. All of us who enjoyed his keen mind and close friendship will miss him.

by Ralph Sion

July 1967 Vol 14 No# 3


Roland R. Hanna

Roland R. Hanna, 1888 - 1967

Roland R. Hanna's many friends were saddened to hear of his death, which occured Monay, March 13, 1967 while residing at his home in Ottawa, Illinois.

Mr. Hanna, 78 had a great many aswuantances and was widely known throughout the state for his interest in the American Indian, and for his many hobbies which included the collecting of fine Indian artifacts. He was a serious student of world archaeology, an ardent reader who was always eager to learn, and one who possessed that great ability of gathering knowledge easily.

Mr. Hanna was for many years a member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society. He was a charter member and one of the founders of the Northern Illinois Archaeological Society Chapter One, and also a director of that organization, a position which he so capably filled the past two years. He, for many years, hunted relics in the vacinity of Sac Creek in Kansas and also tramped many miles along the banks of the Illinois River in quest of the elusive artifact.

Roland Hanna, a retired jeweler, wsa born in Grand Rapids township, August 3, 1888 to John and Harriet Richard Hanna. To his wife, Elsie Jane, and his family, we extend our deepest sympathy. All of us who enjoyed his keen mind and close friendship will miss him.

by Ralph Sion

July 1967 Vol 14 No# 3


Donald G. Edwards

Donald G. Edwards, 1915 - 1984

Donald G. Edwards, 69, of Route 1, Utica, Illinois, a prominent farmer, carpenter, and Indian relic collector in the Utica-LaSalle area, died August 24, 1984. He was president of the Northern Illinois Archaeological Society, Chapter No. 1 and was a sponsor of the Utica Indian relic show. He belonged to the Resurrection Church, was a member of the Utica Fire Department and the LaSalle Eagles Lodge and was president of the local Sportsman's Club.

Mr. Edwards started collecting arrowheads in 1960. He delighted in helping a new collector get started and was noted for his friendliness and cooperation. He was especially fond of a pair of six inch Thebes points he found while plowing his farm. One of the most active members in the Illinois State Archaeological Society, he always enjoyed showing his fine collection to his friends.

Mr. Edwards was a very good trap shooter. His wife, Mary, tells of seeing him break 100 of 100 clay pigeons many times.

Beside his wife, Mr. Edwards is survived by one son, Donald, Jr., of Rockford Illinois. He and his collection are featured in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No. 6. His many Indian relic collector friends will surely miss him at the many meetings that he attended.

January 1985 Vol 32 No# 1


George Ross Hoke

George Ross Hoke, 1921 - 1996

George Ross Hole, age 75, Macomb, Illinois, died at his home on April 24, 1996. He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen Hoke, and two sons, Kenneth and Gregory, four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

George graduated from Eureka College in 1942 and served in the Army Signal Corps in World War II. He was a farmer all his life.

He was a member of the American Legion; Order of the Eastern Star; Masonic Lodge, Mohammad Shrine Temple, York Rite College 42; Royal Arch Masons; and Shrine Club. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, Order of the Elks, Illinois Archeaological Society, The Society for the Documentation of Prehistoric America and teh Angus Association.

Many of us will remember George's smiling face at many of the Indian artifact shows and auctions he attended. He was often referred to as the Happy Farmer. George was noted for his fine prehistoric Indian artifact collection of Mississippian pottery and dovetails. It was a pleasure to visit with Mr. Hoke.

Mr. Hoke and some of his fine collection ishown in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No. 5.

January 1985 Vol 32 No# 1


Houston B. "SI" Sisemore

Houston B. "SI" Sisemore, 1918 - 1991

Houston B. "SI" Sisemore was born February 25, 1918, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He moved to Tulsa at an early age and after high school attended the University of California, Berkley. He married Mary Irene Speer in 1940.

He was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During World War II he designed air bases and air fields in Brazil as a civilian engineer. In 1949 he founded Sisemore Surveying Service and was past president of Sisemore, Sack, Sisemore and Associates, Inc. He served as an officer in several professional organizations and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

He was a life-long collector of Indian artifacts and enjoyed attending Indian relic shows and archaeological meetings, sometimes with his good friend, Gregory Perino. He was a member of the Oklahoma and Northwestern Arkansas Archaeological Societies.

He is survived by his wife and sons and their families. At his request, his body was donated to the Oklahoma University College of Medicine for medical research. A memorial service was held June 27, 1991.

October 1991 Vol 38 No# 4


Ann Curtiss

Ann Curtiss, 1889 - 1991

Ann Curtiss, wife of the late Eugene E. Curtiss, Sr., one of the "old time" collectors, died on April 20, 1991. Ann was an enthusiastic contributor to many of the Indian relic shows and will be remembered as a kind and generous lady. She accompanied her daughter and son-in-law (Barbara and Lawrence Tully) to relic shows as long as her health permitted.

October 1991 Vol 38 No# 3


Ken Barrow

Ken Barrow, 1908 - 1991

Ken Barrow of Greenville, Missouri, passed away on January 20, 1991. He was born August 11, 1908.

He married Bess Crites on April 3, 1932, and she preceded him in death. They had one daughter, Waynette.

Ken moved to Butler County and worked in several banks before being elected Butler County treasurer, a post he held for 12 years. He worked for the newspaper in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, for 13 years.

He will be remembered as a hunter, fisherman and artifact collector and historian. He had a general collection of srtifacts. Ken Barrow served as vice-president of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society between 1963 and 1968.

October 1991 Vol 38 No# 3


Keneth E. Patterson

Kenneth E. Patterson, 1918 - 1990

Kenneth E. Patterson, 71, of Beason, Illinois, a retired farmer and teacher, died April 2, 1990. He was born July 15, 1918, at Springfield, Missouri, a son of Herve and Cliffe Smith Patterson. He married Doris Gehlbach November 1, 1940, in Bowling Green, Missouri. She survives.

He was a former DeWitt County teacher. He was a member of the S. John United Church of Christ, Lincoln and the DeWitt County Farm Bureau and served from 1958 to 1975 on the Beason school board.

Kenny was known as Pat by his friends. A very active artifact collector in Illinois and Missouri for a number of years, he sold his collection in 1980 to Bill Havner of Springfield Illinois. Pat had a large general collection. He was an avid surface collector. Pat was responsible for getting Glenn Leesman of Atlanta, Illinois, started collecting. He will be missed be many friends he made while displaying his collection at shows held in Illinois and surrounding states.

October 1991 Vol 38 No# 3


Arlis Levette Coger

Arlis Levette Coger, 1908 - 1991

Arlis Levette Coger, 83, died Friday, September 20, 1991, at his home in Huntsville, Arkansas.

He had been an active member of Northwest Arkansas Archaeological Society since 1959 and for many years made arrangements for the meeting in Huntsville, often conducting personal tours of his Trail of Tears Museum following meetings.

Arlis was a registered pharmacist for more than 60 years, had served as U.S. Postmaster, developed and operate the first water works in Huntsville during the 1930's, helped organize the American Crossbow Association, was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Huntsville, was active in many community and area projects and always willingly shared his extensive knowledge of geology and archaeology with all interested persons.

He was proceeded in death by two wives, one brother and one sister. He is survived by three sons, two daughters, two sisters, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

All who knew Arlis will miss his calm, outgoing personality, his prodigious works, and his helpful sharing of his knowledge and advice in his many areas of expertise.

January 1992 Vol 39 No# 1


Alma Stone

Alma Stone, 1899 - 1991

Alma Stone, 92, died on Friday, Aug. 2, 1991, at the Christian Buehler Memorial Home, where she had been a resident since December 1980.

Born July 20, 1899, in Peoria, Illinois, to Hero T. and Louis Gloechel Poppen, she married Judge Claude U. Stone on April 2, 1925, in Peoria. He died Nov. 13, 1957, in Peoria.

She is survived by one son, Claude U. Jr. of Morton; one step-daughter, Mrs Sherwood (Sheila) Day; one sister, Mrs. John (Helena) Barrick of Peoria; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A 1919 graduate of the former Lucy B. Wade Teachers Training School, she taught for one year at the Children's Home. She later was employed by Peoria District 150, teaching at Washington and Whittier Schools.

She co-founded Tac Town Teen Center during World War II, and also served the Peoria Historical Society and the Academy of Science.

She served for eight years on the Crittenton Home Board of Directors and was a member of the Bradley University Mothers Club of Foreign Students.

She also was a member of the First Federated Church, where she served as deaconess in 194 and was active in the Mothers Club and Service Guild.

Mrs. Stone accompanied Judge Stone to archaeological meetings during his lifetime and she was a collector in her own right.

January 1992 Vol 39 No# 1


James Lansden

James Lansden, 1929 - 1996

James Lansden, a good friend of mine, died March 30. He was a friend to many collectors and was always fun to be around. His wit and humor tended to put eeryone that he came in contact with at ease.

He was very knowledgable collector and an excellent judge of fine artifacts. He and I, along with out two good friends, Robert and Hunter Byrd Whitesell, hunted Indian artifacts around Fulton Kentucky when we were kids.

Jim is survived by his wife Shirley and their two sons, Mike and Keith. I will miss him.

by Lawrence "Red" Tully

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


H. C. "Buddy" Brehm

James Lansden, October 9 1918 - December 25, 1995

H. C. "Buddy" Brehm of Nashville, Tennessee, died Christmas day while at home. He was 77. Buddy was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, and was retired from Write Industries in Nashville, Tennessee.

Buddy was a founding member of the Southeastern Indian Antiquities Survey (SIAS), which later became the Middle CUmberland Archaeological Society (MCAS). He was also a member of the Tennessee Anthropological Association (TAA), Volunteer State Archaeological Society, Dickson County Archaeological Society, as well as the West Meade Fellowship.

Buddy loved history and archaeology and devoted many hours to his hobby. In the early 1970s he started Mini-Histories, where he wrote and published books and articles on historical and archaeological sites. In 1981 Brehm's The History of the Duck River Cache was published by the University of Tennessee Press in Knoxville. Buddy's most popular books include Along the Harpeth, The Narrows of the Harpeth and Montgomery Bell, History of the Blind Wolf Pipe, and Tennessee's Aboriginal Art-The Monolithic Axe. In 1993 Mini-Histories was published 28 books by Brehm and other authors.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Annie Lee Brehm, one daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchild en. Buddy will be missed by all his friends at the Dickson County and Middle Cumberland Archaeological meetings. He did so much for friends in the archaeological community that I couldn't list it all. Buddy had a heart of gold, he was kind and giving. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

by Mark Austin

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


Morris (Morrie) Ricker

Morris (Morrie) Ricker, 1932 - 1996

President of Wolverine State Archaeological Society of Michigan (WSAS)

On January 17, 1996, we lost our good friend, Morrie Ricker.

Our first encounter with Morrie, in 1991, was his knocking on our door and saying someone had given him our names as fellow collectors of Indian relics. We spent several hours looking at and talking about relics. He also joined WSAS that evening.

Over the years that followed, we spent many hours together, visiting, going to relic shows, field hunting and forming a lasting friendship. We would return home from the fields and make tracings in his journal of everything we had found that day and describe every aspect of our trip.

As his interest in WSAS grew, so too did his involvement. He worked diligently to increase interest and membership and in November 1994, was elected president. HIs ready smile, infectious laugh and sincere dedication to WSAS and Indian relic collecting endeared him to all that met him.

Morrie was born May 11, 1932. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a deputy for the Osceola County Sheriff Department and was looking forward to his retirement and having more time to devote to his family, friends, relic hunting, and WSAS. Sadly, at the time of his death, he was only two weeks into his enjoyment of that retirement.

Morrie's children have asked that memorial contribution be made to WSAS. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

by Don and Noreen Gusafson

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


Dr. Warren Wittry

Dr. Warren Wittry, 1927 - 1995

Warren Wittry was born May 24, 1927, and passed away December 15, 1995, at Washington, Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Carol Wittry of St. Clair, Missouri.

An ardent student of prehistory, Warren received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the Universality of Wisconsin in Madison. His extensive contributions in the field of archaeology are immeasurable. Dr. Wittry will be remembered for his outstanding fieldwork, teaching, and writing, as well as for identifying and naming the Raddatz point type. Warren was also instrumental in establishing the Missouri Mines State Historical Site in Park Hill, Missouri, and, until the onset of his illness, was designing the archaeological exhibits for the St. Clair Historical Museum, St. Clair, Missouri. He is perhaps best known for his work at the Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds.

Warren possessed a vast knowledge of pre columbian cultures and he was always happy to share his professional insights in his own personal and often humorous way. Non-professional archaeologist were always warmly received in the Wittry household.

The world of archaeology is deeply saddened by his passing, and we are proud and honored to have known such a distinguished scientist. Dr. Warren Wittry, archaeologist, teacher, mentor, friend, you will be missed.

by Lee West

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


Dr. James R. Reed

Dr. James R. Reed, May 22 1922 - March 21, 1995

This is an obituary for a unique amateur archaeologist. Rather than bore you with the usual recital of facts. I would like to attempt to tell you about the person. Any one can join an organization, most leave a family behind, but few make any contribution to their hobbies or impact their communities.

Doc reed died at age 72 on March 21, 1995. He was the third generation student of B.W. Stephens. In later years he was the friend and regular companion of Bryon Knoblock.

Doc was something of a local celebrity. He was the old school like Wadlow and Titterington. He was an avocational archaeologist, an excavator, but no one ever called him a pot hunter. He left a legacy of cataloged field finds, excavation notes and published articles. He founded Erroke Indian Museum that later developed into the Quincy Museum. The University of Chicago assisted in the excavation of the museum site and lent advice on the best way to excavate the mounts. The provided training in things like leaving the original excavation profiles and transplanting exhibits without effecting the knowledge to be transferred at Erroke. Doc was always learning and seeking professional help. He also used many volunteers.

He was often contacted when local mounds in the way of construction were to be destroyed. With the help of Quincy College students he attempted to salvage as much information as possible from several mounds. Host of these mounds had been pitted for a hundred years, yet information was still available, and through much effort he saved it.

He started collecting at age 10, and his fascination with the past never wavered throughout his life. Doc graduated as a Doctor in Dentistry from Marquette University, and served his country in World War II. He married Phyllis Hagenbaumer and they had six children.

Doc was always interested in the mound builders. He excavated many mounds in the Quincy area. Several were in city parks where erosion, local kids and pedestrian traffic were affecting the mound and threatening both the information and contents contained therein.

Dr. Reed was also an early forensic scientist using physical anthropology to add to the knowledge from his excavations. He was intensely interested in bone changes whether caused by disease, trauma or cultural modifications. His collection contained specimens showing the effects of glandular problems, flattening of the head, teeth filing and fillings, healed fractures and trepanning. Many of these specimens were on display at Erroke. The first time I saw a clay on skull recreation of features was also from his collection.

Erroke Indian Museum was located in Indian Mounds Park in Quincy. The museum was named after three of his children by combining the first two letters of their first names. Running his dental practice and attempting to keep the museum open was too time consuming. A unique agreement was made through the efforts of Dr. Reed, the City of Quincy and Gardner Denver. A museum board consisted of B.W. Stevens, Byron Knoblock, Doc Reed, Dr. Snow, Mohrman's Manufacturing, Gardner Denver, and the City of Quincy, and others were set up to run, improve, and expand the museum.

Many years later, the museum was moved to Quinippi Island that was being set up as a major tourist attraction. Constant flooding and lack of funds led to the park's abandonment and subsequent move and renaming of the museum to the Quincy Museum at its present location on Main Street. Doctor Reed was active in these moves and remained active with the museum until his death.

In his years of excavation, Dr. Reed identified a unique trait among the Early Late Woodland groups in the area. Now called Adams focus, these Late Woodland groups placed rattlesnakes over the genitalia of some burials. Two snake effigy mounds were discovered north of Quincy on the bluffs. Doc Reed excavated the head mound on one. The serpent mound began at the bottom of the bluff and proceeded up and across the bluff and terminated in a mound as the head. Dr. Reed excavated this mound and found cooper and shell beads.

During Erroke's existence, bus tours, ,school groups and thousands of others, including a number of American Indians, visited the museum. The museum introduced visitors to the Late Woodland Culture, their burial traditions, pottery, artifacts and lives.

On one occasion Chief Red Fox of the Ogala Sioux visited. He was impressed enough to change his schedule and volunteer to spend the afternoon interpreting the mound and discussing his tribes history, death stories, burial habits and cultural loss with the tour guides.

It was a simpler time. Professional and amateurs cooperated. American Indians professional and amateur archaeologist all cooperated.

Doc Reed was a short, red haired nervous energy type. He walked his fields in a hurry. In fact, he always kept himself busy with projects, he gave of himself, and always took the time for people.

I'll and this with a personal story. Doc and I walked many of the same fields. He usually left a few artifacts because of his quick pace. One day I arrived at one of our best sites just after plowing and a heavy rain. Sure enough, he beat me to the site. There were his unmistakable small footprints going into the site. The site was a terrace on the edge of a swamp in the floodplain. For about a third of the field I attempted to dodge his walking pattern. Then suddenly he quit and started back to his car in a straight line. Curious, I trailed he path for a quarter block. No doubt about it, he was headed straight back to his car, leaving two thirds of the field un walked. Jubilant, I headed back to the point of stoppage and began to hunt. Within two minutes I found a perfect seven inch Sedalia. Not ten feet away was a five-inch Sedalia. By field's end, two more three-inch Sedalias where also secured in my pockets. Laughing to myself, I thought, if only he had walked another five to ten feet, the big one would have been his. Since the five-inch was in full view, Doc surly would have had both. Then my thoughts turned to the reason he had left so abruptly. Probably had to get in to work, I thought. Well, his loss, my gain. On the way into town, I thought I might as well stop by Doc's office and gloat. I mean share my unique good fortune. It felt really good finally to be on up on the old pro.

I was sent back into his office by the receptionist, and in about ten minutes he came back. Proudly I should him the four points that got away. He fondled them, said they were nice and then strolled over to a cabinet. He reached up and pulled out a perfect ten-inch Sedalia He walked back and handed it to me, explaining that he had gone to the field at dawn, found the point and realized he could not do any better and decided just to go home. I was beat out again.

Dr. James. R. Reed served as president of the Illinois State Archaeological Society in 1958 and 1959. Doc will be missed, but the legacy of his avocation will go on . May we all contribute half as much.

Submitted by Tom Browner

January 1996 S 43 No# 1


Stephen Ray Healy

Steve Healy ( 1969-2008 ) passed away in the early morning hours on March 19 and left a void in those of us who knew him. Steve grew up in rural White County, Illinois and was introduced to artifact collecting by his father and uncle. This became a lifelong passion and life force for Steve, second only to the love and devotion he held for his daughter. Steve was a regular at the Collinsville, Owensboro, and Kentucky artifact shows. Steve’s favorite artifacts were fine axes and hornstone Dovetails. He was also a student of archaeology and knew the value of keeping the provenience with each artifact. He also appreciated the history of those who had been privileged to curate the piece before him. He was diligent about keeping good records and passing this information along with the artifact to its new caretaker. Whenever Steve passed a relic on to someone, his philosophy was to “ make it so you’d feel good about owning it.” Steve was the kind of person who always had a way of making you feel better after talking with him than you had before; he had a great sense of humor and quick wit. Steve had a passion for Indian artifacts, their history and what could be learned from them, but more importantly, he had a heart of gold and was one of the best friends anyone could ever ask for. I will miss him terribly as will those blessed enough to have known Steve Healy.
Submitted by Steve Boles

January 2009 Vol 56 No# 1


Larry Dyer

Larry Dyer
On May 20, 2007, the Indiana Archaeology Society lost one of our long time collectors, Larry Dyer to Cancer. After a long absence of an artifact show in Columbus Indiana, Larry organized the Columbus Indiana show revival in the 1990’s. The Columbus show was always well attended and for those of us that lived in the Columbus area, we were always grateful of Larry and Nancy taking the time to make sure the show was successful. Larry and Nancy would also on occasion have the many members that attended the show over to their home for a cookout where good food flowed along with many artifact collecting tales.Larry was well known for his fabulous Pinetree collection and the many stories he had of collecting them off of the Ohio River. Larry was particularly proud of a personally found Birdstone and called many us to tell us of his good fortune of finding the Birdstone intact. Larry also had collected fine slate pieces from some of the old time collections. Larry wrote articles and submitted pictures for the GIRS, Central States Journal, the Lar Hothem series and he and his collection was published in the Who’s Who in Indian Artifacts series. Larry had retired from Cummins Diesel in 1986 and was enjoying life fishing, hunting and visiting with friends. Larry is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Nancy, and three children, Jeff, Dawn and Denise as well as 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. All of Larry’s friends are saddened by his passing and will miss him greatly.

Submitted by Phil Mizet

January 2009 Vol 56 No# 1


Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr.

Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr., December 7, 1920 – October 9, 2010

On October 9, 2010 the Piedmont Archaeological Society of Virginia and the Carolinas lost their oldest member, Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr. (known as “Doc” to many collectors and friends). He was a family doctor, who served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. He delivered over 1,800 babies in his lifetime, the last one in 1982 being born at the mother’s home. Dr. Rankin retired in 2001 after 53 years of practicing medicine.

Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr., December 7, 1920 – October 9, 2010
 

Dr. Rankin was an active conservationist, preserving timber lands and wildlife. In 1983 he was named the North Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year. He was a director of the Town Creek Indian Mound from 1980-2000, as well as many other organizations including the Land Trust Control of Central N.C. and the N.C. Forestry Association. He was a 2006 recipient of an Honor Award from the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indians. Dr. Rankin loved hunting and took trips across North and South America and Africa, providing the museum which he founded with animal mounts which are the results of his big-game hunts. His lifelong interest in nature and archaeology began as a boy collecting bird eggs (legal then) and was later re-enforced when as a teenager he was the first to investigate the Leak Native American archaeological site in Northern Richmond County in the 1930’s.

Throughout his life, Dr. Rankin loved to share his latest finds. In 1984 the Rankin Museum of American Heritage was opened in a 2,400 square-foot building owned and maintained by the Town of Ellerbe. Unable to contain all of Dr. Rankin’s collection, in August 1999, a 2,500 square foot addition to the museum was added. Much of the woodwork in both buildings came from Dr. Rankin’s land along Drowning Creek, which is mostly protected in a conservation easement with the Sandhills Area Land Trust.

In the Rankin Museum, located at 131 W. Church St., Ellerbe, NC, one will find outstanding exhibits of the American Indians, historic artifacts, the only turpentine still in NC, civil war period relics, large game animals, South America artifacts, carved ivory, shark teeth and fossils…just to name a few. All are professional displayed. It is said that the Rankin Museum is the best private museum in the Eastern part of the United States.

Submitted by Rodney Peck

Janurary 2011 Vol 58 No# 1


Elvin Wilson Smith, 1940-2010

Elvin Wilson Smith, 71, of Conover, North Carolina, died on June 28, 2010 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Marie, a son Keith and daughter Tina. A granddaughter, Tiffany, resides at the Smith home.
Elvin Wilson Smith, 1940-2010
 

E. W. or “Shorty” as some called him, was a long time member of the Piedmont Archaeology Society and the Genuine Indian Relic Society. For decades he was an avid collector of authentic Indian relics from the southeast. In his earlier years he searched for Indian artifacts in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

More recently he and Ron Harris, a long-time close companion, traveled to numerous Indian artifact shows and visited a number of museums in the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Indiana.

Smith retired from the furniture industry and had recently begun woodturning as a hobby. He crafted many fine wooden bowls and urns from exotic woods. “ Shorty” will be sorely missed as a fellow collector andtraveling companion.

Submitted by Ron Harris

Janurary 2011 Vol 58 No# 1


C.C. Franks, December 8, 1929 - December 22, 2008

C.C. Franks passed away on December 22,2008. Funeral services were held at the Mallory-Martin Chapel in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
C.C. Franks, December 8, 1929 - December 22, 2008
 

He was born on December 8th, 1929, in Okeman, Oklahoma. He eventually joined the United States Army and served the nutritional needs of troops in Korea, Japan

and Germany. His expertise in establishing field kitchens had him called up many times for extended tours of duty. He earned the rank of Master Sergeant and served for twenty-one years.

Upon retirement from the military, he returned to the town of his youth. He found great enjoyment in hunting Native American artifacts in the plowed fields, creeks and around Kerr Lake in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.

Preceding him in death was his father Orphus, brothers Donald and Douglas and his sister Ramona. He is survived by his mother, Lillian and many children including eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.During his lifetime he spent much time maintaining his ancestral burial grounds at Akins Cemetery, which is where he was laid to rest alongside his family
on December 27, 2008.

Submitted by Doug McEver

Janurary 2011 Vol 58 No# 1


John Henry Retherford, 1943-2010
John Henry Retherford, 68, of Stony Point, North Carolina, passed away on August 29, 2010. John was a long time Piedmont Archaeology Society member and avid artifact collector. He was featured on 3-pages of Who’s Who in Indian Relics # 6 in 1984.
John Henry Retherford, 1943-2010
 

John was born in 1943 in Indiana. He had collected arrowheads since he was a small boy, but became seriously interested in 1975 when he attended a show in Winchester, Indiana. He said Cameron Parks encouraged him to collect slate artifacts. Cameron even allowed John to study his slate artifacts, which was an honor, as Cameron would not let most people even touch his relics.

John and his family moved to North Carolina in 1977, where he was a dairy farmer raising registered Jersey cows. This was a family business involving John, his father and a brother. Later, after the passing of his family, John more recently worked on farms near his home in Stony Point.

John was well known and very knowledgeable about Indian artifacts. He will be missed by his many friends, acquaintances and fellow collectors

John is shown in a photo taken at the Berry Archaeological Site near Morganton, North Carolina, on July 14, 2007.

Submitted by Ron L. Harris

Janurary 2011 Vol 58 No# 1


Wade Calvin Sharpe Jr. 1953-2011

Calvin Sharpe passed away on December 1, 2011 of a massive heart attack. Calvin was a California native and a 2nd generation relic collector. He is survived by wife, Deborah Sharpe; son, Wade Sharpe; and sister, Calene Sharpe.
Wade Calvin Sharpe Jr. 1953-2011
 


I first met Calvin Sharpe over fifteen years ago at an Indian relic show. Our display tables were right next to each others. We became friends instantly that day, just like we had known each other all of our lives. Anybody that got to know Calvin knew that he was very honest and knowledgeable about Indian relics, civil war relics, and fossils along with other things. Calvin’s favorite points were from the archaic period. He loved dovetails and lost lakes. He was also a scuba diver. Another hobby of Calvin’s was wood-turning, making vases and bowls.

Calvin was always kind to everyone. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Submitted by Dwight Phillips

April 2012 Vol 59 No# 2


Dan A. Stroud, 1931-2012

Dan A. Stroud, age 80, of Chattanooga died Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at a local health care facility. He was born October 19, 1931 the son of the late Mayne A. and Louise G. (Beyer) Stroud. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Tom Stroud, sister Caroline Stroud and a grandson Brent Stroud.
Dan A. Stroud, 1931-2012

Dan was an avid collector, and began collecting artifacts from his home area of Chattanooga. His passion grew, and over the years his collecting interests covered the entire Midwest as well as Central and South America. He served as the President of the Chattanooga Archaeological Society for seven years as well as an associate editor for The Redskin magazine in the 1970’s.

Dan enjoyed it all, stone, pottery, flint and shell. His sought the best artifacts for his collection, and delighted in sharing them with his fellow collectors. His home was always open to anyone who was interested, and he attended all the local shows until health problems slowed him down. His last show was the GRAS Kentucky Dam Show in late November 2011.


Dan was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Chattanooga. He was a volunteer at TVA Raccoon Mountain, a former official with TSSAA Football, , University of Tennessee at attanooga graduate, retired from Combustion Engineering and Hamilton County Government. Survivors include his wife Pat Stroud of Chattanooga; sons Timothy A. (Missy) Stroud of Conover, North Carolina and Scott E. (Sarah) Stroud of Chattanooga; grandchildren Amanda Stroud and fiancé Kevin Weathers and Drue Stroud; great grandson Karter Weathers all of Conover, North Carolina.

April 2012 Vol 59 No# 2


Richard Gene North, 1928-2012

Richard was an avid collector of Indian Artifacts. Born in Centralia, Illinois he started hunting fields at the age of fourteen and continued until he moved to Florida in 1960. While in Florida, Richard became a police officer for the city of Hollywood. For many years he was in charge of the K-9 department and poured his heart and soul into that endeavor.
Richard Gene North, 1928-2012
 

He often told the story of how he and his friend Gregory Perino dug for artifacts at Cahokia Mounds. This was many years ago when this activity was allowed.

He was very proud of being mentioned many times in the book Illinois Hopewell and Late Woodland Mounds: The Excavations of Gregory Perino 1950 - 1973 by Kenneth Farnsworth and Michael Wiant. Just before moving to Florida, he uncovered what is today known as the North Point. Gregory Perino finished the dig. Gregory informed him several years later that he decided to name this point type after Richard.

In retirement, Richard took all his artifacts out of cartons, photographed them and put the pictures on his IPAD. He looked at those pictures almost daily.

Richard celebrated thirty-seven years of marriage just before his passing. He was a US Army Veteran, a member of the NRA and enjoyed playing the organ. He is survived by his wife, Joan Chapman North, along with his sons, daughters, 9 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.

He will be buried in the military cemetery located in Bushnell, Florida.

Submitted by Terry Goette

April 2012 Vol 59 No# 2


Charles A. McCorkle, 1922-2011
On December 9th, 2011, we lost one of the pillars of the Indiana
Charles A. McCorkle, 1922-2011
Charles A. McCorkle, 1922-2011

artifact collecting community. Charles(Charlie) McCorkle, age 89, passed away. Charlie, as we all knew him, was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He graduated from Jackson Township School in 1940 and then entered military service in World War Two. He served in the European Theater in the US Army. After the war ended, he attended Purdue University, graduating in 1948. He then moved back to his farm near West Point. Indiana, and continued farming the rest of his life in the same community that he was born and raised . He was a dedicated member of the Indiana Collecting Society, rarely missing a show anywhere in the state. Charlie always had a beautiful display and loved to share knowledge and information with everyone. He especially enjoyed children at shows, and always had candy and interesting puzzles for the young and adult alike. He will be missed by all.

Submitted by Patrick L. Mooney

April 2012 Vol 59 No# 2


J.D.Strain

The host of the Paris,Tennesssee Show and longtime collector, J.D.Strain, passed away from cancer in October 2012. He was 54.

July 2013 Vol 60 No# 3


Jan Walter Sorgenfrei 1942-2012

Jan Walter Sorgenfrei passed away on December 12, 2012 at the age of 70. He was born on November 4, 1942. Jan first married Betty
Jan Walter Sorgenfrei 1942-2012
 
Miller (they later divorced) and surviving him are their three children and four grandchildren. He later married Kristine (Frick) Comer (they divorced and she preceded him in death) and one son survives. Jan then married Vicky (Philo) Bailey and she survives along with two sons and one granddaughter. Jan received his Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University and started his career as Vice President for Federated. He later opened Painters Creek Antiques in Pandora, Ohio. He is currently the owner of the Old Barn Auction House which he has operated for the past 25 years. He was an avid collector of Indian Artifacts. Jan was a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio where he served as past president.

Submitted by Ron Smith and Charlie Wagers

April 2013 Vol 60 No# 2


Jasper Newton Bailey Jr. 1923-2013

Jasper Newton Bailey(Jap) passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born June 18, 1923, in Sparta, Tennesse.
Jasper Newton Bailey Jr. 1923-2013
 
He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, flying bombing missions over Europe, and then volunteered for additional missions over Burma In June 1945, he was missing in action in Burma for two weeks after bailing out of his B-24 aircraft. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, three Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. He graduated from Cookeville High School and received a B.S. in electrical engineering at Tennessee Tech in 1948. He later founded the Bailey Home Decorating & Supply Company, which became Colormagic. In recent years, he pursued his hobby of collecting and trading Indian relics. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Frances Rhea Bailey; a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Tim Fields and Paul Sanders

April 2013 Vol 60 No# 2


George Looney 1954-2013

George Lovell Looney, 59, of Mountain View, Arkansas, died on January 30, 2013 in his home. George was born January 11, 1954 in
George Looney 1954-2013
 
Batesville, Arkansas. George married Karen Jeane Stone in 2002, Karen survives in their home. For the last 40 years George has worked as a craftsman at The Dulcimer Shoppe in Mountain View. An avid outdoorsman, George found peace and comfort by spending as much time outside, hiking, arrowhead hunting, doing woodworking projects and working in the yard. When George married Karen he not only earned the title of husband but also the title of “Bonus Dad” to Karen’s 4 children, as well as the title of Grandpa to 15 grandchildren. George is also survived by one sister and three brothers.

Submitted by Steve Colbert

April 2013 Vol 60 No# 2


Cleatis E. Hook, 1950-2013

Cleatis Earl Hook, age 63, of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, passed away quietly at his home on Friday, August 23, 2013, at 7:55 p.m.
Cleatis E. Hook, 1950-2013
 

He was born in 1950 in Providence, Kentucky, and his family moved to Grand Rivers in 1952, where he lived the rest of his life. He became a commercial fisherman in the early 1980s, and was the Past President as well as the current Vice-President of the Kentucky Commer 1950-2013 cial Fisherman’s Association. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, artifact hunting, flintknapping and working in his gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore E. Hook Jr. and Edna Earl Clevenger Hook. Ron Smith writes: “Cleatis was one of the first people I met when I moved to Grand Rivers in my 8th grade year (1970) from TN. I was a classmate of his sister and worked with his mother and wife at the Hillbilly Restaurant during my high school years. We lived on the same street and saw each other often. Cleatis was always showing me arrowheads he would find in-between running his fishing lines. That started the spark to get me hunting them. He never took me to any sites but suggested places I might look. Later on, he started showing me arrowheads he made, so I guess he was the first knapper I have known. Even back in the 70’s he was pretty good at “making them.” Some of you may recognize Cleatis from the Kentucky Dam show. He usually made one pass through and picked up a few frames from Mark Geisler. He looked exactly like his pic the forty years I knew him. Cleatis spent his life doing what he wanted on his own terms”

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Barbara Topper Hook of Grand Rivers; one daughter,

Elaine Wailgum and husband Mark of Grand Rivers; one son, C. Edward Hook and wife Melanie of Smithland, Ky.; three granddaughters, Julie and Ruthie Wailgum and Dalylah Hook, his “little Lylah”; and one step grandson, Dylan Emmonds. Also surviving are three sisters, Margaret Doom, Marinia Wilson and Martha Crawford, all residing in Grand Rivers.

Submitted by Ron Smith

October 2013 Vol 60 No# 4


David A. Scott, 1944-2013

David A Scott, 69, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013. He was born in Manchester, Ohio on August 15, 1944, his parents being the late Arthur and Viola (Thompson) Scott.
David A. Scott, 1944-2013
 

David was a longtime member of the artifact community. He started collecting at an early age hunting the local fields. Although he collected other things, his first love was artifacts. He attended countless shows, and even sponsored his own in Manchester. That event brought collectors from throughout the country, and David was a fine host.

As a younger man, he attended Southern State Community College. He was a man of enormous energy for everything he was involved in, and was the General Manager at PCP Champion of Ripley, Ohio for 51 years, the CEO of Blue Grass Cutlery, Inc., the Owner of S&D Enterprises, the Adams County Lumber Company, Allstate Manufacturing, Ruddles Mills Products, and formerly Vance’s Department Store. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge #317 and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was the Founder of the Manchester Artifact Society, Charter and Lifetime Member of the Manchester Historical Society, and a Charter Member of M.A.M.A. He attended the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Maysville, Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn (Dryden) Scott; two sons: Tim (Tammy) Scott and Greg (Darla) Scott; one brother Joe Scott; two sisters: Naomi (Bob) Skeels and Esther (Jerry) Doyle; along with six grandchildren: Zach (Jackie), Landon, Noah, Isaiah, Faith, and Hope and one step granddaughter: Jerica Wilmoth. David’s passion for artifacts and collecting
will be hugely missed by all.

October 2013 Vol 60 No# 4


Calvin D. Howard, 1932-2013

Calvin D. Howard, 81, of Springfield, Illinois died on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Calvin was born and grew up in Litchfield, Illinois and left the day after graduating from high school for the Air Force. He proudly served his country during the Korean War. Calvin first worked for McDonnell Douglas and later on the Mercury and Gemini space projects. He retired from NASA as a Quality Control Engineer, helping to put man on the moon and assisted the launch of the space shuttle program.
Calvin D. Howard, 1932-2013
 

A good friend of his said, "Calvin was a lifetime collector who began hunting relics as a young man in Illinois, and continued as an adult in Texas, Wyoming, and in other western states. He applied his training acquired at NASA to the study and authentication of ancient Indian relics. He was the author of an impressive body of articles published in professional peer-reviewed publications, including: "Fluting Technology at the Lincoln Hills Site" published in Plains Anthropologist(1988); "The Clovis Point:Characteristics and Type Description" published in Plains Anthropologist(1990); and "Natural Indicators o Lithic Artifact Authenticity" in North American Archaeologist(1994).”

An archeologist friend said, " Calvin was one of the few people who really took an interest in my research and I was grateful for our correspondence over the last twenty years. He specialized in an area of stone tool research for which he was unique and very well known. There are no other archaeologists that discovered or used his techniques of examining stone tools."

Calvin is survived by five children Randy (wife Patty) Howard, Terence Howard, Joni (husband Ken) Hall, Ronnie Howard and Sherry (husband Corey) Kelly; four grandchildren; great- grandchildren; two sisters and two nephews.

submitted by Tommy Bryden

October 2013 Vol 60 No# 4


Claude U. “Bud” Stone, Jr., 1926-2014

Former State Senator Claude U. "Bud" Stone, Jr. passed away at the age of 88 on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. He was born April 30, 1926, in Peoria to Claude U. and Alma Marie (Poppen) Stone.
Claude U. “Bud” Stone, Jr., 1926-2014
 

Bud received his bachelor's degrees from Cornell University and Bradley University and his master's degree in Business Administration from Stanford University. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 33 years holding management positions in Pricing, Advertising, Sales Development and Marketing all within the Engine Division. He retired in 1985.

Bud was an Illinois State Senator representing the 45th Senate District for the 92nd Legislative Session.

Bud enjoyed keeping active and throughout the years kept busy by being actively involved in many organizations and committees. His greatest length of tenure was being a member of the Illinois State Archeological Society for over 62 years. He was one of the last living of the original 76 charter members of the Illinois State Archaeological Society, and was listed as No. 61 on the inside cover of the very first journal published in 1937, right beneath the names of his father and
mother.

Submitted by James Ludwig

April 2015 Vol 62 No# 2


John Calvin Hill, 1947-2014

John Calvin Hill passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the age of 67. He was born in New York City in 1947 and spent his early years there until his family moved back to Madison County, Alabama, where they originally came from.

At a young age, John found his first arrowhead while picking cotton with his Great Aunt. That first find started a lifelong interest in Indian culture and the prehistoric way of life. After High School he enlisted in the Army and served two tours of duty with the Corps of Engineers during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged when he injured his back during a firefight

When he recovered from his injuries he returned home and worked for the United States Postal service in Huntsville, Alabama for twenty-five years. When he retired from the postal service he devoted most of his time to hunting and studying Indian artifacts in and around the North Alabama area. He was an excellent collector and a good friend and hunting buddy to many.

Submitted by Tim Tucker

April 2015 Vol 62 No# 2


Merrill F. Kuske. 1959-2014

Merrill Kuske passed away quietly on October 21, 2014 at the age of 55. He is survived by his sisters, Jacqueline Iskander, Jennifer Geimer, brothers-in-law Fadel Iskander and Gene Geimer, nieces Sheila Workman and Alex Iskander, nephew Hayden Iskander.

He was born in September of 1959 in Memphis, TN, but raised in the St. Louis area, and Gerald, MO. In 1976 he graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Tulsa, OK. During the years of his service to our nation, he acquired technical certifications in various computer related subjects, as well as an Associates of Applied Science from St. Louis Community College.

He was an outdoorsman and explorer, an avid fisherman, canoeist, hiker, rock and arrowhead hunter. He dearly loved the Bourbeuse river and surrounding area and spent many a happy hour tromping the woods and riverbank. Merrill was an artist, in the whole sense of the word. He was proficient with pencil, ink, oil. He played guitar, dulcimer, piano. He was a member of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society. He wrote about local Native American artifacts for the 'The Central States Archaeological Journal.” He wrote for fun with great imagination. He was an avid photographer. Merrill entered the Navy in 1982, serving as Chaplain through his Honorable Discharge from Active Duty in 1991. He served two more years as a Naval Reserve Chaplain, and was Honorably Discharged from the Naval Reserve in 1993. In 1992 he went to work for the United States Veteran's Administration, from whence he continued to serve his country, working in several departments
over the course of the years.

He began in Office Automation, moved through Claims, Program Support, was most recently a Veterans Service Representative. In 2011, he received his award for 25 years of service to The United States Veterans Administration. Merrill honorably served his country for 32 years. He will be missed.

Submitted by Jennifer L. Geimer

April 2015 Vol 62 No# 2


Mike Wilson, 1952 – 2015

Michael Lee Wilson, 63, departed this life after a lengthy illness on July 23, 2015. He was born in Peoria, Illinois to Nancy Janet (Burns) and Frank Hiram Wilson. Mike married the former Patricia Cavey in 1970, and they had two sons, Michael Lee II and Frank Robert. Later, he married Cindy Clore, to whom he remained devoted for 33 years.
Mike Wilson, 1952 – 2015
 

Mike worked as a telephone cable splicer, a power plant electrician, and with his second wife Cindy formed a highly successful courier service called "Fetch.” He had an intense passion for Indian relics.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jim, and a son, Michael Lee II. He is survived by his wife Cindy, a son Frank and extended family, and a brother Don.

Besides being a friend, Mike took me to my first Indian relic show in Boonville, Indiana and later that same year to the show at Kentucky Lake. He introduced me to the community of collectors and helped in forging new relationships. He mentored me in the "street sense" of the hobby one might say, an education not found in books. As a young man, I found his free spirit and " live and let live" attitude towards life appealing.

Mike had a tenacious and hard charging approach to collecting. Unrelenting as a surface hunter, he also forged a reputation as a prolific relic digger. His instincts were uncanny! Back when public sensibilities towards the excavating of Indian relics were yet to be inflamed, collecting societies condoned and even encouraged the practice of digging for artifacts. And dig he did, and often won the category of “Best Excavated Find” at artifact events. Never did a curio cabinet fill so quickly as the one that stood in Mike’s living room in the years of ‘79 thru ‘81. Fantastic examples of prehistoric art were crowded unto its shelves. Beautiful works of pottery, bone, shell and flint were eloquently displayed behind the antique cabinet’s curved
glass.

Nearly all of the artifacts Mike recovered were salvaged from either the miner's shovel or the farmers plow! When Peabody Energy removed the last scoop of The Black Earth Site's midden in 1983, Mike had already recovered some important Middle Archaic artifact assemblages (Lutz: 2000, p. 43). Fearless and unapologetic, he recovered archeological material from several Mississippian sites along the Ohio River in Gallatin County, IL, convincing the land owners that the artifacts were doomed for destruction from farm equipment. And right he was, for today those sites have been plowed away with no regard for their historical significance or the artifacts they held.

Some of Mike's discoveries can be seen on the pages of some noteworthy books on artifacts with authors’ i.e. Lutz, Hathcock and Gerber. Other artifacts can be found in societal journals and various collections throughout the Midwest.

I remember a boxing match that Mike participated in as a man in his early twenties. It was the result of a dispute that occurred between himself and a fellow who was his equal in size and strength but older by perhaps five years. The opponent was also cut from Mike's same rough cloth. Wagers were made with each man receiving similar odds to win, and after five rounds, the boxers had bloodied each other beyond recognition. The match was called a draw. The sight of the two warriors stumbling into each other with congratulatory hugs and new found respect is one that speaks volumes about Mike as a person.

It's easy to admire one who walks through life like a fearless warrior, taking all that life has to offer and living each and every day to its fullest. In my eyes Mike Wilson was that warrior who lived and affirmed an unconventional philosophy. He literally took life by the horns and rode it like a bull. In the end, the warrior stared down cancer with his bravest face.

Rest in peace 'ole warrior friend, and thank you for helping us understand southeastern Illinois prehistory.

Submitted by Mike Sutton

October 2015 Vol 62 No# 24


Mike Millsap, 1949 – 2015

Mike Millsap, 66 year-old Checotah,Oklahoma resident, passed away of a sudden illness on Thursday, July 8, 2015 at his home.
Mike Millsap, 1949 – 2015
 

He was born on April 6, 1949 to Arlis Lee and Dorothy Faye (Cherry) Millsap in Checotah where he was raised. He attended Onapa schools until they closed then attended Checotah Public Schools, graduating in 1967. He became a father and moved to Arkansas where he worked as a concrete finisher.

Mike moved back home in 1980 and continued concrete work in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He loved Indian artifacts and was one of the leading authorities on Creek historic relics. Mike restored Indian artifacts for museums all across the United States. He also loved hunting and fishing. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Arlis Lee Millsap; his grandparents, Asberry and Annie Millsap, Roy and Katie Cherry.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Millsap; sister Arla Kay Chase and her husband Dale; daughters, Melina Goatcher and her husband Ron Dake; Nicole Beeson and her husband Clint of Owasso; grandchildren, Katie Dawn Garner and her husband Bobby; Joe Goatcher, Iryland Beeson and Quinn Beeson.

Mike is also survived by his great grandchildren Kaylee E and Isaac R Garner; niece Tammy Lawhorn and well as other extended family and a lifetime of friends.

Mike’s wish at the time of his death was to be cremated and scattered at one of his favorite fishing areas.

Submitted by Lonnie Hartline

October 2015 Vol 62 No# 4


James Owen Behnken, Jr., 1950 - 2015

John Owen Behnken, Jr., passed away Wednesday April 15, 2015 at age 65. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years;
James Owen Behnken, Jr., 1950 - 2015
 
Marcy; daughter Jennifer Kinser and her husband David ;daughter Vanessa Zamarripa and husband John; six grandchildren; parents John Sr. and Julia; sister Julie Winn and her husband Allen; brother Dennis and his wife Amber; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John graduated from Georgia Military School in Milledgeville. He attended DeKalb College and Georgia State University. In 1968 he joined the US Air Force and served for six years. He owned the DeKalb Bookstore(off campus) and the Braves Bookstore in Carrolton, Georgia. John was a very active member of the McKendree United Methodist Church. He taught and did missionary work in Eritrea.

John was a very early member of the Peach State Archaeological Society and a delegate when the society petitioned

to be accepted into the Central States. He served as President in 1981, Secretary/Treasurer from 1982-1985, Vice
President in 1986 and 1988 and Secretary from 1989-1990. He was a member of the Kolomoki Society as well. John could
be seen at many of the Central States shows in the mid-west and southeast, and his collection of Pre-Columbian pottery is
on exhibit at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. We will all miss John, his sense of humor and his
dedication to family, friends; and the work he did for the early fledgling Peach State Archaeological Society.

Submitted by Fred Swain III

October 2015 Vol 62 No# 4


Larry Hardage Elliott, 1935 - 2014

Long time Peach State member Larry Elliott passed away December 20th, 2014. He was a resident of the Cove Community in Woodbury, Georgia. Larry was married to his loving wife of 56 years, Shelia Bates Elliott, who still resides in the cove. Son Scott Elliott, his wife Tammy; daughter Carol, her husband Marvin Montgomery; three grandchildren, Megan and Matt Montgomery and Jack Elliott; survive Larry, as well as his sister Patricia Presley along with several nieces and nephews.
Larry Hardage Elliott, 1935 - 2014
 

Larry was a deacon, treasurer and choir member of the Cove Baptist Church. He was a soft spoken man who genuinely cared about his community and treated people with the same kindness as he did his family. His dedication to family and community is a solid testament to the man, and his kindness will be remembered as part of his legacy by his family and friends.

Larry lived adjacent to the Buzzard Roost Site, a major Creek settlement. In fact, the Buzzard Roost Site was the largest Creek village in the state of Georgia during the early 1800’s, just prior to the Indian removal and the Trail of Tears. On a visit to view his collection, Larry told me that when the Indians were removed, the community took wagonloads of pottery from the site. Larry was an avid collector and plowed his property year round, not to plant crops, but to look for artifacts every day! Some of Larry’s collection is pictured in the CSAJ, July 2013 Vol. 60 pp 152-153. Larry will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Submitted by J. Steven Beasley

October 2015 Vol 62 No# 4


Don E. Lewis, 1936 – 2015

Don Edwin Lewis of Flora, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2015. He was 79.
Don E. Lewis, 1936 – 2015
 

Don was born on October 3,1936, and always said he didn’t make it very far in life, just across the road. He married Reada Barton on March 11, 1954 in Cisne, and together they celebrated 61 years of marriage. He was a lifetime resident of Flora and lifelong area farmer.

At an early age, Don developed a tremendous passion for collecting Indian artifacts. Over the years, he assembled one of the finest collections ever. His collection grew to include many superb artifacts, and Don delighted in sharing them with others. He attended numerous shows, always displaying portions of his collection. He mentored and inspired his grandson, Mitch Lewis, to follow in his footsteps. He was especially passionate about the publication, Prehistoric American, and signed up hundreds to receive the publication at various shows throughout the years. Don served in numerous positions in various societies, and in 2010, was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement” Award by the Genuine Indian Relic Society for exceptional service to the artifact community. Don enjoyed spending time with family, and had numerous collecting interests. Don’s love of farming was contagious and he inspired future generations to follow in his footsteps.

He is survived by his wife, Reada Lewis of Flora; his children: Dean (Jill) Lewis, Sheri (Scott) Fritschle, Curt (Janet) Lewis, and Tina (Alex) Booth all of Flora; along with 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy and Genevieve Lewis.

A private funeral service was held with interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

April 2016 Vol 63 No# 2


John Sam Potts, 1941 – 2015

John Sam Potts, 1941 – 2015
 
John Sam Potts of Columbia, Kentucky, passed away on October 29, 2015 at the age of 74, after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Bobbi, son Jeff(Jane), daughter Jerri (Steve) Nixon, two brothers, two grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and six step-great grandchildren.

He was born August 30, 1941, in Taylor County, to the late Thomas & Shada Smith Potts. He was a member of Columbia Christian Church and retired from Columbia Utilities. He became interested in Indian artifacts at a young age, and actively collected for over 40 years. John was a longtime member of the Green River Archaeological Society, and attended many artifact shows. He made many trips to visit fellow collector Gary Noel in Harrodsburg to discuss and acquire artifacts.

He was buried in the Haven Hill Cemetery.

Submitted by Donnie McHahan

April 2016 Vol 63 No# 2


Dr. Guy H. Gross, 1941-2016

Dr. Guy Gross of Sherman, Texas, passed away on July 16, 2016. He was known by many in the collecting community.
Dr. Guy H. Gross, 1941-2016
 

During his obstetric practice, Dr. Gross delivered an estimated 8,000 babies. He was a skilled bow and gun hunter, enjoyed scuba diving and deep sea fishing. He was also an excellent downhill skier. In addition, Guy was an avid and excellent golfer, and in the last four years Guy managed to shoot a hole in one twice

Doc had a deep and continued interest in arrowhead collecting and loved attending artifact shows. He became interested in arrowheads early in his life, finding them as a young boy near his childhood home. Over the years, he assembled a fine collection of points, mostly from his home area of west Texas. He loved points made from Alibates, and his collection was stunning to see. Doc displayed at many shows, including the huge show at Temple, Texas, as well as the Springdale Show in Arkansas. Doc always enjoyed conversing with other collectors and enjoyed sharing stories and ideas. At these shows, collectors always gathered around his tables to view his fine frames. Doc’s beautiful collection will be fondly remembered. Dr. Gross is survived by his wife of 26 years, Gayle, children (and spouses) Gay Lyne (Oscar) Tarango,

Gina (Tad) Deupree, Garrett (Julie) Gross, Zach Jeffrey, and Katie Dornstadter and nine grandchildren.

July 2016 Vol 63 No# 3


Norm Grogitsky, 1907 - 1995

Born in Detroit in 1907, Norm resided there until 1920 when his parents moved to a farm i nDearborn Michigan. He made Dearbon his home until his passing in March 1995. He was 87.

Nork worked for many year at Ford Motor Company as an electician before going into business for himself as Deaborn Cartpet Cleaners, where he was active until his retirement.

Norm was the collector extraordinare, devoting every possible spare moment to what he loved most, surface hunting the many sites he discovered in over 60 years of practicing avocational archaeology.

In the true sence of this great hobby, Norm was a giver, always willing to help the novice and not heasitating to voice opinions to the professionals. He shared his knowledge to anyone who asked, expecting nothing in return. He was instumental in recovering and documenting the many artifacts found a the Gibralter Stite, a deep Hopewell burial excavated in 1935.

Norm enjoyed membership in various organizations, including being a charter member of the Aboriginal Research Club, which he helped intiate in 1935. He was a charter member of the Woverine State Archaeological Society, where he will be sadly missed.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 yars, Edna; a son, Ron, and a daughter, Louis. Norm is pictured on page 87Who’s Who in Indian Relics # 2.

Submitted by Ron Covietz

January 1996 S 43 No# 1


James King Thompson

James King Thompson, 71, died August, 1979, in Canyon Lake, Texas, where he had operated the Mexican Arts and Crafts Shop for the past twelve years. He was born and raised in Gibson County, Indiana, and started his collecting of Indian relics in that area.

Jim Thompson belonged to the Green River Archaeological Society of Kentucky and was a familiar figure at the Ken-Bar show, where he displayed for many years. He at one time had an extensive collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico

He was a charter member of the Canyon Lake Optimist Club, the Masonic Lodge at Canyon Lake, the Scottish Rite and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine at Houston, Texas, and a past patron of the Canyon Lake Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Kentucky Colonels.

He is survived be his wife, Eunice, four daughters, two sisters and two brothers.

January 1980 27 No# 1


Harry Raymond McPherson

Harry Raymond McPherson, 88, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died November 10, 1979. He was born October 17, 1891, in New Paris, Ohio, and spent his life as a teacher, printer and publisher and was an authority on archaeological and historical memorial area and their development and administration.

He organized the Preble County Historical Society and was its first president, served on the staff of the Ohio State Museum, and afterwards was in charge of Ohio State Parks and was curator of State Memorials.

He participated in the field of archaeology for 55 years and was a member of the Tennessee Archaeological Society. He moved to Fayetteville in 1957, where he formed the Northwest Arkansas Archaeological Society and server as its president for seven years. He took part in the reorganizing of the state archaeological society and was active in promoting legislation to form the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.

He was the Editor-in-chief of the Central States Archaeological Journal for two years and assisted on the staff of that publication for many years. He also assisted in the editorial and field work for the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. He was named an official Arkansas Traveller by Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller and was the recipient of the Master Archeologist award from the Guild of American Pre-Historians. Many collectors of the prehistoric pottery prepared and restored by him now are in museums throughout the country.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, a daughter, a brother and two grandchildren.

January 1980 27 No# 1


William A. Steele

William A. Steele, 84, died January 7th, 1979, at his home in Cairo, Illinois of an apparent heart attach. Mr. Steele had belonged to the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society for many years. He frequently displayed at our shows and was noted for a fine frame of Hopewell blades.

He was a veteran of World War I and a 2nd Lieutenant with the U.S. Army. He was employed by the Corps of Engineers until is retirement in 1958. He had lived in Cairo for the past 46 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, by only eleven days. His only son, William A. Steele Jr., of Birmingham, Michigan, is also an active collector of Indian relics.

Mr. Steele collected and visited often with Thomas Beckwith of Charleston, Missouri, back in the early 1900's. r Beckwith was one of the true pioneer collectors and put together a very large collection which is on display today at the State College in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Mr. Steele knew more than 100 sites in southern Illinois and hunted them until the very end.

January 1980 27 No# 1


Deane G. Carter

Deane G. Carter, Fayetteville, Arkansas, died February 12 1980. He was born February 17, 1894, in Martinsville, Missouri. After retiring from the University of Illinois in 1958 as Professor emeritus, he accepted some special assignments in Turkey before returning to Fayetteville.

Mr. Carter actively supported the Central States Archaeological Journal. He did most of the work on the Journal Index that was published in 1969 and was planning an update on it at the time of his death. He worked closely with and helped Harry McPherson when the latter was Editor-in-Chief of the journal. He also helped edit the Silver Anniversary Memoir and wrote the foreward for it. He was an active member of the Northwest Arkansas Archaeological Society.

Deane Carter is survived by his wife Gladys; a son, Paul, of Hammond, Indiana; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Write of Fayetteville and Miss Juanita Carter of Little Rock. Also surviving are a sister, a brother, and nine grandchildren.

April 1980 27 No# 2


Irvin M. Peithmann

Irvin M. Peithmann, well known amateur archaeologist and member of the St. Louis Archaeological Society, died May 16, 1981, at the age of 76 in St. Ann's Nursing Home in Chester, Illinois.

Mr. Peithmann was a writer and historian who published a dozen books during his career. His best-known work, The Unconquered Seminoles of Florida, became a textbook for Florida's public schools. He was a self-taught archaeologist whose work was instrumental in the discovery and preservation of a prehistoric Indian village near Prairie du Rocher in southern Illinois, with artifacts dating back 10,000 years.

He became affiliated with Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1931 and worked as a researcher and curator of the university's museum during his 42 years there.

He is survived by his wife, Leona; two sons, Albert and Russell; and two grandchildren.

July 1981 28 No# 3


John W. West

John W. West, 81, of Linton Indiana, died July 12, 1981 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Linton. He was born March 18, 1900, in Lyons Indiana.

Mr. West was active in the Indiana Archaeological Society for many years and a strong supporter of the Central States Archaeological Societies. He was one of the first to mass produce an attractive display frame that all collectors could afford.

Mr. West, a retired cole miner, was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and the Lyons Masonic Lodge No. 634 F&AM in addition to the Indiana Archaeology Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Shay West, in January, 1966. He is survived by three sons, Jim and David West of Linton, and Milton "Red" West of Homestead, Florida, and three daughters, Mrs. Raymond McCombs and Suzanne Hensley of Lyons, Indiana, and Mrs Larry Skidmore of Brazil, Indiana.


 

 

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