Central States Archaeological Societies
On December 9, 2011 we lost one of the pillars of our
Indiana 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 U.S. Army. After military service, Charlie attended
Purdue University and graduated in 1948. He then moved
back to the farm and continued farming the rest of his
life in the same community that he was born and raised,
near West Point Indiana. He was a dedicated member of the
Indiana Collecting Society, rarely missing a show anywhere
in the state. Charlie always had a beautiful display an
loved to share knowledge and information with everyone.
He especially enjoyed the children at the show and always
had candy and interesting puzzles for the young and adult
alike. He will be missed by all.
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
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
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
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,
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
Fri, 7 Oct 2005 08:08:49 EDT. It was reported
last night on Arrowpack and confirmed this morning by Leslie
Pfeiffer that Floyd Easterwood of Fredricksburg, Texas
passed away in his sleep October 4, 2005.
Floyd was President of the Lone Star Archaeological Society. Floyd and I
were visiting at the Temple Texas show in July of this year. He was very
supportive and excited about the direction that CSASI was taking. He was
quick to offer his help in anyway necessary.
He is survived by his wife, Amy, this children, and a host of friends. I
think he was in his early fifties. Leslie Pfeiffer will be sending me more
detailed information shortly.
Floyd was an important member of the collecting community and a great man.
He will be missed by many people. Please remember his family in your thoughts
Hothem July 26, 1938 - October 18, 2006
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
On Tuesday, November 15,
2011, The Green River Archaeological Society
lost long time member Bill Pinkston, who
passed away at age 92.
|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
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
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 Ruth Thompson,
wife of Ben W. Thompson, passed away
on Saturday, November 12, 2011.
|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
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.
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 Farr at the 2009 Alexander
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
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
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.
and Hollie Mae Prestridge Farr; his wife of 48 years, Jewell
Gaither Farr; one sister, Imogene Farr and one brother, Elton
This photo for the Journal was submitted by Walter Farr earlier
this year for submission in the Journal. The caption he
Drill found in-situ on the Buttachee River in Lamar County,
Alabama by Walter Farr, Jr.
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.
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
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
submitted by Tim Fields
William “Bill” H
William "Bill" H
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 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.