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Ralph Hugley Allen, Jr.      

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John Baldwin Dr. Robert E. Bell Rene F Battinau Clifford H. Bry
John George Braeckein Ken Barrow Jasper Newton Bailey Jr. John William Brooks III
H. C. "Buddy" Brehm William Leroy "Bill" Breidinger Howard L. Brandt James Owen Behnken, Jr.
Maurice (Marty) Leo Benton Olander J. “Jack”Barrett, Jr. John F. Berner Richard M. Burnett
J. W. Berry H.C. "Buddy" Brehm Hubert Bost Howard W. Briggerman

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Darrell Cross John T. Crowley Eugene E. Curtiss Samuel Cole
Ann Curtiss Arlis Levette Coger Deane G. Carter Gary Eugene Cuckler
Robert "Bob" Converse John Mark Clark George William Casteel William "Bill" Oliver Cain
Loy Clifton Carter Arlis Levette Coger Charles Bosworth (C.B.) Connell  

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Judge S. P. Dalton Dr. Don F. Dickson Irvin S Dougherty Larry Dyer
Gerald “Jerry” Davis Jim Dresslar Edward R. Dixon John C. Douglass
Calvin Drafahl Charley G. Drake    

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Floyd Easterwood Phillip L Eviston Donald G. Edwards Larry Hardage Elliott
Gene R. Edwards Robert W. Edler Floyd Easterwood III  

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Walter D. Farr, Jr. Michael S. Flanigan James E. Felke C.C. Franks
William G. Fecht Issac E. Flanery    

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Norm Grogitsky John Paul Grotte Suzanne Lynn Goette Paul Gabbard
Dr. Guy H. Gross Donald “Jim” Gustafson H. Noreen Gustafson Floyd W. Goddard
Glenn E. Quinn George P. "Bud" Grove Art Gerber  

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Dan Thomas Harper Roy Hathcock Lar Hothem Milburn C. Halverson
Donald Ray Ham George Ross Hoke Stephen Ray Healy Bob Hufford
John Calvin Hill Roland R. Hanna Earl Robert Honeywell Cleatis E. Hook
Lonnie Alexander Hartline William Jack Hranicky Calvin D. Howard William David Huff
William F. Havenar George Ross Hoke Milburn C. Halverson Glenn Hummell
Warren Holland A. B. Hooper III    

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Bob Jenkins Bruce Jones Duane Beanie Johnson Randal N. Jones

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Byron Knoblock Merrill F. Kuske Morris A. Knutsen  

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Don E. Lewis Charles T. Love James Stephen Langley George Looney
James Lansden Raymond F. Long Joseph D. Love/Herschel K. Love Charles H. Long
Betty M. Lightner James Lansden Vernon Luedtke Joseph D. Love
Herschel K. Love      

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Don C Miller Mike Miller Dr. W. A. McGuire Edward (Ed) C. Mahan
Harold W Mohrman Mike Millsap Charles A. McCorkle Harry Raymond McPherson
William "Billy" McLemore Robert Bruce McMahan Byron McDonald James Everette Maus
Larry Gene Merriam Dr. Gordon Frederick Meuser Ralph Mahan James Forrest Malone
James J. Matthews Charles D. Meyer Morris (Morrie) Ricker Frank Morast, Jr.
Richard "Dick" Morgan      

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Richard Gene North      

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Greg Perino Iona Pilcher William T. Pinkston Kenneth E. Patterson
Doug Puckett Mrs. Cameron Parks Cameron Parks John Sam Potts
Irvin M. Peithmann Floyd Painter Malcolm Parker Leonard Anthony “Tony” Putty
Rodney A. Price      

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Glenn E. Quinn      

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Dale Roberts Dale Roberts Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr. Harold W. Rothrock
Matt Rowe Bob “Eagle”Rampani Lloyd Rose Morris (Morrie) Ricker
John Henry Retherford Floyd Ritter David Ray Ramp Delnora “Dale” Rector
Ralph Paul Reust, Jr. Dr. James R. Reed Tom Razmus Ralph G. Roberts
Arnold Richter      

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Timmothy “Max” Stoner Jimmy Sweezy Kyle L. Sly Sid Sheffield
William “Bill” H Shearer Judge Claude U. Stone Houston B. "SI" Sisemore Donald H. Sartor
Alma Stone Elvin Wilson Smith Dan A. Stroud Jan Walter Sorgenfrei
David A. Scott Wade Calvin Sharpe Jr. J.D.Strain Claude U. “Bud” Stone, Jr.
William A. Steele Rick “Daltonman” Stevens Richard Eugene Shively Virginia Swaim
Harlan F. Soenker Bentley Michael Stone F.M. (Ray) Snyder Alma Stone
Donald H. Sartor Terry Schultz    

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Earl C. Townsend Jr. Marcia R. Thompson Dr. Paul Frank Titterington Ben Thompson
Dennus Tolley Charles Rickey Travelstead James King Thompson Lawrence N. Tully
John D. Turin Sr. Clyde Theler    

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Dale R. VanBlair W.H. Vandevender    

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Walter Wadlow Stephen G. Walker Bill Wilkie Carl M. Wright
Jospeh C. Walta Theodore "Ted" K. Watson Dr. Warren Wittry Joe A. Willbanks
Professor Jesse E. Wrench Mike Wilson John W. West Michael Sherman Wayland
William G. Wasemiller Dr. Henry Milton Whelpley Gary Dwight Williams Carl M. Wright, Sr.
Dr. Warren Wittry Roy E. Whaley    

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David L. Young Dr. Hugh T. Young    

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Edward Zimmerman Tom Zmudka    
       

 

 


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

John D. Turin Sr.

John D. Turin Sr.
1935 - 2002

John Turin, a long-standing member of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, died on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the age of 66. He was buried at the Jefferson Barracks National Historic Cemetery. John is survived by his wife, Ruth Louise, four children and ten grandchildren.

John served as a fireman and fire marshal for the city of St. Louis, Missouri, for over thirty years. He began his service in 1967 and only retired recently. John was a masterful cook and served as chief chef at many benefits and occasions.

John was greatly interested in American Indian archaeology, artifacts and the prehistoric past. He had an eye for finding artifacts and a passion for recording and documenting them for the future. He lamented the destruction of the land and sites they had roamed. Much of his spare time was spent in search of these prehistoric artifacts. John was very successful in this endeavor and found an abundant number of artifacts. Many of his artifacts find were featured in articles and photographs in teh Central States Archaeological Journal.

John always wanted to share the joy of discovery, the excitement of a find and his knowledge of history with scout groups, historical societies and school children. He used displays of his personal finds to enhance the presentations that he gave, and he gave those presentation whenever the opportunity presented.

John's greatest thrill came with the discovery of the artifact itself. He studied them and learned a great deal. Still, he could never find enough artifacts to satisfy his appetite for discovery, an admirable goal we should all have. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. God bless you, John, you will be greatly missed.

submitted by Bob Eagle Rampani

July 2002 Vol 49 No# 3


Glenn E. Quinn

Glenn E. Quinn
1924 - 2001

The Illinois State Archeological Society and the Central States Archaeological Societies lost a long, influential and faithful member with the passing of Glenn E. Quinn on January 17, 2001. He had a passion for Indian artifacts and attending the artifact shows that where such a source of enjoyment for him.

Glenn was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, on January 3, 1924. He was the son of Robert M. Quinn and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Quinn. He had two brothers and one sister. It was in Illinois where his dad and mom had a farm, that his interest in Indian artifacts began as a child.

Glenn was a veteran of World War II and served as a cook in the US Army. Cooking would remain another hobby that he truly enjoyed throughout his life. He entertained many friends over the years with his ability in cooking field while discussing the latest finds and shows pertaining to artifacts.

After serving with the US Army he moved to Mt. Vernon, Indiana, where he bought a farm, married and raised a family consisting of two sons, two daughters and one stepdaughter. Along with farming he worked at Babcock & Wilcox as an x-ray inspector for many years. After retiring from B & W he spent most of his spare time hunting for artifacts and collecting for his impressive collection. He had many different kinds of artifacts, but his favorite was quality flint, especially from the Archaic cultures.

He was a speaker at many schools over the years where he used his vast knowledge of artifacts for giving presentations. He was an excellent speaker and would always take along displays for the students to see.

Gell will be truly missed at artifacts shows, as he was known to be friendly and outgoing man. He always had very nice displays and loved mixing and talking to others who shared his deep interest in Indian artifacts.

submitted by Courtney L. McKowen

July 2002 Vol 49 No# 3


Dale R. VanBlair

Dale R. VanBlair
1921 - 2017

Dale R. VanBlair, 96, of Belleville, Illinois, died Friday, September 15, 2017.

VanBlair was born June 17, 1921 in Quincy, Ill., which was also the hometown of his late wife, Mary, nee Stickler, VanBlair. They were married April 9, 1949 and were happily married for 53 years until Mary E.'s death in 2002.

For 26 years VanBlair taught at Belleville West High School until he retired in 1982 as Chairman of the English Department. In 2017 he was inducted into The Belleville West Wall of Fame.

Always on the go, VanBlair's passions included reading, his favorites being Thoreau, Twain, and Dickinson; fishing; bowling and had a perfect game at age 83 and again at 87; and archaeology, he was a ten year editor of the Central States Archaeological Society Journal. He was a proud WWII Army Air Forces veteran and wrote a book detailing his experiences as 8th Air Force Tail Gunner on a B-24, Looking Back: A Tail Gunner's View of WWII.

He was active in his church, Westview Baptist Church in Swansea, Ill., where he was honored as Deacon Emeritus. He was also a member of the VFW in Smithton, Ill.

VanBlair was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E., nee Stickler, VanBlair of Quincy/Belleville, Ill.; parents, Cecil and Lora, nee Orr, VanBlair, both of Quincy, Ill.

He is survived by his daughters, Deborah VanBlair of Belleville, Ill. and Karen (Doug) Weaver of Waterloo, Ill.; and granddaughter, Dr. Elizabeth (Dr. Dennis Moore) Weaver of Louisville, Ky.


John F. Berner

John F. Berner
1932-2019

Over the past few years we have seen several notable collectors pass away. One of those who was very influential in the world of collecting artifacts passed away at his home on April 23, 2918. John F. Berner, sometimes known as "the Colonel" spent the last few years of his life in seclusion and few younger collectors have heard of him. But if you collected from the 1970's - 2000s he was a force to be reckoned with.

John F. Berner

John F. Berner 1932-2019

John was editor of this publication for just a few years but was it's savior. At the beginning of 2005, the Journal was without an editor. John Crowley stepped up to do one issue (April) but could not find anyone to fill the role. Without an editor, the publication of the Journal would have been over. John stepped into the position and literally saved this publication from demise. He served for a bit more than two years, talking me into taking over the editorship at the beginning of 2008. he was awarded a plaque for his service to the Central States, and the stated several times that it was one of the few times he truly treasured.

But this was not the only publication he was involved with! John served as president of The Artifact Society as well as three terms as president of G.I.R.S. He was additionally editor of G.I.R.S. publications, including The Redskin, Prehistoric Artifacts of North America and Prehistoric American, for nine years. In 1984, when the organization folded, it was his and Dr. Neil Brown's personal recruitment efforts that resurrected the G.I.R.S and got the organization and its magazine back on track.

John was also instrumental in promoting the use of authentication, and papered artifacts for many years (American Artifacts Inc. and American Antiquities Inc.). John's knowledge of some artifact types were well known throughout the collecting world, and at shows he would be handed pieces after pieces for his opinion. Over the years he could be very blunt with his thoughts, which turned some collectors off, but he always meant well. He wrote dozens of articles about his main subject, which was exposing "fakes" and those who made them. He wrote a book that came out in 2000 American Indian Artifacts - Genine or Reproduction, that included many of his articles as well as images from his massive library of photos showing fakes and real artifacts.

John amassed a huge collection over the years, and constantly upgraded. When business problems overwhelmed him in the late 1990's, he sold off the majority of his pieces, retained only a few prized artifacts. You can identify objects he collected by his catalog number, always starting with a J and ending with a B (J112B). He personally knew many of the important earlier collectors including Hubert Wachtel, Gray Ladassor and Dr. M.E. Hawes, and would always share stories. He was also a certified artifact appraiser and looked at countless collections during his lifetime. He appeared in Whos's Who in Indian Relics #3 and #10.

John was a prolific writer and for many years was the guiding force of several artifact organizations. It is rare that someone has such a big impact on the world of collecting. John's knowledge and expertise as well as his lifelong crusade against "fakes" will be sorely missed. He was a character that you either loved or hated, but respected regardless - Submitted by Steven R. Cooper

July 2019 Vol 66 No# 4


Richard M. Burnett

Richard M. Burnett
1936 - 2019

Richard M. Burnett

Richard M. Burnett 1936 - 2019

Richard M. Burnett, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 he was 82. Richard was born Sept. 17,1936. He was a member of Centenary United Methodest Church in Shelbyville where he was very active over the yeas. He was a member of Sons of American Revolution, an avid hitoruan and dedicated Indian Artifact collector. He was well known for his fine artifact display as well as his display of saber-toothe tiger skulls. Many of his artifacts were pictured in this Journal as well as Prehistoric American.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leigh Burnett, Shebyville; his daughters, Beth Chludzinski (John), Melbourne, Florida; Peggy Bullock (Mike), Bowling Green; Dee Dee Weakley (Charles), Shelbyville; his brother, Bill Wilingham, Louisville; his grandchildren, Alexander Chludzinski, Anna Chludzinski, Marysia Chludzinski-Parry; Hillary Bonnet, Grant Johnson, Lindsey Jaroszek; Amanda Hayden; his great grandchildren, Tanner, Jacob, Hayden, Sofia and his neice Ashely Kandle.

 

July 2020 Vol 67 No# 1


Lawrence N. Tully

Lawrence N. Tully
1925 - 2004

Graveside services for Lawrence N. Tully, 79, of Benton Kentucky were held Monday, June 21, 2004 at the Marshall County Memory Gardens. The Revend Tim Pafford officiatied.

Mr. Tully, known to everyone as "Red" was a retired engineeer for Pittsburge Metallurgical and a published author of archeological meterial. He was also a Navy veteran. Red Tully also served in the capacity of 2nd V.P., 1st V.P, and President of the Central States Archaeological Societies in the early to mid 80's, as well as holding numerous offices within the Green River Archaeological Society.

Surviving Mr. Tully are his wife, Barbara Curtiss Tuly; a daughter, Deborah Gilchrist of Wilmington, Delaware; a son, Steven Neal Tully of Manhattan, Kansas; and two grandchildren, Hazel Ann Tully andRaymond Neal Tully, both of Manhattan, Kansas. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. His parents were Percy Neal Tully and Bertha Todd Tully.

July 2004 Vol 51 No# 3


Charles D. Meyer

Charles D. Meyer
1918 - 1999

On August 11, 1999, Charles D. Meyer, a student of projectile point typology passed away. He was well known by others interested in the subject and corresponded with anyone who had an interest in projectile point typology. For health reasons, he lived in the dry climate of Tucson, Arizona, but corresponded nationally. Charles was born on November 1, 1918 in Springfield, Missouri. He grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. He began his working career for the Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1936. He served in World War II, and later spend almost twenty years working for the company ni Brazil before retiring in 1976. After retiring he resumed an active interest in Indian artifacts, with an emphasis on point typology. He drew most of the listed forms in Volume 2 of Selected Preforms, Points and Knives of the North American Indians and for years has helped to obtain point type descriptions and examples for most of the points featured in volume number 3, having completed most of the drawings for it. His knowledge, expertise and correspondence with others interested in projectile point typology will be sorely missed.

Gregory Perino, Idabell, Oklahoma

January 2000 Vol 47 No# 1


Edward R. Dixon

Edward R. Dixon
1917 - 1999

On December 22, 1999, Edward R. Dixon, a collector of fine Indian artifacts all of his life passed away. He was well known and liked by his many friends in the Indian artifact collecting community. He was featured in Who's Who in Indian Relics, Volume #3, and receive numerous first-place ribbons at various artifact shows for his fine collection.

He was a member of the American Legion Iroquois Post #1587 at the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Versailles, New York, and also a member of Dunes Masonic Lodge #741 at Portage Indiana.

He was a member of the Indiana Archaeological Society, as well as other archaeological societies, and had exhibited parts of his collection at meetings and had many items pictured in their publications. He used to enjoy walking the plowed fields to look for artifacts and was always thrilled to find something new and share the tale of discovery with other collectors. He will be sorely missed by his family and dear friend within the avocational archaeological community.

Jilene Dixon, Portage, Indiana

January 2000 Vol 47 No# 1


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 meetings in Huntsville, often conducting personal tours of his Trail of Tears Museum following the meetings.

Arlis was a registered pharmacist for more than 60 years, he served as U.S. Postmaster, developed and operated 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 preceded 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


Floyd Easterwood III

Joseph D. Love
Herschel K. Love

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

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

Joseph 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.

Hershel was a retired school teacher in the Hamilton County Schools and a veteran of World War II, serving in the navy. He was also a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Red Bank Masonic Lodge. He had served as president of the Chattanooga Archaeological Society and was a member of 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 archaeological 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 be seen in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No. 4.

April 1987 Vol 34 No# 2


Floyd Easterwood III

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. VonStuben where he received many awards and citations for his service.

January 2006 Vol 53 No# 1


A. B. Hooper III

A. B. Hooper III
1922 - 1990

One of the most faithful and ardent supporters of our hobby and the Rebel State Archaeology Society is gone. Mr. A. B. Hooper III passed away at his home in Albertville, Alabama, January 17, 1990, after a lengthy bout with cancer. A. B. was an authority on point types and had done extensive study and research on pebble tools. His expertise and guidance will be greatly missed. Not only will he be missed as editor of the Rebel State Newsletter, but his timely and informative articles on the Central States Archaeological Journal will be missed also.

Always a kind and benevolent man with time for a friendly hello and chat. A. B. never missed an opportunity to help the young and fledgling collector with suggestions and fatherly advice. We shall always cherish the memory and friendship of this great human being. The Rebel State Archaeological Society is greater and stronger today for his having been a member.

A. B. is survived by his wife, Vera; two sons, James and A. B. IV; and a grandson.

April 1990 Vol 37 No# 3


Warren Holland

Warren Holland

July 23, 1988, Warren Holland, a true gentleman Indian relic hunter and collector died suddenly in his hometown of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He is survived by two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Warren was born in 1916 at Bonaparte, Iowa, but spent most of his life in Mt. Pleasant. When a young boy, he was stricken with polio, making it difficult to walk. This handicap slowed Warren down very little as he fished, hunted and walked many miles looking for Indian artifacts. While always a fisherman and hunter, Warren didn't seriously take up artifact hunting until 1956 when he was forty years old, and he continues to hunt them until 1976. He especially made surface collections from two Hopewell sites, two Late Archaic sites, a multicomponent site and many other sites along the skunk River in Henry and Jefferson Counties. Because he labeled and catalogued his finds by site location, his collection is of great value to any study of the Skink River Drainage.

Among his finds was the Holland cache of 14 spearpoints reported and pictured in the January, 1971, Central States Archaeological Journal. Three of this cache also appear in the Special Bulletin #4, Guide to the Identification of Certain American Indian Projectile Points by Gergory Perino. Warren was particularly fond of early man points and delighted in finding a nice Dalton or Nebo. He found a superb 4 1/2 inch Clovis, two saddle bannerstones, and some nice Keokuk axes along with a variety of points and tools from all the prehistoric cultures of his area. He was the first to find and recognize core preparing tools as specialized tools in his area.

Anyone who visited at Warren’s was always made to feel welcome. He was always helpful with suggestions and encouragement to a beginning artifact hunter and cooperated with professionals any time he could. He appeared in Who's Who in Indian Relics #3. He attended the Keasaqua and Quincy shows for years and was a member of the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society. His many friends made through his interest in Indian artifacts will miss him and remember him as a real gentleman Indian artifact collector with a genuine interest in learning and sharing his knowledge about the cultures of his area.

Gary Vandyke

April 1989 Vol 36 No# 2


Charles Bosworth (C.B.) Connell

Charles Bosworth (C.B.) Connell
1916 - 1989

C.B. Connell passed away November 3, 1989, at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico following an automobile accident. He was cremated and a memorial service was held in Mounds, Illinois.

A retired farmer, he was a collector of Indian relics and a familiar sight at Indian relic meetings in the Midwest before moving to New Mexico twelve years ago. He was a very active member of the Geronimo Springs Museum Board of Directors and an avid aircraft pilot.

He is survived by two brothers, James F. Connell and Albert I. Connell, both of Mounds, Illinois; three nephews, John I. Connell, Robert A. Connell and James F. Connell Jr., all of Mounds, Illinois; two nieces, Carol Jean Dille of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Jo Ann Dunn of San Antonio, Texas; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

Memorial donations may be sent to Geronimo Springs Museum.

April 1990 Vol 37 No# 2


Richard "Dick" Morgan

Richard "Dick" Morgan
1932 - 1990

Long time Havana, Illinois, businessman, musician and Indian relic collector, Dick Morgan, 58, of 711 N. Plum Street died on Thursday, June 28th, at his residence.

Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife Donna Garrison Morgan, whom he married in1953.

He played alto saxophone and harmonica in a band over 40 years, the Dick Morgan trio and other bands. During the 1970s he organized a band to play at the Indian Relic shows held at the Ken-Bar Inn in Kentucky.

Richard is a past president of the Illinois State Archaeological Society, which he served for two terms. He has had his artifacts pictured in the Central States Archaeological Journal, the Wisconsin State Journal and Who's Who in Indian Relics, No.3. His special interest were in big axes, drills and slate.

For 37 years he worked with his brothers at the Morgan's Grocery Store in Havana, a business founded by their father.

Mr. Morgan was a 32 degree Mason, a Shriner and a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Musicians Local 301.

Richard will be missed at the many meetings and Indian relic shows that he attends in the Central States area.

January 1991 Vol 38 No# 1


Vernon Luedtke

Vernon Luedtke

Vernon G. Luedtke, 68, of Renton, Washington, died December 31, 1988, at Renton. He was a former Moses Lake, Washington, resident and member of Our Lady of Fatima Church.

He had a life-long interest in Indian culture. In importance, it ranked second only to his faith. He found his first arrowhead at the age of seven, surface hunting in a field in Racine, Wisconsin.

Not only was he interested in the hunting and the finding of artifacts, but he wanted always to know the associated history. He wrote several articles and had researched notes for additional articles.

July 1989 Vol 36 No# 3


Glenn Hummell

Glenn Hummell

Glenn R. Hummell, 60, of Stockport, Iowa, died on arrival at Van Buren Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua on January 19, 1989, after suffering a heart attack at his home.

He was born July 29, 1928, near Stockport to Carl and Pauline Lyon Humell. He was a farmer, a member of Stockport Christian Church and a past master of Workman Lodge No. 634 AF&AM. He was a member of Stockport Chapter 544 OES, Stockport Boosters Club, Hawkeye State Archaeological Society, and a volunteer at Mount Pleasant Old Threshers. He married Evelyn Thomson on April 30, 1949.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Alata Harris of Davenport; two grandchildren; and his parents of Stockport.

Memorials may be made to Stockport Christian Church, Spencer Cemetery or the Stockport First Responders.

He was a charter member and organizer of the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society of Iowa. He served s vice-president and president. He helped host the Keosauqua relic show for twenty-five years.

July 1989 Vol 36 No# 3


Charley G. Drake

Charley G. Drake

Mr. Charley G. Drake of Union City, Georgia, a dealer in Indian artifacts and a former Fulton County Democratic party official, died of cancer January 11th, at his home. He was 94.

He had collected Indian arrowheads, pottery, tools and other artifacts and had studied the history of Indian tribes in the South for many years.

Charley Grady Drake was born Aug. 23, 1894, in Smithville, Tenn., the son of attorney Jessie Allen Drake and Lillie Smith Drake. By the age of 12, he had developed a keen interest in Indian arrowheads and pottery found in Tennessee. He attended Georgia Tech, and in World War I he worked in a chemical plant in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Drake was a city councilman in Union City in the 1930s, and he was chairman of the Fulton County democratic executive committee in 1952 - 58.

Surviving are a son, C. Grady Drake Jr. of Union City; a daughter, Lillie Belle Hamilton of Union City; two half brothers, James Drake of Cookville, Tenn., and Walter Drake of Jackson, Tenn.; a half-sister, Eleanor Mitchell of Cookville; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Drake was the first President of the Peach State Archaeological Society of Georgia.

July 1989 Vol 36 No# 3


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 College in 1941 and received his Master's degree from the University of Missouri in 1943. He was employed as a chemical engineer at Monsanto of 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, have been a founding member. Mr. Sartor started collecting arrowheads with his father at the age of six. He chose early retirement at 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 at the meetings held in Jefferson City, Missouri and will be sorely missed by his many friends.

July 1988 Vol 35 No# 3


Milburn C. Halverson

Milburn C. Halverson

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

He was born Aug. 28, 1914 in Leland, the son fo 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, Marion (Myron) Henrikson of Ottawa; two stepsons, Bevin Wold of Leland and Jim Wold of Chicago; two nephews, and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bural was at Little Indian Creek Cemetery in Leland.

July 1988 Vol 35 No# 3


Alma Stone

Alma Stone
1899 - 1991

Alma M. 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 Louise Gloeckel Poppen, she married Judge Claude U. Stone on April 2, 1925, in Peoria. He died on 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 the Peoria Historical Society and the Academy of Science.

She served for eight years on the Crittenton House 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 1944, 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


Frank Morast, Jr.

Frank Morast, Jr.
1929 - 1991

Samuel Frank Morast, Jr., twice chairman of the Georgia Board of Transportation and a driving force behind getting Columbus, Georgia, on the interstate highway system, died on December 6, 1991. He was 62.

Frank retired as President of the Columbus Trust Bank when he was 50 years old and fulfilled his dream of travelling and visiting Indian relic collectors all over the country. He amassed one of the largest private collections in the country. He probably knew more Indian relic collectors than anyone. His good humor and extroverted style helped him make friends with everyone.

Mr. Morast's father was a collector. So is his brother Robert and his son, Frank III. They still carry on the family tradition.

Morast was born March 25, 1929 in Brookville, Florida. He received a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and a graduate degree from Rutgers University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was also the past president and director of the Columbus Chapter of the American Cancer Society, a director of the Columbus Museum of Arts, and a member of the Democratic Party of Georgia execute committee.

Franks was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen. Besides his brother Robert and his son, Franks III, he is survived by his mother, Dorothy and two daughters Kathleen and Graham.

Frank attended as many Indian relic shows and meetings around the country as he possibly could even after he lost one leg a few years ago. He is pictured with some of his collection in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No. 5, on page 255.

His ready smile and good nature will be missed by his many friends.

July 1992 Vol 39 No# 3


Calvin Drafahl

Calvin Drafahl
1930 - 1991

I lost one of my best friends last December 3, 1991. Calvin Drafahl, 62, a longtime member of the Badger State Archaeological Society of Wisconsin passed away after a long fight against a debilitating heart disease. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and his six children.

I taught Cal how to surface hunt. He had come to me in 1960 and asked if I would teach him the art of arrow hunting. It didn't take him long to learn the tricks of the trade, and soon he and his wife and children were out hunting every chance they had. Cal put into practice and honored the unwritten law not to intrude on another hunter's territory. On Cal's very last hunt, we went to a field that was new to him. He had had fair luck but Cal kept wanting to go to one corner of the field. I had told him that the walk would be useless, as I had never found any signs of artifacts there. He persisted and came back with a beautiful 3/4 grooved axe. It was a perfect way to end his arrow hunting days. His memory will walk with me this spring. I will miss him.

Ralph Hammerly

July 1992 Vol 39 No# 3


F.M. (Ray) Snyder

F.M. (Ray) Snyder
1908 - 1992

Ray Snyder of Ten Mile, Tennessee, one of the grand old men of Indian relic collecting, passed away on October 14, 1992. Ray was born at Etowah, Tennessee, on January 13, 1908, and beginning with picking up points at ten, spent 74 years involved with Indian relics. When in his teen and living in Marietta, Georgia, on weekends Ray would board a northbound train engineered by his father and get off in Cartersvillle, Bartow County Georgia. He would spend the day hunting Indian relics in the Etowah River bottoms at the famous Etowah Ceremonial Site and then board his father’s southbound train that evening back to Marietta.

Ray excavated many sites. Probably his most extensive were at the Savannah Farms Site in Polk County, Tennessee. Relics marked 40P01 most assuredly came from Ray's excavations at this site because that was his site number. It was here that he recovered a monolithic axe from the log tomb, and Ray believed that he recovered 90 or more percent of the relics found at this site. He also worked at the Hiwassee Old Town (Conasoga) Site in the same county, where he found several silver trade items. Included were one Spanish and two English bracelets. The two English bracelets where traced by the hallmarks to London, England, where they were made in the late 1700's, and one traced to the silversmith who made it (Fletcher Jolly, III, 1975, Central States Archaeological Journal 22(3):119-122). This site also produced all the beads utilized in the Tennessee Colored Bead Charts published in 1978 by Gerald R. Fenstermaker. Ray introduced Bill Stiles, Curator of the Museum of the American Indian in New York City, to the Great Tellico Site, former capitol of the Cherokee, in Monroe County Tennessee. In their excavations at this site Ray uncovered a grave containing 18 shell gorgets.

The experiences of Ray regarding the abundance and easily found relics at some of the significant sites in the early days of this century are hard to imagine today. For example, Ray once found 4 or 5 Cherokee animal effigy elbow steatite pipes in one day surface collecting at one of the Overhills Cherokee village sites on the Little Tennessee River in Monroe County, Tennessee.

Ray worked 35 years as a engineer on, and retiring from, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pearl; two daughters, McRae (Mrs. Harry) Williams and Judy (Mrs. Bill) Weber of Athens Tennessee; three grandchildren, Johnny and Jimmy Cross and Jackie Bell; and to great-grandchildren, Tristan and Ashlen Cross. Ray was a member of the First Christian Church of Etowah. He was a current member of the Greater St. Louis and Arkansas Archaeological Societies and a former member of the Tennessee Archaeological Society. He was involved in establishing and providing relics for several museums, including his own Museum of the Tennessee Indian in Townsend, Tennessee, which he and Pearl operated for seven years in the late 1960's and early 1970's. His collection at that time was illustrated in Who's Who No. 3.

Ray attended many relic shows throughout the Southeast and Midwest and was a personal acquaintance of most of the major collectors in theses regions. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

V. Gary Henry

July 1993 Vol 40 No# 3


Randal N. Jones

Randal N. Jones
1941 - 1993

It is with deepest regret that I must report the passing of one of our stalwart members and dearest friends, Randal Jones.

Randal N. Jones, 51, of Paoli, died Friday, February 12, 1993, at Orange County Hospital where he had been rushed by ambulance from his home. He was born March 12, 1941, in Hardinsburg to Charlies and Lucy Setser Jones. He was married to Donna Shirley. Surviving with his wife are his mother of Milltown, Indian; one son, Steven Jones of Paoli; one daughter, Leisha Sherron of Paoli; one brother Robert Jones of Onelaska, Wisconsin; and one granddaughter, Sarah Jones.

He was a self-employed antiques and artifact dealer and collector. He was a member of Eastview Baptist Church, Central States Archaeological Society, Indiana Archaeological Society, Antique Bowie Knife Association and the Orange County Historical Society.

Randell could be found at nearly every show selling frames and, more importantly, visiting with his many friends. Although appearing to be of an unassuming nature, Randal possessed a simple homespun wisdom and knowledge that can only be found in a chosen few. With Randal there was no pretense. What you saw was what you got. He was genuinely concerned about people, and wanted to see people go home happy.

He was a peacemaker and the glue that held many of us together. He could find that common thread of acceptance without compromising himself or his values. It is very seldom in life that we have the chance to meet a Randal Jones. His honesty and goodness, his compassion and sincerity touched all who knew him, while he simply remained "Randal."

Pat Mooney

July 1993 Vol 40 No# 3


Arnold Richter

Arnold Richter
1919 - 1992

Arnold Richter, noted collector and authority on Indian artifacts, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 1992, in his home in Fairmount, Illinois. Arnold suffer a massive heart attack. He was born at Bronson, in Vermillion County, Illinois, on August 12, 1919. He spent thirty-five years working as a rural letter carrier. He retired in April, 1982. He lived in the Fairmount area for 72 years.

Arnold Richter served in the Army as a sergeant during World War II. He served in the Pacific and he served five years.

Arnold had been a collector since he was 16 years old. He wrote article on Indian relics for the Central States Archaeological Journal and local papers. He started writing a book on the relics of the area, which will hopefully be published in the near future. He also started the Wabash Valley Archaeological Society. In 1958 he and Tom Razmus had the meetings in Georgetown, Illinois, and Jamaica High School, Jamaica, Illinois.

Arnold's contributions have been of untold value and assistance to the beginner as well as to the average and advanced collector. For many years he had gone out of his way to advise and inform any and all collectors who sought his opinion. Many are those who have benefited by his unselfish advice.

Young collectors will well emulate his policy of keeping records and data relating to artifacts in his collection. That was a requirement with him, and there should be more like him in this respect. There will be a small museum set up for him at 600 N. English Street, Sidell, Illinois, if anyone is interested.

Dale Richter

July 1993 Vol 40 No# 3


Malcolm Parker

Malcolm Parker
August 29, 1909 - April 22, 1993

Member of the Volunteer State Archaeological Society of Tennessee (VSAS) were saddened to learn of the passing of Malcolm Parker on April 22 1993.

A native of Sumner County, Tennessee, Malcolm was a legend among local amateur archaeologist. Much of his vase store of knowledge of Indian artifacts was gained through "hands on" experience and he was never too busy to share this knowledge with others He as the author of numerous min-books and articles on local archaeology a fantastic legacy he left behind for the rest of us.

Malcolm's accomplishments were numerous. He attended Middle Tennessee State Teachers College (now MTSU) and was a veteran of World War II. He was director of the Parthenon from 1964 until his retirement in 1979. Most notably, Malcom was one of the founders of the VSAS and lifetime member. Also he was a member of the National Archaeological Society and a member of Goodlettsville Southern Methodist Church.

Malcom leaves behind his wife, LaUna; a brother, Robert; a sister, Ruby Parker Nichols of South Carolina. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and loved ones.

October 1993 Vol 40 No# 4


Ralph G. Roberts

Ralph G. Roberts

Ralph G. Roberts, 81, Rolla, Missouri, passed away November 1, 1992. He was born October 6, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Clyde and Margaret (Barr) Roberts. He came to Rolla in December 1938, and was employed with the U.S. Geological Survey as Chief of the Editing Department. He retired in 1972. He had earned the degree of C.E. in 1934 and B.E. in 1936 from the University of Cincinnati.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey; daughters Nancy M. Speck, of Denver, Colorado, and Elizabeth Kahre, of Hartville, Ohio; stepdaughters, Sandra Owens and Patricia Owens of Jefferson City, Missouri; and five grandchildren.

Archaeology was of great interest to Ralph. His knowledge, published articles, and experience on the subject were well recognized and often quoted by the archaeology departments of several universities. His relic collection was exquisite and he always had time to show it and talk on the subject.

Ralph was a past member of the Missouri Archaeological Society and the author of Vol. 27 No. 2 of the Missouri Archeologist, April 1965, "Tick Creek Cave, An Archaic Site in the Gasconade River of Missouri." For the Central States Archaeological Journal he wrote an article entitled "Small Site Archaeology in the Ozarks; Highway Salvage Excavation at 23 PH 234." He was also co-authored of many other articles. As a member of the Ozark River Archaeological Society of Rolla, Missouri, he wrote several articles for their newsletter. Ralph, an expert in photography, always submitted his own photos for all his articles. He produced photos for many archaeological articles of acquaintances and friends throughout the years.

Ralph not only excelled as a para-archaeologist, but was extremely well read and knowledgeable on fossils and minerals. His collections were very exquisite in all respects. Ralph had many friends who will miss him, especially me, for he was my very best friend.

Milton Varney

April 1993 Vol 40 No# 2


John C. Douglass

John C. Douglass
1906 - 1997

For the past 25 years, John was a fixture in the collector/dealer community. Variously known as "John," "Johnny," or "Doug," he plied his trade throughout the Midwest, bringing together people and their collections. Always willing to deal (while complaining about getting "took" again), his country charm and easy manner put him on everyone's "favorite curmudgeons" list.

He joined the dealer "network" only in 1970, after he and his wife, Althea, sold the motel they had been running since 1955. Retirement made him restless. Without the business to occupy his thoughts, he returned to a childhood love of American Indian art and artifacts. As a boy he had collected surface finds around his home in Amity, Missouri. He had kept a few points through the years, and these inspired him to renew his collecting interest.

Living in Baraboo, he founded and helped organize the central Wisconsin show. He was a member of the Wisconsin Society, but his major contribution were made at sales and auctions. At these he could be found sharing laughter, information, and good times with a network of collectors, dealers, and auctioneers. Ever ready with a quip, comment, or more often than not, cautionary warning. John was always full of cheer. Whether he was running up another bidder or just making wisecracks during sales, he was determined to have fun.

In addition to his wife, Althea, John is survived by a daughter, Suzi, and the cherished memories of his many friends.

April 1998 Vol 45 No# 2


Tom Razmus

Tom Razmus

Thomas (Tom) Stanley Razmus, noted collector and author of Indian artifacts passed away on Friday, June 13, 1997, in his home in Georgetown, Illinois. Tom suffered a massive heart attack. He was born in Georgetown in vermillion County, Illinois. He worked at Inland Container in Newport, Indiana, for twenty-four years.

Tom had been a collector since he was fourteen year old. He was past president of the Illinois State Archaeological Society. He also started the Wabash Valley Archaeological Society along with Arnold Richter. The meetings started in 1958 and were held at Georgetown and Jamaica High Schools.

Tom's contributions have been of untold value and assistance to the beginner as well as to the average and advanced collector. For many years he went out of his way to advise and inform all collectors who sought his opinion. Many are those who have benefited by his unselfish advice.

Plans are to set up a small museum in Georgetown, Illinois.

Dale Richter

April 1998 Vol 45 No# 2


Robert W. Edler

Robert W. Edler
1917 - 1995

Robert W. Edler, 77, of Bedford, Indiana, died May 15, 1995, He was a retired tool designer engineer for General Motors. An army veteran of World War II, he received the Purple Heart and Silver and Bronze Stars.

Bob's love for artifacts began as a young boy who spent many hours hunting arrowheads in the fields of southern Indiana. After the war, Bob returned home to his wife, Thelma (formerly Anderson), and soon hunting artifacts was a family affair. Through the years Bob compiled a very desirable collection, his favorite artifact being Harrison County flint pieces from southern Indiana. Bob authored and illustrated "Early Archaic Indian Points and Knives." He was a member of the Indiana Archaeological Society.

Bob is survived by his wife, Thelma, and a son, Dr. Robert W. Edler, Jr. Of Carmel Indiana, along with four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Edler.

If you have ever visited with the Edlers, you will never forget his fine flint collection and their warm hospitality. He will be sadly missed by his many friends.

Larry Tolliver

October 1995 Vol 42 No# 4


Loy Clifton Carter

Loy Clifton Carter
1902 - 1995

Collectors in Virginia and North Carolina lost a good friend on February 21, 1995, with the passing of Loy C. Carter of Clarksville, Virginia. Loy was a retired electrical engineer who was considered the dean of the Virginia collectors. He was a member of the Piedmont archaeological society of North and South Carolina as well as many other archaeological societies. He began collecting at the young age of five with two points given to him by his grandfather. During his youth, he lived throughout the United States and collected from many locales, including the famous Cahokia Mounts site in 1919 and 1920, where he met Warren K. Moorehead. He returned to the site 64 years later and found another point.

Even though he amassed a collection that numbered in the hundreds of thousands of relic, Loy was much more than just a collector. He as an avid student of American archaeology before most of us were born. He wrote many articles about Indian artifacts and was instrumental in many Southeastern point types being named. The very rare Alamance Point of the Paleo Period was initially studies and named from examples in his collection when he lived in Haw River, North Carolina. Until his health failed him, Loy regularly attended meetings of the Virginian and North Carolina Archaeology Societies, and no Piedmont or Old Dominion archaeology Society relic show would have been complete without Loy displaying his artifacts. He donated over 200,000 Indian relics to the Smithsonian Institution and about 300,000 pieces to the Preswould Foundation of Clarksville, Virginia, where many can be seen on display today at Prestwould.

Loy was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice Hopkins Carter, and is survived by three daughters; Clara Carter Edwards, Dorothy Carter Hinman and Jill Carter Lavagnino; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Your many friends miss you, Loy, but I suspect that you are now with other friends talking about Indian reclis and looking for a good relic field in heaven. Happy hunting old friend.

Jim Maus

October 1995 Vol 42 No# 4


Clyde Theler

Clyde Theler

Clyde J. Theler, 79, of Anderson Township died January 24, 1994, at Mercy Hospital in Anderson, Ohio. He was a retired machinist for the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company.

Survivors include his wife, Anne P. (nee Logan) Theler; two sons, Frederick C. and James L. Theler; and three grandchildren, Eric J., Preston J., and Jenna M. Theler.

Clyde was a long-time member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, Indiana Archaeological Society, Genuine Indian Relic Society, and Indian Artifacts Society.

Clyde "Snap" Theler was my second father, friend, and educator. He and his son James are responsible for my getting interested in collecting prehistoric Indian artifacts and a lifelong interest in this hobby. My family and I miss him greatly, but feel honored to have thirty-two years of friendship with him.

Frances P. Everman

April 1995 Vol 42 No# 2


George P. "Bud" Grove

George P. "Bud" Grove
1919 - 1994

Area collectors and students of archaeology will be saddened to learn of the passing of George P. Groove of Wood River, Illinois, on December 28, 1994, at the age of seventy-five. Bud was a active member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society and held many offices in that society and some in the CSAS. Bud amassed a fine collection of Mississippian pottery, Table Rock points, and historical trade beads, a subject on which he was considered and expert. His most prominent artifact was the famous "Groove Spud." Bud and his collection can be seen in Who's Who in Indian Relics, Volume 2.

Bud will be remembered for his contributions to amateur archaeology, not only in the St. Louis area but in the Southeastern U.S. Gregory Perino credits Bud with getting sites for the Gilcrease Museum to excavate in Pike and Calhoun Counties in Illinois, among them the important Yocum Site. He not only excavated with the Gilcrease Museum at these sites but at the Cherry Valley Mound Group and at the Banks Site in Arkansas. Bud was also keenly interested in the archaeology of historical sites, particularly the Guebert Site. He was instrumental in getting Mary Elizabeth Good's classic book about the site published by the CSAS as its second memoir ni 1971 and handled its distribution for many years.

Bud had a wide circle of friends in our hobby including B.W. Stevens, Gregory Perino, and Thomas Gilcrease. Anyone who knew Bud could attest to his high standard of honesty and integrity. He was always eager to help the novice and expert alike and his presence will be sorely missed. Bud is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter, Cindy; and two sons, William and Michael.

Pat Fleming

April 1995 Vol 42 No# 2


Floyd Painter

Floyd Painter
1920 - 1994

Floyd Eugene Painter, noted archaeologist, collector, traveler, and writer, passed away on February 12, 1994, in Norfolk, Virginia. Floyd was born in Granite City, Illinois, on May 17, 1920. he was married to the late Kay Weston Sewell and is survived by three children - Pamela Kay Painter, Deborah Roxanne Bunkhart and Floyd Sewell Painter. He was retired from Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation.

Floyd served in the Navy as a Motor Machinist Mate First Class during World War II and in the Army from 1949 - 1955 as a Master Sergeant, Marine Engineer.

Floyd served as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Science Archaeologist from 1955-1969: Norfolk Historic Foundation Archaeologist in 1966: Instructor in Archaeology, Old Dominion University from 1971-1973; and was Archaeologist for the Isle of Write Historic Society in 1972.

Floyds first field work was done at the Post-Classic Maya site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico. he spent two seasons during 1937-1938 working for an archaeological expedition from Harvard University. From the early 1950's onward, Floyd excavated over a dozen sites in Virginia and North Carolina from Paleo-Indian (Williamson Site)to Historic (Adam Thoroughgood House). He was either Editor or Associate Editor for the Archaeological Society of Virginia, the Chesopian Journal, Anthropological Journal of Canada, and Popular Archaeology Journal. He was a founding member of the Chesopian Archaeological Societies. Some countries and areas he visited and researched include Japan, China, Korea, India, Malaysia, Arabia, Spain, Italy, Greece, British Isles, the Pacific Island, Egypt, Morocco, Greenland, Baffin Island, South America, Central America, and North America,

Floyd will be remember for several books he authored and the 175 plus articles he wrote during his lifetime. He always had time to share his archaeological knowledge with others and was well respected by his peers. He will be greatly missed and will always be remembered as one of the most likeable and knowledgeable archaeologist of his time.

Rodney Peck - a friend of Floyd's for over 30 years

January 1995 Vol 42 No# 1


Bentley Michael Stone

Bentley Michael Stone
1940 - 1994

Broken Arrow (Oklahoma) North Intermediate High School teacher and archaeologist Bentley Michael Stone died October 1, 1994. He was 54.

A native of Mount Clemens, Michigan, he moved to Tulsa in1969. He taught at Bell Junior High School and McLain High School in Tula prior to his employment in Broken Arrow.

He helped the Gilcrease Museum with identification and cataloging of historic Indian material and was co-worker of Gregory Perino while at Gilcrease. An expert on beadwork from the 1800s and later, he knew each group of Indians and their styles of making beadwork. He exposed many recently made fakes. He was an expert in recognizing old beadwork and repairing it, salvaging old beads from defunct beaded apparel. He also was a metal smith and made Conchos and other German silver ornaments with his large collection of tools and stamps.

He aws accepted by the Osage as a member for their church. The following is reported by Dora Malone, Tulsa, who attended the funeral.

"The Indians from the Native American Church that he was a member of gave hima beautiful, sentimental and emotional sendoff and provided his 'last meal.' He had an Indian blanket on a cherry wood casket and wore a red vest and had the prayer feather in his hand. He would have been honored had he been alive to witness the testimonials."

January 1995 Vol 42 No# 1


Hubert Bost

Hubert Bost
1907 - 1992

July 26, 1992, Hubert Randolph Bost, 85, a true gentleman Indian relic hunter and collector, died at Huntersville Oaks Nursing Center after several years of declining health.

Hubert was born March 31, 1907, in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a son of the late Locke David and Elizabeth Litaker Bost. Prior to his retirement in 1975, Hubert had been employed in the Instrument Department of Cannon Mills.

Hubert was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline, in1975. Survivors included two sons, Ronald and David; three daughters, Gail, Betty, and Jan; one brother, Drayton (Pete); one sister, Elsie; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Anyone who visited at Hubert's was always welcomed with a warm and friendly smile. He was a member of Coddle Creek ARP Church, Enochville Lions Cub and Allen-Graham Masonic Lodge and was one of the founding member of the Piedmont Archaeological Society of North and South Carolina. His many friends made through his interest in the American Indian will miss him and will always remember him as a real gentleman Indian Artifact collector with a genuine interest in learning and sharing his knowledge about the prehistoric cultures of his area.

Rodney Peck

January 1993 Vol 40 No# 1


George Ross Hoke

George Ross Hoke
1921 - 1996

George Ross Hoke, 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, Mohammed Shrine Temple, York Rite College 42; Royal Arch Mason; and Shrine Club. He also was a member of the National Rifle Association, Order of the Elks, Illinois Archaeological Society, The Society for the Documentation of Prehistoric America and the Angus Association.

Many of us will remember George's smiling face at the many 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 is shown in Who's Who in Indian Relic Number 5.

October 1996 Vol 43 No# 4


Harlan F. Soenker

Harlan F. Soenker
1923 - 1993

Harlan Soenker was born January 31, 1923 and passed away July 4, 1993. The service was held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church and he was laid to rest at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Harlan was known as "Bud" by family members. He was born in St. Charles County, Missouri, and lived his entire life there on the family farm except when he served his country in the Merchant Marines during WWII.

Harlan became interested in Indian artifacts at an early age, and his interest never diminished. He held long-time memberships in the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society; the Missouri Archaeological Society, and the Mound City Archaeological Society, he regularly attended their meetings. He provided valuable information to archaeological working on several projects in the St. Peters, Missouri, area and he readily showed them artifacts he had found. He never tired of talking about his "Indian rocks," as he called them.

Harlan liked the simple things in life and liked the freedom to roam the land and keep in touch with Mother Nature. He loved the land he farmed and lived on. His favorite pastime was walking it in search of Indian rocks.

Harlan clung to the past and was always ready to talk about those days long gone. He collected antiques from those earlier days and cherished them. He was concerned about the farms and land being lost to make room for modern civilization, This saddened him much.

Harlan Soenker, the keeper of the past, will be greatly missed by members of his family, his friends, and all who knew him. Good hunting Harlan and God bless you.

Bob Rampani

January 1994 Vol 41 No# 1


W.H. Vandevender

W.H. Vandevender

W.H. (Van) Vandevende, 78, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died January 20, 1994. Memorial service was held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, were he served on the church council and a lay reader and greeter, on January 24.

Van held a Bronze Star for distinguished service in Europe during World War II and ha taught science and mathematics for the Illinois school systems for 37 years before retiring and moving to Fayetteville. He was a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, where he received his MA and BA degrees. While working as a crop hail adjuster for Farm Bureau insurance during the summers in Illinois Van found many Indian sites and artifacts and became an active participant in Illinois archaeology.

Van maintained his interest in Native American history and archaeology in Arkansas and was a past active member of the NWAAS, serving several terms on the Board of Directors. Many of his Arkansas archaeological finds and site reports are now part of the teaching and research collections at the Fayetteville Station of the Arkansas Archaeological Survey. He also contributed to the Central States Archaeological Journal and was a student of his family's genealogy.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, four daughters, thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

April 1994 Vol 41 No# 2


Issac E. Flanery

Issac E. Flanery
1937 - 1994

Issac E. Flanery, 56, of Beech Grove, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 12, 1994 from a heart attack.

He wsa born Jun 16, 1937, in Greene County. He was a welder for Peerless Corp. and was of Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his father Everett Flanery.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Jean Flanery of Beech Groove; a son Wayne Flanery of Paragould; three daughters, Debbie Lockridge of Jonesboro, Lillian Buchman of Cabot and Linda Allison of Beech Groove; his mother, Goldie Flanery of O'Kean; four sisters, Virginia Bryant of Beech Grove, Ann Sims of Lafe, Sharon Brown of Corning and Sadie Hucksbay of Pargould; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Flanery was a long-time member of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society and loved Indian art. Some of the many artifacts he found and collected are shown in the January 1992, CSAJ.

April 1994 Vol 41 No# 2


William F. Havenar

William F. Havenar
1927 - 1993

William F. Havenar died on April 27, 1993, in Springfield, Illinois. He was born August 28, 1927, in Springfield, Illinois. Services were held on April 30, at Kirklin Egan and Butler Funeral Home; burial was in Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Bill is survived by his wife, Geraldine; a son, Gary, of Springfield; a daughter, Julie Havenar Vanderwater, of Springfield; five grandchildren; a brother, Harold, of Tower Hill, Illinois; a sister, Betty McAlexander, of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Havenar was a collector-dealer who, along with his wife, was an enthusiastic student of archaeology. They attended most of the artifact shows in the Midwest displaying their fine collection and selling very finely crafted custom display frames.

Bill had been involved in the construction industry in Springfield for more than forty years. He also was former owner of Havenar's Pine Crest Resort in Hayward, Wisconsin, and of Selective Construction Company. He was a former partner of B and J's Coin Shop. For the past several years he had been an inspector for various Springfield architectural firms.

He was a long-time member of the Illinois State Archaeological Society, Carpenters Local 16, American Legion Post 32, and Third Presbyterian Church. Bill was a Navy veteran of World War II and earned the Astiatic pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal, and American Area Campaign Medal.

Bill will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Our sympathy goes to his family and many friends.

April 1994 Vol 41 No# 2


William G. Fecht

William G. Fecht
1928 - 1994

William G. Fecht, 66, passed away on February 4, 1994, after a lengthy illness.

Bill was a longtime member of the Greater S.t Louis and Illinois State Archaeological Societies. An avid amateur archaeologists, he was influenced by the likes of Greggory Perino, and the late Walter Wadlow and P.F. Titterington. He conducted many excavation and field surveys. Bill was a prolific writer and contributed dozens of articles to CSAJ and other archaeological and historical publication. His contributions spanned five decades.

Bill was an authority on the famous Snyders Site in Calhoun County, Illinois, and on the Cahokia Mounds Site. His collection of rare Cahokia points and Cahokia gem points was probably the finest private collection ever assembled, and many of the top collections today have artifacts that Bill once owned.

Although on the gruff side, Bill had a heart of gold and was always willing to help the novice. He took a hard stand against fake artifacts. His presence at our meetings will be sorely missed.

Pat Fleming

April 1994 Vol 41 No# 2


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 everyone that he came in contact with to ease.

He was a very knowledgeable collector and an excellent judge of fine artifacts. He and I , along with our 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.

Lawrence "Red" Tully

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


H.C. "Buddy" Brehm

H.C. "Buddy" Brehm
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 Wright 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, Dickon 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 publishing 28 books by Brehm and other authors.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Annie Lee Brehm, one daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 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.

Mark Austin

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


Dr. Warren Wittry

Dr. Warren Wittry
1927 - 1995

Warren Witty 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 University 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 if 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.

Lee West

July 1996 Vol 43 No# 3


Carl M. Wright, Sr.

Carl M. Wright, Sr.
October 30, 1913 - April 11, 2001

The Illinois State Archaeological Society has lost a long and loyal member. Carl M. Wright Sr. of Grand Tower, Illinois, by the Mississippi River bluffs, passed away April 11, 2001 at the age of 87 years and six months. I called him Dad. He was a member of the ISAS since the beginning of the New Series in 1950. Carl Sr. began collecting artifacts as child in 1922 while living on a farm near Pomona, Illinois. The farm was new Peter's Cave which is similar to Graham Cave in size and geomorphology. As an adult, he read every book he could find on archaeology and was self-taught.

Mr. Wright assembled a devoted collection of personal finds. He was also an early experimental archaeologist who corresponded with professionals such as Don Cragtree and John Reynolds. Carl's efforts yielded three distinct knapping techniques during the late fifties and early sixties. He learned through trial and error; he studied Borde's technique and shared this information when little was known about knapping. He never sold or traded replicas, but did give them away as gifts and tokens of esteem. He made fine copper and stainless steel belt buckles. He also made a typological set of classic point forms out of hammered copper that rivaled cast products; he used this for teaching. This is a one of a kind group and received an award of excellence at an Olive Branch artifact show a few years ago. His works were published in the Southern Illinoisan newspaper three times, and a very small portion of this collection was in "Who's Who" in Indian Relics #5. Carl worked with Irvin Peithmann, Archaeological Curator for Southern Fountain Bluff near Gorham, Illinois. He was also a major contributor to Dr. Brian Bulter from the Center for American Archaeological Investigations at SIUC and fully funded a salvage test excavation at Bishops Shelter at Fountain Bluff in 1968. The excavation of this site was overseen by Dr. Phil Weigand and Carl Kuttriff from SIUC. This is archived by this writer and Dr. Frank Rackerby. This was done with his guidance. Dad also worked with Professor Gerald Thompson of Southeastern Missouri State University on the Twenhfel Hopeswell Mound group.

Carl M. Write Sr. was a great grandfather, provider, husband, friend, shooter, fisherman, and amateur archaeologist. He served 36 years at the Central Illinois Public Service Company at the Grand Towers Power Station. He retired as the lead turbine operator. He was a member of the local #148 of the Operating Engineers. Dad attended artifact shows even after he became disabled. He was a tribute to what we as avocational archaeologist can accomplish if we have the mindset and fortitude to document what we find. Everyone who knew him will miss him greatly.


Carl M. Write, Contributing Editor, CSASJ

Jan 2001 Vol 48 No# 3


Betty M. Lightner

Betty M. Lightner
September 7, 2000

I regret to inform you of the passing of my sister Betty M. Lightner, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, after a short illness. An avid amateur archaeologist, she and her husband, Edward, spent several months each winter on a ranch in Del Rio, Texas, surface hunting and locating Paleo and Archaic Indian sites.

On a recent visit to Texas she brought several display cases to Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas. The staff archaeologist was amazed by what she had found, as Plainview material had not been reported in southern Texas. Her archaeological knowledge of this part of Texas was impressive. She was a former member of the Rehoboth Art League and a member of the West Virginia, Volunteer State, and Texas archaeological societies, the Texas Rock Foundation, Texas Amateur Archaeological Society and the American Society for Amateur Archaeologist.

She is survived by her husband, Edward; three daughters, Lysanne Taylor, Lynne Hash and Sherrie Fisher; a son, Jimmy Lightner; and two brothers, James A. Livesay and Dale H. Livesay. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

James A Livesay Sr.

Jan 2001 Vol 48 No# 1


J.W. Berry

J. W. Berry
March 26, 1927 - December 26, 1997

Albama lost one of its true gentlemen collectors on December 26, 1997, when J.W. Berry passed away at the age of 70. Mr. Berry was born in Larkinsville, Alabama, and lived most of his life in and around Scottsboro, Alabama.

He is survived by his wife, Perline; a daughter, Deborah; and three grandchildren, Drake, Beth and Drew, who he loved very dearly.

Mr. Berry began collecting Indian artifacts in 1968 along the Tennessee River in Jackson County Alabama. We spent many pleasent hours walking the plowed fields, going to artifact shows, looking at various collections over the years, and just generally enjoying each other's company.

Mr. Berry was one of the most sincere and honest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He touched not only our lives but the lives of many, many people that he came in contact with. We feel very blessed to have called him our friend and will hold his memory in our hearts forever. We will miss him always!

Dennis and Lisa Bushey

July 1998 Vol 45 No# 3


Virginia Swaim

Virginia Swaim


On December 31, 1998, the heart of the Northwest Arkansas Archaeological Society stopped beating. Arguably the most dedicated, hard-working and long-time worker of our society, Virgina Swaim passed away. She and her surviving husband, Larry Swaim, have been the heart and soul of the NWAAS since they first joined in 1959.

Virginia, age 80, was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She and her husband retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas. She was an active member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Bentonville.

She served as a board member for the Shilo Museum in Springfield, Arkansas, and on the Advisory Board for the University of Arkansas Museum.

The Central States Archaeological Societies Inc. owes a debt to her, for she helped to compile the two indexes for the Central States Archaeological Journal, as well as Memoir Number 3.

Virgina along with her husband, received numerous anthropological and archaeological awards and also award from museums. During the previous thirty-three years she participated in exploratory and field work from the Arkansas Archaeological survey. A lady of many talents, this treasure of our society will be sorely missed.

James F. Cherry MD.
Fayetteville, Arkansas

July 1999 Vol 46 No# 3


James J. Matthews

James J. Matthews
In Memorium: James J. Matthews

On March 7, 1999, one of the truly great collectors of Indian artifacts passed away. Jim Matthews was well known and respected throughout the collecting community for his keen eye, vast knowledge and outstanding integrity.

A retired high school biology teacher, Jim never quit teaching. He taught me about archaeology, botany, gardening, fossils and people every time I saw him. I am certain he did the same for practically everyone he came in contact with. I have spend untold house in his basement poring over his vast collection and listening to him tell of everything he knew about where the pieces were found and the associated materials found with them.

Jim spent most of his adult life hunting the Ohio River Valley in the vicinity of Louisville, Kentucky, and had a substantial collection of materials from sites that have since disappeared under urban sprawl. It was a tremendous education in the prehistory of my home town that I would never had ad the opportunity to know were it not for Jim. I would often stop as this house after a day of hunting to show him the points and other scraps of material I had found. Jim was as interested in viewing these as he was any top-notch piece. He had a rue love for all aspects of archaeology.

Though I only knew him a short while, he completely changed my outlook on collecting. He instilled in me the importance and desire to document my collection and share that information with others. To say that I will miss Jim would be a tremendous understatement. I doubt that I will ever look and other artifact or walk a field when I won't at some time thing of him. I know that I am not alone in that feeling.

James C. Meuer, Louisville, Kentucky

July 1999 Vol 46 No# 3


Charles H. Long

Charles H. Long
1941-1988

On February 2, 1998, the artifact-hunting community lost a good friend. Loving husband and father, Charles had collected artifacts for over forty years. He was a long-time member of the C.S.A.S, through the Green River Society. Speaking for all those who knew Charlie, we were thankful for his taking the time to answer the many questions we asked. His knowledge of artifacts was immeasurable, and his stories were mesmerizing. Charlie will truly be missed.

David Farris

July 1998 Vol 45 No# 3


James Forrest Malone

James Forrest Malone
August 18, 1924 - February 8, 1998

One of Tulsa's well-recognized experts in arrowhead identification, James Forrest Malone, died of complications from pneumonia. He was survived by his wife, Dora, his archaeological sidekick of fifty years; his two daughters, Maureen Brown and Sheila Tabor; and his four grandsons, Sean, Eric and Matthew Brown and Forrest Mitchell Malone.

Born in Billings, Montana, he was reared in New Mexico and Colorado, where he learned an appreciation of American Indian history and their artifacts at an age of 4 when his father carried him on his shoulders into the remote pueblo ruins in the Galesteo Basin of New Mexico. When his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 19t62, his education in point type identification continues through the mentorship of his friend Gregory Perino.

He was a past vice-president and member of the Tulsa Archaeological Society, the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, Keystone Crossroads Historical Society, and the Northwest Arkansas Archaeological Society.

Jim participated in numerous professional archaeological digs throughout Oklahoma, but his favorite site was the Leslie Vore site in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, under the direction of Dr. Gregory Odell of the Tulsa University. His kind and helpful nature and expertise will be missed. He was a credit to modern American archaeology.

January 1999 Vol 46 No# 1


Ralph Mahan

Ralph Mahan
1912 - 2001

The Wolverine State Archaeological Society Loses a Long-Time Member, Ralph Mahan.

Ralph joined the W.S.A.S in 1983. He was very active in all of the functions of the Michigan society. Everyone will remember him as the guy with the box under his arm and a roll of tickets in his hand. With his booming voice, he would raffle off his special salesmen spiel that no one could resist. Single handedly, he raised more funds than anyone else over the years for the W.S.A.S. and our local chapter.

Ralph was always there for the children, whom he truly loved, and complimented them on their collections, encouraged them to continue their study of Michigan prehistory. He cheered the little ones on in their search for arrowheads at our club sponsored family picnics.

Though not a serious artifact collector himself, he and his wife, Jean, would often hunt with our family in search of artifacts. Ralph's real interest was in the old historic Indian trails. Armed with the original 1837 survey maps, he spent countless hours in the field, locating and remapping the trails on Wexford and Grand Traverse Counties. His knowledge of them and expertise in them was phenomenal. He could show you where traces of trails could still be found today and explain the logic behind them. We recently revisited one of the scenic spots along the trail overlooking the Manistee River and fondly remembered a good friend.

Ralph had a life-long involvement with the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His activities in various leadership capacities in Flint and Cadillac, Michigan, also earned him the Silver Beaver Award.

Ralph's survivors include his son Clark (Carol) Mahan; grandson Robert (Lori) Mahan; and grand-daughters, Alice and Rebecca Mahan

Good-by, old friend. You will be missed!

Don and Noreen Gustafson

January 2002 Vol 49 No# 1


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

Duane Beanie Johnson

Duane has collected for many years. Portions of Duane's collection are featured in Who's Who #8 and Who's Who #9.

Jim Dresslar

James Edward “Jim” Dresslar
Aug 15 1933 - Oct 22 2011

James Edward Dresslar, 78, Bargersville, IN, died Oct. 22, 2011. Services: 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home , Franklin, with visitation from 1 p.m. Burial will be private.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on October 27, 2011


Jim was an avid collector of Native American memoribilia and had his own museum. He was very knowledgeable about everything Native American and was very respectful of their culture.

Jim authored a most beautiful book called "The Engraved Powder Horn" The photographs are stunning. His knowledge of the powder horns is beyond belief. He and his wife Carolyn had a log barn and a log cabin, from the same property, moved from Kentucky to their property in Bargersville, Indiana. They made a beautiful home out of the two. They were set apart and the center was filled in as the foyer and kitchen on the first floor. The top of the barn was their bedroom and a second bedroom, the bottom, the dining room. The cabin part became their den. There was an entire lower level with several decks. It was a very lived in house but with a primitive beauty all it's own.


Dr. Gordon Frederick Meuser

Dr. Gordon Frederick Meuser
June 29 1897 - December 6 1971
Dr. Gordon F Meuser

Dr. Gordon F Meuser, Columbus, first President of the Society. As a young man, he traveled the back roads in a horse and buggy seeking artifacts from farms along the way. He believed there were no duplicate artifacts that every one found was unique. His enormous Ohio collection featured effigy forms, slate, pipes and discodials. His favorite specialty was his large grouping of slate lizard forms.



When Gordon Frederick Meuser was born on 29 June 1897, in Massilon Township, Wayne, Illinois, United States, his father, Fred Meuser, was 32 and his mother, Anna Marie Trauner, was 25.

He married Aurelia Eliza Martin on 28 December 1922, in Crawford, Ohio, United States. He lived in Massillon, Stark, Ohio, United States in 1910 and Franklinton, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States in 1940.

He was a founding member of the Ohio Indian Relic Collectors formed Saturday, March 14,1942.

r. Meuser came to Columbus in his teens to attend Starling Medical College which would later become part of Ohio State University. When he came to Columbus he brought with him a substantial group of artifacts given to him by a relative, Dr. Lavender, of Mansfield. The Lavender artifacts were the core of his eventual large collection.

He died on 6 December 1971, in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States.


Dr. Hugh T. Young

Dr. Hugh T. Young
May 6 1891 - May 27 1962
Dr. Hugh T. Young

Dr. Hugh T. Young



Dr. T.H. Young Services Set; Noted Collector

Services for Dr. T. Hugh Young, 71, Nashville physician and archaeological scientist who died Sunday afternoon at Baptist Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waverly Place Methodist Church.

The Rev. Fenton Warren, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Gordon Turner of Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ.

Dr. Young had the largest collection of Indian relics in the nation, including 34,000 arrow heads, 530 birdstones, 250 discoidals (game stones), 137 notched hoes and many other rare and valuable artifacts.

Known as a "collector's collector", Dr. Young became interested in Indian relics 50 years ago when, as a boy, he hunted minie' balls in Middle Tennessee.

After an automobile accident on May 15, 1955, the doctor was forced to retire from the practice of medicine. It was then he built his home and an adjoining museum for his relics at the corner of Battery Lane and Franklin Road.

A lifelong resident of Nashville, Dr. Young was the son of Thomas Hugh and Lura Dennison Young. He was graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1913, received a pharmaceutical degree in 1914 and was graduated from the medical school in 1915.

He married the former Margarette Cathey of Nashville. She survives. Previously he was married to the former Hazel Crippen of Nashville. She died 20 years ago.

Dr. Young practiced medicine in Nashville 40 years, having offices in the Bennie Dillon Bldg. at Seventh Ave. and Church St. He was for many years an insurance examiner for Life & Casualty Ins. Co., National Life and Accident Ins. Co., Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. and New York Life Ins. Co.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, member of Central Avenue Church of Christ, member of various medical societies and associations and member of the Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois Archaeological societies, and the Ohio Indian Relic Collections Society.

Notable in Dr. Young's collection are a pair of flint faces found in a stone cave on Duck River in Humphreys County, 125 flints found in Middle Tennessee and the finest example of translucent quartz hourglass ever found.

Dr. Young and his wife made a number of trips to explore mounds, caves or field sites as well as to seek out additions from other collections.

Except for some carved Sioux peace pipes, all of Dr. Young's relics are prehistoric, dating back 800 to 1000 years. Some of his collection was sold before his death to a collector who bought the artifacts for the City of Tulsa, Okla.

Besides his widow, survivors are three daughters; Mrs. Lewis K. Smith, Miami, Fla., Mrs. John Charles Walton and Mrs. Rinkey Blumen, both of Nashville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren


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



West Olive, MI

John P. Baldwin

John Baldwin at one of his many auctions - Who's Who #7


John P. Baldwin, 65, of West Olive, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at his home.

John Baldwin conducted several top quality auctions per year featuring both historic and prehistoric Indian relics.



John has written books and over 100 articles in midwest archaeological journals and magazines. John Baldwin was a Michigan archaeologist and an author of the “American Frontier” series: “Early Knives & Beaded Sheaths of the American Frontier.” 1997; “Bows Arrows & Quivers of the American Frontier.” 1999; “Indian War Clubs of the American Frontier.” 2001; “Indian Guns, Spears & Shields of the American Frontier.” 2002; and “Pipe Bags. Tobacco Bags of the American Frontier.” 2004.

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

 


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 obituary


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
 
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 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


David L. Young

David L. Young, September 10, 1946 - October 4, 2021

EATON – David L. Young, 75, passed away on Monday evening, October 4, 2021 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He was born on September 10, 1946 in Muncie, the son of Earl L. and Mary F. (McDonnel) Young and graduated from Muncie Southside High School in 1964. David served his country honorably in the US Army from 1965-1967. On March 16, 1974 in Muncie, he married Diane R. Love.

David worked for Muncie Chevrolet for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was an avid auction attendee and enjoyed buying and reselling things. He also collected stamps, coins, arrowheads and enjoyed camping.

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

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Diane R. Love of Eaton; two brothers, Bill Young (wife, Lady) of Losantville and Steve Young (wife, Dianne) of Gaston; one sister, Naomi Tucker (husband, Chuck) of Potosi, MI; several nieces and nephews; one sister-in-law, Debbie Ware (husband, Ed) of Yorktown and one brother-in-law, Dan Love (wife, Lee) of St. Louis, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dion L. Young in 2016; one brother, Tom Young and one sister, Mary Evelyn Young.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel with Pastor Dewayne Loveless officiating. Burial will follow in Union Eaton Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2021 and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Who's Who #5, page 241

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


René F. Battinau

René F. Battinau, 26 Mar 1939 - 4 Mar 2002

René F. Battinau, 62, died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a resident of Edinburgh.

He was born March 26, 1939, in Strausburg, France. His parents were Charles E. and Marie Franklin. He married Judith K. Battinau. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Dominique M. Battinau of Greenwood; a daughter, Nicole R. Battinau Adams of Heathrow, Fla.; a sister, Rose Marie Deiotte of Valparaiso; and four grandchildren.

He was an Indian artifact dealer/retailer, owning and operating the Pow-Wow Museum in Edinburgh. He collected these artifacts for more than 40 years and is listed in the Who's Who of Indian Relics.

He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by former Gov. Robert Orr. He was a Kentucky Colonel, past president of the Home Builders Association in 1980 and chairman of the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival in 1983. He was a member of American Legion Post 233 in Edinburgh.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 


Paul Gabbard

Paul E Gabbard August 1, 1941 - February 27, 2018

Paul E. Gabbard, 76, of Paoli, passed away Tuesday February 27, 2018.

He was born August 1, 1941 in Ohio to Herbert Gabbard and Beatrice Gabbard. He married Margaret Wells and she passed away and later married Patsy Harper. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Margaret, one son Woodie Gabbard.

He owned and operated Paul's Drywall Service.

He loved to hunt and fish, he enjoyed being around his family and friends. Paul was loved by so many.


William "Bill" Oliver Cain

January 2 1924 - November 29 1999

Bill Cain, of Wilkinson, Hancock County, Indiana was in Who's Who #8 and #9.


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

John Sam Potts, 1941 – 2015
 
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.


George William Casteel

George William Casteel
1910 - 1998

George Casteel passed away July 18th, at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, after a very lengthy illness.

He was an ardent collector of American Indian artifacts as was a member of the Volunteer State Archeological Society of Tennessee for many years. In attending as many shows and meeting as possible, he made a number of friends throughout the southern portion of the Central States Archaeological Societies area. He will be greatly missed by all.

George was a retired U.S. Government photographer and an army veteran, having served as a lieutenant under George Patton in Europe during World War II.

He is survived by one daughter, Ms. Sherry Casteel; one son, William Keith Casteel; and two granddaughters, all of Memphis; and two sisters who reside in other cities.

Januray 1998 Vol 36 No# 1


Irvin S. Dougherty

Irvin S Doughty was born on June 1, 1906 in Paoli, Indiana, and passed away on June 23, 198, at his home in Fremont, Indiana. He was 82 years old.

He was a timber buyer most of his life and traveled over the Central States area buying hardwood timber for the veneer business. Prior to that he worked for the Forest Service and lived in Tell City, Indiana. He was able to collect a lot of fine artifacts along the Ohio River while living there. Later he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps and again increased his artifact collection. His Photo is in Who's Who in Indian Relics, No. 1

Irvin served in World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

Mrs. Doughtery's wife, Laura Ladd Doughtery, survives him at their home in Fremont, Indiana. Also surviving are a son, Tom, of Greenwood; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Monroe, Angola; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

If you have ever visited with Mr. Dougherty, you will never forget his fine flint collection and his happy genial hospitality. He will be missed by his many friends.

Januray 1998 Vol 36 No# 1


 

Gene R. Edwards

Gene R. Edwards
1939-2018

Gene R. Edwards, 79, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Stein Hospice Care Center. He was born June 29, 1939 in Amherst, Ohio, to Benjamin and Esther (Felton) Edwards. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Dylan Edwards; three sisters, Merlene Edwards, Janis Butler and Doreen Jaworski; and daughter-in-law, Deborah Edwards.

Gene R. Edwards
 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lynne Edwards, his children, Donna (Gary) Ward, Gene (Shelly) Edwards Jr., Timothy (Cat Rogers) Edwards and Jeffery (Amy Schwerer) Edwards; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-granddogs, Pirana and Ramona; his siblings, Ron (Pam) Edwards and Linda (Kevin) Manges; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Gene founded Edwards Tree Service. He was employed by the Lorain Shipyard for three years before becoming a Sandusky fireman, where he retired after many years of service.

Gene was a member of the Archeological Society of Ohio and a founding member of the Sandusky Bay Chapter. He ran the Sandusky Bay Indian Museum until his retirement and then hosted the summer meetings and archeological events. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, hunting rocks, being non-traditional and spending time with his family. Gene and his museum were featured in several editions (#7,#8 & #10) of Who’s Who in Indian Relics.
Submitted by Tommy Bryden


 

Richard Eugene Shively

Richard Eugene Shively
1940-2018

Richard Eugene Shively, age 78 of Dayton, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his home. He was born March 24, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, and was the son of the late Albert and Gertrude (Mees) Shively. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his son, Paul Shively; wife, Janice Holmes; siblings, Robert Shively and Jack Shively and niece, Chrys Meatyard.

Richard Eugene Shively
 

Richard is survived by his grandson, Logan; Janice’s son, Robert Holmes; his brother, David Shively; nieces and nephews, Cathy (Marty) Miller, Michael (Pam) Shively, Gayle (Mike) Tomaszewski and Mark (Leslie) Shively as well extended family and friends.

Richard was a 1958 graduate of Stivers High School and received his Eagle Scout commendation. He then enlisted with the U.S. Navy honorably serving on the USS Chickasaw during the Vietnam war as a radar man. Richard then began a 35 year career with Appleton Paper, retiring as a supervisor. In his spare time he enjoyed collecting artifacts of Native American and Pre-Columbian origin and had served as the President of the Archaeological Society of Ohio.
Submitted by Jeff Anderson


 

Michael Sherman Wayland

Michael Sherman Wayland
1933-2018

Michael Sherman Wayland, of San Jose, Illinois, passed away June 20 2018. He was born June 27, 1933 in Colchester, Illinois, the son of Cecil R. and Jessie (Wilcoxen) Wayland. He married Janice Roberts, who preceded him in death.

Michael Sherman Wayland
 

Michael is survived by his sons: Travis Wayland of St. Joseph and Troy (Laura) Wayland of Wilmette.

Michael served in the Army and then went on to become a teacher for many years. He taught Junior High School science and drivers education in San Jose. He was a long-time member of the Illinois Archaeological Society. In Michael’s own words: “I began collecting Indian relics at an early age. I was an eight-grader at the time, and while catfishing the East Lamoine River with my father, we were making the 10 PM run of the lines. Using a miners light, fueled by carbide, I saw a white spot on plowed ground. I picked up a perfect notched birdpoint. Quite a beginning! The focus of my collection is axes, celts, hammers and mauls. My sons will take over the collection and will protect and honor pieces of the first Americans.”
Submitted by Michael Karr


 

Maurice (Marty) Leo Benton

Maurice (Marty) Leo Benton
1942-2018

Maurice (Marty) Leo Benton of Roswell, Georgia, died peacefully on September 9, 2018. He was born in Corydon, Indiana on September 17, 1942. He was the son of the late Leo G. and Mary R. Benton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Benton and survived by his brothers Robert (Peggy) Benton and John (Deb) Benton, his daughters Susan Benton and Michelle (Stephen) Hill and granddaughter, Makenzie Hill.

Maurice (Marty) Leo Benton
 

Marty grew up in Harrison County, Indiana where his lifelong interest of prehistoric people began. He served in the United States Army through 1966 as 1st Lt. Armor. Later he had corporate relocations to Chicago, Illinois; Wheeling, West Virginia; and Georgia; spanning 45 years in Human Resources leadership roles with companies: Continental Can, Flexel, Ciba Vision- Norvatis, and then Career Consulting with Lee Hecht Harrison where he retired in 2010 as Vice President.

Marty was a long time member of the Central States Archaeological Society (Indiana, Illinois, and Peach State), Genuine Indian Relic Society, Archaeological Society of Ohio and the Society of Georgia Archaeology. He most recently served as a board member of the Greater Atlanta Archaeology Society. Marty was very proud to be included in the 11th Edition of Who’s Who in Indian Relics. He also had several articles published in the Central States Archaeological Journal, including one in the 60th Anniversay issue about his early collecting days.
Submitted by the Editor


 

Gary Dwight Williams

Gary Dwight Williams
1948-2018

Gary Dwight Williams
 

Gary Dwight Williams, 70, of Florence, AL, passed away September 10, 2018 at ECM Hospital. Mr. Williams was retired from Union Carbide and was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Williams is survived by brother William James (Jimmy) Williams and sister Donna Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents William Ervin Williams and Cora Lee Springer Williams.

Gary was a long time member of the Rebel State Archaeological Society. He was an avid collector for many years and was a member of the society for over 30 years. He cherished hunting the fields and rivers in north Alabama and southern Tennessee. Gary loved talking about and shared his finds with others, developing many lasting friendships over the years.
Submitted by Rick Weems


 

Larry Gene Merriam

Larry Gene Merriam
1943-2018

2018. Larry was born to Robert and Naomi Merriam on August 9, 1943 in Zanesville, Ohio. Larry is survived by his wife Kaye, son Christopher of Norman, Oklahoma, daughter Lara (Ed) Smith and granddaughter Estella Smith of Ferndale, Washington. He leaves behind one sister Becky (Larry) Updyke of Springfield, Ohio; brothers Richard (Susan) Merriam of Jacksonville, Florida; Robert Merriam of Rippon, CA and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Larry Gene Merriam
 

Spending over half a century in the oil industry, during his college years Larry worked for Oxford Oil in Ohio. After graduating from Marietta College, Larry earned his Master's in Petroleum Engineering at Penn State. He lived and worked in many states before taking a teaching job at Marietta College. He later returned to the oil industry and settled in Oklahoma City. Larry had a broad interest in past cultures, and produced The Spiro Mound: A Photo Essay with his son Chris, a book based on very early photographs taken by Professor Robert Bell. Larry also had a keen interest in photography and for the past few years, especially enjoyed capturing beautiful sunsets, his spoiled cats and interesting views from vacations. He also had a neverforget- any-bit-of-trivia mind that was amazing.

Larry attended many shows and highlighted important pieces from his large collection in Who’s Who in Indian Relics Volumes 7-11 as well as in Collectors of Historic and Prehistoric Artifacts Volumes 1-3.
Submitted by the Editor


 

Dennus Tolley

Dennus Tolley
1950 - 2019

Dennus Tolley
 

Dennus Tolley, age 69, of Parsons, Tennessee. passed away on Friday October, 25, 2019 at his home in Parsons, Tennessee.He is survived by his wife, Mary Tolley; his father, Marshall Tolley; ( age 100 ) his son Jesse Tolley; his three daughters, Angie Tolley McDonell, Lana Tolley McKus, and Cassey Bobbitt Sisco, all of Oakland, Tennessee, his brother Vincent Tolley and sister Rugena Tolley Wait, along with numerous grandchildren, nephews and neices, Dennus served in the U.S.M.C. and was wounded in Vietnam, where he received a purple heart for his service in that war. s

Dennus loved to look for artifacts around Parsons and Clifton, Tennessee. Over the years, along with his wife Mary, they amassed a stunning personally found collection that spanned all time periods. He would often show the collection at the January artifact show in Loretto, Tennessee. One of his points was chosen for the cover of the Central States Archaeological Journal in July of 2008. Additionally, he loved the outdoors, fast cars and boats. Dennus always had a big smile for everyone he met. He was a long time member of the Volunteer State Archaeological Society of Tennessee.

He will be missed by all his friends in the archaeological community.
Submitted by Roy McKey

April 2020 v67 #2


 

William G. Wasemiller

William G. Wasemiller
1949-2019

William G. Wasemiller
 

William Wasemiller, known to his friends as Bill, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2019, after a short illness. Bill was born on December 18, 1949, and lived his life in Wisconsin. He was a master glassblower and worked many years at the Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. He served as Vice-President of the Central States Archaeological Society, in several officer positions for the Bager State Archaeological Society including President as well as the Vice-President of the Robert Ritzenthaler Archaeological Society. In addition to his own extensive collection, Bill helped curate the Sommers-McKerrow projectile point collection and hosted the annual Schwabenhof Show for many years. He is survived by his wife, C-Pat, his brother, Tom and sister, Dorothy Frankey, amongst others. Bill asked to not have a service stating that "He will live on in the memories and hearts of his family and friends.”
Submitted by the editor

April 2020 v67 #2


Harold W. Rothrock


Harold W. Rothrock, 96, of New Castle passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Addison Place. He was born October 26, 1923 in New Castle to the late Eugene and Denzel (Haley) Rothrock.

Harold W. Rothrock
 

 

Harold was a 1941 graduate of New Castle High School. He married Dorothy Frazier on March 15, 1953 and together made their home on 400 South. He was a farmer and enjoyed growing his own vegetables and was very proud of his pepper plants. He was also a Funk Seed dealer for many years. Harold was an artifact collector enthusiast and was a lifetime member of the Indiana Archeology Society and had won many awards over the years at many shows.

Harold was an IU Basketball and Bobby Knight fan. He was also known for his boa constrictor snake, San Blas. Harold loved the outdoors and in the fall season, he always looked forward to harvest season for another ride in the combine with fellow farmer and friend, John Marlatt. Harold lived a very long successful life and lived every day to the fullest. He will be missed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Freida J. Rothrock Miller; nephews whom he adores, Gary Miller of Centerville, Ohio, Glen (Judy) Miller of Kettering, Ohio, David (Connie) Miller and Steve (Joy) Miller both of New Castle; several great nieces and nephews; cousins, a classmate and lifelong friend, Jesse Adams, Sr.; Dale and Linda Sutherland of Canada; and a host of special friends from the archaeology society.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; a brother in law, Frank Miller, and niece by marriage, Beverly Miller.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Burial will be at South Mound Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. The family would like to thank the staff at Addison Place for taking such great care of Harold in his final days.

 


Floyd W. Goddard

Floyd W. Goddard
1937-2020

Floyd W. Goddard of Muscatine Iowa
 

Floyd W. Goddard, 83, of Muscatine, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at his home. Floyd William Goddard was born on March 29, 1937, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Lloyd W. and Zelma C. (Holzauer) Goddard. Floyd graduated from Muscatine High School in 1955. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1960-1966. On November 25, 1966, Floyd was united in marriage to Judith L. Henderson in Viola, Illinois. Floyd had worked as a supervisor at HON and GPC for many years and also managed Kundel Farms. He was a member of the Hawkeye State Archaeological Society. Floyd enjoyed collecting Indian artifacts, attending flea markets with his wife, farming, tending to livestock and talking horses. Floyd will always be remembered for his great sense of humor. He was a good friend of fellow collector Bruce Filbrandt. Bruce recalls: “I knew Floyd for 40 years. He told me he wore out two cars chasing Iowa Square axes and catlinite family pipes. He had a great catlinite Tablet that was authenticated by Greg Perino.” He is survived by his daughter, Pamela K. Sterner of Muscatine; three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judi; daughter, Amber Hamor; grandson, Howie Hamor and sister-inlaw, Debbie Goddard.
Submitted by Bruce Filbrandt


William Jack Hranicky

William Jack Hranicky
1941-2020

William Jack Hranicky
 

It is with a sad heart that I must report that collector and author Jack Hranicky passed away at age 79 after a short intestinal infection on August 4, 2020. Jack was well known in the collecting and archaeological community. He has written multiple articles that have appeared in this publication, as well as over 30 books and numerous papers. He had just recently updated his massive North American Projectile Points book.

Jack was a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and focused on Virginia prehistory and had a special interest in uncovering evidence of Paleo and Preclovis sites. He participated in over 40 excavations, taught anthropology at Northern Virginia Community College and St. Johns High School College, served as president of the Archeological Society of Virginia and the Eastern States Archeological Federation. He ran the Virginia Rockart Survey and the McCary Fluted Point Survey. Additionally, he served as past chairman of the Alexandria Archaeology Commission as well as being a charter member of both the RPA and Council of Virginia Archeologist.

Jack graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and pursued graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma.

He was scheduled to present a paper, Reexamination of the Paleo Site in Virginia, at the 85th Annual Meeting of the SAA at Austin this past April, but that event was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

He is survived by his wife, Juliet.

It should be noted that he sent in two papers recently, one that is included in this issue (Trans-Atlantic Migrations in Prehistory – One Proof?) and the other to be published in a future issue.

January 2021 Vol 68 No# 1



Gary Eugene Cuckler

Gary Eugene Cuckler
1945-2021

Gary Eugene Cuckler
 

Gary Eugene Cuckler was born September 22, 1945, in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the Class of 1963. In 1995, Gary retired and devoted the rest of his life to developing his rural property, and watching three generations of children grow in his ever-expanding family. He had a love of antiques, rocks and boulders of any kind and all things old. Over many years he put together one of the finest collections of Indian artifacts ever assembled. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cathy (Hall) Cuckler, his children, Todd Cuckler, Stacey (Marty) Burlage all of Monticello,Iowa, Mike Maurice, Austin, TX., Tracy (Matt) Showalter, Cheney, Washington, Scott (Ronnie) Maurice, Denver, Colorado, 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, along with two brothers and his faithful companion and sidekick, his beloved dog, Raven.
Submitted by Bruce Filbrandt

April 2021 Vol 68 No# 2


William David Huff

William David Huff
1954-2021

William David Huff
 

William David Huff, of Lebanon, Virginia passed away on January 3, 2021. He was born in Norton, Virginia on June 9, 1954, and was the son of the late William and Faye Huff. His family moved to Stafford, Arizona in his teens, and while there his father developed a keen interest in Navaho art. David followed in his father’s footsteps, collecting not only southwest but also southeast flint and pottery. He recently achieved a lifelong dream of having his collection featured in Who’s Who in Indian Relics # 12.

He was the original owner of the Pioneer Restaurant in Lebanon, retiring after 28 years to enjoy his family and hobbies. In addition to artifacts, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and competitive shooting He is survived by his wife Loretta, sons: Brad and Nick, his brothers Joe and Harry, two grandchildren and his special K-9 companion, Dixie.
Submitted by Steven Cooper

April 2021 Vol 68 No# 2


William "Billy" McLemore

William "Billy" McLemore
1953-2020

William "Billy" McLemore
 

William “Billy” McLemore of McCurtain, Oklahoma, passed away at his home on November 22, 2020. He was born January 27, 1953, to William and Lena McLemore. He is survived by his son Dustin Mc-Lemore (Stephanie) and grandchildren Aiden and Ava McLemore of Spiro, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Vonetta.

Billy was a long-time member of the Central States Archaeological Society and a past president of the Oklahoma Chapter for two years, 2018 and 2019. BillyMac as most people knew him, worked for Cross Telephone for over 40 years and was an avid collector of Native American artifacts. He shared his interest by hosting small gatherings of fellow collectors. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, working on old cars and Jeeps. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Submitted by Lonnie Hartline

April 2021 Vol 68 No# 2


Robert Bruce McMahan

Robert Bruce McMahan
1947-2020

Robert Bruce McMahan
 

Robert Bruce McMahan of Black Mountain, North Carolina, passed away suddenly at his home on October 16, 2020. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, sons Rob and Shayne, two grandchildren as well as his brother and sister.

He served in the Army, and later the North Carolina National Guard from which he retired as a Master Sergeant. He fell in love with collecting Native Amrican artifacts later in life and was an active member of the collecting community. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many whose lives he touched.
Submitted by Warren Suleske

April 2021 Vol 68 No# 2


William Leroy "Bill" Breidinger

William Leroy "Bill" Breidinger
1947 - 2021

William Leroy "Bill" Breidinger
 


William Leroy “Bill” Breidinger of Decatur, Mississippi, passed away unexpectedly on March 11 in Jackson, Mississippi. Bill was born to LeRoy and Etta Breidinger in Gulfport, Mississippi, on August 14,1947. Bill served in the Mississippi Air National Guard for six years. He spent many years in the sewing industry. In recent years he worked in the lab for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and over his lifetime developed a keen passion for collecting Indian artifacts.

He served as the president of the Magnolia State Archaeological Society for many years. He hosted several shows in Mississippi every year along with his wife, Deanna. Additionally, he wrote several articles for this journal and also showed some of his extensive collection in Who’s Who in Indian Relics No. 11. One of his most prized artifacts was a large prehistoric canoe that he recently acquired and displayed at the Meridian Artifact Show in early 2020.

Bill also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Parker, JC and Piper. Survivors include his wife, Deanna, daughter, Marcie (Jay) Collins, sister, Linda Cumberland, his grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Submitted by the editor

July 2021 Vol 68 No# 3


Dr. Jack M. Schock

Dr. Jack M. Schock
1940 - 2020

Dr. Jack M. Schock
 


Dr. Jack M. Schock, 80, retired archaeologist from Western Kentucky University, passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020. Jack was born in Hiawatha, Kansas, and found his interest in archaeology as a child walking draws and dry creek beds in eastern Kansas, finding projectile points and other artifacts to pique his curiosity in prehistory. He earned his BA and MA at Kansas University. There, he took courses from Dr. Bill Bass, the physical anthropologist who later started the “body farm” at the University of Tennessee. Jack took his Ph.D. at SUNY, Buffalo. He was an authority in the archaeology of Kansas, New York and Kentucky, and had expertise in field methods, advancing water flotation as a technique to recover organic materials from burial and midden soils for analysis. Jack spent his entire professional career at Western Kentucky University, 1968 – 1994, the first anthropologist to join the faculty and to oversee the creation of the anthropology minor and major, while establishing active academic and contract archaeology programs. In those capacities, he was teacher, mentor, co-author with students and friend. He knew more than the prehistory of Kentucky. He knew the history of archaeology and the early archaeologists in Kentucky, teaching about Webb and Funkhouser and other notables in the early days of Kentucky archaeology.

Jack was the most active contract archaeologist in Kentucky in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Between contract archaeology and his field classes, he added innumerable archaeological sites to Kentucky’s rich prehistoric inventory, nearly 1,000 sites or more, estimated by a 10-year professional and personal association with him. It was not just sites but the knowledge he elaborated in his analysis of artifacts and interpretation of data. He found the first Pisgah hamlet in Kentucky, this in Harlan County, one of only three known to exist in the state. He found steatite bowl sherds at a site documented by Webb and Funkhouser, redefining the site’s cultural occupation and character. These and other finds have contributed to a continual revision and extension of Kentucky’s prehistory.

Jack taught archaeology as a science, not a humanity, though the debate was frenzied in the day. He was on the cusp of the “new archaeology” that was emerging, and he introduced shaping the discipline into his classroom instruction. It was no longer merely learning about prehistory, but learning the discipline anew and what it could become. He extended Kentucky and regional archaeology by his research, and he sharpened the discipline of archaeology as a science by his teaching.

Jack taught leadership, scholarship and ethics as much as he taught archaeology. He was engaged in student development before it was part of university mission statements, and he was instrumental in the cultivation of student life before that was an objective of higher education. He educated and inspired generations of students, many continuing his legacy through their own careers in anthropology and archaeology. His courses were so popular because of topic and teaching style that they often generated waiting lists, and his courses became a recruitment tool for the anthropology major. His knowledge and expertise extended beyond the campus and the profession, creating an outreach program that shared regional prehistory with grade schools and civic organizations. He easily developed a rapport with those he met, including school children, community members and site owners, and that went far in enhancing a public conception of archaeology and culminating in a protection and stewardship of archaeological sites.

His former students exalt and remember Dr. Schock, indebted to him for his influence and contribution to their lives, careers and character. He wore Corcoran military boots in the field, wearing a pair out every few years. He always kept a couple of Baby Ruth’s and Pay Day’s in his pocket, his favorite candy bars. He was teacher, mentor, researcher, colleague, and friend, and we are poorer for his passing. His obituary is late because we do not know how to say goodbye to such a friend.
Submitted by Gary S. Foster, Ph.D.


James Everette Maus

James Everette Maus
1945-2021

James Everette Maus
 


James Everette Maus passed away September 16, 2021 at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. He was born on January15, 1945, in Rockingham County, to the late Alexander Lafata and Ola Elizabeth Somers Maus. Mr. Maus was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam War. He loved fly fishing and loved making beautiful furniture. He also enjoyed gardening and reading. Jim (as he was known to most) was an avid collector of Indian artifacts and had served several positions in the Piedmont Archaeological Society, including president. He wrote many articles for the Central States Archaeological Journal, and served as an assistant editor in the early 2000s. Jim also served as an assistant editor for Prehistoric American. He collected artifacts starting when he was 10 years old, and amassed quite a collection of Woodland and Mississippian objects. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Verla Maus two children, Scott Maus and Stephanie Maus Holgate, brother, Claude Lewis and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Submitted by the editor

January 2022 Vol 69 No# 1


John Mark Clark

John Mark Clark
1955-2022

John Mark Clark
 


Noted collector, Mark Clark, passed away from complications due to diabetes on Wednesday, February 2. He was on a collecting trip to Florida when his illness of many years took an unexpected turn and his health rapidly diminished.

Mark collected artifacts since he was a child. Over the years, he became the collectors “collector” becoming an expert in antique furniture, toys and fireworks in addition to artifacts. Mark was always outspoken in his opinions, which rubbed some the wrong way; however his expertise was always evident, and he strived to educate others in all of his hobbies.

Usually, I try to keep an obituary direct and to the point, but I personally knew Mark for over 30 years. He and I hosted a few shows together and were both involved in several local archaeological societies. I learned over the years that Mark had an eye for the best relics, and a visit to his table was always an informative and learning experience.

Over the years Mark served as president of the Central States and a director of the GIRS. He was the president of both the Volunteer State Archaeological Society and the Cumberland River Archaeological Society. He was actively involved in the Middle Cumberland Archaeological Society as well as with the American Society for Amateur Archaeology. He also served as a consultant with Morphy’s Auction House and was instrumental in bringing the huge “Rutz Clovis” (one of the largest fluted points ever found) to market. I feel lucky to own a few world class artifacts from his ollection.

Mark loved to travel, especially to Southeast Asia, where he visited numerous archaeological sites in Thailand and Cambodia He always spoke about the wondrous food delicacies he enjoyed on his adventures. He was full of suggestions on great places to eat on the way home from any shows we both attended.

He was also an avid movie and music fan, and he and I spent many hours discussing films and various bands.

Mark gave back to his community in numerous ways, including assistance to the aged members of Clarksville and sponsoring local history events. His family owned a large furniture business in Clarksville and he knew countless people from his time spent at the store. Numerous collectors will remember his 1980s shows at the Old Stone Lodge, which brought out some of the best relics ever put on a table.

Just a few weeks ago he and I spent some time talking at the Kentucky Dam Show. He wore one of his signature hats and as always was full of information. We looked at a beautiful engraved vessel from Moundville he had on his table. Mark knew all about it and pointed out the interesting images.

Mark encouraged me from the day we met in my collecting endeavors. He told great stories that always garnered a good laugh. He spoke his mind without hesitation. Sadly now, his voice is only a memory.
Submitted by Steven R. Cooper

April 2022 Vol 69 No# 2


Doug Puckett

Doug Puckett
1951-2022

Doug Puckett
 

The artifact and relic community has lost a great leader, mentor and friend. Doug Puckett of Leighton, Alabama moved from this hunting ground to higher ground on February 14, 2022. He was 70 years old.

Doug is survived by his mother and his brother, Gary, and his family. Doug was a respected authority to many in the Indian artifact world as well as the Civil War relic community for the past 40+ years. Doug was an avid collector and had incredible knowledge of artifacts which he was willing to share.

In 1980, Doug was a founding member of the Rebel State Archaeological Society and served as it’s first president. He also served as president of Central States Archaeological Society in the 1980s.

Doug founded the Coldwater Case Company whose motto was “A Simple Case of Quality.” He supplied the artifact and relic collecting community with sturdy and aesthetic cases for decades. In the collecting world, Doug was one of the good guys! He always tried to give fair deals on authentic pieces; assembling an extensive collection over the years with many outstanding Indian artifacts and Civil War relics from northern Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Doug was also an avid deer hunter, a champion competitive archer, a fisherman and an excellent cook. He carved small wooden figures and was a self-taught piano player and classical guitar virtuoso. Doug authored a couple of books on artifacts in the 1990s and was a pioneer in “price guide” publishing.

His last few years were spent caring for his mother. She cared for him when his health began to fail a couple of years ago. He was one that many would characterize as eccentric; described by another good friend recently as someone who “marched to the beat of his own drum.” He was a man who has left a legacy of knowledge and integrity and his impact will live on in the collecting world through his work and influence. Doug will be missed.

Submitted by Tim Guyse

April 2022 Vol 69 No# 2


Suzanne Dorothy (YellowOwl) Goette

Suzanne Dorothy (YellowOwl) Goette
1950-2022

Suzanne Lynn Goette
 

Suzanne Goette passed on to her happy hunting ground on March 20, 2022. She started collecting around 1993 and became an avid collecter who loved to look for arrowheads. She joined the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society in 1995 and over the years held several offices, including secretary, business manager and vice president. In 2011-2012, she became the first and only woman to ever hold the position of President of the GSLAS.

She was a friend to many and was loved by all who met her. She was always there to help anybody with a question, and if she didn’t know the answer, she would find you somebody that could. She would spend hours walking fields and creeks in the heat or cold when ever she could and enjoyed meeting people out there. She had many peronal finds and things she bought.

In 2010, Suzanne and her husband Terry began regularly attending the St. Louis Renaissance Faire, and soon became favorites among the long-time patrons and vendors. Greatly loved by her Renfaire family, she was always there to help anyone in need, gracing them with her smile, caring and warmth, all of which quickly earned her the loving nickname of “Mother Hen.” Her laughter was infectious, and she brought smiles to anyone around her.

Suzanne was the kind of person people loved and respected so much that sometimes her friends would just give her things for no real reason. She was always there for everyone, and people would always look for her at the shows to show her what they had recently found or added to their collection. She was truly a wonderfull woman and a friend to all.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Terry; her nieces, nephews and cousins; Aunt Grace Norval (Simpson), sister-in-law, Marlene (Goette) Bay; and brother in-law, Charles Bay.
Submitted by Terry Goette

Julyl 2022 Vol 69 No# 3


Robert "Bob" Converse

Robert "Bob" Converse
01/06/1926 - 06/22/2022

Robert "Bob" Converse
 

Robert "Bob" Converse, 96, of Plain City, Ohio died June 22, 2022 at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. He died of complications from a fall. He was born January 6, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Harold Smith Converse and Marcella Thayer Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robin and daughter Connie, brother Jim Converse, half-sister Jeanne Cook, and, as he would say - most of the many people he knew. He is survived by half-sister, Sue Wilson; nieces, Michele Troyer and Denise Scott, all of Plain City; nephew, Tim Converse of West Jefferson; and the love of his life, Elaine Holzapfel of Greenville, Ohio. Bob enlisted in the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program while in high school and went into the Air Force within days of graduation. He was honorably discharged as a corporal when the war ended. Bob returned to Plain City to work for Youmans and Son Grain Elevator, and in 1961, joined the historic Henry Boat Company of Plain City as treasurer. He served on the Plain City Park Board and as president and vice-president of the Jonathan Alder School Board.

He designed the Jonathon Alder logo that was first painted on the gymnasium floor at the high school (current Junior High). For many years, he was locally known for his sign painting skills and business. His sign painting turned to painting pictures and creating ink drawn portraits that were given as Christmas cards to his many friends. His artistic ability was matched only by his natural athletic talent, and keen mind. In high school, he lettered in every sport the school offered and made the all-county basketball team his junior and senior year, and the all-district team his senior year. One of his favorite pastimes was fast-pitch softball which he began playing while in the service. His teams won numerous state tournaments and went as far as runner up in national competition. He threw many no-hit and no-run games; one during the state tournament competition in 1957, and was inducted into the Fast-pitch Softball Hall of Fame. He picked up golf later in life, winning the Columbus Senior Open in 1960 and along the way having several hole-in-ones and a double eagle on a par 5. Bob became interested in archaeology largely due to his son Robin, who at a young age began asking questions about those who were in Plain City even before the Converse family. When Bob told him that many farmers still found arrow heads, Robin wanted to go looking for them. Robin found a point at the first field they visited, which kicked off a love for and career in Ohio archaeology for Bob that lasted 70 years.

Bob may have walked every field in Union and Madison counties while hunting artifacts. He joined the Archaeological Society of Ohio in 1956 and served as vice-president, president, and as the Editor of the acclaimed Ohio Archaeologist for over 50 years. He is the author of more than 300 articles, essays and papers on archaeology, as well as six books, several of which have been reprinted multiple times. He also founded Converse Auctions and grew the business into a successful and well-respected auction house. Beyond his many accomplishments and his lifelong service, Bob was also a kind and generous man and a good friend to many. He will be sorely missed and not forgotten.

Graveside service will be held 10AM Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Forest Grove Cemetery, Plain City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Archaeological Society of Ohio (OhioArch.org) or the Plain City Historical Society. The Archaeological Society of Ohio will conduct an honorary meeting at a later date. Please visit www.fergusonfuneralhomeinc.com to share a special memory.


Floyd Ritter

Floyd Ritter
1937-2022

Floyd Ritter
 


Floyd Ritter passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 22, 2022. Floyd first appeared in Who’s Who in Indian Relics Volume 3 in 1972 at the age of 35. He mentions in that biography that he currently lives in Granite City and has lived in Madison County, Illinois since the age of 14. He noted he was married to Vivian, who “accompanies him on his many trips in search of Indian relics.” He adds that he also collects “coins and guns.”Who would have guessed that over the next 40-plus years he would become one of the great collectors of his lifetime!

He moved to Collinsville, and quickly turned the lower floor of his new house into a relic room. Year after year that collection grew. Showcases were added and eventually the room became a virtual museum where collectors gathered constantly. Floyd loved colorful relics, and the room sparkled once the lights were turned on. He was the ultimate “wheeler-dealer” and relics constantly changed hands. He branched out too – collecting nearly everything, from antique ivory cue-balls to Bowie knives (his was the best collection in the world) to watches, books and anything else that interested him.

The small show he started in 1987 in Alton, Illinois, would eventually become the largest in the country after it moved to Collinsville in 1989. Floyd hosted a wonderful party the second evening of the show, and collectors roamed through his house, admiring his acquisitions. By this time, he had two sons, Steven and Kelly, and he featured them in several Who’s Who volumes holding relics.

Floyd’s collection eventually overwhelmed his space, but he never moved, preferring to pile things on top of one another if he had to. When asked why he didn’t move or enlarge his “museum” room he answered, “I would just fill all of that up too!”

He traveled to collecting shows around the country with multiple tables set up. His interests were so varied that he was comfortable at a Civil War show, a gem and mineral show, or gun show. He traveled everywhere, making deals and trades. All of this added up to Floyd being one of the most knowledgeable in the country in regards to all kinds of relics and collectibles. Floyd knew what was real and fraudulent. Collectors would seek his advice all of the time and trust his answers.

In life, some sit on the sidelines, but that was never Floyd. His collection and life will be the subject of conversations many years hence. His relic room will remain a legendary place. And those who knew him will treasure his memory. Floyd is survived by his wife Vivian and his two sons, Steven and Kelly.
Submitted by the editor

January 2023 Vol 70 No# 1


Lonnie Alexander Hartline

Lonnie Alexander Hartline
1945-2022

Lonnie Alexander Hartline
 


Lonnie Alexander Hartline passed away Monday, July 11, 2022, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in Hennessey, Oklahoma, in 1963 and then attended Central State University, where he met his bride-to-be, Sherry Kae Pearce, whom he married in October 1968.

Lonnie was soon drafted into the military service and became an infantryman in the 1st Cavalry, U. S. Army. He served in Vietnam, where he received two Purple Hearts among several awards for meritorious service. After leaving the military, Lonnie continued his education and graduated in 1974 with a BA in management and marketing.

He raised his family in Oklahoma City and later moved to Eufaula, Oklahoma,in early in 2001. Living there Lonnie became an avid hunter and fisherman, winning several Crappiethon tournaments and enjoying many fishing trips to Alaska. He additionally traveled with his family to many parts of the United States and Europe.

At a young age, Lonnie found his first arrowhead which sparked his interest in collecting Indian relics and artifacts. He was a charter member and founder of the Oklahoma Archaeological Society, serving as Secretary-Treasurer since its inception in 2008. Lonnie amassed a quality collection throughout the years and attended countless shows in the south and midwest. Collectors would always stop by his table for a chat or advice. He was recognized with numerous awards by his fellow hobbyists, including a special "Living Legacy Award" in 2021. Lonnie is survived by his wife Sherry, daughter, Lori Christine Hartline, sons Rodney and David, and his sister, Shannon Hartline, as well as his treasured granddaughter, Sydney Fallon Hartline.
Submitted by the editor

January 2023 Vol 70 No# 1


Donald Ray Ham

Donald Ray Ham
1945-2022

Donald Ray Ham
 


Donald Ray Ham passed away at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, after several years of illness.

Don was a successful self-made businessman who first discovered the world of artifact collecting when his friend, Bill Stroud, took him on his first artifact hunt in 1976. Don found an amazing effigy pipe he named “Birdie.” He later purchased the property where it was found, which held the ancestral grounds of the Tuscarora Indians and found additional artifacts, including several more pipes. Don later purchased the lifetime collection of Cleve Smith and several others who uncovered a virtual treasure trove of artifacts in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Don was driven to share these artifacts with the public and drove to many artifact shows with his tour bus and had a large display. Additionally, he recruited Teresa Putty and Art Gerber and in 2003 with their help, Don put together the book, Birth of a Culture, which discussed and showcased artifacts from his collection and others.

He later served as treasurer of the Genuine Indian Relic Society and was active in his later years on the internet, passing on much of his collection on to other collectors.

Don was a devoted son to his mother, Lila Mae Hill Ham, who survives him. Additional family and close friends include a cousin whom he thought of as a sister, Sharon R. Carter of Snow Hill; a friend he considered a son, Gary E. Smith and his family of Pikeville; and his faithful companion and pet dog, Copper. Don is also survived by numerous cousins of both the Hill and Ham families.

January 2023 Vol 70 No# 1


Byron McDonald

Byron McDonald
1946-2022

Byron McDonald
 

Byron McDonald passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 after fighting cancer for nearly a year. Byron was born Dec. 1, 1946, in Lebanon, Tennessee, the son of the late Charles Leeman McDonald and Olive Elaine Carter McDonald. Byron was a 1964 graduate of Gordonsville High School and afterwards served his country in the United States Navy. Byron married Pamela Jean Dorris in 1973. Several years ago, he retired as branch manager of SPI Industrial Insulation Distributors in Nashville, after working there many years.

Byron developed an acute interest in the prehistory of Tennessee at an early age. He was involved in cataloging the Gates P. Thruston collection in the early 1980s for the Tennessee State Museum. His work resulted in the book, Art and Artisans of Prehistoric Middle Tennessee.

Byron was primarily known for his exceptional flint collection. In his later years, that collection evolved, and he added numerous relics from throughout the southeast. His knowledge of artifacts was highly respected, and his advice was sought by other collectors. In late 2018, he contributed several articles to the Tennessee 50th Anniversary Journal, including one on rare shell gorgets. He built a special room in his house to display his collection and share it with his many visitors.

Byron is survived by wife, Pamela Dorris McDonald, sons Nathan and Adam and his grandchildren whom he adored,
Rachel, Kate, Andy, and Marshall.

January 2023 Vol 70 No# 1


Charles Rickey Travelstead

Charles Rickey Travelstead
1960-2022

Charles Rickey Travelstead
 

Charles Rickey Travelstead passed away at his home in Burna, Kentucky from colon cancer on June 19, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kimberly Anne Travelstead; son Christopher (Sarah) Travelstead of Brookport, Il.; daughter Ashley (Justin) Patton, of Tiline, KY; sister Christy Moneymaker of Grand Rivers, KY.; two brothers, David Travelstead of Ledbetter, KY and Timmy Travelstead of Smithland, KY.; four grandchildren, Braxton Travelstead, Kaylynn Harris, Ashton Harris, and Emma Grace Patton.

He worked for the Livingston County Road Department for the last few years helping mow the right of way. He was a member of the Lakes Area Archeological Society for over 25 years and the Green River Archeological Society for over 30 years. He was a regular at
the Kentucky Dam artifact show and well-known for his ability to find superb artifacts, including an exceptional spud and a fine Archaic knife.

April 2023 Vol 70 No# 2


David Ray Ramp

David Ray Ramp
1944-2022

David Ray Ramp
 

David Ray Ramp, of Columbia City, Indiana passed away on October 1, 2022, at his home. Dave was born on March 26, 1944, in Whitley County, Indiana, the son of Paul R. and Vera Ramp. Growing up in Columbia City, he completed elementary school at Westward School and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1963. He continued his education at ITT Technical Institute in Fort Wayne.

For six years, he served with the Indiana National Guard. On May 16, 1981, he married Josephine Watkins. David was a career-long employee with United Telephone/Sprint, working as a lineman, cable splicer, service technician, and foreman. He retired in August of 2000 with over 31 years of service.

He avidly served the Boy Scouts of America as a Council member, serving on the Executive Board, and as a Scout Master for Troop 83. A member of the Over-the-Hill Gang, the group would do repairs and light construction at BSA Chief Little Turtle Camp.

David was an avid artifact collector from an early age. In 2020, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Archaeological Society. Additionally, from his work as a lineman, he was a member of the National Insulator Society and collected old glass insulators used on telephone/telegraph poles.

David is survived by his wife, Josephine; his sister, Patricia Raypole, brother John Ramp; children, Shelia Jackson of Columbia City and Paul J. Ramp of Kendallville; stepsons, Wayne Watkins of Winamac and Nicholas Watkins of West Lafayette; nine grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

April 2023 Vol 70 No# 2


James Stephen Langley

James Stephen Langley
1957-2022

James Stephen Langley
 

James Stephen Langley of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee passed away December 28, 2022. He was well known in the Tennessee artifact community as an avid collector and relic hunter.

Steve was born January 17, 1957 in Hixson, Tennessee to James and Betty Langley. He graduated in 1975 from Hixson High School and went on to attend Chattanooga State and UTC. He played center on the
basketball team and also sang in the chorus, performing in the “Music Man.” He loved singing and continued to perform throughout his life at many churches and for over 10 years at Soddy Daisy Health Care.

He worked at UPS for 37 years and was a Union Steward for Teamsters Local 519.

Steve enjoyed seeing eagles and other wildlife up and down the Tennessee River. He was an avid fisherman, and he noodled for catfish and jug fished. He donated an 82-pound catfish to the Tennessee Aquarium.

He loved to hunt for artifacts and found much of his collection over a 40 year period. He attended many shows and acquired many high end relics from his local area. He also published some of his collection and wrote articles for Prehistoric American and the Central States Archaeological Journal, including the Tennessee 50th Anniversary issue. He proudly showed much of his collection in Who’s Who in Indian Relics #12 (2020).

Steve is survived by his wife Leslie Langley, and his children, Tiffany Langley and Travis Langley, as well as his sisters, Cindy Langley Gann and Beth Langley Swayne. He will be missed by many

April 2023 Vol 70 No# 2


John William Brooks III

John William Brooks III
1951-2022

John William Brooks III
 

John William Brooks III of Marshfield, Missouri passed away suddenly on October 5, 2022. John was born on May 15, 1951, and was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Mary Ruth Brooks.

When John was young the family lived in what is known as the Penthouse apartment at the corner of Madison and South Clay Streets in Marshfield, Missouri. That square was the main area of commerce in
town in the early 1950s, and John spent many hours in the pool hall with his father, Bill, and his grandmother Minnie Brooks at the Ritz Movie Theatre. John and his dad also spent many hours hunting and fishing together.

After graduating from Marshfield High School, he attended Drury College where he joined the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After his graduation, he worked at Roadway and later purchased a sod farm near Morrisville, Missouri.

In 1980, he married Vickie Jones. They had two children, Amanda and Will. John took the family on many adventures to museums, national parks, Civil War battlefields and historical markers.

He was a good storyteller and found plenty of material in his everyday life. John was famous for having flat tires, dead batteries, lost gloves, fishing line that backlashed, cows that escaped, float boats that flipped, misplacing tools, gut shot deer, losing his phone and so on. He would often say, “How can a nice guy like me have so much trouble.”

John collected Native American artifacts all of his life. His grandfather, John, had a small collection, and that got him started. He found his first arrowhead at 8 years old. While in college, he met farmers in the Missouri bootheel and Saline County, and they allowed him to hunt their fields. In 1978, he met Roy Hathcock, and they became good friends. John always considered Roy his artifact mentor. In 2016, John showcased his large collection in Who’s Who in Indian Relics Volume 11.

John worked for many years with his younger brother, Joe, in operating Brooks Gas, a propane company started by their father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie, of 42 years; daughter, Amanda Forrester; son, William Brooks; five grandchildren; and brother, Joe Brooks.

April 2023 Vol 70 No# 2


Delnora “Dale” Rector

Delnora “Dale” Rector
1945-2023

Delnora “Dale” Rector
 

Dale Rector passed away at his home in Vine Grove Kentucky, on January 27, 2023. He was born in Garrard County, Kentucky on July 13, 1945.

Dale met his wife, Vivian, while attending Paint Lick High School and they married in 1965. Dale joined the US Army and traveled around the world for the next 26 years. Over those same years, ale earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Dale retired from the military in 1989 as a Command Sergeant Major and he and Vivian both began new careers in Real Estate from which they retired in 2005.

Both Dale and his wife always enjoyed hunting and collecting Indian artifacts. After age prevented them from field hunting, they began to collect and acquire choice specimens by attending numerous shows, auctions, estate sales and word-of-mouth. In addition to collecting prehistoric artifacts, they also collected historic and beaded items from the United States and Central America. He and Vivian even branched out to collect coins, knives, guns and a even nice old Lincoln Towncar.

Dale is survived by his wife Vivian; daughter, Dawn; son, Dale Rector, II; along with five granddaughters; Tiffany, Heather, Jessica, Jenna, Savannah; one great grandson, Bannick; one brother, Tracy and one sister, Deloris.

July 2023 Vol 70 No# 3


Gerald “Jerry” Davis

Gerald “Jerry” Davis
1946-2023

Gerald “Jerry” Davis
 

Gerald (Jerry) Davis, 76, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023 at his home in Jackson, Missouri with his family by his side. He was born on August 2, 1946 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was the son to the late Paul and Maxine Davis. Jerry was preceded in death by brother, Paul Davis, Jr; and sisters, Janet Hurley and Kimberly McClard.

Jerry was a graduate of Cape Central High School in 1964 where he met and married his wife Roxie in 1967. Jerry worked and ran the family farm with his father for several years and later worked with Ramsey Plumbing and Heating doing sheet metal work.

Jerry biggest passion, outside of his family, was finding and collecting Indian artifacts. He collected artifacts for nearly 60 years in a five-state area and regularly attended artifact shows. Some of Jerry’s finds were published in Prehistoric American, The Central States Archaeological Journal and The Amateur Archaeologist. Jerry even hosted his own event, an annual artifact show in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Sikeston, Missouri for over 29 years.

Jerry found many remarkable artifacts in his life, including a large raptor pipe and some of the finest pottery ever recovered.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Roxie; children, Amy), Robyn and granddaughters,Camryn and Caroline.

On a personal note, Jerry Davis was a true friend of Suzanne’s and mine. His knowledge was extraordinary and he loved to share it with everyone. His laughter was infectious along with his humor and he was a joy to be around at shows. I am very proud to have him as our friend and mentor. I recorded a few conversations with him and wish we had many more. He was a book of knowledge.

“You fought the good fight my friend, now rest. Then go to your fields and as you would say - Tear them up.”

July 2023 Vol 70 No# 3


John Paul Grotte

John Paul Grotte
1949-2023

John Paul Grotte
 

John Grotte passed away at his home in Quincy Illinois, on January 31, 2023. He was born in LaCrosee Wisconsin, on January 2, 1949.He was the son of John Barrett and Evelyn Irene Baker Grotte.

John graduated from Unity High School in Mendon Illinois, after which he went on to serve hiscountry in the Vietnam War as a sergeant in the Marine Corps. He was a “Voice Radio Operator” and earned the Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and a Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

John’s favorite love was hunting and collecting Native American artifacts. He hunted extensively in Illinois, mostly in Adams, Brown and Pike counties; as well as Missouri in Lewis, Marion and Pike counties. His collection was quite large and pictured in Legends of Pehistoric Art Volume 1 and in Who’s Who in Indian Relics # 4 and # 5. John also liked to collect antiques. He was additionally a skilled flint knapper.

John was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Grotte. He is survived by daughters, Suzanna (Kimball) Sprague and Rebecca Grotte, and five grandchildren: Cadence, Luke, Ayden, Hannah, and Brady.

July 2023 Vol 70 No# 3


Matt Rowe

Matt Rowe
1967-2023

Matt Rowe
 

Matt Rowe of Bull Hollow, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2023 after a long battle with cancer. He was born to Robert and Mildred Rowe on September 7, 1967 and grew up in Pryor, Oklahoma. He married his wife Melissa, on June 10, 1988.

Matt spent his youth wandering the hills in the Ozarks, where he developed a keen interest in arrowheads and the prehistoric past. This led to starting one of the first online forums, Arrowheads1, in the late 1990s. In 2006, Matt was hired by David Bogle to become the curator at the newly opened Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas. He held that position until his passing. Matt’s photographic memory and quest for knowledge made him a tremendous asset to the museum, where he led tours, created displays and helped acquire items for the collection. During this time he developed his photography skills, which eventually resulted in the 2015 publication of The Museum of Native American History – A Pictorial Journey, of which he was the author.

In 2013 Matt described and named a new point type, Spavinaw Creek, after a cache found in Mayes County, Oklahoma. This led to him becoming the point typology editor for the 15th Edition of the Official Overstreet Indian Arrowheads Identification and Price Guide that was published in 2018.

Over the years Matt became well known and loved by the collecting community for his insights, knowledge and keen identification skills. He had a wry sense of humor, was never one to mince words and enjoyed sharing his Ozark heritage. He had a large internet following and posted about the museum almost daily for many years.

Matt is survived by his wife Melissa, and his two children, Madison and Brett.

April 2023 Vol 70 No# 2


Morris A. Knutsen

Morris Allen Knutsen
11/22/1946 - 4/16/2023

Morris A. Knutsen
 

Morris (Morey) A. Knutsen (76) of West Des Moines passed away peacefully in his home on April 16, 2023. Morey was born to Donald and Katherine (Knuppel) Knutsen on November 22, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. In his youth, Morey was a talented tennis player and earned a varsity letter while attending Edina High School in Edina, MN. Morey's first summer job was cleaning out ADM grain train cars. Always the immaculate dresser, he also worked at Al Johnson Clothiers in Edina. Growing up, he was always a protective big brother of his sisters, Kathy and Janet.

Morey attended the University of Minnesota and was a proud member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He treasured several Sigma Nu friendships throughout his life. Upon graduation from the U in 1969, he began his career with Hartford Insurance Company and was assigned to the Des Moines market, where he spent the rest of his life. With his eye for art and design and an entrepreneurial spirit, in 1972 Morey left the insurance industry and began a mid-century modern furniture store in a rented space on Grand Avenue.

Seeing the future possibility for the development of the sleepy antique shops in "old Valley Junction," Morey bought and renovated a building on 5th Street where he moved his business and subsequently opened a small gourmet kitchen equipment shop in the back of the furniture store. This business was soon successful, so Morey bought another building on 5th Street where the shop "Kitchen Tools" opened. Morey continued his vision for making Valley Junction a thriving destination for shoppers and diners by purchasing and historically renovating additional buildings. He worked with the West Des Moines City Council and Planning and Zoning board, lobbying to bring his vision to reality. He established the Valley Junction Art Fair to bring in visitors and put Valley Junction on the map as a destination. In his role on the Historic Valley Junction Foundation, Morey is credited with leading an effort to restore the area and create a "turn-of-the-century" shopping district that endures today.

Beyond Valley Junction, Morey was active in the Des Moines community, serving as Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. In the mid-80's, Morey left retail and began his career in commercial real estate. As an active member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), Morey served in many leadership roles within the organization and was well known in the SIOR broker community both locally and nationally. Over the years, Morey successfully closed numerous large industrial transactions. He was truly a respected and professional real estate broker with Iowa Realty, Grubb & Ellis, and finally CBRE|Hubbell Commercial where he finished his career as a Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate group and a leading broker in the industrial leasing and investment markets.

In October 1989, Morey married Kathleen (Fogarty). He loved spending time with his family, especially at the lake, and cheering on his kids and grandkids in their sports and careers.

Morey loved the outdoors. From catching bluegills at the lake with his daughters and grandkids to pheasant hunting with his buddies, he enjoyed all aspects of the outdoor sporting world. His garden, both the perennials and vegetables (especially his famous heirloom tomatoes), was a source of pride for him and envy of the neighbors. Forever and insatiably intellectually curious, he studied everything from ancient civilizations to art and classical music to pop culture.

Morey is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (Fogarty) Knutsen, his two daughters Megan (Jason) Rowekamp of Corcoran, MN and Paige (Frank Naber) Knutsen of Park Ridge, IL, his stepson Brian Cunningham (Cynthia) of Las Vegas, NV, his stepdaughter Meredith Atwood (Thomas) of Seattle, WA, and his grandchildren Owen and Anna Rowekamp and his step grandchildren Jaryd Rowekamp and Brian and Jonas Cunningham. He is also survived by his sister, Janet Knutsen of Moretown, VT. Morey was preceded in death by parents, his sister Katherine Knutsen, and his first grandchild, Charley Rowekamp.

A memorial gathering is planned for Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 3:00 to 5:00 at Iles Dunn's Funeral Home at 2121 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of Morey's favorite charities, Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Inc. or the Iowa Department for the Blind.


 


Leonard Anthony “Tony” Putty

Leonard Anthony “Tony” Putty
June 22, 1955 - October 23, 2023

 
 

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Leonard Anthony Putty of Shelbyville, Indiana, born in Lebanon, Tennessee, who passed away on October 23, 2023, at the age of 68, leaving to mourn family and friends. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Leonard Anthony Putty to pay them a last tribute.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Leonard H. Putty and Helen Putty (Bunch); and his brother Roger Putty. He is survived by : his wife Teresa Kay Theobald; his daughters, Amber Kay Franklin (Stan) of Indianapolis and Sarah Elizabeth Holtz (Brian) of Indianapolis; his brother Tim Putty (Dee) of Tucson, Arizona; his grandchildren, Mekhi, Ellie, Masen, Maddyn, Antonio, Noah, Ella and Owen; and his great grandchildren, Jayden, Liam and Grayson. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Thursday, October 26th 2023 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Freeman Family Funeral Homes (819 S Harrison St, Shelbyville, IN 46176). A funeral service was held on Thursday, October 26th 2023 at 1:00 PM at the same location.

Memorial contributions may be made to Medical Mutts, 6120 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220, for the purchase of a service dog.

 


Leonard Anthony “Tony” Putty

Leonard Anthony “Tony” Putty
June 22, 1955 - October 23, 2023

 
 
Tony Putty

Leonard Anthony "Tony" Putty, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, October 23, 2023, at his home.

He was born June 22, 1955, in Lebanon, Tennessee, the son of Leonard H. and Helen (Bunch) Putty. On November 29, 1975, he married his wife of 47 years, Teresa Kay Theobald, and she survives.

In addition to Teresa, Tony is survived by his daughters, Amber Kay Franklin and husband, Stan, and Sarah Elizabeth Holtz and husband, Brian, both of Indianapolis; brother, Tim Putty and wife, Dee, of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren, Mekhi and Ellie, Masen, Maddyn, Antonio, Noah, Ella and Owen; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Liam and Grayson; several nieces and nephews that he loved like his own including, Jason, Austin and Toni Lynn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Roger Putty.

In 1973, Tony graduated from New Palestine High School, he received his bachelors degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Tony was formerly a plant supervisor for Detroit Steel and Gardner Denver, with 35 years of service. Ten years ago, he transitioned into his prehistoric artifacts auctions, known as Tony Putty Artifacts. Tony enjoyed Native American artifacts.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, and the Genuine Indian Relics Society.

Family was Tony's number one priority. He spent every moment possible at numerous activities for his grandchildren. They were his world.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., Thursday at the funeral homes, with Pastor Jason Taylor officiating.
FUNERAL HOME
Freeman Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel - Shelbyvill
819 S. Harrison St.
Shelbyville, Indiana

 


Howard W. Briggerman

Howard W. Briggerman
1941 – 2023

 
 
Howard W. Briggerman

Howard W. Briggerman of east-central Illinois, was a long-term member of the Central States Archaeological Societies and an occasional contributor to this Journal. He had a lifelong passion and interest in Midwest archaeology. He remembered as a child finding an occasional surface piece, and that interest and passion were there when he bought his first two artifacts, a celt and an axe, from classmates on a school bus. He offered the two classmates a dollar, the only money he had. They said maybe, so on the off chance the boys would sell, Howard went without lunch that day. After school, the purchase was made. The artifacts were special to Howard because they were from a known site in Coles County, Illinois, his home county.

Howard’s particular interest was in early people, the Paleo, and the first peopling of the New World. He was well read in the subject, asking hard and insightful questions as hours would pass over cups of coffee. Early on in our friendship, he tested me once as a former, professional archaeologist. He handed me a Thebes point (Early Archaic) and asked me to identify it. I told him if he found it I would, and if he bought it, I would not. He laughed and never tested me again. He was known hroughout the local archaeological community as an in sightful and inquisitive collector. On several forays into.the countryside, Howard pointed out sites that he had surface collected as a young man, and his memory was acute and sharp in the recollections he shared. In addition to his own collection, he possessed the collections of his Aunt Emma and his brother Herman, all from Coles County. His archaeological interest was a family affair, and he shared that interest with two of his grandsons, and they spent many hours together bonding and surface collecting. He collected knowledge as eagerly as he collected artifacts. Howard’s collection may be dispersed, a loss if it does not remain local, for he knew and recorded the provenance of his collection, but the real loss is the knowledge, character and friendship he possessed and shared.

Howard was a multi-faceted person, sustained by his faith and family, including his archaeological family. He loved dancing with his wife, Carol, and they often attended dance gatherings. He wrote poetry and songs, and played the guitar, often performing at local venues. He particularly enjoyed performing at nursing homes to entertain the residents.

Many could add poignantly to this memory of Howard, and some might say they did not know this or that about Howard. He was among us, sharing our interest and contributing to our understanding. In another time, an earlier time, we would be leaving grave goods, flowers determined by pollens, maybe gifts of food. Now we leave words, another form of grave goods for others to see and acknowledge. These grace the burial and the memory of a remembered one, a gentle soul, a gentle true spirit. Our mourning rituals and burial customs have much to do with the prehistoric, archaeological past, and Howard would have been proud and content in those analogies and similarities.
Submitted by Gary S. Foster, Ph.D., and Tommy Bryden
January 2024 Journal


Roy E. Whaley

Roy E. Whaley
1939-2023

 
 
Roy E. Whaley


Roy E. Whaley of Park Hills, Missouri was born on September 10, 1939, in Cadet, Missouri, to the late Lafyette and Julia (Aley) Whaley. Roy passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2023, in Festus, Missouri at the age of 83 years, 6 months, 18 days. Roy was preceded in death by his ex-wife Rose Whaley, son Roy Whaley, daughter Susie Delostrio, and brothers Robert Whaley and Bill Whaley. Roy was the lead singer of The Ambush Band for 30 plus years. He loved collecting arrowheads and considered himself the ambassador to the Greater St. Louis Archeological Society. He had just ecently started to share stories in this journal of his arrowhead hunts. Roy has helped the Shriners for 10 years and The Children’s Miracle Network Heart Fund. He and his band performed countless benefit shows for many families in need.Roy is survived by his wife Mary; sons Tony, Terry, Troy and Sean; his two sisters Mary and Sherie; his two special nieces Vickie Barton and Mona Palmer; along with 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Roy will be missed by all who knew him.
January 2024 Journal

 


Rodney A. Price

Rodney A. Price
1942-2023

 
 
Howard W. Briggerman


Rodney A. Price, 81, of Morton, Illinois and formerly of Astoria, Illinois, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2023. He was born on Jan. 10, 1942 in Canton, Illinois, the son of Evan and Lois (Etter) Price. He married Elizabeth “Beth” Johnson on Oct. 19, 1974. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rod served in the United States Navy from 1966-1968 with a rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. He was a graduate of Milligan College in Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in business. He and his wife were third generation owners of Price Oil Company in Astoria. Rod was an active member in several area churches, with his last membership at Grace Church in Morton. He liked singing in church and also in several different folk groups. He also played the mandolin, guitar and piano and also taught guitar from his home. Rod enjoyed bicycling and participated in Century Bicycle rides several times. He loved to golf and was a die-hard Illinois, Cubs and Bears fan, but the love of his life was his wife, Beth, who was always by his side over the 48 years of their marriage.

Rod’s father, Evan, was a serious artifact collector, and Rod inherited his passion for Indian artifacts. Much of the family collection consisted of fine relics obtained by his father when visiting farmers or customers door-to-door. Rod and Beth recently shared their family collection in Who’s Who in Indian Relics Volume 12 (2020). Rod also enjoyed collecting model trains.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; his two children, Brian (and Jennifer) Price of Morton, Illinois, Alison (and Steve) Gold of Boulder, Colorado; four grandchildren, Jasa Price, Carson Price, Olivia Gold and Reese Gold; and one sister, Rhonda (and Michael) Barfield of St. Charles, Missouri.
January 2024 Journal


 


Terry Schultz

Terry Schultz
1946-2023

 
 
Terry Schultz


Terry Schultz of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away on Tuesday morning Aug. 15, 2023 at the ageof 77 in the hospital with his family present. He was born June 17, 1946 and resided in the same home where he was raised and lived there most of his life. He was the son of the late Norman and Lilia Schultz and a brother Sandy. Terry is survived by his former wife, Gladys Bahret, two daughters Marie (Martin) Casillas and Denise (Sergio) Ramirez, and four granddaughters, Lilia, Lola, Lana and Mia.

Terry was a high school science teacher, assistant principal and counselor during his teaching career. Terry had a Master’s degree in education, and in the summers, he worked for a construction company. Terry started collecting Indian artifacts with his dad and surface hunted farm fields in the Momence area in Kankakee County, Illinois back in the early 1960s. Terry was one of the luckiest Indian artifact surface hunters that I have ever known. He made so many spectacular finds throughout his lifetime. He found a 7” Dalton, many perfect classic Archaic blades, an Early Woodland cache totaling approximately 140 triangular points of various sizes, two nice perfect slate gorgets, an intact banded slate birdstone, a perfect Clovis point and many more quality Indian artifacts including prehistoric and historic. He is shown in the picture excavating at the Huber Site during the parking lot expansion in Palos Heights, Illinois in August 2004.

Good bye my friend. I hope to see you again in the happy hunting ground.
Submitted by Edmund Butkus
January 2024 Journal

 


Arthur Joseph Gerber

Arthur Joseph Gerber
1938 - 2017

 
 
Arthur Joseph Gerber, Jr.


SANTA CLAUS – Arthur Joseph Gerber, Jr. died Aug. 28, 2017, at his home in Santa Claus at the age of 79. He was born Jan. 8, 1938, the oldest child of Mary Lou Jumps of Evansville and the late Arthur J. Gerber, Sr. of Carson City, Nev. His parents preceded him in death.

Art attended elementary school in Cannelton where he lived with his grandparents, William J. Gerber, Sr. and his wife, Anna Gerber. He attended high school at Chaminade College Preparatory School for boys in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 1960.

He served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. Art became involved in the photography business which developed film and eventually became a portrait studio, Art Gerber Studio, serving the Perry County community until his retirement in 2011.

Art was an avid collector of Indian artifacts, enjoyed hunting artifacts, spelunking, taking photographs and traveling. He was a member of the Genuine Indian Relic, the Central States Artifact Society and the Professional Photographers of America for many years. Art was also a member of American Legion Post #213.

He was instrumental in the development of the annual Owensboro Indian Artifact Show which continued for 33 years.
Late in life Art wrote a book "The Art Gerber Story". He was a Kentucky "Colonel," and an Indiana "Sagamore of the Wabash" and a Georgia "Lieutenant Colonel."

He is survived by a sister, Mary Gertrude Gerber Frye and his domestic companion of 17 years, Sara Maier Songer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Cannelton with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, where there will be military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #213. The Rev. Sengole Thomas G. will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.huberfuneralhome.net.

Published by Perry County News on Aug. 29, 2017.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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