JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Historical Society held its latest meeting last Thursday at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. to discuss upcoming events, agree on officer elections, and address cases of vandalism on the Mineral Springs War Memorial.
The vandalism was brought up while discussing possible fundraisers to raise money for the memorial’s completion. Damages to the memorial include the end of the cannon’s barrel, which is made out of cement, being broken off, two signs stolen from the site and several plaques having been removed from the tables. Society President Judy Wolfe reported that two of the symbols have been damaged as well — the Air Force symbol has been unglued and the Marine symbol has been stolen.
“Two young men were down there the other day and they did run away once when I was there,” said Wolfe. “I go by there two or three times a day to try to watch out for things.”
Society Treasurer Susan Cheek mentioned that it may not be vandalism. Living in that area, she’s noticed several children playing in the creek. According to her, it’s possible that kids may be playing around the cannon unaware of the damage they may cause to the memorial.
“My husband has offered his deer cams,” said Cheek. “The Elkin [Valley] Trails Association has been using them because they’ve been dealing with incidents of kids tearing up the trails. I think it’ll be good to use them to watch the area.”
The memorial still needs to be completed and the society was discussing what should be done about the damage. Wolfe did mention that they could buy a new barrel but also has mentioned that it may be possible to extend the metal holder. The matter is still in debate. Wolfe said she believes it’ll cost $2,000 to finish preparing the slates and gathering all the names for the site and another $1,000 to finish the memorial.
The historical society also took time to discuss upcoming events, in particular the coming Memorial Day celebration to be held Sunday at the Jonesville War Memorial. This day also will be the first time this summer the History Center will be open for the season. An open house will be held at the History Center from 2 to 4 p.m. The center will close at 4 for the Memorial Day event on Sunday. The Praise Team from Wesley Chaplin and Piney Grove Church will be singing for the Memorial Day program, and the event will feature speakers and the ringing of the bell. More details will be provided later this week.
“It’s a standard event,” said Wolfe. “At the end, they stand at the bell and for every war we recognize everyone who’s lost their lives in battle with the ringing of the bell. It’s pretty solemn and it also gives people a chance to visit and talk.”
The historical society also discussed the offer to help The Pentecostal Holiness Church with a possible gospel sing on July 2 to celebrate Independence Day. The event would start late morning and go into early afternoon, ending around 4 or 5 p.m. to avoid conflict with the Elkin Freedom Fest. All the churches will be invited with their choirs and individual singers. The event will take place in the park next to the Holiness church where the track is. The society discussed possibilities for assisting and agreed it would help out with the event and loan tents and umbrellas to provide shade for guests.
The society briefly discussed the summer weekend schedule for the History Center. Wolfe asked members to volunteer for the Saturday and Sunday hours for the History Center.
About halfway through the meeting, the society confirmed on selected officers for the next two-year term, from 2016 to 2018 term. The officers will start their terms on July 1 in complementing with the new municipal year set in Jonesville.
The new officers for the 2016-2018 term are: chair/president, Judy Wolfe; vice president/events, Becky Wood; center curator, Charles Mathis; secretary, Allison Leeds; treasurer, Susan Cheek. Positions for Center Trustee and Park Trustee also may be appointed in the near future.
Wolfe decided to continue as president due to requests from her colleagues stating they appreciated her leadership.
“I don’t mind for two more years, but I would really like to help someone take over,” said Wolfe. “I can teach them what I’ve learned, but in the meantime I will do my best.”
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.