Twenty members and guests of the Washington County Genealogical Society met in the Nicola Stoufer room of the Washington Public Library on July 7 at 7 p.m.
Pat Johnson of rural Brighton gave a very interesting report on the Ioway Indians, who at one time inhabited the Sandy Hook area north of Brighton. They settled between the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers and at one time were the largest Indian tribe in North America. They loved the area so much that they didn’t want to move unless they had to. In 1843, their chief was Mahaska, also known as White Cloud. They were great runners, and it was recorded that they ran after deer and buffalo. Smallpox and cholera caused the death of many of the tribe. The Ioway were also attacked by other Indians. Thousands of the Ioway were killed or died of disease. They eventually became the smallest Indian tribe in the nation. There are only about 150 Ioway Indians left. They buried their dead in mounds. They eventually moved to Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Forty Ioway Indians fought in the Civil War for the North. Pat displayed some artifacts that were found on their farm near Sandy Hook.
Ferd Marie, president, conducted the business meeting. Bills were presented, and it was voted that they be paid. Tom Dayton gave the treasurer’s report, and Rosamond Goodlander read the minutes of the June meeting. It was announced that Susan Clark is now webmaster of the revamped Washington County Genealogy Web site. Joanne Breen took a six-week course on how to be a webmaster. The society voted to reimburse her for her tuition. Committees were announced for the upcoming open house. Laurie Wittmayer-O’Neill discussed the work she has been doing with obituaries and interviews of charter and longtime members. The August meeting will be cleanup night, and members are asked to wear work clothes. They will be preparing for the 30th anniversary open houses on Aug. 8, 9, and 10, to which the public is invited.