Society Notes – March, 2019

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

Lois Taylor

Editor’s Privilege: Longtime member, Lois Taylor, passed away on Monday February 18 at the Brunswick Care Center of Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Lois joined FPHPS in 2000 soon after she moved to Kure Beach. She served as Secretary of the Society for many years and she is the reason Rebecca works here now.

Lois’s father was a U.S. History and Civics teacher in the Youngstown, OH schools for almost 40 years and she was a keen observer of politics at the state and national level. When traveling, every time they passed a historical marker she demanded they screech to a halt, pull over, and read it.  Her love of history led her to attend every historical lecture, program, and event that took place in our area and she was a charter member of the Chris Fonvielle Fan Club!

Lois spent 25 years as office manager for her husband’s CPA firm and worked as a freight pilot for International Harvester in the 1980s and 1990s. She was very active in the Ohio Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international club of women pilots. After she retired to Kure Beach, her interests included turtle tracking at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and playing bridge.

At various times she belonged to five book clubs. She also traveled with numerous Road Scholar groups, and managed to visit every continent except Antarctica.  Her greatest joy was indulging her 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 great granddaughter.

The History Center recorded 53 visitors in February. There were 50 people in attendance at the February meeting. The History Center was used by the Got-Em-On Live Bait Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Step Up For Soldiers.

Welcome to member, Brian and Whitney Tribble of Wilmington and Jeanette Koshar of Carolina Beach.

Thanks to Jim Kohler for helping with the Newsletter, Steve Arthur for removing our “swimming pool,” and general moral support. Thanks to Cheri McNeill and Steve Arthur for the February refreshments.

Upcoming Programs:

Monday, April 15, 2019: 7:30-9:00 pm.
Program: Richard Jones, who is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to grow Venus Flytraps, will talk about the history and biology of our most famous native plant.

Monday, May 20, 2019: 7:30-9:00.
Program: Chris Fonvielle returns to talk about the Battles of Sugar Loaf, which took place on January 19 and February 11, 1865. The Union’s repeated defeat forced them to move troops across the river and approach Wilmington from the west.