School District Meeting

Interesting little post from 1839 minutes of school district #8 commonly known as The Red Schoolhouse.

“At a meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants of school district number 8 in th town of Alabama held pursuant to adjournment at the school room on the 8th November 1838.

Augustus Warren was chosen moderator and Donald Fraser was present as clerk.

1st Resolve unanimously that Harper’s Library of fifty volumes be accepted of for a school library.

2nd Resolve unanimously that Augustus Warren be the librarian till the next annual meeting.

3rd Resolve unanimously that no person shall take but one book at a time which shall be returned in four weeks from the time it was taken out of the library.

4th Resolve unanimously that any person drawing a book shall for damaging a leaf pay a fine not less than three cents nor over twelve and a half cents.

5th Resolve unanimously that the fine’s be appropriated to purchase library books.

6th Resolve unanimously that any person for not returning a book in the four weeks from the time it is taken out shall pay four cents and for every additional week one cent per week.

7th Resolve unanimously that Edwin J. Parker serve as collector for the ensuing year.

8th Resolve unanimously that this meeting be dissolved.”

Augustus Warren, Moderator – Donald Fraser, Clerk



The following letter was sent in support of the Seneca Indians from the Tonawanda Reservation. The government was trying to force the tribe to move from their home reservation to reservations in the midwest.

“To the Senate of the United States: The undersigned, citizens of Alabama, Genesee County, in the State of New York, humbly represent that we believe great injustice is about to be done to the Tonawanda band of Seneca Indians, by the execution of the treaty of 1842. We believe that treaty to be invalid, for the following among other reasons: Almost every signature was obtained on the assurance that if it were not signed, the treaty of 1838, driving them from all their lands, would be immediately executed. The company then knew, and now acknowledge, that that treaty could not be legally enforced. Less thab two hundred Indians, on all the reservations, could be found willing to sell, and the chiefs who signed the treaty did so not to part with, but as far as possible to save their homes. If they had known their rights as they now do, not twenty signatures could have been obtained. Of the Tonawanda band, not one chief ever signed either treaty, nor could a single Indian be induced to consent to departure. The treaty gives them for their lands but one-tenth of their value, and nothing for one of the finest water privileges in the state. They have no place to go except the Indian Territory; and of two hundred who went there from Cattaraugus last spring, over eighty died within four months, from the unhealthiness of the climate. They are a moral, industrious, honest people, rapidly improving in their condition, possessing good farms, and are strongly attached to the homes of their fathers. The people of the State of New York do not desire their removal, and have no sympathy with their spoilers. In view of these facts, we humbly and earnestly petition your honorable body to except the Tonawanda band of Indians from the execution of the treaty of 1842.”

Signed: R. B. Warren, H. Pettibone Jr., Wm. G. Morse, Thomas W. Allis, Jeremiah Horning, Abiatha W. Green, H. H. Stage. John M. Warren, Chester Miller, George C. Alexander, Samuel Piper, Curtis Barnes, William Carr, Wyatt W. Goodrich, H. H. Hatheway, Jacob K. Bartlett, O. S. Hathaway, Joseph Webster, N. A. Ensworth, W. R. Hopkins, Samuel Winchel, James Matteson, Guy B. Shepard, A. B. Palmer, Allen Rice, Eleazer Bemis, E. B. Ingalsbe, Selah Vosburgh, Levi Ingalsbe, Charles Adams, James B. Chambers, Shubel Franklin, Walter Rider, Peter Coon, Lorenzo Clark.

Alabama Air Force Seargent Names Two Flying Fortresses During WW2

Sergeant Lawrence Gilbert, while stationed with the Eight Air Force in England during World War 2, had the distinction of naming two Flying Fortresses. According to the “unwritten law” of the Air Force, when a bomber does not return from a mission and a new plane is given to the crew a member of that crew has the distinction of naming the new plane. Sergeant Gilbert had this privilege twice, naming the “Peacemaker” and the “Emma Lou”. The “Emma Lou” in honor of his wife.

Bringing the Peacemaker Home

Badly marked by Focke-Wulf 190’s the B-17 The Peacemaker of the 91st Bomb Group limps towards the sanctuary of the English coast escorted by P-51B Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group. To keep her flying the crew are jettisoning everything that they can. The Peacemaker made it back to Bassingbourne that day, eight others did not.