Whaleyville Historical Society seeks items

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cathy Robertson, left, secretary of the Whaleyville Historical Society, and Franklin Jackson, president, show off two of the group's artifacts — a wheel hub and a corn sheller.

The Whaleyville Historical Society needs your help.

The group is looking for old photos, newspaper clippings and other artifacts from the town of Whaleyville and also needs some help identifying people in photos it already owns.

“We tried to collect as much of the old photos as we can,” said Cathy Robertson, the secretary of the group.

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The historical society maintains an office in the Whaleyville Community Center, 6213 Whaleyville Blvd. The room is filled with rows of shelves, desks and display cases holding hundreds of items the group already has collected.

The Whaleyville Historical Society was formed in 2005 and has about 15 members, Robertson said.

“We would love to have more people stop in and see what we do here,” said Franklin Jackson, the president of the group. “We’d like to have participation from the community.”

Robertson encouraged people in possession of photos, papers, documents, newspaper clippings, yearbooks from the town’s schools, and items of every sort pertaining to Whaleyville to bring them to the office for addition to the society’s collection.

“I know there’s still some more stuff,” Robertson said.

She’s especially looking for a photo of Whaley Station, which she’s heard her grandparents talk about but never seen what it looks like.

“I know somebody somewhere has got a copy of a picture,” Robertson said.

Robertson also hopes to find an original photo of the Hotel at Whaleyville. The society is in possession of a poor-quality photocopy from a library book, but Robertson wants the original.

The items already in the collection are widely varied, ranging from the sign the town’s first doctor, H.H. Hunter, hung on his door to adding machines from the old Bank of Whaleyville. There are also high school sports trophies, children’s toys, an old bank ledger that dates to 1907, programs from school functions and more.

Robertson said she’s looking for “anything that has to do with Whaleyville.”

“The older, the better,” she added.

For more information on the society, call 986-4556 or 986-4473.