Trimble House Project Update (From the ICH&G Society)

Trimble House Project Update

Saturday, June 14th:

At the 83rd Trimble Family Annual Reunion, Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society representatives Wayne and Gaye Wood, Juanita Stowers and Susan Varno were made to feel very welcome. The Trimble Family voted to donate $1,000 to the Trimble House Project. These Trimbles are descendants of James and Phebe Trimble’s grandson George Washington Trimble.

At the reunion, we tentatively decided to have the Trimble House Dedication on Saturday, June 12th, 2010, so those attending next year’s reunion can come to Calico Rock. We will have the dedication in the morning followed by luncheon at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. If the Trimble House move has been completed, the Historical Society will open the house for tours.

Monday, June 15:

The Izard County Historian journal on CD’s—all issues from 1970 through 1989—a re again available from the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society. Each two-volume set is $30.

For twenty years, Helen Lindley was editor of the quarterly Historian journal of local history. Before she died, her son Sam Lindley scanned the eighty issues, complete with photos, ads and covers, onto CD’s. The disks can be opened in Adobe. These CD sets have been unavailable for several years. Sam has donated his fifteen remaining copies to the Historical Society. He asks that the proceeds benefit the Trimble House Project, the renovation and removal of the 1815 cabin from Dolph to the grounds of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Calico Rock.

To order the two-disk CD’s, send $30.00 plus $2.00 for shipping to the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society, PO Box 306, Pineville, AR 72566. For more information contact Susan Varno, 870-297-4223,

Saturday, June 20th:

Dr. David Stahle, Director of the Tree-Ring Laboratory at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his daughter Laurie spent all day Saturday (in 100 degree temperatures) taking core samples from the Trimble House. He had much better access to various parts of the building than when he took samples in 1976. Stahle said that the Trimble Cabin is made of “young trees” which are more difficult to date because they have fewer rings. However, he said the style of dovetailing of logs in the corners was not generally used after the Civil War. When we dismantle the building this fall, he wants us to send him slices from the floor joists. These joists are so deteriorated they can’t be used in the rebuilt cabin. They are bigger around and he will be able to can an entire slice. He expects to have a preliminary report some time in July and a final report in late October after he examines the floor joist samples.

Thanks to Ed Matthews for inviting the Stahles to stay at his EdRock’s Lodge Friday night.