Meet the Board
Janet Henderzahs, President
Janet became a Clarksvillian at the age of 3 and has lived in Clarksville for 60 years. She grew up at 217 Williams Dr. and attended St. Anthony’s Grade/Middle School. Janet graduated from Clarksville High School in 1968, and began her working career at McClure’s Drugs on Eastern Blvd. at the tender age of 15. She advanced at McClure’s becoming a Pharmacy Technician until she graduated from college. Janet graduated from Indiana University Southeast in 1972 with a B.A. in Political Science and was just one course short of a double major in History. She returned a couple of years later doing post-graduate work in Secondary Education with an Area Major in Social Studies. For various reasons positions in that career field were unavailable at the time so Janet moved on to becoming a civil servant for the federal government with a brief employment at the U.S. Census Bureau and finishing her federal career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Never married, she retired in 2004 as Branch Chief, Civil/OPS/Environmental Branch, and as a Contracting Officer for the USA. In addition, she utilized her teaching skills with the Corps, teaching 2 courses: Construction Contracting and Non-Appropriated Funds Contracting.
Her interests include history, interior decorating, floral design, reading, bowling, singing, needlework and the humane treatment of animals.
Kay McDonald, Treasurer
Kay was born in New Albany, Indiana, and lived there until 1948 when her father accepted a job in North Richland, Washington. After 3 years her family returned to New Albany until her father accepted a job at the Savannah River plant in Aiken, South Carolina. After she graduated from Aiken High School in 1956, she returned to New Albany to live with family and to attend Indiana University in Jeffersonville, IN for a year. Her first job was with the old Commonwealth Life Insurance Company in Louisville, KY. After several jobs, marriage and 3 children (2 boys and a girl), she started work with the Veterans Administration in Louisville. Kay started as a clerk in the appraisal section of the mortgage loan division and then worked up to a loan specialist with a newly created unit to monitor companies that made VA loans. With her career advancing, she was relocated to Nashville TN and traveled throughout the United States. After she retired in 1994, Kay returned to Clarksville where she had retained a home. She did some temporary employment with a mortgage company, a Real Estate firm and bookkeeping for some realtors as she transitioned into retirement. When the Real Estate company was sold, she finally decided to really retire.
Now she enjoys reading, genealogy and yard work (weather permitting).
Allison Fredrickson, Recording Secretary
Allison’s route to Indiana has been a circuitous one (think Corps of Discovery in reverse), from Wichita, Kansas to the suburbs of Dallas, Texas, and eventually to a suburb of Portland, Oregon. There she graduated from Westview High School in 2003, after which she attended the University of Montana in Missoula, graduating with a B.A. in History and minor in International Development Studies in 2007. She moved to Indiana in 2008 to attend library school at Indiana University in Bloomington, graduating with dual Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science degrees in December 2010. She began a position as the first Genealogy and Local History Librarian at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library in March 2013. In March 2018 she moved up to become the Technology Services Manager at JTPL. She currently serves as the President of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society where she helps organize the First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties program, and was honored as one of Southern Indiana Business magazine’s “20 under 40” in 2017. She has been a member of the Clarksville Historical Society since 2013 and is thrilled to be able to give back to the society and help ensure its continued success. In her (limited) spare time, she loves to read and climb her family tree, especially using genetic genealogy.
Pat Knight, Corresponding Secretary
Pat (Knowland) Knight was born at her home on Woerner Avenue in Clarksville. Shortly thereafter Pat, her sister Joyce and their mother were evacuated to Louisville during the 1937 flood while her father stayed behind to rescue others. Pat attended Colgate school and graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1952. Pat started working in the public at the age of 16 and has worked at a Louisville bank, the Charlestown Powder Plant. Pat married Reynolds Burke and they had twin girls (Joyce and Janice) and a son Jeffery. Pat retired in 1996 from the Clarksville Wastewater Treatment Dept. Pat re-married in 1963 to Jim Knight, a Clarksville Street Department employee who sadly passed in 1985. Pat has traveled all 50 stated and all 12 Canadian Provinces in addition to other foreign travel. A cancer survivor and knee replacement recipient you won’t find Pat sitting at home. Typically she will be found swimming at the YMCA, at a Red Hat Ladies society meeting or enjoying her children and grandchildren. Pat is a charter member (1966) of, and very active in the Clarksville Historical Society. Pat serves on the War Memorial Committee, she likewise helped raise funds for the War Memorial and helped research the names of Clarksville Veterans who sacrificed their lives. Pat always has a smile and is always ready to help!
Jack Nokes, At Large
Jack was born in Louisville in 1937, the year of the big flood. His parents returned to their Clarksville home as soon as the flood waters receded. Tragically, Jack lost his mother when he was just 9 years old and was then raised by his grandmother. Jack attended Colgate Grade School and is a 1956 Jeffersonville High School graduate. Three days after graduation Jack boarded a train headed to US Navy boot camp. After spending 4 years in the Navy, Jack returned home in 1960 and began work at Jeffboat in Jeffersonville. Shorty thereafter (1961) he married Peggy and they had 1 son and 1 daughter. Soon Jack moved to Eugene, Oregon but after 4 exhaustive years of 7 day work weeks he returned to Clarksville and started work for Ford Motor Company in Louisville. After 31 years he retired from Ford and Bill Stodghill recruited Jack and Peggy into the Clarksville Historical Society (1999) where he as been and continues to be a dedicated and hard working member. Jack has volunteered in the Museum and Archives and has helped to create procedures for collecting artifacts and documents as well as sharing his vast knowledge with visitors to the Museum. In October of 2011 tragedy again came to Jack’s doorstep when Peggy was critically injured by a drunk driver. Caring for Peggy, Jack could no longer give his tours at the Museum. Jack stayed beside Peggy until she succumbed to her injuries in February of 2012. Jack is a great asset to the Clarksville Historical Society and is one of the most reliable volunteers for anything that needs done. If it needs done, Jack can probably do it!
Petsy Thacker, At Large
Born in 1943 in Jeffersonville, Petsy’s family lived on Riverside Drive in the old American Car & Foundry’s home. Petsy and her brother James Lynch were born to hearing impaired parents. Petsy went to Colgate grade school, then to the new Clarksville Junior and Senior High School for her 7th and 8th grades before transferring to and graduating from Jeffersonville High School.
Petsy married Gordon Thacker in 1962. Together they had one daughter, 3 grand children and 1 Great grand son. Gordon and Petsy were married almost 52 years before his passing in 2014. A member of the First Presbyterian church in Jeffersonville. Petsy worked at Sears in the Greentree Mall from 1966-1978 before taking a position with the Havens Medical Group. Ultimately, in 2011 Petsy retired from Havens Medical after 32 1/2 years.
Petsy showed horses from 1952-1959 throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. They rode their horses in many local parades including the Kentucky Derby Parade. Petsy and Gordon were campers and travelers having traveled all over the United States and a big part of Canada. Along the way they fell in love with square dancing and in 1975 was dancing with the Circle J Club and Harmony Plus Club. Together they enjoyed dancing until Gordon’s health failed. In 2014 Petsy returned to square dancing and recently joined the Double H Square Dance Club.
Petsy is a member of Ann Rogers Clark DAR Chapter and has been for over 37 years. Other interests include reading, knitting and sewing.
Doris Wyzard, At Large
Doris is a native of Jeffersonville and married her blind date, Charles R. Wyzard, after returning from the Air Force. Initially they lived in New Albany but soon relocated to Clarksville. They had 3 children, Cynthia, Charles “Chuck” and Clyde Allan.
When moving to Clarksville with 2 children they were looking for a starter home. They found it on Sherwood Court. When the 3rd child was coming, the house was too small and short 1 bedroom. Doris’ husband went looking for bigger homes but Doris liked where she was at. She stated that it was close to Colgate school, the pool, the ballpark and the Ohio River. “Who could want anything more?” In addition, they had good neighbors. So they added another bedroom to the house. Doris was very active in all her children’s schools, Colgate, George Rogers Clark and Clarksville High, on nearly every level. Highly active like their mother, the children were active in athletics, lettering in sports. In addition, she was in her church choir and taught Sunday/Bible School.
After the children were old enough, she went to work. Her work career was varied. She was a salesperson, a semi-truck driver with her husband, and started as a press operator and ended in quality control at Beach Tool and Mold. Unfortunately, her husband had to stop driving and she ultimately had to stop working due to her husband’s battle with Alzheimers. After his death in 2009 and with her adult children scattered in Panama City, FL, Leitchfield, KY and Corydon, IN, Doris decided to investigate her family history and is now involved in multiple historic and genealogical organizations and societies.
Her hobbies and activities are multiple as well. She played catcher on the Women’s Softball League (when she was younger). Now she participates in the Senior Games every year, belongs to the YMCA Silver Sneakers Club, loves yard work, bike riding and walking down by the Ohio River. Lest we forget, she also takes care of the landscape around the Colgate Prison marker.
Her feelings about Clarksville? “Guess what? I still live in my starter home and I love Clarksville!”