Officers Elected at May Meeting

Officers were elected at the May meeting for the 2010-2011 society year beginning in September. They are Shirley PATRICK, president; Dorothy HARBIN, vice-president; Kathy LUTONSKY, recording and corresponding secretary; and Wayne MCCLUNEY, treasurer.

From left, Dorothy Harbin, Kathy Lutonsky, Shirley Patrick, Wayne McCluney

Minutes of April Society Meeting

Here are the minutes of the April Wood County Genealogical Society meeting which will be presented at the May meeting tomorrow, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library meeting room.

WOOD COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Monthly Meeting
Quitman Public Library
April 19, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Patrick at 7:00 pm with 16 members and 10 guests. President Shirley Patrick welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Don Raney. Mr. Raney is a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He published a book, “Marin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844 in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his Great, Great, Great, Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas. He also had copies of this book for sale.

After the program the business meeting began at 8:35 pm. The minutes stood approved as presented.

Treasurer Sally Allcorn presented the following financial report:
Last Bank Statement Dated: March 1, 2010
Starting Balance Shown (03/01/10): $1,243.19
Deposits:
2 Single Memberships 30.00
Money from copier 5.00
Total Deposits: $ 35.00

Expenses:
Hometown Trophy (award for Shirley Bates) 32.16
Total Expenses: 32.16

Ending Balance Shown (03/31/10): $1,246.03

Outstanding checks: None

Total Deposits not shown: None

Current Balance: $1,246.03

The financial report stood approved as read.

Old Business:
A motion was made by Dorothy Harbin, seconded by Shirley Bates to pay Don Raney $50.00 for speaking to the society. Motion passed.

President Shirley Patrick reported next month will be elections of new officers. She appointed Mary Beth Ramage, Sally Allcorn, and herself to the budget committee. She also told those present to think about volunteering to serve on committees or in an officer position. Anyone who is interested in serving should call Deason Hunt or Shirley Patrick and let them know.

Mark Reid would like for someone to take over doing the name tags for the new members. Willie Kay Paredez suggested getting permanent name tags that the members purchase and keep up with. She showed two different examples of name tags from clubs that she is a member of.

New Business:
John McCall reported he is working on a project that helps to get markers for Confederate Graves that do not have one. Let him know if anyone needs one or finds a grave that might need one.

Mary Beth Ramage suggested two fund raising ideas one would be publishing an obit book for the society to sell with some of the information that we have in the genealogy room and the other was a 1st Families certificate which we could sell. The first families would have to fill out a form and the society would have to verify information that is on the form before giving out the certificate. Tyler does this and sells them for $25.00 each.

Mr. Raney left a case of ten books to sell with the society receiving a commission. Anyone who wants to purchase one needs to contact Dorothy Harbin.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Minutes were taken by recording/corresponding secretary Kathy Lutonsky.

Oops! Regular Meeting in May; Not an ‘Eating Meeting’

Cancel your plans to attend the “Eating Meeting” potluck supper at the May meeting. Due to a scheduling conflict, we are postponing that part of the May meeting until later in 2010.

The regular meeting will be held at the Quitman Library scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Officer elections will be held at that meeting.

You are invited to come by Peralta’s Restaurant in Quitman at 5:30 p.m. on meeting day and have a bite to eat and/or visit with those who come early before the regular meeting. As always, visitors and guests are welcome at both events.

We’re having an “Eating Meeting” in May

The program for the May meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society (when we elect officers for the next year) will be a pot-luck dinner and business meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Library next Monday, May 17. Note the starting time is 30 minutes earlier than usual. We will skip the usual 5:30 p.m. get-together at Peralta’s this month only.

We are urging all members within driving distance to get some vittles and come on over and share the evening with the rest of us. We’ll visit, probably tell some tall-tales, and just have a good old time. Hope you will be there.

A Real “Rootin’, Tootin” Pioneer Hero

It’s a wonder that no one has made a novel, movie, or television series about the life of Wood County’s Martin Varner. It’s all there in black and white in Don Raney‘s recent history of Varner, “Martin Varner: Texas Pioneer, His Life Story and His Descendants.” And, there’s a whole lot of Wood County history there through tracing the many family connections of the Varner family.

Don was born here himself in the Hoard community and not very far from the area that Varner and his family (the first White settlers in the Wood County area) lived just south of present-day Hainesville. Connections to other historic pioneer families of Wood County are also in the book.

Don made all this come alive in his presentation to the April meeting of the society at the library in Quitman. If you want a story about a man who traveled across the United States to Texas with conflicts along the way with Indians, the United States government, and, oh, yes, the Mexican government and ultimately Santa Anna’s army, Don Raney is a man you should see (or at least read his book). Varner’s ultimate death at the hands of a neighbor over what seems to us a trivial matter (tools of the neighbor’s trade) qualifies as a true heroic tragedy.

I am so happy I didn’t miss the April meeting and, thus, miss hearing Don tell the story. I knew he was a good teacher from a previous visit he made to the society and from workshops I attended which he taught at a genealogical conference in Lufkin several years ago.

If you missed the meeting and have not seen his book, society Vice-president Dororthy Harbin has some copies of the book for sale at a very reasonable price (and a part of the purchase price will go as a donation to the society). You can contact her at 903-571-4965 or at P.O. Box 794, Quitman, TX 75783 or by email at Reddot77@aol.com.

March 15 Meeting News

The regular monthly meeting (on March 15) is approaching and only a week away. Here are some items of interest about the meeting:

1. The program will feature guest speaker Joe Hayden of Quitman talking about Wood County veterans. Vice-president Dorothy Harbin is working on some additional ideas to go with that theme.

2. If there is time, we may also be able to work on the accumulation of obituaries in the Genealogy Research Center. You might want to bring some scissors and glue sticks just in case.

3. President Shirley Patrick has sent a message asking that we let members know that she will be unable to attend the March meeting due to grandchildren visiting over Spring Break, and she has ask the vice-president to preside at the meeting.

4. Dorothy is still working on the program for April and expects to hear soon about a confirmed speaker about several of the earliest settlers families in the county.

5. Also be aware that election of officers for next year is scheduled for the May meeting every year. If you have ideas, etc. you might contact President Patrick to pass on to the nominating committee.

6. If you want to get with the group meeting before the meeting at Peralta’s in Quitman, we gather and visit and eat starting at 5:30 p.m.

Touring Spain

Nita Munoz talks about trip to Spain

Nita Munoz tells of her excursion to Spain at the February Meeting

Member Nita Munoz presented an interesting look at how her families came to the United States from Spain and Mexico and a look at famous cities of Spain with tourist and locals views for the program at the February meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society.
Minutes of the last meeting and the monthly treasurer’s report were approved and will be posted on the member’s only page.

Program on Spain at February 15th Meeting

Member Nita Munoz will present a program on her travels and connections to the country of Spain at the regular monthly meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library at 202 E. Goode in Quitman. Members, guests, and the general public are invited to attend.

An informal “eating meeting” gathering will be held prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Peralta’s Restaurant on South Hwy 37 in Quitman for those who wish to attend. This is an informal and optional get-together so members may visit prior to the regular meeting.

February Meeting To Be About Spain

Member Nita Munoz will present the program for the February 15 meeting at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library at 7 p.m. Be sure to mark your calendars for what should be a very interesting program.

January Meeting Summary

Leatrice Mason of Quitman brought the January meeting program with a remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, a preview of African American History Month (February), and a special tribute to her sister, Mattie Mae Etta Johnson of the Muddy Creek Community of Quitman, who played a memorable role in the 20th Century’s Civil Rights movement. (More about Mae Etta in the next bulletin article)

Speaking on January 21, Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, Leatrice recalled as a child having memorized his speech and delivered it to the Cypress Distrtict Congress at Naples, Texas. She also told why Dr. Carter G. Woodson chose February as Black History Month because it was the birth month of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Douglass was a prominent Black civil rights spokesman and Lincoln proclaimed freedom for slaves in his Emancipation Proclamation. She also related many contribution by Black inventors to our modern lives.

In the business meeting, members were able to view the new microfilm reader-printer and old and new business was discussed. Details of the meeting will be available on the member’s only area (see upper right on this page for a link to that area) when posted in minutes after the February meeting. The previous (November) meeting minutes and the January treasurer’s report are in the member’s only area now.

Leatrice Mason answers questions after her presentation

Leatrice Mason answers audience questions after her presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King Day

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