The Wood County Genealogical Society will hold its annual Christmas party on the regular meeting night, Monday December 17, at 6 p.m. at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library. We are hoping for a large turn out from all out members who live close enough to drive in for the party. We would love to share this time with you and your spouse or other guests. There will not be a 5:30 p.m. gathering at Peralta’s that evening.
New member Jan Droptini of Beaumont has shared her Taylor lineage with the society.
“My father, Ardoth Wayne Taylor, and my mother, Letha Hazel Hood Taylor, were born and raised in Wood County, Texas. Grandparents are Arch Thomas Taylor, Bonnie Faye Attaway Taylor, Henry Lawrence Hood, and Winnie Lee Farmer Hood. I knew all these people personally so I am confident of the relationship. I am relatively certain of the generations of my great-grandparents due to census records and other recollections. They are James Laurence Taylor, Lucinda Jane Robinson Taylor, Elias Franklin Attaway, Emma Francis Glen Attaway, William Berry Hood, Lillian Johnson Hood, Milton Wiley Farmer, and Lucretia “Creasy” Goolsby Farmer.“
Membership fees for the 2012-13 Wood County Genealogical Society year are due by September 17; however, you may start mailing in your membership fee starting now.
As a reminder, the society voted last year for the first fee increase in over a decade to $25.00 a member or a multi-member family. There is no additional charge for a second or more members in the same household as there was in the past.
You may make your check or money order to Wood County Genealogical Society and mail it to Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783 or pay at the regular society meeting Sept. 17.
Receipt of your dues prior to the meeting will make it possible for the treasurer to make an up-to-date report of membership renewals at the business meeting that evening.
Three goals for the 2012-13 year and the unveiling of plaques to honor lifetime members and distinguished members of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society were announced at a special June meeting this week.
Goals announced by President Ronnie Vance are (1) more programs on county history including but not limited to community histories and member presentations on their families from those areas, (2) more service to researchers using resources of the Genealogical Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and to help community members with their genealogical research, and (3) involving more members in those help activities including how to help researchers and resources available in the local library including some staffing possibilities with volunteer members.
President Vance displayed plaques to members and recognized new honorees. The award for Lifetime Member was made to Mark Reid, past president and vice-president as well as webmaster, researcher, and author of articles for society publications. Other lifetime members previously announced are Miriam Dougherty and Shirley Bates.
Distinguished Service honorees among current membership recognized were Dorothy Harbin, past president and vice-president and currently Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairperson; Deason Hunt, past treasurer and currently newsletter editor and webmaster and Editorial Committee Chairperson, and Nita Munoz, past vice-president and secretary. Former members receiving the Distinguished Service recognition are Lyrline Avery, Faye Boucher, Lahoma Clanton, Edith Tedder, Ida Marie Turner, and Adele Vickery.
Members in attendance at the meeting enjoyed a light, finger foods meal, social and visiting time, and an informal discussion of items of interest and importance to the society.
It is with great regret we report the death of Charles Niswanger, husband of member Mary Ann Niswanger. Our prayers and memories are with Mary Ann and her family at this time.
Charles Edward Niswanger, age 72,died Saturday, December 3, 2011 in Mineola, Texas. He was born on Thursday, February 16, 1939 in McLennan County, Texas to the late Lee Franklin and Mattie Niswanger. He was a business owner and the Mayorof Prosper, Texas in Collin County for seven years.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers Bill and Ted Niswanger.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Niswanger of Mineola; a son, William Niswanger of Mineola; a daughter, Sherry Ragsdale and husband Hugh of Alba, Texas; an adopted son Chief Kirk McFarlin and wife Desiree; a brother Fred Niswanger of Teague, Texas; a brother in law, Jim Koerth; a sister, Betty Fletcher of Burleson, Texas; and six grandchildren, Ethen Ragsdale, Charles Ragsdale, Koerth Ragsdale, Natalyn Niswanger and friend Joseph, Jaylyn Niswanger and Greer Niswanger.
Visitation for Charles will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola from 6 – 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Beaty Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Bro. Larry Mitchell, the Rev. Arlon Ragsdale officiating.
Two important notices about the 2011-2012 Wood County (TX) Genelogical Society year beginning in September and the September 19 (at 6 p.m.) kick-off meeting and potluck dinner at the library:
1. Dues ($15 for individual members and $20 for family membership) are payable in September. You can bring them to the meeting or mail them starting now and through September to Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783. It is important to get them in as soon as possible so that we can start funding 2011-2012 society activities.
2. Officers and chairpersons for the year:
President – Ronnie Vance
Vice-President – Deason Hunt
Secretary – Shirley Patrick
Treasurer – Wayne McCluney
Ways and Means – Ronnie Vance
Editorial – Deason Hunt
Membership – Shirley Patrick
Budget and Finance – Wayne McCluney
Requisition and Acquisition-Shirley Bates (co)
-Dorothy Harbin (co)
Publicity – Kathy Lutonsky
Obituary – Mary Ann Niswanger
Hospitality and Gift – Sally Allcorn
A number of members indicated they would like to work with the various committees. Now is a great time to contact the chairpersons and let them know what you are ready and willing to do in those areas.
Funeral services for Wood County Genealogical Society member LaHoma Clanton are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, August 13 at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel at Quitman. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens at Mineola. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 12 at the funeral home.
LaHoma has been a member of the society since it was formed in 1983 and has served faithfully in many jobs and as a participating member for the 28 years the society has existed. She is a friend whose companionship and service will be missed by her family and her friends in her church, the community, and the society. She was a member of the Clover Hill Baptist Church.
LaHoma was a life-long resident of Wood County from her birth April 23, 1926 to her death August 9, 2011. Preceding her in death were her husband H. J. “Doc” Clanton and son Anthony “Red” Clanton.
She is survived by sons Harris Clanton, Gregg Clanton, Craig Clanton, and Kevin Clanton and daughter Deborah Kinsey and 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children, and nieces and nephews.