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

Welcome to New Members

Two new members joined the society in April. We extend to them a warm welcome.

Barbara Coleman joined at the April meeting. She lives here in Wood County with a Quitman address. Surnames she is searching include Collier and Coleman of Tarrant County, Texas and Barr.

Tammy Fletcher (Tamela Arnwine Fletcher) joined by mail and was added to the membership roll in April. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Quoting from her letter, her Wood County, Texas lines are ” Arnwine, Bryant, Hyde, King, Rudd, Mann, Mize, and Terry.
John Bryant (1858-1925) m. Sarah Elizabeth Terry Bryant (1866-1948)
Henry Elgie Bryant (1897-1970) m. Zora Ada Mize Bryant (1907-1993)
Reuben Terry (1831-1875) m. Ann Elizabeth Mann Terry Ross (1838-1896)
John T. Mize (1854-1912) m. Eldorado Marganes Hyde Mize (1855-1916)
Lewis Benjamin Mize (1881-1934) m. Lela Eugene King Mize (1881-1950)
Francis A.A. King (1861-1940) m. Mary Jane K. Rudd King (1859-1890)

“My mother, Juanda Nell Bryant Miller Arnwine was born in Alba, Texas.
My grandfather was Clinton Arnwine who lived in Mineola and died in 1985, and my step grandmother Eunice Pearl Taylor Bryant Arnwine will celebrate her 100th birthday in Mineola on 19 Dec 2010.”

The contact information for these new members is available on the Member Contact List 2009-10 on the member-only page. Current members who have computer access and who have forgotten the password can contact Deason Hunt at or at 402 Evening Shadows Trail, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas 75765.

Updated Member Contact list posted on Member Only Page

The updated member contact list has been posted on the member-only page.

Query: Evans, Markham

Member Linda Evans writes from California that she is still searching Markham and Evans in Wood County. She would appreciate any contacts or information that any of you might have. Her mailing address is on the most recent member roster on the member-only page (password required). You can also post a comment here if you have information or wish to contact her.

Mallory Receives Honor

Member Lou Mallory was honored with special recognition for her work with Wood County history at a recent Wood County Commissioners Court meeting.

Lou received the Commissioners Court distinguished Service Award for outstanding preservation work during the previous year. Husband and also member Gene Mallory was present when she received the plaque from the county. Lou is Chairman of the Wood County Historical Commission.

Welcome to New Members

We would like to welcome These new members who have joined the society since July of last year:

Margaret Cantrell of Dallas, Nov. 2009
Jerry Graves of Sulphur Springs, March 2010
F. Wayne McCluney of Quitman, March 2010
Linda Roycroft of Longview, October 2009
Violet Shirey of Rockport, November 2009
Nelda Whatley of Quitman, July 2009

We hope that you are finding your membership productive and association with us enjoyable.

Changes to WCGS Bulletin Site

A new Members Only page link has been added to the right column of the Bulletin web page.

You will receive the password which will be requested when you click on the log-in link within 24 hours of this posting at your current on-file email address. If your computer allows cookies, you should not have to type it in after your first time on each following visit to the site from the same computer. If you have problems, email Newsletter Editor at

Please do not share this password with anyone but current members.

On the members only page you will find:

1. Copies of the most recent newsletters for reading or downloading to your computer. Right now the April 2009 and October 2009 issues are available but others will be as published as as we are able to get back issues scanned.
2. Minutes and treasurer’s reports of past meetings starting with the November 2009 meeting.
3. Membership roster (The next one posted will be the updated one we should have ready in January 2010.).
4. Other member content which we share but don’t wish to post to potential troublemakers out on the internet.
5. Special messages to the membership which, again, we wish to keep within the group.
6. Other special content of interest to members but which we might wish to share with others on a paid basis or at a later time.
7. And other items of value which we can bring to the membership. Suggestions for such items is appreciated at any time.

Opportunities for Volunteers

Kimberly Powell of Genealogy issued a challenge to her readers ito use this time of year to consider volunteering to the larger genealogy community in a number of different ways which you can read about on her blog at

The holidays are always a very busy time of year, but in the spirit of giving I challenge each of you to find a little extra time this month to give something back to the genealogical community.

Local opportunities for volunteering at the Wood County Genealogical Society are also available. They include being available to help researchers on certain days and times or by phone call as needed at our society’s genealogy research center at the Quitman library, performing research center library’s tasks including re-shelving books to getting new books ready for use in the library and related tasks of library maintenance or working on lookup requests, society jobs such as record keeping and organization, and research projects extracting records and making them available for use, and others.

You can likely name the time and hours to fit your schedule. If you are interested, contact one of the officers (see list at or send an email to All suggestions will be passed along to the society president.

Greetings of the Season

Here’s hoping that you had a very Merry Christmas and that you are nearing the end of a year of happiness and fulfillment. As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, it’s an opportunity to put less happy times behind us and prepare for the happiness we all so richly deserve in the coming year.

WCGS Bulletin Goes “Live” Sept. 15

The Bulletin is officially up and running. Anyone who visited this site in the last 10 days probably found us in some state of tear down and rebuild. We’re not through yet, but we’ve started. Notice: The first post (which is below. Latest posts appear at the top of the page.) is about the September meeting next Monday, September 21 which, I will not be able to attend because we are taking a week off in the Ozarks. I’ll see you all in October at the meeting if not sooner. — Deason Hunt


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