2010-11 Membership Fee Deadline January 30

The yearly membership fees were due and payable in September of this year (2010). If you have overlooked this please mail a check or money order to: Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783 to arrive no later than January 30, 2011.

Article II of the bylaws reads: Section 2 — Term of Membership. Dues are for the fiscal year September 1 to August 31 of any calendar year.

  • a. The dues of members shall become payable from the beginning of September for the fiscal year beginning September 1. A member who fails to pay his dues by January 30 of the following fiscal year shall be dropped for non-payment of dues.
  • Current members who are receiving newsletters will receive the December newsletter, but those who have not paid membership fees by January 30, 2011 will receive no additional newsletters. The password to the members-only page where newsletters and other information is posted for members will be changed February 1, 2011 and shared only with members who have paid 2010-2011 members fees by that date.

    Christmas Party next Monday, Dec. 20

    This is a reminder to those members living in Wood County or close enough to attend the society Christmas Party. The party starts at 6 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 20) at the home of President Shirley Patrick in Alba, Texas. Directions are at the following link: http://woodtxgene.com/2010/12/06/our-christmas-party-dec-20th/.

    Printer-Copier Doing Great Work Again

    Regarding our discussion at the November meeting: the Genealogical Research Center sheet-feed printer-copier is once again churning out good black and white copies. Thanks to member Shirley Bates for getting that taken care of for us.

    Our Christmas Party Dec. 20th

    The Wood County Genealogical Society Christmas party will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20 at President Shirley Patrick‘s Home. All members and their guests are invited. Holiday finger foods brought by members and other refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

    Shirley lives at 323 CR 2377 which is the road that runs behind Alba-Golden schools. Those local and area members who don’t wish to drive (since the party will end after sunset) should contact member Shirley Bates at 903-976-7296 as soon as possible to arrange for transportation. She will match you up with a member near you who is driving that night. Maps to the Patrick home are available on the member-only site available by the link in the upper right corner of this page.

    If you know of local or area members who do not get email or have access to the internet, please give them a call and a reminder about the party.

    Speaker about Capt. McDonald in Canton This Week

    Lou MALLORY, a WCGS member and Chairperson of The Wood County Historical Commission, passed along information about a the author of the book on the life of Captain Bill MCDONALD of Mineola, a deputy sheriff in Wood County and later a captain of the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers who will speak to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 23.

    The speaker and author is Harold J. WEISS, JR. whose book on McDonald has recently been published. Lou added that there is a historical plaque for McDonald in Mineola and a street named for him.

    She added that the meeting is at the Van Zandt County Library’s Buchanan Room at 317 FM 859 in Canton.

    James William “Bud” Harbin 1922-2010

    James William “Bud” Harbin, husband of our vice-president, Dorothy Harbin, died Oct. 6 in Quitman.

    Funeral services will be held Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel in Quitman with Dr. Dick White and Bro. Fred Morrow officiating and burial at Roselawn Memorial Gardens at Mineola. Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Born in Quitman Dec. 4, 1922, Bud was a lifelong resident of the city and a member of the Liberty Methodist Church of Quitman. He was a retired construction foreman for Sears Roebuck. He also worked for Strickland Freight in Houston, as a courier for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, and a courier for Pone Express Texas Warehouse

    He was preceded in death by daughters, Floy Ellean and Flora Elizabeth Harbin; sons, Lonnie David and Jessie Harbin; and sister, Alta Mae Harbin Dopson; granddaughter, Una Maxine Harbin; two wives, mothers of James and Daniel; and parents, James W. and Alta E. Harris Harbin. He is survived by wife, Dorothy Harbin of Quitman; sons James E. Harbin, Luling, and Daniel S. Harbin and Karen, Arlington; stepson Kevin Waldrep and Lorna, Salado; daughter Neva Harbin Potts and Gerald, Quitman; stepdaughter Carolyn S. Varcados, Montana, former wife, Pete Kinnard, Quitman; sisters Alice Lee and Clarence, Quitman, and Mary Halbert and John, Quitman, and eight grandchildren and thre great-grandchildren.

    We extend our sincerest sympathy to Dorothy and all of the family in Bud’s passing.

    Genealogy Center at Library Remodel Oct. 11

    Plans are moving forward for the remodeling of the Genealogy Reearch Center at the Quitman Public Library next Monday (Oct. 11).

    We are meeting at 8 a.m. to move books, etc. from shelves so that when the workers come in at 1 p.m., they can do the heavy lifting. Then, we are going to try to get all the books etc. back on shelves before we leave that afternoon so they will be ready when the library opens Tuesday.

    A few members have emailed that they are coming, but we still need more hands. If you can come, show up Monday morning. If you can’t get there at 8 a.m., come when you can.

    Eating Meeting and Museum July 19

    Our unofficial “eating meeting” where we visit and talk about what we want to (including but not restricted to genealogy) is going to happen at 6:00 p.m. at Peralta’s Restaurant in Quitman across from the Governor Hogg Park on Highway 37.

    This is the last meeting to discuss what we’re doing at the Old Settlers’ Reunion celebration the first week of August. If you have forgotten what you volunteered to do, show up and we’ll get out the list. If you would still like to help, show up (or contact Deason Hunt) and we’ll put you on the list. We are still looking for ideas.

    Also, as a special treat, after we finish visiting and eating, member Barbara Coleman has arranged for those who are interested to tour the Wood County Historical Commission Museum on the courthouse square in Quitman. Pretty good for an unofficial meeting, huh?

    All members, guests, and visitors are welcome to come to either or both. There’s no charge unless you eat or drink something. We have arranged to use a room near the back of the dining areas so we won’t disturb others at the restaurant — too much. Some people there might not like hearing laughing and fun. You never know.

    Welcome to a new member

    Welcome to Vickie PETERSEN of Mineola who has joined our society. She is teaching a genealogy workshop this summer at the public library in Mineola which several of our members are attending. I hope she will find a home among all of us here in the genealogical community of Wood County.

    Contact List Updated, Treasurer’s Report

    The member contact list has been updated at the member-only site which can be accessed through this page (See upper right column.). The April treasurer’s report has also been posted there.

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