The committee appointed to study and prepare revisions to the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society Constitution and Bylaws reported proposed revisions at the regular February meeting of the society in a presentation given by committee member Ronnie Vance. Notice was given at that time by presiding officer, Vice-president Dorothy Harbin, of intention to vote on the revisions at the regular March 2011 meeting. That announcement and this publication is the official notice to members. A copy of the revisions was distributed at the meeting. A copy is also posted at the member-only page which can be accessed from the link at the upper right portion of this page.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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, 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.