Rudolph Marquis (Mark) Reid 1929-2014

Mark Reid, former president of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society (WCGSTX), died August 29, 2014 at Mineola, Texas. He was born on November 24, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark Reid

Mark Reid

A long-time WCGSTX member, Mark was honored in 2012 with a Lifetime Member award. He had served the society as president, vice-president, webmaster of the TXGenWeb Wood County webpage  and was a frequent contributor of articles and answered queries in the WCGSTX newsletter. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954 and was an active member of the American Legion. Mark received bachelor and master degress from Southern Methodist University. He retired from E-Systems in 1989 after working there for 28 years. He was also a member of the Lake Country Bible Church in Mineola.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, April Hadley and husband, Rick of Houston; daughter, Melanie Dorociak and husband, Barry of Garland; grandchildren, Erin Bush and husband, Brian, Sarah Hadley, Brittney White, and Andrew Hadley and wife, Annie.

Mark was a respected and beloved member of this society and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.

Wow! This is September!  A Message From the WCTGS President

Isn’t it about time? As you probably know, our first meeting for this fiscal year is an early one, September 15th, not this Monday but the next one, and it will be our Pot-Luck dinner. So everyone please come so we can start the year off right. Yes, we have seen each other some this summer but that didn’t include work (that four-letter word). I still have napkins, forks and plastic cups left over from last year and I bought some large, divided plates. I haven’t decided what I’ll make (or buy) so I’ll mull over that for a while. We’ll meet at the library at 6:00. Be sure to bring serving spoons, etc. if you need them.

I guess by now you know that our first monthly newsletter has been sent. We just decided to start over and go in another direction as a trial to see how it works out, so it will be sent the 1st Monday of each month I asked several people if they’d take it over but nobody was brave enough until I asked Deason. We’ll try this and if we like the method we’ll amend the bylaws to that effect. We appreciate Deason stepping in and taking up the void. Also, be sure to fill out your surname list and bring it with your check to the September meeting. You don’t want to miss any of the goings-on, I may make a big idiot of myself and you’ll certainly want to see that. Oh, woe is me, what was I thinking?

If you haven’t decided on taking any of the books on the list I sent, the ones that we’re clearing out, you need to let me know. At this first meeting I’m planning on having the ones you’ve chosen in the meeting room so you can take them home. Hopefully, soon I can find out if any of the other libraries would like to have them and if not, we’ll work out what to do about the rest of them. I appreciate all the different suggestions I’ve been given as to what to do with them. My biggest problem is that we need to do it soon so we can rearrange the ones we’re keeping and put some of those on the back shelves in our current shelves. We don’t realize what we have back there.

I’m sure you know that Mark Reid died and it’s so sad. He was a good friend. His wife, Lois, is in a nursing home with altzheimers, so I’m suppose their children will move her to Dallas. He was instrumental in getting this Society started and had been in it for many years. When I first joined he had been president for 7 years and I inherited the newsletter from Miriam Dougherty and him. Luckily, he had brought all or most of his Society stuff to me and it’s in my shed. That’s where the copies of newsletters that I gave away came from. I hope I can find a place for all of it before I kick the bucket. Or they will be found in my burn barrel. I sent a sympathy card to his family from the Society, and Dorothy and I are going to the service tomorrow..

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 3rd Monday of every month through May, and except for this first meeting we’ll go to Peraltas before each meeting.  I’ll see you a week from Monday. Don’t forget to bring me something to eat.

See you then, Shirley Bates, President .

WCGS Year Kicks Off with Next Monday’s Covered Dish Dinner

     There are only five more days until our September 2013-14 Kick-off Meeting Monday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library in the Shamburger Room. We will also hold one of our two yearly business meetings that evening.

     It’s a covered dish meal greeting meeting like the last few years, and we would love to see you all. (Of course, we will not meet at Peralta’s before the meeting this month only.) If you would like to volunteer to provide drinks, plates, napkins, etc., please contact Hospitality Chairman Sally Allcorn, at or 903-967-3142. 

     Also, if you haven’t mailed in your 2013-14 membership dues ($25 a member no matter how many in a household), you can pay at the meeting Monday or still drop in the mail if you live too far away to attend Monday. The address is Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783.

Query: Malone

I am trying to figure out some family history and my grandfather claimed to be born in Quitman, Texas. The date that he claims is Jan 5th, 1889, and his name is Charles Franklyn Malone. If you would be willing to look this information up and let me know any related information myself and my family would greatly appreciate it.
Jason Malone (

Census Headings 1790-1940

If you have ever copied information from a U.S. census page, you might have had trouble seeing the heading of the columns. The link here from which you can print and keep a handy guide was shared by WCGSTX Secretary Shirley Patrick and is one she received as a member of the Austin Genealogical Society. Thanks to Shirley and the AGS for calling this handy research aide to our attention.

Quitman Speaker For 3rd East Texas African-American Historical Conference

Patricia Russell-Durst of Quitman will be one of the featured speakers at the East Texas Area 3rd Annual African-American Historical Conference Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include genealogy, economics, family education, religion, culture, and other related topics.
The conference which will be held at the Texas College William Lee Glass Auditorium at 2404 Grand Avenue in Tyler, has a theme of “Rediscovering Our African-American Heritage, 150 Years After Emancipation.”
Registration is $10 for adults and $5.00 for children 17-years old and younger. For more information, call 903-216-7538.

WCGSTX May Meeting

May 20 (Monday)

5:00 p.m. — Social time at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant, Quitman

6:00 p.m. — Time to offer or seek help with genealogy for members and the general public and/or to use the laptops to go online and search databases. We meet at the Quitman Public Library.

7:00 p.m. — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library. The business meeting after the program will be the election of officers for the 2013-14 society year.


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