Welcome to This Quarter’s New Members

Five members have joined the society since the Old Settlers Reuniion in August. Welcome to Sherma Largent of Quitman, Lester Nichols of Garland, Daryl Fowler of Yoakum, Edith Roberts of Yantis, and Ethel Kelley of Quitman. Ethel is researching the ADAIR family of Wood County.

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.

September Meeting Minutes

Monthly Meeting
Quitman Public Library
September 20, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Patrick at 6:50 pm with 17 members and 3 guests present. Instead of a program everyone brought a covered dish. Shirley Bates welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Everyone introduce themselves. Vicki Peterson blessed the food. The business meeting was postponed until after the meal.

The business meeting was called to order by President Shirley Patrick at 7:40 pm. The minutes stood approved as presented.

Treasurer Sally Allcorn presented financial reports for May, June, July and August, which appears below:
Last Bank Statement Dated: August 1, 2010
Starting Balance Shown (08/01/10): $ 1,306.03
4 Single Memberships: 60.00
Copier money 6.00
Donation 10.00
Reimbursement for T-Shirst 460.00
Total Deposits: $ 536.00
Austin Printing (banner) 63.50
S & A Sportswear (T-shirts) 460.00
Total Expenses: $ 523.50

Ending Balance Shown (08/31/10): $ 1,318.53
Outstanding checks: None
Deposits not shown: 65.00
Current Balance: $ 1,383.53

The financial report stood approved as read.

Old Business:

Dorothy Harbin gave an update on the genealogy sign to go under the libraries metal sign out front of the building, the cost for a 2×4 is $125.00 and the cost for a 2×3 is $80.00. After discussion a motion was made by Mary Beth Ramage, seconded by Willie Kay Paredez to go with the 2×3 sign with red lettering on a white background. Motion passed.

Deason Hunt reported Old Settlers was very successful. We got the word out about the society and got a good list of names. The society will need to do some follow up with the names. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the time spent together.

New Business:

Deason suggested giving the genealogy room a fresh look. He brought a computer generated layout of what the room would look like. Some of the things we don’t need will need to be packed away. Deleane will work with us on getting extra shelving if it is needed. Some libraries will be doing away with shelving and she may be able to get it for us.

Deason suggested participating in the Hwy 80 garage sale on Saturday, October 16th in Mineola. This will make the society more visible in the Mineola area. Everyone would need to donate items and help work the booth. If you are donating anything you need to have it priced and brought to the booth by 7:30 am. It was suggested to donate all left over items to APET or Goodwill. A motion was made by Dorothy Harbin, seconded by LaHoma Clanton to participate in the Hwy 80 garage sale on Saturday, October 16th with the understanding that all left over items will be donated to APET or Goodwill. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

Minutes were taken by recording/corresponding secretary Kathy Lutonsky.

October Meeting Tomorrow (Oct. 18) at Library

wcgs sign

The regular November meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, October 18, at the Quitman Public Library.

The meeting will feature reports of recent activities and plans for upcoming activities in a setting that will allow all members there to have input on future plans. Included will be information on the program for November and the Christmas season party we are beginning to plan.

As usual, members who wish to do so, will meet at Peralta’s Restaurant in Quitman starting at 5:30 p.m. to visit and share some Dutch-treat Mexican food.

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.

October’s Family History Month Activities

October has become the recognized “Family History Month” in the U. S., and the Wood County Genealogical Society has several events planned for this month.

October 11 (also Columbus Day) is our remodel, rearrangement, and freshen up event for the genealogy research center at the Quitman Public Library. This kicks off at 8 a.m. when we begin to moved books and other parts of our collections so that we can get our shelving, work tables, and equipment relocated in the center. While some members will be around much of the time, others are going to come when they can. We hope to finish by that afternoon so that the center can be used when the library opens the next day.

October 16 is our garage sale fundraiser in front of the Mineola Community Bank during the Highway 80 Garage Sale fall weekend. We are looking forward to a large number of our local members to show up with their garage sale items (already priced and marked) to start selling about 8 a.m. We will start the setup about 7 a.m., and the sooner the better on getting items out and ready for sale.

October 18 is our regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library.

At 6 p.m. we are starting a “Getting Started” or “Help with Research Brickwalls” individual sessions for the general public or members at the library preceding to our meeting time. We need any members willing to come offer consultation or suggestions to come help out. This is a new idea, and we p-lan to alter it as necessary as we go. Also, this is an excellent opportunity to discuss your research/families with another member for ideas on how to get to the next level of research. Because of this we are moving the unofficial “eating meeting” at Peralta’s up to 5 p.m. from last year’s time.

Our Fun Fall Fundraiser Tables at the Hwy. 80 Garage Sale

We have the location set for our tables for our Fun Fall fundraising event at the Highway 80 Garage Sale Saturday, October 16.

We will set up on the sidewalk in front of the Community Bank across the street from the Dairy Queen on Highway 80 in downtown Mineola.

For this to be a success, we need members to clean out closets, storage rooms, under beds, trunks of cars and every place else you are keeping goods you want to get rid of or will eventually want to get rid of.

We also need workers who want to come share in the fun to show up in the 7-7:30 a.m. time frame Saturday, Oct. 16 to help set up tables and put out items for sale. Then we need folks to stay around and help us with the sale and have fun all day.

We will probably finish about 4 p.m. Saturday, so if you can’t come and stay all day, come when you can.

If you are bringing items to sell that day, try to have them there no later than 7:30 p.m. If you have items but can’t get over there with them, call Deason Hunt at 903-769-0792 or send me an email at netexas@gmail.com, and I’ll arrange someone to pick them up.

Please put a price sticker or tape with price on your items. Remember that people are looking for bargains.

Also, be aware that we are planning to donate unsold items to a charitable group.

If you are planning to donate items for sale or will be available to work at the sale, let me know at netexas@gmail.com or 903-769-0792.

We are gonna have fun, fun, fun ’til daddy takes the T-bird away!


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