Recognition of Service, Plans for 2012-13

Three goals for the 2012-13 year and the unveiling of plaques to honor lifetime members and distinguished members of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society were announced at a special June meeting this week.

Goals announced by President Ronnie Vance are  (1) more programs on county history including but not limited to community histories and member presentations on their families from those areas, (2) more service to researchers using resources of the Genealogical Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and to help community members with their genealogical research, and (3) involving more members in those help activities including how to help researchers and resources available in the local library including some staffing possibilities with volunteer members.

Three members present receiving awards for service at the June meeting were Dorothy Harbin, Deason Hunt, and Mark Reid

President Vance displayed plaques to members and recognized new honorees. The award for Lifetime Member was made to Mark Reid, past president and vice-president as well as webmaster, researcher, and author of articles for society publications. Other lifetime members previously announced are Miriam Dougherty and Shirley Bates.

President Ronnie Vance unveiled the permanent plaques honoring members for service. They will be displayed in the Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Distinguished Service honorees among current membership recognized were Dorothy Harbin, past president and vice-president and currently Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairperson; Deason Hunt, past treasurer and currently newsletter editor and webmaster and Editorial Committee Chairperson, and Nita Munoz, past vice-president and secretary. Former members receiving the Distinguished Service recognition are Lyrline Avery, Faye Boucher, Lahoma Clanton, Edith Tedder, Ida Marie Turner, and Adele Vickery.

Shirley Bates, Dorothy Harbin, Wayne McCluney, Kathy Lutonsky, and Sally Allcorn go through the line for refreshments at the June meeting.

Members in attendance at the meeting enjoyed a light, finger foods meal, social and visiting time, and an informal discussion of items of interest and importance to the society.


Query: Jones

My name is Michael Carroll of Houston, Texas. I am searching for any information that anyone may know about my grandmother Florene Limabelle Jones. She was born March 12, 1927 and told me that she was from Quitman. She passed away September 20, 2000 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Irving, Texas. From what I understand, she was referred to a “Belle” to her friends and family. She lived in Irving, Texas most of her life, and worked for Texas Instruments for over 35 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Michael Carroll

1950 Census Update

Mark your calendars. The countdown has begun to the release of the 1950 census in 2022.

WCGS May Field Trip: Area Museums

Several members took a field trip in May to visit the Alba Library and Museum, Alba, Texas, and the Parrott Park and Museum at Lindale. We were impressed with the collections of late 19th  and early 2oth Century artifacts housed by both locations. It was a type of trip back in time with some of the tools and household furnishing our ancestors had and experienced from home to farm to local businesses and professions.

Of special interest at the Alba museum were exhibits of family information, pictures, and belongings. As well, items such as store sales logs, doctors records including an old birth log by one doctor, and exhibits of soldiers from the Alba and Wood County area serving in war and peacetime during the early to late 20th Century and including up to more recent military conflicts.

On the trip were members Ronnie Vance, Shirley Patrick, Dorothy Harbin, Shirley Bates, and Deason Hunt. In addition to the museums, the group held an outdoor picnic where they were alarmed (briefly) by the noon whistles at Parrott Park. In all, it was an enjoyable and informative field trip.

Museum start at Alba

After meeting at the Quitman Public Library, we all carpooled. Here we are out at the parking lot at the Alba Library and Museum getting ready to start our tour.

Here we did our thing and had our first group pose for posterity. We were all here at the Alba Library and Museum. For the record, from left, Deason Hunt, Ronnie Vance, Shirley Bates, Shirley Patrick, and Dorothy Harbin. The “Good Guys” wore white.

Ronnie reads old papers

Ronnie Vance looks at some preserved copies of old Alba newspapers.

Group welcomed at Alba Museum

We were welcomed by library and Museum staff at Alba and spent time visiting with them as well as touring the many exhibits in the museum.

Fram Impliment

From a farm in the area, this equipment was donated to the Alba Museum

Parrott Park Sign

We posed once again at the sign to show we were indeed at Parrott Park at Lindale.

Parrott Park Scenery

Parrott Park has beautiful outdoor scenes as well as museum and outbuilding exhibits.

P.Park mill wheel

Ronnie Vance examines the water wheel at Parrott Park. In the distance, the park has a windmill typical of that time period.

Belts and Gears Run by Water Wheel

Inside the museum, the outdoor water wheel powered gears and belts which could operate machinery with water power.

Lots of Important WCGS Activities in the Next 7 Days

June is “bustin’ out all over” for area members of the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society (WCGS) in the four-day period of this next weekend and Monday. Your participation is requested and needed at both MAJOR events.

1. A fundraiser garage sale to gather money for activities such as the next year’s subscription (at the Quitman Public Library) for is Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 on the sidewalk in front of the library for the Highway 37 Garage Sale. We need (a) volunteers to set up starting at 8 a.m. and to work, visit, and have fun during the day (all or some of the time), (b) donations for the sale which you can bring with you or drop off or call a local member to pickup prior to Friday. (You can call Deason at 903-769-0792, email to starting as soon as you see this if you need a donation pickup. He will call on others to help with the pickup).

2. A very special Everyone-Needs-ToAttend meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society Monday evening, June 18, at the library starting at 6 p.m. with a social time with refreshments and a special To-Be-Revealed program (Don’t you just love a mystery?) which needs the attendance of all area members possible. Please make a special effort to attend. Also, no Peralta’s gathering before the meeting this time only.

You can expect multiple and more reminders this week. This is a special event! We need a  big turnout. 

Special things are happening for the WCGS this week. Please help make it even more special by your attendance.


Wood County Courthouse Contact Information

Information on how to order documents from the Wood County, Texas courthouse is contained in a page link shared by Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair, Dorothy Harbin, in an email submission to the bulletin.

Dorothy wrote:  “found this website while lookin’ for the election returns.  Rather than having to type the whole thing, you may pass this on to our members and any one looking for this info from out of town.  Here it is: This is from the county clerk’s office.  Very valuable info, especially if anyone is traveling or wishes to come to courthouse to research. It gives individuals working on certain subjects.”

Any member can submit link or other research ideas or information or genealogy related matters they think of interest or importance to others by emailing it to or by postal mail to Bulletin Editor, 402 Evening Shadows Trail, Hawkins, Texas 75765.

Dallas Public Library Genealogy Field Trip Tuesday, June 5

The June 5 Wood County Genealogical Society field trip to the Genealogical Collection of the Dallas Public Library is next Tuesday.

We will meet at the Quitman Public Library parking lot shortly before 8:00 a.m. and leave by 8 a.m. Please be prompt.  We will car pool for those who do not wish to drive. Just be there before 8 a.m. We will  leave the Dallas Library about 3: 15 p.m. to return to Quitman. We will visit the library collection and have time for doing research so come prepared to work on one of your brick walls or to look for more data on some ancestors or ancestral locations. Pencils and paper to write on will be useful.

You should bring a sack lunch and drink. A cooler will be available to keep drinks or any lunch items needing it for use on the trip. Also, this is an appropriate trip for wearing the WCGS shirts.


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