Category Archives: Genealogy

Not all Mug Books Feature Criminals

If your local library has a genealogy section, go in and look around. You might find a collection of old county histories that include biographical sketches of prominent citizens. If the volume was published before 1900, the citizens will likely … Continue reading

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Newspapers Can Be Quite Chatty at Times

Americans have read newspapers since colonial times. Early in our history, local newspapers carried news from afar. There was no reason to print local news. Everybody knew what happened there. By the middle of the 19th century, newspapers were more … Continue reading

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Caring for Abandoned Cemeteries

One morning in 1862 fifty-seven year old Confederate sympathizer Arthur Matthews was called out of his home near Warsaw, Missouri. A group of Unionist led him down the road where they executed him and left his body in the road. … Continue reading

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Where Was Crescent?

My mother-in-law, Joyce McCloud Taylor, lived in Crescent when she was a young girl. A few years ago my husband and I took her there so she could show us around. If you’re not acquainted with Crescent, it’s a village … Continue reading

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Question and Warning

Last week I wrote about Dr. James Ward, an ear, nose, and throat physician who practiced in Greenville and lived on Park Street with his wife and three children.  A grandson now occupies the Ward home.  One of my readers … Continue reading

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Following the Good Deed Trail

Just before Christmas a friend of mine in Sulphur Springs sent me a photograph of the business center of a town somewhere in the middle of the United States.  The early 20th century photograph could have been anywhere, as many … Continue reading

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A Century Ago

Next month will mark the third anniversary of my “A Century Ago” segment posted daily on Facebook. Many of you read it, send a comment, and like it. When someone tells me he reads something I wrote, I am thrilled. … Continue reading

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Women Ranches in Texas

Last weekend I attended a fabulous conference at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. The rains gave so much greenery to the area and Midwestern in my alma mater, so it had to be a great time. Women Ranchers in … Continue reading

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Brigham Cemetery

The Brigham Cemetery Association invited me to speak at their Memorial Day celebration this year. I was quite honored since I think that cemetery is one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in Hunt County. Located on a slight rise … Continue reading

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Cemeteries

I noticed in a recent issue of the Herald Banner that many of the area cemeteries are having Memorial Day Ceremonies and Cemetery Association Meetings this weekend and next. So many of the cemeteries in Hunt County are well cared for … Continue reading

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