Sunday, June 29, 2008

Freemason Lodges of Shelby County, Texas

Information on this site taken from the book “Freemasonry in Shelby County Texas, 1846-1900” by William Tellis Parmer and J. B. Sanders. The publication is very thorough and is on file in Shelby County Historical Society and Genealogy Library for view. Only a small amount of the narrative is recorded here. The Cumulative Rosters are taken from the pages in the publication. The book is divided into sections: The American Prelude, Early Texas Political Scene, Masonic Beginnings in Texas, Political Scene of Freemasonry in Shelby County.

Tenaha Lodge No. 737 – Tenaha – Shelby County Texas 1892-1903
Puckett, C. H.
Affiliated  12-28-1893
Demitted   03-16-1894

Truitt Lodge No. 149 – Truitt Store – Shelby County Texas 1854-1869
The third Masonic Lodge established in Shelby County was Truitt Lodge No. 149, which met at Truitt’s Store in the Northeastern portion of the County. (See the book “Freemasonry in Shelby County – 1846-1900” for additional information on the Lodges.)
Richards, C. H. 
Apprentice Degree     05-20-1854
Fellow Craft Degree   07-15-1854
Master of the Lodge   09-16-1854
Timpson Lodge No. 437 – (Golden Drain) – Shelby County Texas 1874-1908
The Golden Drain was located in Rusk County. The exact location of Golden Drain from 1874 to 1876 may not be exactly determined, it is clear, that is the year 1877 the lodge operated at Timpson in Shelby County. All minutes of Golden Drain and its successor, Timpson Lodge, were destroyed by fire in 1908.
Richards, John T.
Apprentice Degree    12-12-1891
Fellow Craft Degree  02-06-1892
Master of the Lodge  03-12-1892
Sapp, B. H.
Apprentice Degree      11-17-1888
Fellow Craft Degree    01-12-1889
Master of the Lodge    01-04-1890
Remarks             Died  11-26-1901

Newbern Lodge No. 97 and Buena Vista – Shelby County Texas 1851-1877
Burns, James 
E.A. no date – F.C. 04/07/1860 – M.M. 05/19/1860
Burns, William P
Petitioned 06/09/1860 – E.A. 07/07/1860 Died in Civil War

Conway, Alfred     
Affiliated 1855 – Demitted 1857
Conway, John
E.A. 03/10/1860 – F.C. 05/07/1860 – M.M. 06/09/1860 – Confederate Army 1862 – 1864 Died 1867
Conway, T.H.
Affiliated 1856
Richards, S.H.
Petition 09/27/1856, E.A. 10/25/1856 – F.C. 12/27/1856
Sapp, B.D. (DeKalb)
F.C. 04/07/1860 M.M. 05/29/1860 – Demitted 02/1867 – Affiliated 08/06/1870 Demitted 06/20/1872

Newbern Lodge No. 97 and Buena Vista - Shelby County Texas 1851-1877, under dispensation was instituted on Sept 29, 1851. On June 14, 1859 Newbern #97, be authorized to change their meeting place from Newbern to Buena Vista (a distance of about eight miles). The Lodge held no meetings from 1861 until March 31, 1866. Most of the books of the Lodge were destroyed during the Civil War. Newbern Lodge, which had met at Newbern and Buena Vista in Shelby County for slightly over a quarter of a century, was entered upon the list of demised Lodges. Its' members were transferred to the rosters of either Sam Houston Lodge No. 149, in Center or Jim Truitt Lodge, No. 345, at Willow Grove.
After finding this information online some time ago, I extracted names I knew to be in my family line. They were all in Shelby County, Texas, at this time. I became interested in learning how many of my ancestors were members of the Freemasons as I knew several of them to have received the rites of a Freemason at their burial. This is only a small number since I focused on Shelby County and I regret to say I did not record the website or the person responsible for this very informative review of “Freemasonry in Shelby County Texas, 1846-1900” by William Tellis Parmer and J. B. Sanders. Judy Richards Shubert

James Richards - Direct Descendants from James Richards to Judith Gail Richards Shubert

1 James Richards b: in Wales, Great Britain
.. +Biddy Cunningham b: in Ireland
........ 2 Charles Harrison Richards b: Feb 29, 1780 in Blount Springs, AL d: Apr 04, 1839 in San Augustine Co., TX
............ +Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp b: Jul 30, 1797 in Atlanta, Jefferson or Richmond Co., GA d: Oct 10, 1879 in Buena Vista, Shelby Co., TX
................... 3 John S. Richards b: Feb 19, 1819 in Blount Springs, Blount Co., AL d: Oct 06, 1875 in Shelby Co., TX
....................... +Carolyn G. Conway b: Apr 26, 1829 in TN d: Aft. 1910 in Shelby Co., TX
............................. 4 Joshua Hooper Richards b: Apr 21, 1861 in Shelby Co., TX d: Feb 25, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker Co., TX
................................. +Mary Elizabeth Saphrona Arbella Saria Conway b: Mar 29, 1866 in TX d: Dec 01, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker Co, TX
........................................ 5 John Robert Richards b: Jul 17, 1890 in Timpson, Shelby Co., TX d: Jan 24, 1975 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX
............................................ +Willie Laura Homsley b: Jun 21, 1894 in Klondike, TX d: Nov 02, 1966 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX
.................................................. 6 Leon Fremont Richards b: Aug 26, 1916 in Peaster, Parker Co., TX d: Apr 08, 1985 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX
...................................................... +Vernelle Gailey b: Sep 25, 1921 in Millsap, Parker Co., TX d: Aug 19, 1998 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX
............................................................. 7 Judith Gail Richards b: Oct 14, 1943 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., TX
...................................................... +Mildred Lorraine Smith b: Feb 28, 1921 in Deluce, AR d: May 04, 2001 in Stephenville, Erath Co., TX

C. H. Richards on Indigent Families List (1863-1865)

Confederate Indigent Families Lists (1863-1865)
"On November 24, 1863, the Texas Legislature passed a Joint Resolution stating that the government pledged "support and maintenance of [the soldiers'] families during their absence from home." In accordance with this Resolution, an "Act to Support the Families and Dependents of Texas Soldiers" passed on December 15, 1863. The Act set aside $1,000,000 annually to be paid the "families, widows, and dependents of soldiers currently serving in State or Confederate forces, or of soldiers killed or disabled in service." Chief Justices of the counties, on or before March 1 in 1864 and 1865, submitted lists of servicemen and the number of their dependents eligible for relief. The County Clerk administered the money distributed to the county for this purpose. Please note that lists were not compiled in every county; those counties are not represented in the index.
"The information varies somewhat from county to county. While the number of dependents is always provided, additional information may include some of the following elements: name of the soldier; currently in service; disabled or killed in service; unit; acting head of household.
"Please be aware that only an index of names appears at this site. Linda Mearse has transcribed the records on file in the State Archives in her book, Confederate Indigent Families Lists of Texas 1863-1865. In order to help preserve the original records, please request the Mearse transcription through interlibrary loan. Please contact your local library for further details."
There is a C. H. Richards on this list. I have not studied it enough to know which C. H. Richards this was but know this name or family is from my line of Richards from Shelby County, Texas.

Rich, William | Dallas
Richar, Elen | Fayette
Richard, A | Liberty
Richard, A | Liberty
Richards, A | Liberty
Richards, Adolphus | Liberty
Richards, Apeneth | Dallas
Richards, C H | Shelby
Richards, Geo | Bell
Richards, Geo D | Bell
Richards, Henry | Shelby
Richards, J M | Denton
Richards, T M | Freestone
Richards, W T | Anderson
Richards, W B | Bastrop
Richards, White | Grayson
Richards, | Anderson
Richards, | Bastrop
Richards, | Robertson
Found on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission website at

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Terrell State Hospital - North Texas Hospital for the Insane

After interviewing several of my uncles and aunts at one of our Richards Family Reunions I learned that my grandparents met while working in Terrell at the Terrell State Hospital. I knew nothing about the hospital and so started trying to find out something about it and in doing so hoped to shed more light on my grandparents young lives. I don't know where they worked in the hospital but because of jobs they had later in life I feel like they probably worked in the housekeeping or food service area. I have copied some of what I have found on other websites about the hospital that I hope you will find interesting.

My grandparents, John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley got married in 1912 so they must have worked at the hospital when the name was the
North Texas Lunatic Asylum. I have not been able to find any employee records from that time.

"Supper for 2000 Patients"
Postcard of North TX State Hospital in Terrell, 1920
Submitted by Elaine Martin

Terrell State Hospital

1200 East Brin St., Terrell, TX 75160

The Terrell State Hospital, first known as the "North Texas Lunatic Asylum" opened on July 14, 1885. In 1888 the hospital was renamed "North Texas Hospital for the Insane". In 1925 the facility was renamed "Terrell State Hospital". The hospital was established for the treatment and care of the "chronic incurable insane" whose care had previously been supplied by county jails or poor houses. It has undergone an almost continuous program of building and enlargement during the twentieth century and provides services to the Texas counties of: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Dallas, Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Morris, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Smith, Titus, Van Zandt, and Wood.

"TERRELL STATE HOSPITAL." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Sat Nov 22 18:59:27 US/Central 2003 ] and accessed Nov. 22, 2003.
For more information, see the above sources as well as and

Copyright © 1999-2005-2006 by Abby Balderama
Coordinator of the Kaufman County, TXGenWeb Project site

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Loredo Missouri "Tommie" Puckett Riedel Obituary

Lorado Missouri "Tommie" Puckett

Tommie Puckett Riedel Obituary, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Friday, September 15, 1944, Evening edition, Page 25

AUSTIN, Sept. 15 (AP) -
Mrs. Ed Riedel, 44, wife of the first assistant state auditor, died at her home here Friday.
Mrs. Riedel had been ill for two months. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. She was a former resident of Fort Worth and San Angelo.

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Saturday, September 16, 1944, Page 3
AUSTIN, Sept. 15 (AP) -
Funeral rites will be held here Saturday for Mrs. Ed. F. Riedel, 44, who died Friday. A former resident of San Angelo and Fort Worth, Mrs. Riedel was the wife of the first assistant state auditor.
These researched on micro-film at Ft. Worth City Library by Judy Shubert

The following copy of an obituary (newspaper unknown) had a hand-written date of 9-13-44 at the bottom:

Mrs. Tommie Puckett Riedel, 44, wife of Ed. Riedel, first assistant state auditor, died at her residence, 1510 Riverside, in Fort Worth Friday, following an illness of several months. Mrs. Riedel formerly lived in San Angelo and Weatherford. Mr. Riedel was Tom Green County auditor before moving to Austin. He also is Past Commander of the Texas Department of the American Legion. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Charles Edward Riedel; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Puckett of Blanchard, Oklahoma; one brother of Blanchard, Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs. J.D. Gailey of Mineral Wells, Mrs. Edgar Ames of Aledo, and Mrs. Aubrey Morris of Mexia, Texas. - Newspaper clipping of obituary provided by Loweda Ames Wood.

The following was told to Judy Shubert by Maedelle and Vernelle Gailey:

Lorado "Aunt Tommie" Puckett was first married to William Boyd Kidwell. She later married Charles Edward Riedel. They lived in Austin and adopted a son. Aunt Tommie committed suicide in 1944 in their Austin home. Mother (Edna Gailey) , Aunt Lily (Morris) and Aunt Mildred (Ames) went to the funeral.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Harvey Vandegar Puckett Family in Millsap, Texas

Harvey Vandegar Puckett Family - Millsap, Texas

Description: THE HARVEY VANDEGAR PUCKETT FAMILY: Left to right: Lorado Missouri Puckett Kidwell Reidell, Boyd Kidwell (Lorado's 1st husband), Lilly Mae Puckett Morris, Edna Alice Puckett Gailey, Annie Mildred Puckett Ames, Alice Irene Cook Puckett, L.G. Puckett Smith, Harvey V. Puckett, and Harvey Ballard Puckett with family puppy!

Picture made in front of house where they lived in Millsap. The log house has been moved to the center of the community and is now a museum.

I can imagine the family getting together for this picture in order to send it on to Lucy when she arrived in Idaho. You know the winters are often very mild here in North Central Texas and maybe they made it in December. Lucy (not in the picture) died Dec. 30, 1918 after arriving in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Date Taken: 1918 on back of Picture

Place Taken: Millsap, Texas

Owner: Judith Richards Shubert

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Grandma in Her Bonnet - Part IV

Left to right: Irene Gailey Stone, Raymond Stone,
Maedelle Gailey, Leon Richards, and Vernelle Gailey Richards
Taken about 1944

We lived on the base at Ft. Knox in an apartment and since Raymond was a supply Sergeant we furnished our apartment with G.I. cots and chairs. The Army furnished the stove and refrigerator. Linda Kay had a baby buggy which she slept in. Another couple moved in with us since we had two bedrooms. They were Elinore and Sully Sullivan. They were from Ohio. He was also a Sergeant. We stayed there about three months and then Raymond's and Sully's outfits were moved to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. So instead of going back to Texas, Elinore asked me to go to Ohio and spend two weeks with her family and Sully's family while the boys found us a place in North Carolina. Elinor and I went to Columbus and spent a week with Sully's family. They were wonderful people and thought Linda Kay was about it. They took care of her the whole time we were there and called her Linda Lou. We then went on to Cleveland and spent a week with Elinor's parents. They were wonderful to us, too; however, Sully had called Elinor and told her not to come down to North Carolina for some reason, so I took Linda and we went on a bus to North Carolina.

We had an apartment in Dunn, North Carolina, where we lived about another three months. Then Raymond's outfit was sent to Camp Cook, California, and three other soldiers' wives were going on to California so I rode as far as Texas with them. I stayed with Mother and Daddy and then Raymond wrote and wanted me to come out to California and stay for a couple of weeks because he was fixing to go overseas. So I packed my bags and Mother made me a belt to wear under my clothes to keep my money in. I went to Millsap and caught the train and I left Linda with Mother.

I sat in the seat with a girl whose home was in the state of Washington. She had been in Mineral Wells to be with her husband. He had been sent overseas so she was going back home. Two sailors were sitting across from us, and of course, we all got acquainted. The train was full with all the military going different places and when we got to Los Angeles we had to change trains to go north. No one could get on but military and their spouses. We didn't know what we were going to do; but the sailors who had ridden with us asked if we would like to be their wives until we got on the train, so that was how we got on the train. The train was so crowded I had to stand all the way to Camp Cook and I never saw this girl and the sailors again.

This was Thanksgiving of 1944, so the next day we went to the mess hall and had Thanksgiving dinner. After I had been there a little over a week Raymond got a three-day pass and we went to Las Angeles and spent three days. We rented a car and took in the sights. We went to Santa Monica Beach and rode the rides - even the roller coaster, which I was getting on. I was scared to death and every time we went to the top we could see the ocean. We then went to see Harry James and his orchestra and danced.

Raymond put me on the train to come back to Texas and I was heartbroken, knowing he was on his way overseas. I went back to Linda Kay and Mother and Daddy and stayed with them while Raymond was away. That Christmas Mother and Daddy were going to Oklahoma to spend Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma Puckett, so they took me by the Stone's in Walters, Oklahoma, where they had moved from Temple. When we returned to Mineral Wells after Christmas I looked in the mail and I had Raymond's last will and testament that he had made when he went overseas. My heart broke; it was just like he was already dead.

Raymond was in a train wreck in La Harve, France, and they had so many dead and injured they had to wait for replacements from the states before they could go into combat. I guess the good Lord knew how much I needed Raymond to look after me; he has always taken care of me and I don't know what I would do without hi, even after 45 years. Raymond was only in combat about 12 or 14 days before the Germans surrendered. Then he was sent home for a thirty-day furlough before going to the Far East. He called from Ft. Sam Houston and asked me to meet him in Fort Worth so we could be together before he came on home. I waited until about one o'clock the next morning and he didn't come. The man at the bus station told me there wouldn't be another bus until the next morning, so I went to my Aunt's and spent the night and then went back to the bus station the next morning. I still didn't find Raymond so I took the first bus back to Mineral Wells. The bus broke down at Cool and several of us caught a ride home. Had I waited for the next bus Raymond would have been on it. Needless to say, I was happy to see him. He was home for 30 days on leave then he had to report to San Antonio. He was to go to the Pacific, but the Japanese surrendered that day so he didn't have to go back into the war. He was sent back to North Carolina and they started letting soldiers out by the number of points they had. He had enough points to get out and he returned home in October of 1945. Our life started over and Linda Kay was about 19 months old. She was sure glad her Dad was home!

We decided we would move to Wichita Falls, Texas, where we could be between our parents. Mr. and Mrs. Stone lived in Walters, Oklahoma, and of course, my parents lived in Mineral Wells, Texas.

Raymond got a job at General Mills. We bought an old '39 Chevy, two-door car. We lived there for about 6 months. We decided we would move to Walters or Mineral Wells. Raymond said we should move to Mineral Wells, that way we wouldn't be on the road all the time! Raymond bought a dump truck like my dad and hauled gravel and dirt. Later bought another one. We moved into a house out at Elmhurst, which was a housing project the Government had built, and a lot of veterans moved there after the war.

In 1947, September 14, we had a little boy born, but he was dead when he came. We were heartbroken.

Raymond & Irene Gailey Stone - Circa 1990

I was raised in the Baptist Church but Raymond had been raised in the Church of Christ. In 1948 he found the little church in the Community of Sturdivant and started going there to church and was baptized. I continued to go to the Parker Street Baptist Church but would go with him some of the time. In 1949 I became pregnant again and on March 25, 1950, we had another little boy. He was like Linda Kay when he was born - long, red, wrinkled and ugly (we named him Reginald Ray and he was called Reggie). But neither of them were ugly long. They turned out to be beautiful children. There was 6 years difference in their ages. We had moved into Mother and Daddy's house on Southwest 2nd Street since they had moved to Lubbock. We lived here when Reggie was born. Reggie was an adorable baby and laughed a lot; but he sure cried a lot at night. We would take turns rocking him. Don't know if he had the colic or was just spoiled. We sure gave him a lot of paregoric.

Raymond went to work for Norwood Manufacturing and worked there for quite a long time. In 1950, shortly after Reggie was born, I obeyed the Gospel and was baptized and we continued to go to Sturdivant. In 1951 the Church at Sturdivant built a church in town and we started going to church there since we lived in town. We went to church here and both of the children became members when they were older. Raymond became an Elder and we still go to the same church to this day and suppose we will always go to the same one for as long as we live.

In 1952 Raymond went to work for Civil Service and worked for 28 years at Ft. Walters. When Ft. Walters closed in 1974, counting his Army time of 5 years, he was able to retire with about 33 years.

My sister, Vernelle, and her husband, Leon Richards, had three little girls, Judith Gail, Peggy Joy, and Angela Vernelle who we called Ann. When Ann was one month old, Vernelle and Leon were divorced and they left the two older girls with Mother and Daddy and we took Ann because Mother and Daddy were getting older and Mother couldn't take care of a baby. So Vernelle asked us if we would take her while she hunted for work. So we had a beautiful little redheaded girl who was born April 4, 1954. Reggie was 4 years older. We loved this baby just as much as we did our other children. We loved all three of these children, but having Ann with us all the time, we felt she was our own. Their father visited them often but their Mother finally moved to California and she finally married again to Eddy Rowbury, who was in the Air Force. So the children didn't see their Mother for long periods of time.

When Ann was three her Daddy came to us and wanted her to be raised with the other girls and since we couldn't do anything about it, she went to live with Mother and Daddy. But we always tried to help with the girls as much as we could. Ann will always be ours, even now she is like our own child and she thinks of me as her Mother. I often wish I could have done more for these girls, they were such good kids and we love them so much.

In 1955 we bought the place where we now live which has been 34 years.

Written in her hand 1989
Edna Irene Gailey Stone

Friday, June 13, 2008

1934 - Year of Disaster

Twenty-seventh in a seventy-five part series sponsored by theOklahoma Heritage Association as its contribution to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in 1982.
 1934 – Year of Disaster
by Mac McGalliard
 “Okies, Grapes of Wrath, Dust Bowl” are all terms suggestive of the years of the Great Depression in Oklahoma. The depression got under way in 1930 and extended through the decade of the 1930s and beyond, but the year when the worst disaster struck most families was 1934.
That was the year it forgot to rain. Dust storms blotted out the sun, and the low prices and lack of money hit bottom. That was the year that the trickle of people out of the state developed into the greatest flood of outmigration the nation has ever seen. By the end of the decade, it was estimated that some 250,000 people left Oklahoma, and 1934 was the year the flood began.
In the face of barren fields and parched pastures, water wells and springs drying up, families by the thousands loaded their most necessary possessions on their automobiles, and left their homes and dreams behind to head to more prosperous states. Five years later, in 1939, their continued sufferings and disappointments were to be chronicled for all time by John Steinbeck in his novel, The Grapes of Wrath.
What brought on the disaster of 1934 was a combination of factors, some natural and some man-made. Decades of poor farming practices had begun to take their toll in the late 1920s and reached a peak in 1934. The natural cover, grass sod and timber, had been destroyed on the land, leaving the soil exposed to wind and water erosion. This destruction was made worse by running rows up and down hills, by clean cultivation, and the destruction of crop residues. Soil fertility was used up, and none put back.
Soon after the onset of the nationwide economic depression with the stock market crash of 1929, jobs in the towns and industries began to be eliminated, and there was nowhere for the people to go but back to the land, and this increased the pressure on the already abused land. Every old house or shanty on the countryside was occupied by a distressed family who hoped to survive with a garden, a cow or two, and a few chickens.
The weather was dryer than normal in 1933, and it developed into a major drought in 1934. Windstorms blew across the bare prairies and plains of western Oklahoma, west Texas, and the portions of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. That area was the heart of the “Dust Bowl.” Blown dust and fine sand piled up along fence rows until only the tops of the post were visible. Sand dunes built up against farm buildings. Crops and pastures wee devastated.
The only help available for the suffering families were the beginnings of the state and federal drought and depression relief programs. 1934 was year of the infamous killing of cattle and hogs, “little pigs and calves,” with a mere pittance paid to the owners, but it was better than nothing. “Made work” jobs were being provided through the federal WPA (Works Progress Administration) and the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). The Governor at that time was William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray, and the state-sponsored relief program (mostly on rural roads) was called “Murray Work.”
But the relief programs were not enough for many families. The West beckoned, and they went. Mostly to California, but also to Arizona, Oregon, and Washington. Generally, they were not welcomed in those states, and many were exploited by employers, but most of them survived and became permanent residents. Not all were “Okies,” there were also “Arkies, Kansies, Texicans,” etc.
Now with development of Sunbelt jobs and prosperity, some of them are “coming back home.”
  Newspaper clipping from Blanchard, Oklahoma newspaper celebrating 1982 Oklahoma Diamond Jubilee. Found in scrapbook belonging to Raymond R. Stone, born 1919 in Hastings, Jefferson County, Oklahoma

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pucketts to Celebrate Golden Wedding Date - November 9, 1981

Harvey Ballard & Sadie Conley Puckett

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Puckett, 515 N. University Blvd., will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Monday.
Puckett and the former Sadie Conley were married Nov. 9, 1931, in Blanchard. They lived and farmed in the Blanchard community until they moved to Norman in 1953.
Born June 28, 1910, in Millsap, Texas, Puckett moved to Blanchard in 1925. After moving to Norman, he worked in the construction field until 1968. At that time he was employed by the First Baptist Church, where he worked until his retirement in 1980.
Mrs. Puckett, who was born in Hugo May 29, 1911, also moved to Blanchard in 1925. She was employed at the Holiday Inn in Norman and retired in 1978 after 14 years of service.
The Pucketts had nine children. Eight are still living. They are Glenda Burns, Jerry Puckett, Robert Puckett and Elaine Stewart, all of Norman; Patsy Ruble, Newcastle; Van Puckett, Houston; Mary Tevis, El Paso, Texas; and Donald Puckett, Cyril.
Newspaper clipping from The Norman (Okla.) Transcript, Sunday, November 8, 1981 from scrapbook of Irene Gailey Stone, Mineral Wells, Texas

Monday, June 9, 2008

Doc Gailey's Twin Daughters Wish Him Happy Birthday

Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, Texas

November 14, 1968

Although Dock Gailey is past 39, he is still having birthdays. The latest was on November 8, and as usual he received birthday cards from his identical twin daughters, Mrs. Maedelle Carlyle and Mrs. Vernelle Rowbury.

Now there isn’t anything strange about a father receiving birthday cards from his daughters but even though his daughters are miles apart when that time of year arrives, they nearly always send identical cards – even though they have not talked or written to each other about it.

There is an an old saying about identical twins thinking alike and this coincidence makes you wonder if there is any truth to it.

In 1959, Vernelle lived in Sacramento, California and Maedelle lived in Clovis, New Mexico. In 1961, Vernelle lived in Raleigh, North Carolina and Maedelle lived in Lawton, Oklahome – and both times Dock received identical cards. Well.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Grandma in Her Bonnet - Part III

Mrs. Raymond R. Stone

Raymond and I went together for a year. I never gave up skating and if Raymond was not on time for a date, I headed for the skating rink. One night he called and said he had to guard some prisoners so I went skating. One of my friends came by the rink and wanted me to go dancing with her boyfriend and another soldier. She said she had seen Raymond and another guy and two girls at a certain dance hall, so I decided that if he could go out with other girls, I could go out with other guys. When we got to another dance place, there he was and I danced all around him, and he never DID see me. I don't think I ever knew what the soldier's name was that I was with and didn't care, I was so mad. The next night when Raymond came to see me, I asked him if he had worked hard the night before and he said yes. I told him he wasn't working when I had seen him the night before. He was sure surprised.

We skated and danced a lot in those days and watched the moon as we would park on top of Welcome Mountain overlooking the town. Raymond had a motorcycle and one weekend he took it home to Temple, Oklahoma, where he was raised and where his parents lived. They brought him back and he brought them to meet me. He had told them he was going to marry me. One night we went skating, and he said he had to go somewhere and he would be back later. He was gone a long time and I was getting a little mad. I thought he wasn't coming back, but he did and he told me to pull off my skates and come go with him. He had gone to buy my rings. This was 1942 and I was 19; Raymond was 23. We were married November 14, 1942. We were married in the home of the preacher of Parker Street Baptist Church. His name was Clymer Evans. His wife and my close friend, Flora Simpson and her friend, Neal Grayson, were with us. I wore a blue suit and tan accessories. We only had that night since he had to be back on the base the next morning. We couldn't find a place to stay all night and finally ended up spending the night at the Fort Richardson Hotel in Jacksboro, Texas.

We rented an apartment and started our married life. This was the first time I had made a pie. I had eaten a piece of sweet potato pie at my sister, Vernelle's, and thought I would go home and make one just like it. But I didn't know you had to cook the crust before you put the meringue on it. Of course, we couldn't cut the crust because it wasn't done. I was not a good cook because I hadn't had much experience. My mother always said she knew what to expect for supper when she would come home from work because all we girls knew how to cook was red beans, mashed potatoes, and a cow pile cake. We always made a cake with a hole in the center and we could ice the cake and fill the hole with chocolate icing.

Raymond Reginald Stone

Our honeymoon didn't last long. Raymond was transferred in January, 1943, about 2 months after we married. I was crushed. Raymond was sent to Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and I moved out of our apartment back home with Mother and Daddy. Raymond found us a place in Clarksville, Tennessee, just across the river from Camp Campbell. We had a bedroom and shared the kitchen with another soldier and his wife. She was also redheaded so that arrangement didn't last long! We lived in the house about 2 miles from town with an old man and woman and their daughter-in-law. The old man used to play the fiddle at the the Grand Ole Opera. We finally found a bedroom in town and we had to eat out. I found I was pregnant then. Raymond found out he had to go on maneuvers so I had to go home. I had about three months to go before the baby came. Raymond came the day after Linda Kay was born on March 14, 1944, and he was able to stay home a week; then he had to report to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Linda Kay was a long, wrinkled, red baby and I cried when I saw her. I thought she should look like Judy, my sister's baby, who was the cutest little baby I had seen. She was five months older than Linda; however, in about a month when she filled out she was a beautiful child and is still a beautiful woman even though she is 45 years old now and has raised 5 wonderful children. We love her dearly.

When Linda was a month old Mother and I went to Kentucky to be with Raymond. Mother stayed a week then returned home. This was the first time either of us had ever been on a train, but it was not to be the last time for me.

… to be continued

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Harvey Vandegar Puckett 5/27/1871 - 2/19/1958

Harvey's granddaughter, Loweda Ames Wood, remembers being told that Grandpa (Harve) was born around Many, Louisiana. Grandma (Alice) was from Lewing Town. They used to tell the children that Grandpa would go to Lewing Town and court the "Widow" Roberts. Alice was married to a man named Roberts and they had three children (Lula Geneva Roberts, an infant boy, and Eles Lee Roberts). According to family stories, when Alice married Harvey, her mother, Mary Province Cook, would not let her take the children with her to that marriage.

To the right is a picture that was kept in my grandmother, Edna Puckett Gailey's, scrapbook for as long as I can remember. It is three of the Puckett brothers. From the left is Travis Austin Puckett, Charles Rufus Puckett, and Edna's father (my great-grandfather) Harvey Vandegar Puckett.

Harvey's Brother, William Jasper

According to Rita Rascoe Jones, great-granddaughter of William Jasper Puckett I, Lewing town actually borders on the main town of Many, Louisiana. She said she didn't know how the 3 Lewings met and married 3 Pucketts. About 5 miles from Many is a town called Fisher, and Bluford Lewing lived about 2 miles further away, almost in the town of Florien. The Lewing Cemetery is located in front of Bluford Lewing's old homeplace. There is no road to the house. It is through the woods. Rita said she was told by an old lady that Richard lived on Hwy 6 going from Many toward Texas. She said he lived by a Mr. Duggan (also according to the census) who was a preacher and who had married William Jasper Puckett, born 1857.

There is no record of Richard owning land. Rita is of the opinion that as Bluford Lewing's children married he must have given them land. She thinks that land reached all the way to Many. He also sold the land for the town of Fisher, which is a saw-mill town.-- Judy Shubert

Census Information

Rita Rascoe Jones provided the following census information from her research:

  • 1910, Angelina County Texas Roll 1584, Book 1 Pg. 246A
#368, T. A. Puckett, 33, La. Ind. Tx.
Nancy, 30, Al. Al. Al.
Era G. 7, Tx.
Gerald, 6, Tx.
Garland, 4, Tx.
Married 9 years, 3 Kids, Labor at Lumber Mill

J. P. Lewing, 50, La. La. La. (Joseph Pickney)
Barbara, 44, La. Ind. Tx. (Puckett)
Rufus, 20, La.
Richard P. Lewing, 23, La. (Richard Puckett Lewing)
Married 28 yrs.
Barbara Puckett Lewing and Travis Austin Puckett listed on the same page.

  • 1910 Parker County, Texas, Prec 5, pg 246 a
#154, H. V. Puckett, 38, La. Ind. Tx.
Alice, 38, La. La. La.
Lucy, 14, Tx.
Lillie, 12
Lorado, 10
Edna, 7
Mildred, 2
Married 16 yrs, 7 Kids, 5 living

  • 1910 McClain County, Oklahoma, Colbert Twp.
C.R. Puckett, 35, La. Ind, Tx.
Lula, 27, Tx. Tx. Ga.
Laymond, 9, Tx.
Married 12 yrs.
3 Kids, 1 living

Final Rites Held for Rev. Puckett

Rev. Charles Puckett, aged 67 years, for many years a well known citizen of Blanchard and beloved Baptist preacher of this community, died at his home here on the afternoon of September 22, 1941.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist church, Blanchard, with Rev. J. A. Ratliff in charge, and Rev. Clifton Malone, assisting.

A quartet composed of M. G. Starry, J. G. Cornett, Virginia Kirby, and Mrs. Clifford Alexander, sang his favorite hymn, "Love Lifted Me"; also "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," and "Abide With Me," with Mrs. C. E. Shelton, playing the accompaniment.

A Masonic interment was held at the cemetery, the ritual being spoken by John W. Barber, District Deputy Grand Master of Masons. Members of the Blanchard lodge took part in the ceremony.

The following served as pallbearers: Lloyd Bowser, Floyd Stine, Auvern Kolb, R. C. Puckett, Ed F. Copeland, and W. O. Potter.

The deceased was born February 26, 1874 in Many, La., Sabine Parish. He moved to Texas in 1895 and two years later was united in marriage to Lula Bennett. To this union were born four boys and three girls. He moved to Oklahoma in 1907.

He became a member of the Missionary Baptist church in 1907, and he was ordained as a Baptist minister in April, 1924.

For the past seventeen years he has been active in the service of his master, having served as pastor of Bond, Sunnyside, Naples, Prairie Valley, and other churches of this vicinity.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Charles Puckett, Blanchard; four children, L. D. Puckett, Blanchard; R. A. Puckett, Los Angeles, Cal.; Harve Puckett, Dallas, Tex.; and Inez Allen, Vallejo., Cal.; one brother, Harve Puckett, Blanchard; one sister, Mrs. Martha Sanders, of Louisiana, and five grandchildren.

(Newspaper clipping found in Edna Puckett Gailey's scrapbook by her granddaughter, Judy Richards Shubert. Edna was Charles' niece.)

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