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Raymond R. Stone - 16 May 1919 - 9 June 2002

Raymond R. Stone and Irene Gailey Stone
December 25, 2001
Mineral Wells, Texas

OBITUARY - MINERAL WELLS INDEX, Thursday, June 13, 2002, page A2

Funeral Services for Raymond Reginald Stone, 83, of Mineral Wells, were Wednesday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at the Eastside Church of Christ with Thiess Brown officiating, assisted by David Holloway, Jimmy Ranspot and Kenneth Averitt. Burial was in the Newberry Cemetery in Parker County under the direction of Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home.

Stone died at his home Sunday, June 9. He was born in Hastings, Okla., May 16, 1919, the son of Luther and Annie Groom Stone.

He married Irene Gailey on Nov. 14, 1942, in Mineral Wells. He lived in Mineral Wells for almost 59 years.

He was employed by Perry Equipment for eight years and retired from civil service in 1974.

Stone was also a veteran of World War II (1940-1945) serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ. Stone obeyed the gospel in 1948 and became a charter member and el…

The Grande Canal - What a Main Street!

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Da Fotografia a colori - Riprod, Vietata
Size 3 7/8" x 5 7/8"

Back of Postcard

Card was purchased by my mother-in-law, Marilee Shubert, when she and my father-in-law visited their son stationed overseas with the U.S. Army in the 1960s. It was never mailed.When I found it in her box of cards that I have saved, I felt it fit this month's theme perfectly.What aMain Street!

In the distance you can see The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (Basilica of St Mary of Health/Salvation), commonly known simply as theSalute. A famous church in Venice, it has the status of a minor basilica; however, its decorative and distinctive profile and location make it among the most photographed churches in Italy.

"The Grand Canal is a canal in Venice, Italy. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public tr…

A Leaky Boat Riding the Waves!

Young Bathing Beauties to be sure! My mother, Vernelle Gailey Richards, must have really trusted my daddy, Leon Richards, to be out in the middle of the lake in this boat. It looks like it's leaking. But she's holding on to him for dear life! I would imagine she was just like me and my sisters ~ never learning to swim. After all her mother, Edna Puckett Gailey, told all of us girls, "Stay OUT of the water ~ you don't know how to swim!"

I never learned exactly when or where this little photograph was taken, but I believe it must have been at a Richards family get-together around the year 1941 or 1943. I am basing that on another picture I found with what looks like the same boat with 3 little tow-headed kids in it. The lake had tree stumps that you could see all around the boat. Some of the Richards' reunions were held around Hemphill and so it could have been one of the East Texas lakes. As to the date the picture was taken, I think mother looks like she may h…

Smiles from the Attic

Wedding Congratulations Card Collection
September 30, 1967

Be sure to click on the Scrapbook Pages to enlarge image.
You can actually see the glitter on the cards!

When footnote Maven announced the theme for the 14th Edition of Smile for the Camera, I knew there were several wedding pictures in my family box of treasures, but I couldn't make up my mind which one I wanted to use. I first searched my Family Tree Maker files to see if I had any marriages that had occurred in June. There were a few but most of those were ancestors I did not have photographs of, or I knew little if anything about.

Then my sister's ex-husband found a box of cards and letters in the attic of the house where they had lived for many years. Sadly, the house was being prepared for destruction due to damages done during Hurricane Ike. He and his wife thought Peggy might like to go through the box to see if there was anything she might like to have.

She invited me over one Saturday and we sat down and laughed a…

Lois Walker Blalock - 1914 - 2009

Lois Walker Blalock
September 10, 1914 - May 26, 2009

One of my favorite ladies in all the world was Mrs. Lois Blalock. She had such a sweet spirit and shared her life with so many. I met her in 1988 when my daughter, Gail, met her only grandson, Troy, and they began a 3-year courtship that we all enjoyed as it progressed toward a life together. When Troy and Gail got married Lois was the first to take her under her wing and treat her like a granddaughter. I'm glad she had old-fashioned traditions and she shared her life with Gail. Indeed, all of the Blalocks helped me leave my precious daughter in North Carolina without worrying about her when Bob and I moved to Texas. We knew she was in good hands. I'll miss Lois.

CALDWELL - Mrs. Blalock was born September 10, 1914 to Wesley and Maggie Latta Walker in the St. Mary's community of Orange County. She attended St. Mary's school and graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1930. She received a teaching certificate from Eas…

The Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence

I became aware of this coveted award just yesterday when reading a recent post on Destination: Austin Family. Thomas had received the award from Kathryn Doyle at California Genealogical Society and Library Blog and very graciously thanked her and ten genealogy bloggers that have greatly impressed him. I thought then that it was a wonderful honor to have been given the award and to have been selected as one of Thomases' "top 10".

Little did I know that I had received the award, too! Two very beautiful ladies and fellow GeneaBloggers left it for me over at Facebook and on my blog. I met Becky Jamison at Grace and Glory not long after I first started blogging and have followed her blogs with interest. She is "Grace under fire" and has a very generous and encouraging spirit. Thank you, Becky, so much for the Puckerbrush.

After I discovered Becky's note at Facebook, I found that Cheryl Palmer, author of Heritage Happens had also favored my blog with the Puckerbrus…

Postcard Friendship Friday - Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall
New York City

Postcard is 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
458 Radio City Music Hall, New York City
Alfred Mainzer, Inc., 39-33 29th St., Long Island City I, N. Y.
Stamp box printed with C1910
Card was never mailed.

"When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as "the speakeasy belt." Plans to gentrify the neighborhood by building a new Metropolitan Opera House on the site were dashed by the failing economy and the business outlook was dim. Nevertheless, Rockefeller made a bold decision that would leave a lasting impact on the city's architectural and cultural landscape. He decided to build an entire complex of buildings on the property-buildings so superior that they would attract commercial tenants even in a depressed city flooded with vacant rental space. The project would express the highest ideals of architecture and design and stand as a symbol…

Death Certificate - Earl Sanford Richards

Earl Sanford Richards, Death Certificate
Texas Department of Health

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Certificate of Death
(Click on image for ease in reading.)


State File No.: 19434
Place of Death: Parker County, TexasResidence at Time of Death: 311 Soward Ave., Weatherford, Parker County, TexasDate of Death: April 5, 1954Date of Birth: August 23, 1895Age at Death: 58 yrs, 8 mos., 2 daysSex: MaleRace: WhiteMarital Status: MarriedFather's Name: J. H. RichardsMother's Name: Mary E. ConwayInformant's Signature: Ida Mae RichardsCause of Death: Carcinoma of StomachInterval between Onset and Death: 1 yearDate of Operation: 1953Findings of Operation: Carcinoma of StomachAutopsy: NoDeceased Attended by: E. M. Russell, M.D.Address: Weatherford, TexasDate Signed: 4-8-54Burial, Cremation or Removal: BurialDate: April 6, 1954Cemetery: Zion Hill CemeteryLocation: Parker County, TexasFuneral Director's Signature: Cotton-Bratton, Fred CottonRegistrar's File No.: 36Date R…

Earl Sanford Richards - 1895 - 1954

Earl Sanford Richards
1895 - 1954



WEATHERFORD, April 5 (Spl) - Earl S. Richards, 58, a custodian in the Weatherford public schools, died early Monday in a hospital after several months' illness.

Richards was born in Shelby County but had lived in Parker County 45 years.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Eugene Richards of Weatherford; a daughter, Mrs. Guy Marshall of Weatherford; two brothers, Ross Richards of Wink and Bob Richards of Lockney; five sisters, Mrs. Kate Chambers, Mrs. Louise Proffitt and Mrs. Sadie Cronin and Misses Belle and Dewey Richards of Weatherford.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Cotton-Bratton Chapel. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery north of Weatherford.
Earl Sanford Richards Obituary
(Newspaper clipping of obit given to Judy Richards Shubert in April 2006 by Verdell Haws, husband of the late Mary Ella Richards Haws.)

Direct Descendants from James Richards to Earl Sanford Richards

1 James Richards b: in Wales, Great …