Sunday, June 28, 2009

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

Raymond R Stone and Irene Gailey Stone Christmas Day 2001 in their home Mineral Wells TexasRaymond 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 elder of the Eastside Church of Christ in 1951.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, Reggie Stone of Mineral Wells; one daughter, Linda Kay Cox of Possum Kingdom Lake; eight grandchildren, Troy, Kyle and J.J. Cox, Daniel, Justin and Cierra Stone and Shannon Walden and Gailey Bolfing; three step-grandchildren, Michael and Marcie Williams and Cory Reagan; 15 great-grandchildren, Aaron, Rachal, Casey, Brian, Shelby, Stone and Tory Cox, Brittany and Chandler Walden, Tyler, Brooke, and Josh Bolfing and Dakota, Ariel and Russell Raymond Stone; seven step-great-grandchildren, Allie Williams, Cody, Carter, Casey and Cortney Reagan and Zack and Ethan Ivy; nieces, Judy Shubert, Peggy Duke, Ann Pruett, Doris Newsome and Sheryl Stone; nephews, Dana Forgy, Ronald Forgy, Jim Carlyle and Neal Stone; brother Wendell Stone of Durango, Colo.; and many brothers and sisters in Christ.

Pallbearers were Troy Cox, Kyle Cox, J.J. Cox, John Bolfing, David Shubert and Michael Shubert.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Grande Canal - What a Main Street!

Canal Grande - Regata storica Canal Grande - Historische Regatta Canal Grande - Historic Regatta Canal Grande - Historique regate

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 a Main 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 the Salute. 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 transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis, but many tourists visit it by gondola. At one end the canal leads into the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads into Saint Mark Basin: in between it makes a large S-shape through the central districts ("sestieri") of Venice. It is 3,800 m long, 30-90 m wide, with an average depth of five meters.

On the first Sunday of September the Historical Regatta ("Regata Storica") takes place, a competition between Venetian boats watched by thousands of people from the banks or from floating stands. Competitions are preceded by a historical procession ("Corteo Storico") remembering the entrance of the Queen of Cyprus Catherine Cornaro after abdication in 1489: gondoliers in costumes sail in typical 16th century boats following the Bucentaur, doge's state galley.

The Doge (Venetian language, also Doxe, derived from Latin Dux military leader, duke; cf. English Duke, Italian Duce) was the chief magistrate and leader of the Most Serene Republic of Venice for over a thousand years.

The bucentaur (pronounced /bjuːˈsɛntɔr/, bew-SEN-tor) (bucintoro in Venetian) was the state galley of the doges of Venice. It was used every year on Ascension Day up to 1798 to take the doge out to the Adriatic Sea to perform the ceremony of wedding Venice to the sea."

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault
is hosting this Festival of Postcards. She shares her Canadian Family’s Vintage Postcard Collection and encourages the use of postcards in the field of family history.

Source Information on The Grand Canal taken from: Grand Canal (Venice). (2009). Retrieved June 5, 2009, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Online:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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 have been pregnant (maybe that's why she wasn't IN the water instead of in that rickety boat) so it could have been before my baby brother, Jimmie Leon, was born in 1941 or me in 1943.

Carnival of Genealogy, 74th Edition

Annual Swimsuit Edition

Back by popular demand, the topic for this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: Swimsuit Edition! Why should Sports Illustrated have all the fun? This is our chance to show off the bathing beauties in our family.

This edition of the COG will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Smiles from the Attic

Smith Stan and Peggy Wedding Congratulations Card Collection page 1
Wedding Congratulations Card Collection
September 30, 1967

Smith Stan and Peggy Wedding Congratulations Card Collection page 2
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 and smiled at all the memories we found hidden in that box. When she began to pull out cards they had received from friends and family congratulating them on their marriage, I quickly grabbed them and knew eventually I would want to use them somewhere. I scanned the cards, inside and out, and saved them for just such an event as "Smile for the Camera".

I hope you will enjoy my scrapbook pages, and even though they are no longer together, I feel the joy and love captured in the images of these cards was a part of their young lives that is forever a part of their history.

Wedding Photos Mildred Smith Hicks Richards and DaughtersWedding Photo Collage
Mildred Smith Hicks Richards
and Daughters
Judy Shubert, Sue Breakall, Peggy Duke, Angie Pruett

I couldn't let this Wedding Belles edition of Smile for the Camera pass without including a scrapbook page of photographs of my sisters and me on our wedding day surrounding the very beautiful one taken of our sweet mother, Mildred. Mildred's picture was taken around 1942, Judy's in 1964, Peggy's in 1967, Sue's was in 1968, and Angie's was made in 1986.

Smile For The Camera, 14th Edition

The word prompt for the 14th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Wedding Belles. Historically, couples married in the month of June to honor Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Others did it to time conception so births wouldn't interfere with harvest work. And brides in the 15th century chose to marry in June because it coincided with their "annual bath" - that's right - ensuring a relatively sweet-smelling honeymoon. Show us a photograph of a wedding, a wedding party, a bride, a groom, the reception, or even the honeymoon. Bring them to the carnival and share. Admission is free with every photograph!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Lois Walker Blalock - 1914 - 2009

Lois Walker Blalock Christmas 2008 Caldwell NC
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 East Carolina and later at Duke University completed her bachelor's degree. She began her teaching career, which spanned 37 years, at Caldwell school in 1934 and later taught at Grady Brown Middle SChool in Hillsborough. While at Caldwell School Mrs. Blalock was principal for many years while also teaching fifth and sixth grades. She had a great love for children which was evident in her teaching.

She was a life-long member of New Sharon United Methodist Church where she played piano, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, was a charter member of the United Methodist women and served on many committees. In 1992. she was presented The Book of Golden Deeds award by the Exchange Club of Hillsborough. She was very active in the Caldwell Community including the Caldwell Home Demonstration Club, The Caldwell Community Club and also supported the Caldwell volunteer fire department. She was a member of the Orange County Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Blalock was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lewis Blalock and brother, Warren Walker. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Blalock and wife, Brenda, of Caldwell; grandson, Troy Blalock and wife, Gail, and their girls, Gailey and Shelby of Caldwell; granddaughter, Jamie Blalock Borland and husband, Jeff, and their girls, Paige and Payton of Cedar Grove.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in New Sharon United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Online condolences:

The family will welcome donations to New Sharon United Methodist Church, 1601 New Sharon Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or Duke Hospice at Meadowlands, 1001 Corporate Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Obituary printed Durham Herald-Sun May 28, 2009

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 Puckerbrush. I haven't been following Cheryl quite as long as Becky, but she is equally a fine GeneaBlogger and an inspiration. She has a beautiful blog and is a Graveyard Rabbit. Thank you, Cheryl.

Since this post was published I had the very nice surprise of having Granny Pam honor me with this award, too. I appreciate so much her recognition of my blog. You can read her amazing posts at Granny's Genealogy.

I know the history of the award has been shared by many of you but if you are just seeing it for the first time like I was last night, I feel you need to hear about its history. I understand that Terry Thornton, author of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, created the award to honor fellow genealogy blogger, Janice Brown. Terry explained that "Janice told us all about the word 'puckerbrush' in an article she posted August 27, 2007, at Cow Hampshire." You really need to go to Janice's blog and read this most engaging post.

Janice's definition of the puckerbrush is as follows: "On any land allowed to go fallow and left untended, a wild assortment of wild plants grow – in some areas, this wild growth results in such a thicket of plants that it is almost impossible to push your way through the growth."

Terry stated further: "So it is with the growth of blogs --- so many that it is impossible to read them all. But in the puckerbrush eventually a few plants/trees become dominant and influence all who view them through the thick surrounding puckerbrush.

And it is those outstanding blogs whose influence spreads beyond just the surrounding rabble of puckerbrush that I'm honoring."

Terry's challenge: "Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice --- the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.
I, too, find it very difficult to pick out just 10 blogs to honor with this award; Bloggers who have been influential to me in my efforts to become one of them. There are those who've already been chosen that I feel deserve my respect and thanks, as well, but I will not include them here. I will try to pick some of my favorite blogs who have not yet been snagged by this Puckerbrush.

  1. Janice Tracy inspires me daily at Mississippi Memories. Janice was the very first blogger to contact me after I joined Facebook's GeneaBloggers. She was so encouraging and led me to believe I could do anything I wanted to with my blog. She is an articulate and expansive writer. I love to read her book reviews, her family history, and the tales of her beloved Mississippi.
  2. Mona Mills is another Mississippian that I love to follow. Her blog, Itawamba Connections has many Texas ties and, of course, that interests me. Mona has a sense of humor and a love of her ancestry that is found in everything she writes. She posts wonderful family photos that look as if they could be found in any of our photo albums. She has shown me ways to incorporate my history in my posts in a way that I feel is unique and interesting.
  3. Janet Iles at Janet the researcher is just one of the several Canadian bloggers whom I love to read and emulate. She is a member of several organizations including the Association of Professional Genealogists and Ontario Chapter along with other local and national groups. She has been encouraging and helpful to me and feeds my blog with her comments.
  4. Bill West is a most interesting bookseller from New England. He has been one of my most constant followers. His blog, West in New England, is filled with news and fun facts. His on-going saga about Jeremiah Swain, his 9x great-grandfather (he has just posted the final chapter) has been one of the most interesting series I've read.
  5. Brett Payne lives in New Zealand. His wonderful blog is called Photo-Sleuth. He IS the Photo-Sleuth! He has supplied me with so much inspiration with his sense of history and the knowledge he imparts to his readers. I love old photos, as I know all geneabloggers do, and he has some of the best.
  6. Amy Crooks has a great blog entitled Untangled Family Roots. She has been another of my faithful followers and feeders of my blog. I am impressed by her seemingly boundless energy in balancing a family, a job, and her research. I have gotten a lot of ideas from her treatment of family history, research and photos. She lives in Idaho and so holds a special place in my heart as my mother is buried in that state which seems to be (at times) a million miles away from Texas.
  7. JoLyn Day is the author of the beautiful blog, Uphill Both Ways. She is another fellow blogger who lives in Idaho. Salt Lake to be exact. She has told her families' story in a unique way and I find inspiration for my blog every time I visit her. She has written a great dedication to members of her family on the page that tell about Uphill Both Ways and her Cast of Characters is a great way to showcase individuals.
  8. What can be said about Ernie Margheim who writes Ernie's Journeys that hasn't already been said? He is an inspiration to all of us who aspire to a good, long life filled with family love and adventure. He has taught me to persevere and look for the good in everyone. All of that can be incorporated in my blog!
  9. The GeneaDiva from the western part of Tennessee shares her family with us at GeneaDiva's History, Genealogy and "Stuff". I particularly enjoy it because of her Tennessee roots, as my husband's are in east Tennessee. I feel we share a common bond. She claims she is not a writer, but I disagree. She writes about her ancestors with ease and understanding of the lives they lived.
  10. Amanda, the author of A Tale of Two Ancestors, is a breath of fresh air. I love the joyous way she writes and the way she shares her daily research with us. I have learned a lot just by hanging around with her. Her blog is full of examples of her indexing, sourcing, cemetery searches, etc. And oh, yes, She's Engaged!

Now get busy and pass the Puckerbrush Blog Award along.

Postcard Friendship Friday - Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall New York City
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 of optimism and hope.

More than 300 million people have come to the Music Hall to enjoy stage shows, movies, concerts and special events. There's no place like it to see a show or stage a show. Everything about it is larger than life.

Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world. Its marquee is a full city-block long. Its auditorium measures 160 feet from back to stage and the ceiling reaches a height of 84 feet. The walls and ceiling are formed by a series of sweeping arches that define a splendid and immense curving space. Choral staircases rise up the sides toward the back wall. Actors can enter there to bring live action right into the house. There are no columns to obstruct views. Three shallow mezzanines provide comfortable seating without looming over the rear Orchestra section below. The result is that every seat in Radio City Music Hall is a good seat."

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Death Certificate - Earl Sanford Richards

Richards Earl, Death CertificateEarl 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, Texas
  • Residence at Time of Death: 311 Soward Ave., Weatherford, Parker County, Texas
  • Date of Death: April 5, 1954
  • Date of Birth: August 23, 1895
  • Age at Death: 58 yrs, 8 mos., 2 days
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Father's Name: J. H. Richards
  • Mother's Name: Mary E. Conway
  • Informant's Signature: Ida Mae Richards
  • Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Stomach
  • Interval between Onset and Death: 1 year
  • Date of Operation: 1953
  • Findings of Operation: Carcinoma of Stomach
  • Autopsy: No
  • Deceased Attended by: E. M. Russell, M.D.
  • Address: Weatherford, Texas
  • Date Signed: 4-8-54
  • Burial, Cremation or Removal: Burial
  • Date: April 6, 1954
  • Cemetery: Zion Hill Cemetery
  • Location: Parker County, Texas
  • Funeral Director's Signature: Cotton-Bratton, Fred Cotton
  • Registrar's File No.: 36
  • Date Received by Local Registrar: 4-8-54
  • Registrar's Signature: E. Canafox
  • Stamped Rec'd Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics: May 5, 1954
Death Certificate image from Accessed May 31, 2009

Earl Sanford Richards - 1895 - 1954

Earl Sanford Richards Beside His Car in Weatherford, TexasEarl Sanford Richards
1895 - 1954

Earl Sanford Richards Obituary Newspaper Clipping

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 Britain
.. +Biddy Cunningham b: in Ireland
........ 2 Charles Harrison Richards b: Feb 29, 1780 in Blount Springs, Alabama d: Apr 04, 1839 in San Augustine Co., Texas
............ +Mary Elizabeth Polly Sapp b: Jul 30, 1797 in Atlanta, Jefferson or Richmond Co., Georgia d: Oct 10, 1879 in Buena Vista, Shelby Co., Texas
................... 3 John S. Richards b: Feb 19, 1819 in Blount Springs, Blount Co., Alabama d: Oct 06, 1875 in Shelby Co., Texas
....................... +Carolyn G. Conway b: Apr 26, 1829 in Tennessee d: Aft. 1910 in Shelby Co., Texas
............................. 4 Joshua Hooper Richards b: Apr 21, 1861 in Shelby Co., Texas d: Feb 25, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker Co., Texas
................................. +Mary Elizabeth Saphrona Arbella Saria Conway b: Mar 29, 1866 in Texas d: Dec 01, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker Co, Texas
........................................ 5 Earl Sanford Richards b: August 23, 1895 in Timpson, Shelby Co., Texas d: April 5, 1954 in Weatherford, Parker Co., Texas

Earl Sanford Richards was my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, John Robert "Bob" Richards.

Photograph provided by Debbie Lovelace, granddaughter of Earl Sanford Richards and Ida Mae Martin Richards.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2015 by Judith Richards Shubert