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My Scrapbook - Four Generations of the Richards Family

Great-grandparents Joshua Hooper Richards and Elizabeth Sarah Conway
Grandparents John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley
Parents Leon Fremont Richards and Vernelle Gailey
Judith Gail Richards


Joshua Hooper Richards was born April 21, 1861 in Shelby County, Texas and died February 25, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. On November 29, 1883 in Shelby County, he married Mary Elizabeth Saphrona Arbella Saria Conway. Some called her Lizzie and some called her Saria and her headstone says Elizabeth. She was born March 29, 1866 in Texas and died on December 01, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. They are both buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Parker County north of Weatherford.

My grandparents Bob and Willie are buried in Whitt Cemetery in Parker County. John Robert "Bob" was born July 17, 1890 in Timpson, Shelby County, Texas and died January 24, 1975 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Willie Laura Homsley was born June …

Mineral Wells A Story About Change

Jessie Teddlie"Jessie volunteers to help community and county non-profits to obtain resources for programs to improve our city and county. She writes grants and foundation requests, plans fundraisers, works with city leaders and more to get assistance for youth, elderly, the homeless as well as leading the efforts for introducing and assisting potential local artists.

She is assisting in the renovation of 5 acres and three buildings with an outdoor amphitheater for use as a community used complex for events, an art center, a theater, and a museum. Her efforts have pulled together a partnership for change in Mineral Wells, Texas." Jessie is a member of my high school graduating class of 1962 and works tirelessly on the renovation project of the Old High School building, the Little Rock Schoolhouse and the Lillian Peak Home Economics Building, and the amphitheater all located in the heart of Mineral Wells. The amphitheater was built in 1937 by the WPA (Work Projects Administrati…

Alabama Governor Bob Riley responds to Concerns

Several bloggers have posted about the destruction of an Indian Mound in Oxford, Alabama. See mine below at Indian Mound Destruction in Alabama. I took Ginger's suggestion and wrote to the City of Oxford and to Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama. I have not had a response from Oxford but I got a letter from the office of the Governor on Friday. It can be read below.

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Sam's Club responds to Ginger. See her post at Deep Fried Kudzu.

July 13, 2009

Dear Mrs. Shubert,

Thank you for your e-mail regarding your report of efforts to disturb or destroy an historic Native American Indian mound in Oxford, Alabama.

I have forwarded your comments to Mr. Frank White, Executive Director of the Alabama Historical Commission, for his review. I am confident that Mr. White and his staff will evaluate your concerns and take any appropriate or available action. Should you have additional comments or questions, please contact Mr. White at (334) 230-2642.

Again, I appreciate you sharing your concerns with m…

Indian Mound Destruction in Alabama

Terry Thornton, writer of Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi, has just made me aware of the destruction of an Indian Mound in Alabama. It is a sad situation that should be protested by all. Ginger who writes Deep Fried Kudzu first wrote about this "wanton destruction of our heritage" that Terry shared on his blog.

Ginger has placed links on her blog for you to go to in order to make your voice heard. It may be too late, however, to save this particular Indian Mound. Her post today with photographs indicate work is going forward to remove this sacred ground. But we can still protest, contact the city of Oxford and the governor of Alabama, Bob Riley! Share Ginger's post with others on your blog, tweet it, post it on your other social networks. I love the state of Alabama, but someone there has just gone too far!

Read Ginger's post and find the links at http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/2009/07/oxford-alabama-destroying-1500-year-old.html


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Crazy Sign over Bankhead Highway

Main Street Showing Crazy Sign
Mineral Wells, Texas
The most famous street marker in the south.
Showing the 80 foot neon sign of the world-famous Crazy Crystals.
Baker Hotel in background.

This most unique sign has been one of my most enduring childhood memories. I was born in 1943 and it was there at that time, I'm sure, because there are other postcards or photographs that have been dated 1940. I got married in 1964, moved to Tennessee with my husband of a year, visited my hometown several times during the 25 years I lived away from Texas, and sometime during that time the sign was removed. I was so sick when I discovered the sign gone. I suppose progress has a way of doing that to you!

There are many websites that tell the story of the healing mineral waters of my hometown of Mineral Wells and the many wells and spas that drew thousands of visitors seeking the rejuvenating powers of these waters. You will find the story of their discovery and the subsequent growth of the town very in…

Two Stone Brothers

Edsel Luther Stone
February 7, 1917 - August 17, 1935
Age 16
Hastings, Oklahoma
Son of Annie Mae Groom and Henry Luther Stone
Brother of Raymond Reginald Stone, Wendall Leon Stone, and Celeste Audean Stone

The following was written by Edsel's aunt Rena, sister of his father, Henry Luther Stone.
Rena Stone Phillips born April 6, 1907 and died May 15, 2001




Two Stone Brothersby Rena Stone Phillips You have all read the story of many others, of how they lived and died; but here is the life of two brothers, and the tragedy of the older.
To compare them together, they were as two little flowers. They grew up together, both side by side. They started to school together, and were pals all along the way. Through their school days and work they were side by side until they had finished so well, the old Junior High. Then there came a change in their lives, Raymond clung to the study of books and of school while Edsel to that of hard work and outdoor life. Raymond learned easy in school, but Edsel love…