Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Daddy and His Brothers and Sisters

Leon Fremont Richards

Born in the tiny community of Peaster, my daddy was the second child in a family of eleven children. The phrase "ecking out" a living by farming comes to mind when I think of the children and my grandparents on their rented place in Parker County. They were very poor, but that was not uncommon in those days here in Texas. Daddy was the oldest son. He had a sister who was born on March 22, 1915 and I'm sure she and Daddy had a grand time playing with one another. Iwanda died when she was but six years old. I do not know why she died, but there is a large photo of the two of them which hung in a guest bedroom of Daddy's house for years and it appears that she may have had Down's Syndrome. The photograph in it's original and unusual frame is still lovingly cared for by one of my sisters.

Leon Richards & Iwanda Richards
Circa 1918
My grandparents moved around from farm to farm and I'm sure as the children all came along they worked very hard to help put food on the table. I like to think that they were happy. My daddy's brothers and sisters were close down through the years and always got together for reunions and important family events. I am sharing the family page with you here. The names and birthdates were taken from my grandmother, Willie Laura Homsley Richards', handwritten page tucked inside her Bible. The only date of death recorded in her hand was Iwanda's. The others noted here died after my grandmother.
  • Iwanda Richards, born March 22, 1915 in Parker County, Texas; died January 13, 1921 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas.
  • Leon Fremont Richards, born August 26, 1916 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas; died April 8, 1985 in a Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas hospital.
  • Floyd Alvin Richards, born July 28, 1918 in Parker County, Texas; died March 10, 1979 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • Syble Maedean Richards, born February 22, 1922 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died April 7, 2004 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California.
  • J. D. Richards, born December 28, 1924 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas.
  • Lloyd Frank Richards, born November 7, 1926 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died March 5, 2005 near Athens, Shelby County, Texas.
  • Bobbie Louise Richards, born January 11, 1929 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died October 2, 2001 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas.
  • Thurman Wayne Richards, born April 20, 1931 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas.
  • Mary Ella Richards, born June 1, 1933 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died October 1, 2004 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.
  • John Robert Richards, Jr., born March 1, 1937 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died November 11, 2005 in Lingleville, Erath County, Texas.
  • Richard Edwin Richards, born October 27, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died December 2, 2000 in Athens, Shelby County, Texas.
Handwritten recording of names and birthdates of her children by Willie Homsley Richards. Copy given to Judith Richards Shubert by Mary Ella Richards Haws. Original belonging to Mary Haws.

Richards, Leon Fremont, Digital format 2009, Original owned by Judith Richards Shubert.
Richards, Leon Fremont and Richards, Iwanda, Digital Format 2005, Original owned by Leon Fremont Richards. 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Happy 101" Award for Genealogy Traces

There are so many dear, sweet folks I've met through blogging about my family genealogy! Three of them have been so kind as to give me this "sweet" award called "Happy 101" to recognize Genealogy Traces and Tennessee Memories.

I first heard from Debbie Blanton at  Blanton Family Roots and Branches and then Taylorstales-Genealogy dropped by with hers. I also heard from Robin Cordell-Inge who writes Where I Come From. Over at Tennessee Memories, Janice Tracy, author of Mississippi Memories and six other very interesting blogs, left her "sweet" comments! Thanks to all of you. I appreciate it, and you all make me happy!

If you receive this award you are asked to list 10 things that make you happy and list 10 blogs you would like to share it with.

10 Things that Make me Happy! 
Laughter of my sisters
Reading about Texas
My kids and grandkids
Sunny Days
Music (all kinds)
Collecting Glass
Walking through cemeteries with a camera and notebook
Iced Tea "the table wine of the South"

I'd like to pass the award on to the following blogs:
everything blues Everything about the blues, including history of the music form and details about the lives and the music of some well-known blues musicians. by Janice Tracy 
Appalachian History Stories, quotes, and anecdotes. by Dave Tabler 
Genealogy Simple & Fun Here are articles to help you in your research, news information plus items to make your genealogy adventure fun! by Tammy Evans
Greta's Genealogy Bog Seriously obsessed with genealogy since 2005; the joys, problems, and pitfalls of family research. by Greta Koehl
Lincecum Lineage A genealogy blog devoted to her Lincecum ancestors, as well as all allied lines that merged with or crossed their paths. by Stephanie Lincecum.
Raeburn Family Odyssey Connecting the dots of the Raeburn families and related surnames from Ireland to North America; with a little bit of this and that in between. by Holly
Where I Come From "This is the story of my family and where they came from....and the journey that brought me to here!" by Robin Cordell-Inge
Who Will Tell Their Story? "A blog dedicated to my collection of orphan photographs." by Julie Cahill Tarr
Consanguinity kin-necting the dots. Relationship by blood, whether linear or collateral. by Patti Browning 
GeneaDiva's History, Genealogy and "Stuff"  Genealogy, history and general stuff connected to my life with emphasis on history and genealogy. by the GeneaDiva

Please take a moment to check out my selections. They are all worthy of your readership and your comments.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Volunteer Historian

It wasn't the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion -- these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor was in giving, and that was honor enough.
--Captain Scott O'Grady

The Creative Gene has given us a topic for the 1st Carnival of Genealogy of 2010 - that of Volunteerism.

I have been negligent in keeping up with the COG and my own vow to contribute to all the carnivals. I now realize that it is too much to ask of myself to turn in a submission for each one. But I especially liked this one because I have just this past year taken on a volunteer job that I believe is worthy of my time and energies, and I’d like to tell you about it.

In 1984, the old High School in my home town was threatened with demolition. This wonderful structure that was part of so many of our lives for decades was saved due to the tremendous efforts of a group of concerned citizens and former Mineral Wells High School students.

Today the Mineral Wells High School 50 Year Club promotes and preserves our many high school reunions, each year inducting a new class of alumni who have reached the 50 year anniversary of graduating from Mineral Wells. The organization now owns the old high school building and the surrounding facilities and is working on restoring them and creating a National Historic District.

Plans are being made for the historical restoration of the original structures of the old, three-story high school building and amphitheater facility, the Rock School House, and the Home Economics Building. The interiors will be refurbished for use as a Community Historical Complex.

1931 Mineral Wells High School

When I was appointed Historian of the 50 Year Club, I eagerly looked forward to the challenge and adventures I'd find along the way. Little did I know how much of a challenge faced me! I am not saying it is an impossible challenge, just one that will keep me very, very busy for quite some time. I have already appointed one committee and anticipate one or two others.

My charge as Historian was to organize and protect the large amount of memorabilia that has already been donated to the 50 Year Club over the years. I follow after other dedicated and competent Historians that served their fellow graduates well.

As a graduate of MWHS in 1962, I have followed the progress of Mineral Wells with interest. I look forward to serving the 50 Year Club as their Historian this year. While visiting with the Executive Director, Dr. Jessie Teddlie, in her office when first accepting the challenge, I was impressed, first, by the enormity of the job before me, and then by the vision of the club and its members.

I will do my very best to preserve and prepare the photos, news clippings, albums, yearbooks, items of vintage clothing, and other memorabilia for the enjoyment and use of those who come after us.

Some days the task before me seems insurmountable, but I know that slowly plugging along will eventually bring me the results I need. You can see some of those efforts at Mountaineer Heritage Park Blog. I do hope Mother Theresa was right!

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
- Mother Theresa

This post was written for the 88th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy at Creative Gene. The COG poster provided courtesy of the footnoteMaven.


Kristyna, Energize Inc. "Especially for Leaders of Volunteers," (Online: EnergizeInc.com) accessed January 8, 2010.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

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