Shelby County Rootsweb Facts
Week Ending June 20, 2003
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---In 1933, Captain A.W. Oliver, from Joaquin, was the first Shelby Countain to graduate from West Point.
---On April 24, 1929 the James Community was hit by a bad Cyclone.
---April 24, 1929 Will Arnold was named Center Chief of Police.   
---In 1905 S.P. Irvin opened the first Mortuary in Center, and G.C. Mangum became a partner of the S.P. Irvin Undertaker in 1925.
---In October, 1917, 1st class postage went form 2 to 3 .
---In May, 1923, the city ordered a Bond Election for paving a 50 foot reinforced concrete driveway on all 4 sides of the square and to the city limits of Tenaha, Shelbyville, San Augustine and Nacogdoches Street.  The Tax rate was $1.50.
---In 1922, The First Baptist Brick Parsonage was erected in 1922 at a cost of $2,500.   


The descendants of Robert L and Lula Peace Murray will meet June 21, 2003, in Joaquin, Texas.  For more
information, contact Kenneth Cummings.


The Annual Reunion and Memorial for the Newburn Cemetery will be held on June 28, 2003 from about 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.   There will be dinner on the grounds.  Everyone is invited to come and visit with all of us  




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   Alice Vaughn, 87, of Huxley died June 13, 2003 in Center.  Burial was in Strong Cemetery.  Born February 3, 1916, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Sanford Snider and Cassie Lorraine Gordon.   Ms. Vaughn is survived by daughters, Agnes Bryan of Athens, Bertha Lee Raymond of Huxley, Mildred Dillard of Center and Joan O'Rear of Huxley, son, Edward Vaughn of Nacogdoches.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Mary Elizabeth Donnan, 83, of Center died June 16, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery.  Born January 22, 1920, in Port Bolivar, she was the daughter of Wallace lee and Susan Hudnall Hastings.   She was preceded in death by her husband James Cecil Donnan.  Ms. Donnan is survived by sons, Jim Donnan of Center and Richard Donnan of Shepherd; sister Pearl Kosta of Kileen.
   Myrtle Lee Jeoffroy, 90, of Stonewall, formerly of Joaquin, died June 16, 2003.  Burial was in Johnson Cemetery, Joaquin.  Born October 28, 1912, in San Augustine, she was the daughter of John P. Henson and Martha Elizabeth Parmer.  She was married to Ewing John Jeoffroy, and he preceded her in death.  Ms. Jeoffroy is survived by daughter, Sue Amburn of Shreveport; sister Ida Mae Sigler of DeRidder, Louisiana.  Mangun Funeral Home.
   Byron Bridwell, 88, died June 11, 2003.  Burial was in Tennessee Cemetery.  Born August 2, 1914 in Rusk County, he was the son of Fred and Susie Rhodes Bridwell.  Mr. Bridwell was preceded in death by his parents, brother, F.M. Bridwell and sister, Viola Williams.   Survivors include his wife Bernice Bridwell of Hudson; son B. C., Bridwell, Jr.; daughter JoAnn Patterson of Gatesville; brother Joe Bridwell; sister, Essie Moore of Lufkin. 


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