Shelby County News

Week Ending August 25, 2006

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    The annual W J Connell reunion will be held on Sunday, September 3, 2006, in the hospitality room of Texas State Bank in Haslam, Texas.  Doors open at 10:30 am.  Bring a covered dish and lots of memories and photos to share!  For more info contact:  Mary @ 936-269-4141 or email  Make plans to come and bring the kids!

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        Radio Parties were popular in Center during the late 1920's. First the small machines were installed, but the larger ones were making way into the homes and discussions of what occurred in New York, Detroit.  On the night of a election the radio told them of how New York went for governor and other states reported election returns. The election returns of New York were known before complete returns of Center South Box.  Those having the larger machines in their homes were: T. H. Dillon, W. A. Bridges, B. W. Pearce, J. H. Jacobsen, C. M. Willis and Mrs. P. L. Sandel.  The machines reported anything within the United States and Cuba. Time marches on---------

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          My husband was born in Joaquin, Tx. in 1927. His mother was Alice Yates Vorheis. His grandparents were Minerva Ida Yates and James
 Kirkland Yates. I am trying to find information about his family, especially his mother. She married William Pearson in 1922 but he died in 1924.  Nora Ann Vorheis,


    Debra Ann Gunter Christian, 53, died August 16, 2006 at her residence.  Burial was in Restland Cemetery, Tenaha.  Born February 20, 1953, in Carthage, she was the daughter of Daniel and Billie Simpson Gunter.  Mrs. Christian was a Teacher and employee of Pine Grove Nursing Home.  Survivors include her husband, Calfin Christian of Tenaha; son, Chad Christian of Tenaha; daughter Brooke Cassell of Shelbyville and Sister, Vickie Brewster of Rosenberg.  Mangum Funeral Home.
    Iris McSwain, 86, of Center died August 19, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 16, 1919, in Center, she was the daughter of John B. and Willie Jones Lowery.  Mrs. McSwain was a Homemaker.  She was preceded in death by her husband J. W. McSwain.  Survivors include son Billy McSwain of Joaquin; daughter, Jackie Adams of Nacogdoches.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
    Bonnie Lawson Moore, 74, of Center died August 24, 2006.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born August 27, 1931, in Center, she was the daughter of Dewey and Avis Bush Lawson.  Mrs Moore was retired from Shelbyville ISD.  Survivors include husband, McNeil Moore of Center; daughters, Karen Anderson of Longview and Kathy Sawyer of Center; sisters, Ruth Peelor and Marie McGuire, both of California. Watson and Sons Funeral Home.

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