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xfamilyouting.jpg (36693 bytes) 1912 FAMILY OUTING---
The Runnels and Wilson families out for a drive in the new
1912 Buick.
Front Seat:  W.P. Wilson, Center Merchant; Mrs. Claude Gibson, former Lois Runnels.  
Back Seat: Mrs. Henry Neal Runnels, C.C. Brewer, and
Mrs. Lela Wilson Brewer
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1910 Teen Outing---
Teenagers in 1910 - note the handcrank, the lamps on side, wooden spokes, running board. The gas tank was under seat.
Back Seat: Clarence Roberts, Carlton Rogers and Clifton Smith.
Front Seat: Ernest Miller, Forney Parker, and Howard Parker and
P.G. Swearington is little boy in picture.


        The Latham house in Dreka (has since been demolished)  had always been known as the first house built in Shelby County.  According to Mrs. R.D. Brittain the house was built in 1819 by Anglo-Saxons in the Tenahaw Territory. 
        It is believed to have been built by John and Susan Latham who came to Texas in 1817.  It was strongly built to withstand the assaults of the Indians, who at that time, occupied much of the land.  A hidden trap door led to a large cellar beneath, carved from solid rock.  The cellar became a refuge for many form 1839 to 1844 during the Regulator-Moderator war. ****


From the Timpson Daily Times, 1933---
        Six persons are dead and probably fifty injured as a result of a tornado which swept over a seven mile area, three miles south of Shelbyville, Thursday afternoon about 4 o'clock.
        Twelve homes were completely demolished, others were badly damaged, trees were uprooted and outhouses were blown to pieces as the terrific wind raged for nearly half an hour. 
        An official list of the dead has not been announced but telephone information from Center today states that Mrs. Jessie Vail was killed; another woman and her infant were killed; one unidentified Negroes are listed among the dead.  
        Doctors and nurses from Center, Shelbyville and San Augustine went to the scene of the tornado and administered aid to the injured. 
        Etoile, in Nacogdoches County, reports about fifty persons were left homeless in that community late Thursday as the tornado struck that section.  Several store buildings and a number of homes were demolished, it is reported.           Four person were injured in San Augustine County when the tornado struck in the vicinity of Lane Community, demolishing several houses and injuring a girl, it is reported.


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   Jo Ann Bittick Daniel, 67, of Houston died November 6, 2003 in Houston. Burial was in Short Cemetery.  born December 16, 1935, in Center, she was the daughter of Dixon Wylie Bittick and Iola Samford Bittick.   Mrs. Daniel was preceded in death by her brothers, Eugene Bittick and Edward Bittick; parents, Dixon Wylie Bittick and Iola Samford Bittick.  Survivors include husband Robert Daniel of Houston; daughter, Lynda Sharp of Pearland; son, Nathan Robinson of Pearland; sisters, Patsy Rice of Houston and Sandy Mead of Pasadena; brothers, Jasper Bittick of Katy and Michael Konzack of Spring.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Edward Louin "Hickey" Yarbrough, 80 of Nacogdoches died November 20, 2003 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Blair Cemetery, Shelby County. Born July 22, 1923, in Timpson, he was the son of Edward Pearson and Mamie Jewel Crawford Yarbrough.  Mr. Yarbrough is survived by sons, Edward L. Yarbrough, Jr.  of Belcher, Louisiana and Mark E. Yarbrough of Timpson; daughter, Pam L. Hopkins of Lufkin.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Maye Satterwhite, 96, of Center died November, 24, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born January 31, 1907, in Hillister, Texas, she was the daughter of William and Harriet Elizabeth Springfield Holt. Mrs. Satterwhite was preceded in death by her husband D.C. Satterwhite.   Survivors include sisters, Velma Sumrall of Hillister and Hazel Robinson of Gladewater.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Harvey Dale Waller, 56, of Center died November 23, 2003 in Tyler.   Burial was in Sardis Cemetery.  Born September 16, 1947, in Center, he was the son of Granville and Luna McSwain Waller.   Survivors include his wife, Deborah Jean Waller of Center; son, Christopher Bryan Waller of Center; daughters, Leslie Nicole Akridge and Shelia Andrea Waller, both of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Darrell Hutchins, Sr., 68, of Joaquin died November 20, 2003 in Joaquin. Burial was in Sardis Cemetery.  Born August 5, 1935, in Abeline, he was the son of A.E. and Maurice Carpetas Hutchins.  Mr. Hutchins is survived by his wife Nell Hutchins of Joaquin; sons, Rowdy Hutchins of Center and Jinx Hutchins and Scott Hutchins, both of Joaquin; sister, Jetta Hector of Pfleugerville; brother, Jimmy Carpetas of Austin.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Ralph G. Kramer, 74, of Center died November 20, 2003 in Center. Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born September 1, 1929, in Washington County, he was the son of Herman and Malinda Reue Kramer.  Mr. Kramer was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Malinda Kramer; sister, Rosina Muegge; brothers, Marvin Kramer, Tommy Kramer and Robert Kramer.  Survivors include wife Johnnye Harris Kramer of Center; daughter, Brenda Milner of Richardson; son, Thomas R. Kramer of Spring and Timothy R. Kramer of St. Charles, Missouri; sister, Joyce Basham.   Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Rev. Elmo Green, 90, of Shelbyville died November 24, 2003 in Shelbyville.   Burial was in Carroll Cemetery.   Born August 12, 1913, in Shelbyville, he was the son of Elzie and Nettie Carter Green.   Rev. Green was married to Lera Green and she preceded him in death.   Survivors include son Ed Green of Center.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Shirley Nell Moye, 65, of Center died November 24, 2003 in Nacogdoches.   Burial was in Sardis Cemetery.  Born March 7, 1938, in Mansfield, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Lonnie Buford Scott and Jessie Green Scott. Mrs. Moye was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Moye.   Survivors include daughter, Ann Hall of Nacogdoches; sister, Joyce Baker of Ottumwa, Iowa; brother Lonnie Scott of Spring; half-brothers, Freddie Scott and Johnnie Scott.  Mangum Funeral Home.
   Olive Parrish Holman, 88, of Houston died November 23, 2003 in Houston. Burial was in Ramah Cemetery, Shelby County.   Mrs. Holman was married to Jack Holman and he preceded her in death.  Mangum Funeral Home.

****from the files of Mattie Dellinger

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