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Week Ending December 17, 2004

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***Billie Mound, was the first Mayor of Center.  He came from Sabine County in the 1880's.
***In 1900 the Charter was granted for the City of Center ----at once the town began to build.
***When the courthouse burned on June 1, 1881, the county officers were: County Judge, O. R. Hooper -- Sheriff, A. W. Brown -- County Attorney,  J. A. Stephens -- County Assessor , J. B. Beck -- County Clerk, C. M. Hill and the Commissioners were: D. M. McKnight, T. H. Day, E .F. Bryan and L.A. Sinclair.
***The Fire Department was organized in 1911 with Oz Metz as Chief.
***No one claimed the reward of a $1,000 leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for burning the Courthouse.
***The first car sold in Shelby County was to Foster Parker of Tenaha in 1899.  The wagons and buggies came into use in 1880.
***Jim Bogard of Timpson was the author of the Shelby County Road Law in which appears for the 1st time the idea of levying a vehicle tax.
***Shelby County was the first county to prohibit the use of intoxicating liquors.  Mr. Bogard was the author of this also.  He was responsible for the law prohibiting liquors on RR passenger trains.


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I am looking for anyone with information or connections to the Hicks family that lived in Center, Tx. and Tenaha, Tx. Edward S. Hicks lived in Tenaha in 1900 and was married to Sarah J. Oliver.  Charles W. Hicks and Annie E. Martin were my GGGrandparents, who lived in Center and are buried in the Methodist Church cemetery. I would be glad to share information and photos.   Thanks, Sharon Haynes -  1


I am looking for any info. re: Wm. W. Martindale, wife Mary E. McCrary Martindale, their children Oliver P., George V., Wm. Henry, Josephine,
Esterlee, Samuel, and Amanda.  Am especially interested in wife Mary.  Also, any info. on William's second wife, Michigan.  Son Oliver P. built a home close to Teneha on Civil War service land grant. Micki McLaughlin  2


Looking for information on the Mayes/Mays family that resided in Shelby County in the 1850s.  Robert Mayes was my gggrandfather.  He was living there with his wife Sarah and several children.  Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance, Sherry Mayes Sinclair 2


   Virginia Beasley, 56, of Humble died December 7, 2004, in Houston.  Burial was in Oaklawn Memorial Park.  Born October 12, 1948, she was the daughter of Duke Ricks Taylor Jr. and Reba Lynn Crocker Taylor.  Mrs. Beasley was a homemaker.  Survivors include her mother, Reba Taylor; husband William Beasley of Humble; daughter, Donna Rayburn of Oxford, Mississippi; sons, Scott Beasley of Travis Air Force Base, California, Douglas Beasley of Denton and Daniel Beasley of Knoxville, Tennessee; brother, Stephen Taylor of Carrollton.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Jack Shepherd Ramsey, 78, of Lufkin died December 11, 2004 in Lufkin.  Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery.  Born November 25, 1925, in Shelby County, he was the son of Zed B. and Beulah Shepherd Ramsey.  Mr. Ramsey was retired from Natural Gas Pipeline of American.  Survivors include his wife, Louise Eakin Ramsey of Lufkin; daughters, Barbara Coker of Spring Lake and Janet Twining of Wichita Falls.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Doyce Childs, 73, of Lumberton died December 9, 2004.  Burial was in Powdrill Cemetery. Mr. Childs was employed with Red Ball Motor Freight. Broussards Mortuary, Beaumont.  (note:  no survivors were identified)
   Brian Glenn Williford, 25, of Shelbyville died December 13, 2004, in Center.  Burial was in Cannon Cemetery. Born October 22, 1979, in Houston, he was the son of Glenn Franklin Williford and Jo Ann Braddock Williford.  Survivors include son, Austin Brian Williford of Shelbyville; mother, Jo Ann Braddock Herndon of Hot Springs; father, Glen Franklin Williford of Shelbyville; sister, Chrelle Weiss of New Albany, Mississippi.  Watson & Sons Funeral Home.
   Annie Faye Frazier, 80, of Stockman Community died December 14, 2004, in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Mt. Olive Cemetery.  Born July 6, 1924, in Stockman Community, she was the daughter of Will and Annie Ross Wilson Williams.  Mrs. Frazier was a Homemaker.  She was married to Barney Thomas Frazier, and he preceded her in death.  Survivors include son, Stephen Frazier of Clear Lake Shores; sister, Johnnie Francis of Stockman.  Taylor Funeral Home.
   Vivian M. Ashley, 63, of Garrison died December 9, 2004 in Nacogdoches.  Burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery.  Born April 12, 1941, in Timpson, she was the daughter of Noble Orville Nail and Alice Alford Nail DeLoney.  Ms. Ashley was employed with Martin Gas in Kilgore.  She was preceded in death by her father Noble Nail and step-father Richard DeLoney.  Survivors include mother, Alice Deloney of Garrison; son, Mark Wayne Hamilton of Pensacola, Florida; daughter, Debbie Young of Longview.  Garrison Funeral Home.

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