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Username: Tim
UserEmail: philo057 yahoo.com
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Date: 08 Jan 2012
Time: 22:34:30

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Thank you so much to Mr. Block for his wonderful contributions in the preservation of Texas and Louisiana histories. Much would be lost without folks like him who carry a driving passion for the lesser known details of our society's beginnings. May his written words continue to inspire others, likeminded in the pursuit of ironing out the tiny wrinkles of history.

-Tim Christensen, Guadalajara Jalisco

Username: Elizabeth S. Solmson
UserEmail: elizabethcole bellsouth.net
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Date: 14 Jan 2012
Time: 13:58:07

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I currently live in Calhoun, LA which is located in N.E. Louisiana. My "neighborhood" is extremely rural, lot's of farms with horses, goats, chickens etc. We have a black panther roaming our woods that has been seen by more than one person and as far as I know only dogs and cats and ducks have come up missing, however I have a feeling that larger livestock will be next. In conclusion Black Panthers are not gone from Louisiana they have simply moved north.

Username: Mary Ann Garner Golding
UserEmail: mgold1927 att.net
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Date: 19 Jan 2012
Time: 13:30:01

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I ask a question to WT Block, I know hw has passed, article was from Mary Ann Garner Golding, (email: mgold1927 att.net). I am Looking for my Grandfather James Garner Born in La. GGrandfather George S. Garner Born In Va. 1790. I know he is connected to Bradley Garner Family. proof needed. I wrote this article to Mr. Block in 2007 Phone 254 756 1347

Username: Lynne Tagawa
UserEmail: lbtagawa hotmail.com
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Date: 25 Jan 2012
Time: 12:50:40

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Thinking of using something in one of these articles for a Texas History curriculum I am getting published. Requesting best way to acknowledge source in my Bibliography. Just use the address?

Username: Rodney Edwards
UserEmail: rsquare family.net
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Date: 03 Feb 2012
Time: 11:41:42

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My father , Howard Homer Edwards, was born in Bon Ami in August 22,1907 and I believe his father's name was Edwin(CE) & he had at least 3 brothers and 1 sister. He was raised in Beaumont, Texas until at the 16 he joined the US Navy.
I know very little about my father's mother except we called Big Mom! My fathers parents were divorced when my father was young(under 21) and when my father finished the Navy(4 years), he settled in Sugar Land, Texas with his mother.
My father met and was married to my mother on August 22,1931 and he fathered
3 sons & 1 daughter. I would appreciate any info on my father's family.

Username: Millie
UserEmail: mgooch tetratec.com
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Date: 27 Feb 2012
Time: 11:04:07

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I am a descendent of David Choate, my great grandmother was Eliza Choate from LA. Thank you so much for the story of David Choate, Jr.

Username: Piotr Derengowski
UserEmail: p.derengowski wp.pl
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Date: 24 Apr 2012
Time: 10:58:59

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Hi, I'm preparing a dissertation about Poles in the American Civil War. One of the most distuinghed was Colonel Sulakowski who served as a Cheif Engineer under Gen. Magruder. Unofrtunately I was unable to get access to the memoirs of Major Kellersberger who served under Col. Sulakowski. From the article "THE GHOSTLY-SILENT GUNS OF GALVESTON: A CHRONICLE OF COLONEL J. G. KELLERSBERGER, CONFEDERATE CHIEF ENGINEER OF EAST TEXAS" I know that his memoirs were owned by the W. T. Block, is there any chance to get a copy of them. I'm especially interested in those titles:

1)Julius G. Kellersberger, Erlebnisse Eines Schweizerisches Ingenieurs in Californien, Mexico, und Texas Zur Zeit Des Amerikanischen Burgerkrieges, 1861-1865 (Zurich, Switzerland: Juchli and Beck, 1897) 2)Annie Kellersberger Schnelle typescript, "Biography of Getulius Kellersberger,"
3)Helen Sundstrom (ed.-translator), Memoirs of An Engineer in The Confederate Army in Texas (privately printed:1957), unnumbered forward, a translation of J. Kellersberger's German language memoirs by his great granddaughter, Helen Sundstrom

I will be grateful for any kind of help.
Sincerely
Piotr Derengowski

Username: Robert L Williams
UserEmail: rwilli1380@aol.com
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Date: 14 May 2012
Time: 09:24:17

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Thank you for your history of the Sandersons. My mother in law is Annie Lee Sanderson Gunn. I married the youngest of the James Samuel Gunn girls in 1955. I have been researching the Gunn and Sanderson line since 1992. You have filled in several blanks that I had.

Username: mary a. golding
UserEmail: mgold1927@att.net
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Date: 09 Jul 2012
Time: 15:04:45

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George S. Garner born 1790 Va. had 4 boys. His widow lived in Liberty County
I have been looking for a long time, thought Dr Block could help me, I know he died ! How sad. I am not a novice at this, I know a lot but think in the history books they listed my gggrandfathers birth wrong.

Username: Mariesha Devall
UserEmail: md20276@gmail.com
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Date: 21 Jul 2012
Time: 20:52:02

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So We were looking for our family history and we are definitely certain that Frederick George Smith is related to us. But we are African American and we believe we are the descendants of his mistresses sons Edward and Robert Smith. We are trying to figure everything out we have realized we have a lot of distant cousins and we are trying to find the book Ms. Ruth McKinley had written but we are getting no where do you think you can help us figure all of this out. We've read about everything we could besides the book about Mr. FG smith. We think the name of his mistress may be Augustus because we were told that it may be. Please help us. Thank you!

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Username: Connie Lang
UserEmail: c-mlang@texas.net
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Date: 01 Jan 2001
Time: 10:06:33
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Dear Sir,

Do you have any idea if Harry Lucas, Jr. is a descendent of Anthony Lucas who was one of the founders of the Lucas Gusher? I know he is an oil magnate with a company named Lucas Petroleum and he graduated from Beaumont High School. I was just reading an article form the Texas Pedernales Coop and it all seemed to fit together. Can you confirm whether he is a descendent? I used to work for Mr. Lucas and I have many friends who still do. I assure you I wish him no ill will--I am just curious.

Thank you, Connie Lang c-mlang@texas.net

Username: GEORGE   W. SPENCE
UserEmail: gwspence1@juno.com
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Date: 03 Jan 2001
Time: 09:57:51
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MR. BLOCK, I HAVE READ MUCH OF YOUR WORK WITH INTEREST. AS A YOUTH, I LIVED NEAR THE HYATT MILL SITE. MY FATHER, AN AVID TREASURE HUNTER, OFTEN DUG AT THE OLD MILL LOCATION. SUPPOSEDLY, A MILL WORKER HAD ROBBED THE MILL, AND WAS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HIS CRIME, WITHOUT THE MONEY BEING FOUND. HE DIED IN PRISON, BUT AS THE STORY GOES, TOLD HIS CELLMATE HE HAD BURIED THE LOOT IN AN ICE CAN UNDER THE ICE HOUSE.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE HEARD THIS TALE BEFORE?

PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR WORK OF RECORDING THE HISTORY OF EAST TEXAS.

Username: Kenneth Roach
UserEmail: kroach@lee.edu
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (Win95; I)
Date: 04 Jan 2001
Time: 16:19:57
Comments

We here at the Lee College Library in Baytown have recently received a grant to digitize early Exxon photographs and other materials in order to create a web site for local historians and students to use. We would like to get permission from you to link your sites to ours. Please let me know if this would be permissable. A Mr. James R. Jackson told me about your materials on the web. 

Username: aden gordon penney
UserEmail: villesouth1@aol.com
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Date: 05 Jan 2001
Time: 22:29:56
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i have just signedon with the free egroup.com . I am interested in the ancestory of my g g g grandfather of n c stephen pate d.1839and honor (SWEENY )patr d. 1841 in gibson county having migrated from richmond or wayne county ca 1825-1828 to gibson co with their family ,mint,caroline,richmond ,stephen ,darby , eli, elizabeth eligha,elish,john duncan richmond 12 children . they all prospered and some have a colorful history. I am descended from stephen sweeny pate sr b. 1799 in richland co nc and married rebecca randle dau of merritt randle of nc.I like to find out about our "old" stephen pate and honor sweeny pate and their ancestory. my user name is villesouth1@aol.com which is my address.

Username: aden gordon penney
UserEmail: villesouth1@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; AOL 5.0; Windows 98; Win 9x 4.90)
Date: 05 Jan 2001
Time: 22:46:36
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I have information and most of the decendants of old stephen pate (to distinguish from his son (stephen sweeny pate and his grandson stephen sweeny pate jr. next came Irine Ione pate, my grand mother who m.william penny and their son rex penney m. nell aden and next me, aden gordon penney. I will exchange and correspond with those who have information on my pate line

Username: carolyn schlax
UserEmail: schlax2QUICKTEL.COM
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (Win98; U)
Date: 07 Jan 2001
Time: 17:43:44
Comments

looking for judy or john groves yakima wash trying ti find a email address

Username: carolyn schlax
UserEmail: schlax2QUICKTEL.COM
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (Win98; U)
Date: 07 Jan 2001
Time: 17:43:46
Comments

looking for judy or john groves yakima wash trying ti find a email address

Username: carolyn schlax
UserEmail: SCHLAX@QUICKTEL.COM
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (Win98; U)
Date: 07 Jan 2001
Time: 17:44:41
Comments

looking for judy or john groves yakima wash trying ti find a email address

Username: Doug Alderdice
UserEmail: 73323.672@compuserve.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows 95)
Date: 12 Jan 2001
Time: 11:21:38
Comments

I was intrigued by the mention of the new (in 1961) pipe organ at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland. Are there any extant pictures of it? I believe that I have a twin to it.

Username: Jean Heide
UserEmail: jheide@coxsmith.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: 16 Jan 2001
Time: 14:00:11
Comments

Would you have any information about the early stagelines through the central part of Texas? One firm in particular -- Harrison & Brown Stage Line.

Username: Josh Harlan
UserEmail:  
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Date: 17 Jan 2001
Time: 15:03:35
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Username: James E. Van Sickle
UserEmail: popsickle@oceana.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 20 Jan 2001
Time: 20:30:42
Comments

My great grandfather, Edmond Van Sickle, was a sharpshooter on the Cayuga at the Battle of Sabine Pass. He was taken prisoner and was exchanged at Red River Junction, LA in July 1864. I am interested in learning more information about the battle and anything related to his imprisonment in Texas. Thanks.

Username: James E. Van Sickle
UserEmail: popsickle@oceana.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 20 Jan 2001
Time: 20:55:03
Comments

A quick correction. My great grandfather, Edmond Van Sickle, was a sharpshooter on the Clifton, not the Cayuga. 

Username: gilbert castillo
UserEmail: gilbertcastillo@hotmail.com
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Date: 25 Jan 2001
Time: 10:00:40
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Username: eliot
UserEmail: telecon@sat.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: 25 Jan 2001
Time: 11:54:09
Comments

What a great site, Thank you very much.

Username: Maria Emory
UserEmail: MAEMORY@prodigy.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 95)
Date: 27 Jan 2001
Time: 15:07:40
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Dear Mr. Block - Your website is fascinating! I have really enjoyed it especially as I too have family from the Grand Chenier, LA area (Williams and Dick families). Thanks for all of your contributions!

Maria Emory Atlanta, GA

Username: 
UserEmail: 
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.76 [en] (Win95; U)
Date: 29 Jan 2001
Time: 20:43:40
Comments

Dear W. T. Block, Very interesting web site. I am a grad student doing a little research on Kendall County. My one comment is that on some of the more scholarly web sites I've been to there has been some reference as to how the author would like to have his work cited. It is a convenience to the researcher and helps make sure that there is no confusion in the future. Just my two cents. Enjoyed the Texas Heritage piece. 

Username: JEFF SMITH
UserEmail: jsmith@pernet.net
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Date: 31 Jan 2001
Time: 10:17:20
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I ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLE IN THE BEAUMONT PAPER REGARDING SOUR LAKE. I'VE ALWAYS WONDERED IF AND WHERE THE LAKE WAS IN SOUR LAKE. I ASSUME YOU WOULD MOST LIKELY KNOW.

THANKS

JEFF SMITH

Username: Joyce Lewis
UserEmail: jjltexasbell@prodigy.net
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Date: 03 Feb 2001
Time: 09:41:14
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Hello Mr. Block,

I really enjoy your books, articles and web site. You are doing a great service to those of us who are history buffs. I came here from west Texas and married my husband; before we met I had never heard of Beaumont, Tx. even though I have lived in Texas all my life. Because of my research, now family comes to me for information (I know more about the history of the area than my husband; he was born in Woodville and raised in Port Arthur). I am the first in the family to be interested in history and genealogy and all the family wants a copy of everything I find. I "discovered" you when I worked for Big Thicket National Preserve" (I retired from there in 1998); at one point I owned every book that Big Thicket had for sale. I would like to see a book or article about obits of people in southeast Texas with emphasis on who the parents, siblings, etc. were; also, where the people came from, etc. Keep up the good work.

Username: Joyce Lewis
UserEmail: jjltexasbell@prodigy.net
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Date: 03 Feb 2001
Time: 17:19:37
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Mr. Block, Somewhere on your web site I saw a comment that Mrs. Ruth McKinley had written a book on 8 generations of Smith's. Where could one contact Mrs. McKinley or purchase a copy of her book?

Thank you, Joyce Lewis

Username: J. W. McKinnon
UserEmail: jword2@earthlink.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 (Macintosh; I; PPC)
Date: 14 Feb 2001
Time: 13:01:37
Comments

Dear sir, Do you know what became of the Higgins Oil Company or the Higgins Standard Oil Company? Our family has discovered some old stock certificates from "Higgins-Mexica" and we a trying to track down the company.

Thank you so very much for your help.

Username: Jay Johnson
UserEmail: hannahchow@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98; Win 9x 4.90; AtHome020)
Date: 17 Feb 2001
Time: 19:21:04
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Mr Block--your excellent website is exactly what the Internet is all about. You've provided a wonderful resource which can be viewed by anyone anywhere. Those of us with direct ties to officers and men in the Louisiana militia during the war especially appreciate the service you've provided here. Thank you.

Username: Cecil Shipman
UserEmail: ndofpj@yahoo.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 4.0)
Date: 20 Feb 2001
Time: 15:00:21
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Mr. Block, My name is Cecil Shipman of Dayton, Texas. I was introduced to your website by my History of the American Petroleum Industry class at Texas A&M. I am studying to become a petroleum engineer. The main reason that I am writing is because I think your history on Spindletop was interesting and I was wondering where would be a good place to look for information pertaining to the North Dayton Oilfield, that is where my home is. Being a petroleum engineer means keeping up with technology but I am also extremely interested in the history also. Thanks for keeping it alive for people like myself.

Username: Nancy Singleton Williams
UserEmail: NancyWms@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.5 [en] (Win95; I)
Date: 28 Feb 2001
Time: 13:30:32
Comments

Over the years, I have enjoyed your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise. I just found your website and plan to come back often. I am a paternal descendant of Nancy Tevis and a maternal descendant of Michael Peveteau with Gille Peveto (Peveto Baptist Church in Nederland) being my great grandfather. Just recently, I found articles in the historical publication on Nederland for both the Peveto and Singleton families. This will greatly add to my family genealogy as most of my information to date has been obtained from Louisiana records. I will search your site more thoroughly for additional information. Thanks for all the dedicated work you have done.

Username: Patrick E. Boyt
UserEmail: pebejb@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; AOL 6.0; Windows 95; DigExt; sureseeker.com)
Date: 07 Mar 2001
Time: 07:36:20
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I really enjoyed your column in today's Enterprise with the names of all the old cattlemen. One small error, however, was that my grandfather's brand was the "Lazy U" not "E".

Patrick E. Boyt, pebejb@aol.com

Username: suzanne cutler
UserEmail: suzanne70118@hotmail.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7C-CCK-MCD {C-UDP; EBM-APPLE} (Macintosh; I; PPC)
Date: 07 Mar 2001
Time: 16:10:21
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Hi my name is Suzanne Cutler, I am a college student at Tulane University, and I am trying to find someone who is willing to participate in a brief interview for my research paper on the 1960's. My number is 504-865-4050 and my email address is suzanne70118@hotmail.com. Thank you

Username: Sandra Jonette Sullivan (Wilson)
UserEmail: y2kmom594@cs.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; CS 2000 6.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: 14 Mar 2001
Time: 21:41:45
Comments

I would like to just thank W.T. for writing the article about Capt. Henry Sullivan in the Beaumont Enterprise on March 14,2001. Henry Sullivan was my grandfather.

Username: Rob Block
UserEmail: Rob@Block.org
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en] (Win95; U)
Date: 19 Mar 2001
Time: 12:50:01
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Username: Kristen Evans
UserEmail: aggiegirl1@hotmail
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.72 [en] (Win98; I)
Date: 30 Mar 2001
Time: 09:10:43
Comments

My name is Kristen Evans and I was excited to win the Regional History Fair and go on to State competition in May. My project is about Irish Immigration to Texas after the Irish Famine and the effect Dick Dowling and his Irish friends had on the treatment of Irish in the Houston Galveston area. I am looking for primary sources such as any articles or pictures that would help me. My address is aggiegirl1@hotmail.com. If you can help me in any way it would be appreciated.

Username: Kitty Steele Barrera
UserEmail: kittybarrera@hotmail.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)
Date: 31 Mar 2001
Time: 00:34:33
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I've greatly enjoyed reading many of your articles online. My particular interest in the history of Southeast Texas is prompted by genealogical research. I am descended from Cave Johnson, who was related by marriage to Capt. Geo. O'Brien, Jr. Thanks for the well-researched and documented information. I'll keep reading and eagerly anticipate the posting of the rest of Jefferson County History online.

Username: Kitty Steele Barrera
UserEmail: kittybarrera@hotmail.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)
Date: 31 Mar 2001
Time: 00:41:23
Comments

Excellent scholarship and documentation! Thank you for posting your articles. I've enjoyed them very much and will come back for more. My particular interest is in learning more about my great-great grandfather, Cave Johnson of Beaumont.

Username: Genevieve Chancey Burnett
UserEmail: chanceyburnett@yahoo.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; AOL 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: 02 Apr 2001
Time: 12:55:21
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I very much enjoyed reading your articles on Texas oil! I came across your website while searching for information on my great grandfather H.G. Johnston who drilled the first oil producing well on the west of the Mississippi (1895) in Corsicana, Tx. I have had a difficult time finding sources that even mention him and would appreciate any direction you could point me in. Thank you, Genevieve Chancey Burnett

Username: Sue Moore
UserEmail: sbmoore@swbell.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 95)
Date: 04 Apr 2001
Time: 09:35:12
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As a former teacher, I would like to thank you for this resource on Texas history for the students of our state. You write beautifully and interestingly, proving that history doesn't have to be as dry as dust.

Username: Sarah Bull
UserEmail: Genealogist101@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; AOL 6.0; Windows 98)
Date: 05 Apr 2001
Time: 11:44:33
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I noticed that in your , A History of Jefferson, County, Texas you referred to the book "The Texan Emigrant" by Edward Stiff. The Author is an ancestor of mine, and was wondering if you knew how to get copies of this publication. Thanks.

Username: James E. (Jack) Sheffield
UserEmail: Jack45789@Hotmail.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT; DigExt)
Date: 06 Apr 2001
Time: 14:49:58
Comments

I accidentally found your website and have found it to be most interesting and an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history of Jefferson County and Southeast Texas.

Username: John Ficquette
UserEmail: jficquette@home.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)
Date: 07 Apr 2001
Time: 15:40:30
Comments

I found the article by Mr. Moye about the Moye family. My mother's maiden name was Moye. Her mother's family and of course my mother also were all from Alabama. My mother had a brother named Ben. I wonder if he was named after the Benjamin Moye that Mr. Moye mentions in his article. I thought Mr. Moye may wish to know about this.

Username: Howard Thompson
UserEmail: gofreemind@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 10 Apr 2001
Time: 11:26:04
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Greetings,

I found your Texas Germanic Heritage article while looking for info on the Freidenkers who settled in the Texas Hill Country. I'll be looking through your publications for additional info about German freethinkers in general, particularly on their irreligious and socialist ideas.

I'm one of those who donated funds for a Freethinker Cenotaph in Comfort, Texas. The project became controversial when Comfort's conservative Christians found out that atheists and other non-theists were among those supporting the project. While Comfort still has Freidenker descendants who call themsleves Freethinkers, many more have forgotten about their ancestor's philosophies.

Howard Thompson Austin, Texas

Username: Nancy Barginear
UserEmail: Najoba@hotmail.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)
Date: 11 Apr 2001
Time: 01:06:25
Comments

I enjoyed reading your articles, but I find your historical details about Grand Chenier during the Civil War quite a bit different from records I just researched at the Texas State Archives (which related to my great-grandfather's participation on the part of the Confederacy). I would like to correspond with you.

Username: Lon Stanley
UserEmail: MrMan48@aol.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; AOL 6.0; Windows 98; DigExt)
Date: 11 Apr 2001
Time: 20:35:07
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I am seeking information on Captain W. E. Rogers and his daughter Katie(Kate)Rogers . He was the captain of the steamship "The Pelican State" in the late 1870's and ran the Neches and Sabine . She was the teacher at Wiess Bluff.I have her old scrap book which is filled with newspaper clippings of weddings and death notices from Beaumont and surounding communities and towns, plus poems and other things of interest from 1882 to 1889 . Thanks

Username: Bill Block
UserEmail: administrator@wtblock.com
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Date: 16 Apr 2001
Time: 07:36:41
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wtblock.com has recently been rehosted to a new computer. If your guest book message was lost in the transsition, please accept our apologies. We hope you will re-submit your message.

Username: b thomason
UserEmail: thomb@exp.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.61 [en]C-CCK-MCD   (Win98; U)
Date: 22 Apr 2001
Time: 10:49:39
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Thank you for an informative and interesting web site. I am researching early Spindletop info and am trying to confirm existance of a civil war POW camp that may have been located at/near the gusher site. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. thomb@exp.net

Username: Hilton Hunt
UserEmail: hilton@email.com
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Date: 22 Apr 2001
Time: 18:29:06
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I enjoyed the articles about the Garners: Bradley, David, Jacob and Isaac. They are my ancestors and I have been researching their history for a few years now. I have read many of your articles as background for the time period and the circumstances that were taking place since they arrived in 1825. You have a great volume of work and it is a pleasure to read. Thanks.

Username: buzz biernacki
UserEmail: bbiernacki@aol.com
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Date: 25 Apr 2001
Time: 09:38:39
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Hello,

My gradfather, James" Louis" Huffman was born in Kirbyville in 1901. He currently lives in Albuqerque, NM. He was born and lived in Kirbyville, in a green, six-room house on Main St. He was one of nine children. The home eventually burned down and he moved out of town

If you have any info on the Huffman family, I would appreciate it! If you have any questions about that period, my Grandfater has periods when he is a fairly reliable historian!

Thanks!

Buzz Biernacki bbiernacki@aol.com

Username: Lequeta Ratcliff Flowers
UserEmail: lflowers62@hotmail.com
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Date: 25 Apr 2001
Time: 12:06:46
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Mr. Block, I have enjoyed reading your articles in the paper and the web site. I have family history in Orange County and am looking for information about the time 1900 - 1940. My great-grandfather was Moese Ratcliff; he had a twin brother Johnny and they were quite notorious in many ways. One particular story I am interested in is the shooting of the elephant Floto when it escaped from the circus and rampaged Orange. We have an ivory ball, numbered 40 which we were told is part of Floto's tusk. I would like to locate any of the other balls; they must all be numbered. There are several very interesting tales to be told about this area and this time. If you have anything at all or have come across any info on my relatives, I would be quite grateful. Thanks so much.

Username: Luther Butler
UserEmail: lbutler@erath.net
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Date: 25 Apr 2001
Time: 12:56:58
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Jim Crawford of Crawfordsville, Texas knew he was dying. His only concern was how he could let his wife, May Sue, collect double indemnity on his ten thousand dollar life insurance policy. The reason it was so important to him was he wanted his son to be educated at Texas A&M University instead of the University of Texas. Jim wanted his son to grow up to be a man instead of a sissy like his best friend, Charles Ray who would marry May Sue after Big Jim was gone. Find out how Catfish Charlie not only caused Jim to die by accidental drowning, but how the big catfish helped Jim resolve personal conflicts caused by the Korean War. This is a story of poignant conflicts besieging a man dying of cancer.

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Username: Grant Johnston
UserEmail: weavertrk@aol.com
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Date: 27 Apr 2001
Time: 13:14:01
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I think it's great for you to share this history with us. My wife is a BREWER, descended from William and Caroline. They moved to Bandera Texas and their children lived in Rio Frio before moving to Klamath Co., OR. Caroline's oldest son, Erastus, was a shop owner in London, TX until he died.

Username: Prof. Dr. Burckhard Terwey
UserEmail: bterwey@t-online.de
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Date: 30 Apr 2001
Time: 05:16:41
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Hello

I found interesting names in your report of Nederland. I belong to the Terwey family which originates from Esche where during the spanish war against Holland perhaps some Terweys have been forced to live in Spain. Possibly this is why an "Antonio Terwey and his wife Mary Ann" arrived 1908 from Honolulu in San Francisco. This fam,iyl tree might be a little different perhaps the same as the tree of Gerret Terwey (original Gerrit)who was one of my ancestors.

Username: John Ed Hilliard
UserEmail: jehilliard@pdq.net
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Date: 03 May 2001
Time: 19:31:45
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Thanks for your column on Pauline Hines. All of us with connections to Newton County will forever be in her debt for preserving our history.

Username: Linda
UserEmail: ssstimey@yahoo.com
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Date: 07 May 2001
Time: 15:43:00
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I'm doing research on Guffey oil and if you have information about it. Please contact me at ssstimey@yahoo.com my mom's maiden name is Guffey and im doing our family tree and i had found an article about guffey oil. any information will be helpful.

Username: Cammy Dickenson
UserEmail: cdicken1@aol.com
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Date: 18 May 2001
Time: 11:39:04
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I would very much like to purchase a copy of the Redlander newspaper published in San Augustine, Texas in the 1830's. Any ideas? Thank you!

Username: Mike Aldersea
UserEmail: aldersea@earthlink.net
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Date: 20 May 2001
Time: 14:01:59
Comments

What or who is Cibilo?

Username: Bob Anderson
UserEmail: bobbynchris@mns.com
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Date: 21 May 2001
Time: 16:16:17
Comments

I'm helping my 10yr old daughter finish a areport on the state of Ttexas and we need to find out howTexas got it's nickname the lone star state .Can you help us?

Username: Bob Anderson
UserEmail: bobbynchris@msn.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.51 [en] (WinNT; I)
Date: 21 May 2001
Time: 16:16:44
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I'm helping my 10yr old daughter finish a areport on the state of Ttexas and we need to find out howTexas got it's nickname the lone star state .Can you help us?

Username: Leroy Ashworth
UserEmail: www.horsetrader20@aol.com
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Date: 23 May 2001
Time: 17:48:47
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Mr.Block, I just stumbled upon your site and am greatly impressed. I commend you on your fine work.I'm sure that you are an inspiration to many.Carry on, sir.

Username: Alex
UserEmail: blue@web.de
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Date: 25 May 2001
Time: 06:48:42
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Hello. Nice website. Now some greetings from germany from Melsungen. regards Alex

Username: Phyllis Goats
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Date: 24 Jul 2001
Time: 01:00:27
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Username: phyllis Goats
UserEmail: phyllisgoats@hotmail.com
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Date: 24 Jul 2001
Time: 01:02:01
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Username: bridgette burns
UserEmail: bridgette26_2000@yahoo.com
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Date: 18 Aug 2001
Time: 20:48:39
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i'm trying to find out about the Texas Volunteers of 1836, and a Capt. D. Brown and one of his men who is my 5th Great Grandfather, John Cartwright. John built one of the first cotton gins in Texas in 1836 or 1837. i would like any HELP taht you could give me. i'm trying to do a family tree and i keep running into roadblocks. thank-you, bridgette burns

Username: Ed Warren
UserEmail: warred@home.com
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Date: 26 Aug 2001
Time: 22:18:31
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I found your site quite by accident while searching for info on the Lutcher-Moore Lumber Co., where my great grandfather was a general manager in Lutcher, La. You have some info on it in your Sanders-Trotti page. Congratulations on a beautiful and most interesting web site...can't wait to read more.

Username: Stephanie G. Cade
UserEmail: s_cade2001@yahoo.com
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Date: 03 Sep 2001
Time: 10:44:52
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Mr. Block, I am a big fan of yours. I've been reading your articles for a couple of years and I find them very interesting. I do have a question. Do you know anything about a lynching that took place in Sour Lake on Nov. 26, 1921? The man lynched was Henry Cade and he was a storekeeper. I ran across it in a library book (Out Laws in the Big Thicket-by: Wanda A. Landry). What was written in the book was not what my family told us that really happened. I would love for you to hear my father tell it (I have it a cassette tape). We have always handed down our family history verbally. About 4 years ago I decided to write it all down. My father was able to trace our family tree all the way to the slave ship. He even knew our tribal "last name" from Africa. I just don't know what part of Africa we came from. Our name was Geytis. You also wrote an article that was printed in the Bmt. Ent. on 7/17/99 that spoke of a man named C.T. Cade (who was he?) that was a best known cattleman who drove large herds through Beaumont. I also know a great deal about our "owners" (The Cade Brothers) they were from Georgia. It was 3 brothers and we were with the one who came to East Texas. My father was from Jasper, TX (Huff Creek) and all of his relatives, as for back as I know (Elik Cade, born a slave; his son Elias Cade, born 1848 in Jasper that we know of. Please tell me what you know. My father passed away 7/99 and I'm clinging to everything that I can find. I feel so unsure of myself doing research without him by my side. I wrote and recorded everything he told me. Please help me if you can. I've been putting off writing you, not wanting to burden you. So here I am!!! Love, Stephanie G. Cade

Username: Mike & Shirley LeDoux
UserEmail: txrealdoll@aol.com
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Date: 03 Sep 2001
Time: 15:07:51
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Very interesting info. on Nederland.

Username: Debby Christy
UserEmail: debbychristy@hotmail.com
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Date: 09 Sep 2001
Time: 22:49:16

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Mr. Block, I am a descendant of one of your Nederland families, John Bunyan Cooke, who came to Nederland from Missouri in 1898. Subsequent marriages of his children connect me with the families of Edith Cooke and Elmer Spencer, Margaret Cooke and Robert Goodwin, James Berthold Cooke and Frances McNeill and Myra Cooke and Lawrence Koelemay. My grandfather was Harold Groves Cooke, the fifth child of J.B. Cooke, born June 12, 1890. I have seen only one reference to him at this point. He most likely left Nederland to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown in 1907, before he had made any historical contribution. However, he went on to be a significant leader and minister in the Methodist Church and deserves mention along with the other children and grandchildren of J.B. Cooke. Two of Harolds's own sons went into Methodist ministry as well. If you are interested, I have a complete list of all the Harold G Cooke descendants. Thank you for a most fascinating history of Nederland and all of Jefferson County. I will continue to search for more references. Sincerely, Debby Christy

Username: BCade
UserEmail: limner@limners.com
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Date: 16 Sep 2001
Time: 21:17:22
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I found this site by accident but I keep returning on purpose. Always a delightful read.

Thanks for all of the history that makes my visits so entertaining. Because of information here, I've been able to add two more ancestors to my family tree.

BCade

Username: Mel Johnson
UserEmail: melvin_c_johnson@yahoo.com
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Date: 17 Sep 2001
Time: 11:25:13
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Hi, W. T.:

We have returned to Nacogdoches after five years in the Rockies, and I must admit that your work as visualized on the Web is just a great, great contribution to East Texas and Sabine River history.

Mel Johnson

Username: Lorenz Weber
UserEmail: filmpassion@t-online.de
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Date: 21 Sep 2001
Time: 14:50:45
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Dear Mr. Block

We are planning a documentary about Germans in Texas for German Television. Do you think you might be able to point me in the right direction for further research? I would much appreciate it. Your website has already increased my understanding of the subject matter. Many thanks

Lorenz Weber Berlin, Germany

Username: Mary Hawkins Mayer-oakes
UserEmail: Coopcal@aol.com
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Date: 25 Sep 2001
Time: 09:52:55
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I enjoy reading your history of East Texas. I am the great, great, great granddaughter of Judge D. R. Wingate. My daughter is named after his wife Caroline. I'm looking for more information on her. I've been told that the reason she came with her husband to Texas was because she was on the run from the law in Mississippi. The reason - she was teaching slaves to read. I would like to get some more information about her for my daughter.

My Great Grandfather Thomas Wilson, was also a writer of East Texas History. He married one of the Wingate daughters, Mary Elizabeth Wingate. I am named for her.

I find this all so interesting.

Thank you for having this website,

Mary E. Mayer-Oakes

Username: Mary Jo Peveto Farley
UserEmail: rapace111@yahoo.com
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Date: 30 Sep 2001
Time: 12:54:13
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I was led here on the trail of Pevetos...I'll continue to view your site now...I admire you work...Jo

Username: Jeffery Hillebrandt
UserEmail: Misterhardware@Yahoo.com
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Date: 14 Oct 2001
Time: 02:31:54
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Mr. Block, I have enjoyed reading your stories about my g g g grandfather Christian Hillebrandt.My home is in Lake Charles,La. but at the present I am working in San Antonio,Tx.I understand that there may be some of my family history at The Institute of Texas Cultures(UTSA) here in San Antonio.Have you ever visited this Institute? Keep up the good work!!!!

Username: George D. Hogg
UserEmail: bronson337@aol.com
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Date: 20 Oct 2001
Time: 14:36:46
Comments

WT I have a post card of Olive, Texas and would like to know if you would like a copy George D. Hogg

Username: Klaas Fokkema
UserEmail: yahoo.com
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/3.01Gold (Win95; I)
Date: 21 Oct 2001
Time: 00:05:16
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Dear Sir,

It was a great surprise to find the name Rienstra on your web site. Albert Rienstra talked about his grandparents Jan Rients Reinstra and Anna Gatzes Rusticus. My grandmother Anna Kroodsma-Reidsma (died in Februari 1977) was the first daughter of their daughter Hinke Rienstra, married to Jelle Reidsma. It is interesting to find far family members on the internet. Thank you for this great work! Klaas Fokkema. Curaçao (N.A.)

Username: Nedra Foster
UserEmail: nedrajo@exp.net
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Date: 31 Oct 2001
Time: 16:39:11
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Mr. Block - I am a land surveyor in Silsbee, Tx. and enjoy reading your column regularly. I was intrigued by the 10/31/01 column concerning the 1863 battle with a soldier decapitated. I work with Darrell Shine and just last week we were in the area of the Sabine Lighthouse/Mesquite Point. Part of our survey work involved the location of the Military Reserve Line running through that area. In 1875 at the beginning point of this line, Surveyor George O. Elms recorded in his field notes, "I plant a post marked on E side R15T15S and on the West side M.R. I raise a mound around said post depositing therein a human skull found on the shore, and from this point begin the survey of the East Boundary of the late Mil Reservation." I thought you might find this interesting - I sure did. We searched for but did not find sign of the skull at this corner. Could be the same one you have recorded... Keep up the good work! Nedra Foster

Username: Raymond R. Viverette
UserEmail: rviverette@barbershill.isd.esc4.net
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (Win98; I)
Date: 01 Nov 2001
Time: 12:32:19
Comments

I'm looking for information on Nancy Parker, wife of Henry Bumstead. A Parker researcher sent me infomation on her, but it does not fit chronologically with what I have since found on her. Most of the Parkers in my file are from the Angelina County area. You mention her on one of your pages at this site.

Username: Leta W. Horine
UserEmail: LHorine@IDA.org
HTTP User Agent: Mozilla/4.7 [en] (WinNT; U)
Date: 29 Nov 2001
Time: 12:18:01
Comments
My gr-grandfather, Creed Taylor, in narrative Tall Men With Long Rifles, mentioned Taylor's Bayou as his home---the family escaped Taylor's Bayou during the Runaway Scape. Please check this out. From other Texan cousins, I'm told that it was not named for Jim Taylor---It was Creed line of Taylor's. Thanks 

Username: Leta W. Horine
UserEmail: LHorine@IDA.org
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Date: 29 Nov 2001
Time: 12:20:56
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My gr-grandfather, Creed Taylor, in narrative Tall Men With Long Rifles, mentioned Taylor's Bayou as his home---the family escaped Taylor's Bayou during the Runaway Scape. Please check this out. From other Texan cousins, I'm told that it was not named for Jim Taylor---It was Creed line of Taylor's. Thanks PS--My gr-great Uncle was Joseph Alexander Brickhouse, a Beaumont, Texas Confederate veteran, born in Tyrrell Co NC (brother of my gr-gr grandmother Eliz. Brickhouse who married James Wilson Hill Waddle in Calhoun Co AL and settled in Milam County (Rockdale) TX. Thanks

Username: Fred O. Meyer III
UserEmail: f3meyer@texoma.net
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Date: 01 Dec 2001
Time: 04:33:15
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My wife Susan Stamps Meyer is decended directly from both Jacob H. Garner and Benjamin Johnson. Your historical information has been very helpful.

Username: Bryan Fussell
UserEmail: BRFussell@aol.com
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Date: 09 Dec 2001
Time: 07:54:58
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Mr. Block,

I just found your website and loved your article on the Jayhawkers in Louisiana. I live in Alexandria now, have in-laws in the Sulphur area, and went to high school in Assumption Parish. I believe you covered all of them in your article. I wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much I am enjoying your writing.

Bryan Fussell Alexandria, LA

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Username: Nancy Gray Schoonmaker
UserEmail: nancys email.unc.edu
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Date: 01 Mar 2010
Time: 08:42:34

Comments:

I have found this to be a rich source for serious scholarship over the years, and deeply regret that I never took the time to express my gratitude to Mr. Block. Many thanks for keeping his work available.

Username: Betty Sternberg McLaughlin
UserEmail: b_mclaughlin sbcglobal.net
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Date: 27 May 2010
Time: 17:34:03

Comments:

I believe that there is an error in Mr. Block's article about the Olive Sunset Sawmill. He states that twin girls, Annie and Paula Sternenberg, were bookkeepers for the mill. However, there are no girl twins in the family. There are twins, Pauline(f) and Emil Paul(m) who are a part of the Rudolph A Sternenberg family. However, Pauline died in California. I'd love for the family to be leader in hiring females, but unfortunately, I don't believe these are true facts.

I am researching the family genealogy and wish to use the data from the article for personal publication only.

Username: Ryan Fogg
UserEmail: ryanfogg msn.com
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Date: 28 May 2010
Time: 15:14:48

Comments:

Our young family has been researching events that Mr. W. T. Block may have been involved in. We have a great uncle who was in the 78th division from early winter 1944 until his death on Feb. 10 1945. Do you have any information or writings that may give some light on the events of early Feb. 1945? We have read the one about Simmerath where we were today and have followed his steps from December through February but information about this one particular event is not clear. Have you ever heard or read anything about a dam that was captured? Or the battle for Schmidt?

The article we are reading in our hotel here is wonderful and really helps us to understand what our nearly forgotten Uncle went through.

Thank you so much for your efforts.
Sincerely
Ryan

Username: Joni Scott
UserEmail: joniscott aol.com
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Date: 22 Jun 2010
Time: 14:07:26

Comments:

I was thrilled to read about the Hillebrandt's. I just found out that I am a descendant of Chris Hillebrandt. This is a real "find" for me!

Username: Chris DiMattei
UserEmail: crdimattei verizon.net
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Date: 01 Jul 2010
Time: 10:55:28

Comments:

Hello, I am involved in researching an architect who is responsible for the design of a home for William Wiess, back in 1891. Since Mr. Block wrote extensively on the activities of William Wiess, I was hoping to learn that Mr. Block may have uncovered some information about the home William Wiess built in Beaumont, back in 1891. Is there anyone who now maintains the research Mr. Block accumulated for the articles and books he authored? If so, I would like to correspond with that person to inquire about any information Mr. Block may have uncovered regarding the Beaumont home of Mr. William Wiess. Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Editor: The library at McNeese State University has an archive of WT's papers.  See http://library.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/block191.htm. You may also find information about the Wiess family at the http://www.mykindred.com/ website.         

Username: James connell
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Date: 06 Jul 2010
Time: 15:43:55

Comments:

My dad's mother was Winnie Ursula Block b abd 1899,her father was hance irwin block b 1868. Common relative was George Carl Frederick Block b aug 1803. i need information before this time (1803) .

Username: Gary Randy Ware
UserEmail: rware2 windstream.net
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Date: 13 Jul 2010
Time: 17:29:02

Comments:

Hi,
My name is Randy Ware and the Johnny Ware you talked about that owned the post office was my grandfather that I never knew. His son, John Ware, Jr. was my father but Johnny died when my dad was only 12 from surgery complications. My grandfather also owned a bar in Nederland. My father died a few years ago but my mother is still living and just turned 86. She is Gloria Ware, formerly Gloria Gish, daughter of Earl Gish...former mayor of Nederland. My dad joined the Air force when I was very young so I never lived in Nederland very long but I still call it home. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska now and I'm 64. Your website was very interesting reading and I sent it to my mother to read.
Thanks for the memories.

Username: adrienne charlton robert
UserEmail: adrienne.robert hp.com
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Date: 23 Aug 2010
Time: 17:22:04

Comments:

I became friendly with WT a few years ago after timidly approaching him about an article or two in which he mentioned my great-grandfather Charles Napoleon Charlton. My timidity was short-lived after I received a warm reply and learned that not only was he intimately familiar with my family's contributions to Texas history but he also knew my father quite well as they had worked together in Post Office System. After that, WT and I shared many, many laughs and warm conversations through email. I regret that I did not make the journey to meet him in person. What a wonderful, amazing, brilliant, wicked (in a good/hilarious way), and talented man. I miss "talking" to him and will always remember him fondly.

Username: Sally Scheske Papin
UserEmail: tobascokat yahoo.com
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Date: 27 Aug 2010
Time: 06:56:13

Comments:

Just found your website and I am thrilled to read every word. I have traced my German ancestors coming over from Bremen in 1854 into Galveston, right the same time as the Ben Neives. A group of 4 traveled together under one name but after their arrival I find little on them and just a trickle of their children. Its here I decided to google for these settlers and why they came to TX. Your descriptions and words sure put a great visual as to why they do not appear anywhere and such a hard life they faced once here. Its actually a bit unsettling to think how they got the courage to travel the ocean to come to a better life and have it be such a hardship. Thank you for your wonderful articles.
Sally

Username: Steven Burr
UserEmail: maineguy_04043 yahoo.com
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Date: 04 Sep 2010
Time: 21:26:16

Comments:

This is a long shot: I have a a "painting" not sure what it is of (oil, water color, ink, etc...) of the Tug "Florida" it is dated 28-4-24 (I'm assuming March 28, 1924) and says "Sabine Pass". I read here about the oil pond and the whales, and Sabine Pass in Texas etc. I was trying to track down the artist "J Selman" and some info on the drawing and history of it and perhaps a value. I bought it years ago at a yard sale in Kennebunkport, Maine and have always wondered about it. Just thought someone reading the oil pond story might know something about J. Selman or the tug/pilot boat "Florida"

Username: Harold Havard
UserEmail: hghavard aol.com
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Date: 07 Oct 2010
Time: 21:18:02

Comments:

WOW! What a GREAT site for East Texans searching for history!
I am working on a site for the Havard's in the Angelina County area.
Would you mind if I linked some of your pages to my site?
My site is www.55yearsyoung.com/havard 
THANKS!
Harold Havard

Username: Harold Havard
UserEmail: hghavard aol.com
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Date: 08 Oct 2010
Time: 20:31:50

Comments:

I am building a Havard family web site. Much of Mr. Blocks info pertains to the area the Havard's settled in East Texas.

I am seeking permission to use some of the info and to link pages to the Havard History website at www.55yearsyoung.com/havard

thanks,
Harold Havard

Username: Regina Staiger
UserEmail: rdstaiger comcast.net
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Date: 09 Oct 2010
Time: 12:04:13

Comments:

I am so excited to find a site that can educate me about the place my mother grew up. She was born in Beaumont in 1926 and was raised in the Beaumont Day Nursery from about 1929 to 1942 or 1943 and attended South Park High School. I am trying to get any history, photos, or names connected to the Nursery or the school. Can you guide me or assist me in any way? I would so appreciate hearing from you about the preceding. Thank you. Regina

Username: Charles Gunther
UserEmail: blkbry2 gmail.com
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Date: 22 Oct 2010
Time: 13:22:52

Comments:

On vacation just this month (Oct) I was told that George Block is my great, great, (however many great), great, grandfather. My name is Gunther and my father was born in Freeport. Do you know how, or through which marriage, this came to be, if its true.

Username: Tonya Morrison
UserEmail: venusgreen eatel.net
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Date: 09 Nov 2010
Time: 07:51:17

Comments:

What if you just bought densely wooded property in Newton Texas, with Quick sand creek running through your property and when they loggers were clearing it they said they saw a Black Panther. Could it be one or are they mistaking it for a Jaguar?

Username: Harold Havard
UserEmail: hghavard aol.com
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Date: 17 Nov 2010
Time: 21:06:46

Comments:

Good evening,
We touched base a month or so ago about putting your sites info on the Havard web site and you agreed. You asked me to contact as I added your sites links.
I have added a page with some of the articles that pertain to the area the Havards inhabited in south Angelina County. I'm not near near finished, but wanted you to see what my intent was. Each link takes the reader back to your site. If you have any suggestions or concerns...please let me know.
Thanks, Harold Havard

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UsernameBillie Blackstock
UserEmail: bblackstock austin.rr.com 
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Date: 26 Aug 2009
Time: 12:50:03

Comments:

In the article written about Thomas F. McKinney living near Austin on the Oyster creek that should be Onion Creek. It is a park now called McKinney Falls park owned by the state two creeks come together on this property they are Williamson and Onion Creek.

Editor: Billie, your changes were noted and added to the web page.  Thanks for the feedback.

Username: Jerry Lee Fletcher
UserEmail: jfletc5254 aol.com
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Date: 13 Oct 2009
Time: 22:03:11

Comments:

My name is Jerry Lee Fletcher
I am building an n-scale railroad era 1940 to 1950 of Nederland.
what I need is some info on the old Nederland high school to build to scale I need footage.
Thank You
Jerry L Fletcher

Editor: Jerry, I do not have any photographs of the old high school, but there are some in the Nederland Centennial History published by Cate Media, the Nederland Chamber of Commerce, and the Nederland Historical Society.

Username: Maria Davis
UserEmail: cayresort aol.com
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Date: 20 Oct 2009
Time: 11:00:05

Comments:

Have you ever heard of a saw mill in Lanana, TX. I found a token on my property from Lanan, TX...also there is an old foundation that I was told was for an old saw mill...just wondering if anyone knew anything about this? 
Thank you,
Maria Davis

Username: Amy Prowse 
UserEmail: prowsehouse yahoo.com
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Date: 21 Oct 2009
Time: 18:11:45

Comments:

Wow! What a wonderfully written history of my family. If you would like, my mom & I can fill in more of the story. My 12 yr old daughter is the one who found this on the internet. I will share it with the rest of my family. I am sorry to hear Mr. Block passed away.

Amy Bernard Prowse (Gerka's grand daughter)

Username: Peter Wingate
UserEmail: peterwingate yahoo.com
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Date: 22 Oct 2009
Time: 10:07:19

Comments:

I wish I had had the opportunity to meet Mr. Block before he died. So many people from our area are grateful for the years of research and writing that he had done. As we continue our own research on the D. R. Wingate family, we look to Mr. Block's work as a valuable resource.

Username: george klein
UserEmail: george infoasis.com 
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Date: 24 Oct 2009
Time: 14:48:16

Comments:

Just found your articles to day very fun ! Got a nostalgia bug for the old days .

And one of my favorite something new of a couple years back has been Neal Adams Sciences Project ( not to popular with Geologist ) But it fits and old Pangaea does not fit . If you take the globe slide the continents together like the Pangaea Geologist did , you would find that it does not fit all that well and that they fudged and filled in to make it look like it works . Not to mention there being no reason or engine of locomotion, that could of made the continents sail across the globe to this day's locations . But the truth leave big puzzles also . Thanks Good Work that you have done Sir, the best I have seen of Historical telling ! gk

Username: Peggie Lovon Barfield
UserEmail: jesse406 juno.com
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Date: 29 Oct 2009
Time: 08:10:01

Comments:

I would like to contact the persons who are researching the Moye family.

Username: Sarah Fuqua Rothermel Duncan
UserEmail: sarafrd hotmail.com
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Date: 31 Oct 2009
Time: 11:28:13

Comments:

The Beaumont Enterprise is not correct. My grandfather's name was William Yancey Fuqua, chief accountant for Kirby Lumber Company, and yes, Mr. Kirby did name the town for him. I would like to visit Fuqua, Texas, one day soon.

Sincerely,

Sarah

Username: Bob Stothart
UserEmail: bobdc6 mac.com
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Date: 22 Nov 2009
Time: 19:55:07

Comments:

There was a black panther sighting circa 1958-59 in Beaumont at a sand pit off Lucas drive east of Old Voth Road. A local radio personality went out there and cornered the cat, which ran him over and scratched him up trying to get away. It was called a black panther, but I never saw it. I think that the incident was in the Beaumont paper.

Username: C. Bryant
UserEmail: libertyship20 yahoo.com
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Date: 21 Dec 2009
Time: 12:32:59

Comments:

To Whom It May Concern,
I am afraid that I have discovered this website too late, as I began research today on a book that I have in my possession. It has been in the family for years. It is an 1847 publication of "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. While the book is precious because of its age (and because it is a favorite novel), it is even more special because of the inscriptions on the inside cover of the book. In pencil is written the name "Warren G. Hawkins, U.S. Navy". Mr. Hawkins was quite the artist, and had drawn a Navy battleship below his name, two bottles and two drinking glasses with "Regal Pale" written beneath them, the word "sailor" and the titles of two songs popular during the 1940's, "Always" and "Bell Bottom Trousers", along with several musical notes and symbols. I am eager to learn the history behind these lovely inscriptions and, more importantly, to learn more about Warren G. Hawkins and his time spent in the United States Navy, as I have a very fond appreciation for World War II history and 1940's culture. I would greatly appreciate any information anyone can pass along to me. Thank you so very much!
Sincerely,
C. Bryant

Username: Charles E. "Butch" Penrod
UserEmail: cpenrod aol.com
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Date: 28 Dec 2009
Time: 22:04:21

Comments:

RE: Clyde W. Penrod, Master Sgt., 78th Signal Company, WWII; as referenced in Mr. Block's story of "Christmas in Simmerath", Battle of the Bulge, WWII, I am proud to inform you that MSgt. Clyde W. Penrod, 78th Signal Co., is my uncle, my father's younger brother. I am equally happy to report that uncle Clyde is still with us and will celebrate his 90th birthday in February 2010. He is mentally and physically well. He plays golf five days per week, weather permitting, and still enjoys playing cards. He returned home after the war and continues to reside near his hometown in Ohio. All these years later, he still does not regret having refused the battlefield Commission offered to him. Thank you for publishing Mr. Block's writing and please, accept our heartfelt condolences for his loss.

Editor: Thanks for writing Charles and please thank your uncle for his service to our country.

Username: Scott Withrow 
UserEmail: swithrow earthlink.net 
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Date: 30 Dec 2009
Time: 20:59:41

Comments:

I enjoyed the site. I would like to get in touch with the administrator or Mr. Block regarding a map of Louisiana-Texas showing route of the Opelousas Trail. Could you direct me to on online or otherwise?

Thank you, Scott Withrow in South Carolina

 

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Username: Kathryn Gallien
UserEmail: kgallien skidmore.edu
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Date: 01 Jan 2008
Time: 13:00:09

Comments:

I read your account of the 309th experience in Simmerath. I've been looking for anything about my uncle, Lawrence Glenn Henderson, Co A, 309th, 78th Division. He was wounded at Simmerath on Dec. 13 and died six days later. If you know of anyone from that company whom I might contact for any memories of Larry, I would be grateful to know of him.

All best regards to you and thank you for your service.

Username: Mary Hamm
UserEmail: mary.hamm yahoo.com
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Date: 02 Jan 2008
Time: 11:44:09

Comments:

I will deeply miss reading his accounts of the rough and tumble early days of Southeast Texas. I know my Mom especially enjoyed hearing about the family as only her cousin could.

Username: Victoria Griffin
UserEmail: victoria.griffin uth.tmc.edu
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Date: 03 Jan 2008
Time: 10:56:09

Comments:

1/4/08

 

Dear Mr. Block,

 

Thank you for your web site. I saw a black panther on Fri., Dec. 28, 2007, @ my father’s home in Montgomery, Texas. He lives on 80 secluded acres and the cat was sitting in the middle of the road on his land @ approx. 9:10 AM. I took 2 photographs, but unfortunately I was too far away for the photo and it was too shady for it to turn out to see it. It was incredibly beautiful and when it moved it reminded me of a leopard. I feel very fortunate to have seen it as I never expected to see one. My father has seen a large bobcat (aprox. 80 lbs.) also on the property. This was no bobcat as it was black and had a long tail.

Sincerely,

Victoria Griffin 
victoria.griffin uth.tmc.edu 
Executive Assistant 
U. T. Health Science Center at Houston 
Division of Rheumatology 
6431 Fannin, MSB 5.270 
Houston, Texas 77030 
713-500-6894 
fax = 713-500-0580

Username: Craig Wilson
UserEmail: crgw chevron.com
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Date: 05 Jan 2008
Time: 01:16:16

Comments:

I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Block's passing. My condolences to all of his family. As a native of Port Arthur and now living overseas, I have greatly enjoyed Mr. Block's writings about the region's history as it is of interest to me. I still read the website articles from time to time and Mr. Block has been courteous to provide additional info to me via email on occasion. I hope his work will be preserved and promoted for all to experience. Thanks

Craig Wilson

Username: David Solmitz
UserEmail: dsolmitz gmail.com
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Date: 05 Jan 2008
Time: 08:42:28

Comments:

My great grandfather, Fred Sanders, arrived in Galveston, TX? or Mexico? at age 17 with two brothers from Dessau, Germany on February 6, 1856. He married Fannie Rieser originally from Oberdorf, Germany and Louisville, KY in Roma, Texas. He met her at a bar in Sna Antonio where she was a dancer. His first child, Louis, was born in Monterrey, Mexico or Roma, TX on Dec. 8, 1864. My grandmother, Sophie, was born Nov. 9, 1866 in Roma. One of Fred's brothers was murdered in Monterrey, the other went to Peru. Fred died in 1909 in Little Rock, AK. I need to know: How Fred came to the U.S.? Where did he land? Coming from a large, desperately poor family, how did he pay his fare here? Was he an indentured servant? Why did he go to Monterrey, Mexico? If anybody has information or suggestions as how I can gather this information, please let me know. thank you very much, David Solmitz, 20 Johnson Heights, Waterville, ME 04901 tel. (207) 872-2279

Username: Tom Drez
UserEmail: tjdrez bellsouth.net
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Date: 05 Jan 2008
Time: 15:30:22

Comments:

My name is Tom Drez. I hunt in Bogalusa, LA in Washington parish. One of our members had a picture on his game camera at the end of December with two black panthers in it. It is at night and a little hard to see, but there are definitely two in the picture.

Username: Kevin Tucker
UserEmail: kevtuck sbcglobal.net
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Date: 07 Jan 2008
Time: 00:57:13

Comments:

Mr. Block will be sorely missed by those of us who enjoy learning about our local history. I particularly appreciated his personal responses to queries I've posed over the years.

Username: Phil Oakley
UserEmail: oakley.phil gmail.com
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Date: 07 Jan 2008
Time: 11:52:36

Comments:

I enjoyed Mr. Block's memories and I'm sorry that I missed the opportunity to communicate with him. He mentioned that he knew very little about my grandfather, M.W. Oakley, who was in fact a judge (Justice of the Peace). If anyone intends to take over this site or update it, I would be happy to provide the information I have about my family, most of whom had left or would soon leave Nederland after 1935.

Username: Jeremy Choate
UserEmail: choatejr aol.com
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Date: 09 Jan 2008
Time: 22:32:53

Comments:

Mr. Block,

I was wondering if you had any information pertaining to the old "Hardin Estate" case which took place during the 1930's. I believe the court case dealt with claims to Hardin family lands in old Liberty county. I also believe that old Liberty attorney Chap Cain had dealings with the case. The story is, by itself, almost legendary around Liberty, Texas, with innuendos and mysteries abounding. I believe the "Hardin Estate" has long been settled to the satisfaction of the courts and very much to the satisfaction of the heirs; however, I am just looking for more detailed information about the case, or stories surrounding the local happenings.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Jeremy Choate

Username: Jim Ratcliff
UserEmail: ratcliff2201 yahoo.com
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Date: 11 Jan 2008
Time: 23:48:42

Comments:

W.T. was a true Texas Treasure and and great historian. I will miss reading his e-mails and conversing with him about his stories! My hope is that his site will continue and new stories appear from his readers and the forums will buzz with discussions. God Bless W.T., rest easy.

Username: Carol Holst-Knisley 
UserEmail
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Date: 14 Jan 2008
Time: 16:54:40

Comments:

I am so sorry to hear that he passed away. He was such a sweet man. He helped me so many times with my family information. He will be greatly missed.
Carol Holst-Knisley

Username: Mary Watts
UserEmail: wattsfd cmaaccess.com
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Date: 19 Jan 2008
Time: 16:10:51

Comments:

I have just spent the day reading your web site and it is so interesting. There is so much information here and I know that quite a lot of time has gone into the research.
I am looking for information on 11th Texas Volunteer Spaight Regiment. I think my great great grandfather was in that Regiment. His name is listed, Charles H. Gardiner/Gardner, but I need to be sure that this is really him. Since there was no age or BD listed it is impossible to be certain. Would you know if there are any detailed records that I might be able to refer to?

Username: Pamela Vizuete
UserEmail: pamvizuete yahoo.com
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Date: 21 Jan 2008
Time: 13:29:20

Comments:

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Block's passing. The contributions he made to historical research are of inestimable value. As a teacher of fine arts and student of history, may I state that he will be missed beyond measure.
Sincere Condolences,
Pamela Vizuete

Username: Ronald Van Zomeren
UserEmail: rsvz sbcglobal.com
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Date: 29 Jan 2008
Time: 16:52:56

Comments:

To all the relatives and friends of William T. Block Jr.

My condolences to your family. It was great working with your father on the Elings article. I could read his excitement in his email when he responded to me about knowing the A. J. Elings family. Without his previous articles about Nederland, TX, a part of my wife's family history would have been lost. For this we are grateful to William T. Block.

Shirley and Ron Van Zomeren

Username: Susan Savaglio
UserEmail: lssavaglio verizon.net
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Date: 31 Jan 2008
Time: 13:41:48

Comments:

Upon reading the Jewish history of the Golden Triangle in Texas, it was noted that Regina Rogers, daughter of Ben and Julie Rogers, name was misspelled.
Thank you.
Susan Savaglio

Editor: Thanks, changes have been entered.

Username: Pamela Gandy
UserEmail: pamelasworkshop sbcglobal.net
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Date: 06 Feb 2008
Time: 10:30:12

Comments:

I am sorry that I did not know Mr. Block. I don't know how, but He was kin to my Granpa, Doyle G. Block from Bridge City. There is so much we could have had in common. I loved to sit and listen to my Grandmaw tell her stories of day's long ago. It would be great if my 13 yr. old son would sit long enough to hear some of these stories that my Mother can tell. Kids now just don't have time, it interferes with their game time. What a shame/waste.

Username: Kieran Devane
UserEmail: kieran2001 yahoo.com
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Date: 07 Feb 2008
Time: 11:21:23

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I was in a group that spotted a black mountain lion near Hebbronville Texas in the summer of 2004. In 2006 I related this incident to a recent recipient of a Masters degree in Zoology, her specialty being large cats. She explained that here in the US we have a number of non-native species that are abandoned or escape into the wild. These critters will occasionally breed with native breeds.

She suggested that what we saw could be the offspring of a native mountain lion with a black leopard that had found its way into Texas with some human help in transportation. There are many examples of these "feral" species like hogs which were deliberately introduced about 200 years ago in the US by wild pig hunters that wanted a tastier carcass. To achieve their goal they set domestic pigs free in areas with wild pig populations.

She explained that mountain lions lack the chemicals in their hides required for black, but that mating with other species could easily result in a black mountain lion hybrid. Her most memorable factoid was that there are an estimated 400 tigers wandering around the US wilderness. These are the result of escapes combined with little tiger cubs illegally snuck into the US. At times they are set free by owners when they get bigger and the owners start looking like happy meals to the tigers.

Username: P. R. Kabella
UserEmail: prk7383 airmail.net
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Date: 12 Feb 2008
Time: 23:08:06

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I have enjoyed reading the stories on Mr. Block's website for several years now, and it is with great sadness that I note his passing in late 2007. It is my hope that his heirs will continue the website, because it serves as an invaluable, not to mention highly interesting collection of stories reflecting the history of Southeast Texas.

Username: Sylvia Dickey Smith
UserEmail: sds sylviadickeysmith.com
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Date: 18 Feb 2008
Time: 12:41:54

Comments:

Just had to thank you for keeping Bill's work alive on line. He was such a neat gentleman who gave me such encouragement and inspiration! Our world is a better place for having had him in it for so many wonderful years. If I can help you in any way, please ask. I owe it to Cannonball!

Username: Robert Wayne
UserEmail: ridgerunner72160@aol.com
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Date: 18 Feb 2008
Time: 16:27:28

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I truly enjoyed reading the article on the Jayhawkers who infested southwest Louisiana during the War for Southern Independence. I remember my grandfather talking of some of the atrocities committed by the Jayhawkers, who were mostly runaway negroes, Yankee deserters and traitors to the Confederacy. They were put in the same low class as the Yankee carpetbaggers who came here to steal whatever was left after the war was lost.

Username: Mark
UserEmail: mark ccdbuilding.com
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Date: 24 Feb 2008
Time: 21:05:06

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I moved here in Texas about 10 years ago and I am an avid hunter. I love the outdoors and wildlife. I could hunt and never see what I am hunting for and still have a great experience. I tell everyone to me its never a wasted day. You see things no one else will see. I grew up in northwest MS and I was hunting. I saw a large woodpecker and would have swore it was a Ivory Bill. I told my biology teacher and he said " Ok Mark are you on drugs"? A couple of years later I received a phone call from that teacher telling me a couple of college students across the river (Mississippi) about 50 miles away from my spotting recorded seeing a pair of them. You never know unless you get out into God's backyard, what is there. Now this is what I am contacting you for. There are PANTHERS here in east Texas. I've seen two, one on a deer lease and one on a oil field road. I got a better look at the one from the road. I came around a curve and there it was. Black as night and a tail as long as its body, with one leap it cleared the road and then some, I'd say a good 16 foot. You may think I'm crazy but I saw it and it was beautiful. I called a game warden and he told me that I was not the only one to see it.

Username: William Domingue
UserEmail: coreydomingue hotmail.com
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Date: 25 Feb 2008
Time: 23:51:46

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As a great, great, great grandson of the first Stark to enter the lumber business with Mr. Moore the essay by Mr. Block was very informative and accurate. I have done extensive research and find his to be like a girls skirt. Long enough to cover everything but short enough to keep it interesting. I thank him for his hard work in research. Not a quality that is found often in many modern writers.

Username: mary
UserEmail: smithmry111 yahoo.com
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Date: 29 Feb 2008
Time: 09:54:10

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I was in East Texas this past Wednesday in the town of Lovelady. I walked out the back door Wednesday morning to see a black panther walking across the backyard. His coat was very shiny jet black. He paused for a moment and looked at me before creeping back into the woods that was adjacent to the property. He was INCREDIBLE!!

Username: Roy F.
UserEmail: jrfunkhouser hardynet.com
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Date: 01 Mar 2008
Time: 21:25:40

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Black mountain lions are alive and well in West Virginia. Mountain lion numbers are increasing, but native black ones are in decline. I've lived in the mountains of WV 32 years. I personally have had encounters with them. The last black one I saw was about 15 yrs back. I've seen several brown ones since. It seems like we quit seeing the black ones when we started seeing the brown ones.

Username: Jason C. Lockhart, Sr.
UserEmail: sunsetconductor sbcglobal.net
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Date: 04 Mar 2008
Time: 23:33:15

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I enjoyed reading about Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur. I was a student there at the school during my education for grades 5, 6, and 7. It is good to know that a site such as this exists to preserve some of our history as a great many of the native born of The Golden Triangle were forced to flee in the late 70s and early 80s in order to find employment.

I was also extremely surprised to see credit for the story on the First Baptist Church in Nederland be given to my step-mother! Since my father's passing, I have only spoken to her once or twice. If by chance you should come into contact with her, she may have any contact information about me that you wish to share. We are still on good terms, I just do not travel "back home" anymore since both of my biological parents are dead.

Thanks again for this site. Please keep it online for as long as you are able. I would love to share what knowledge I have with you if there is ever a need. But, in all honesty, what I happen to know is not unique and therefore is probably of little or no value to you. You are still welcome to ask of me if you want.

Sincerely,
Jason C. Lockhart, Sr.
Houston, Texas
281-444-7961
sunsetconductor sbcglobal.net

Username: Jason C. Lockhart, Sr.
UserEmail: sunsetconductor sbcglobal.net
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Date: 05 Mar 2008
Time: 03:20:23

Comments:

I would like to have an answer to something that I read in your Nederland section that does not quite jibe as I remember it:
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The Lohmann Brothers dairy, where Doornbos Park and Hillcrest School are now located, was an experimental dairy, milking about 100 highly-inbred and registered Guersey cows. The cows were kept in their stalls day and night with the lights on all night. They were milked 3 times daily, with all feed and milk weighed and recorded. Several of the cows gave 13 gallons of milk daily, and they had utters so large that they wore ‘cattle bassiers’ made of feed sacks. The Lohmann brothers, who also owned Home Laundry in Port Arthur, sold out to Walling Jersey Dairy in 1939, who soon sold off the Guersey herd. Walling died soon after and the dairy disintegrated quickly.
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AS I REMEMBER FROM MY CHILDHOOD, in the 1960s, when I was going to school at Hillcrest Elementary, the area of Dornbos Park was still land associated with the Wallings Dairy. The plant was located on HWY 365 directly adjacent to the land. The land ran clear from Hwy 365 to Avenue H. There was a private tree lined drive that paralleled 27th street bisecting the property. The dairy, as late as 1968, still grazed Jersey Cows on this land. They also had land on Hwy 365 near LaBelle where Jerseys were grazed and milked. The milk was then trucked to the Plant on 365 (formerly Pleek Road?). The Building that housed the plant still stands as of the year 2000 and housed a video rental store for a time. I do not know if it still stands in this year or if it is still in use for any purpose. But it was built of orange colored brick. I know that while I was in school, and until at least 1972, I drank Wallings Dairy milk at lunch!

In light of this part of history that I witnessed and lived, I find it hard to buy into the last sentence quoted from your pages above that stated the dairy disintegrated quickly unless you are speaking of some other building on the property and not the company itself. I assure you that the business was alive and well through the 1960s and into the 1970s when it finally closed. The business continued to raise milk cows on the land near LaBelle until at least 1978 or 1979 because I would frequently drive past there alone and I did not have a drivers license until 1976.

Username: SK Shields
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Date: 20 Mar 2008
Time: 10:55:25

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My great-grandfather, DANIEL WAGNER, was a Union soldier, in the 21st Iowa Volunteers, Co E from Dubuque, Iowa who married JOHANNA STIERN (Stern,Sterne,Sturn)in Indianola, Texas. They were married by a Union Chaplain in 1865.Daniel may have been one of the 2,000 soldiers that returned to Galveston after the war on June 18th. Johanna's family came from Germany to Texas in 1846. She was 2 years old. It was reported by family that her father Henry was in the shipping business from New Orleans and had a plantation near Galveston. Johanna's wedding dress was paid for with over $1,000 in Confederate dollars. She was well educated but spoke only German in her home where my mother grew up.

Username: Maga Uwa
UserEmail: magauwa yahoo.com
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Date: 20 Mar 2008
Time: 15:19:40

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OMO I DEY HERE I LOVE YOU LIKE MY OWN BROTHER SO DO NOT DO ME BAD WE ARE ONE FAMILY OK

I read your account of the 309th experience in Simmerath. I've been looking for anything about my uncle, Lawrence Glenn Henderson, Co A, 309th, 78th Division. He was wounded at Simmerath on Dec. 13 and died six days later. If you know of anyone from that company whom I might contact for any memories of Larry, I would be grateful to know of him.

Username: Don Evans
UserEmail: vmtmmm gvtc.com
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Date: 22 Mar 2008
Time: 09:13:03

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I would like to contact you regarding your permission to publish "The Story of our Texas German Pilgrims: Or Death March to Comal County" in the Journal of the Genealogical Society of Kendall County, TX. Here in Boerne, we have a large number of German families and many new arrivals. I think it is important to let them read this outstanding article of the ancestors who came to Texas for a better life. Don Evans, 117 Hummingbird Hill Dr, Boerne, TX 78006. (830 ) 537-5004. Thank you.

Username: Tammy Carr
UserEmail: charlescarr7945 msn.com
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Date: 26 Mar 2008
Time: 00:45:49

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I am so sorry your father has passed away. He surely will be missed!! I was coming to the site to e-mail him with questions and was hit with the sadness of his passing. I am the Historian at Langham Elementary PTA; and I am in the process of up dating the history book for Langham. I would like to use some of the information your dad has in his article about the early education on Nederland, especially the parts about Langham. Also Langham has some old documents dealing with PTA such as the first minutes from a meeting (1948) if you should ever need them. Yet, I could not find any history about the school.

Username: Frank Rudd
UserEmail: admin thebaptistpage.net
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Date: 12 Apr 2008
Time: 10:18:33

Comments:

I was on ebay and something caught my eye (I'm not the one selling it) that I thought you might be interested in. There is a Bible that belonged to a confederate soldier named George Hughes in O'Brien's La. Irish Militia. It wouldn't mean much but as a collector's item to anybody not already having a connection. Good luck. As of right now it's only got about 2 and a half hours left to bid, and is around $10.

Username: John A. Lutz
UserEmail: epuma hardynet.com
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Date: 13 Apr 2008
Time: 08:27:36

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We were greatly surprised to learn of "Cannonball's" death on this Sunday Morning of April 13th.
We had been in touch with Bill since late 2003, after the death of my wife, due to our 42 year interest in big black cats, kmown as "Panthers".
I sent Bill an e-mail in early December of 2007 to inform him that we would be on the History Channel's Monster Quest Series that was to air on Dec. 12th. In the rush afterwards, I now realize he never responded to that e-mail.
That show and multiple repeats has generated over 2,100 responses from people all wanting to discuss old & new sightings of the so-called 'extinct' black panthers...from Texas to Maine.
I can only guess now, Bill has finally discovered that black panthers are NOT figments of overactive imaginations as wildlife officials claim, but actually live animals put on this earth by the Master's Will.
We now pray that Bill has found eternal peace with the Risen Jesus...

Username: J L McCall
UserEmail: blueskiesandgreenlights gmail.com
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Date: 06 May 2008
Time: 14:03:20

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I am trying to write a proper obituary for my father, who died 7 Sept 2007. I didn't know Mr. Block, except through search results. I am grateful to him for the genealogical information he compiled. I am a descendant of Harriet Ann Sweeney and William Harrison McCall. Thank you for posting this info online.

Username: Dennis Mathisen
UserEmail: dmathisen sbcglobal.net
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Date: 11 May 2008
Time: 23:11:38

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I am very interested in your reports of big cats in the 'Big Thicket' area of East Texas. My wife and I now have her parents property near the Alabama-Coushatta reservation between Livingston and Woodville. There have been reports of a large cat everyone is calling a black panther in the area. I now read were this may be impossible. However, I walked out of the house two weeks ago and saw what I thought was a very large 'dark'cat with a long tail. After returning to Houston tonight, a neighbor there called to report that they were cutting across my property and spotted a large cat. We believe these cats are living in adjacent underbrush with thick trees. Is this possible?

Username: Ronnie Humphries
UserEmail: rhumphries bigsandy.org
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Date: 12 May 2008
Time: 15:26:23

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Well, hate I missed Mr. Block. He evidently was a very interesting guy. Read the article about the Black panthers. There is no species of black panther in Texas. I would suspect that it is a Jaguarundi, although the melanistic form of the Jaguar is a possibility, although it is endangered. Of course the Ocelot has melanistic forms, but it is very rare. Hard to solve mysteries like this without any evidence. Eyewitness accounts are just not very reliable.

Username: Margaret Evans
UserEmail: singlebelieversministries yahoo.com
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Date: 28 May 2008
Time: 02:21:06

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I am a descendant of William Manor Sanders. I am looking for his siblings children. The names of siblings were Fred, Robert, Richard, Byrd Ellis, Betsy and Sarah. They were from Waller County-Hempstead, Texas

Username: Donna Bass
UserEmail: dbass fs.fed.us
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Date: 28 May 2008
Time: 11:04:58

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I am a descendent of Natchitoches and Vernon Parishes. I am employed by the US Forest Service and oversee the Old Fullerton Mill Pond, at Cravens, Louisiana right outside Leesville. We are trying to get together information for an annual reunion set at Fullerton for June 1. Any information or photos would be appreciated. Thanks for the site - it is so interesting and the links to others also. I am planning to take my Aunt for the reunion. She is the only living member of my Mother's family that was raised at Fullerton and Little Cypress CCC camp area.

Username: Kristin
UserEmail: gooboy4 yahoo.com
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Date: 31 May 2008
Time: 10:14:20

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My family owns 10 acres in central Florida, near Ocala, but closer to the Gulf coast and there is a black panther on their property, I have seen it in daylight along with many other people. The panther travels between their property and the neighboring 10 acres along with the 180 acre tree farm.

Username: Genoyce Hewett
UserEmail: genoyce yahoo.com
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Date: 02 Jun 2008
Time: 13:20:39

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I am the graqnd daughter of Lucie Flava Block and am trying to research the Block side and am having a hard time. Any help would be appreciated.

Username: David Swafford
UserEmail: dswaff1962 hotmail.com
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Date: 16 Jun 2008
Time: 15:26:10

Comments:
 

Dear Block Family or Administrator,

I'm just another fan of the late W.T.'s writings. My condolences to all of you on his passing. In 2004, I bought a copy of "Cotton Bales, Keelboats, and Sternwheelers." Is there a way I can order a copy (even photocopied) of "Frontier Tales of The Texas-Louisiana Borderlands"??? 
I would appreciate your letting me know.

Sincerely,
David Swafford
Blue Springs, MO
dswaff1962 hotmail.com

Username: K.J Schroeder
UserEmail: Roadrunnerkjs2 msn.com
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Date: 23 Jun 2008
Time: 14:26:02

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While research hardwood flooring, I came across an article by W.T. Block on a sawmill. I am an archaeologist working on the historic Women's Club in Peoria, Arizona. We have several pieces of tounge in groove 'Royal Oak' flooring, 2 1/8" wide x 5/8" thick, that I am trying to source and I was hoping you might be of assistance. The Women's Club was built in 1918.

The alphanumeric backstamp data include "ROYAL OAK"; "LONG B ..."; "...RADLEY BRAND"; "... OEMA - USA - 11- A -11"; "... OEMA - USA - 11- B -11";"A - 11 - SHREVEPORT LA"; "... G BELL KANSAS..."; and "FORKED LEAF".

If any of these backstamps have meaning or significance to you, please let me know at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your assistance!

KJ Schroeder, Principal Investigator
Roadrunner Archaeology & Consulting
Tempe, Arizona

Username: Teri Clark
UserEmail: tclark526 gmail.com
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Date: 17 Jul 2008
Time: 16:37:32

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While going through family memories we have come across a personal account of the Galveston flood written by L.P. Featherstone's son, L.L. Featherstone. It is interesting to see the memories correspond with your account. I am L.L. Featherstone's great-grand daughter and am working on organizing family memorabilia with my aunt, L.L. Featherstone's grand-daughter.
Teri Clark and Ann Avoux

Username: cathy gould
UserEmail: goul6031 suddenlink.net
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Date: 18 Jul 2008
Time: 12:34:05

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I came across your article concerning chinaberry trees. I just wanted to let you know that I have close to a hundred seedlings that I have been selling here in Lake Charles. They seem to be popular with the older generations that remember them as children.

Username: randy Credeur
UserEmail: rides96hog yahoo.com
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Date: 18 Jul 2008
Time: 18:37:00

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i am the grt grt grt grandson of col nathaniel clifton grt grt nephew of nathan clifton nathaniels son and grt grt grandson of bennet ellender nayhaniels son n law. he was captured battle of widerness. i have family pics and medals from same i wish i had met mr block-randall j. credeur

Username: Randy Credeur
UserEmail: rides96hog yahoo.com
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Date: 18 Jul 2008
Time: 18:53:22

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col nathaniel clifton was not parolled by farragut. in fact he died in st louis hospital number 10 in new orleans. la from wounds received during capture. he was 48. i have his death certificate signed by a.m. barbe of france. he is burried under canal st in new orleans. randall credeur

Username: Ada Oakley McElhenney
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Date: 07 Aug 2008
Time: 12:22:46

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I am the granddaughter of MW Oakley. I lived with my grandparents at the Oakley Hotel 1933-1937. Since Mr. Oakley was a notable person in the civic life of Nederland while he lived there, you might like a biographical sketch of his history that would be an addition to your bios. I could send you what I know, which is pretty complete. I am now 75 years old but my memories of Nederland are vivid and might be interesting to historians of the area.

Username: Kerry
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Date: 13 Aug 2008
Time: 09:50:29

Comments:

I am so sad to see the passing of Mr. Block. He will be sorely missed.
I his site will remain online for years to come.

Username: vickey bordeaux
UserEmail: vbordeaux tmtusa.net
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Date: 15 Aug 2008
Time: 13:53:09

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A great writer will be missed. I enjoy all Mr. Blocks writing, especially those about early Port Neches as my mother Bessie Roy was from there. Mr. Block actually knew Mr. Andrew Roy (my mothers dad) and other siblings. 
Thanks for keeping this website alive. Vickey Bordeaux, Channeliew, Tx.

Username: Kristine Codling
UserEmail: kmc429 gmail.com
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Date: 17 Aug 2008
Time: 21:58:29

Comments:

While doing genealogy on the Owings family, I came across your article about Thomas Deye Owings. I have been creating memorials for my family on find a grave.com and I would like your permission to use some of Mr. Block's article and picture's on Thomas Deye Owings. 
Thank you for your consideration.
Kristine Codling

Username: John Becton
UserEmail: dravenx1 excite.com
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Date: 22 Sep 2008
Time: 08:45:40

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I am extremely saddened to hear of Mr. Block's passing. I am an amateur historian myself and I thoroughly enjoy his articles. His wit and accuracy will be missed. Please keep the site running as long as possible, I still read the articles and documents from time to time.

Username: Melody Langston
UserEmail: langlive aol.com 
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Date: 26 Sep 2008
Time: 16:44:18

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September 24, 2008 a black panther was saw on hwy 107, Mansura, LA alive and well standing beside my uncles mailbox next door to me. We have recently went through two hurricanes, in Avoyelles Parish, Gustav and Ivan therefore I am wondering if they have flushed him out so near to houses to look for food. It definitely was a black panther, and it was very beautiful. I watched it directly straight on for over 10 minutes perching and staring at me. I drove next door and ran into my house and called my Uncle to tell him the cat was out there because of the cattle he owns and has had come up missing.

Username: Patrick Medola
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Date: 29 Sep 2008
Time: 10:25:46

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I'm writing in response to an Internet article you had written on black cats. I live in the Kendall, Comal County area not to far from the Guadalupe River. Back in 1987 while clearing landscape, my daughter and I who was only 4yrs. old at the time saw what we thought was a black goat with a little white on the underneath side of his neck, so we headed toward it so my daughter could see and maybe pet the goat (across the road no fences). As we headed toward it (about 75 yards) this animal jump about 6 or 7 feet and took a couple of swipes at a mockingbird that was perched on a cedar tree, but missed. Upon landing, it turned and saw us and ran in the opposite direction. To me it looked like a Black Panther and it was definitely deep black in color. Nobody could tell me what it was, but lots of theories !!! A few years ago on the news somebody video taped a small black cat playing in their backyard (within Boerne city limits), to large to be a domestic cat, but not near the size of the one we had seen. Now a couple of weeks ago at FM3351 at the Guadalupe River bridge I was talking to a man there. I was telling him about some people I had just seen there wearing white paper looking overalls and he told me they were cave explorers and that they better be careful because there was panthers that live in those caves. He was also telling me that when these cats scream it sounds just like a woman screaming. The area that he spotted them was between FM 3351 and Guadalupe State Park on the Guadalupe River (several miles of river between these to points) not far from where I live 5 miles or so. If you know or have any information please reply. Thanks,

Username: John Johnson
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Date: 23 Oct 2008
Time: 17:55:32

Comments:

I am truly happy to see this site still available. I refer to it from time to time when researching or when I just want to read the real deal about some of the old places I remember...or the ones my family told stories about.

Username: JJ Hughes
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Date: 03 Nov 2008
Time: 22:01:51

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I wanted to say I have seen a black panther near Hooks, Texas, where I grew up. It stood about three ft tall, and had a very long tail. the cat was extremely skinny, ribs showing. I have a friend who saw it too. We saw it at night, stalking a deer. I did not think much about it, my hounds ran many panthers in the bottoms. I wish I would have tracked it and somehow tried to trap it.

Username: Gavin
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Date: 04 Nov 2008
Time: 16:19:46

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There is a town in Louisiana called Morgan City located on an island.
The name of this island is Tiger Island it was named that for a particular large cat that dwelled there. May be worth checking out since I still hear people say that they see them

Username: Betty Bishop
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Date: 05 Nov 2008
Time: 18:20:21

Comments:

I have a few oil stock's left to me by my Grandfather. The one I am interested in is a lease. It is from P. R. Harris Offset Lease Interest Contract. It is for 100 acres in Nacogdoches County, Texas. If anyone can tell me anything about this document or where I might look to find if it has any value that would be so appreciated. Thank You. B. Bishop

Username: Judy Rutherford
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Date: 08 Nov 2008
Time: 16:34:21

Comments:

I would like a copy of the publication with all the pictures in it. How do I purchase one?
Thanks for your help.
Judy Miller Rutherford
a descendant of John Sweeney

Username: Debra Miller Harrington
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Date: 30 Nov 2008
Time: 22:14:20

Comments:

I have read the article on Nederland, Texas and wished to thank Mr. block for such a wonderful stroll down memory lane.
I would like to know if anyone remembered my father Larry Miller, son of Otis and Ollie Mae Lee Miller, who worked for Weldon Davis at his funeral home as a young man?
I am so very sorry to have waited to late to have sent a comment on the Nederland article before Mr. block passed away.
thank you,
I hope he has family who will read this and know just how much this article has meant to me.
Debra Miller Harrington.
daughter of Larry Otis Miller and Rosalie Vincent Miller.

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Username: Rick Hernandez
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Date: 06 Jan 2007
Time: 09:05:25

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Dear Mr. Block

Thank you for sharing our history with us via the internet.

Recent editions or the Louisiana Legends Magazine carry two panther stories. The magazine is a collection of local stories from Northeast LA. Inside of the front cover the editor is listed as:

Lee Erwin
PO Box813
Jigger, LA 71249
Tel: 318-307-2898

Thanks again,

Rick Hernandez
Basile, LA
337-432-5411

Username: Linda G. Murphy
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Date: 06 Jan 2007
Time: 19:41:33

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Dear Mr Block,
I found your web site while researching Jayhawkers. Thank you so much for sharing your life story. I am so very sorry to hear of your illness but am happy you have left your mark on the world forever with your writings.
Best regards,
Linda
Staten Island, NY

Username: Randy Russell
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Date: 06 Jan 2007
Time: 19:48:53

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Mr. Block,

I was delighted to read about my great, great, great grandfather, Rev. Jeremiah Rousselle in your story about Duncan Smith. I was unaware that he was the first Methodist missionary to the Choctaw.

I have a letter from his grandson, Issac Preston Russell, that claims Jeremiah's father "together with Col. Moultrie and Gen. Lafayette, came to America from France and fought side by side with Gen. Washington". He "was one of Gen Lafayette's Adjutants. He and Moultrie were brothers-in-law.

What he did not include in the letter was Jeremiah's father's first name or where he was from in France. Do you know how I would get that information?

Thanks,

(Randy) Raymond Randolph Russell
(son of Raymond Clyburn Russell, son of Cecil Randolph Russell, son of John Russell, son of Jeremiah Russell).

Username: Sarah Locklin Taylor
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Date: 07 Jan 2007
Time: 15:14:38

Comments:

Mr. Block,

I "stumbled" across your website through a google for "Claiborne Garner" and what a wonderful stumble I made. I have read in absolute amazement the mass of information you have compiled.

I have been researching several family lines for almost 30 years now. The main thrust of my work has been the "Locklin" family in Milam Co., TX and in GA. As I was working on my Locklin family, William Thomas Locklin aka Thomas William Locklin, I found that he had married Mary Etta Garner. I was married to a Taylor. His Taylor line works back to Emma Ellen Garner. I had no further information on her. But, when I saw that my Locklin relative had married a Garner, I became curious to see if I could tie the two Garner women together and maybe further both lines. In my search for information on Mary Etta Garner Locklin, I found what seems to be a connection to Emma Ellen Garner Taylor.

I would very much appreciate your clarification or further information of what I am piecing together. This is what seems to fall into place.

Mary Etta Garner md. abt 1920 to Thomas William Locklin. She was born abt. 1902, in Milam Co., TX. Mary Etta appears to have been a daughter of David G. Garner and Dorothy Jones. Is this correct? Also, was David G. Garner a son of Bradley or Isaac?

Emma Ellen Garner was born Nov. 24, 1868, Milam Co., TX. I am "assuming" she was a daughter of Claiborne Garner and Artelia Willis. Claiborne appears to have been a son of Isaac and Mary Ann Decker Garner. There death notice in April 1903 Thorndale newspaper, for "Mama Garner" - Mary Ann Garner. Emma Ellen Garner married James Turner Taylor about 1888. They had 4 children, they are as follows: Pearl Ellen Taylor b. 1889, Clayborne James Taylor Sr. b. 1890, Myrtle Fern Taylor b. 1898, and Lovie Lee Taylor b. 1903. You may see where my assumption comes into play. Emma's father is assumed to have been Claiborne Garner and she named on of her sons Clayborne.

Do you have anything on either of these lines? Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your wonderful information and the time involved in putting it all together for the world to see on the web. Wow....I'm utterly amazed and intrigued!

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,
Sarah

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Date: 08 Jan 2007
Time: 13:51:52

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Mr. Block;
I have enjoyed your history on the Garners. I am 79 years old have been doing research on my Garners since that year. I am trying to find my Grandmother and Grandfathers marriage and death dates. I know they could neither write so it is very hard . Another thing they spelled our names different than we do. It was spelled Gardner, Gerdner, Gainer, Garedner, then to make it harder My Grandfathers name was James and I have no middle name. I know they married just after the war in about 1886- and he was supposed to have died when my dad was 9 months old. But I don't have any way to proof anything. You are writing about them in your History, But I have holes to fill in and I need help. James was the Son Of George S. Garner born in Va. 1790 married Elizabeth Thompson 1825 in Louisiana I think but no proof, I found Elizabeth Father John Garner 1820 St. Landreperish La then George in 1830 In Natch. 1840 land grant in Harris co. I think he is the Brother of Bradley, I have lots of info but need to know more. Please, can you help me. I am trying to find James Married Rebeca Crawford they say she was Indian, need proof.

Username: linda smith
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Date: 16 Jan 2007
Time: 14:37:07

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Dear Mr. Block, I found your website while researching black panthers. I live in southern Georgia, about 80 miles from the Florida border. I have seen and heard what I think is a black panther on two different occasions, my husband has also seen it. the last sighting was this morning,Jan.16,07.We live in a rural area with lots of thick woods surrounding our property. Do you think it's possible that it could be a panther or are we both seeing and hearing something else? Sincerely, Linda Smith

Username: Marc Deye
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Date: 17 Jan 2007
Time: 18:59:28

Comments:

Hello Mr. Block
Where can i buy your book(s) about Thomas Owings Deye?

Username: James Adams
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Date: 21 Jan 2007
Time: 11:53:21

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I read your article on the black panther in Texas with great interest. My father saw one as a boy when alone in the woods between Denton and Sherman in North Central Texas in the 1950's. In addition, there have been several folks here in Wise County (in the Chico area) who have reported seeing a black panther in just the last few years. The Wise County Messenger did an article on it eight or so years ago. One report, as relayed to me from a deacon in the local Baptist church, included seeing one with cubs.

Username: Bart Bernard and Sheila Ryan
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Date: 21 Jan 2007
Time: 17:29:35

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I appreciated your article about Isaac Ryan. My wife is a descendant of his family, on Jacob Ryan's side. She is interested in finding out to whom the land grant, issued to families of the soldiers, may have gone to. I would like to see where the land is if possible. Thank you for your help.

Username: Phil Handley
UserEmail: phandley sbcglobal.net
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Date: 24 Jan 2007
Time: 11:07:19

Comments:

W. T. I was pleasantly surprised to see another of your articles in the Mid County Chronicle. I have always enjoyed your writings and have missed them for the last year or so. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Phil Handley
Richardson, TX (formerly of 
Nederland)

Username: Glenn Guettler
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Date: 24 Jan 2007
Time: 18:43:06

Comments:

Texas German Society State Convention
VFW Hall
l4408 Alice Road
Tomball. TEXAS

March 30-April l, 2007

Username: Carolyn Revak
UserEmail: CRevak worldnet.att.net
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Date: 25 Jan 2007
Time: 19:07:00

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block, I am doing some family genealogy research. Would you happen to 
know where I can find some information about the old Crystal Theater which was on Pearl Street in Beaumont during the 1920's? Please e-mail me directly. Thanks so much, Carolyn

Username: Ken Van Dellen
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Date: 28 Jan 2007
Time: 14:58:21

Comments:

I enjoyed reading about Cornelius Doornbos, Sr., my Uncle Cor. His third wife, Bertha (Berber) Salverda Stappers Doornbos was my mother's half-sister.

Uncle Cor and Aunt Bert visited our home in Ellsworth, Michigan, a few times when I was high school age or younger. (I don't have a wedding date for them in my genealogy, and don't know how early that might have been, nor do I have a death date for her.) Having learned that he and his boys had a big ranch in Texas, I asked him if he had a pony I could have. He said he would give me one if I would pay the shipping. That put an end to that idea.

Some years ago I was at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, perhaps 1990 in Dallas or 1995 in New Orleans, and met a lovely young woman named Doornbos. She was presenting her geological research at a Texas university in Beaumont, I think, and I believe her name was Lisa. The name and the location made me ask her if she was from Nederland and if she knew of a Cor Doornbos. She affirmed that he was her grandfather. We had a short, enjoyable conversation about family connections and lore.

I'm not sure there is anything here worth posting to your guest book, but if you are in touch with the Doornbos family, I'd appreciate it if you'd pass this on. My parents visited down there a few times, and met some of the "boys".

Username: Buck Johnson
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Date: 30 Jan 2007
Time: 09:54:36

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

Having discovered your website, I have enjoyed reading the stories, especially the ones about the black cats and panthers. In response to your request, I am writing to report a cat sighting that occurred in Waller County, Texas about 5 years ago. 

My twin daughters and I were driving in my truck around mid-morning (10 or 11 AM) when a large black cat frantically crossed the road (FM 1488) directly in front of our truck at a distance of ~40-50 feet. Both my daughters, who were about 6 or 7 years old at the time, exclaimed "That's a bobcat, Daddy!", as they are very familiar with a stuffed bobcat we have on the wall at home. 

I had to correct them, however, as this cat was jet black and had a long curly tail. The cat was also much lankier than a bobcat and appeared a bit clumsy or juvenile in the way he ran. It seemed to be all legs, paws and tail, with a very long stride, as it spun across the paved highway in front of us. I estimate it was about 3' long and weighed around 40-50 pounds.

Because I have long heard of black panthers being present in the woods, I immediately came to the conclusion that this was one of them, and that the stories must be true. I'll have to admit, though, I am hesitant to repeat our tale in some circles due to the large amount of skepticism it seems to generate. I appreciate the opportunity to pass on this info in the interest of purposeful discussion. Please feel free to use on your website as you please.

Regards,

Buck Johnson
Hempstead TX

Username: Mary Johnson
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Date: 30 Jan 2007
Time: 23:47:55

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

I just learned of your work today, but am certain my mom probably has stacks of your articles torn from the Beaumont Enterprise... can't be certain until we have completed the distribution of her personal effects since her death last May at 82. At any rate, I'm sure she enjoyed your articles, as she was devoted to the East TX of her youth... Buna, Jasper, Harrisburg, etc.... & was an avid clipping saver!

We are planning a Confederate veteran memorial service (& installation of a headstone) for our great, great grandfather, Wm. Pierce Stone, this year at Bleakwood cemetery, the land for which was donated by Reuben Bennington, another ancestor. Mr. Stone was purportedly in Spaight's Battalion, but we don't have details. It would be most appreciated if you could direct us to the best source of information for his Confederate military service. This memorial was very important to our mother, so we naturally want to effect it properly, according to her wishes.
 

Many thanks in advance!
Mary Parfait Johnson
Houston, TX

PS: Regarding panthers (same as a mountain lion?), we saw one (sort of a strawberry blonde) a few months ago at our property in Woodville... BIG, swinging, belly as she lumbered away from us!!! I would gauge her weight at 175-200 lbs.

Username: E. N. Ellsworth 
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Date: 01 Feb 2007
Time: 17:28:24

Comments:

I was attracted to your site by your article on panthers. I live near the national forest about six miles north of Montgomery. My son and his wife were leaving my residence the other night and spotted what they both thought were black panthers. When I told my brother about it, he doubted the sighting. He did not believe such an animal existed. 
We have noticed, with the increase in dear, an increasing number of wolves and coyote. So if they can begin to move back into the area, why not panthers?

Username: Randall Black MD
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Date: 02 Feb 2007
Time: 20:51:26

Comments:

Do you have the list of the killed or wounded at Calcasieu Pass. In the 21th Texas Cav was a Isaac Key Co G, died in service.

Username: Ray Block
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Date: 07 Feb 2007
Time: 11:02:24

Comments:

I've thoroughly enjoyed your website. It's a great spot to learn some family history. I believe George Frederick was my great-great-great grandfather. My family branch comes down through George Frederick's son Frederick to his son George to his son Charles Irving to my dad, Norman. As a matter of fact, I met you and your son many years ago (mid-70's) when my dad and I paid you a visit so my dad could get more information on the family tree he was working on. I have really enjoyed reading your childhood and wartime stories as well as your newspaper articles on Jefferson County.

Ray Block

Username: kent conwell
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Date: 08 Feb 2007
Time: 09:19:13

Comments:

bill

as usual, i need help. i can't find kate dorman's stone at the cemetery. i know you and your boys poured one some thirty years back, but i was unable to locate it. can you provide me some general direction. i did walk the entire grounds.

kent conwell

Username: stephen d. clark
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Date: 08 Feb 2007
Time: 20:11:17

Comments:
 

Mr. Block,

First off, let me say how much I enjoy your stories. I live in the Starks/Fields area and your stories are published in the Dequincy News sometimes. I am a history buff myself, and I enjoy hearing stories about the past and visiting old places. My grandpa had a sawmill down the road a bit back in the 50’s.

In regards to cougars, years ago, late 80’s or early 90’s to be exact, I was bringing a date home one night around 10:00 p.m. It was on Green Island Road about 5 miles north of Starks. At the time, the road was gravel and it was very foggy so we were driving pretty slowly. All of a sudden, this big tan cat with a long tail appeared on the left shoulder of the road. In one leap, he cleared the road and was gone. I’ve seen a lot of bobcats in my day, but this cat was really big. I doubt a bobcat could clear both lanes in one leap.

Another time on my way back from Dequincy around the same era, I was driving home down Hwy. 12 when I heard this scream from out in the woods. It was around 9:30 p.m. and there was no one around. I’ve always heard that a panther sounds like a woman screaming. I don’t know if that’s what it was, but it sure startled me.

I’ve heard various other stories growing up about cougars/panthers from various hunters. But these are my personal experiences.

Keep up the good stories.

Best regards,

Stephen D. Clark

Username: Richard
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Date: 09 Feb 2007
Time: 09:26:51

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on a trip to Puerto Vallarta Mx. By car From Denver, Colorado to Nogales Mx south to Ciudad Obregon Mx we spent the night. the next monring about 8:00 A.M. heading south I saw a Black Jaguar about 2 hundred Yards from the road heading north. this was on 01/22/07 I had my GPS with me it read 26 39.994 N 109 13.758 W Yes Black Jaguarsare alive in Mexico ... My # 303-410-0588 Richard

Username: Terry N. Todd
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Date: 10 Feb 2007
Time: 20:50:05

Comments:

Mr. Block,

Your name came up from a search on Amazon.com for books or articles on the history of the lumber history in east Texas.

I have enjoyed reading some of the articles posted on your website. Your work is greatly appreciated by those of us interested in the east Texas lumber industry.

Have your researched or written articles about the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company in Nacogdoches, Texas? Nacogdoches is my home town and I am interested in that company's history and their operations.
 

Thanks again for your work.

Terry Todd

Username: Marlinda Martinez
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Date: 11 Feb 2007
Time: 12:27:10

Comments:

Mr. Block - I enjoyed visiting your web site and reading about the old days in Nederland. I attended the old 3-story High School, which had been converted to Central Junior High, during the early '70's as a 6th., 7th., and 8th. grader. We were moved to the current Central Middle School building at the end of Boston Avenue for 9th. grade. I am still so sad that I didn't go inside the old building before it was torn down and take pictures. Now that I have reached the advanced age of 48, I find that it's become harder and harder to remember how it looked on the inside. I'm not sure why it's so hard to remember a building I attended daily for 3 years. I do remember the outside fire escapes, the library between floors, and the auditorium where we had choir class. Do you have any pictures of the inside of the old building? I would love to go back in that time in my life and would love to see some pictures posted here or would gladly pay for copies myself. Thank you for continuing to remind us of how far Nederland and Port Neches have come in a relatively short time.

Marlinda Wilson Martinez

Username: Dr. Teresa A. Le Sage
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Date: 12 Feb 2007
Time: 08:25:49

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

Yesterday, I heard from a reliable source that a Black Panther is roaming around Victoria, Texas. He or she was spotted at an associates' chicken coup by 2 people.

Username: derek womack
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Date: 12 Feb 2007
Time: 14:59:25

Comments:

My name is Derek Womack, I have been reading through your site for a couple of years. What first brought me to your site was your articles on Sara Jane. I was researching the Road for a local movie along the lines of Blair Witch, just using Sara Jane road as the legend. I am going back and re editing and reshooting elements of the movie. 
1st. In one of the new scenes, i have one of the characters actually mention you're name and website. I was wondering if you are ok with that, if not then i can change it, i just felt that since i've used your site for so much research that i wanted to drop your name and site in the project. 
2nd. I've done research for the past three years on ghost and especially Sara Jane, it seems that there are a number of hauntings by ghost with the same name. I was wondering if you've done any articles on the why it seems legends come about? Are if you have any other ghost related information that might not be on the site.

3rd. We are planning on doing some special features for the DVD, would you be interested in giving us an interview (on camera) about your take on the stories, and then the truth about Sara Jane?

Thank you for your time and your website.

derek womack
MadRockweek landofz.com
www.LandOfZ.com

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Date: 12 Feb 2007
Time: 15:58:50

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I am in the process of researching information about the Meadows' fortune in or near Beaumont Texas. I am reluctant to post particular names of living relatives on this website, because I only learned of these names through my mother and have never met any of them personally. I wouldn't mind some of this information being posted and shared in order to track living relatives, but would need to discuss first.

I am extremely interested in family history and finding out if my family members are actual descendants of the same Meadows (spelling?) family that is related to the estate that originated (?) in or near Beaumont, Texas. 

First of all, I have never been able to confirm the correct spelling of Meadow or Meadows, etc, actually related to the inheritance. My ancestors' had the spelling of "Meadows," but I also realize back during that timeframe and relocation of my great-grandfather, the spelling of his name could have changed.

I am trying to locate descendants of my great-grandfather, Kage Meadows, and find out if there was a relation to the legendary Meadows' estate. To provide you with a little background, My great-grandfather, Kage Meadows, left his family in the late 1800's or early 1900's and moved to Beaumont Texas, getting into the oil business, and had at least 2 more families.

Back in the 1980's, my mother heard of the estate and went to Beaumont, Texas to research records to find out if there was a relation to her grandfather. It is with irony that my great-grandfather moved to Beaumont, Texas during that era and made a living in the oil business and I would be surprised if there isn't a relation.

I really didn't get interested in genealogy and researching information until recent years. I guess because of my age in the 1980's, I didn't get involved or learn much about what my mother found out when she went to Beaumont, other than the fact that she was unable to prove a relation. While there, she did, however, meet a half-aunt (Myra Loftin) and half-uncle (George Meadows) that she had never met before. It was ironic that her half-aunt resembled my grandmother (Victoria Meadows Blakeney) and my mother took several pictures of her that we will always treasure. Sadly, her half-aunt passed away not long after they met.

The only other information that I have is that my mother's half-aunt, Myra Loftin, had a son named Bill Yates and a couple of daughters (one lived in Moscow, Texas). My mother also had another aunt named Jeanie (spelling?) who lived in Cleveland, Texas. Her half-uncle, George Meadows, lived in Conroe, TX and he had a son who worked at the police department in Conroe and also had a daughter.

If you can provide any information concerning the Meadows' family or if any of these names sound familiar, I would appreciate it if you would contact me by E-Mail. Thanks!


Jennifer "Jenny" Gail Speir Wilson

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Date: 17 Feb 2007
Time: 12:04:36

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Mr Block all I can say is thank you. I was in Brenham, Texas in 2003 looking for the graves of Thomas Deye Owings and sons. I traveled from Fort Gaines, Ga. with one goal and that was to find the graves I had no luck. Thomas Deye's father and my 5th great grandfather were brothers my family came from Kentucky my ancestors were farmers, but have no doubt when the time came to defend this country they were the first in line. I am extremely proud of my ancestors. Carole

Username: William Bozic
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Date: 19 Feb 2007
Time: 20:26:18

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I am researching James B. Likens' 35th Texas Cavalry and have been in email contact with you in the past, so I am wondering if you could answer a question or two. Can you tell me what happened to James B. Likens' legal records from his law firm in Houston? Are the legal records in a repository?

Have you discovered a photo of James B. Likens? If yes, could you send me a scan or tell me where I could find a copy?

Sincerely,
William Bozic

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Date: 20 Feb 2007
Time: 09:43:17

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Hi, I am Alda Clark. I live at Singer La. in Beauregard Parish. I enjoy all your documents on your site. I write a little about my life, old times, and family History. I am trying to find information about Singer. When it was founded and about the people. I have read Beauregard History but it doesn't give much info. I also go to Goodhope Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church in this area. I know there is a lot of History here, I just can't find it. Would you have any thing that may help me? I first read an article of yours in the DeQuincy News several years ago. Love your work.

Username: Lola Anne Rankin
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Date: 27 Feb 2007
Time: 23:07:13

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Hello Mr. Block,
I do not know how I stumbled onto your site. I grew up in Nederland and graduated from high school there in 1959. My mother graduated from Nederland High in 1939. My mother's family has lived there for many years. My grandfather was Corbett Whitmire, his wife was Lola Mae DuBose. My mother was Alma Jean Whitmire who married Lester Boyd Rankin of Sourlake, Texas. I believe that either your mother or grandmother was a friend of my mother's family, having met at the Twin City Tabernacle many, many years ago. I remember Mrs. Block from my childhood. I believe you might be about the same age as my mother, Alma Jean, who was more commonly known by her nickname, Possie. Her sisters were Vivian Whitmire (married B.G. Weeks), Dorothy Whitmire (married Bruce McGown) and Dollie Whitmire (married Cooper Burroughs and Jimmy Foster). Her brother was Olan Whitmire (married Lela Mae Dockens). Dorothy, Dollie and Lela Mae are still alive and living in the Nederland area.

My grandfather, Corbett Whitmire, married Bertie Mae Fletcher (Alta Grey's mother-in-law) after the death of his wife (my grandmother) Lola Mae. I knew Alta Grey and 'Cotton' Fletcher from childhood.

My brother and I continue to do research on both sides of our families who settled in southeast Texas in the mid 1800's. We are related to a lot of the families in that area.

Thank you for your writing. I am still wading through all the articles and find them most interesting.

Sincerely,
Lola Anne Rankin

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Date: 28 Feb 2007
Time: 11:03:11

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My name is Joe Pinell I've lived in Port Arthur and Nederland my whole life and did not know that there was so much history here till I had a heart attack and started reading a lot. my Friend gave me your web site and have enjoyed it so much. Thank you for giving me so much information on this area.

Username: Betty Terrell Owens
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Date: 12 Mar 2007
Time: 10:24:48

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Dear Mr. Block,

First I would like to thank you for your dedication to history. You are an inspiration to all, and I enjoyed meeting you when you spoke one time for a Tejas Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas Meeting.

Next, I would like to ask you a question. While doing some research, I was reading a website on the Wiess family of Beaumont. It included this paragraph:
Three Beaumont pioneers were the connecting links with the war for American Independence. Captain Robert Kidd, who came to Beaumont in 1849, remembered seeing the army of Cornwallis on its march to defeat in Yorkstown, Virginia, in 1781. Colic LeBeau, grandfather of Mrs. Charles J. Chaison and a native of France, came to America with General Lafayette in 1777 to assist the American colonists in the War of Independence. After the close of the war he moved to Louisiana, thence to Beaumont, where he died, and is buried in the old Jirou Graveyard.........The article goes on about Jonas Chaison.

The Texas Daughters of the American Revolution are currently seeking all Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Texas. Col.George Moffett Chapter DAR of Beaumont has marked the graves of three Veterans. (Stephen Williams, Elder John Parker, and Jonas Chaison) My question is: Do you know anything about Colic LeBeau? I had never heard about him until I read this last night...March, 2007. The TSDAR is also seeking information about William Allen who is said to be buried in our area. The article does not say that Cap. Robert Kidd remained in Beaumont. I would really appreciate anything you can tell me about these men. I know the Jirou Cemetery is gone now.

Sincerely,
Betty Owens
Regent, Col. George Moffett Chapter DAR

Username: Christie Theriot-Hollyfield
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Date: 15 Mar 2007
Time: 10:57:51

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For many years I have wondered why my grandfathers name was on the High School Baseball Field board and not in any book. He was very well known for working for the Pure Oil, for the school district as a crossing guard, for never missing a football game and for helping run the Bulldog booster club. I was his tag along for many years until the Lord had better plans for him. His name was Stanley Paul 'Pete' Delahoussaye. Could you answer this for me?

Username: LaNell Mueller
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Date: 27 Mar 2007
Time: 13:43:55

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Mr. Block:

I've just been reading some of your articles on Texas' German history and find them very interesting.

Since I belong the the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Texas German Society and we have a program every month, I was wondering if you would consent to my using some of your material, of course giving you full credit, and passing it along to other members. I don't know just yet how we might use it, maybe to read a whole article, or some other way. I think too many of us fail to realize how many hardships our ancestors endured coming to a new country.

My paternal grandfather came in 1884, at the age of 14, working his way over on a freighter. His parents and two younger brothers came the next year. My grandfather settled around Austin, but his finally parents settled in Bosque County. There has been so much of our history that was lost simply because no one ever wrote it down or passed it along to the younger generations.

Thank you for your time and effort in compiling so many historical facts.

Username: Bob Bowman
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Date: 28 Mar 2007
Time: 10:07:51

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W.T.:

Hope this finds you well.

Doris and I are working on a fourth volume of Historic Murders of East Texas, and would like to research the murder of the Orange Police Chief in the l930s by a preacher.

Do you have anything in your files you could share with us, or point us in a suitable direction in Orange?

Many thanks for any help you might provide.

Thanks,

Bob Bowman

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Date: 28 Mar 2007
Time: 13:01:55

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Dear Mr. Block:

I am looking for the copyright holder of Texas Gulf Historical Biographical Record, edited and annotated by W. T. Block.

We would like to include the content on a research and bibliographic databases that are distributed to academic libraries.

Might you be able to assist me in this matter?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Sheila
Sheila M. Laing
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Username: Don J. Benton
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Date: 28 Mar 2007
Time: 16:14:50

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Mr. Block,
I have read quite a few of your publications and enjoyed them all. My ancestors are from Sabine Pass so I have been particularly interested in your articles about that area. I am very curious about your story of John McGaffey's gold. I have heard two other versions of that legend. Would you be so kind as to tell me where you got this story?
Thanks,
Don Benton

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Date: 29 Mar 2007
Time: 09:34:20

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Mr. Block:

I am a big fan of your work. I am especially interested in some of the Civil War items you have on line, and plan on quoting form them in an upcoming series of books on Civil War Louisiana. Any chance I can get a full citation for the manuscript owners?

In addition to teaching history at McMurry in Abilene, I also am president and CEO of the McWhiney Foundation. We own State House Press, one of the leading publishers of Texana. If you are ever interested in putting some of your items between boards, we'd sure like to look at it.

Donald S. Frazier, Ph.D.
Abilene, Texas

Username: Phyllis Doucet
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Date: 03 Apr 2007
Time: 14:41:10

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Mr. Block,

Do you recall when the roads in Pt. Neches were first "black-topped"?

Phyllis Doucet
autumn.doucet gmail.com

Username: Steve Hartz
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Date: 04 Apr 2007
Time: 15:47:31

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Mr. Block,
I have enjoyed your work very much. I am working on a piece about Ben Hooks along with his musical friends Jim Alums and Goober Crosby. After reading your piece on bear hunters, I was wondering if you might have any information on their music? I have a copy of the recordings made in the 30s by Wiliiam Owens along with some information from my friend F.E. Abernethy and comments from Allen Hooks book, but thats about it. Also I wonder if I may get permission to quote from your "bear hunters" piece. I would like to quote the part about where you first saw Ben when you were 16 etc.
Thanks
Steve Hartz
Nacogdoches

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Date: 06 Apr 2007
Time: 08:49:02

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Dear Mr. Block:

As a great grandson of Frederick W. Sternenberg, I was thrilled to read your historical article, "An Extinct Sawmill Town and the Olive-Sternenberg Partnership That Built It."

I would love to hear any of your suggestions on where I might find other published information on Olive, TX or the Sternenberg family (especially about FW Sternenberg during his years in Austin). I would also love to know if I can find a print-quality version of your article as I would like to present it to my father as a gift.

Username: Marypat Drummond
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Date: 06 Apr 2007
Time: 11:51:54

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Where exactly was the old Jirou Cemetery moved to? I understand a church now sits on top of it. Do you know what church. Do you know what they did with those buried in the cemetery? I have early (1830-1850) Herring ancestors who lived in Beaumont and are buried in that cemetery.

Many thanks for all your great information!

MP in TX

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Date: 06 Apr 2007
Time: 21:54:40

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I am looking for info: on the 1st Coushatta Village in Texas, I would like know where it was located ! and any history of its involvement with the civil war.. Thank You, Dan G. Salmon-fishsalmondan yahoo.com

Username: Jeanne Farque
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Date: 09 Apr 2007
Time: 14:16:06

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Hi. I work at the SW LA Genealogical & Historical Library in Lake Charles, LA. We have a patron from Washington DC who is looking for information on Eli Berwick and Mary Zelpha Hays. Have you done any research on this family, and perhaps know who the parents of Mary Zelpha Hays are? We know that Eli Berwick married Mary Zelpha Hays in Orange TX July 1860. We also know that Eli Berwick and Mary Z Berwick are buried in the Harris Cemetery in Orange, TX. The date that they have Mary Zelpha being born is 15 June 1826. We were under the impression that she was born about 1840. Any help you could provide; any hints for research, would be most appreciated!! Jeanne Farque

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Date: 11 Apr 2007
Time: 16:53:12

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Mr. Block,

I am researching the McGaffey's of Sabine Pass. In your numerous publications, you reference several living McGaffey decendents including Mrs. Frances McG. McMichael of Houston. Would you be so kind as to provide e-mail addresses so I might contact them. Your help is appreciated.

D J Benton

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Date: 12 Apr 2007
Time: 23:35:50

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“Hang Jeff Davis From A Sour Apple Tree:” Historical News from 1862 By Mario Marcel Salas

The information below is from a leaflet that German Americans in San Antonio passed out in the streets of San Antonio after they found out about the Germans being killed at the Nueces River by Confederate troops during the Civil War. Many Texas Germans were anti-slavery and opposed to Texas secession. The wounded in the battle on the Nueces were also murdered by gun shot or trampled by horses. The book where you might find this information is also in “Rip Ford’s Texas.” Rip Ford was a Confederate that killed Germans as well. He is buried in the Confederate Cemetery on the Eastside of San Antonio. The Menger in the leaflet probably refers to the owner (relative) of the Menger Hotel in San Antonio who was considered a “traitor” to German settlers. The Maverick is Samuel Maverick from the famous liberal Maverick family. This Maverick was reportedly a member and founder of a KKK type group and of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a group that advocated a slave empire in Texas, Mexico, and South America. In any event, he was a pro-slavery Confederate who hunted down and killed those who refused to support the Confederate slavers.

After the Germans were massacred at the Nueces River, San Antonio Germans issued the following call in the streets of downtown San Antonio. German Unionists marched through the streets of downtown San Antonio singing “John Brow’s Body” and “We’ll Hang Jeff Davis from a Sour Apple Tree.” Confederate troops captured some and hanged them, and “Violence prevailed in the Alamo City and in other German communities until the end of the war.” Germans from hotel rooftops shot at Confederates day and night. (From The Fremantle Diary, US War Department, 1862).

Wording On Anti-Slavery Leaflet 1862 by Unionist Germans NEWS German brothers, are your eyes not opened yet? After the rich took every picayune away from you, and the paper is worth only one-half what you so hard earned now that you have nothing left, now they go about and sell you, or throw you out of employment for Dunhauer, who left his wife and children, wants to do the same with you to the poor you might leave. Now is the time to stay the heads of Dunhauer, Maverick, Mitchel, and Menger to the last bone . . . Do away with that nuisance, and inform everybody the revolution is broke out. It is a shame Texas has such a brand. Hang them by their feet and burn them from below.

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Username: Nancy Gray Machen
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Date: 14 Apr 2007
Time: 13:43:53

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Dear Mr. Block:

I am so thankful that I found your website and am enjoying reading all of your articles. Since you are a genuine historian of the area, I am hoping that you can help me in my quest to find out more factual information about some of my family history.

My grandfather Oliver Allen Perry’s father’s real name was Oliver Babbs and he born in 1846 in Ohio County, Indiana. He fought on the Northern side during the Civil War. My mother has his original Union Army discharge and re-enlistment paper in her safe deposit box. The text of that document states:

"Know ye, that Oliver Babbs a Private of Captain W. C. Harris' Company, (K) 38th Regiment of Illinois VOLUNTEERS who was enrolled on the twelfth day of August one thousand eight hundred and Sixty One to serve three years or during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this Twenty Eighth day of February, 1864, at Ooltawah, Tennessee by reason of Re-Enlistment as a Veteran Volunteer. (No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist.) Said Oliver Babbs was born in Ohio County in the State of Indiana, is twenty years of age, Five feet Seven Inches high, Fair complexion, Gray eyes, Dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted, a Farmer.
Given at Ooltawah Tenn this Twenty Eighth day of February, 1864."
(signed) W. C. Harris and several others that I can’t decipher.

Note that it says that he was 20 years old in 1864 which would make him born in 1844. He was actually born in 1846, but wanted to join the Union Army with his older brother William Melville Babbs, so he lied about his age in order to get in. Their names are next to each other in the roster of Company K, 38th Illinois Regiment.

When the Civil War ended, Babbs' company was situated near Victoria, Texas. This is where the dates and places get fuzzy, but following the War, he went to work in a lumber or sawmill in "East Texas" along with other war veterans. The Yankee Carpetbaggers had put a Negro overseer in charge of the sawmill.

This overseer was very abusive to the mill workers and was very “uppity”. According to my uncle Seth Perry, Oliver Babbs and a couple of other men waylaid the Negro overseer and killed him. This created quite a consternation among the Yankee Carpetbaggers and they were determined to punish whoever was responsible. The situation became dicey enough that Oliver Babbs and the other men were forced to flee the area.

He ended up in the northwest Louisiana area. This was when he dropped the Babbs surname and started to go by Oliver Perry. We do not know why he picked the name Perry as it does not appear anywhere in the known Babbs family tree. He apparently just plucked the name out of the thin air. He eventually met and married Victoria Allen. They were married in Mooringsport, LA. She and Oliver ended up in the Oil City, LA area.

I distinctly remember when Grandpa Perry and Seth told me the sawmill story. I was in the eighth or ninth grade and Seth was staying with us on one of his extended hunting trips. He and Grandpa would consume a lot of beer every night and sit around reminiscing about old times, especially the Civil War (Seth’s favorite subject except for how Hitler had really had the right idea about the Jews!). I was usually only halfway listening, but when Seth asked him something about the time that his father had killed the “nigger” and had to change his name, my ears instantly perked up. When they noticed that I was listening, Grandpa wanted to drop the subject, but Seth insisted that I should hear the story. Seth then told me the story while trying to get more details out of Grandpa.

The only part I don’t remember was exactly where the sawmill incident happened, but it was somewhere in East Texas. I started asking a lot of questions and Grandpa clammed up. I got the distinct feeling that it was a hush hush family secret that should not be talked about.

When my father died and my Mother's brother Earl came down for the funeral and stayed a few days, I asked him about it. He seemed surprised that I knew but said that it was true. Apparently Oliver Babbs told his son and then Oliver A. Perry told his sons. I asked Earl a lot of questions about it but he didn’t know anything more, like the names of the other two men who were involved or exactly where the incident had occurred. Earl said that Oliver Babbs and the other two men had made a pact to never tell anyone about the incident and then they had all gone their separate ways.

I was wondering if in your research of the Reconstruction period, you recall ever reading about any similar circumstances of a Yankee-installed Black overseer of an East Texas sawmill being murdered and the culprits getting away. If so, I would be very appreciative of any additional information that you could provide.

Regards,

Nancy G. Machen

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Date: 20 Apr 2007
Time: 12:30:00

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MR. BLOCK
MY NAME IS CHARLIE NEILL. I AM A FRIEND OF CATHERINE MERCHANTS. I MET YOU IN LIBERTY A FEW YWARS AGO WHEN YOU WERE SIGNING MUD BATHS TO MILLIONARES. MS MERCHANTS OFFTEN BRINGS YOUR NAME UP AND HOPES YOU ARE DOING WELL. I TAKE HER EVERY SO OFTER TO THE MERCHANT GRAVE SITE IN SOUR LAKE. I WILL TELL HER THAT I FOUND YOUR WEB SITE. TAKE CARE THANKS CHARLIE NEILL

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Date: 21 Apr 2007
Time: 15:55:39

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i was running though the woods by my house this morning 04/21/07. and i saw a black panther. HAMMOND LOUISIANA.

Username: Lynell Powers
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Date: 26 Apr 2007
Time: 08:48:17

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Thank you for the privilege of reading about your great-grandpa Duncan Smith. I admire you for having taken the time to write about this very fine gentleman. Although I am not a great fan of the civil war, it seems there is an as important war in the hear and now which owes my attention, this short Bio on him did move me. It sent a proud shiver up my spine.

Except for a very limited amount of Americans few understand and applaud today much of the valor, the immaterial force, to take a personal moral stand, such as Mr. Duncan Smiths' actions is about unheard of today with us Americans. I just do not have the writing ability to describe my true feelings of admiration I have for your fathers', grand pa.

Today's wars are fought by young American folks more for the sake of personal gain of benefits after service then a call to inner moral duty as you have written. I feel most have only a small semblance of the fine deep seated moral motivation of your respectful great-grandfather. I will not go off in the direction of today's troops. I did spend a near enlisted career in the army.

It is men like him which make me proud to be a man who can stand taller being reminded how very proudly, above all else today, we are one nation with more freedom then most of the rest of the world can begin to understand much less appreciate.

Respectfully, 
Lynell
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Date: 26 Apr 2007
Time: 10:53:36

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Mr. Block,
Please email me at your earliest convenience. I would like to speak to you about a book we recently published and was wondering if you would be interested in a review copy.
Thanks,
Beth Bow
Publications Marketing Coordinator
Texas State Historical Association Press

Username: Kenneth G. Hebert
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Date: 27 Apr 2007
Time: 10:42:57

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Mr. Block...

My name is Kenneth Hebert and I live in Lake Charles, La... I am 54 Years old and work as a Hunter Education Instructor, for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.. I just want to give you some Information, and if you want to Contact me that's fine, but I don't think I want this E-mail posted on your website !... There is a guy here at our office, named Jerry Ferguson. He is a Fisheries Biologist, and used to be a member of the McNeese University (Archeological Club)... Back in the 1970's a person showed up at one of their monthly meetings, and told them that he had found something on his property, that they might be interested in seeing.. Jerry said the guy pulled out what looked like a solid piece of Silver, that was about the size of one of those "big" Cowboy Belt Buckles, that you see some of the Rodeo Riders wearing !The people in the Club didn't know what to make of him, and thought it was a joke, or that he was some kind of wacko? The guy was a State Trooper, that lived in Johnson's Bayou, and his last name was Prescott!... (I can't remember his First name, but I think it was John...I can find out though, because I know someone that worked with him that is still alive, and living in Lake Arthur, Louisiana). About 2 years ago, Jerry Ferguson, another lady from our Lake Charles Office, and myself drove over to the Sallier Museum in Lake Charles, where the famous Sallier Oak is located... The girl had never been to the Museum, so we decided take her over there so she could see it. We were in there talking to the Assistant Curator, and the subject of Gold, and Treasure came up!... The guy said: "Wait one minute, I've got something to show you!"... When he came back he had 1-Pound piece of Gold in his hand, that was shaped like a Coin, but it was about 5/8ths of an Inch thick and had an insignia of a Spanish Cross stamped on the top surface of it!... I though it was a reproduction, and said: "That's not real... is it?" And the Curator said: "YES, its real Gold!"... Besides this piece of gold, there was a smaller Spanish coin, that was a little larger than a Dime, and was also stamped with the insignia of a Spanish Cross... I can't remember if it was Jerry or myself that asked the Assistant Curator: "Where did you get those things?"... And "this" is what he said: "THEY WERE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM, BY A STATE TROOPER THAT LIVED DOWN IN JOHNSON'S BAYOU!!!"... Jerry and I looked at each other, and I think a "Chill" ran up both of our Spines! And the incident of the Belt Buckle size piece of what looked like Silver came back to Jerry and me!!!... I went and visited Lee Boudin, the State Trooper that used to work with Prescott, and rode with him in the Patrol car many times... Lee is in his 80's now... I told him the story that I have just finished telling you, an
 

Thank You So Much !
 

Kenny Hebert
Lake Charles, La.

Username: Dan Lamb
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Date: 29 Apr 2007
Time: 08:15:25

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W. T., my name is Dan Lamb and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. In twenty days I will become a retired US History and Government/Economics teacher after 37 years in the classroom. I plan on spending a good part of that time in research on historical topics of familial importance. I was particularly struck by your article on the Jayhawkers of western Louisiana. My 3rd and 2nd great grandfathers were members of the 2nd La. Cavalry Scouts (Union). My 2nd gr. grandfather ( Enoch L Brooks) was awol after just 4 days of Confederate bombardment and siege at Alexandria, but my 3rd gr. grandfather ( Elisha L. Brooks) served as Dennis Haynes' Quarter-master for the duration of the 6 month enlistment of the unit. It is particularly this individual that has spurred my curiosity for Scouts history. In your Jayhawker article you expressed a hope that other historians would take up the mantle of research on these east Texas and western Louisiana unionists. I will now have the time and the inclination to get involved in the hunt. I am aware of Art Bergeron's work in the field (cited in your bibliography on the Jayhawkers - though I haven't read it yet); I am also familiar with the "Southern Claims" testimony that Dennis Haynes gave to that federal commission in 1870(I believe) and of course the records of union dispatches in the Civil War. After these sources I am at a dead end for sources on the "Scouts". After all of this, I guess my questions to you is, are you aware of other sources that I might find useful in my research? Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
Dan

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Date: 30 Apr 2007
Time: 10:01:58

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I a cousin to the Sabine Pass McGaffey's and came upon your site. I have a letter from the 1830's that talks about a great uncle leaving Dixon IL to go to Texas. The heat was apparently to much for him and he returned to Illinois about a year later.

Username: Rosslyn Alexander
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Date: 01 May 2007
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Dear Mr. Block, I love your articles because my great-great grandparents lived in Nederland. They were Martin and Kathrena Wagner and children. I know you have written a couple of articles about them somewhere. If you please, let me know which articles or if you have any good stories about them, I would appreciate it. My great-father was Edward "Alex" Wagner. Thanks so much, Rosslyn Alexander

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Date: 06 May 2007
Time: 14:30:44

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Bill:

Interesting timing on you recent WWII story. I just purchased some old ration stamp books this weekend in Austin. I reviewed these today with my father who was also in WWII, and had just moved from Corpus Christi to Orange when Pearl Harbor was bombed. We worked at the Pure Oil Refinery in Beaumont following the war, we all called the road by the rubber plant, of course, rubber plant road. he said the tires back then were so thick, that when the tread wore off, they had stations that took a soldering gun and carved new grooves in the tires. His sister used to sing for the USO and traveled the US doing so. I interviewed her as part of my history requirements at Lamar in 1979, I've lost the interview but remember the Victory gardens she used to grow. Her husband was lost during the war for 9 months and listed as dead, she actually received papers to this effect. In reality, he serviced US planes on a small classified island in the Pacific, these were wounded or damaged planes that were used for attack. While on the island, they put an aircraft engine in a PT boat and would ride around the island. She has pictures he smuggled off the island they took with a Japanese camera, may be the only ones in existence.

Best regards:
Kirk Clark

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Date: 06 May 2007
Time: 14:39:06

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Bill:
This is an update on Joseph Osterman Dyer. I've now documented app. 330 articles he wrote, including recieving a letter from Assisstant Secretary of War Wainwright in 1922 for a series of articles written on the Civil War in 1922, one which involved his relative on the Harriet Lane.

I have not been able to corroborate his note of a 1823 hurricane, I was at the Tyrrell Library last week reviewing Ben Stuart's handwritten book on hurricanes from 1818 to 1920 (which is deteriorating badly), but he did not note this one either. I cannot find his source reference for this, what I have discovered is that app. 2000 pages of original source material, 1000 pages of manuscripts, his letters and correspondence, and various precious artifacts of the Laffite Commune did not make it to the Rosenberg library, one of which was the only sketch in existence of Lafitte's fort by one of Lafitte's men.

Still on the trail....

The best.

Kirk Clark

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Date: 07 May 2007
Time: 11:26:45

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Hello W. T., 5-7-2007
It's your old neighbor again, Malinda Fawvor, and I came across something yesterday. You said that Rosa Belle Sweeney was your 1st cousin right? Well, this is what I found:
Austin Bellas Sweeney married Victoria Miller who was the daughter of Marie Leah Portie. Marie Leah Portie married T. F. Fawvor after her 1st husband, Valsant Miller, died. They had a girl together named Nora Fawvor. Anyway T. F. Fawvor was my great-great-grandfather. !It really is a small world. So I was wondering if you could get me some info on Victoria Miller. When and where was she born? When and where did she die? Where is Austin and her buried and where is Rosa buried? I hope to hear from you.

Talk with you later,
Mal

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Date: 08 May 2007
Time: 20:14:21

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Hello Mr. Block,
I know this is probably a shot in the dark, but I just came across your autobiography online and am writing to see if you may have or may be able to obtain any information that may assist me in finding my German half-brother or any information about him. 
I learned a couple of years ago that my father, who practically walked in your footsteps during WWII, had a girlfriend in Melsungen, Germany just after the war ended who gave birth to twin sons he fathered. My father was in the US Army's 78th Division's 308th Field Artillery Battalion from about March 1943-November 1945 and was stationed in Melsungen before being transferred back to the US. He had a girlfriend whose parents lived in and/or worked at a mill (he thinks flour?) along a river down a cul de sac. The only thing he can or will tell me about her is that her name was Helga and she gave birth to twin sons he fathered. 
My father left the Army in about January or February 1946 and came back home to Virginia. He then re-enlisted several weeks later hoping to get back to Germany for the children's births. He was eventually sent to Munich where he says Helga visited him with the children on at least one occasion, but he avoided responsibility for them and eventually married my mother whom he met in Munich. He told me one of the boys died young in childhood and he has no idea what became of the other child and/or Helga. He says he doesn't know the boy's name or Helga's family name or anything else about them. I have had the Standesamt in Melsungen research birth records from the timeframe when I believe the twins were born to try to get names, but the clerk there said she couldn't locate any helpful information. 
Would you possibly know anyone who recognizes the above story from Melsungen? I'm trying to find my half-brother's name, Helga's surname, her parent's name's, the name of the street the mill was on, the name of the mill or anything else that may help. 
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any help you may be able to provide. 
John Daugherty

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Date: 09 May 2007
Time: 07:56:32

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Hello W. T.,

I was wondering if you could tell me everything that you remember about Victoria Miller Sweeney. Did she have a middle name? Do you know anything about her sisters?

Malinda Fawvor - Dickerson

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Date: 12 May 2007
Time: 03:58:48

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Hello, while doing some extensive research on my German heritage, I ran across an article (somehow!) that you had written in the Texan German ancestry area regarding an "old German" by the name of Otto Figge. I believe he may have been my great, great grandfather.
I am extremely interested in hearing from you regarding the possibility. I am new to the whole ancestry search and to be quite honest, I am extremely overwhelmed. I am not sure I am even on the right Figge or not, but I believe he had a wife named Emma who was the daughter of Carl Figge who had a wife named Kate? I believe my deceased grandmother may have been Carl and Kate's daughter. There is not a whole lot of history regarding the family, but I recall being told her parents names were indeed Carl (Ludwig- middle name??) and Kate. I know that Prussia is where someone was from.
I am not sure if you can help me or not. I would love hearing from you :)

You can email me at Calypsoldy57 msn.com

Thank you in advance, Laura Dowell

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Date: 21 May 2007
Time: 21:27:31

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Anna Gray Sweeney Noe (b. 4/3/1902) was the daughter of Hazel Cosper Sweeney (b. 1884) and John Dennis Sweeney. Hazel Cosper was the daughter of Adelia (Ada) Zeretha Gray (b. 9/25/1841)and Dr. William Cosper.

Adelia (Ada) Zeretha Gray was one of 13 children (four males and 9 females) of Alexander Key Gray and Martha Powell Gray. They lived in Carroll and Lowndes Co., MS.

All four of the male children of Alexander and Martha Gray died young. Three died in a family feud with a sibling's in-laws ("The Choctaw Tragedy") and the other died in 1854 during the Walker Expedition to Nicaragua.

My great great grandfather, William Powell Gray, died in the Choctaw Tragedy on 11/24/1861. His wife was pregnant with my great grandfather, William Ernest Gray at the time of her husband's death. There were no other male children to survive this Gray lineage.

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Date: 22 May 2007
Time: 08:56:36

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Hello !

I was reading the articles about the "panther" sightings and found them rather interesting. I live in the woods on family land, in Independence, Louisiana. Well, about 4 years ago, me and my husband were leaving, and as we were going down the road, there it sat. In the middle of the road, the largest black cat I have ever seen in person, outside of a zoo. The sighting didn't last long at all, the cat disappeared into the woods. It looked to be nearly 3 feet long and close to 50 pounds maybe. That was the last sighting until these last few weeks. The cat or cats have been hanging around mine and my cousins house late at night. The animals do not knock over trash cans or anything, they just take casual strolls through the yard late at night. They are scared off easily though. I'm never able to get a picture of the cat. One that we have seen isn't very big, but bigger than a male bobcat. Another that we have seen is very large. the belly of the cat has to be at least 1 and 1/2 feet from the ground. We are worried about these sightings because we have small children around here and small pets. We have notified the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, but they tell us that the cats don't exist in Louisiana, that there is no scientific proof. I guess they cant take our word for it. They tell us that photos, tracks, bedding area, or the carcass of the animal is needed before they can do anything about it. I guess we will have to find a way to get the evidence they need. Hopefully it will be before a beloved pet or even worse, a child, is harmed. I do plan on taking pictures of it somehow. If I have anymore sightings, I will be more than happy to post them.

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Date: 01 Jun 2007
Time: 20:54:09

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I read the piece about black panthers in East Texas. I grew up in Tool in Henderson Co. Tx (just about 3 or 5 miles East of the Trinity River Bottoms). While I was 15 yrs old, one summer night in 1978 or 1979, I heard what sounded like a lady screaming out like she was in great pain and was dying. It sounded like it was right out my window. The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end. There was eerie silence after that then I heard a pack of coyotes in the distance yelping. I just assumed that the sound was a coyote. It wasn't until recently that I was told by friend in Terrell that what I heard was a black panther. My mother still lives in the same house in Tool, and she told me that she still hears that same sound sometimes, but that she always thought that it was coyotes because she always hears coyotes every night. I heard about a report of someone claiming that a black panther was seen following a woman and her children while walking out in the woods near their home in Athens, Tx.

I'll never forget the sound that night. I thought someone was being murdered at the time, I'm sure it must have been a panther. Just thought you might want to know.

I enjoyed your website.

Username: Belinda Smith
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Date: 05 Jun 2007
Time: 13:52:47

Comments:

I love your site. Your article on Rev. John August Tubbe was excellent. I am a descendant of his. 
Belinda Hightower Smith


Username: Victoria Bynum
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Date: 06 Jun 2007
Time: 12:12:56

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Mr. Block,

I want to tell you how much I admire your work, and that I discovered your work while researching the Unionist Collins brothers of the Big Thicket. Did you know that Warren, Newton, and Stacy Jr. were brothers to several members of another well-known band of deserters of the Confederate Army, the Free State of Jones of Piney Woods, Mississippi, headed by Newt Knight? Also, do you know whether or not any of the East Texas Collinses became Populists during the 1890s as did many of their kin back in Mississippi? 
Thank you so much. 
Vikki Bynum, History Department, Texas State University at San Marcos

Username: Rafael Block
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Date: 06 Jun 2007
Time: 23:49:48

Comments:

WT:

So good to see your web site. I have enjoyed learning many new things from it. I also have a copy of your book 'Sapphire City of the Neches' that was given to my father, James Allen Block.

Do you know what his relationship to you was? I think he may have been a cousin, but would like to know exactly how and through what common ancestor.

Thanks again for your tireless research.

Rafael Allen Block

Username: Christie Eaves
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Date: 11 Jun 2007
Time: 20:58:14

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I just reread the article from 1984 about Christian Hillebrandt and I just wanted to let you know that it is incorrect for 2 reasons. The Hillebrandt Cemetery is not deserted as you made it seem, as a matter of fact, the Beaumont Enterprise just showed another point of mine that a Hillebrandt was burried there in Feb of this year. There are still many of us around, until 1 year ago, I myself was still in Jefferson County and I'm very disappointed that you say without full knowledge that there are very few of us left. I would like to know how much research you did on that before you printed it.

Username: Judy Hodges
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Date: 11 Jun 2007
Time: 22:37:21

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Dear Mr. Block,

I have been enjoying your articles for several years now, especially "A Buccaneer Family in Spanish East Texas: A Biographical Sketch of Captain James and Mary Sabinal Campbell". Mary Sabinal (Sharbeno) was my 4th great-aunt. Because of your Endnotes I was delighted to received today, from The Center for American History at the University of Texas, a copy of Mary Campbell's obituary that was in the Galveston Daily News. However, they were unable to find a copy of the article you listed as Mary S. Campbell, "Buccaneers-The Memoirs of Mary Campbell", Galveston Daily News, May 25, 1879. I also tried to get copies from the Rosenburg Library in Galveston, but they were not able to get a copy for me either. Do you know of any other source where I may find a copy of this article?
Your article is a treasure to add to my family history for my children and grandchildren. 
Thanks for any suggestions you may have.
Judy Hodges

Username: Jim Bales
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Date: 14 Jun 2007
Time: 22:32:58

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Hello Mr. Block,
Hope this finds you well. I have enjoyed many of your articles on The Sabine Pass Battle. My Gr, Gr, Grandfather was Nicholas H. Smith. I would like to know anything about him other than the Sabine Pass Battle. Here is what I know. 
Nicholas H. Smith was born in 1833 in Tennessee to John B Smith and Louisa J Scruggs. Louisa had nine children all of which died except for four sons, the oldest of which was Nicholas. In approximately 1846 the family moved to Thibodaux LA. In 1853 his father, John B. Smith died of yellow fever. In 1858 Nicholas Married widow Zulema Ames (Deshields), a Thibodeaux native whose father was a planter in the Thibodaux area. She had one daughter by her previous marriage, Medora, who was approx 1 yr old at the time. When I acquired a copy of his marriage license, the Marriage bond was signed by R. R. Barrow, who you probably know, was a wealthy planter in Louisiana and Texas. Mr Barrow also had interest in and possibly manipulated the canal companies. In May 1857 Nicholas was appointed as treasurer of the LaFourche and Terrebonne Navigation Company which operated a canal between those 2 bayous through Thibodaux. He held that position until 1860. In 1858 he also was in business with his brother Ogelsby, called Smith Smith & Co.. What type of business I'm not sure but it was located in downtown Thibodaux. Ogelsby was listed in the 1860 census as a merchant. In December 1859 Nicholas became a Justice of the Peace in Thibodeaux. Nicholas was also active in the police jury of Terrebonne Parish. In the minutes of these meetings also appears the name of V Sulakowski, parish surveyor. 
All four Smith sons fought in the war, Nicholas H with the Confederate 4th Engineer Troops, Ogelsby S served in A C Cage Calvary Co. F, Hampton C served as private in Co E of the 4th LA Infantry, and John J served as Private in Co. I, 26th LA Infantry. Hampton C. Smith, died in Dec 1862 in a hospital near Baton Rouge. The other brothers survived the war but only one returned to the Thibodaux area. 
In 1868, Nicholas and his wife Zulema had one son, my gr grandfather, Hampton A. (Hamp) Smith. They moved to Galveston TX, where the 1868 City directory has him listed as a Civil engineer. The 1870 Census has Nicholas, Zulema, Madora, and Hampton listed living in Galveston. The 1872 Galveston directory has him listed as a cotton clerk for the Factors Press Co. Sometime in late 1872 early 1873 Zulema died and Hamp went to live with his grandmother Louisa J Smith in Thibodaux. According to Hamp’s obit, he ran away from Louisa and made his way back to Galveston becoming a cabin boy on a revenue cutter that was captained by a friend of Nicholas. In the 1880 Census I found an N H Smith and Hampton listed in a Houston boarding house. The enumerator has them listed as black, but the ages of both Nicholas age 47 and Hampton age 13 match. I am speculating that Nicholas might have died sometime after this census as I cannot find him again and Hamp’s obit states that family from Cincinnati, probably Madora, found him at age 16 working as a newsboy on the streets of Houston and took him back to Cincinnati. I understand that Houston began keeping death records after 1874, but I have not found any documentation of his death there. 
If you have any information or contacts that might help me find where he might be buried I would greatly appreciate it. I would also like to know more about the Factors Press Company in Galveston and if Julius Kellersberger made any note of Nicholas in his memoirs. I have a picture of Nicholas in his uniform and would gladly send you a copy if you are interested. Thanks again for all your wonderful articles.

Jim Bales

Username: Lon Lovett
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Date: 16 Jun 2007
Time: 22:01:52

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Hello, Mr. Block -

My name is Alonzo Corley Lovett - I go by Lon Lovett. My g-g-g-grandfather is Davis Long of DeSoto Parish, La. Subsequently Capt. James Long, William A. Fletcher, John W. Keith, and Frank L. and Joseph A. Carrol are my uncles. My g-g-grandmother is Emma Long (or Emily, her given name). She married James Marion Corley of Natchitoches parish, LA. They owned several cotton farms and more than one sawmill.

The Corleys came from Alabama in the 1850s---headed to greener pastures in Texas. They were stopped by the Sabine River in LA, and my branch stayed. They brought some sawmill equipment with them and made a living by cutting/selling pine lumber in Sabine parish. They also planted cotton. My g-g-grandfather James Marion Corley married Emily (emma) Long of DeSoto parish after the Civil War. They did well for themselves....had several farms as far north as East Point, LA, and as far south as Natchitoches and even sometimes in Rapides parish. There are records of sawmills at Natchitoches/RedRiver parish borders and Rapides parish.

I was excited to here of the Long connection thru Beaumont. I'd be much obliged to you to point me in the right direction to obtain all the literature I can on the Longs, Carrolls, Fletchers of Beaumont--or any information on the Corleys of Lousiana and Texas you can provide. Can you help?

Thanks so much.

Lon Lovett
Dallas, TX 75214

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Date: 20 Jun 2007
Time: 22:24:09

Comments:

Hello Sir,

I want to thank you for your excellent articles. I appreciate their historical accuracy. I am involved in a land survey study of the Camino Real de Los Tejas and came across your article of John Fletcher. Where can I find more information on Capt. McKim's journal and Glenn's crudely drawn map? Your help is appreciated.

Many Thanks,

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Date: 25 Jun 2007
Time: 00:41:51

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Mr. Block, What a wonderful wealth of information! My husband, Richard Leslie Jarrett, Jr. are researching the history of his family and have had great difficulty doing so. His great grandmother was Cora E. Langham, daughter of James Biddle Langham. Her first husband, Richard Jarrett, and his sister, Ida Jarrett, have been impossible to trace. Imagine our surprise to see Ida mentioned twice in the Entertainment article.
Could you suggest sources of we might contact in Beaumont for more family information?
Thank you for this absorbing material.

Username: Jerry McInnis
UserEmail: jdmc65 earthlink.net
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Date: 25 Jun 2007
Time: 11:02:24

Comments:

Have a book copy called Citrus Belt of Texas written in 1912. This shows Port Arthur, Orange (named for orange) Liberty and our area was where most citrus grew commercially. I am sure about 1914 the farmers said forget the fruit and lets get a new job at Texaco etc.

If interested, let me know

Username: MAGA
UserEmail: MAGA YAHOO.COM
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Date: 25 Jun 2007
Time: 12:43:02

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you for sharing our history with us via the internet.

Recent editions or the Louisiana Legends Magazine carry two panther stories. The magazine is a collection of local stories from Northeast LA. Inside of the front cover the editor is listed as:

Lee Erwin
PO Box813
Jigger, LA 71249

Username: Jimmie Gilley
UserEmail: jimmiegilley yahoo.com
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Date: 26 Jun 2007
Time: 09:05:23

Comments:

Hi Mr. Block

I would like to know the location of the Olive Cemetery, near Kountz Tx.

Thanks

Username: Myrna L Burr
UserEmail: myrna_henru2002 yahoo.com
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Date: 26 Jun 2007
Time: 12:31:24

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I'm not from Texas or Louisiana, I'm From Ohio I Had A sighting of in 1943 .We Lived In the county. I was Looking Out the Kitchen Window an Seen The Most Beautiful Black Cat it Wasn't a House cat I'd No Luck with them.. This One was Close to 100 lb or about. My Grandmother come over to see what what i was so happy about and moved my chair away from the window. Then her and my uncle talk ,he said he was getting the T.N.T. No never heard the Tnt.. Thank You For Your Time, I Now Live in Calif.. I Believe That is has an Are still Big Black Cats

Myrna L Burr

Username: Virginia Harris
UserEmail: ginperry95 yahoo.com
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Date: 26 Jun 2007
Time: 13:41:40

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Hello,
I'm Virginia Harris at e-mail address ginperry95 yahoo.com. I have been reading William Jonhstones in the ashes series and you was named in one of the books for the fall of freedom. I can't seem to find it anywhere and was wondering if you could tell me where to find it.
Thank You,
Virginia Harris

Username: gwen Bourgeois
UserEmail: gab0659 yahoo.com
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Date: 26 Jun 2007
Time: 15:00:25

Comments:

Greetings,
I am from Hackberry La now I reside in Texas close to Galveston. My Dad owns
Dugas Landing in Hackberry, he has boat stalls, boat launch, bait, etc. After Hurricane Rita there was a boat tied at one of the local bridges my Dad thought it was an old mail boat that someone had purchased and was going to re-store. Could I email you the photos and could tell me if you know anything about it? I do photography on the side, outdoor only, I love to do photos around Louisiana, I have lots of course after the Hurricane of Hackberry, Cameron, Grand Chenier, Creole and Johnson Bayou. I would love to share them with you if you would like to see them. Thank you so much, looking forward to hearing from you, Gwen Hebert Bourgeois

Username: Johann Lohrmann
UserEmail: witnesstowar gmail.com
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Date: 26 Jun 2007
Time: 16:13:23

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

My name is Johann Lohrmann and I am the Senior Researcher for Witness to War. The Witness to War Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the stories and unique experiences of combat veterans.

One of my responsibilities is to gather stills for use on our website. I am interested in your source for the photo of the Ramagen Bridge and would like permission to use the image.

Thank you so much for your site and for your work.

Sincerely yours,

Johann Lohrmann

Username: Tom Beaty
UserEmail: tom witness-to-war.org
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Date: 05 Jul 2007
Time: 09:08:10

Comments:

Mr. Block,
I received your note on your WWII experiences but my reply to you bounced back undelivered. Can you send me a note directly so that I may reply?
Tom -- Witness to War

Username: Shirley Dewberry
UserEmail: Dewberry cableone.net
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Date: 08 Jul 2007
Time: 15:49:26

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block:

I located the following information at the library in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia.

Likens, Mrs. Mary G., 26 y. d. 11-16-1829 in Athens, wife of Maj. Thomas M. Likens, proprietor of the Franklin Hotel.

Ath 11-17-1829 & 11-24-1829
(eulogy); AC 11-25-1829

 

(Mary Likens died the same year James B. Likens was born. Probably complications from childbirth.)

Shirley Dewberry

Username: David Kimball
UserEmail: dbkim bellsouth.ner
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Date: 08 Jul 2007
Time: 21:29:38

Comments:

I am researching "blockade running" during the Civil War. My ancestor who lived in Avoyelles Parish, LA did this and I am trying to learn as much as I can about the practice. I assume he transported cotton from his plantation down Bayou des Glaises to the Atchafalaya River and on the the Gulf where he exchanged it for guns and ammo. Any ideas?

Username: Steve Maskas
UserEmail: steve.maskas polyone.com
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Date: 09 Jul 2007
Time: 14:52:48

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I am in the early stages of research on sawmills in southwest Louisiana in the early 1900's. Having been raised in DeRidder, Louisiana, I am especially interested in the sawmills in Bon Ami and Carson, Louisiana. Having seen your name in several sites I have visited, I was hoping you could help me by suggesting some readings that reference these particular towns and their mills.

Steve Maskas

Username: Harold Hollis
UserEmail: rhhollis starband.net
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Date: 18 Jul 2007
Time: 08:14:53

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Mr. Block, I am attempting to find information on Delia Lea, who has possible connections in Austin, late 19th through early 20th century. In your research on the Lea name, have you found any mention of the name DELIA? Thanks in advance.

Username: Ben Thomas
UserEmail: bent51 mfire.com
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Date: 19 Jul 2007
Time: 18:40:41

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Re: Panthers...Although I come from a pioneer family in Orange, I now live south of Merryville, La. Some five years ago, my daughter's fiance' came up from Lumberton to deer hunt. I put him in a likely tree stand before light with instructions to watch a thicket where I knew a buck had been bedding. He was back at the house by 8am, clearly spooked.
He said he had "seen something....?" Around 7am, he heard a tremendous commotion in the thicket, "back and forth, thrashing and crashing," and as he watched, a "huge cat" darted out, headed straight for his tree. At the base of the tree, it skidded to a stop, threw up its head, (caught a scent?)and immediately ricochetted off into another thicket. He described a "tail, maybe three feet long," color was that of a cougar. The stand was a simple board platform, its possible the cat had been in it before.
Curiously the LA wildlife people adamantly refused to believe it, insisting there are NO cougars in LA, except for a very few Florida Everglades Panthers, and they live ONLY in the Atchafalaya basin. (..AND are endangered) Talking to the locals here, everyone has a sighting story, and the word is:
"Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up!"
I only found your website because I was researching Sabine Pass's Fort Griffin and the Catfish Hotel. Is it true that Fort Griffin is being bulldozed right now for the new LNG terminal? I'm fascinated with your discovery of Fort Manhassett, what ever happened to plans for a Jefferson County museum? Last of all, is there anything I can do to help make it happen? I would like nothing better than to see those cannons and artifacts on display for generations to come. Thanks for your time, I greatly admire the thorough research that shows in your work.
Ben Thomas

Username: Dan Daly
UserEmail: dan_daly usahistory.org
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Date: 20 Jul 2007
Time: 16:47:45

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We would appreciate your permission to post a link to your article "Requiem for a Confederate Gunboat: The CSS Josiah H. Bell" on our website - the Friends of the Old Naval Hospital.

As it happens, the first patient admitted into this Hospital in Washington DC on October 1, 1866, was Benjamin Drummond, who was stationed aboard the USS Morning Light and shot in the leg during the engagement when it was captured by the Confederate "Cotton Clads" Josiah Bell and the Uncle Ben.

We have posted reports of the engagement contained in Volume 19 of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Obviously, both Cotton Clads are mentioned in those reports.

We are also trying to post information about every ship involved in that battle, and your article is the best resource we have found about the Bell.

Please contact me at your convenience if you wish to discuss this matter.

Username: Paul Ponder
UserEmail: rponder gt.rr.com
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Date: 20 Jul 2007
Time: 22:48:10

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Dear Mr Block
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge of this unique part of Texas with everyone. I've lived in southeast Texas for 42 years and would not have known most of this history were it not for you. I was wondering if you had read the book " The Explorers' Texas: The Animals They Found ".It includes writings of the first Texas explorers as to the unbelievable number of animals present in the state when it was untamed. I thought you might find it interesting. Thank you again for your efforts they are deeply appreciated.
Paul Ponder
Orange, Texas

Username: Dan Daly
UserEmail: dan_daly usahistory.org
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Date: 22 Jul 2007
Time: 16:45:15

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Thank you for your most prompt response to my inquiry yesterday regarding your article “Requiem for a Confederate Gunboat: The CSS Josiah H. Bell” and the battle on January 21, 1863 in which the CSS Bell participated in the capture of the USS Morning Light. We are also grateful for your permission to provide a link to your article and to post a copy of that article on our website [www.oldnavalhospital.org].

I am not offended that the capture of the USS Morning Light was too small an event to attract much attention. As I understand from your article, this was the only combat action in which the CSS Josiah Bell was ever engaged.

As noted in my first email (sent twice by mistake) I am interested in your article about the CSS Josiah Bell because it was one of the two Confederate “Cotton Clads” that captured the USS Morning Light, during which Benjamin Drummond, a Union sailor, was shot in the leg. Drummond was the first patient admitted to the Naval Hospital, Washington City, (now called the Old Naval Hospital), and he was admitted for treatment of the gunshot wound received in that battle.

I am with the Friends of the Old Naval Hospital, and as part of our efforts to research and document the history of the Old Naval Hospital we are trying to place information (including images) about every ship that participated in that action. We have not been able to find any images of the CSS Josiah H. Bell, and hope you might be able to refer us to a source for that purpose. Are you aware of any images of the Bell that we might be able to post on our site.

The other Confederate steamer involved in the capture of the USS Morning Light was the CSS Uncle Ben. Your article “The Cottonclad Gunboat "Uncle Ben:" Cotton-Carrying Workhorse of the Sabine” (Beaumont ENTERPRISE, October 24, 1974) stated in part that “The only known picture of the "Uncle Ben" was one drawn by a Union war correspondent which later appeared in the "Harper's Weekly" for Oct. 10, 1863,…” I have looked at that issue of Harper’s Weekly, but did not find an image of the Uncle Ben. There was an image on the top of page 652 titled “THE ATTACK ON SABINE PASS, SEPTEMBER 8, 1863" - but that only depicts Union gunboats. Do you have another citation for the picture of the Uncle Ben?

Once again, many thanks for your response and permission to cite your work.

Username: MONTY PICARD
UserEmail: MONTY GULFCOASTELECTRIC.COM
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Date: 24 Jul 2007
Time: 12:50:57

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DEAR MR. BLOCK, I HAVE READ YOUR ARTICLES FOR YEARS. I HAVE DONE SOME FAM RESEARCH ALSO. MY HUSBANDS GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS KILLED IN A SULFUR MINE ACCIDENT IN LA. VERY EARLY 1900'S. IS THERE A WAY TO FIND OUR ABOUT ACCIDENT? ALL WE KNOW OF HIS NAME IS "FRENCHIE PICKARD" WAS MARRIED TO FELICIA HAD THREE SONS... LEE ORA, EDGAR, AND TOOTSIE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. 
MS. MONTY PICARD

Username: Billie Fowler Hinze
UserEmail: billiehinze sbcglobal.net
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Date: 27 Jul 2007
Time: 20:32:36

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Mr. Block:

I am a descendant of George Washington Hargraves and recently read your article on "Jefferson County's Role During the Texas Revolution". There seems to some question about the volunteers and when they arrived in Texas. However, Isaac Ryan, his cousin, was killed at the Alamo and this family disaster probably prompted him to raise a company consisting of friends and cousins. Isaac's Mother and GW's father were brother and sister. Isaac's death was surely a devastating blow to this young cousin and inspired him to "go to Texas" and fight. I am certain that many of the men who joined him did in fact live in Louisiana.

If you have any information that will help me in my quest I will certainly appreciate it. I also will happily share any new information I acquire with you.

Sincerely yours,

Billie Fowler Hinze

Username: Cynthia Moreland
UserEmail: mama2papapete cableone.net
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Date: 28 Jul 2007
Time: 12:25:52

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I live in Morris Ranch Texas and I'm wondering if you have any information on ghost sightings or stories to that area. My family and I have had some strange things happen to us and recently discovered Morris Ranch to be a ghost town. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Username: C. Raymond burklin
UserEmail: burklin hal-pc.org
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Date: 28 Jul 2007
Time: 22:13:25

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Mr Block,
I worked for Firestone at the Port Neches from start-up in Nov-Dec'43 until its shut down in fall of '47. I've been writing down my life story. Some of the memories of my Pt Neches days have grown fuzzy. I contacted Nola Martin at Hebert Library and she has supplied me with copies of material on the history of Pt Neches and the rubber plant. One was from your history of Port Neches. 
She also suggested I visit your web page. Port Neches and Jefferson County are very fortunate to have someone like yourself to research and record the history of the area.

When I first arrived I roamed with a family on Neches St just across the road from the plant. I do not recall the name of the family. The had a relative new house, single story ,white frame that was probably on the west end of the street. Did you perchance know a "Lovey' Sinleton that lived across the street from the high school. She was the secretary for our Process Group.

I very impressed with your web page. I will not be able to give my personal history the professional look of yours. But I'm going to give it a shot. My computer skills are limited and at 86 it can be challenging. We have a Community College near our retirement community I probably take some courses.
You had a write up on the local Methodist but I don't recall anything on the Presbyterian Church. I attended there until I moved to Port Arthur. The Pastor was Joel Aldridge. I doubt if there were 50 members.

My time in Pt. Neches was limited, but it's fun at times to reflect back the events of the time. Let me know if there is any question about the plant that I might be able to answer.

Raymond Burklin,
Dallas, TX

Username: kent conwell
UserEmail: rconwell gt.rr.com
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Date: 02 Aug 2007
Time: 13:13:04

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w.t.

was fletcher elementary named at willia a fletcher, who wrote the memoirs of the civil war?

thank

kent conwell

Username: jonathan bonner
UserEmail: john_bonner sbcglobal.net
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Date: 05 Aug 2007
Time: 22:30:12

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hey there fella, I saw one of them big black cats down on the Angelina river. If maybe you like to here my story then we can talk a bit.

Username: Andrew E. Kline
UserEmail: lew0446 bop.gov
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Date: 07 Aug 2007
Time: 16:34:54

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Sir, my name is Andrew E. Kline, I am the grandson of William A. Brown SSGT , 78th Div, 309th Inf Reg, Co F , Rhineland and Ruhr WW II. I was writing you to see if you knew him or met him while you were there. He sadly passed away in 1964 and I was not born yet. I am trying to research anything about him while he was in Germany. He was shot on April 13th 1945, and received the CIB on March 10th 1945. He was discharged in Oct of 1945 from Europe. Any help would be great, thanks for your time and service.

Andrew E. Kline, 390 Furey St south Williamsport Pa 17702

Username: Lavonna Norris
UserEmail: nicky_snax yahoo.com
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Date: 08 Aug 2007
Time: 14:02:19

Comments:

Dear Sir,
I just stumbled across your site while doing research in another area. Gosh I wish I would have found it much earlier. I am a transplant to the state of Lousiana...{by choice!} raised on the island of Galveston, just off the coast of Texas, but born in the state of Ohio. Since living here in La., I have had to pleasure of viewing MUCH of the wildlife in the area. Hinston, I would say, provided me with the most opportunities, as I lived near the BOTTOMS of the Calcasieu River. I got to see lots of the everyday animals...i.e. coons, rabbits, hogs, deer, turkey, and LOTS & LOTS of snakes. But I have had a few very memorable encounters with more illusive animals, such as one {not too large} bear, that was trying to enter my dog pen...not sure if it was after dog food or dogs!! By the time I woke up enough to realize what it was and went to get the cam-corder, it was gone. Really wish I had gotten that one on tape. Also, I have had the privilege to see the illusive black panther on several occasions. The first time it happened, it was a beautiful full moon lit night. {I had noticed right away how pitch black the nights could be here in the woods!} I would sit out on my porch when the moon was full, just to listen to the sounds of nature, something I was not accustomed to living in Galveston. As I was sitting there, listening to the bullfrogs, I noticed a rabbit running erratic from the wood line, but in a split second, a very large black cat pounced on it, and was gone. I was stunned at what I had seen. and a couple of seconds later, I was scared, so I retreated to the house. The next day I told a neighbor what I had seen. He laughed at me and and said I was just fresh from the city and was seeing things, that there hadn't been a panther seen in the area for years and years. But, a week or so later, this same neighbor had been out coon hunting, and happened up on a young black panther. He said he raised his gun to shoot but thought better of it, as this cat was much too young to be away from it's mother, so she must be very cl

Username: Robert W. Sheffield
UserEmail: rwsheffi peoplepc.com
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Date: 13 Aug 2007
Time: 14:30:10

Comments:

I am trying to find a picture of my grandmother (May Sweeney) of Grand Chenier. I found a space under the archives of Cameron Parish for the Sweeney family, but the picture does not appear. We may be related. My great grandfather was Frank Pleasant and my great grandmother was Caroline Smith. If you can help me locate a picture of her, I would be deeply grateful.

Username: Marietje Potjewijd-Kuipers
UserEmail: ampotjewijd vtx.ch
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Date: 14 Aug 2007
Time: 05:29:57

Comments:

Dear Mr Block
I have read the article "Hollands Spoor" in the August 2007 issue of the Dutch issue of National Geographic Magazine. In this article the name of Albert Kuipers has been mentioned. I have contacted the author of this article Pancras Dijk to obtain more information about this Albert Kuipers. But he advised to contact you. 
In my family documents I found that Albert Kuipers born in 1831 in Workum in the province of Friesland, The Netherlands, emigrated to the USA. Via het organisation Amerika-Friesland I have tried to get more details, without any result. 
My question is: do you have more information about Albert Kuipers?
Thanking you in advance, kind regards, Marietje Potjewijd-Kuipers

Username: Matty Glas-Doornbos
UserEmail: glas0250 planet.nl
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Date: 14 Aug 2007
Time: 14:05:45

Comments:

hello Mr. Block
I am looking on my computer. And I found your home page.
How nice to see. I hope ,you are fine.
We are fine, my husband and me. Last month July he was in the hospital. It is going better again. Every year I like to go to USA, last year my husband was very ill with a bacterial  infection. It was very bad on a moment. But I hope to go. I hope to find some one of the Doornbos Family. Last week I was in Groningen and I was very surprised to see that in the neighborhood of Zoutkamp a part of the village the name got of Doornbos. That is the same family relation of the Doornbos Family in Holland One of the farms has the name. Also I visited Uithuizen. and have seen the farm of the Bouwmans From the side of the mother. 
Well is a little letter. I lost all my Emails and addresses. We had big troubles with our computer. It is repaired and I hope it will be going well With my kind regards.
Matty Glas-Doornbos

Username: James Perry
UserEmail: jamesperry valornet.com
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Date: 20 Aug 2007
Time: 13:37:37

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When I was ten (1960)a big cat came to our back door in southern Montgomery County. I was there with my sister and a black woman taking care of us for the night. the cat beat on a sweet gum tree and scratched the bark. The dogs were silent as they were small squirrel dogs. I was only about twenty five feet from the tree. My window is the only thing that separated us. It was too dark to see but I will never forget that defiant gritty scream. The lady said she would never come back to Satan's backyard. This was where the Woodlands is now not far from Panther Branch running into Spring Creek. It was a profound thicket.

Username: CORINA SMITHEY
UserEmail: LADY_FRIEND_24 YAHOO.COM
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Date: 23 Aug 2007
Time: 11:50:02

Comments:

HELLO I AM IN SEARCH OF MARY CHRISTEEN MYERS PARENTS MAMMIE MYERS-MENASCO WHO MARRIED JOE TAYLOR MYERS ALSO I NEED TO KNOW MAMMIE PARENTS TOO. IF YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN START OR IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO .. I WOULD BE VERY PLEASED THANK YOU

Username: Mark Underhill
UserEmail: MUnderhill pnx.com
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Date: 23 Aug 2007
Time: 18:20:08

Comments:

Mr. Block:

As a member of Coast Guard Station Sabine Pass, I am working on a brief of our history.

I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

Regards,

Mark Underhill

Username: Phil Handley
UserEmail: phandley sbcglobal.net
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Date: 24 Aug 2007
Time: 20:40:15

Comments:

Just finished your article about Jules Bouquet in the Chronicle and enjoyed it very much. He lived an interesting and long life. Hope all is well with you. 
Regards,
Phil

Username: FM
UserEmail: txbelden1 juno.com
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Date: 30 Aug 2007
Time: 00:30:52

Comments:

Thank You ! 
It's like growing up listening to my family's stories.
Born in Conroe and raised near Cleveland all my life, most of the stories are like "TEXAS" to me.
granddaddy was a sawmill man/preacher. So the mill towns were very interesting.
Bout the only story I didn't see was Bloody Bones ;o)

Username: MichaelScott Hightower/Davison/Carey
UserEmail: mihigh4 yahoo.com
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Date: 30 Aug 2007
Time: 03:58:51

Comments:

Mr. Block, My Name is Michael Scott Hightower. I am Seth Carey's Great-Great Grandson. We communicated several years ago when I led you to his burial site in Baytown, right next to Cedar Bayou. Grandpaw Carey left my grandfather an extremely interesting map. Before my Grandfathers death in 1999 my Grandfather chose me from among the family to share some extremely important information and to take me some where where his mother (who I believe was Seth's daughter) was taken to by Seth. Our Family has always kept an eye on this spot for any activity. There has been none. Before he lost his strength my Grandfather took me to the exact spot. Today it would be easy as ever to dig, however houses are now not too far away. I talked to the Texas Board of Antiquities (sp?) and have been given a green light to keep what I find as long as I pay for it and involve Texas A & M's Archeology Department full participation. Texas even gave me a list of trusted companies to do the work. Do you remember me? May I visit you and share some more and ask for your guidance. I am determined to share with you and your family that which I will recover. Your story about Grandpaw Seth led me to some of your other writings and led me to one last answer to one last question. I will be acting soon and would be Honored to have you with me. Right now I live in Baytown and can come to you in about an hour. Can we please Talk? Scott Hightower (713) 204-3334

P.S. Did you get to visit his grave here in Baytown? If not Would You like to? I can easily take you there and return you home in several hours (approximately 3 hours round trip for you? Thank-You so much for your work, Scott

P.S.S. I enjoy studying WW I and WW II. I'm impressed with what you did in Europe Please do not get too old before we talk, I need your input and will share absolutely everything with you.

Username: Jock JR Gordon
UserEmail: jock.author yahoo.com
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Date: 02 Sep 2007
Time: 05:37:15

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Dear Mr Block,
I am in awe. For months now I have been researching the Sabine River, its inhabitants, its history and just about anything else I can get my hands on about her. Then there were the steamers, the cattle, the cotton, the river crossings, and so on. It didn't dawn on me that the information I so hungered for seemed to have the same page image ... so I checked out the address bar and time, and time again, there it was ... www.wtblock.com (etc). Not being a complete idiot, or at least not prepared at this stage to admit to such I went to the source of all of this magnificent historical information. I read your bio, books, articles and just about all else that I could on your pages.
What a remarkable person you are! For me, a writer of historical fiction, you and people of your ilk are a godsend. Without you we would never be able to check our facts, correct that timeline, polish the event or just smile with confidence that we have got it right, thanks to your lifelong dedication to history.
You are a busy man, but you may have an understudy who might find time to get back to me and answer a few nagging questions I have about the Sabine River (circa 1892). If not, I will still sleep well tonight in the knowledge that I have emailed one of the great historians of our time and passed on my gratitude for providing so much research material to me and those like me who continue to write stories using our historical past as a platform.
All the best,
Jock JR Gordon

Username: Judy Guidry
UserEmail: jfguidry43 peoplepc.com
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Date: 02 Sep 2007
Time: 13:36:34

Comments:

Mr. Block, I am trying to find any information you may have on a weekly paper by the name of "The Lakeside Review" published in Cameron Parish in the year 1895. 
As I was doing some genealogy research on my family, the name of the paper came up, but I can't find anything or anyone that knows anything about the paper.
I was trying to find that particular article in the paper. I was about the adoption of the Adrien and Cora Belle (Smith) children. Due to the murder of their father they were left orphans.

Username: Bridgitt Dickey Ayers
UserEmail: bridgittdickey sbcglobal.net
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Date: 02 Sep 2007
Time: 17:21:50

Comments:

I found this site by Googling my Grandmother, Juanita Goodwin. I found her in the article that talks about early Nederland educational history. I was so excited! My mom, Norma Dickey, Juanita's daughter-in-law, is the family historian, but I'm interested in my ancestry, too. The second time I logged onto the site, I saw the page about "Family" and read the article about the Goodwins on that page. Thank you for letting me see a part of my history here.

Username: HAROLD BENDER
UserEmail: h.s.bender charter.net
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Date: 03 Sep 2007
Time: 09:49:28

Comments:

WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE OLD BEAUMONT DRILLING COMPANY OR CLOSE TO THAT NAME AND WHAT BECOME OF IT

Username: Jock JR Gordon
UserEmail: jockrg yahoo.com
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Date: 04 Sep 2007
Time: 02:42:17

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,
Can you assist. During spring of 1892, would it have been possible for stern wheel steamers to travel up the Sabine as far as Burr's Crossing? Also, how many river crossings would there have been at that time and where were they?
Thanking you in anticipation,
Jock.

Username: allen hightower
UserEmail: allenhightower yahoo.com
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Date: 05 Sep 2007
Time: 12:29:49

Comments:

Good morning Mr. Block
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your articles. My Great Aunt (Lorecia East) wrote several books, including one on the history of Jefferson county, also one about her life as a "Boomer". Her last book was on her life growing up in Louisiana and Texas. Maybe your paths crossed.
Thank you,
Allen Hightower

Username: Chris Nelms
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Date: 05 Sep 2007
Time: 19:50:01

Comments:

Hello Sir,

Could you please tell me where I can get a copy of your book, "Emerald of The Neches: The Chronicles of Beaumont, Texas From Reconstruction To Spindletop"

Thanks!

Username: Thomas R. Bahnsen
UserEmail: bahnsenvinton aol.com
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Date: 06 Sep 2007
Time: 23:27:41

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block, I received a letter from you in November 1999. I am a distant cousin. My grandmother was Ellen Sweeney Bahnsen. I have recently got a new computer and have started putting information that I have collected from you and Joy Moore. I find your articles very interesting. My grandfather Anton Bahnsen came from Germany . He sailed boats from Moss Lake to Galveston on the Fanny that you wrote about . I was also curious about My grandmother's first husband John Lyons. I have the marriage date but we never did know if he remarried . One of those deep secrets. Well guess I will sign off. My address is Thomas R. Bahnsen 1320 West Street Vinton, La. 70668

Username: Ken Booker
UserEmail: bookerk comcast.org
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Date: 07 Sep 2007
Time: 10:55:15

Comments:

Mr. Block

I was raised in Nederland, on South 6th Street. I went to high school in Nederland, majored in music at Lamar, and eventually earned a doctorate at the University of Texas in music composition. Now, I teach music at Lee College in Baytown.
I don't remember you, but I've enjoyed some of the material you've written that appears on this site.
I do know that my parents always called a nearby road "Block Road." By the time I was old enough to remember, it was Ave. H, or 8th Street in Port Neches.
We lived in a neighborhood that was built in the late 50s, but between south 5th and 6th streets there was a farm...the old house was still there the last time I was there, facing Ave. H. They were very old, and their name was Willey. They have been dead since probably the early 70s. My mom used to buy fresh eggs from them, and she would send me over there. They used to tell me all kinds of stories about the old days, but I remember very little...except that there had been a pig farm on the site where our house was...we lived at 812 south 6th, and if you know the area, you know that there are 2 huge live oaks there...that's the house i grew up in.
I also remember an old man who used to walk around our neighborhood who, when I was young, we called Mr. Block. Do you know who this old guy was? When I was very young, he would never talk to any of us...he wasn't scary, but we weren't sure how to react. When I got older, he started giving the younger kids candy...they called him the Candy Man.

Anyway, I would love to hear your take on this.

Thank you
Ken

Username: James Lee
UserEmail: dixiedodog aol.com
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Date: 08 Sep 2007
Time: 16:36:41

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,
In the spring of 1982, I was driving through Bodcau Bayou Management area in Bossier-Webster Parish, N.W. Louisiana( between Cotton Valley and Benton) and saw a very large chocolate brown colored cat cross the dirt road and bound across an open field. It was in view for at least 10 seconds at a distance of from about 30 yards to about a 100 yards.

Username: Judy Brown-Basden
UserEmail: kbasden gt.rr.com
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Date: 09 Sep 2007
Time: 17:25:29

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

I have enjoyed reading your articles for years. My great, great, grandfather was David R. Wingate of Orange, Texas.
Now another son of his has made it big. Clay Bucholtz of the Boston Red Sox is a great, great, great grandson of David R. Wingate. He is the second youngest rookie to pitch a no hitter and the only rookie for Boston to do so.
Some of his memorable have already gone to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ohio.

Username: Larry Myers
UserEmail: photo66666 aol.com
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Date: 13 Sep 2007
Time: 17:13:43

Comments:

Hi

I am a descendent of Jacob Myers who built the Slate Creek Iron Works for John Cockey Owings and his son Thomas Dye Owings. I was wondering if we could talk about this. I found connections to Christopher Gist. It seems like Christopher Gist's brother Thomas Gist is married to Susan Cockey who is John Cockeys Owings aunt.

Larry Myers

Username: Shirley Magee
UserEmail: h_magee bellsouth.net
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Date: 15 Sep 2007
Time: 11:09:26

Comments:

Mr. Block, My cousin and I have been trying to find the grave of our gg grandfather Eli Hugh Lovett. He is supposed to have died in Panhandle Co., TX. He was the father of Henry Bell Lovett of Pampa, TX. He also had a son with with his second wife. His name was John Walter Lovett. He was my g grandfather. Would appreciate any help. Thank you. Shirley

Username: Winnie Knight Hendrix
UserEmail: henrrix samlink.com
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Date: 16 Sep 2007
Time: 17:21:09

Comments:

Hi,

Just found you by accident. I am not very good with the computer. I found this Moye from Tyler County, Texas. I am trying to connect some Moyes to my Moyes in Polk County, Texas. I need to know if John C. Moye is a brother to Thomas "Bright" Moye, which is my GGGrandfather. Thanks for your help.

Winnie K. Hendrix

Username: Kirk Clark
UserEmail: kclark16 houston.rr.com
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Date: 21 Sep 2007
Time: 15:37:13

Comments:

Bill:

I found some antics from the mysterious W. S. Glenn in 1903. If you are interested, I'll make a copy and send by regular mail.

Regards:

Kirk

Username: Laurel Jasper
UserEmail: catness100 hotmail.com
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Date: 22 Sep 2007
Time: 20:08:34

Comments:

Dear Mr. W. T. Block 
I just completed reading you're article about Cassandra Deye Owings Pradelles and family. I'm blown away. Very interesting! Thomas Deye Owings was my X6 grandfather. Enjoyed his story too. Thank you! Laurel

Username: Robert W. Sheffield
UserEmail: www.rwsheffield91 yahoo.com
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Date: 24 Sep 2007
Time: 08:52:23

Comments:

Mr. Block:

I e-mailed you on 13 Aug 2007 about finding a picture of my grandmother, May Corinne Sweeney. In the meantime, Kathy Tell from the Cameron Parish, Louisiana web site re-entered a picture that you submitted on the Sweeney Family Members (1900). Keep up the great work.

Robert W. Sheffield

Username: Ritchard Bean
UserEmail: ritchudy yahoo.com
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Date: 28 Sep 2007
Time: 22:13:53

Comments:

I am a Wallings Dairy collector. My mother worked there in the 60's and I stocked dairy shelves at Guidry's grocery on Avenue H. I am having trouble finding any bottles except a round quart with orange lettering. My question focuses on what might be available. I collect dairy items and know that pints, quarts, 1/2 gallons and gallons were normal sizes. The 1/2 pints were usually for schools. I have also bottles that were for cottage cheese, etc. Do you know why the Wallings bottles are so scarce and what sizes should be available?
Thank you...
Ritchard Bean, NHS '65

Username: Claire Mills
UserEmail: clairemills suddenlink.net
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Date: 01 Oct 2007
Time: 08:29:10

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

This past Saturday, my husband was playing golf at Hollytree Country Club here in Tyler and saw a large cat. It has bothered me ever since he told me about it. I "Googled" the topic of "large cats native to east Texas" and came across your website. He was playing with three other men and were approaching the green of hole 5 at around 1:30pm. They saw a rusty red cat about the size of our very large golden retriever. It was going after a squirrel. The men stood in amazement and watched as it went off in the nearby woods.

Hope this is of interest.

-Claire Mills
Tyler, Texas

Username: Victoria
UserEmail: vjmunt yahoo.com
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Date: 05 Oct 2007
Time: 10:54:30

Comments:

Hi Mr. Block - just found your web site - wonderful articles. I have a magazine and one of our blogs is used to promote local writers and books with Gulf coast themes, plots and/or connections. I'd like to include some info about you and your books from your web site with a link back to your web site. In respect of your copyright, wanted to ask for permission.

Thank you.

Victoria

Username
UserEmail: lovebug1774 aol.com
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Date: 06 Oct 2007
Time: 15:44:33

Comments:

Mr Block,
My grandfather was Lawrence Koelemay, Jr. I was looking @ some things you wrote on your site and there is some wrong information. You have that when my family moved to Shreveport, La that James Koelemay ran Koelemays Stereo Center, this is not correct. My grandfather is actually the one who ran it until the day he died, June 6, 2001. James worked there but only for a few years then after that he was only there every once in a blue moon and usually that was to visit. Just wanted to let you know about the correction. If you have any more links or information on my family, I would love to see what you have. I do not want my email address posted. Thank you very much. Have a great day!

Username: Donna J. LePosa
UserEmail: deej2215 aol.com
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Date: 13 Oct 2007
Time: 20:56:22

Comments:

Mr. Block,

I sent an email regarding black panthers in Texas, the email was returned to me. I have an interesting "story" concerning one.

Username: Susan Hudeck
UserEmail: shudeck nodial.net
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Date: 16 Oct 2007
Time: 19:33:21

Comments:

Hi, My father's grandfather was Christian Hillebrandt which you write about in one of your books. I was wanting to know how I could purchase this book?
My grandmother was Geraldine Hillebrant.

Username: Bill Parrish 
UserEmail: bparrish_1433 hotmail.com
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Date: 16 Oct 2007
Time: 23:13:30

Comments:

I found your website by searching a name I found on a photograph.

I found an old photograph of a sailing ship with "Margaret M Ford" printed on the bow. I'm sorry I'm a landlubber :-) trying to describe a sailing vessel... but there are two triangular sails on the bow and three squarish sales behind it. 3 masts total. I had to take a magnifier and a strong light to read the name on the side of the bow.

This is in some old estate items, and I would be happy to scan and send it to you if they would be of interest.

There is another picture in the bunch I've got (with the same lab number on the back) that is a four-story building that might be from that area as well.

These photos are all jumbled up, but I sorted them by lab numbers to try to keep similar things together.

Let me know if you would like me to scan these, and let me know where to send them.

Thanks,

Bill Parrish / Meadow Vista, CA.

Username: Tressa
UserEmail: tmelanc yahoo.com
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Date: 21 Oct 2007
Time: 23:27:15

Comments:

Hello,
I am researching the land that Spindletop is located on. I have some information that the land was actually owned by a William Ashworth whose name really was William Ashford. Supposedly, the state of Texas manages an escrow account that belongs to the Ashworth/Asford family. Supposedly, the land was granted to William Ashworth/Ashford by the United States after we won the war against Mexico. Do you have any information in regards to this?
Thank you so much.

Username: MickStewart
UserEmail: Chairman usvra.us
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Date: 22 Oct 2007
Time: 09:58:28

Comments:

Mr. Block: I found your website and would like for you to recount your military experience for our Association! Our website is located at: www.usvra.us. We were founded this year as a way to honor the service and sacrifice of all U.S. military veterans. We are uploading stories, anecdotes, photos and personal histories of servicemen and women during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Hope to hear back! Regards, Mick Stewart Commander, USVRA (Interim)

Username: Linda K. Newcomer
UserEmail: lindaknewc email.com
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Date: 24 Oct 2007
Time: 18:01:34

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block, After Hurricane Rita, my husband's aunt found a bundle of letters written to her father, J. O. Newcomer while he served in the Navy during WWI. J. O.'s father, C.O. Newcomer was a scaler who lived in Silsbee but worked in mill towns all over East Texas. We have taken these letters, typed them up and illustrated them with period posters and family photos. We have also included articles on the flu epidemic of 1918-1919 and other pertinent subjects. May we have permission to use your descriptions of various towns, how they got their names, etc.? It would add so much to the book. We are doing this project as a Christmas present to all on Newcomer side of the family, not to be sold, but hopefully to be copied and passed down. Whatever your response, I want you to know we have thoroughly enjoyed your work. I've lived in Southeast Texas all my life, and have learned more about it in the last six months than the last 46 years. I'm truly hooked on local history now, in part because of your writing. Thank you sir. Linda Newcomer

Username: SHELLEY WALTERS
UserEmail: SHELLEY.WALLS ENGLOBAL.COM
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Date: 25 Oct 2007
Time: 11:06:33

Comments:

I HAVE LIVED IN MAURICEVILLE SINCE I WAS A CHILD AND AS YOU KNOW, OUR SCHOOL MASCOT IS THE BLACK PANTHER. ONCE, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, AT A FRIENDS HOUSE ADJACENT TO THE WOODS ON WHAT IS NOW HWY. 62 NEAR THE VOLUNTEER FIRE STATION WE WERE LYING IN BED WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN B/C OF THE HEAT WHEN WE HEARD A SCREECH THAT SOUNDED SIMILAR TO A WOMAN'S SCREAM. HER FATHER KNEW THE TWO NEIGHBORS THAT THEY HAD AND WE KNEW NOTHING WAS GOING ON AT THEIR HOMES. THE SCREECHING WENT OFF & ON FOR SEVERAL MINUTES. HER FATHER CAME IN AND TOLD US TO CLOSE THE WINDOWS AS THE NOISE DIDN'T STOP AFTER ONE 'SCREAM'. A PANTHERS 'SCREAM' OR WHATEVER THE TERM IS FOR IT HAS LONG BEEN DESCRIBED AS A WOMAN SCREAMING. I REMEMBER IT DISTINCTLY AND IF IT WAS NOT A PANTHER THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF IT. FURTHERMORE, IF THE MELANISTIC CATS HAVE NEVER EXISTED HERE THEN HOW DO YOU SUPPOSE OUR SCHOOL NAMED IT'S MASCOT? I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED TO KNOW ANY INFORMATION YOU HAVE ON MAURICEVILLE HISTORY, PICTURES INCLUDED IF THERE ARE ANY. MANY THANKS!

Username: Donovan Garcia
UserEmail: needtopaddle yahoo.com
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Date: 25 Oct 2007
Time: 23:37:56

Comments:

You have a great site but I have a question on the Diary of 1st Sergeant H. N. Connor.
On page 16 you have listed Battle of Camp Hunter Indian Bayou, La.
I think that is Indian Bend or now Charenton, La.
Or is there another Camp Hunter in Louisiana.
See map on page 57 of The Book (Yankee Autum in Acadiana) by David C. Edmonds.

Thanks for a great site.

Username: Evie Wilson
UserEmail: Witlesstex yahoo.com
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Date: 14 Nov 2007
Time: 17:50:46

Comments:

I need to ask you some questions about Port Neches during WWII. Although I grew up there, I was only recently made aware of the information and wanted to find out whether or not what I was told was true. I had your e-mail address once but have apparently lost it.

Username: scott grayson
UserEmail: smpgrayson hotmail.com
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Date: 25 Nov 2007
Time: 23:14:43

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

I found a copy of Briscoe's muster roll for Nov 21st 1835, including a number of Jefferson county enlistees. If you would like this information contact me.

-Scott

Username: Denise Otterson
UserEmail: deniseotterson comcast.net
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Date: 26 Nov 2007
Time: 20:52:11

Comments:

This is a wonderful site to read more about the war I am so proud my Grandfather fought in! If you have any way of helping me find out anyone who may have served with him I would really appreciate it. I sent for his records, most burned in the 1973 fire, but I do know that he served with the 78th division, 309th Infantry. I don't know the company. His name was George William Stockman, Jr. but he went by Bill. If anyone can help I would really love it. I have no one left to ask in my family. Thank-You. Sincerely. Denise Otterson, Bill Stockman's proud Granddaughter.

Username: Nancy Lindsey
UserEmail: nancymlindsey insightbb.com
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Date: 02 Dec 2007
Time: 23:13:02

Comments:

I am trying to find information about Louis Chighizola, Sr. who was a pirate with Jean Lafitte. My daughter-in-law is one of his descendants, and her grandfather's information about family genealogy was lost during his elderly years. Is there anyone you know who could help us with this information?
Thanks you.
Nancy

Username: George Castille
UserEmail: gcastille gecinc.com
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Date: 06 Dec 2007
Time: 11:08:51

Comments:

I obtained a copy of your book "Cotton Bales, Keelboats and Sternwheelers..." several years ago when I was doing research on logging and other commercial navigation on the Sabine (around 1989-91). I really enjoyed the information. Now I am doing some research on two property disputes (water bottoms ownership) for the Johnson's Bayou area and on Phoenix Lake, the site of a mill on the Louisiana side of the Sabine. I copied some of your articles from your website. What do you recommend for a proper citation for some of the short articles that are not reprints (e.g. Early River Boats of Southwest Louisiana)? I need to give you credit for the citation; I'm not sure exactly how to do it. You do great work!

Username: George Castille
UserEmail: gcastille gecinc.com
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Date: 19 Dec 2007
Time: 10:46:56

Comments:

Do you know the story behind the 14 or so ship hulls that were sunk in the Sabine River near the mouth of Conway's Bayou just below Orange? I took pictures of the exposed hulls recently and am curious as to what types of vessels these were and who abandoned them.
George Castille

Username: Sean Valdez
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Date: 26 Dec 2007
Time: 21:02:01

Comments:

After reading your article on black panthers in Texas, I would like to share my black panther sighting. This happened 2 years ago. I know its kinda long to wait and tell someone. I was attending Stephen F. Austin State University and I was on a bus trip to Sam Houston State University for our annual football game. I was seated in the front seat of the bus and on the outskirts of Huntsville. I was staring forward when I saw a large black cat run across the road. Now I know some people will say it probably was a black cat. But me and some friend commented on the size of this cat. I have never seen a cat the size of a great dane. It was indeed large. We figured we saw a panther and that they must exist in Texas. Reading your article today, I realized that they don't officially. But I am sure what I and others saw was a black panther.

Username: joseph villarreal
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Date: 26 Dec 2007
Time: 21:21:53

Comments:

hello sir. I stumbled on your site while looking for ways to trap a black panther we have near the house if it is even possible that is. I originally had plans of killing it but after looking at everything on here i was wondering if maybe I could get some help with this thing maybe confirm if it really is a black panther since on your sight u said there hasn't really been any seen years well if you can help me message me back thanks.
joe.

Username: CAPT Walt Wilson, USN (ret.)
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Date: 27 Dec 2007
Time: 12:45:33

Comments:

Do you have any information on the schooner 'Texana', owned by Leverett Sherman and sold to Benjamin Crone (1/3rd owner with John T. & Wm Brady and Samuel Maas) in 1863 to run the blockade out of Galveston to Matamoros? The Master was Zach Sabel and supercargo was A.S. Mair.
I checked ORN (just referenced the yankee bark that James Duke burned off pass a l'outre), your book, 'Schooner Sail to Starboard' and all over the web, and all I could find was a reference to a shipwreck off the Texas coast, and a yellow fever-infected schooner out of New Orleans after the war.
Sincerely,
Texas Walt

Username: Vernon Helmke
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Date: 27 Dec 2007
Time: 22:49:29

Comments:

Your story about the Death March from Indianola to New Braunfels is not factual and it seems that it was based on one story you heard about this difficult time in the German migration to New Braunfels, Texas. I had my Great Grand mother and three of her daughters die at Indianola where the conditions were terrible due to mis managment of the Verine but my Great Grand father and my grand father and his brother and sister did make it and they did not die on the trip. Most people died in Indianola and after they got to New Braunfels. You should check your facts before you write a story like you did.

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Username: Dorothy Norred
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Date: 19 Dec 2005
Time: 15:03:22

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My name is Dorothy Norred. I am researching my 'Shultz' roots and I have a ggg uncle who attended medical school in Louisiana in the late 1800's. His name was Jacob P. Shultz. I believe he went by Jake. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Thanks

Username: Deborah Harper
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Date: 22 Dec 2005
Time: 11:21:20

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block: I recently became the director of Groves Public Library. I am originally from Village Mills and always was grateful to you for recognizing that Village Mills was once a great timber town. I am working on the Groves website and am interested to know about the Griffing Brothers Nursery and exactly how many pecan trees where actually planted in Groves. Currently I am using your figure of 2,500 but I have read other sources that say as many as 6,000 were planted. Could you give me some insight? Thanks in advance.

Username: Mary Whigham, Washington Cty Genealogical Society
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Date: 30 Dec 2005
Time: 14:25:33

Comments:

Responding very late to a letter you sent to the Washington County Chamber of Commerce re Yellow Fever Cemetery. There is one in Brenham and one in Chappell Hill, both referred to as Yellow Fever and Masonic. Who is your Texas hero as both cemeteries have been documented in the book, Historic Cemeteries of Washington County by Judy and Nath Winfield and I can look up to see if buried there.

Username: Barbara Lyle
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Date: 31 Dec 2005
Time: 09:48:57

Comments:

I read in today's Bmt Enterprise you will not continue your columns . What a loss to the readers of said paper. I understand the reason but will miss your input.

A faithful reader

Barbara Lyle

Username: Josiah Harlan
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Date: 31 Dec 2005
Time: 12:27:02

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

Since moving back to Beaumont last year after a 30 year absence, I have thoroughly enjoyed your articles, particular those relating to Sabine Pass. My mother's family was from Sabine Pass. Her name was Genevieve Carey. She was the daughter of Richard Carey, Jr. and Bessie Garrett Carey. My mother was born in 1915 in the Carey-Welch home in Sabine Pass. It is my understanding that the home was built by my great-grandfather, Captain Richard Carey. His wife was Ada Hemmenway Carey. Apparently, they moved to Beaumont several years after my mother was born. Unfortunately, everyone I have mentioned is dead and I have never really known much about their lives in Sabine Pass because they did not talk much about it. I would be very interested in anything you could help me with in learning more about the Careys, Garretts, and the Hemmenways. I know that the Gerald Johnson family is also connected with my family. I am now 63 and my interest in my family has increased as I have aged. Again, I would really appreciate any help you can give me.

Username: Christine Skidmore
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Date: 01 Jan 2006
Time: 11:07:45

Comments:

I always like black panther I would like to know more about.

Username: Art Schaeffer
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Date: 01 Jan 2006
Time: 20:57:03

Comments:

We are going to miss your regular columns in the Beaumont Enterprise. Sure you won't reconsider?

Username: Melissa Vincent
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Date: 02 Jan 2006
Time: 20:43:17

Comments:

Hi, My name is Melissa Vincent and I lived in Grand Chenier prior to Rita. We have since moved to DeRidder. I am sorry to hear that your health will keep you from printing more articles in the Cameron Pilot. I am originally from San Antonio but my husband's family has been in the Grand Chenier, Geuydan, and Lake Arthur areas since the late 1800's. I always enjoyed reading your accounts of GC history. It helped me learn a lot about our family heritage and interesting things to pass on to my children. May God bless you for the work and history that you have preserved. Melissa Vincent

Username: Jeanie Chakas
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Date: 03 Jan 2006
Time: 17:30:53

Comments:

Hi WT!

I found your site tonight while trying to find some information on black panthers in North America. In the children's book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and especially in the book, Little House in the Big Woods, they mention black panthers in the wilderness of Wisconsin several times. Thought that you might find that useful...

However, while navigating your site I discovered that we are nearly kinfolk! I'm not German (well maybe I am a little bit on my mother's side), I just think I am since I converted to Lutheran a few years back. So, I am sort of German through my faith! Well, okay, let's be honest! How many rotwursts at church picnics do you have to eat before you are a true German? I'm Wisconsin Synod (WELS) The Germans of the WELS also came in the same during the 1950's.

Actually, now a days I am a Connecticut Yankee, but my Mother's maiden name is Treece and we have many relatives down there in Texas. The Treece's are of German decent but to my knowledge, we immigrated a lot earlier than you did. I am sure we were here for the Revolutionary war. I think the village they lived in burned to the ground. I am not sure if they were Lutheran or not to begin with. I think the modern day Treece's are Methodist.

Well, just wanted to say hi! I read much of your page and found it all terribly fascinating! Have a blessed new year!

Username: Alda Clark
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Date: 05 Jan 2006
Time: 14:55:08

Comments:

Really enjoy reading your stories. I live at Singer, LA. Between Beckwith and Bear Head Creeks. Do you have any information about Singer History or the band of Jayhawkers in your story.

Thanks

Alda Clark

Username: Larry Singer
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Date: 05 Jan 2006
Time: 18:31:24

Comments:

can you tell me anything about c.r. tolivar bottling works in beaumont or a coca cola product called billy walker that was bottled in beaumont.Thanks

Username: Lisa Luther
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Date: 06 Jan 2006
Time: 13:04:47

Comments:

Hi Mr. Block,

I am doing research on my Miles family tree. I recently obtained the information that my grandfather's second wife's name was Maryon Ruth Yentzen. Monta's full name is Monta Crouch Miles, Jr. (you have it listed as Monta A. Miles). My grandfather adopted Jack Miles, and had two other children by his first marriage to my grandmother. I know you're not looking for the Miles side of the family, but if you need any information, I will be happy to help!

I have always been told Maryon Ruth died of maleria in India, but was not sure of the date. Monta died in 1996.

Thank you for the information!

Username: Dennis Hogan
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Date: 07 Jan 2006
Time: 08:22:31

Comments:

Subject: PANTHERS IN TEXAS

Mr. Block:

In the late 1960's, my father and his dog had a nocturnal encounter with a wild "cat" on some farm property in NE Kaufman County, not too far from Dallas. He didn't actually see the cat, I don't think, but he did hear its distinctive terrifying scream when the dog approached and turned tail. He may have even found tracks the following morning.

Dad later consulted a wildlife expert from East Texas who he knew back at work at Southern Union Gas Co. in Dallas. The co-worker said the cat could have been a very rare "panther" which inhabits East Texas, particularly in the Sabine River bottoms.

Now I looked up "panther" on various Texas wildlife websites discussing wild mammals in Texas. Some do not list panther in Texas at all. A few do mention it or call it a jaguar. Based on the description of the cat's distinctive scream and Northeast Texas location (and perhaps tracks too), the "expert" was convinced enough it was probably not a bobcat or mountain lion. My dad was enough of an outdoorsman to give the "expert" a pretty good description of what he heard and saw.

I came across your article while doing a Web search on "panthers in Texas." I realize this alleged encounter was in NE Texas well away from most others. However, the Sabine River isn't that many miles away and the encounter was in a rural area with nearby creek bottoms.

Dennis Hogan

Frisco, TX

Username: Jim Bishop
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Date: 08 Jan 2006
Time: 16:06:47

Comments:

This is Jim Bishop in Florida, trying to get back in touch with WT concerning his articles on OWINGS family members. I'm also wanting to wish him and all his family a Happy New Year!!

Username: Fred Adolphus
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Date: 11 Jan 2006
Time: 11:56:52

Comments:

I would like to find out where the Battle of Calcasieu Pass took place. Can you tell me? I have a make of Cameron showing Monkey Island. Was the battle fought on present-day Monkey Island, or to the north or south of the island? I know that Monkey Island was created by digging the Calcasieu ship channel and was not there during the war. Also, where on Monkey Island is the Civil War cemetery? How far is the battle field from the cemetery? The librarian, Julie, told me that there was a Confederate field hospital near the cemetery right after the battle. Where was the field hospital? Any answers that you can furnish will be very appreciated. Thank you,

Fred Adolphus

Username: Jeremy Choate
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Date: 13 Jan 2006
Time: 15:41:32

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

I really enjoy reading your articles about the history, people, and places of Jefferson County. Maybe you can help me find some information about one of my relatives. 

In the spring of 1936 my gg uncle Arvillien Choate of Mouton Cove, Louisiana, received a settlement from a case or dispute in Jefferson County, Texas. My family had conducted some research into this in the 1970’s, but to no avail. They spoke with many now deceased attorneys like W. B. West, Chap B. Cain, LeRoy McCall, and others in the hopes of finding some additional information. 

In 1973, LeRoy McCall Sr. was doing research for his book entitled “Mr. Mac”, and he discovered some newspaper articles from around Beaumont that detailed a settlement involving Arvillien Choate. The article included Arvillien Choate’s name along with some others, and told about a $600,000 settlement sometime around 1936 that involved quite a number of people in Jefferson County, Texas. I contacted LeRoy McCall Jr. about this, but he did not know what his father had uncovered.

I am hoping to find any information that will lead me to these newspaper articles. I have conducted lots of associated research around Beaumont, but I have yet to find the articles. 

The only connection that my gg uncle Arvillien had to Jefferson County, Texas was by way of his relation to David Choate Jr. This is the David Choate Jr. who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. David Choate Jr. was married to Mary Coon in 1849, and they lived near the town of Concord on Pine Island Bayou. I found Mary Choate’s grave, but David Choate’s grave is not marked anymore. This is a shame, since he did fight for Texas independence. They are buried in the old Leatherwood cemetery near Loeb next to their friend John Wood Davis. I have read the “Kemp Sketches” of the San Jacinto soldiers to gain some further insight, but I have been unable to locate any further information regarding the case and Arvillien Choate’s involvement.

If anything that I have written sounds familiar to you, or if you have any questions, or if you could suggest any leads, please contact me.

Username: Jim Ratcliff
UserEmail: ratcliff2201@yahoo.com
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Date: 15 Jan 2006
Time: 10:05:14

Comments:

WT., I have enjoyed your articles for years, as I can relate to many of them since being from East Texas myself, (Kirbyville). Most recently I have taken up the hobby of metal detecting and have not had good results. Might I ask you for tips on how to research stories on old towns and places of interest? Keep up the great work, May God Bless Your Days, Jim Ratcliff

Username: Kevin Bryant
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Date: 16 Jan 2006
Time: 00:25:59

Comments:

Thanks for the great reads.  I work in Cameron and Sabine and it is so great to read about their history.

Username: Renaldo
UserEmail: renaldo9582@yahoo.com
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Date: 19 Jan 2006
Time: 15:41:15

Comments:

Sir, you wrote: "I would appreciate hearing from anyone in Texas or Louisiana, who believes he has sighted a panther, black or otherwise. I would like to add their comments to my website. I can be reached by email at wt@wtblock.com. I tried that, but my email was returned marked User Unknown.

My daughter has a small (100 acres) ranch near Cotulla in South Central Texas. On weekends and school holidays, many of her brothers and their families visit the ranch for outdoor recreation. In the past four or five months, several members of our family have reported seeing a "big black cat" in the ranches thicket area.

Several months ago, while driving to the ranch gate, I saw a large black animal cross the road around 75-80 yards ahead of me. The animal walked in the thicket. At first, I thought the creature may have been one of my daughter's three black dogs. However, when I reached the ranch house, the dogs were all sleeping in the front porch area. I would estimate that the animal I saw was about 15-18 inches tall at the shoulders and perhaps three feet long plus tail. Later sightings by other members of the family cause me to believe what I saw may have been a panther.

Over the most recent New Years Day holiday, one of my sons was clearing trails through the thicket with a tractor and shredder when a large black animal ran across his path. My son, a police officer trained to observe details, said the animal was muscular and perhaps four feet long plus tail. He said that it looked like a really big cat.

On Saturday, January 14, 2006, several family members had congregated on the ranch to play paintball, drive my daughter's ATV's and just relax. My daughter and her son were riding their ATV's along the edge of the thicket when my grandson called out to his mother that he had seen a "real big black cat" running through the underbrush. 

That same morning, my forty-year-old son was walking in the thicket in search of feral hogs. The previous week, my daughter had come upon a herd of three dozen or more large and small hogs lounging under a low tree in the thicket. My son did not see a single hog, but he did see a large (he spread his arms wide to indicate how large) black cat. He said the animal was standing quite still and staring at him. He thought to use his rifle to shoot the creature, but considered it too dangerous to shoot because the paintballers were playing only 150 yards or so behind the animal. The cat then walked away.

Shortly after that, my 15-year-old grandson saw a big black cat staring at him from just inside the edge of the thicket. He called out to his father to bring a gun, but the animal had gone by the time the firepower arrived.

My daughter had three ranch dogs. Early last summer, one of the dogs was gravely injured by having been bitten by some animal with fangs. He had to be put down. A week or so later, one of the remaining dogs disappeared. Just a month ago, the last dog disappeared. 

The feral hogs are gone. The many wild turkeys that lived in the thicket are gone. The raccoon that used to ravage her trash cans is gone, as is the opossum that had taken up residence in my grandson's tree house. Even the skunks that had set up housekeeping under the ranch house are gone.

Another of my sons sawa deer while working in the thicket. He remarked that the creature had a bad hind leg and could not walk well.

While working at the ranch, my daughter found two skunk tails, but no other sign of the skunks. She has also come across hog tails but no sign of the animals to which they were attached.

She keeps three horses at the ranch. She was concerned because the horses grow very nervous whenever they see large black objects.

The most conclusive evidence that a big cat is in the area are large cat-like paw prints in the dust around the house. These are perhaps 3.5 inches across. The next time I visit the ranch, I will photograph any such paw prints that I find and post them here.

Hope that some of the above will be of interest to you.

Renaldo

Username: Grace E. Bodemuller-Holst
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Date: 19 Jan 2006
Time: 22:38:26

Comments:

Tonight, I went out to the internet to get news on the passing of my "Aunt Sue". I deeply regret that I was unable to attend her funeral this week. She will truly be missed, but I do find comfort in that she is in heaven with "Boots" and Susan (her daughter). Susan, as you may or may not know, passed over the last few years. I don't believe Aunt Sue ever recovered from her passing. I have enjoyed reading your articles this evening.

I now reside in Rockwall but married a hometown boy, Tommy Holst. He is the son of Harland Holst. Harland is the grandson of Sheriff Jake Giles of Jefferson County. Tommy faithfully reads and enjoys your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise.

Username: Rita Porterfield
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Date: 22 Jan 2006
Time: 23:54:01

Comments:

In answer to burial location for H N Connor, Texas Confederate veteran; there is a very old cemetery on the Northeast side of Downtown Fort Worth and some of the graves date back to the 1800's or more you might check there. That area was known as Rock Island. Hope they haven't change it because of all the construction going on in the Northside of Fort Worth. There's also another cemetery near the Trinity River about a block or two just off Main Street. I know because when I was a kid my friends and I would walk through there playing and used it as a short cut to the Trinity River. I am looking for the owners of a house back in the early 1800,s that may have been a boarding house or cattle baron's house or it could have been a private school located on Main Street. So far I've found a James T Melton who was a teacher for a private school and lived some where on Calhoun??? When my grandparents brought their home in the early 1900's it was only 3 rooms and there were not many homes in the area and the large two story home was located across the street with an old ornate iron fence. I know that area was very historic because I lived and grew up in Cowtown. My husband's family has a lot of Texas history if your interested.

Username: Guy W. Rossi Jr.
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Date: 26 Jan 2006
Time: 07:48:58

Comments:

Mr. Block,
My Father-in-law landed at Normandy with the 29th infantry division on D-Day, He was then transferred to the 78th division. He is now 82 years old and his memory of those days are dimming considerably. Is there any way I can get him some historic information on the 78th?
His name is Sebastian A, (Bizz) Grasso, and he boxed for the 78th under the name "Babe" Grasso. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated by myself and the whole family.
Thank You,
Guy W, Rossi Jr.

Username: Jared M. Kidd, CDT, ARMY ROTC
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Date: 27 Jan 2006
Time: 07:28:00

Comments:

I came to this site from a Google search on Col. Albert Miller Lea. I am an ROTC Cadet at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Col. Lea was the founder of our Military Science program. This is referenced in the article; "The University of East Tennessee" where Col. Lea became the University of Tennessee later on. We are a public land-grant institution and our Military Science program is the oldest in the United States except for some of the military academies, dating to 1844. We still wear 1840s style Dragoon uniforms modeled after the ones worn by Col. Lea's original Tennessee Dragoons when we provide color guards at Tennessee Volunteer football and basketball games. We also march every four years in the Presidential Inaugural Parade as a part of the state of Tennessee's representation in the parade.

Username: Ken Ryan
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Date: 27 Jan 2006
Time: 20:57:57

Comments:

Mr. W.T. Block

Sir

Recently you published an article in the Mid-County Chronicle about Isaac Ryan and the Alamo.

Would you tell me what prompted you to write the article.

Isaac Ryan was a distant relative of mine. I knew he met his demise along with a lot of other good people at the Alamo but I did not know the circumstances of his being there.

Isaac was the 6 Th. child of John Jacob Ryan Sr.

John Jacob Ryan Jr was the 13 Th. child of John Jacob Ryan Sr.

Ken Ryan

Username: Lee Russell
UserEmail: hoss70@swbell.net
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Date: 28 Jan 2006
Time: 15:27:51

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,
I recently came into a possession of a copy of "Rebel Private Front and Rear" by W A Fletcher which is reviewed elsewhere on this site.

I had intended to throw the book away during a good Saturday clean up be decided to do a bit of internet research on it before I pitched it.

That is how I came to your astounding website. I have enjoyed perusing it and was floored when I found and read the review of this book.

Does this book have either historical or monetary significance? Any input you may shed would be appreciated and I would entertain an offer if you were interested in the copy. I can provide pictures if you desire.

Thank you in advance for you help and consideration.

Yours truly,
Lee Russell, Gainesville, TX

Username: Nicole Waldrep
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Date: 30 Jan 2006
Time: 10:44:25

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block--
I always read with interest your "local History" articles when they are published. I currently reside in Tyler County, which is filled with a lot of rich history, "ghost stories", etc. I am originally from Beaumont, and almost all of my family except for 1 aunt are now deceased. My question to you is this-- I recently found out that my great grandma ran a boarding house on "Easy Street" during the late 30's and early 40's. She also cooked for outsiders, and this is how my grandparents (Rebecca Hinds McCanne and Jack F. McCanne) met. My great grand mom's name was Bessie Guinn Hinds, and she was a widow. If you know anything related to this, I would appreciate it, as I am trying to get an understanding of any family history that I can!! Thank you for your time, Nicole McCanne Waldrep age 38, Woodville, Texas

Username: Alicia Ramsey
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Date: 01 Feb 2006
Time: 12:41:19

Comments:

I accidentally ran across this website and haven't been able to stop reading. I grew up in Groves and currently live a block from PN Park, and find this very fascinating, especially since Rita. Thank you, Alicia Ramsey alikay@sbcglobal.net

Username: Mary Williamson
UserEmail: wait4nite@yahoo.com
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Date: 01 Feb 2006
Time: 17:19:33

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Hi! Just wanted to say I was pleased to see the stuff about K. D. Keith and Otis McGaffey on here! Was just doing a search while I was bored and was happy to find this. These guys are my 2nd & 3rd great grandfathers! Would love to read more on them if it is available. Please direct me if you can! Thanks!

Username: Bill Rawlinson
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Date: 06 Feb 2006
Time: 13:18:48

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Do you know which RR owns the abandoned rail line in Port Neches that starts near the Hwy366 and Magnolia intersection, crosses Port Neches Av near Williams Ave, and runs southeast to the high school?
BTW, I have 3 volumes of your series - what is most attributable to the downturn of Port Arthur's economy? I10 routing - oil industry? I've only lived in Beaumont since '72 ...

Username: Keith Beard
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Date: 07 Feb 2006
Time: 17:40:36

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Mr. Block, I read all you have written, I had a beach house in So. West Cameron parish from April 29, 1999 til Sept. 24, 2005 when Rita destroyed our parish, We still have lots of friends in Jefferson parish who evacuated to our home in Alexandria, La. during Rita's wrath on your county. Thank God our home was 150 miles inland and we had minor damage, again I enjoy all your writings and remain a fan. Regards, Keith Beard

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Date: 11 Feb 2006
Time: 15:14:59

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Hi! Just wanted to say I was pleased to see the stuff about K. D. Keith and Otis McGaffey on here! Was just doing a search while I was bored and was happy to find this. These guys are my 2nd & 3rd great grandfathers! Would love to read more on them if it is available. Please direct me if you can! Thanks!

Username: Don J. Benton
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Date: 12 Feb 2006
Time: 10:38:43

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I am the g-grandson of Thomas R. Jackson who was 1st Lieutenant for Company A, Likens' Battalion and Spaight's Battalion. I understand you have a copy of Sgt. H. N. Connor's diary who was in the same unit. I have been searching for information about T R Jackson during the Civil War. Would it be possible for me to read that diary in an attempt to get more information about Jackson?

Username: Kirk Clark
UserEmail: kclark16@houston.rr.com
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Date: 12 Feb 2006
Time: 15:16:52

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Bill:

Regarding Manhasset, I went to san Antonio several weeks ago, and ordered an enlargement of the Tobin aerial photo from 1930 , which clearly shows the redoubts and redans constructed as the Civil War drawing indicates. It appears the soldiers left the structure fairly intact, with exception maybe for filling in the moat to a degree. I am planning to have a sectional enlargement ordered in the future, which should aid clarification even more.

Just an update.

Kirk Clark
Clear Lake

Username: Ellen Palumbo
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Date: 14 Feb 2006
Time: 02:27:41

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Hello, Mr. Block
I saw you wanted anyone that had a black panther story to contact you. Well, I have one although from what I've read I must be crazy because their is no such animal. It was however very large, light black and had darker black spots visible under her regular black shade. It was back in 2001 when she decided to hang around our area for a month! It was quiet eventful, I called the local sheriff's department one night a 1:00 in the morning, I heard the most horrible screaming. I thought that the neighbor's pit-bull had gotten someone but it turned out that the deputy said it was a swamp panther getting the neighbor's pig. I talked to many "agencies" in the coming weeks because my barn cats were disappearing and I could hear her at night around the yard. You will notice I say she. Well, I got to see her one evening before it got dusk, she was not far enough away from me! Her head was above my father's tire on his F150 and she was large. This is Louisiana not Africa you know, I didn't take it to well. The ass at the Wildlife dep. said I couldn't shoot her no matter what she did, she was an endangered species; of course my poor little barn cats were fast on their way to extinction as well. He said for me not to worry they didn't stay in one place long, their territory was some where around 25 square miles, or some such. Oh, and Louisiana has a capture and release program for deer an alligator but not large cats. (smile)(dumb state) I guess if your official view is it doesn't exist you don't need one! I would say that there are quite a few carcasses, but if reported that a person shot one, well that's a large fine and over two years in jail. If I had known I was only listening and seeing a make believe animal I would have kept the tape I made of her screams at night unfortunately I didn't know I was experiencing a really rare occurrence. If you want more info I would suggest you get into a chat room with some residents of DeRidder, Louisiana they get to here and see them up there with alarming frequency, from what I hear.

Username: Haden Henning
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Date: 15 Feb 2006
Time: 06:24:32

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Thank you for your great work and I have enjoyed reading much of it. I am researching family history and seeking information regarding the oil business activities in Beaumont of Walter B. Sharp, Howard Hughes, Sr, and John L. Henning, Jr., and Clarence E. Reed, between 1902 and 1908. Oil field folklore and others have suggested a man from Louisiana, possibly working for Herman Frasch (then Sulphur Mines, La. and in Beaumont), was the actual inventor of the revolutionary roller rock bit patented by Hughes. If this is true, I believe I know who this man was and therefore interested in any info you could share from your work in Beaumont.

Username: Bobby Simmons
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Date: 15 Feb 2006
Time: 20:05:42

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Mr. Block, thank you for all the interesting articles regarding SE Texas and SW Louisiana. My father was a bookkeeper for Kirby Lbr. Corp, and I think we lived most places Kirby ever had a mill, Silsbee, Voth, Bessmay, Buna and many other towns...too many to mention. Really enjoyed your article re: Joe Marriot who lived in Bessmay. We kids all called him "Uncle Joe". Would like to correspond with former residents of Bessmay.

Username: Lonnie Stanley
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Date: 19 Feb 2006
Time: 09:28:21

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Hello Mr. Block,
I found your article,
"Henry R. Green, Fake Obituary Identified Beaumont's Early School Teacher-Historian" very interesting."
You were wondering what ever became of him, it seems he did in fact die three years later.I have a Dec.11, 1860 Beaumont Banner newspaper, with a notice about Henry R. Green on the back page. 
It states:
Notice.
Is hereby given that the undersigned was on the 24th of Sept. A.D. 1860, appointed and qualified as administrator, with the will annexed, of the estate of Henry R. Green, deceased, and that all persons holding claims against the said estate are required to present the same within the time required by law.
J. E. Armstrong, Administrator
H. R. Green, Deceased
Beaumont, Sept. 25th, 1860
I will be glad to email you a photo of the article if you wish. Thanks, Lonnie Stanley

Username: John Robbie
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Date: 19 Feb 2006
Time: 16:59:43

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W.T.,

I have read your articles with great interest.

As a naval historian in the United Kingdom, and having been involved with Oil & Gas construction yards in Orange over the last 12 years, I am coming to Texas - including Orange - on the 23rd February 2006

I will be in the Port Arthur / Beaumont / Orange area on the 27th February (will be staying in Houston)

I feel that the full history of the Irish immigrants and their effect on the global shipbuilding / offshore structures has never fully been complied.

One of their yards was eventually taken over by part of the Singapore Government organizations, and is 2006, the largest global constructor of Jack Up Rigs - including Keppel AMFELS [The AMFELS stands for American Far East Levingston!] at Brownsville, Texas.

From the comments on your website, your are not in the best of health, but can we meet or talk ? [especially about the Levingston organization]



Regards

John Robbie

Killearn

Scotland
United Kingdom

Username: Ron Thrower
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Date: 19 Feb 2006
Time: 20:33:45

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Mr. Block,
I just read your article titled "The Ghostly-Silent Guns of Galveston...". Enjoyed this very much. In your article you express that "No other information,... survives concerning the fortification of the capitol city. Approximately 12 years ago I was involved with the widening of SH 71 through Austin and during the course of my research I "rediscovered" the fortification. The primary document for finding the fortification was a subdivision plat of 1874 titled "Fortview Subdivision". On this document the surveyor clearly drew and labeled an area designated as "fortification". I took this and overlaid it on a current aerial and survey and instructed the state exactly where to locate the fortification. To everyone's amazement the backhoe scraped the earth in one small area and it was clear in the difference of soils the location of the trench. Subsequently no artifacts were found but an historical marker was erected near the site about 2 years ago with the help of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Ron Thrower

Username: Nicholas Benjamin
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Date: 21 Feb 2006
Time: 07:23:06

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I have been told so many stories about Sara Jane Road.  I want to know the real truth behind it.  Any info you can gave me will be helpful. 

Nick

Username: Rachelle Socia
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Date: 23 Feb 2006
Time: 11:28:17

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I am trying to find out about Dyson descendents in orange Texas and I have not come up with nothing .

Username: Tim Vines
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Date: 28 Feb 2006
Time: 11:21:40

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Subject: Black Panther

Mr. W. T.,

Please let me introduce myself, my name is Timothy Vines and I currently live in Sabine Pass, Texas. I have lived in Sabine Pass since 1975 as my father was also employed in the oil and gas industry and our family followed him to each of his different work locations. During his years of employment we have always had "home" up in the small town of Zwolle, Louisiana which is on the Texas/Louisiana border on Toledo Bend. Since his retirement, my parents have moved home and currently live there. Growing up as a child living in the woods we always heard stories from our grandparents and great-grandparents about going off in the woods, "There were bear and panthers" out there that would "get us". Of course as a child we never ventured too far off. As I grew up and my love of hunting blossomed, I was out hunting squirrel one morning with my faithful 20 gauge "crack barrel". I was out away from our property down in the "bottom" area as we called it, which is a deep part of the woods where the Bayou San Miguel slowly winds it way toward Toledo Bend. As a youngster and as an adult, I don't venture to far off the beaten path for the fear of getting lost. That particular morning was foggy and as a youngster (11-12 yrs old, approx. 1980) I became uncomfortable with the noises I kept hearing. So I decided to move a little closer to our property for a little bit of security and it was still early, dawn was just beginning to show its self through the tall thick trees that cover the area. I will never forget, I walked to our property line and sit down on a tree stump next to our corner post of our fence and felt better with myself since I was a little closer to home and in a familiar area. I was sitting there waiting to see any movement up in the trees when I began to hear something moving through the leaves behind me. I slowly began to turn around with my faithful "crack barrel" thinking to myself it was a squirrel playing on the ground, but to my surprise there laying atop of the fallen log of the stump that I wa

Well, I hope this doesn't sound too far fetched, but you can call me with any questions or you can even speak to my parents if you wish. Of course they have never actually seen the big cat, but they have heard it numerous times. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or contact me. I really enjoy your internet site. 

Regards,
Tim Vines
713-432-3420 Office
409-626-2762 Cellular
281-274-9724 Right Fax
timothy.vines@chevron.com

Username: Michael C. Gay, GMC(SW) USN ret.
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Date: 09 Mar 2006
Time: 04:07:32

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In the summer of 1962 or 1963 I rode with my father from Odessa to Alpine. After we dropped off my sisters at the Girl Scout camp there we were forced to stay over night in Alpine due to car trouble. The next morning while having breakfast in a small diner, the waitress (who I think was also the owner and cook) asked if we would like to see the panther her husband had killed that morning. He was a rancher, had caught it in a trap he set out for coyotes, and was forced to shoot it. We went out back of the diner and there it was , filling his truck bed. I was only about six but I remember it vividly. The cat seemed huge to me, smelled horrible and was as black as night. I would love to find out if my memory is right and that the cat was in fact a black panther. I don't remember any spots on it, just a smooth black coat. The rancher seemed very saddened that he had to shoot the big cat. I doubt that he would have felt that way over a regular mountain lion. My father passed away in 1964 and no one else in my family was there with us, so I only have my childhood memory to depend on. I've always wondered if the rancher reported it to the papers or anyone else. If it was truly a black panther he may not have felt comfortable reporting it. I have no idea what the laws (at the time) might have been regarding something like this.
I stumbled on your sight and read the stories you have on the cats and just thought I would send you this tidbit of my past.

Username: Adam Smith
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Date: 11 Mar 2006
Time: 19:38:50

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Dear Sir, some two years ago, my friend and owner of a ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas (city of Gordon)....spotted what he believes was a Black panther on two separate instances within a day....we asked the only other neighbors on the large Plateau overlooking Lake Palo Pinto about it and they had observed what they called a "Mexican Black Panther" for a week or so, they were VERY aware of it as it had killed no less than 2 of their goats within a matter of days!! I talked to them later, and they were astonished that a single cougar could feed so much in a short period of time, as regular Mountain Lions are spotted there (very rarely now) and sometimes would kill a goat. I have personally seen a Cougar (Mountain Lion) there and bobcats on at least one occasion each (I have been going for ten years), but not the "Black" Panther as it is known in Gordon...other residents claim to have seen it as well down at the local bars during this brief time period of a month or two. This is west of Ft. Worth which was known to have cougars come into town often... there is a long tradition of panthers in Ft. Worth and a large statue of a "Sleeping Panther" in downtown. The old Ft. Worth police badges used to have panthers on them and there is a story related to all the panther lore which I have forgotten.... I don't know much, but I know my friend is a very avid outdoorsman and Eagle scout as am I.. He certainly saw a black panther or cougar-like animal, not a dog..etc.. I had another good friend (a city boy, who said, "What the h*** is that thing") who was with him, they spotted it from the top of a bluff where the ranch is located, crossing a road below some 150 yards away at dusk, he described it as "Low, black, and about 125-150 lbs.. perhaps, the size of a very large dog and much larger than a coyote"... He also saw it when he was coming in on the road but he didn't know what it was until he had called his only neighbors about it.... His neighbors live out there full time whereas we just go out for the weekend.

I was a budding Texas Historian with an emphasis on photos, I have many mostly Cowboy shots....some Thurber shots, Texas Ranger shots...I have the photo illustrated on pg. 378 in Walter Prescott Webb's 'The Texas Rangers' of a Texas Ranger Captain in the hunt for Sam Bass.

Username: Jenny
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Date: 12 Mar 2006
Time: 03:07:30

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I read your comments on black panthers and I would like to let you know that black panthers still exist in Louisiana. I know this for a fact not hearsay. I have had two experiences...once when I was a child and once tonight. Trust me, they are still around.

Username: Laura VanWinkle
UserEmail: lvanwink@ramapo.edu
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Date: 14 Mar 2006
Time: 00:58:03

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Mr. Block,

I actually found your site as I was trying to do some research into the oil industry. I am specifically interested in the development of the oil industry in the American mid-west, particularly the practice of oil well capping as small industry was overrun by big business. If you could give me some suggestions or point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. 
Thank you,
Laura VanWinkle

Username: Darlene Mott
UserEmail: dmott@tsl.state.tx.us
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Date: 16 Mar 2006
Time: 09:49:34

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Mr. Block,

The Sam Houston Regional Library has a number of your books regarding Sour Lake. Robert would like to discuss those books with you. Please contact me at the SHRL&RC at dmott@tsl.state.tx.us so I can relay Robert's message to you. If you prefer, you may call me at 936-336-8821. This message should only take a few minutes of your time. Thank you. Darlene Mott, Librarian/ Sam Houston Regional Library

Username: S. M. Head
UserEmail: headhunter2006@headsbunker.com
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Date: 16 Mar 2006
Time: 11:21:07

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WT,

Thanks for all the magnificent work you have done for us Gulf coast Texans. I've recently begun digging into my family's history and discovered my great grandfather built the Bragg Hotel in Bragg, TX, at the end of the Hardin County Ghost Road. I know next to nothing about him, so your published work has been a great blessing. Gaining insight into the turn of the century east Texas thicket has been wonderful, its almost as if I can smell the pine and oil.

I discovered your works by searching for information and leads on Fletcher Otho Head, Otho Head, Hardy H. Head and George W. Head of Kountze, Saratoga and Bragg TX. It has been very helpful. I'm sure you are bombarded with requests to help folks discover leads, so I won't outright ask . . . unless you happen to have know one of those fellows or their kin!

Thanks!
S. M. Head
Houston/Friendswood

Username: Tracy Cook
UserEmail: cooknmiller@yahoo.com
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Date: 16 Mar 2006
Time: 22:43:16

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Thank you for the very interesting article on German settlement in Texas. For the longest time, we have tried to figure out why our family. the Heides immigrated to San Angelo. Your article added some more info to what we are discovering. Thank you again.

Username: Joe
UserEmail: rjsnyder1@verizon.net
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Date: 17 Mar 2006
Time: 03:38:34

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I saw a black jaguar in Jan. 2004 at Hillview, IL. The cat was jet black, wet at the time after just crossing a field with standing water. It was chasing deer and I saw this animal crouched trying to hide in a bunch of dead grass. I shown my lights on the grass and out walked this amazing animal. It was very large weighing about 260-280lbs it appeared to be the size of a female lion. I am ex law enforcement and a very credible witness and I saw this cat at a distance of 30 ft a perfect 100% serval second look at something that isn't supposed to be here in IL. If you would like to discuss my sighting give me a call at 217 589 5899 ask for Joe.

Username: Sandy (Pye) Smith
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Date: 20 Mar 2006
Time: 21:57:46

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I want to thank you so very much for dropping me the note about Dr. Pye don't know if he is related but always looking for more stories and research info I can find on the PYE family. I feel so lucky that you sent me the note.

Username: amanda cole-may
UserEmail: maggiemay78362@yahoo.com
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Date: 20 Mar 2006
Time: 23:11:28

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Hi, I am looking for help find out information on my great grandfather James Madison Hart died Apr. 1917, he was shot in the back in Spindletop, Texas / Beaumont, Texas. I hadn't been about to find much of a story about it or any obituary. I found your site, while looking for a Spindltop Newspaper. I sure hope you can help. You seem to know the history of these towns pretty good. Also if you know any Hart Family, I would like to make contact with them, my mother was Betty Jo Hart, daughter of Fred Lee Hart, thanks and God Bless, Amanda

Username: Justin Powers
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Date: 25 Mar 2006
Time: 16:24:26

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I am doing a research paper on suburbanization and class structure before, during and directly following WW2 of the Jefferson county area. I was wondering if you new of any sites like yours or books that covered the WW2 era in the Beaumont/ Port Author? Thanks, any help or suggestions is much appreciated.
Justin Powers

Username: Sherry Wilkinson Hightower
UserEmail: texas_history_hunter@myway.com
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Date: 28 Mar 2006
Time: 15:03:31

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I want to thank you for the history you have preserved for all of us. I would like to invite your readers to visit my site since I have many photographs, some from Silsbee and many headstone photos from local cemeteries. 

You and I share an interest in Olive, TX and in the preservation of the old cemetery that was lost until TXDOT stumbled upon it. As you have seen, I have photos of the cemetery with directions to find it. And of course your article about Olive. 
Thank you Mr. Block
THANK YOU!!!
http://www.texashistoryhunter.com

Username: John Brennan
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Date: 28 Mar 2006
Time: 21:38:45

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Hello Mr. Block,
My name is John Brennan, I was recently talking to Mr. Kilgore, of League City, Texas, and mentioned I was from Nederland. Mr. Kilgore said he had a very good friend from Nederland named W. T. Block, who was the Postmaster in Nederland. I knew he was speaking about you; and he told me of your website. My older brother William (Billy) Brennan worked for you, and ran the wild streets of Nederland with your son Billy Block. I hope this note finds you well. I live in League City now, but I will always call Nederland my home. I am enjoying your many fascinating articles on Southeast Texas history. Thank you.
John G. Brennan

Username: michele
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Date: 01 Apr 2006
Time: 00:11:10

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I will not call it a Panther since no one here believes what we saw. They say there is no such thing as a Panther. Maybe not but then it's a large house cat on steroids!! My name is Michele and I live in Louisiana (Grant Parish) about 25 miles north of Alexandria. Lots of wooded area. Last night there was a large black cat behind a neighbor's house, right before dark. I have called sheriff's office who told me to call the constable, who told me to call the wild life and fisheries. I have yet to see anyone here to trap the cat and move her/him some where safe. I don't want to see her hurt but I don't want her this close to our homes and children. We live right off of Hwy 165. There is a lot of construction close. I think that is what is driving her/him closer to the houses. I know she/he has been here for at least 5 yrs since that is how long I have been living here. I have always heard her/him out in the woods but this is the first time she/he has ventured this close to our homes.
Whom do you suggest that I call? What should we do? We bring kids in early and make sure all small animals are safe. I have gone to all sorts of web sites and read up on the large cats and it's not proven there are any here. Except we seen one here. 
You can e-mail here.
Thanks for your time

Username: Jenny
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Date: 01 Apr 2006
Time: 13:11:55

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Mr. Block, I am disheartened by the fact that our big cats are actually in danger of extinction. I can understand people's fear and in some cases folks may have to protect themselves, but for the most part these big cats will go away...no harm done. I am like the next person...if it comes to me or them...well I am going to choose me. I think this is only normal....it's called self preservation. These animals are wild, but they are built with a self preservation instinct as well. They hunt and they kill to survive. I have never heard of them hunting and killing a human as of yet. I am not saying we should be stupid and not protect ourselves, but there is no need to kill these animals because we can or because we think they are a total nuisance. They have their purpose. I have come face to face with one of these creatures. Some people would more than likely think I would be at the front of the line to get rid of them. Yeah, it scared me and I will never forget it as long as my memory doesn't fail, but you know what the cat did........it did nothing......it sat there on his or her haunches, a few feet from me, and looked right at me...as if looking through me.....and it did nothing......I ran with all I had (the worst thing a person can do) and it still did nothing. I do believe that the Lord was watching over me that day and he spared my life. For this, I am very thankful. I don't believe we should kill these cats just because we are afraid.......just be careful. Anytime you live around wooded areas you are going to see wild animals. Now, I can't say this with certainty, but if folks got to checking around they mind find that more people are gored by deer than attacked by big cats.....and most people think that deer are gentle and loving....and they are beautiful graceful creatures, but we should never fool ourselves about any wild animal....that is why they are wild. This does not mean we have to kill them immediately after sighted.

Username: Donna 
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Date: 17 Apr 2006
Time: 08:23:46

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Hi my name is Donna , I now live in Lufkin, Texas. I had just moved from Upstate, NY to Leesville, La back in August this past year. Back in October or November 2005. I was driving from Leesville, La to Alexandria, La on highways 28 which that highway runs directly through some forest that is man planted pine trees for the sole purpose of logging. When I was driving to Alexandria in a driving rain storm and had to drive real slow down the two lane highway, (one lane going east and one going west) and I could have sworn that I seen a fairly big black panther laying on the shoulder of the road, as if it had been hit by a car. It was not moving so I am assuming it was dead. I had my mother with me and asked her if she seen what I called "that huge black animal" laying on the side of the highway. She said yeah must have been a cow. There are no cows in that area, the land there is strictly for growing pine trees for the purpose of logging them and there is no livestock such as cows or horses in the area. And the animal was to long and thin to be a cow or a calf anyway. To me it looked to be some sort of huge cat and not a domestic cat, it was simply to big to be that sort of cat.

When I drove back home to Leesville later that day it was still pouring down rain so much I had to drive very slow just to see the road, I looked the entire way home in the area I knew I seen the animal on the side of the road and was unable to find it again to stop and take a better look. I had been in Alexandria about 5 hours so there was plenty of time for it to have been removed. Now I have made that trip several times and have seen dead dogs on the side of the road and they laid there for a long time, normally if I see a dead dog or other small animal on my way to Alec I see it on my way back too. That day when I seen what I thought was a Panther I did ask a neighbor who is an avid hunter if there were black panthers in that area, (now this guys tends to lie often about stupid things so I was hesitate to ask him about this) but I asked him if there were panthers in that area and he said he had actually seen some himself before and knew of people who have too. 
I was shocked that there is the possibility that there could be any sort of huge cats like that in Louisiana coming from upstate NY where there are a few different types of large wild cats. I don't know why I was shocked to see such an animal in La, I just never thought of La having any sort of animals like that period. I know that there are huge bob cats in western US and northern and the NE part and some down in FL.

I found your website when goggled for black panthers in La and thought maybe asking you if they really have existed in La. And to let you know that I may have seen one myself. There is some sort of Forestry ranger station on Hwy 28 and I think maybe they may have took the animal off the side of the road. Funny that is the fastest I have ever seen any dead animal taken off the side of the road so fast. That fact alone makes me want to really believe it was a panther. I am hoping if it was taken off the side of the road it was by an official govt personnel and not just some idiot thinking it would be "cool" to take such a road kill home with them. I would say that animal on the side of the road had to be around 5ft long, so I am sure lugging it onto a truck or car was no easy task for anyone.

If you have heard about someone finding a panther on that highway about that time (October or November) can you please let me know. I have wondered about that ever since. And have done some searching on Google to try and find information about black panthers in the Texas/La area.

If my email does not make any sense to you, I could give you my phone number to call me and I can explain to you what I seen that day or I could call you. I have wondered many times since that day so much that now when I go through that area, which I do once a month I do keep an eye out for panthers now when I go through there. Where there was at least one, I am sure there has to be a few more. I am not sure about their mating habits if they mate only once a year or if they go into "heat" throughout the year and maybe that one was so desperate for a mate it took a chance of crossing the highway to look for a mate. I am assuming that panthers are cats that most likely live the life of a solitude and if that indeed was a panther it sure is a waste of a wonderful animal and who ever took it off the highway I hope they did the right thing with it, like take it to an official so that its existence could be recorded for the sake of all panthers.

Thank you,
Donna 
Lufkin, Texas
If you post this message please exclude my last name in the post. Thank you

Username: Bob d'Aigle
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Date: 01 May 2006
Time: 22:08:23

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Mr. Block:

Thank you for your coverage on the early transportation of Jefferson County, Texas - in particular, the Sabine River. This background and history was very beneficial to a current archaeological project.

Robert "Bob" d'Aigle, RPA
Principal Investigator
CRC, LLC, International Archaeology & Ecology www.culturalresource.com

Username: Bob d'Aigle
UserEmail: rdaigle@culturalresource.com
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Date: 01 May 2006
Time: 23:04:21

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Do you have any record of a light gauge railroad being constructed on the east side of Old River, about 8 miles above Niblett's Bluff? At the very top of Old River, on the east side, we found a lightweight railroad spike typical of light gauge railroad and a cypress rib from a watercraft on top of what appeared to be a graded rise. Please do not post this message. Thanks.

Username: Jenny Ratcliff Edmund
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Date: 05 May 2006
Time: 22:17:15

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My great grandfather, John Van Ratcliff was in Spaight’s Battalion. Thank you for this wonderful website.

Username: Jenny Ratcliff Edmund
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Date: 05 May 2006
Time: 22:19:05

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Also, forgot to add I'm a fellow Lamar alum. Quite a few years after you, but an alum nonetheless. <G>

Username: Richard Myers
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Date: 06 May 2006
Time: 13:25:36

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Mr. Block, I came upon your site today and find all your articles and information very interesting. I live near a old saw mill town site, that was named pinewood, louisiana. I was wondering if you had any information about the history of this forgotten little town. It was located about 3 miles north of Rosepine and just south of neame. Thanks

Username: Bill Daigle
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Date: 07 May 2006
Time: 16:40:17

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Mr Block, I can not read enough about the history of SW La and SE Tx. I have enjoyed all of your writing on the matter and need more. I am specifically looking for old maps of the waterways in the early 1800's could you point me in a direction to find such? I live in SW La and have spent many hours on the bayous and lakes here. I enjoy reading of the stories on the very same waters I am now piloting my boat on!

Thanks
Bill Daigle

Username: Al Greene
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Date: 08 May 2006
Time: 04:02:28

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I went with then US Congressman Bob Eckhardt, in the early 1970s, to a black cemetery in Hardin, County, Texas. There I saw a cemetery that had graves on a North/South direction rather than the usual East/West axis. We were told that the reason for the North/South graves was that they were blacks that had committed some crime and were buried that way so they could never see the sun rise or set.

My search for information on this cemetery has not turned up anything so far. I think it is in the Kountze area, but am not sure. The purpose of our visit was to support the bills in Congress calling for a Big Thicket National Preserve of at least 300,000 acres. We went to a number of unusual places in the area of Kountze, one of which was the black cemetery.

I would like to locate this cemetery and return, perhaps to check out the North/South grave information.

I seek 2 things:

  1. The location of this cemetery; and
  2. The validity of the story of the reason for the North/South graves.

I could easily see how the story about the graves is true. I sure would like to document it, and get some photos.

Please send me any information about this cemetery and the North/South graves or please point me in the right direction.

Information from anyone else would be welcomed!

Thank You Very Much

Username: Janis Brennan
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Date: 09 May 2006
Time: 09:39:31

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I have enjoyed all that you have to offer. I am a descendant of Christain Hillebrandt the cattle rancher from Jefferson County, Texas. I become interested in my Family history and never expected to find much information. I am so Pleased that you have taken the time to compile the history.
Janis Brennan

Username: Josephine Harris
UserEmail: pat@portarthur.net
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Date: 10 May 2006
Time: 14:00:12

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Mr. Block:
I have read much of your work and find it extremely informative and interesting. Would you have any more information on Benjamin Johnson (husband of Sarah Garner)? I would like to know about his children as I believe that my father was the grandson of Benjamin. Please get in touch with me.
Thank you.

Username: Gladys M Cole
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Date: 10 May 2006
Time: 14:12:23

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Father Fred Hardy took in my late husband Lindbergh A. Barron, he was orphaned when he was 10 years old. He was buried in his Knights of Columbus out fit.  It was very impressive.

Your story about Father Hardy was very great.  I learned about this page when I mailed a copy of a Picture of Father Hardy to the Jackson, Mich Library.

I had seen a file on his family there and I remember Father Hardy was buried in Jackson.

Gladys M. Barron-Cole

Username: Nancy A. Hausch
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Date: 14 May 2006
Time: 00:19:28

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Dear Mr. Block, I had the pleasure of finding your very impressive website. Thank you for sharing some of your work with the rest of us.

I am interested in German History, specifically 1843 and prior. My reason for this interest in because I am researching my husband's genealogy (Hausch). The progenitor of our family came to America November 18, 1843. Je was from the Bartenbach Donaukreis Wurttemberg area. I would like to find out what his Germany was like and also what it was like when he landed in the Port of New York and how he made his journey to Rock Island, IL. If you would consider directing me in the right direction to find the information out, I would be very grateful.

Thank you again for sharing some of your work. Hopefully I will soon be hearing from you. Sincerely, Nancy A. Hausch, Blue Grass, IA

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Date: 14 May 2006
Time: 02:39:05

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I found your site while researching history on the SABINE RIVER AND BIG THICKETT area.

I have lived on the Sabine river for almost fifty years now, but have never known its history.

your site is most excellent and well written. I have read it now for several evenings and love it.

Sincere Thanks,
Mike and Kathy Mc Carty

Username: Jonathan Bonner
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Date: 18 May 2006
Time: 23:22:01

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I saw a big black cat about 7yrs.ago.I was hunting in Angelina County. I was down behind the old Bonner farm, my grandpa's old home. To make it easer I was down behind the Old Shofner cemetery. I was sitting in a tree stand, it was just getting day light it was cool that morning, A breeze was blowing at my face. I saw something black jump the creek. It was coming from the Old Carter Farm, heading towards the sun. I threw my rifle up to get a closer look in my scope. It had stopped beside a downed tree. I zoomed in and saw a beautiful black cat. It weighted about 85 lbs. It was about 2 foot tall at mid back with a three foot tail. It was solid black. It was about 75 yards from me. Some asked why I didn't shoot. Well, maybe it was the way I was raised. I just hope someone else has the chance to see such a beauty as this. I did and I was lucky. That day will never be forgotten. The Big Black CAT !

Username: Randall S. Woodley
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Date: 20 May 2006
Time: 00:17:08

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I read with fascination your article on the October 1886 hurricane that struck Johnson's Bayou. My great grandfather William Otis Fawvor 1878-1952 (son of Thomas Fresimon Fawvor) and my great grandmother Willa Mae Hall 1884-1958 (daughter of Eliga Hall) were both born there. In your research have you discovered anything related to these families with regard to the hurricane or other local history? Best regards, Randy Woodley

Username: Christopher Morgan
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Date: 26 May 2006
Time: 07:53:40

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I grew up in Jasper and Newton counties and recently moved to Texas A&M to go to college. I stumbled across your site recently and wasn't aware of the rich history or pirates and treasure in the area I grew up in. It's absolutely fascinating. The story on John Fletchers buried treasure is very interesting to me. I would like to learn as much as possible about the historical facts regarding this legend. If possible I would like to correspond with you and learn of your research and where I might gather more information as well. Thank you.

Christopher Morgan
Magnolia Springs, Tx

Username: Randall S. Woodley
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Date: 01 Jun 2006
Time: 22:56:23

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Hello, again. I previously wrote to you about the Fawvor family. In reading through some of your material I have found a solid connection, with the help of Mr. Leonard Hale (who may have contacted you in the past). According to family history provided by Mr. Hale I am a direct decendant of Jesse Ray Yocum (Yoakum), who is my great great great great grandfather. His son Thomas Denman Yocum would have been my great great great uncle. Among old man Jesse Ray Yocum's children was a son, Jesse Rae Yocum (born around 1810 in the Neutral Zone). Young Jesse had a daughter, Julia Yoakum (Yocum) who married Thomas Fresimon Fawvor, Jr. in 1874. I was wondering if you had any information on old Jesse, young Jesse, or Julia. All I know of old Jesse was that he was a foot soldier in the Revolutionary War, out of Virginia. (Of interest are his crimes and bribery to avoid prosecution). Of further interest is how young Jesse avoided the murderous fate of his siblings (I have that he died 10/28/1886, age about 76). I have virtually no information on Julia. Best regards, Randall S. Woodley

Username: Debra Smith Greeson
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Date: 02 Jun 2006
Time: 12:06:13

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I love your site. My grandmother was one of the bootleggers in Jefferson County during the prohibition . One of your stories brought back a story my mom told me of something that happened when she was a child. She said that her mother had been warned that there was a raid forthcoming and she hid all of the beer in a pantry under the stairwell. When they came to look around the caps started popping off the bottles because they were hot. (Very Loud) The just acted like they didn't hear it and never looked in that pantry. As they walked out they said "Don't see anything here." They were some of my grandmothers best customers. She was Anges Thibodeaux Manuel of China, Texas. Thought you might like that story.

Username: Kathy Hart
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Date: 02 Jun 2006
Time: 21:55:37

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Hi,
My family was in Sabine Pass and my gggrandmother died of yellow fever there in 1862. She was the daughter of Abel Coffin Sr. which you wrote about in your article "From Bales to Black Gold". I have a book of pictures and some tin photos which seems to be from that area and time period. I'm trying to find out how to identify the people in the book and what type of book it is. I suspect it is a school year book and the only clue to its age is that one of the photos is dated 1879. Do you know if the schools had a year book during that time period ? Any help with this would really be appreciated thank you Kathy

Username: Patty Macsisak
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Date: 06 Jun 2006
Time: 10:19:20

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Seek information to confirm that James S. Woosley 1811-1897 and sons (Nathan M. Woosley, George Washington Woosley, James Boulware Woosley, Joseph P(hillip) Woosley, and Thomas Keesee Woosley) were in lumber business in Jefferson, TX ca. 1863-1869.
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From Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public and Many Early Settled Families, Illustrated, F. A. Battey and Company, Chicago, 1889. ---- J. B. WOOSLEY, a merchant at Whitewright, Texas was born in Jackson County, Missouri, February 11, 1838. His father, James WOOSLEY, was born in Christian County, Kentucky, in 1811, but when a young man moved to Illinois and from there to Missouri, where he lived until 1852, at which time he settled in Crawford County, Arkansas, and remained there until 1863. He then moved to East Texas, and in 1869 to Hunt County, Texas, where he still resides. He has followed the mercantile business and farming all his life, has been a successful business man and for many years has been a member of the Baptist Church. He is a member of F. and A. M. and the I.O.O.F. and a man who has always stood high in the estimation of his fellow men. His wife bore the maiden name of Patience Bailey. She was born in Tennessee in 1810 and died in Texas in 1867. James B. WOOSLEY was reared in Missouri and Arkansas and received a common-school education. In 1861, he joined the Confederate service as a private in Company D, Brook's Arkansas Infantry and served with that command until 1862 when he was transferred to Wetherspoon's Battalion, Cahill?s Brigade. He was promoted to second lieutenant of Company B and served until the close of the War. He then moved to Texas where his family already were engaged in the mill business at Jefferson, which he conducted a time and then turned his attention to the growing of stock and trading in the same. This he followed until 1882, when he moved to Whitewright, Texas and engaged in the hardware business, which business has steadily grown until he now carries the largest stock in his line in that place. Mr. WOOSLEY is a through business man and makes anything he takes hold of a success. He started out after the war on borrowed capital, but has since accumulated considerable property. August 6, 1858, he marrie

OBITUARY: J. B. WOOSLEY, October 8, 1917 -- Obituary, Unnamed Whitewright, Texas Newspaper In drafting recruits for the innumerable army in the world beyond, Death has taken toll again in Whitewright, removing from our midst one who was within the age limit, ready, and claimed no exemption. The summons came to J. B. WOOSLEY about 11 o'clock, October 8, 1917 and the venerable merchant citizen vacated his accustomed place in the family circle, in the business life of this little city and in the brotherhood of men. He has been called up higher to wear the chevron and badge of a 'good and faithful servant'. Mr. WOOSLEY cast his lot with this little town in its infancy. He has been in the hardware business at the 'Woosley corner' for 35 years, accumulating in the pursuit of that business a considerable fortune. His chief service to this community through the 35 years of its development and varying periods of prosperity and depression can be better told by the hundreds he has assisted, encouraged and carried over seasons of adversity and crop failures until the sun of plenty would again appear on their horizons. He laid no claim to special accomplishments nor did he choose to assume the role of Philanthropist and town builder, but in his own way he has perhaps rendered the community in the pioneer and struggling days of its development as valuable service as any of our enterprising townsmen who may have looked upon their obligations from a different angle. He has carried heavy family responsibilities and has been a long and liberal contributor to the Methodist Church, of which he was a member. He has been liberal in other ways, and especially did he seem to find pleasure in bestowing upon those near to him much of the material things of life. His faculty of discernment and delineation of the characters of men, was remarkable. During his long business intercourse with the public he stored away in his mind a complete history of the people with whom he dealt. His confidence in them was rarely misplaced. In his niche he was content to serve and served well. He was an honorable, upright and just citizen, and as

Username: Steven C. LeBlanc
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Date: 10 Jun 2006
Time: 21:04:53

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My name is Steven LeBlanc. I live just outside of Abbeville, Louisiana (Vermilion Parish) in southwest Louisiana, in a heavily wooded area. This afternoon, June 10, 2006, at approx. 2:30 p.m., I saw a large black cat cross the road about 100 yards in front of me. I know for certain it wasn't a dog and it had the longest of tails so it could not have been a bobcat, which we have seen more than once in my back yard. My first thought was that this was a black panther, but I had never heard of them being in southwest Louisiana. Hence, my search of the internet this evening - I was happy to find your website and read with interest the other sightings of these big black cats. We have lots of wild rabbits and other prey in our wooded area and a host of other wild animals such as bobcats, owls, and the like. I now add a "black panther" to the list of wild animals that have visited our wooded neighborhood on Maple Street in Abbeville, Louisiana. (the woods in our area run along the Vermilion River).

Username: Malinda Fawvor
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Date: 16 Jun 2006
Time: 16:21:44

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I am looking for Tresvan Fawvor who is buried without a marker in McGaffey Cemetery in Sabine Pass Texas. Any help would be great. Thank you.
Malinda

Username: Bonnie Croom
UserEmail: BJCroom313@aol.com
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Date: 19 Jun 2006
Time: 10:42:47

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Hello,

I was searching for information on Christian Hillebrandt and found your article about him. I just thought I would let you know there are still a few Hillebrandts residing in this area in Orange, Co. My name is Bonnie Croom, my Mother is Sandra Hillebrandt-Paskell, her father-my grandfather is Isaac Elisha Hillebrandt who is 89 and lives in Vidor, TX. He owns 14 acres there with cows where he still takes calves to auction. He owns 117 acres off of West Port Arthur road not far from Hillebrandt Bayou where until a couple of years ago he was running around 70 head of cattle. He has since then been leasing that land and is talking about selling due to problems with his eyesight in the last 6 months. I really enjoyed your articles and still love to listen to my grandfather's stories of when he was young and how he grew up on a dairy farm. If you have any more information on the Hillebrandt's or would like to know more about my grandfather's life (he is still very much alive and still trying to drive) please e-mail me. Thank you very much, Bonnie Croom.

Username: carolyn willis
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Date: 19 Jun 2006
Time: 15:13:25

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I have read your article about "black panthers" in Texas. I myself have seen one. My family thought I was crazy and now 4 others have seen it or another one. They have also seen the brownish ones, but the solid, coal black one or ones has definitely been spotted. It is not grayish, or just blackish, but deep dark black. My husband saw a jaguarondi on the same ranch...but he has not seen the big, black cat. These cats live in Central West Texas.

Username: John A. Lutz
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Date: 26 Jun 2006
Time: 14:26:59

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Keep up the good work and Thanks W. T....I will get in touch with people reporting large Black cats in La, Texas and adjoining states. YES folks, the BLACK cats known as black panthers do exist across the U.S.!
I wonder if any historical papers or books were ever written on the black cats in years past?
Would also like to address your readers, if they know of any written historical books or papers on large black cats in La or Texas to please contact me at epuma@beaconnet.net Thanks, John A. Lutz

Username: Kristi Ellis
UserEmail: kristi@ellis-family.org
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Date: 27 Jun 2006
Time: 14:01:04

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My name is Kristi Ellis and my great great grandfather, Isaac Doty, died in Port Arthur on October 25, 1906 (He's buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Groves, TX). I came across your site trying to learn more about the city my grandfather lived in late in life. He was, among other things, the proprietor of the City Hotel for a time, sometime between 1896 and 1906. Do you have any articles or books containing information on the City Hotel? This is a great website--I enjoyed reading it!

Username: Toby Wahl
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Date: 03 Jul 2006
Time: 02:22:50

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Dear Mr. Block,

First of all, Your site is great. I grew up in Groves and moved to Tyler after my service in the Army. I was looking for pictures of Spiers grocery store in Groves on the web and happened upon this site and got sucked into the reading. I have great memories of going to Spiers on my bike as a boy and charging honey buns and soda to my dad's charge account, with his permission of course. My great uncle Howard owned and operated Howard's grocery in Port Arthur and they used the same localized credit system. When I have a problem with a charge today I talk to someone in India about it. I would prefer to do things like my father did and discuss the matter with the lady at the booth who calls your children "hun" or "baby" and gives them a sucker. Well, enough wishful thinking.

I was reading "Nederland As I Remember It, 1935-1960" in regards to Spiers, and it read "...apparently unable to cope with the new Hughes Market Basket across the street." It was Bruce's Market Basket as I remember. We begrudgingly shopped there after Spiers boarded up, and my brother played for a little league team that won the NL Little League champion for a team called Bruce's Braves. The LL complex is right next to the store. Hughes may have own it, but I'm not sure. I believe the Safeway across the street from Thomas Jefferson H.S. became a Market Basket too. T.J. isn't even T.J. anymore.

Thanks for the resourceful site. It is safe to say you are a primary source.

T. Wahl

Username: Erica S. Block
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Date: 09 Jul 2006
Time: 12:10:12

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Hello. I have stumbled across your website in the past but only now was able to read it in detail.

It's wonderful what you have done here; preserving and documenting the heritage of Southeast Texans through family ties and oral history. Many of us all too often tend to lose our identity, being simply "Americans." Ha.

I, myself, am an Anthropology major with a minor in Classics (currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio) and so I can well-appreciate the importance of history and cultural/personal identity to people the world over. Many times, all people have are their oral histories passed from one generation to the next; many times this goes undocumented.

And congratulations on receiving your award from the Dutch, that's fantastic! Although a Knighthood means very little here, it may get you a free or reduced-price meal in the Netherlands (joke)! I have been to Amsterdam and it was quite cold, but lovely. I am actually considering studying there for my Master's degree; they have wonderful schools and many courses are taught in English.

And so, congratulations, and continue your work because although it may not bring you fame and glory (or even fortune) at the moment, it will mean a lot to future generations.

Sincerely,

Erica S. Block

Username: Donald L. Kirkpatrick
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Date: 09 Jul 2006
Time: 21:25:32

Comments:

My grandfather, Walter Kirkpatrick, operated the Ferry at Evadale after he purchased it from Richardson in about 1915. My great grandfather lived at Bear Man's Bluff Texas (him, his wife and few family are buried there). They later moved to Evadale. My dad, Frank Kirkpatrick helped run the ferry (as did his other brothers) till he sold it when the State put the highway across the river.
I recall spending many summers in my grandfather's home on the banks of the river in the summers of my youth. They did not have electricity or running water. We used kerosine lamps and pumped water from the well just outside the kitchen door. They had a wood stove that turned out delicious catfish, turnip greens, coconut cake and etc. Houseboats lined the bank of the river next to the bridge and their owners fished for a living. It's a way lf life that is rapidly being forgotten. I would like to know how I would go about purchasing your books. Will you please advise me on this?

Thank you,

Donald L. Kirkpatrick
Friendswood, Texas 77546

Username: Oel Castner
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Date: 10 Jul 2006
Time: 15:55:29

Comments:

W. T.......I am a Meadow's descendent. The legendary fortune of the Meadow's family have been talked about for years, but truthfully none of the family knows much about the fortune. Apparently the estate was ruled inadmissible by the courts in Beaumont or Orange. The was an attorney who retired a few years ago, wrote a letter to the Meadow's family, thanking them for as wonderful livelihood for him and his family. I'm not searching for the fortune, your knowledge of history of Texas makes me curious about anything or stories about the Meadow's family interest me......I also would like to know exactly where is Pine Island and is it accessible?

Username: Gregg Turner
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Date: 12 Jul 2006
Time: 09:49:50

Comments:

Sir: your website biographies include an entry for Col. William H. Griffin, USMA Class of 1835. Have you a portrait photograph of this officer?

Gregg Turner, former director
RAILWAY & LOCOMOTIVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Harvard Business School

GreggTurner@msn.com

Username: Tim Collins
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Date: 20 Jul 2006
Time: 05:21:04

Comments:

W. T.,

What an incredible resource you have made freely available!. Your articles on Sabine Pass during the Civil War period have proved to be essential reading reading in my current work on Dick Dowling, which was started by the late Ann Ivins. Your style of writing brings the whole period to life, and is invaluable when visiting the places frequented by Dowling in east Texas.

May your pen never run dry!

Tim

Username: Donna Polk
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Date: 23 Jul 2006
Time: 15:37:35

Comments:

Hi W. T.
I was really surprised when I typed my ancestor's name, Arsene LeBleu,Sr., and it took me to several of your pages. 
I was wondering if you could tell me where to find the written documentation about him to add to my ancestry.

Username: David Saenz
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Date: 24 Jul 2006
Time: 01:54:54

Comments:

I grew up in a small town named San Isidro, in deep South Texas. We are around 30 miles north of the Mexican border in Starr County. Well, to get to the point, I was walking outside my house one afternoon around 1 hour before dusk and in one corner of my eye I saw something black pass by. It was around 30-40 yards away right where the brush starts. I did not think much of this, then it struck me and I turned to the area and there it was a huge black cat. It was a little larger than our typical bobcat, but not by much. As quickly as it appeared, it disappeared into the brush. 
Now my story may not be that interesting, but to this day I never saw it again, and it only makes me wonder if I was seeing things. Deep down I know what I saw, but you know. Years after this happened, I have discussed it with a few of my of my uncles and they all said the same thing, They are out there." Late Summer to Early Fall 1995 or 1996

Username: Roland S. Jary
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Date: 24 Jul 2006
Time: 13:28:14

Comments:

Do you have any verification of 'which' Joseph Dunman was it that carried the letter for help from Col. Travis at the Alamo on 1 Mar 1836? That is, there were several Joseph Dunmans about that time and of an age in which a ride would have been logical, not only in his beliefs but involvement in the efforts.

I chase family history and so far no one has been able to determine exactly 'which' Joseph this was - any help here?

Thank you for your response - enjoyed reading all the good stuff!!!

Roland Jary
Fort Worth

Username: Kathie Bordelon
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Date: 27 Jul 2006
Time: 10:13:52

Comments:

Mr. Block,
I’d like to ask permission to use your article, Southwest Louisiana History Found in the Beaumont Enterprise, in the next issue of the SWLA Historical Association newsletter. Please let me know if this is all right. Thank you and I hope all is well with you.

Username: Charlie Harris
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Date: 12 Aug 2006
Time: 19:40:42

Comments:

I am searching for information and photos etc on the Cotton Belt Railroad in Texas. Especially looking for drawings, photos, plans, etc of the Union (Cotton Belt) Station in Waco. Built sometimein the early 1900s. The date I have yet to ascertain.
I have been in contact with numerous railroad related organizations but with no success.
Are you able to direct me to any information you or others may have.

Regards

Charlie Harris
New Zealand

Username: Wayne Purcell
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Date: 13 Aug 2006
Time: 04:21:56

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block:

I have just read your fascinating account of the Battle of Sabine Pass! Before continuing on, I just had to pause and drop you a quick line.

Thank you for researching and recording these different historical accounts of our great state.

I must tell you that today I am a bit homesick!

A native son of the Texas Panhandle (born in Amarillo, my parents still live in the North Texas Panhandle town of Perryton), my family and I have been serving in China as missionaries since 1985.

It has done my heart and spirit good to find your website today!!

Thanks again for making your works available online. May the Lord bless you with health and happiness.

Sincerely,

Dr. Wayne Purcell
Pacific Rim Consultants

Username: Matt Shofner
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Date: 14 Aug 2006
Time: 16:06:43

Comments:

Hello Mr. Block,
I was moved to tears when reading about my grandmother Mary B Kelly and her father John Franklin Kelly. One of Mary's son's was James Franklin Shofner and he was my father (God rest his soul). I have been doing some research on my family as I think there may be some Choctaw Indian blood somewhere up the line. I have only known names above my grandparents but you have helped put a character to these names and I thank you for that. Do you know of any Choctaw blood up this line? I hit a roadblock with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. They have a Mary Kelly on their roles but she was different from my grandmother. It may be on my grandfather's side (Floyd Shofner and Marin Luther Shofner) but it does not look that way. Any information you might have will be appreciated.

Matt Shofner

Username: Ken Lowery
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Date: 28 Aug 2006
Time: 12:30:37

Comments:

I have enjoyed reading your stories about East Texas. My Grand Daddy ran turpentine camps there. His name was J.B. Lowery. He was always eager to walk the woods and tell you about his adventures. Many of my relatives worked the sawmills in East Texas. When I read your stories I feel that I may be reading about my family also.
Thank you

Username: Dee
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Date: 29 Aug 2006
Time: 14:35:08

Comments:

We have always enjoyed your columns. My husband & I have lived in Beaumont all of our lives.

Can you tell me where I can get information about the stores, pharmacies, movie theaters, etc. that were in downtown Beaumont around the 1950's. We always try to remember where certain stores were and have forgotten where they were. Of course, we remember Kress (Kresses).

Would appreciate any information or information source you can give me.

Dee & Henry

Username: Stephanie Gonzales
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Date: 31 Aug 2006
Time: 15:25:27

Comments:

Mr Block

I came across your site through a search engine, and have stayed glued to my computer reading your articles. Coming from one of the first families in Jefferson Co (Blackman-Stone) I find your articles very informing, and accurate. Id love to know if you have anything else on my GGG grandfather Bennett Blackman, or my GG grandfather Elias Stone, he was one of the original Texas Rangers from 1837-1839, and served in the army of the Republic of Texas. I am also a descendant of Leo E. Craigen (peg leg) who fought for the CSA, and was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh he is also my GG grandfather. Thank you for such great writing! I have read a lot on early Jefferson Co, but your articles are by far the best.

Username: LeNelle
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Date: 31 Aug 2006
Time: 22:12:53

Comments:

Mr. Block,
Wow, this has really shown me a little bit of my history, my 4th G-grandfather (Jesse Dyson)is mentioned in a couple of your writings,Jesse and every generation, including myself has lived in the orange & Jefferson county. I've often heard my mom say that one of my grandfathers was a river rat, ive heard of the hanging tree, and several other things, I guess what I would like to say is Thank you for taking the time to do this, it has enriched my life.

Many thanks,
LeNelle

Username: kent conwell
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Date: 03 Sep 2006
Time: 07:21:41

Comments:

w.t.

we met years back when you spoke at a writer's meeting. my questions is about the indian mounds along the neches-- or that were along the neches. there is a mound in port neches at grisby's bluff. it's hard to believe it is one of the originals.

thanks

Username: Alan Johnson
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Date: 03 Sep 2006
Time: 09:22:31

Comments:

Your web site has been added to my Favorite list. I was borned and raised in Vernon Parish Louisiana. I enjoy reading your web site and it carries me back to country living. I was borned jan 16 1958 in DeRidder Louisiana. On our little farm there in Vernon Parish produced some very good times. Take care and job well done. Alan Johnson appleheadj72@yahoo.com I sent both emails

kent conwell

Username: Carol Ann Kates
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Date: 05 Sep 2006
Time: 21:33:31

Comments:

I have been on your website doing research for a novel I am writing. It begins in Beaumont, Texas, in 1901, but soon shifts to Kansas. While about the exploration of oil and gas, it does not concentrate on Beaumont.

I found your website informative and very thorough.

Username: Jon Pult
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Date: 07 Sep 2006
Time: 13:32:47

Comments:

Hi,

I'm working on a series of essays on executed circus elephants. Your work "When Floto, The Elephant Came To Orange" is of great interest. How can I obtain a copy?

Username: Lou Ann Van Randen Chism
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Date: 19 Sep 2006
Time: 09:37:30

Comments:

Dear Sir:

Thank you for your site and thank you for including the Gerka Van Randen family on your site.

I lived in Hardin County for 20 years and have heard many stories about black panthers, Old Maid's Hill, and the Bragg lights.

Username: David Fenster
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Date: 23 Sep 2006
Time: 01:16:01

Comments:

Sir: I am an American author living in India doing research for a public charitable organization.

For our archive/museum - I am trying to purchase an original copy of an article that appeared about MEHER BABA, and Garrett Fort, written by Marjorie Drueoll, in the Port Arthur News in 1937:

The Port Arthur News
Sunday, March 07, 1937 pg. 45
Port Arthur, Texas

Would you be able to suggest anyone that might have this page of this issue of the Port Arthur Newspaper from 1937 available for sale.

I know it is available online in digital form, but we would like an original copy, if possible.

Username: Craig Wilson
UserEmail: twilson@chevron.com
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Date: 26 Sep 2006
Time: 13:51:09

Comments:

Mr. Block

Thank you for your work. As a native of Port Arthur and a local history enthusiast, discovering your work has been like finding a gold mine. I enjoy reading your website.

I would like to seek some information that has always puzzled me but have never been able to find an answer to.

Do you know the origin / dates of the two separate wrecks in South Sabine Lake that are marked with pilons?

Thank you again

Sincerely, Craig Wilson

Username: kent conwell
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Date: 27 Sep 2006
Time: 09:52:31

Comments:

w.t.

i wanted to do an article for the bmt. journal on the indian mounds you researched, but i need a diagram of the mounds or a picture of how they might have appeared. any suggestions?

regards,

kent conwell

Username: Michica Holliday
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Date: 17 Oct 2006
Time: 17:31:05

Comments:

Mr. Block...

My ggg grandfather Jack Haynes was hung at Caney Creek i believe in Grimes Co. for trying to vote. I have been searching for any information that might be available about this and other hangings in Grimes or Walker Counties. I don't know the year this would have occurred. Any help given will be appreciated.

Michica Holliday

Username: russell guidry
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Date: 17 Oct 2006
Time: 19:59:31

Comments:

Hi, I have been reading the stories on your site and must say that I can't stop reading. It is a real pleasure to have a site such as yours to find information on so many of Louisiana and Texas's past. Please keep up the good work. God bless Russell Guidry

Username: Brian
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Date: 26 Oct 2006
Time: 21:13:32

Comments:

Mr. Block,
I've contacted you several times about various topics and I once again need your advice. I am the US Coast Guard unit in Port Arthur and I have been tasked with assisting my command in researching local Coast Guard history so we can dedicate a hallway in our building for significant events that our unit was involved in. Do you have any recommendations as to where I might be able to find any archived photos of the Beaumont/Port Arthur area? I am looking specifically at getting some pictures of WWII Port Arthur or maybe local military units performing regular duties during WWII. 
Thanks!!!
-Brian

Username: Jean Fairclough
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Date: 27 Oct 2006
Time: 09:00:03

Comments:

Mr. Block,

We have come to many roadblocks in looking for information on George Sangster (aka George Romaine Sangster), my husband's maternal great-grandfather. According to Eleanora Emily Sangster's birth certificate he was her father and he was a cook and was born in Houston, TX. We noticed you listed "Bill Sangster" as a riverboat captain out of Galveston. Do you know anything about Bill Sangster and his family? Could George be a relative of his? Thank you. Jean M. Fairclough

Username: Wayne Drake
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Date: 27 Oct 2006
Time: 11:35:44

Comments:

My friend and I had a discussion today about a movie theater that was located on GULFWAY DRIVE and the other one was on 36Th street I believe and we couldn't come to an agreement agree on the name of them. I said they were The Village (gulfway dr) and Don's (36th street). Could you verify this for us.

Thank you

Username: Pat McGowen
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Date: 30 Oct 2006
Time: 10:48:49

Comments:

Just to let you know, on two separate occasions, my friend and I saw two black panthers or perhaps jaguarondis in Halletsville, TX this month.

Pat McGowen
Spring TX

Username: Mary A. Garner Golding
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Date: 30 Oct 2006
Time: 10:53:35

Comments:

I am so excited to find this great web site, I don't keep house much because of this most wonderful machine called a computer. I have a great deal of Garner info since I have been studying this since 1957. I have holes in my family that I have been unable to fill, I seam to skirt around all these people without finding the important proof that I need. Mary Ann Garner Golding 254-756-1347 Waco, TX

Username: Abe Ogea
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Date: 30 Oct 2006
Time: 20:36:17

Comments:

Hi W. T.,
I stumbled across your writings in search of my curiosity of Gladys City and the development of Jefferson county. Having lived in Port Neches for the past couple of years and pastor of the Central Baptist Church, I haven’t the slightest idea of the rich heritage of our area. For the past few days I haven’t been able to tear myself away for all the materials you have produced. I plan to spend time reading more of your published books at the local library and if possible purchase what might be available. Thanks to you my neighborhood are seen through different eyes and the grounds I walk are greatly appreciated.
Blessings,
Abram (Abe) Ogea

Username: Tom Ledoux
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Date: 31 Oct 2006
Time: 19:05:43

Comments:

Mr. Block. I'm writing a book on Vermonters in the Navy in the Civil War. One of them was Stephen R. Tyrrell, Acting Ensign on the steamer Granite City. He was mortally wounded on May 6, 1864 at Calcasieu Pass. You mentioned him in your excellent article on the battle. I was wondering if you knew when and where he died? I appreciate any leads you could provide.

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Date: 02 Nov 2006
Time: 10:53:16

Comments:

I am wondering did you serve with
a Joseph Hovanec? My dad served in
WWII Battle of Bulge, H Forest, he
was wounded in the Bulge.

Username: Senobia Torres
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Date: 07 Nov 2006
Time: 23:55:27

Comments:

Mr. Block,

I love you and what you do. You truly have a gift and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. When I am in need of local, historic guidance, you are always who I think of.

I need that guidance now. I want to do a series of stories on some of the interesting places in and around SE Texas, but since Tyrrell Library is closed for renovations, I don't know where to research.

Many of us have seen a neat old house or building and wondered what it used to be. That's the kind of stories I want to write - telling what they used to be. Sort of a 'Then and Now' thing. I'm just at a loss as to where to start.

I thank you kindly for your time and all you do, Mr. Block and look forward to your reply.

Senobia Torres

Username: John A. Lutz
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Date: 10 Nov 2006
Time: 21:35:02

Comments:

For the message from Christine Skidmore inquiry on black panthers, she should visit our website at www.easternpumaresearch.com to further understand the large black cats called panther or puma in eastern North America.
And to Cannonball, Bill you do a great service on your website and hope the Good Lord finds it in His Blessing to keep you in good health for a long time....
God Bless You.....
John

Username: Teresa Bell
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Date: 12 Nov 2006
Time: 11:53:54

Comments:

Thank you for your valuable research and publication of East Texas History. I am a student at SFA in Nacogdoches and am writing a research paper on Manning and some of the other sawmill towns that died or disappeared. (I have a personal interest also in that my grandparents lived in Manning during this time and my grandfather was one of the workers there. I grew up in the Shawnee Prairie/Shawnee Creek area near there) Your information has been most helpful! I am interested in finding a copy of your out-of-print book, Volume 1 of the East Texas Sawmill Towns and Ghost Towns. Any suggestion where I might procure one of these books?
Once again, thank you!

Username: Mary Proctor Sleppy
UserEmail: sleppy@earthlink.net
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Date: 20 Nov 2006
Time: 17:57:12

Comments:

I am considering the assumption that my ggrandfather was a Louisiana "jayhawker". Do you have any information that could help substantiate this. My father worked on genealogy for 25 years. He was always stumped by his grandfather's existence. His words were "This man (and his brother) came out of nowhere, married, fathered 13 children and lived the rest of life in peace, but before that time, he left little trace of his past".
This is what we know about him. John George Chandler, born 1849, in Rapides Parish, LA. (We are not sure if this is his real name but this is the name he used. Story is that he and his brother were run out of LA because of some black women and some horses. They lived the rest of their lives in Magnolia, Montgomery County, Texas.
Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Username: Bob d'Aigle
UserEmail: rdaigle@culturalresource.com
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Date: 21 Nov 2006
Time: 23:40:27

Comments:

W. T. - Im going to be doing another large area archaeological investigation on the Neches River. I'd like to be able to call on your expertise again. Perhaps we can meet this time. I'll be in Orange sometime in the next two weeks for a preview. Best regards, Bob d'Aigle, CRC, LLC Archaeology Consultants.

Username: Julie Miller
UserEmail: jjmiller273@charter.net
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Date: 27 Nov 2006
Time: 10:55:02

Comments:

I found your site and was interested in my family, the Van Randen's. I am Julia Miller (Van Randen), great grandaughter of Gerka. My grandmother, Tine, wife of Henk also died in Meppel. I live in Holland, Michigan have a son and grandaughter. Thank you for providing me with some clues to my past!

Username: Julie Miller
UserEmail: jjmiller273@charter.net
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Date: 27 Nov 2006
Time: 10:57:23

Comments:

I found your site and was interested in my family, the Van Randen's. I am Julia Miller (Van Randen), great grandaughter of Gerka. My grandmother, Tine, wife of Henk also died in Meppel. My parents, Johny and Margaret divorced in 1962. I live in Holland, Michigan have a Adam and grandaughter, Amaya. I don't know if you do updates to family history, but here it is for anyone looking. Thank you for providing me with some clues to my past!

Username: HANK GUPTON
UserEmail: themistergupton@hotmail.com
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Date: 27 Nov 2006
Time: 14:33:18

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I RECALL SOME MOVIE THEATERS THAT ONCE WERE A PART OF DOWN TOWN BEAUMONT THAT WERE CLOSED BY THE TIME I MOVED TO AMELIA IN 1961. ONE WAS THE PEOPLES, ONE WAS THE LAMAR AND ONE WAS THE TIVOLI. THERE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN ONE IN THE OLD TOWER BOWLING LANES UP 0N CALDER ACROSS FROM THE OLD RAO'S BAKERY. WHAT TYPE OF MOVIES WERE SHOWN AND WHY COULDN'T THE PEOPLES COMPETE WITH THE OLD LIBERTY AND JEFFERSON? WASN'T THERE A PYRAMID THEATER, A DRIVE IN THAT STOOD ACROSS THE STREET FROM LAMAR UNIVERSITY WHERE THE MONTAGNE CENTER IS NOW LOCATED? I'M INTERESTED IN OLD BEAUMONT THEATERS.

Username: HANK GUPTON
UserEmail: themistergupton@hotmail.com
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Date: 27 Nov 2006
Time: 14:37:48

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AS A TEENAGED BOY IN AMELIA IN 1961, I DRANK A FRUIT FLAVORED SODA WATER THAT WENT BY THE NAME OF "POP'S". THE SL9OGAN WAS "MADE WITH PURE CANE SUGAR". BY THE TIME I LEFT BEAUMONT IN 1966 THIS BRAND OF MULTI FLAVORED SODAS HAD VANISHED. WHO BOTTLED THIS SOFT DRINK AND WHERE WAS THE BOTTLEING COMPANY?

Username: HANK GUPTON
UserEmail: themistergupton@hotmail.com
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Date: 27 Nov 2006
Time: 14:42:28

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OUT IN THE SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOED IN THE 1960S STOOD THE ONLY BAKERY CAPABLE OF GIVING COMPETITION TO RAO'S. THIS BAKERY WAS DANIEL'S BAKERY AND MADE THE BEST BOSTON CREAM PIES I EVER ATE. I BELIEVE IT WAS QWNED BY MR. BERMAN WHO LIVED OUT IN AMELIA.

Username: Bryan P. Leach
UserEmail: bryanleach@hotmail.com
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Date: 28 Nov 2006
Time: 07:56:42

Comments:

Mr. Block, 
I recently saw a large Black Cat in Bosco, La Thanksgiving night 11/23/06. Bosco is 15 miles south of Monroe, La off of La 165 north. I was traveling on a road going to my buddies camp when I saw what I believe to be a Black Jaguar. I only know this because my roommate had the same experience years ago in Merryville, La along the Sabine river. Not many people believe him since his experience, so he has done extensive research during his studies in wildlife and fisheries at McNeese. I was driving east from 165 toward the camp when I saw eyes in the ditch. I was not alarmed at first due to there being so many deer in the area. Once I passed I saw something black. My first thought was that it was a bear. Once I turned my truck around and shined my brights there he stood at 30 yards. A large black cat about the size of great dane. I would say he weighed around 125 lbs. His shoulders were broad and his tail was 3 1/2 to 4 foot in length. He did not appear to be afraid as he walked towards me and stopped. I watched him for several minutes and then he turned broad side and ran into the woods. Of course I did not have a camera, and prior to this I did not know that there was no physical evidence until I told a biologist yesterday. Once I was able to tell my roommate, he told how rare of an occasion this was and that many biologist do not recognize their existence in Louisiana. Only my close friends and family believe that I saw this cat. I just thought I would tell you of my exciting experience after reading your website trying to find info about what I saw.

Username: Peter Stines
UserEmail: pete1832@hotmail.com
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Date: 07 Dec 2006
Time: 10:27:04

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Mr. Block,
I was re-reading the Tx Gulf Historical & Bio. Record (Nov. 1975) There was an article you had written about S.E. Texas men in the Tx. Rev. William Smith was mentioned as being from Beaumont when he joined B.J. Harper's Company. There was another William Smith listed in Logan's Company at San Jacinto. It looks like he was a substitute for Thas. Coville. Was this the same man ? Has it ever been determined where he was originally from ? Reason I ask, my ancestor was named William Smith. Research shows that he was born in New York and came to Anahuac Texas in 1831 with his wife and child. He deserted his family the following year. The name "Wm. Smith" appears on several muster rolls and it's almost impossible to sort them all out. My kinsman was murdered in 1838 over a land dispute. No idea where it happened. Adding to the confusion is William A. Smith who married William Smith's widow in the late 1830's. He was at San Jacinto, BUT his name also appears in S.C. Hirom's Company of Volunteers for the Seige of Bexar. He also came from New York and arrived in Anahuac in 1831. (Kemp's biography of San jacinto veterans has some minor errors.) The 1834 census of Anahuac reveals more more clues. I have copies of the records from the TGLO and local deed records. Any help would be appreciated. Anyone with information can e-mail me at pete1832@hotmail.com

Username: Jason
UserEmail: jasondore06@yahoo.com
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Date: 07 Dec 2006
Time: 18:30:16

Comments:

Hi my name is Jason, I really enjoyed all your information, I was wondering if you know of any of Jean Lafittes treasure being found? I live in south Louisiana and only know of one of his treasures being found.

Username: Kayte Lee Spiers Clater
UserEmail: JRKayteLee@bbtel.com
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Date: 07 Dec 2006
Time: 23:53:08

Comments:

Dear Mr Block, when I was researching My Family History, I came across an article, evidently written by You, mentioning that you lived in Hardin County for 20 yrs, and, you further mentioned, it appears, Hardin Co Sheriff Sam Spiers, then you went on to say, that, you could tell lots of Stories....I can't help but wonder "If" you are referring to the same Hardin Co Sheriff Sam Spiers, from here in Hardin Co, and served many yrs in Sheriff's office, many, many yrs ago, "Before" I was Born! However, If You are talking about this "Same" Sam Spiers, Hardin Co Sheriff, I believe that you would be referring to my Dad's Dad!!! You see, I am the Grandaughter of Sam Spiers, but, He Died when I was only about 6 yrs old or so. If You are, Indeed, talking about the "Same" Sheriff Sam Spiers, from Ky,I would be Delighted to write to you, and/or Talk with You!!! You see, My Dad, Stan Spiers, Died shortly after returning from 4 yrs, in USMC, when I was Only 2 yrs Old, and, I would Love to find out "all I can about My Dad's Family!!! My ph # is 270-769-3452 or #270-982-2928 and I live, here, in Elizabethtown, Ky. I am "going on" 58 yrs Old, and, for Many yrs, was a Reg Nurse here in Hardin Co!!!My name is Kayte Lee Spires Clater, I am Namesake of Sam's Daughter, My Dad's Sister, who worked in Hardin Co Clerk's Office for over 42 yrs. Please, do E-mail me, or, if you prefer, call me, at your convenience. Thankyou Kindly, Kayte Lee

Username: Richard McAuley
UserEmail: richard_mcauley@yahoo.com
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Date: 08 Dec 2006
Time: 15:34:42

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Ref: Chapter V: A History of Jefferson County, Texas: Mexico and the Anglo-American Pioneers Chapter V, fn64

Quote:

"Three other locations of Mexican land grants in Jefferson County are distinguished by their proximity to navigable water, namely, the Taylor’s Bayou and Pine Island Bayou watersheds and the northwest shore of Sabine Lake. Hiram Brown, Horatio M. Hanks, Joseph Butler, and N. Coleman had located claims in the latter area by 1835, but, in each instance, the grantees were non-resident claimants."

Upon what basis was it determined that Joseph Butler was a non-resident claimant?

I am the g-g-grandson of Alvey R. Johnson (1803-1862), an immigrant of 1830 who later served as a representative for Shelby County in the Third Congress, who prior to coming to Texas served as deputy sheriff in Clark County, Arkansas under both sheriff James Miles (1828-1830) and latterly under sheriff Joseph Butler (1830).

According to a power of attorney granted by John R. Johnson to Alvey R. Johnson, dated subscribed on May 10, 1840 in the "Republic of Texas County of Shelby", the writ is witness by Joseph Butler and John D. Richards, and the signature by Butler does appear to match the signature on Butler's 1834 title in Jefferson County. Do you have proof positive that Butler did not settle in Jefferson?

Username: Peter Benesh
UserEmail: peter.benesh@investors.com
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Date: 12 Dec 2006
Time: 17:08:47

Comments:

Mr. Block:
I'm a journalist with the national newspaper, Investor's Business Daily.
I'm doing a story on John "Bet-a-Million" Gates.
Would you be able to help me? I'd like to interview you by phone.
I'm in California, at 619-297-1047. I am on a very tight deadline. My e-mail is peter.benesh@investors.com.
Many thanks,
Peter Benesh

Username: Peter Tjerk Westerterp
UserEmail: peter.westerterp2@sympatico.ca
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Date: 18 Dec 2006
Time: 20:58:49

Comments:

Enjoyed your article about the Bauke Westerterp. I am a )very)distant cousin of his living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Your article helped me fill in numerous holes in a branch of my family tree. Thanks.

Username: Bill Glasspool
UserEmail: bglassp@yahoo.com
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Date: 22 Dec 2006
Time: 15:01:23

Comments:

Read about the shootout with the Ashworths and Dyson's. The Sheriif they killed in Orange was my great great great grandfather. My name is Bill Glasspool and I am from DeQuincy.

Username: Laura Bergersen
UserEmail: jblb@volcano
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Date: 26 Dec 2006
Time: 14:23:47

Comments:

Very much enjoyed your article about August Tubbe and his sawmill. August was my great-great-grandfather.
Laura Collins Pierson Bergersen.
Jackson, CA
I also have some choate ancestors.

Username: Jenny
UserEmail: genevievekirsh@cox.net
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Date: 28 Dec 2006
Time: 23:36:00

Comments:

Mr. Block I was reading your site to see how many more black panther sightings have taken place. I came across a few articles where you are doing german family history. My people are from Germany and I was wondering if you have any information on the following names....our lastname is now called Church....but it was originally called Kirch(although my email reflects kirsh...pay no head it was spelled wrong by my husband). Can you tell me anything?

Username: Jennifer Monaghan
UserEmail: jenniferlyn-lmsw@sbcglobal.net
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Date: 31 Dec 2006
Time: 13:21:08

Comments:

Thank you very much on the history of the Owings family. My great-grandmother is Patience Owings and somehow related to the Owings in your masterpiece. I really appreciate the time and energy you put forth.

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Username: Matt
UserEmail: dreeves1@gt.rr.com
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Date: 02 Jan 2005
Time: 14:25:52
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Mr. Block -

I was wondering if any further attempts to excavate Fort Manhasset have been made. I was also wondering if you had any further information on the fort the Confederates built at the mouth of Taylor's Bayou and on Sabine Lake in Orange.

Thanks,

Matt Reeves Port Neches

Username: Robert W. Strong
UserEmail: bobs@admin.stedwards.edu
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Date: 02 Jan 2005
Time: 18:56:42
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Happy New Year,

Have read many of your pieces in the DeQuincy (LA) News over the years (with great enjoyment and the acquisition of much knowledge!). Was particularly interested in your piece on Carson, LA, that appeared in the Aug. 8, 2004 DeQuincy News. You stated at the end of the article that Carson had appeared in 8 articles in the Beaumont Enterprise and in 3 articles with photos in American Lumberman. Do you happen to have the exact references (year and date/issue number) for these article. I would very much like to find copies of the articles.

FYI, several years ago, my aunt, Mrs. Celia Watt Weekes, donated a collection of about 15 photos of Carson (dating from around 1910) to the Archive at McNeese Univ. in Lake Charles (we wanted to make sure they were conserved and available for research). These photos pretty well covered all the major stuctures in the town at that time, including a two photo panorama of the "main" street--if you are ever in need of photos of the town.

Look forward to hearing from you on the article references.

Bob Strong, Austin, TX

Username: Dietrich Block
UserEmail: dietrich.block@hotmail.com
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Date: 05 Jan 2005
Time: 12:34:28
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After all these years your site keeps us all coming back for more!

I would love to regain contact with your family. Back in 1998 I had received our family's passenger manifest from Germany to New Orleans, but since then I have lost the information. I would love to see it again and learn more about the family history.

I had just missed W. T. last February at my grandfather's (Joseph Harmon Block, Sr.'s) funeral in Port Neches, TX. I would love to rekindle contact so that we may mutually benefit from our separate family historical endeavors.

Thank you for the site, all the effort, and for the great information here!

-Dietrich Block

Username: Mildred Barton
UserEmail: msbarton@ih2000.net
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Date: 05 Jan 2005
Time: 20:09:03
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Mr. Block, In your article in Sat. Jan. 1, 2005 Beaumont Enterprise you mentioned Samuel D. Parr.  Parr was my grandmother's name on the Smith side. Is this man related to her (and me)? Just wondered. Parr is not a common name in these parts. My grandmother came from Georgia to Texas.

Thanks, Mildred Barton

Username: Carolyn Bair
UserEmail: cb1025@swbell.net
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Date: 10 Jan 2005
Time: 17:08:09
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I am doing family research on Nancy Carr, William Carr's mother and Nancy Carr, William Carr's first wife. Do you know where they are buried? I am asking because I feel you have alot of history on this area. Thank you.

Username: Ron Steele
UserEmail:DBugHuntR@hotmail.com
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Date:13 Jan 2005
Time:07:38:31
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Wanted to take a second and say thank you... I happened across your incredible site, and was there for hours and hours. Enjoyed every minute of it. Well Done!

 

Username: Kelly Marcum
UserEmail: kellywmarcum@hotmail.com
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Date: 14 Jan 2005
Time: 20:46:06
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Mr. Block- Do you have any information on the Klingelhoefer family of Fredericksburg, Tx.? Namely Johanne Burgdorf Klingelhoefer; Born 7-17-1857,Died 4-16-1864. My daughters and I have inadvertently captured a photo of her in the historic cemetery in which she rests! Any information would be appreciated, and I would like to send you a copy of the photo to get your opinion.

 

Username: 2-propecia
UserEmail: nasrusir@hotmail.com
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Date: 16 Jan 2005
Time: 01:55:14
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Username: Kay Timme
UserEmail: ktimme@hotmail.com
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Date: 16 Jan 2005
Time: 09:26:28
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Mr. Block,

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful articles on this site. We were excited to see the name of Franz Schuessler in your article about Smith's Bluff. We believe he was my husband's great, great grandfather. We know about his service with the Confederacy and that he married Eva Lori (Lorey) in Jefferson County in 1857. Can you direct us to further information about Franz?

Thank you, Kay T.

Username: Greg and Jane (Simmons) Schnell
UserEmail: schnellgl@yahoo.com
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Date: 17 Jan 2005
Time: 00:15:43
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My wife and I were born and reared in Port Arthur. We now live and work in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, but we now have a home in Sugarland, Fort Bend County, Texas. We plan to retire to Sugarland. I find you writing most interesting.

Have you run across anything about William Schnell, from either MO or KS, later of Port Arthur? He owned a barber shop on Houston Avenue in Port Arthur in 1913 or Sarah Hays orginally of Clinton, La?

Username: Earl Ashurst
UserEmail: eashurstjobs@yahoo.com
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Date: 19 Jan 2005
Time: 10:53:45
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My brother-in-law and I (both sober, mature gentlemen) saw a very dark (not black, but very dark brown), cat appx. 2 miles South of Honey Grove on Jan. 15, 2005 at about 12:30 pm on a sunny day. We crossed a bridge and on saw the cat cross the road about 75 yards ahead of us. My first thought was that it was a bobcat, but it would have been a huge bobcat, the legs were much longer, and the color was all wrong. My brother-in-law is of the opinion that it was a cougar, but I have seen cougars both in the wild and in captivity and it was too small for a cougar. Also, the consensus seems to be that cougars do not have a melanistic phase. We spent that afternoon and evening hunting feral hogs about 3 miles further South from where we saw the cat cross the road and at about 3:30 pm I saw either the same cat or one just like it creeping up a ravine away from where my brother-in-law was stalking. This time it was only about 25 yards away, but partially concealed by grass. I got a good view, though brief, of it from the side while it was in the grass and then a few seconds later it broke cover about 100 yards away and ran straight away from me across open ground. When it ran, it was the very characteristic lope of a big cat. I am having trouble characterizing this cat. The thing that bothers me most is that I did not really see a tail. When I have seen cougars in the past, their tail is very apparent. Neither time I saw this dark-colored cat was the tail very obvious. That's why I first thought it was a bobcat. It occurred to me to think it was a jaguarondi, except that my first impression was that it was leggy, which is not typical of the physical build of the jaguarondi. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Username: Earl Ashurst
UserEmail: eashurstjobs@yahoo.com
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Date: 19 Jan 2005
Time: 10:54:54
Comments

I forgot to note that Honey Grove is in Texas, about 15 miles East of Bonham.

Username: Thomas W. Sweeney
UserEmail: tsweeney3@cox.net
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Date: 13 Mar 2005
Time: 22:28:38
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W.T., My name is Thomas Sweeney, onw of your cousins and brother to Judith Kulkarni in Houston. We met at your house several years ago, when I was doing some back ground investigations on The Sweeney Family. My wife and I have moved to Arizona, and she has a close friend in Goodyear that has sent me a newspaper clipping of a Jack E. Sweeney, born May 14, 1929 in Nederland, Texas. Does this name ring any bells? If it does or doesn't, we would love to hear from you. It is easier and faster to use e-mails now days, so I'll leave my address. We hope your family is well, talk to you soon. Thomas W. Sweeney " tsweeney3@cox.net "

Username: Wayne Laurents
UserEmail: laurents@ij.net
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Date: 14 Mar 2005
Time: 12:38:49
Comments

Auguste Laurents, of Laurents, Louisiana, on the Mermentau River opposite the town of Lake Arthur, owned a large farm on which he grew oranges. These were shipped to Galveston aboard his schooner DeHebert, captained by his son. William. William reported observing the loom of the great Galveston fire from the Gulf of Mexico two days before making port. Auguste was my great-grandfather.

Username: Sandi Holder
UserEmail: holdermachine@windsong.net
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Date: 15 Mar 2005
Time: 00:11:37
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March 14th, 2005. Ruston, Louisiana (North LA)

My mother-in-law and father-in-law were sitting on their back porch mid-afternoon a few days ago and observed what they originally thought to be a black dog cross their field in front of them(about 75 to 100 yards). They live in the country where there is little traffic and plentiful wildlife. They initially both just looked and neither said a word, but after watching it walk slowly across the field, both knew that it wasn't a dog. They have heard the screams of a cat in the past but never seen anything, so they both knew this was an amazing opportunity, though it was short lived as the cat crossed and went back into the woods. My in-laws are now obsessed with finding out what they saw, as most in our area say that there is no "black panther".

My in-laws saw a large black cat, slinking across their field in front of them. The cat was the size of a large dog, and it had a long tail about the length of it's body. Could this have been a black panther?

I am trying to help because it is also interesting to me and my husband.

Thank You! We have enjoyed reading.

Sandi Holder Ruston, LA

Username: Rus Records
UserEmail: rrecords@houston.rr.com
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Date: 16 Mar 2005
Time: 17:13:54
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WT - I have been fascinated by your articles, particularly about the Galveston Bay area and buccaneers. One of the interesting convergences that I have noted is the possible interaction of Lafitte with the earliest Texas Masons. Do you have any insight to whether the Masons, particularly those involved in the War of Independence, ended up with some of Lafitte's lost gold?

Username: Bradley Croft
UserEmail: TINPANXMAN@SBCGLOBAL.NET
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Date: 21 Mar 2005
Time: 21:12:26
Comments

What a fascinating history of jefferson county and surrounding areas. my hat's off to you for your research and interpretation of historical documents.

Username: W. T. Block
UserEmail: wb@wtblock.com
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Date: 24 Mar 2005
Time: 19:18:02
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TO SPAMMERS AND PORNOGRAPHERS: PLEASE RESPECT THIS GUEST BOOK FOR LEGITIMATE INQUIRIES. IF YOU DO NOT, EVERYONE WILL LOSE BECAUSE I WILL SIMPLY REMOVE THE GUEST BOOK FROM THIS WEBSITE.

Username: Elizabeth Sowa-Sallier
UserEmail: sowa2000@hotmail.com
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Date: 29 Mar 2005
Time: 15:58:12
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To whom it may concern:

I am writing a memoir on Charles Sallier (my fiance's ancestor.)

If you could direct me in a direction, that would be most appreciated.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Sowa-Sallier

Username: Russell Allen
UserEmail: RDALLEN777@aol.com
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Date: 06 Apr 2005
Time: 20:40:07
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I have read your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise and find them very interesting. I am a collector of western (cowboy) gear. Do you have any knowledge of the saddle makers in Beaumont during the early 1900's? Thanks for your help.

Username: Jerry & Gina Grant, 221 Jerry Grant Rd. Merryville,La 70653
UserEmail: grantmerryville@bellsouth.net
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Date: 10 Apr 2005
Time: 23:46:44
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Mr.Block, We live down in the Bivens, Old River area, south of Merryville,La. About 4 weeks ago, I was on our back porch, my husband was in the garage which is about 30 feet from one of our correls. One of our pastures joins the correl. I just happened to look up & saw a "Panther" running full force across the pasture, leaped over our fence just like it wasn't there. It was a very large Cat with a long tail. An animal or human would never stand a chance of survival at the rate of speed this Cat was moving. I yelled "THERE'S THE PANTHER".We both ran toward the barn to get a better look, but it was nowhere to be seen. My Nephew has the Cat screaming on an Audio Tape. The Dept. of Wildlife for the State of Louisiana heard this tape. The Lady from the Wildlife Dept told him it was an "OWL". The Wildlife Dept have been invited to come to this area to observe & listen to these CATS. Guess what, they have never showed up. There are several people who have extra rooms for them to stay in & work out of & even hook-ups for travel trailors. Nobody has shown up. They tell us there is no such thing as a Black Or chocolate colored panther.Alot people hear the screams, see these cats, & these cats are definately not afraid of humans. They have been known to stand there & looks at you. I have seen 4 chocolate colored cats & 2 KITTENS. I think our Wildlife Depts of Texas & Louisiana need to wake up & investigate the CATS before it is too late. Thanks, Jerry & Gina Grant

Username: Connie Owens Robinson
UserEmail: conniey@ev1.net
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Date: 12 Apr 2005
Time: 00:00:23
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My name is Connie Owens and I am the great,great,great grand daughter of Peyton Bland of Orange. His daughter Altha Anna Bland married John Alexander Dobbs,commssioner of Orange that was shot in ,1881 - they had a son Payton Pate Dobbs who married Maude Grainger - they had a daughter Jessica Ethel Dobbs who had my fauther Herbert Bernard Owens. I am researching my famliy tree and would like to talk with you and find out more information about my family. I have some information - but would like to research more. If possible - please contact me.. I will be waiting for your response. ALso I have all the documents to prove the above..

Username: Paloma Martino
UserEmail: paloma.martino@unifr.ch
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Date: 12 Apr 2005
Time: 07:55:05
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Dear Mr. Block

I write you this mail on behalf of the Department of Contemporary History of the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. We are most interested in your article of the Kellersberger family. In particular are we looking for details on Mr. Rudolph Kellersberger, brother of Julius Kellersberger.

We will be publishing a book about the Swiss General Consulate of San Francisco 1851-2001 and we search for biographical details of Mr. Rudolph Kellersberger, in fact the second Swiss Honorary Consul in San Francisco. Very little is known about his life: Neither his birth date nor his marital status nor his death date are on record. Do you have any of these informations or could you help us to get in touch with family members who presumably might have these datas? Of course we would be pleased to send you a copy of our article about him.

Your informations would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Paloma Martino

Paloma Martino, lic. phil.
Seminar für Zeitgeschichte
Rue de l'Hôpital 3
CH-1700 Fribourg
Tel. +41 26 79 38

Username: Robert Von Dohlen
UserEmail: robert.mail.1@earthlink.net
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Date: 16 Apr 2005
Time: 08:07:28
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Mr. Block;

Greetings; I'm trying to solve a trivia question; would you know where I can get some info about those guns in the railings on the Calcasieu bridge at Lake Charles? The best I can come up with so far is a relation to Union ships pitching overboard their weapons in a lost battle in 1864...

Thanks! Robert Von Dohlen Boerne, TX

Username: Phil Shear
UserEmail: tshear@houston.rr.com
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Date: 18 Apr 2005
Time: 01:01:54
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Regarding the article on black panthers: I saw one in the mid 80's near Saratoga in the Lance Rozier Unit. A friend saw one just the other day in the woods behind a house in Saratoga. I've heard the feral hog population is increasing throughout the southern U.S., so, maybe this has something to do with the sightings. Thank you for an interesting article. There isn't much that I've been able to find on the internet about black panthers.

Username: Tim Homan
UserEmail: timh@donmechanic.com
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Date: 18 Apr 2005
Time: 17:46:47
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I am lookin gfor more information on the conversations about the Buchanan families. I am a descendant of William Buchanan the brothe rof Pres. James Buchanan. Do you have any further information?

Thank you , Tim Homan

Username: Virginia Shannon
UserEmail: ctn80129@centurytel.net
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Date: 20 Apr 2005
Time: 13:34:34
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Mr Block,

I am doing research on the Dyson/Shannon families that were living in Beaumont from the 1800's til now. I am trying to find a Mabel (Dyson) Shannon that died in Beaumont sometime after 1910. I was wondering if you know if the Hotel Dieu Hospital records may still be available. I have really enjoyed your sight. Have learned alot in the last 2 days.

Sincerely, Virginia

Username: Michelle Greenberg Anson
UserEmail: michelle_anson@yahoo.com
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Date: 22 Apr 2005
Time: 00:08:26
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Hello, I am a cousin of yours. I am the daughter of Norman Greenberg (daughter of Ruby Block of Nederland and Robert Greenberg) and Judy Greenberg. I saw a link last year that had the family tree. I was trying to find it recently and could not locate it. Could you direct me to this link? I can give you my mother's name and my children's names. I would love to update our family information. Thank you so much for this help. I love reading your site and sharing it with friends and family.

Username: Blake Hargrove
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Date: 23 Apr 2005
Time: 08:55:03
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I live in east Texas near Daingerfield. In about Feb. of 1993 or 94 I saw a large black panther on a tree limb about 15' up in a tree about 70 yards behind my house. I watched it through my binoculars. This was on the old Hughes springs highway or "shotgun hill road" adjacent to Daingerfield state park. (Morris county) Later that spring as a friend and I were getting my boat at my grandmothers house (also on shotgun hill rd. about 1 mile west of the first sighting) we both saw a young black panther in the neighbors back yard (This house was vacant). It was about 80 yards away. Both sightings were in broad daylight. I can assure you black panthers are still around. They are just rarely seen. A guy I work with brought a picture to work Tuesday which had been taken by his friends trail monitor camera at night on his hunting place. These cameras are triggered by movement and was overlooking a game trail. In the right side of the picture was the back half of a deer, about 6' behind the deer ready to spring was a large cougar. The camera must have flashed or made a noise because it took another picture in which the deer was out of the frame but the cougar had turned around and was looking directly at the camera when the second photo was taken. This was in Bowie county in or near the sulpher river bottoms.

Username: Mike McCall
UserEmail: cmccall9@bellsouth.net
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Date: 01 May 2005
Time: 22:49:41
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I enjoy all of your writings. I am originally from Grand Chenier, LA. The grandson of Henry and Gladys (Miller) McCall. We just had a reunion of the descendants of Milledge McCall April 16th in Grand Chenier.

Would you like to be included in the next reunion? I noticed in one of your articles (Jayhawkers) that you were related to the McCalls of Grand Chenier.

Username: Tom Ricks
UserEmail: pat_tomricks@yahoo.com
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Date: 02 May 2005
Time: 12:04:51
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I viewed with interest your information on the jayhawkers in Cameron & Calcasieu parishes. My great, great grandfather was Dr. Milledge Mccall. I recently did an updated biography of the descendents of William "Tobe" McCall who was my grandfather. My cousin, Bob McCall and I decided to contact relatives and organized a McCall reunion in Grand Chenier that was attended by over 218 descendents of the Grand Chenier McCall families.

Username: Deborah Cropper
UserEmail: dacrop@aol.com
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Date: 06 May 2005
Time: 06:24:17
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Mr. Block, On Sat., May 14 we will participate in "Western Days" after the Civil War at Gladys City. I am trying to get information about the Long School built by the Long Lumber Company in the late 1800s. I saw a picture of it on the History Channel's classroom on Friday, May 6 at 5:30 am. I appreciate your help.

Username: Sherry Spruill Young
UserEmail: sherryjo292000@yahoo.com
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Date: 06 May 2005
Time: 13:38:11
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I love your site! I have been devouring information for over an hour! I was born in Nederland in 1972. I am the granddaughter of James "Red" and Florence Green, owners of Red Green's Jewelry which was just up from Baker Willeford. I remember my granddad taking me down there for a soda. He has long since passed on, but my grandmother is alive and well in Arkansas. My other grandparents were Durwood and Anne Spruill. Grandpa worked for Mobil Oil for many years. Both are now deceased and buried in Cherokee County. My parents are Ron Spruill and JoEllen Green. Both are alive and well, dad is in Houston and mom lives in Arkansas.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew my family.

Username: Mrs. M.J. Bonner
UserEmail: VioletJag@aol.com
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Date: 07 May 2005
Time: 13:06:09
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I want to thank you with all my heart for your genealogy of my family. I am the great grand daughter of Marie Ella Bonsall who was married to Albert Goos Funk. She began Funk's Florist in Lake Charles. I am the daughter of Frederick Gayle Funk. I would like to make a correction in the genealogy as it is currently listed. My sister Allyson who was married to John Schexnider has 4 children: Heather, Holly, Heath and Hugh. The mistake that needs correction is; "Heather Funk d/o Fred Funk mar. John Schexnider." Also, would you please confirm if I am correct that Governor Noe is my GG Uncle by marriage and his wife, Anna Gray, is my GG Aunt? Could you find any blood relatives that are American Indian? I have sent your genealogy to my son, Robson.My father is in Fayettevile, NC. He retired from the Army Special Forces several years ago. My sister, Allyson, is in Centreville, VA. I have remarried and am living in New Mexico. Finding you was perfect serendipity!

Username: Carole Mansfield Jones
UserEmail: CaroleMJ87@aol.com
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Date: 08 May 2005
Time: 22:39:53
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I wanted to thank you for printing the article about my great, great, etc. grandfather, Dr. Sylvester Mansfield in the Beaumont Enterprise. My father, Dr. Joseph Minor Mansfield, moved back to Jefferson County in the 1960's from Mississippi. I moved back to Beaumont several years ago. I always thought of my family as being from Mississippi and North Carolina. I think it is neat that many of us have chosen Beaumont to call home! I read your article that noted that Mrs. Mansfield was the sister to a Calder. Do you know the names of the children that Dr. and Mrs. Mansfield had together. I wonder if I have any Calder relatives or if Sylvester had more children after his wife died and he left Beaumont.

Username: Courtenay Crane Cross
UserEmail: cccourt1942@yahoo.com
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Date: 09 May 2005
Time: 11:19:09
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I am interested in talking with W. T. Block. I am not sure he is still alive. I am the director of the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County. Please reply with a phone number or email address.

Courtenay Crane Cross cccourt1942@yahoo.com

Username: Jerry Clay
UserEmail: jerry.p.clay@lmco.com
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Date: 09 May 2005
Time: 13:43:38
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Mr. Block do you have any information on a "Riverboat" on the Trinity River named "The Welshman"? If so, I would be very interested in receiving it. Thanks!

Username: Craig K. Horn
UserEmail: pineknot1957@yahoo.com
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Date: 09 May 2005
Time: 19:22:54
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Mr. Block, I am a descendant of Joseph Grigsby thru his daughter Sallie Grigsby (Glenn), who married Duke Glenn. I would like to know if you could tell me how I might be able to visit Joseph Grigsby's grave at Grigsby Bluff, since it is on the old Texaco property. Your help would appreciated.

Username: Vickie Williamson
UserEmail: keithvickie@cox-internet.com
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Date: 10 May 2005
Time: 07:33:02
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I would like to know the history of "shotgun hill" in Daingerfield, Texas. I was raised at the bottom of this hill and have heard several stories but the one heard most is that there was a shootout with the famous pair Bonnie and Clyde. I would like to know if this is true or legend or made up.

Username: Bob Squires
UserEmail: squiresb@earthlink.net
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Date: 12 May 2005
Time: 17:24:55
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Bill: I need a favor. Can you direct me to a resource for an obituary? Rachel Saunders birth mother was Mary Ellen Peters Moore. Mary Moore died in an accident on the Galveston seawall on Aug 25, 1913. She was buried on Aug 27, 1913 in Evergreen Cemetery.

I am hoping that her obit. will yield some more information about her.

Thanks,

Bob Squires

Username: Frank Scales
UserEmail: frankb3@BridgeCityHighSchool.com
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Date: 15 May 2005
Time: 15:15:33
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Mr. Block,

Thank you for your most appreciated work. I've recently started an Alumni web site and have pointed folks to your site, especially with regard to your article on the history of the Rainbow Bridge. Being that it's Bridge City, I thought it helpful to have a clear picture of some our town's history. Your insight has made my job easy.

Sincerely,

Frank Scales Class of '77, BCHS www.BridgeCityHighSchool.com

Username: J. Martha Block Epp
UserEmail: lmepp@bfree.on.ca
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Date: 15 May 2005
Time: 20:38:35
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Found your website. My maiden name is Block. My father came out of Russia (Ukraine 1928), but his ancestors came from Prussia in the late 1790's. In the mid to late 1500's hundreds the Blocks left Holland (Friesland) and went to Prussia. I have some information on a Wilhelm von dem Block, who married and had three sons, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were famous artisans and did amazing work for the kings in Europe. They became Mennonites and fled from Holland (?) or whatever it was then called and settled in Prussia. The last son died in the 1600's in Prussia. I have no proof that these were my ancestors but they did go to Prussia and were Mennonites, as is my family, and they came from Prussia. Do you know the early ancestry of your Block line? I have a list of Block names from the late 1600's and into the 1700's but can't quite connect them to us. Could you throw any light on your ancestry? Sorry to bother you and best of everything to you. J. Martha Block Epp

Username: Alton Davison
UserEmail: ad3620372@aol.com
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Date: 22 May 2005
Time: 07:32:50
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I was just reading your piece on black panther. I have lived in the old Salem community of Newton county for fifty six years and have seen three black panthers in my life time. I live in a very remote area on the Sabine river with the closest neighbor two miles away. I have livestock here and in the past few months a large cat has been stalking around my place at night causing all the dogs to raise cane half the night. You can hear it scream as it gets dark, all the dogs get on the porch and they don't back up from much.

Username: Phil W. Handley
UserEmail: phandley@sbcglobal.net
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Date: 25 May 2005
Time: 15:24:20
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I enjoyed your article on the cattle dipping vats in 1936. My brother A. C. and I (Frog Handley's children) took our dog to the vat on Helena and 27th and after the cattle had all been dipped we would run ole "Popeye" through the vat. He was free of fleas and ticks for a month or so. I have the Chronicle mailed to us in Richardson and your column is always read and enjoyed. Thanks!

Username: Gwen Collier
UserEmail: gwencollier@murphymemlib.org
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Date: 27 May 2005
Time: 12:07:20
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I work for Murphy Memorial Library, 601 W. Church St. Livingston, Texas 77351 telephone 936/327-4252

We have a reference question we are unable to answer, and wonder if you may know.

Who was the first woman physician in Polk County, Texas

And do you have any information on any members of the Conner or Connor families of East Texas that you are willing to share, especially Tyler County (Colmesneil) or any connected to sawmilling and or Aldredge (Ghost town)

Do you have any information on the Henry Conner who is said to have shot the Indian Chief toward the end of the Civil War

Thanks

Username: dan salmon
UserEmail: fishsalmondan@yahoo.com
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Date: 28 May 2005
Time: 15:15:52
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i enjoyed talking to you, maybe some of your readers might be able to help find inf: about robert cisro johnson, d.o.b. appt.1850. married a susan r. johnston, from polk co. tex. had a son in 1880-marshall h. johnson - robert died about that date?? fishsalmondan@yahoo.com --713-6921734 thank you very much. dgs

Username: Tony Howe
UserEmail: dhbjda@datasync.com
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Date: 28 May 2005
Time: 22:17:25
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Mr. Block,

Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all of the hard work you have done to preserve and share sawmill and logging history of your area. I am one of three trying to do the same over here in Mississippi. The other two are David S. Price and Gilbert H. Hoffman. Gil has written three books on the subject so far, and we are working together on another on the Laurel area. We all came to be interested in the subject through our interest in railroads. I have started collecting information and photos, and mapping logging railroads in Louisiana simply because nobody else over seems to be doing the same thing. Do you know of anybody else in Louisiana researching the subject? I had started scanning the oldest aerial photos to map the logging railroads in great detail when LSU decided to charge $50 per hour to look at the photos. Needless to say, that stopped my mapping efforts cold! At least I had a few parishes in southwest Louisiana done by that time. I am also interested in the logging railroads of Texas, but because it is so far away, I can't do much courthouse research from here. A whole book could (and should) be done on Kirby Lumber Co. alone! All I have done so far is a list of the sawmills that owned logging railroads that I can find in various locomotive builders and dealers lists.  It is at http://www.loggingrailroads.com.  There is also a link to my Mississippi logging railroad site on that page, if you are interested.

Best wishes, Tony Howe Ocean Springs, Miss.

Username: Kurt Lichter
UserEmail: dkloman&dslextreme.com
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Date: 29 May 2005
Time: 04:11:08
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Hi my name is Kurt Lichter and my dad was in the 78th Singnal Company in WW2 his name is Jack Lichter was wondering if you new him my phone number is 714 222 5584

Username: Tom Carricato
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Date: 07 Jun 2005
Time: 21:13:18

Comments:

I discovered your web site by accident. I'm glad I did. I loved the story about crazy ben. Thank you.

Tom Carricato

Username: Teresa Palomo Acosta
UserEmailtacosta@austin.utexas.edu
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Date: 08 Jun 2005
Time: 10:19:18

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Dear Mr. Block: I am Teresa Palomo Acosta, an educator with the Texas State Historical Association in Austin. I would like to obtain permission to publish a photograph on your website of George Washington Smyth as an illustration for an article written by Meagon Deaton for the Texas Historian, which showcases the best in writing by students in Texas public schools. Meagan is a descendant of George Smyth. Could you contact me at the email below. Thank you very much.

Username: Art Ferris
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Date: 11 Jun 2005
Time: 13:51:13

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I was thirteen years old when I found a strange coin like object at Fred Bailey's in Bridge City. I am 45 now and still have the piece because my mother kept it all the years I was away in the service! It looks to be made from lead and has a knight's figure with a helmet with three feather plumes on it! I thought you'd be interested in it. I would like to speak with you more in depth on how we discovered it and the exact location if you are interested. Thank you. Art Ferris (409)792-9145

Username: Bill Reavis
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Date: 12 Jun 2005
Time: 14:11:04

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Your website certainly has a lot of history in it.  I have enjoyed browsing part of it. I was looking for something concerning the train from Sabine or Port Arthur buried in the sand by a hurricane, later dug out and arrived at Boliver more than 3 years late. Any thing on it?

Username: Bill Reavis
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Date: 13 Jun 2005
Time: 11:12:09

Comments:

Mr. Block,

Thank you very much for all the info you provided.  I have enjoyed what I have read to date and intend to read all of it as I have time to do so. Thanks Again

Bill Reavis Kingwood, Tx.

Username: Rik Willemse
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Date: 18 Jun 2005
Time: 17:09:27

Comments:

Hello Mr. Block,

Just visited your site, need to read it more thoroughly though. I am the (amateur) historian who has been digging into your story about the caves in South Limburg, Netherlands. There is still a number of things I am looking into, I have requested a friend of mine for pics of this particular quarry you seem to have been in. I have a list of about 150 U.S. Names who were in the caves quite near to where you have been, and I would like to mail it to you to see if you maybe know some of them.

Keep up the great work,

Sincerely,

Rik Willemse

Username: KIMBERLY MAYON
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Date: 20 Jun 2005
Time: 13:10:01

Comments:

MR. BLOCK: I JUST FOUND YOUR WEB SITE TODAY AND I LOVE IT!! ESPECIALLY THE ARTICLES ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHERS. I LIVE IN SHEPHERD TEXAS ON HWY 1127 CLOSE TO THE RIVER AND I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE DEFINITELY BLACK PANTHERS AND BOB CATS DOWN HERE. LATE AT NIGHT SOMETIMES YOU CAN HEAR THEM SCREAM. IT SOUNDS LIKE A WOMAN'S SCREAM AND ITS SO ERIE...MAKES YOUR BLOOD RUN COLD. MY SON SPOTTED ONE ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO. SO WE KNOW THEY ARE DEFINITELY HERE.. BUT IM GLAD I FOUND YOUR SITE ITS VERY INTERESTING AND WE LOVE READING IT.. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.. KIMBERLY MAYON

Username: Reacie Steward
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Date: 20 Jun 2005
Time: 15:36:12

Comments:

Mr. Block,

I am a representative of Design Team, Inc., a commercial sign and decor company, based out of Savannah, TN. We have been contracted by Mazzio’s to handle the upgrade of the interior decor for the Nederland location. In order to guarantee that the Mazzio’s reflects the spirit of the town and history of the area, I am gathering memorabilia from all the different organizations. These items will be placed on display within Mazzio’s.

I am asking for your help. I need old pictures of Nederland or the area to display in the restaurant. Design Team Inc. will cover shipping cost on any items that you choose to donate. The pictures you send will be nicely framed, properly credited, and displayed in the restaurant. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call at 1-800-953-3744 or by sending an email.

Sincerely,

Reacie Steward
Decor Manager
Design Team Sign Company
350 Pinhook Dr
Savannah TN 38372

1-800-953-3744
Email:rsteward@designteam.net

Username: driver uzoagba
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Date: 20 Jun 2005
Time: 17:06:27

Comments:

what a wonderful web sit keep it up is great.

Username: Joan Escamilla
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Date: 22 Jun 2005
Time: 13:37:22

Comments:

Thank you for the historical research. I am particularly interested in the information on Bidai Indians who once lived in Walker County, Tx. as my family has inhabited the area since about 1829. Further, I would like permission to excerpt portions of your article on Port Neches. Thanks.

Joan Escamilla

Username: Joan Escamilla
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Date: 22 Jun 2005
Time: 13:37:22

Comments:

Thank you for the historical research. I am particularly interested in the information on Bidai Indians who once lived in Walker County, Tx. as my family has inhabited the area since about 1829. Further, I would like permission to excerpt portions of your article on Port Neches. Thanks.

Joan Escamilla

Username: Fred Lynn Lofton
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Date: 28 Jun 2005
Time: 11:23:55

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It is purely an enjoyment to continue to read the many articles posted on this site. So many people have given input, and I will continue to browse your site and point others to it.

If, in all of your memorabilia, you have a picture of the old Little League baseball field in Nederland which sat on the corner of Nederland Avenue and 29th, I would love to see it. Many of us played there, and it would bring back such pleasant memories.

Thank you for all that you have done and will do for the history of Southeast Texas.

Username: james mc daniel
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Date: 30 Jun 2005
Time: 04:20:56

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What a great site! How in the world do you remember all those things? I'm a retired seaman and shipped out of Port Arthur and bummed around the golden triangle for years. Curtis "cowboy" Brookshire, owned American Taxi in Port Arthur in late 60's early 70's was a friend of mine. Thanks for the reading.

Username: Ronnie Foreman
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Date: 01 Jul 2005
Time: 11:49:46

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Mr. Block my name in Ronnie Foreman. My Dad was Reuben Foreman. Saul Trahan, and John Henderson were my cousins. Bud Smith was married to a Meaux making us distant cousins. Your article was great and brought back a lot of memories from growing up in Nederland on 14th street. Dr. Seamons did not leave Nederland until the mid fifties. If it is the same doctor who son Bob played ball at Ned.. take care and God Bless.. Ronnie Foreman

Username: Ronnie Foreman
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Date: 01 Jul 2005
Time: 11:57:38

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Mr. Block, Bobby Vinson was my idle as a small boy. And football was King. I played college ball, and flew fighters in the Marine Corps. Bobby was shot down in Laos in 1967, I was in Nam in 1966. Punk Mills son was also there in 66 flying fighter. And I think Punk was Trumans pilot in WWII or afterwards. Three Nederland guy all flying fighters at the same time.. says something about Nederland schools and tradition. Regards, Ronnie Foreman

Username: Frederick Hugh Funk
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Date: 02 Jul 2005
Time: 23:01:36

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Mr. Block,

It is my belief that I am related to you by my GGGGG Grandmother Sarah Jane Hickok. I would love to correspond with you if you'd like. You have left me in "Shock and Awe" with the work you've done!! Thank you dearly for your work! The name "Hugh" continues to live on as my brother has named his son Hugh. As well, the names Christian and Frederick from Dan Goos' sons have been passed on to my two sons. Thanks to your website, we are all able to now study the history.

Username: Clinton Arthur Campbell
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Date: 08 Jul 2005
Time: 21:26:45

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Mr Block,

I am trying to find information about Helen Carr. The Junior High School in Orange was named after her. I think she died in 1965 or 1966. Any information about her would be greatly appreciated. We are having our 35 year class reunion in 3 weeks and I would like to know why she was honored in this way.

Thank you for the work you do. Your site is a gold mine to me.

C A Campbell

Username: Walter Earl Pittman
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Date: 08 Jul 2005
Time: 22:34:27

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I am writing a book on CSA guerrillas in NM, AZ, CO, etc. An article described a raid into CO in 1862 in the 24 Feb 1864 edition of the Galveston Tri-weekly News. It was written under the name "Alithea." I have searched every archive I know, but that issue is now gone. All I have is a short outline of it by Boyd Finch who saw it before the AZ Historical Soc. lost it. Do you have any idea where I might get it? I really, really need it. Thanks.

Earl Pittman

Username: Patricia Connors Nowlin
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Date: 11 Jul 2005
Time: 15:40:34

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Mr. Block,

I happened upon your website today while researching Beaumont in the 1950's. And what a happening it is!

As a native of Beaumont with an active interest in genealogy and history, I find your website utterly fascinating!

I will let you know if I find an ancestor or two in here!

Thank you so much for all of this!

Patricia Connors Nowlin

San Diego, Ca.

Username: Malcom Huckabee
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Date: 15 Jul 2005
Time: 21:45:02

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I appreciate your hosting the Sanderson family biographical sketches. I would like to correspond with any of those authors as I am the great great grandson of Asa Sanderson and would like to determine if they have additional information. My great grandfather was Elijah and I have a photo of his nephew, Wesley (John Wesley?. If you can give any of these other descendants of Asa Sanderson my address, huckab@gamewood.net, I would be most appreciative. Malcom Huckabee

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Date: 16 Jul 2005
Time: 07:49:16

Comments:

Mr. Block:

I deeply appreciate your web site and especially all the historical writing you have done about Lake Charles. I was born there in 1940 and am just now learning about the history of the town.

Can you recommend, or do you have, any information about slaves in and around Lake Charles?

As a black man this subject interests me, as I did my dissertation on slave narratives at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Univ. of La. @ Lafayette, now) in 1988.

I'm also trying to find a copy of Joseph O. Dyer's book, The Lake Charles Atakapas (Cannibals) Periot of 1817 to 1820. Do you know where I can find that book?

Finally, any books or sources (aside from McNeese State University) you can recommend would be greatly appreciated.

I teach at Savannah State University.

Respectfully,

Dr. Carver Waters
10 Sheridan Drive
Savannah, Georgia, 31406

Username: John Gray
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Date: 16 Jul 2005
Time: 23:44:52

Comments:

Dear W. T., I continue to enjoy reading and rereading through these fascinating accounts.

Thank you and God bless in Christ's name. John Gray

ps. Who is Alta Gray, thanks

Username: Joan Viergutz
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Date: 16 Jul 2005
Time: 23:50:33

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I am German on both sides. My son and I found your info very interesting.

I found a picture on a Florida web site of a big wild cat. Panther? Can you use? See http://www.dep.state.fl.us. It is in the Dept. of Environmental Protection. Specifically the South Florida Mercury Science Program. Joan Viergutz, Milw. WI.

Username: Marcia Althea Dutton
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Date: 18 Jul 2005
Time: 17:31:55

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I am the sister of Ralph Feldes and wonder if you can tell me how the Monlezun family and Mrs. Anna Gray Noe fit into the Sweeney genealogy. I think they are both connected through Dr. George Carter Sweeney. I am fascinated by your web site and intend to peruse it when I have time. Thank you

Username: Gerald Wayne Langham
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Date: 18 Jul 2005
Time: 17:55:44

Comments:

My grandfather was Onyx Langham, son of James Biddle Langham, Jr. I enjoyed your article on the Langhams in last Sunday's paper, and you actually provided me with some info that I did not have in my family tree album.

You mentioned the Absalom Williams headright, two miles west of Beaumont.......I knew that J. B. had a homestead at the Ninth and Ashley area (near the end of Corn/Calder ave), but where in today's Beaumont was the Absalom Williams headright?

Also, you mentioned local Langham family genealogists.....could you get me in touch with them?

Thanks for all you do in promoting the history of our area. I always eagerly look for your columns.

Username: Donna DeRon
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Date: 21 Jul 2005
Time: 12:29:51

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Mr. Block,

I recently read your article on B A Mitcheal. He was my grandfather and I had heard that he had a liking for dogs. He had 6 daughters, three of whom are still alive, and he had two sons. Thanks for this fine article. Donna DeRon, Groves

Username: Big Daddy K
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Date: 28 Jul 2005
Time: 09:28:41

Comments:

OK!

We have big cats in East Texas.

Is there any recent sightings in Cass or Morris County? Also interested in sightings in Hunt and Delta Counties.

I'm not one for killing just to kill but if I see one would it be legal or OK in the name of science or whatever?

Username: Gary Boddie
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Date: 01 Aug 2005
Time: 03:18:57

Comments:

Wonderful site. I am an old railroader, found your site fascinating. I own a railroad co. in Orange and operate the Texas & Oklahoma RR Co. in Sweetwater Tx. I have been around the timber and railroad industry most of my life. Learned a lot of history about S E Texas here.

thanks,

Username: Sandra Stephens
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Date: 03 Aug 2005
Time: 08:38:13

Comments:

I noted with interest your article on Louisiana Jayhawkers. I wonder if these men ever got over into Nacogdoches Co., TX? There is a family story that my gg-grandfather, William C. McDonald, of Nacogdoches Co., was killed by Jayhawkers "because he wouldn't join them". A similar story from another family line says William was hung over a well because he "was on the wrong side", and that a son was killed as well.

Username: Fred Driehs
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Date: 04 Aug 2005
Time: 14:55:22

Comments:

HI

FREDDIE DRIEHS.... HERE.... happened across your Website....and you graduated from my ol Alma Mata....Lamar... I was born in Beaumont. 04/11/31 and Have quiet a historical background around the BMT, Nederland, Pt Neches, area.... My Dad Started the Magnolia, in 1903.... I would like to PostRead...a couple of your books. dont know too much about these Computers.... my Email Addy.........fdriehs@sbcglobal.net

Like to hear from an ol Golden Triangle Man....

FRED DRIEHS

Username: Wallace Chariton
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Date: 08 Aug 2005
Time: 17:40:23

Comments:

I am preparing a compendium of Texas civil War books. I have found a reference indicating you published a work in 1991 entitled "The Ghostly-Silent guns of Galveston. I know you published an article by that name in 1995 but could you please let me know if you had previously published the material. if so, could you supply details so i can mention the material in my work. Looking foreword to your reply. Thank You.

Username: pamela 
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Date: 09 Aug 2005
Time: 23:32:11

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I was looking for information about the "black panther" and stumbled upon your forum. We live in Magnolia, TX and are having a problem with the coyotes eating our small dogs and cats. I knew we had coyotes and the wild pigs in the area, but two people in the neighborhood have reported seeing a black panther. That got my attention and and I am trying to figure out if we actually do have them here. That would be something...apparently there hasn't been a recorded sighting or killing of a black panther in 100 years. The deer population is growing rapidly due to the fact that the people in our neighborhood are feeding them and they are co-existing with us - I fear that is what is attracting the predators. When the coyote get in here, they get used to the easy prey and are taking advantage of the domesticated animals. They are also getting used to the people and are not afraid to be in very close proximity (3 yards) to us. I will be checking your site to see if we can get a bonified  black panther sighting in Texas.

Username: H.H. Howze
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Date: 12 Aug 2005
Time: 11:57:40

Comments:

Mr. Block,

I am researching early sawmills in the northern part of Fayette County where it joins with Washington and Austin Counties. Do you know of any sawmills, either steam or water-powered, which could have produced lumber with a circular saw in the late 1840s spec. 1848-50? I have heard that Mr. Von Roeder had a mill near Shelby in the 1840s. Could that mill have had a circular saw? Is it possible that a prosperous cotton farmer with a steam gin could have had a circular saw in this area in 1848? Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,
Pancho Howze
Collections Manager
Winedale Museum
Round top, TX

Username: Robert Blackwell
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Date: 13 Aug 2005
Time: 14:32:49

Comments:

Mr. Block -

I want to let you know that I thoroughly enjoy reading your historical columns in the Enterprise and on this site.

Robert Blackwell
Sour Lake

Username: John Preston
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Date: 15 Aug 2005
Time: 23:29:01

Comments:

Mr. Block,

Discovered your website by chance while looking for East Texas treasure stories. Just fascinating to read your articles. What a wealth information you have created here. Great website design and layout, really feels comfortable. I mean that as a compliment.

Regards,
John Preston

Username: John Johnson
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Date: 17 Aug 2005
Time: 14:03:06

Comments:

I was very pleased to read your account of the old trams and railways of Louisiana. My grandfather, John Willie Johnson, Sr. was woods foreman for Lutcher & Moore at Fal, La. My father graduated high school there in 1928, the last year they had school there. When the Fal mill closed my grandparents were moved by L&M to Starks on the railroad. They moved into the section house at the old Pridgeon Settlement just northeast of Starks. The roundhouse was about 100 yards from this house. My grandmother furnished meals for the railway workmen and my grandfather farmed all the land he wanted to. When the railway was taken up they were given use of the house and land for as long as they wanted it as a retirement benefit.

My grandfather died in 1945 and Grandma continued to live there until 1960, even though she was not allowed to have electricity or butane.

Regards
John Johnson

Username: John Johnson
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Date: 17 Aug 2005
Time: 14:36:50

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I have another story for you....concerning big cats. About 2 months ago my son-in-law and I were out in the back of my home west of Jasper. I was using a pair of binoculars to check out a large Mexican plum tree in the woods without having to wade thru the underbrush to get there. The small county road in front of my house is about 100 yards from where we were. Two ladies stopped by my mailbox and rolled down the window of their car. I went to see what they wanted. The passenger said, "What was that?" I replied, "What was what?" She said " What ran across the road?"

I replied, "Well, I see fox and deer here in the yard and they cross the road along here regularly." She then became more excited and said, "No, we saw a big cat run across the road about 20 yards from your driveway." The lady driving said, "Yeah, and it's tail was about this long." She indicated the length by holding her hands about 3 feet apart. I questioned them and they were very positive about what they had seen. It was a large cat light tan and mottled with dark gray and it crossed the road in about two long leaps. My son-in-law and I looked closely at the area and could only find the very fresh tracks of 3 deer in my driveway. Where the cat supposedly crossed there is only grass-covered ditches and blacktop roadway. They've been seen around here before so, I don't doubt what was said.

Username: Patricia Adkins-Rochette
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Date: 19 Aug 2005
Time: 21:06:53

Comments:

W.T. "Bill" Block,

I am searching for proof that these three companies were on the Texas coast.

These three companies were commanded by:

Captain Edward Chambers
Captain Josiah Nichols
Captain Jordan O. Straughan

Three of Col. James Bourland's companies (Texas State Troops) were "ordered to report at McKinney [Collin County TX] to take up the line of march on the 4th day of Feb. 1864 to their respective companies on the coast."

Please look at my web site, www.bourlandcivilwar.com, that describes my 998-page BOURLAND IN NORTH TEXAS AND INDIAN TERRITORY DURING THE CIVIL WAR: FORT COBB, FORT ARBUCKLE & THE WICHITA MOUNTAINS. About 70% of my book is from handwritten records.

Patti Adkins-Rochette, prochette@Juno.com

Username: Kathy Anderson
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Date: 24 Aug 2005
Time: 12:31:02

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Mr. Block, I have enjoyed browsing your web site and information. My dad had several uncles back in the 1800's that had a sawmill lumber business around Texas and Louisiana. I did find some information about them in some of your information. They referred to themselves as "Sheets Brothers". The only sawmill I've found that was theirs was in the Cass County area. Do you have any other links or information where I might get more information on them.

Thanks you,
Kathy Anderson

Username: Helen Blackmon Halford
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Date: 26 Aug 2005
Time: 18:22:44

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Dear Sir,

My great-grandfather, William Blackmon, fought with the Garners around 1870 and J. W. Garner, attorney who lived in Rockdale, Milam Co., Texas was orphaned and lived with my ancestors. Several Garners, including Isaac, are buried in cemetery referred to as "Freezeout" and now on Alcoa's property. Our mystery is for whom, when, etc they fought. Not knowing who was J W's father complicates it more, but we may be able to figure that out. Just wondering if you have come across the name William Blackmon in your research, that you recall. Enjoyed reading your on-line information. Helen Blackmon Halford aedb@mindspring.com.

Username: James Roberts
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Date: 27 Aug 2005
Time: 09:23:32

Comments:

Thank you for the articles you have posted on the web. Lately, I have been interested in blockade running and most of the information you posted, I have not found anywhere else.

Username: Jack Lawrence
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Date: 27 Aug 2005
Time: 13:24:51

Comments:

Dear W. T.:

Crawford Mitchell (Margaret's grandpa) enlisted in the Crockett Southrons after being in Curry Co., and his earlier attempt to form a division of irregulars for which he was commended by the Texas Legislature. Prior to that, he was law apprentice to T. J. Jennings near Alto outside Rusk. Jennings had been Texas Attorney General, and had also studied law under Jefferson Davis. Crawford was discharged around 1863, having fought in most of the major battles of the war prior to his being wounded at Sharpsburg/Antietam. (See "Southern Daughter," the book for details-avail. at Lamar.)

He still managed to ride with N. B. Forrest until the end of the war, -oddly there was a Curry Co. there, too. Who else from Texas rode with Forrest?

Jack

Username: Marsha Hobbs
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Date: 31 Aug 2005
Time: 09:04:01

Comments:

A story that has bothered me for years: When I was a child, every few weeks we would travel to my Uncle Orin's house for the weekend. He lived outside Oberlin, LA on what I now believe is Hwy 26, and farmed rice for the Bell company on huge acreages that even included what is now Casinos in Kinder.

On one such trip, my kinfolks greeted us in the driveway and showed us cannonballs, big ones and small ones. During our visit, we loaded up into the pickup and went to the place where the cannonballs had been found.

On a dirt road near a bridge, we stopped near a swampy spot along a waterway. I can still see the blackened ribs of a small ship sticking out of the mud. Regrettably, my parents never encouraged me to speak French...which they spoke exclusively when we were at the kinfolk's homes...so I missed almost all details of this find.

There was talk of finding a cannon that they could not lift. My cousin Dwain waded into the mud and searched with his feet, and then lifted one end of a mud coated object. Once we had seen the cannon, he dropped it back into the mud, picked up another two cannonballs, and we were gone!

My uncle and my cousin Dwain are both dead now, and my father only recalls that the site had to be somewhere on the Calcasieu river...but no one seems to recall exactly where. I have often wondered if the ship was ever found before it deteriorated beyond recognition.

Username: K. Stawarczik
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Date: 31 Aug 2005
Time: 14:16:47

Comments:

My request is for you to post some information on Blassingame Harvey and Stephen Prather, men that were pioneers in East Texas before Texas was a state. There is a little bit out on the Web about them, but I'm sure there is much more. Their descendents still live in San Augustine County to this day.

Username: Patsy Detrick Johnston
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Date: 31 Aug 2005
Time: 14:36:58

Comments:

I just happened upon this site. I am a niece of Emerson Detrick who you state was married to Wilhelmina. You state they had a daughter Ethel. Do you know if she is still alive? I have been trying to find her ever since I found out she existed. I have much info on Emerson. I would love to correspond with her if possible. Thanks.

Username: Dave Brown
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Date: 03 Sep 2005
Time: 21:56:52

Comments:

now living in California. Born and raised in Port Arthur.

Username
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Date: 05 Sep 2005
Time: 20:24:33

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i DO NOT KNOW HOW TO THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE HISTORY OF jEFFERSON COUNTY AND ESPECIALLY PORT NECHES ALIVE. MY LINEAGE BEGINS WITH JOSEPH GIGSBY AND ENDS WITH ME THROUGH THE SMITH FAMILY. I BELIEVE YOU KNEW MY GRANDMOTHER, WINNIE SMITH BECK, WHO WORKED AT GARDNER'S GROCERY AND THEN WILLIFORD'S PHARMACY UNTIL SHE PASSED AWAY.

MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WILL YOU EVER REPRINT Sapphire City of The Neches: A History Of Port  Neches Texas From Wilderness To Industrialization (Austin: Eakin Press, 1987), 456p, HB

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Date: 06 Sep 2005
Time: 01:31:45

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im an ihnken-winans=castroville gerhard ihnken my grandfather was duke of saxonys overlord of castroville .an officer to organize the colony/=republic of texas.then- =usa vz mexico-=civil war/oops!<chwinans@yahoo.com>cuznz

Username: Gene Gelston
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Date: 07 Sep 2005
Time: 21:07:03

Comments:

I have tried in vain to find answers to a few questions and your the only one I know that would have the answers.

  1. When and who was the FIRST settler in Port Neches?
  2. I was told there was once a school located where Oak Bluff Cemetery now sits? True?
  3. Was there once a cotton field in what is now Port Neches Park?
  4. In what year was the first person to be buried at Oak Bluff and do you have a name?

Thanks for anything you can find. Always love your articles and am always amazed in wonderment at where and how you obtain your information. I wish I had a talent for it.

Username: Bobby Hasting
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Date: 09 Sep 2005
Time: 11:04:31

Comments:

I have read all of your articles posted on this web-site. I enjoyed all of them, even the few which contained your opinions.

Username: nikki
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Date: 12 Sep 2005
Time: 14:53:50

Comments:

I was wondering what was built back then where the Subway Restaurant on Nederland, Ave. is now and if anything bad happened there?

Username: Lorna Pryor
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Date: 14 Sep 2005
Time: 19:04:26

Comments:

I enjoyed reading about your interesting life. I have always been enchanted by all of Texas history and particularly along the ghost, I mean, coast!

Not in any official way- I am no historian!

I just love the feel of it, and I have read some history and visited some old places and read some of the folk-lore. It is magical to me.

I was born in Waco. My folks originally came from the "South" after the civil war.

Username: George E. Wright Jr.
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Date: 17 Sep 2005
Time: 14:31:05

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block:

was delighted to receive your book on the Sabine steamers. I've read in the Official Records that there were two shipyards at either Beaumont or Orange. Do you happen to know which two they were? I confess a certain nostalgia for your histories along the Sabine. My father designed and operated tow boats along the lower Mississippi just after WWII. I can remember traveling with him once and a while in the early 50s. It was kind of like running away to join the circus!

best wishes,

George Wright

Username: Lorna Flynn McGaffey
UserEmailLorna@mac.com
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Date: 18 Sep 2005
Time: 03:04:56

Comments:

Hi, I am a McGaffey descendant and have been working on the history of the family for 10 years. The first group of Ulster Scots to reach New Hampshire was in 1718. The McGaffeys came on a second wave around 1720. That is according to family lore. The family they were always aligned with the McClarys didn't make it to New Hampshire until 1724 thereabouts. There are no recorded land purchases until 1731 in Nottingham, NH. These Scots were posted to the frontier by the Puritans to act as a barrier between civilization and the wilderness. They did not move to Sandwich until the end of the American Revolution. So as a correction, they did not arrive on American shores until after 1718 and they lived in southern New Hampshire for several generation before they moved north. By the way, I enjoyed your story! I am not a Texas McGaffey. My family moved to California in search of gold though one of them passed through Corpus Christi with that intent in 1849. I would be interested in any information you have on Corpus Christi's part in the gold rush. I also lived 10 years in the Brownsville area.

Username: K. Badgett
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Date: 19 Sep 2005
Time: 14:18:21

Comments:

Great site. You have an original voice.

Do you know the name of the hurricanes which hit your area on September 24, 1941 and August 19, 1942?

I hope and pray you are well now and have not been affected by Katrina. I love your site and look forward to reading more from you.

Username: Kim Badgett
UserEmailk.badgett@gmail.com
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Date: 19 Sep 2005
Time: 14:30:35

Comments:

p.s. Reading through your comments I see one lady asked about a train that was buried by a hurricane. Did you ever find any information on that? I would love to see the answers to some of the questions below.

Username: M. Glas Doornbos
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Date: 29 Sep 2005
Time: 15:59:18

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Mrs. Matty Doornbos Woelwijk 3 9255 Ke Tietjerk Frieland the Netherlands

I was surprised to find something of the family Doornbos that are related from the side of my grandmother Martje Doornbos Bouwman an it also possible of the side of my father.  His name is Tjaard Doornbos.

I like to contact with the Doornbos family.

Username: Bonnie Holley
UserEmailTexasGirlAtHeart_2000@hotmail.com
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Date: 06 Oct 2005
Time: 23:51:53

Comments:

Great tribute to the history of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. Gabriel Landrum you mention as a blacksmith also donated the land for the first post office in Beaumont. He is my GGGrandfather. His brother was a sheriff there and was gunned down by an outlaw, another brother was drowned in the "great flood". All some of the first settlers in the area.

Username:        Rod Green
UserEmail:       jaywrg@comcast,net
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Date:            15 Oct 2005
Time:            23:19:38
 

Comments:

Mr. Block,
First, I love your site and have enjoyed a number of your articles. I am working on a genealogy of a family named Ransleben (Pecos Co.?). My sources indicated that a Linda Ransleben married one of the Doornbosin the mid to late 1940's. My info indicated it was William, but of course this cannot be correct. Do you have any information re: a Linda Ransleben who might have married into the Doornbos family? Rod Green

Username: Phil Jackson
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Date: 16 Oct 2005
Time: 17:52:48

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Mr. Block,

My father (Thomas Rivers Jackson) recently was sent some genealogical information about the family, that includes some information about the McGaffey side. It seems that the Jackson side can be traced back to the Thomas Rivers Jackson that married Mary McGaffey, but no further. A search via Google turned a couple of posts in your guestbook by a Thomas Rivers Jackson of San Diego; with whom I would very much like to compare notes with. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

thanks,

Phil Jackson
Waco, Texas

Username: Scott
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Date: 20 Oct 2005
Time: 21:21:16

Comments:

What an incredible website, I have enjoyed it very much. I especially enjoyed the Civil War stories and was wondering if you knew any details of Edmund Cruezbauer and his battery, I understand he was a Prussian immigrant, thanks for any information

Username: Clif George
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Date: 21 Oct 2005
Time: 11:00:39

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

My son Justin George, 24 years old, spotted a black panther a few weeks ago in the Tickfaw River Swamp near Lake Maurepas in South East Louisiana. The water was high in the swamp and the deer and other animals were crowded on small patches of dry ground. If you want to hear more about it send me your phone number and I'll give you a call.

Username: Gregory A James
UserEmail: old2006copper@aol.com/ or gregory.james@sjcd.edu
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Date: 23 Oct 2005
Time: 12:52:38

Comments:

My great grandfather was the taxidermist that stuffed the sperm whale back in the early 1900's. Your story's are very good and I am enjoying them greatly. Take care and good luck after the hurricane. I hope everything gets back to normal soon. Take care.

Greg James
281 635 4612

Username: Ken Stickney
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Date: 24 Oct 2005
Time: 20:26:37

Comments:

Dear Sir:

I am about two-thirds of the way through a master's in history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. My topic is Judge James G. Taliaferro, who was, among many things, a newspaper editor in the 1850s.

Taliaferro had a son, John Quincy Adams Taliaferro, 1827-65, who was publisher of the newspaper, The Independent, which was published in Harrisonburg, La., until 1861. The younger Taliaferro joined the Confederate Army 30 September 1861, and was a lieutenant in Co. K, 17th Louisiana Infantry. On 6 April 1864, he was tranferred from a hospital in Shreveport to the Jefferson Texas Hospital, which may have been the hospital in that town. Do you know where I might find more information about that Confederate Hospital? I would be most appreciative if you could point me in any fruitful direction.

Username: David Michiels
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Date: 27 Oct 2005
Time: 14:48:14

Comments:

10/27/2005

Stumbled on to your website by accident today. Your articles on cougars(panthers) and the "Hotspur" were all very interesting to me. I have(or had until Hurricane RIta) a fishing camp at Grand Chenier La. It is rumored down there that a few years ago a local shrimper found a cache of gold. Have you heard anything about it. I cannot verify it. I also used to work with the CCA-LA and through this avenue I spoke to a wildlife agent that verified the presence of a cougar in the late 90's around the Lafayette La. area. He said they were most confused by it as there has been no other verifications since.

Username: Asaba Onyeolu
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Date: 31 Oct 2005
Time: 06:48:20

Comments:

what a wonderful web sit keep it up is great.

Username: Tom Bow
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Date: 01 Nov 2005
Time: 17:17:56

Comments:

W T ,

Enjoyed your website. Found it while trying to id a large black cat we have seen on the farm near Maypearl, TX.

First time I saw it was Oct or Nov 2003 while plowing a second pass around a 102 acre field in front of our barn. Second time was Oct 2004 in our truck leaving the farm. It was in the bottom land adjoining Chambers Creek, four miles south of Maypearl. It appeared to be about 125 lbs., solid black with a tail about 20-24 inches long. I have walked the bottom land many times and have yet to find any tree scratchings.

Username: Kathy Irwin
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Date: 01 Nov 2005
Time: 22:05:20

Comments:

Hello Mr. Block. Does your Trinity River Cotton Trades research mention specifically activity in the area of Sand Ridge, Crockett and/ or Midway, Texas?

Kathy Irwin
Houston, TX

Username: Al Sonnier
UserEmailalsonnier@cox.net 
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Date: 03 Nov 2005
Time: 20:13:47

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Do you know the route cattlemen took from Orange County to drive cattle to be sold in New Orleans?

I have a description of the route from Opelousas, LA to Vacherie, LA where they were butchered and shipped to New Orleans. (I would be happy to send you a copy of an old man's narrative). The route over the Louisiana Prairies would be interesting to know. I believe that it was contact with the Texans on these drives that convinced some of my Chiasson Ancestors to move to Texas.

Thank You,
Al Sonnier

Username:        
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Date:            11 Nov 2005
Time:            07:33:10

Comments:

Hi, My name is Jeremy Helm. I live in the northeast part of Louisiana. I work for Duck Commander and make hunting videos, so we spend a lot of time in the woods. Lately we have spotted a large black cat with an unusually large head. We have seen it about 4 or 5 time throughout the years. The reason I was looking at your site is to figure out what we saw. Everyone thinks were crazy, but a bob cat doesn't get that big. Was it a Mexican lion?

Username: Paula Byles
UserEmailpaulabbyles@yahoo.com
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Date: 12 Nov 2005
Time: 19:06:03

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

How wonderful your site is. In searching for my roots, surfing the web I found your site. Much of your work includes history about my family members,Allen, Grigsby, McFaddin, Padillo, etc. I can't thank you enough for the research you have provided for others to enjoy.

Sincerely,
Paula Byles

Username: ella sue arnold
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Date: 14 Nov 2005
Time: 13:13:00

Comments:

I'm a Barton my father was Harvey Barton of Jonesboro, Ark. Grandfather was William Bayliss Barton of Ark. James Garner [maverick] is supposed to be a cousin. would like any info. on the Barton's, if anyone has any & wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks Sue Arnold

Username: Marion 
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Date: 14 Nov 2005
Time: 16:41:03

Comments:

My sister Judy and I are descendants of Cassandra Van Pradelles. Our grandfather was Rev, Marion Van Pradelles Yeaman.

I came upon your web site after I had told my 10 year old granddaughter my grandfather's version of Cassandra's life. First we looked up Marie Antoinette then on a lark Searched Van Pradelles. What a fun surprise! Only now a lot more research needs doing. Judy and I have a piece of a dress that was supposed to be from the dress in which she was presented to Marie Antoinette. Also a picture of Cassandra. My niece had a good friend who was a descendant of Lafitte.

My name: Marion Van Pradelles Yeaman Land

Username: Mercedes Bujans
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Date: 15 Nov 2005
Time: 19:47:12

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block,

I am yet another researcher on the disappearance of Theodosia Burr Alston and would like to interview you at your convenience regarding the story you have here on Chauvet's capture of the Patriot. Please let me know if you would be kind enough to endure a short conversation with me on your sources. I am writing a book on her disappearance and am intrigued by your information as published in your website. My tel is 813 787 2283, my email is mbenz452@tampabay.rr.com. I am looking to get a copy of those newspaper articles although I really don't know that I would give these pirates much credence, knowing their ilk. Do you? I have not been able to locate any Chauvet anywhere except on an old French military site where the dates were very different. It would be a pleasure to interview you and hope that you will consider my request. Regardless, many thanks for your time. Kind regards, Mercedes Bujans

Username: Thomas L. Charlton
UserEmailThomas_Charlton@baylor.edu
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Date: 22 Nov 2005
Time: 11:01:02

Comments:

I was wondering if you have encountered any information about my paternal grandfather, Dr. Robert E. Lee Charlton, a graduate of Barnes Medical College in St. Louis, MO, and who practiced medicine in Hardin, Jasper, and other SE Texas counties between about 1912 and 1918, when died in the great Spanish influenza epidemic of that year. He is buried in the Silsbee Cemetery, but his original burial site was in Tyler County, between Warren and Fred, as I recall.

Thank you,
Thomas L. Charlton

Username: Robert Webster
UserEmailrjwebster@charter.net
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Date: 22 Nov 2005
Time: 11:50:08

Comments:

Mr. Block. Earlier this year, Ms. Courtenay Cross from the Montgomery County Historical Society communicated with you about a sawmill house I purchased in April. I had planned to donate the house, but made in contingent on improving the roadway to my adjacent commercial property. The City of Conroe is unwilling to do so. The sawmill house is in excellent original condition. I checked the door hardware, and it is patented 1899. The house was moved from Willis to Conroe in 1946 and occupied continuously by a Parker family. One 15 amp and one 20 amp electrical circuit was added at that time. A bathroom was added 5 years ago for the first time. All of the doors and windows are original first cut broad leaf pine. The siding is board and batten with the porch additions done in ship-lap. I believe the house should be kept as an antique reflective of the lumber culture day of East Texas. Do you have any other ideas about how this house could be saved? I am approached frequently about leasing the house, but I have decided it should be saved instead. Robert Webster, PO Box 9358, The Woodlands, TX 77387, Phone 281-419-1533

Username: Peter Stines
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Date: 22 Nov 2005
Time: 12:55:52

Comments:

Hello,

Enjoy your works. One item in particular caught my attention, that being an account by Fred W. Wolfean while he was first mate on the STINGRAY in 1862. This was one of my ancestors. I believe you cited the GDN as the source. Can you cite the issue or maybe send me a copy of Wolfean's account ?

Username: Father Gregory Schweers
UserEmailFR-GREGORY@CISTERCIAN.ORG
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Date: 25 Nov 2005
Time: 13:22:32

Comments:

I've just finished reading your account of the Battle of Sabine Pass -- Wow! What a day that was for the Jefferson Davis Brigade and the CSA. Thanks for the insights and recreation of an exciting battle of David vs. Goliath!

Username: Jo 
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Date: 27 Nov 2005
Time: 00:39:35

Comments:

Dear Mr. Block, WT: Thank you very much for your suburb website and history preservation. I was researching Bessmay Texas on the internet and discovered your website. It provided me a good background of Bessmay, the sawmill town in East Texas. My mother was born in BessMay, Texas 1915. Momma always recalled her early years and life in Bessmay, Texas to all of us. I listened especially well and often envision the life my mom had there in Bessmay. She spoke of walking miles to school. Of playing in the river and creeks. She often spoke of her pet goat, who grew up big and mean. Momma told us stories of the lumberjacks, the men who would come to town looking for work (hobos I guess).

Anyway all her stories stay alive in my mind. I can fill in a lot of the experiences she lived now knowing the history of the saw mill towns, the lumber mills, the rail-road companies.

Thanks to you, I enjoyed and learned a lot from your writings.

Sincerely Jo

Username: Mary Whigham
UserEmailmjwhig@texasbb.com
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Date: 27 Nov 2005
Time: 10:40:25

Comments:

Mr. Block, I am responding very late to your letter in June to the Washington County Genealogical Society re a historical marker for the Texas hero that brought Kentuckians to Texas to fight for the republic. My email to wtb@wtblock.com came back as undeliverable. I have posted your request on our website and am sending it on to the Washington County Historical Commission, Drs. Wilfred and Bobbie Dietrich at 701 Milroy Dr., Brenham, 77833. Let me hear from you. Mary Whigham, Newsletter Editor, Washington County Genealogical Society.

Username: John Leslie Windsor
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Date: 27 Nov 2005
Time: 19:57:53

Comments:

Mr Block, Having read William Fletchers "Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier" and reading up all the wonderful information you have on your site, I was wondering if "Bill" still has surviving relatives. I would have loved to have met and spoke to this amazing Gentleman from the South. He has enriched my life and made me see that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. All from a man that has departed us for many years now. I cannot stop thinking if we had won that war, what course Bill would have taken instead. Regards JLW.

Username: John A. Stovall
UserEmailstovall@tarleton.edu
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Date: 30 Nov 2005
Time: 13:17:53

Comments:

Very good web site on regional Texas history. I'm contacting you regarding Dr. Powhattan Jordan. I'm working on the second volume of _Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables_. Dr. Powhattan Jordan's burial site has been on our to locate list for several years but we have not found it. I noted you had several references on your site to Dr. Jordan.

Do you have any information as to his burial place? Any assistance in this matter would be most welcome.

Username: Jo
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Date: 01 Dec 2005
Time: 00:19:35

Comments:

Dear Mr. WT Block: I have read the most interesting articles about Bessmay Texas thanks to all your excellent efforts. What a joy to read!

My mother Esther was born in Bessmay in 1915. Her parents ran the boarding house. She lived there until she was about 17 when her momma died.

She always remembered Bessmay, growing up there shape her for the rest of her life, she was a fiercely strong and independent lady. She told stories of playing in the woods with her dogs as companions, of traveling preacher coming to town and scaring her. Of her parents taking her to the bigger town and seeing the hangings. Of her school days and how touch the teachers were, they used a lot of disciple.... She never forgot Bessmay and I believe it was her most precious of all her memories.

Thanks again.

Jo - I sent your website to my brother to read too.

Username: Ernest Theodore "Ted" Block
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Date: 03 Dec 2005
Time: 18:01:05

Comments:

W. T.

My name is Ernest Theodore Block. I was born in Groves, TX on 9/16/62. My father is William Theodore Block of Orange. I have lived in the NY/NJ area for the last 25 years and plan to return to Texas to live in the very near future along with my wife, Sherri and my two boys, Austin Theodore and Benjamin Theodore. My grandfather was Louis Theodore of Orange. His father was Columbus Theodore. I know little else of my family's background. I have heard from some of my older relatives, great aunts Ruth Elizabeth and Jessie Louise, that our family originated in northern Germany/Poland along the Baltic sea. Do you know if any records exist in Europe regarding our family, their properties, occupations, etc? Any immigration records here?

Also, there have been some suggestions among the older relatives that our family wasn't always of the Christian faith. Any comments?

Username: James N. Richey
UserEmailjrchy@hotmail.com
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Date: 04 Dec 2005
Time: 23:37:18

Comments:

Mr. Block,

Great job that you have done in persevering our Texas history.

In 1826 my GGG Grandfather William Richey (spelled Ritchie at times), his wife Hannah and their seven children settled in Jefferson County, Tx. (now Orange county).

It is my understanding that they came from St. Landry Parish, La. and that his older brother, Hiram had escorted Stephen F. Austin settlers' wagon trains into Texas.

Is this name in your history documents?

I know that his son's have still have land survey's in Orange, Harris, Jasper and Nacogdoches County ,Tx.

By the way, my GGG Grandfather on my mothers side was Colonel James Quinn of Sabine Pass ,Tx. You might have heard of him.

Thanks,James N.Richey

Username: Butch Garrison
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Date: 05 Dec 2005
Time: 16:38:44

Comments:

I have read with great interest the article in the Beaumont Enterpirse today about Fort Manhassett. My Great Grandfather, T. J. Garrison, was stationed at that fort during the Civil war. I have a copy of a letter he wrote telling of the battle at Calcasieu Pass, LA. He later settled in Orange County, near Cow Bayou. He is buried at Greyburg (outskirts of Sour Lake, Texas).

Username: Edward Sebesta
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Date: 05 Dec 2005
Time: 17:40:32

Comments:

Dear W. T. Block,

Rhonda Stanley recommended that I contact you concerning the Jefferson Davis Highway in Orange, TX. A marker was dedicated in June 3, 1963.

I am in the field of cultural geography. We are writing a book and at this time we have two articles submitted on the Jefferson Davis Highway to peer reviewed academic journals.

If you could give me any information, I would appreciate it.

Sincerely Yours,
Edward H. Sebesta
1502 Seevers Ave.
Dallas, TX 75216

Username: James Mahaffy
UserEmailmahaffy@mtcnet.net
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Date: 05 Dec 2005
Time: 19:38:23

Comments:

I read with interest W. T Block's account of black panthers. He appears to be a decent historian and seems convinced that the early settlers thought there were black panthers. Is that a fair reading. I follow some male cougars that are dispersing into our area. While these are normal tan to yellow color I get the feeling from some who check sightings in the East that black cats cougars are frequently reported (but no indisputably evidence).

Can we establish a good historical case for black cougar? If so, it becomes more reasonable that if there are some cat still around some could still be black. Without good evidence, I am still skeptical but would appreciate feed back.

You can see some of my work at url: http://homepages.dordt.edu/~mahaffy/mtlion/mtlionshort_intro.html

Note under the hoax link I have footnote to a credible report (based on visual) of a black cougar by a former BC official

Username: James McKeivier
UserEmail: James. Mckeivier@la.gov
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Date: 06 Dec 2005
Time: 16:35:11

Comments:

Mr. Block, I inherited a home in Merryville, LA a couple of years ago. Based on the property abstract in was built in or about 1917. It is a wood frame house. While conducting repairs I removed a board and it was stamped "Starksville, LA" I have never heard of this town and can find no historical reference to a town with this name. I assume it is Starks, LA. If you could shed any light on this I would appreciate it.

Username: terry darcy
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Date: 07 Dec 2005
Time: 05:28:24

Comments:

w. t. block you have emailed me several times and you have been a lot of help to me but every e mail i have sent you has been sent back undeliverable, i found this link and just wanted to thank you maybe this one will go through, thanks

Username: reese palmer 301 856 0770
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Date: 07 Dec 2005
Time: 15:31:14

Comments:

god bless fess

Username: James Norwood Richey
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Date: 10 Dec 2005
Time: 14:10:36

Comments:

W. T.,

In The Atascosita Census of 1826,it is my understanding that my family, The William Richey family was one of the names that was omitted.

William and Hannah Richey came to Jefferson County, Tx. on a land grant (Texas Land Archives) from St. Landry Parish, La. They were accompanied by their children  James, William, Mary Richey Harmon, Hiram (Tx. Land Grant Records abstract #463-Nacodoches, Tx.1854, abstract #416, Jasper, Tx. 1855). Archibald Richey (Abstract #157, Orange, Tx. 1861). Uel/Ewell Richey (abstract #22, Orange, Tx. 1835)Joseph Richey (abstract #21, Orange, Tx. 1835).

Their last child, Susanna Richey Robinett was born in 1838.

Thanks, James

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Date: 15 Dec 2005
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I ran into your site while doing research for a paper for my Environmental Science class. You have some very interesting and informative articles on here. I was very interested in your information on black panthers. (or whatever these animals actually are) I have spotted them a few times in my small East Texas home town but had no idea how rare they were. I have tried a couple of times to take pictures of them, but they always run before I get close enough for a good picture. (the last time I got within 9 yards before I was noticed and it ran) Now that I have read some of your site, I will try harder to get a picture of one. Even if it is from a distance, an out of focus picture would be better than none.

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Date: 17 Dec 2005
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Bill:

Just an update for you. I have progressed forward on Galveston History, and am in the process of publishing a thorough investigation of the "Three Trees" along with maps and references. During this research, became acquainted with J. O. Dyers work, and have made a study of him over the last 2 years, now working on a Life and Times of J. O. Dyer, should publish late next year. Of course, at the Rosenberg, there was your work on Ben C. Stuart, wherever I go you've been. Found your History of Jefferson County in an old store in Galveston, on the inside reads "Happy Birthday, 1976 With Love Margeret and Conrad Miller, La La Marylin & David.

I have ordered many Tobin 1930's aerials, and plan to get back to the Manhasset project this spring, and will also pursue re-discovering Fort Butte La Rose.

The best.

Kirk Clark

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Date: 01 Jan 2004
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Mr Block (W T??) -- my son is doing some research for a High School class that has led him to your website. His topic is focused on his ancestors - Samuel and Solomon Parr - who lived in the Galveston Bay area. I was wondering if you would be so kind to send us some Internet links to sites where we can gather some information about these two people OR possible if you have gathered any data during your research if you could send a little to him.

Thank you very much

Ken Edgein
856-354-1619 in Cherry Hill New Jersey

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thanks for your reply

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Date: 02 Jan 2004
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Wow, found your site by accident. Haven't read much of it as of it, but am looking forward to using it for history, as we home educate. Looks like lots of great history. What caught my attention is the section on Adrian J. and Agatha Elings family, who immigrated from Holland to America and ending up in Montana. My husband is a descendant of theirs, a great grandson. We live in Montana, within a few miles of where A.J. lived while here. If you would like more information on this lineage please reply, as my mother in law has some information. Most in the article is correct, however their is some misspelling of names and some other minor information that is incorrect. I love geneology, so would greatly like to be in contact with one of the writers of the article. My husband is Robert Gordon after his father and we named a son Dirk. Sincerely,

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Date: 04 Jan 2004
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Dear Mr. Block,

I was recently in Bolivar and re-discovered an old gravesite I had found approximately 20 years ago. It is for a Martha Crainer, born 1867, died 1883. It is on oldfield land, approximately 20' from the sand dunes and is jeopardy of being covered in the near future. The gravesite appears to be neglected and/or abandoned, but the gravestone is quite legible. I was wondering if you have any knowledge of this grave site, additional information, or suggestions about preserving this area. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Steve Hutchison

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Date: 06 Jan 2004
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I read your article on black panthers and wanted to tell you about my encounter with one of the animals. When I was a little boy my father and I saw one on R.C. Granger Road in Bosque County, Texas. It was July 1985 and we saw the animal walking across the road on a warm night at about 10 PM. We watched it lope down the road for perhaps a full minute. It was as black as India ink and appeared to us to be very thin and gaunt. My father guessed that it weighed in the neighborhood of 90-100 pounds. It turned to look at us several times and was clearly an enormous black cat that looked like a mountain lion that had been immersed in dye.

The next day my father called the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife and related to them what we saw. They seemed amused by what he said and implied that we were either mistaken or playing games. My father never spoke of the incident with anyone again because he did not like to be teased.

When I entered college and studied biology I learned that black mountain lions do indeed exist and was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of several people who also saw black panthers at some point in time. One was an old German gentleman who lived in China Spring, Texas which oddly enough is close to the area where my father and I saw our panther. He seemed to me to be a very credible man, not given to spreading tall tales. According to him a black panther stole one of his turkeys early one morning in the early 80's. He was so amazed by it that he did not even shoot it, although he was carrying a gun at the time.

I also spoke to a biologist that told me that he believed black panthers were melanistic mountain lions and the he was aware of one individual black lion that had been killed in Colorado. Sadly I lost contact with this man and cannot locate him.

In the future I would like to search for black panthers in Texas and Louisiana. I have studied methods for attracting mountain lions, such as the use of female lion estrous material and electronic devices which mimic the sound of lion prey. Perhaps with a little luck I could be fortunate enough to draw a black panther into camera range. Even if I failed I would have fun!

Please keep up the excellent work with your website!

Warmest regards,

Paul Waco

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dear sir

I reside in Greene County IL, have all y life, Im a former police officer my father a retired police officer. I hunted for years as a youth and I know this land. I have laughed in the past at any unbelievable stories of this and that animal being seen. Well on this last friday night just before midnight, I as well as my girlfriend saw something at the edge of the road, turned around and drove my lights toward the object and then it stepped into my headlights for it must have been four or five seconds, a black panther, this animal was huge at apprx 300 lbs and looked very thick. It is very hard to believe I know, but it was fifty foot away or closer and I saw it as clear as anything. If your interested in hearing my account further contact me.

RJS

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Date: 07 Jan 2004
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What a great site! I am a devoted member of the SCV, an English teacher for the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and a writer. I found some excellent material that will be of great benefit. Best of luck and keep up the writing. Do you have any information on any of the Jawhawkers in Caldwell Parish? I ask because the locals there have a hill called "Jayhawker Hill" and a story that one of them was hanged after the way by vigilantes.

Rickey Pittman

 

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Date: 08 Jan 2004
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I love your big blook book on the families and stories from galveston to orange, Texas. I was the last to be able to check it out of the Port Neches Library. You are a great assesst to out area and people. I would love to met you someday and personally thankyou for all your work. Earline Miller, Port Neches, Texas Your can call at my Shop Millers Flowers 722-1202 or by e-mail emiller7@gt.rr.com

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I am one of the biggest fans of you big blue book as I refer to it. i was the last one to check it out of the Port Neches Library. I love the stories in it. When I subbed at PNGHS I use to read or tell stories from your book. I only wish it was published. Thanks for all your work. Earline Miller

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Date: 08 Jan 2004
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Reading your article on King Lumber I noticed you thought Nona Mills was purchased by Southland Paper around 1962. I was hired by Southland Paper in 1969 as the first district forester on the Nona Mills property and they had just purchased the property. Thought you would want to know.

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Date: 12 Jan 2004
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Dear Sir- Thank you for sharing historical information on your site.The 1972 class of Charlton Pollard High School has a link to some of the information on your site.The URL for the link is: http://pages.sbcglobal.net/garnet/cphs72/cp_links.htm#educa Please take a look and hope you enjoy the site.

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Date: 16 Jan 2004
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I've found your article on black panthers very interesting...but firmly believe they do exist. As Director of the EASTERN PUMA RESEARCH NETWORK, we have had several videotapes sent to us by witnesses who taped wild large "BLACK" panthers. We are conducting studies on the return of the puma, cougar, black panther into eastern North America...and have over 20,000 reports in files. Would you like to receive a free copy of our 2003 Stats of big cats and a FREE flyer entitled, "All You Need To Know About The Eastern Cougar". Please view our New-web site: www.epumaresearchnetwork.com Thank you. John A. Lutz

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Date: 16 Jan 2004
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Hi. I've been searching for information related to the yellow fever epidemic in Texas during the last 1800s. I enjoyed visiting your site.

Tracy Dunlap WV

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Date: 17 Jan 2004
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Dear Mr. Block, Thank you for the exhaustive documentation you have provided to all the rest of us who are interested in the history of the Upper Texas Coast. My own interest is in the diary of Sgt. H.N. Connor, which your article indicated you have a copy of. My great grandfather served in Company A of Spaight's Battalion, so it seems that Mr. Connor was his company sergeant. The excepts from your article about Sgt. Connor's diary provided me with more direct information about the daily lives and activities of the men of Company A than any other document or publication I have ever seen, and I am very grateful to you for sharing it. I would like to know if there is any way that I could come to Beaumont to read your copy of Sgt. Connor's diary. Again, please allow me to thank you for the tremendous historical service you have provided to us all. Thomas Elliott

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Date: 25 Jan 2004
Time: 01:30:40
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Greetings...

I was looking for a picture of a black panther and encountered your web page with the ? as to their existence. I grew up in Jackson, Miss. but my grandfather lived in Lexington, Miss. just north of Yazoo City, Miss. At the bottom of his hill there was and (I think still is) a National Wilde Life Game Reserve. I was told that this is where these black panthers probably resided. They have been there for many years, as my mother who would be in her 50's saw them as she was a child and always swore to her husband that they were there. After they moved north following my grandfathers death, he continued to not believe her until one crossed the road in front of him one morning. It was not raining or cloudy or foggy, so there was no mistake in the color. This road is a (at least it was in '99) a gravel road, and the nearest blacktops were 5 miles in every direction. Could this "big cat" have been another breed? Good question. The gravel roads are approximately 12 - 14 feet wide, and this full grown black panther walked across the road, its tail gracefully behind it, extended but not dragging the ground and from nose to tip of the tail almost covered the width of the road. He quickly turned around and drove back to the house to apologize for ever disbelieving her.

Another sighting was made by my youngest brother on his way home from deer camp. He was coming down the road, and one jumped across the road from one embankment to the other. His first thought was to jump out of his truck with his deer rifle saying "I'm going to shoot it", quickly reminding himself that there might be others. He got back in the truck and drove to my grandfathers house excited about seeing this huge black cat that my mother recalled hearing "scream like a woman in the night", when she was a child.

I am unsure of my actual sightings, as I have always been strongly drawn to them. I prefer black panthers as my favorite of all big cats.

I was always told the panthers there were protected by the game reserve, so I always believed that is where they lived too. However, they were always sighted above the game reserve up Yellowbluff Road. Technically the reserve is in Holmes County. I have not been back to Mississippi since '99, and have no one to contact there either to find out if they still hear the panthers screaming at night, or any other way to get more recent information for you. I wish I could have captured at least one in film as I love to take photographs, that would be the only shot I would recommend taking at any beautiful cat...

Blessed Be... Rose

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WT, Do you know when the 2004 Nederland High School Reunion will be? Carolyn wants to come if we can fit it in our schedule. Sam

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Date: 27 Jan 2004
Time: 08:29:48
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You have done a mountain of work. And you are the man to answer my question. I am trying to find the path of the Old Jefferson Road that ran from Jefferson to the area around Dallas. I have traced it west as far as Cumby (aka Black jack Grove on the western edge of Hopkins County. Can you help me?

Thanks, Tom

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Date: 02 Feb 2004
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Deat W.T, I am looking for information or advice on locating my family tree.....My great grandmother was a Vidaurri and her father was named Santiago Vidaurri and her mother was named Jaunita....no one in my family knows more then that.... if you can help, please.... anita

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Date: 02 Feb 2004
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My parent's families were employed in the timber industry in Jasper and Tyler counties beginning about 1910. From 1938 they both were in Warren. I graduated from Lamar in 1963 so share some of your comments. I have heard numerous stores about now forgotten mill sites in Jasper and Tyler counties since my grandparents lived to be 85-93 years. My mother frequently sends me your Enterprise articles. I live in Houston and will try to acquire some of your books. I would be particularly interested in any unpublished articles about Tyler county.

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Date: 04 Feb 2004
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I have enjoyed reading W. T. Block's articles on Civil War-era Sabine Pass, especially for the insights given on the January 21, 1863 battle between "Uncle Ben" and "Bell" with the "Morning Light" and the "Velocity." I am researching the history of the "Morning Light" and I would like to hear from anyone who has archival information or leads about this ship and its crew.

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I have enjoyed reading W. T. Block's articles on Civil War-era Sabine Pass and especially have benefited from the insights provided on the January 21, 1863 battle between the CSA "Uncle Ben" and "Bell" with the USS "Morning Light" and "Velocity." I am researching the history of the "Morning Light" and would like to hear from anyone else with this interest.

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Date: 05 Feb 2004
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Mr. Block, I absolutely love your articles. I am a history buff from Lake Charles and also a student at Lamar University. I have a few questions that I would like to ask you about the history of Johnson Bayou. Please contact me. Keep up the great work, it is very appreciated to those of us who have a love of regional history.

phone 337-305-5303

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Date: 05 Feb 2004
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Greetings, I work with Carlton Davis, a commercial photographer here in New York City. Carlton is working on a portrait project photographing entitled Black Men 101. The final product will be an art book containing 101 portraits of Black men in America. We have traveled the country photographing subjects for this project. We will be in Louisiana from February 22nd until March 8th. We will be in the Natchitoches Parish for a few days and then will head south to the Cajun region. We are hoping to spend time in the more rural areas to meet potential participants for this project. What would be great is if we could have a guide. I am wondering if you could suggest particular areas that would be good to visit, or for that matter particular individuals. I read your account of Skull Island and am greatly interested in that area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Jenny Mclaughlin

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Date: 05 Feb 2004
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I had a quick question. I have to write a paper for one of my classes. And I was wondering if Sabine Pass is actually in Sabine County. If you could please let me know this it would be really appreciated.

Username: Pauline Ann Mullins
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Date: 07 Feb 2004
Time: 13:53:31
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I was so pleased to see my grandfather, A. C. Mullins, mentioned in the history of Methodism in Port Neches. Thank you for your work.

Username: John A. Lutz
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Date: 09 Feb 2004
Time: 08:34:29
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W. T: This is one of the most interesting web-sites, ever read. John

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Date: 09 Feb 2004
Time: 16:22:36
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Dear Block,

Concerning black panthers; I live in very southern Louisiana, and many hunters down here don't even consider these animals to be rare sights!

In fact, ask any deer hunter of the marshes along the gulf, Grand Cheniere (mentioned in your article), or even the piney areas in the north if they've ever heard of black panthers in Louisiana and they'll probably tell you "Of course; I've seen them." and go into long stories about run-ins with the beasts or some exaggeration of the like (as hunters often do)... And I'm pretty sure these are actual black panthers and not some form of jaguar or something; we have many bob-cats down here, and these particular "black panthers" would be about triple the size of that.

I've only seen one, on one occasion, and it was at dusk and nearly 100 yards in the distance; but make no mistake, it was a black panther. My father has pictures of its tracks in the mud.

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Date: 10 Feb 2004
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Mr Block:

I'm the webmaster for http://proft.50megs.com/tx42frames.html, and I'm trying to resolve the legendary origin(s) of the domino game 42.

Many say 42 started in east Texas; however, a recent publication says the game originated in north Texas (Garner).

Do you have any information on the east Texas origin of 42?

Would appreciate hearing from you (and anyone else with info) on this subject.

Thanks.

Paul Proft Former Port Arthur resident

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Date: 12 Feb 2004
Time: 10:08:29
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this site is really nice

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Date: 14 Feb 2004
Time: 20:27:44
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Dear Mr. Block, A few years ago I had a chance to speak with you during a BoyScout banquet at which you were our speaker. You discussed the history of Grigsby's Bluff and the history of the Atakapan Indians. One item of interest was of the Samuel Remley home being the only standing atebellum home. My wife and I currently own it, standing on 814 Neches Dr. Previously known as Riverside Drive and Figtree lane. If you dig down a foot our so you run into the broken shells from the indian mounds. Do you perhaps have any info on this house? We've found the listing in your book "The Sapphire City" but we're wondering if mayhaps you have any other documents. i.e. proof that we can print up? We are looking to sell our home soon and its historical background would be a great asset towards that aim. Also do you know if Remley branded the timbers he used in the construction of his home? Its all cypress and iron hard. I'm wondering if the 12x12's may have some mark on them from his sawmill. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Username: Robert Schoone-Jongen
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Date: 16 Feb 2004
Time: 08:43:32
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I am working on a doctoral dissertation through the University of Delaware. Part of my dissertation involves the Dutch settlement at Winnie, Texas. I would be interested in corresponding with Mr. Block about the sources he knows about dealing with that short lived settlement. Robert Schoone-Jongen Department of History Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI

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Date: 25 Feb 2004
Time: 13:40:47
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Dear Mr. Block, I am so excited I can hardly wait to go to work tonight. I just got the new issue of Reflections & I am eager to read it. I work graveyards & have time to read when we are not busy. I actually work on Sara Jane road (by Moalasses Slip). Your articles are great & I am eager to look over this website. Thank you for sharing your work.

Username: Penni LeBlanc
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Date: 26 Feb 2004
Time: 12:36:29
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I read your article on big cats in Texas. I once saw an unusual cat in Deweyville. Friends said it was ther supposedly extinct swamp panther. It had spots, but they were centered in squares which ran all over its body. I have never found any pics that looked like it. It stood at least three feet high and was about 4 feet long, not counting the tail. If you know anything about this cat, I would appreciate any information.

Username: Deborah McGaffey
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Date: 28 Feb 2004
Time: 00:17:34
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Mr. Block: I just wanted to thank you for all the work you have done documenting my family history. You have a wealth of information and I am truly enjoying reading about my ancestors. I am so grateful for your efforts and your willingness to share them.

Deborah McGaffey

Username: Linda Moore
UserEmail: mimslm@aol.com
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Date: 02 Mar 2004
Time: 14:02:42
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I am doing a research paper on Pirates. I am seeking permission to use excerpts from a few of your internet articles. I will be happy to correctly credit your research as a reference. I just felt the need to "ask before using!" Kindly let me know. L. Moore

Username: Tonia LaForge
UserEmail: rustytonia@aol.com
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Date: 04 Mar 2004
Time: 11:33:08
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I love the information that you have compiled over many, many years of hard work, I am sure. Your web site is the most interesting that I have come across regarding East Texas. Thank you for sharing this information with the world.

Username: Lewis Blunt
UserEmail: lhblunt@glade.net
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Date: 10 Mar 2004
Time: 13:15:36
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W.T. Block

The material which you have on the internet is certainly interesting and very well done.

While recently documenting the experiences of my grandfather and other family members during the Great Galveston Storm of 1900, it became necessary to flesh out some of their background information in order to complete the story. In so doing, the name of H.N. Conner (a distant relative) came up on his Marriage Certificate. It stated that Frank Ayers Park and Laura Anne Gordon were married February 2, 1875, at the residence of H.N. Conner in Galveston, Texas. Laura and Sallie (Sally, Sarah) A. Gordon were sisters. Sallie was H.N.'s wife.

On the first page of your excellent article "The Diary of 1st Sergeant H.N. Connor", Conner is spelled CONNOR. The facts given match our H.N. Conner.

Would it be too great an imposition to ask if you would check your handwritten copy of his diary to see how he wrote his name on the muster roll?

I ask this because I have many references to him, and outside of a few errant enumerators, the overwhelming majority use the spelling CONNER (including his uncle, Capt. David E. Conner, to whom you referred).

Thanks for your assistance.

Lewis Blunt 3-10-04

Username: Lyn Ribisi
UserEmail: Lynribisi@hotmail.com
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Date: 11 Mar 2004
Time: 12:04:42
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Dear W.T.

I think your website is just wonderful! I am researching my family lines, specifically, the Hardins and the Skinners. Both from Liberty, TX.

I am descended from Benjamin Franklin Hardin (1803-1878), son of Swan Hardin and Jerusha Blackburn.

Also Roswell Skinner (1806- 1897) who married Theodosia Dever (b?-1897). John F Skinner, son of Roswell, married Nannie Hardin (daughter of Frank and Cynthia O'Brien.)

Right now, I am researching the Civil War with the Skinners and Hardins. Do you have any information on that by chance?

Thanks so very much!

Lyn Ribisi Lynribisi at hotmail.com

Username: Donna Cunningham
UserEmail: angelsflight2@cox.net
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Date: 16 Mar 2004
Time: 13:58:43
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I was very happy to come upon your website. My husband, Samuel P. Cunningham was born in Beaumont and we have spent a lot of time researching genealogy as well as reading about the history of Beaumont. We have made several visits, and enjoy seeing both historical and personally significant sights there. Your site and your articles are a wonderful addition to our study of the history of the city.

Username: Ric Gordon
UserEmail: fdg@flash.net
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Date: 18 Mar 2004
Time: 22:06:10
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W.T., I'd like to commend you on a fantastic site, and one I was lead to by one of my many cousins, Lew Blunt. You have posted The Diary of 1st Sergeant H. N. Connor. I also have a web site I would like to place this diary on, but first I'm asking if you would mind that I did. H.N. Conner was the husband of my half great grandaunt, Sarah (Sallie) Amanda Gordon. The URL for my site is http://gordonfamilygenealogy.homestead.com/index.html I would hope you would find time to visit and know that H.N.'s diary would certainly fit among some of my family stories.

Username: Earline Miller
UserEmail: emiller7@gt.rr.com
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Date: 19 Mar 2004
Time: 07:59:23
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MILLERS FLOWERS 1108 PORT NECHES AVE PORT NECHES, TEXAS 77651

PH 409-722-1202

Username: Sylvia Pace-Owens
UserEmail: sylviapace2001@yahoo.com
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Date: 20 Mar 2004
Time: 12:36:28
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I love and have many memories of Nederland--my father Dr Bedford Pace (mentioned in the history by Streetman--)and our family lived in Nederland --late 1930's and into 1940's--I can and would like to share stories of people and places I recall there during the 1940's

Username: Don Teter
UserEmail: donte@hal-pc.org
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Date: 27 Mar 2004
Time: 18:03:30
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I have tried to answer your recent inquiry about synagogues in Tyler, etc. I use the email address on your message, but it is bouncing back.

Don Teter Texas Jewish Historical Society

Username: Wendell Smith
UserEmail: Smith_wj@wlf.state.la.us
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Date: 02 Apr 2004
Time: 20:12:35
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Hello. My name is Wendell and I live in Lake Charles, LA. I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your website. It is very informative to us Louisianaians. However, I was just wondering if you can tell me the origin of the name Monkey Island located in Cameron, LA. Thankyou.

Username: Micah Andreas Merz
UserEmail: micah.merz@pharma.novartis.com
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Date: 03 Apr 2004
Time: 21:03:06
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I enjoyed reading of the history of our German ancestors. I grew up in Thorndale which was started by immigrants from the Ben Nevis through Serbin. Thank you for the site

Username: Gina Grant
UserEmail: ggrant221@aol.com
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Date: 06 Apr 2004
Time: 02:11:29
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I was raised south of Merryville,La. on the Bancroft Road. I live in the old River Dam area now. I know that panthers exist in this area, ask anyone in this area. My husband Jerry saw a chocolate colored panther run across the road in front of him. I had one to run across the road in front of me at Brushy creek bridge, & later while sitting on my porch, heard Molly & Freckles barking,I looked up to see 2 about half grown chocolate panther kittens coming from the branch onto the road, they went down the road back into the swamp.About a month ago, Jerry woke me about 2 AM saying to me, " Gina, get up, come out here & listen to the noise I hear," I did so & it was a panther hollering down in our pasture between our house & David & Missy Blackmons. It is a very errie feeling & will make you want to hide,believe me ,it is an very scarey sound. We listened & it sounded as if we could hear another one hollering, so we went to the front porch to listen, & sure enough, their was another one hollering , sounded as if it was out in front of our house on the flats where Boise has cut the timber. Needless to say, several guns were fired to run these things away, they were to close to our house. The next day, I called Baton Rouge Fish & Wildlife Dept. to report what we had heard, & that others in our community had also seen these cats to close to their house in broad open daylight. You know what they did? They put me to the Zoologist, who was very nice, but I wanted somebody to come up here & try to move the cats out of the Bevins area. Needless to say, they were not trapped. & yes they are still heard frequently. I believe these things are not afraid of people & that they are dangerous. Another thing that bothers me is that I have found some scratching in our vacant correl next to the garage. We use to have goats & Great Perimease dog but went out of the business 0ver a year ago. Some type animal is using the vacant open building area for his disposal of waste. The area is larger that a washtub & it is scratched in a circle, & the feces mound is about 11 or 12 inches in diameter, & about 7-9 inches tall & covered over with old hay. Tell me what type animal is doing this? Some say bobcat, some say fox, but Mr. Jerry Jerry say he just knows it is a big type cat, I say it is that dadburn panther getting to close to my house. But the signs continue & they are too big for a house cat. Let me hear others thoughts on this subject. Thanks, Mrs. Gina Grant

Username: Gina Grant
UserEmail: ggrant221@aol.com
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Date: 06 Apr 2004
Time: 02:31:25
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I do hope you received my E-Mail. If not, please contact me @337-825-6494, in regards to panthers around our house & in our pastures. Thanks, Mrs. Gina Grant

Username: Cecilia
UserEmail: ccgurl_0309@yahoo.com
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Date: 06 Apr 2004
Time: 18:40:35
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Hello, my name is Cecilia Santos. And i need information on Edith Cooke Spencer. And all i found on her was about her family. Can you please help me??

Username: Allan R. Cleveland
UserEmail: acleveland@ev1.net
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Date: 06 Apr 2004
Time: 21:17:08
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Dear Mr. Block: I found your web site looking into history of East Texas railroads. I am a history buff for steam powered devices, river boats, locomotives, saw mills, cotton gins, water well pumps, drilling rigs, pipe lines (there was one that I know of, farm tractors, or any device steam driven. One can not study the history of steam with out studying the industrial development and economic forces that drove the society. I live West of Houston and travel to the Golden Triangle frequently. If you have an office and receive guest, I would like to call on you. My interest is not only steam devices but any subject that is TEXAS history. There is a new museum and library that you may know about. It is the History Center in the middle of Diboll. The young fellow in charge is Jonathan Gerland. The museum is financed by Temple Inland or by the Temple Family. I don't know which. He has accumulated quiet a bit of history documents that you may be of interest to you. His e-mail is jgerland@txunet.net. I have looked with interest at your list of subject to see if Town Bluff is listed. My mother in law grew up there. Her father was a Hungarian stave maker who came to this country to earn a living. He later sent for his wife and child. The child is 93 years old and lives in Woodville. She has been in TEXAS 90 years. Nederland, Beaumont, and Orange is the home of more than half of the immigrants descendents, they raised a big family. You are surrounded by them. My compliments to you for your fine work and I'm looking forward to reading many of the documents you list. I particularly like the one titled THE NECHES RIVER COTTON STEAMBOATS: Every geographic place you mentioned, I'm quiet familiar with. I was born in Kilgore and have live most of my life between here and there. My briar patch is all of East Texas. Regards; Allan R. Cleveland

Username: Erin Redfield
UserEmail: Rredfieldod@aol.com
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Date: 14 Apr 2004
Time: 12:10:34
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Dear Mr. Block I am doing a research project on lynching and Judge Lynch Law. Would you happen to know the word-for-word oath given to the lynchers before they actually participated in the lynching? If you have it or any info on the oath, I would really appreciate it. Thank you

Username: Ron Van Zomeren
UserEmail: 
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Date: 18 Apr 2004
Time: 05:28:40
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W. T., Please email me. I had a major computer crash and lost all my email addresses.

het beste, Ron

Username: Kara
UserEmail: kara@kittiecentral.com
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Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 08:50:58
Comments

Great site I found you by accident and have bookmarked you

Username: Carl Behnke
UserEmail: carl.behnke@siemens.com
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Date: 19 Apr 2004
Time: 13:11:26
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WT, My immediate family recently moved from Maryland via Louisiana for 5 years and now to Channelview TX. My mom was born and raised in Austin and Tyler, so I am half Texan, and proud of it. We recently visited the Alamo (4th time) with friends from Canada, I was very moved by their interest in the TX revolution. I picked up a map of the Alamo region's historical spots and now cannot find it. I want to visit the Houston area historical locations. Can you give me some pointers for day trips?

Username: Barb
UserEmail: catzeyes@1st.net
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Date: 20 Apr 2004
Time: 14:11:23
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I have been seeing a black cat near wheeling wv. I have seen it twice. I called the game warden and he said it was not a cougar. so I began searching the net and what it is. it is a black panther. It is on my property. I seen it today. It is bigger then my Chow dog. I am scared to go outside now. Keeping dogs in and gun loaded. BJ

Username: Corinna Robinson
UserEmail: corinna.simnacher@mhmr.state.tx.us
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Date: 27 Apr 2004
Time: 15:51:57
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Dear Mr. Block: I enjoyed your stories. Just wanted to let you know that Mexican panthers are still alive and well in the woods of Fayette County, Texas. We've seen two in the past four years, one--a black one---in broad daylight on our own land. (We live just off Nassau Road---site of the old German Nassau Plantation---outside of Round Top). According to the old-timers around here, Mexican panthers are a fairly common sight in these woods, and our own sightings appear to confirm that opinion. (I'm not speaking of bobcats, although those are here, too. These cats had long tails and were the size of a large dog.)

Username: Carolynn Buenger
UserEmail: cbuenger@sbcglobal.net
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Date: 27 Apr 2004
Time: 18:18:20
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W.T., thank you for your website.

I wanted to share with you a letter that I found in researching Edward Harris (an early settler of Jefferson Co.). You mention the murder of Smith in your history of Jefferson Co. and this letter by Harris to Rusk is concerning that murder.

Please contact me at cbuenger@sbcglobal.net

Best wishes, Carolynn Buenger

Username: John Franklin Fletcher
UserEmail: adesperateman@hotmail.com
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Date: 28 Apr 2004
Time: 16:46:32
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Mr. Block,

I am intrigued with your story about John Fletcher's buried treasure, for obvious reasons. How long ago was this story printed? Have you since heard of any expeditions to try to locate this treasure?

My great grandfather was a Texas Ranger in Commanche county. My father died fighting a fire as a fireman at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton when I was 8 years old. I'm interested in the history of my family.

Thank you.

Username: lucretia mcbride
UserEmail: ldm2@bellsouth.net  
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Date: 01 May 2004
Time: 18:00:52
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Saturday May 01, 2004 Dear Sir: I have discovered that my great grandmother was born at Johnson Bayou in 1840, her name was lucretia court. Do you have any published work that might refer to her or her family?

Also, the family tree shook in the wind and out came the name Reubin Barrow, Sr.

Might you also have any published works that refer to him? He married Mary Jane Johnson, produced Elizabeth Barrow who married into the Barber clan.

Thanks- and have a nice day. Lucretia McBride Houma, Louisiana

Username: B. Freeny-Spencer
UserEmail: laneville99@yahoo.com
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Date: 03 May 2004
Time: 11:33:57
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Mr. Block, Thank you for your efforts and contributions to this site. I think it is simply outstanding! I hope to do something similar in the near future.

I am in process of collecting history from the East Texas area that includes Laneville, Anadarko, Glen Fawn, Henderson, old "Freenytown", Big Springs, Mt. Pleasant, and Cushing. My family names are Spencer, Freeny, Hill, Vanzandt, Loftis, Devereaux, and Henry. I have traced all the way back to freed slaves on both my mother and fathers sides. I would appreciate in slave related history you may know of from these areas. I'm sure the Devereaux name must have a Louisiana connection, but I have not been successful in finding a link as yet. I may be contacted at Laneville99@yahoo.com sincerely, Brenda Freeny-Spencer

Username: Margaret Ignich
UserEmail: f29m29@aol.com
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Date: 09 May 2004
Time: 11:16:55
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Hello Bill, I have been trying to reach you by email but you must have changed your email address, I am Margaret Kothe Ignich and would like to know how your are doing. Write when you can

Username: Tim T. Gibson
UserEmail: timtgibson@comcast.net
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Date: 09 May 2004
Time: 21:58:29
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I am the Great Grandson of Joseph Grisby Smyth, Great-Great Grandson of G. W. Smyth - J. G. Smyth joined Keith's Company, Col. Griffin's Command of Artillery when he was 16 (1863) - Your articles gave me a sense of his service. - I do thank you!

Username: Margaret Ignich
UserEmail: f29m29@aol.com
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Date: 14 May 2004
Time: 22:07:13
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Dear Bill Didn't realize I had such a famous relative until I read more about your past. Congratulations for everything you have done and published. Hope you are in great health.

Username: Kenneth Ramagost
UserEmail: Kjramagost@cox.net
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Date: 17 May 2004
Time: 21:49:06
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Hello Mr. Block, I just read your article on black panthers and was thrilled to read the history you have saved for us to understand and also wanted to thank you for the article.

I want to share an encounter I had with a black panther near the Mississippi River in White Castle La. I was walking my dog near the river about 1980 on a sunny day. I saw a black cat behind a tree about 20 feet away from me. The head of the cat seemed twice as big as a house cat and he stood about three times as tall as a house cat. It was so beautiful I started walking towards it. Then I realized it could harm me and I ran. The cat also ran away. I came back to the place where I saw the panther and put my dog on his trail. My dog went to the spot where the panther was and laid on her back kicking her legs in the air. My dog was never scared of anything but she was scared to follow the panther's trail. This told me that I had seen a dangerous animal and I was not just imagining it. Thanks again saving our history. Kenneth

Username: John A. Lutz
UserEmail: epuma@beaconnet.net
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Date: 18 May 2004
Time: 20:09:22
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Hi Bill:

Finally found your web-site again. Had used capital letters, instead of small ones. You have a great guestbook...and was proud to use it. Thanks,

Username: Sharon Oakes
UserEmail: ladytaz245@yahoo.com
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Date: 20 May 2004
Time: 21:22:54
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I saw a black / dark chocolate panther or cougar about 6wks ago. Now, in some nearby woods, I have some very strong evidence of kittens. I tried to email you at an address that my sister forwarded to me. Apparently the address was not correct. I have cat track photos also. A good guesstimation of the cat weight is 75-85lbs combining the sighting and the tracks seen. If interested please email me back. Thank you, Sharon

Username: Tina Cutrer
UserEmail: tina_cutrer@yahoo.com
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Date: 23 May 2004
Time: 14:04:19
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My father was born and raised up in Bessmay. It is nice to know where to go to get the stories from. My dad was born in 1936 and passed away in 2003, he would have loved this site. I came across your web page while doing family research on Newton Co.

Username: Frank W. Kiel, M.D.
UserEmail: sky133@hctc.net
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Date: 25 May 2004
Time: 15:48:28
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Dear Mr. Block:

Recent research has found John W Rose, who enlisted in the Confederate Army with his father and three brothers. His Company D, Griffin's Battalion Texas Infantry military record (11 cards) is available for reading in San Antonio Central Library. He entered service on April 5, 1862 and served until June 1864.Two brothers were in the same unit, and in February 1864 they all went into Beaumont Confederate Hospital. Two of the brothers recovered, but John "died of disease" on June 6, 1864.

I wondered what disease he had, and where he was buried.

My approach:

1 Texas Handbook has 500 entries for Beaumont but none for Confederate Hospital in Beaumont. 2 You wrote an article "Early Southeast Texas "Docs" were Medical Men of Iron" for the Beaumont Enterprise-Journal on November 8, 1980, in which there is an enticing citation to "Surgeon EA Pye, Commandant of Beaumont's Confederate Hospital in the courthouse [in the Civil War] . . . his surviving letters, published in Southwestern Historical Quarterly are virtually the only source of Beaumont's history for the years 1864–1865." 3 Your list of WT Block papers has none in SWHQ. 4 The recently announced (El Paso TSHA) Southwestern Historical Quarterly Online allowed a search for EA Pye, but there was nothing. Of course, Pye's name may not have been in the title. 5 Search online for Beaumont Confederate Hospital + cemetery found nothing.

My questions:

1 Do you know who published the EA Pye letters in SWHQ? When? Citation? 2 Are there records for the Confederate Hospital deaths/burials?

Your help will be appreciated.

Frank Kiel 133 Skyline Drive Comfort TX 78013 830 995–3238

Username: JAMES BAILEY
UserEmail: jbailey4@gt.rr.com
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Date: 26 May 2004
Time: 15:17:49
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HELLO WT. I READ YOUR ARTICLE IN THE MID COUNTY WIPER TODAY. IF I DID NOT KNOW BETTER YOU SOUNDED LIKE ANDY ROONEY.