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Guest Book Archive from 1998

Date:
6/17/98
Time:
12:29:50 PM
 

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06/17/98 Mr. Block: Just received your letter which listed your Web Site. Looks good! Best Wishes, Jonathan Gerland

Date:
6/19/98
Time:
9:07:15 AM
 

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Knowing you in person has been a real pleasure to me, and I have read many of your publications, including your "Letters to the editor" in the local papers. and I am looking forward to viewing your web page

Malcolm Dow

Date:
6/19/98
Time:
11:16:38 AM
 

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Impressive accomplishments--Walter Sutton

Date:
6/22/98
Time:
2:16:55 AM
 

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WT,We members of Southeast Texas Genealogical & Historical Society appreciate all the fine material you have submitted for publication in YELLOWED PAGES. Your personal knowledge of the area is certainly a plus in your articles.

Thanks for sharing your information, Charles W. Bourgeois Director of Membership for SETG&HS

Date:
6/28/98
Time:
5:25:56 PM
 

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What a pleasure it is to find this site. My love of local history was fueled by your writings as I grew up in Nederland in the 50s-70s. I now am researching and writing on family history and early East Texas history. I also have a website for this info: http://www.hamcomm.com/ancestry Thanks for all your work and for making this information available via the Internet. Best wishes, Dave Hamerly

Date:
7/9/98
Time:
11:38:46 PM
 

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Hi WT,

I am resident of Cameron Parish and read your article in the Cameron Pilot. I have two web pages that also involve the "history" of Cameron Parish residents; just not on the same "note" as your wonderful writings. I have only touched base on this great page but plan to spend more time on it tomorrow...My husband and I are Civil War fanatics, in a sense of the word. Husband has read almost every article, book and other writings regarding that era of our history. I wrote a poem called, "If We'd Been There" and will share with you asap. Please go visit my web pages at http://member.aol.com/KDezamo/index.htm Great Page you've got here. Kaye

Date:
7/19/98
Time:
4:44:56 PM
 

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my name iis Ronda Block i am interested infamily history. My grandfather is Everrett Joseph Block. I am intereted to know if we are related to you. my email address in SHAVRIN@AOL.COM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. RONDA

Date:
7/19/98
Time:
8:13:10 PM
 

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Hello Mr. Block. My name is Amber Collins and in one of your articles you mentioned that the "Kaiser Burnout" was an attempt to rid the Big Thicket of one of it's jayhawking bands. I was curious if you could confirm whether that band was made up of Collins'. I am researching my family history, and it seems that the Collins' of Hardin County are not easy to track down. If you could help me with any info regarding the Collins clan, including Warren Collins, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. I can be reached at acollins99@hotmail.com or Rt. 3 Box 88D, Dayton, Tx. 77535.

Date:
7/21/98
Time:
6:10:35 PM
 

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Hello Mr.Block, My name is Paul Roebuck. I grew up in Nederland on Chicago St. My family had a neighborhood grocery store. I am curious to know if you are the same W.T. Block that lived near us on Detroit. In any case I have read several of your historical columns in the newspaper. Please correspond to my e-mail address TEPEE@aol.com.

Date:
8/17/98
Time:
3:27:21 PM
 

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Hi, WT. Was finally successful in logging on to your page. I really have enjoyed it. Luther Brown

Date:
8/20/98
Time:
10:34:48 PM
 

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W.T.

I hope you remember me. I enjoyed reading about the Nederland families, particularly the members of Twin City Tabernacle. If you are interested in my mothers' autobiography (Lela Collier Bass), it is on my web page at http://pages.prodigy.com/creagg/homepage.html.

Give Alta Gray my best regards.

C.P. Bass, Jr.

Date:
8/23/98
Time:
5:11:59 PM
 

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Mr. Block: I stumbled onto this through the SETGHS and this is the best local history site I've ever seen. You or your son deserve an award for this. I sent a couple of folks links to this site, including Jean Epperson. Good work and a great job. Kevin Ladd, Wallisville Heritage Park, PO Box 16, Wallisville, TX 77597

Date:
8/24/98
Time:
12:18:49 PM
 

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Hello W. T. this is your friend and admirer Jean L. Epperson. Love your website, this is great stuff. Keep the good historical research coming.

Date:
8/31/98
Time:
3:48:55 PM
 

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Dear Mr. Brock, My name is Vicki Burkhardt. I encountered your interesting Web site while doing an internet search for information on church budgets. I am curious about how much it costs to operate a church similar in size to mine. My church has about 600 adult members plus numerous children. There is no mortgage on the current church buildings and land. We are buying land on which to build a larger church but our building fund is experiencing slow growth. I suspect that my church pays too much in operating costs. $47,000+ per month seems excessive. Budget information for 1998 presented at our annual church meeting in January doesn't specify the budget for items such as salaries, staff benefits, travel, maintenance, utilities, land payments, etc. In my limited experience with financial statements, I have never seen so little detail on the operating costs of any business entity. A friend who is a member of my church's board of directors will supply me with a operating budget this coming Saturday when he comes to dinner. I hope the detail is sufficient to answer my rather basic questions. In order for me to give a fair and reasonable assessment of the financial management of my church, it would be helpful to have at least a ballpark idea of what other churches spend for their operations and programs. Based on what I have read on your Web site, you are a learned man with an interest in and knowledge of church operations and histories. I wonder if you could help me. How much does it cost to operate churches of various sizes? Are there sources of this information available to the public? Any information you'd be willing to supply would be greatly appreciated and would be held in the strictest confidence. Thank you for reading this rather lengthy comment. I hope to hear from you, realizing of course that you may be too busy to involve yourself with another person's research. Very sincerely, Vicki Burkhardt 1029 Ellingson Lane Austin, Texas 78751 VBurkhardt@email.msn.com

Date:
9/7/98
Time:
9:20:43 PM
 

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Dear Mr. Block,

I'm sure I'll be in further communication with you (certainly to order your steamboating book) but for now I want to thank you for the very useful and interesting information you sent me on my GGF, William E. Rogers, and my GF, Green Berry Moore.

Thanks again,

Roger Green Moore, Jr. Houston, TX

Date:
10/5/98
Time:
1:41:30 PM
 

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Mr. Block, your are truly a great man and a credit to east Texas and the golden triangle. I'll bet your family is very proud of you. You are a great writer. I enjoyed your biography. I live in Borger TX, but I am from Vidor TX and a Block descendent. I plan to purchase your books.

Username:
Gail Cawley Showalter
UserEmail:
gailshow@tenet.edu
Date:
10/17/98
Time:
10:24:04 AM
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Enjoyed the article in the PA News Oct. 17. I'm looking forward to reading others for myself and to my 88 year old mother, Exia Cawley. Thanks, Gail Cawley Showalter

Username:
Kenneth Mitchell
UserEmail:
klmlumtx@wwbbs.net
Date:
10/17/98
Time:
11:15:32 AM
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I love to read the history of East Texas. I saw you site address in your article in the Beaumont Enterprise. My relatives live all over the piney woods, having came here from Early Co. Ga. in the mid to late 1800's. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge with us.

Username:
A. W Davis, Jr.
UserEmail:
AWDJ@webtv.net
Date:
10/17/98
Time:
12:23:40 PM
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Enjoyed looking at your site, but could not open any of the articles by clicking on them. Don't know if it is a problem with your page or my hardware. Keep up the good work.

Username:
Judy Sturgis
UserEmail:
sturgisjp@aol.com
Date:
10/20/98
Time:
12:42:39 PM
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Mr. Block: Have just recently gotten on the internet and find your web page so interesting, especially Holy Cross history. Thanks for the information. Judy Sturgis

Username:
Cathy Barrilleaux Norris
UserEmail:
dnorris@iapc.net
Date:
10/24/98
Time:
6:19:38 PM
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MR. BLOCK (CAN'T DO THE W.T. TO MY FORMER BOSS), JUST READ THE ARTICLE IN THE LAMAR ALUMNI MAG--GREAT TO KNOW YOU'RE STILL WRITING AND PUBLISHING. LIVING IN THE RICMOND TX AREA AND RECNTLY VISITED MIRABEAU'S GRAVE SITE. MY GARDEN CLUB DOES SOME OF THE LANDSCAPING IN THE HISTORICAL CEMETERY. OUR SON IS GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. STILL TEACHING SCHOOL.

Username:
Keith Reneau (L.O.'s grandson)
UserEmail:
BubonicPlg@aol.com
Date:
10/26/98
Time:
2:31:15 PM
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Uncle W.T., I did know you had a website until mama showed me an article in the Enterprise. It was great reading about you and Pop(L.O.)in school.I bet he dont remember that. I spent hours on your site and the family tree. Your nephew, Keith Reneau

Username:
Hugh Poland
UserEmail:
HughPoland@aol.com
Date:
11/2/98
Time:
5:00:46 AM
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Mr. Block,

I really enjoyed your site and plan to come back often. My grandfather and great-grandfather both worked for Miller Vidor Lumber Co. My great-grandfather, Benjamin Van Dorn Stephenson, was killed on the job there. My grandfather, Wallace Stephenson, worked in the office there and also served as a railroad engineer for the trains that hauled the lumber out. Stephensons were active in Vidor politics, too. Do you cover much Vidor history in any of your books? If so, I would love to get one for my mother. Thanks for your hard work and devotion to the task.--Hugh Poland

Username:
T.A.S.A.
UserEmail:
Brucerun USA@.NET
Date:
11/2/98
Time:
7:54:13 PM
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Mr. Block I consider you are highest authority on shipwrecks of East Texas. One of our researchers told me about your sight and we are spreading the news. Would like to know if you have information on ships called Julius Ceasar went down in channel north of light house also about schooner revenge landed on Texas coast line 1863.

Username:
Mary Frances Bodemuller
UserEmail:
mbodemuller@wvsom.edu
Date:
11/3/98
Time:
3:10:44 PM
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I am Mary Frances Bodemuller. Another relative of mine called attention to your site. Are you related? How did you acquire your information. Robert Bodemuller, Jr. died October 14, 1998, in Nederland,TX. He is my Uncle. I have been trying to discover the next generation in Germany. I am close, but am having trouble combining the ancient Bodemullers (Bodemuellers) with the modern ones.

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Date:
11/3/98
Time:
3:15:41 PM
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Mozilla/3.01Gold (Win16; I)

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B the way I have the DeJean family back to the 1600's in France by way of Canada. Karl Herman Bodemuller was the organist and choir director of the Catholic and methodist church in his time. He owned an organ which descended down to the children from his second marriage. Mary Frances Bodemuller

Username:
Amanda Wolfford
UserEmail:
Diamonds_Pearls@yahoo.com
Date:
11/5/98
Time:
8:54:01 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.05 [en] (Win95; I)

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I am 25 years old and from Nederland and was very surprised to find such great details out on here about Nederland. I am thankful that me and my children, now 3 and 4 , will have something down on a piece of paper telling us the history about where we are living I hope to be able to check back and see more information from time to time. Where can I get more of you rmost interesting stories about Nederland do you have any books out?????

Username:
Pat Louviere
UserEmail:
louvart@wans.net
Date:
11/8/98
Time:
6:21:39 PM
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Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)

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Hi..I'm from Lake Charles, LA and looking for good information on Jean Lafitte (or Laffite ?). Ran across your articles and really enjoyed them. My husband is a professional artist and sculptor and asked me to look for research material on Lafitte, but what we really wanted was pictures...drawings, engravings etc. that would give a good likeness of him. How tall was he, how did he dress, etc. These are what we're looking for. If you can refer me, I'll look for another source if you don't have this.

Cordially, Pat Louviere

Username:
john radcliffe
UserEmail:
jradcliffe@altavista.net
Date:
11/19/98
Time:
2:06:35 PM
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Mozilla/4.06 [en] (X11; I; SunOS 5.6 sun4u; Nav)

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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), pp. 1-99, copy owned by writer.

2 Letters, Annie Kellersberger Schnelle, Marble Falls, Texas (J. G. Kellersberger's granddaughter, now deceased) to W. T. Block, October 31 and November 18, 1970; also Schnelle typescript, "Biography of Getulius Kellersberger," copy owned by writer.

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; also Schnelle's biography of Kellersberger, copies of both owned by the writer. =========================================================

hello - stumbled across your article on getulius 2 days ago. my mother is a kellersberger and getulius is my great-great grandfather and I very much enjoyed this info that you have made available. Of course I am very interested in finding out if any of the above (in english) is available in electronic format.

thank you

john radcliffe jradcliffe@altavista.net

Username:
Dr. James L. Sturrock
UserEmail:
jsturrock@worldnet.att.net
Date:
11/20/98
Time:
8:57:08 PM
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Very interesting to me since my wife compiled the Sturrock book. We have looked everywhere for tie to the Wiess and Coffin branch.

Username:
Glen Radley
UserEmail:
glenradley@aol.com
Date:
11/21/98
Time:
12:39:21 PM
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Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.02; Update a; AOL 4.0; Windows 95)

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I love history and have always been enthralled by writings of great authors like W. T. Block.

I am reading all of the articles of this site and I enjoy the stories of the Wild people in Hardin County, the Slave lady who was the first woman executed in Texas, The history of the Beaumount Enterprise and other Texas papers, The stories of the McFaddins and other Texas cattlemen on cattle drives with thousands of animals on the trail drives to New Orleans, The rough men who hired themselves to the cattlemen to swim their cattle across the rivers and here I am telling you about the stories, when you know and love them all too.

Please excuse me but I have just discovered W. T's stories and I am so grateful that his works have been made available on this internet site.

Glen Radley P. O. Box 826 Sour Lake, TX 77659 409-287-3612 (Phone) 409-287-3093 (Fax)

Username:
Don Auderer
UserEmail:
auderer@cyberdued.com
Date:
11/21/98
Time:
9:50:30 PM
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Mozilla/4.06 [en] (Win95; I)

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Dear Mr. Brock, I am a 7th generation Houstonian and have been doing research on my Houston ancestors. My grandfather, Thomas Cary Copping was the owner of several ocean-going boats in Houston in the early 1900's In a 1950 interview with him by the Houston Chronicle, he claims to have brought the Port Arthur whale to Harrisburg where he put it on exhibition. The article in the Houston Chronicle is posted at my website at: http://members.tripod.com/~quikquip/Copping.htm I have also found a picture of the whale in a book titled Houston A Historical Protrait by John L. Davis. This book reports that the whale was carried to Allen's Landing in Houston by Capt. Plummer. When I found this book, I was intrigued to know the "truth" about this "whale of a tale". Did Capt. Plummer work for my grandfather and did my grandfather own the pilot boat "Florida"? If anyone knows more about this story, I would love to hear from them.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your stories. Thanks so much for posting them on the internet.

Regards Don Auderer auderer@cyberdude.com

Username:
Shirley Luther
UserEmail:
saluther@prodigy.net
Date:
11/30/98
Time:
12:40:02 PM
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Mr. Block, I absolutely enjoyed your website. I grew up in Nederland and Port Neches. My grandparents, Mary and Sava Blanchard lived at 912 Dallas street in Port Neches. I was always under the impression that some Blocks lived next door to them. Am I mistaken? Your website is one of the BEST!

Username:
Bruce Lockett
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Date:
12/2/98
Time:
11:37:59 AM
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Dear Mr. Block , Great News we have just received conformation on the Civil War Gunboat Dan from University of Southern La. Archeological Team. Under their direction we have be documenting and researching this site for 2 years. We just received official notice from the University that the wreck is confirmed as the Confederate Civil War Gunboat Dan. The members of T.A.S.A. (Texas Archeological Study Association) and myself want to say thank you for helping us with information you have provided about the wreck and whereabouts. We are presently compiling a report for (THC), (USL) and US Naval Department Historical Research Center in Washington D.C. Iwant to say how much you and Mr. Bill Quick have meant in providing information and history on these sight. THC will dive with our team on what we beleive to be the Morning Light on the 12 of December. Also looking for other sights arround Orange Texas with La.

P.S. You lit the torch we will keep it burning!!!! Steve Hoytt is working close with us in these operations. Watch the Mail its on it's way.

One Ship we are puzzled about? The Annie Taylor Schooner that went down near Sabine Pass, A Lt and 9 union soldiers were rescued by the Ship Mobile found the records in the Groves Library great suggestion and they have a great reference. Any thing you might be able to lead us on we will follow up with on our team.

Bruce Lockett, Director T.A.S.A.

Username:
derick ratcliffe
UserEmail:
derickratcliffe@hotmail.com
Date:
12/15/98
Time:
12:24:28 PM
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Hello love what I've seen so far. I will be ordering one of your books.

Username:
David Barnett
UserEmail:
dbarnett@wcnet.net
Date:
12/15/98
Time:
8:36:49 PM
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we just came across your site in search of my wife's grandfather, John R. Hillman. Do you have any additional information on John Hillman or his wife and sister Ida Hillman Galiano?

Username:
Jeanette Liles
UserEmail:
JLiles5498@aol.com
Date:
12/24/98
Time:
12:53:14 AM
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I came across your website while helping my daughter search for information for her Texas History project. Thanks for sharing your articles! Your article, "Some Notes on Our Texas Germanic Heritage", will be very helpful since her project is concerning the immigration of germans to Texas. I'm also a history buff and have bookmarked your website. Keep up the good work!

Jeanette Liles, Houston, Texas

Username:
Eddie Wolsch
UserEmail:
wolfan@haskell.digicom.net
Date:
12/24/98
Time:
1:55:06 PM
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I am researching my Wendish ancestors, Wolschk (Wolschke, Wolschyk - Volcik) and Knetschk (Knietschke, Knetschke) who immigrated from Weisswasser, Oberlausitz, Germany, in 1877. I am looking for English to Wendish translation software, software or tapes to learn the Wendish language, and a book(s) which can help me to determine the exact Wendish spelling of these names before they were germanized and how to pronounce them. I would greatly appreciate any help.

Thanks Eddie Wolsch

Username:
Clell Mills
UserEmail:
clellcom@aol.net
Date:
12/27/98
Time:
11:12:34 PM
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I am an old schoolmate of yours at Port Neches.

Username:
Kaye Desormeaux
UserEmail:
KDezamo@aol.com
Date:
12/30/98
Time:
8:06:55 AM
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Great page. I am honored to sign this page as I am also a writer & lover of history! I guess my hubby & I were born about 150 yrs too late. Happy New Year. Kaye & Brian

Username:
Dietrich Block
UserEmail:
Dietrich.Block@usa.net
Date:
12/30/98
Time:
10:59:18 AM
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Enjoying your site. W.T. and I have actually spoken before, when I was just 12 years old. My name is Dietrich Block, son of Joseph Harmon Block, Jr., MD and grandson of Joseph Harmon Block, Sr. Thank you for all the fascinating tales and historical events depicted here.

Dietrich Block Dietrich.Block@usa.net

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