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Guest Book Archive from 1999

Username:
Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.
UserEmail:
bergero1@ix.netcom.com
Date:
1/4/99
Time:
12:52:06 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/3.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC)

Comments

Your articles on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana during the Civil War are very interesting, especially the ones about the Jayhawkers and military operations in Calcasieu Parish. If you would not mind sharing your snail-mail address with me, I'd like to correspond with you about your work.

Username:
Ron McCandless
UserEmail:
ronmcc@urjet.net
Date:
1/6/99
Time:
5:03:38 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.5 [en] (Win98; U)

Comments

W. T.,

I knew you would take to the net like a Duck in water! Your abilities as a wordsmith are worth every moment I spent reading your articles. Thanks for all your help on the cemetery project and we will finish that soon.

I am collecting case law at this time and have several proponents involved. If you had not taken the interest, nothing would have ever happened.

Ron McCandless

Username:
Marilyn Canfield
UserEmail:
mlcan@worldnet.att.net
Date:
1/8/99
Time:
3:38:10 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95; AT&T WNS2.5 IE4.01)

Comments

Was delighted with the tapes on the Mary Malvina Alley Thompson and Samuel Thompson family history..Mary was a sister to my gr grandfather Charles W. Alley and I have been fortunate to correspond with Mary and Samuels descendants..but this filled in many gaps. Mary's sister married Samuels brother, W.Parkerson Thompson and it is to Wilber and his family the text refers to when it mentions the two families traveling and living closely. I am looking forward to visiting the other sites . Marilyn Canfield

Username:
Joan B. Lowrey
UserEmail:
lowreyne@hal.lamar.edu
Date:
1/10/99
Time:
1:55:20 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.05 [en] (Win95; U)

Comments

Mr. Block, Would like to know about the yellow fever epidemic about 1862. I have two relatives, Alexis and Aspasie Hebert Blanchette, who died in Sabine Pass, March of 1864. Would like to confirm the cause of death. Where might I locate this info? Are there any lists of casualties of the epidemic in Sabine Pass?.

Joan Blanchette Lowrey lowreyne@hal.lamar.edu

Username:
Les Jacobson
UserEmail:
LJaco1442@aol.com
Date:
1/12/99
Time:
3:39:41 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 98; Juno)

Comments

Howdy, Mr. Block. I met you last year in Kountze at the writers, gathering. I love to read your stories of the past, whether a story you experienced as a boy or one you've uncovered in your history research. I especially enjoyed this past Sunday's article on the gentleman who lost his arm but gained eternal life. May the Lord bless you with great health for many years to come and continue to allow you to bring more of your great writings. Les

Username:
Bruce Lockett, TASA
UserEmail:
Brucerun@usa.net
Date:
1/16/99
Time:
10:13:11 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.01; Windows 95)

Comments

Dear Mr. Block, I just realized that I did not put my E-Mail address on my letter I sent you. We were excited about finding the Dan at the Lighthouse (Civil War Gunboat) still trying to get all of the report together to give you a copy. We have located 4 other vessels since the discovery of the Dan. Believe we have found the Florida dove on possible location 3 weeks ago and contacted Steve Hoyt with the THC (Texas Historical Commission) we are working under his direction. We are waiting for the weather to break to dive on the Morning Light at Sabine Pass already have permits with Steve Hoyt when dive becomes possible. We also are looking at Conway Bayou for the remains of the Josiah Bell have ariel Photos. We will dive in Buffalo Bayou on Confederate Schooner found on February 13th with Steve and THC. Need information if you have it on wreck near Foster Bluff on Sabine, We have a Confederate Schooner in the River Bank, They are coming faster than we can process them. We have tallied 14 known wrecks we presently have 4sites with vessels can't hardly sleep at night see ship instead of sheep. Will keep you informed. I think I have the fever GTT.

Bruce Lockett, Director, TASA

Username:
Mike McGreevy
UserEmail:
scv1295@aol.com
Date:
1/18/99
Time:
7:55:05 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.0; AOL 3.0; Windows 3.1)

Comments

Dear Mr. Block, I have enjoyed your articles for a long time and was very happy to find your website. I grew up on Block St. and West Dr. in Port Neches and really enjoyed your histories on Mid-County. Have you ever written an article on "REBEL PRIVATE: FRONT AND REAR author William Fletcher of Beaumont? I did see a short mention of him and A.N. Vaughn in one article. I think his war experiences are quite fascinating. On March 6, several local historical organizations will host a ceremony to dedicate the new Confederate veteran markers for Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Vaughn at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. Thank you for keeping the history of our area alive and before the public.

Mike McGreevy, Lt. Commander/ Adjutant Dick Dowling Camp 1295 Sons of Confederate Veterans

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UserEmail:
Date:
1/22/99
Time:
12:09:35 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)

Comments

Great site but you have got nothing about the history of texas (general), that´s what I am looking for.

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UserEmail:
 
Date:
1/25/99
Time:
8:07:50 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)

Comments

WT

Just discovered your web site this weekend. As is all your work it is fantastic..We at the Orange County Hist Comm appreciate your research on Orange and Jefferson County history.We now have another source of history .

Thank you WT

Howard C Williams Orange County Hist Comm williams@pnx.com

Username:
Price Garner
UserEmail:
pgarner@juno.com
Date:
1/28/99
Time:
2:53:28 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 95)

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Hi, I am a ggandson of Jacob Harmon Garner I found your site from John H. "Jay" Garner after I found him with a search for Bradley Garner on Ancestry.com. Your site is great and I feel like a gold miner that has found the long lost Dutchman Mine! Thanks again... Price Garner

Username:
Mike Lopez
UserEmail:
mjaylopez@aol.com
Date:
2/7/99
Time:
10:35:04 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 95)

Comments

I read your column regularly in the "Enterprise," and I find it fascinating each time. I am an avid editorial page reader. There are so many "fluff" writers appearing in the editorial pages these days that it is refreshing to run across someone like you who has something to say of real interest. I look forward to your next column.

Username:
Myra Foreman Whitlow
UserEmail:
mwhitlow@usunwired.net
Date:
2/15/99
Time:
10:23:45 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95; Provided By US Unwired)

Comments

Good work... your knowledge and research of the history of Southeast Texas is outstanding.

Username:
Martha Hollis Stanley
UserEmail:
mstan@iwvisp.com
Date:
2/20/99
Time:
10:12:03 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.05 [en] (Win95; U)

Comments

Mr. Block, Your web site is just wonderful. I am working on my families genealogy and they are scattered throug South East Texas and to the north to Henderson county. Some of your articles really make me understand the life styles of the people that I am researching. It also keeps the homesickness away a little, since we are now living in California. Thank you, very much.

Username:
James K. Courts
UserEmail:
Cozytex@aol.com
Date:
2/23/99
Time:
3:26:16 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.02; AOL 4.0; Windows 95)

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Mr. Block, my name is James K. Courts and I live in Beaumont. In one of your articles you mentioned that a James Cole Courts was still living in this area. That was my father. He died in 1996. Before he died, I had begun to research my family history. I was so pleased to find that you had a web site now . I have enjoyed the books and articles found in the library and now can enjoy those found on your web site. In something I read in the past you mentioned that in 1938 the Port Arthur News had published a story about the history of the Thomas Court family. I am in the process of going through the microfilm of the newspaper at the Port Arthur Public Library but it is slow going. Do you happen to know what month it appeared? Do you happen to have a copy? Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the information you have provided about my ancestor, Thomas Court, in your articles and books.

Kirby Courts

Username:
Ed Holder
UserEmail:
emholder@aol.com
Date:
2/27/99
Time:
6:40:46 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)

Comments

Excellent website. Havde enjoyed your work for years and this makes it even more available. Have a question. My research turned up a reference to a "Quicksand Creek," supposedly located somewhre on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River. It was the site of a Coushatta village, and was on the Coushatta Trace. Do you know where this creek is? I've checked all my Louisiana maps and cannot find it. Would appreciate any help on this. Ed Holder 409-962-5080 email: emholder@aol.com

Username:
Ed Holder
UserEmail:
emholder@aol.com
Date:
2/27/99
Time:
7:15:07 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)

Comments

Disregard that question about QUicksand Creek. I've found it. It is not in Louisiana, but in Texas, near Newton. The reference I had found led me to believe it was in Louisiana. Ed Holder

Username:
Ken Knippa
UserEmail:
K8BUNCH@aol.com
Date:
2/28/99
Time:
3:52:27 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; MSN 2.5; AOL 4.0; Windows 98)

Comments

I have started to research my family tree, and stumbled on your site. It's Great! I am looking for any information on the Knippas and Zochs. They both are listed as passengers of the Ben Nevis. I'm a Knippa, and my mothers maiden name is Zoch. I think that's really cool. If you could point me in the right direction, it would be very helpful. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Username:
C. Byron Buckalew
UserEmail:
buckalew@swbell.net
Date:
3/1/99
Time:
11:01:28 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.04 [en] (Win95; I)

Comments

Dear Mr. Block,

My name is Charles Byron Buckalew, Jr. I fortunately stumbled upon your page while searching the Internet for a listing "First United Methodist Church Nederland" where I am a member. So far, I have read only the 'profile' contained within your biography and my interest is captured. I am sure that I will complete my journey through your site and much of the referenced material.

My immediate family stems from Port Neches; so, I have been familiar with the "Block" name for as long as I can remember. As a matter of fact, you may know my grandfather Leon M. Buckalew; or, of my grandmother Zelna Gunn Buckalew. They are from Port Neches and Nederland respectively.

I found very interesting the information regarding the Indian mounds in the area. As a child, my father and grandfather used to take me fishing "across the river" and I was told of these mounds back then (I'm 36 now). Other references in your 'profile' caught my attention too; such asyour mother's name. I wonder now if Sara Jane Rd. in Port Neches was named after her. There are too many other interesting things to list here. I will sign-off with that and perhaps contact you at a later time.

Best Regards,

C. Byron Buckalew

Username:
David Goyder
UserEmail:
dgoyder@dial.pipex.com
Date:
3/27/99
Time:
10:09:30 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.5 [en] (Win95; I)

Comments

Hello I am getulius Kelersberger great grandnephew and read your article with great interest. I am interested to see that he called himself Julius in America when teh Swiss famly history calls him Getulius Josef. Since my information is in Swiss German I can not comment any more. Please do get in touch. My Grandmoher was Lili Julia K.

Username:
J L Chumley
UserEmail:
jchum@clearsail.net
Date:
3/27/99
Time:
5:31:36 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; MSN 2.5; Windows 98)

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I am a 40 yr old lifelong resident of Beaumont, Tx and I just wanted to let you know how very much I enjoy you column in the Beaumont Enterprise. Thanks for posting a site where I can read more of your wrightings.

Username:
Doris Creswell "Poogie" Lindow
UserEmail:
dlindow@aol.com  or dlindow@beaumont.k12.tx.us
Date:
3/27/99
Time:
6:42:14 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 98)

Comments

Mr. Block, Thank you so much for providing this website for us. I was reading your column in the Enterprise when I noticed your web address. Being somewhat of an internet junkie, I couldn't wait to log on. What a surprise to find an article about the Creswell family, my own family. It was so exciting reading about my uncles and my father. Remembering them and my wonderful cousin Marian Creswell Hayslette has given me a few moments to go "home" again. I live in Beaumont now, and even though that is not far away, I have lost touch with family and friends there. How nice it is to be able to go back through your words and the stories of others. I am printing the stories about the Creswell and Doornbos families for my mother, Esther Creswell, who still lives in Nederland. I am printing the "Didja Know" article about Nederland for her also. I know she will get much pleasure from reading them.

Username:
Sherwood P. McCall III
UserEmail:
sherwoods@pdq.net
Date:
4/1/99
Time:
5:39:20 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)

Comments

1 April 1999

Dear Mr. Block, Reading the article on Jacob Harmon Garner sent chills through me; just as it did in November 1995 when I heard you deliver that speech at JHG's Texas State Historical Marker dedication. Please know that I am deeply honored to have contributed a small part to the success of the marker with you. It is only because of your diligent research that me and my family can proudly embrace the knowledge of my triple great grandfather's, JHG, accomplishments.

I am sincerely grateful to you, And remain very respectfully yours,

Sherwood P. McCall III

Username:
Selina Sills
UserEmail:
ssills2670@aol.com
Date:
4/18/99
Time:
11:50:45 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.02; Update a; AOL 4.0; Windows 95)

Comments

Mr. Block.....Love your website.....Also, thank you for writing the recent article on my family, the Hillebrandts......namely Christian and Eurasie.....Keep up the good work!!!

Username:
Carl Cunningham, Jr.
UserEmail:
CCunni7405@aol.com
Date:
4/27/99
Time:
4:37:07 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 98; Compaq)

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Dear Opa (German for Grandpa), Thanks so much for putting my feature story on your mother on your web site. I was looking around on your site and stumbled on to my story by accident. I didn't know you had posted it. It looks very nice and it is fun to read what so many others have to say about. It has been very interesting being married into your large and historic family. Thanks again for putting my story on your mom on this page. Your grand-son-in-law, Carl Cunningham

Username:
Lori G Barron
UserEmail:
loribarron9@hotmail.com
Date:
4/28/99
Time:
1:07:53 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95; Avana; isp1262)

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Wow, what a great site. I have enjoyed reading about Jefferson county's beginnings and remembering what I was taught as a child growing up in Beaumont. I remember my grandmother worked with Dr. Craigmiles at the Tx A&M experimental rice station. My grandfather was an engineer and worked at the port. I am trying to find info on my ggg-grandfather, Clark Alexander Tiner who was a Civil War Vet and was given a plot of land on the Neches River what is now the old Magnolia Cemetary. Family members can be buried free?? This info is supposedly in a publication on Jefferson County. Have you written an articles on the old cemetary, it's origins, etc.?

Enjoyed your other articles as well. Looking forward to reading more....

Sincerely, Lori G Barron :)

Username:
gressier
UserEmail:
gressier@nagoya.roazhon.inra.fr
Date:
5/3/99
Time:
6:33:10 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/1.22 (compatible; MSIE 2.0d; Windows NT)

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Dear Bill, My name is Evelyne GRESSIER and I read with interest your story about the Gressier who got killed (i assumed) in Texas, could you tell me more about him , if there is more to say of course, as genealogist all the Gressier interess me. I am french of course but I lived 10 yrs in N. Carolina (Charlotte) and then the Web did not exist and I thought with such a name, I was unique in the country, I found out there are a bunch of us all around the wourld, an thanks to you we can add another one to the list. my E-mail address is :

gressier@nagoya.roazhon.inra.fr

Thank you in advance for your response. Friendly yours Evelyne

Username:
A. W Davis, Jr.
UserEmail:
newtonda@jas.net
Date:
5/3/99
Time:
12:01:25 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)

Comments

I have written you before... a good while ago. I just want you to know how much I enjoy your writing and the articles you write that appear in the Beaumont Enterprise from time to time. Thank you.

Username:
Ann Kendrick
UserEmail:
grnyanny35@webtv.net
Date:
5/8/99
Time:
2:05:52 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/3.0 WebTV/1.2 (compatible; MSIE 2.0)

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Mr. Block, I can't tell you how very much I have enjoyed your column over the months since I've discovered it! I am living in the house my Dad built 65 years ago here in what is now Lumberton, and so many of the things I read in your articles bring back memories and answer questions about things I've often wondered about concerning this area. I have saved your website to download things for my children to enjoy. Thanks & keep it up!

Username:
Kevin Tucker
UserEmail:
kevtuck@aol.com
Date:
5/22/99
Time:
9:35:54 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 98)

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Mr. Block, I look forward to your column in the Enterprise each week...am delighted to access this website for your library of work...just wondering if you have any research regarding the rich history of Sour Lake.

Username:
Bob Vincent
UserEmail:
rvinc@viptx.net
Date:
5/24/99
Time:
9:21:06 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.51 [en] (Win95; U)

Comments

Mr. Block, I just recieved the information I requested on my family(the Stewarts). I appreciate the time you spent gathering this information for me. I have ordered your book Cotton Bales,Keelboats and Sternwheelers. I know it will be very interesting reading, just as your web site is. Thanks again.

Username:
Becky (Burch) Arceneaux
UserEmail:
lynnbeck@exp.net
Date:
5/31/99
Time:
4:15:06 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/3.01Gold (Win95; I)

Comments

Mr. Block, Thanks to the information you provided in your publications, I have been able to find out a great deal about my gggrandfather, Capt. Charles C. Burch. One thing that I have not been able to do is locate when and where he died. I have also not been able to find his brothers', Increase and Sherwood's, dates of death or where they are buried. I thought that Increase would have been buried in McGaffey cemetary in Sabine Pass, but have had no luck. Do you have any other information on the Burch brothers? I would be most grateful. I have information on the Burch brothers' parents and siblings if any of your readers are interested. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful talent, I enjoy reading all of your publications and own several that I have shared with my family. Again, thank you.

Username:
Gary Spencer
UserEmail:
gspencer@pnx.com
Date:
6/2/99
Time:
4:44:03 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98)

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Thanks W.T. for setting up your website. I grew up in Nederland and my family were early settlers, coming to the area in 1897. I am 60 years old and the descriptions of the town, its families and businesses brings back lots of memories. I also learned some new facts about my family history that I didn't know. I plan to share the information with others in my family.

Username:
Beth A. Jorcke
UserEmail:
bjorcke@aol.com
Date:
6/3/99
Time:
11:54:25 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 95)

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I have found so many wonderful sites on Texas and this is one of them. I felt the hardships that our ancestors indured while reading your stories. I have German ancestors from abt 1840 in Colorado Co. but have not looked for yet. They were farmers. I am searching Orange County and Louisiana for my mother's side who were lumber and railroad people who moved every other year it seems, and had a baby in each spot. This is the late 1880 thru 1923

Username:
W. J. (Joe) Breaux
UserEmail:
wjbreaux@yahoo.com
Date:
6/7/99
Time:
9:23:57 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95; AT&T WNS5.0)

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I spoke to you Sunday regarding the Lucas Gusher. I will read your articles, etc. for information. I am a member of the local chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. We have volunteered to assist the Spindletop Centennial Commission with the re-location of Lucas No. 1 well. We are seeking any facts and information which may help (the most accurate way possible) to locate the well on the ground. Our members are looking in their records and files, etc. We have a few maps that show the well, but give no dimensions to the location. If you are aware of a source of facts, accurate maps or anything else which might help establish its position, I would appreciate the help. Thank you.

Joe Breaux 722-1306

Username:
Dale Smart
UserEmail:
dsmart@sat.net
Date:
6/12/99
Time:
8:00:51 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.5 [en] (Win98; I)

Comments

My family (Smart) was in Beaumont well before Spindletop. I have lived here all my life (62 years) I am open to sharing information about Southeast Texas and my family.

Dale Smart 202 Pinevale Way (Pinewood) Sour Lake, Tx 77659 Home Phone: 409 753 3741 Office Phone: 409 840 4405

Username:
LolaLeee
UserEmail:
@Aol.com
Date:
6/13/99
Time:
12:54:04 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; AOL 4.0; Windows 98)

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enjoy the site very much..have read many columns by you and enjoy them very much.Thsnks for all the hard work.

Username:
Luther F. Hankamer II  (Luke)
UserEmail:
hankamer3@att.net
Date:
6/24/99
Time:
9:52:58 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 98)

Comments

My Great Grand Father John William Hankamer left a diary it has been donated to the Wallisville Haritage Park, Wallisville, Texas.

Username:
Dr. Uwe Thon, Melsungen, Germany
UserEmail:
post@uwe-thon.de
Date:
7/5/99
Time:
7:04:55 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)

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Dear W.T., greetings from your "wedding town" Melsungen in Germany. <IMG WIDTH=100 HEIGHT=100 SRC="http://www.kulturbahnhof-kassel.de/melsungen/wappen.gif" ALT="wappen" >

Username:
Gene Dammon
UserEmail:
genedammon@cs.com
Date:
7/5/99
Time:
1:24:30 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; CS 2000; Windows 95)

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Dear Mr. Block, I have enjoyed your articles in the enterprise and other publications. You probably don't remember, but we were in a history class at Lamar Tech back in the 60's. It was one of the few classes I had in which I wasn't the oldest student! I know you have a particular interest in the Mid- County area, which is your home. I have been talking to Mr. Guzardo, of Guzardo's Feed, who has been kind enough to loan me several publications about the Air Force unit he was in during WWII. He told me that in the German Prison Camp where he was when the war ended, there were four (or was it 5?) prisoners from Nederland! The Germans must have thought Nederland had a particular interest in bombing them! Keep informing and entertaining us, W.T. Gene Dammon

Username:
John Garner
UserEmail:
JFGatSD@AOL.COM
Date:
7/7/99
Time:
10:00:20 PM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; MSN 2.5; AOL 4.0; Windows 98; DigExt)

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Mr. Block, My wife recently discovered your web site. The amount and details of information is quite impressive. I am trying to research my family history and your collection of historical events have opened new doors to my family's background. I am a great-grandson of Wesley Garner. My g/g-grandfathers being Bradley Garner and Dr. Niles F. Smith. Until recently I only knew that my g/father, Claud Garner, was from Sabine Pass, and little else. After reading your accounts of those times I hadn't realized the impact these families had on the their community. I'm still in the process of reading through your work, and I am overwelmed by what I'm finding. Please continue, and thank you for sharing what many of us might not have ever known about. John Garner Spring Valley, CA

Username:
D.A. Jordan
UserEmail:
DJJ1569@aol.com
Date:
7/11/99
Time:
2:35:41 AM
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.0; AOL 4.0; Windows 3.1)

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Mr Block: I have enjoyed reading your columns in the Enterprise for several months now. I am a history buff, (primarily of the civil war), and I enjoy anything about our history. So first let me say that I do take exception to your comments about the Confederate flag. Heritage is heritage. It is a battle flag. Simple as that. Unfortunate that extremist groups have used it for their gain. Regarding the panthers, I live just West of Spurger toward Hillister. we have at least a pair in these woods. Every now and then we will come up on their tracks. They appear to be healthy indeed. Unfortunately no pix have been taken. I used to live in Pt. Neches as a child, an a Mr. T.O. Fowler, a family friend, had a cabin in the woods E. of Colmesneil. We wood visit friends way back in the hollers, and I remember the bear skins on the walls and porches of their houses. Unfortunately, I saw my last bear track in that area in 1979, although I can't hunt those woods any more,so I'm pretty sure there are a few left. The clear-cutting has wreaked havoc up here. I also wanted to tell you that I am related to the late Lance Rosier of big thicket fame, and the Jjordan bear hunters of the thicket. That's all for now. The best to you and your family.

 

Username:
Kathleen Garner
UserEmail:
kegatsd@aol.com
Date:
7/26/99
Time:
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Mr.Block, Your site is fantastic! The people and places you have written about have come alive for me and my husband. This is a great gift to him because these people are his ancestors, and through you, he is able to come to know them. Thank you so very much. Entschuldigung, ich sollte vielen dank sagen, weil Sie Deutsch sein. Tschüs,

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Date:
7/28/99
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3:03:07 PM
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Username:
Mildred Elizabeth Smith Barton
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msbarton@ih2000.net
Date:
8/6/99
Time:
8:29:39 PM
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Username:
Edward Kubosh
UserEmail:
edk@gci.net
Date:
8/10/99
Time:
11:55:15 PM
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WT, My birth name was Eddie Wiess Jr. My father was Eddie Wiess and my grandfather was Walter Wingate Wiess and he was married to Johnnie Moffett. I have a belief that my roots go back to Simon Wiess of Lubin, Poland. I have been unable to make a link in the genealogy studies so far. My mother remarried and my name is now Edward Kubosh. I have moved from Port Arthur to Anchorage, Alaska working for Atlantic Richfield since 1973. If you can direct me to any studies that would allow me to continue the family link, I would appreciate feedback from you. Sincerely, Ed Kubosh edk@gci.net

Username:
Peter Vossepoel
UserEmail:
Peter.Vossepoel@kli.wkap.nl
Date:
8/11/99
Time:
4:48:51 AM
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Hi WT, My name is Peter Vossepoel and I live in Nederland, not in Texas but across the ocean. I just read your article 'Tulip Transplants'. I was born in the Netherlands but grew up in Chicago, in an area where a lot of Hollanders lived. I am very interested in Dutch-American history and greatly appreciated your article. I am currently reading Lucas' Dutch Immigrant Memoirs. This writing and yours - wow, what a heritage! I'm proud to be Dutch-American! Met de meeste hoogachting, Peter E. Vossepoel

Username:
Bryant Mansfield
UserEmail:
emansfie@alltel.net
Date:
8/15/99
Time:
2:26:13 PM
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What a wonderful contribution you have made to East Texas local history! Thanks for all the hard work and years of effort. I ,for one, have been fascinated by your stories and well-researched history. Bryant Mansfield

Username:
Larry Slone
UserEmail:
lds@ruden.com
Date:
8/15/99
Time:
8:39:24 PM
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Mr Block, My name is Larry Slone and I'm from Orange Texas. My great grandmother's name was Fleeta Block. She maried a man named Tiny Rosenbaum around 1890 and lived in Orange. My uncle Tucker Clayton of Orange suggested you may know of our family history. If you could shed some light on the Blocks it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Username:
Joe Wilkinson
UserEmail:
Yoda2153@aol.com
Date:
8/21/99
Time:
10:10:06 AM
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I am interested in any photographs or articles about the Old Bessmay saw mill near Buna. I have lived in Buna for 30 years and am amazed at how little information was saved locally about this bit of recent history . Everyone talks about the Old Mill but the sories are just passed by word of mouth.

Username:
Lynn DeBlance
UserEmail:
LHDEB@JUNO.COM
Date:
8/21/99
Time:
11:58:06 AM
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Just started reading through some of your sites and found them to be very rewarding. I had located the first in just doing a search on my family name which was located. My Dad grew up in Port Neches and through out your sites I've found references to things, places, people he mentioned. They were friends of some of the Block family. But the reference to a DeBlance kiling herself and her children was not one they related to me. The date of the incident was right after they were married and were living just off the river near the Pt. Neches Park.

Username:
James G. Alexander Jr
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alexjr@alaweb.com
Date:
8/21/99
Time:
6:27:25 PM
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I have just read your accounts on Nederland. I was raised at 124 17th st just across from the school. My father James Geary Alexander built the house in the late 20's or early thirties. Your comments on the dairies, the old stores and many of the people really brought back old memories. I went into the service in 49 and only had few opportunities to visit Nederland after that time. This year, I finally was able to attend a Nederland High School reunion and it was wonderful to visit with old friends. (Ed Streetman, His brother Jack, Julia(Dennis)Franke, just to name some of those I really never expected to see again. Thank you. James G. Jr.

Username:
Derek Billingley
UserEmail:
derekbill@hotmail.com
Date:
8/30/99
Time:
9:34:18 PM
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Username:
Joy Moore
UserEmail:
joydm@webtv.net
Date:
9/4/1999
Time:
7:12:10 AM
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My name is Joy Moore and I am a great granddaughter of Cora Estelle Sweeney who married B W Lyons of Vinton La Cora was a daughter of Henry Sidney I have been reading your information and am so happy to have found another Sweeney descendant Thank you for sharing all the stories I remember very well another daughter of Henry's Mary Ellen Sweeney Lyons Bahnsen

Username:
Jack Threadgill
UserEmail:
threadgill@ijntb.net
Date:
9/4/1999
Time:
10:55:42 AM
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Mr. Block, I enjoy your columns in the Enterprise. I have bookmarked your web site and have sent it my friend in the Groves, I have lived in Vidor since about 1963 but was raised in Port Arthur. Jack Threadgill

Username:
NOLAN R. SIMON
UserEmail:
WALRUS2848@AOL.COM
Date:
9/5/1999
Time:
1:37:19 PM
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THIS IS A WONDERFUL SITE! PLEASE KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I HAVE A PROBLEM, DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE " PULLMAN CAFE "? I HAVE A PICTURE OF THE CAFE AND I THINK IT IS FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF PORT ARTHUR. MY E-MAIL IS WALRUS2848@AOL.COM. THANK Y'ALL FOR ANY HELP, NOLAN

Username:
NOLAN R. SIMON
UserEmail:
WALRUS2848@AOL.COM
Date:
9/5/1999
Time:
1:41:03 PM
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THIS IS A WONDERFUL SITE! PLEASE KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I HAVE A PROBLEM, DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE " PULLMAN CAFE "? I HAVE A PICTURE OF THE CAFE AND I THINK IT IS FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF PORT ARTHUR. MY E-MAIL IS WALRUS2848@AOL.COM. I AM A MEMBER OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION. THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR ANY HELP, NOLAN

Username:
Virginia Haynes
UserEmail:
vh3310204@aol.com
Date:
9/7/1999
Time:
9:48:10 PM
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I'll e-mail my message; it won't fit here.

Username:
Pat J. Ahuero
UserEmail:
Ahuero@gvtc.com
Date:
9/8/1999
Time:
8:36:11 PM
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Dear Mr. Block, Thank you for sharing with us the stories of early German settlers in Comal County. We are restoring the home of the Hitzfelders who came in 1845 buying a labor and a league of land on the Cibolo Creek. Your words gave in a personal insight of the hardships these people conquered. I feel a closer connection to the lovely spirits I feel still look over the rock walls of this home. Thank you. Pat J. Ahuero

Username:
Rick Neal
UserEmail:
power312@aol.com
Date:
9/11/1999
Time:
1:46:38 AM
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While searching for some of my relatives - I got a hit on your site for Vic Gallerano. My Uncle (Victor Gallerano) was the son of Sam Gallerano in Port Arthur area and I am trying to get some information. I knew him when I was very young (and he was a priest).

He died about the time the gentlemen on your web-site was mentioned.

I know it is a long shot - please email me @ power312@aol.com with any info.

 

Username:
Brenda Latta
UserEmail:
jemathew@swbell.net
Date:
9/12/1999
Time:
5:58:05 PM
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Mr. Block, I am interested in an article I read in the Beaumont Enterprise, August 14,1999. I have searched through your website trying to locate any other information on James Gilbert Taylor, and his family. My children are descendants of Taylor, and at this time my fourth grader is writing an article about her heritage. Any added information would be greatly appreciated. Which country were the ancestors born in, why they left their country of birth,how did they get to this country. Thanks for your time.

 

 

Username:
Dwight D. MacMillan
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alamo@whidby.com
Date:
9/18/1999
Time:
9:48:37 AM
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Thank very much for your web site; it was more than interesting to me. I was pleased to find yet one more connection to an individual (Charles Cronea) and the fast-not-becoming-legend of Jean Laffite's demise long after history has him dying circa 1830 in Mexico. At any rate it makes grist for the historical book I've been writing for the past few years. Again, thank much for your information and I plan to look in from time to time. Dwight MacMilan "The Lone Star Consipracy"

Username:
Rainer Finken
UserEmail:
Rainer.Finken@t-online.de
Date:
9/19/1999
Time:
5:27:03 PM
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It's nice to find a man with white hair among the homepagemakers. I found your URL in the guestbook of the city of Melsungen, Germany. I live in Luebeck, Germany, and I would like to get mails and visits to my homepage (http://home.t-online.de/home/Rainer.Finken) from the whole world. God Bless Rainer

Username:
Jack D. Shaeffer
UserEmail:
jackshfr@aol.com
Date:
9/22/1999
Time:
4:33:56 PM
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I have just been referred to your site and, after reading only one article, I find it very informative. My great-great-grandfather was Captain James Gautney Collier of Spaight's batallion.

Username:
Randy Bertrand
UserEmail:
RAJNCJN4@AOL.COM
Date:
9/25/1999
Time:
1:49:04 AM
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Mr. Block,

My name is Randy Bertrand, I was a friend of Charlie Bourgeois. He's the one that gave me your adrress for this page. I know that geneology was a very big part of his life, so he enjoyed sharing all the new pages that he aquired. I have enjoyed your page very much, thanks for sharing it with us.

Username:
Melvin C. Johnson
UserEmail:
melvincjohnson@ibm.net
Date:
9/27/1999
Time:
8:20:08 PM
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Dear WT,

How nice to find your site since leaving Texas three years ago. I remember our sawmill-searching days and your wonderful works. Please keep writing forever.

Melvin C. johnson

Username:
Ida Gale Sullivan Walters
UserEmail:
igw902 @aol.com
Date:
10/9/1999
Time:
8:12:18 PM
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WT I would like to thank you for sharing your articles on Charlie Cronea and the Bolivar Peninsula. I meet you at the High Island Cemetery. I am a descendant of Henry Casey Sullivan who married one of Charlie Cronea daughters. I am interested in finding out more on Grandpa Henry. I am Casey Sullivan's granddaughter. If you have any articles on him please e-mail.

Username:
ElaineStone
UserEmail:
truestones@ih2000.net
Date:
10/10/1999
Time:
11:26:21 PM
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I am amazed at the work you have put into your web page. I am Elaine Hubbard Stone and it was your letter to Ruth Block that started me on the road of research. I am a descendant of Charles Louis Theodore Block and Louisa S. Smith. I have talked to you before and now I hear from Bill and Gerald through e-mail to me and my cousin Robert Brown. I started in 1985 and Robert started helping me about three years ago. Sure helps to have someone to work with. Now that we have merged with you it is even better. Seems like we were all working on something different but it is all coming together. Thank to the work you all are doing. I am reaping the harvest. Will be in touch. Thanks again. Elaine Stone

Username:
Greg Farrell
UserEmail:
gregf@pon.net
Date:
10/12/1999
Time:
9:16:41 PM
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Great stories and a wonderful website, a tribute to your giftedness. Thank you for allowing us to know you better.

Username:
Jan Garland
UserEmail:
erlabri@home.com
Date:
10/21/1999
Time:
12:25:20 PM
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Dear Mr. Block

As a descendant of Jones Shaw, Martin Dunman, James Taylor White and numerous other SE Texans, I really appreciate all your work. I'm a native Californian and have never been to SE Texas. Your historical writings have given me a view of past events as my relatives lived them. Thank you!

Username:
Fred Lockett
UserEmail:
FLOCKET@aol.com
Date:
10/24/1999
Time:
1:51:33 PM
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Hello Mr. Block. My name is Fred Lockett. Since I retired last year, I've been doing a little genealogy, especially interested in the German immigrants who entered in Galveston/Sabine Pass in the 1850's and 60's. Mr. Allen Connel suggested that I look at your webpage and to my great surprize I found the ancestors who I was looking for. You mentioned them in an article about the German immigrants around Nederland. My great grandfather, Charles F. Theobald married my great grandmother Mary Louise Rexses in Beaumont? in 1866. After looking at the article, I'm not quite sure if I have everything straight regarding who's who. I have more questions and will email them to you in the near future. I'm really excited about the research that you have done. Thanks very much.

Username:
Randy P. Bertrand
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RAYNCJN4@AOL.COM
Date:
10/26/1999
Time:
2:22:19 AM
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Hi! Mr. Block

My name is Randy Bertrand, a good friend of the late Charlie Bourgeois. I just wanted to let you know how much Charlie enjoyed your page. I also enjoy reading the stories myself. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

Username:
Randy P. Bertrand
UserEmail:
RAJNCJN4@AOL.COM
Date:
10/26/1999
Time:
2:25:32 AM
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Mr. Block I'm sorry I sent the wrong e-mail address, I'm sending the right one.

Thanks Randy Bertrand

Username:
T.W.Oszczakiewicz
UserEmail:
TWOsty@aol
Date:
10/30/1999
Time:
12:59:09 PM
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I enjoy reading your articles in the Enterprise. They're easy reading, and well written.

Username:
Ivy Huber Hamm
UserEmail:
ivyscol1@aol.com
Date:
11/3/1999
Time:
10:51:55 PM
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I would like to know if you have written anything about my grandmother, Iva Mae Block? My cousins and I are very interested in learning more about the early days of Port Arthur and how our grandmother and Willis Hankla Dearing lived. I have my mother's, Hattie Mae Dearing Huber, account, but we would like other versions. Would you please let me know. Also, since I am now living in Chambers County, wonder if you have anything about the early days of Anahuac and Winnie. I have done considerable research, but know that there is still a lot out there to read.

Username:
Billy Patterson
UserEmail:
yhwhlives@prodigy.net
Date:
11/6/1999
Time:
10:24:28 PM
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Great site. I love the history of S.E. Texas. I was born & raised in this area & enjoy reading about it. I'm 38 Yrs. old, but a student of history. Oh yea I'm new to the computer too. GOD Bless

Username:
George D. Hogg
UserEmail:
Bronson337@aol.com
Date:
11/7/1999
Time:
12:37:58 PM
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Dear W.T. I am George D. Hogg, Grandson of Mamie (Block) Hogg I am trying to get information on our family. If you can help I would appreciate it very much. George D. Hogg

Username:
Russell C. Kellersberger
UserEmail:
rkellersbe@aol.com
Date:
11/7/1999
Time:
10:07:27 PM
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Dear Mr. Block: My name is Russell Kellersberger and for several years I have had the pleasure of reading your scholarly articles about my Great Great Grandfather Getulius Kellersberger. I briefly knew my Aunt Annie Schnelle before she passed away. Thank you for adding dimension to those that have walked before us.

Username:
Francis M. Barnett
UserEmail:
barnett@ih2000.net
Date:
11/8/1999
Time:
4:01:03 PM
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Mr. Block, I got your URL in the recently published Southeast Texas Internet Guide in the Beaumont Enterprise. I am 61 years old and have lived in the area all my life. I am retired and spend many hours a day on the net. I was raised in China and have information you might be interested in about the history of China. I also spend a lot of time restoring old photographs digitally. I would restore your web site photos if you would like. When you have time to chat, call me. My phone number is (409) 892-0585. I live on West Circuit Drive in Beaumont.

Nice web site.

Username:
Jim Davis
UserEmail:
Jimythegrk@aol.com
Date:
11/20/1999
Time:
1:24:49 PM
HTTP User Agent:
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I just came across a SAA colt 45, 4 3/4" nickel, with the side of the frame marked, Gene Conway - Mexia, TX. , this gun was made in 1928. if anyone can tell me more about the marking on this gun I would be grateful....

Username:
Ruth Morgan McVey
UserEmail:
mac@txucom.net
Date:
11/22/1999
Time:
7:57:14 PM
HTTP User Agent:
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Enjoy all of your History and look forward to more.

Username:
Debbie Courts Spurgeon
UserEmail:
bdspurgeon@worldnet.att.net
Date:
11/24/1999
Time:
9:53:54 PM
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Mr. Block, Thank you for the wonderful and detailed historical articles on pioneer families in the Southeast Texas area. You have written numerous articles that included my ancestors -- the Sparks, Courts and Gentz families. Julia Ann Sparks and James Madison Courts were my gg-grandparents. Finding your website was like finding Jean Lafitte's treasure. We are fortunate to have historians such as yourself to help preserve our heritage. THANKS!!!!

Username:
Linda Kelley Bridges
UserEmail:
Massagelady@webtv.net
Date:
11/27/1999
Time:
10:19:49 AM
HTTP User Agent:
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Your articles and comments are very interesting as I was born & raised in Silsbee. I'm curious, though as to where Brushy Branch on the Neches River is located; had an aunt drown at this location. Any info your have would be greatly appreciated. Keep on writing. You have a wonderful talent. Use it. Thanks.

Username:
Juergen Wiegand
UserEmail:
juergen@wiegand.com
HTTP User Agent:
Mozilla/4.6 [de]C-CCK-MCD QXW03200  (Win98; I)
Date:
31 Dec 1999
Time:
02:28:00

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Hallo Herr Block,

vielen Dank fuer den Eintrag in mein Gaestebuch. Habe mir ihre Homepage angesehen und war sehr beeindruckt ! Offenbar sind Sie in der USA eine bekannte und "beruehmte" Persoenlichkeit.

Ich wuensche Ihnen und ihrer Familie ein gutes, gesundes neues Jahr 2000 und wuerde mich sehr freuen, wieder von Ihnen zu hoeren,

mit den besten Gruessen und Wuenschen Juergen Wiegand ( Germany )

http://juergen.wiegand.com juergen@wiegand.com

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