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Guest Book Archive from 2000

Username:
Gayle Grice
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sgblz@traverse.net
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Date:
01 Jan 2000
Time:
11:54:45

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Mr. Block, I just came across your web pages and am very interested in the information on rice farming in the early 1900s in Jefferson County. My greatgrandmother Gustava Swanson Okerval moved with her second husband Nels Okerval from northern lower Michigan to Guffey?, Texas (after first emigrating from Sweden)to raise rice. I have not been able to determine how these Swedish immigrants discovered rice farming in TX. As far as I know there were no other relatives already there. Do you know if there was a Swedish settlement in the area or if there were advertisements put in northern newspapers to entice people to move? We are planning to visit the Beaumont area late in March, and I would like to have as much info on these ancestors as possible. Thanks for any help you can give me. Gayle Grice

Username:
Joe T. Scherffius
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JTBlond@inreach.com
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Date:
01 Jan 2000
Time:
15:48:11

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I am Interested in wheather this book is still in publication and if i can purchase it and, the cost of it, I am always excited to find information on the past Scherffius history. Thank you very much: Joe Scherffius 7525 Community dr. Citrus Heights, CA. 95610-4401 916-726-8749

Username:
Stuart Gary
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engineer@kbmt.com
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Date:
10 Jan 2000
Time:
17:21:42

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I have a small aluminum token that reads,"Beaumont Bakery, Sam Pott's Prop" on one side and,"Good For 1 Loaf" on the other side.

Do you have any information about a Beaumont Bakery? The token was found on the supposed site of the old Kirby Hotel behind Freeway Baptist Church located on Tram road.

Sincerely,

Stuart Gary Staff Engineer KBMT-TV

Username:
Ellna Kotz
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pakotz@worldnet.att.net
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Date:
11 Jan 2000
Time:
09:44:37

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I have been trying to get the Milltowns books since before Christmas from Barnes and Noble. I finally cancelled my order and waited to get your address from the Enterprise. My sister is a fan of history and especially E. Texas, since our roots are here. I am sending my order today. Thank you for the wonderful articles. Ellna Kotz

Username:
David Keene
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dkeene8485@aol.com
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Date:
11 Jan 2000
Time:
19:48:50

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I am interested in knowing the number of persons killed in action in WWII who were from Jefferson County. Is there a way to get this?

Username:
carolynn and danny reneau
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jdandcarol@aol.com
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Date:
13 Jan 2000
Time:
22:45:18

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wt i finally found time to wander into your web site and am enjoying it. i am doing fine and i hope you and yours are the same. my email is jdandcarol@aol.com. mom and dad are enjoying yuma weather and staying busy. take care, see you later.

Username:
H D Pate
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ppate@sat.com
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Date:
15 Jan 2000
Time:
07:14:36

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When the big boy blew in in 1901, why did "The Gulf" locate on Sabine Lake, rather than on the Neches, as Magnolia Magdalene did later? ppate@sat.com

Username:
Linda Wolff
UserEmail:
wolfhaus@txcr.net
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Date:
15 Jan 2000
Time:
20:12:30

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You have a very informative and attractive site! For more information on Indianola, visit my web site: http://www.indianolabulletin.com 

Username:
David E. Moore
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DKSRM@IH2000.net
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Date:
17 Jan 2000
Time:
19:56:52

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I love history, and I plan to review the articles you have on your Website. I sent you an email regarding the Rogers family tonight. At your convenience, please reply. I would appreciate your assistance in my research. Thank you.

David E. Moore

Username:
Glen Radley
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GlenRadley@cmaaccess.com
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Date:
21 Jan 2000
Time:
18:52:07

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I enjoy your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise. History has always fascinated me and was my favorite subject when I was in school at Sour Lake High School. I was a student at Sour Lake from 1940 through 1952. Your stories of the early times of our area are very interesting and I have sent your URL to many of my friends that I communicate with via e-mail.

Username:
Bob Mc Nulty
UserEmail:
marbob20@flash.net
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Date:
29 Jan 2000
Time:
10:25:15

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Looking for information on my brother, Pvt. James K. Mc Nulty 36 192 078, 309th Regiment (I believe Co. K) killed in action 10Mar45 near Berkhausen, Germany.

Username:
Terri Hughes
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tlhughes911@hotmail.com
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Date:
03 Feb 2000
Time:
09:54:56

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Mr Block,

Thanks for this site! I have enjoyed learning some of the history of East Texas.

Username:
Sharon Laughlin Collett
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shacor@bellsouth.net
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Date:
07 Feb 2000
Time:
09:34:37

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I have really enjoyed reading your history of East Texas. I was born and raised around Orane,Orangefield,Bmt and Vidor but never knew much of this history. I really enjoyed your story of Sterling Spell. My Grandfather was the 3rd Benager Spell, his Grandfather the 2nd Benager Spell was a brother of this Sterling Spell. They were sons of Benager Spell and Doretha Foreman of Vermillion Parish, La. The 1st Sterling Spell was a resident of Nachez ,Ms. The Grandfather nd father of this Sterling.

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ANDREW HILLEBRANDT
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ahillebrandt@hotmail.com
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Date:
10 Feb 2000
Time:
09:32:41

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ENJOY YOUR SITE ,ESPECIALLY READING ABOUT MY GREAT,GREAT GREAT GRAND FATHER, CHRISTIAN HILLEBRANDT , MY NAME IS ANDREW HILLEBRANDT SR. MY DAD WAS GEORGE, HIS WAS GEORGE, HIS WAS LASTIE.HIS WAS CHRISTIAN HILLEBRANDT. I AM STILL LOOKING FOR SOME OF HIS WIFE ANSESTORS THE BLANCHET. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE ARTICLES. ANDREW HILLEBRANDT, BETTER KNOWN AS (POP-EYE)

Username:
Joe Kelly
UserEmail:
irish9@adelphia.net
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Date:
10 Feb 2000
Time:
18:12:38

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Need information on shirmish that occurred Oct 19 1862 at Bonnet Carre in St Johns Parrish involved 9th Connecticut Irish Infantry and confederate guerrillas. I am writing new regimental on the 9th.

Username:
Conrad Noessel
UserEmail:
scrossll@msn.com
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Date:
16 Feb 2000
Time:
23:30:27

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I have a cannonball that was found on Galveston beach. I have established that it was not a Union ordinance. Do you have an idea of how to verify the origin? Thanks

Username:
R. H. Wolff
UserEmail:
rwolff@datarecall.net
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Date:
05 Mar 2000
Time:
00:30:36

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I've followed you in the Enterprise for a long time. Keep it up!

Username:
Paul N Spellman, Wharton Junior College
UserEmail:
drpaulspellman@hotmail.com
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Date:
09 Mar 2000
Time:
11:22:50

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Love your several books, and hope you will be pleased with the credit I've given you for your resources in mine: SPINDLETOP BOOM DAYS (Texas A&M Press, Fall 2000).

Username:
Patrick Dazelle
UserEmail:
Patrick.Dazelle@wanadoo.fr
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Date:
13 Mar 2000
Time:
10:24:27

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Looking for informations about Catholic Churches, I've found your site and enjoy the article: "the Golden Triangle". I'm French, last year, I've walked across CA, AZ, NM, Tx, LA and then France, Spain. http://perso.wanadoo.fr/trail/ A great pilgrimage to reach Santiago de Compostela in Spain. I've had the opportunity to meet in the Diocese of Beaumont: Father Frank Padoch in Sour Lake, Rev Wm Manger in St Anne C.C. Beaumont, Father Fernandez in Vidor and Sister Broussard in Ste Mary's Orange and wonderful people. I've written my diary and at present write an additional part on history - I love history. I regret don't have known your site early, I would enjoyed to meet you to show my "American Road to Compostela".

Patrick Dazelle Marsilly France

Username:
Mildred Smith Barton
UserEmail:
msbarton@ih2000.net
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Date:
18 Mar 2000
Time:
12:25:51

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Hello, Mr. Block, I am also excited about the Garner's coming to Sabine Pass this summer. I would love to meet them if there is time in yours and their schedule.

Which article did they read when they found out about Dr. Niles Smith and Wesley Garner? It is so exciting. Please let me know if there is time.

Don't forget our DRT April meeting.

Mildred Smith Barton 409-755-2730

Username:
grant outerbridge
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Date:
29 Mar 2000
Time:
12:10:34

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the heritage fair RULES!!!!!!!!and i'd just like to say hi to alllllll my friends(MOM!!)

that is all

bye

Username:
Betty Jo Spencer
UserEmail:
gamona@sat.net
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Date:
30 Mar 2000
Time:
16:49:13

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I am a member of the Spencer family and appreciate your including information about our family's history on your website. It has been fascinating to review the family histories of the families of friends, also. It is my privilege to own two of your books on sawmills and the ghost towns in East Texas and the history of Port Neches. Your research is so carefully done, and your presentation is excellent. Thanks for making all this history available to us. Best wishes. Betty Jo Spencer 806 Brockman Street Sweeny, TX 77480

Username:
HERBERT VAN SWEARINGEN
UserEmail:
HSwearinge@aol.com
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Date:
03 Apr 2000
Time:
20:41:36

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I live in Jasper, retired. Have been researching my family lineage for sometime now along with Helen Horn and have recently completed same from Gerrett vanSweringen down to the present East Texas Swearingens. Have run into many interesting stories about old settler families of East Texas and several individuals felt I should contact you as you have written much about this subject. Will have to find out more about your material. Glad to have this contact with you. Respectfully H. "Van"

Username:
Joann Martin Fink
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jfinknetmail@netcape.net
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Date:
08 Apr 2000
Time:
14:54:23

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE WRIITEN.

Username:
Ginger Logan Brown
UserEmail:
btb@pdq.net
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Date:
11 Apr 2000
Time:
17:00:06

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Father: Harry B. Logan Mother: Lou Boring

Grandfather: James Pinckney Logan Grandmother: Acheah Campbell

Greatgrandfather: James Bryant Logan Greatgrandmother: Virginia Sweeney

My name is Ginger Pinky Logan Brown. Looking for articles regarding the Logans and Sweeneys. Wonderful website.

Username:
a.j. simpson
UserEmail:
peanuts95@yahoo.com
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Date:
11 Apr 2000
Time:
21:42:36

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trying to find the history of a marble bust of anson jones thatwas purchased at an auction years ago-

Username:
Robert W. Lay
UserEmail:
robert.lay@halliburton.com
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Date:
14 Apr 2000
Time:
22:10:20

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Hello from your great nephew Robert W. Lay (son of Bill and Rosie Lay) and grandson of Nealand and Katie Goolsbee. Found my note on your website (from Travis and Billie's memorial service) when cleaning out my billfold

Username:
Charles
UserEmail:
cgerlach_99@yahoo.com
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Date:
17 Apr 2000
Time:
10:36:55

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I was doing some research on the subject of the Huertgen Forest battles in 1944. I have all the temporary cemeteries listed in the Mexican War, Civil War, WW1, WW2 and Korea. In Vietnam there were never any temporary cemeteries used. I also have many links that you might find interesting. It must have been a tragic battle to go through. I have been in Graves Registration for almost 40 years, and it is an uncomfortable job that everyone, either doesn't like, or want to talk about too much. Someone had to do it. I was selected, I guess, because I cut grass on a cemetery before coming aboard. If you have a chance drop by my site at http://www.geocities.com/pentagon/barracks/1267 I also have a diary (day to day) on the Sicily recovery operations and another on the 293rd Graves Registration Co in Korea. Thanks for letting me drop by your site for a visit. God Bless You and all the veterans, Charles

Username:
Steven Nelson
UserEmail:
snelson@nederland.k12.tx.us
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Date:
22 Apr 2000
Time:
00:23:05

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Mr. Block, I am a teacher at Nederland High School, and the Webmaster for the Nederland High School website. I have thoroughly enjoyed your site, and just wanted to make mention of mine (http://www.nederland.k12.tx.us/nhs/nhs.html). If anyone chooses to visit, please take a look at our History section. There's not a lot there, but we have scanned some old photos from some old NHS annuals- some dating back to the 1920s! I also have some "Did you know's" on that page. For example, I discovered that the NHS Girl's Basketball team was originally called the Wildcats, even though the boys were the Bulldogs. We also have an Alumni section, and we invite all former NHS students to leave messages there. Thanks again for all of your interesting and informative articles.

Username:
Wouter Busnach
UserEmail:
wgbusnach@chello.nl
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Date:
24 Apr 2000
Time:
16:11:37

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Dear Mr. Block

You wrote that there are no more Koelemay's living in the Netherlands. I believe this is not true. I searched the Phonebook of the Netherlands and found about eight families with that name. The only difference is that in Dutch we use the IJ instead of the Y. If you want me to mail the names and addresses, please let me know.

Wouter Busnach, Amsterdam

Username:
Sandra Ayo
UserEmail:
for7sake@pacbell.net
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Date:
08 May 2000
Time:
11:02:11

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MAGNIFICENT !!!!! Mr. Block, I am honored. Yor work is enthralling. Thank you for sharing our history with us and the world. May you receive the acclaime you deserve. Please know that you ARE appreciated! Sandra Brumfield Ayo

Username:
Bob Painter
UserEmail:
Motiger@aol.com
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Date:
11 May 2000
Time:
08:34:34

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I found this reference "Mermentau Jayhawkers" in one of your articles can you tell me more about this, were these kansasans? Thank you

Username:
Leta Waddle Horine
UserEmail:
lhorine@ida.org
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Date:
12 May 2000
Time:
11:38:00

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I really appreciated reading your articles about Calcasieu Pass! Joseph Alexander Brickhouse was my gr-gr grandmother's brother! Her name Elizabeth Ann Brickhouse. She and her siblings were born in Tyrrell Co NC. Her Brickhouse family migrated to Alexandria Calhoun Co AL where she met and married my gr-gr grandfather, James Wilson Hill Waddle. After their first child, my gr-grandfather William Andrew Jackson Waddle, was born, they migrated to Rockdale, Milam Co TX! I don't know much about my Brickhouse ancestors, so this was a special treat Thanks!!

Username:
Joe Alex Hensley
UserEmail:
jh0223@aol.com
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Date:
13 May 2000
Time:
20:00:13

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Just read your column dated May 6, 2000 about the pioneer radio listeners. My father-in-law is Joe Alex Hensley, son of J.D. Hensley the first director. He has a picture from the Magnolia News dated 1939 that shows a group listening to John Phillips Sousa directing the Magnolia Petroleum Company's band. I will leave his name and email address below if you would like to coorespond with him.

Username:
Don Reed
UserEmail:
reed@mindspring.com
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Date:
19 May 2000
Time:
13:38:59

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Hello Mr. Block,

My wife and I found your site recently and both enjoy it very much. We have developed a strong interest in the history of southeast Texas and have learned through our research that we both descend from families that played important roles in the early settlement of the region.

My wife descends from both Charles Cronea and Martin Dunman. My ancestor is Dr. Richard Green, who came to Liberty County about 1828 from Louisiana. His son Reason Green preceded him and established a settlement called Green's Bluff in 1822, which later became Orange, Texas. Our search for information on these ancestors led us to your site, where we were able to learn more about each of them. Thanks so much.

Don Reed http://www.mindspring.net/~reed

Username:
June H Ward
UserEmail:
wardjune@webtv.net
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Date:
25 May 2000
Time:
10:27:52

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Mr Block..great site!!! I am a decendant of the Hillebrandt fmly(George A Hillebrandt)Several years ago I received a letter to the fact that I was an heir.I spoke to Acton(cousin)he said it was so involved I should forget it(I did) My question is do you know if litigation is still going on in this case?Would appreciate an answer..Thank you June Hillebrandt Ward

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Date:
25 May 2000
Time:
13:38:55

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Username:
tommy romero
UserEmail:
romertl@starent.com
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Date:
25 May 2000
Time:
13:43:28

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enjoy much of your work and i need a favor. can you please e-mail me a copy of your recent article on the old asphalt plant thanks tommy romero

Username:
Cynthia Chin-Lee
UserEmail:
cynthia_chin-lee@post.harvard.edu
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Date:
25 May 2000
Time:
23:29:57

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Thanks very much for the article called "Pranks rule olden days celebrations of Halloween." I'm writing a YA novel set in Harrisburg, PA, in 1939 and I have a chapter on Halloween. I'm concerned that my description is really post-WW II because I have the children in grammar school parading around the school yard in costumes. Did that do that back in 39? Also the children go trick or treating...I'm not sure they did that back then either? If so, the treats were more like nuts and fruits? Was that likely? Funny thing...I wrote the book based on my mother's life and when she read the manuscript, she didn't criticize the accuracy although she caught other things. I would appreciate your comments.

The only pre-WWII depiction of Halloween I've seen in movies is from the musical "Meet me in St. Louis." I don't remember what year that was supposed to be, but I do remember the pranks the kids played.

I would really appreciate a reply! By the way, I am the author of 4 published books (1 for adults, 3 for kids) and many unpublished ones. You can find my website at http://www.scbwiNorCA.org/Chin-Lee-Cynthia.html 

Username:
J. Albert Ackermann, P.E., Ph.D.
UserEmail:
analytic@texas.net
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Date:
01 Jun 2000
Time:
17:50:39

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My aunt just told me about your site. Will take time to read some of the articles.

I have bitmap pictures of some of the early Ackermann's that settled in Bexar County, TX if you are interested.

Sincerely, J. Albert Ackermann

Username:
Michael Scott Hightower
UserEmail:
myhigh4@msn.com
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Date:
04 Jun 2000
Time:
08:24:19

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Hello, My name is Michael Scott Hightower and I am the Great-Great Grandson of Seth Carey. I would like to pass some interesting info on to you and see if you can help me piece together some events in his life. Thanks Michael Scott Hightower 260 El Dorado # 501 Webster, TX 77598 (281) 286-3869 e-mail myhigh4@msn.com

Username:
Logan A. Carter
UserEmail:
lacarter@motivaenterprise.com
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Date:
06 Jun 2000
Time:
03:05:53

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DEAR MR. BLOCK, I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR WRITINGS IN THE BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE FOR MANY YEARS AND HAVE ALSO ENJOYED THIS WEB PAGE. I AM A LOVER OF TEXAS HISTORY. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK IN PRESERVING OUR AREAS HISTORY.

Username:
DONALD MORRISON
UserEmail:
MORRIDL@MOTIVAENTERPRISES.COM
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Date:
09 Jun 2000
Time:
13:14:57

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Username:
Vickey Bordeaux
UserEmail:
crc@myweb.net
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Date:
14 Jun 2000
Time:
16:00:36

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I just encountered your article on the smith family of Johnson's Bayou, La. My mother was born there. May l7, l905 and lived her young life in Nederland/Port Neches area. I really enjoyed your article. Thanks, Vickey Bordeaux

Mother Maiden Name: Bessie Viola Roy

 

Username:
Sharon Jarrell
UserEmail:
sjarrell@winstead.com
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Date:
14 Jun 2000
Time:
22:46:47

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Thank you for making so much of your writings available online. Several of your books are at Clayton Library and have been a great source of information and understanding relating to my efforts to gain knowledge of political and historical efforts of early Orange and Jefferson Counties and Calcasieu Parish, LA. I discovered about 5 months ago that I am a descendant of Aaron Ashworth and Mary Bunch (daughter Nancy b. 1840 married Augustus Stewart b. 1829). I remember my grandmother saying when I asked about my grandfather's family "be careful you might find something you don't want to know." I have been thrilled to discover my heritage and am very proud of it. I continue to research having recently discover the Sam Houston Historical Library in Liberty, TX. I have been very fortunate in discovering distant cousins in the Starks Historical Society who are also doing a remarkable job in documenting the area's history. Thank you again for preserving so well early Texas history!

Username:
Mildred S. Barton
UserEmail:
msbarton@ih2000.net
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Date:
18 Jun 2000
Time:
14:57:46

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Mr. Block, The before and after pictures are great!

I want to know if Samuel Parr could be a relative of my grandmother (Dad's Mom) Mary Elizabeth Parr Smith?

Mildred Barton

Username:
Mildred Smith Barton
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msbarton@ih2000.net
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Date:
18 Jun 2000
Time:
14:59:54

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Mr. Block, We love your picture on the front page of this web site.

Mildred & Neal Barton

Username:
Myra Trahan
UserEmail:
mtrahan@hotmail.com
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Date:
19 Jun 2000
Time:
22:03:42

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Mr. Block, This is truly wonderful web site. I have found some information on the ESCLAVONS in some of your writings Sam ESCLAVON was my grandfather. My mom (Eleanor Esclavon Parker) and my aunt (Irene Esclavon Mercer) remember you. I would love any information you have on the ESCLAVON"S. Last year my mom, aunt, and myself visited Block Cemetery. My aunt showed me where grandpa would pull the houseboat and the general area where grandpa had his still. Hope to here from you Myra

Username:
Raymond Lawrence Bridges
UserEmail:
Ray.Bridges@Jud.CA.Gov
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Date:
23 Jun 2000
Time:
20:53:23

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W. T., I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your contribution to the Texas story. I'm descended from James & Moses Ashworth, and your story about Sam Ashworth was the first time I heard the story. I think you were able to communicate the subtleties of the story very well. There's several kinds of historians, but my favorite is the kind who's able to make history come alive. The kind who can weave truth and fable, being loyal to both. That's you, W. T. I want to be like you when I grow up. Of course, that's a figure of speech, since I'm 52. You know, I went to high school in Vidor, and I never heard the story of my family. You've done a lot of good. Thank you.

Raymond Lawrence Bridges

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Danny Woodall
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DannyW0106@aol.com
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Enjoy your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise. Your website is very good. I'm starting a web page on Devotions for Texans and other souls, I base the devotions on things found in Texas, so far I've used Sea Rim, Texas City Disaster, and Sara Jane Road. Looking around I found your website. Will put it under favorites. Keep up the good work. I liked the article today about alligators.

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Lloyd J. Hilling
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Mr. W. T. Block or others:

Our family legend has it that Mary (I trust I have her first name correct) Campbell Parr was our great-great grandmother, and that Lafitte was actually her father, and not James Campbell. One family rumor has it that Campbell died and Lafitte took on his identity and lived quietly in east Texas. Our uncle Bert Munson, Mary Parr's grandson, told us these stories 40 years ago and and others in my family know and remember more.

My wife Linda and I are going to visit Galveston perhaps this weekend, and hope to attend a Lafitte historical society meeting or meet people interested about these subjects.

I am an Economics instructor at the University of Alaska, here in Houston for 3 more weeks while my wife Linda (first grade teacher) trains teachers in a special program here at the University of Houston.

It would be most appreciated if someone acknowledged this note right away and informed me as to any persons who would like to meet us or discuss this bit of "history".

My phone number here at the dormitory is 713-743-6423; in Alaska it is (please speak to my voice mail at either number) 907-459-8111 as in the Fairbanks phone directory. My mailing address is P. O. Box 72331, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707.

Thank you.

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Lora Neans
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Dear Mr. Block:

I am one of Colonel Kellersberger's great-great granddaughters. I was very delighted to do a search on his name and came up with so much more detail. There was a lot of information that I was unaware of about his life.

Thanks very much for the insight into his/my background.

Lora (Schroeter) Neans - Georgetown Texas (daughter of Paul Schroeter who was son Ulricka Kellersberger Schroeter, who was daughter of Julius R. Kellersberger)

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Butch Ward
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07 Jul 2000
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Mr. Block, I really enjoyed your historical articles, especially the ones on The War Of Northern Aggression action around Sabine Pass and the one about the capture of the whale there in 1910. Very interesting and entertaining stuff. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. b.ward/m/47/alabama

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Thomas R. Jackson
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My name is Thomas Rivers Jackson, residing in San Diego, California. My father was William Kelsie Jackson originally of Beaumont, Texas. His father was Cornelius R. Jackson, son of Thomas R. Jackson and Grandson of John McGaffey. Many years ago, upon the death of my grandfather, C. R. Jackson, my father found a old handmade branding iron among the family effects with the brand, "LM," for the first names of John McGaffey's two daughters, Lucy and Mary. I have it now, along with some genealogical research on the family done by my father and his late sister, Mrs. F.E. Benton of Beaumont.

I remember visiting Beaumont many times during my youth. On one such visit, I was taken to the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont to view the graves of T.R. and Mary M. Jackson. I assume the headstone still stands there. My father remembered visiting his grandmother as a boy and being told many stories of early days in the Sabine Pass area, including the familiar story of "Old Josie" referred to in your article on the McGaffeys. C. R. Jackson related that story to a reporter on the Beaumont "Enterprise" many years ago. I believe I still have a copy of it in my files. My father also remembered going along with family members to remove T.R. Jackson's remains from the Sabine Pass burial site for removal to the Magnolia Cemetery for interment next to his wife in the family plot.

I am reading all of this with great interest. It is the most complete accounting of the McGaffey legacy I have found as yet. Many thanks.

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Thomas R. Jackson
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Dear Mr. Block:

I was in such a hurry to dash off my notes on the McGaffey history this morning that I forgot my manners. My address is Thomas R. Jackson, 3354 Hawk Street in San Diego, CA, 92103. I can be reached by phone at area code 619-299-7218 and by fax at 619-299-5602. Thanks, again, for all your good work.

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Stephanie Brewer
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What a wonderful site! I was referred to your site after meeting someone on the internet researching the Hillebrandt family. I enjoyed reading about my great x 4 grandfather, Christian Hillebrandt. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Texas and the families who lived there.

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Elaine Hubbard Stone
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22 Jul 2000
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Love your page. You are the one that got me researching the Blocks due to a letter you gave Ruth Block. I have talked to you on the phone but haven't had the pleasure of meeting you in person. I am Charles Lewis Block's great-great-granddaughter. My great-grandparents were William Albert Brown and Clara Matilda Block and my grand-parents were William Albert Brown and Minnie Bell Sherrill. Elaine Hubbard Stone

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I am 79 yrs old and also a Block descendent. I accidentally found your very interesting information on your family. So many incidents I was told as a girl coincide with some of your information. My grandfather was Hansy Block. His brothers were Ollie, Grover, Wesley. They lived in the Port Neches, Nederland area.I am researching the family on internet and would appreciate any information you might have on this side of the family.

 

 

 

Hansy's wife (my grandmother) was named Sarah Jane

 

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Hannie van de Reep
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Dear Mr., I'm a citizin of Haarlem, Holland, so don't mind my bad Englisch, but I want you to know that one day I had an engagement with a boy called Douwe van Randen. This was his father's name. As you might know, Douwe is a Frisian first name, so he came from the north part of Holland, Friesland. As far as I know, he has always worked at Samson publishers at Alphen a/d Rijn, had a good education, University degree Dutch. He did a good investigation on Samson's publishers activities during the 2nd wordwar, wich was not taken him in favour, because he discovered a few things about them a bit collabouratus with the German's these days. He was very keen on this because he himself had a jewish mother and later on became a jew himself. Now I have never been in thouch with him for about 10 years ago, but if you are interesed, I like to look further for you, as I am a genealogic freak. If you want to know something more about Dutch links or anyting else, you can always contact me. My e-mail adress is: reepbox@hetnet.nl. It might improve me Englisch! Thank you!

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Hannie van de Reep
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Dear Mr.,

I find it funny to be in contact with you. What I find expecially funny is that nowadays we can make contact with a lot of people overseas. This is a whole new way of making a contact that I feel in my way is connecting the old culture with the new cultuur. When I myself was 3 months of age, I went Down Under, you know. I went with my parents to Australia in 1960. My parents wanted to immigrate there. Six years later we went back because of circumstances. Then I became a real Dutch girl with my own Dutch pride, and of course I am very proud to be a Dutch girl, but nethertheless I still feel a bit Aussi too. But I think being to be Dutch means to feel a bit non-Dutch too, as Dutch have always been travellers and Pioneers too! I feel expecially an interlink with Canadians and US citizens (is my English still appropriate?) as they were our saviours of the Second World War, and I can tell you that this is a very deep respectfull feeling we still have as Dutch citizens towards all of you. That is a feeling of boundary, and I knew this of course only when I grew up and became a real Dutch girl. My first name, Hannie, has been named to a Haarlem Dutch freedom fighter, named "Hannie Schaft" who died during the 2nd world war Schevingen Prison". I think that it's a feeling we have comparing with the US citizens, what they feel about the Vietnam war, but it's different though. As this Vietnam war devided the American citizens between themselves, the 2nd WW joined Dutch feeling, we feel a very strong nation, with a very strong binding till these days on. That doesn't mean we are nationalistic only, but it is this that binds us: Freedom of being an individual, of speech and freedom of Press. These things are the basic of American Law as well, and I think that that's a very admirable thing. And these things should be capt, with both hands as a diamond of freedom, to nourish and feed and protect, as we know what it is to do not have them. I think, and this a bit critical to the US, that these days, the US citizens don't know anymore what these statement realy mean. I often look to the Jerry Springer Show, which I find boring these day's, but does freedom really mean that you have to show Ku Klux Klan or Black Power Movement radicals on your television? This is the supurb of freedom, get as far as you need, because it must be shown, that is a work-out of freedom. I think this is an acting-out of freedom, let people tramp and track down people for their own profits! In Holland, even if we are known as a liberal country (think about sex and drugs) whe are not used to so and agressive way of acting If Jerry Springer was here on t.v. he himself already had justistical problems as we don't allow racist on our television! We are very astonished about the US, who allow these creeps coming on our screen, as the German's still allowing those scary creepes walking and demonstrating in there streets! See here, what still happens after WW II! Freedom doesnt's only mean freedom of demonstration, speech, indivuduality etc., but most of all it means responsebility!. AND..AND...Responsebility !~!! I am responseble for my neighbour, for my father, my mother, my sister, my brother, and after that: I am responsible for myself: if I can't manage to be a stable and resproncible person for myself, I won't be able to be responsible for others, but that's the only reason to think about myself! I think that's the American manco....Me, myself an I: I want it for me, not because of... I love myself, I need myself, but only because of another...that's Dutch in anyway] But do I need myself only for me? My only American Dream? Or are also others thinking about an American Dream? Like Martin Lther King? I have a dream.... OR Oprah Whinfrey...doing it herself? Lovely!!! We, as human, have our dreams, and let the dreams of all people come true. But not in the way that we have to push people down, like at Jerry's!! But in a way we can say to eachother: you are oke! and I am oke! and....life is short enough...let's make a party of that small prospourous and costly time!

Your greetings from Hannie van de Reep

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Warren Hataway
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Thank you very much for your web site. I am teaching Tex. Hist. to resource students and am looking to make it come alive for them. I am especially interested in W. P. 'Sioux" Doran. Could it be possible for you to direct me to another web site where I can obtain a biography on him. The 'Paul Revere' article is great Texas History to me. I appreciate and thank you again for your tremedous contribution to Texas History.

Sincerely, Warren Hataway Jane Long Middle School, Bryan, TX

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sam Poulton
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Wonderful site! You must be SCV! I'm looking for information on a Blockade Runner turned 11th Texas Infantryman named Duyer (Dyer) Crowell, can you help? Sam Poulton, 1st LT Commander, Cary Camp #1913, SCV

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Elvis
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09 Aug 2000
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Dear,Mr Block As retired U.S.Army Drill SGT.I am so very sorry that drill degraded and disparaged you and other southerners.My observation's as a Combat Veteran and a Drill Sgt.SOUTHERNERS were far better soldiers they could shoot move and comunicate.During marksmanship training I noticed Southern men were far easier to train and Southerners were able to adapt to ever changeing situations,their disapline,and belife in GOD were far supperior than their Northern Counter parts.I am a Yankee from Connecticut.Southerners were patriots During the war between the states just like the New Englander of the American Revolution of 1776 the south was fighting for their rights.So Southerners were Patriots and not Rebels.As was more battles of the American revolution fought in the South.That drill was just an Ignorant asshole and not a leader.He forgot to be a leader youmust respect people to earn their respect perhaps he felt guilty for his people looted and burned the south.Remember us copper heads we too are on your side not all Yankeesare loud mouthed blow hards but many in my area fit that mold!

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John DeVillier
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10 Aug 2000
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Your column is the first I read..

Looking for one you wrote recently on tankers torpedoed in Gulf of Mexico...

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Kim Stracener Zapalac
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11 Aug 2000
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Mr. Block,

It's nearly midnight and I am still in the process of reading all of your articles. Well, history is never boring if one adds the "human touch" as you have done!

Like many others who have commented on your web site, I also have "roots" in East Texas. Whether it is the Cole and Jett families of Cow Bayou (1828 - 1834), the Mitchells who built sawmills in the Woodville, Waco, and Koountz areas 1870 - 1896, or my grandparents, Ellis and Stracener, who decided to settle in the booming area of Beaumont and raise a family, your stories enables one to learn more than just statistics!

I look forward to reading your books and future articles.

 

 

 

 

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Michael Cate
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W.T., I have asked artist Ronnie McClelland to create an illustration for the Sweeney murder story and have provided him with pictures of early Port Arthur, telegraph poles and the depot as a guide. I plan to publish the story in REFLECTIONS, Vol. 3. Thanks for all your work and encouragement. I appreciate you very much. Do you happen to know if there is a printed list of all the boys named on the Nederland Wall of Honor from WWII? If not, I intend to include that list in the Nederland Centennial History Book. That will ensure all are indexed and given credit for their involvement. Kind regards, Michael Cate

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David Bryan Singleton
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16 Aug 2000
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W.T., great site. The thing that caught my attention is Edna Elmira Peveto born at Johnson's Bayou. My Greatgrandfather was Eldridge Madison Singleton born about 1831. He is listed as a family member in a Louisiana succession packet in Cameron for the family of Cicero Stephens. Almost all of the other family members or officials are from the Peveto family. I am at the office now and do not have access to my genealogy files. If you have ever seen the name Eldridge Madison Singleton or E.M. Singleton as he is listed most often, I would love to hear about it. I can't wait to read the articles you have written that will ultimately make up your book.

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Jim Harper
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20 Aug 2000
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From reading the articles I have read, it seems to me you left out The National Enquirer on your Biography.

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Dr. John LeBlanc (Retired)
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Have enjoyed your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise. Am going to look at your books.

John LeBlanc

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Jay M Peterson
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Mr. Block, I'll add my thanks in with all the others. Your accomplishments are truly remarkable.

My great-grandfather was Jens H. Peterson of Nederland. Would love to locate any photos of his old service station on 347, near the old Pure Oil facility. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Jaison Sanwald
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I've been assigned a history research paper on "Turning Points in History." I have chosen to write about Spindletop, as it was a major turning point in Texas history and influenced the development of my home, Houston. Thanks for the info! I will leave you my mother's e-mail address at the Houston Chronicle. Jaison Sanwald

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Lester Douglas Holtzclaw
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31 Aug 2000
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Mr. Block,

I am a Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson of Charles Cronea. I enjoyed reading your article on him, it truly helped with my genealogy quest.

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Janice Castain-Turner
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Mr.Block

My name is Janice Castain-Turner. I read your article titled "A History of the Robert Bodemuller, Sr. Family". Robert's mother (Lillie Mary Castain) is my g/g aunt. I am related to her through her bother, Webster. Their parents, Joseph A. Castain and Emily Jane Bell are my g/g grandparents. Do you have any information (or can you refer me to someone who does) on Joseph Castain and Emily Bell regarding where they were born, when and where married or anything else?

Thank you so much for your web site. It is very impressive.

Janice Castain-Turner

You can reach me at janice_turner@hotmail.com

 

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Barbara Falke
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08 Sep 2000
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I lived in Nederland from 1946 to l969. You have handed me my mail many times. I love your articles in the Beaumont Enterprise. Thanks for your contributions to those of us who love history.

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marguerite nabinger
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09 Sep 2000
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I love your site and your stories about the old sawmill days. I see that you are born in PN/G area, we have to be cousins twice removed; my Uncle Alton Block might be either your father or uncle, his second wife was Hilda Mary Ozio, thought the name was familiar; never met any of his children except my little girl cousins. I love the lore from this area, what you have created is a jewel; I am going to add you to my Local Links page with your permission. I had an aunt that live in Bessmay, and I on one occasion rode the "Doodlebug" from Kirbyville to Bessmay to visit her! marguerite nabinger webmaster@appollonia.net http://www.appollonia.net/index.html

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Judy  Armstrong
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Mr. Block, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your web site. You have done a beautiful job!! I love geneology and have found everything interesting. You have given all of us a great gift. Thanks Judy(Courts) Armstrong

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Jessica Wurwarg
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Hello Mr. Block and family, My name is Jessica Wurwarg and am working on a senior honors thesis here at Brown University in Providence, RI. I am studying The Perceptions of Alcohol in American Culture, as manifested in Prohibition, and I would love to get some information about speak easies and bootlegging. I understand, from reading some of your articles on this site that your father was involved in stopping illicit alcohol production during Prohibition. I am interested in any stories that you can tell relating to this, whether they are broadly historical or personal accounts, I would love either or both. So, if you could possibly email me some Prohibition stories or historical information I would be much obliged. The website is very interesting. Thanks for having it up, and for taking the time to read this. I will also email your personal account. Sincerely, Jessica Wurwarg

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Neil MacGaffey
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21 Sep 2000
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Thank you! for writing up the history of McGaffeys in Sabine Pass. My father, Wyatt, who lives in Louisville, KY, found your site and mentioned it to me.

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Delaine Midkiff Pylant
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22 Sep 2000
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Mr. Block, I do, so appreciate your researching efforts. I am a descendent of Charles Cronea and still have relatives who live at High Island. It is so exciting to me to be able to read about my great-great grandfather. I continue to add as much information as possible to my genealogy collection. It is a hobby that has brought me hours of endless pleasure and the chance to meet so many people. Your interest and thoroughness shines through each of your topics and it is a joy to read. Thank you again for your valuable time and interest.

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David Bonner
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Hello Mr. Block: Peggy Hensley of Houston introduced me to your wonderful web-site last week, and I have spent way too much time since reading all about Texas - it is great what you have provided all of your readers! Regarding your article, "Sabine Pass and Galveston Were Succesful Blockade-Running Ports," I hope that you can point me to sources showing other captains of the vessels mentioned and the names of sailors involved. Also, in your research of these blockade-runners, have you ever come across C. W. Hurley (Charles William), later mayor of Galveston. Even if you have nothing on this specific request, what you have already shared is fantastic. David Bonner (DCBJrCPA@aol.com)

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28 Sep 2000
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Mr Block, would you like some information on Capt. Edward E. Jeko who was the duty officer, of The Life Saving Station (later became Coast Guard), at Sabine Pass . He begin there in the late 1890's. You may recall some years back the wood building that stood near the canal, well that was the station. It was across from the lighthouse.

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Mr Block, would you like some information on Capt. Edward E. Jeko who was the duty officer, of The Life Saving Station (later became Coast Guard), at Sabine Pass . He begin there in the late 1890's. You may recall some years back the wood building that stood near the canal, well that was the station. It was across from the lighthouse.

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Gernot Beaumont
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Re: Yellow Fever in Civil War

Dear Sir, that disease is unknown to me. As far as I could make it out, it is /was transmitted by moscitoes. How then could the crew of a British blockade braker transmit the disease to the rebels ?. Nowadays I have never heard that the U.S.A . has still cases of yellow fever. Yet the South has plenty of swamps and ideal breeding conditions for moskitos. Is it safe to visit the Texas coastline ?Malaria , yellow fever ? Yours truly, Gernot Beaumont Schulstr.6 66133 Saarbruecken Germany

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Mr Block, is there any info, on Louis Chachere & Catherine Vauchere Louis married Catherine in 1786 in Opelouis,La.

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jim cassells
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01 Oct 2000
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I have submitted a piece on British blockade runners to you. Unfortunately, the author of this piece is not currently on line all replies would have to come thru my E- mail adress below. I do hope you will be able to pass any comment/ verification you may have. It would be most apreciated. i think the contribution is due to be published in the UK sometime, as part of a presentation for a Railway society publication.

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Andrew L Kieschnick
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03 Oct 2000
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Mr. Block,

While gathering geneology information on my family I found your site. I've really enjoyed reading the various articles and documents. I noticed in your entry for the Kieschnick family, you mentioned that Andreas and Johann Kieschnick may be mentioned in 3 to 4 books. As a descendent of Johann Kieschnick, I've been trying to gather information about him and his family. If you wouldn't mind, could you email me the titles of the books that mention him and if you have them available, I would be interested in purchasing them. Thank You, Andrew Kieschnick.

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Harry Norford
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07 Oct 2000
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15:45:32

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Mr. Block, enjoyed your website. Some of my family once lived in the Sabine area of Texas. The Gideon Norford family moved to the Sabine (Gideon was a J.P. in Milam) area in about 1830 and was in Texas until 1915. After that they seem to have vanished. If you or any of your vistors have any information about any Norford's it would help me greatly. I would also be interested in the Black Norford's of Texas. Harry Norford, nautresacres@stic.net

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Floyd VanGough
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09 Oct 2000
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17:13:47

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so like .......

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geetings from california

Username:
maribeth jones
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Date:
09 Oct 2000
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17:21:49

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Dear Mr. Block, My name is Maribeth Jones. I am a former Enterprise writer and editor. Back in the '70s and '80s I even edited your work for publication, so I feel I know you well. Today I am a French teacher at West Brook High School, and in that vein I have a question: What if any sources can you point me to in order to research French influence and/or involvement (via Louisiana, most surely) in the post-Spindletop development boom? I am looking to feature any French or French-speaking folks connected with Spindletop in a school project.

Thanks for your reply

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Username:
Keith Williams
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Date:
28 Oct 2000
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I grew up in the Orange and Beaumont area, but now live near Dallas. I've enjoyed my hours of reading about the history of my home area online. I have never seen such an extensive collection of articles about the history of southeast Texas and want to extend my appreciatoin of the work Mr. Block has put in on this project.

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E. Pavur
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02 Nov 2000
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15:36:55

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I am so glad to find this treasurehouse of information. I travel through Cameron often and have wondered about the history of the area.

Now I have all of your work on Calcasieu, Sabine Pass, and more. Well-written, informative, and inspiring. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Username:
Doris Cyrus
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Date:
05 Nov 2000
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22:44:39

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Great site for our students to do research, Thank you!!

Username:
Roma Newton Richey (daughter of Violette and W.L.Newton)
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Date:
06 Nov 2000
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11:41:14

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Hello, Mr.Block: Last week while waiting in a shopping line, I looked across at another such row of folk to see a fellow who must have been a World WarII veteran. He was wearing a cap with the words "Tin Can Sailor" printed on the front. I pointed to his cap, and called to him,"Did you read W.T.Block's article about that in yesterday's Enterprise?" Startled that I was speaking to him about his submarine service, it took him a few seconds to respond, but when he did he nodded vigorously.

Thank you for all your dedicated writings on the history of our area, however, even with my constant collection, I am afraid I may have missed some. Are the articles now appearing in The Enterprise soon to be in book form?

 

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Richard M. Leland
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Date:
08 Nov 2000
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16:15:28

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In searching for information about Yellow Fever in the 19th century, I came across your site amd thought it a coincidence since my great great granduncle John D. Leland married Laura Jane Simms of Jefferson, TX, in the late 1860's. The reason I am looking for articles about Yellow Fever is John D. Leland'sfather wrote his thesis on it at Jefferson Medical and had a theory that had something to do with champagne. If you have any info on Laura Simms let me know. Thanks, Rick Leland

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Janice Fayle Morris
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09 Nov 2000
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18:23:30

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I am looking for information regarding a schooner called the Dolphin. It was operated by a pilot named Edward A. Fayle in 1889-1890. While looking for this information, your site came up but I cannot find the actual article or reference. Can you help with this?

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Melissa Quevedo
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Date:
14 Nov 2000
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18:06:04

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Username:
Joanne Bowen
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Date:
20 Nov 2000
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I have a letter from Fort Griffin Sept 9 1864 to D R Wingate from a Mr Gibbs,Capt Comd. Fort Griffin also a note from D R Wingate during the Civil War are they worth anything money wise, I know they must be for histortical purposes. Joanne Bowen

Username:
Dan Crader
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danc@nothnbut.net
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Date:
23 Nov 2000
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18:54:07

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I found your site because I'm looking for info on black cougars. You site is a pleasure, to read about this stuff in the 1800s. I think you might find this entertianing, liveley disscusion on black cougars..... hopefully you might have some info to add. http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/cgi-bin/ubb/forumdisplay.cgi?action=topics&forum=Deer&number=1

tia showme

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Martha Patton
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Date:
24 Nov 2000
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17:56:35

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My name is Martha (Wright) Patton. I was born in Nederland 8-21-45. In the home next to the C.O. Jordans (211 so. 14th street). I and my 2 sisters have many memories of the Jordahn family and other memories of Nederland.

Username:
Natasha
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NatashaFX2@hotmail.com
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Date:
25 Nov 2000
Time:
21:20:39

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Hi W.T.

I'm a native Louisianian Creole who now lives in Texas. I am doing research on Jean Lafitte for a future project and your site has been most helpful.

Merci

Natasha

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Natasha
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Date:
27 Nov 2000
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07:58:44

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Hi Mr. Block,

Do you know where I could obtain additional information about Jean Lafitte? I have utilized the Dallas Public Library extensively and everything I could find on the internet. Any further suggestions? Thanks for your help.

Kindest regards,

Natasha Williams NatashaFX2@hotmail.com

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Jim "Bubba" Lemasters
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Date:
30 Nov 2000
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16:06:17

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Mr. Block; I want to thank you for your years of work as a historian. I have run across quotes accredited to you in many places as I have done research for my Web Site, "The Old West Web Ride", I just happened onto your Web Site today as I was doing a search for "American Pioneers" on the "Northern Light" search engine, which mainly searches for documents.

After looking through your web site I see that many people have used your research in their web sites. In this new platform of the Internet, using other people work is a common thing although just short of stealing. Since the Internet has at this time no real way of stopping theft the best we can hope for is credit for whatever our Netizen friends have borrowed from us. I see my art all over the net on sites giving away free graphics as well as a few of the things I have written. I plan on going back through my site and checking quotes to see if they might belong to you instead of the name currently on them.

Thanks again for a life well spent on a subject of great importance to the future. Jim "Bubba" Lemasters

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Marquis Edwards
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mdedwards@excite.com
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Date:
01 Dec 2000
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13:34:52

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i enjoyed your piece on William Goyen. I'm currently a student at Prairie View A & M Univeristy and I'm seeking more information on Mr. Goyen. I noticed in your article that there have been books written about him. Can you please inform me of the names of the books and the author.

thank you again.

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Fred Lutcher
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07 Dec 2000
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Dear Mr. Block, I really enjoyed your recount of the life of Henry Lutcher. I am also a LUTCHER and my father and his parents are originally from Williamsport, PA. If you have any other information about the Lutcher family it would be much appreciated.

Very nice website, I have just discovered it so I have a lot more to enjoy. Thanks again.

Fredric C. Lutcher

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Dan Wallach
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07 Dec 2000
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Dear Mr. Block, I always read your column in the Enterprise with interest. However,I must point out an error in fact in your Dec. 7 column. The USS Saratoga was laid up in San Diego, I believe, during Midway. The USS Hornet took part along with the Enterprise and Yorktown. It's easy to misstate names among such a large cast of players so please don't take this as criticism. I make plenty of mistakes my own self. And I'm sure there are plenty of readers who merely passed right over it. Anyway, good cheer and thanks for your columns.

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JAMES JORDAN
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09 Dec 2000
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Read your story printed sat.dec.9 2000.The Ben Jordan you tell about was my gggrandfather Clark Jordan was my grandfather. My mothers father was also in Batson in 1925. I have a pic.of him and his wife Cara.I have not been able to find out anything about him .His name was James Rowell.If you run across anything on him i would sure like to know about him. I found a grave in Saratoga but I dont know if it is him .Good story keep up the good work Thanks James JORDAN

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Stephanie G. Cade
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14 Dec 2000
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12:57:42

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Mr. Block, Your articles are very interesting. I can hardly wait to get my Saturday paper and read your articles. I really get excited to see you in the paper on Sundays and sometimes through the week. I cut out most of them and share them with my family.

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Jim Mundie
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jmundie@gateway.net
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Date:
17 Dec 2000
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Hi Mr. Block,

Enjoyed talking with you on the phone yesterday. I appreciate your offering to send me a copy of the K.D.Keith article you told me about.

I haven't yet taken a close look at your Web Site but, after a quick look, it seems quite impressive!

Thanks again,

Jim Mundie 12122 Westmere Drive Houston, TX 77077

Username:
Matthew B. Martin
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martex54@aol.com
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Date:
18 Dec 2000
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05:56:42

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I found your site doing a search on "Dr. Harvey Whiting" of Cedar Bayou--supposedly a Quaker doctor from the NorthEast who was the first physician in Harris County. Do you know any more about him, his family or where he came from? Thanks for any information that you can share

Username:
Raymond M. Kight
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COC@raysmail.com
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Date:
20 Dec 2000
Time:
17:12:30

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After reading your article on the Confederate Flag, I decided not to read anything else you had to say. The statement from your article that states "I try to remember that for millions of Americans, that flag is still a symbol of infamy and the fight to maintain slavery...." shows that because of people like you, "MILLIONS" of Amercians will never know the truth about WHY the Civil War was fought. You claim to be a historian yet you fail to mention that 8 northern states still had the institution of slavery at the outbreak of the war. You know damned well the war had nothing to do with slavery. You know damned well the "Confederate Flag" has nothing to do with slavery. The flag is nothing more than a symbol of freedom. Freedom from an ever encroaching Federal Government into the affairs of individual states.

 

Username:
KATE COINER PARK
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JPSBLS@EARTHLINK.NET
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Date:
28 Dec 2000
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22:06:24

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Thank you for your website. Beaumont/Louisiana history interests me a great deal. My husband's great-grandfather is Sam Park who was involved in Industrial Lumber Comp. , Chamber of Commerce-bmt, and several other businesses/civic organizations. Loved the credit you gave the lumber business! Sincerely, Kate Park

Username:
Stephanie Marie White
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PUMPKINPIEANGEL@aol.com
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Date:
28 Dec 2000
Time:
22:50:23

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Hi, my name is Stephanie White and I am a 5th grade student at a elementary school ( mom told me not to tell) I live in California and I'm 10.I am doing a state repot on Texas. And I think this site is a great help!!!

Thank you, Sincerely, Stephanie Marie White

 

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