"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 27 Jan 2000

"Submission Deadline for the Lee County, Texas History, Vol. 2"

If you have family (living or deceased) who is now or has ever resided in Lee County, Texas, you can submit by Tuesday, February 15, a family history to be included in Vol. 2 of the Lee County, Texas History. The Lee County Historical Commission is sponsoring the project.

A separate story should be written about each couple or unmarried adult. If writing about a couple, consider writing one story with a separate paragraph for each spouse. You should use the following date format, i.e., 23 Jan 1838 for all births, deaths, and marriages, as this is the format, which will be used in the book. Confine your stories and events to before 1950.

Each story should be no longer than two double-spaced typewritten pages (8" x 11" with a 1-inch margin). The Commission is not worried about the length or spelling, they will edit the stories. At the end of each story, list your name, address and telephone number.

A photograph may be included with each story, but it should be a copy, as no photographs will be returned. The photograph should be labeled to identify the person(s) and the approximate date.

You can submit your stories to the Lee County Historical Commission, 282 S. Grimes, Giddings, Texas 78942 or telephone (409) 542-5375 or contact Sally Fenly at e-mail: fenl@bluebon.net or Nancy Hamilton at e-mail: nancyh@onr.com. Publication date is set for late Spring 2000.

Internet Tip - Milam County Obituaries On-Line

You can now find Milam County Obituaries on-line at the websites for several local newspapers.

The "Rockdale Reporter" and the "Cameron Herald" carry obituaries every week but they are not archived. Therefore, you can either visit the websites of these two newspapers on a weekly basis, they change every Thursday, or check-out the Milam County Genealogical Society's Obituary website at: http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Tx/MilamObits . Both newspapers have given the Society permission to copy the obituaries.

To visit the "Rockdale Reporter" Obituary website, go to:


To visit the "Cameron Herald" Obituary website, go to:


Lastly, the "Temple Daily Telegram" carries obituaries on-line at http://www.temple-telegram.com/funer.htm and they are archived for the time-period of March 1999 through current. Obituaries are complied by month.

Little River Cookbook

Little River Cookbook is a loving tribute to the people who helped make a beautiful, little cemetery in the Texas countryside a place of peace and splendor. The Little River Cemetery adjoins the Little River Baptist Church, founded in 1849, in Jones Prairie, Milam County, Texas. The church is recognized as a Texas Historical Landmark.

All proceeds from this cookbook are distributed to the Little River Cemetery Association and Foundation for the upkeep and perpetual care of the cemetery. Members and friends of the Association and Foundation submitted family recipes and stories for publication in the book. The artwork for this cookbook was done by artist Betty Thurmond of Humble, Texas and reflects the old-time feel of this historical location.

To order your own spiral-bound copy of this cookbook, send $12 + $2.50 postage, in check or money order to: Susan Dudley Levonius, P. O. Box 488, Humble, Texas 77347-0488 or e-mail: susan@pearlthepig.com or visit the website at: http://www.pearlthepig.com/lit_riv.htm or telephone (281) 358-3980.

This is one of the recipes submitted to the cookbook:

Green Tomatoes Sweet Pickles

Take 8 pounds of green tomatoes and chop fine. Add 4 pounds of brown sugar and boil 3-hours. Add a quart of vinegar, 2 teaspoons each of mace, cinnamon, and cloves. Boil 15 minutes. Seal in jars. Mrs. Grover White, Cameron, Texas, ca. 1920s

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/ COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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