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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 7 Sept 2000

Cemetery Preservation Workshop at Hurt Cemetery in Milano, Milam County, Texas

On Saturday, October 7, 2000, Lynna Kay Shuffield will be conducting a "Cemetery Preservation Workshop and Work Day" at the Hurt Cemetery in Milano, Milam County, Texas located on Highway 36. There is no fee to participate in the workshop.

In July, she and others began the work to complete the application to have his cemetery designated as a "Texas Historic Cemetery" by the Texas Historical Commission (THC). On that date, volunteers were able to clean and document approximately one-half of the gravemarkers in the cemetery.

The goal of the October 7th Workshop and Work Day will be to teach others interested in preservation of historic cemeteries how to properly clean gravemarkers, inventory/index graves in the cemetery, the proper documentation necessary for the application process and how to photograph and collect measurements of the gravemarkers.

The historic Hurt Cemetery has burials for the following Milam County, Texas families: Cave, Grabener, Hurt, Graham, Bankston, and others. If you are descended from any of these families, come out to the cemetery and learn about your ancestors.

Additional work needs to be done to finish cleaning and to complete the documentation sheet for each remaining gravemarker. Once the application for Historic Cemetery has been approved, the next step will be to apply for a Texas Historical Marker from the THC.

What do you need to bring? It would be helpful if you brought: (1) a 35mm camera and rolls of BLACK & WHITE file. [The THC application process does NOT allow color film or prints from digital cameras.]; (2) yard sticks; (3) large golf size umbrellas; (4) clip boards; (5) GPS hand-held navigational devices [I use the eTrex made by Garmin and purchased at Academy]; (6) large trash bags; (7) coolers with bottle water & sodas; (8) lawn chairs; (9) bags of ready-mix concrete; (10) pry bars or other tools to level gravemarkers; (11) board for framing concrete; and, (12) whatever tools/eqpt. you can think we will need for this type of work (gas power weed-eaters, rakes, picks, hoes, buckets).

If you would like to participate in the workshop, need driving directions, or have suggestions, please contact: Lynna Kay Shuffield, P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222; e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net; telephone: 713/692-4511 or Betty Knight Shuffield, telephone: 713/692-4148.

On the Bookshelf - Book Review

The Stars Were Big and Bright: The United States Army Air Forces and Texas During World War II, by Thomas E. Alexander. Eakin Press (http://www.eakinpress.com/), P. O. Drawer 90159, Austin, Texas 78709. Hard-cover, 6"x9", 262 pages, index, $26.95 (plus shipping & tax).

Retired Air Force Major Thomas E. Alexander's book recounts the history of eight airfields in Texas during World War II. If you enjoy Texas history, you will appreciate this well-written and interesting book. If you are an aviation buff and look to the sky every time you hear the rumble of an aircraft overhead, you will love this book.

Major Alexander keeps your attention at every stop along his story of the eight airfields located at Amarillo, Pyote, Pecos, Sweetwater, Greenville, Waco, Harlingen and San Antonio. He includes little known or remembered anecdotes from a point in time that changed the lives of Americans forever.

His stories tell you about how these airfields were built overnight and trained large numbers of men and women to fly airplanes for the military. He talks about the instant decline many airfields experienced once the war was over. I thoroughly enjoyed the personal stories from former military personnel who were stationed at these airfields but also Major Alexander included the stories of the hometown folks who lived in communities surrounded the bases.

Major Alexander tells the stories of the men and women who, because of the training they received at these eight airfields, became our heroes in the air during World War II. And, he didn't fail to include the lighter side of aviation history at these airfields.

As a researcher and historian, I personally appreciated the extensive documentation from primary source materials, an excellent Appendix that included a statistical statement of each airfield and information about the aircraft that flew from the bases, the End Notes are very good and it also includes a thorough Index.

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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