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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
24 July 2003

Cameron Herald Newspaper Microfilm

On Saturday, July 19th, the Milam County Genealogical Society (MCGS) received shipment of the Cameron Herald newspaper on microfilm and it has been placed in the Milam County Genealogical Research Center at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library in Rockdale, Texas.

The MCGS was able to purchase the full-run of existing Cameron Herald newspapers on 75-reels of microfilm through an extremely generous grant from the Huffington Foundation of Houston who made the donation in memory of Mrs. Betty Knight Shuffield who died in May 2002.

This is the first time the Cameron Herald newspapers will available to the public for research in a library in Milam County. The Milam County Genealogical Research Center also has the Rockdale Reporter, Rockdale Messenger, Thorndale Thorn, and Thorndale Champion newspapers available on microfilm.

After filming by the Texas Newspaper Project at the Center for American History located at the University of Texas-Austin, Richard Stone and the Taylor Daily Press kindly donated the Thorndale microfilm to the MCGS. Mr. Stone is currently the publisher of the Cameron Herald and Thorndale Champion.

The micorfilm for the Rockdale Reporter and Rockdale Messenger newspapers was donated by Bill Cooke, the publisher of that newspaper. He continues to donate a reel of microfilm for every year.

Mrs. Shuffield's family has been in Milam County since before the Civil War in the Milano, Salem and Rockdale areas. Over the last 40 years of her life, she was a well-know genealogist and historian who focused on research in Milam, San Jacinto and Grimes Counties of Texas.

Mrs. Shuffield was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Henry W. Cave, who is buried in the Dick Hurt Cemetery in Milano (now commonly known as the Hurt-Graham Cemetery). Henry was the grandson of John Cave (Sr.), an American Revolutionary War Veteran of Barnwell Co., SC.

Betty was survived by Eugene Joseph Shuffield, husband of over 50-years, daughter, Lynna Kay Shuffield and son, Eugene Joseph Shuffield, Jr., all of Houston as well as numerous other family members including a cousin, Mrs. Jewel Carver Clark of Rockdale and the many descendants of Clint Napoleon Knight of Rockdale.

Lynna Kay Shuffield is also a well-known genealogist and carries on her mother's legacy of family tree research. She writes a weekly genealogy column "Our Loose Ends" published in the Taylor Daily Press and the Thorndale Champion. Mr. Shuffield has extensive family in the Jones Prairie area of Milam County.

Roy and Phyllis Huffington of Houston established the Huffington Foundation in December 1987. In the 1960s, Roy Huffington founded an exploration company that discovered and developed one of the great gas fields (Badak) of the world in Indonesia and he was an Ambassador to Austria (1990-93) during George Bush administration. Mrs. Huffington (**) has been a genealogist for over 40-years and continues to take a keen interest in family history research. Mr. and Mrs. Huffington are prominent humanitarians and philanthropists of incredible magnitude as are their children, Michael Huffington and Terry Huffington Dittman.

Recently, the MCGS purchased a microfilm reader/printer for the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library and it should arrive and be installed sometime in August. The Society's major project for the last 5-years has been raising almost $7,000 to purchase the reader/printer for the Patterson Library.

This year, combing the gift of the microfilm reader/printer and the Huffington Foundation grant, the Society has raised and donated almost $12,000 of equipment and materials to the Patterson Library and the newly established Milam County Genealogical Research Center.

In the future, the Society would like to purchase Milam County newspapers on microfilm for the towns of Burlington, Gause and Davilla.

If you would like to make a contribution to the MCGS to purchase additional Milam County newspapers on microfilm or other genealogy research materials, send donations to: MCGS c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library, 201 Ackerman St., Rockdale, Texas 76567 or call Charles Hubert, Vice President of the Society at 512/446-3937.

The MCGS meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Rockdale. Membership is $15 per person, $20 for family, or $10 for seniors/students and includes a bi-monthly journal/newsletter.

For more information on the MCGS and its activities, visit their website at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/.

The Patterson Library is open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The library is closed on Monday and Sunday. For more information about the library call: 512/446-3410 or visit their website at: http://www.main.org/patlib/library.htm.

** It is with great saddness that I acknowledge the death of Mrs. Huffington on Sunday, 9 Nov 2003 in Houston, Texas. She was a loving person and my best friend.

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/lks_friday/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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