Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #55:
11 Oct 1988

by Rocky Macy

Rootbound has several new friends in the vicinity of Miami, OK, and they're all members of the Ottawa County Genelogical Society. Many thanks to the group for inviting me to speak about Rootbound in the Hills at their October meeting.

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society (Box 1383, Miami, OK 74354) meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the dining room of the Nine Tribes Tower. The $7 annual dues entitles members to copies of the group's excellent quarterly publication, Smoke Signals, as well as other benefits associated with being part of a first-rate genealogical society.

Queries and surname lists gathered at Miami will run in Rootbound over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Norma F. MILLWEE (4011 Kiva Trail, S.W., Los Lunas NM 87031) would like to contact any member of the Ralph Thomas WHITE family. When Ralph died (she neglected to say where) on 18 Aug 1983, he was survived by his wife, Nellie Rebecca COOK WHITE, and several grown children: Betty LANDRETH (Adele, IA), Mary LAUTHERN (Willard, MO), Sharon McLEES (Kansas City, MO), Jack (Springfield, MO), and Tom (Stella, MO). Norma is waiting by the mailbox in sunny New Mexico.

And this for our readers in Barry County: Maynard PAINTER (1 Circle Dr., Litchfield, IL 62056) is seeking information on three ladies who were born in Barry County. Maynard is tracking Martha PAINTER (born 1849) who married Vinzent BROCK in 1867, Lucinda PAINTER (born 1847) who became the wife of William MAXON in 1868, and Elvina PAINTER (born 1841). Perhaps some of our McDonald County BROCKs are tied to this line. Maynard would like to hear from his Ozark cousins.

Mrs. Frank (Maxine BROWN) MULVANEY (1102 N. Central, Monett, MO 65708) is searching for two former classmates who graduated from Pierce City High School in 1934. Both would be in their early seventies today. Do any of our readers know the whereabouts of Frederick CLASSEN or Dorothy Fern MATHIS?

Frederick was the son of Fred CLASSEN, a monument maker, and Ann TARPY CLASSEN. He joined the Navy after graduation. Frederick's parents later moved to Colorado. Dorothy Fern MATHIS was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Audrey MATHIS. The family had moved to Pierce City from Carbondale, IL. Mr. MATHIS worked on the railroad and his wife was a homemaker. Have any of our readers kept in touch with Frederick or Dorothy?

Do we have any GARMON or GARMAN researchers reading Rootbound? Mrs. Patricia SCOTT GARMON (28111 Mountain Meadow Road, Escondido, CA 92026) is ready to exchange information. She is especially interested in Arkansas lines.

Ruth L. GEOUGE (919 Crest Lane, Miami, OK 74354) needs to know how to gain access to the I.O.O.F. records at Wheaton, MO. She is trying to learn more about her great-grandfather, Joseph N. BROOKS, a Baptist minister at Rock Springs Church. Ruth is the program chairman for the Ottawa County Genealogical Society.

Special Announcement: The U.S. Postal Service is promoting genealogy. Post offices across the country are distributing an informational flyer entitled Plant a Family Tree. It includes specifics on how to begin tracing ancestry as well as a blank family group record and four-generation family tree chart. Stop by your local post office today and pick one up...and don't forget to mention that you heard about it in Rootbound!

And while you're at the post office, drop Rootbound a card or letter with your query, surnames, or genealogical material to share with our readers. Happy trails!

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