Volume 5, Number 3, Spring 1974
I must call attention to some new contributors. First, a book just out, "Early Ozarks Martins" by Blunt Martin. This issue we carry only sections of some chapters.... The good strong verbs carry one from one scene to another that never lets you drop the book even to prepare breakfast. I did use a section which I thought shows how Mr. Martin and his Edith searched for material concerning the Blunts and McPhersons. The price $6.95 and cheap even if you must go without breakfast to acquire it.
Mr. Blunt says, "I am particularly interested in finding some one (Martin) who can help me find the first name of my great grandmother, wife of Samuel Martin (1776-1854) who was a first settler and first Judge of Greene County, Springfield, Mo. At that time Taney County was a part of Greene County as were 16 other counties (1835).
Ralph and Lena Wills stand as our professionals in genealogy, so from them we may learn about essentials as we read and see the pictures they sent.
Now I come to the letters sent to various officers and which eventually reach me. First, I say that without a typist and with a typewriter that cannot spell correctly it takes me ages to get around to answering a letter. If the letter or request asks for searching of data, there are genealogists who receive pay for such searching, so find time to do it. Maybe sometime the society will afford an editor who only edits a magazine not one who helps in the Book Shop, who feeds her family only what she determines builds good health and long life, who gardens a bit, does the cancer drive for miles, and once-in-a-while cleans the house, visits by the hour and continues to use a typewriter that cannot spell.
Here are some requests: from Marilyn Hair, Box 1845, Long Beach, Calif. who wants to know if Mary Scott Hair or any other is related to Hairs in Carroll County, Ark., or to John Hair born in Carterville, Mo. or of John Harvey Hair born in Ripley County, Mo. who married Dellie Chesser in Lawrence Co., Ark.
Mrs. Chester F. Edwards, 8108 S. Hwy. 26, Valley Springs, Calif. 99252, asks, "Do you have any information in past Quarterlies or on file on the Thomas B. Edwards descendants? If so, let me know what the costs would be?"
Mrs. Willard Hughes, Ocie, Mo. 65719. "I would like to get some information from your Editor, Mrs. Jewell Ross Mehus, concerning having a complete genealogy of my grandfather, Isaac Taber, who was a Civil War veteran. He, at this time, has about 400 descendants. He came to Big Creek area and homesteaded 160 acres on the last prong of Big Creek.
I do not know how to get this in print, but I have it almost complete." (Note from the Editor: Nearly every issue I ask for history, for manuscripts, from members of the society. I do not write the material used in the Quarterly. It is your Quarterly giving history concerning your area which includes the counties listed in the front of the Quarterly.)
Mrs. Evelyn K. Freeman, 6515 Cumberland Place, Stockton, Calf. 95207. "I am doing research on the Brodleys: Richard Brodley, his son, Linville and Linvilles wife, Martha Jane Woody, all of Christian County. I would like to buy any of the magazines in which they are mentioned."
Mrs. L. D. Walsefield, 78 W. Downs, Stockton, Calif. 95204 wishes to find the name of Nathanial Kimberlings parents.
Letter to James B. Inman from R. S. Tillner, Secretary and General Manager, Turlock (Calif.) Irrigation District. "I enjoyed reading your book very much. (A Pioneer from the Ozarks). I have been in the building your grandfather built many times, Stanislaus County has now purchased the said building as a historical building and it is to remain as a part of Stanislaus County La Grange Park. They also purchased the La Grange Gold Dredger Camp site and the beach along the Tuolumne River for park purposes."
Beginning with the next issue we will run in the Quarterly a column titled "Information Wanted,.
Jewell Ross Mehus
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