Thursday, November 16, 2017

QPL Connections by Delene Allen

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen
November 22, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX            

  The Quitman Public Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  Singer-songwriter and accordionist Jo-El Sonnier will be at the Quitman Public Library on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. to share his love of music with the Story Time kids and to promote the new autobiography of his childhood, “The Little Boy Under the Wagon” written by his sister-in-law Shirley Strange-Allen. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

  There is a holiday collection of books for pleasure reading, movies with a holiday theme, and books with recipe and decorating ideas to make Christmas extra special. These displays are located near the check-out desk.
  The next 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam is Friday, Dec 8, in the library’s community room. Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to this informal jam from 6 – 9 p.m. An open mic is set up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are welcome. Call 903-975-5745.

  Patron cards are available for those residents who can provide proof of residence in Wood County and photo identification. A guardian must sign for children ages 5 - 17.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Visit the library’s website at www.quitmanlibrary.org and keep up with current events at www.facebook.com/quitmanpubliclibrary.

Adult Services
 
  GED class will meet again on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 4 – 6 p.m. The class is designed to prepare adult students for the test in a classroom environment that is motivational. Students work independently at their own pace with a certified instructor assisting according to individual need. Sign up for this free class at the library’s front desk, or call 903-763-4191.

Children’s Services
  Story Time will resume its regular schedule on Thursdays Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. with “When I Grow Up.” Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, but anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. Call 903-763-BOOK (2665).

Friends of the Library
  The Friends invite everyone to bring a lunch and join them for an hour of friendship on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at noon as members welcome the Quitman Elementary School Choir led by Katrina Morrow. The Friends of the Quitman Public Library is an active group of volunteers dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

New Arrivals

  The latest books, audiobooks and movies that have been added to our collection can always be found by visiting our online catalog at http://quitman.biblionix.com/catalog. Download the OverDrive® app for access to countless eBooks and audiobooks from the Quitman Public Library.  You may check out up to five online items for your choice of 7 or 14 days.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A Tornado Hits Wood County TX April 9, 1919

  There are several cemeteries in Wood and surrounding counties that have graves marked with the same date of death – April 9, 1919.  That was the day one of the worst tornadoes of mass destruction tore across much of northern Texas including Wood County.
  It was just after midnight on a Wednesday when the tornado developed what is now known as an F4 that traveled a long track nearly a mile wide making its way through the Red River counties, and Henderson, Van Zandt, Wood and Camp counties. Oddly, the tornado seemed to avoid the larger towns and focused its fury on the smaller farming communities causing horrific damage and loss of life.
EF 4 Tornado
  Relief trains were immediately sent out, each bearing teams of doctors, nurses, and emergency help from Fort Worth, Dallas, Greenville and many other points along the way.
  The Dallas Morning News reported, “Cyclopean Fury of Death Storm . . .  tornado moves through Henderson, Van Zandt, Wood, Camp and Red River counties, killing 42 people and injuring 150.”
  By the evening of Thursday, April 10, verified dispatches from the districts in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma swept by tornadoes showed that at least 86 persons were killed and more than 200 were seriously injured. In the tornado’s aftermath, upwards of 1,000 persons were left homeless including many children some of them orphans of the storm. Dallas Mayor Frank Wozencraft released his statement in a telegram saying, “Dallas sincerely sympathizes with the storm stricken areas and stands ready to cooperate in every possible way to relieve the situation. The Woodmen of the World have kindly offered the use of a large number of tents, and other relief will be supplied if needed.”
Aftermath of the Tornado on April 9, 1919 
  A few days after the catastrophe, Mr. Jim Venable of Big Spring received a letter from his brother in Bonham who witnessed the storm’s aftermath. The letter was dated April 9, 1919.
 “Dear Brother & Family, I will answer your kind letter received yesterday. We had a big cyclone that struck Bonham last night. It swept things clean where it went. It tore Leonard and Ector all to pieces. Killed 14 persons dead and wounded many. Several died today from wounds and several more expected to die. There isn’t a house left from Mulberry to the river. It just swept things clean. Jim, I witnessed the saddest sight this evening I ever did before in my life. I hope I’ll never have to witness it again. I saw them bring 9 dead persons men women and children in a truck to the undertakers office. Their heads were beat all to pieces. Some with both arms and both legs broke. One man in the bunch a piece of a 2 by 4 struck him in the neck and went half way through it.”
  
  No one is alive today that can relate a first-hand account, but stories have been handed down describing the horror of this catastrophic tornado. Many local folks recall hearing stories told about how trees had planks of wood lodged clean through them with sheet metal wrapped around fences and trees like cloth. One injured cow was noted as still walking about with a plank of wood in protruding from its side. Another man remembers his father talking about how the wind had blown straw and hay into the bark of the trees.
 
  So many lives were forever changed that April 9, 1919. In Wood County alone, you will find the following:
Nannie A Jones Vickery – Concord Cemetery, Quitman
Iris Lucile Autry White – Ebenezer Cemetery, Oak Grove
Mary Ann Calloway Turner – Ebenezer Cemetery, Oak Grove
Nova Reba Minick – Syrna Cemetery, Winnsboro

  You can remember these and a few others who lost their lives that fateful day by visiting the East Texas Tornado April 9, 1919 Virtual Cemetery created by David Brasfield at this link https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=692214

Delene Allen, Director
Wood Chips
November 2017



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen


November 8, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX  

  The next 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam is Friday, Nov. 10, in the library’s community room. Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to this informal jam from 6 – 9 p.m. An open mic is set up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are welcome. Call 903-975-5745.
  November is National Native American Heritage Month, and the Quitman Public Library is recognizing this event with a display of media available for check out.  Also, there is a holiday collection of books for pleasure reading, movies with a holiday theme, and books with recipe and decorating ideas to make Thanksgiving extra special. These displays are located near the check-out desk.
  Patron cards are available for those residents who can provide proof of residence in Wood County and photo identification. A guardian must sign for children ages 5 - 17.  Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Visit the library’s website at www.quitmanlibrary.org and keep up with current events at www.facebook.com/quitmanpubliclibrary.

Adult Services
  Rebekah Yeager and Virginia Hoffpauir invite students of all ages and skill levels to bring their own supplies and join the group for free crochet and knitting instruction each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery. Learn to crochet ornaments for holiday gifts and decorations.
  Get GED Ready @ QPL! Class meets each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. and is designed to prepare adult students for the test in a classroom environment that is motivational. Students work independently at their own pace with a certified instructor assisting according to individual need. Sign up for this free class at the library’s front desk, or call 903-763-4191.
 
Children’s Services
  Story Time meets each Thursday at 2 p.m.  Lillian Gray plans an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun. Upcoming themes are: Nov. 9 “What’s Your Favorite Pie?” – Nov. 16 “Turkey Time is Near” – Nov. 23 there will be no Story Time. – Nov 30 “When I Grow Up” Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, but anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. Call 903-763-BOOK (2665).

Friends of the Library
  The Friends invite everyone to bring a lunch and join them for an hour of friendship as it welcomes Wood County Extension Agent Angie Monk as the special guest speaker on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at noon. She will be sharing healthy holiday meal tips.  The Friends of the Quitman Public Library is an active group of volunteers dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

Genealogy
  The Wood County TX Genealogical Society meets Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Members invite family researchers, historians and storytellers, to commemorate their family’s rich and deep history by allowing it’s volunteers to assist with beginning your genealogical tree. Contact David Gilbreath at 972-977-7988.

New Arrivals

  The latest books, audiobooks and movies that have been added to our collection can always be found by visiting our online catalog at http://quitman.biblionix.com/catalog. Download the OverDrive® app for access to countless eBooks and audiobooks from the Quitman Public Library.  You may check out up to five online items for your choice of 7 or 14 days.