Kissin’ Kuzzins: Queries from the author, readers

Published 2:31 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018

By Dickie Dixon


During her tenure as a student at the University of Texas, Lufkin High School alumna Carolyn Hyman paid $11.36 for her Student Athletic Season Ticket for the 1943-1944 season.  Carolyn was the daughter of local Lufkin businessman Sam Hyman, a Russian Jew.  As a student working on her Master’s in history, she worked on the original Handbook of Texas under the supervision of UT history professor Wiliiam Prescott Webb.  Should any one have any more details about the life of Carolyn Hyman, please let the author know.

Firpo Marberry from Streetman, Texas was on the 1934 Detroit Tigers baseball card.  (That year he was the teammate of Schoolboy Rowe from El Dorado, Arkansas.)  Firpo was the first cousin of Robert Marberry, the father of Rick Marberry, who played high school baseball and continued in baseball as an associate scout for the Colorado Rockies.  Rick’s and Cathy’s son, Zach, continued the baseball tradition as catcher for the Lufkin Panthers, when they went to the 2009 State Championship game (where he was the starting catcher).  He continued his career playing for Angelina College and played one year in the minor leagues for the Tampa Bay Rays.  Anyone with more details about the life of either Firpo Marberry or Schoolboy Rowe, please contact the author.

Save the Date!  Nelta Nolen, of Leesville, Louisiana, will discuss “Alternative Sources for the 1890 Census,” when she speaks to the Angelina County Genealogical Society at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  At 6:00 p.m. Klaus Gehr will discuss “Armor Through the Ages” at a location to be determined.  For more information, call Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at

The date for the Newton County Genealogy Conference is Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Iris and Anne Howard Civic Center on 213 East Court Street in Newton, Texas.  The cost of registration will be $12, including a box lunch from Brookshire Brothers.  For pre-registration, contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at  Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2018.  A pre-conference class called Genealogy Basics will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 1-4:00 p.m. at the Newton County Public Library in Newton, Texas.  Contact Stephanie Ducote at (409) 379-8300 to reserve a seat.

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Send all queries to by phone to (936) 240-8378 or by mail to Kissin’ Kuzzins P.O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001