Kissin’ Kuzzins: From a childhood baby book

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

By Dickie Dixon

Thanks to our readers!  The response lately has been overwhelming.  I have been so inundated with responses I can’t get them all in my column.  The conclusion is inescapable:  Family history (genealogy) and local history is alive and well.  Don’t ever forget Tip O’Neil’s famous comment (although said in a political vein):  All politics finally is local.  All family history and history finally is too!

Responses from our readers:  From Bill Beavers Thanks so much for Bill Beavers for asking his daughter Pam Fieldcamp to copy some articles for me on Firpo Marberry and inviting me over to his house to pick them up.

Queries from our Readers:  From Earl Wayne (Dusty) Rhodes  Dickie, when was the post office at Keltys moved to the commissary of the Angelina County Lumber Company? (936) 675-2444

Query from the Author:  The author is doing research on “Where Did the Houses Go,”for a speech he will deliver to the Camden Sawmill Reunion on Saturday on April 21, 2018 in Camden, Texas.  The speech will attempt to detail who lived in the houses before they were moved, who bought them when they were sold by the W. T. Carter & Brother Company in 1968, and where they were moved to after they were sold.  If you or your family lived in one of those houses before they were sold, if you or your family bought one of them, or if you know who bought one of them and where it was moved after the sale, please call the author Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at

Save the Date!  (1) Linda Reynolds will discuss “Voices from Small Places,” when she speaks at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 to the Angelina County Genealogical Society in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas (75904).  Linda, a Certified Archivist, serves as the Director of the East Texas Research Center on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  The grant she and Kelley Snowden are working on targets preserving the history and community of communities in East Texas with 100 or less population.

At 3:30 p.m. guests and members of the Society will enjoy refreshments and desserts together.  For more information, call Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him

(2)The Timpson Area Genealogical and Historical Society (TAGHS) will meet March 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Timpson Public Library in downtown Timpson (75975) on 520 Austin Street.  Linda Reynolds, director of the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, will discuss a grant she and Kelley Snowden are working on called “Voices from Small Places.”  The pilot project for that grant began by working on the Arcadia community in Shelby County, Texas.  For more information, please call the program chairman for TAGHS Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at

From a childhood baby book Thanks so much to Lufkin native Joe Burch III for sending me some pictures of some books his mother Jeffie (Cunningham) Burch wrote about some birthday parties when he was a boy.  My mother and his mother met circa 1936, when my mother and father lived across from Rev. Emma Irick on Shepherd Street and his parents lived on Montrose Street.

My brother Don was born September 19, 1933, and Joe was born in 1936. [Insert photos from attachments here]

For book reviews/notices please send a complimentary copy to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001

Send your queries to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 15-1001 Lufkin TX 75901 by email to or by phone to (936) 240-8378