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May 27, 2014

Book proceeds help purchase area historical markers

Cooke County — The Cooke County Historical Commission  announced the sale of volume II “Capturing the Past for Keeps” that is now available at Morton Museum, 210 S. Dixon Street in Gainesville.

Each book costs $10 and proceeds will help to buy historical markers like the marker that recently honored 19th century frontier naturalist and ornithologist, George Henry Ragsdale (G.H. Ragsdale) in a ceremony at Fairview Cemetery.

The CCHC is a nonprofit organization with the mission to “preserve, educate and promote the history, culture and originality of Cooke County to residents and visitors with opportunities to share our unique history with future generations and preserve the roots of our past.”

Volume II contributing writers are CCHC board members and local historians, Tom Carson, the late L.D. Clark, Bill Cox, Kit Chase, Ken Leach, Marcia Porter, Barbara Pybas and Reagan Vestal.

Stories included tell about early life in Cooke County. Barbara Pybas writes about the first military outpost, Fort Fitzhugh that was built to protect settlers from Indian raids. She also included a story about the Pybas family patriarch and the family’s move from Tennessee to Texas in 1881.

Tom Carson contributed several stories and writes about World War I soldier, Sam W. Tune, who was one of the namesakes of VFW Post 1922. He also writes several stories about Cooke County Courthouse history that includes a ghost.

Marcia Porter contributed a story about a young woman and her climb from hard work in the cotton fields to a fine home and a rich husband.

Ken Leach writes about the Hahn family and Henry Hahn’s claim to one of the first residents in the county.

L.D. Clark’s story is about his youth in Burns City and Reagan Vestal writes about his youth in the Hays community.

Bill Cox writes about the Salem Community that once existed in the southeast corner of the county.

Kit Chase tells about the Rodney Howell family and their recent family’s recognition for 150 years of agriculture in Cooke County.

The book was funded for publication by local sponsors and include the Muenster State Bank, Landmark Bank, Prosperity Bank, North Central Texas College, Morton Museum, VFW Hughes-Tune Post 1922, Cross Timbers Genealogical Society, Lone Star Angus, Pybas Ranch, Cooke County Treasurer Patty Brennan, Cooke County Clerk Rebecca Lawson and Cooke County Attorney Edmund J. Zielinski.

 

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