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A full moon has been peeking behind a coverlet of clouds. Known as a “Wolf Moon”, the occurrence on Friday received its name from Native Americans who witnessed the lonely howl of wolf packs in search of food during the wintry weather. This January’s full moon was accompanied by an unusual lunar eclipse.

Our sympathy goes to friends who have lost loved ones in recent days. Nell Luxton Sanders-Tisdale, a longtime local resident, traveled into the Great Beyond on Tuesday, January 7, and was laid to rest Saturday, January 11, in the cemetery at Fort McKavett.

Billy Joe Van Winkle of Boerne,  but formerly of Junction and Rocksprings, was another who passed away. His death occurred Sunday, January 5, and services were Friday, January 10, with burial in the Northeast Junction Cemetery.

Kimble County Historical Museum gratefully acknowledges monetary contributions. A donation in memory of James Alfred Barker has been given by Julia Robinson of Savannah, Texas.

Representatives from the Texas Pecos Travel Trail Region have scheduled their next meeting to be held Tuesday, January 21, in Junction. The agenda will include a tour of Kimble County Historical Museum.

Charlotte Kahl of the Old Spanish Trail Centennial Commission was one of last week’s visitors at the historical museum. Activities are being planned along the transcontinental automobile route in celebration of the centennial. The trail stretched from St. Augustine in Florida to San Diego in California and Kimble County near Cloud Point is the half-way point along the way. During the kick-off in San Antonio to mark the one hundred year anniversary, the local historical museum was represented by Teena Hagood and Connie Sue Low. Their display received both city and county awards.

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Kimble County will meet Tuesday noon, January 21, and prospective members are invited. Since its organization in 1961, the club has been active in the betterment of the community, including but not limited to local Christmas decorations events.

The historical museum has set aside two rooms for display of military history. One is featuring memorabilia from World Wars One and Two, and the other is designated for the Korean, Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. The committee is seeking photographs (preferably 5×7 in size) of all veterans. Stories and memories of this era of our history will be appreciated, and some interviews have already been recorded.

It is interesting to note that during World War II, six sons of Dave and Emma Hight Adams served the military. The group included Granvel Estes and Lawrence “D.D.”, Air Corps; Elbert “Buddy” and Johnny, Army; Milton, Coast Guard; and Wiley “Babe”, Navy. Adams’ family grandsons also served.

Five sons of the family of Thomas J. and Lily Eaton Wootan saw overseas duty during of the second world conflict. They were Thomas Franklin, James Dawson, Don Otis, Alvin Byrd and Charley V. A son-in-law also served the country.

At least four local families each had four sons in military service at the same time in the 1940’s. Clovis, Leon, James and Joe Barker all served in the Navy during World War II. They were sons of Joel Alvin and Shelby Barker, and Joe is the surviving veteran of the group.

Ollie and Mae Williamson Murr saw all of their sons march away to World War II. Orvil T., Carl Winston, Robert Glenn and Edwin Davis all served in the military. Their dad had served in World War I.

Another family was that of Acy Frank and Carrie Josephine Harriss Stapp. Their World War II veterans included Arvil, Elmo, A.D. and Gene Stapp.

Three sons and a daughter of Oscar and Hulda Leifeste Camp were in the military during World War II. Max, Gus and Melvin were in the service, while their sister, Dorann (whose husband was overseas) was a veteran of the Army Nurses Corps during the conflict.

Miraculously, although battle-scarred, all of the above survived to return home to help the community, state and nation reconstruct and rehabilitate following a devastating wartime era.

Perhaps other families had multiple veterans in their families, and if so, please contact the Kimble Historical Museum.

Thank you for reading “Meanderings”!

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