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Best wishes go to the readers of “Meanderings” during the new year of 2020. I am finding it a bit difficult to play “catch-up” after a sabbatical during the fleeting days of 2019.

Sincere condolences are extended to friends and acquaintances who lost dear ones in recent days. James Alfred Barker passed away Monday, December 23, and graveside services were Saturday, January 4, in the Junction Cemetery. James was a longtime Junction resident and businessman, and served his country in World War II.

Carlton Bierschwale, a lifetime county resident and rancher, departed into the Great Beyond on Thursday, December 26, and services were Sunday, December 29, with interment in the Junction Cemetery. Carlton, a classmate of my brother, the late Fane L. Burt, was another World War II veteran.

Sonny Price, another local resident and a Korean War veteran, left this world for a Heavenly home on Christmas Day. Memorial services were Saturday, December 28.

Another December 25 death was that of Manuel Arango, Jr., who was laid to rest Friday, January 3, in Junction.

I read of the November 23 death of Laurie Henderson Stark of Brady. She was the daughter of the late John D. and Marvel Henderson of Junction.

John Wesley Joy of Sonora passed to his eternal reward Monday, December 23. He was the son of Artie and Fannie Sykes Joy.

An obituary for Karole Jeanne Price Woolf was in Sunday’s edition of an area newspaper. She was the eldest daughter of the late John Ed Price of Junction. Memorial services will be Saturday, January 11, in San Angelo.

Kimble County Historical Museum is most appreciative of the continuing support by persons interested in the preservation of the unique and fascinating local history. Kathy Trimble Cashman gave a generous donation in memory of her husband, John B. Cashman, and their friend, Dave “Pi” Cowsert. A contribution from Bruce and Cindy Syfan Rieck of Austin was in memory of LaWanda Gilliam. Memorial donations for David Loeffler, Steve Amaon, and Catherine Cammack McKelroy Henry were given by Carol Henderson, Robert Bierchwale and family. Mrs. Henry was a sister of Emily Bierschwale.

The Terry and Dixie Jetton Hunt family of Greenville sent a contribution in honor of Ruby Whitworth Sheppard, “for her unique place in each of their lives and the joy she brings to them.” Ruby is a dear person and one who served our country as a member of the Women’s Army Corps in World War II.

Troy Hardesty of London telephoned for a chat, as he was interested in the location of the Red Creek School, from which his father graduated in days of yore. The final site of the school adjoined the Red Creek Cemetery, where many of Troy’s family are buried.

Another friend with whom I enjoyed holiday verbal communiqués is Sue Bannowsky Ramsey of Tyler. She is an avid reader of “Meanderings”, and it is always a joy to communicate with her.

Edie Wise Adams was a recent visitor, and it was a pleasant encounter. Pat Green was also visiting at the time. Edie remembered my mother during the latter’s last days, and we all reminisced a bit. She brought along a collector’s copy of O. C. Fisher’s renowned book, It Occurred in Kimble County, to donate to Kimble Historical Museum, and we are grateful.

D’Shea Bannowsky was guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of Junction Rotary Club. She is a student at Texas Tech University and has recently returned from a course of study in the Czech Republic. During her time abroad, D’Shea toured many of other European countries, including the land of her family’s roots.

We hope your plans will include a visit to Kimble County Historical Museum, the recipient of Texas’ “2019 Excellence in Museums”.

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