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Hi & Merry Christmas to everyone from the folks here in the Bootheel of Missouri & other places around the Country.

Just want to say thanks for all the Christmas Cards, E-Mails & phone calls, that we received at Christmas time in 2004. You guys & gals are great.

RUMOR: Santa is NOT real!

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!”

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true. Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

Off we went to Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy somthing for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's. I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother,but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping..

For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class..

Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he had no coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. "Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons. A little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible. She helped me write "To Bobby From Santa Claus" on a tag. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going." I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby. Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in BobbyDecker's bushes.

That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team. I still have Grandma's Bible, with the coat's tag tucked inside:$19.95.

Happy Holidays to all of you and God bless! "Every good and perfect gift is from above......" James 1:17

My Note: You should be in the Christmas Spirt after reading this! Cousin Helen (Hart) McClintick sent it to me last Christmas. Thanks Helen.

NOTES - From time to time in the Christmas Newsletter I will include different notes explaining how families are connected. HOPE THIS HELP’s.

Carmi Times, Carmi, IL 27 Dec 2004
Blanche Irene Heathcock, 91, Belle Vista, Ark., formerly of Carmi, died at 5:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 at Innis Free Nursing Center in Rogers, Ark.

Mrs. Heathcock was born Nov. 2, 1913 in Heralds Prairie Township, the daughter of the Rev. Otto Simpson and Stella (Bryant) Catlin. She married Robert Manley Munsey, and he preceded her in death June 12, 1957. She married Ennis Viser Heathcock on Oct. 7, 1959, and he preceded her in death May 16, 1986. Mrs. Heathcock spent most of her life in Carmi, where she was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, before moving to Belle Vista, Ark., where she continued her church service at First Baptist Church of Belle Vista. She was a Sunday school teacher and loved to play the piano and sing. She served as president of Carmi Home Culture Circle and was the recipient of the "Woman of the Year" Award.

Surviving are a daughter, Carmen Munsey Lehman of Rogers, Ark.; two sons and daughters- in-law, Gene and Nancy Heathcock of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Ennis and Sandra Heathcock of Flossmoor; ten grandchildren, Sommer Lehman Raser and husband, Steve, of Furlong, Penn., John Robert Lehman of Rogers, Ark., Nancy Lesser of Tulsa, Okla., Sheryl Castello and husband, Rick, of Lake Jackson, Texas, Kathy Walker and husband, Rick of Lafayette, Ind., Tom Heathcock and wife, Cindy of Muskogee, Okla., Alan Heathcock and wife, Rochelle of Boise, Idaho, Doug Heathcock and wife, Anne of Mokena, Dale Heathcock and wife, Tiffany, and Randy Gleason and wife, Karen, all of Houston, Texas; a sister, Beulah Muriel Pool of Norris City; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwight Wayne and Ruth Catlin of Norris City, and Guthrie Otto and Mariam Catlin of Campbellsville, Ky.; numerous nieces and nephews; her loving caregiver, Linda Dodd of Belle Vista, Ark.; and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Carmi, the Rev. Glenn Toler officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery near Carmi. Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Heathcock's name to Chapel on the Creeks, PO Box 850, Rogers, AR 72757 or First Baptist Church of Carmi

Note: Blanche’s father Otto Catlin who was a half-brother to our grandmother Hannah I. Melton who married our grandfather Martin Allen Hart. That would make my dad Joe & Blanche 1/2 first cousins.

Carmi. IL & Evansville, IN 18 Jan 2005
Jerusha A. Aud, age 90, of Heath, Ohio, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, passed away January 16, 2005, in Heath Nursing Care Center. She was born in White County, Illinois, on June 25, 1914, the daughter of Lula A. (Catlin) and Charles C. Melton.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca A. (James) Thompson of Thornville, Ohio, sons, Stephen B. (Kathy) Aud of Hardy, Va., and Michael D. (Theresa) Aud of Moumt Sterling, Ohio, grandchildren, Kevin Stroup, Brian Stroup, Timothy Stroup, Shane Aud, Benjamim Aud and Abigail Aud, and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Carl B. Aud, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, at 11: a.m. in the Jackson Lytle & Ingiling Williams Funeral Home, 2425 North Limestone Street, Springfield, Ohio. A Dignity

Memorial Provider, with Pastor Dan F.Reihing officiating. Burial will follow in Frencliff Cemetery in Springfield.

Note: Jerusha’s father Charles C. Melton was a brother to our grandmother Hannah I. (Melton) Hart. That would make my Dad Joe & Jerusha 1st cousins.

Tucker, GA - Jan 2005

Cynthia Elrod Jordon Hart passed away on January 29, 2005 at her home in Tucker. She was the last surviving member of the George C. (Clabe) Elrod and Emma Beaner Elrod family of Chatsworth, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Otis Jordan; and her son, Burton.

She is survived by her husband, Sam Hart; and three sons; Steve and Dianne Jordan of Lake Hartweell, GA, Randall and Pam Jordan of Kennesaw, Ga, Chris and Linda Jordan of Lawrenceville, GA; her daughter-in-law Marsha Jordan of Douglasville, GA; six grandchildren ; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverends Tom VanLaningham and Kenneth Pew officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at A. S. Turner & Sons, Burial will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens. In lew of flowers, donations may be sent to First Christian Church of Atlanta, 4532 LaVista road, Tucker, GA 30084. Cynthia will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. A. S. Turner & Sons.

NOTE: Cynthia’s husband Samuel Dudley Hart is #129-547 on page #137 of the James Hart & His Descendants book.

Herman L. Schacherbauer, 72, Dexter, MO., died Thursday, Feb 17, 2005. Mr Schacherbauer, was born Feb 12, 1933 the son of the late Joseph and Alma Katheryn Ploense Schacherbauer in Canalou, MO Burial was in the Dexter. Cemetery.

Note: Herman was the father of Carol Gilbow & grandfather of Cody Gilbow. Carol is married to our second cousin Kerry Gilbow

LaCrosse, Kansas - 6 Apr 2005
Frances J. Johnson, 78, La Crosse, Kan., died Monday, April 4, 2005 at her home. Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 2, 1926 in Maunie, IL., the daughter of Casper Alonzo and Delphia (Hankins) Allison.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church in La Crosse, with Pastor Troy Schroeder officiating. Burial will be at La Crosse City Cemetery.

Note: Frances grandmother was Vera (Melton) Hankins & Vera was as sister to our Grandmother Hannah I (Melton) Hart

Kennett, MO - Friday, July 8, 2005
Morris Browning, 78, of Senath, Mo., died Thursday, July 7, 2005. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the United Methodist Church in Senath Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the United Methodist Church in Senath with the Rev. Andrew Lovins officiating. Burial will follow at the Senath Cemetery. McDaniel Funeral Home of Senath is in charge of arrangements.

Note: Morris attended some of our Hart Reunion’s here in Dexter several years ago & his parent’s was Mattie M. (Hart) & C. H. Browning, grandparent’s Mary Ann (Scott) & David Darrell Hart, great grandparents Catherine (Hill) & Jessie Jerningan Hart & great great grandparents were Nancy (Rainey) & Henry Hart.

Advance, MO - Wednesday, Aug 24, 2005
Jerry Dewain Bridgeman, 54 of Qulin, was born Dec. 28, 1950, at Cape Girardeau, MO, the son of Sylvester and Almeda Ladd Bridgeman, and died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at the Advance Nursing Center.

Note: Jerry’s sister Sharon is the wife of our cousin Amos (Butch) Hart.

Postage Contributors - Marilyn VanZyl, of Green Valley, AZ sent postage money to the Hart Reunion Fund for the Hart Family Christmas Newsletter. Marilyn decends from the John Henry & Malinda (Hart) Kisner Family of White Co., IL. Thanks Marilyn

Combination Knife--Fork

Cousin Christine (Hart) Mansfield has told me for years that Great Grandpa Martin M. Hart (1845-1919) & he had a cripple hand & that he had an unsual eating utensil.

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a section of the newspaper called “LIFESTYLE”, dated Dec 4, 2004 there was a question asked: I am trying to identify my unusual eating utensil. It has a fourtonged fork at one end and a wooden handle at the other. The center section between the handle and fork forms a curved and sharp knife blade. The utensil has its own leather covered case. The answer was: Combination knife-forks similar to yours are made today for people who have the use of only one hand. The curved knife blade can be rocked back and forth to cut food. Some other combinations might have been used by the military; it’s easier for a soldier to keep track of one all-purpose eating utensil.

Christine’s dad, Star Hart had this eating utensil that belonged to his grandfather for many year’s & does not know where it went after her Dad’s death in 1987? Does anyone have any idea where this went to?

From the Daily Statesman, Dexter, Missouri - April 1, 2005
World War II veteran gets medals - after 60 years

Neal Mansfield, husband of our cousin Christine (Hart) Mansfield has finally gotten the decorations he earned for his service in the Pacific campaign. Sixty years after the fact, Neal Mansfield of Dudley has received his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Libration ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal and World War II Honorable Service label pin.

Mansfield, now 83, was drafted into the army in August 1942, as America’s war effort was shifting into high gear. “ I went in at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis and that where I got out on Dec. 29, 1945. We went by ship from New York through the Panama Canal.”

The island, a French colony east of Australia, served as a staging point for American units headed for fighting in the Solomon Island and New Guinea, both to the northwest. From there, Mansfield deployed with his unit to the New Hebrides Islands (now called Vanuatu) to the north east of New Caledonia. Units to which he was assigned moved onto Guadalcanal in the Solomons. The first stop after Guadalcanal was Munda Airfiedld on New Georgia, followed by Bouganville and the air bases there. Next stop was the island of Los Negros, in the Admiralty Island group north of the Solomons and the great Japanese bastion at Rabaul. He arrived there some time after Los Negros’ capture in May 1944 to by pass Rabaul. By September 1944 he had already been to Morotai, north of New Guinea, and was at Noemfoor, west of New Guinea, both of which are in what is now Indonesia. It was from Noemfoor that the longest-distance air raids of WW II took place 1,300 miles each way to the Japanese-held oil refineries at Balikpapan on the island of Borneo. “I was there to load them up when they went,” Mansfield said proudly.

The Editor of the Dexter Statesman asks - “So, why did it take 60 years to get those medals? A bureaucratic foul-up or lost paper work, as has been the case for many other veterans?” “No, I just never got around to it,” Mansfield said, “and I couldn’t figure a place to wear ’em on my overalls!” Mansfield said, however, that family members had advised him that succeeding generations might be interested in his decorations, so he requested and received them from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis

The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal came with four bronze service star devices, signifying participation in four of the major campaigns that made up the Asiatic-Pacific campaign. The Philippine Liberation ribbon also came with a bronze service star.

MY NOTE: Neal, I am glad you received the World War II medals after all this time and am sure that your family member’s will appreciate seeing them as the years go by.

Harold Hart of Bell City, MO

Cousin Harold Hart of Bell City, MO had one Stint put in an artery in March 2005 at Cape Girardeau, MO. From all the traveling that he & Vivian have done this spring & summer, I will have to say he is doing fine. “Texas, Hawaii & Washington.”

Doris Hart has By-Pass Surgery.

Our sister in-law Doris Hart had By-Pass- Surgery on April 14, 2005 in the Little Rock, AR Hospital. Doris is the wife of my brother Donald Jerome (Jerry) Hart & they live in Russellville, AR.

Aunt Ora Hart attended our Hart Reuion on June 5th here in Dexter & began having problems with falling shortly thereafter. She went into the Advance Nursing Home in August & seems to be doing a lot better at this time. She loves to help those OLD PEOPLE play Bingo there at the Nursing Home. Aunt Ora is the Mother of Harold Hart of Bell City, Richard (Dick) Hart of Essex, Mitchell & Amos (Butch) Hart, of Swinton, MO & Tom Hart, (deceased) & the wife of the late Amos Hart. Aunt Ora Hart & Aunt Mamie Hart are the remaining survivor’s of our Aunt’s & Uncles. Aunt Ora we wish the best for you in the future.

Logan Jennings Tepe, Joplin, MO
graduates from Joplin High School on May 15, 2005.

Logan is the son of Amanda Marie (Jennings) & John Joseph Tepe, the grandson of Ruth (Hart) Jennings & the late Jack Jennings.

Congratulations Logan & we wish you the best for you in the future.

Steven Robert Duncan of Pottsville, AR graduates from Russellville High School on May 20, 2005.

He is the son of Chuck & Pam (Hart) Duncan & grand-son of Jerry & Doris Hart of Russellville, AR.

Congratulations Steve & we wish you the best for you in the future..

Alexander J. Noble joined the US Army at Fort Jackson on February 2, 2005 & graduated from Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC 6 May 2005. He then graduated from Jump School at Ft. Bragg, GA.

Alex is the son of Michael J. & Jill E. (Jennings) Noble, the grand son of Ruth (Hart) Jennings & the late Jack Jennings. Grandma Ruth made the trip to Ft. Jackson, SC for his graduation.

Alex is stationed in Germany and is going to Iraq Dec. 5th.

Sarah Christine Hart of Russellville, AR graduates from Arkansas Tech University, Conway, AR May 14, 2005.

Sarah is the daughter of Perry & Mary Hart & granddaughter of Jerry & Doris Hart of Russellville, AR.

Congratulations Sarah & we wish you the best for you in the future.

Barry Morris Tucker, son of the late Clara Jo (Hart) Tucker & Dan F. Tucker & step son of Melissa Tucker & grandson of the late Ezra & Geneva (Hankins) Hart graduates from ROTC with the rank of Second LT. Barry wrote the following for his gratuation:

I would like to thank my entire family for the support they gave me in all of my endeavers and for always loving me. I thank my sister Haley for the company that she has been for me while growing up and for being by big sister. The later years with you, Hayley, were the best and I know that I can count on you for the help that I need. To my step mom Missy; thank you for coming in to the Tucker family when we needed you the most. Without you, the family would be imcomplete and I would not be the person that I am today. I want to thank my Grandma and Grandpa Van Den Berg, my brother-in-law Dusty, Uncle Larry, Aunt Sandy, Uncle Alex, and Aunt Jean. You have been a wonderful family growing up. I also want to thank my girlfriend, Maryellen, for all her support in everything that I strive to achieve. You are my best friend, Maryellen, and I love you. Most of all, I want to thank my Dad. You have shaped me into the person I am today and I know that I will look up to you forever. I am proud to be your son; you are my hero.

Finally, I thank God for life and my country for the freedom that it gives us all. Barry Tucker.

Note: You will remember, Barry’s father Dan & mother the late Jody (Hart) Tucker were not able to have children at the beginning of their marriage & therefore they adopted Hayley. Within a short time after Hayley was adopted they found out that Jody was pregnant with Barry. Jody died with cancer the 7th of June 1992 when Hayley was 10 years old & Barry was 9 years old. Jody was the daughter of the late Uncle Ezra & Aunt Geneva Hart

Hannah Beth Roussel of Gilbert, AZ graduates from Gilbert High School on May 26, 2005.

Hannah is the daughter of Bobby & Patti Roussel, the grand-daughter of Marie (Hart) Roussel & the late Keith Roussel.

Congratulations Hannah & we wish you the best for you in the future.

Hannah Jane Howler of Chandler, AZ graduates from Hamilton High School on June 1, 2005.

Hannah is the daughter of Mary Elizabeth (Hart) & Bill Howler & granddaughter of Bill & Mary Hart of Chandler, AZ.

Congratulations Beth & we wish you the best for you in the future.

Poplar Bluff, MO - 13 June 2005
Michael Ryan Thrower arrived at 1:15 a.m 13 June 2005 in Poplar Bluff, MO weighing in at 8 lbs. 9 oz & was 20 1/2 inches long to our step grand-daughter Amanda Gee & Michael Thrower. Congraulations to Amanda & Michael, the grand parents Kim & Brenda (Gee) Hart.

Little Johnny

A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses. She started her class by saying, "Everyone who thinks you're stupid, stand up!" After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up. The teacher said, "Do you think you're stupid, Little Johnny?" "No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!"

Pfc. Carl Anthony Hart is serving with the Missouri National Guard in Kuwait. Sorry I don’t have a picture of you Carl & wish for your safety while serving in that area. Carl is the son of Brian Hart & the late Denise Hart & the grandson of Normalene Hart of Wappapello, MO & the late Jack G. Hart.

Hart Family Gathers For 28th Year

On Sunday, June 5, 2005 the descendants of late Martin A. Hart and Hannah I. (Melton) Hart held their 28th Annual Hart Reunion at the American Legion Building in Dexter. Several distant cousins attended the reunion for the first time this year.

Richard (Dick) Hart, master of ceremonies, welcomed everyone to the reunion and M. A. Hart gave the treasurer’s report. It was agreed that the Hart Reunion donate $250.00 to the American Cancer Foundation this year from the auction proceeds that is held each year. Next year we will donate to another worthy cause. The blessing was given by Jerry Hart before a potluck dinner. Two member’s of our family, Jack Jennings, husband of Ruth (Hart) Jennings of Dexter, MO and Cynthia Hart, wife of Sam Hart of Tucker, GA., passed away during the last year and they were remembered in prayer. There was a lot of visiting, picture taking and the auction was held during the afternoon.

We had sixty three relativies and friends attending the reunion this year and they are; Larry & Sandy Hart, Kelso, WA., Sam Hart, Tucker, GA., Judie Boone, St. Charles, MO., Elizabeth B. (Bahr) Crabtree, Chesterfield, MO., Christine & Lynn Walters, Lexington, TN., Jerry & Doris Hart, Russellville, AR., Carl & Carolyn King, Mt. Home, AR., Ora Hart, AR., Mitchell & Mary Hart, daughter Hannah Hart & son Irie Hart, Amos (Butch) & Sharon Hart & grandson Dalton Holderfield, all of Advance, MO., Harold & Vivian Hart, Bell City, MO., Richard & Sharon Hart, Essex, MO., Keith Roussel, Shawnee, KS., Bob Roussel, Gilbert, AZ., Stanley Hart, Loveland, Co., Neal & Christine (Hart) Mansfield & Donna Mansfield, Dudley, MO., Doug & Judy Mansfield, Pacific, MO., & their daughter Lisa Lucy, New Madrid, MO., Margaret & Jim Duncan, Benton, IL., John Tanner, Flora, IL., John Hannah, Benton, AR., Robert Glasco, Dover, AR., Gene & Sue (Hart) Fulks, Tubac, AZ., Bill & Pat Dickerson, Patterson, MO., Ray & Tammy Goodson, Whitewater, MO., their son Ray & his fiancee Lindsay Hurtt, Jackson, MO., Alan & Della Hart, Advance, MO., Shelly (Hart) Bader & children, Dylan & Brooke Bader & Sierra Young, Corey Hart & children, Dalton & Kaylea Hart, Rev. & Mrs Dwight Hensley, children Leighton & Alana all of Bloomfield, MO., Dale & Peggy Kirkbride, Tom Menley, M. A. & Eloise Hart, Dexter, MO.

The next Hart Reunion will be held June 4, 2006 at the American Legion Building, Dexter, MO.

Note: Cousin Sue (Hart) Fulks told me at the Hart Reunion that her son Andy Martinez is making plans to attend our reunion in 2006. We are looking forward to meeting Andy & this will be his first time he has attended one of our Hart reunions.

Sam Hart of Tucker, GA donates US Flag to the American Legion in Dexter, MO. For those that don't know it, Sam Hart of Tucker, Ga attended our Hart Reunion here in Dexter on June 5th, which was held in the American Legion Building. The only flags that Sam saw in the building was a small Missouri Flag & a small US Flag displayed on the Podium. Sam went back home & being a retired Army man, was concerned that a large US Flag was not displayed in the building. Within a few days he e-mailed me, inquiring if the Legion would mind if he donated them a large US Flag to be displayed inside the building. I am a member of the American Legion, but not very active, therefore I contacted them about this & it was alright with them. I contacted Sam & told him it was alright. The US flag arrived last week & last night I took it to the meeting & presented it to them on behalf of Sam. They expressed their thanks & appreciation to me to be passed on to Sam. Folks, this just shows us all what a great bunch of folks we have in this Hart family. Thanks Sam for donating the US Flag to the American Legion in Dexter, MO.

By the way, we had several 3rd & may be some 4th cousins, (haven't figured it all out yet), that attended our reunion this year & everyone seemed to enjoy it & have told me they plan to attend next year.

Catlin Family Gathers for the 80th Year

The 80th annual Catlin reunion was held Sunday, June 25, 2005, in Herald, White County, IL. Approximately 70 descendants of Chester Catlin attended. The eldest was Laura White, of Florida, age 95.

Fourteen of the 28 surviving grandchildren were present. Those attending include: Kenny Williams, Charlotte Roark, Leon and Margaret Hale, Guthrie and Marion Catlin, Junior Williams, Mary Baker, Evelyn Spry, Barb and Jim Hall, Hilda Williams, Karen Young and family, Bob and Melba Williams, Veda Stewart, Roger Stewart, Ron and Kathy Jensen, Laura White, Rosilyn Powell, Jason and Damien Hughes, Misty Siders, Albett Brown; Phyllis Stockton, Danny Williams, James, Minnie, Tommy and Carolyn Catlin, Fleeta, Henry and Crystal Guffey, Ezra and Marjorie Millspough, Linda and Philip Russell, Beulah Pool, Fred Buttery, Otto and Anita Brown, Mable Fouts, June Van Gampher, Ken and Pat Stuckey, Orley and Jean Bryant, Herschel and Margaret Catlin, Mr. & Mrs. Lindel Hoy, and Jerry and Bonnie Holman.

Note: Chester Catlin was Grandma Hannah I. (Melton) Hart’s step-father. The community of Herald was where Grandpa & Grandma Hart was living when they moved to SE Missouri in 1918.

Jackson, MO - 2 July 2005

Ray Goodson & Lindsay Marie Hurtt, were married 2 July 2005 at Francine’s Gardens in Cape Girardeau at 6:00 p.m. and Jim Matthews, pastor of the Cape County Cowboy Church performed the ceremony. The reception was also held in the Gardens Lindsay is the daughter of Ron & Rhonda Hurtt & Ray is the son of Tammie (Hart) & Ray Goodson. Tammie is the granddaughter of Ora (Perrigan) Hart & the late Amos Hart. Congraulations Ray & Lindsay & we wish you both the best in the future.

Puxico, MO - 9 July 2005

Brian Lee Hart & Nancy Kay Kraft, were married 9 July 2005 in Puxico, MO. Brian is the son of Normalene (Cunningham) Hart of Wappapello, MO & the late Jackie Gene Hart. Congraulations Brian & Nancy & we wish you both the best in the future.

Bloomfield, MO. 16 July 2005 Shelly L. (Hart) (Bader) & Mark Young, were married 16 July 2005 at the Assembly of God Church in Bloomfield, MO. Shelly is the daughter of Alan L. Hart & step-daughter of Della Hart of Advance & our granddaughter. Congraulations Shelly & Mark & we wish you the best in the future.

Dixon-Hart Reunion in Harrisburg, Illinois

The 75th - Diamond Dixson - Hart Reunion was held on the fourth Sunday in August - as usual - August 28, 2005 at the Harris - Pruett Building in downtown Harrisburg, Illinois. Those attending the 75th Diamond Dixon-Hart Reunion Include: M.A. Hart - Dexter, Missouri John Wayne Tanner - Flora, Illinois James and Rosa Lockley - St. Jacob, Illinois Bernice Dixon Hickman - Indianapolis, Ind. Ron and Nancvy Hughes - Avon, Indiana Crystal Rathe - Ina, Illinois Fonda K. Stout - Harrisburg, Illinois Eloin Koch - Harrisburg, Illinois Jim and Margaret Duncan - Benton, Illinois Jack and Glenda Hagan - Greenfield, Indiana Roy and Doris Hughes - Golconda, Illinois Vidor, TX - 24 Sep 2005

The following is from Janet Wilkinson, daughter of our cousin Patsy (Aslin) (Wilkinson) Lucas:

The storm (Hurricane Rita) came early Saturday morning September 24. Mom (Patsy) & Dad (Jim) came up to (Huntington, TX), on Wednesday before & thank heavens they did or they would have been caught in traffic & a 2 hour trip could have taken them 12 hours. Albert, my youngest son also lives in Vidor and he came up with his two sons on Thursday. The worst part of it was the heat after the storm & us with no electric the first couple of days. I wondered who was going to chew whose head off first. We got a generator 3 days after the storm and ran the ice box and fans & a well pump off of that. We were a week without electric. I took Mom home one week after she arrived with a generator and she and Albert ended up getting electricity back before I did. Most of my neighbors had trees down on their houses and cars. I was lucky, only real large limbs down all over the yard.

Note: I (M. A.) talked to Patsy after she went back home & they had lost a roof off of an out building & had somewater damage inside their home. Patsy is the daughter of our Aunt Clara (Hart) & Uncle Ray Aslin.

Tucson, AZ - 31 Aug 2005

Madison Riley Pena arrived 31 Aug 2005 in Tucson, AZ to Chad & Aubrey (Roussel) Pena. Congraulations to Chad & Aubrey, the grandparents Bobby & Patty Roussel of Gilbert, AZ & great grandmother Marie (Hart) Roussel of Phoenix AZ

Colorado Springs, CO - 26 Sept 2005

Rebekah Margaret Oaster, arrived on 26 Sept. 2005 in Colorado Springs, CO., weighing in at 5 lbs & 8 ozs & 19 inches long to Jeremy & Megan Oaster. Congraulations to Jeremy & Megan, the grandparents Bradley (Jerry) & Kimberlly (Perry) Oaster, the great grandparents Richard & Nancy (Hart) Perry & the gr. gr. grandmother Mamie (Grissom) Hart & the late gr. gr. grandfather Milas Hart.

Lakewood, CA - 17 Sept 2005

Michael Patrick Hart & Carie Yost were married in Lakewood, CA. on 17 Sept 2005. Congraulations to Michael & Carrie & we wish you all the best in the future.

Note: Michael is the son of our cousin Richard (Dick) Hart & step son of Sharon Hart of Essex, MO. & grandson of Ora Hart of Advance & the late Amos Hart.

Sam Hart, Tucker, GA. 10 Nov 2005

On Monday, November 7, Sam went to Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA where the doctors there did an angiogram and found I had an 80% blockage in a coronary artery. So, they put a stent in the artery. The next day I came home. As far as I can tell I'm OK and as soon as the soreness goes away I shouldn't have any problem. It's been 13 years since I had a quadruple bypass surgery, so I guess I don't have reason to complain.

Note: Sam attended our Hart Reunion here in Dexter on June 5th this year


Andrew Burns of Blanco, OK was A WINNER on The Wheel Of Fortune to be aired March 7th 2006 on NBC. Andrew’s mother Sharon called us on Nov. 16th, 2005 & told us that she & Andrew was flying to Los Angeles, CA the next day & Andrew was to be a contestent on The Wheel Of Fortune the next. Andrew is a Junior at OU in Oklahoma City this year & the son of Sharon (Hart) & Jason Burns, the grandson of the late James (Vick) & Norma, (Beck) Hart. He has one sister Jamie who is a Sophomore & will be transferring to OU the next semester. Contraulations Andrew & we know you will use this money to further your education.

Valier, IL - 11 June 2005 Leroy Dees Family Reunion

The following familiy members attended the Leroy Dees Family Reunion, in Valier, IL, were, Don Dees & April Dees, Christopher, IL, Syble Dees, Valier, IL Chris Pitts, Valier, IL, Kathryn Young, Benton, IL, Deloris Brown, Waltonville, IL, Janet Montgomery, Waltonville, IL., Leroy & Phyllis Dees of Valier, IL & M. A. Hart, Dexter, MO. Note: Leroy’s grandmother was Elsie A. (Hart) (Melton) Nelson & his mother was Florice Irene Nelson. Florice & my dad Joe G. Hart were first cousins.

Making Memories for my treasured grandchildren: Kaydi 14, Tiffany 7 Kendra my precious daughter, Dan my wonderful son-in-law Dillon 3, Danny Jr. 12.

Kendra and her family were selected for a trip to Florida by a charitable group that sponsors families in need with a terminally ill parent. They spent a week including Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. What a wonderful surprise and gift knowing there are groups who know what cancer can do to a young family As you can see it has also taken it's toll on dad who hair has turned white. It took all the strength Kendra could muster to pull this off on her week off chemo treatments but she felt she had to seize the moment for her family. She was loaned a scooter or she said she wouldn't have made it to the gate let alone the park. Please continue your prayers for my loved ones. Judie

Note: Kendra is the daughter of Judie Boone, who attended our reunion on June 5th. Judie is a descendant of the Gossage/Hart family line.

1 Dec 2005 - A note from Judie
Hi again to all our wonderful support group.

For those of you who are following Kendra's progress, she was released from the hospital Sunday. She just had to be there Wednesday through Sunday, but of course that meant we spent Thanksgiving at the hospital. My nephew , who lives about an hour away, picked the kids up on Wednesday and took them to his house for Thanksgiving with his grandchildren. Kaylen got in from Tennessee on Thursday and was with us until Sunday morning.

We were back at the doctor today (Dec. 1) and he is delaying chemo for another week to see if the swelling will go down a little more. She faces quite an obstacle because the chemo seem to be killing some of the cancer cells, but always causes new issues. One of those deals where she having problems living with it but can't live without it.

She tries to stay in good spirits and refers to herself as the Puffin Doughboy because it is dif ficult for her to use her right arm. We love all of you and are so thankful to have such a wonderful group of friends to share our concerns with and that always keep us in your prayers.

Love, Judie and The Kendra Davis family

James & Rosa Lockeby called & told me that they had located Samuel (Jones) Hart’s Grave Marker at the Zion Cemetery, Buncombe, Johnson Co., IL. Samuel was James’ grandfather & was a step-son of our Great Great Grandfather John Henry Hart, He was the son of Cassandra (Jones) Hart & is shown on page #42 of the James Hart book.

New Hart Family Relatives that we have been in touch with this year.

James & Rosa Lockeby, a descendant of Samuel (Jones) Hart & John Henry & Cassandra Hart.

Lisa Davis, a descendant of Jessie Jernigan & Catherine (Hill) Hart.

Clint Kisner, a descendant of Jessie Jernigan & Lucinda (Prior) (Frier?) Hart.

Elizabeth (Bette) Crabtree, a descendant of the Hart & Gossage family.

John Hannah, a descendant of the Hart & Aud families.

Jim & Margaret Duncan, descendants from the Dixon & Hart Families.

I met several of them at the Dixon & Hart Reunion in Harrisburg, IL the 28th of Aug. I also met several members of the Leroy Dees Family at the Reunion that they had at Valier, IL on 12th of June.


I will be e-mailing the Hart Family Christmas Newsletter in the future. If you have an e-mail address, please send it to me at [email protected] Postage is taking another increase the first of January & copy costs are also increasing. Please keep me posted if you change your e-mail address.

Love & Best Wishes,

We want to wish each & every one of you a
Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

M.A. & Eloise Hart


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