Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Although some family reunions may have had a decline in the number of regular attendees and others have disbanded, many annual gatherings of kinfolks continue to be held and even thrive. The annual event provides people with an excuse to travel and to enjoy the company of relatives who are often of like mind. If individuals are attending for the first time, they have the opportunity to meet kin they never knew they had and to share experiences that may be common because of their blood connection. Since the fall season is often the time of year when people start to plan next year’s get-together, Reunions Magazine has just published a new Reunion Planners Notebook.

     The colorful 2016 edition emphasizes the utilization of multimedia to plan reunions. Like all issues of the reader-driven publication, the glossy 50-page Notebook furnishes practical advice to organizers concerning all types of gatherings (family, school, military, and miscellaneous), whether they are large or little. Divided into different topics, the chapters cover all aspects, both big and small, of the planning process. Subject headings include surveys, leadership and governance, budget, site selection, promotion and communication, fundraising, registration, food, last-minute things to do before reunion day, programs, and evaluation feedback. In addition, the issue contains a catalog of reunion resources.

     Especially helpful in this issue are various forms or checklists pertaining to specific topics. Included are prototypes for surveys, budgets, membership and leadership rosters, site inspection, registration, orders, activity sign-up, menu, and evaluation. Also included are samples of programs, business meeting agenda, and memorials. To make the forms easily accessible to everyone, they are also available for free at Whether you are a novice or a seasoned reunion organizer, you will find new useful ideas and suggestions in this affordable publication.

     Annual subscriptions to the online quarterly, Reunions, remain at the low price of $9.99 ($17.99 for two years). Subscriptions include a print copy of the Notebook. Checks should be mailed to P. O. Box 11727, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211-0727. For more information, you can phone 414-263-4567; fax 414-263-6331; e-mail, or visit the website at

     Do you have any ancestors who were involved in the American Revolution in what is now the Tar Heel State? If you do, you will want to check out the new digitized material available online for free. The North Carolina Revolutionary War Pay Voucher Collection, which covers the years 1779-1782, contains digitized images of returned and canceled pay vouchers for services rendered or for goods (cattle or corn, for instance) supplied to the militia and Continental forces. When the vouchers were redeemed, a hole was punched through them so do not be surprised by the puncture when you look at the documents. To view the records, go to

     The death notices below can be found on page 34 of The Texas Druggist, Volume 6, Number 1 (December 1938). (Some punctuation is added for clarity. Surnames are in all-caps for emphasis.)

     “H. T. HOOKER, Sr., pioneer East Texas druggist, died in the hospital at Shreveport {LA}. He was former mayor of Carthage; survived by his widow and two sons.

     Marion GAGEN, age 34, formerly residing in Ft. Worth, was found dead in a Chicago hotel room. Death thought to be caused from heart attack. He was formerly with the Renfro organization of Ft. Worth.”


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