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(1) Cleveland native Keith Carter and his wife Ghita will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on August 18, 2021. To wish them a happy anniversary, mail a card to their daughter Jamie Carter Bollich at 955 Brandywine Beaumont, Texas 77706.

(2) Art Watson, a Tarkington Prairie native, will mark his 101st birthday on August 27, 2021. Wish him a happy birthday by mailing him a card to 1205 Crescent Boulevard Cleveland, Texas 77327.

(3) McBroom and Ivy to pinch hit for Sabine County historian Ronald Barlow this Saturday at the Logging Camp and Sawmill Reunion from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Old Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas. Ronald tested positive last week for COVID-19.

Presentations begin with Bob Flournoy remembering growing up at the sawmill community of Manning south of Huntington. Steve McBroom, who owns the land where Chronister Lumber Company was at Wildhurst, Texas, near Forrest, will discuss the Chronister sawmill at Wildhurst. At about 2:30 p.m., Huntington resident Ted Ivy will discuss his ancestors, the Frost family, who were part owners of the Lufkin Land and Lumber Company I Lufkin, from materials he has collected over the years. At 3 p.m. Dan Shaddock will talk about his father’s mill at Wiergate in Newton County close to Burkeville. From 4-5 p.m., those attending with connections from other sawmill communities can contribute their memories. Kendall Gay and the Texas Forestry Museum have been invited, and Linda Reynolds, Archivist at the East Research Center on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library, will be invited, too.

For more information, contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 671-1419 or

(4)The Angelina County Genealogical Society is honored to have Penny Clark from Lamar University as the speaker for its meeting on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on 1867 Ol Mill Road in Lufkin, Texas. Contact Dickie Dixon at (936) 671-1419 or

To submit an item in this column, email by phone to (936) 671-1419 or by mail to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin Texas 75915-1001 For a book review, mail a complimentary copy to the address just listed