Editor’s note: Joan Taylor, a coordinator for the Somervell County Historical and Research Center, is now writing a column to be published periodically in the Glen Rose Reporter. This is her first contribution.
Welcome to the Somervell Historical Library and Research Center! We are beginning the second year in our new home and all is well. It has been an adventure and we are proud of the progress we have made to bring the Somervell History to its new home in The Somervell Room.
This is the start of a new column that will appear in the Glen Rose Reporter. We plan to have stories of both the past and the present, of the times and lives of our historic people, places and things! We will be delving into the DNA mysteries and Ancestry.com. The world of family genealogy is the biggest mystery of all and we will be glad to help you find yours.
The plan is to cultivate a sense of what, when, where and how we have evolved into the Glen Rose of today. Those magic moments in time that are lost unless they are told.
At this moment I am thinking of the days when the local news happened on the benches on the square. It hasn’t been long ago that Kenneth and Gilbert could be seen and heard filling the ears of anyone who stopped by with the “items of the day.” If it happened, those guys knew it! Even if they just “thought it happened” some of the time.
It brought long ago memories of when I was growing up and there were fellows sitting on the square every day. In the growing season we had vendors selling fruit and vegetables every day, and each Saturday was always “go to town day” for everyone in the county. Even a few on horseback.
Each Saturday I would walk with my dear Grandmother to “market” on the square. She taught me the “advantages of fresh from the garden.” Which ones to pick and why. What item would do what for your good health and all the benefits of picking the “cream of the crop.” How to buy the round sweet potatoes because they were the “sweetest bakers” and the long “skinny’ ones were the best for boiling.
Those were very important things you needed to know! I would hurry and carry them home and run back so I could go with her to Gresham’s, Martin’s, the Corner Drug and then down the other side of the square to the feed store to see what new feed sacks they had this week.
Many of the topics will come from our collection located in the Somervell Room (the glass room) in the library. It has families, events, places and a wealth of information of our families. Maybe you might have a story to tell. We are listeners also and you can stop tell your story and we will even write it with you! A few of the Somervell County History Books are still available for sale!
The Research Center resources are still available to all who visit. The volunteer staff has been awesome. We are here the same calendar days as the Somervell Public Library and the hours are mostly the same. We do not stay past 6 p.m. on Thursdays except by appointment. Betty Gosdin, our certified genealogist, is available by appointment.
We are located at 108 Allen Drive, in the Public Library. The phone number is 254-897-9073.
The Research Room, the large room right next door, contains something for everyone. It covers all of Texas and its counties. Also, it has something from every state and many of the counties in those states.
We have a vast collection of the world events, all the wars and battles, documents from the very first adventurers to today’s heroes. Tracing your ancestors is much like solving a mystery. When you first become aware of how vast your own history is, it is like winning a prize!
Stop by and visit our Somervell Room” and take a walk through our Research center, and you can get a Family Chart and begin your own quest to find the answer to the big question, “Without our past, how do we know who we are?”