Saturday, January 23, 2016

Thomas Resin Galt Celebrates His 87th Birthday

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Newspaper articles of all sorts can add or confirm information. These articles are not limited to birth, death, and marriage announcements. Wedding anniversaries and accounts of birthdays can also provide valuable information. This clipping honors the birthday of my husband's great-grandfather, Thomas Resin Galt, of Hale Center, Texas. His 87th birthday has newsworthy in 1947. From this clipping we can glean that his birthday was February 7, 1860 and that he was born in Appleton City, Missouri. He moved to Hale Center in 1913 and quit farming in 1937 when he sold out and moved in with his daughter, Mrs. Wallace Louthan. It is not mentioned in the article, but he had become a widower in 1934. Although they are not named, he had a total of three sons and five daughters still living. Among them was my husband's grandmother, Beulah (Galt) Graham. He lived for six more years.

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As you are searching for information on your ancestors in newspapers, remember to also search for them by their initials as well as their given names. Initials became very popular in the last half of the 19th century and that trend continued well into the 20th century. Also, remember that women like Mrs. Wallace Louthan disappeared into their husband's identities. Look for your female ancestors lurking behind their husband's names rather than their own.

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