Submitted by Tad Bailey

Johnson Shares Shields Murder Research with TAGHS

October 24, 2021 - Though he has never been a resident of Shelby County, Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society member Charles Johnson's family has deep roots here, having arrived before 1850, and he has been researching county history for years. An event of particular interest to Johnson is the lynching of Joe Shields in 1892. “I first became really interested in the Shields case because in my genealogical research, I kept coming across mention of my second great-grandfather, Jesse Harris, being in jail in Center, charged with this lynching.”

Murphy Tells TAGHS about Jail Museum

June 21, 2021 - Published author and San Augustine resident Neal Murphy spoke to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their June monthly meeting last Wednesday about the historic 1919 San Augustine County Jail Museum. “I'm one of two docents at the museum and I work there three days a week. We give guided tours and I always ask visitors to sign our guest registry.

TAGHS Hears of Caddo Mounds Plans to Rise from Tornado Destruction

June 19, 2020 - “At 11:30, the first tornado hit Alto. As we were making plans to evacuate our site, we saw another storm front approaching. The tornado that hit us was in that storm.” recalls Anthony Souther, the Site Manager of Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, which is six miles west of Alto on Texas Highway 21. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. On Saturday, April 13, 2019 the State Historic Site was hosting a Caddo Culture Day, which included members of the Caddo Tribe who had traveled from Oklahoma to participate in the program.

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