Tyler Texas

Tyler’s Music Man ‘Doc’ Witt Celebrates the Armistice in 1918

Tyler’s Music Man ‘Doc’ Witt Celebrates the Armistice in 1918

John Franklin Witt was known to many as ‘Doc’ Witt, Tyler’s Music Man. Mr. Witt was a trumpet player, band leader, composer and teacher of music. He made a name for himself in Smith County Texas through his extraordinary musical talent. He was Bandmaster for the Tyler Kid Band in 1908, then the Tyler Municipal Band in 1916. It is no wonder that this leader of bands helped lead the Armistice ...[Read More]

2018 Genealogy Lock-In Program

The 2018 Genealogy Lock-In Program is a cooperative effort to bring genealogical topics and speakers to a wider audience using modern technology through the Genealogy Network of Texas. There will be 8 one hour to one and a half hour sessions featuring some of the nation’s best known genealogical speakers. This live webinar will be shown on a projection screen in the Smith County Historical Society ...[Read More]

First African American Board Member, Mr. Larry D. Wade, Sr.

First African American Board Member, Mr. Larry D. Wade, Sr.

  The Smith County Historical Society would like to introduce our first African American Board member Mr. Larry D. Wade, Sr. Larry Wade has been a member of our Society for 20 years. He has been involved in our Society Archives on many levels, including the research of African American historical data for Smith County Texas. We are honored to have Mr. Wade represent our Society as a Board mem ...[Read More]

Missing Page from African American Life Book

While I was preparing the index for the book African American Life in Tyler, Texas compiled by Rodney Lamar Atkins, I discovered that the edition published in 2007 and the one published in 2008 had a one page difference. The 2008 edition was missing the information from page 159 in the 2007 edition featuring a profile of Pearlie Henderson. I transcribed the 2007 edition page so that the owners of ...[Read More]

FUN AT THE MUSEUM

FUN AT THE MUSEUM

History Mystery Fun at the Museum – in Tyler, TX! Smith County Historical Society has a way of continuing the learning process children need through their Summer, Fall, and Winter breaks. Fun At The Museum            Studies show that student’s achievement scores decline over summer break. This decline is referred to as Summer Learning Loss. In response to this issue, the Smith County Histor ...[Read More]

Brothers Meet on WW1 French Battlefield

Brothers Meet on French Battlefield Extracts from a World War 1 letter from Lieut. Charles N. McClendon to his father in which he tells of meeting his brother, Lieut. S. S. McClendon, Jr., on the Western Battle front in France: Oct. 23rd, 1918 “Dear Father: “I received your “beaucoup letters from home.  You can imagine how greatly I appreciated them.  The letters from you I carried to Sidney as he ...[Read More]

Charles Newcomb McClendon – WW1 Servicemen Sponsorship 2018

Charles Newcomb McClendon – WW1 Servicemen Sponsorship 2018 Sponsored by Daye Collins Life Before WW1 When Charles Newcomb McClendon was born on September 2, 1892, in Tyler, Texas, his father, Sidney Smith McClendon, was 27 and his mother, Annie Rebecca (Bonner) McClendon, was 24.  He was the second child born of nine children.  He married Norma McClendon on December 12, 1916, in Morris Coun ...[Read More]

Joseph Favre Baldwin – WW1 Servicemen Sponsorships 2018

      Joseph Favre Baldwin (1892–1918) Sponsored by Wanda Barber and Tiffany Wright     Life Before WW1 Joseph Favre Baldwin was born on August 3, 1892, in Tyler, Texas. His father, Aaron, a doctor and his mother, Clara, a concert pianist.  He had one brother, Fredrick.  He attended Tyler High School.  He was a senior Medical School student in 1915, attending Tulane Univer ...[Read More]

How far would a dollar stretch in 1860 Tyler?

How far would a dollar stretch in 1860 Tyler? First of all, did they have a dollar as we know it?  Before the Civil War the only money used was gold and silver coins referred to as specie.  In 1862 president Lincoln authorized congress to print currency.  Foreign coins were widely circulated in the colonies.  One of those was the Spanish dollar also known as pieces of eight.  Silver and gold coins ...[Read More]

Andrew Smith – WW1 Soldier

Andrew Smith – World War 1 Soldier Andrew Smith was born on October 4, 1894, in Linden, Texas. He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 at Dangerfield, Texas.  At that time, he was a Hotel porter in Omaha, Texas.  He served overseas from August 22, 1918 through July 17, 1919 with Company C, 322nd Service Battalion.  He was discharged on August 2, 1919. Andrew remained behind the lines most of t ...[Read More]