The Lamar County Genealogical Society is pleased to have Rita Ownby Holcomb speaking to us for our meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. We will meet at 7:00 P.M.
Rita Ownby Holcomb is a fourth generation Texan who has always been fascinated by the question, "Where do we come from?" Her genealogy research has led to the birth of the A Twist of Tobacco series.
A family is like A Twist of Tobacco, layered, folded and twisted until each leaf becomes inseparable. Based on family stories and traditions and backed by years of research, this historical novel immerses you in the war torn hills of Middle Tennessee, the blood bath that was Chickamauga and the hell hole of Rock Island Prison. Follow the Civil War lives of the eleven Ownby children during The Civil War. Ten-year-old Lizzie proudly watches her brothers; uncles and close neighbors ride off to war in their butternut uniforms not realizing that she will soon be responsible for her five younger siblings.
Book two in the series is entitled A Vow Unbroken and continues the family saga through reconstruction Tennessee as the family endeavors to rebuild and fulfill each of their personal dreams.
Heaven's Promise-A Final Twist is slated for release in November, 2016.
Ms. Holcomb is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. For thirty years she served on or presided over various civic organizations including, but not limited to, the Sherman Community Players Board, Red River Historical Museum Board, Sherman Preservation League Board, Convention and Visitors Council, Hot Summer Nights Committee, Tri-County Senior Nutrition Board and Texoma Council of Governments. After serving as an elected Sherman City Council member she retired from civic service to become a buyer and seller of vintage clothing and accessories. Listed in Who's Who in American Women in 2000 and Who's Who in America in 2003 Rita is now a full time author. Married since 1972, she and her husband Darrell, have one son, Stuart.
The Lamar County Genealogy Library is open Tuesday-Friday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m and Thursday's 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. New addition to the hours - 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, on the second and fourth Thursday of the month the library will have extended hours of 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. for FREE guided research assistance.
You do not have to be a member to attend meetings of the Society so please come and bring a friend. There will be door prizes. The Lamar County Genealogical Society and Library is located in the south entrance to the historic Santa Fe Depot, 1135 Bonham St., Paris, Texas.
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