Geraldine Humphreys Seven Pines

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Geraldine Humphreys Seven Pines - Reception Is View Into Pioneer Life The museum...
Reception Is View Into Pioneer Life The museum in the Geraldine D. Humphreys Cultural Center, recently renovated with security - geared glass partitions on either end, was formally opened with a Sunday afternoon reception. Guests, many of whom were descendants of the pioneers of Liberty County, came at intervals to tour the museum display, coming from Liberty, the county, and surrounding area all during the sunny Autumn afternoon. Perhaps some of the most significant historically related out - of - town guests were the neice, her husband and daughter4 of the late Mrs. Geraldine Humphreys, Mr. and Mrs. John Blaffer and daughter Sarah, all of Houston. Mrs. Blaffer had often visited as a child with her cousin Kalita (Humphreys) Burson at “Seven Pines'1, and with her aunt and uncle, the late Col. and Mrs. Humphreys. The museum’s display of early pioneer artifacts via an attractive simulated log cabin and a display on General Sam Houston were well - chosen, since the woman whose bequest made it possible through the Geraldine D. Humphreys Foundation was a descendant of Franklin Hardin, who came to this area in 1824 and who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto with General Houston. Fall arrangements, a bright pumpkin, roughspun cloth and primitive serving pieces and accessories added to the charm of the impressively simple main hall of the center. Sam and Rose Partlow, descendants of Hugh B. Johnston, first Alcalde of the Municipality of Liberty and of Matthew G. White, first Alcalde of the Atascosito District, greeted guests at the wide glass doors. Serving at the refreshment table, charmingly in keeping with the log cabin exhibit in the museum, were Mrs. Albert Delaney, Jr. and Mrs. Bob Bouchard. Mrs. Ed Pickett, Liberty County Historical Committee chairman, lovely in long casual gown, welcomed guests and aided In explaining the display. Other members of the Museum Board who assisted her were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hartel, Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Delaney, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wheat, Mrs. Sim De Blanc, Miss Joyce Calhoon, Mrs. Ben Pickett and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher, Jr. Other out of town visitors included Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Ford and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stone all of Dayton; LM. Jones of Baytown (Harris County Heritage Society and Historical Committee); Mrs. Mabel Johnson and Mrs. Jack Me Kellar, both of Cleveland; Dr. and Mrs. S.M. Elliott,Mr.and Mrs. Neal Iverson, Mr. and Mrs. Drew Jackson and Rachel, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bryant, all of Dayton. In addition to the other displays was a new display case for documents, letters and photographs donated by John Middleton. This attractive black revolving case held the Abbott Papers, recently acquired by the museum from Dr. Richard L. Etter of Houston through the assistance of Charles W. Fisher, Jr. (W.C. Abbott was the pioneer member of one of Liberty’s most prominent families and original owner of the two and one- half acre block Number 7 of the town of Liberty, and of the home, still standing in the northwest corner of that block at Grand and Fannin. This home, mentioned in the abstract as having been “built long before the Civil War” remained in the Abbott family until 1921 and has only had two successive ownerships.) The documents on display included, Abbott’s admittance to the practice of law in Alabama In April, 1839; Abbott’s arrival in Texas and his certified intention of remaining here, December, 1839; his admittance to the practice of law in the Republic of Texas, May 1840; to practice in the U.S. District Court in Texas, May 1847; and the resolution adopted by the Liberty Masonic Lodge upon his death in September 1863. A Touted Now in TexorSfrwe Laufman’s Respoeted Baytown

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  1. The Liberty Vindicator,
  2. 19 Oct 1972, Thu,
  3. Page 11

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