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March 15, 2009

by Virginia Scott

I am still running around and am relying on others for our news. They have been busy with accessing our new items and are also finding interesting items in the old newspapers. The lastest find will be the topic of my historical portion of this column.

Georgia and I are traveling to El Paso this week for the annual meeting of the Texas Association of Museums. This is one of two annual meetings that we attend to learn the current trends, etc. for museums and historical commissions. These meetings provide us with networking opportunities and lectures that teach us new techniques and practices that assist us in making our organizations the best that it can be. So be prepare for our latest find when we return.

Historical Question?????

In the 1930's , newspaper articles appeared concerning John Harvey DeBell. The first was one reported that J.H. DeBell was improving slightly in a hospital in Little Rock, Ark.

The next had Mr. DeBell's picture and the headline: Help us Locate his man. The article was submitted by the local Odd Fellows , American Legion, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and others. They requested that information be sent in care of A.C. Teter.

The last was the announcement of the auction of the remaining stock of Wathkins Products that were owned by Mr. DeBell and that the sale would take place in front of his office.

We are not sure of the sequence of these events but here our questions to anyone that might be able to furnish information on this man's story:
  1. He was a member of Chapter 259 of the Ku Klux Klan, Follett, Tx. We were not aware that the KKK was in Lipscomb County and would like any information on this chapter and any activities of the KKK in our county.

  2. We know Mr. DeBell was born in Lipscomb County but do not know anything about his life here or his family. Can anyone help us?

  3. Did they ever find him? The newspaper never report a followup so we are still researching.
Well, this is this week's mystery and assignment. I hope there will be some answers when I return. Have a good week.

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