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Gene Helm and Eugenia Howard circa 1912

February 24th, 2017 Comments off

Thanks to Gary Helm Darden for these photographs. He wrote:

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Here is story of John D & Eugenia Andrews from a book I have on Houston’s history from cousin Gary

February 22nd, 2017 Comments off
Here is story of John D & Eugenia Andrews from a book I have on Houston’s history. Attached is the front of the book and two paragraphs devoted to their origins and home.
Best, Gary

 

Forgotten Heritage Book on Houston

Forgotten Heritage Book on Houston

 

Forgotten Heritage Text 1

Forgotten Heritage Text 1

Forgotten Heritage Text 2

Forgotten Heritage Text 2

History of the Clarks, Andrews, Tilghman, Flewellen families from cousin Gary Helm Darden, Ph.D.

February 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Hello Everyone,

I most appreciate this conversation and help with family information. To clarify to all in this conversation my relation to you is that I’m the youngest son of Nancy Clark Ince Darden (1937-2010), the sister of Elizabeth “Betty” Ince Hughston (1934-2015), and they were the daughter of Eugenia Helm Ince (1909-2007), whom we called “Nina.” She was the oldest daughter of Elizabeth “Bessie” Clark Helm (1884-1966). So the names Elizabeth, Eugenia, and Nancy have been carried down for many generations. Sadly, Nancy died of lung cancer in 2010 and Betty died of pancreatic cancer in 2015. I live in New York City and am a university history professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in New Jersey. It’s a large private university similar to SMU or TCU. My father and brother are all still in Dallas.
I’ll add below what I know, and I apologize if you’ve already heard it or already knew.
Per Sperry’s question –– and as I understand it from my grandmother –– Elizabeth “Bessie” Clark Helm and her sister Nancy Ella Clark (1888-1977) were largely raised by Eugenia “Jennie” Andrews Flewellen (1840-1923), their great aunt, at the house on 410 Austin Street. The girls’ mother Nancy “Nannie” Tilghman Dickinson (1862-1888) died due to complications from giving birth to Nancy Clark in 1888. The newborn Nancy was adopted by one of the sons of Eugenia Flewellen, but Bessie was not adopted and officially remained a Clark. So I assume that’s why Bessie was not in the Flewellen will.
However, I do know that “Aunt Nancy” Howard as she was known to my grandmother, transferred the deed to at least 3 or 4 farms to her sister “Bessie” Helm because, as I was told, Aunt Nancy thought it was only fair given their childhood and upbringing. That land went to my grandmother and was sold off (minus the mineral rights) from the late 1960s and through the 1970s.

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Gene Helm Ince, Nancy Clark Ince Darden and Elizabeth “Bessie” Clark Helm

February 22nd, 2017 2 comments

Thanks for the photos from our cousin Gary Helm Darden Ph.D.

Gene Helm Ince - Engagement Photo 1933

Gene Helm Ince – Engagement Photo 1933

Nancy Clark Ince Darden at UT in the late 1950s

Nancy Clark Ince Darden at UT in the late 1950s

 

Elizabeth "Bessie" Clark Helm as an infant ca. 1884-85

Elizabeth “Bessie” Clark Helm as an infant ca. 1884-85

“You don’t even know where the library is.”

February 16th, 2017 1 comment
Sperry and the judge at C.W. Post College Library 1967

Sperry and the judge at C.W. Post College Library 1967

My parents visited Robin in Manhattan, and me at college in my freshman year at C.W. Post on Long Island. It was springtime and their anniversary (4/29). In high school I used to tell Dad I needed to go to the library on weeknights, which was not always true, of course. He would say, “You don’t even know where the library is.” He and I reenacted this into a little skit for Mom and the camera that day at college.

 

Lennie Sherman

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

Lennie Sherman

This was a print from a painting. According to Eugenia Hunt this is the woman who made or helped to create the battle flag at San Jacinto. She was the wife of [later] General Sydney Sherman. Sherman was second in command at the battle. It is who is credited in Bartletts Quotations as the author of the phrase “Remember the Alamo.” She was the grandmother of Lucy Brady, who married Wilmer Sperry Hunt.

Brady Kiesling on NPR 2/1/2017 regarding Donald Trump and the State Department

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off
Brady on Naxos

Brady on Naxos in 2007

On February 1, 2017  National Public Radio aired Ari Shapiro’s interview of very our own (John) Brady Kiesling regarding President Trump’s ban of  Muslim refugees from seven majority Muslim countries, and the President’s refusal to seek counsel from the Department of State.  Brady was well-known for his 2003 resignation from the State Department in protest over the US invasion of Iraq. Click below to read the text. You can also listen to the interview by clicking on the blue and white arrow on the left of that page.

Listen to Brady’s Interview on NPR 1/1/2017

 

2003 NPR Interview