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Goree is a quaint, quiet town with easy access to the lake, guided hunting/fishing, hunting lodges, RVing, camping and extremely affordable real estate for your very own hunting headquarters. Finally, Goree has the last stop for bait, beverages and snacks before heading to the lake, Millers Creek Reservoir.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

In Loving Memory


Dorse Dean Blankenship, age 78, of Olney, Texas, died Friday, December 11, 2009, in Olney. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 14, 2009, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Carpenter, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.

Mr. Blankenship was born April 18, 1931 in Sunset, Texas to the late Porter and Ina (McGregor) Blankenship. He graduated from Goree High School in 1949. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and was assigned to the 351st infantry unit in Triest, Italy. He and Mary Joyce Jones were married November 8, 1957 in Seymour, Texas. She preceded him in death on October 28, 2001. Dorse was a farmer in Baylor and Knox counties for 30 years. He moved to Olney from Seymour, Texas in 1979 and worked for Olney ISD in the maintenance department for 13 years. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Olney Masonic Lodge No. 790 A.F. and A.M. He served as a worthy patron of the Eastern Star and was a past commander of the V.F.W. Post 3906.

Dorse was preceded in death by one daughter, Joy Elaine Moore, on December 26, 2005. Survivors include one daughter, Tina White and husband Brian of Fort Worth, Texas; son-in-law, Ben Moore of San Antonio, Texas; one brother, Bobby Blankenship of Goree, Texas; one sister, Bertha Mae Wright and husband, Wesley, of Midland, Texas; and one granddaughter, Brandi Moore Allen, and husband Forrest of Seattle, Washington.

Memorials may be made to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 756, Olney, Texas 76374, or the American Diabetes Association, 2315 North Main, Suite 320, Fort Worth, Texas 76106. Visitation will be from 6 ~ 7 pm Sunday evening at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Goree School

Hello Hometown,

Just wanted to drop you all a quick note and ‘officially’ announce that the school in Goree has been donated back to the City of Goree for public use. We appreciate Robert Dillard and the School Board for their cooperation and for giving us the opportunity to better our hometown.

If we do not utilize these facilities, then the upkeep, insurance and maintenance could hurt rather than help us. A Townhall Meeting is in the making. Thank you for your continued support and ideas.

We are excited to say the least!
Kent Trainham

Friday, October 16, 2009

In Loving Memory

Copied from Abilene Reporter News:

Gary Nemec

Gary Nemec, 65, died Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Anson General Hospital. A memorial service with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2009 at Adams-Graham Funeral Home Chapel, 732 Ave I.

Born June 24, 1944 in Elk Rapids, Michigan, Gary was a son of Joseph Nemec and Lena (Bolts) Kortanek. He was a U. S. Air Force and Army Veteran. Gary married Joyce Beaty on September 7, 1968 in Goree, TX. and was employed by U-Haul from 1985 to 2002. He was a self employed small engine repairman and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife Joyce Nemec of Hawley; one son, LCDR Terry Nemec, USN (and wife, Sheila) of Poulsbo, WA; two brothers, David and Paul Nemec of Boyne City, MI; two sisters, Liz McDermott of East Jordan, MI., and Jody Nichlas of Grand Rapids, MI.; two grandchildren, Gerritt and Anezka Nemec.

Monday, October 12, 2009

In Loving Memory

Joyce Dean Wier Therwhanger passed away September 20, 2009 at Legends Health Care in Midland, Texas. She was born August 23, 1932 in Knox City to Dean and Claudia Wier. She was raised on a farm in Munday and went to school in Goree. She attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Munday, Texas. She married Billy H. Therwhanger on October 27, 1950.

Joyce is survived by one brother, Jerry Dan Chamberlain; and three sons: Randy Therwhanger of Midland; Lindy Therwhanger and wife Jennifer of Midland; Terry Therwhanger and wife Teresa of Lamesa; seven grandchildren: Chelsie Therwhanger, Colby Therwhanger and wife Danielle, Lauren Goldsmith and husband Derek, Brannon Therwhanger, Shelli Scott and husband Sheyeene, Megan Therwhanger, Matthew Jordan; one great-grandson, Cannon Scott, and one great-granddaughter Julianna Jae. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Johnny Chamberlain; and one brother, Billy Royce Weir.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday, Texas with Jim Limbacher officiating. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Legends Health Care and Hospice of Midland for their loving care of Joyce during her illness. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This Saturday on October 3rd

Plans are for a full day of Praise and Worship Music, beginning at 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Participation is from Goree and surrounding communities, churches and all age groups. Bring your lawn chairs.

Bands, singers, dancers, vendors, food, kids' activities and a Kingdom Play are slated throughout the day.

In Loving Memory

GOREE, Texas — Carolyn Butler, 64, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Baylor County, Texas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Munday First Baptist Church with Dr. James Heflin of Abilene officiating. Burial will be in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home of Munday, Texas.

Mrs. Butler was the activities director for the Munday Nursing Center.

Survivors include husband, Dick Butler of Goree, Texas; one daughter, Traci Blair of Munday; one brother, Dan Hayley of Winnsboro, Texas; one grandson and three great-grandsons.

Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

November 3rd Election!!!

David Kuehler of the North Texas Municipal Water Authority brought before the Council the fact that there will be a November 3, 2009 election concerning NCTWA's authority to continue as a taxing entity. He stated that this is not a new tax and they only want to have the authority to continue with the same tax, but add a cap of .10 per 100 gallons to the amount they are eligible to tax. He supplied supporting documentation which indicated the advantages and disadvantages to our citizens. It will save our citizens money, if this election passes.

There are many important congressional propositions on the ballot that effect cities, also. For more information see a Voters' Guide at City Hall. Don't forget to vote!

Friday, September 25, 2009

In Loving Memory

Imogene Morton Leflar passed away in Roswell, NM. She was raised in Goree and graduated with class of 43.

Copied from Wichita Falls Times Record News:

Mary Imogene Morton Leflar was born on Dec. 14, 1925 to Sudie Dora and James C Morton in Goree, TX. She left this world on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 of pancreatic cancer. She has four children, two sons, Buddy Loynd of Arlington TX., Terry Lee Leflar of Coppell, TX, and two daughters, Kelly Jo Leflar and Sammye Sue Leflar-Bohnstehn both of Roswell, NM.

Imo, as she was called by her family, or Jean, as she was known by her friends, was a wonderful wife, loving daughter, sister, aunt, and most of all mother and grandmother. Her most avid hobby was antique and treasure hunting which she called “going antiquing”. She collected all different kinds of treasures and became known for her beautiful home, as she had a god given talent for decorating. Through the years, she refinished her own antique furniture and decorated her beautiful home with many antiques and treasures. Friends and relatives began asking her to refinish their furniture as well as decorating their homes. Her home and treasures were her life’s passion next to her children and family.

She and her husband Welton, were married on March 31, 1946 and lived in Munday, TX. They raised their three children there. Welton was a farmer and she was a homemaker. They lived in the same house in Munday for 51 years until 2005, when they moved to Roswell, NM to be close to their daughters, Kelly and Sammye. She lost her beloved husband, Welton to cancer on April 23, 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents, James C. and Sudie Dora Morton and all 15 brothers and sisters. She was the last living child of 16. She has 7 grandchildren, all boys as well as numerous nieces and nephews that loved and adored her!

Please join the family in a celebration of her life. Graveside services will be at 10 .m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in at Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday with a visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday evening, September 25, 2009 at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home, Munday.

Anyone who knew her will understand why God wanted her as an angel. She has forever left her mark in the lives of many and she will be so dearly missed on this earth, but has moved on to be with her parents, siblings and husband in a better place. She hurts no more.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

In Loving Memory

(This is husband of Martha Ann West.)

George "Pete" Vletas

George "Pete" Vletas, 78, life-long resident of Abilene, died Friday, September 18, 2009 at his home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal. The Rev. Mary Glover, The Rev. Bill Wright and The Rev. Roz Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road.

November 11, 1930, Pete was born in Abilene, Texas to George Dimitris Vletas and Irene (Thomas) Vletas. He graduated early from Abilene High School in December of 1947. From 1948 to 1951 he attended the University of Texas. He then attended The University of Houston. He lettered in Tennis both at the University of Texas and Hardin Simmons. In August of 1951, Pete joined the United States Navy. He served during the Korean Conflict before being honorably discharged on August 30, 1959.

Pete returned to Hardin-Simmons and graduated with a degree in Geology and Math. He was a Geophysicist and Geologist by education, and after college graduation he was employed by Pan American Oil Company and briefly by National Geophysical in Wyoming.

He managed Mack Eplen Restaurants in Abilene for eight years, and later worked at West Texas Coffee and Equipment, before going into the business for himself. Pete is best known for continuing the Vletas candy making tradition founded in 1912 by his parents, George and Irene Vletas. He owned Vletas Enterprises, which evolved into Candies by Vletas, located at 1201 North 1st Street in Abilene.

October 1, 1966, he married Martha Ann West in Abilene, Texas. Martha taught school at St. Johns School and began working with Pete in the 90's at Candies by Vletas. They both retired from Candies by Vletas in 2001.

Pete was a member and past president of the Cactus Lions Club and a member of the Texas Restaurant Association. He was also a member of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal. Pete was a kind and generous person who did many good deeds for others that were never known.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one daughter, Kelly Vletas and two brothers, James and John Vletas.

Pete is survived by his wife, Martha Vletas, of Abilene; three daughters, Nicole Vletas Standly, of Houston, Debra Mashburn, of Ft. Worth, and Donna Peters, of Manassas, Virginia; one sister, Helen Andrews, of Abilene; six grandchildren, C.A. Standly, of Austin, Suzanne Standly, of Houston, Kimberly Bennett, of Flower Mound, Cody Mashburn, of Frisco, Shannon Peters Hansen a, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Cameron Peters, of Manassas, Virginia. Pete is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Caleb Mashburn, Jaden and Julia Bennett, Olivia and Ben Mashburn; as well as a cousin, Dr. Mary Booth Steward, of Abilene and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in Pete's honor to the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal, 602 Meander, Abilene, Texas 79602; Young Life of Abilene, 1917 South 6th Street, Abilene, Texas 79604; or to the charity of your choice.The obituary and guestbook may be viewed and signed online

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Former Goree residents Monte and Della Stuart are the great grandparents and Monte Faye is her grandmother. This picture of Ravana is in the September Texas Monthly. Monte Stuart worked for Toronto Pipeline back in the good old oil boom days.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In Loving Memory~Sherry King

Sherry (Haskin) King, Goree Class of 1956

Copied from the Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas:
Sherry Haskin King, 71, of Wichita Falls, died Monday, August 17, 2009.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at the sanctuary of Faith Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, with Pastor Craig Lile and the Rev. Harvey McMurry, officiating. Interment will follow in Rosemont Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

A daughter of the late Delmer and Margaret L. “Bobbie” (Bingham) Haskin, she was born September 27, 1937, in Goree, Texas. On September 27, 1957, she married Pat King in Wichita Falls. Mrs. King was a long time member of Faith Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. She worked in banking for over twenty years and retired from Bank of America. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Calbert Haskin.

Survivors include her husband, Pat King of Wichita Falls; son, Robbie King and wife, Diana of Wichita Falls; daughter, Teena Stephens and husband, Franz of Burkburnett; sister, Candy Estes of Goree; granddaughter, Carla King; grandsons, Austin Crook, Justin Crook and Colin Stephens.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Todd Gittings, Wade Haskin, Mark Haskin, Tony Sterling, Jimmy Routon, and Jan Jones.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.

For those desiring, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to: Hospice of Wichita Falls or to Faith Baptist Church of Wichita Falls.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In Loving Memory~Tommy Greenwood

Tommy Greenwood,74, of Goree, Texas died Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in the Knox County Hospital in Knox City, Texas.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 13, 2009 at the Goree First Baptist Church with Rev. Royce Denton officiating. Burial will be in the Goree Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.

Mr. Greenwood was born July 13, 1934 in Haskell County, Texas. He was a farmer. He married Joyce Beecher February 27, 1954 in Knox City, Texas.

Survivors: Wife: Joyce of Goree, Two Daughters: Christye and Andrew Gannaway of Haskell, Texas and Amy and Rickey Redder of Munday, Texas; Two Sons: Butch and Heather Greenwood of Seymour, Texas and Joel and Deanna Greenwood of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Two Sisters: Eva Dene Corley of Burleson, Texas and LaFern Dunlap of Munday, Texas; Nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, at the McCauley-Smith Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

In Loving Memory~Eddie King


MUNDAY — Edwin “Eddie” King, 66, of Abilene died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, in Abilene. Eddie was a 1961 graduate of Goree High School and was the son of Loyd and Eleanor King.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. in the Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas, on Wednesday, July 12, 2009, officiated by Adrin Fletcher. Burial is under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.

Survivors include nephew, Loyd Glen King of Sugarland, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary King.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday...


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In Loving Memory~David Glen Allen

David Glen Allen

Sunrise: January 7, 1953
Sunset: June 16, 2009
Services: June 25, 2009, Los Angeles, California

David was born January 7, 1953 in Paris, Texas and raised by his mother and father, Vergue and Johnny Reagins and passed away June 16, 2009 at the age of 56. He graduated from Goree High School in 1972. While in high school, he was an outstanding athlete, participating in track, basketball and football. He played on several state championship football teams wearing jersey number 20. Later in life, he enjoyed tennis as a hobby. David entered the U.S. Army in 1972 where he served as a military police officer and ended his military service in 1975. David moved to Los Angeles, California in 1976 where he met his wife, Sonia. They were married for 32 years. A beloved son, David Allen II, was born to this union. David was employed by the County of Los Angeles, Department of County Counsel for 28 years.

Preceded in death by his father, Johnny Reagins, survivors include: his wife, Sonia; son, David II; mother, Vergue Reagins; five brothers -- Frankie Hearon, Johnny Reagins Jr., Robert Reagins, Virgil Reagins, Randy Reagins; five sisters -- Ann Hairston, Joyce Thomas, Isabell Cobb, Cindy Dews, Cathy Weaver; and various uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral, held at a church a short distance from his home, was uplifting. David was so loved by all who met him. The service was closed casket with a huge photograph of David displayed on an easel, and the middle pages of the printed service were covered with candid shots of him with his wife and son. The pallbearers were his brothers and a cousin, Billy Richardson. After an organ prelude and prayer, David's son's girlfriend sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow." The acknowledgment from the sisters and brothers saluted a 'true Goree Wildcat." A video presentation of David with friends and family on trips and in a range of activities brought laughs, smiles and tears.

Two-minute remarks were allowed and the first speaker was David's boss who described David as an indispensable positive can-do employee who was "if not the most popular, one of the most popular" persons in the County Counsel's office, and he had the large number of co-workers in attendance to stand to attest to that fact. Young people spoke about what a terrific role model and "uncle" he was. Others told of the many good times they had with David at get-togethers or on trips. Everyone had something amusing, heartwarming or funny to say. One of the speakers related his first meeting with David. Having heard that David was throwing a "fight party" for friends to come to his home to watch a boxing match, he showed up at David's door with "refreshments" and said, "You don't know me, but I really would like to watch the fight." David invited him in and introduced him to the group: "I'd like you to meet my good friend -- what did you say your name was?" It was the start of a long and beautiful friendship. David was eulogized by a long-time friend who reminisced about David's jokes, fashionable dressing, his special lemon chicken dish, and the many, many good times.

We miss David so much. You were always laughing if David was around. He was charming and engaging. He had the good looks of Denzel Washington and the jokes of Richard Pryor. He was an entertainer, a wonderful host, a caring brother. He leaves a hole in our hearts impossible to fill.

Friday, July 17, 2009

In Loving Memory~Rebecca Green Horry

Rebecca Green Horry, age 59, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2009 in a Bakersfield, California hospital after a brief illness. She was a former resident of Goree, Olney, and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Becky was born on November 15, 1949 in Seymour, Texas to Dewitt and Marion Lee Kinser Green and grew up on the family ranch near Goree, Texas. She was a 1968 graduate of Goree High School, a Baptist, and worked as a health care provider most of her adult life.
She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Bryan Horry, her parents, Marion Lee and Dewitt Green, and a brother, Jackie D. Green.
Becky is survived by her brother Dickie Green (Peggy) of Magnolia, Texas, nephews Wade Green (Shelly) of Crowley, Texas, Justin Green (Michelle) of Frederick, Oklahoma, great-nephews Brenden and Kyle Green of Crowley, Texas.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Sneak Peek... is a peek. The Goree exhibit at the Historical Museum in Benjamin is complete along with all the other Knox County towns' displays. (including the brick maker from Rhineland) We put the finishing touches on it yesterday by adding paper placards next to the items and photos. Much of the contents are borrowed from the Goree Memorial Building and will return home in six months. Some was brought to me from Mary DeHaro who is cleaning out our school. Some of the items are only stories...Joyce's infamous skating rink story, Trudy's memories of the doodlebug and dairy farm. Much of the contents were donated items from the W.W. Coffman (Lois Moore Estate) family. He was instrumental in the development of the 'new' Goree. The story of Goree's namesake was something I'd never heard. Anyway the grand opening is on Saturday and begins at 10:00 a.m. I think a lunch will be available in town, as well.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Doodlebug

Trudy Coffman Trainham and her sisters, Peggy and Glenda, have fun recalling their adventures on the Doodlebug. There are stories to be heard when in their presence about their beloved trips to town on the Doodlebug.
In the United States, doodlebug was the common name for a self-propelled railroad car. They were popular with some railroads during the first part of the 20th century to provide passenger and mail service on lightly-used branch lines, obviating the need to operate conventional trains consisting of a locomotive and coaches. Several railroads, mostly small regional and local networks, provided their main passenger services through doodlebugs in a cost cutting effort. However, in the railcar usage of the term it may have been derived from the phrase "doodling through town" that may have been applied to reference the function of the coaches

History of Goree, Part 14 (New Goree & School)

The New Goree & The New School
by John H Bates

In 1906, there was a small one room school called Chigger Hill located about one and one-half miles south west of present day Goree on the land now owned by P.H. Routen. The new town of Goree had started and the Chigger Hill School was moved to the present Goree at midterm. The town relocated because of the railroad, thus being dubbed ‘a railroad town’.

Miss Minnie Nelson was the teacher at the Chigger Hill School and she finished the spring term at the new location. Goree had built a three room building consisting of two classrooms and an auditorium. Mr. & Mrs. C.S. Carter were the new teachers at the beginning of the fall term in 1906. W.P. Edwards and J.E. Crouch were trustees.

Besides Mr. Carter, there have been eight other men to hold the position of superintendent in the past 58 years. Namely J.W. Bowman, a Mr. Hargroves, Elmer Truman, E.L. Cover, H.D. Arnold who began in 1920 and taught until his tragic death in 1950.

Some time between 1906-1918, more classrooms were added to the original three room building. In the fall of 1921 and spring of 1922, four additional classrooms, a study hall and an auditorium were added. I do know if this is correct, as I was a student at this time. In 1929, the present high school building was completed and I was a member of the first class to be graduated in the new structure.

I believe Goree holds somewhat of a record in the most number of years some members of the faculty have spent teaching in one location. Mr. Arnold taught 30 years; Mrs. H.L. Moore-43; Mr. J.H. Bardwell-20; Mrs. Bardwell-17; Mrs. Bettie Taylor-19; and Mrs. Arnold -20. I believe 149 years of teaching for 6 people in the same school is quite unusual.

History of Goree, Part 13 (Movie Theater)

by John H. Bates

Another memory of yesteryear was the showing of the film “Birth of a Nation." Our local theater showed the fourteen reel picture over a two night run. Seven reels were shown one night and the picture resumed the next night. The “Birth of a Nation” was a story of the Civil War and the reconstruction of the South. This picture was the film industries version of General Sherman and his dam Yankees march to the sea.

Doctor Taylor was all keyed up because the picture showed the burning of his beloved Atlanta. Just before Atlanta was burned, my mother fainted and Doctor Taylor was called to attend her. I often wonder if the good Doctor ever did get to see all the picture. I know I didn’t, for in those days you missed a portion of the picture if you were late or called out of the picture if you were late or called out, as there were no re-runs.

History of Goree, Part 12 (Town)

by John H. Bates
Time marched on and Goree grew. By 1920, we had three cotton gins, two theaters, and any number of business houses. The town had organized a band and a three day July 4th picnic had started when the first note came from the band pavilion.

Another highlight of yesterday was when Mr. Bill Glenn, of the County Seat came to asses taxes. Mr. Bill would drive up to our place late in the afternoon, in his new Model T that had cost at least $400.00 and my mother would make a dash for the milk cooler for a pitcher of buttermilk. Mr. Bill, the tax assessor, would come in, shake hands all around, and drink that pitcher of buttermilk, regardless of the size of the pitcher. After supper, the very thing we are discussing would begin. The early days on Knox prairie and do you remember when? I heard enough of it to last a lifetime, or so I thought, but here I am, a half century later, trying to tell something I heard long, long ago.

History of Goree, Part 11 (First Natl Bank)

The Bank
by John H. Bates

1906, Goree also saw the organization of the First National Bank. The new bank was in the first brick building built.

Mr. Dan Allen, Mr. W.W. Coffman, and Mr. Ernest Allen were officers of the bank.

Mr. Dan Allen told the story about the U.S. Government sending two men to Goree to make a report on the vicinity. They stayed around a few days and during this time they and Mr. Allen had become much good friends that the agents let him read the report they were sending to Washington.

In this report they had remarked that there was no reason why it would ever rain in the vicinity. For Goree was too far from the ocean and too far from the mountains, and according to all known factors those were the causes for rain, the Goree country had none of them, so they just didn’t expect it would ever rain there.

History of Goree, Part 10 (First Churches)

First Churches
by John H. Bates

The Methodist was the first to build a church, but all denominations used the building for worship. Bro. J.B. Curry was appointed pastor.

Brother Eiland and Brother Dulaney organized the Baptist Church and Brother Joe Lockhart was the first regular pastor.

The Church of Christ was organized by Brother Ed Bedford, J.D. Morton, and J.R. Mayberry. The pastor was Brother Bettercreek.

The Christian Church was started by the families of W.H. Griffin, E.W. Norris, Walter Price, John Lee, Walter Loe, Mrs. Sally Farris, and Dr. J.W. Melton, who was the community veterinary and later Knox County sheriff.

Friday, June 19, 2009

History of Goree, Part 9 (Goree Township)

by John H Bates

In 1906, the Goree Township was laid off and men were beginning to erect businesses, houses, homes and churches.

Mr. E.B. Wilson was the new railroad town’s first postmaster and also owned and operated the first Dry Foods Store and hotel, Wilson’s Hotel.

Mr. Henry Griffin and Mr. W.E. Coffman were the proprietors of the drug store operated under the name of W.W. Coffman & Co.

Mr. J.F. Crouch opened a barbershop and P.J. Camp, a tailor shop.

Hines & Wilson established Goree’s first grocery store, and W.J. Blount and George Moore a hardware store.

J.C. Woolridge & Co. added a lumber yard in Goree and Frank Davis was manager.

Goree had two blacksmith shops in 1906. J.C. Morton owned and operated one, and Mac Spears and Bud Glover, the other.

Tom Davis had a five & dime store and A.A. Brooks furnished the young people entertainment with the skating rink.

E.W. Norris and his uncle built and operated the new town’s first cotton gin.

The first residences constructed in Goree were those of J.C. Morton, J.W. Nesbitt, and J.K. Wisdom.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

And the wall came tumbling down...

Before work began...
View from the sidewalk in front of the ice plant.

We had a storm this past Saturday night. Kent has been expanding the ice business into the hardware store once owned by Les Jameson. The structure had been cleaned out and made ready for a loading dock/garage area for the ice biz. The store front was in the process of being renovated. If you will remember, a few months ago the brick had been sandblasted. The loss of the structure to 100 mile an hour winds was a sad setback. The bank building looks incomplete now that the structure that once shared its' architecture is now in a pile on the ground.

Friday, May 29, 2009

In Loving Memory~Skipper Hamilton

"Skipper was a long-time resident of Goree, a Wildcat supporter and all three of his children graduated from GHS."

MUNDAY — L.V. “Skipper” Hamilton, 80, of Wills Point, Texas, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in Dallas.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Benjamin Cemetery with Gene McCarty officiating. Burial will be under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home, Munday.

Survivors include sons, Terry and Eldon Roy of Wills Point; daughter, Becky Trimuar of Royse City, Texas; sisters, Dean Harper of San Angelo, Texas, and Dorothy Donowho of Grandbury, Texas; and five grandchildren.



In late June an exhibit will begin at the Knox County Museum in Benjamin that will run for 6 months. Goree's spot is empty. Did I mention, empty? We are going to fill it! Right?

Well, here is how one can help. Our theme will be entertainment! (i.e. Munday's theme is school) Our claims to fame are: Movie Theater, Skating Rink, Domino Hall, Band Stand, 4th Picnics, Doodle Bug I missing any?

Let's get our memorabilia, even if it's just a story about it, and make us an exhibit. The items will be returned after being on loan the six months. Thanks bunches!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

May Newsletter

We have some hot topic townkeeping issues to discuss:

~the electric company has informed us that two street lights, in particular, will NOT be replaced for six months if vandalism continues.

~don't dump trash in dumpsters unless you pay a monthly garbage fee.

~don't dump anything but limbs in the burn pile.

~Noise Ordinance: we don't need to adopt one like Munday because we already have one. Since we don't have local law enforcement, then with the last complaint a petition was brought against a case in which the offender was fined $500. Therefore, complaints are taken seriously when received.

~Animal Ordinance: the current ordinance requires property owners to have permission of neighbors within a hundred feet of your animals. Let's keep Goree a peaceful place.

~Any complaints in regards to dog or chicken fighting will be reported to PETA immediately! (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals)

'Thank you for your cooperation'.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

In Loving Memory~Jewel (Reed) Thomas

Jewel (Reed) Thomas, age 89

Services: Nacogdoches, Texas, Thursday, April 30, 2009
Burial: Bomerton, Texas Cemetery, Friday, May 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Jewel is sister-in-law to Jeanette (Williams) Reed, Goree Class Of 1955.
Jewel is sister to LLoyd Reed, Jeanette's husband.

(LLoyd and Jeanette will not be able to make the trip for the services in Nacogdoches.)

Monday, April 27, 2009

In Loving Memory~Maria Garcia

Times Record News
Friday, April 24, 2009

MUNDAY — Maria Garcia, 73, of Goree died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at her residence.

Services are pending with McCauley-Smith Funeral Home, Munday.

Monday, April 20, 2009

In Loving Memory~Jimmy R. Stovall

Jimmy R. Stovall, 75, of Midland passed away at Midland Memorial Hospice Inpatient Unit Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Friday April 17, 2009 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 18, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church in Midland. Interment will follow at Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas at a later date.

Jimmy was born March 22, 1934 in Center, Texas to the late Earl and Eunice Stovall. He was raised in Center, Teague, Henrietta and Wichita Falls, Texas. Jimmy graduated from Wichita Falls Senior High School in 1951 and Midwestern State University in 1956. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958, which included a tour of duty in Germany. Jimmy married Carol Coffman in Goree, Texas.

Prior to his retirement from ARCO in 1999, he was a geophysicist, employed with several oil companies throughout his career. Jimmy was a member of the West Texas Geophysical Society, the Midland Arts Association and First Presbyterian Church in Midland where he served as a deacon and an elder. He was a scoutmaster for Troop 85 at First Presbyterian Church for many years and was an Eagle Scout.

Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, Carol Stovall of Midland; sons, Stephen Stovall and wife Valerie and their daughter, Catelyn of Seven Fields, PA.; Scott Stovall and wife Wendy and their sons, Bergen and Hutton of West Richland, WA.; brother, Jerry Stovall of Wichita Falls; sister-in-law, Jo Coffman of Munday; many nieces and nephews.

Foremost Jimmy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702, First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas, Midland, Texas 79701 or the charity of one's choice.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Here's Another Certification Opportunity:

Do you know what the last handful of people who have moved to Goree or who are wanting to move to Goree have in common? Retirement and Fishing!

The Legislature passed HB 1982, which creates a certified retirement community program, to be administered by TDA. The GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community Program (CRC) is a new program from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to help Texas communities encourage retirees and potential retirees to make their homes in Texas communities. The CRC program is established to:
  • promote Texas as a retirement destination to retirees and potential retirees both in and outside Texas;

  • assist Texas communities in their efforts to market themselves as desirable retirement locations

  • encourage tourism to Texas

Anyone interested in tackling the application form? Contact Caroline

History of Goree

Knox Co. Historical Commission is requesting Goree citizens to contribute items for the area in the historical museum designated for our town in Benjamin. Questions? Contact Mr. and Mrs. Presnall. And thank them for representing our town.


In 2000 only 57% of Goree residents responded to the census. The 2010 website is where one can find out 'why' the census is so very important. One benefit is ranking for grants.

Monday, March 23, 2009

In Loving Memory~John 'Perk' Hudson

Fern and Perk Hudson at the 2008 Goree Homecoming
John Perry “Perk” Hudson 81,
passed away March 14th, Satur-
day, 2009. He was born August
11,1927 in Hefner, Texas to Jerry
and Roberta Bailey Hudson. He
attended Goree Schools.

Perk served in the United States
Army during World War II, and a
retired truck driver.

He is survived by his wife Fern
Van Dyke Hudson of Fairfield; sons
-Bill and Kim Hudson of Sadler,
Texas and Ken and Stephanie Van
Dyke of Nacogdoches; daughters
-Anita Rae and Bill Jacobs of
Lake Dallas, Michell Van Dyke of
Longview, Bobbie and Bob Gandy
of Grandview, Vickie Denman
Cox of Grandview and Laurie and
David Gipe of Sugar Land, Texas;
sister -Eva Marie (Sue) Baker of
Whitehouse; 7 grandchildren and
3 great grandchildren.

Visitation was held Monday,
March 16th at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00

Funeral services were held
Tuesday, March 17th at Griffin-
Roughton Funeral Home, Fair-
field at 10:00 a.m., with Rev.
Ward Hudson officiating. Intern-
ment was held at the Old Hall
Cemetery at Lewisville, Texas.

Guess who Remelle brought to town yesterday??

Carol Pirie, Deputy Director, of the Texas Film Commission with the Governors' office. She was the guest speaker at Seymour's chamber banquet. And once again, Remelle Ferrar is pulling for our hometown. When Remelle heard her spill at the banquet about empty schools, jails, banks and hospitals being a hot commodity in the film industry, she jumped at the chance to bring Ms. Pirie to Goree. We have three out of the four!

On our way home from church, Kent and I spotted Remelle's car straddling Goree's downtown intersection. We had the opportunity of a lifetime...touring with Ms. Pirie in Goree, Texas. She loved it, we loved it. What timing! We need to become a certified city and position our town for the possibility of a future opportunity in film.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Texas Plum Line Fundraiser

We, the GGG, ordered a good assortment of Texas Plum Line products to sale as a fundraiser and had our first opportunity this past Saturday at the Knox Prairie Quilt Show in Munday, Texas. Several ladies took a shift to watch our booth. We sold about two thirds of the merchandise and, as a matter of fact, sold smooth out of the jam. Some people had already heard of Connie's plum line and were return customers.

A big thank you to Nola Denton, Joyce Greenwood, Vickie Huffman and Madison, and lastly, Sheila Urbanczyk and Kaylan. You all are awesome!

It's buzzing in town...

I saw surveyors at the site of the 'new' post office. Stakes were set, so maybe ground will be broken soon and the new post office will become a reality. The City has already received lease payments, which helps in the overall budget.

Work on the water tower is in progress. An inspection awhile back showed that the interior surface needed repainting. Sandblasters began work over the weekend and the town water pressure was effected.

We, the Trainham's, had scheduled a company out of Oklahoma to sandblast the brick of the bank building. But, since this team was already here working on the tower they did two jobs instead of one. The Trainham's hired them for the job on the bank, as well. And it is looking awesome. Lastly, the hardware store is cleaned out and ready for a loading dock for the ice company. Good changes, for sure.

The Knox Prairie Quilt Show

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Making The Next Major Step Easier...

Buying or selling property in or around Goree, Texas? When you've taken one of the most important steps of a lifetime, let Gregg Fix with United Country be your guide to make informed decisions. He is open for business and ready to help.

Remember when the GGG worked to clean out the building next to the post office? While we worked, a couple from New Mexico walked up and asked a lot of questions about our town. They were planning on moving to town and had or was buying the Lois Moore Estate at the end of 1st Street. After walking back to his truck, he grabbed a pair of gloves and spun back around in our direction. He said something to the effect, "It's one thing to say I'd be out here helping you if we were moved yet, but it's another to actually do something about it." So, he pitched in.

How in the world did they hear about that house and this town? Remember the story that the Abilene newspaper did on the 'last full service gas station closing'? They were touched by that story. They found the Moore property online, I think, and fell in love with the house. The house reminded them of the farmhouse they had grown up in when they were little.

For outsiders to see potential in our town and believe that the GGG's dreams can come true is phenomenal. Well, they are settling in and renovating the Moore House, as a matter of fact, I think their son-in-law is adding closets. The utilities are on at the former Peek's Service Station where Mr. Fix plans to open a real estate office. For now, his home is his office address. They've ordered their Munday Courier and been welcomed handsomely by Mr. Jay White. I think they are in the makings of an article to tell their inspirational story in the courier. Keep your eyes peeled.

Now we have a go-to guy for our real estate needs. Oh and, did I mention, we have three parties interested in buying a house in Goree?...John and Becky Litteral (Les Jamesons' daughter) from California, a gentlemen who is staying at 'A Place To Stay' asked about a house and the other is someone who spoke with Caroline at the City. So, let's put this business to work. Contact the City if you need contact information.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Texas Plum Line

I am excited. The Texas Plum Line products arrived yesterday and I tore into the treasure boxes today. Connie Bingham is a genius. Plum BBQ sauce, pralines, cake, salsa...etc. It's been tuff resisting the sampling of each item. We ordered a variety of it all. Why, you might ask? Well, we are going to sale her products however and wherever we can...City Hall, the Junktique Shop (when it opens in the garage sale building) and the coffee bar (when it opens in the bank). I'm also waiting for word from the Cotton Pickin' Quilt Show committee to whether they have a vendor spot for Saturday. It's exciting for sure...all the proceeds will benefit the GGG's efforts in cleaning and repurposing our town.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Be in prayer...

...for the Arismendez family and the vote was cast by MCISD school board to close the Goree campus.

In Loving Memory~Bessie Arismendez

Bessie Arismendez, 64, of Goree, Texas died Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at the Knox County Hospital in Knox City, Texas.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Munday, Texas, with Fabrisio Reyna officiating. Burial will be in the Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.

Mrs. Arismendez was born October 16, 1944 in Rhineland, Texas. She married Roman Arismendez Sr. July 16, 1959 in Rhineland, Texas. She was a lifetime area resident. She was a homemaker and member of the Assembly of God.

Survivors: Husband, Roman Arismendez Sr. of Goree, Texas; Three Sons, Roman and Irene Arismendez of Cleburne, Texas; Raul Arismendez and Yvonne Gulick of Runaway Bay, Texas and Robert Arismendez of Munday, Texas; Three Daughters, Debra Rodrigues of Farwell, Texas; Diana and Jessie Dena of Goree, Texas and Delores and Pat Angerer of Munday, Texas; Three Brothers: Frank Masias of Haskell, Texas; Andy Masias of Munday, Texas and Dennis Masias of Abilene, Texas; twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

KCVB Recognition Dinner Speech, by Nancy Birkenfeld

Good Evening everyone. The City of Goree has had many ups and downs over the past year, and sometimes even what we see as a “down” turns into and “up”!! I stand before you tonight to tell you about some of these ups and downs.

Some of our major ups were:
· Overwhelming support by our citizens for implementing a 4A and 4B sales tax for economic development for the City of Goree.
· Cleanup days that truly “cleaned up” several eyesores around town and disposed of pesticides, paint, oil and other hazardous waste
· In that same vein, the Goree VFD assisted in the demolition of 3 abandoned structures
· The Goree Memorial Building received a fresh coat of paint and new laminate wood floors
· The Goree garage sale building was cleaned out and readied for a new purpose
· The second floor of the City building was cleaned out, new windows were installed and most important, the leaking roof was replaced.
· Two other old buildings were cleaned out and old tired worn out awnings were taken down
· Petitioned TXDOT for exit signs to Miller Creek Reservoir and received them
· Our Volunteers spent many hours cleaning up and manicuring our new overpass area for homecoming
· October homecoming was a success with many “ex’s” expressing interest in helping restore and improve Goree
· Two new businesses – “A Place to Stay and Trainham wild game processing were established
· We received approval for two Office of Rural Community Affairs grants – water system improvements and long range planning
· Approval for a USDA-RD grant to replace fire hydrants and a USDA-RD Grant and low interest loan to replace every water meter in the city
· Miller Creek Ranch was featured in the Dallas Morning News
· Going for Greatness in Goree (GGG) non-profit corp was approved by the IRS and featured in the Abilene Reporter News
· City of Goree website developed and blog implemented to keep all interested citizens and ex’s informed
· Being a part of the KCVG – the Real Rural Symposium, the job fair, and hosting KCVG monthly meetings.

A couple down’s were:
· Losing our Meals on Wheels program for our senior citizens
· Hearing about the possibility of Munday CISD closing the Goree campus and moving Jr High to Munday

And a down that might have a silver lining was Peek’s Service Station closing. The story about Peek’s being the last full service gas station in Goree was featured in the Abilene Reporter News, and on the internet, which led to an interested couple from New Mexico taking the time to come to Goree, explore, and purchase a home. They have also rented the old Peek’s service station with the idea of establishing a new business there.

Our goals for the future are lofty. We want to:
· Preserve our remaining historic buildings
· Continue working on electrical wiring and plumbing for our new City Lodge above the City office · Install New sidewalks and awnings
· Continue Water, sewer, and street improvements, especially continuing to lower our water loss ratio
· Further renovations to the Memorial Building
· Reopen the popular Goree Garage Sale as a “Junktique” resale shop.

All these achievements have been made possible through the inspiration of the KCVG and Remelle, in particular. I want to especially recognize Kent & Tammie Trainham who couldn’t be with us tonight, (they chose to leave today for a Carribean Cruise instead) their vision and dedication to improving the City of Goree is unwavering and truly an inspiration that motivates everyone to give of their time, their talent and their resources to improve life in the City of Goree and the surrounding area. Thank you.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy 90th Birthday...

back: David, Stephen

front: Philip, Elizabeth, John

Elizabeth Martin recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her four sons, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Elizabeth is a lovely lady that is in good health and still drives. There's no telling how many football games, banquets, and other events she's attended in Goree since her husband, Forrest, was a teacher, coach and principal at the Goree School for many years, and all her sons went to school in Goree. Forrest passed away in 2004. Elizabeth with son, John, and his wife attended the 2005 Goree Homecoming.