elect new officers, discuss calendars
Special to The Monitor
MABANK–Newly elected officers of Rootseekers were sworn in by
parliamentarian Jim Robertson.
The new officers are also members of the Sarah Maples DAR Chapter or
Colonial Dames and other organizations in the community. They are Ruth
Shelton, Nina Hendricks, Betty Foster, Margaret Ann Trail, Geneice
Morris, Grace Donovan and Carolyn Bostain.
Trail did a book review of a new book “A Field Guide for Genealogists.”
This book is a little different than the reference books that we have
relied on such as the Redbook, The Source and The Handybook for
Genealogists available in the library.
The Field Guide is a veritable encyclopedia of solutions for situations
than can arise in research.
There are sections on dating photographs, identifying historical eras
from hairstyles or clothing, antiquated names of diseases, units of
measurement used in bygone days, nicknames and on and on.
Most of Trail’s talk revolved around calendars.
There are two basic types of calendars, lunar and solar.
The lunar is based on phases of the moon, with months going from new
moon to new moon, making each month approximately 28 days long.
These calendars are used by religious and ethnic groups, such as
Islamic, Judaic and oriental groups.
The solar type of calendar is based on the sun’s relationship to the
earth solstices and equinoxes, and divides a year into 12 equal months.
Since the Roman era, most westerners have used solar based calendars.
The Julian calendar was devised for Rome in 45 BC by Sosigenes, a Greek
mathematician and astronomer which is the basis for our present
It was named after Julius Caesar.
The Julian calendar attempted to correct earlier errors by assigning one
additional (leap) day to every fourth year.
The Gregorian calendar was created by studying the equinoxes. It became
evident that, in reality, the error discovered prior to the Julian
calendar, actually required an additional seven days every 900 years
rather than 25 days every 100 years.
The Gregorian calendar omitted 10 days beginning Oct. 3, 1582 – Oct. 5,
1582, became Oct. 15. It was released during Pope Gregory XIII’s reign.
It was based on the sixth century work of Bede, an Anglo Saxon monk.
There are many other calendars too numerous to mention, even the Quakers
had their own calendar.
It gets very confusing, but in researching your ancestors you have to
know where they lived and what calendar they used to be able to
determine how old they were and what year they were born.
SAR receives Wal-Mart grant
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–The Sons of the American Revolution Athens Chapter received a
grant from Athens Wal-Mart in order to fund some of their student and
Among the contests and essays considered will be 5th grade American
History posters, high school oration, Eagle Scouts, JROTC and American
History teacher and high school essays.
Chapter members recently met with Wal-Mart management, during which
Chapter President Charles Luna presented Store Manager Jeanene Villagran
with a Certificate of Appreciation.
On the way to Branson
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Members of the 50-voice Mabank Middle School Treble
Choir, under the direction of Christian Reed (left), hosted a pancake
breakfast in Brawner Hall in Gun Barrel City recently to help raise
$30,000 to send the choir to Branson, Mo., in May. The choir was invited
to participate in the Banson Festival after judges viewed their audition
tape. The choir will hold a fund-raising concert at the Middle School at
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Tickets are $5 and a cake auction is also
planned for this event.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Dixie. I am a
beautiful female Bassett Hound. I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control so I have no history. I have been fixed and my
stomach is tatooed, but my owner hasn’t called about me. I am a
wonderful girl in need of a home.
My name is Honey. I am a
beautiful mix breed small female. I was brought to the Shelter
by someone who rescued me and my seven pups after I was rolled
by a car. I broke my pelvic bone, but I am now better. I do
sometimes seem to favor walking on my front two legs. I have not
had the greatest life, but look forward to having a family to
care for me. I seem to get along well with older dogs, but not
puppies. I am a bit shy, but once I get to know you I am a good
girl. I am looking for a new home.
My name is Cotton. I am a
beautiful male kitten. I was brought to the Shelter and was so
small I had to be bottle fed by a wonderful foster mommy. I am
around 12 weeks old and have been started on my first shots and
wormed. I am very playful and very affectionate kitten. I am
such a good kid deserving of a wonderful family.
My name is Katie. I am a
beautiful female Yellow Lab. I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control. So far I seem to be very sweet. I am looking for
a good home.
My name is Sox. I am a beautiful male orange and
white cat. I am a very affectionate boy, I seem to get along
well with others. I am a very good boy in need of a forever
My name is Wyndell. I am a beautiful male gray
Tabby mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal control, so I
have no history. After a while, I seem to get along with others.
I am a good boy looking for a good home.
My name is Zsa-Zsa. I am a beautiful 3-4 year old
female Terrier mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. Something has happened to my left
eye at some point in my life. So far I seem to be very sweet and
seem to get along with others. I am a beautiful girl looking for
a new home.
My name is Baxter. I am a beautiful male Terrier
mix. I was wandering the streets and picked up by animal
control. I walk on a leash, seem to be house broken and love to
ride in a car. I am a wonderful young man looking for a new
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at