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GrovetonLibrary GraphicThe library received a book donated by the Descendants of Abraham Tegarden. The book includes all of the known spelling of the surnames of people who descended from Abraham Tegarden and his family. 

The origin of the name is a suburb of the city of Solingen, Germany. That name is Theegarten (Google Earth 51.17620,7.11113). The English spelling was created from German when the family arrived in Philadelphia on Sept. 1, 1736. The families then scattered across the frontier and over time the names began to change along family lines. 

The book shows how each individual is connected with an ahnentafel numbering system to the Abraham family. Surname spellings include: Teagarden, Tegarden, Teegarden, Teegarten, Teegardin, Teeguarden, Tegarden and there may be other spellings not yet found. There are many other surnames of families that are connected in the book. Your librarian has been in the process of additions to our genealogy and this will be a special addition. 

Joseph Oswin Teagarden wrote a collection of memories. Joseph was born April 6, 1861, in Sumpter, Trinity County, Texas, and died Sept. 6, 1954, in Dallas. His father was a homeopathic physician in Sumpter and several of Joseph’s older brothers were long-time friends and schoolmates of John Wesley Hardin. 

Joseph’s brothers had rescued John Wesley after a gunfight and brought him to Sumpter to save his life. All of this is also described in the John Wesley Hardin book. This is of great interest to our Trinity County history. We are very thankful to the Tegarden Family for this addition to our library and this will be added to the genealogical section of the library.

•Thank you to everyone who has donated either by purchasing used books or dropping change into the jars around town. We added $71.09 to our new library building fund these past two weeks. This brings our total to $1,845.40. Please put your change in the donation jars at McClain’s Hardware, Monica’s on Main Resale, One Stop Grocery and Pizza, Pruitt’s Auto, and Susie Q’s. Thank you to these businesses for their support. Thank you to everyone who drops their pennies in the jars.

•Texas Workforce Solutions will be at the library on Tuesday April 19 from 1 to 4 pm. If you or someone you know needs help with employment issues, please reserve these dates to talk with the representative. 

Story time will be at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14. Please bring your children and grandchildren to hear an Easter story. There will be a few surprises. The library will be closed on Friday, April 15 to celebrate Good Friday. 

The Children’s Summer Reading Program will be from June 1 thru July 29. Our theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. This program will be available for 4 to 12 years old. If anyone would like to come and read to the children, please call the library. We have a few reading times open for the summer.

The library offers copy services and fax services and Notary Public services.

If you are aware of any person that is homebound and cannot get to the library but would like to have books to read, please call the library. We will work on a time for delivery and pickup of books if someone shows interest. This is your library. Please let me know how I can be of service to you. 

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Story time is at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. ESL class is at 2 p.m. Friday

The library phone number is (936) 642-2483, and the location is in the rock building just east of the courthouse.


Cathy Czajkowski is director of the Groveton Public Library.

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