Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fain Family

Laura Jane Faircloth Meads

This obit of my great grandmother has a lot of information about the family.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


My great grandparents Laura Jane Faircloth Meads and William Joseph Meads.

Meads Family

This is a picture of 6 of the 8 Meads children. They are the children of Laura Jane Faircloth and William Joseph Meads and are the siblings of my grandmother Sarah Effie Meads LeGrand Huebner.

In the photograph are:

Rena Evelena Meads Brower 1879-1967
William Frank Meads, 1882-1963
Ida Meads Evetts, 1885-1922
Marjorie Alice Meads Zimmerman, 1888-1942
Rufus Carroll Meads, 1890-1978
Mattie Dell Meads Elliott, 1893-1946

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Henry Fain LeGrand

My grandfather Henry Fain LeGrand was the was the son of Dr. Peter G. LeGrand (1845-1890) and Petronia Olena Fain LeGrand (1854-1936) of Weatherford, TX. They married in 1870 and had 6 children:
Henry Fain (1872-1946)
Alma Lillian (1874-1909)
William (1876-?)
John (1879-?)
Mary Edna (1881-?)
Francis Cecil (1885-?)

Henry spent most of his life in Weatherford and like my father, worked for Gulf Oil.

My father never knew his father but my mother went to visit him when my father was in Kuwait and I have a letter he wrote to her about her visit saying how proud he was of his son. He died shortly after her visit while my father was stationed in Kuwait.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Perry vetoes texting-while-driving legislation

OK. After saying I was going to focus on family, Governor Goodhair goes and does something so stupid it can't be ignored.
From the Houston Chronicle:

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed sending or reading text messages while driving.

Lawmakers approved the bill last month, but Perry called it an "overreach" and "government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults."

It was one of 23 bills Perry vetoed on Friday, in addition to a handful of line item vetoes in the state budget.

Perry set the known record for vetoes by a Texas governor in 2001 with 83, according to the Texas Legislative Reference Library. That was shortly after he ascended to the governorship in December 2000, once fellow Republican George W. Bush resigned to become president.

Bush had far fewer vetoes during his tenure as governor. His highest total for a legislative session was 38 in 1997.

This blog started out as an assignment for work. Over a period of a few months we were assigned 23 things to do on the web and then blog about what we learned. I'm not sure if I wanted to do this but since it was required, I did it and loved it. My blog has never had a real focus but in the last few weeks I've decided to focus on family. I'm trying to organize old family photos, memorabilia, and genealogical material and post some of this on my blog. My niece is doing a lot of genealogical work too and this has inspired and motivated me.
I may continue to throw in an occasional political rant or a cute dog picture or story but most of what I will be posting from now on will be about my family and our roots. I'm going to try and remember to label everything I post about family as "family" in addition to the names of the people in the posts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Dad

For Father's Day this year I've decided to honor my dad, who died in 1998, by posting some pictures of him from his earliest years through adulthood, at work, and at play.

Here are some early pictures.

This picture shows him with his mother, Sarah Effie Meads Huebner and his aunts Ida and Rena. Even though you can't really see him very well, I've included this picture of him in the car. This may have been one of the first cars he had ever seen and it's easy to imagine his excitement at being able to sit in one.

My father was very proud of this picture. It was his first suit and he was probably feeling very grown up wearing it. You can see what a handsome young man he was.

At work.

A true engineer, he loved working in the oil industry and loved all things mechanical.

At Play.

The cute little baby in this picture is his granddaughter Erin. They are sitting on his porch at the house he built on Lake Livingston. When I say he built the house I mean he really built the house. He was the contractor and did most of the work himself. He probably enjoyed building the house as much as he did spending time there after it was finished. The other picture was taken in Mexico when we were on vacation.

Here are two more pictures I found. The first was taken in Florida at Parrot Jungle. In the other picture he is enjoying the company of his 3 grandchildren, Tamara, Emily and Erin.

This was taken after he received a promotion at Gulf Oil and they needed a picture of him for one of their publications.