Waples World Methodist News
February 23, 1968
One On Membership Roll
MEMBER 75 YEARS
Mrs. J. W. Harvey was 17 years
old she joined the first Methodist Church in Denison. She
and Mr. Harvey were married the
church was located on the same corner
of Chestnut Street where the Texas Power and Light Company offices now
was 75 years ago, Mr. and Mrs.
Lewin were sweethearts then, said Mrs. Harvey.
years later we united with the
South Church located about where Bohnefeld cleaners are now on Woodard
Street." continued the 91 year old resident of Denison Manor who
her birthday February 11.
the two congregations united we
moved up on Main Street where the church is now, and built the old
Mr. Waples turned the first shovel of dirt at the groundbreaking; I
the second spadeful.
turned the first spadeful for the
new church," continued one of Waples most loved and loyal members.
husband worked for the Katy.
We lived just across the street from the church. The church
nearly borrowed us out of house and home, " she continued with a
time my husband had a foot tub made
and brought it home. Before he had it unpacked, Mrs. Lein
the house to tell me that they needed a big container at the
She asked me what was in the box. I told her; she borrowed
got to be a standing joke between
them. Every time my husband would meet Mrs. Lewin he would
Lewin when are you going to bring my foot tub back." He died
He never did get to use that tub to soak his feet.
Harvey's only daughter was killed
in an accident several years ago.
she left two lovely children, a
boy and girl. Neither one is in Denison. Both of
me to live with them. But I think it is better for me to stay
at the Manor on my own"
with her 75 year membership as
a member of Waples Church, which makes her name read number one on the
church roll. Mrs. Harvey has a large certificate on her
to her by the Eastern Star on the occasion when she received her 50
asked what she attributed her long
life and good health, quipped Mrs. Harvey, "The name of the town where
I was born could have something to do with it, for I was born in
OUR SOUTHERN BELLE
oldest Denison Manor resident is
Mrs. Nellie Harvey. Born in Centennial, Texas in 1877, Mrs.
was the daughter of a Louisiana/Texas plantation owner (their property
both in Louisiana and Texas). AT 13 Mrs. Harvey moved to
lived with her aunt until her family joined her a year later.
father was then employed as an inspector for the MK&T shops.
17, Mrs. Harvey married Wiley Harvey,
a conductor the the MK&T railroad. They reared 2
nieces and a
grandson now of Newark, New Jersey and Houston respectively.
Harvey believes the best thing that happened to her in her life was her
marriage of 33 years.
Harvey has had a busy life.
She owned a drug store in Denison where she served plate lunches that
cooked at home each night. She would take the food in the
and re-heat it for lunch. In addition to her drugstore, Mrs.
managed a 17 room apartment house by herself.
Harvey, at 93, is the mainstay
of Denison Manor. A resident for 10 years, she is as much a part of
Manor as the furniture. Mrs. Harvey not only keeps us in
also, lightens our days with her cheerful manner and Old South
proud to have you living with
us, Mrs. Harvey; and we"re looking forward to another delightful 10
with you at Denison Manor.
Ruth Lambeth, was born 11 February
1877 in Panola County, Texas. Her parents were John W.
Margaret Byron "Maggie" Talbert of Talbert Plantation, in Keatchie,
married Joseph Wiley Harvey in 1894.
"Wiley" Harvey as he was known died on 2 December 1925 in Denison
Nellie died in February of 1971, also in Denison.
of the nieces that she raised was
my mother-in-law Ruth Virgina Lambeth. Virginia married
Jones Jr. also of Denison, the son of Richard Dale Jones, Sr and Martha
Kilmer Jones also of Denison.
Waples Methodist Church