Christmas has come early for the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) thanks to the wonderful donations from the Golden and Thompson families. It is the patrons who visit the Jonesboro and Chatham branches that actually will reap the rewards from the gifts given by being able to view an incredible assortment of ornamental Christmas houses and book of geneology of several longtime Jackson Parish families.
With the help of Mrs. Betsy Golden, who kindly donated the countless number of beautiful Christmas themed houses, the staff of the Library spent hours and hours unboxing and preparing the display for your enjoyment.
Patrons can also learn about several families from Jackson Parish as well as lots of history through a wonderful book of geneology compiled by Mr. Glenn Thompson. Below is an excert from the email that Mr. Thompson sent to JPL Director, Floyd Knox that explains more about the kind donation.
“My wife, Bettie Maurine Moore, grew up in Jonesboro. Her father, Cleveland “Buddy” Moore, was Jonesboro City Marshal for many years. Bettie and I met at La. Tech in 1952 and were married in the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, on Aug. 21, 1955. We enjoyed a wonderful marriage for 64 years before she passed away on June 23, 2020.
“Bettie and I enjoyed genealogy research. Bettie conducted extensive research on her ancestors, but unfortunately, she became ill before she could document the research. So, I am preparing a genealogy-photo album on her Moore, Gilbert and McConathy ancestors, based on her research.
“… The 12″ x 12″ book will contain about 100 pages, with genealogy charts, maps, photos and discussions on each stage of her ancestor’s lives.
“… I would like to donate a copy of the book to the Jackson Parish Library, as a memorial to Bettie.”
Mr. Thompson’s book will be available for in-house viewing only in Jonesboro and can be requested to view in-house at our Chatham branch.
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