Snodgrass family meets in Lohn

One family who always has a large number of people at their annual reunion on the third Saturday in July is the Snodgrass family. The family lived at Lohn for 17 years. Seven of the 11 children graduated from Lohn High School and one returned to teach here. Their parents were Audy Calvin and Bernice Edna Chance Snodgrass. Audy Snodgrass was born in Alvarado on May 19, 1902. He came from a family of 11 children with four brothers and six sisters; they grew up in Roby in Fisher County. Mr. Snodgrass died in 1958 at age 56 from a brain tumor. Bernice Chance was an Oklahoman, born on January 18, 1902, five years before Oklahoma entered the Union. She was born in Tishamingo Indian Territory. At age three she came with her family in a covered wagon across the Red River to settle in Fisher County. She had four sisters and three brothers. She and Audy Snodgrass, both quite young, married on February 12, 1919. Nine of their children were born in Fisher County and one in Midland when the family was there picking cotton. The last child was born after they moved to Lohn. In 1941 the family arrived in McCulloch County during a rainy spell and were unhappy with their new surroundings of black mud as they had been accustomed to the red dirt of West Texas. But they settled in, living on the Hughes place, the Callie Fullagar farm, the Rockett Hall place and then the Shelton place west of Lohn. After Audy passed away, Bernice and the two youngest girls moved to Brady where Bernice lived until she passed away on January 29, 1980 from a stroke. She lived in Waco for a short period in 1966 after her last child married and left home. There have been few deaths in the family, nine of the 11 children are still living, five in McCulloch County. There are 37 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Melba Maudine, the oldest child, born in 1919, never lived at Lohn. She married Delbert O’Donald of Abilene where they have lived all of their married life. He died in 1996 and Melba now lives with her daughter in Abilene. The O’Donalds have four children, Bobby of Abilene, Billy of Hico, Doyle of Meridan and Cleta of Abilene; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Elvis Irland (Buddy) was born in 1921 and served in the army during WWII. He married Imogene Smith of Lohn. They have four children, Steve and Dennis of Brady, Becky of Austin and Donnie of Lorena. The two older boys, Steve and Dennis, attended grade school in Lohn before Buddy and Imogene moved to Brady. Buddy is a dairy farmer in the Lohn and Brady area. Buddy and Imogene have 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Floyd Kermin, born in 1923, also served in WWII. He married Dorothy Smith of Lohn. They have two daughters, Karan of Arlington and Lynda (Susie) of Lancaster. Karan and Susie attended school at Lohn before the family moved to the Dallas area where Kermin was a brick layer and contractor. He had a daughter, Tammie, from a second marriage, who lives in Grand Saline. There are five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He passed away in 1994. Vesta Iown, born in 1923, married Norman West of Brady. They are parents of four children, David and Shery of San Angelo and Rocky and Carol of Brady. They have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Norman is a barber in Brady and Vesta works part-time for Dr. Richard Lane, Optometrist. Vesta was the first of the Snodgrass children to graduate from Lohn in 1943. Esta Ivell, born in Midland in 1926, graduated from Lohn in 1944 and married Joe Smith of Lohn. Ivell is the better known member of the family as she and Joe lived here for twenty-nine years, from 1946 until 1975 when they moved to Brady. Their three children graduated from Lohn, Joe Dale in 1965, Gayle in 1970, Roy continued to attend school at Lohn after they moved to Brady, graduating in 1978. Joe Dale lives in Roscoe, Gayle in Rochelle and Roy in Brady. The Smith family figures prominently in the Snodgrass family history as well as the history of Lohn as Joe, Dorothy and Imogene are members of the John and Johnnie Smith family. John Smith was a half-brother to Wash Moore. He was a farmer and operated a service station in Lohn in the 1940s. Joe graduated in 1939, Dorothy in 1941, Imogene in 1943. The Snodgrass-Smith marriages resulted in nine double first cousins. There are five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Joe died in 1994. Ivell is a bookkeeper for Gartman Butane in Brady. A.C. Jr. was born in 1928. He worked with his brother Kermin in Dallas as a brick layer; also was a freight truck driver and is now a farmer-rancher, retired. He has four children; Col. Audy Ray of the Army War College in Alabama, Vicki of Irving, Jerry Don and Paula of Dallas; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild with two more due in August. A.C. graduated from Lohn in 1946 and always returns for his annual class reunion. He and Joann Turner live in Brady. James Joyce was born in 1930. He retired from the army and lived in San Antonio. He married Johnnie Odom of Brady. They had five children, Keith, Cathy, Diane, Calvin and Joy and seven grandchildren. James graduated from Lohn in 1948 and passed away in 1989. Vera Nell was born in 1932 and lives in Clifton where she manages apartment units. She has four children, Randy of Virginia, Patricia of Waco, Debbie of China Springs and Pamela of Clifton, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a “spoiled” dog. Glyndol Lynn was born in 1934 and married Susan Sorrell of Brady. The have three children, Constance and Elizabeth of Cuero, Mark of Lubbock, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Glyndol graduated in 1963, returned to Lohn and taught. He and his wife are retired from teaching. They live at Horseshoe Bay and travel in this country and abroad. Edna Lunnett was born in 1940 and was only a few months old when the Snodgrass family moved to Lohn. She married Taylor Solsbery of Lohn and they had two children, Lorre and Holly who live in Houston. There are three grandchildren. Lucy married Luther Boysen and they live in Cuero. She is retired from banking. Lucy graduated from Lohn in 1959. Brenda Gene, the youngest was born in McCulloch County in 1944. She attended school at Lohn until her junior year and moved to Brady after the death of her father. Marrying a preacher may not have seemed likely when she was growing up, yet she did so when she married Don Ziriax, a Brady native. His call to the ministry was 21 years in the future after a career in the U.S. Navy. Don and Brenda lived in Florida, Puerto Rico, Germany, Spain, California, and Maryland. Their only child, Donna, was born while they were in California. In 1985 Don retired from the Navy, entered Bible College and returned to his home town to pastor The Bible Baptist Church in Brady. Brenda has worked as a bookkeeper for Lou Alexander Tax Service for the last 12 tears. Their daughter, Donna, is a lawyer in Amarillo. This years reunion was planned by Ivell’s family and they did a wonderful job of making the day a special one for everyone. They included the young people with a coloring contest for all under 12 years; played bingo with lots of prizes for all; arranged the seating so family members would mix and mingle. Table decorations were of a patriotic theme, the center pieces done by Brenda, who is very talented in that area. Joe Dale Smith acted as master of ceremonies and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, especially at the food table loaded down with an abundance of delicious dishes. Those attending from the Melba O’Donald family were: Melba O’Donald, Bobby and Charlotte O’Donald, Billy and Cleta Kropp, Zeek and DeDee Kelly, Daegan, Skylar and Micah from Abilene and Jay Mack from Round Rock. From the Buddy Snodgrass family: Buddy and Imogene Snodgrass, Steve, Christi, Danielle Snodgrass from Brady; Mike and Stephanie Caffey from Round Rock; Brent and Becky Renfro, Bryce and Bethany, from Austin; Donnie and Ella Snodgrass, Chelsey, Charity, Chessa, Cherise, Chase Chandler and Chalen from Lorena. From the Kermin Snodgrass family: Dorothy Cawthon from Dallas; Karan Sills from Arlington; Morgan Hicks from Flower Mound and Susie Bryant from Lancaster. From the Vesta West family: Norman and Vesta West from Brady; David and Pam West, Erick, Ethan and friend Chris Fuchs, Nick and Shanda Halfman and Shane, Shery Buren, Jessica and Patrick from San Angelo. From the Ivell Smith family: Ivell Smith, Roy Smith from Brady; Joe Dale and Kaye Smith, Collin Smith from Roscoe; Sandy Montgomery, Hunter, Tanner, Kara and Kolby, from Fritch; Tommy and Gayle Hodges, Cindy and T.J. from Rochelle; Stacey Hodges from Coleman. From the A.C. Snodgrass family: A.C. and Joann Turner from Brady. There were no family members here from the Joyce Snodgrass family. From Vera Nell Hall family: Vera Nell hall, Robert and Pamelia Shannon from Clifton. The Glyndol Snodgrass family: Glyndol and Susan from Horseshoe Bay. The Lunnett Boysen family had no one in attendance. The Brenda Ziriax family had Don and Brenda from Brady, Maxwell and Donna Peck from Amarillo. Cousins attending were Irland and Jueldeen McCormick from San Angelo, Gene and Betty Snodgrass from Lubbock, L.R. (Buddy) and Beth Shoemaker , Kevin Shoemaker from Stanton; Lois Snodgrass Nichols from Lubbock. Friends Eunice Day and Rama Huie stopped by to visit. Melba O’Donald, at age 84, was the oldest, Shane Halfman, the youngest and Sandy Montgomery traveled the longest distance from Fritch, near Borger. Tommy Beer, youngest brother of Nell Ellis, died July 6 in Boise, Idaho. Services were held on July 12 in Denton. Chad Ellis and fiancee, Tessie Ingram, took Nell to the funeral. Quincy and Nell celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary going to Shreveport, La. with friends , Joe and Linda Smith, for a weekend on June 28-30. Last call on the T-shirts with the 1934 building. There are only 19 left (nine extra-large; three large and seven mediums). When these are gone that’s it. If someone in your family attended school at Lohn, one of these would make a unique Christmas gift for only $12. E-mail me at or call the school. They will be mailed to you, bill enclosed.

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