Flying Hoboes historical marker approved


Wood County commissioners approved Wood County Historical Society’s request to apply for a state historical marker at the west side of the county courthouse Friday.

The marker titled “The Flying Hoboes” would honor the first two African-American aviators who flew across the United States, Wood County Historical Commission Chairman Lou Mallory said.

One of the aviators, Thomas Cox Allen, was born in Quitman, she said.

According to The New York Times, in 1932, Allen partnered with J. Herman Banning to fly 18 days from Los Angeles to New York. Allen died in 1989 at age 82 in Oklahoma City.

In other action, commissioners passed a resolution authorizing New Hope Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corp. to finance Autumn Wind Independent and Assisted Living in Winnsboro for the Quality Senior Housing Foundation of East Texas Inc. The housing foundation is financing the cost to acquire Autumn Wind in Winnsboro.

Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a request to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for a portion of Unclaimed Capital Credits (UCC) from electric cooperatives servicing Wood County citizens.

An interlocal agreement with the county and the city of Yantis was approved for road work and repairs and mowing at the sewer plants and water well easements through Dec. 31.

The high bid offer from April Stephens for tax sale struck off property cause No. T-3815 was approved. A tax deed from Roy and Cindy Oliphant for cause No. T-3854 and a tax deed from Juan Torres for cause No. T-1090 were approved.

The court approved a proclamation declaring May 2019 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Wood County.

Revised lake rules and a Lake Quitman concession agreement were tabled.

Also, approved by the court was a public hearing to revise Lots 2 and 3R, section 8, of Holly Lake Ranch subdivision set for July 12 at 10 a.m.