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Family History Pre-1962

1836

March - 6 - Fall of Alamo.

1840

January - 4 - Isaac Yaro Chinski born "in Gresen, Polish Germany; orphaned in infancy; early years spent in Murfreesboro, TN."

1845

August - 6 - Harriet Boggs Chinski was born "in Pontiac, Miss., and was a daughter of Dr. James (?) Coleman Boggs and Elizabeth Pegues (?) Boogs, at an early age she moved with her family to Leona, Leon County, TX."

December - 29 - Texas admitted as the 28th state of the Union, thus ending its brief nine year history as an independent nation.

1846

April - 25 - The War with Mexico started on April 25th when Mexican troops crossed into Texas and ambushed an American patrol. General Zachary Taylor and his troops defeated a Mexican force on May 8th at the Battle of Palo Alto. The United States issued a formal declaration of war on May 13th. The war was formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on February 2, 1848.

1854 

Isaac Chinski "settled in Leon County, TX, where he became involved in the mercantile business and later in planting."

1859

The City of Navasota was established when Houston and Texas Central Railroad built through.

1861

April 

13 - Civil War Begins

September

26 - "He was married to Harriet Cornelia Boggs, daughter ot Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Boggs; on the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Chinski volunteered and with Gould's Batallion, took part in early Confederate Struggles. He was at Arkansas Post at the fall, and then was sent by the Confederate Government, because of broken health, resulting from the hardships incident to the engagement, to Matamoros, Mexico, as a purchasing agent for the government. These trips were made overland, accompanied by faithful slaves."

1862

November

13 - Clarence Chinski born in Redland in Leon County.

1865

April 

14 - Lincoln Assasinated.

May 

13 - Civil War Ends.

"After the War, in 1865, Mr. Chinski moved to Navasota, TX, then the terminal point of the railroad, and a small village. He purchased his home, and with his family, resided on the same spot for more than 50 years. During this time he engaged in banking, planting, and mercantile business."

"They were among the pioneer settlers of Navasota, having come to the city when the H.&T.C. Railroad had its terminus at Millican."

"It was a custom of Mrs. Chinski's each year at Christmas to prepare stockings for small negro children, for the children of white persons who had been unfortunate, and to remember the aged and infirm. At an early age she united with the Baptist church."

1866


"Once Navasota was linked by the railroad, it attracted enterprising merchants hoping to capitalize on its new economic position, including a number of Jews. Just a few Jewish immigrants settled in Navasota before the Civil War, including M. Dangigar, a young Polish-born merchant. He had left Navasota by 1870. Other early Jewish settlers included Isidore Bock, who came in 1865, and Arnold Fox and I.Y. Chinski, who moved to Navasota in 1866. Chinski came from Prussia and quickly established himself once he settled in Navasota. By 1870, the dry goods merchant owned $10,000 in personal estate and $4000 in real estate, quite a sum for the time. Chinski later opened a successful banking business in Navasota. These early settlers were soon joined by a growing number of Jews. According to one estimate, over 80 Jews lived in Navasota by 1876."

1870

September - 21 - Margaret Chinksi, daughter of Isaac and Harriet Chinski, mother of my maternal Grandfather, born in Navasota, TX

1872

May

8 - Adolph Alva Chinski, son of Isaac and Harriet Chinski, born.

1882

September 

12 - John Richa Born, father of Mattie Dorothy Richa White Callaway

1883

Fred White born - Step-father of Mattie White Callaway
1884

January

19 - Edith Victoria Hutchinson born, Mother of Mattie White Callaway

1887

September

12 - John Henry Richa, father of my maternal Grandmother, born.


Photograph of Edith Victoria Hutchinson

1905

May 

27 - Clarence Leon Callaway, my Grandfather, born. He was the son of James Milton Callaway and Margaret Chinski.


Chinski Dry Goods Co.
Mother's Day

1914

July 

25 - Adolph Alva Chinski dies.

28 - World War I begins.


Receipt for Masonic Lodge

1917

April

6 - United States declares war on Germany.

1918

Handwritten Check from Harriet Chinski

1919

Issac Yaro Chinski Obituary
Photograph of I. Y. Chinski
Photograph of I. Y. Chinski and Family


Letter From Arkansas 
Note from Little Rock Public Schools


Kamp Kabul X - Mattie White
Funeral Notice for Harriet Boggs Chinski, died 12 November. 
Mrs. Chinski Died Friday
Resolutions From the Civic Club in Death of Members


Photo of Mattie White


Photo of Mattie White inscribed to Cal


F. H. White Cleaning Co. 


Letter from L P Davis to Mattie White


Mural Room at the Baker Hotel
Dearest Sister, I just know you are getting well
Xmas Card from Mattie to Cal


Photograph of Clarence Callaway
It has been one week since...
Mural Room at the Baker Hotel
Dearest Mattie
Tulsa Flash
Xmas card


Marriage Announcement
Mrs. Clarence Callaway On Wedding Trip


Photo of an Unknown Man from Chinski Memory Book


Letter draft to Lora
Dear Minnie and Mrs. White
Gittings Photograph of Mattie White
Baldridge Callaway, brother of my Grandfather, dies.


Letter from Cal to Mattie


Estate of Fred White

1951

November - 14 - Margaret Chinksi Callaway dies. Buried in Dallas in Grove Hill Cemetary in Oak Cliff.


Letter from Nan and Bud

1954

April 6 - Clarence Callaway named Chief of Dr. Pepper operations.


July 

4 - Conceived in the back seat of a car.
29 - Parents married in Columbus, Texas by a local Justice of the Peace. Honeymooned in Galveston.

Mother worked as a mail girl at the Dr. Pepper Co. in Dallas. Father worked at First National bank, sorting records in the vault. They lived in Grapevine in the small apartment over Grandparent Casey's house.

December 

31 - Driving home (to the Inwood house) from a New Year's Eve party, my parents car is hit on the passenger's side- where my mother was sitting. She was badly shaken but did not go to the hospital.