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April 24, 2014

Waggoner to join Hall of Fame during Derrick Days

Corsicana — The Navarro County Historical Society will induct Ines Waggoner into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The induction is traditionally held along with Derrick Days festivities, to honor the rich oil heritage that is Navarro County.

Waggoner was born in Anderson County to Sam and Pearl Heath, but her family soon relocated to Rusk County, moving again in 1939 to Vernon. After completing high school and one year of college, young Ines became a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), inspiring her mother and sister to also become LVNs.

Ines married Bennie C. Waggoner in 1951, who went to work for Lone Star Gas Co. after serving four years in the Air Force. Lone Star transferred Waggoner to Corsicana in 1972. The Waggoner's son Gary married Sandra, and gave them a grandson named Matthew. Ines worked at Medical Arts Clinic in pediatrics, as a dental assistant and in the bookkeeping department of State National Bank during her time in Corsicana. She retired to keep grandson Matthew for several years, and her first experience with the Corsicana Public Library was taking him to story hour.

Ines had read a couple of books on Navarro County history and was astonished at the early history of the county and the role it played in early Texas history. This led her to regular visits to the Genealogy Room at the public library, where she met her very dear friend, Liz Gilispie. When Ines and her sister Lucille found they were eligible for membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, it was Liz who helped in finding their great grandfather Larkin Caison. He came to Texas in 1839 and was given a land grant during the Republic, settling in Rusk County. This research caused her to begin a passionate interest in genealogy. Soon afterward, Ines began volunteering at both the genealogy room and Pioneer Village. At present she holds the record for the longest volunteer in the Liz Gilispie Genealogy Dept. at the Corsicana Public Library.

Ines assisted in compiling and publishing volume VII for the Navarro County Historical Society. She received the Historian of the Year award in 1991 from the Historical Society for her dedicated service in preserving the history and heritage of Navarro County. Since 2002 she has been employed part-time on weekends and some holidays by the Navarro County Historical Society.

She assisted in compiling and publishing the cemetery books, marriage record books, and the family pedigree chart books. She was also membership and publicity chairman and helped in publishing the genealogy quarterlies “Leaves and Branches” for 19 years.

Ines is a charter member of the Navarro County Genealogical Society and the Jose Antonio Navarro chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, member of the Navarro County Historical Society, James Blair Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She has held offices in each organization. She was also honored as a Senior Texan who had provided valuable contributions to Navarro County in 2011. She is also an 11-year breast cancer survivor.

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