Written by Staff
Helen Ogden Widener of Irving has been appointed to the Dallas County Historical Commission.
“I am honored Mrs. Widener has agreed to serve as a member of the Dallas County Historical Commission,” Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia said. “Mrs. Widener, is a respected author, well known for her knowledge of local history, a member of the Irving Heritage Society, and has the experience and knowledge that make her a perfect fit for the Dallas County Historical Commission.”
Helen Ogden Widener was born in Conway, Ark. and is the fifth of ten children. Her father was a cotton farmer until the bole-weevils and drought destroyed the crops. The family moved to Texas in 1950 and to Irving in 1954 where Helen attended the Irving Public School. She graduated from Byrne’s Commercial College in Irving and has taken a number of accredited courses in subjects that interest her. Helen was married forty years to the late James F. Widener, a long time Irving Attorney.
History is Helen’s greatest passion. Helen has written four books of a historical nature which include Scraps of Life, James MacKay a Man to Cherish 1761-1822, Irving Centennial Cookbook and Family Histories 1903-2003; and Hutchins of Pine Mountain 300 years of migration.
The Dallas County Historical Commission, consisting of 15 individuals appointed by the Commissioners Court, serves as the county’s primary advisory body on historic preservation matters. The Historical Commission is responsible for providing the first level of review of all state historical marker requests, and it conducts two-to-three special projects a year.
Source: Irving Heritage Society