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Author Diane McAdams Gladow describes how generations of her mother's family – the Crumes – kept letters and other written documents that eventually were used as the basis for two books in her “Journey of Voices” series. “Stewards of the Land” includes the tale of the author's great-grandfather Silas Moses Crume, who, with his bride Nancy Catherine Wil-liams, left Ken-tucky in the spring of 1853 to settle in Cherokee Coun-ty. Railway marker of Java, a “trade center … created to service” the in-dustry brought to southern Chero-kee County in the 1880s when the Texas Penitentiary System built an iron smelter plant at Rusk. Accord-ing to Gladow, Java was “complete with stores, mills, a cotton gin and a post office.”