Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Robert Montgomery 1938-2017

Robert “Bob” Marion Montgomery, Jr., age 79 of Ozark, passed away November 6, 2017 in his home.  He was born September 7, 1938 in Greenfield, Missouri the son of Robert Marion, Sr. and Dorothy June (McCall) Montgomery.  Bob proudly served in the United States Army.  He was married to Virginia Powell May 3, 1969.  Bob worked as a construction inspector many years for the City of Springfield.  He was very handy, always fixing things and tinkering with various projects.  He also enjoyed doing work around his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Amy Payne.

Bob is survived by his wife Virginia Montgomery of the home; a son Mark and wife Linda of Nixa; 2 grandchildren, Michael Montgomery and wife Linsey and Gabriel Montgomery; 5 great grandchildren and one on the way; other relatives and many friends.

A graveside memorial will be held 2 p.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, with Mr. Ray Lassley officiating and full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Mentor Baptist Church in Bob's memory. Cremation and services are in the care of Holden Cremation and Funeral Service, Sparta.
Bob and our Virginia
with Amy
 All three

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Finding Willie Mae

To be good at family tree searching, one needs to be curious, no, it is better to be just plain nosey.

In 2001, I met Dolen Renfro.   He and Grandpa Renfroe knew they were cousins, even though, they spelled their last names differently.  Dolen told me who his father was and I knew immediately how they were kin, but it was too late to tell Grandpa as he had already passed.  Dolen told me a lot about his family of Renfro's, including a story of his Uncle being murdered at Forks of the Creek, near Hector, AR.

 I posted a story about the murder at my Rootsweb site.  It has been copied over and over, complete with all my typing mistakes!
The story --
From: The Courier -Democrat, Russellville, Ar. September 22, 1904
Note by Betty: Will Renfroe (spelled Renfrow, later this family used the spelling Renfro) was born Oct. 25, 1880 to Joshua Renfroe and J. Anna Brown. He was their first child. They married in 1879. Josh and Anna lived North of Hector, Ar. near Forks of the Creek. Josh farmed here from 1880 until about 1929 when his crops were completely washed out two years in a row. At this time he moved to Ok. where his daughter Sarah Lucinda Dixon and her husband Eldie lived.
Will Renfroe married Dora Olivia Ballard (daughter of Samuel Ballard of Solo, Ar) on May 29, 1904. Dolen Renfro said after Will was murdered Dora had a child (female). This would be the only child of Will. I do not know the name of the daughter. Dora and some of her family moved away after the murder. Dolen thought they went to Ok.
The article from the Courier--WILL RENFROW MURDERED
George and Marion Church
Also Wounded in the Fight
Which Occurred near Hector Thursday Night

As a result of a general row, doubless superinduced by an excessive flow of bad booze, another mound has been erected in a Pope county cemetery and the man charged with the crime awaits his trial in the county jail when he must either prove his jsutification or accept the verdict of a jury of his own selection. The case to which we allude is the killing of Will Renfrow by one George Church, Thursday night of last week. The murder took place at a small school houseat the forks of two creeks some seven or eight miles north of Hector, where citizens of the community had gathered for the purpose of witnessing a magic lantern exhibition.

During the progress of the show, or just at its close some six or seven young men of the community, said to be more or less under the infulence of "mountain dew" or blind tiger goods, engaged in a general row. Among them were George Church, Bud Renfroe, Larkin Mathis, Riley Church, and perhaps others. Whether Will Renfrow was a participant of the fuss or only interfered to quell the disturbance will doubtless be a matter of contention between the attorneys of the opposition sides. It is not disputed however that he was shot three times and instantly killed, and George Church was arrested, charged with the offense. A coroner's inquest before 'squire A. R. Jones was promptly held and Church was committed to jail to await an examining trial, which will take place before Squire H. H. Baird of this city, commencing at 10 o'clock this (Thursday) morning.

At the coroner's inquest it was brought out that several shots in all were fired, probably six, one fo which accidentally struck Marion Church, an uncle of the defendant, in the lower part of the leg or ankle and more or less shattering the bone. George Church is said to have lost the tip of one of his fingers by a ball fired by someone engaged in the melee. In advance of the examining trial, however, we do not care to undertake to relate any facts in connection therewith as any information received would doubtless be of a partisan character and fail to state the real facts as they will eventually be proven in the courts.

Note by Betty: I could not find in the following weeks what happened in this case. I will continue to search.  I do know that Will was laid to rest in the Forks of the Creek Cemetery. His young bride gave birth to a female child sometime after Sept. 1904.

Well, almost, 20 years later, I began to wonder about the female child!!  Yesterday, I started to search and with a few minutes at ancestry I found Willie Mae Renfro.  Her mother Dora Ballard Renfro remarried soon after her husband was murdered.  She married Fate Hammond and moved to Otero county, Colorado, where Willie Mae grew up and married Herbert Evans.  I found a headstone for Willie Mae but no photo so I could see what she looked like.

I did find a photo of Willie Mae's mother--Dora O. Ballard Renfro Hammond.  She is in the middle on the back row.  This photo is of her parents and sisters.  Will Renfro was murdered andWillie Mae was born about 6 months later.  Dora named her for her father!  Willie Mae did not marry until she was 25.  I could not find where she and her husband Herbert Evans had children, but being the nosy type, I will keep searching!!
By 1910, Dora is married to Starkey Hammond and is living in Stephens, OK.  Little Willie Mae Renfrow is 4 years old, born in AR as were her mother and father!
 I found no photo of Willie Mae, but did find a photo of her and Herbert's headstone in Colorado!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

George Henry Aday

George Henry Aday, Sr.
GEORGE HENRY ADAY, SR., of Green Forest, Arkansas was born February 1, 1947 in Sacramento, California, son of George Washington and Pearl Alice (McLain) Aday. He departed this life October 6, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 70 years. 

George was a proud United States Army veteran, serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. He loved working and helping others. His entire life was one of service to his family, community and country.

On August 4, 1972, he was united in marriage with Fleta Mae (Powell) Aday, who survives him. He is also survived by his two sons, Gregory Aday and George Aday, Jr. both of Green Forest, Arkansas; brother, Leroy Aday of Reno, Nevada; sister, Conda Mayder and husband, Gary, of Sacramento, California; four grandchildren, Steven Lane Aday, Emily Aday, Robert Lee Aday, II, and Hannah Lee Aday; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Washington and Pearl Alice (McLain) Aday; brother, Robert Aday and sister, Wanda Smith.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Nelson’s Green Forest Chapel. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Alpena Cemetery, Alpena, Arkansas with Brother Frankie Powell officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Coin Church, 2185 CR 803, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mincy School

This is the Mincy School in Missouri.  Don't know the year or who is in the photo.  Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey lived near here.  I love the book about her, Candle Within her Soul.


I stick smart weed and beggar lice in with my bouquet
And then I smile when my friends begin to say,
"How beautiful, how delicate, what can these blossoms be?"
"Oh, yes," I say, "Oh, yes, but it takes one just like me
To show you all that common things have beauty, charm and grace,
.....But not until you see them stuck in a crystal vase."
Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Emma Blevins Long

 This is Emma Blevins Long and her daughter Stella.  Emma was born in  November 1871 in Arkansas, her father, Isham Martin Blevins, was 30, and her mother, Catherine Matlock Blevins, was 25. She married James Albert Long in 1893. They had six children in 13 years. She died in 1942 at the age of 71, and was buried in Collinsville, Texas.

The photo was probably sent back to her sister Elizabeth Blevins Cody from Texas.  Today we might send a photo standing by our car back home to family.  Emma sent a picture of her cow, a family prized possession!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Willis, Hazel, and Patsy Powell

Sister Helen had me look for a photo of my 1951 Pontiac, my first car.  I did not have any luck, but somewhere I have a photo of it.  I found this picture of Sister Patsy and our parents.  It is probably spring 1939.  They are sitting on a rock wall which borders the yard of the Old Richard Powell place at Carrollton.  Dad was buying the place.  I think Aunt Tea was owner financing it to him.  He stayed here and farmed until he went to the shipyards to work during World War II.
Talked to Sister Fleta about the picture I found of Mom, Dad and Patsy.  She said it was taken in the Parker community.  Patsy told me about this place being the first place she lived.  I could not find the post Sister Patsy made about living here.  I think she said she was born there.  Anyhow, Fleta said there were other copies of my picture that showed more of the image.  I found this one on Patsy's page but I think Fleta posted it after she passed.  Fleta thinks Daddy raised hogs and a crop here.  I can't remember anything but that Richard later lived on the same place.

Friday, September 1, 2017

James K. Polk Standridge--American Patriot

 James K. Polk Standridge was born in January 1845.   Come December 1863, he rode a horse from Moore AR to Dardanelle and enlisted in the  2nd United States Calvary.  He was only 18 years old.  He stood 6'3" inches tall, had brown hair, fair complexion, and blue eyes.  He served the rest of the Civil War and was discharged in August 1865 from his post in Memphis, TN.

Below is a partial section of his pension application.  He did draw a U S pension for his service.
Movments of Co. M
Duty at Helena, Ark., till April, 1863. At Fayetteville, Ark., till July 1863, and at Cassville, Mo., till September, 1864. (Co. "B" at Benton Barracks, Mo., June, 1863. At Cape Girardeau, Mo., July, 1863. Scout from Cape Girardeau to the Ash Hills and Poplar Bluff, Mo., August 9–18. Skirmish, Ash Hills, August 13. Expedition from Cape Girardeau to Pocahantas, Ark., August 18–26. Skirmishes, Pocahontas, August 22–23.) Elm Springs July 30. Near Fayette August 23 (Detachment). Jenny Lind September 1. Crawford County November 25. (James K. Polk was with the group from here)

 Barrowsville, Searcy County, December 26. Waldron December 29. King's River January 10, 1864. Operations against Guerrillas in Northwest Arkansas, in Newton, Searcy, Izzard and Carroll Counties, January 16-February 15. Lewisburg January 17. Clear Creek and Tomahawk January 22. Bailey's or Crooked Creek January 23 (Co. "C"). Crooked Creek February 5. Tomahaw Gap February 9. Expedition from Rolling Prairie to Batesville February 19-April 4. Scouts from Yellville to Buffalo River March 13–26. Oil Trough Bottom March 24 (Detachment). Near White River March 25. Constant scouting and skirmishing with Guerillas. Scouts from Bellefonte March 29-April 1. Whiteley's Mills April 5. Piney Mountain April 6. Osage Branch King's River April 16 (Co. "A"). Limestone Valley April 17. King's River April 19. Near mouth of Richland Creek May 3 and 5. Scout in Northern Arkansas May 17–22 (Co. "M"). Scout from Cassville to Cross Hollows June 9–14 and June 20–24. Near Maysville July 20. Operations in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas August 15–24. Scout from Ozark, Mo., to Dubuque Crossing and Sugar Loaf Prairie August 23–26 (Detachment). Expedition from Cassville, Mo., to Fayetteville, Ark., August 23–28 (Detachment). Gerald Mountain and Mud Town August 24. Operations against Price August 29-December 2. Moreau Creek, Jefferson City, October 7. Russellville October 9. California October 9. Near Booneville October 11–12. Fort Smith, Ark., October 14 (Detachment). Dover October 20. Little Blue October 21. Independence, Big Blue and State Line October 22. Big Blue and Westport October 23. Little Osage, Mine Creek, Marais des Cygnes, October 25. Engagement on the Marmiton, or Battle of Charlot, October 25. Newtonia October 28. Upshaw's Farm October 29. Expedition from Springfield, Mo., to Fort Smith, Ark., November 5–16. Near Cincinnati, Ark., November 6. Scout from Springfield to Huntsville and Yellville November 11–21. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., January, 1865. Duty there and in District of West Tennessee till August.