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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Taft Standridge Says....

Thanks....  for all those who played a part in the little town of Ben Hur, AR getting electricity.  This is from 1970.  The video was shared on the Pryor Site in 2012.  Taft Standridge is Larry's Mom's first cousin...son of Granny Renfroe's brother, Joe.  He is also Syble Garrison's brother!

Listen to Taft

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Clara Adell Thomas

Daily Courier - 27 Jul 2002

Clara Biles LeVeille, 100, of Rogue River died July 19, 2002, at an adult foster care home in Grants Pass.

No services are planned at this time. Perl Funeral Home in Medford is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

LeVeille was born July 1, 1902, in Zearing, Iowa. At the age of 7, she traveled by covered wagon to Neosho, Mo., and later to Burlington, Ark., where she attended public schools. In 1919, in Harrison, Ark., she married Henry Clay Biles. She moved to Gold Hill in 1924 from Sanger, Calif. In addition to being a homemaker, she managed the Old Wallers Inn in Rogue River until her retirement. After her retirement, she worked at the Rogue River Senior Center for several years.

She was a member of the Rogue River Seniors, the Home Extension Unit in Foots Creek and the Flower Club in Foots Creek.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting lap robes for the elderly and helping others.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Biles of Grants Pass; a daughter, May Brecount of Rogue River; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Ross Biles, and a daughter, Bonnie Jean Biles Ayers, died before her.

Grandma Gaddy's sister Clara lived to be 100!   
Below is Clara Thomas Biles Levielle and her granddaughter, Barbara Biles and son Laurence Ross Biles 1940.  
 Here is Ross Biles and his wife, Myrtle, pretending to be Bonnie and Clyde--taken in AR it said.
 Clara, Granddaughter Barbara Biles, daughter Beatrice May Biles Becount, and Ross Biles--think it said 1950.
 Clara, Ross, and May--with 2 Grandchildren
 Ross and his daughter, Barbara Biles
Clara and Henry Clay Biles had 4 children, Ross, May, Robert Leonard, and Bonnie Jean.  Ross was born in California and the others in Grant's Pass, Oregon.  After the move to Oregon, Clara and Henry divorced.  He returned to Arkansas and married again.  Clara stayed in Oregon and in 1954 married Phillip Leveille.  Leona, Grandma Gaddy's sister, lived see year 99.  Grandma Gaddy died quite young compared to those two sisters!  She only made it to 85!