Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hazel Gaddy Powell

Betty's picture.

Fleta's Picture.

About 4 years old, I think it was taken in California.

 Hazel C. Gaddy was born Jan. 24, 1921 and passed away September 6, 1992.  She married Gilbert Willis Powell May 16, 1937, She was 16 years old, Willis was 21.

They eloped and were married by Jesse Powell. Willis told the story many times how Jesse asked 3 times if she was 18 years old. He made her say yes 3 times even tho Jesse knew she was only 16.  The legal age to marry , without parents consent, was 18. They were supposed to be going to a church function with 2 friends but instead ended up at Jesse Powell's. Mama had on a beige dress but Daddy had bought her a light blue dress.She changed into the pretty blue dress to be married. When you look at the pictures you can see the blue dress is wrinkled. No telling where Daddy had it wadded up and hid.

Mama did not go back to her parents home until the next morning. Aunt Helen told me Grandpa Gaddy searched for them but could not find them anywhere. I have forgotten where they spent the night.

The next morning when they went to Grandpa Gaddy's home he threatened to get the marriage annulled. Grandma Gaddy cried and said they could not do that because Mama had been soiled. Mother told me that herself. (Momma told Patsy that they spent the honeymoon night in a field.  It was near where you turned off Highway 62 to go to Richard's place when he worked for Eldridge.  Right there where Tony used to live.)

On Daddy's death bed, Mama went into the living room where he laid in a hospital bed. He talked about courting her. He spoke about eating supper with her and her parents for the first time and Grandma Gaddy served spiced peaches. He also said, 'They didn't think we would ever make it. We sure showed them."

On her final day when the ambulance driver came to the home place to take her to the hospital. She told them right before they took her, "I have had a good life."

My Mama lived a very simple life. It seemed to suit her just fine. She loved us all.  She cared about her family and her home.

Hazel back row, on the right.  I think these are her cousins, Aunt Clara Biles' children.

Hazel on the left, Aunt Helen center front.

Before her marriage.

Wedding day.

I think this was also before she married.

Mama, Richard, Clayton, Patsy 1944/45

Patsy, Willis, Clayton, Fleta, Hazel, Richard

All the Gaddy girls, pluse their husbands.  Houston Gaddy, Calvin Blevins, Willis Powell, D. A. Luckey, Irene Thomas Gaddy, Hettie Mae Gaddy Blevins, Hazel Gaddy Powell, Helen Gaddy Luckey.

Hazel was the only Gaddy child to stay married to her first husband, the only  one to have children, and at the end of life, the only one to have a happy, successful life.  Willis and Hazel had eight children that loved their parents, and cared for their parents when they could no longer care for themselves.  Mama loved all her family, parents, siblings, husband and children. We do not remember her ever saying a bad word about anyone.  She was a lovely, loving person. 

We miss you Mama.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Powell Maples Picture

back row:  Bertha O. Maples, Oma Desa Maples, Robert Melton Powell and Gertrude Lee Maples
front row: William Burl Maples, Sarah Lou Coxsey Maples, and John Maples
My Dad looked just like his Grandfather Bee Maples.  I look like Sarah Coxsey.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jacqueline Watkins Booth

Jackie Watkins' mother was Beatrice Williams and her mother was Bertha Maples Williams.  I have been adding Grandma Powell's "Sister Bertha's" family to my ancestry tree.  I have found lots of relatives from Sister B.  Beatrice married Jack Watkins.  Her sister Sarah Katherine married John Still and her brother Garrett Burl Williams married Joy N. Shurn.  Joy is still living--90 years young.  Sister Bertha died in 1936.  She is buried by her husband Louis A. Williams in Bartlesville, OK.  I found Bertha O. Williams at find a grave.   I don't know if the Still that Katherine married was related to Tobe or not.

Obituary for Jackie.  She lived in Bentonville, AR.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Watkins Booth, 71, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Ark. She was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Bartlesville, Okla., the daughter of Jack and Beatrice Watkins.
She was an avid reader. She was a Girl Scout until about the age of 25 in Tulsa, Okla. She loved working and had been employed since age 16. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and putting together puzzles. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Rogers.
She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over nine years after moving from Bartlesville, Okla., where she was a longtime resident. She graduated from College High School in 1959. She was preceded in death by: her parents; one sister, Nancy Sue Baker; and one nephew Dustin Timbrook.
Jackie is survived by her husband, Richard Booth of the home whom she married March 29, 1980; two daughters; Mary Jo Griffin and her husband, Brian, of Collinsville, Okla.; Kristi Pipher and her husband, Dennis, of Carrollton, Texas; the father of Jackie's children, Odie "Butch" Newman of Dewey, Okla.; three sisters, Diane Watkins Landers, of Marietta, Ga., Mary Lou Banks and her husband, Wesley, of Horton, Kan., Kathy Rexwinkle and her husband, Danny, of Nowata, Okla.; four grandchildren, Rachel, Tyler, Matthew and Jacob.
Visitation: Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Rogers with Rev. Zach Underwood officiating.
Sister Bertha's Grave
 Name: Bertha O. Williams
Birth Date: Jul 1899
Birth Place: Carrollton, Carroll County, Arkansas, USA
Death Date: 22 Jan 1936
Death Place: Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA
Cemetery: White Rose Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma, USA

Bertha's daughter Sarah Katherine's grave

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gertrude Lee Maples Powell

I think this is the oldest picture I have of Grandma Powell.  She has her arm on her Mother's shoulder. 
from l to right back
Gertrude Maples, Sarah Coxsey Maples, Bee Maples, Oma Maples
Sarah holding John Maples and Bee holding Bertha Maples
 When Gertrude Lee Maples was born on January 18, 1891, in Carroll County, Arkansas, her father, William, was 25 and her mother, Sarah, was 24. She married Robert Melton Powell on April 16, 1911, in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had eight children in 11 years. She died on May 20, 1972, in Green Forest, Arkansas, at the age of 81.

Poem Sister Patsy wrote about our Grandmother and Patsy sings on high today, also.

We’re separated by space and time
Our lot in life different by changing ways
But many ways are just the same.
Working with our hands all our days
Traveling life’s roads together we sing
Tho' she sings with angels' band
On high and earth, we praise for our king.
 Above Grandma and her sister Oma Maples Moore and below Robert Melton Powell and Gertrude Lee Maples Wedding day 1911.
 Grandma's teaching license issued 1910.

 Letter Grandma wrote to Winnie, her Granddaughter.

Above Grandma's house near Sunny Lane
Below part of the Sunny Lane Cookbook she created.

 Grandma in town wearing beautiful dress she made.
 Grandma sitting in her beloved rocker.

 Grandma and Grandpa Powell about 1945
 Another page from her cookbook
 Grandma's precious family
back row l to right:  Fleta, Thelma, Floyd, Betty, and Winnie
front row l to right: Truman, Melton, Gertrude, and Willis (my Dad)
 Aunt Una Coxsey Powell and Gertrude Maples Powell in April 1956, not long after Grandma moved to town and bought the big house on Springfield Street where she took care of herself!
 Grandma's house before the street was paved.  This street was the main path to Missouri and well traveled.  I think this picture was taken in the 1920s.

 Grandma's Ray's Mathematics book
 Sorry, these are side ways.  I hope Fleta will fix them.  Below says:
April 16, 1909
Think of me when you are happy
Keep for me one little spot
In the depths of thy affection
Plant one sweet for get me not!
A. E. P.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Elmo Powell Family

Elmo Powell was the son of Lige and Ida Belle Sandlin Powell.  Virginia (light blue shirt) shared this photo with.  I asked for a picture of Elmo and hopefully she will share one with me later and I will add it here.  I removed the exact dates of the children's birth.  I think she has Dorothy's birth year wrong as she is younger than Virginia.  Pearl is still living.  Elmo Powell Sr's father and Richard Powell were first cousins.

This is what she said:
Mom's  92nd Birthday,  May 4, 2013.   Pearlie Mae Stimson Powell (center, sitting)  and her 4 children. l-r  Judy Powell Griffith, b./1949.  Elmo Wayne Powell b. /41.  Virginia Lee Powell Smith b. 1938.   Dorothy Imogene Powell Glasco of Shafter, California,  B. 11938.   I am still trying to figure out how to get  other pics  on here.   This is Elmo' s family.  He was born July 16, 1917. He passed away July 2, 2004.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ozark Hill Farm criteria 1900

This is the Boaz Aday family somewhere in the mountains of Arkansas or Missouri around the turn of the century.  Boaz was a son of Horatio and Sarah Aday of Searcy County, Arkansas born about 1858.  He married in Mary Elizabeth McNeely in Carroll County, Arkansas in 1889. In 1900 the lived in Barry County, Missouri just north of Carroll County.  In 1910, they lived near Winslow, Arkansas in Washington County.  I am not sure where they lived when this photo was taken, but it was somewhere in the Ozarks. I love the picture because it shows so much about a typical Ozark farm family of that time, even to include the mule.

Robert Henry McLain 1893-1972

Robert Henry McLain is George Aday's maternal Grandfather. He is the source of the many Robert and Henry names in our family.

Robert Henry McLain (John Logan McLain4, William Carroll McLain3, John McLain2, James McLain - Mclean1) was born 25 Oct 1893 in Oak Hill, Arkansas, and died 18 Jan 1972 in Alpena, Arkansas. He married Florence Estelle Dewey 17 Feb 1917 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, daughter of Cassius Marcellus Dewey and Rachel Christianna Annie McHarry. She was born 3 Aug 1890 in Kent, Ohio, and died 1 May 1979 in Berryville, Arkansas.

He commonly went by Henry.  His father John Logan McLain was born close to Denver, Colorado. He was a friend of the man that started Elk Ranch at Beaver, Arkansas and came to Arkansas to work on the ranch.  That is where Henry was born and as a young man he also worked on the ranch.

Henry McLain was tall and slender with dark hair and brown eyes. His occupation is listed as farmer on all his census records, but he never owned a farm and often worked at other occupations.  On June 5 1917, only a few months after his marriage to Florence, he registered for WW1 in Dixon, California.  He was employed at Brocks garage and he lists his wife Florence of Route 3, Green Forest, Arkansas as his contact.  In 1920,  the couple are in Dayton, Texas where some of Florence Dewey McLain's family were living.  I guess they were farming there, but I cannot now find them on the 1920 census even though I did find Henry's in-laws there.

From talking with George's Aunt Bobby Rohde and Aunt Louise Rohde, I know that the family lived at one time out hwy 103 north of Green Forest.  I have a photo of Pearl and Bobby McLain when they attended school there.  Pearl looks to be somewhere around 8 to 10 years old.  Henry and Florence at one time lived in the apartment house that my own Grandma Powell owned sometime in the 1920's or 30's.  Of course, that was long before Grandma owned the house.  I think it was after all the children left home when they lived in this apartment.  At one time around 1950, Florence's parents, Cassius and Rachel McHarry Dewey owned a house on Douglas Road just past the Douglas school house and I think Henry and Florence McLain lived with her parents, but I am not sure about that.  The last decade or so of their lives, they lived in a small house that was built for them by their daughter Roberta Rohde and her husband on their farm in the cove in the Concord Community off highway 412 north of Alpena, Arkansas.

John Logan McLain 1966-1942, father of Robert Henry McLain.

Henry McLain, tall man in the center with the 'newsboy' cap.  This was around 1920 in Carroll County, Arkansas working on the railroad through the county.

Florence Dewey McLain as a young woman

Henry McLain and his children.
Ben, Pearl, Henry, Bobby, Louise on Easter Sunday 1939

Ben, Florence, Henry, Roberta (Bobby)

May 1944
Henry, Conda Aday, Florence, Bill Rohde, Roberta Rohded, Wanda Aday, Pearl Aday

Florence Dewey McLain

Robert Henry McLain and Florence Dewey McLain are buried in Pickens Cemetery, Green Forest, Arkansas.