August 24, 2016

Lorine McGinnis Schulze’s Book Has Prompted Me To Write My Own Memoirs

When you start accumulating a substantial sum of information for your family tree, it eventually follows that you’re going to want to share that information with your family. For the most part, I can be organized and inspired, but I think my problem was that I had no good ideas on where to start and what to talk, or write, about. I knew I needed some sort of formula to keep me on track. A few days ago I found just the book I was looking for to help guide me through my memories of the past.

One thing I will say is that I intend on making a dedicated folder for these memories so that I can keep them in some sort of order. I’m not sure if I will need to make sub-folders or not. It might be a good idea, but I need some input.

I’d like to thank Lorine McGinnis Schulze for creating her book Writing Your Memoirs for Descendants and making it available in Kindle format as well as book form. I do believe this will be a timeless book that can be used generation after generation.

100 Years Ago In West Plains Missouri

In the last two days I have thoroughly enjoyed the book “West Plains Missouri…As I Knew It” by Robert Neathery and told to Marideth Sisco (1994).  It was the first time I had ever really gotten a “feel” for the town in which so many of my families lived and originated.

Robert mostly describes his own life growing up in West Plains and his own family, but he did mention a few of my family members, one of which was Pauline Smith Pond.  As it turns out, she also wrote a book entitled “Teacher, You’re Almost a Lady”.  Pauline, along with my other cousins were some of the earliest of my family to join the Ozark Springs DAR Society in West Plains.

Robert Neathery was in the telephone and radio business (and several other endeavors) and he tells some interesting stories of bringing electricity to the city, life before the air conditioner and refrigeration, and power outages.  As time went by and new conveniences were introduced, it didn’t matter if you needed help in Brandsville or West Plains, Robert knew how everything worked and even how to fix it!

If you are at all interested in West Plains, Missouri history you might find Robert Neathery’s book very interesting.  He describes the West Plains dance hall explosion and what caused it; local characters like his uncle who would rather do yard work for the government than put in an actual day’s work at the radio station even though he was a partner; or why the peach trees down by Brandsville eventually failed.

 

West Plains as I knew it / by Bob Neathery ; as told to Marideth Sisco

Surnames of my families that lived in Howell County: MORRISON, YATES, PENTECOST, SMITH, BREEDLOVE, WRIGHT, KELSEY, DAWSON, and HOLMES.

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