July 3, 2015

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.

6th Edition Smile For The Camera – Funny Bone

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I can’t say this picture necessarily makes me laugh, but it does make me smile :). The man on the left is my Great Grand Uncle James Eli Penecost who was born 28 Jan 1867 in Celina, Clay, TN and died 04 Feb 1941 in Koshkonong, Oregon, MO. The man on the right is my Great Grandfather James William Milburn Yates who was born 27 Sep 1862 in Roane County, TN and died 11 August 1938 in Olympia, Thurston, WA. The two men were brother-in-laws, being married to sisters Laura Breedlove (Jim P’s second wife) and Cerilda Breedlove (Jim Yates’ first wife).

There is no explanation in any of our family documents that would give us a clue why these two men had this picture taken, but just that it exists makes me think the coats they are wearing must have been very important to them. They both were living in Missouri at the time this photo was taken, and it can get mighty cold there in the winter. If I didn’t know for sure who these men were, I would take them for some Russian immigrants, wouldn’t you? Do you think that’s a beaver coat that Jim Pentecost is wearing?

I hope you have enjoyed this submission for 6th Edition Smile For The Camera – “Funny Bone”.  If you would like to participate by blogging about your own picture that makes you smile or laugh, you can do so here’s how:

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 October, 2008.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, Becky (kinexxions@gmail.com). Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, and the name of your blog. Put ‘Smile For The Camera’ clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form (http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_4058.html) provided by Blog Carnival.

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Yates Kin Mosaic

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1. Yates & Edgmonds making sorghum, 2. JKP Yates with grandchildren, 3. JKP Yates singing master, 4. Jim Pentecost & Jim Yates, 5. Myra & Lydia Yates, 6. Jim & Mary Smith YATES, 7. Cerilda, Myra & Jim Yates, 8. JESP, 9. Harvey L. SMITH family, 10. Eleazer Smith, 11. Anna Breedlove & Jasper O. SMITH, 12. John, Roy and Lydia Barnett