April 27, 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.

2011 Memorial Day – Veterans

Yates and Allied Families

 

Wilkerson and Allied Families

On every Memorial Day I remember all of my family members who have passed on. Not all of the people in this collage have passed, but many of them have.  I feel it’s important to thank our veterans whenever we can, and so I post this picture and thank our family members for their service.

If you are a member of either family and have served in the military, please come by and leave a comment with your branch of service and era in which you served.

 

Surname Roundup Submission From iPentimento

MT cabin picture

 

It’s Surname Roundup Time!*

Genealogy veterans probably have a ready-to-go document with their research surnames on it so they can post them to message boards and mailing lists.  If you’re new to genealogy though, it might be time to create that list and post it on your blog. Doing so makes it visible to search engines and helps potential cousins find you.

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YATES Surnames

ANDERSON

BALL (TN)

BREEDLOVE (VA, KY, TN, MO)

CARLISLE (TN)

CRAWFORD (VA, SCOTLAND)

DAWSON (KY, MO)

HARRISON (NC, TN)

HOLMES (NC, VA, TN, MO, OR)

KELSEY/KELSAY (TN)

MOLINE (SWEDEN, MN, WA)

NORDGREN (SWEDEN, MN, IA, WA)

OSGATHARP/OSGATHORPE (ENGLAND, NC, KY, TN, AR)

PENTECOST (TN, MO)

POINDEXTER/POINGDESTRE/POINDESTRE (Channel Islands, VA, KY)

REDDIN/REDDEN (Wales, TN)

REGISTER (DE, MD, TN)

SMITH (2) (VA, KY, TN, MO)

SPEER, SPEERS, SPEARS (VA, KY)

STEELMAN (Sweden, PA, NJ, NC, DE, TN)

WRIGHT (England, NY, NC)

YATES (Possibly England, TN, MO, WA)

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WILKERSON Surnames

BEAN (VT, NY, MI, IA)

BOYERT (Germany, IA)

COOK (Canada, NY, IA)

DESPAIN (VA, NC, KY, IA)

HAGA (OH, IA)

HARMES (Germany, IA)

HORST (Germany, IA)

JORDAN (VA, OH, IA)

LANGREHR (Germany, IA)

MCCOY (IA)

MILLER (PA, IL, IA)

OTTO (Germany, IA)

PERKINS (IA)

RIPLEY (NY, OH, IL, IA)

SIX (England)

SKAGGS (KY, IA)

WHIT(T)MORE (KY, IA)

WILKERSON/WILKINSON (DE, IN, IA, WA)

*© Photo in Wilkerson Family collection and is private property.

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Food

Yates and Wilkerson families Nov 1973p

I realize that this isn’t exactly a Christmas photo, but it does show the house and room I remember best when it comes to Christmas.  Too bad no one thought to close the blinds so the flash didn’t look like the mother ship was landing in Grandma and Grandpa’s back yard!

That’s our son Greg sitting on his great grandpa Will Yates’ lap, with his cousin Eric Yates standing beside them.  You will probably deduce correctly that two different people took the pictures.  Dad took the one on the left, and Dave took the one on the right.

We were probably through with supper, and Grandma (with her apron still on) was finally sitting down to rest for a few minutes.  My brother Dave and I were having pumpkin pie, and if you look closely in the picture to the right you will see me being rude silly. The pictures would look pretty American Gothic-ish if it wasn’t for me and the mouth wide open and full of whipped cream. 😀

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree