The following is a guest post:
There was always laughter when they shared their memory. In their early years the family lived in Bonham, Texas where Grace was born in 1899, Charlie in 1901 and Jewel in 1903. Then they moved to Tishomingo, Oklahoma for a while. Josephine (1906), Hazel (1908), Bennie (1910), Lewis (1912 and Jackie (1915) were all born there. Farming wasn’t going well by then. In fact, the family lost their farm and their dad had to begin farming for other people. In 1914 they were raising cotton for a Mr. Morgan in Pontotoc, Oklahoma. A girl, Bertha, was born there who did not live long. Some time after that they returned to Texas. In 1918 the youngest girl, Lena, was born in Bagwell, Texas. Charlie didn’t care for his middle name of Monroe, so when he became about eighteen years of age he changed his name to Steven Charles. However, to his family and friends he always remained Charlie.
|Charlie (on right) and friend Fred Buckner in Wyoming|
|Charlie and Hannah|