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Showing posts with label Dudley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dudley. Show all posts

Sunday, February 2, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #5 Willa Mae Bryan Dudley


No Story Too Small

I don't have as many photographs of Dad's sister, Willa Mae Bryan Dudley, as I did of his other sisters. However, she did seem to make it in the newspaper more often than her other siblings.  Here is her story. 





Willa Mae was the fourth child of Myrtie Hairston and Redic E. Bryan. She was born on April 16, 1910 in the Levelview community of Baylor County, Texas.




Willa Mae Bryan wasn't always "Willa Mae." Her parents named her Willie May.
I have seen her name written as Willie May, Willie Mae, and Willa Mae. 


Willa Mae's family lived in Levelview and Seymour in Baylor County, Texas for most of her childhood. 



There is no date on this clipping as it was found in the Bryan family bible. This speaking contest could be be a church or school contest. Willa Mae earned first place. I have seen Willa Mae speaking or reading at various events in newspaper articles. She is the only young child in several of the events. In March of 1922, the Parents and Teachers Club of Seymour opened with the "singing of America which was followed by a prayer by Supt. J. F. Kemp and a reading by Willie May Bryan." From the Wichita Daily Times in 1923, at a Texas Day Program in Seymour (at the home of Mrs. J. T. Lively), "Little Miss Willie May Bryan dressed attractively in red, white, and blue bunting, gave a reading of "The Lone Star State."  In May of 1950, the Phillip's Garden Club sponsored a fashion show and Willa Mae Dudley gave the commentary for the show. This was found in the Amarillo Daily News, May 16, 1950. 


I assume that Willa Mae attended Seymour High School, but according to the class rolls, she did not graduate from that school. Her mother was very ill and died in the spring of 1927, the year that she turned 17. In the fall of 1927, Willa Mae was living in Borger with her sister, DeRay. Could she have gone to school in Borger?


Willa Mae was very talented. I was told that she wrote well and that she sang in
church  and school programs and at weddings. She was a talented seamstress and I am fairly certain that she made most of the beautifully crocheted Barbie clothes that I received as Christmas gifts. 


In 1930, Willa Mae was on a train wreck while on the way to visit her brother, Hairston "Buster" Bryan in Wichita Falls. She was 21 years old and still went by the name Willie May. It was written that she was a teacher in Borger; however, I think that at that time she actually worked at a drug store in BorgerTo see what Willa Mae said in a brief interview click on the link to my clipping at Newspapers.com.  I clipped the entire page so you will need to enlarge it to read it. 




Willa Mae married, and later divorced, James Hamilton Dudley, also of Borger. They had one daughter, Jacqueline "Jackie" DeRay Dudley. I do not know where Willa Mae was married, but Jackie was born in San Diego on July 22, 1932.  Photo of Jimmy Dudley with Jackie. 



Willa Mae with her daughter, Jackie, and my father,
Whit Bryan in Borger, Texas - 1943. 


Willa Mae worked in Borger department stores. Those that I know of were 
Dunlap's, Cartwright's, Anthony's, and KC store.




Willa Mae and Jackie - December 28, 1956. Jackie married John "Jack" Skinner and eventually moved to Denver, Colorado where she lived until her death in 2003.  



Willa Mae Bryan Dudley died on May 25, 1991 in Borger, Texas. She is buried with her sisters, DeRay and Marie in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Borger. 





Diana

© 2014

Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

"Garden Club Has Spring Luncheon." Amarillo Daily News [Amarillo] 16 May 1950. Newspaper.com. Web. Accessed 10 Aug. 2013.

"Levelview." Baylor County Banner [Seymour] 22 Apr. 1910: Microfilm.

"Parent and Teachers Club" Wichita Daily Times [Wichita Falls] 5 Mar. 1922. Newspaper.com. Web. Accessed 1 Feb. 2014. 

Salt pork to sirloin: the history of Baylor County from 1878 to present. Wichita Falls, Tex.: Nortex Press, 1977. Print.

"Sidelights on Sunday's Disastrous Wreck Near Oklaunion Show Freaks of Fortune That Seem Impossible."The Vernon Daily Record [Vernon] 4 Aug. 1930. Newspaper.com. Web. Accessed 2 Feb. 2014.

Stanley, Edith Guynes . "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials.  Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

"Texas Day Program." Wichita Daily News [Wichita Falls] 30 Apr. 1923. Ancestry.com. Web. Accessed 1 Feb. 2014. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #3 Monte DeRay Bryan

DeRay is 3rd from the left. I have other pictures of the women in this photo, but cannot positively identify anyone except DeRay.





















No Story Too Small

By 1929, at age nine, my father was an orphan and his sister, DeRay, became the breadwinner of the family.  Here is her story in photographs, documents, and newspaper clippings. 



Monte DeRay Bryan, the daughter of Myrtie Hairston and Redic Bryan was born March 11, 1904 in Erath County, Texas.


In 1905, DeRay's family, along with her grandparents Phillip and Lodema Criswell Hairston, moved to Baylor County, Texas. DeRay (on the left) is pictured with her sister, Marie. 

DeRay's family lived in Baylor County for most of her childhood; living in Levelview and later Seymour. For a short period they lived in Big Springs in Howard County and later, briefly lived in Stamford in Haskell County, Texas. I am not certain where or why this picture was taken. Are these friends or family? DeRay is on the first row in the center. The tallest girl, behind DeRay, is said to be Millard Ray Latta, a Bryan cousin who lived with the family in Baylor County. 


DeRay graduated from Seymour High School in 1920. She gave
the salutatory speech "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Maintaining
Our Political Institutions. 


DeRay attended Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University).
Found in the Baylor County Banner, March 23, 1921.



This unsigned teaching contract was offering DeRay $100 monthly to teach in Seymour, Texas. In addition, she would agree to not participate in dancing during the contract term except during Christmas holidays. In 1924, DeRay taught third grade at Seymour Elementary School.  In 1926, she was teaching at Amherst in Lamb County. 



 In 1927, DeRay moved to Borger, Texas where she taught until 1941. Dad said that she went to Borger because they had a teacher shortage and were paying more than any other place in Texas at the time. You can read a brief story that DeRay wrote about her initial trip to Borger and a little about her life in Borger in History of Hutchinson County, Texas 104 years 1876 -1980



With the exception of one brief meeting in 1959, I only knew DeRay through gifts and correspondence.
Pictured - DeRay, my father - Whit Bryan, and their sister, Marie, in Virginia Beach, Virginia



Monte DeRay Bryan died on August 16, 1987.
She is buried, with her sisters Marie and Willa Mae, in Westlawn Memorial Park in Borger, Texas.



Diana

© 2014

Sources

Baylor County Banner [Seymour] 23 Mar. 1921: Microfilm.  

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn. 

Stanley, Edith Guynes . "Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi? page=gr&GSln=BRY&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=46&GScntry=4&GSsr=2041&GRid=48102309&>. Used with permission. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Willa Mae Bryan Dudley

Willa Mae Dudley

Willa Mae Bryan Dudley was the fourth child of Redic E. Bryan and Myrtie Hairston.  She was born, Willie May Bryan, in 1910 in Seymour, Baylor County, Texas.  She was married to James Dudley and had one child, Jacqueline. Willa Mae is buried with her sisters, DeRay and Marie, in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. 



Willa Mae Dudley

Willa Mae Dudley, 81, Borger, died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 1991 in Golden Plains Community Hospital.

Services are pending with Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
A native of Seymour, she had been a Borger resident since 1927. She was a former manager for ladies' wear at Dunlap's, and formerly employed at Cartwright's and KC Store.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, and Altrusa Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Skinner of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Whit Bryan of Virginia Beach, Va; a grandson, Chip Skinner of San Francisco, Calif.; a granddaughter, Kelli Vlahos of San Francisco, Calif.; a great-granddaughter, Demetria Vlahos.
                                                                Borger News Herald - May 26, 1991


Willa Mae Dudley

Graveside services for Willa Mae Dudley, 81, Borger, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. William Houghton, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, officiating.

Burial will be by Minton-Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.
Mrs. Dudley died at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 1991 in Golden Plains Community Hospital.

A native of Seymour, she had been a Borger resident since 1927. She was a former manager for ladies' wear at Dunlap's, and formerly employed at Cartwright's and KC Store.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, and Altrusa Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Skinner of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Whit Bryan of Virginia Beach, Va.; a grandson, Chip Skinner of San Francisco, Calif.; a granddaughter, Kelli Vlahos of San Francisco, Calif.; a great-granddaughter, Demetria Vlahos.
                                                       Borger News Herald - May 29, 1991



Diana

© 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Family Photos: Automotive Businesses


According to a June 1941 issue of the Borger Herald, the Ferndale Motor Company was in Borger, Texas at 7th and Weatherly. Dad and his sisters lived in Borger, Texas after the death of their father in 1929. Dad's sister, DeRay, was a teacher in Borger. 



This was probably taken in Borger, Texas (but could have been Seymour). I remember my father telling me that he thought one of the men was Jimmy Dudley. Should have written that down as I don't remember which one. 

Diana


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