|Whit Criswell Bryan with his older brother|
Hairston Albritton "Buster" Bryan - about 1927
|Mrs. Pistole, Dad's first-grade teacher began|
teaching at age 16 in Simpson, Kentucky.
In 1929, it was reported in the Baylor Banner
Mrs. S. W. Pistole taught for 29 continuous
years in Seymour. She was Marie Bryan's
10th-grade teacher - click here to see her report card.
This photo comes from a larger
photo taken in 1911. Click here to see the photo.
Martha Ann Harris married Samuel W.
Pistole in 1886 in Simpson, Kentucky. Sometime
after the death of her husband in 1929, she
moved back to Kentucky. She died in 1937 and
is buried in Simpson County.
Dad attended school in the Grade School Building and his teacher was Mrs. Pistole. His grades in deportment were As, but he had Cs in all other areas. Dad was frequently absent and according to the back of the report card, points were deducted for missed work due to absences.
I doubt if Dad made up any of the work he missed. It was a bad time for the Bryan family; there were financial problems and Myrtie was sick and passed away on May 3, 1927. Dad said during his mother's illness and after her death, he would sometimes stay with relatives.
Dad's father died in 1929 and he moved to Borger, Texas where he lived with his sisters.
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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.
Harrison, O. C. The Baylor County Banner (Seymour, Tex.), Vol. 34, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 5, 1929, newspaper, September 5, 1929; Seymour, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth429414/: accessed September 3, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Baylor County Free Library.
Martha “Mattie” Harris Pistole (1865-1937) - Find A Grave Memorial. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/63437805/martha-pistole
Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada. Pistole, Martha Harris (Mrs. S. W. Pistole), Seymour, Texas. American Commonwealth Company, 1914. Web. 3 Sep. 2018. <https://books.google.com/books?id=34hmAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22s.+w.+Pistole%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s>.