Dan Westphal Research Letter to my Great Grandfather Claude Stout

Dan E Westphal was researching his wife’s family history and he wrote a letter to my Great-Grandfather Claude James Stout asking for family history information. He later wrote some articles in local family history publications and included the information he received from Grandpa Stout.

Dan E. Westphal

AA109 Carlson Terrace

Fayetteville, ARK. 72701

Mr. Stout,

My name is Dan Westphal and I am helping my wife Janet compile her family history. Her mother, Kathryn Paul, was a Stout before she married. I know that her forefathers lived in Northwest Arkansas.

Enclosed with this letter is a chart showing my wife’s relationship to the Stout’s of Northwest Arkansas. Also enclosed is a list of questions concerning my wife’s ancestors. If you and my wife have common ancestors, please answer any of the questions you can and send the answers back to me.

I am sending a copy of this letter to all of the Stout’s in the local phone books. If you wish I will keep in touch with you and send you any info I receive from the others. Thank you very much for your time and help.

Thanks again,

Dan Westphal

Obituary for Elsie (Reynolds) Stout

Mrs. Elsie Stout

Funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Stout, 66, 1024 Brogdon, who died July 6 in Springdale Memorial Hospital, were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock in Sisco chapel with Rev. Cecil Garrison officiating.

Pallbearers were James Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Carlos Joe Sturdy, Randy Stout, Calvin Stout and Jimmy Williams.

Burial was in the Friendship cemetery under the direction of Sisco Funeral Chapel.

A native of Witter, she was born Nov. 11, 1906, the daughter of Thomas F. and Amelia Keck Reynolds, was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Kingston, and a resident of Springdale since 1950 moving from Kingston.

Survivors include her husband, Claude J. Stout of the home; three sons, Bud Stout of Fayetteville, James V. Stout of Rogers and Jerry Stout of Green Forest; one daughter, Mrs. Crawford (Gwendolyn) Thompson of Springdale; her stepmother, Mrs. Viola Reynolds of Huntsville; one brother, Melvin Reynolds of Modesto, Calif; seven step-brothers, Dewey Reynolds of Huntsville, Tommy of Highfill, Franklin of Berryville, Wesley of Hindsville, Lee Troy of Springdale, Roy of Huntsville and Junior Reynolds of Illinois; six half-sisters, Mrs. Fannie Carter and Mrs. Goldie Carpenter of Huntsville, Mrs. Sylvia Davis of Lowell, Mrs. Fawn Bryant of Witter, Mrs. Sara Jane Coble of Antioch, Wash., and Mrs. Viola Johnson of Springdale; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

Great Grandpa Stout’s Truck and Great Grandma Stout’s Roses

Great-Grandpa Stout’s truck can be seen in the carport of his home on Brogden Street in Springdale, Arkansas. This would have been in the 1970s to 1980s. This is the only vehicle I can remember him driving.

The roses are the roses that he planted for Great-Grandma Stout. He cared for those roses until shortly before he died (when he became simply too ill to go outside to the rose bushes anymore).


Claude Stout Home in the 1980s

Obituary of Sarah Lydia (Gabbard) Stout

Well Known Kingston Lady Died October 22


Mrs. Sarah Lydia Stout, age 67, well known and respected resident of Kingston, died Oct 22, 1947, at 2:30 a.m. after a long illness. She was born the daughter of Silas Gabbard and Rebecca Flanery-Gabbard on April 15, 1880. Her parents were both natives of Tennessee. A native and lifelong resident of Madison county, she had been a member of the Church of Christ for many years. She was married to J. B. Stout on April 25, 1895.


The deceased is survived by her husband; five sons, Clyde of Plunketville, Okla., Oscar, of Shoshone, Idaho; Ray of Bakersfield, Calif., Claud and Clifford of Kingston; two daughters, Mrs. Millie Doss, of the Rockhouse community; and Mabel Stout of Kingston; a grand daughter whom she raised, Mrs. Arnold Yingst of Sunnyside, Calif; two sisters, Mrs. G. T. Carter, Cushing, Okla., and Mrs. G.W. Stout, Quapaw, Okla., also by 12 grand children and 5 great grandchildren.


Funeral services were conducted at the graveside by the Rev. Dan Slaven and Rev. Den Montgomery on Friday, October 24. Burial was in the Kingston cemetery with Brashears Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


[Note a poem follows this paragraph but my photo of this page of clippings has a glare spot and I can’t read the poem well so I am not transcribing the poem.]


From Book U of Clippings in the Madison County Genealogy Library, Huntsville, Madison, Arkansas photographed in March 2011 by Kellie S. Thompson.


Stout Canning Factory

My Great Grandfather Claude Stout operated a canning factory in the 1930s to the mid-1940s. My Grandmother, Gwendolyn (Stout) Thompson helped him at the factory by keeping the books. She told me that the factory was shut down after the war because of new regulations that would have required new equipment and expenses that were too much for them to keep operating and the factory had to be closed.


The following photo is of my Great Grandfather Claude James Stout with a group of men who I believe worked at the factory with him.


The following is a letter from the Canner’s exchange that is addressed to the Stout Canning Factory.



Leaves of My Family Tree Blogiversary

My 8th Blogiversary

Today is the 8th Blogiversary of my blog!  It is hard to believe that I have been blogging for 8 years now.  I am still using WordPress for my blogging platform.

I hope you are still enjoying my blog and my genealogy information as much as I enjoy creating them.

Below is the post from my 3rd Blogiversary!

Originally published on  Feb 15, 2013.

Today is my third blogiversary!!

I began my genealogy research over twenty years ago now. There have been periods of days, weeks, or even months when I haven’t done any genealogy research but I always seem to keep coming back to genealogy to find just a little more information on those who have gone before me.

I have had a website to show my genealogy for the vast majority of the time I have been doing genealogy. At first, I used direct coding to get my website online. Later, I tried various online websites and software programs to create my website. I used those methods to both display my actual genealogy information and to share my discoveries and to discuss how I found them.

Then in 2010, I discovered WordPress! I enjoy using WordPress to create my website. It makes it much easier to share my genealogy discoveries and my joy at the discoveries.

I hope that my blog readers have enjoyed reading my blog for the past three years as much as I have enjoyed writing them! More to visit come in the next year!!


Week 1 – Blogs

Originally Published July 6, 2014.

One of the first genealogy blogs that I discovered was the blog of Dear Myrtle.  She shared family stories and published a wonderful series on getting organized.  She started on AOL in the 1990s as one of the genealogists who published articles under the genealogy-related keywords of the AOL system.  She has been online since 1985 and has changed to use the new technologies as each has developed including blogging, podcasts, her own YouTube channel and new versions of genealogy software as it is released.

She is as down-to-earth and friendly in person as in her online podcasts, posts, and YouTube videos.  I met her at the 2009 genealogy conference in Little Rock, Arkansas and it was a pleasurable experience.

I still follow her blog posts.  She gives excellent advice for the beginner to the advanced genealogist.  Check out her blog at http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/.

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

What Is Abundant Genealogy?

There are so many websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogy societies and other resources for which many of us are grateful. We live in a time of “abundance” when we can take advantage of many ways to expand our genealogy research and ways in which we document our family history.

While we might be aware of many of these resources, posting about them on your blog serves several purposes:

You make others aware of the resource – remember what is obvious to you might be the first time another genealogist has heard about the resources.

You also let others know how you use that resource. Share your “inside knowledge” as well as your tips and tricks. Again, another genealogist may sit back and say, “Wow, I never thought of using it like that!”

You give thanks and recognition to the providers of that resource. A thank you not only goes a long way, but it also lets them know why you like that resource.