My Great Grandmother Vada (Barnes) Lawrence

The first photo if of my Great Grandmother Vada (Barnes) Lawrence in the living room of her home in Big Flat, Arkansas in the 1970s.  This house was a relatively small house that had no running water.  There was an outhouse.  I only visited her one time that I remember (although I saw her other times when she visited my grandmother in Springdale).  We went to her home to celebrate her birthday sometime in the late 1970s.  We drove there with my mom’s parents so that Grandma could visit with her mother.

Vada Barnes Lawrence - Christmas in the 1970s
Vada Barnes Lawrence – Christmas in the 1970s

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Great Aunt Mabel

My Great Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons lived on Brogden Street in Springdale, Arkansas next door to her brother, my great grandfather, Claude James Stout throughout my childhood.  She was a wonderful woman who always welcomed us in her home and seemed actually interested in what was happening in our lives even when we were very young children.

She was a teacher who retired from Springdale Schools after many years of service.

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Surprise Birthday Dinner

Surprise Birthday Dinner

On Sunday, Jan. 29, the relatives of Mabel Parsons and Claude Stout gave them a surprise birthday dinner at Claude’s home, 1024 Brogdon. Mabel lives at 1022 Brogdon.

Claude was born Jan. 31, 1904 and Mabel was born Jan. 29, 1912. Claude retired from George’s Feed and Supply Dec. 1982. Mabel retired from Springdale schools May 1976.

Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Crawford Thompson and three of their sons. They are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dean Stout, Shane Sheila and Pamela, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Thompson, Loretta, Curtis and Billy Joe, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Roy Thompson and Jason and Michelle, Mrs. Nina Thompson and daughter Michelle.

Also Mr. and Mrs. Venard Stout, his daughter, Patricia and two stepsons, Carlos Joe Sturdy and Rick Garner, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kennan and Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Howard. The two women are daughters of Oscar Stout, now deceased.

One of Claude’s and Mabel’s brothers, Clifford Stout and wife, Elma, could not attend due to ill health. He has been ill for sometime.

Mrs. Viola Reynolds, 91, was the oldest person there and the youngest was the infant daughter of Ray Reynold’s son and his wife.

Also attending were the two daughters of Millie Stout Doss, now deceased, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Murray and JoAnn, June Doss and Thomas Owen.

The oldest son in the J. B. Stout family, Clyde, passed away in 1971. The youngest son, Ray, is hospitalized in Calif.

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Stout and their son, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Stout and their children, Lora, Randall and Jason also attended.

Submitted by
Mabel Parsons

Love Mabel

Due to an oversight on my part, I omitted a paragraph before I sent this to the Co. Record. It is as follows: One son of Crawford and Gwendolyn Thompson, James (Buster) Thompson, his wife Carolyn and their children Kelly, Tammy, and Michael all attended the birthday dinner I am very sorry about my mistake.

Sincerely,

Mabel

 

My Great Aunt Mabel sent in this notice to the Madison County Record and apparently left my family out of the article. She was a sweet woman and was obviously worried we would be offended but we weren’t. I doubt at the time we even really knew about the article except for her sending Mom and Dad this note!

 

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

The Book of Me, Written by You, Prompt 2: Your Birth

Originally Published:  September 7, 2013

This is my earliest known photo!  Aren’t I a cute little baby?!

I was born at Washington General Hospital Hospital in January 1969.  I am told that it was a cold snowy morning and that they had trouble getting to the hospital because of the snow.

Thompson - Dad Mom and Me - My Baby Photo

I was 7 pounds and 2 ounces and 20 1/4 inches long.  I was born on Friday night at 8:16 pm.

I don’t know who was actually at the hospital other than my parents but I know that after my mom was released from the hospital a few days after my birth that my great grandmother Venna Stansell Thompson stayed with my parents to help them for the first few days as they got accustomed to being new parents.  The first night they put me to bed and then they all went to bed.  The next morning my great-grandmother woke up my dad and had him come and look at me.  Apparently, I hadn’t woken up during the night and she was afraid that I had died during the night.  I had just mastered the important skill of sleeping through the night!

Prompt 2: Your Birth

Do you have any baby photos?
Where were you born?
Who was present at your birth?
Dimensions?
What day was it? Time?
Did you have hair? Eye colours
Are you a twin?

Members of GeneaBloggers and others are invited to either create a post at their blog or keep a written journal with their answers.

 

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The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history.
This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration.

The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.