Pink Coffin

I was re-reading my previous article on Jesse Graham & Sarah Scott when I had the following conversation with my daughter. “What’s that?” she asked, looking at a photograph of a grave marker. “That’s the grave of my great great grandmother, and your great great great grandmother,” I said. “What’s the coffin look like?” “I…

Obituary: Freda Scott

While researching the Scott family for yesterday’s article, I came across this obituary for their eldest daughter, Freda, who died one year ago. The obituary was published in the Appeal Democrat on 18 February 2012. Freda Kelley 6-29-23 to 2-13-12 88 years old. A long time resident of Sutter. She worked at Del Monte and…

At the Bur in the Leah of the Forest

In a previous article, 1518 Wilson Avenue, I wrote that the 1940 census recorded Lawson Scott living as a border with William and Louise Watts in an apartment in Chicago. To quote myself: William and Lawson were both employed as “wreckers” in the “building wrecker” industry, with Lawson apparently having left behind his wife to…

Obituary: Effie Savage

I found this obituary at Barbara Van Camp’s WATTS Family group over at MyFamily.com, where it had been posted (and probably transcribed) by Ann McDonald. I’m not certain in which newspaper it appeared, but I suspect it was the Sikeston Standard-Democrat. Effie Savage Bohannon Effie Eunice Bohannon, 96, formerly of Morehouse, Mo., passed away February…