Rice Sorry Benjamin, but Thomasine and Edmund Rice are the 10th great grandparent of both my wife and I. Charles & Barbara Waid. So we will keep them. Have a lot of the Rice genealogy, if interested. Chuck
Yes! Yes, I would love to have that 1946 photograph of your great-uncle Den. The only one I have right now is a photo that was published in the Amarillo newspaper during Billie Meek's trial and it doesn't look much like the fellow in the a photo of Den and Bessie (she called him Lloyd = can't imagine why since Dennis is a much nicer name!) He was quite a looker, unlike my aunt who was not (a looker). I guess Mother gave that photo - one of those oval-shaped metal things - to one of my cousins because it was not among the photographs she gave to me when we were closing down our family home in 2003. (Don't know what will happen to those photos after I'm pushing up daisies as no one is going to want them. Such a shame to think that they will just be thrown away.)
In the past, I connected to Den's grand-niece (whose name I can't think of right now)and who, along with her mother, was very attached to him. Such a pity that a person who obviously loved children never fathered any.
Looking forward to getting that photo and I'm on my way to findagrave.com to pick up your great-aunt Ethel's photo. I will post it to my tree and will happily credit you as the source.
How kind of you to write of your appreciation of the bio I penned for the findagrave.com memorial to my late aunt, Bessie Arnold Sommers. Hers was a tragic story at best.
One note, her given name was not Elizabeth but was simply Bessie. She had no middle name, neither did her two youngest siblings, one of whom was my late father.
If you would care to read Bessie's story in considerable more depth, you can find it posted to my main database titled "Giants on the Earth - From Them Came I" on Ancestry.com. The title of the story is "Murder at the Darnall Café - Bessie's Story". Once you are into my tree and have gone to her profile - listed under Bessie Arnold - you can click on "GALLERY" and be taken to a page that displays photographs and sources. At the present, the story is the first choice. Just click on that. I warn you, though, it's long. It will provide you with considerable information on all the particulars. If, by any chance, the story is no longer the first choice, just look for it by its title.
Again, I cannot thank you enough for the consideration you have shown in writing to me. Everyone wants to know their efforts are appreciated.
One last note, I am so happy that Lloyd Dennis Sommers had a second chance at happiness when he met and married your aunt. From what little I know, he was a gentleman in the original sense of the word (as opposed to its misuse today when it's applied to any male despite character) who deserved happiness after the tragic events of his first, brief marriage.
The story I wrote and continue to edit (no writer/editor is ever satisfied with the finished product and I continue to make changes to improve it), besides the limited information that accumulated in my memory bank over the years, the information about the events in Bessie's life after she relocated to Amarillo is taken from the newspaper reports published after her murder. I am not ashamed to say that I have never seen such a miscarriage of justice but, geez, I'm only 78 years old and another one may come along that outweighs the results of Aunt Bessie's murderer's trial.
Thank you again, Betty Arnold Henderson (Find A Grave contributor #46498020 Bradenton, Florida
The "husband" stone and the star next to it are from the next set of graves, "STAIR" is their last name, I think. He (Mr. Stair) was a Civil War Veteran.
Alan Thank you very much for posting the picture of baby Robert Helmer. He was my 1st cousin. I had been to the cemetery, in the past, but I ran out of time before I found him. I am intrigued by the husband stone and the star next to him. Thanks again for your great work. Ben Kinsey