I remember going to their house with Grandma Lillie, and being warned not to go upstairs, for honey bee's, had taken over a bedroom, and I would get stung if I bothered them.
Grt. Grandma Flossie, was a very sweet, but very short little lady. She was only 4' 11", but Grt. Grandpa Charles was 6' 5". Flossie used to take my twin sister and I, out the back door, and down through the blackberry brambles, to the chicken house, to gather the eggs. Flossie always had lots of chickens roaming about, and they would come right into her kitchen, and try to roost on her diningroom chairs. When we showed up to visit, she would sometimes shoo them out with her apron, saying shoo, shoo! It really made me laugh, to see her do it. She called them her biddies.
A story was told me, by my Grandma Lillie, of how on one visit, Flossie and my mother got into an argument. It was about a plate of rabbit, that Flossie had fried up, and wanted to give to my twin sister and I. My mother was always trying to be a vegetarian, or had some religious qualm, about rabbit being unclean meat, or some such thing. Anyway, she told Flossie, that we girls could not have any, but it was too late. When they looked at the table, what should they both see, but we girls had each grabbed a piece, and were chowing down on that rabbit, just as fast as we could chew. It made them both burst into laughter, but I can just about guarantee, that my sister and I, suffered a right good spanking later.
Great Grandma Flossie Beck was born, January 15, 1889 in Ottaway Co., Kansas and she died, December 31, 1964, just a year and a few months after grt. grandpa. I remember both of them as being such gentle folk, and very kind to me, and my twin sister. Flossie had such spunk, and always such a twinkle in her eyes. I remember crying, because I was never going to get, to go see her again.
This is their marriage license, that Grandma Lillie kept for many years, in a frame on her wall. It is not the original, she told me, but a copy. The original faded away to nothing, and was replaced by this one, which by the time I copied it, it too had faded, until you could barely read the writing. I darkened the writing again, at grandma's insistence.
Grt. Grandma Flossie, must have loved flowers, for her girls, were all named after them.
Grt. Grandpa & Grandma had 5 children:
1.Rosa Juanitta Thompson was born March 14, 1905 in Belva, Beaver Co., Oklahoma she married October 30, 1926 in Teloga, Dewey Co., Oklahoma, Lloyd Melvin Ratliff. She died September 25, 1994 in Enumclaw, King Co., Washington.
Of all of grandma's sisters, I remember Rosa the most. We used to go to her house, and have these fabulous dinners, with mashed potatoes, roast chicken, and all kinds of deserts. I remember her husband Lloyd Ratliff, mostly because he was too obese, to get up easily from his chair, and he wore blue overalls. Grandma always said, she thought Rosa fed him to death.
left to right, front row: Rosa Juanitta Thompson & Daisy Ruth Thompson.
Update: First person in picture above, is, Alta Mae Randolph, wife of Ashley Elwood Ratliff, younger brother to Lloyd Melvin Ratliff. Making her sister in-law to Rosa, who she is sitting next to.
2.Violet Darlene Thompson was born April 13, 1906 in Belva, Beaver Co., Oklahoma. she married William "Bill" Jacob Furnish. She died March 29, 1990 in Auburn, King Co., Washington.
Now before some of you get excited, about the middle name I have given grandma. It is the name she went by, recorded by the census taker, in the 1920 census, in Taloga, Dewey Co., Oklahoma. m.Gerald Dawson Robison on July 14, 1930 in Guymon, Texas Co., Oklahoma. She died, December 30, 2002 in Newport, Pend Oreille Co., Washington, and her ashes were buried, beside her husband, in the Mt.Si Cemetery, in North Bend, King Co., Washington.
1910 Census Dist: 141. Moffett, Saguache, Colorado - Sheet 13A Household 52
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Chas Thompson M 36 b.est 1874 Kansas fb.Indiana mb.Delaware
Wife Flossy Thompson F 32 b.est 1878 Kansas fb.Illinois mb.Kansas
Dau Rosie Thompson F 5 b.est 1905 Oklahoma
Dau Violet Thompson F 4 b.est 1906 Oklahoma
*Dau Lillie Thompson F 2 b.est 1908 Oklahoma
1920 Census District: 216 Taloga, Dewey Co., Oklahoma - Sheet 5B Household 103 Line 100
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Charles O Thompson M 40 b.est 1880 Kansas fb.Indiana mb.Delaware
can read & write
Wife Flossie Thompson F 31 b.est 1889 Kansas fb.Illinois (Missouri) mb.Kansas
can read & write
Dau Rosa Thompson F 14 b.est 1906 Oklahoma can read & write
Dau Violet Thompson F 13 b.est 1907 Oklahoma can read & write
*Dau Mary Thompson F 11 b.est 1909 Oklahoma can read & write Grandma.
Son Russel Thompson M 9 b.est 1911 Oklahoma can read & write
Dau Daisy R Thompson F 6 b.est 1914 Oklahoma can read
Lillie graduated from Canton High School, Canton Co., Oklahoma, April 22, 1926
4.Lemuel Russell Thompson was born, August 05, 1910 near Clearlake, Beaver Co., Oklahoma. m1.July 05, 1932 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Phyllis Lillian Chase. m2.Kathy ? He died June 20, 1992 in San Bernardino, California. I have nothing I can add about Russell. I never met him, or if I did, I was too young to remember. Grandma Lillie was very close to her sisters, and lived near them, in Auburn, King County, Washington. Grandma never even told stories that included Russell, so he is a complete mystery.
5.Daisy Ruth Thompson was born June 13, 1913 in Garber, Cleveland Co., Oklahoma. m1.John Johnson m2.William "Bill" Burrows m3.February 09, 1932 in Taloga, Dewey Co.,Oklahoma Clifford Thomas Kimball m4.George Brothers. She died April 18, 2008 in Oak Harbor, Island Co., Whidbey Island, Washington.
Daisy had the most memorable birth of all of the kids, in this family. She was born in a gypsy type wagon, that grt. grandpa had built. They stopped off in Garber, to get the aid of a doctor, when she was born. They were returning from Arkansas, where Grt. Grandpa Charles had gone, in search of work. The work soon ran out however, so they were headed back to their place in the Oklahoma Panhandle, in Beaver or Dewey County.
I mostly remember Daisy and Violet from going to church with grandma, at the Church of Christ church, in Enumclaw, Washington. I remember one hot day, Daisy passing out in church, from the heat, and the ladies wetting her face with handkerchiefs, while waiting for the ambulance.