Lou Bare, 1878-1960, great-grandmother

Lou Bare Lou Bare was born on 4 July 1878 in North Carolina, the daughter of Rudolph Bare (born 29 October 1837; married 23 February 1866; died 30 March 1919) and Fannie Wagoner (born 29 Dec 1848; died 22 Dec 1929). According to the census, she lived in Jefferson, NC in 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, … Continue reading Lou Bare, 1878-1960, great-grandmother

Pearl Ethel Houck, 1891-1992, great-grandmother

Marriage record for Pearl Houck and Conley Houck I knew my Great-Grandmother Pearl Ethel Houck. I was able to spend some time with her in the weeks before she died at 101. (She had been glad that Willard Scott had mentioned her 100th birthday the year before.) Her mind was sharp until the end, and … Continue reading Pearl Ethel Houck, 1891-1992, great-grandmother

George Cecil Bower, 1893-1987, great-grandfather

George Cecil Bower (back row, third from right) with siblings and parents. I knew my great-grandfather, George Cecil Bower. He was already 74 years old when I was born in 1967, so my memories of him are of a man well into his 80s. Nevertheless, I do have some prominent memories of him. First, for … Continue reading George Cecil Bower, 1893-1987, great-grandfather

Joseph Conley Houck, 1888-1983, great-grandfather

The holler where my great-grandfather Joseph Conley Houck and great-grandmother Pearl Houck lived. I knew my great-grandfather, Joseph Conley Houck, who I called Great-Grandpa Houck. I have one predominate visual--if not visceral--memory of my great-grandfather: that of his--at age 90!--climbing into the ancient cherry tree that grew at the end of his and Great-Grandma's porch. … Continue reading Joseph Conley Houck, 1888-1983, great-grandfather

Hattie Almedia Bare, 1895-1975, great-grandmother

Hattie with her mother, grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter. This photograph (circa 1940) is a five-generation photo, which I'm told is fairly rare. The baby is Monte Ann (Little) DeBoard. Monte Anne is sitting in the lap of her mother, Ruby Helen (Bower) Little. Behind Ruby is her mother, Hattie (Bare) Bower, at the upper-right. To … Continue reading Hattie Almedia Bare, 1895-1975, great-grandmother

Jethro “Joe” Wilson Little, 1874–1951, great-grandfather

I didn't know my namesake, Joe Little, my great-grandfather. But my Dad did. On a snowy Christmas Day in 1951, when my Dad was eight years old, he was walking with his grandfather in wooded hills when Joe Little had a heart attack. For a long time my Dad blamed himself for his grandfather's death … Continue reading Jethro “Joe” Wilson Little, 1874–1951, great-grandfather