Farming life in the old days was pretty tough and most of our ancestors did it for a living.  Sometimes I’m surprised that any of them made it through with enough energy to have kids.  Looking at some of the old pictures makes you appreciate even more what they endured.

Before I get started on old genealogy though I wanted to put up this picture of my dad and his brother in law.

Gerald & Raymond

That may be my mom’s head shadow.  Looks like her hair.  The picture was taken December, 1944.  Mom and Dad had been married a year and were back in Hobart for Christmas.  At the time they were stationed in San Diego.  There are pictures of Mom and Dad at the Coronado Club in SD during 1944…and I have some of Dad in Hawaii in March of 1945.  Sort of recreating from photos.

While running through those I came across this:

May 1922

The picture is dated May, 1922.  This is the Watts family with Mary Virginia.  Mom is 13 months old here.  TG is 8 years old and Buzzy should be 5.  Mary Virginia is about 3.  She died in 1927…Paul died in 1929.

While we’re at it I’ve got one more old Paul Watts family photo to share:


Mom says this is their place in Hobart.  If that’s the case, then this is ’28 or ’29.  Paul died in November of ’29 and that would make Bunnie 7 or 8, Buzzy 11 or 12 and TG 14 or 15.  Does that look right?

Okay, one last one:

OK 1904

This one always makes me smile…look at that cotton crop and how happy everyone is.  The photo is dated 1904, but it may have been taken earlier.  The writing on the back indicates it was sent to Jim and Lucy Caywood, Nov 1904, from TH Watts.  Your guess is as good as mine but the date is close.  Left to right:  Paul/Phil (13 years old), Ruth Olga (10), Nettie Bell (33), Thomas Harrison (36), don’t know the horse’s name or age and Nettie Sunbeam (8).  This photo was printed in the Kiowa County history book.

Ruth married an Easterling…there were a whole bunch of them in Kiowa County during those years…in fact Clyde Hanes family was involved with them.  I may write about that sometime in the future.  Sunbeam married late in life (to a Hanks) after moving back to the family home grounds in Kentucky.  I have a bunch of Sunbeam’s hand-written genealogy notes. She was an early family historian.  More on that next time.

5 Responses to “Watts/Jones”
  1. donna 14 January 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    Nice job, DJ…and you posted all this without me at home to supervise.

  2. Kevin 15 January 2010 at 4:33 am #

    Great job Dur, even if momma didnt supervise! . Thanks for sharing this stuff. I do appreciate seeing it and being able to easily transfer a copy to my archives. K.

  3. Kevin 15 January 2010 at 4:36 am #

    I never realized they area around Hobart was cotton farming . Always heard od Papa talking about wheat farming. Must have been both as I have a picture of the threeshing machine on my fb posts.

  4. durry 15 January 2010 at 8:10 am #

    I think most of the cotton farming was north and east while the wheat fields were mostly to the west. I have those same pictures of threshers and mom talks about Mama cooking for the crews out of a chuck wagon.

  5. mel 16 January 2010 at 8:09 am #

    They probably all look miserable because they know they have to pick all of that crap

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