September 16, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Yancey and Chambers, 1936

Monroe Morning World - 6/7/1936

Luceil Hattie Chambers was born November 21, 1908 to the marriage of Edmon Clark Chambers and Lottie Arminda West.  

Record of Birth - Luceil Hattie Chambers

John Richard Yancey was born on November 16, 1907 to the marriage of Stephen Richard Yancey and Laura Morton Wood.

Luceil and John Richard Yancey were married on June 1, 1936.  

The following children born to this marriage:
Infant Daughter, b. 1940 d. 1940
John Richard, Jr., b. 1942
Stephen Clark, b. 1943 d. 2003
Cathleen Carson, b. 1945
Cynthia Luceil, b. 1947
Luceil Chambers Yancey died on February 28, 2004 and John Richard Yancey died on August 17, 1981.  Both are buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

September 14, 2015

Military Monday - Stratotanker Crash, 1958

From an article published in the February 2, 1958 edition of the Morgantown Dominion News in Morgantown, West Virginia:

MDN - 2/2/1958

Stratotanker Crash Reported
Winnsboro, La. Feb 4 (UP)

A KC 97 Stratotanker crashed in a swamp near the Catahoula Parish line tonight about 10 miles southeast of here, state police reported five men were believed to be aboard.

A Monroe, La. Civil Aeronautics Administration official said the pilot of the big tanker, used to refuel Strategic Air Command B47 and B52 planes in flight, radioed that he was losing altitude and would attempt a crash landing at Monroe Airport.

However, a pilot for a Southern Airways plane en route to New Orleans, said he saw the big tanker crash into a swamp near the Catahoula Parish line.

State police and parish deputies said it was not known if any crew members bailed out of the aircraft before it crashed.

The earlier C-97 Stratofreighter model was a cargo/transport carrier.  Boeing overhauled this earlier model to include the 'flying boom' in-flight refueling system and introduced the KC-97 in 1950.  The KC-97 allowed the United States Air Force to continue to use the heavy carrier for transport without removing the in-flight refueling system.

KC-97 / USAF Museum

The video below shows the KC-97 refueling a B47 in 1957:

I have been unable to find any other record of the reported 1958 crash near Catahoula Parish.

Please leave a comment or email me at if you remember hearing about this crash back in 1958 or if you have any information on the location of the crash, crew members' names, or fate of the crew.

Air Mobility Command Museum
USAF Museum

September 13, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Lester Harold Bird

Monroe News Star - 9/19/1975

Lester Harold Bird

Born on December 10, 1903

Son of
Elred Levi "Lee" Holloway Bird and Emma Frances Hennington

Brother to
Irene Courtney, Holloway Hennington, Grady Luke, Audley Verne, Eldred Ian,
Emma Myrtle and Hilrie Street

Husband of
Dorothy Slade

Father to
Hilda, Eva, Evelyn, Shelton Lee, Joyce Irene, Charles Dale, Kathryn, Peggy Avis,
Gloria Janette, Beverly Anita, Frances, Kenneth Wayne and Eileen

Died on September 18, 1975
Buried in the New Pine Hill Cemetery
Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Karen Klemm Pinckard.

September 2, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Cloys Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1958

Richard Harris Cloy and Pinkie Paralee Bowman Cloy

Monroe Morning World - 5/18/1958

Children born to the marriage of Richard Harris Cloy and Pinkie Paralee Bowman were:

Mary Nellie (m. James Wilton Hair)

Richard Frank (m. Mary Ella Foley)

John Edward (m. Jacquelyn Buell)

Anna (m. 1.  John Moses Cole; 2.  Garland Lyell Furr)

Jerald Hudson (m. Mary Louise Choate)

Wallace O. - (never married) - died in WWII

Charles Clay (m. Myree Wood)

Barnie Lee (m. William Perry Stubbs)

Jarvis Roan (m. Jean Furr)

William M. "Billy" (m. Marjorie Holmes)