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Sunday, January 29, 2017

The 1937 Flood:

re-posted from January 2015

In January, 1937, John and Kizzie lived near Walnut Grove and East Prairie (Missouri), during that winter there was severe flooding on the Tennessee and Kentucky side of the Mississippi. As the flooding got worse it was decided that the 3rd dike would be blown to save East Prairie and relieve flooding on the other side of the river. At the time, the family lived in a "stilt" house on the River Plain (spillway), so Kizzie and most of the family loaded up and headed for Tennessee.1 2

Even as they left, the water was floorboard high on the truck they were riding in. Bertha and Red remained with Dad and moved everything they could up into the loft.

Most of the families in the flood plain temporarily moved into east Prairie - but Dad, Bertha and Red loaded up the Model T, and along with Alf Ball and his 2 wagons and 8 mules moved into a two-story house with _____(?) for 3-4 weeks during the flooding. The water was so high that it almost reached the second story. Local whiskey makers stayed in business by moving their stills into their lofts. Whiskey was obtained by floating up to the lofts.

After the water had receded, the family returned to the house, which had floated over a mile away. What was not moved out of the house or placed in the loft was lost. Unfortunately, the Family bible was in some boxes or a trunk that were lost in the flood. Evidently, at a later date, Kizzie tried to record all the family information into a new Bible, but much of that information has proven unreliable

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1 The Weekly Record, January 29, 1937 / February 5, 1937: This was one of the countless flood that plague the Mississippi throughout history, there were worst floods before and since, but this was the first to impact our family and was particularly hard for the families of the River ‘spillway’ as over 500 (1500-2000 people) families were evacuated. The fear was that newly built levee would not hold in light of predictions that the river would crest at 1 foot higher than the devastating 1927 flood that broke the Dorena Levee. Over 20 feet of water flooded the spillway and 23 WPA workers died in a spillway accident when their barge carrying 150 levee workers sank in the spillway. Families would again be forced out in May as flooding threatened the spillway farmers again. Flooding this time was imminent as the levees had not been repaired, but at least the area was not plagued by the snow, sleet and freezing temperature that accompanied the January flood.

2 Onene Litrell-Curtis, Bertha Littrell-Thurman, Red littrell, & JD Littrell gdl/1994

Newspaper clipping from the “Remember East Prairie When:” facebook page.

also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_River_flood_of_1937

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Auvine Lynxwiler: 1-10-2005

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Auvine was a daughter of James (& Donie Ezell) Littrell, son of Timmons and great-grandson of Rodham Literal. James was John Littrell’s brother. Their wives, Kizzie and Donie were first cousins.

SIKESTON -- Mattie Auvine Lynxwiler, 84, died Jan. 10, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Born Dec. 4, 1920, in Loretta, Tenn., daughter of the late James C. and Donie Ezell Littrell, she moved to the Southeast Missouri area with her family in her early years. She was a faithful member of the North Acres General Baptist Church in Sikeston. She was a retired employee of the state of Missouri and had also been employed by the International Shoe Company in Sikeston, the Sikeston R-6 School Lunch Program and the Missouri Delta Medical Center.

In December 1937, she married Herbert Sylvester Lynxwiler, who preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1981.

Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Beverly Lynxwiler of Paducah, Ky., and Larry and Tracy Lynxwiler of New Madrid; four sisters, Clera Beeson, Lorene Thompson Martin and Rachel Thompson of Sikeston and Vela Nolan of Pensacola, Fl.; three grandchildren, Erin Newsom of Cape Girardeau, Melissa Arnold and husband, Barry, of Bowling Green, Ky., and William Lynxwiler of Paducah; three step grandchildren, Jeremiah O'Guin and Jacob O'Guin of New Madrid and Roberta O'Guin of Bertrand; two great-grandchildren, Kaden Strayhorn of Cape Girardeau and Emilee Arnold of Bowling Green; eight nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Beverly Lynxwiler of Paducah, Ky., and Larry and Tracy Lynxwiler of New Madrid; four sisters, Clera Beeson, Lorene Thompson Martin and Rachel Thompson of Sikeston and Vela Nolan of Pensacola, Fl.; three grandchildren, Erin Newsom of Cape Girardeau, Melissa Arnold and husband, Barry, of Bowling Green, Ky., and William Lynxwiler of Paducah; three step grandchildren, Jeremiah O'Guin and Jacob O'Guin of New Madrid and Roberta O'Guin of Bertrand; two great-grandchildren, Kaden Strayhorn of Cape Girardeau and Emilee Arnold of Bowling Green; eight nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, three brothers, J.C. Littrell, Bill Littrell and Arthur Littrell; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Lynxwiler, preceded her in death.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at North Acres General Baptist Church. The Rev. Steve Tippen, pastor, and the Rev. Jimmy Trotter, former pastor, will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery at New Madrid.

Pallbearers will be: Bud Dock, Norman Elledge, Phil Hubbard, Barry Arnold, William Lynxwiler and Wendell Thompson.

James & Donie Ezell Littrell

Auvine Littrell at Lake Wapapello She  is a niece of John & Kizzie Littrell. She  is one of what Bertha, Onene, myself and others referred to as the 'Littrell sisters' because at the time only the sisters were still living. They were the children of James Caroll Littrell and Donie (Ezell) Littrell. James migrated his family to MO before Grandpa John. –GlennDL

The picture comes courtesy of John ‘JL’ Littrell and appears to be from the 1982 John & Kizzie Reunion.Herbert & Auvine Littrell Lynxwiler ASS- (5)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Timmons Seburn Literal: Death Certificate. (died 1-2-1929)

re-posted from January, 2015

When Timmons died he was buried in Old Selena Cemetery, near his daughter, Lisley.

For years he did not have a tombstone until long after he, and then, Mary Catherine were buried. Sometime in the 60s or 70s the children and grandchildren of Mary and Timmons got together and had a double stone created and installed for them.

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I don’t know where they got the dates for Mary & Tim, but they were not very accurate.

Fortunately, we have come across some more information which now allows us to be a little more specific.

The birthdates probably came from the census research of their grandson, William Archie Smith. When the stone was purchased and carved this was probably all they had to go on. To my knowledge there is no family bible with their dates in them. Kizzie Comer Littrell had a family bible with family dates in it, but that bible was lost in the flood of 1937. Later Kizzie made an attempt at recording the dates from memory into a new bible, but examination has proven her memory was inaccurate. (I believe that bible was last in the possession of Onene Littrell Curtis.)

Old Selena Cem
At Old Selena Cemetery in 2008

We are now able to shed a little light on the passing of Timmons as we have obtained a copy of his, and his brother-in-law James Urban’s, death certificate.

Timmons DC (2)

There is no ‘informant’ named on the document, but from the specific date we assume that the information was provided by Mary or one of her children. The fact that the children didn’t have a specific date placed on the tombstone leaves me to assume that Mary was the probable informant. Mary doesn’t know the name of Timmons father, but then he was dead long before Mary knew Timmons. He died during the civil war and was buried in a mass grave in Georgia so there never would have been a grave to visit. All the informant seems to know is Timmons birthdate, May 27, 1856, and the maiden name of Timmons mother, Mary Cox.

From the document it appears that Timmons was a farmer and that he had ‘retired’ from farming three years earlier at the age of 69. Apparently he was in ill health for over a year. The doctor notes in the document that he had been attended the deceased from January of 1928. The last time the doctor saw Timmons was on New Years Eve. Timmons passed two days later. He was 72 years, 7 months and 17 days old.

He died of Bronchial pneumonia and Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys)
see Our Ancestors Diseases

1929 turned out to be a horrendous year for Mary Catherine.

  • Her son Pressley Eli Littrell would have a seizure, falling from his buggy and drowning in the muddy road just 3 days after Timmons died.
  • Two weeks after Pressley’s death a grandson of Mary’s would die, Roy L. Smith.
  • By the end of the year her oldest son, James Carroll Littrell would load his family and move them to Missouri.

Mary Catherine Urban Literal would pass away within about a year of James moving.

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