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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Evergreen Cemetery: Missouri

John and James Littrell brought their families to the Bootheel area of Southeast Missouri in the early 1930s. As tenant/sharecropper farmers they faced hard and unfair times trying to establish a foundation for rearing a family.

The depression hit most Americans in the 30s, but farmers and farm workers had been facing economic depression since the 1920s and win the rest of the country was hit by the stock market crash the farmers had already been living the hard life. OLC-18 (1) wname

Dawn to dusk farm hands were paid a measly $.75 a day for picking cotton. Tenant farmers and sharecroppers constantly faced mass evictions, company stores with landlord controlled price fixing.

James was a tenant farmer from 1930 to 1936 and John through most of the same decade. They both lost a son to farm accidents during that time:

  • James's youngest son JC died in a tractor accident at age 8, he was riding on the tractor with his father when the tractor rolled over pinning JC under the wheel.

  • Earlier that year John's 21 year old son Troy Lee “Dick” Littrell died after being kicked by a mule.

Evergreen Cemetery is less than 5 miles from the LaForge Community.

Dick was the only child of John and Kizzie buried in Evergreen. He is buried in an unmarked grave at this time, 85 years after his death.

Most of James's family is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, including JC.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Onene Littrell married Bert Curtis September 15th, 1934

Ollie Onene8 Littrell (John Daniel7, Timmons Seburn6 Literal, Eli Franklin5, Rodhom4, Robert3 Luttrell, Richard2 Lutterell, James1 Lotterell) was born March 13, 1917 in Loretto, TN. She married Bert Louis Curtis (#419) September 15, 1934 in New Madrid, MO., son of Naith Curtis and Jane Steward. He was born September 22, 1915 in TN., McEwen, and died June 20, 1990 in MO., Marston.
Onene met Bert when he was running Sugar for Moonshiners.
Bert & Ollie Onene (Littrell) CurtisBert & Onene & baby


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