Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Treasure Chest Thursday – Charlotte (Backus) Todd and Family

August 9th, 2012 No comments

Charlotte Backus

Charlotte Backus

Charlotte Backus – approx. 1922

Dorothy Todd – approx. 1943

Charlotte (Backus), Kenneth Marvin, Dorothy, Robert, and Eubron “Sonny” Todd

Many thanks to my 2nd cousin 1x removed, Debra Schoppe, for photographing and sending these pictures of her family. My great grand aunt (Debra’s grandmother), Charlotte (Backus) Todd, was born 10/17/1906 in Texas. She died 4/11/1941 in Corpus Christi, Texas from an accidental abortion. Charlotte was 34 years-old at the time of her death. She was married to Eubron Todd. They had four children: Dorothy (Debra’s mother), Eubron “Sonny”, Robert, and Kenneth Marvin.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – Georgia Lou (Barlow) Davis – Katie Maybelle (Backus) Barlow Schwabe Stinson [sister of Charlotte (Backus) Todd]

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Tyler, Texas Obituary – Sherman H. “Johnny” Davis

March 9th, 2012 No comments

Sherman Davis Obituary

Sherman Davis

This obituary is of my great grandfather, Sherman H. “Johnny” Davis, and was featured in the May 6, 1992 edition of the Tyler (TX) Courier-Times:

Rites For S.H. ‘Johnny’ Davis Scheduled Thursday Afternoon

Graveside services for Sherman H. ‘Johnny’ Davis, 84, Tyler, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. George Richardson officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Memorial Funeral Home West in Tyler.

Mr. Davis died Tuesday at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was born June 9, 1907, in Mexia and lived in Tyler 36 years after moving from Corpus Christi. He was a member of First Christian Church. He was retired after 42 years as a superintendent with Arco Oil Co. and was an independent oil operator. He acquired the nickname “Johnny” when he worked in the Texas oil fields at the age of 13.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Davis, Tyler; two sons, Woody Burl Davis, Hilltop Lake, and James Nead Davis, Robstown; two daughters, Annell Hargrave, Houston, and Virginia Bauer, McAllen; a step-daughter, Nancy Nash, Kent, Wash.; a sister, Erby K. Parsons, Corpus Christi; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Paul Hargrave, Patrick Davis, Johnny Davis, Michael Davis, Allen Davis, Michael Hargrave, John C. Burrett and Bobby Ray Harris.

Family visitation will be 7-8 tonight in the funeral home.

Many thanks to Barbara Galbreath of the Tyler (TX) Public Library for providing a copy of the obituary.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis – Sherman H. Davis

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World War II Project – 1st Lt. Harold Walter Dahlberg (1916 – 1945)

February 29th, 2012 4 comments

Harold Dahlberg

Harold Dahlberg

The following article appeared in an unknown newspaper [after November 7, 1943]:


Before joining up as an Aviation Cadet Harold was employed as Aviation Mechanic at Duncan Field. He is married, and has one son, Harold Paul. His home address is 816 Austin Street, Luling, Texas. His mother, Mrs. J. E. Dahlberg resides on Route 1, near Kingsbury. Harold hasn’t done so badly for himself, as he has moved up from Private to Aviation Cadet, and that is quite an accomplishment in any Man’s Army. He is a graduate of the Prairie Lea School, and was 27 years old Nov. 7th. His present station is at Albany, Ga.

Harold Dahlberg (Bottom R) and Unknown Crew Photo

The following article appeared in the November or December 16, 1945 edition of an unknown newspaper:


First Lieut. Harold Walter Dahlberg was killed in a plane accident on Guam, Nov. 7, 1945, according to a telegram received this week from the acting Adjutant General of the Army, by Mrs. Dahlberg. The message stated that a letter would follow.
Lt. Dahlberg has been overseas for the past ten months, and in a letter to his wife, the former Miss Evelyn Cartwright, dated Oct. 22nd, he said that he would be leaving for home soon.
Lt. Dahlberg entered the service in February, 1943, and received his wings in Columbus, Miss., in April, 1944. He attended school in Prairie Lea, and was employed as an aviation mechanic before going into the service. His training stations were in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and California.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a little son, Paul; father, O. Z. Dahlberg of Darst Creek; mother, Mrs. J. E. Dahlberg of Kingsbury; sister, Mrs. W. W. Bingham, Luling; three brothers: Albert, San Antonio; Oscar, Raymondville; and Clifford, Ft. Worth.

According to the Brief of Aircraft Accident, Harold Dahlberg was piloting B-24M, No. 44-51874. The aircraft took off from Harmon Field, Guam at 1202Z [Zulu Time]. At 1203Z, approx. 1.5 miles SE of Harmon Field, the Consolidated B-24M Liberator crashed and exploded on impact. They were on a ferry mission from Guam to Kwajalein. Harold, 2nd Lt. James R. Rouse (Wollaston, MA), 1st Lt. Hugh M. “Billy” Branham (Chestertown, MD), S/Sgt Edmund John Hudo (Filion, MI), and 1st Lt. Bradley O. Irwin (Yuma, AZ) were all killed in the accident. 2nd Lt. Robert V. Callson (Tacoma, WA), T/Sgt Ernest J. LeBlanc (Tupper Lake, NY), T/Sgt Charles D. McLaughlin (Edwin, AL), and T/Sgt Marvin L. Hawk (South Bend, IN) all sustained injuries. The cause of the accident was unknown, but may have been due to engine failure.

The following article appeared in the January 14, 1949 edition of an unknown newspaper:


The body of First Lt. Harold Walter Dahlberg, who was killed in a plane accident on Guam on November 7, 1945, will arrive in Luling Saturday afternoon and funeral services will be conducted at the First Baptist Church Sunday at 2 p. m.
Burial will be in the City Cemetery with Benton I. McCarley Post in charge of the graveside services.

Harold and Jennie Dahlberg Headstone

On July 10, 2010, I received the following message from Jennifer Danvers on

I was searching on and found that you have some connection to Harold W. Dahlberg. I recently found a headstone for a Harold W. Dahlberg, born November 7, 1916, died November 7, 1945. It was a military headstone. It was behind someone’s house and had been left there by some previous resident. Are you family to Mr. Dahlberg? Do you know where he is actually buried and if his monument is missing?

I contacted Steve Dahlberg, Harold’s grand nephew, regarding the headstone. Harold’s grandson picked up the headstone and had it placed in Luling City Cemetery.

Harold Dahlberg Military Headstone

Many thanks to Gary W. Adams for posting the above photo to Find A Grave.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis – Margie (Kirkpatrick) Davis [sister of Bonnie Mae (Kirkpatrick) Dahlberg (sister-in-law of Harold Walter Dahlberg)]

Categories: Davis, Military

Dick Waits 18th Armored Replacement Battalion Retouched Picture (Framed)

July 8th, 2011 6 comments

Dick Waits 18th Armored Replacement Battlion Retouched Picture (Framed)

I had the retouched photograph of United States Army Company B, 18th Armored Replacement Battalion taken January 1941(42?) at Fort Knox, Kentucky framed at Aaron Brothers in Sugar Land, Texas. My great grand uncle, Charles Richard “Dick” Waits, KIA on April 6, 1945, is on the far right, third row from-the-top.

It looks great and will make an outstanding addition to our study. Thanks again to Sue Rizvi for finding and sending the original.

Categories: Military, Williams

YouTube Video – James Nead Davis 60th Birthday Party

January 14th, 2011 No comments

I created this highlight video of my paternal grandfather’s 60th birthday party using Apple iMovie ’11. The event took place on 12/30/1988 in Petronila, Texas. I hope you enjoy it. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. If you’d like to subscribe to my YouTube channel, click here.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis

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Wordless Wednesday – Backus Family Portrait

October 8th, 2010 12 comments

Backus Family Portrait

From Left to Right: Florence Emma Backus, Mary Isabelle Backus, Arthur Bernard Backus (Backhouse), Arthur Burgoyne Backus, and Henrietta Bellfield Backus (Kelly). Portrait taken approx. 1902 in San Angelo, Texas. Many thanks to my cousin, Eddie Cope, for sending the photograph.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – Georgia Lou Davis (Barlow) – Katie Maybelle Barlow Schwabe Stinson (Backus) – Arthur Bernard Backus

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Wordless Wednesday – Jackson Family Christmas Picture

June 29th, 2010 1 comment

Jackson Family Christmas Picture

Bottom Row (L to R): Jo Lynne Jackson, Polly Jan Jackson, and Ross Edgar Maden
Middle Row (L to R): Dolly Jackson (McClinton), Ivan Neal Jackson, Donald Edgar Maden, and Mary Pauline Jackson (Chandler)
Top Row (L to R): Carrie Estelle Chandler (Moody), Rebecca Diane Maden, Herman McClinton, James Preston “Buck” Jackson, Pauline Maden (Jackson), Gladys Rebecca Jackson (Davis), my 2nd great grandmother, Susan Katheryn “Kate” Davis (Davis), and Janice Robinson

Photo taken approx. December 1953 in Mexia, Texas.

Many thanks to my great aunt, Annell Hargrave, for contributing the picture and family info.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis – Sherman H. Davis – Susan Katheryn “Kate” Davis (Davis)

Categories: Davis, Wordless

Wordless Wednesday – Kaylyn Michelle Davis Then and Now

May 26th, 2010 No comments

My daughter, Kaylyn Michelle Davis, was born 5/25/05 at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. The picture on the left was her first after birth. Kaylyn was premature and spent several weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. The picture on the right was taken yesterday, 5/25/10, at her 5th birthday preschool party. She’s come a long way in five years… so grown-up and ready for Kindergarten!

Kaylyn Michelle Davis – Brian Davis

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Ralph Scott Williams Jr. Pipe Line Industry Article

May 20th, 2010 No comments

The above article, “Calculating System Gas Balance”, written by my maternal grandfather, Ralph Scott Williams Jr., appeared on pages 65-68 of the May 1967 issue of Pipe Line Industry.  At the time the article was written, Ralph was a measurement superintendent for Columbia Gulf Transmission Company of Houston.  He passed away the following month, on 6/20/1967, while golfing in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr.

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Wordless Wednesday – Mike and James Davis Picture

May 19th, 2010 No comments

Mike and James Davis Picture

My father, James Michael Davis, and my paternal grandfather, James Nead Davis. Photo taken approx. 1972-1975, in Petronila, Texas.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis

Categories: Davis, Wordless