So, this is the man we all knew as Boss. I have chosen him as my first person to write about because it is Memorial Day and he was a Veteran. According to his Veterans Affairs file, he served in the Army from his enlistment date of 6 February 1918 until his release date of 23 May 1919. I have not found any information on where he served or what he did during WWI. If any of the family knows, I’d be interested to know.
The picture below is his draft card from World War I. It is especially nifty to get to see his signature. I remember seeing it later in life and I don’t think it changed significantly over his entire life.
This is one of our favorite family photos. It must have been when they were dating.He married Granny (Elsie Harvenia Merritt) on 6 October 1919, so not long after he was released.
At that time, they were living in Alexandria, Louisiana – the Census shows them there in 1920. By 1923, they had arrived in Marshall, Texas and begun their family, with my Nani, Margaret Caldwell, followed not long after by Annette Caldwell in 1927 and Robert Franklin (Bob) in 1928. For World War II, Boss had to register, but as far as I know, never served. This document is kind of neat, because it shows the address of Granny’s parents, 402 N Bolivar.
This is another favorite picture of mine. I will always associate Boss with pipes. Many of us ended up with pipes of his when their house was cleared out. That smell of pipes…
The tiny photo below has many of Margaret’s descendants all in one picture with Boss and Granny. Fun photo of Mom as a blonde and Aunt Becky with really tall hair!
Top row, Rebecca (Becky) Ortis Carter, Tom Carter, and Charles Dixon. Second Row, Faith Caldwell (then Dixon, now Pannell), Boss, Granny, Margaret Schrott (Nani), and Front Row, Debbie Dixon and Charley Dixon. Missing are Johnny Ortis and his sons Carter and Johnny and Samantha Robertson. To be fair, I think Johnny Ortis was the only one of those grandkids who might have been born by then.
Boss, Granny, Nani, and Uncle Bob are all buried together at the Greenwood Cemetery in Marshall, Texas. Boss died right after Christmas in 1975. That was a really sad Christmas.
This is an abbreviated tree. James Gee Caldwell left north Alabama and took his family to south Louisiana. John Luther Caldwell left Georgia and took his family to north Alabama (Hollywood, Jackson County). John Caldwell left South Carolina and took his family to Georgia. His predecessors came from Castle Caldwell in Ireland.
More on the other ancestors in a later blog.
Are you related? Let me know.