Don Sroufe, man of many aliases

R. L. Marshall, known as Don Sroufe When my paternal grandmother, Lillian Florence Howle, married Robert Lee Marshall, Jr. in Beckham County, Oklahoma, on 28 February 1924, she did not realize how profoundly he would change her life. In that first year of marriage, she would become pregnant and give birth to my father a mere eleven days before she and “Bob” would mark their first wedding anniversary. Whatever joy she experienced at the birth of her Read More …

Don Sroufe, when he really was Don Sroufe

His early years Don Sroufe’s story is complex, confusing and incomplete. It has been a challenging research task to locate records of this elusive man who was married to my paternal grandmother, Lillian Florence (Howle) Marshall, using the name, Robert Lee Marshall. It was only after my Grandmother Marshall’s death that I uncovered original records documenting their marriage and divorce hidden in a trunk in her hall closet. The story of this discovery and the associated records are covered in greater detail Read More …

I’m a Big Fan!

Baseball and ancestors For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a huge baseball fan. I love everything about “the national pastime” – playing the game, going to games, visiting stadiums, playing fantasy baseball, collecting memorabilia, etc. I enjoy the game so much that I used to list it as my only hobby. But that changed in 2014. Since then, I have also become a big fan of genealogy. Now, in addition to the various forms of my baseball addiction, I Read More …

Memories of my Grandfather, Orrie Clark

Orrie Lee Clark is my granddaddy Orrie Lee Clark was born on 23 January 1905 in Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas. He was the fifth of eight children born to James Ransom Clark (1869-1918) and Kate Emeline Harrell (1874-1958). Not long after his father’s death in 1918, the family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There he met and married Daisy Mae Clark on 05 November 1927. They raised two daughters and he served his county honorably during Read More …