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 …

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 …

Don Sroufe, a painful family secret

 “… known as Don Sroufe” Discovering that Robert Lee Marshall was also known as Don Sroufe was a stunning revelation for me and my family (see The Elusive Robert Lee Marshall). But after reading the entire divorce file, I felt a deep sense of sorrow for both my dad, Alton Jackson Marshall (1925-1984), and my grandmother, Lillian Florence Howle (1902-1994). My heart ached for my dad because he had lived his life knowing very little about his Read More …