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Avery Scott and Onie Crouch Get Married

Avery Scott and Caldona Crouch were my great grandparents and they married on October 6, 1906. We called them Mommie and Poppy.  I don’t have a copy of their marriage license, but I found a newspaper announcement in some of my grandmother’s old things.

In 1977 the Purcell Register ran a series of old news collected from the Byars Banner which was published from 1904 to 1911. Byars is a little town in McClain County, just a couple of miles south of the South Canadian River which is the county line. My grandmother remembers as kids they would walk to the river and cross on the railroad trestle. Oklahoma Highway 102 crosses there now and in McClain county it’s called Railroad Bridge Drive.

November 9, 1906 the Byars Banner ran this notice:

Avery Scott and Onie Crouch were married on Oct. 6.

That’s all. Here, in the left column, you can see what the Purcell Register printed.

ByarsBanner1906-07 Scott News

A second clipping dated March 1, 1907 says “Mr. and Mrs. Avery Scott have returned from Old Mexico and said they would never return there as things weren’t as presented by the Mexican Colonization Co. They said there had not been any rain in that part of Mexico in more than 1 1/2 years thus one could not grow crops and parrots and blackbirds infest the country.”

Very interesting.

It appears to me they got married and headed south. Apparently it didn’t take long to realize it wasn’t the place to be and they came back home before they’d been married less than five months. They married in October. The announcement was published in November and they returned from Mexico by February of the following year.

I would love to find the promotional materials that enticed them to go to Mexico. A library at UCLA, about 1100 miles away, has materials related to the Mexican Colonization Company. However, the Byars Banner is archived on microfilm (yeech! Microfilm makes me dizzy.) at the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City. That’s only 12 miles away, so that’s a trip I can make.

My great-grandmother  Caldona Crouch was born in December 1892 so she was only 14 years old when she married. With promotional materials created to draw settlers to Mexico, I wonder if the promise of cheap land created a sense of urgency and they married earlier than they otherwise might have. Probably not, but I can just hear Poppy say he’s going to Mexico and if she wants to come with him it’s time to get married.

Avery and Onie had a son, Luther, in August 1907; and my grandmother, Lela Mae, was born in 1911.  I have a hunch there will be a snippet of information about the births in the Byars Banner. The  Banner stopped publishing in 1911, but grandmother was born in February so I hope I can find something about her. I plan to set a day to go to check out the archives and see what other nuggets I might find.

Finding this clipping helps fill in bits of my family history in a couple of ways. First, it tells me I’ll probably find their marriage records in McClain county. At various times they lived across the river in Cleveland County, and they were just a few miles west of the Pottowatommie County line where they also lived. I couldn’t decide where to go first to look for those family records.  And second, I learned Mommie’s nickname. As an adult Caldona was known as “Doan”, so “Onie” is a sweet nickname for a little girl.

Here’s one of the few family photos of the Avery Scott family. It was taken about 1913 because Aunt Syble, Sylvia Estelle, was just a baby and she was born that year. They would have two more children, Dorine, who was called Bill, and Raymond Rayford, who was called Mac.

Avery Scott Family on American Saga

Don’t ya just love the hats!  And grandmother, striking such a stylish pose. So cute.

I have some really, really old eyelet trim that came from a dress my grandmother had as a little girl. They could only afford one “church” outfit so I wonder if that lace is on this dress.  Guess we’ll never know. Mommie’s family, George Washington and Rosanner Fortner Crouch also went to Mexico. They stayed longer than a few months but soon they were back in Oklahoma..

Do you know if you had family members who tried to settle in Mexico?

I guess there were land speculator that tried to make a buck off any chunk of available land.

That’s all.



Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Scott


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Happy Birthday Grandma and Grandpa!

February 16 was my grandparents’ birthday.  Just two days after Valentine’s Day, how romantic is that!

Thomas Edwin Rose was born, in Lexington, Oklahoma, Feb. 16, 1909, and Lela Mae Scott was born two years later on Feb. 16, 1911 near Wanette, Oklahoma. Today* would have been her 100th birthday.

Mommy and the kids at home

Here’s my grandmother, Lela Mae Scott (Rose) at age 10. She’s second from the right. From left: Mommy, Caldona Crouch Scott (she refused to be called grandma), Uncle Mac, Aunt Bill (Dorine), Aunt Syble, Grandma, and Uncle Luke (Luther). They lived in far southeast Cleveland County, Oklahoma, very near the Pottawatomie County line.

Grandma went to school through the eighth grade then she took care of the house while Mommy and her brothers and sisters worked the farm. Poppy was not always at home, but that’s another story.

When grandma fixed fried chicken and chicken and dumplins for Sunday dinner her preparations usually started out back in the chicken pen. I never saw her do it, but I hear she could wring a chicken’s neck with one sharp snap of her wrist. And as much as I couldn’t do that I know the chicken she fed us was healthy, stress free and never crated. Talk about farm fresh.

Grandma worked hard all her life but once the dishes were done and the leftovers put away she was always ready for a game of Hop Ching… also known as Chinese Checkers. She also liked a good game of dominoes. And when we were all in front of a football game… specifically the Oklahoma Sooners or the Dallas Cowboys, she had a crochet hook and ball of yarn in hand making slippers, pot holders, or some other project.

One Thanksgiving the whole family was at the farm and the weather was nice so all the cousins were playing outside. A dozen or more round hay bales had been delivered to the farm recently and they were lined up in the near pasture. The bales were about 5 feet in diameter rolled up side by side so of course we had to climb on them.

We were having a blast scambling from bale to bale, playing tag and if you stepped just wrong, you’d fall in the crack between the bales and someone would have to dig you out. That’s what made it so much fun.

There was so much laughing!

Before we knew it grandpa and the moms and dads were out there too, and then here comes grandma.  I can still see her laughing as she ran toward us. She was wearing a house dress drying her hands on a tea towel. It may have been tied around her waist as a makeshift apron. In no time at all we pulled her into our game and on top of the hay.

I’m sure we were all terribly itchy from rolling around in that dry hay all afternoon, but I don’t remember that part. I just remember the fun and realizing my grandma was a whole lot of fun. She played hard when the work was done.

Grandma died May 22, 1993 in Oklahoma City. Even though she was 82 years old, she certainly didn’t die of old age. She was going strong until shortly before she died. It was stomach cancer that got her.

I wish I’d paid more attention when I was in the kitchen with her, but I cherish the memories and lessons I got from her. She taught me how to cut up a chicken. (I’m OK after the bird is dead, but she knew better than to take me to the chicken coop except to gather eggs.)

I got her recipe for bread pudding when I took her to the hospital for one of her visits. (I was driving, so I had her tell me how she made it and I memorized it.)

My first two quilts were assembled under her supervision and quilted in her living room. I think half of Lexington came by her house to work on my quilts. They were quilted in no time.

I learned a pot of beans on the stove before we go to the garden will be ready when we get back to the house with an apron full of fresh green onions and tomatoes.

She would ladle a serving of beans into a wide shallow bowl. A slice of fresh hot cornbread went on the side or on top of the beans, add green onions, sliced tomatoes, still warm from the summer sun, a spoonful of homemade chow chow (pickle relish) and you’ve got the best summertime lunch ever!  Larrupin!

So happy birthday grandma and grandpa! I can’t wait to hear favorite memories from my brothers and cousins.

*Their birthday is Feb. 16, but technical difficulties with my scanner delayed my  posting until after midnight.


Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Rememberies


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