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|Tulare Advance-Register, 8 Apr 1932, p. 1|
"Mrs. Mattie Parks To Be Buried Here Saturday Morning" Interment of the body of Mrs. Mattie Jane Parks, 75, of Orosi, mother of J. P. Lancaster of Pixley and G. E. Lancaster of Tipton, will be made in the Tulare cemetery following funeral services in Dinuba at the Dopkins parlors Saturday at 11 a. m., according to word received here today. Mrs. Parks died Thursday morning in Orosi at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Rose White. Three other children also survive. They are Carrie Lancaster of Texas, R. F. Lancaster of Atascadero, and Mrs. W. J. Harper of Los Angeles."
The first three generations were first born. The next three generations had very large families and my ancestor was near the end of the family. The last generation skews the numbers because I don’t know the position of Linna in her family. She is the only one that I have with a birth date. I have not yet worked on this line thoroughly.
“Tom’s father worked in town as manager of the lumber company. Tom was working as a carpenter and would see me from his perch up on a roof as I walked along the sidewalk to school. He’d whistle at me or talked to me wanting a date. I didn’t agree yet. One day I was walking home (we were living on West Green Street) with two bags of groceries and he offered a ride in his Model T Ford with no roof. I said I didn’t have far to go but he gave me a ride anyway. Later I got a letter in the mail from Tom asking me out on a date for Saturday night. It was the sweetest thing in the world! After several dates Tom also brought me a cat—a yellow-spotted kitten.”
|What a cute couple!|