Contributed by his granddaughter Kirsten Gearheart
William Kyle Thurmond Jr. was born in “new” Healdton, previously an Indian territory that quickly transformed into a community of oil fields, of Carter County, Oklahoma in December 1930. He was the second and final child of Ethel and William Thurmond—his older sister, Virginia Thurmond, was born in October 1926. One of his favorite pastimes during the Great Depression was going on fishing trips with his father, evidenced by the 1934 snapshot above. William Jr. attended the town’s pubic school until he graduated high school and went onto obtain a college education at Oklahoma State University. He eventually moved to Roanoke, Virginia, married Martha Lou Gearheart, and helped in raising her three boys and their daughter, Monica Thurmond.
“And ah one…and ah two…,” Lawrence Welk cheerfully sang as he conducted the band to begin playing an old familiar tune that usually featured an elaborate skit in his hit public television program The Lawrence Welk Show. In the late summer evenings, after spending several hours playing in the pool, I
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My step grandfather, William Kyle Thurmond Junior, was not unfamiliar with the feeling of want during his childhood, but he and his father managed to find a beneficial escape from the trying times of the Great Depression through the sport of outdoor fishing. Born right at the cusp of America’s greatest financial Continue reading “Leisure in The Great Depression: Fishing”
The Rural South: Background—Problems—Outlook is a 466-page hardback non-fiction novel written by University of Alabama alum, Samuel Chesnutt, produced in 1941. This edition was acquired from Hoole Special Collections in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the book remains stationed there as a library
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