Carl "Willie" Tabb

M, b. 1 December 1912, d. 15 April 1988
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited25 Apr 2016
     Carl was born on 1 December 1912.1,2 He married Edith Mae Robinson on 31 August 1936.1 Carl died on 15 April 1988 at Drakesboro, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, at age 75.1,2 He was buried after 15 April 1988 at Ebenezer Cemetery, Ebenezer, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.2

Family

Edith Mae Robinson b. 5 Dec 1913, d. 4 Apr 1983
Children

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.
  2. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Margie Mae Tabb

F, b. 10 November 1914, d. 27 May 1997
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Margie was born on 10 November 1914.1 Margie died on 27 May 1997 at age 82.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Joyce Levita Tabb

F, b. 30 September 1916
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     From the research of Rose Nell Tabb Murray Wilson. The following was written by Joyce Tabb Jarvis, Rose's sister. There is no date so I don't know when it was written.


Memories of

Joyce Tabb Jarvis

My first school was the Methodist Church. We went to the Church because Drakesboro [Ky.] school had burned down.

I remember the day that Rose was born. I made biscuits for breakfast. I had to stand on a lard can to mix them and I baked them in a wood stove. I made gravy and Dad said it was good. I was only eleven years old.

I remember going to school one day and the school house floor was full of watermelon and bees were all over. We had stolen some watermelon and threw them in the school, that's why the bees were all over.

I married Robert Jarvis at Skyville on Green River, April 15, 1937. We lived at Drakesboro, Ky. and then moved to Paradise, Ky. In 1939 Bobby was born.

Buddy [Carl Willie, her brother] and Edith moved in the same house, we had one side, they had the other. Edith had Billy in October and I had Bobby in December. Edith had pneumonia and I had to let both babies nurse. I never ate so many sorghum molasses. I had to so I would have enough milk for the two.

Robert set an incubator to hatch chickens; He had gone to Chicago and the chickens hatched. I didn't have anything to put them in, so I just let them run all over the floor.

I went to Chicago to live in 1940, we lived at 2107 Warren. Then we moved to Evergreen Park, and then again to 2551 Thirty-Eighth Street. Bobby started to school and I cried and cried. So, Bob took me over to the school and said if Bobby is crying we will bring him home. When we got there, Bobby was just playing and having the time of his life. He went to the school there in Chicago up until the eighth grade, then he went to live with Bee and Comer at Paradise, Ky. and attended Drakesboro High School. After high school, he went into the Marines and served four years.

He then came back home to Chicago, and worked at Western Felt, then in 1961 went to work for Casson and is still working there.

James Leonard was born in Cook County, Chicago, IL. He started school in 1955.

We bought our second house at 1737 West Eighty-fifth Street and lived there until we retired. And then we moved to Drakesboro, Ky.

When Robert and I first went to Chicago, he worked at Western Electric AT&T Bell Phone Company. One day we had no money but one quarter. Bob worked the second shift so he gave me the quarter because he could cash his check at work to get him something to eat. I was wondering what I could get for a quarter, so I bought a bag of peanuts.

When I took my first airplane ride it was storming like crazy and Dad was in the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee. I flew to Nashville and when I got there, I called a cab to take me to the hospital. I was in the cab and a white man, then a black man got in. I was scared to death. The cab driver told me to get up front with him, he would let me off first. When I got to the hospital I asked what room my Dad was in, they said they had no one there by that name. No William, no W. Tabb. No Tabb at all. Then I was really scared. I did not know what to do. I looked up and saw Mary Lou and West coming down the hall. Dad was there.

Bobby teased Jim all of the time. He would tell Jim that his mom and dad were all hillbillies. Jim was a city slicker and Jim would scream and cry "I no city sicker." Then Bob would tell him that he was a human and would cry, "I no human."

Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (pastlet@yahoo.com) in an email dated 21 February 2004. Joyce was born on 30 September 1916.1 She married Robert Jarvis at Skyville, Kentucky, on 15 April 1937.1

Family

Robert Jarvis
Child

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Vivian Tabb

F
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Her body was interred at Drakesboro, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, at Hy Way Cemetery.1 Vivian died. Vivian was born.

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Elizabeth Beatrice Tabb

F, b. 29 October 1920, d. 20 July 1990
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Elizabeth was born on 29 October 1920.1 Elizabeth died on 20 July 1990 at age 69.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

James Howard Tabb

M, b. 29 November 1922, d. 29 December 2003
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited10 Jan 2014
     James was born at Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 29 November 1922.1,2 James Howard Tabb

Remembers His Good Ol Days

I remember back in 1924 our Aunt Dora and Uncle Bun coming to our house. When Aunt Dora would sit down, I would sit down at her feet and rub her silk stockings.

In 1926 Dad bought our farm. He bought the farm with a government loan. I got my first dog that year, his name was Rover.

I remember Buddy [Carl Willie, another son of William Warner Tabb] building a big pen for the rabbits that he raised. He raised black and white ones. The rabbits got loose one day and ran wild. We could not get all of them back into the pen. For years there were black and white rabbits all throughout the fields and woods.

Dad always made his own wagon wheels and I was always with Dad. One day he was making a wagon wheel when the ax handle came off. The ax stuck in my foot.

They poured coal oil onto my foot and squeezed the cut tightly together and wrapped it up. In the summer time, Dad would back the wagon into the pond so that the wheels would expand.

I remember the first time I had to go to court; I was five years old. The Diamond Block Coal Mines closed down and Mr. Thomas had Dad take all of the mules out to our farm, until he could do something with them. There was a little mule and he gave it to me. I named him Bob. When Mr. Thomas came back for the mules, he wanted to take Bob also. My dad said, "No, you are not taking Bob because you gave him to Howard. You take all the others, but you are not taking Bob."

So, Mr. Thomas took Dad to court. When the lawyer asked me if Mr. Thomas gave me the mule, I replied, "Yes sir, he did." The Judge then dismissed the case.

I remember one winter when it was very cold, Dad came home from the mines. All of the cows were out and Dad tried to run them back into the field. One old cow ran between the smoke house and the chicken house, then she fell in the well. All of the neighbors came to help us get her out. Buddy went down into the well and tied a rope around the cow, our mules, Doc, and Jim, helped pull the cow out. Mom brought out quilts and blankets and wrapped the old cow up, the next day she was fine.

Every year at Easter, twenty or thirty families would gather and have an Easter Egg hunt. Every family would bring dozen and dozens of boiled eggs. The eggs were colored with crayons or crepe paper. The coloring was usually left up to the children.

I remember going to the pond when we were kids and catching chuck head fish. We would then build a fire, cook the fish, then eat. I started to school in 1928 at Cedar Dale. They sat me in a seat next to some boy I didn
t know. I cried to sit next to Raymond Dennis. The teacher would not let me.

One day we were coming home from school and as we were going through the field we ran into a nest full of yellow jackets. We were stung all over.

My sister, Mae, went to Drakesboro School. Her school was about six miles from where we lived, so she got to ride a horse.

In 1928 my Grandma Tabb [Sarah C. Driskill] died. She lived in Todd County about forty miles from us. Dad had to hook up about four mules to pull the wagon because we didn
t have a car. Dad had to stop by and pick up his brother Les [My Grandfather, Leslie M. Tabb, William s brother] and his family. All together there was about sixteen of us in that wagon. We filled the wagon with straw and put quilts down. The wagon was so full, Ted [My Uncle Oscar Clayton Tabb] had to ride the coupling pole all of the way there. I remember seeing Grandmother's body. They took her across the backwaters to Browder, there she was sent to Russleville for burial.

Joyce and Robert moved to Paradise and then Buddy and Edith moved in the other half of their house. One time we were visiting at their house and I got to spend the night. Mom, Dad, Bee, Mary, and Rose were heading home and Dad had a wreck. It was a 1928 Chevy; my Dad's ribs were broken, but none of the others were hurt. Dad couldn't work so Buddy would take me to work with him. I worked until Dad was able to go back.

Robert and Buddy raised chickens. Every time a chicken would get sick, they would make me take it to Herman Buchanan and sell it. Whenever the back waters would come up, Robert, Buddy, and I would go across the river and kill rabbits. I would have to clean them and we would give them to everyone. We would always give them to Bubby Short. Dad had eaten so many rabbits his butt got sore. He couldn't even wipe it.

Around that time I met Kay. She would come up to Joyce and Roberts to visit. Of course I was always there. She would always stay late. I was so backwards I would not walk her home, Joyce or Robert would have to. In 1941 Bee and Kay went to Chicago. They stayed with Kay's sister, Louise. They both got jobs at Jefferson Electric making radios. I went to Chicago in July of 1941 and got a job with Metal T Wood, I made panels for refrigerated trucks.


December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed. Kay came home with her Aunt and Uncle and I came home with Arthur Powell. While we were home we decided to get married. We married January 3, 1942. There was a big snow. The reverend Colten married us at Greenville, Ky. Bee was upset that we got married and didn't tell her. She was upset and wouldn't talk to us for a long time.

Buddy and Edith came to Chicago in 1942. Edith did not like Chicago, we all came back home to Paradise, Ky.

Buddy and I went to work at Black Diamond Coal Co. in Drakesboro. Brenda Kay was born in 1943. Right after her birth I went into the Army.

I had seventeen weeks of basic training, that was at Camp Blanding, Florida. After that I got a thirty day leave and came back home. I then went to Camp Shanks in New York, I stayed there for three days then got on a boat to go overseas to Ireland. I stayed in Ireland two days, then went to Scotland and England. There I was on a train for several days.

We had no water and very little food. They trained us so hard they nearly killed us. There were many days when all we had to eat were a little powdered eggs.

Sometime in May of 1944 we joined our outfits on the boat. We stayed there until June of that same year. We were the First Division. Part of our Division went with the Fourth Division, when they came back, we all went back to our own Divisions.

That's when we invaded the French at Utah Beach. General Patton came over August 2nd of 1944 and formed a Third Army. That's when the fight was on. We dug holes in the edge rows. There was only one way in and one way out. The Germans had them both covered.

While there in Normandy, one Battalion went to sleep, and the Germans slipped in and slit all of their throats. From then on, only one at a time could sleep.

I had shrapnel in both of my legs from an artillery shell, that's when my buddy was killed. He was only eighteen years old. He was Russian and his parents were from Pennsylvania. His dad was a coal miner and his parents could not speak English.

They sent me back to the Field Hospital, there I stayed two days, then I was sent back to the front line. We fought all of the way through France.

At the edge of Germany, our company went in breaking the German lines, we were pinned in for three days and nights. We couldn't move at all, we had to stand still. We couldn't eat, sleep, use the bathroom, we couldn't even bat an eye or we could have been killed. The ground was frozen and we were unable to dig a trench. My feet were frozen. From my waist down I felt like I was walking on stilts. There were two hundred men that went in and only thirteen of us came out.

They took the thirteen of us and sent us to a small field hospital. The next day, they flew us to England. I went into the hospital in July, I was there almost a year. I was released from the hospital in April.

I was sent back to the United States, to Camp Carson, Colorado. As soon as I got there I was issued a leave to go home. I called Joe and Robert in Chicago for money to get home on. They sent me thirty dollar. I went to their house in Chicago and Joe and Robert came home to Paradise with me. We stayed home for thirty days then went back to Chicago with Kay, Brenda, Joe, and Bobby. I went back to Camp Carson . Kay and Brenda came there.

I was discharged from the Army. Kay, Brenda, and I caught a train to go back home. We made it to St. Louis and had a three hour wait. That was the first time we were ever in St. Louis. Brenda had broke the elastic in her panties so I caught a bus and went downtown to a store and bought her a new pair of panties. Then I headed back to the train station. From there we went to Evansville, Indiana by train and then took a bus to Drakesboro, Ky. Someone met us there and took us to Paradise.

I was working at Black Diamond Coal Co. when I went into the Service, when I came home I worked for them again, then quit to work for Browder Coal. I worked there until 1951, and went to school to be fire boss.

Sandra Sue was born in May 26th, 1946. We lived upon the hill at Paradise. That was the first house we owned. We sold that house and then moved to Nebo, Ky. and that's when Ronnie was born. He was born July 25th, 1949. We moved back to Paradise and bought a house from Herman Buchanan. Mike was born there December 4th, 1958. The two girls, Brenda and Sandra were married there. We move to Drakesboro in April of 1969 and have lived here for thirty-one years.

(Rose's brother, James Howard (deceased) wrote the following for her Family History Research. There is no date so I don't know when it was written.)

Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (pastlet@yahoo.com) in an email dated 21 February 2004. He married Kathryn Cavanaugh at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 3 January 1942.1 James died on 29 December 2003 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital, Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, at age 81.1 His body was interred on 1 January 2004 at Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, at Rose Hill Cemetery.1

Family

Kathryn Cavanaugh b. 16 May 1922, d. 14 Sep 2013
Children

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.
  2. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Mary Lou Tabb

F, b. 14 April 1925, d. 11 April 2016
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited9 May 2016
     This information also came from Rose Nell Tabb Murray Wilson. Her sister, Mary Lou Tabb Key, wrote it for her (Rose's) research. There is no date so I dont know when it was written.


Mary Lou Tabb Key

Remembers Her Life as a Child


I was born April 14th, 1925 at Paradise, Ky. Dr. Newman delivered me.

I remember when we lived at the Thompson Place. As soon as the cherries would start getting ripe, I would climb up in that tree and eat cherries until I made myself sick.

I went to Cedar Dale School and my teachers name was Doris Grove. One day Mae and I were cleaning house and we had the windows open. Rose and I were hanging out the widow hollering and the window fell down on us.

One evening when Mom was through washing, Rose and I were playing in the rinse water. Mom had the tubs sitting on benches. I turned one over on Rose and nearly drowned her.

My teacher came home with us to spend the night on Howards birthday. We would always get spankings on our birthdays, or get put under a bed. Howard said, You are not putting me under the bed! We didnt have to because he ran and put himself under there.

I remember when Joyce was riding Ol Prince, she was pulling on his rings and he ran into a tree. I saw it happen because I was in the cherry tree.

We moved back to the farm and went to Cedar Dale School. We walked about three or four miles one way. One day Rose and I were walking home from school and a tornado came. We were scared to death. It turned as black as night and the winds were very strong. We lied down in a big ditch and I was on top of Rose. We were holding on to roots. The wind would pick us up and then slam us back down.

I remember when Granny Tabb died [Sarah C. Driskill Tabb]. We went to see her and she had a black dress on and money on her eyes. Mom was holding Rose and I was so scared that I was clinging to Moms legs so tight she could not move.

Dad came to school to get Howard, Bee, and me. I had a fit to ride that pretty horse but Howard said it was his turn to ride. Dad let me ride behind him. When I got home, my butt and legs were so sore and chaffed, I could hardly walk. Mom was mad; she told Dad he should have known I would be chaffed from riding that horse bare back.

Uncle Oscar [Oscar Stevens - my Grandma Tabbs (Alvie) brother], He had a daughter named Grace [Dads first cousin on the Stevens side of the family]. We would always play together. One day we picked potato bugs off the potato vines and cooked them, then took them to Margaret Sparks. We told her it was a peace offering because we were mad at each other. She ate the bugs.

One night Rose was in a school play at Drakesboro School, Howard walked us to Grandmas. Howard, Robert, and Joyce went to the show. Rose and I were at School. After the play we went back to Grandmas house. Howard was still gone and Grandma made us a bed on the floor with quilts. We started giggling and Naomi would not shut up. Uncle Horace [Bartlett] hollered at us and I got mad and told him, Were going home.

He said, Alright, Ill get you a light.

Rose and I walked three miles in pitch dark, with just that little carbide light. Roses shoe kept coming off on that muddy road. She was crying, we were scared to death. It was almost midnight and we had to pass where men were gambling and drinking. We had just got home when Howard, Joe, and Robert came in. They were worried about us. They didnt know if we made it home.

A day or so after Easter, Grace, Jesse, Rose and I walked to the Haden Graveyard and hid Easter eggs. We found all but one. We never did find that Easter egg.

Grace and I smoked corn silks and rabbit tobacco. One time Howard Graham gave Rose a pretty doll with long black hair and Grace and I cut that dolls hair off and pasted corn silks on her head. Boy, Rose threw a fit!

One day we decided to ride Moms new buggy. We tied ropes to the shafts and had Rose hold on to them while we pushed it down the hill. We were going to jump on but it was going so fast that we could not. The buggy was heading for the cliff, we started screaming at Rose, Throw the ropes down! She did and it broke the shafts all to pieces. Rose didnt get hurt.

I went to Drakesboro School from the fifth grade until I graduated. After high school, I went to Evansville, Indiana and worked at Walgreens Drug Store, but only for one summer.

Irene Belies and I played hooky from school and went to Landrums Cafe! We were smoking and our Principal, Howard Shaver, came after us. James Landrum hid us behind his couch. He lived on the other side of the cafe. We would go there and eat lunch. We would get a bowl of soup, all of the crackers you wanted, and a soft drink for $ .15. Our senior year we played hooky and went to Greenville and stayed all day.

I got slapped by a Central City teacher at a ball game. We were cheerleaders. We were arguing with the other cheerleaders and a Central City teacher came down where we were and she slapped me. Edith Revelett went and told Mr. Shaver. He got into a fuss with that teacher and I thought he going to slap the teacher back.

We used to make stilts with cans and wire. One day our cousin, Ted Tabb and Grace Stevens were at our house. Grace told Ted [My fathers brother, Oscar Clayton Tabb], Come home with me and we will make better stilt. They made their stilts with string because they didnt have any wire.

Well, their string broke. So we made the best stilts. But then Ted went home with Howard and Howard gave Ted some of our wire for their stilts. We thought they would stay and play with us, instead they went back to Graces house. We were really mad at them!

Mom took us to buy new shoes for Maes graduation. We went to Wess Department Store. They found shoes that fit Rose and I could not find any black Patton shoe to fit me so I got a pair that was too small. I told Mom that they fit fine. But they hurt my feet so bad they put blisters on them. After the graduation was over I took them off. I told Mom that I didnt want to get them dirty.

I remember finding out that there was no Santa Clause. I peeped in on Howard and Bee while they were wrapping the gifts for us.

One of my boyfriends, Junior Noffisiger worked at the theater. He would give me a pass to get into the show. I would make Rose use the pass and I would use the money because I was too backwards to use the pass.

I married Wess Key on July 9th, 1946 at the Court House in Greenville, Ky. We planned on getting married on the 8th, but on the 7th we had to take Mike home and our car broke down at Litchfield. We sat there all night so we didnt get married until the 9th.

Donnie was born at Greenville Hospital; Dr. Harrison was my doctor. It was snowing so bad that I told Wess not to go get my Mom. He did anyway and she stayed at the hospital with me.

I went to work at G.E. in Owensboro, Kentucky. I worked one year and we paid for our house with the money I made. Wess and I divorced in 1979.

Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (pastlet@yahoo.com) in an email dated 21 February 2004. Mary was born at Paradise, Kentucky, on 14 April 1925.1 She married Wess Key at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 9 July 1946.1 Mary was divorced from Wess Key in 1979.1 Mary Lou Tabb died on 11 April 2016 at age 90. She was buried after 11 April 2016 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

Family

Wess Key
Child

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Rose Nell Tabb

F, b. 14 May 1927
FatherWilliam "Will" Warner Tabb b. 27 Sep 1884, d. 20 Jan 1963
MotherSarah Ethel Bartlett b. 4 Feb 1891, d. 16 May 1963
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Rose Nell Tabb Murray Wilsons wrote the following. There is no date but it must have been written between 14 May 2000 and 14 May 2001. She says below that she is 73 and her birthday is 14 May 1927.


Rose Nell Tabb Murray Wilson

Her Many Memories

I was born on our farm on May 14th, 1927. Our farm was between Drakesboro and Paradise, Kentucky.

The first memory I had was when Buddy, my oldest brother spanked me. I woke up one morning and went into the kitchen and my sister Joyce was fixing me breakfast...she told me Mom wasnt home so I started crying and throwing a fit. I kicked some of the dishes off of the table, about that time Buddy came in from the barn. He spanked me and put me back to bed and told me to stay there until I could act better. He left and went back out to the barn and then after a while he came back in the house and told Joyce to get me dressed, he was taking me outside to the barn with him. One of the mommy sheep had twins. I got to pick the one I wanted first. I named him Billy Buck. Mary got the other one and she name hers Anna.

I remember the well behind the house. At Easter time the bunny rabbit would always leave me little eggs there. My Mom raised chickens and when they would lay their first egg, they were very small. Mom would save all of the little eggs and boil and color them, then she would hide them behind the well for me to find on Easter morning.

When Mary Lou and I would get new dresses, she [Mary Lou]

would always get blue or green and I would get either pink or red. Mom said the blue or green looked better on Mary because of her blond hair. The pink or red looked good on me because my hair was so black. Mom made me a Mother Hubbard dress that I just loved.

One day she let me get a green dress with little pink flowers on it. I wore it to the woods with Grace and Mary to play. Mary and Grace were swinging from grape vines. They would swing out then drop off into a pile of leaves. They finally let me swing and told me that when they hollered to let go and drop. When I dropped I got caught in the tree by my dress. Mary and Grace shook the tree until I fell out. My dress was torn and I was scratched up. I dont think that I ever got another green dress.

When I was five years old I started school at Cedar Dale. The first year I went through the primer and first grade. I believe I was in the second grade when I was in my first school play. My mom made my Costume out of crepe paper. It was a dress that looked like leaves with roses on the shoulders. I had new black patton shoes. I still remember the poem I had to say, Roses on my shoulders and slippers on my feet, Im Papas little darling, dont you think Im sweet?

We had about three or four miles to walk to school. I remember getting tired so I would sit down in the road and cry. Howard would pick me up and put me on his back and carry me for awhile.

There were about four families of kids who would walk together. The Knights lived the farthest. They would stop by and we (the Tabbs) would join them. Then we would go on down the road and join the Sparks, then meet up with the Staples. When we went to school we carried our lunch in lard buckets. Sometimes we would have biscuits with eggs or jelly, or Mom would make butter pies. I believed those were the best. I dont know of anyone else who can make them.

There was a playhouse in the woods where we would go and eat our lunch.

I remember Mary and me walking home by ourselves one day and wondered why the others werent with us. There was a tornado. Mary grabbed me and we went into a big ditch. She laid on top of me. We held on to the roots of a tree that was in the ditch, but the wind was so strong that it would pick us up and slam us back down. We were scared and crying. That was the first tornado I remember.

I went to Cedar Dale School half way through the third grade, then I went to Drakesboro because they has a school bus. It was Bees first year of high school at Drakesboro and I thought I was something because I got to ride the big bus.

I remember going to my Grandpa Tabbs [John R. Tabb] house. He kept a barrel of brown sugar in the kitchen corner. I would eat lumps of brown sugar until I was sick. Their backyard had a peach tree with white peaches that I would eat too. They were really sweet and good.

I remember that every time I would go to visit Buddy and Edith, Betty was around two years old, and she would just cry every time I left. I would stay there sometimes on the weekends. On Saturdays I would go down to Green River to watch the mail boat come in. The deliverer would take the mail to Fox Post Office and I would pick it up and then take it to Buddy and Edith.

I remember when we moved to Paradise. It was a beautiful place. Everyone there was like family. The river was so clean and green. Us kids nearly lived in the river. We used to swim across the river to the old Jarvis place. We would fill our bathing suits with apples and then float back across the river after we ate all of the ones we wanted.

One summer in Chicago, Howard, Kay, Bee, Comer, Mrs. Caughnol, Mom and I went to the River View Park. Mrs. Caughnol was the only one that would ride the silver flash and the bobs with me.

Nearly every Saturday night when I was a teenager we would dance all night long doing the jitterbug. We used to go across the river to square dance and Billy Engler was my boyfriend at that time. One night as we were coming home from the dance there was a bad thunderstorm. When we got to the river to get into our boat, Bubbie Short came out of his house boat and told the boys to go on home and that he would take Jenny and me across the river. We barely made it across.

On one of my school field trips we went to the Grand Ole Opera, in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of the girls were going to wear suit, so my Mom had my brother take me to Central City to used clothing store. My Mom bought this huge gold coat for seventy-five cents. When we got home that evening she handed me a catalog and told me to pick out a suit that I wanted. The next day when I got home from school, she had made me the most beautiful golden suit that I had ever seen. I had so many compliments on it. I like that suit better than any one I have ever had. My Mom could look at a picture of a dress and make one just like it. I think we were just about the best dressed girls in school.

In the summer of 1942 Jenny and I went to Owensboro and got a job at a place that made light bulbs. It was during the war and they would hire anyone. They would always work Jenny two hours longer than me. She was upset about that so we quit our jobs and went back home. I then went to work in Evansville, Indiana during the war. Bee worked there also. She worked at Gun Bay and I worked at Bridge. I worked on the airplane wings of the P bombers. They were made our of fabric. I would put solution on them and give them a shot that would take care of any air bubbles. Thats how I got the nickname, Little Doc.

Our house was on the banks of the old Green River. There was a palace we called the rocks. A lot of evenings we would go down to the rocks to swim. We would dive off of the big rock and swim to the bottom to get mussel shells. On the weekends Green River was crowded with people from all over that area. The water there was as clear as a pool until TVA muddied it up.

Buddy and Edith lived across the garden from Mom. Buddy had a milk cow that would get loose while he was at work. Buddy would stake her out in the yard to eat grass. Edith would send Betty and Billy over to get me so I could catch that cow and take her back home. I can still see that old cows eyes.

I remember the day Yonia was born. I had to watch Betty and Billie. I think we visited everyone in Paradise that day. We went to Jennys house and stayed awhile, then went back home and they would meet us at the door and then we would go somewhere else. This went on all day until finally Yonia was born.

When Yonia was a teenager she would come to Evansville and stay part of the summer. We really enjoyed having her with us. She met a boy at church that I think she liked a little. My kids had made a go cart and they would ride it down this hill. Yonia and they had wrecked and her legs were all scratched up. That night at church she told that boy that she liked that I had whipped her. Thats how she got those scratches on her legs. That boy never spoke to me again. He was a nephew of my neighbor, Pauline Ashbley.

When we lived in Chandler, Indiana my boys Davis and Dennis joined 4H. David wanted a pig, so Ray bought him a Yorkshire. He named her Tootles. She was a long hog; the boys would ride her like a horse. Dennis wanted to take chickens for his project. We had chickens all over. They also had two turkeys. They taught Tom Turkey to fight or go after anything that was red. They would hold that turkey down with a red coat over him and he would get mad. Dolly, the boys uncle would come over and they would tell him that the turkey would not hurt him if he got his red handkerchief out. Well, he did and that turkey flogged him and scratched him up bad.

I met Raymond Murray while I was working at Briggs during the War. We married August 11, 1945. We were married at my mothers house in Paradise, Kentucky. After the war was over we were laid off from work. We went to Chicago and lived until 1950. Then we moved to Evansville, Indiana. While we were visiting Mom in Paradise, Nancy was born. My Mom delivered her. She was born an hour before the doctor arrived. Carolyn was born in Chicago, Illinois and my other children were born in Evansville, In.

Raymond died in 1969 from cancer. The next year, Dennis went to Illinois to work at Chrysler. Alvis went to Illinois to go to school. So Linda and I moved there. I opened a restaurant in Dupo, Illinois in 1974. Thats when I med George W. Wilson. We married on January 15th, 1978. We bought a farm outside of Benton, Illinois. We called it the green farm. George told me he was a farmer but it didnt take me long to know better. He didnt know any more about farming than I did. I told him that he was a good railroad engineer but not a farmer. We had some good time on the farm. Every holiday and summer we would have our grandkids down. Johanna, Amanda, Amy, and Susan were there one Winter and we made a tie quilt. We wanted our grandchildren to learn about the farm. Lisa and her friend came down for a week one summer, and they were like a bunch of butterflies going through the house not making any noise.

La June stayed with us and went to college for two years. We really enjoyed that. The boys bought George and me a golf cart. We would take it to the pond and fish. One time we went fishing and the battery in the golf cart went down so we had to walk home.

George got sick so we moved to Waterloo to be closer to his doctors. He died in August of 1993 and is buried at Waterloo Cemetery.

I am seventy-three years old and I went back to work at my Grandsons restaurant and I am loving it! I am very fortunate to have my children and grandchildren living so close to me. I see them nearly every day. That is what makes my life so happy!

Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (pastlet@yahoo.com) in an email dated 21 February 2004. Rose was born on 14 May 1927.1 She married Raymond Murray at Paradise, Kentucky, on 11 August 1945.1 She married George W. Wilson on 15 January 1978.1

Family 2

George W. Wilson d. Aug 1993

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Flora Juanita Whitney

F, b. 30 October 1923, d. 14 February 2014
Last Edited1 Sep 2014
Flora Juanita Whitney
     Flora was born at Beech Creek, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 30 October 1923.1 She married Leslie Earl Tabb Sr. at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 9 May 1942.2 Flora Juanita Whitney died on 14 February 2014 at Evansville, Vanderburg County, Indiana, at age 90.1 She was buried after 14 February 2014 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburg County, Indiana.1

Family

Leslie Earl Tabb Sr. b. 6 Sep 1919, d. 22 Aug 2005
Children

Citations

  1. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Leslie Earl Tabb Jr.1

M, b. 18 April 1943, d. 25 December 2006
FatherLeslie Earl Tabb Sr. b. 6 Sep 1919, d. 22 Aug 2005
MotherFlora Juanita Whitney b. 30 Oct 1923, d. 14 Feb 2014
Last Edited3 Dec 2010
     Leslie's occupation: Minister.2 He married Roxanna Russell. Leslie was born on 18 April 1943.2 He died on 25 December 2006 at age 63.1 He was buried on 29 December 2006 at Park Lawn Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.1

Citations

  1. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Kathryn Cavanaugh

F, b. 16 May 1922, d. 14 September 2013
Last Edited26 Dec 2015
Kathryn Cavanaugh Tabb
     Kathryn was born at Mulenberg County, Kentucky, on 16 May 1922.1 She married James Howard Tabb at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 3 January 1942.2 Kathryn Cavanaugh died on 14 September 2013 at Drakesboro, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, at age 91.1 She was buried on 16 September 2013 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.1

Family

James Howard Tabb b. 29 Nov 1922, d. 29 Dec 2003
Children

Citations

  1. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Brenda Kay Tabb

F, b. 1943
FatherJames Howard Tabb b. 29 Nov 1922, d. 29 Dec 2003
MotherKathryn Cavanaugh b. 16 May 1922, d. 14 Sep 2013
Last Edited16 Sep 2013
     Brenda Kay Tabb married (---?---) Koffman. Brenda was born at Kentucky in 1943.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Sandra Sue Tabb

F, b. 26 May 1946
FatherJames Howard Tabb b. 29 Nov 1922, d. 29 Dec 2003
MotherKathryn Cavanaugh b. 16 May 1922, d. 14 Sep 2013
Last Edited13 Nov 2014
Archie Robert Bruce, Jr. and Sandra Sue Tabb and their children Cindy and Lisa.
     Sandra Sue Tabb married Archie Robert Bruce Jr. Sandra was born at Kentucky on 26 May 1946.1

Family

Archie Robert Bruce Jr. b. 26 Mar 1943
Children

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

James Ronald (Ronnie) Tabb

M, b. 15 July 1949, d. 6 May 2016
FatherJames Howard Tabb b. 29 Nov 1922, d. 29 Dec 2003
MotherKathryn Cavanaugh b. 16 May 1922, d. 14 Sep 2013
Last Edited1 Jun 2016
James Ronnie Tabb
     He married Janice Jones.1 James was born at Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 15 July 1949.1,2 He died on 6 May 2016 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, at age 66.2 He was buried after 6 May 2016 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.2

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.
  2. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

David Michael (Mike) Tabb

M, b. 4 December 1958, d. 3 November 1986
FatherJames Howard Tabb b. 29 Nov 1922, d. 29 Dec 2003
MotherKathryn Cavanaugh b. 16 May 1922, d. 14 Sep 2013
Last Edited10 Jan 2014
     David was born on 4 December 1958.1,2 He died on 3 November 1986 at age 27.2 He was buried after 3 November 1986 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.2

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.
  2. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Robert Jarvis

M
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Robert was born. He married Joyce Levita Tabb at Skyville, Kentucky, on 15 April 1937.1

Family

Joyce Levita Tabb b. 30 Sep 1916
Child

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

James Leonard Jarvis

M, b. 1949
FatherRobert Jarvis
MotherJoyce Levita Tabb b. 30 Sep 1916
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     James was born at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, in 1949.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Wess Key

M
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Wess was born. He married Mary Lou Tabb at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 9 July 1946.1 Wess was divorced from Mary Lou Tabb in 1979.1

Family

Mary Lou Tabb b. 14 Apr 1925, d. 11 Apr 2016
Child

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Donnie Key

M
FatherWess Key
MotherMary Lou Tabb b. 14 Apr 1925, d. 11 Apr 2016
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Donnie was born at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Raymond Murray

M, d. 1969
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Raymond was born. He married Rose Nell Tabb at Paradise, Kentucky, on 11 August 1945.1 Raymond died in 1969.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

David Murray1

M
FatherRaymond Murray d. 1969
MotherRose Nell Tabb b. 14 May 1927
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     David was born.

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Dennis Murray1

M
FatherRaymond Murray d. 1969
MotherRose Nell Tabb b. 14 May 1927
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Dennis was born.

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Nancy Murray

F
FatherRaymond Murray d. 1969
MotherRose Nell Tabb b. 14 May 1927
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Nancy was born at Paradise, Kentucky.1 She married Gene Hallman.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Carolyn Murray

F
FatherRaymond Murray d. 1969
MotherRose Nell Tabb b. 14 May 1927
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     Carolyn was born at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.1

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

George W. Wilson

M, d. August 1993
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     George was born. He married Rose Nell Tabb on 15 January 1978.1 George died in August 1993.1

Family

Rose Nell Tabb b. 14 May 1927

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Edith Mae Robinson

F, b. 5 December 1913, d. 4 April 1983
Last Edited25 Apr 2016
     Edith was born on 5 December 1913.1 She married Carl "Willie" Tabb on 31 August 1936.2 Edith Mae Robinson died on 4 April 1983 at age 69.1 She was buried after 4 April 1983 at Ebenezer Cemetery, Ebenezer, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.1

Family

Carl "Willie" Tabb b. 1 Dec 1912, d. 15 Apr 1988
Children

Citations

  1. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Janice J. Tabb

F, b. 16 March 1948, d. 22 May 2014
FatherCarl "Willie" Tabb b. 1 Dec 1912, d. 15 Apr 1988
MotherEdith Mae Robinson b. 5 Dec 1913, d. 4 Apr 1983
Last Edited25 Apr 2016
     This information came from Rose Nell Tabb Murray Wilson. Her niece, Janice J. Tabb Staples [Rose's brother, Carl Willie Tabb's daughter] wrote it for her (Rose's) research. There is no date so I don't know when it was written.



Janice J. Tabb Staples

Her Memories of Childhood Life


My Mom and Dad were the most wonderful parents in the world. My Mom had the gift to make all of her children think she loved them the most. My Father worked all of his live to provide for his family; there were five Children.

I would not change the way I was raised for all the money in the world. We were poor but my parents gave us the best childhood in the world. My mother, from the time we were born showed and taught us the love of God. My Dad showed us the real meaning of a father, gentle, yet strong, but always secure in his love.

I hope that my own children love me and their Daddy half as much as I did mine. I wish I could be the kind of mother and grandmother to my children that she was to me. But those size four and a half shoes are too big to fill.

My parents gave me the kind of love and security that every child should have and they left us the most precious Memories in the world.

Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (pastlet@yahoo.com) in an email dated 21 February 2004. She married Bernie Staples.1 Janice was born at Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, on 16 March 1948.2 She died on 22 May 2014 at Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, at age 66.2 She was buried on 24 May 2014 at Ebenezer Cemetery, Ebenezer, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.2

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.
  2. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Bernie Staples1

M
Last Edited25 Apr 2016
     He married Janice J. Tabb.2 Bernie was born.

Family

Janice J. Tabb b. 16 Mar 1948, d. 22 May 2014
Children

Citations

  1. [S1088] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

Gene Hallman

M
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     He married Nancy Murray.1 Gene was born.

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.

La June Rose Hallman1

?
FatherGene Hallman
MotherNancy Murray
Last Edited21 Feb 2004
     La was born.

Citations

  1. [S1058] Source: Leslie E. Tabb, Jr. (e-mail address) in an email dated 23 February 2004.