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Millard Ray Latta Pyle

Millard Ray Latta was born on  December 15, 1896 in Erath County, Texas.  She was the only known child of Hollon Bryan (b.1865, Bienville Parish, LA) and James Alonzo "Lon" Latta.  Hollon, my grandfather's sister, died in 1906.  Lon Latta remarried a Mary Dennis in 1907 and may have lived in the Fort Worth area. Apparently, Millard Ray moved to Baylor County to live with Redic and Myrtie Bryan, my grandparents, sometime after the death of her mother. I have at least one more picture of Millard Ray and much information to share.  I am looking for descendants of Millard Ray in hopes of identifying unlabeled family pictures.

 

While Millard Ray lived in Baylor County, she was active in the Baptist Church where she sometimes played the piano.  She was teaching school in Cache Creek in 1920 and by the fall of 1920, was the principal of that school. 

 

Found in the Baylor County Banner

October 13, 1921


Pyle - Latta

Word comes from Prof. E.J. Pyle that he is principal of a ward school at Mindland {Midland} and is in charge of about 300 pupils. His wife is also teaching there. Mention was not made at the time in these columns of the marriage of Mr. Pyle and Miss Millard Ray Latta which occurred at Denton about two months ago. Miss Latta was at that place attending the Normal. After the wedding the couple went to Mr. Pyle's home at Cross Plains for awhile and then on to Midland.
These young people are well known and admired in Seymour. The bride made her home here for a number of years, being the niece of Mr. R. E. Bryan. Mr. Pyle was principal of the grade school here last year, and was well liked as a man and as a teacher. The best wishes of all Seymour friends go with the couple.

 

 

Ernest J. Pyle and Millard Ray had two sons, Shirley James Pyle and Maxwell Westbrook Pyle.  Ernest J. and Millard Ray were living in Brown County, Texas in 1930 along with their two sons and Ina Pyle, sister of Ernest.  At that time, Ernest Pyle's occupation was listed as a poultry farmer. From information found on the Social Security Death Index at Ancestry.com, it appears that Millard Ray died in Le Flore, OK in 1988. Her son, Shirley James Pyle died in the 1990s in California. 

 

 

This picture, one of my unlabeled pictures, was recently identified by Millard's daughter-in-law, wife of Millard's son, Shirley James Pyle. Mrs. Pyle wrote, "She and I always had a good relationship after I married Shirley and I was privy to her stories of growing up, living with her adopted sister, Belle.  I met her half-sister Beatrice and half brother James. Any of her family papers went with her when she moved to Okla.  We have only a few, mostly those taken in her later years when she spent time with us. She was a talented lady. Very active always in her church ladies Sunday School class, a thriving music class until she was in her late eighties.  She had dress making skills . . . . . . . She never lost her sense of humor. A remarkable lady."

 

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