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271. Nora Hessa COMSTOCK was born on 4 January 1889 in Crawford County, Arkansas.34,128 She died on 14 June 1973 at the age of 84 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.

Crawford Co Marriage record. John S. Rainwater, age 23, married Nora Comstock, age 18, 13 Jan 1907. S. A. Cox, MG

Nora Hessa COMSTOCK and John Sanford RAINWATER were married on 13 January 1907 in Uniontown, Crawford County, Arkansas.34 John Sanford RAINWATER176,177, son of Henry Houston RAINWATER and Celia Ann TURNER, was born on 11 January 1884 in Kansas.178 He died on 8 December 1952 at the age of 68.

Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1905 Fran Alverson Warren, p.37
23 Dec 1905 Gratis Comstock of Uniontown expects to leave next Monday in company with John Rainwater for San Francisco, Calif., where he has accepted a position as stenographer.

1910 Census. Long Twp, Sequoyah Co, OK, Hh 158
J. S. Rainwater, age 26, married 3 years, b. KA, parents b. AR, farmer
Nora, wife, age 21, b. AR, father b. AR, mother b. MO
Champ, son, age one year, 8 months, b. AR
Ula, daughter, age 5 months, b. AR

1920 Census. Sunny Slope, Creek Co, OK, ED 51, Hh 162
John S. Rainwater, 35, b.KA, father b. AR, mother b. TX
Nora, wife, age 31, b. AR, father b. MO, mother b. AR
Children born in Arkansas. Champ, son, age 11. Eula, dau, age 9. Cleo, dau, age 7.

1930 Census. Bristow, Creek Co OK, p.80, Hh 219
John S. Rainwater, age 46, married age 23, b. KA, father b. AR, mother b. TX, Butcher in a butcher shop
Nora, wife, age 41, married age 19, b. AR, father b. MO, mother b. AR
Champ, son, age 22, b. AR, Cashier at the gas co.
Eula, daughter, age 20, b. AR, Saleslady, millinery store
Cleo, daughter, age 18
John Monroe, son, age 4, b. OK

1940 Census. Bristow, Creek Co, OK, 142 8th Street, Hh 368
John S. Rainwater, 55, b. Kansas, works in the oil fields
Nora, wife, 52, b. AR, sewing in her home
Eula, dau, 30, b. AR, receptionist, dentist office
John M., son, 15, b. OK, paper carrier

Nora Hessa COMSTOCK and John Sanford RAINWATER had the following children:

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i.

Champ Harlen RAINWATER.

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ii.

Eula RAINWATER179 was born on 19 October 1909 in Arkansas.180 She died on 8 January 1998 at the age of 88 in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma.180

Never married. Still lived in Van Buren as of July 1993.

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iii.

Cleo RAINWATER was born about 1912 in Arkansas.179

Married Roy Lovett; had two sons.

This is probably Roy from the Social Security Death Index:
ROY LOVETT, b.16 Sep 1911, d. Oct 1984 74401 (Muskogee, Muskogee, OK); 441-05-2513; Issued: Oklahoma

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iv.

John Monroe RAINWATER was born in 1925 in Oklahoma. He died about 1944 at the age of 19.179,181

May have been born a few years later. He was not in a family reunion picture of all the family of Mon & Ellen Comstock taken in the Spring of 1920.

Died only a few months after entering World War II. Brought back after end of war
for burial.
Found in clippings in Lettie Comstock Carney's scrapbook:
Private Rainwater Killed in Action
Mrs. J. M. Comstock, North 13th Street, received a message Saturday saying her grandson, Private John Monroe Rainwater has been killed in action in Italy. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. John Rainwater, Bristow, Okla. [no date]

Nephew Joseph Rainwater states that John died in the Battle of Monte Casino. He was a bugler but ended up fighting.

The date of the Battle of Monte Casino is usually found as 14 Feb 1944, although it was of several months duration. The US 5th Army, commanded by Lt. Gen. Mark Clark, was the US force involved. The first phase of the battle included an attoack across the Gari River by the US 36th Division which was savagely repulsed, and a longer thrust into the mountains north of Cassino by the US 34th, which was also unsuccessful. Most of the 5th Army landed at Anzio - they were ordered by the British Commander to attack the German line of retreat in May but Clark instead struck out for Rome. Clark's decision has been characterized as militarily stupid and insubordinate. Rome was liberated but the Germans escaped, making the hard-fought battle of Casino a hollow victory.
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<www.archives.gov> US National Archives & Records Administration
File Unit Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
Record Group 64
John Monroe Rainwater, Serial Number 38589540. Resident of Creek County, Oklahoma, enlisted in Tulsa, OK on 4 September 1943 as a Private. He was born in Oklahoma in 1925. He had finished 4 years of high school and was single.