Tonya Mercer gives name of community where Gratis was born as Rosedale.
VAN BUREN PRESS
Marriage record: Gratis M. Comstock, age 23, Zella Wood, age 21; 26 Jan 1908; R. V. Dipboye, JP.
1910 Census. Gratis is listed as a rural school teacher.
1930 Census. Gratis was listed as a mechanic for an auto body company. He was age 45. Zella age 43. They had been married about 22 years. Alma was 16, Madge 13.
The Fourth Registration of the Draft for World War II conducted 27 Apr 1942, was sometimes referred to as the "old men's registration" as it was for men born between 28 Apr 1877 and 16 Feb 1897, men between 45 and 64 years old. Gratis registered - he was living at 20 Henry St. in Van Buren, AR. His date of birth is the expected, but he stated he was born in Odell, AR. Zella Wood Comstock was listed as the "Person Who Will Always Know Your Address". He was self employed as a carpenter. His description: Height; 6'2", Weight; 180 lb., Blue eyes, Gray hair, Light Complexion. He had a birthmark on his leg and a tattoo. His signature is on the card as "G. M. Comstock".
In 1948, Gratis and Zella moved to Levelland, TX to live with their oldest daughter and her family.
Daughter Alma Fitts had an open house in honor of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They were at that time living in Olton, Lamb County, TX. Gratis was employed as a bookkeeper with the Fitts Implement Co. His mother, then age 93, and all of his siblings were still living. Gratis was the oldest of 10 children. The article states that music for the wedding at the home of her parents in Uniontown, AR, was provided by Miss Minnie Hays. Date of the marriage of Gratis and Zella was listed in the article as January 26, 1908.
He is on grave marker with Zella in Dripping Springs Cemetery but date of death never recorded. His obit revealed that he was buried in Watts, OK.
Heritage, published Van Buren AR. Vol 14, April 1971
Gratis Monroe COMSTOCK and Zella May WOOD were married on 26 January 1908 in Uniontown, Crawford County, Arkansas.7,325,414 Zella May WOOD, daughter of JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER WOOD and LETITIA ANN MAYBERRY, was born on 13 January 1887 in Arkansas.262,325,471 She died on 4 April 1966 at the age of 79 in Levelland, Hockley County, Texas.262,377,472
A memorial article written by Gratis for the Heritage, Van Buren AR, Vol. 10, Jul 1966, states that they were married by Raymond Dipboye JP. Minnie Hays [Mrs. Ira V. Comstock] played the organ.
I read the grave marker as 1887-1966. Buried in Dripping Springs Cemetery, Uniontown,AR.
Gratis Monroe COMSTOCK and Zella May WOOD had the following children: