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Eleventh Generation

1530. Edna Eugenia COMSTOCK475 was born on 18 October 1899 in Crawford County, Arkansas.9 She died on 6 June 1956 at the age of 56.

Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press Argus 1916 Fran Alverson Warren, p.22-24
28 Jul 1916 Uniontown High School made the 18th Annual announcement of the school and gave its history - there had been 150 common school graduates and 50 first year high school graduates and several had completed the two year High School course. Among the latter were Miss Minnie Hays, vocal & instrumental music teach of Van Buren, and Ira Comstock of the firm of Comstock & Rainwater Stock Co. of Oklahoma. All of the faculty were graduates - the principal was Gratis Comstock who had graduated in 1905 and taken a post-graduate course, and the primary teacher was Miss Edna Comstock who graduated in 1915 - Ira's younger sister.

Listed as a school teacher in 1920 Census, living in Ft. Smith with her parents. She was married later that year.

Marriage license recorded in Crawford Co on 11 Sep 1920, but took place the next day in Sebastian Co: T. L. Delzell, of Uniontown, age 26, Edna Comstock of Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co, age 20, were married 12 Sep 1920, by Paul G. Preston, Christian Minister, whose credentials were also recorded in Sebastian Co.

My grandmother's diary noted that on June 4th Edna had a stroke and was critical and the entry for June 6, 1956 says, "After waiting and worrying all day the bad new came. Edna passed away at 6:15."
Her entry for June 8: "Grace [Hays], Doc [probably Doc Farmer, a neighbor] and Bob Brown, our preacher, went with us to Miami to Edna's funeral - a long but beautiful drive; but what a sad day. My heart aches for Lester. All alone now. No doubt he will go right on with his business."

Edna Eugenia COMSTOCK and Tyre Lester DELZELL were married on 12 September 1920 in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Tyre Lester DELZELL529,542, son of Robert Johnson "Bob" DELZELL and Cordelia E. "Delia" REMY, was born on 6 October 1894 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.419,543,544 He died in May 1972 at the age of 77 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.419

Arch Howell and Lester were boyhood friends. In Arch's account of growing up he talks about Lester's family getting typhoid fever and some of the older ones dying. Lester and Arch both came down with the fever. The Delzells' well was bad and had to be sealed up.

5 Jun 1917 World War I Draft Registration
Tyre Lester Delzell of Uniontown, AR, age 23, b. 6 Oct 1894 in Uniontown was a farmer. His mother was dependant on him as her only support and he claimed exemption. Medium height and build, grey eyes, light brown hair.
Note on back: Mother as another boy about 15 years old for help.
G.M. Comstock, Registrar (Gratis Comstock)

Marriage License, Crawford co AR. T. L. Delzell of Uniontown, age 26 to Edna Comstock of Ft. Smith in Sebastian Co, age 20. Dated 11 Sep 1920
Married by Paul G. Preston, Christian Minister, on the 12th September. Recorded in Sebastian Co. on the 16th, Book B., p.45.

1930 Census. Franklin Co, AR. Charleston Town, Prairie Twp. Sheet 51, Hh 88
T. Lester Delzell, age 36, married at age 26. b. AR, father b. MO, mother b. AR
Edna E., wife, age 30, married at age 20. b. AR, parents b. MO
Lester C., son, age 2 years, 11 months
Colleen E., daughter, age 1 year, 3 months.

In 1937, my grandmother Adamson's twin sister married Fred Cradduck in Crawford Co, AR. The County Clerk who signed the Marriage License was T. L. Delzell.

1940 Census. Van Buren, Crawford, AR, ED 17-32, Sheet 14B, Hh 297.
T. Lester Delzell. Living at 616 Drennen St. They owned the home worth $2500 and were living there in 1935. [I remember visiting them here.] Uncle Lester was 45, b. Arkansas. He was at that time County Clerk for the Crawford County Courthouse - apparently had not yet bought the drugstore.
Edna E., wife, age 40. Lester C., son, age 12. Colleen E., daughter age 5.

1942 World War II Draft Registration
Tyre Lester Delzell of 616 Drennen St., Van Buren, was age 47, born 6 Oct 1894 in Uniontown, Crawford Co. Mrs. T. L. Delzell would always know his address. His employer was the Local Board Selective Service.

Uncle Lester had a drugstore in Van Buren, next door to Comstock, Inc. owned by Uncle Ira & Aunt Minnie Comstock. He used to make cherry cokes for me and let me read the Comic books without buying them.

Edna Eugenia COMSTOCK and Tyre Lester DELZELL had the following children:



Lester C. DELZELL was born about 1927 in Arkansas. He died about 1948 at the age of 21.534

Died of brain tumor just before or soon after graduating from college. His mother never truly recovered from the shock.



Colleen Ellen DELZELL was born about 1929. She died in 1972 at the age of 43.534

Northwest Arkansas Times, 12 Jul 1950
14 Students Make Perfect Grades in Arts College.
Perfect grades were made during the University spring semester by 14 students in the College of Arts and Science, Dean G. D. Nichols announced today.
...Northwest Arkansas students on the honor roll were:
Listed among the Juniors, Colleen Ellen Delzell, Van Buren.

Northwest Arkansas Times, Saturday, 12 Aug 1950
Summer Rush Party at Chickenlittle.
A luncheon at Chickenlittle, followed by an afternoon of card and game playing, was given by the Delta Gamma Alumnae and Actives for their rushees Thursday.
.....Delta Gamma member attending ....and Miss Colleen Delzell of Fort Smith

Colleen was married to "Buddy" Watson. They divorced; there were no children.
Marriage License, Benton Co, AR
Amasa Howell Watson Jr of Fayetteville, age 22 to Colleen Ellen Delzell, also of Fayetteville, age 20. License dated 25 Apr 1949.
Marriage Certificate in Washington Co, AR dated 9 May 1949. D. L. Dytes Jr. performed the Ceremony. Recorded Washington Co Book B, p.123, 11 May 1959.
Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957, Historical Records

Died of alcoholism. Found dead in her home several days after death.