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William Roswell Osborne and Lula Jackson Osborne Family Page

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These are all nine of Mama and Grandaddy's grandchildren, probably in the winter of 1946 or 1947, posing in the front yard of their house.


The family in the winter of 1948.  Grandaddy would be 62 and Mama 60.  Daddy is holding Mike Harton, Jane's oldest child.

These are all of their children except Ann;  taken at their 50th anniversary reception on Feb 7, 1959.  Front L to R: Jane, Sue, Elizabeth, Dot and Clara.  Back: Carl and Bill. 


Mama and Grandaddy Osborne on their 50th anniversary, February 1959, taken in front of Boswell's restaurant in Paducah.  They were married 2/7/1909.  Grandaddy would be 73 and Mama 71.

This is in 1961 and Mama is holding Leah Ann, Bob and Pat's daughter.  Mama died in October of the following year, 1962, at age 74.


This family photo was probably taken about 1976, since Dot died in 1978.  Back row, L to R: Elizabeth; Bill; Nolan Harton, Jane's husband; Frank Merrill, Dot's husband; and Carl.  Front row, L to R: Jane, Louise, Bill's wife, Dot, and Mary L.


This picture was probably taken about 1980 in the big swing on the porch of Bill and Louise's house.  L to R:  Jane, Sue, Bill, Elizabeth, Carl.

After he retired in 1973, Grandaddy sold the old homestead on the Hinkleville road and moved to a small house on Pepper Lane in Lone Oak, where he lived until he died on January 23, 1975.

The following biography is from the  HISTORY AND FAMILIES OF MC CRACKEN COUNTY, KY.  Published by Turner Publishing Co, of Paducah, KY, in 1989. Page 196

WILLIAM ROSWELL OSBORNE SR., was born July 20, 1886 in Johnson Co., IL, son of Thomas Green and Sarah Ellen (Vancleve) Osborne. William was married Feb 7, 1909 at Ozark, IL to Lula Jackson, daughter of James Richard and Sarah Elizabeth (Lay) Jackson.   Lula was born Nov. 24, 1888 in Johnson Co.,IL

William, wife and infant son moved to  Paducah in 1911. He was first employed by the  West Kentucky Coal Company as a bookkeeper.  Later he became Chief Estimator for the Langstaff  Orm Lumber Company. In 1934 he purchased Roger Scott Lumber Company at Eighth and Clay  Streets in Paducah.

William and Lula were members of the First Baptist Church in Paducah for 25 years, where he was active  as Deacon and Teacher. In 1936 they moved their  membership to Lone Oak First Baptist Church, where  he continued his church involvement, serving as Chairman of the Board of Deasons and teaching the  Menís Bible Class. They celebrated their Golden wedding Anniversary in 1959. Lula died Oct 16, 1962.  William continued to operate his lumber company  until his retirement in 1973.

William and Lula were the parents of nine children, three sons and six daughters. Carl Edwin, married  Mary Lawrence Burnett, William Roswell Jr., married Clara Louise Earnhardt; Clara Louise married   Elwood Holcomb; Ellen Elizabeth married Carlos Boggess; Dorothy Leota married Frank Merrill;  Thomas Jackson (died in infancy); Evelyn Sue married  Woodson Bone; Edith Ann married Al Jenson; Lillian  Jane married Nolan Harton Jr.

William Osborne died Jan. 23, 1975, he and Lula are buried along with their infant son in Oak Grove Cemetery,  Paducah.   Submitted by Louise E. Osborne

Grandaddy is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lot 99, Section Z, Paducah, KY together with Mama.  Following is a description of a visit to the cemetery on Saturday, March 4, 2000, by W. R. Osborne III.

"Oak Grove Cemetary is out on Park Avenue, which becomes the Hinkleville Road that goes on out west and over the railroad bridge where their old homestead was located. It is just a few blocks back towards town where the Osborne Lumber Company (now called Lumberteria) is located.

We parked our car near Irvin Cobb's grave. That's the most famous and celebrated grave at Oak Grove. We walked back and as always had trouble finding it. You come in the front gate, turn right and drive past the office to Miller Street. Go to two blocks to Ford steet, turn right and stop. (Those are the names of streets inside the cemetery.) The Osborne plot is right at that intersection in the center of the back section of the cemetery."

OSBORNE (large tombstone)
William Roswell Osborne, Sr
July 20, 1986 - Jan 23, 1975
Lula Jackson Osborne
Nov 24, 1888 - Oct 16, 1962
Thomas Jackson Osborne (small stone to the left of the large one)
March 7, 1918 - Sept 12, 1918

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