BIRTH: November 24, 1915, Clarksville, Red River County, Texas DEATH: April 30, 2000 BURIAL: Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher, Oklahoma
Father: Isaac Jackson POLLOCK Mother: Ida May NELSON Paternal Lineage: Loreva Gertrude, Isaac Jackson, Isaac James, John, John, Robert Pollock* Maternal Lineage: Loreva Gertrude, Ida May,Andrew Jackson, James Jack, Elisha, Southway, Isaac Nelson*
HUSBAND: Jimmie Carpenter MARRIAGE: October 14, 1936
HUSBAND: Joe Samuel Mitchell MARRIAGE: September 23, 1972
Jimmie and Loreva's Children: 1. Jimmie Sue Carpenter 2. Donald Gene Carpenter 3. Joe Edward Carpenter * Numbers placed in brackets denote the generation in the lineage.
The following is a personal account Loreva wrote about her life on August 14, 1987. The original spelling and grammar are hers:
My Growing Up Years
"I Loreva Gertrude Pollock was borned Nov. 24 1915 Thanksgiving day near Clarksville Texas to Isac Jackson and Ida Mae Nelson Pollock. I had two brothers Edgar and Curtis, had five sisters Cleffie,Elva, Clara, Vera, Jessie, and me. We lived on a farm when I was growing up, Dad always made good crops back when times were hard. We always had food on the table as we raised our own, people in town had hard times trying to find work to make a living. Dad wouldn't stay in one place long sure got tired moveing from farm to farm. I had rather work in the fields picking cotton gathering corn milking cows then doing housework. We churned our own butter from our cream sure was good, also made cottage cheese out of clabber milk. [B]ack then we didn't have refrigerators and before they came out with ice we'd put our milk in a pail on a rope down in the well to keep it cool also we would build a frame outside our kitchen window and put a wet tarpe around it to keep our milk and butter cool[. F]inally they got to making ice so we would have the ice man to deliver us 50 lbs. of ice he would deliver in the country we sure got tired of emptying the pan under the wooden ice box the water would drain in the pan as the ice melted but we sure was proud of the ice box. The only thing I could really cook was a chocklate cake. I always made one when we had company we had relatives nearly every week end. My niece Margie Landers Condit how would visit with her family she still brags about my chocklate cake I made then. My sister Elva married and had a baby girl Lucille after my sister and her husband separated they lived with us. Lucille and I grew up like sisters, every time one of us got mumps or chicken pox the other one would catch them we spent a lot of time in bed fighting and teasing each other. I started school in Duncan Okla. We lived around there several years. My older brother Edgar married when I was very young. I don't remember him getting married he was in service a while when he got out he married and they moved to California so I didn't see them often, also Cleffie had married before Elva did, I don't remember them getting married either I was very young. Dad decided to move to Sulphur Okla. My mother, my niece Lucille, the truck driver and I moved in a truck. My four sisters brothers and Dad went in wagons. I remember when we arrived in Sulphur the truck driver stopped to inquire about directions to our farm and I fainted and slid down the truck door, my niece Lucille ran to the house to get help, the lady and truck driver came running with some water. We went on down a way to our farm dad had rented and my sister Vera came running to meet us and told us she had fainted that night when they camped out she fell backwards and hit her head on a rock her head was sore quiet a while. We lived at Sulphur several years. My sister Clara married there also Elva married again while we lived there. We moved back to Duncan and my brother Curtis married also my sister Vera eloped. I'll never forget when she eloped. Dad was going to find her and bring her back home. Dad got my Uncle Marvin and Aunt Rachel. Mother Aunt Rachel and I got in the back seat of the car and Dad and Uncle Marvin set in front. We started out to find her. We drove around for a while, we saw a car coming towards us. Mother and I saw it was Vera and her husband she had already gotten married. We didn't say any thing to Dad he didn't see her. We drove around a while longer. Mother knew my sister would just run off again if they caught her, we never did tell Dad we'd met them, they married young back then, she was fifteen. We finally moved to Comanche Okla a half mile north of town. We always called it the little red house on the little red hill as it sat upon a hill. I quit school there, I was in the seventh grade. You didn't have to go to school back then or the parents didn't make you, I had lots of good memories there. Jessie and I were the only ones at home then. When she started dating she and I went together a lot. Dad wouldn't let me go with a boy by myself. People had dances and parties in their homes. We had parties and some older people would come and play dominoes with Dad and Mother while we were having our party. Dad wouldn't let us go to dances but Mother had rather for us to go to dances than parties, at dances you stayed in the house but parties you'd play games that you'd have to go around the house with a boy or spin the bottle and it if stops in front of you he would kiss you also post office a boy would kiss you. We would always tell Mother where we were going whether to a dance or a party but we'd tell Dad it was a party. We always had a bunch at our house on Sunday and to stay all nite. We had pallets all over the house but that was the good times to visit our kin folks. Mother, Jessie and I would go to church on Sundays. Mother envited the Preacher and his wife for Sunday dinner once, we had a cat and it had gotten in the house as we were eating, I got up and took after it trying to catch it. I got mad and said that darn car in front of the Preacher, boy was my face red. Mother said something to me, then we went ahead with our meal. My sister Jessie got married at Comanche, she married Leo Lacombe, he was in the service at Fort Sill. They lived with us after he got out of the army and helped us farm. We moved southwest of Duncan, sometime he and I would work in the field together. One day we were gathering corn. We'd take five rows at a time, he would take two and I'd take two, we would both gather the one row. So one day he got ahead of me and I'd throw a ear of corn and miss the wagon and hit the mules. Dad always had a good team of mules, so the mules would take off. My brother in law got mad and took off with the wagon to the house. He was a frenchman and had a temper. My sister came out of the house and got us straightened out, but she went and helped him finish the wagon load. I wouldn't go help them. Mother wasn't well when we moved from that place. We moved north east of Duncan and she got worse and passed away. My sister Elva and her husband Claude Rouse rented the farm from Dad. We stayed with them a while then we moved to Duncan, he got a job night watching or night watchman. I worked at the county court house. I got acquainted with a girl down the street, Mary Smith. We were friends until I married. One day she and I went to the park by the swimming pool and two guys drove up and started talking to us, they were in service from Fort Sill. They were Jimmie Carpenter and Forrest Houtze. She went with Jimmie and I went with Forrest. We made a date to go dancing. They had a platform south of town and they would have dances on it. A bunch of us would go out there to dance. Jimmie went with Mary a while, he went by Jim in later years. Finally he started asking me to go with him so I quit Forrest and started goinng with him. We went together 3 months and married Oct 14, 1936. we lived together 24 years and had three children Jimmie Sue, Donald Gene, and Joe Edward. We lost Donald Nov 3, 1957. I stayed single eleven years, dated a lot, had several chances to marry but until I met Joe Samuel Mitchell I wasn't interested in marr[y]ing anyone. Joe and I married Sept 23, 1972. We lived together 14 years. He passed away Nov 17 1986, age 76 years. He had three children two boys and a girl, she passed away before he did. Both of us had grandchildren and great grandchildren, which I thought a lot of his and he felt the same about mine. I still keep in touch with his family. Now I am on my own if I find some one that was as good to me as Joe was, I might marry again but they are hard to come by like him. I just hope my kids grandchildren also great grandchildren dont go through a depression and hard times as I have seen. We had happy times and memories on the farm. All in all I guess my life has been happy and full." Loreva died in her sleep April 30, 2000
The Personal History by Loreva Pollock was furnished by Virginia Rouse Liles
Obituary Duncan Banner, Mon., May 1, 2000 Fletcher - Service for former Comanche-Duncan area resident LOREVA CARPENTER MITCHELL, 84, of Fletcher, who died Sunday, April 30, 2000, in her home, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Gilstrap officiating. Burial will be in the Fletcher Cemetery under the direction of Robbins Funeral Home in Fletcher.