Gaylord graduated from Louisiana High School in 1931, having captained the basketball team in the previous year. A newspaper article at that time describes him as 5'7", 155 lbs. He had played all four years. He attended Central College at Fayette and then went on to take his LLB at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Gaylord was an attorney, and served as City Attorney of Bowling Green and of Louisiana, MO. Next he went into the Attorney General's office, on 2 Jan 1942. He was known as "Sweetie" for most of his adult life; my mother remembered his colleagues, grown men, calling him by that name.

Gaylord died when I was four years old. I don't remember him at all.

Hazel grew up in Louisiana, too. She worked as a bookkeeper for a chicken plant when she was 17, then went to teacher's college in Kirksville, now Truman University. She taught 5th grade for many years.

I remember her yearly visits to us. She came on the train. She started each day with a Coke, a cup of coffee, and a cigarette. Then she spent much of the day knitting an reading. I can relate to that, of course. It seems an excellent way to spend a day.

She was a very expert knitter. She could also bake cherry pies and refinish furniture, play the organ, and probably more stuff I didn't even know about.