Friday, April 30, 2010

Opal Mae Moore, 36, Passes Away Here

Opal Mae Moore, 36, Passes Away Here

Mrs. Opal Mae Moore, 36, a resident of Modesto for three years and of California for seven years, died in a hospital here yesterday afternoon after an extended illness. She was a native of Missouri.

Besides her husband, Harry Moore of Modesto, she leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Caruthers of Missouri, and two sisters, Edith Lucas of Modesto and Myrtle Dulin of Missouri.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Shannon Chapel with Rev. H. T. Langley officiating. Internment will be in the Citizens Cemetery.

"The Modesto Bee", June 14, 1941, p. 12

I was skimming through search results on for more references to Earl L. Lucas and didn't think anything relevant would appear in the 30s and 40s when I found the preceding obituary. Good thing I wasn't skimming too fast or I would have missed it.

This is a very informative obituary for me. First, it mentions Opal and that she came to California and was married. It provides her married name and that of her sisters. I did not know that Opal married Harry Moore and came to California, nor that Myrtle married a Dulin and stayed in Missouri. As Ruby is not mentioned, it appears she may have already passed away. This obituary has generated many new leads to check out in learning about this branch of the Carothers family!

The Califonia Death records has the following information for Opal:

Last NameFirst NameMiddleBirth DateMother MaidenFather LastSex

Birth PlaceDeath PlaceResidenceDeath DateSSNAge

Information on Opal's grave from The Tombstone Transcription Project:

Moore Opal M. 1905 Jun 13,1941 Sec C TR 15 GR 19 b.MO d.Modesto 36 y 3 m 16 d

I added a entry for Opal at this link.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lucas - Kolster, Wedding Announcement

The Modesto Bee, April 30, 1975, p. C-2, contains a wedding announcement for the wedding written about in a previous post.

Earl L. Lucas, 2nd lieutenant, Modesto National Guard

Earl received the rank of second lieutenant while a member of the Modesto National Guard in June 1958. This is reported in the Modesto Bee, June 2, 1958, p. B1. The link is here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Earl Lucases Visit Historic Spots

"The Earl Lucases Visit Historic Spots"
The Modesto Bee, Thurs. July 27, 1961, p. B-1

A fun article about the Earl Lucas family visiting historical sites while Earl was in national guard officier training in Virginia. The link is an file link. Sorry about that. I need to transcribe the article or get a copy of it posted here.

I should note that I found birth records on for a couple of Earl's daughters that listed Campbell as their mother's maiden name.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Melvin Marion Herring Obituary Found!

Thanks to I located the obituary for Melvin Marion Herring. According to the obituary, Melvin passed away on December 26, 1961 in Phoenix, AZ and was buried on December 30, 1961 in Tucson, AZ in the South Lawn Memorial Park. The obituary is located in the Tucson Daily Citizen, dated December 29, 1961 on page 30.

I added an initial entry at for Melvin.