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    Person ID I12  Strong Family Tree
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    Father Vessie Eugene McLemore,   b. 1 Feb 1885, Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1952, San Augustine, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Nina Ophelia Fuller,   b. 15 Sep 1891, Rosevine, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1980, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1907  Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Nina's mother died six months after Nina's Fifteenth birthday.  As the oldest girl, and second of eight children, all the day to day household tasks of caring for their large family immediately fell to her. To make matters worse, Nina's father had relatives who had moved to the fertile lower Rio Grande Valley to farm. They encouraged him to move down there as well. He had made several trips down to visit them, and to inspect land. Nina was desperately afraid of leaving her beloved east Texas.

      About this same time, Nina met Vessie McLemore met at a church revival. They enjoyed each other's company, and began secretly corresponding with each other. Vessie soon proposed, and in November 1907, they snuck across the river to Many, Louisiana and eloped. Nina had turned sixteen years old not quite two months earlier. Nina told her granddaughter, Melinda, that she and Vessie had only seen each other twice in person before their marriage. A photo exists that appears to be their wedding picture. Vessie is wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and white bow tie, and Nina in a white dress, with a large flower in her hair.

      Witnesses at their wedding were, H. E. White, presumably Henry Ernest White--Vessie's first cousin-- and A. McGown [likely either Albert or Andrew McGown, brothers who lived nearby the young couple in Geneva, Texas].

      The license was filed for record on 14 July 1908 in Volume 3, Page 272 of the Marriage Records of Sabine Parish, Louisiana by W. E. McNuly, clerk, oper J. J. McNuly, Deputy.

      Joe Fuller was not pleased with his daughters elopement. For at least several months after their wedding, the young couple avoided him. Rumors abounded that he might shoot Vessie on sight. Jan Tisdale, another granddaughter, remembers similar stories. Jan said that Nina's younger sisters were especially saddened by the hasty marriage. They lost both their mother and older sister in less than a year.

      Written by Melinda McLemore Strong, granddaughter, circa 1995 and revised periodically
    Documents
    Fuller, Nina Ophelia marriage to Vessie E. McLemore, Many, Louisiana, 1907
    Fuller, Nina Ophelia marriage to Vessie E. McLemore, Many, Louisiana, 1907
    Nina and Vessie eloped in Many, Louisiana, just across the state line from Sabine County, Texas, where they both grew up
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
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    Documents
    Smith, Avis Augusta Family Bible, p 4 of 4
    Smith, Avis Augusta Family Bible, p 4 of 4
    Marriages information, listing the marriage of Avis to Ben Benkelman, as well as the marriage of their only child, Bonnie
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2009 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1935
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1935
    This is a picture of Tom when he was around three or four years old, just before his first haircut. His older sister Evon loved his long curly hair, but her father demanded that she take him to a barber to have it cut. Evon had him photographed first.
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1943
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1943
    Jerry Fonville (l) and Tom McLemore (r)

    This photo titled "Schoolboys" was published in "Folklore on the American Land" by Duncan Emrich. Copyright 1972, published by Little, Brown and Company-Boston-Toronto. (page 233). The author obtained his copy from the National Archives, being from a series of photos of rural Texas during World War II.
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1950
Taylor Hall, Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1950 Taylor Hall, Texas A&M University College Station, Texas
    Tom attended Texas A&M University for only one year, at which time it was mandatory to belong to the ROTC. He later graduated from Texas Western University in El Paso.

    Top Row (Standing, L-R) Marty McAllister, UNKNOWN, Frank Cawthorn, UNKNOWN, Tom McLemore, Norman Smith, W. Myron Myrick

    Bottom Row (Seated, L-R) UNKNOWN, Dick Phelps, Arnold "Chuck" Pfeiffer, D. Elmo Rust, UNKNOWN, George Reynolds, _____ Thomas

    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY THE UNKNOWN STUDENTS.
    UARCO 1964 Advanced Management Seminar 
Barrington, Illinois
    UARCO 1964 Advanced Management Seminar Barrington, Illinois
    Tom is the second from the right.

    (L to R): Bill McGrath, Roy James, Roy Parker, Russ Schulke, Lou Vargo, Frank Rovens, K.J. Dorn, Bill Champion, Giff Glasscock, Wayne Patrick, James O'Donnell, R.T. Sheridan, Earl Mueller, Bert Baur, C.C. North, J.H. Wiedmer, T.F. Graham, John Nelson, Tom McLemore, Howard Bagge
    McLemore, Percy ca 1985 with Evon, Earl, Ray, Tom and Lynn
    McLemore, Percy ca 1985 with Evon, Earl, Ray, Tom and Lynn
    The McLemore Siblings, Children of Nina Fuller and Vessie McLemore, October, 1985 Family Reunion at the Tisdale Lake House

    l to r: Percy, Evon, Earl, Ray, Tom and Lynn
    McLemore, Vessie and Nina Family Reunion, October 1985, Broaddus, Texas
    McLemore, Vessie and Nina Family Reunion, October 1985, Broaddus, Texas
    l to r: Samantha Weimmer, Nina Ross (McLemore) Weimmer, Velta (Rawson) McLemore, Evelyn (McLemore) Sanders, Fred Sanders (kneeling), Evon (McLemore) Tisdale, Missy McLemore (Seated) with Lee Jay Rawcliffe on her knee, Melinda (McLemore) Strong, Tom Strong, Earl McLemore, Cassandra Weimmer, Lynn McLemore, Elma (Smith) McLemore, Percy McLemore, Dale Tisdale (facing left), Ray McLemore, Opal (Hensarling) McLemore, Tom McLemore
    McLemore, Evon Viola ca 2006
    McLemore, Evon Viola ca 2006
    Evon McLemore Tisdale (right), poses with her younger brothers, Lynn (left) and Tom (standing-center) at the celebration of her 93rd birthday in Lufkin

    Documents
    McLemore, Vessie & Nina McLemore family Home, San Augustine, Texas
    McLemore, Vessie & Nina McLemore family Home, San Augustine, Texas
    This is the home that Vessie and Nina McLemore bought in the late 1920's in the City of San Augustine, near the intersection of Main and Whitton. Tom and Lynn McLemore were both born in this home, and lived here until late in the 1930's, when their father purchased farm land outside of the city. This picture was taken around 2003. Tom McLemore notes that this roof on the house is the same one his father laid on the home in the 1930's.
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1945

Eighth Grade Commencement
San Augustine, Texas
    McLemore, Thomas Eugene ca 1945 Eighth Grade Commencement San Augustine, Texas
    Tom McLemore opened the ceremony with a prayer. Other graduates included Connie Markle, Bettie Markle, Alice Sue Mitchell, James Roy Brittain, Barbara Jasper, Ruby Cunningham, and Betty Lou Caldwell
    San Augustine (Texas) High School Senior Class Officers, 1948-1949
    San Augustine (Texas) High School Senior Class Officers, 1948-1949
    President, Tom McLemore, Vice President John H. Butts, Secretary Nelda Magee, and Treasurer Jo Ann Anders
    Texas A&M University, 1950 Pass In Review, College Station, Texas
    Texas A&M University, 1950 Pass In Review, College Station, Texas
    From the Texas A&M College Annual
    UARCO Register Ad
    UARCO Register Ad
    An early ad for the Autographic Registers that were UARCO's initial product
    UARCO beats Moore Business Forms by a Nose
    UARCO beats Moore Business Forms by a Nose
    This article was published in Dallas in the early 1960's, and involved an attempted suit by Moore Business Forms after being nosed out by UARCO on a significant order by a mere $48. County Judge Lew Sterrett favored the lower bid from UARCO. Lew Sterrett was the County Judge of Dallas at the time of the Kennedy Assassination, and was instrumental in both the building and dedication of the JFK Memorial. This was one of Tom McLemore's earliest sales, and he recalls that it took him an incrediable amount of time and effort to persuade Dallas County to move their business from Moore, a corporation with which they had a long standing relationship, to UARCO.
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1961-1962), Dallas Duplex
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1961-1962), Dallas Duplex
    This was the Duplex that Tom, Bonnie and Melinda lived in while in Dallas, in the early 1960's. It was not far from SMU.
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1963-1968), Houston, Texas
    McLemore, Tom and Bonnie Family Home (1963-1968), Houston, Texas
    This is the home the McLemore family lived in from 1963 through 1968, on 12722 Pebblebrook Road in Fonn Villas neighborhood, off Memorial. Daughter's Melissa and Leigh were both born while the family lived here.
    UARCO Missile Man article
    UARCO Missile Man article
    Pictured is Robert E. Green of the Watseka, Illinois UARCO Plant in the early 1960's, manufacturing special forms used by Ling Temco Vought in connection with the Minute Man Missile program. The pressures of the Cold War, along with the primitive copying and computer technology at that time, made this a challenging account. The article notes that the rigourous demands of the job meant the forms had to be turned around in three weeks instead of the normal seven, something amazing to imagine in these days of instantaneous reporting and communication.
    UARCO 100% Club Summit, Bermuda, 1974
    UARCO 100% Club Summit, Bermuda, 1974
    Uarco 100% Summit Meeting, Southhampton Princess, Bermuda, 1974


  • Sources 
    1. [S382] State of Louisiana, Parish of Sabine, Marriage License.