Thank you, again and more thanks are deserved for you work on my behalf and I do appreciate it.
For information about the wreck in 1902 I have found a history book for Brewster Co, Texas and am now searching for it. My Library in Sevierville is looking for someplace for an interlibrary loan so maybe I'll get to see it soon.
About the bridge, it, the first bridge across the Pecos was what they called the Loop Road and is in the Handbook. It was built where the Pecos joined the Rio Grande and actually down in the canyon there. The bridge you mentioned is either the 2nd bridge, known as The High Bridge or the 3rd and newest built in or just after WWII.
I will look for the Union Pacific site and email them for further information on the bridge.
The family is reported to be Cherokee that were never on any reservation. I don't know how they got missed or if they passed for white or what but that's the story. They may have gone to Texas before the Removal -- many full blood Cherokees did to avoid the whites as long as possible and may have passed for white or even Mexicans there. It was after Ma Whitehead, Florence, passed in 1981 that John discovered that he was one eighth Choctaw and not full blood Cherokee.
The Florence Myrtl Whitehead you found is Ma Whitehead, but I've not seen her death certificate so I don't know what it says, yet.
I have found John & Florence on the 1920 Census with four of their daughters, another daughter and the son are not listed there. They may have been already married and in their own household by then. I don't know. My sister is working on the 1910 census and I keep trying to find something for 1900. Since I have a LDS Research Center a few miles from here, I may find something yet. I'm trying. Thanks again and let me know if there is some way I can return the favor. Joy.
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