States: West Virginia: Preston
This is from the book Preston County WV History published in 1979. Hope it helps.
Preston County WV History – 1979: I, Mary Louise Tephabock, am the first child & only daughter of the late Perry & Mertie Murray Bucklew. I was born at the farmhouse of my paternal grandparents, W. Jasper & Martha McKinney Bucklew, located near Evansville. Both my parents & grandparents were natives of Preston County. My maternal grandparents, Jacob & Uretta Lawrence Murray, were children of prominent Preston pioneer families. When I was a few months old, during the period of World War I, my parents moved to Tunnelton where my father practiced the barbering trade. In 1920, Blake, my brother was born. After the death of my grandfather Bucklew we moved back to Evansville where we cared for my aged/blind grandmother until the time of her death. In 1932, Jackie, our youngest brother was born & died at the age of seven from an illness of meningitis. I began schooling at Tunnelton, also attended school at Newburg & Fellowsville for the rest of my elementary education. In 1932 I met Harold Sinsel, son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Sinsel of Evansville. During the summer of 1933 we eloped to Oakland, MD, where we were united in marriage. In September, my mother helped me decide the importance of completing my senior year. In May 1934, I graduated with my class two weeks before our son, James Harold, was born. Other children were Joyce Ann & Sharon Yvonne. All attended elementary school at Fellowsville & are graduates of Fellowsville High School. While there they participated in many activities. Outside of school they’ve made many contributions to their professions & communities in which they reside. In March 1957, Harold & “Bill” Herndon met their death by suffocation at the Alpha Portland Cement plant at Manheim when they fell & were buried in a slide of gypsum. Both men were veterans of World War II. Later in the year of 1957 I obtained permission from Preston County board of Education to return to the classrooms of Fellowsville High School. I studied commercial courses that were not offered when I attended classes in the 30’s. This knowledge helped develop my self-confidence & prepared me for a new career, & to participate in many community, church & related services. In 1963 while I was visiting with my son & family in Baltimore, I was introduced by a close friend to Junior E. Tephabock, a widower & a native of WV. After a brief courtship we were united in marriage at Patapsco United Methodist Church, Baltimore MD, where we are now both members & I take an active part in many of its related activities. Since my husband’s retirement we have a close relationship with our children, grandchildren & their many involvements. My hobbies include study of family genealogy, houseplants & collecting of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. I also helped to organize a Homemakers Club & have served s president & publicity chairperson. I feel my life has been full & rewarding.
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