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Re: Ralph Yearwood, b. 1887 IL,
Posted by: Dianne Risinger (ID *****0069) Date: November 22, 2008 at 19:06:15
In Reply to: Ralph Yearwood, b. 1887 IL, by DORI BRUNS of 519

Ralph Leonard Yearwood, b. c. 1887 d. Feb 1961. divorced. Moved to Mercedes, TX c. 1929-30 with his 2 daughters. Opened a printing business. Raised his two daughers:
Martha Sechrist Yearwood Fritz b. c. 1913, m. Louie Fritz. Moved to Ft. Morgan, CO. Lived there all their married life. Martha (d. 1977) Louie d. 1980. Two sons:
Jerry Lou Fritz b. c. 1937-38
Ralph Charles Fritz b. c. 1939-40. Both married with children. Jerry lives in Tulsa. Ralph in Aurora, CO.
Dorothy Jane "Cooter" Yearwood Wood My mother. b. December 21, 1921. Grew up in Mercedes, TX. Married September 9?, 1939? to Billy Rich Wood from Mission and Brownsville, TX. (mother Lula Rich - east Texas, m. father William Wood. Billy's mama Lula, a school teacher from east Texas, died giving birth to Billy in Brownsville during the time that Pancho Villa was raiding around the area. William's brother or sister (and spouse) wanted to adopt Billy. They owned a department store in Brownsville, TX. William refused. Therefore, Billy was raised by William's relatives (sisters?) Nell Dawson and Nina "Mumsey" in Mission. Billy was excellent swimmer and diver.) Dorothy and Billy - two children:
Dorothy Dianne Wood Risinger b. 6-21-41 Valley Baptist Hosp, Harlingen, TX Married Thomas Jackson Risinger January 28, 1960. Thomas b. 2-18-38 in Woodville, TX. Two daughters:
Tracy Jay Risinger Smith b. 10-3-61. m. 12-7-1996 in Crockett (TX) FUMC to Bruce Eugene Smith.
Whitney Eden Risinger Swanner b. 12-6-67. m. 9-11-1999 in Crockett (TX) FUMC to (Keith) Seth Swanner. Two children:
Thomas Jackson Risinger Swanner b. 11-17-04 in Plano, TX
Phoenix Annabella Swanner b. 12-14-07 in Stephenville, TX
Other child of Dorothy: Vance Leonard Wood b. 12-14-1946. USNavy 1964-70 d. May 1977. Never married. No children.



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