Copy of a letter written to Joe Cates from
May 5, 1970
Sorry I’ve waited so long about answering but not very much time for mypersonal life. As house mother in a
nursing home –home with 50 girls & women it keeps you on the go. Retired from nursing
supervisor 2 yr ago & plan on retiring permanently next July. Have been with the State of Ark. 28 yrs &
think it is about time to throw the alarm clock away.
Joe, so proud you are doing the genealogy of the Darr family – have had the same wish but not the time. It is a rather large project for you. However, feel it is well worth the time and
effort. Mae Darr
Crozier can give you a lot of information due to her
close association with Aunt Cate.
Grandfather Darr was the most
perfect gentleman I have ever known and his home & life was a gentle one,
and not being prejudice. In my opinion the highest honor a man can
receive. Your grandmother Darr taught in the Charleston
Academy when they were
married. I often wondered how she had the
courage to take over such a large family of girls & boys. My grandmother died when they were
young. She was a Bradshaw – your
grandmother was a Crawford as perhaps you know.
I remember grandpaw & grandmaw
called each other Mr. and Mrs. Darr. Also remember you as a little boy, very
slender & delicate with such nice manners.
Hope to see you after I retire & tell you things about what my
mother told me about their life as a family.
As my home is in Little Rock a lot of my personal papers are there &
when I take my vacation next month will send you the information on your Aunt
Henrietta & French. He has a son Tom
that is at Texas A&M
College & they have 2 little
boys. Edna Shuligen
(Mrs. Joe) lives in Santa Rosa, Texas. They are well known & sure they will get
Have wondered about Aunt Virginia’s
family. Does Virginia
live in Crossville? Where does Margaret
live? So many things I wish to know
about all my family. Millard is in Chattanooga
with Jenny Cate.
I am very concerned about him since Eloise passed away.
Ella L Malachowski (Ella Lasater)
Born Sept 9, 1897
– age 72 Cleveland Tenn
State Sanatorium Ark.
Bless you Joe for your interest in family.
Would love to hear from you & all
about your family.
Your will hear from me before long. Arkansas
has been good to me, but no other place in the world like E. Tenn.
It won’t be the same without seeing Aunt Nell, but that
little Presbyterian Church in Charleston
will always be dear to my heart.