|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1878|
In the photo, Minnie is standing next to her brother Floyd Hall Brashear and is in front of her brother-in-law Dr. Oscar Chapman, her niece Little Marie and her sister Mary Ethel Brashear Chapman. This photo is courtesy of Moses M Coleman, Jr.
In the fall of 1899 twenty year old Minnie Brashear made the long train trip by herself from Louisiana to Maryland to visit her numerous relatives, many of whom she had never met. She was gone for nearly three months, returning home just days before her wedding date. Once back home Minnie wrote a detailed account of her grand adventure to her oldest sister, Bess McCorkle, saying in the opening sentence of the letter, ".....for I do want to write a journal, a letter that must be kept for reference for generations. I shall take my note book and begin at the beginning." What follows is a very detailed record of all the places she went and all the people she met. Oh, how I wish that Minnie could have known that her journal truly would survive for future generations. The entire contents of Minnie's journal are in "Granny Bess" by Moses M Coleman, JR.
Minnie married William Pitt McCall on Sunday, December 24, 1899.
Their two children were Charles Brashear McCall and Erin McCall Kline.
Obituary ... Unidentified newspaper Ouachita Parish, La.
MRS. M. B. M'CALL RITES ARE HELD
Funeral Conducted For Former Active Civic Leader Here
Mrs. Minnie B. McCall, of 1908 South Grand Street, prominent in Red Cross, recreation and welfare activities here for a number of years, died Sunday.
The funeral was held in the Hixson Bros. Funeral Home Monday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Hugh Griffith, assistant rector of Grace Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment was in Riverview Burial Park. Mrs. McCall had been a faithful worker in the various civic lines mentioned and for a time was acting head of the municipal recreation department.
She is survived by a son, C. B. McCall, Monroe, and a daughter, Mrs. Erin Kling, St. Francisville, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Wynn and Mrs. John McCortle, Crowley.
Pallbearers were L. Jack Hayes, C. M. Abboud, J. L. Haydel, M. Morganstein, Eugene Greer, Perry White, G. A. Aden, and Frank Wynn.
Older residents of Monroe will recall that Mrs. McCall's husband, the late W. P. McCall, operated a drug store on DeSiard Street at the time of his death.
Mrs. McCall in addition to other duties in times past served as assistant manager of the Ouachita parish civilian defense office in Monroe.
CONTRIBUTOR NOTE: The newspaper article got two of the survivor's names wrong. Minnie's sister was Mrs. John McCorkle (Virginia Louis Brashear McCorkle) and her daughter was Mrs. Erin Kline.
Charles Hall Brashear (1841 - 1882)
Anna Jane Moore Brashear (1846 - 1898)
William Pitt McCall (1866 - 1929)*
Bessie Brashear McCorkle (1869 - 1944)*
Virginia Brashear McCorkle (1871 - 1954)*
Mary Ethel Brashear Wynn (1877 - 1953)*
Minnie Laura Brashear McCall (1878 - 1948)
Floyd Hall Brashear (1880 - 1921)*
Created by: Little Marie
Record added: Mar 01, 2013
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