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Firl Passmore
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1910
Searcy County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1998
Mountain View
Stone County
Arkansas, USA

"Firl Passmore was the fifth child born to James Asburry Passmore and Nettie Harrell on the Passmore farm in the Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas. His father's parents were Ace Passmore and Mary Elizabeth Smithee. His mother's parents were Hansel Harrell and Rebecca L. Branscum. Firl was easy going and an obedient child to raise. When Firl was a teenager, he helped his father run his sawmill near their home. Firl was the one who always fired up the boiler. He knew just how much fire it took to heat the boiler to make the steam to run the mill. Firl's father, Jim, also owned a grist mill where they ground corn to make cornmeal for their family and their neighbors. People would come far and near to get their corn ground. The way the people paid them was a bucket of cornmeal taken from their meal sack in payment. Firl did most of the corn grinding. Firl was a good worker. When his father died in 1936, Firl and his brother, Ervin, worked the farm fields for their mother. Firl plowed the fields and Bessy, Iola, and Guy would drop the corn seed, hoe the corn, and gather the corn at harvesting time. Firl plowed the garden for his mother and then Nettie would plant the vegetable seeds. Firl and Ervin grew wheat, alfalfa, and orchard grass in their fields. They harvested the hay with a horse drawn mowing machine, raked it, hauled it on a horse drawn wagon, and pitched it in the barn with pitch forks. They fed the cows and horses with this hay in the winter. In 1939, Firl went to Flagg, Stone Co, Arkansas, to a community singing function at school and met Mildred Adams, daughter of Culbert Adams and Manda Stephenson Adams, of Flagg, Arkansas. In three months on November 5, 1939, they were married at her home. Firl and Mildred moved in with Firl's mother. She was widowed, still had several children growing up at home, had her eldest daughter, Iva, and four grandchildren living with her, and needed her sons to help manage the farm. Firl's mother's health begin to fail; she passed away on October 1, 1944. Firl and Mildred carried on the farm business and raised five daughters. Firl raised cows for a money crop. He would sell cows in the fall; they had to live on that until the next fall. Since he had all girls, blue jeans were put on them and they went to the field with Firl on the wagon and did what boys would do. They pitched hay, hoed corn, helped gather in the crop in the fall, and some of them stayed at the house and helped their mother with the younger children while she did gardening and canning. After four weeks in a nursing home Firl passed away Feb 9, 1998, at the age of 87 at Mountain View, Arkansas. He was buried at the Passmore Cemetery, a short distance from his home." By Mildred Adams Passmore as told to Nancy Foutz Rogers. October 1998.

Family links: 
  James Asbury Passmore (1875 - 1937)
  Nettie Harrell Passmore (1883 - 1944)
  Nora Mildred Adams Passmore (1922 - 2015)*
  Wynona Kay Passmore (1959 - 1959)*
  Iva Passmore Harned (1902 - 1997)*
  Ervin Edward Passmore (1904 - 1980)*
  Atha Passmore Mize (1906 - 1984)*
  Clayton Richard Passmore (1909 - 1986)*
  Firl Passmore (1910 - 1998)
  Bessy Passmore Foutz (1916 - 2006)*
  Guy Passmore (1917 - 1938)*
*Calculated relationship
Passmore Cemetery
Searcy County
Arkansas, USA
Maintained by: Nancy Foutz R
Originally Created by: OkieBran
Record added: Oct 26, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12177495
Firl Passmore
Added by: Nancy Foutz R
Firl Passmore
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 Added: Mar. 6, 2015
In memory of my Uncle Firl.
- Nancy Foutz R.
 Added: Oct. 27, 2014

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