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Fred Levelle Talbott
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1904
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1989
Yolo County
California, USA

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF FRED L. TALBOTT, dictated by Fred to his second wife, Mary Hoag Talbott.

"This is the 4th of July 1986 and I guess I'd better get at recording something about myself as you requested, Louannne [Fred's daughter]. We've been watching the festivities at the Statue of Liberty.

I was born in Little Rock, AR, 6 Dec. 1904. My father, Fitzhugh Lee Talbott, was employed by Cherry River Boom and Lumber Co. which was located in Charleston, WV. My parents had met in Louisiana. When I was 4 years old, we moved to Ballard, WA, but soon moved to Whidbey Island. My mother, Annie Levelle Talbott, died soon after we moved to WA. While I was still 4 years old. She died of double pneumonia. They had gone fishing, trolling for trout, and were caught in a hard rain and she got a chill from that. She died within a matter of a few weeks. She is buried in Seattle. My sister Nellie was 13 years old and as I recall Ed was 7 or 8. My Dad never remarried. We continued to live on Whidbey Island. When I was somewhere between 10 and 12, Nellie married Oscar Thompson. They went to Montana. Oscar's older brother had homesteaded there and he turned the homestead over to them. He had found there was no oil so he wasn't interested. They stayed several years and I went out to live with them. Eventually, the 3 of us went on a big cattle ranch where Oscar worked as a ranch hand and Nellie did the cooking. The ranch was near Lavina (25 miles from Roundup) and the owner was Daniel W. Slayton (brand was DWS).

He had 2 ranches - the Upper and the Lower - each about 4000 acres - running along the Musselshell River (5 years on ranch). I learned to milk cows morning and night and learned to ride and some days spent all day in the saddle.

Went to West Virginia in September when 15 years (1920) to Aunt Jennie Crimm. Attended Broaddus Academy [Marti says they found that house and there was a historical marker with names such as Cottrell and Charity Talbott settled there]. Graduated 4 years later then I continued there - Broaddus consolidated with Alderson - became a college. Graduated from this college at Phillippi, WV. At end of my sophomore year, I quit college (temporarily) feeling "I had learned it all." Got a job on the ship Ed was on, an oil tanker (Ed got the job jor me.) I was hired as a "wiper" in the engine room - "dirtiest job on the ship". Made round-trip from Philadelphia to Long Beach, CA. Finished my career on ship! Back to Broaddus, "having learned that I didn't know anything!"

I went to summer school and after college received temporary teaching certificate and began teaching at Lee Baptist Seminary at Pennington Gap, VA (coal mining camp) (a setting for the book, Trail of the Lonesome Pine, was 10 miles from here). Taught there year. School went broke. I returned to Philippi and got credential for first-class certificate. Summer at W. Va. University. Taught and coached at another coal camp - outside Clarksburg, W. Va. (Lumberport W. Va) Louise's father dean at Br- step mother head of English. Married Louise 1930 in Bluefield. Married "twice". Louise's father was Henry Denman. Left next day for Lumberport where I was teaching.

Our marriage license was obtained in W. Va. and we were married in Louise's home on faculty Row which was in Va. The minister questioned whether marriage was thus legitimate (!!) so he solved the problem by taking us down the hill (which was in W. Va) and repeating the vows in front of the church while Louise and I sat in the back seat of the car! - 2 witnesses present.

We stayed several years at Lumberport. Richard born in Clarksburg while we were at Lumberport. Supervisor of education advisor in 52 camps of CCC (after the above) for several years. Living at Elkins. Transferred from Elkins to Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio. This was at start of WWII. (The camps were being closed out.) At Wright-Patterson I was in management training for U.S. Air Force."

Note: Fred retired from his civilian position with the USAF. During his life with first wife Louise (Denman), they lived in Honolulu, Goleta, CA and Lubbock, TX. He married Mary Hoag in 1979 and lived in Dixon, CA, until his death. Fred and Louise had three children, Richard Fitzhugh Talbott, Louanne Sara Talbott and Thomas Denman Talbott.
Family links: 
  Fitzhugh Lee Talbott (1864 - 1951)
  Annie Himby Talbot (1870 - 1908)
  Mary Caroline Macklin Hoag (1916 - 1994)
  Louise Denman Talbott (1911 - 1978)*
  Nellie Lee Talbott Thompson (1894 - 1984)*
  James Edward Burke (1901 - 1984)*
  Fred Levelle Talbott (1904 - 1989)
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes sent to relatives in Texas
Maintained by: Caroline Hoag
Originally Created by: Dave Peck
Record added: Feb 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47791165
Fred Levelle Talbott
Added by: Caroline Hoag
Fred Levelle Talbott
Added by: Dave Peck
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