|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1904|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1987|
Born Merrill Raymond Compton, named by grandma Emma Charlotte (Biggs) Boruff, Margaret's mother, Merle chose to change his name legally as a young man, not liking the name Merrill. Merle was born in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. Merle was a lineman for Southwestern Bell Telephone when he married Mabel. Meada Embry Bean Pegg drove Mabel to Cherokee, Oklahoma because it was closer to where Merle was working. Mabel said their friends gave them a "shiveree" that night. (custom of the times) A party??? Merle married Mabel Maxine Bean when she was 15. Mother Meada drove clear across the county to Cherokee to allow Mabel to wed Merle. This was a truly deep love. They started having children right away. They were married 5 March 1928, in Cherokee, Oklahoma, Alfalfa County. Their first born was Donna Louise, born 3 March 1929.
There were 4 children born to this marriage;
Patricia Ann Clarine
Tragedy struck one afternoon when little Ronnie was playing behind the house. He was trying to put together a rope swing. Ronnie was on top of the roof of maybe the garage?, he threw the rope over the branch of a nearby tree and had made a noose for his foot to fit into. His foot slipped out of the noose and went around his neck and hung him. Merle went out later to find him for supper and found him hanging. I don't think Merle was ever the same again.
Merle grew up in the house his father Erastus built in Blackwell, Oklahoma. After he married Mabel, they lived in the house, as Erastus had passed away, and he lived in that house until his death, some 50 years. Mabel lived in that house until 2005 when she was placed in a nursing home until her death in 2007.
He is survived by all 3 daughters. His only son preceded him in death.
William Erastus Dorvin Compton (1858 - 1925)
Margaret Isabell Boruff Compton (1876 - 1918)
Mabel Maxine Bean Compton (1912 - 2007)
Ronald Merle Compton (1940 - 1949)*
Edna Alice Compton Gamber (1900 - 1992)*
Merle Raymond Compton (1904 - 1987)
Daisy Claudine Compton Reynolds (1907 - 1991)*
Created by: Norma Faller
Record added: Oct 04, 2008
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