|Grover G Markwell|
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|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1912|
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 1994|
Grover Markwell was born January 31, 1912 in Altamont, Illinois the youngest of six children born to Samuel Landon and Viola Francis Haslett Markwell. The first house he remembered was a little pink house at the south end of main street at the intersection of Main and business I-70 in Saint Elmo, Illinois. Grover lived here during his early years with his mother, Father and six sisters. They lived in the house until his Father passed away 8 January 1916. at the age of 63 years and 10 months. Grover was four years old. After the death of his Father the family moved across the street and then moved to Brownstown, Illinois where Grover started to school in 1918 when he was 6 years old. They lived across the street from the school.
As mentioned before Grover was the youngest of six children and the only boy. He had two step brothers, his Fathers sons, French and Curtis, from an earlier marriage. Sometime during his very young years he became handicapped. He believed he had Polio which he probably did but one of his sisters thought he was dropped when he was a baby. Grover never knew this and it is not likely that it is true. His handicap affected his life in many ways but he never complained.
His oldest sister was Mabel She married Orie Pumphrie and had two children, Earl and Edna who were close to Grover's age. Wilma married Charles Cottrell. Mary never married and took care of her mother in her mother's later years. Ethel married twice. Her first husband was killed in a mine accident. She then married Raymond Burns and they had one daughter, Joy Anne. Sylvia married twice. She was married a very short time when her husband died. She then married Ralph McDaniel. Goldie married Morris Tolly and they had two daughters, Mary Dot and Carol Jean.
In September 1918 the family moved back to the pink house in Saint Elmo. Shortly after this Grover's Mother married Charley Fair. He had four children, two sons,Charles and Hugh and twin daughters, Eva and Eva (Evie). Soon after the marriage of His mother and Step dad they moved to a farm west of Saint Elmo called Twin Pumps. It was called this because they had two pumps in front of the house. One on each side of the fence. One for the occupants of the home and the other for travelers. Dad said the house was haunted because a man had committed suicide in the smoke house. When Grover was 8 years old they moved to a farm one and a half miles West of Saint Elmo called the goat farm. The house may still be standing as well as the pink house. They were there a year and then moved to Bluff City.
Dad did not get along with his stepfather and at the age of nine years old he went to live with the Funk family in Louden Township. He stayed there for three months then went back home to Bluff City. Probably only lived with the Funks during summer vacation.
He again left home and went to live with his step sister Eva and her husband Ray Hunt in Elwin, Illinois. The Hunts moved to Decatur taking Dad with them. While in Decatur Dad attended Pugh and Roach Schools after moving in with his oldest sister Mabel and her husband Orie. He then moved back with the Hunts until they moved. Dad did not move with them but stayed with Ray Hunts sister and her husband, named Williams so he could finish out the school year.
After this he went to stay with his aunt Cora and her husband, James Monroe Hissong. The next winter he went to live with George and Dollie Hunt, Ray Hunts parents in Brownstown. Dad was was twelve years old. The year was 1924. It was during this time that Dad met a ten year old girl , Velma Lucille Norman who was the Hunt's Niece . Little did Dad know that this would be his future wife. While living in Brownstown Dad attended Mahon School. After leaving the Hunt's he went back to stay with his Aunt Cora for two years. He attended Dublin School. He walked two miles and had perfect attendance for those two years. Walking two miles to school was not unusual but Dad walked with a profound limp because of his handicap. Sometime between thwe age of nine and fourteen dad went to visit his cousins. Their Dad was Kim Haslett. Dad said that one day as they were walking in a field wit Uncle Kim and his sons, Charles and Virgil they met a neighbor and remarked about Kim having some fine boys. He could sure use one of them to help him. The next morning uncle Kim packed Dad's clothes and dropped him off at the neighbors farm. Dad didn't say how long he stayed there. Dad would have been about fourteen at the time. It was a few years later that Dad went out to the Kim Haslett farm to visit his cousins. His uncle told him he wasn't wanted there that he was just a cripple and would never amount to anything. Dad never forgot that remark. Years later after Dad moved to California and was pastoring a Church and working for Rohr Aircraft he bought a new Pontiac Grand Prix . On one of Dad's annual trips back to Illinois he made a point of driving past his uncle's house just to let him know he was successful enough and had a new car paid for. Many of the things that happened during Dads early life helped develop his philosophy for life.
In 1926 Dad went back home to help his step dad on the farm. Dad said they got along very well but it was only a month or so later on 20 June 1926 that Charley Fair died.
Both of Dad's step sisters became Ministers, one an Evangelist and the other a pastor. Eva Juanita was the pastor and Eva Valeta was the evangelist. Eva Valita was to be married the day that her Dad died. She put off the wedding for a few weeks. She was ill most of her life. Dad says he remembers her as a very young lady, kneeling in her cold room with a blanket wrapped around her praying. A few weeks after she married she was holding a tent meeting in Kentucky and a storm came up and blew the tent away. Eva died a few days later from Pneumonia.
Samuel Landon Markwell (1852 - 1916)
Viola Francis Haslett Markwell/Fair (1876 - 1973)
Velma Lucille Norman Markwell (1914 - 1997)*
Maxine Lavon Markwell (1936 - 1936)*
William French Markwell (1879 - 1946)**
Curtis G. Markwell (1883 - 1947)**
Wilma E Cottrell (1897 - 1977)*
Ethel Mae Burns (1899 - 1968)*
Mary Alice Markwell (1901 - 1989)*
Sylvia E. Markwell McDaniel (1907 - 1975)*
Goldie Lucille Markwell Tolly (1909 - 2002)*
Grover G Markwell (1912 - 1994)
Maintained by: Don Markwell
Originally Created by: Gary Feezel
Record added: Dec 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45085926
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