Wordless Wednesday: The Chapple Girls

Well, almost wordless . . .

My Mom and her beloved sisters!

Ella Louise

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1941

 

Estella

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1944

 

Mom - Carrie

My Mom – Carrie

Wheatley WildcatPhyllis Wheatley High School, Houston, TX
Wheatley Wildcat Graduate –  Class of 1947

 

My aunt Ella Louise passed away on April 2, 1969 and my aunt Estella passed away before I was born on August 30, 1954. You can read more about them by clicking on their photos above or stopping by the Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery at FindAGrave.  As for mom, she’s in her eighties and doing well. We are very blessed to still have her in our lives today.

If you have any of these Chapple girls from the Houston, Harris County, Texas area in your family tree, let me hear from you because –  I’m Claiming Kin!

Blue Monday: “Woman Killed”

One of the first items my mother gave me when I sat down to interview her about the Chapple family and her siblings a few years ago was the 1954 newspaper clipping below about the murder of her sister, Estella (Chapple) Thomas. I’ve known about her death since my pre-teen years; she died before I was born. But to see and read this news clipping for the very first time about the way she died impacted me more than I realized. I often think about what it would have been like to know her . . .

Woman Killed: Death of Estella Chapple Thomas

Woman Killed

Mrs. Estella Thomas, 28, of 2402 Altoona St became involved in arguments with two men at the same time early Monday – and was shot to death.

Oia Henson, 26, of 2412 1/2 Altoona, a Texas Southern University student, said the shooting was accidental, that he had got his German Luger to protect her and that it discharged accidentally. But the police charged him in Justice of the Peace Dave Thompson’s court with murder.

The other man, L. K. Brown, 36, said he and Mrs. Thomas were just having a discussion about the $20 she owed him for furniture when Henson and Mrs. Thomas got into an argument and she was shot. A bullet hit her in the face and she was dead when the police arrived.

The discussions and the shooting occurred in her home just before 2 AM.

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Source Citation:

“Woman Killed,” Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas, 31 August 1954.

Tombstone Tuesday: Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery

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Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery
A Virtual Cemetery created by Liv
Description: The Chapple Family virtual cemetery was established Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2012, to link the interments of collateral & lineal family members and their ancestors. Majority, if not all, of these family members are native Texans!

Chapple, Lewis Blanton – b. Oct. 19, 1910 d. Dec. 8, 1910

Chappell, Carrie Blanton – b. Feb. 28, 1883 d. Dec. 16, 1944

Chappell, Dorothey J – b. Sep. 10, 1921 d. Nov. 13, 1921

Chapple, Estella Smith – b. 1903 d. Jul. 3, 1930

Chapple, Joseph – b. Jun. 2, 1902 d. Aug. 23, 1966

Chapple, Joseph Lee – b. Dec. 26, 1924 d. Jul. 5, 1994

Chapple, Josephine E, “Josie” – b. Jan. 11, 1927 d. Apr. 24, 1928

Chapple, Richard Mary – b. May 9, 1930 d. Jun. 3, 1930

Marshall, Ella Louise Chapple – b. Sep. 18, 1923 d. Apr. 2, 1969

Thomas, Estella Chapple – b. Aug. 24, 1926 d. Aug. 30, 1954

Chapple, Ethel Abram – b. Mar 28, 1902 d. Aug. 28, 1983