throwback thursday: walter falls next to early-1900s auto (do you know your cars? what make is this baby?)

Walter FALLS By Automobile [1]

Walter FALLS (Dec. 4, 1893 Arkansas – Jan. 13, 1954; buried Jan. 15, 1954 at Restland Cemetery, Roxton, Lamar County, Texas)[2], youngest son of Solomon (Bud) FALLS (1859 – 1932) & Sarah Elizabeth (Elizabeth) JOHNSON (1857 – 1940).

Although I could be having my most-cars-look-alike [problem?  issue?] here, I’m thinking that the auto below may just be a better image of the same one above??  So I’m including it here to help you Name This Auto.  In this photo, Joseph H. (Joe) GRIFFIN is standing with his arm on the vehicle, with his wife and, Walter’s sister, Sarah Ruth (Sallie) (FALLS) GRIFFIN, between he & Walter:

Joe GRIFFIN, Sallie (FALLS) GRIFFIN & Walter FALLS [3]

Walter’s Apr. 26, 1942, Tillman County, Oklahoma, World War II Draft Registration card shows Walter as 5’7″, weighing approximately 160 pounds, of a light complexion, and having brown eyes, gray hair.  Walter lived at the time on North 6th Street in Frederick, Tillman County, and worked for the Simmons Gin Company.[4]

Paris News Jan. 15, 1954, pg 12
Walter Falls

“Last rites for Walter Falls of Fredrick, Okla., who died here Wednesday, were set for Friday at 2 p.m. at Gene Roden & Sons chapel, with burial at Roxton. Named Pallbearers were Newton Walker, Miller Steed, D. B. Doss, Jewell Churchwell, Ed Harty and Sel Pierce.

Walter FALLS [6]

“Mr. Falls, son of the late S. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Falls, was born in Cushman, Ark., Dec. 4 1893. A Lamar County resident a number of years, he was a Navy veeran of World War I, and was a Baptist. He had been a machinist with the Simmons Gin and Oil company at Fredrick for 28 years.

“His death occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital here where he had been a patient since Sunday.

“He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Smith and Mrs. Sara Griffin both of Paris.”[5]

Walter died of “broncho-pneumonia, severe, right lung,” in only 10 days from the illness’ onset.[2]

He never married.[2]


1. “Walter Falls By An Automobile,” photograph, date unknown; ( : accessed July 24, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Euless Public Library.

2. “Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982,” “Walter Falls,”, at , accessed July 27, 2016.

3. “Sallie and Joe Griffin with Walter Falls,” photograph, date unknown; ( : accessed July 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Euless Public Library.

4. “U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” “Walter Falls,”, at , accessed July 27, 2016.

5. memorial no. 17725824, “Walter Falls,” at , accessed July 27, 2016.  Obituary added by “okla gravewalker.”

6. “Walter Falls, Seated,” photograph, date unknown; ( : accessed July 27, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Euless Public Library.


throwback thursday: what’s the model & year of this great old car, hey?

Great Old Car! 😉 — With, L.-R., Granville S. GREGER, Nell BUCKNER, & Euin SWYERS [1]

Just look at the running board on this old baby…  Luv luv luv. 🙂

Somehow I’m thinking Euin Aaron SWYERS (Sept. 24, 1907 St. James, Reynolds Co., MO – Feb. 27, 1974 Salem, Dent Co., MO[2]; buried Cherryville Baptist Church Cemetery, Crawford, MO)[3], on the right, may be the car’s owner, but that’s only my best guess.

Standing with Euin are my great-grandfather Granville Smith GREGER (Jan. 20, 1864 Vandalia, Owen, IN – Oct. 17, 1961 KS; Anderson Cemetery, McDonald Co., MO[4]) and, my paternal aunt, Nell Alta BUCKNER (Sept. 29, 1915 TX – June 26, 1976 Indianapolis, Marion, IN[5]; Resurrection Cemetery, St. Louis, MO[6]).

One relative reminiscenced of Aunt Nell’s 2nd husband, Euin, “…he turned out to be  mean as hell…  I don’t know how long they were married.  He came out to the farm one time looking for Ed [Aunt Nell’s twin brother] — he had a pitchfork in hand.  I told him Ed had gone to town.  It was a scary incident.”

1. Susan M. Buckner family photo.

2. Monte Kessler emails to me, Sept., 2003.

3., memorial no. 62980824, “Euin A. Swyers,” at , accessed July, 2016.

4. Larry G. GREGER (1944-2007).  R.I.P. cousin; God bless.

5., “Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011,” “Nell Alta SWYERS,” at,%20USA&cp=12&cpxt=1&msrpn__ftp=Normandy,%20St%20Louis,%20Missouri,%20USA&msrpn1__ftp=Beggs,%20Okmulgee,%20Oklahoma,%20USA&msgdy=1933&msgpn__ftp=St%20Louis,%20St%20Louis%20City,%20Missouri,%20USA&msfng=Jesse%20Grant%20(Grant)&msfns=BUCKNER&msmng=Golda%20Emmeta&msmns=GREGER&msbng0=Perry%20Jesse%20(Buck)&msbns0=BUCKNER&msbng1=Edd%20J.%20(Eddie)%20%5Btwin%5D&msbns1=BUCKNER&mssng0=Raymond%20Eugene&mssns0=FIELD&mssng1=Euin%20Aaron&mssns1=SWYERS&mscng0=Alta%20Rhea&mscns0=FIELD&_83004003-n_xcl=m&MSAV=1&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=4199458&db=IndianaVitalsDeaths&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1 , accessed July, 2016.

6. Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis; “Burial Search,” at , accessed Aug., 2005.