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Chauncey Leon Mattocks to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 20 November 1996

31 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Chauncey Leon Mattocks to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 20 November 1996.

11-20-96
OCEAN PARK

Dear Gregg.

Since you̓re so hard to reach and I have such a hard time talking much on the phone, you̓re going to have to try “de-cyphering” my scribbling. Anyway. I kind of miss you, son and feel the need to “lay on you” a bit. I think that we came down her last Thursday and will return next Mon. 11-25. I have two doctor̓s appointments on Tues. and receive my second Chemo treatment Weds. I̓ll undoubtedly be pretty “puny” on Thanksgiving day.  (Probably most of the week.) Of course, my first doctor̓s appointment is with Dr. GESCHKE (sp?). My second is with a new doctor (to me.) He̓s a pulmonary specialist. hopefully he can make it a bit easier for me to breathe.  Actually, we were hoping that he would prescribe some “emergency” oxygen for me. Also I may check into applying for total dissability. This would increase our monthly income by nearly $200–. Also we̓re involved in a big Class action suit against Prudential Ins. Co., but I̓m not going to hold my breath on that one.

Mark just started trapping when the flooding hit, but he did manage to catch one raccoon and one beaver already. I think that was pretty good for a novice. Probably worth close to $5000. Maybe he̓ll be able to supplement his income pretty well there, after all.

Haven̓t talked to Ken for quite some time. Hope you have. Anyway, Frank and Dottie are having their regular Thanksgiving dinner and you and all of us are invited. Of course, Mum & I will be unable to attend and I wouldn̓t be too sure but what Mark just might have to work the day. I don̓t think that he knows yet. Anyway, I just wrote Frank & Dottie a fairly lengthy letter of apology and appreciation on our part. Also finished a 5 page “monologue” to brother, Carl, so, as a result I̓m pretty well “written-out.” It̓s 10:00 P.M. and Mum̓s been in bed for 2 hrs. already. Nana & I have just about worn her out. I̓ve been having “mucho” trouble sleeping, so I may be finishing this later on tonight.  I have a prescribed sleeping pill, but it just doesn̓t seem to work. (About 1½ -2 hrs. is all.) I will see if he can prescribe me something stronger when I see him Tuesday. Well, Later.

1:40 A.M. – So much for el sleeping pill tonight. I̓m afraid to take another with all these other chemicals in me. I̓ll probably end up in the old recliner, where I̓ll doze on & off. It helps though. Actually, I̓m also drinking warm milk, so this letter may become postponed again. Sorry, but I do hope so. Actually those damned slpg. pills worked O.K. the very first night. I slept nearly 7 hrs. straight thru & I called the doctor & told them they were fine. Looking back, I figured I was just so worn out, that it didn̓t take very much. Also, perhaps I have built up an immunity to them?

Well. I think I may just try that old recliner & give this warm milk a chance to kick[?] it.

3:40 A.M. – Well, it did. Had me another nice little cat nap. That will have to do for awhile though, because I̓ve got the coffee brewing now. I̓ll probably sneak in another about mid-morning. That̓s about the time that Nana goes to exercise class. Yep, you heard that right! I mean like: Hup! Hup! Hup! Poke em out now girls. I sed Poke em out!! Oh well, gives her something to do and it might even do her a little good!

Now, for the “second joke” — I̓m going to try my hand at a little writing. I mean like books, man! Good one, huh? In explanation Gregg, I must tell you that just a few nights ago (just before I got the blessed slpg. pills) I was really down to finding a shell for the gun. I was interested in absolutely nothing. Then after a first night̓s rest in nearly 2 weeks (and probably, still somewhat doped up) I awoke with this revelation. I hadn̓t been so emotionally elated & excited in years! So, you see, I̓ve got to do it, even if nothing ever comes of it, just to maintain my sanity! Not that it carries much weight, but it was suggested back in my high school days that I should pursue a livelyhood in this field. Of course, I was also offered financial assistance in attending medical school to become a surgeon. Boy, there̓s just no way I could ever have done that!

At present, you are one of four people (including myself) that is aware of this and I desire to keep it this way for some time. at least, until I get somewhat of a handle on what I̓m doing, I don̓t want to be providing stupid answers to stupid questions. Ha! First of all I must tell you it will be something strongly unconventional. I have no desire to beat heads with the millions of literary geniuses that now exist. I just want to out-sell them. Ha! I definitely have some different ideas. One of them has got to work! I just hope that I have enough time left to pursue just the ideas I have already. Gregg, may I have your moral support and maybe even some of your respected advise?  You may become impatient with me, because none of my plans are even close to perfected yet. But, since I have very little to do otherwise; I shall be able to devote unending hours to it. I̓m sure there̓ll be unending “re-dos”!  I̓ve already started compiling some “just raw materials.” Out of this I will decide just what I want to use, in what order, etc. Like I say, this may not be a conventional reccommended way to start, but it̓s my way. When I was quite young, I saw an old “talkie” movie showing a flock of sheep following their leader over a suicide cliff. This reminds me of americans and is just not to my liking! Take care and please be in contact.

Love,
Dad.

P.S. Will try to call you when we get to town.

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Hartford Courant – Guest Book [Carl K. Mattocks]

25 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: “Hartford Courant – Guest Book [Carl K. Mattocks],” at http://www.legacy.com/HartfordCourant/DeathNotices.asp, accessed 29 April 2003.

Guest Book for
Carl K. Mattocks

This Guest Book is maintained online until April 4, 2004 by anonymous.

Every now and then I feel the softest breath against my skin and I know that you̓re there. I know that there are more than angels watching over me – because I believe that you̓ll always be there when I need you.  Be well and happy with Mimi.  Please know that I love you and that you will always be my Daddy Boy… .Luv-Luv

Cheryl Higley (Farmington, CT)
April 3, 2003

When I first met Carl Mattox back in 1991, I was searching for my father̓s outfit the 38th Armored Inf HQ Co and the first to call me was Carl. Since then I have met a number from that outfit to tell me things my father never could. My thanks to Carl and Mutt McCord and others of the 7th for helping me to understand in a personal way the awfulness of war…

Bill Kemp (Middlesex, NC)
March 14, 2003

david butler (rensselaer, IN)
March 10, 2003

On behalf of the family of Carl̓s brother, Leon Mattocks, I extend my sympathy to all of those who have lost so much in the death of a truly remarkable man. I only encountered Uncle Carl a few times in my life, but through his letters, the stories I have been told, and the things I have read about him in books and articles, the fact that Carl was a true hero and a compelling individual is obvious. Personally I am indebted to him for the research into our family history which he so generously shared with me. My mother, Carol Mattocks, and my brothers Mark and Ken, will, like me, regret the passing of the last of his generation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sincerely,
Gregg Mattocks

Gregg Mattocks (Gresham, OR)
March 9, 2003

Hi, Im sorry to hear of Capt. Mattock passing. I served under him in the 38th Bn 81mm motars 7th Arm Div. during the Battle of the Bulge. The last time I saw him was on the morning of Dec.23, 1944 at Krombauch Belgium. Later that morning I was captured by the Germans. Capt Mattocks was a great leader and Company Commander. He will be missed.

Ex-Sgt. Howard W McCord, Decatur, Alabama

Howard W McCord (Decatur, AL)
March 6, 2003

My father was Walter DeVerne Gregory. My aunt, Dorothy Mccullough, told me about Carl and I wanted to learn about my family.

Pam Jeter (Raymore, MO)
March 5, 2003

We were sorry to hear about Carl. He was a special person in my life and the last visit we enjoyed with him and Betty was great. We know his passing will leave a great gap in your lives but he was definitely a wonderful person and we know his family was his biggest asset in his life. Sorry we can t be with you at this time but know our prayers are.

His cousins,
Nancy and Wayne

Nancy & Wayne Presley (Wellington,, CO)
March 5, 2003

Our deepest sympathy to the girls and families. Carl was not only a hero to our country, to you, your family but also to me from childhood. Our prayers are with you Love Dorothy and children Sharon, Greg and Randy and spouses

Dorothy McCullough (Rich Hill, MO)
March 5, 2003

A hero has fallen.
His last battle fought.
Were you afraid?
No I think not.

The world you had traveled till you found your true love.
Now you are guiding us from heaven above.

We̓ll miss all the info from “Carl̓s Almanac of Fiction and Fact”.
And of course all your jokes will still be intact.

You taught your girls so much about life,
We̓ll know how to get thru any problems or strife.

You made us laugh and you made us cry,
And you always made us wonder “Why?”.

May you find peace, love and hapiness in your next endeavor,
And please don̓t forget……

We̓ll love you forever.

Ellen

Ellen Mattocks (Unionville, CT)
March 5, 2003

Luster Earl Colley to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 14 October 1997

9 May 2009 Leave a comment

Source: Luster Earl Colley to Gregg Leon Mattocks, letter, 14 October 1997.

October 14, 1997

Dear Gregg:

Oma sequestered all my birthday greeting mail that arrived before my birthday party.  some way, your card got by her.  So I got it directly.

My birthday was predated a little bit to Sunday, since everyone has more time on sunday.  Aldine and I went over to Barbie’s house for my birthday party.  Barbie made ham loaf and all the fixins that I like and my birthday cake was a black raspberry pie.  Barbie knows what I like.  When everyone was full of good food, they brought out a heap of mail from my descendants, that they had been saving.  They demanded that I read it all out loud and pass around the pictures.  I never had so much mail all at one time and had so many say such nice things about me.  Fathers usually have to be dead to get so much favorable fan mail.  It was so much fun I would like to be 80 again next year.

I have a new status symbol as a Family History Expert.  I have been working as a substitute at the Mormon Library for several years.  Just recently they gave me a promotion, and I am now a member of the regular staff.  There was no pay raise.  Everyone on the staff gets the same pay, nothing.  But I feel well paid in fun and being able to associate with the nicest, smartest people in the whole world.

I have been working on several projects.  One project is to gather data for an eventual history of Butler Township, St. Clair Township, MO.  A lot of your ancestors came from that place.  I doubt I will ever live so long as to write the book, but maybe you and your mother can take over where I leave off.

I have a working version of a program I wrote in “C” language that I hope will combine census records in a new useful way.  I have entered a lot of data from the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census of Butler township in a raw data base.  I hope to do the 1880 census for Butler Twp this winter.  The new idea of my program is that it will combine a sorted version of the combined censuses so the people will be grouped together.  That way, you will be able to see on a single screen how a person ages and how their situation changed as the decades pass.  I also have entered a lot of WW1 draft data and a lot of marriage records for Butler Twp and other parts of St. Clair County.

I made photocopies of the original draft records for your great grandfather WEARS and your great grandfather COLLEY.  I will enclose a photo-copy of the one for GGfather WEARS.  Both Doris and I existed at that time as mere embryos, so I imagine the registration of prospective fathers for military service was something of a shock to the prospective mothers.  Now as I take a closer look at the copy, I see that Doris had already been born.  She was born in August and I wasn’t born until October.

Just a short time ago a correspondent sent me some new material about our SAYLOR family.  The best way to explain this is to make an abbreviated Ahnentafel which I will extend a bit for later purpose:

1. Gregg MATTOCKS
2. Leon MATTOCKS
3. Carol Lee COLLEY
6. Earl COLLEY
12. James Alvin COLLEY
13. Vida MILLER
26. Walter MILLER

[Earl makes a mistake here.  Catherine Gilley was the mother, not the wife of Walter Miller.]

27. Catharine GILLEY b 2 May 1840 Washington Co. TN, d MO
52. William MILLER
54. Abraham (Absalom) GILLIS (GILLEY) married 12 Oct 1837 Washington Co. TN
55. Mary SAILOR (SAYLOR)
104. Henry MILLER
105. Hannah BISHOP b Chester District, SC ca1884; d Benton Co. MO after 1850
110. John SAYLOR b 1775 Lebanon Twp. Lancaster Co. PA; d TN; m 26 Dec 1797 Rockingham Co. TN
111. Betsy KYSOR
210. James BISHOP b PA; d Hopkins Co. KY
222. Henry KISOR (KYSOR)
420. Nicholas BISHOP b DE, d Chester District SC.

Items 111. and 222. I have long suspected were true, but the new data I received gives me much more confidence.  The marriage of John SAYLOR and Betsy KYSOR is recorded in the book “Rockingham Co., VA Marriages 1778-1816” by Strickler.  The book can be found in many Genealogical libraries.  The new data I got goes back several generations and says the SAYLORs were Mennonites from Switzerland.  I haven’t yet examined this story well enough to want to give it my blessing.  I sent in a request to the Main Mormon Library in Salt Lake City for a film that I hope will add some detailed proof to the story.

While I was in the process of writing this letter the mail man delivered our mail.  I received my copy of the quarterly Bulletin of the Chester District Genealogical Society.  I have subscribed to it for many years and sometimes contribute material for them to print.  In this issue is one thing of particular interest to us.  I will enclose photo-copies of three pages.  The interesting part is the inset on page 112, but I copied the preceding and following page to include some background.

Henry BISHOP was an older brother of our James BISHOP (James BISHOP is number 210 on the previous Ahnentafel).  Henry BISHOP was a Captain in the Patriot army.  The whole BISHOP family with all their Patriot neighbors formed a refugee train of ox carts and such to retreat from the British and Tory threat.  They headed for Charlotte, NC where there was a stronger Patriot army for protection.  The men with the refugee train went to attack the British at Hanging Rock to turn them away from attacking the refugee women and children.  Henry BISHOP was wounded at the Hanging Rock battle.  He was carried in the refugee train to Charlotte, where he died of his wounds.  I have long searched for additional records about the battle and the refugee experience.  The British burned houses and killed all the live-stock that the refugees could not carry along with them.  I suppose most historians did not think the battle at Hanging Rock was very important, because not enough soldiers were killed there.

I often scan the data you sent me a long time ago, and think how much time you have invested.  Since I live in the Northeast, I have been aware that our County Library may have some sources that have not been readily available to you.  I hope to take advantage of that, but I never seem to stay on one subject very long.  I keep getting diverted by peripheral quests.

I hope your mother can soon get her life back on track and have time to pursue our mutual interest in family history.  She tells me that property values in the peninsula are so poor that she expects a difficult time in selling her house.  We have the same surplus real estate situation here, and I would have a difficult time selling my house.  I would really like to avoid the tribulations of being a home owner and move back to Columbia, MO.  The Missouri Historical Society is there and the MO University Library.  As an alumnus of the University and an ex-teacher, I would be eligible for using a lot of the School facilities.

Tell me about the computer you are now using.  I still have my old 386 DX machine.  For a long time I also had another machine on my desk based on a 286 mother board that I bought second hand for $29.  But I could not run WINDOWS on that.  I resisted WINDOWS long after most of my friends were using it, but almost all software now requires windows.  When JUNO (no cost internet access) was offered it was the last straw.  JUNO requires WINDOWS.  Being too much of a tightwad to pay for “Intel inside”, I upgraded to a K5 processor made by AMD.  It works great, and I don’t see how paying the price for a Pentium would have given me any better service.  Other components are also gettig cheap, so I have 32 Meg of ROM, a slow PC disk reader, and a 2.5 Gig hard drive.

I really make good use of having two computers side by side.  I do a lot of writing.  I use the old 386 as if it were a dedicated word processor, and use the K5 machine to look up data as the subject of my writing demands.  It is possible to switch windows on a single screen to get that result, but my system allows me to have two full screens visible at the same time.

I would be glad to hear of your adventures, but I know that like all of us, your time is fully engaged.  If the next I hear from you is my 90th birthday card, I will understand.  But I will be pleased to hear sooner.

With the affection I have for all my extensive clan,

Old grandfather

Earl