This is a guest post by Karen BEVINS WINSLOW (a fictitious character in Back to the Homeplace). Karen is the oldest daughter of Frank and Mildred (MCDONALD) BEVINS, one of their four children. These four siblings and their families are the major characters of the novel: Back to the Homeplace. [This blogging exercise is a part of the research for the upcoming novel, "The Homeplace Revisited" by William Leverne Smith]
Franklin (Frank) Leonard BEVINS was born on 9 Aug 1917 in Oak Springs, MO, the son of Ora B. and Sarah Jane (WATERS) BEVINS. He died 28 April 1978, in an automobile accident, of a heart attack, just north of Lebonan, MO. Frank lived his entire life in and near Oak Springs. He was a farmer.
Mildred (Mildred) Arlene MCDONALD was born 26 Jun 1917 in Oak Springs, MO, the daughter of Joseph (Joe) Palmer and Mary Elizabeth (Beth) (YOUNG) MCDONALD. She died 12 Nov 1986 in Oak Springs, MO. Mildred lived her entire life on the Homeplace farm east of Oak Springs, MO.
Frank and MIldred (MCDONALD) BEVINS were married in the First Methodist Church parsonage in Oak Springs, MO, by Rev. Alexander Forbes on 15 April 1934.
Frank and Mildred BEVINS had four children:
1. Karen Kaye BEVINS, born 9 Aug 1934 in Oak Springs, MO.
2. Beverly Jane BEVINS, born 10 May 1941, in Oak Springs, MO.
3. Bartlett (Bart) Joseph BEVINS, born 13 May 1942, in Oak Springs, MO.
4. Peter (Peter) Franklin BEVINS, born 26 Jun 1956, in Oak Springs, MO.
Families are Forever! ;-)