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FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

2: John Jacob Gray b. 3.28.1904 Pauls Valley, OK d. 1.7.1965 Eureka Springs, AR

3: Parents were J.H. and Jessie E. Harrison Gray. He was a well-dressed, fun-loving man about town, who shared his love of movie theatres with mom and his two daughters. He enjoyed traveling (flew his own plane), fishing, and collected model trains. | At his work desk at the New Basin Theatre, Eureka Springs. | Dancing with mom.

5: WWI Aug. 4, 1914-Nov. 11, 1918 Troops stationed in Germany WWII, Sept. 1, 1939-1945 US troops kept stationed in west Germany and across Europe also in North Africa & Sicily. "I love the infantry because they are the underdogs. They are the mud-rain-frost-and-wind boys. They have no comforts, and they even learn to live without the necessities. And in the end, they are the guys that wars can't be won without." Ernie Pyle, American Journalist & War Correspondent for Scripps Howard, 1935. James F. Brooks, PFC 60 Inf 9 Inf Div WWII Joseph J. Cochran, Sgt COA 358 Inf WWI James L. Brooks, S2 US Navy WWI Tom B. Brooks, BMKR US Navy WWI Kent F. Cochran, 45 Inf Div Korean War

6: The 358th Infantry from Camp Travis, Texas to the Rhine WWI The 358th Infanntry came into existence under authority granted by War Dept. Order No. 101, August 8, 1917. Camp Travis, named in honor of Lieut. Col. W. B. Travis, defender of the Alamo in 1836, was designated under provisions of Gen. Order No. 95, War Depart., July 18, 1917 and was adjoining Fort Sam Houston on a high hill, overlooking San Antonio, Texas. Personnel and equipment began arriving Sept. 5, 1917. The enlisted men, from all walks of life, came from eastern Oklahoma. Training began at once. Beginning in March 1918 hundreds of men were transferred for duty overseas and by July 1st, the convoy or Regiment entered the Irish Seas, accompanied by a number of British submarine chasers and by a number of airplanes. On July 2nd, the Regiment disembarked at Liverpool and marched to a rest camp called Knotty Ash. The Regiment left Liverpool the 5th day of July by train enroute to Le Havre, France and then to Recey-sur-Curce. At this time the Regiment proceeded by marching to the towns where they were to be billited. The 358th Infantry assumed command of the sector opposite Fey-en-Haye, thus relieving the 18thth U.S. Infantry. This little village was in "No Man's Land," between the German and American lines.

7: This is the record of officers for efficient and meritorious services during operations at St. Mihiel Drive: Sgt Scuyler Haskins. As No. 2219446, Co. A, 358th Infantry, by his coolness under heavy machine gun and artillery fire he held his men under control. By his utter disregard of fire standing up and shooting at a machine gun he kept the morale of his platoon at the highest pitch. (friend of Cochran) Sgt. Joe Cochran. Co. A. 358th Infantry: On patrol of November 6, 1918, along the Meuse, opposite Stenay, under heavy machine gun and artillery fire, he showed rare presence of mind and great bravery. He brought back very important information concerning crossing of river by which many lives were saved. research more on this.

8: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Ruth Moselete Cohran

9: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother

10: Mother | Grandmother | Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Ruth Margery Cochran 1899 1965

11: Father | Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother

12: Joel Nail, considered the richest cattleman of Indian Territory in his day, came to Blue County in 1851, when he was one-year old, from Doaksville, Choctaw County. His father, Jonathan, came to what is now Nails Crossing, near Caddo, before there was a Caddo. Joel, who was of Choctaw and Chickasaw blood, grew up on the wild range, and built his own home in 1881 and started to rear a family. He is credited with building the first wire fence in Indian Territory, and drove a herd of cattle against it to see if it would hold. His wife, known as Mrs. Nail Ishtiopa, which means "Last" for Joel was the youngest, and his family called him "Stopie." His son, Oscar, was born in 1873. Lynch Baily Cochran married Viola "Nola" Welch Toole, part Choctaw and whose parents were Alford Toole and Belinda Yates. Might have been O'Toole but the family dropped the "O" because of the Irish heritage. They had three children: Joseph John, Lula Mosolete, and Dan. Grandparents were Joseph John and Ruth Margaret Cochran; great grandparents were Jefferson Davis and Annie Mosolete Brooks,

13: John Jacob Gray married Ruth Mosolete Cochran and had issue: Johnese Lizette and Therasa Mosolete. Johnese Lizette married Jim David Petty and had issue: Theresa Lynne and Lisa Gayle. Theresa Lynne married John Mosier and had issue: Franci Christina Mosier. Lisa Gayle married Greg Talley.

14: Our Father, John Gray When he lived in Sand Springs, OK he was an Airman. When he lived in Carroll County, AR he was a Deputy Sheriff 18n 1960. He also had a restricted radiotelephone operator permit in 1952, His pilot's license was a single and or multi-engine airplane in 1951. He was 74 inches tall , weighed 225 pounds, had brown hair and hazel eyes. 14 North Main Street, Sand Springs, OK

16: The Family Business Ruth, backed into the movie business, or perhaps, it rubbed off on her from her late husband, John Gray, who began sweeping out movies at age 13 before going on to own several of his own theaters. He worked in vaudeville, burlesque and silent movie theaters, throughout Texas and Oklahoma before moving to Arkansas. He told a story about Will Rogers' performance in one of the theaters he worked. John told a story about Will Rogers' vaudeville, rope-twirling act (early in his career) when the rest of the cast would go out for a smoke or to kill time during his performance. Ruth was born in Cox city, "just a crossoads in the oil fields" and John was born in Pauls Valley, met in Chickasha, Oklahoma during the war while she managed a Sherwin-Williams paint store. He owned the theater across the street form it. "It was sort of love-at-first-sight." After the birth of Johnese Lizette in 1953, they moved to Berryville and later to Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1955, where Therasa Mosolete was born in 1956. John purchased the New Basin Theater in Eureka Springs from Cecil and Verna Mayberry and the Main Theater in Berryville and operated both until his death in 1965. Ruth had always stayed at home and taken care of the children

17: until John became ill. She gradually became more and more involved in the business. After his death, she took on the entire responsibility of operating a theater: booking films, advertising, ordering supplies, cashiering, concession, projectionist, cleaning. She learned the projection booth when carbon arcs were used. She described it as "similar to a welding machine being fed carbons" where mirrors reflected the images. Later, state-of-the-art equipment, computers and Xenon bulbs, gas-filled bulbs that magnify the light to reflect the images replaced the carbon arcs. In 1972 she sold the businesses and moved to Fayetteville while both children attended the University of Arkansas. Within a few months, she went to work for Malco Theaters and was trained as an operator, where she was initiated and accepted into ITSE (the film-industry union) She was the ninth woman to be accepted, certified and approved by ITSE. In 1990? she was hired by Cobb Theatres to operate the Cinema 5 in Rogers at the Dixieland Mall, woring six days a wee, usually going in at 2:30 or 3 p.m. and staying until midnight, until she retired in 1979. Exceprts from "Movie Business Keeps Gray Young," NWA Times, March 5, 1990, Kay B. Hall, Staff Writer

19: Our Ancestors

20: Parents | Grandparents | Great Grandparents

22: This Little Chap Who Follows Me A careful man I ought to be For a little fellow follows me I do not dare to astray For fear he'll go the self same way. I cannot once escape his eyes What'er he sees me do, he trys Like me he says he's going to be This little chap who follows me. He thinks I am good and fine Believes in every word of mine The bad in me he must not see This little chap who follows me. So I must remember as I go Thu summer sun and winter snow I"m building for the years to be This little chap who follows me. Ruth Mosolete Gray

24: Guardian Beloved If I could climb as the stately Pine to the crest of the highest hill, I would catch the rays of the first spring dawn and rejoice with the daffodil. I would nod to the cock as he roused the day, sweep clean the mist from my valley floor, I would pluck a single dewy rose to place beside a forgotten door. I would dance with the wind as she passed me by, drink deep from the crystal stream. I would gently shade the restless soul who paused to rest and dream.

25: I would lift my head in the azure blue, race with the sun to the west, then gather my flocks from the purple haze and bring them home to rest. I would skip across the milky way, turn the stars on one by one, then hush the night with a gentle breeze, so all might rest when day is done. As I tucked my world to bed at night, I would bow my head and pray, lest I forget from my lofty height ... by earth bound feet of clay. Ruth Mosolete Gray

26: Toole History John Orleans Toole was born on January 30, 1852 and his brother, Joseph Yates Toole, Sr., was born on January 20, 1862 in Choctaw County, Alabama to Alfred Toole and Belinda (Yates) Toole. The brothers were of Irish and Choctaw parentage and were original enrollees of the Choctaw Nation. Their mother, being one-quarter blood Choctaw of the Oklafalaya district, was born in Alabama on February 23, 1822 to Allen Yates, a white man, and Millie Nale, a descendant of the Nale family of the Choctaw Nation. Thire father was born in Wayne County, Mississippi on February 5, 1818 to David Toole and Elizabeth (Evans) Toole. Alfred was reared in Mississippi and at age 23 commenced business for eight years in the mercantile trade at Marion, Mississippi. He later moved to Choctaw County, Alabama, where he farmed as well as engaged in the mercantile business. It was here that he met and married Belinda Yates, who was a student of the Amiens Mission of Mississippi. In 1870, the family went west toward the country of Belinda's people, the Choctaws and by 1878 established their final home in South Canadian in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. Here they farmed, raised livestock, and engaged in the mercantile business. Alfred became widely known as a man of means and good influence and a useful worker for the Democratic Party and the affairs of the Choctaw Nation.

27: John O. Toole becamse interested in Choctaw politics as a young man and he was repeatedly honored for his work by election to public office. He was the first elected County Clerk of Tobucksy County, Choctaw Nation and was later chosen to the lower house of the National Council. He also served as timber inspector for a number of years. John Married Etta Wynne, daughter of Dr. W.L. Wynne of Mississippi. They had one child, Mary Ada, who married J.T. Griffin. Joseph Yates Toole operated a mercantile business in Crowder and another in Canadian during territorial days and for a while after Oklahoma statehood. He later retired to farm and raise livestock. His family farm was located in Crowder and is now partially covered by Lake Eufaula. Joseph married Nellie Cope and had three children: John, Elizabeth, and Helen. After the death of his first wife, he married Maude (Burba) Foster, a widow with one son, Joe Burba. They had three children: Ada Elsi, J.Y., Jr., and Thomas Chapman. May 1996 "Bishinik," page 3

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