My great-grandfather was Buck and Cinthia Stroud's oldest child, born on October 11, 1865 in Madison County. He died there on August 22, 1939 at the age of 73. Farl married Sarah Elizabeth Sparks in 1898. Sarah was the daughter of James Milton Sparks and Nancy Orleana Bunch, and sister of her sister-in-law Easter's husband, Hiram. She was born in Madison County on August 1, 1874. Before her marriage to Farl, Sarah had been married (although we did not know this until long after her death) to Marion Francis Chapman; they were married in Purdy on October 9, 1892. He died on May 23, 1896. The information comes from an entry in the family Bible. I can find literally no information on Mr. Chapman - no birth record, death, census records from his childhood - so he is a complete mystery. I have a copy of a letter dated December 1896 from the James River Baptist Church of Christ stating that "Sister Sarah Chapman, a member of this church in good standing and full fellowship, and at her own request, is hereby dismissed from us when properly joined into another church of like faith and order." I've searched for a James River Baptist Church or James River Church of Christ in the area and found nothing. I did find the James River in Christian County, Missouri, so it's possible they moved to Missouri and she moved home after his death. So far, no luck in pinpointing any of this, but I'm still working on it.
|Farl, Sarah and children Easie and Earl about 1905|
|Easie & Earl about 1904|
|Beulah & Easie, probably early 1930's|
Farl was a successful farmer in War Eagle. My mother can remember visiting her grandparents on their farm. She said that her brother followed him around all the time when they were there; if you were looking for one, you would find the other. Later in life, he apparently had an accident when driving a buggy and was injured and permanently disabled. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of him later in his life, just the few that were taken and are shown here.
Farl and Sarah's son Charles Earl (called Earl) married Esther Harris. He remained in Madison County, working as a farmer and a clerk in the probate court, until the 1930's, when the family moved to Chelsea, Oklahoma. He operated a grocery store there, operated the Vinita stockyard, entered the insurance business and had a real estate company, the Stroud Agency. He and Esther had three sons; Douglas, Kenneth and Lee. His wife, Esther died in February of 1968 and Earl died in September 1969.
Earl Stroud's obituary:
Last rites for Earl Stroud, 69, well-known Chelsea businessman, were conducted at six o'clock Saturday afternoon in the First Christian Church by the Rev. Harvey Hardin, pator of the Big Cabin Christian church.
Music was presented by Mrs. Ulis Wilson, pianist, Mrs. Wilford Terry, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Snider, who sang "Precious Momories," and "Is This the Day?"; Mrs. Raymond A. Perkins, organist, and Mary Haney, who sang "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Bearers were George Botts, Harold D. Stroud, Jr., Eugene Stanfill, Pat Cornega, Jess Paret, and Roger D. Morris. Honorary pallbearers were J.P. Morgan, Harry Hendrickson, Lisle Wallingford, C.H. Morrison, Joe Morris, J.R. Johnston, Lonie DeLozier and Clarence Sheldon.
Burial was at Chelsea Cemetery under the direction of Paul Merriott Funeral Services.
Stroud died at 12:30 a.m. Friday in Craig General Hospital at Vinita where he had been taken three days before. He had been in ill health for several years.
Member of a pioneer Arkansas family, Stroud was the son of Earl (Farl) and Sarah Sparks Stroud. He was born at Huntsville May 3, 1900. Stroud grew up there, was educated in Arkansas schools.
Late in the 1930s Stroud moved with his family to Chelsea. He managed a grocery store here, and then, entered the livestock business, buying and sellig throughout this area. For a time, he operated the Vinita stockyard. In the 1950s he entered the insurance business, also dealing in real estate at the Stroud Agency.
Active in the Democratic party, Stroud was identified with politics in Arkansas. He served as clerk of Madison County.
He was member of the christian church.
Stroud and his wife, Esther Harris, celebraed their golden wedding anniversary before her death February 21, 1968.
Surviving are three sons, Douglas Stroud of Huntsville, Kenneth and Lee Stroud; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Wes Berry of Nowata and Beulah Easterling of Downey, Calif.
Esther Stroud's obituary:
Mrs. Earl (Esther) Stroud, 67, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 21, at the family home in Chelsea Okla. from an apparent heart attack. Apparently as well as usual, Mrs. Stroud had spent the day before in Tulsa.
Mrs. Stroud and her family moved to Chelsea in the late 1930s. A native of Huntsville, the former Esther Elizabeth Harris was born October 1, 1900, the daughter of J.S. and Virginia Easterling Harris. She grew up in Arkansas, making her home here until the family moved to Chelsea.
Mrs. Stroud was a member of the Christian church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Mrs. Stroud and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary November 25, 1967. They were married in 1917 in Huntsville.
Surviving is the husband; three sons, Douglas Stroud of Huntsville, Kenneth and Lee Stroud, both of Chelsea, Okla.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, a sister, Kate Windsor, Pampa, Texas; and three brothers, Jim Harris, Hindsville, Ark., Jess and Doyle Harris, untsville, Ark.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 23 in the First Christian Church with Rev. Harvey Hardin, pastor of the Big Cabin Christian Church, and Rev. Noel Easterling, Huntsville, officiating.
Burial was in the Chelsea cemetery under the direction of Paul Merriott Funeral Service.
Beulah married Arlis Easterling on February 23, 1937. She and Arlis had two sons, Michael and Larry, and lived most of their lives in Downey, California. She developed Alzheimer's disease and spent the last several years of her life in a nursing home in Springdale, Arkansas, before she passed away January 10, 1991 at age 76. Arlis died in April of 1996. They are buried at Huntsville Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas.
The Madison County Record
17 Jan 1991
Bulah M. Easterling, 76, of Springdale died Jan. 10, 1991, at Springdale. She was born March 9, 1914, at Huntsville, the daughter of W. F. and Sarah Sparks Stroud. She was a homemaker and a member of Robinson Avenue Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Arlis Easterling of the home; two sons, Michael Easterling of Reading, Pa., and Larry Easterling of Washington; two grandchildren, Nathan Easterling and Rachel Easterling, both of Redding; two nephews; and one niece.
Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Huntsville Church of Christ with Jim Caldwell officiating. Burial was in Huntsville Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Springdale.
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