Frank Edward Story was born in Axtell, McLennan County, Texas on May 16, 1892. He was the youngest and sole surviving son of Jennie Elizabeth Curbow and Robert Alexander Story. He was known to his family and friends as “Ed.”
Ed was a World War I veteran. On his draft registration card he is listed as a self-employed farmer. He describes himself as being of medium height and slender build with brown hair and brown eyes.
Ed was a private in Company B, 326th Infantry, 82nd Division of the United States Army during World War I. The division consisted entirely of newly conscripted soldiers and deployment was to Le Havre, France in 1918. This division spent much time in the British-held region of Somme directly on the front lines. I do not know when Ed was discharged from the military. McLennan County has his discharge papers on file, but they will not release them to me for privacy reasons.
Based on the census records, we know that Ed returned to Axtell after his service in World War I. According to his death certificate, Frank worked at a cotton gin.
Although there are questions to be answered regarding Ed’s marital status, it does appear that he married at least one time and possibly twice. He stated on his World War I draft registration card (which he filled out in 1917) that he was married. By 1920 he is listed in the census as a widower. I have not been able to locate a marriage record for him in McLennan County, Texas that matches these dates. However, there is a marriage record in McLennan County for: F. E. Story x Doris L. Story on Feb. 14, 1924 (married in the Methodist Church). Interestingly, there is another marriage record for Doris L. Storey x W. C. Price on 11 October 1923 in McLennan County. Who Doris L. Story is – and who W. C. Price is – and how they fit into the life of Frank Edward Story – is unknown to me at this time.
Even though I have never found any children with Ed Story in the census records, his father’s obituary states that he had a granddaughter – Lowell Story. (Frank Edward Story’s obituary does not mention any children that may have survived him.)
Frank Edward Story lived out his life in Axtell, Texas, and died in the Veteran’s Hospital at Marlin, Falls County, Texas on 28 Apr 1954. He is buried in Axtell Cemetery with his parents.
F. E. Story, 61, of Axtell, Dies – F. E. (Ed) Story, 61, of Axtell died at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a Marlin Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson-Hatch Chapel, burial in Axtell Cemetery. James A. Edmond Post 121, American Legion, will have charge of graveside services. Surviving are four cousins, Mrs. L. J. Campbell, Mrs. Eugenia Holley (daughter of Joseph Story and Mary Susan Blake ) and Miss Belle Lytle (daughter of Lucinda Curbow and William Henry Lytle), all of Waco and Mrs. Elma Barrett (daughter of Joseph Story and Mary Susan Blake ) of Axtell.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knows who Lowell Story was/is.