Lifetimes of Memories: Voices of Barry County

Volume 17

Narrators Include: Doyle Bowman, Ralph Hilburn, and Dortha (Bush) Roller
Doyle Bowman Doyle Bowman, son of Seigle and Pearl (Potter) Bowman, was born in 1925, and delivered by Dr. B.B. Kelley. Mr. Bowman shares his vivid recollections of growing up in the Arnhart community. Rural life in that day and time included strawberry picking, growing tomatoes, harvesting apples, and making molasses. He also relates his memories of serving in World War II, his many years as an area educator, and his wonderful family. His interviews were conducted during the winter of 2008-2009.
Doyle Bowman
Ralph Hilburn Ralph was born with a handicap and spent many weeks in Kansas City hospitals through the generosity of the Crippled Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Health. Ralph was one of 12 children born to Harvey and Lona (Richardson) Hilburn, and he relates many stories about his family while living in several different communities in Barry County. The family has always been very musical and their talent is showcased by Ralph's many stories of growing up in Butterfield. Ralph's interviews took place in 2008.
Ralph Hilburn
Dortha Roller Dortha tells of being raised in a family of six children on a farm near Hungry Hollow. After returning from World War I, her father was a carpenter and farmer, and raised Leghorn chickens. The family had a strong faith and attended Merl's Chapel Church for many years. Dortha and Lyle Roller were secretly married in 1941. Dortha tragically lost her husband to cancer early in life, but she went to work outside the home and continued to raise their three children. She currently lives in Monett. These interviews took place in 2009.
Dortha (Bush) Roller
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