I have vague memories of when my Uncle Jake was killed, but remember well all the wonderful stories about him that my family shared with me. He was a beautiful young man, that is reflected in the letters I have that he wrote home during the war. They told me how much he loved me and I miss not having him in my life growing up.
The picture was taken April 5, 1943 and he died September 1, 1943, he was 24 years old.
Ada Weekly News, April 30, 1925 Ada, Oklahoma
Eight Small Boys In 1925,
All in Army, War Work
E. C. Hearn, 321 West Fifteenth has in the last few days been looking fondly at a picture taken in 1925 of eight small boys, all but one barefooted, and thinking a bit abut where those young men are scattered about.
Three of the eight are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Hearn and a fourth is a nephew who had just come in to be with them when the picture was taken. The lads were sitting along a concrete culvert in the 400 block on West Seventeenth. The “littlest” was E.C. Hearn Jr, who was scared or mad or something as he was obviously howling noisily. And where are they now? Either in military service or in defense plants.
E. C Hearn, Jr is with 45th Division.
Jake Hearn is in bombardier school in Santa Ana, California.
Jack Hearn is in defense work in Fort Worth, Texas.
Their cousin J.C. Hearn is in defense work in Mississippi.
Alfred and Wilbourn Crow, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Olin Crow are in the Army, Alfred at Abilene and Wilbourn with the Forty-fifth.
Glen Witcher, son of W. J. Witcher is at Camp Barkley in the Army.
And C. Russell, son of Mrs. W. J. Witcher is with the U.S. Marines at San Diego, California.
(My Dad, Jack Hearn is 4th from the right. Shortly after this picture he joined the Navy and served on the USS Greenwood- De-79). Of the eight boys, two did not survive the war, Alfred Crow and my Uncle Jake Hearn)
My grandmother, Ida Bailey Mayfield Crow and her twin sister Ora Lucille Howard Crow,
born 24 October 1884, Sherman Grayson County, Texas.
Sarah Frances Chiles was born 7 July 1851 at Hickman Mills, Jackson County, Missouri, the daughter of Alexander Chiles and Letitia Rice. Sallie married Abel Marion Crow 28 September 1870 in Grayson County, Texas. She died 28 February 1927 in Ada, Pontotoc Co., Oklahoma.