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Earle Meadows

Last updated 25 Feb 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Abt 1913 in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States

Died: 10 Nov 1992 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
name

periodical-earle-meadows-secretly-wed-1937: “Earle Meadows Secretly Wed,” sports news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 10 Jun 2018) > “United States of America > California > Los Angeles > The Los Angeles Times > 1937 > 12 > 14” page 31; citing “Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California), 14 Dec 1937 (Tuesday), Part 2, page 11, column 5”

Comment: Source includes name (Earle Meadows).

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birth

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source includes age (79) and location (Corinth, Miss). Using death date of 10 Nov 1992 gives a birth date range from 11 Nov 1912 to 10 Nov 1913.

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death

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date ([last] Tuesday [10 Nov 1992]) and location (Fort Worth [, Texas]).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Marguerite Eleanor Caswell (1916 – ?)

Married: Jun 1937 in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

periodical-earle-meadows-secretly-wed-1937: “Earle Meadows Secretly Wed,” sports news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 10 Jun 2018) > “United States of America > California > Los Angeles > The Los Angeles Times > 1937 > 12 > 14” page 31; citing “Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California), 14 Dec 1937 (Tuesday), Part 2, page 11, column 5”

Comment: Source includes indirect date ("yesterday ... had been married for nearly six months") and location (Yuma, Ariz.). This suggests June 1937 since the story was published 14 Dec 1937.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: 16 Nov 1992 at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

Graduation: (R.L. Paschal Senior High School) Abt 1932 at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

Graduation: (University of Southern California) 1936 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Cemetery: (Larurel Land Memorial Park) at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date ([next] Monday [16 Nov 1992]) and location (Laurel Land Memorial Park [, Fort Worth, Texas]).

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source notes Earle graduated from R.L. Paschal Senior High School.

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source includes graduation year (1936) and college (University of Sourthern California).

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source includes location (Laurel Land Memorial Park [, Fort Worth, Texas]).

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Attributes

Residence: Abt 1927 at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

Education: (University of Texas at Austin) Aft 1936 at Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States

Religion: (Baptist)

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source includes relative date (65 years [before publication on 15 Nov 1992]) and location (Fort Worth [, Texas]).

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source notes Earle studed for his graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

Comment: Source identifies Earle Meadows as a Baptist.

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Earle won the gold medal in pole vault at the 1936 Olympics. [obituary-earle-meadows-1992]

Earle married Marguerite Caswell some six months before telling anyone, even Marguerite's father, Clyde Caswell. According to the Los Angeles Times, "... when the [USC] Trojans and Stanford tangled for high-point honors in the conference meet at the Coliseum last May 29, Meadows and Miss Caswell agreed that if he suceeded in breaking the world's pole-vault record of 14ft. 8-1/2in. they'd celebrate by getting married./He did---and they did." [periodical-earl-meadows-secretly-wed]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

periodical-earle-meadows-secretly-wed-1937: “Earle Meadows Secretly Wed,” sports news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 10 Jun 2018) > “United States of America > California > Los Angeles > The Los Angeles Times > 1937 > 12 > 14” page 31; citing “Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California), 14 Dec 1937 (Tuesday), Part 2, page 11, column 5”

obituary-earle-meadows-1992: Obituary for Earl Meadows (1992); “Earle Meadows,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 24 May 2020), image “United States of America > Texas > Fort Worth > Fort Worth Star-Telegram > 1992 > 11 > 15 > pm-final-edition" page 37; citing “Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 15 Nov 1992 (Sunday), page A-37, column 3”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

Earle may have been born on 29 Jun 1913, based on a sports biography on the USA Track & Field's Hall of Fame. <http://www.usatf.org/HallOfFame/TF/showBio.asp?HOFIDs=224> (accessed 15 June 2018)

Multiple records indicate that Earle was born in Corinth, Mississippi. However, there are two Corinth place names in Mississippi. One is unincorporated area in Perry County, the other is a town of 5,000+ as of 2010 and is the county seat of Alcorn County. I strongly expect the latter is the correct location, but I don't have direct evidence for that yet.

Earle was awarded a scholarship to USC. Since he proved to be a track star (pole vault) at USC, was the scholarship for sports? [obituary-earl-meadows-1992]

Sources

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