Last updated 25 Feb 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Born: Abt 1913 in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States
Died: 10 Nov 1992 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States
Spouse/Partner: Marguerite Eleanor Caswell (1916 – ?)
Married: Jun 1937 in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, United States
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
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
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]
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/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]
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