A History of Crosby County 1876-1977 Page: 349
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Principal, Moyne L. Kelly, Leatherwood School
By late summer of their first year, 1920,
the young couple were employed at the
Methodist Home at Waco where they
served in many capacities the 400 children
living there. So, at 18, Helen became foster
mother of 40 little boys in their dormitory
home. One little fellow, thinking her to be
about 45 years old, questioned her about
her age. She turned him off with, "I'm old
enough." And "old enough" they both
proved to be, giving the best of their lives
- twelve years - at the Home. During
this time, Moyne served as manager of the
broom factory, farm, dairy, recreational
director and finally as principal of the
Home Grammar School. Here, at Waco
their first daughter, Helen Juanita, was
born Feb. 19, 1925. From 1925 to 1930,
Moyne was given an opportunity to do
part-time teaching and obtain B.A. and
M.A. degrees while, as he says, Helen
made the living.
Then, in 1932, the family moved to Lons-
dale, Ark., where Moyne taught in an eight-
months rural school at $80 per month. The
next year, 1933, Moyne brought his wife
and daughter, and his mother and stepfa-
ther to Crosby Co. He became principal of
the three-teacher Leatherwood School.
Helen, Betty Lou and Helen Juanita Kelly, 1934.
Here, Jan. 17, 1934, at Broadway on East
Plains of Crosby Co., a second daughter,
Betty Lou, was born, delivered by Dr. Park-
The Kelly family next moved to Lubbock
Co. where Moyne became superintendent
of Roosevelt Consolidated School from
1936-38. Then in 1938-41, Moyne moved
to Afton and assumed the duties of super-
intendent of Patton Springs School. In
1941 Helen Juanita was graduated from
Patton Springs and another move was
made. From 1941-44 the family lived in
Austin so Helen Juanita could attend Uni-
versity of Texas and also Moyne could
work on his Ph.D. degree.
From 1944-49, Moyne was superintend-
ent of State Home of Corsicana, and the
family lived there. In 1949 he was
appointed executive director of Texas
Board of Hospitals and Special Schools
and the family moved back to Austin. From
there, in 1951, they moved to Kerrville
where he was superintendent of Kerrville
Moyne L. and Helen Kelly.
In 1952 the Kellys bought their farm
home at Afton, and Moyne started teach-
ing school again at Patton Springs. During
the years 1954-58, Moyne was given a
leave of absence from school to serve two
regular sessions and two special sessions
in the House of Representatives of Texas
Legislature. In 1968, Moyne was again
elected superintendent of Patton Springs
School and served in this capacity until his
retirement June 30, 1970.
Many miles now separate the Kelly fam-
ily. Helen Juanita, graduate of Texas Uni-
versity, is married to a chemical engineer,
W. A. Burns, of the Richland, Wash.
Atomic Energy Project, and they have two
children, a girl and a boy. She is presently
teaching girls physical education in Rich-
land High School. Betty, also a Texas Uni-
versity graduate, is married to a rancher,
G. H. Harfst, Jr., of El Campo and they
have three children, two girls and a boy.
M. L. and Helen celebrated their 50th
anniversary in Dec., 1969.
WILLIE KELSO FAMILY
Willie Kelso, born Oct. 17, 1913, in Red
River Co., Tex., was the son of Walter Lee
Kelso (June 3, 1891, September 1937),
and Ruthie Keith Kelso (born July 3, 1894,
in Hopkins County). Willie Kelso's paternal
grandparents were Jasper and Mary Alice
Womack Kelso. Maternal grandparents
were Percy Keith of Kentucky and Missouri
Jane Coe of Alabama, daughter of Isaac
Annie Kelso was born May 21, 1915 in
Washita Co., Okla., to Henry Mitchell and
Mary Casora Cantwell. Henry Mitchell,
Feb. 15, 1884, was the son of Dennis C.
Mitchell of Virginia and Mary Ann Plumley
who died when Henry was 15. Henry D.
Mitchell moved with his parents to Indian
Territory near Marlow, Okla. in 1886. They
crossed Red River on a ferry boat. He tells
the story of his childhood when his mother,
Mary Ann, had dinner on the table and in
walked four or five big Indians. The Indians
ate all they could hold and carried off the
rest while the family backed up in the cor-
ner scared to death. The Indians left with-
out harming them.
Annie Kelso's mother, Mary Casora
Cantwell, born Dec. 10, 1884 and died
Dec. 7, 1937, the daughter of Wilson Alex-
ander Cantwell (Jan. 31, 1862) and Amy
Elizabeth Kuykendall, who died young.
Alexander Cantwell tells the story of when
he and his brother went on horseback to
get the cows. Indians started chasing
them. Alexander outran them, but he never
saw his brother again. He was probably
killed because Cantwell looked for his
brother until he (Cantwell) died in his 80's.
Cantwell was one of the early frontier set-
tlers in western Washita County, Okla. He
claimed and then bought a section of
Kiowa Co. near Mountain View, Okla.,
where he later settled.
Henry and Mary Casora Mitchell had
eight children, all born in Washita County.
They were Ella May Mitchell (10-6-1906),
Mary Oletha Mitchell (10-5-1909); Effie
Elizabeth Mitchell (7-18-1912); Annie Ver-
netta Mitchell (2-5-1925); Rosa Lenora
Mitchell (10-14-1918); Eva Addelene Mitc-
hell (8-25-1922); Herman Denton Mitchell
(2-5-1925); Naomi Edith Mitchell (8-12-
Willie Kelso and Annie Vernetta Mitchell
were married in Cordell, Okla., in 1932.
Willie and Annie Kelso moved from Dun-
can, Okla., to Rails vicinity in September,
Their children are: Henry Donald Kelso,
born Oct. 25, 1935, Duncan, Okla.; Betty
Ruth Kelso born Jan. 11, 1938, Crosby
Co.; Tommy William Kelso born June 5,
1941, Crosby Co.; Dewayne Floyd Kelso,
Nov. 23, 1946, Crosby Co.; and David Lee
Kelso, Dec. 31, 1957, Crosby Co.
THE 0. H. KEMP, SR. FAMILY
Burrell Thomas Kemp, born Sept. 21,
1855, was married Sept. 24, 1876 to Julia
Ann Harris, born Feb. 12, 1858. To this
couple four children were born: Fannie D.
Kemp born Nov. 28, 1882; Earl B. Kemp
born Sept. 28, 1888; Omer H. Kemp born
May 21, 1897; and Roy A. Kemp born Aug.
The father of these four children, B. T.
Kemp, was a native Texan, born in Linden
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