Oldham Family History

OLDHAM, Monroe Wilson

Male 1913 - 1983  (70 years)


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  • Name OLDHAM, Monroe Wilson 
    Born 23 Jul 1913  Cato, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Dec 1983  Hartsville, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 14 Dec 1983  Hartsville Memorial Gardens, Hartville, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • The Monroe Oldham family lived on a farm for several years. Monroe was born on Honey Prong of Dog Branch of Dixon Creek. He attended school at Cato through the 8th grade. Monroe was a dirt farmer from childhood until 1951. He farmed tobacco, corn, hogs, milk, cattle and hay. He got a job with the State Highway Department and stayed there 26 years until his retirement. In 1951 Monroe began working for the State of Tennessee Department of Highways. The moved to Hartsville at this time. Monroe was foreman for some years before his retirement. He worked with Trousdale County Crews, and was foreman when he retired (maintenance). He was an outdoorsman. He hunted raccoons, possums, minks and muskrats. He was also a fox hunter. He was a member of the Coonhunters Association.

      He was a great fan of the Trousdale County High athletes. He follow ed the Yellow Jacket Football teams for 40 years. He also watched basketball, baseball and went to see Little Leaguers play whether he had family playing or not. Heddsr the last 20 years of his life. He knew, in a given season, most of the high school atheletes well enough to discuss games with them. Monroe Oldham traded in pocket knives and whittled almost constantly when he was outside - usually red cedar stick. He chewed tobacco and smoked to exess - probably shortening his life.

      His health failed badly 2 years before his death. He had too much fluid on his brain, emphysema, diabetes and heart failure. As an 8th grader he was a member of one of Cato's school's great basketball teams. This team was coached by mr...rl Beasley, Grady Merryman and Raymond Parker. They only lost one game the whole year, to Pleasant Shade. Monroe Oldham always felt that former U. S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr., had mistreated them in the game. Senator Gore was Pleasant Shade's Principal and also the referee. The game was decided by a single goal.

      They played on outside clay courts. The game was very slow paced with final scores ending up 12 to 10 or 11 to 6. More like a baseball score of today. Monroe Oldham was a Democrat. He never sought nor held public office. He was a memn street Missionary Baptist Church. He was made a Deacon of this church.

      He was the writer's father. This writer believes he would have done well as an athletic coach if he had been educated to the task. He was a pretty good scout of opposing teams for the Yellow Jackets. He could pretty well judge how weller's tosses. He was gone from home much of the time. He liked being out where the action was. He carried on a lot of foolishness.

      He almost always had a close friend to share activities with such as his friend Luther(Soap) Johnson, with whom he hunted for more than 40 years. He never had much money He didn't seem to really care about a lot of money. He enjoyed thek. He liked African American food and enjoyed black music and songs, especially church songs.

      Monroe and Marietta have three sons, Paul, Carl and Sam and one daughter,Betty. All the children graduated from Trousdale County High School. The Family is Missionary Baptist. Monroe died of a heart attack.
    Person ID I23442  oldham
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2017 

    Father OLDHAM, Samuel Nelson,   b. 29 Nov 1886, Smith County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1970, Dixon Springs, Smith County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother COTHRON, Beulah Elizabeth aka Bulla,   b. 20 Sep 1885, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1952, Dixon Springs, Smith County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F9422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family BROCKETT, Marietta,   b. 26 Jan 1914, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Hartsville Memorial Gardens, Hartville, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Dec 1931  Scottsville, Allen County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. OLDHAM, Sammy Brockett,   b. Yes, date unknown
     2. OLDHAM, Betty Dee,   b. Yes, date unknown
     3. OLDHAM, Paul Dean
     4. OLDHAM, Carl H.
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F9448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jul 1913 - Cato, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Dec 1931 - Scottsville, Allen County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Dec 1983 - Hartsville, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Dec 1983 - Hartsville Memorial Gardens, Hartville, Trousdale County, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1331] Smith Co History.