Harold "Shorty" Writer, son of Charles Marion Writer and Esther Jane McMIllan, was born 4 September 1913 in rural Barry County near Cassville, Missouri. He married Capitola "Cap or Cappy"Potter of Jenkins, Barry County, Missouri, daughter of John Hastin Potter and Mary Isabelle "Belle" Fly. They had six children: Shirley Jean, Darla Sue, Janice Ann, Harold Wayne, Terry Max and Carla Denise Writer. Both "Shorty" and "Cap" are deceased - he in 1974 and she in 1976, All their children are alive except Darla Sue who died in 1997. She left two children - Rick and Tammy Allen and husband Elzie Allen. Shirley Jean married Vernon M.H. Chang and lives in northern California in Carmichael. She has three children, seven grandchildlren and one great grandaughter. Janice Ann married Donald Lee Williams of Berryville, Arkansas and has two daughters, Donesa Mann and Dana Williams. Donald died in 1977 in an auto accident and Janice is now married to Calvin Fish. Harold Wayne is living in Berryville, Arkansas and married Loretta Ray and they have four children. Wayne is a Minister of the Gospel in Berryville. Terry Max married Alice Perkins of Berryville, Arkansas and they live in Ozark, Missouri with two children. Carla Denise lives in Harrison, Arkansas and had three children with
Avery. They are now divorced and she is married to David Looper.