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Letha Blanche McDougald (b. June 02, 1903, d. March 22, 1986)Letha Blanche McDougald was born June 02, 1903 in Jersey, Bradley County AR, and died March 22, 1986 in Enon, Drew County, AR.She married Giles Lamont Bourdeaux on November 26, 1921 in Enon, Drew County, AR, son of Francis Marion Bourdeaux and Rebecca Thankful Lamb.
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Blanche McDougald came to Drew Co to teach years when she was about 17 years old. She had previously taught in Gravel Ridge, in Bradley Co. In Gravel Ridge, she had among her students, O J Belin (many years later, O J's son would marry Blanche's granddaughter, Amy Bishop). After arriving in Drew County, Blanche quickly made friends, one of whom was Pearl McNeese. Pearl, who lived with her maternal grandmother, often invited Blanche to come and stay overnight on the weekends. G L Bordeaux, Pearl's uncle, also lived there having recently returning after being widowed in July 1918. Monty (as G L was known) didn't take long to notice Blanche, and his five year old daughter, Valda Juanita, was also smitten with her. Within a year Monty and Blanche married and Juanita, who had lived with her Dawson grandparents since her mother's death, was reunited with her father and new mother. The couple moved out of Monty's mother's home, settling nearby. The following month Pearl married and Monty's mother sold her home and moved in with Monty, Blanche and Juanita. During the next twelve years Blanche gave birth to six children. Her first child, a son, was born in 1922, and weighed only 2 pounds. The doctor came immediately to check on the mother and child. He told the couple not to name the baby, because he was certain the infant would soon be dead. The doctor was still making the same prediction six months later, but Blanche refused to give up on her infant son. That child, Austin Otto, is still going strong in 1998! When Blanche became pregnant a second time, she was determined that this baby would not be as small as Austin had been. Her second son, born in 1923, weighed 12 pounds, but was stillborn. Besides raising children, Blanche helped Monty run a small store for several years. (The building still remains on the highway between Enon and Collins.) Later, she returned to teaching. The school where she taught still stands in the Enon community on Hwy 35. Blanche managed three grades in one classroom and also assisted with the lunch preparation. The school consisted (if I recall correctly) two buildings. One looked like it had at one time been a small church, The other building had two or three rooms, which housed Blanche's classroom, the kitchen, and another small room. Lunch was served on metal plate type trays, which she washed after lunch while the children went outside to play. In 1960 Blanche and her husband hosted a McDougald family reunion at their home in Enon. The event took place on a Tuesday, July 12. Attending the outdoor picnic lunch were: Roy McDougald, Detroit, MI; Hayden and Betty Hale and children Gary, Valerie and Alison of Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, FL; William and Dorothy McDougald and son Jim of Pontiac, MI; Lydia Kiper of Bloomington, IL; Jessie and Virgil Haygood of Star City, AR; Louis and Marvin Vines and children Johnny, Tommy, Becky, and Sheila of Little Rock, AR; Grady and Gertrude Haygood and children, Glenda and Ginger of Star City; Onita McFalls and children Charlotte, Cindy Jo, Carol and Connie of Star City; Margaret Sothern of Greenville, MI; Floy and Jeff Davis of Jersey, AR; Naomi Hayden of Little Rock; Austin and Alma Bordeaux and children, Christy and Byron of Wilmot, AR; Evelyn and Eland Simpson and children Ronnie and Judy of Fort Smith, AR; Elsie and Elroy Phillips and children, Sandra and Ray of Pine Bluff, AR; Hyancith McDougald of Pine Bluff; Kenneth and Patricia McDougald and children Paul and Steven of Richmond, CA; Lewis and Dorothy McDougald and daughter Diane of Pine Bluff; Maude McDougald of Arsenal, AR; Elizabeth Coker of Arsenal; W D McDougald, Sr, and children Donald, Jimmie, Betsy and Dixie, Pompano Beach, FL; Versa McDougald of Jersey; Lloyd and Connie Moseley and daughter Sally of Ridgewood, NJ; Connie Faust of Williamsport, PA; Bernie and Vera Moseley of San Antonio, TX; Bill Grissom of North Little Rock, AR; Late afternoon visitors were Mr and Mrs Doyle Rowland of Dumas, AR; Mr and Mrs J E Langston and Mrs Omega Mansfield of Monticello.
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Burial: Unknown, Enon Cemetery, Drew County, AR.
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Marriage: November 26, 1921, Enon, Drew County, AR.