Your writer received a phone call a couple of weeks ago from Roma Nell Bullock Sanders offering to show me where the school buildings for Lone Oak and Ebenezer Schools were located many years ago. Roma Nell grew up out in the area of these two schools, and I look forward to the guided tour out west of Rector on my next trip down to Rector. My article about these two schools appeared in the March 9, 2016, issue.
Clay County Independent
Editor, Ben Daulton
Mrs. Esther McAnally
News of the death of Mrs. Esther McAnally (nee Cox), who died at Palm Beach, Florida, last Friday, reached Rector Sunday night. Mrs. McAnally for several years was connected with the Rector Vitascope, working at the printing trade until her marriage to Mr. McAnally several years ago. The Rector and Clay County friends of Mrs. McAnally will regret very much to learn of her death. The time and place of the funeral was not announced locally.
Esther M. Jones, daughter of D.W. Jones and Settie Chase, was born in Rector in 1892 after her parents migrated here from Kansas. This 1926 news article about Esther's death should have her maiden name as Jones, not Cox.
Esther's father, D.W. Jones, died in 1897, and her mother, Settie, then married Charles M. Cox in 1898. Settie was a school teacher in Rector, and Charles was a lawyer. The two of them were the first editors of the Rector Vitascope newspaper that was started in 1902.
Esther M. Jones married Herschel L. McAnally in 1911 in Rector. Mr. McAnally had moved to Rector from Jackson, Tenn., and was a business partner with William C. Cochran, selling Chevrolet vehicles. Herschel and Esther moved to Jackson, Tenn., in about 1919.
Esther M. Jones McAnally was only 34 years old when she died in 1926 in Florida. She was buried in Jackson, Tenn., in the Hollywood Cemetery. Her husband, Herschel, died in 1949.
Any further information on these families would be appreciated.