I will try and write a few remembrances of our family. I really don't know or recall hearing much of Mama and Papa's life before they were married, except to know that they both lost their fathers early, and also Mama lost her mother at 14. She lived with her brothers and sisters until she and Papa married when she was 17. Mama, of course, was the youngest of her family.
Papa was planning on going to Hardin Simmons College at Abilene, and if I recall correctly, he had already enrolled there when Grandpa Carrell died. He was only 39, and they said apparently died from a ruptured appendix. Papa, of course, had to go home to help Grandma with her large family.