IDA LEE WOOD


Ida was born July 1872 in Georgia. She died in Jacksonville sometime before 1940. I remember seeing her several times up until I was six or seven. She was first married to James M. Claude. They had one daughter, Eldridge. Ida's second husband was Bennett C. Parnell. She and Bennett C. Parnell had three children: Rufus, John K., and Clio

 


Ida and her sister Will

Ida's child by James M. Claude:

ELDRIDGE
She was born July 1896. She married James Madison "Matt" Mainor. They had nine children: Claude, Tom Daughtry, Clarence, Bertie Mae, Eldridge "Mamie," Charles "Charlie," Jaqueline "Jackie," Betty Jean. and Wilbur Ray. She died in 1935 soon after the birth of her last child, Ray. I heard my Uncle Eddie Braddock say more than once that Eldridge was a saint, if there ever was one. Her demeanor must have rubbed off on her children.  By this time, Claude had married and lived two blocks away. The four older children still at home, Tom, Clarence, Mae, and Mamie, were like parents, loving but tough, to the four younger ones, while Matt was working. My brother and I played at their house with Charlie many times between 1935 and 1940 and were treated like part of the family. If we were there during lunch, which we were most of the time, we were invited to share their meal. Being shifted back and forth between grandparents since the recent death of our father, the pleasure of the meal for my brother and I was enjoying the feeling of being part of a family. I could easily write an entire web page of the escapades of Charlie, my brother and me, and cousins Buddy Harden and Booster Kinsey. When an escapade even bordered on being mischievous, Charlie's four parental siblings would come down just as hard on my brother and me as they did Charlie.

Children of Eldridge Claude and James  Madison "Matt" Mainor:

1

Claude
He was born 12 April 1912. He married Anna Mae Dwitt in 1932 in Clay County, Florida. They had Jeanette, Vivian, and Barbara. Claude and his family lived on Danese Street in Jacksonville, Florida next door to Ambrosia Bakery where he worked, along with my father, as a baker. He also managed the Glyn Myra Methodist Church baseball team, which consisted mostly of his brothers and cousins. His brother Charlie, too young to play, and cousin Buddy Harden were bat boys. It's funny the things that stick in your mind. I remember him when I was about six standing on his steps and making a speech to his teammates, who were arrayed in front of him on the sidewalk, about needing uniforms. He ended his speech with, "All donations greatly appreciated." I had never heard the word "donations" before and wondered for the longest time what they were. Claude died 28 September 1988 in Ware County, Georgia.

 

Claude Mainor

2 Tom Daughtrey
He got the the middle name from his Grandmother Mainor, whose maiden name was Tennessee Daughtrey The only vital statistics I know of Tom is he was born around 1923, died in 1970, and was tall and slender. I don't remember any Mainor not being slender. He could also be stern when dealing with wayward younger siblings and cousins. When I was about eight, Tom's brother Charlie, my brother, and I swiped eight dollars from out Great-aunt Will Wood's purse and walked 16 blocks to the Capitol Theater where we bought tickets, loaded up with drinks, popcorn and candy, and ensconced ourselves in center seats midway down the aisle. No more than fifteen minutes into the first movie of a double feature, just when it was getting interesting, we heard our names being called in a loud whisper. We turned our faces to see Tom standing in aisle vigorously motioning with his finger, the expression on his face, lit by the movie screen, clearly conveying a message of doom. The trek back to the scene of the crime was the longest 16 blocks I ever walked, especially with Tom at our heels, not saying a word, every step of the way. One other thing I remember about Tom was he was an excellent baseball player on the Glyn Myra Methodist team brother Claude coached.
3 Clarence
He was born February 12, 1925 in Jacksonville. My few remembrances of him is he was a lot like Tom in appearance and demeanor and also an excellent baseball player on the Glyn Myra Methodist team. I've learned from research a little of his vital stastics. He married Jeanne P. Russell 1 May 1948 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They had one child, Gary. Clarence died 30 June 2002 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
4 Bertie Mae
 I remember little of Mae, as she was called, except she was always kind to my brother and me. She married C. W. Bishop.
5

Eldridge Mamie
My faint memories of Mamie are like those of Mae. Both were attractive and diligent in caring for their younger siblings. She married Fred H. Bowden. They had one daughter, Nancy Lou, who married Karl Lemming. Mamie died 12 Jun 2002 in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

6 Charles L.
Charlie, as all his cousin cohorts called him was born 16 Jul 1928 in Jacksonville, Florida. He married Carole (last name not known). They had John Keith, Kenny Jaye, Brett Allen, and Merri Ellen. 

Between the ages of five and ten, while living in the Springfield area of Jacksonville, off East 8th Street near Tallyrand Avenue, the activity I looked forward to most each day was hanging out with my brother Arnold (called "Kayo" back then), Booster Kinsey, Buddy Harden, and Charlie Mainor. Booster, being the oldest, and having a diabolical mind, usually dreamed up each day's adventure. But it was Charlie that made each exploit vividly memorable, even 70 years later, and interesting enough to have my kids clamoring for more Charlie Mainor stories when they were kids. He was a daredevil. There was only one thing  I ever saw him afraid of, a railroad cop. We were swimming off the trestle crossing Turtle Creek. Our short pants, the only apparel we wore--no shoes either--most of the time, lay in a pile on the trestle. Someone yelled, "Railroad cops!" You would have thought they had yelled, "Alligator!" by how fast we came out of the water, grabbed our short pants and took off flying down the track. Charlie was in the lead, I was two steps behind him. To this day, I can see in my mind's eye his scrawny behind a few feet in front of me. Another time, he, my brother, and I were on our way to watch the Glyn Myra baseball team practice. As we passed near Rosenbloom's, a joint at the corner of 8th and Jones. Charlie noticed several cases of empty beer bottles stacked outside the back door and decided to have a little fun at the expense of his brothers and cousins. We drained the little bit of beer left in the bottom each bottle into one bottle and snapped a clean looking cap on it. At practice, Charlie told them we had found a full bottle of beer. Almost every player took a swig. We started laughing before they reached bottom. When they asked what was funny, instead of Charlie inventing some sort of lie, he told them exactly what we had done, still smiling all the while at how well we had tricked them. My brother and I were smart enough to start running as soon as it became obvious he was going to spill all the beans and were well out of danger by the time he finished. Unlike us, Charlie didn't frighten easy, and he was wise enough to know that the worst they could do was threaten him.

Not only was Charlie fearless, he was loyal to his kinfolks. In 1938, my brother and I were placed in an orphanage in Loretto, below Jacksonville, for a year and a half. In reality, the orphanage was a man's farm and citrus orchard. We and the several other boys there were little more than slaves. One day, while picking fruit, we heard familiar voices calling our names. We looked up to see Charlie and Buddy Harden riding up on a bicycle. They had pedaled almost 20 miles, one way, alternating towing each, other just to see their two cousins. I didn't see Charlie again for 20 years. While visiting Uncle Eddie after I was grown, he took me to the house of one of the Mainor girls at Jacksonville Beach where they were having a family gathering. All those still living were there but Jackie and Ray. 

Apparently, Charlie's fearlessness carried over into manhood, as the official order awarding him the Silver Star for his "gallantry in action" during the Korean War well testifies:

 

HEADQUARTERS 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION
APO 24

GENERAL ORDERS                                                                                                         25 July 1950

NUMBER     60
SILVER STAR AWARDS

By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved 9 July 1918 (WD Bul. 43, 1918) and pursuant to authority in AR 600-45, the Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against the enemy in Korea, to the following named enlisted men:

Corporal Charles L. Mainor, RA14l47240, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company B, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, is awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 16 July 1950 near Taip-yong~ni, Korea. Corporal Mainor distinguished himself against an overwhelming number of enemy when the right flank of Company B was being overrun.  Company B was in a defensive position along the south flank of the Kum River. After several hours of intense fighting, Company B was being attacked from three sides and the enemy had gotten into foxholes in the company position. Corporal Mainor was assistant gunner for a 3.5 rocket launcher.  A shell from an enemy tank exploded in his foxhole destroying his rocket launcher and wounding him.  Corporal Mainor using his M-l rifle began firing on an enemy machine gun position approximately twenty feet from his foxhole.  A bullet strike on the top of Corporal Mainor's helmet dazed him and even though dazed and bleeding he continued to fire into the enemy machine-gun nest until he had killed all the enemy there.  He then took cover in a rice paddy and continued to fire at the oncoming enemy. When he began to "blackout" and could not see for intervals of time his platoon leader ordered him to the aid station but he refused to leave his platoon.  After part of the platoon had withdrawn Corporal Mainor withdrew only to return with a message.  He then guided the platoon over a safe route of withdrawal. The outstanding courage and devotion to duty by Corporal Mainor reflects the highest credit on himself and the Military Service.

The last time I saw him was at Jackie’s funeral here in Charleston in 1994. His wife, Carol, and daughter were with him. 

If it hadn't been for Charlie and Buddy and Booster involving us in so many Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn like adventures at such a critical time in the young lives of my brother and I, it is no telling how we would have turned out.

7 Jacqueline "Jackie"
She was born March 21, 1930 in Jacksonville, Florida. Less than five months older than I, she was the Mainor closest in age to me. She married Claude E. Jensen Jr. They had Claude E. III, Karen, Susan, Mary, and Virginia. I saw Jackie each of the many times I visited the Mainor home. She was like all her sibling, very caring and hospitable. She moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where I live, at some point after her marriage. In all her years of living here, I put off trying to contact her until it was too late. She died August 14, 1994.

8 Betty Jean
She was younger than I was, and I was young, so I don't remember anything to say about her other from our childhood days. She married Charles Coffey, and they had Michael, Deborah, Marjorie, Nancy, Lisa, and Daniel.
9 Wilbur Ray
Born 4 Mar 1935, Ray was little more than a toddler when I frequented the Mainor home. He Married Lorraine Barette. They had Sheryl, James Arthur, Douglas Paul, Judith Lynn, Loura Lee, Deanna Ray, and Pamela Sue.

Ida's Children by Bennett C. Parnell:

1 Rufus
He married Esther (last name unknown). They had Wynez. I vaguely remember seeing Rufus when I was a small child. All I know about him is he helped build Charleston's Cooper River Bridge in the late 1920s.
2 John Kile.
Everyone referred to him as "John K." 

He was born 10 Jan 1910 in Carrabelle, Florida. He married Irene (last name unknown). They had nine children: John Kile Jr., Robert Eugene, Richard Hugh, Donald Milton, Kenneth Wayne, Jimmy Dorsey,  Shirley Mae, Frederick Lynn, and Barbara Phyllis. 

Although I know I saw him more, as he was my father's first cousin and best friend, I only remember seeing him three times. The first was when I was about three. I walked with my parents, my brother, and my baby sister from our house on 8th, near Danese, to their house on Phoenix. My brother and I played with their several sons, who were about our ages, while the grownups visited.  The next time was a few weeks later at a yard party at our house. I had gotten sick from eating too many bananas and had been given a dose of castor oil. I vividly remember seeing John K. and Irene among the crowd gathered around me as I sat on a pot, coaxing me to do something in the pot. The last time I saw John K. was over 60 years later. I knew very little about my father as he died when I was five. While visiting Jacksonville I visited him as he was the only one left who knew my father well enough from whom I could learn some things about him. By now, John K. was well into his eighties and extremely hard of hearing. My also being hard of hearing, I learned almost nothing about my father, other than John K. occasionally saying, "He was a good man."

John K. died in May 2002 at the age of 92.

John K. and Irene

John K. and son

3 Clio "Red"
He was married to Opal (last name not known) and they had least two children whose names I don't remember.  I remember seeing Red a few time when I was a kid in Jacksonville. 


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