Wesley Whiteside Wilks (1884-1946)
Grandmother Erie Catharine
Taylor Wilks (1881-1951)
Erie kept a Journal we are fortunate to
have. Her life was interesting, but hard. At times she also kept
a diary. Having little time and little paper, her daily entries
usually consisted of the work accomplished.
For example, her tasks in February
1918 (during World War I) were typical and illustrate the
unrelenting labor required of a farm wife and mother, in addition
to caring for children and feeding her family:
(1) Helped move the fodder from
stall to the crib and patched pants.
(2) Fixed my dress and wrote to Jenkins [her brother in the Navy].
(3) Sunday, went to see Mrs. Parmer in afternoon.
(4) Helped shell a turn of corn and made soap.
(5) Made hominy & threshed out beans & mended Myrl's
(6) Washed and cut Grandpa's hair.
(7) Ironed and helped Willie fix the stall door and set out 1
gal. of onion sets.
(8) George and Ben Wilks came. I sewed some.
(11) Moved Grandpa's bed in his room, set out 1/2 gal. of onions
and fixed the toilet door. Fixed Dale's shoes. Fixed some hen
(13) Worked at Red Cross, gave ten cts.
(14) Made 3 ambulance pillows and sewed on my waist.
(15) Ironed. Edna came in afternoon.
(16) Patched stockings.
(18) Eyes too sore to work. Children all had German measles.
(19) Hauled dirt. Made a flower bed. Filled tubs and planted
tomatoes, pepper and cabbage seed.
(20) Helped kill red shoat and rendered lard. . . .
Sep 1937 at Pebble
Mound home ~ Standing: W. W. "Willie" Wilks, wife Erie
Taylor Wilks, Karl Wilks, Reta Wilks Ross, Vane Wilks. Front
row: Myrl Wilks McLean (shortly after she married Blake McLean),
Voy Wilks, Kirby Wilks, and Dale Wilks
1942 Kirby, W. W.,
and Voy Wilks
May 13, 1943, with
Dale, home on leave
1946 ~ This may be the
last picture taken of Grandpapa W. W. Wilks before he died, 26
1949, Erie Catharine Taylor
Wilks, with granddaughter Joy McLean behind her
After the death of W. W. Wilks on 26 Nov
1946, Erie and Kirby, her youngest child, continued living together
until 2-3 years after he married 25 Sep 1948 and brought his bride
Rita Merle Stroud home. The old house was drafty, without electricity
or bathroom, so they wanted to build a new house. Voy and Erie's
other children built a little house for her next to his at Carbon,
where he ran a laundry.
Erie died 30 Aug 1951 in the Gorman Hospital
following a stroke. She was buried beside her late husband, next
to his parents' graves in the Chalk Mtn. Cemetery.
Erie's grave, 31
Aug 1951, her children and their spouses, L to R: Charlie &
Reta Ross, Blake & Myrl McLean, Cora Wilks, Reta Merle Stroud
Wilks, Karl Wilks, Kirby, Dale, Myrtle, Loma, Voy, and Vane Wilks
31 Aug 1951, Erie'sher
grandhildren at her grave, L to R: Glyn Wilks (son of Karl) &
wife Joyce, Douglas Wilks (son of Karl), Koleta & Laquita
Wilks (daughters of Vane), Barbara, Sheron & Joy McLean (daughters
of Myrl Wilks), Doris Ross (daughter of Reta Wilks), Nell Wilks
(daughter of Karl), Ronald & Editha Wilks (children of Vane),
Monte & Jerry Ross (sons of Reta), Don & David Wilks
(sons of Karl). The infant held by Sheron was probably Voy's
daughter Ruth, and the two small children in front of Douglas
were Dale's son Charles & Voy's daughter Beth