Sunday, November 15, 2015
11/27/1913, born in Biloxi, MS; the daughter of 2. Joseph Charles Cox and 3. Ruby Lee Gollott. (S) Birth Certificate.
1913-14, Trula lives with her parents at 418 Pine St., Biloxi, MS.
3/19/1914, Roland lived at “Clarence” in the Benndale district, GeoCo. (S) Birth Cert. of his brother Louis Lee.
11/18/1916, Trula lives with her parents at 418 Pine St., Biloxi, MS.
9/12/1918, Roland lives in Wiggins, Stone County. (S) WWI Reg. Card of his father Dave, who has a business in Wiggins; and is self-employed as a road contractor.
4/9/1923, Trula lives with her parents at 333 Maple St. in Biloxi.
~1924, Roland quit school (only going through 7th grade) to go to work. [The area in which they lived primarily supported the lumber industry.]
1927, Roland moved with his family to Biloxi, MS.
10/1929, The stock market crashed beginning “The Great Depression”, which would last ten years.
~1930, Trula quit school to go to work. She went to work in a fish factory in Biloxi MS.
~1930, Roland worked in the construction of the MS Gulf Coast seawall.
1931, Trula lives at 611 Maple Ave. (S) 1931 Biloxi City Dir.
1935, Roland lived in Biloxi. (S) 1940 Census.
1935, Trula lives with her family in Biloxi.
1936, Roland is a truck driver living with his parents at 1718 E Howard Ave. (S) 1936 Biloxi City Dir.
1936, Trula a “schucker”, working in an oyster cannery in Biloxi.
4/6/1939 Roland married Trula in Biloxi MS. (S) Marriage Certificate, MS, Harrison Co.
1939, Roland earned $864, Trula earned $200.
1939, Japan and China go to war; Germany invades Poland.
4/10/1940, Roland and Trula live at 501 Maple St., Biloxi, MS. They are renting their house for $8 a month. Roland is a truck driver for a seafood company. Trula is a “seafood picker” for a seafood factory. Roland had completed 8th grade. Trula had 3 years of high school. (S) 1940 Census.
12/7/1941, Japan attacks Pearl Harbor drawing the US into WWII.
1942, Roland taught his niece Pal, daughter of Viola, to drive. (S) Pal.
10/19/1942, Roland enlisted in the USCG in New Orleans, LA.
10/26/1942, Roland in the Coast Guard, living at 611 Maple St., Biloxi, MS. (S) Birth Certificate of son.
1944, Roland assigned to a ship going to the South Pacific. Roland took a Navy boat around to Los Angeles, CA, his point of departure, via the Panama Canal. Everyone else was seasick, and Roland had to stear the boat. Trula caught a train to Los Angeles. He had a few days leave, during which they spent a lot of time at the beach. He got sick, and missed his initial boat. The initial boat he was assigned to never reached its destination, and was presumed sunk with all on board. Trula returned by train to MS. (S) Roland.
11/25/1944, Roland’s mother died.
1/10/1945 to 3/9/1945, Roland served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Wilmington.
11/7/1945, Roland released from the service as a “Coxswain” with an Honorable Discharge.
6/7/1947, They were living in Biloxi, MS. (S) Birth Certificate of son.
~1948, Roland operated a bar, called the 3R’s (on Old Highway 49) in north Gulfport. (S) Roland. [Roland remembers being run under a faucit out back of the house as part of his “bath”.]
1/1950, Roland drove his niece Pal back to school at Ole Miss in a snow storm. (S) Pal.
~1950, Roland became a Captain of a large fishing boat for a cat-food company. [Some of the boats he eventually captained included: Molly Dodger (a converted PT boat), Trade Winds, Ruby Marie, Lois C.]
1951, Roland works as a trucker for his sister Viola who had a contract with Herrin Motor Co. to haul freight. (S) Pal.
8/15/1951, Their residence was RFD#2, Box47B, Gulfport, MS. (S) Birth Certificate of son.
2/17/1953, Roland & Trula and the extended family went to the Biloxi Maudi Gras parade where the children of the families road on a float. (S) Photos from the parade.
1953, Roland & Trula living in Orange Grove, MS. (S) School photo of eldest son.
1954, Roland moved the family to Port Isabel, TX. Roland used Mexican workers on his boat. His boat was impounded by the Mexican government for fishing in Mexican waters. (S) Pal.
1954, Roland returned to MS to work with his brother Bill on Pogey boats for the cat food plant.
1954, Roland & Trula living in Pascagoula, MS. (S) School photo of eldest son.
1957, David R, a fisherman, and Trula C live at 1107 Cheerokee St. (S) 1957 Pascagoula City Dir.
7/13/1958, Trula’s father died.
1959, David R, a fisherman for Quaker Oaks Co., and Trula C, a waitress at Ingalls Ship Yard, live at 1107 Cheerokee St. (S) 1959 Pascagoula City Dir.
5/9/1959, Roland’s father died.
1959, They moved to 2213 22nd Ave, at the intersection of 22nd St, Gulfport, MS. They leased the Palms Drive Inn at this location from David’s sister Viola. They lived in a house on the property.
Winter/1961, The family took a driving vacation to Akron, OH to visit a cousin of Trula.
7/1962, The family took a driving vacation to Disney Land in Los Angeles, CA.
12/1963, The family took a driving vacation to Washington D.C.
1963, Roland Sr. bought a trailer from Trula’s Aunt Trula [Feldman] for $1800 which was placed on a campsite they had bought on the Pascagoula river. They stayed there mostly on weekends to go fishing.
2/8/1965 Roland died in Gulfport, MS; (S) Death Certificate, MS. Burial: Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi, MS; next to his wife.
1965, Trula, using $2000 received after Roland died, bought a family home at 2304 Bullis Ave., Gulfport MS. [Various members of the family for 4 generations lived in this house at various times.]
Summer/1967, Trula took her youngest son on a trip to NYC, NY.
8/17/1969, Trula took her family to David’s brother Lamar’s house on a hill on the back bay of Biloxi to weather out hurricane Camile. Lamar’s house was 24 feet above sea level and had its own generator. There was a 20 foot tide on back bay. It was the first time Trula had left home during a hurricane. The home in Gulfport was gutted. Trula’s brother-in-law, Eddy Haab, husband of her sister Olivette, sent men and supplies from AL to reconstruct her house.
1971, While applying for a passport, Trula found out that her birth certificate – completed by her father – had her name as “Lucille Bernadette Cox.” (Trula had to fill out paperwork to get the certificate changed.)
~1972 Trula left the palms and became a house mother at the Wilmer Hall Orphanage in Mobile, AL.
5/9/1973, Trula’s mother died.
6/22/1973, Trula wrote to (and received a reply from) Senator Eastland about the start date for her youngest son’s military service.
10/1973, Trula visited her youngest son in CA, touring Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and San Francisco.
1974, Trula again visited her youngest son in CA.
6/1975 Trula toured Europe by rail and rental vans with her sister Olivette and multiple nieces.
1/1983, Trula visited her youngest son in CT, with a side trip to NYC.
11/1987, Trula visited her youngest son in Arlington, TX.
1991, Trula visited with her sons in Baton Rouge, LA.
11/1992 Trula resided at 1000 34th St., Apt. #116, Gulfport, MS.
11/18/1992, Trula died in her apartment in Gulfport, MS; (S) Death Certificate, MS., burial: Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi, MS; next to her husband, mother, father, and maternal aunt.
“Etrula” is the spelling in the 1900 Census for Aunt Trula, and for Trula Cox (Bond) in the 1920 & 1930 Census. She never indicated that she knew of this spelling. Olivette Cox, the eldest, and in July 2004 only remaining sibling of Trula, was interviewed and said she knew this was the correct spelling. They are both named after Trula’s great aunt, Etrula Lamey.
Trula known to her grandchildren as “Granny” or “LB.”
During her retirement years Trula made [knitted] afgans for her children. These afgans kept her children and grandchildren warm long after she passed on. Her favorite pastime, from as early as her children could remember, was to play bingo.
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