Sadie (Hollaway) Kirkland
drawn by Forrest about 1917
Forrest Kirkland Family
Arkansas and Texas
Forrest about 1940
photo collection of Elroy
1m. Sara "Sadie" Alice Hollaway Sunday
21 Oct. 1917 Nashville, TN [wed. announcement]
b. 13 Feb 1897 Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas
d. 2 Nov 1980 Dallas, Texas (age 83 of stomach cancer)
her father: Willie Lee Hollaway her mother: Margaret Eugenia Machen
her 2nd m: Eddie Monroe Johnson
Forrest was a well known commercial artist in Dallas, Texas. As hobby he started sketching the cave paintings around Texas and New Mexico areas on family outings. He eventually becomes more recognized for his archeology/ anthropology until a book of his watercolor was reproduced by the University of Texas Press in 1967. Since most of the information was provided by his second wife, she didn't acknowledge his first and only family in the book. This oversight has been promised to be corrected in subsequent printings.
|Children with Sadie Hollaway|
|Violet May Kirkland||b. Aug 7, 1918 Portland, Ark.||d. 5 Sep 2014 Seattle/Shoreline, King Co., WA (age 96)
||m. Chris M. Christenson, May 14,1922 Tex.|
|Roy Eugene Kirkland||b. May 14,1922 Dallas, Tex.||d. March 16, 1988 Fort Worth, Tex.||m. Jo Nell Rains,|
1893, Nov 23 - Olea Forrest Kirkland is the first born child to
William "Warren" Kirkland and "Maggie" Terry of Ashley Co.
1900 - US Census, Arkansas, Ashley Co., Bearhouse
Township. enum. dist. 8,. sheet 5.
@1903- He had rheumatic fever as a child which caused him to be very short winded while in the army.
1910 - Arkansas, Ashley Co., Prairie Twp., Series: T624 Roll: 43 Page: 263. ed 14 p3. (note the spelling difference. )
w 41 mar
Alabama Alabama farmer gen.
" , Maggie wife f w 37 mar 18yrs 6preg/ 6 living Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
" , Forrest son m w 18 s Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
" , Mary dau. f w 15 s Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
" , Robert E. son m w 14 s Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
" , William E. son m w 12 s Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
" , Elsie A. dau. f w 9 s Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
" , Dorthea dau. f w 7 s Arkansas Alabama Arkansas
c1910- He traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan where he studied the ministry. [Violet Christenson]
1911, c July 1 - Forrest gives his first sermon in a country church in Arkansas. [letter of July 1,1911 from Mary "Mollie " Octavia Collier]
1913, May 13th- Forrest is part of a graduating class from
Hamburg High School. [card in collection of EC] It lists:
F. W. Whiteside, Principal
1913, May 30th - Forrest Kirkland graduates from Hamburg High
School, Hamburg, Arkansas. signed by Fredrick Wm. Whiteside,
Principal. [diploma with Elroy Christenson] The
announcement lists twelve in the class including Nannie May
Roney, a cousin.
1913, June 20 - Forrest Kirkland is granted a "Grade No. 1",
Teacher's License by the Department of Public Instruction, State
of Arkansas, No. a206. His grades for each category of the
exam is: Spelling 75; English Grammar 84; U.
S. History 98; Theory and Practice 78; Reading 91; Arithmetic
94; Arkansas History 87; Civil Government 78; Penmanship 95;
Geography 94; Physiology 97; Elementary Algbra 83;
Elementary Agriculture and Horticulture 96. The
county examiner is F. W. Whiteside, who is also the principal of
the school district.
1916, Jan 2, Mist, Ark.
If you never have thought so before, I fear now, after the few minutes I was with you last Sunday night, that you think I am a mysterious kind of a being. At least I thought I could see a puzzeled look on your face.
Now, Sadie, I didn't intend to leave you wondering what I ment(sic). The truth is I just had so much to tell you that I just couldn't' tell you anything in that short time. I knew that I must be leaving before I could hardly begin to unburden my heart. That's why I didn't care to "get serious". All I fear is that you will think I am wholly wrapped up in foolishness and that there is no searious(sic) side to me. Truly, Sadie, I can be serious even though I have appeared frivelous(sic) almost every time we have been together.
The only reason I can have for talking like a fool so much is that when I am at home and alone at work I have too much time for serious thought Then when I am in company I feel like giving over to my frivelous nature. It is during my serious thought that I build those air-castles we were speaking of the other night. I guess I must admit that I am some what of a dreamer but strange enough I have seen many of my dreams come true - those in respect to educating my self. That, I guess, explains why I have so much faith in my dreams. Another thing, I am very careful to dream only reasonable dreams. May be that is why so many of them have come true.
It's a rare thing however that I ever mention my air-castles, day -dreams, plan s, or what ever you care to call them. in a serious manner even though I fully believe that some day I will see them come true. People are so few that have enough faith in them to sympathese(sic) with you.
I haven't even felt like sharing my dreams with mamma or papa like most young people do. I had all of my plans made about my art education long before I even told them that I had decided to be an artist. Now that doesn't mean that I haven't wanted to share my dreams with some one. There is nothing I have longed for so much as one with whom I could share my hopes. But few there are whos faith is sufficiently strong to share with me. For all that I have is a dream of which only a small part has come true.
Now, Sadie. You told me one time, when you didn't know me as well as you do now that you wanted to be that sympathetic friend that i have always longed for. I told you then that you were the only one in the world that I had felt like I could trust. I didn't accept then for neither of us knew enough about the other at that time. Time has only proven to me that you are truly the only person in the world that shall ever care to trust with my dreams. And my new year's resolution was that with your renewed concent (sic)I would accept you as that long sought friend.
Now what has time proven to you? Do you still think you could be that friend you once wanted to be? Have you got sufficient faith in my power to bring the dreams to pass that you can sympathise?(sic) I sure takes the faith.
You said you couldn't promise your-self a bright future. I can't either. All I have is a reasonable day-dream, a will to work, and an undying faith in my power to bring the dream to pass. Now Sadie, what ever hope there may be in that I am ready to share equally with you.
Since I met you last spring I never build an air-castle that is not brightened by your smiles. Some of those castles are beautiful but they are far away. The very nearest are so far away that I am almost ashamed to ask for a promise. I may be a year or two year or evern longer before I can climb to the castle that is worthy of you. But, Sadie, my heart would be lighter, my work easier, and I beleve I could climb to the catle much quicker if I only knew that when I reach there you would be in the doorway waiting for me.
You said the reason you hated to go lieve with your sister was that you couldn't get to see me again soon. I don't deserve the honor but it would do me a world of good to know that you were in earnest when you said it. I couldn't bear to see you go if I didn't have hopes of seeing you a awaiting. But even if you stay here it is only a short time until I shall have to to go - no one know where . That's the only way my dream can come true. But if you have the faith and the love us I have an will wait, one of these day, I can't say how long off it will be, Then I will come back and that will the the happiest day in our lives, That will be when I meet you in the doorway of my air-castle.
But why do I keep writing? Because it's the first time I have every rely told you what's on my heart I guess.
Have you appreciated this long letter as you assured me you would? Do you still care to be that friend to me? But Sadie you can't sympathise as that friend must unless you are will to share with me my hopes for the future. Now is your love true enough and your faith strong enough to wait for me until I an climb to the first castle that is worthy of you? If you will, then when I have reached it I will return and you shall be mine and all that I have shall be yours. That will be the fulfillment of the sweetest part of my dream.
Days will seem like yours until I have heard your answer. But don't answer too hastily. For remember Sadie, the hapiness (sic)and success of both our lives may depend on the answer.
From one who truly loves you and you only.
Your earnest suitor
Forrest Kirkland [eleven page letter to Miss Sadie Hollaway, Portland, Arkansas in the collection of Elroy Christenson]
@1916- He attended Hendrix College, Conway, Ark. for a year where he studied commercial art until he drafted into World War I. [Newcomb Jr]
1916, Oct 27 - postcard to Mrs. D. D. Allen,
1916. May 29- postcard to Master H. E. Allen
1917, May 11- Sadie Hollaway graduates from Russellville High
the class list includes:
@1917, Dec - He marries Sara (Sadie) Alice Hollaway, daughter of a middle class Arkansas farming family (perhaps in Nashville, Tenn.), before leaving for France. Permission is granted for the marriage in a letter from her father, Willie Lee Hollaway. [handwritten letter of Sept 3, 1917, to Forrest from W. L. Hollaway in possession of Elroy C.]
Now, of course, it would be better that you had some thing to begin with but when I married I had nothing but love and I have never regretted the day, which I believe is the case with you and Sadie, and I am sure that Sadie will endeaver to do her part and I believe you will do the same and that being the case I have nothing to fear. Now as to the date. Money is very scarce with me now and I expect it will work some hardships on me in preparing her but never the less I will endeaver to do so. Now perhaps you think this the way I write I am anxious for you and her to marry and if I would say I am would you feel puffed up of how would you feel. I hope not for I do think it is nothing but the duty of every Parent to want to see his daughter marry a Gentleman. And while I am writing plainly, I hope that you will consider that it is the duty of every man to be such yet I know they are not now of course. I hate to give Sadie up from any now yet I want her to marry because I think that is in the plan of God. Now let me give you by Blessings and of a little prayer for you both that God will Guide you all right and Protect you and that you both will be a blessing.
You may think it strange that Sadie has never opened you mouth to me and what I know I have gathered. Which I do not think is right and I have not said anything to her I believe she should have confidence in which, it seems, that she has not and I thought I would wait and see if she would say anything to me." Respect yours, W. L. Hollaway
[abstracted from the original, saved by Sadie Hollaway Kirkland Johnson,original in possession of Elroy Christenson)]
1918- Aug 7- His 1st child, Violet May Kirkland,
is born while he is overseas. Having arrived at Le Havre,
France. He had contracted the mumps and was placed in a British
convalescent camp where he did watercolors. When recovered he
was assigned to the 120th Infantry. The commander noticed
Forrest's watercolors and then attached him to the 2nd
Battalion, Intelligence Section, as a map maker. [Newcomb Jr]
photo on the left - Violet Kirkland at about 18
original hand tinted photo in collection of Elroy Christenson
1918, Oct 8 Letter to Warren Kirkland from France, on
stationary with the heading, "On active Service with the
American Expeditionary Force",
1918-November 5, letter written "Somewhere in France"
1918, Nov. 12,
My Dear Papa,
I wrote a few days ago but since then so many good things have happened that I must write again. Of course you know allready that the war is over. I know how glad you and momma and my little girl must be. It's certainly is a great thing to be thankful for.
We were out on a manuver when the official news reached us. Recall was blown and we came in to camp rejoicing. The .....
1918-1919 -- This is a mostly typed list of places that Forrest
was apparently stationed. The last three entrees were hand
written in pencil in his hand. The Hospital and
Convalescing Camp was a stay when Forrest had the mumps.
The travel on Oct 14-15 was when he was trying to reattach
himself to his battalion. The spelling is off on many of
the names listed here. I've tried to project my
interpretation on the spelling and location which seems to be
mostly in Brittany.
by Pvt. Olea F. Kirkland
Your eyes are looking out so far.
I see our darling on your bosom.
And there's a single service star.
Those eyes of blue are sad but brilliant.
They speak the acheing of your heart.
Glow there the embers of devotion,
But there is pain that makes me start.
I do not see the fields and forests
That spread before your eyes advance.
But far across the great Atlantic,
You see your comrad here in France.
Upon your cheek I see a jewel.
Sparkling pearly little tear.
Shed for your boy clad in Kakhi
So far away and yet so dear.
And as you stand beside your window,
Your boy clad in kakhi pants
Sends you this message by the wireless
Between your hears, though he's in France.
Take courage, darling , cease your weeping.
Dry away those bitter tears.
For God has banished war for ever.
Let him dispell your many fears.
God has kept me from all danger.
His gracious hand has guarded you.
And in due time He will unite us
To live and serve and love anew. [undated, in collection of EC]
a pen and ink drawing done during WWI
by Forrest Kirkland 1919
THAT SHALL BE A TRULY PERFICT(sic) PEACE
Forrest and Sadie hoeing in Arkansas about 1918
photo from the collection of Elroy Christenson
Other records of his service were lost in the fire in the national military records storage area on July 12, 1973. [Nat. Archives and Records Administration, 8/6/97]
He returns to the USA and moves his family to Dallas perhaps because his cousin, Walter Collier, also an artist and a person with whom he had attended school, had moved there. He does airbrush retouching of machinery as his primary trade and explores caves as a hobby. [Violet Christenson]
|1920- Forrest and Sadie are living at 1605 Douglas,
Dallas, Texas with Violet (age 1yr 4 mo). He is listed
as a commercial artist.
[US census Texas, Dallas Co. Series: T625 Roll: 1792 Page: 93]
Kirkland, Oland F. head m w 27 m Ark N. S. Ark. commercial artist
" , Saddie A. wife f w 22 m Ark. Ark. Ark.
" , Violet M. dau. f w 1-4/12 s Ark. Ark. Ark.
The house shown here was probably their first house in Dallas and probably the one shown in the census. [photo collection of EC]
His cousin, Walter S. Collier, (27) is also in Dallas with his wife, Mabel,(30) and their daughter, Melba (3.5 yrs). He lists his occupation as bookkeeper for Western Union.
1920 - US Census, Fisher Co., Texas. enum. dist. 18,
sheet 8b (Lula Mardis is
listed here with her family.by 1930 they have moved to Dallas
where Lula is still living with her parents at age 33)
1922, May 14 - His son Roy Eugene Kirkland is born .
Forrest wrote a number of poems during the war and eventually becomes a member of the Dallas Poetry Society.
1923, Aug. 21 - postcard to Mrs Dudley Allen, Mist, AR.
1924- Forrest takes his family along with his father and
mother, Warren and Margaret Kate Terry Kirkland on an outing.
This probably somewhere in Texas. Roy is in Sadie's arms
while Violet is sitting in front of her grandfather.
Forrest probably took the photo.
about 1926 - At sometime here Forrest hires an assistant.
Lulu Mardis was an artist who had trained at the Chicago Art
Institute. She probably was quite skilled and helpful in
many ways. They formed a strong philosophical and
artistic bond. Forrest obviously found her company
more in keeping with his desired lifestyle. He apparently
found the burden of children more than he could bear and
hinderance on his freedom.
1930 - Forrest leaves Sadie and his children to her care.
Sadies files for divorce about. Nov. 17, 1930.
TO THE HONORABLE JUDGE OF SAID COURT:
now comes Sadie Kirkland here in after styled Plaintiff, complaining of Forrest Kirkland hereinafter styled Defendant, and for cause of action respectfullly represents:
The plaintiff has been a bona fide resident of Dallas County, Texas, for a period of 18 months next preceding the filing of this petition, and the defendant is a resident of Dallas County, Texas.
That Plaintiff and Defendant, on or about the 21st day of October, A. D. 1917, were duly and legally married and continued to live together till on or about the 13th day of August, 1930, when by reason of the Defendant's conduct as herein complained of Plaintiff severed the relation of husband and wife with existed between them and has not lived with him since.
That the Defendant, for a period of approximately four years prior to said separation acquired a cold and disinterested attitude toward and concerning the Plaintiff and during said period showed no affection or love for her, and during said period shunned her association and seldom spoke to her except upon matters pertaining to the operation of the home, showing by all his acts and conduct that he considered himself her intellectual superior, that she was repulsive to him, and that in his opinion she was unworthy of being his wife.
That during said four years Defendant lost all interest in his family and wholly failed to attribute to them the respect they deserved, but on the contrary, disregared their attentions and instead of associating with Plaintiff and their children, would seclude himself and lie on the bed or couch in obstinate silence.
That during said period Defendant almost with except- ..(part of page missing ) .. ht remained away from home until eleven o'clock or later and on Sundays spent the major portion of his time away from home. That in particular on the nights of August 10th, 11h and 12th Defendant spent the entire night away from home.
That on or about the 10th day of August, 1930, the Defendant told the Plaintiff that he did not love her, that their case was one of incompatibility, that he was an artist, that she might be a good wife for some men, but not for an artist.
That the Defendant during the month of July, 1929, left home for a three weeks vacation, and without even offering to take with him the Plaintiff and children, and on or about the 13th day of August, 1930, same being the date of said separation, he left for another vacation of several months duration without asking the Plaintiff and children to accompany him, and with even telling them where he was going. That on said date Plaintiff was under care of a physician, had been ill for a long period of time, that in making the necessary trips to her physician she was compelled to call upon relatives to take her, due to the defendant's neglectful failure to do so.
That said conduct on the part of Defendant renders the further living together of the Plaintiff and Defendant insupportable.
That the Plaintiff and Defendant own as their entire community estate personal property consisting of notes, bonds, stocks and money of the reasonable value of $14, 940.06. That the respective rights of the Plaintiff and Defendant to said estate have been settled and a copy of the agreement of settlement containing a description of said property, and manner of its division is attached hereto and made a part hereof and marked exhibit "A".
X. That there were born to Plaintiff and Defendant two children, Violet, a girl twelve years of Age, and Toy, a boy eight years of age, who are now and have been since said separation in Plaintiff's custody, and the Plaintiff alleges that she is the proper person to have the permanent care and custody of said children with the right of Defendant to visit and associate with them at reasonable and seasonable times. WHEREFORE, Planitiff prays that the Defendant be cited in terms of law, that upon hearing hereof she be granted a divorce, that the Defendant be ordered to deliver up her share of said property according to the attached settlement agreement, for custody of the above named children and for general relief.
[unsigned copy addressed to John W. Pope, Attorney -
Merchantile Building, Dallas, Texas. letter with Elroy
Accompanying the letter is a receipt to Mrs Sadie Kirkland for
$103, property settlement $100,
Dr. Brooks office visit $3.00
1931, Nov. 21, Sat. - probably in Dallas, TX - Forrest
marries his secretary, Lula Mardis, an artist who had studied at
the Art Institute of Chicago. [note from Forrest to Aunt Alice]
1933, January 1- Forest Kirkland is mentioned as exhibiting at least one watercolor in an article about an exhibit at the city hall in the Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas. He apparently was a member of the association in "Prevue of Texas Fine Arts Exhibit and Program Held, Collection at City Hall Auditorium includes 57 Paintings by Texas Fine Arts Association". [Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, pages 8-9]
1933- He is listed in the American Art Annual, 1933, pub. of the American Federation of Arts. [Newcomb Jr]
1934-1942 He writes extensive articles on Texas pictographs in
the Texas He helped to establish and became president of the
Archeological and Paleontological Society newsletter of Texas.
Sadie has her father, Willie Hollaway, frequently come to Texas
and help with the care of the children. He usually comes
by train with a large feather bed. Although he was strict
with his own children, he taught his grandchildren how to
play poker. Sadie has a maid as well, who primarily does
the laundry. Since she had no work, I don't know how
she supported her family but I suspect that she must have
received some monetary help from her father. [story
from Violet Christenson]
1937, October 30 - "Texas Archeologists Prepare to Elect New Officers at Annual Parley" "Color reproductions of Indian pictographs and drawings done by Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Kirkland of Dallas were being shown toward the close of the morning session today of the ninth annual meeting of the Texas Archeological and Paleontological society. ..." [Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, page 1]
1938 -An exhibition of his Indian rock art watercolors is shown
in the Hall of State, Texas State Fair Grounds, Dallas, Texas.
An exhibition of his Indian rock art watercolors is shown at the
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover Mass.,[Marriot]
1939, July 13- "First in Abilene Region - Excellent Examples of
Indian Basketry Unearthed",
1940- exhibition of his Indian rock art watercolors at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY [Marriot]
1941- His interest in fossils is noted in a letter to the editor of Natural History, April, 1941, Vol. XL VlII, No 4, p. 243 on a jelly fish impressed rock he had discovered. Kenneth Caster of the Univ. of Cinncinnati wrote a paper on this newly discovered jelly fish and named it Kirklandae(family) and genus and species, Kirklandia Texana, Caster. [Newcomb Jr]
1942, 2 April, Thursday - Forrest Kirkland dies of pneumonia in Dallas, Tx. At the time of his death, he was president of the Dallas Archaeological Society, regional vice-president of the Texas Archaeological and Paleontological Society and member of the many American scientific societies. [Marriot]
Forrest Kirkland, 49 of 911 South Van Buren, commercial artist in Dallas many years and prominent in state and national archeological and historical societies, died in a local hospital Thursday following a brief illness.
Mr. Kirkland, well known in Dallas art circles, took many awards with his water colors. Born in Arkansas, he studies at Hendrix college in Conway and later in the Battle Creek. Mich. and with E. G. Eisiniohr here. His studies were limited, however, and his art was largely self-taught.
Coming to Dallas in 1919 shortly after serving overseas in the first studio in 1925. His sketches included many sections of the country, landscapes and industrial pictures, but his best known work was the Hoover City series inspired by the 1932-33 years here.
Until a few years ago he was a regular contributor to the annual Allied Arts and State Fair shows.
Aside from his art Mr. Kirkland became well known by his research and field activities in archeology. For the last several years he spent vacations in the Big Bend country studying Indian lore and paintin pictographs found in caves of early Indians.
More than 130 sites were visitied by him in recent years and numerous excavations were made under his direction in the vicinity of Dallas.
He was president-instructor of the Dallas Archeological Society; vice-president of the Texas Archeological and Paleontological Society; a director of the West Texas Historical and Scientific Society; Member of the Dallas Art Association Texas Academy of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Archeologists.
Mr. Kirkland's pictographs have been exchanged with archeological societies throughout the nation and are considered so valuable they are kept in a safe. His lectures were heard by organizations all over the Southwest.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Roy Kirkland, Dallas; a
daughter, Mrs. Violet Christenden(sic),Gary, Ind., and two
brothers, W. E. Kirkland, Roscoe, Nolan County, and R. E.
[The Dallas Morning News, April 3, 1942]
In The Dallas Times Hearld,
This obituary contained much of the same information as the presiding one but did have the place of burial and a slightly different list of relatives. "Mr. Kirkland, whose home was at 911 South Van Buren, is survived by his wife: son, Roy Kirkland, daughter, Mrs Violet Christenden(sic) of Gary, Ind.: mother, Mrs. W. W. Kirkland; Two sisters, Mrs. M. P. Denson and Mrs. A. E. Wood of Roscoe, Texas, and two brothers W. E. Kirkland of Roscoe and R. E. Kirkland of Arkansas. "
[The Times Hearld, Dallas, Texas, Friday April 3, 1942]
1967- 22 June - Book Climaxes
Archeological Study-by Libby Wetzel
1967- Rites conducted
for Mrs. Kirkland
1970, April 26 "Texan Exhibits Go on Display"
1980, Nov. 27 - Obituary of
Mrs Eddie M. (Sadie) Johnson
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