Vandalia Missouri
QUEEN OF PRAIRIE 2007 VOLUME II PAGE 543;
Archie Hursman Family; in the summer of 1941, Archie Hursman and Phyllis Eskew met.  They were neighbors.  Archie lived on Cleveland Street, and Phyllis lived on Home Street.  Archie was attending Vandalia Elementary School, and Phyllis had just left the Boyd School.  One of Phyllis' teachers was Opal Branstetter who later married Phyllis' uncle, Amos Eskew.  Phyllis graduated from Vandalia High School in 1950.  Archie attended Vandalia High School and later received his GED.  On May 26, 1950, the couple were married and moved from Vandalia.  In May 1990, the couple were married and moved from Vandalia.  In May 1990, Archie and Phyllis (Eskew) Hursman left Geneseo, Illinois where they had lived since 1963 and moved to Vandalia Missouri.  Their three children, Deborah, Dennis and Douglas, attended the Geneseo Schools and graduated from J.D. Darnell High School in Geneseo, Illinois. They married and left Geneseo; Deborah to Louisville, Kentucky, where she manages ?lst Awards; Dennis to Auburndale, Florida, where he is parts wholesale representative for Bartow Ford Co. in Bartow, Florida; and Douglas to Ozark, Missouri, where he is a craftsman for Mueller's in Springfield, Missouri.  Archie worked in the tool room as an engine Lathe Operator for International Harvester Farmall Works in Rock Island, Illinois, retiring in 1985.  During this time, Phyllis was a work at home mom, raising three children and helping with the grandchildren.  Archie and Phyllis have 12 grandchildren; Shawn, Shani, Tia, Justin, Tyra, Amber, Marguerite, Adam, Brandi, Emily, Megan, and Brittany.  They also have five great-grandchildren; Ashley, Mason, Madison, Zana and Abigail.  Robert and Mary (Lloyd) Hursman and son Mosie moved to Vandalia from Marrisa, Illinois in 1925.  Archie's dad, Mosie worked at Harbison-Walker Refractories for many years.  Phyllis's maternal grandparents, James and Daisy Arthur and daughter Helen moved to Vandalia from Louisiana Missouri, in 1917.  Phyllis's paternal grandparents, John and Anna (McDannold) Eskew, and son John Jr. "Jockey" moved to Vandalia from Illinois in 1924.  Phyllis's dad, John "Jockey" Eskew worked at  Harbison-Walker Refractories from July 1933 to December 1973.  Phyllis' mom Helen was a work at home mom raising five children (Edith, Phyllis, Gene, Jerri, and Jimmy) until her premature death in 1948.

 

 

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