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Olive Alexander

Olive Alexander
b. 10 June 1887, Jay County, Indiana, to Thomas Franklin and Mary Ann (Courtney) Alexander
d. 29 October 1973, Merced, Merced County, California

m/1. 11 August 1906, Bearcreek Township, Jay County, Indiana
Dallas Ray Richison
b. 4 August 1884, Jay County, Indiana, to Frank Albert and Sarah Jane (Davis) Richison
d. 13 March 1947, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana

m/2. 15 April 1950
J. Frank Hodge
b. 24 November 1878, Jay County, Indiana, to Commodore Perry and Susan (Wood) Hodge
d. 1956, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana

Children with Dallas Ray Richison:
• Modjeska Pauline (1907-1989) married Milburn
Theodore Thornburg
• Ophir Orlo (1909-1949) married Zella Beatrice
Wilkerson
• Herbert Meredith (1913-1969) married Alice Louise
Richardson
• Charles Allen (1918-1989) married Mildred Miley
• Frank Vaughn (1920-1999) married Edith Catherine
Smith

Olive lived in Jay and Randolph counties while she was in Indiana. She was moved to California by her son Frank and daughter Pauline when her health began to decline in 1966. When she died there in 1973, her ashes were flown back to Indiana to be buried beside her first husband, the father of all her children, in Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

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Modjeska Pauline Richison

Modjeska Pauline “Polly” Richison
b. 25 September 1907, Jay County, Indiana, to Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander) Richison
d. 21 March 1989, Seattle, King County, Washington

m/1. 18 May 1926, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
Melburn Theodore Thornburg
b. 9 November 1903, Jay County, Indiana
d. 4 January 1987, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

m/2. after 1926
Paul Armstrong

m/3. before August 1949
Elwood Thompson

m/4. after 1952
James Jackson

m/5. by 1973
William Cleary

m/6.
Stankey Rohr

Pauline’s first husband, Ted Thornburg, worked at Kistleman’s Wire Mill in Muncie for many years and was reputed to have bootlegged booze during Prohibition while married to Pauline. They divorced, and she married several more times before her death. She never had any children although her brother, Frank, seemed to remember being told that she miscarried one child.

Paula, as she was known outside the family, married her third husband, Elwood Thompson, in the late 1940’s. He was a navigator on a plane shot down over Korea, and his body was never recovered. She was a widow (Mrs. Stankey Rohr) when she died.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

Dallas Ray Richison and Olive Alexander

Dallas Ray Richison
b. 4 August 1884, Jay County, Indiana, to Frank Albert and Sarah Jane (Davis) Richison
d. 13 March 1947, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana
bur. Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, Randolph, Indiana

m. 11 August 1906, Bearcreek Township, Jay County, Indiana
Olive Alexander
b. 10 June 1887, Jay County, Indiana, to Thomas Franklin and Mary Ann (Courtney) Alexander
d. 29 October 1973, Merced, Merced County, California
bur. Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, Randolph, Indiana

Dallas Richison and Olive Alexander gravestone

Dallas Richison and Olive Alexander gravestone

Children of Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander)Richison:

  • Modjeska Pauline (1907-1989) married Milburn Theodore Thornburg
  • Ophir Orlo (1909-1949) married Zella Beatrice Wilkerson
  • Herbert Meredith (1913-1969) married Alice Louise Richardson
  • Charles Allen (1918-1989) married Mildred Miley
  • Frank Vaughn (1920-1999) married Edith Catherine Smith

Dallas Ray was a painter and paperhanger in Winchester, Indiana, along with some of his sons at various times. He also had a small farm about five miles northeast of town. He died of injuries suffered during a fall in a stairwell where he was working. According to newspaper articles, he had not been feeling well and apparently had a dizzy spell. He struck his head and back on a banister as he fell and died a few days later.

Olive died in Merced, California where she had been living close to her youngest son, Frank. She was cremated and her ashes were shipped back to Indiana to be buried beside Dallas in November of 1973. A few friends and some of her grandchildren attended that graveside service in Winchester, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@me com