Dorr’s Family

Grandma Dorr.jpg (51618 bytes)Mother Dorr, Laura Estelle, was born in 1882 in Macon, Tennessee; she was the oldest daughter of ten children. In 1986 a hardbound bookalbertearnestdorr.jpg.gif (51282 bytes) was published on the Boswell family and has much more information on the family. Mother Dorr met Ernest while on a visit to her Aunt Lucy Trotter in Mississippi. She and her sister Lettie were married in a double ceremony in 1907. They moved to McAlester, Oklahoma where Albert Ernest owned a barbershop. Dorr had a brother ten years older than he, Ernest B., and a sister six years older, Dorothy. Six months before Dorr was born his father was killed in an automobile accident and Mrs. Dorr returned to Macon, Tennessee for his birth. Three months after Dorr was born, she moved back to McAlester and bought a nineteen-room house where she took in boarders.mcalesterhome.jpg (67229 bytes) The house was across the street from the fire station and Dorr became their mascot. When Dorr was only a few years old he fell out of a second story window and landed on his head on the sidewalk. It was a miracle that he lived, but he had a permanent scar on his forehead. He worked as a soda jerk during high school and also in college. He graduated from McAlester High School in 1936 and he and Mrs. Dorr moved to Stillwater where she again ran a boarding house. This enabled Dorr to go to college.

One of Mother Dorr’s sisters, Annie, also lived in McAlester where her husband had a candy business. Dorr’s older brother B. had three children, Albert, Sandra and Kay. His sister Dorothy also had three - Rae Donna, Winston and Leon. Rae Donna lived with us on NE 27th during her senior year in high school so she could attend school in the city.

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B., Dorothy, and Al Dorr on 1987?

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