Lewis Gilbert Shryock



Lewis Gilbert Shryock
known as ... Shy, L.G., Gilbert
                                born: January 28, 1886
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
( Anderson County )
died: June 29, 1978
Malvern, Arkansas
( Hot Spring County )


Married: Mary Elizabeth Renneker
known as ... Mamie
May 14, 1906
                                born: January 3, 1889
died: January 15, 1982
Malvern, Arkansas
( Hot Spring County )


      Lewis Gilbert Shryock, the fifth child and fourth son of Woodford and Annie was born and raised in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. In 1901 at the age of 14 he left home and moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he went to work at A.K. Lyon Jewelers, the first in a long line of associations that members of the Shryock family would have with the jewelry business. After 4 years ( in 1905 ) he moved to Memphis, Tennessee at 18 years of age where he worked for Broadnax Jewelers, A. Graves and Stewar, and Mulford's. Here he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Renneker while she was working at S.H. Kress, a local "dime" store. They were married in Memphis on May 14, 1906
( see marriage license below ).

      After living in Dyersburg, Tennessee for a short time, L.G. and Mamie decided in 1909 that the time had come to open their own jewelry store, and moved to Clarendon, Arkansas. Apparently prompted by the financial pressures of the fledgling business and a growing family, he attended the American Optical College in Memphis, Tennessee where he graduated on May 8, 1916. He brought this skill to the store in Clarendon where he also practiced optometry.

      In 1913 L.G.'s brother Maurice Shryock came to Clarendon to learn the jewelry trade. In 1917 L.G. sold out to Maurice and moved to Camden, Arkansas to work for Stinson & Berg Jewelers. With the outbreak of World War 1, Maurice was drafted into the Army, prompting L.G. to return to Clarendon and again take over the store. After the war, Maurice went to Camden to work for Stinson & Berg Jewelers and Charley Shryock, L.G.'s youngest brother came to Clarendon to learn the jewelry trade. After a few years Charley also moved to Camden to work for Stinson & Berg Jewelers.

      In 1927, Clarendon, being on the banks of the White River was inundated by flood waters that half covered the buildings on Clarendon's Main Street. The Shryock home and store were flooded and rendered temporarily unusable. The family, including all 9 children lived upstairs in the Opera House until they were taken by boat to Keevil, Arkansas. Once in Keevil, they traveled by rail to Brinkley where they were met by a family friend, Bill Owens. He took the family from Brinkley to Marianna, Arkansas where they stayed in the Owens home for about 30 days until the flood waters receded and they could return to their home in Clarendon.

      Less than a year after the flood, L.G. bought a jewelry store in Brinkley from Whit Jackson ( in 1928 ). For several months he operated both stores - in Clarendon and in Brinkley - and finally moved the family from Clarendon to Brinkley in September 1929, about one month before the stock market crash and the onset of The Great Depression. When the family moved, their son Bub rode the family pony "Mollie" the 16 miles from Clarendon to Brinkley.

      In 1943 Woodie, their seoond oldest son bought the jewelry store. L.G. maintained his optometry office until 1953 when he "retired" and sold the practice to Dr. John Miller. They moved to Tampa, Florida where they owned and operated a small two story apartment building. Financial difficulties forced them to return to Arkansas when in January 1962 they moved to Malvern. L.G. worked in his son Bub's jewelry store for 13 years until 1975 when his health forced him to again retire.

      Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth are both buried in Malvern, Arkansas in the large cemetery at the corner of Pine Bluff Street and Cherry Lane.

      These are some of the "facts" surrounding and describing the lives of Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock. However, they fall short of conveying the real lives of these two people and those that shared it with them. As anyone who knew them and were familiar with their family and household will remember, their lives shared a wealth of humor and enjoyment with the rest of the world. Below are just a very few of these funny stories of life in the Shryock house:


      Very few ( if any ) of the streets of Clarendon, Arkansas were paved; they were simple dirt streets. In the summer the dust would rise to choking levels. In an effort to combat this dust the city would spray tar and oil on them. One day one of the Shryock boys decided to play in this wonderful mixture of tar and dust. A neighbor noticed him playing in the street and getting filthy. He proceeded to get the boy and took him to the Shryock house, thinking that he was one of the Shryock boys. When Mr. Shy answered the door the neighbor told him that he had found this boy playing in the street and getting dirtier by the minute. He then asked Mr. Shy if this boy was one of his. Mr. Shy looked at the boy for a moment, then looked up at his neighbor and replied, "I don't know, but if he is, it'll be easier to make a new one than to clean him up. You can keep him.".


      ( Told by Beth Brickell, daughter of Betty Shryock Brickell and granddaughter of L.G. and Mary Shryock )

      "When I was five years old I went to Brinkley to visit Grandmother and Granddaddy. I was so excited. It was the first time I had ever been away from home and away from my parents alone. They sent me to Brinkley on the train. Grandmother and Granddaddy were sitting at the train depot waiting for me. Well, it was just great until I went to bed that night.

      I was sleeping in Aunt Marie's bedroom ( the front bedroom ) by myself. There was a great thunderstorm that night. I had never before nor since heard such loud, frightening thunder. It was so scary! I wanted to run into Grandmother and Grandaddy's bedroom but I was afraid that Grandaddy might get mad if I climbed into his bed. So, I just lay in bed, alone, shaking. Finally I was so frightened I decided to risk Grandaddy's wrath, and I went into their bedroom and climbed into bed between them. Grandmother woke up and reassured me that everything was OK. So, now I felt really safe - except Grandaddy was snoring. I had never heard anyone snore, especially up that close. That was pretty scary but not too bad I thought - until Grandmother fell asleep. She snored even louder than Grandaddy. Their combined snoring was so much louder and scarier than the thunder of the storm that I crawled out of their bed and went back to Aunt Marie's bed to sleep alone ... and more quietly."


      Mrs. Shy frequently made a chocolate cake of quite some fame. Try as they might, no one could seem to duplicate the recipe. It seems as though one key ingredient that Mrs. Shy used was always overlooked - the cigarette ashes that fell into the batter from the cigarette that was ever present in her mouth!


      One day Mrs. Shy was driving some of the kids to go shopping. As was usually the case, she was smoking a cigarette and was carefully holding it in her hand. As the car crossed the railroad tracks in Brinkley the car engine died. Well, as luck would have it a train was coming in the not-so-distant distance. Mrs. Shy, in her don't-get-excited manner turned to the kids in the back seat and said "Someone hold my cigarette". So the story goes they beat the train by the narrowest of margins. As well as anyone could remember, the cigarette made it through the ordeal unscathed.



Family of Mary Elizabeth ( Renneker ) Shryock - circa 1893
( Mary Elizabeth is one with her father's hand on her shoulder )


       
Mary Elizabeth Shryock
( year unknown )
        Mary Elizabeth Shryock
( year unknown )




Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock
Wedding picture - 1906



Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock
( year unknown )



Family car in a parade - circa 1926
L.G. and Mamie Shryock



Home of LG and Mamie Shryock in Clarendon, Arkansas
Circa 1930



Shryock family church
Methodist Church in Clarendon, Arkansas
( Picture taken in 1989 at family reunion )



Gravel Street in Clarendon flood of 1927
( L.G.'s store can be seen in the center of the picture )


         
L.G.'s store front
during 1927 flood
     County Courthouse
Clarendon, Arkansas
during the flood of 1927
     County Courthouse
as it appeared in 1989
( across street from
L.G. Shryock's store )




Lewis Gilbert Shryock standing in front of AK. Lyon in Lexington, Kentucky.
This was where he learned the jewelry trade.
Circa 1900 - age 14 or 15



Front of Lewis Gilbert's first store in Clarendon, Arkansas
Circa 1910



Lewis Gilbert and Mamie Shryock standing inside of their first jewelry
store in Clarendon, Arkansas
Circa 1910



Woodie (son of LG and Mamie) standing inside of LG's store
in Clarendon, Arkansas
Circa 1931



Lewis Gilbert Shryock standing inside of his jewelry store
in Brinkley, Arkansas
Circa 1937



Article appearing in Arkansas Democrat newspaper in early 1950's



Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock and family
Circa 1952



Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock
50th wedding anniversary - 1956



Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock
50th wedding anniversary - 1956



Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock and immediate family
Back: Joe, L.G. Jr., Alf, Woody, Bill, Bub
Middle: Bettye, Agnes, Marie


    
Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock
and sons – 1952
( Alf, Bill, L.G. Jr., Bub, Woody, Joe )
     Children of Lewis Gilbert and
Mary Elizabeth Shryock
attending family reunion - 1989
( Woody, Marie, Bub, Agnes, Bettye )




Grandchildren of Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock
attending family reunion - 1989
(Beverly (Bettye), back: Chuck (Bub), front: Bill (Bill), Bettye Jo (Joe), Cecil (Agnes), Don (Agnes),
back: Paul (Bub), front: Beth (Bettye), Anita (Woody), Woody (Woody) )




Lewis Gilbert Shryock
Circa late 1950's




Shelby County, Tennessee


Marriage License for
Lewis Gilbert Shryock and Mary Elizabeth Renneker




Family of Lewis Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Shryock

In Order by Age - Oldest First


Joseph Gilbert Shryock        b. January 16, 1907    d. August 19, 1974
John Woodford Shryock        b. December 13, 1908    d.
Agnes May Shryock        b. November 11, 1910    d. July 6, 1994
Marie Louise Shryock        b. September 1, 1913    d.
Mary Elizabeth Shryock        b. April 7, 1916    d.
Woodrow Wilson Shryock        b. July 28, 1918    d.
Lewis Gilbert Shryock, Jr.        b. September 10, 1920    d.
William Maurice Shryock        b. September 19, 1922    d. January 30, 1976
James Alfred Shryock        b. June 6, 1924    d.





The First Generation Descendants


Joseph Gilbert Shryock
        b. 1907        
        d. 1974        

John Woodford Shryock
        b. 1908        
        d.        

Agnes May Shryock ( Nail )
        b. 1910        
        d. 1994        

Marie Louise Shryock ( Wagner )
        b. 1913        
        d.        

Mary Elizabeth Shryock ( Brickell )
        b. 1916        
        d.        

Woodrow Wilson Shryock
        b. 1918        
        d.        

Lewis Gilbert Shryock, Jr.
        b. 1920        
        d.        

William Maurice Shryock
        b. 1922        
        d. 1976        

James Alfred Shryock
        b. 1924        
        d.        




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