Russell and Matilda (Comer) Bailes were blessed with eight children during their marriage.
Their first child, a daughter, was born about 1923. She married in 1941 and had 2 daughters. She is the only child who has spent her entire life in West Virginia. She has also been so helpful in providing many of the pictures for the Bailes family.
On 22 November 1924, Russell and Matilda added twins, Kathlene and Kenneth, to the family. Kenneth died about a year later. Kathlene, or Katy as everyone knew her, married James Taylor in 1942 in Clay, West Virginia. They later moved to Ohio. They had one son and four daughters. Aunt Katy passed away 19 January 2010 in Elyria, Ohio. She is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, Ohio.
Carl was born 26 October 1926. He served in the United States Army, stationed in the Philipines. He married Geraldine and had four daughters and three sons. He moved to Ohio as well. Carl passed away 6 June 2001 and was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio.
Doris Ann was born 17 January 1929. She married Leonard Shenk and they had four daughters. They moved to Elyria, Ohio as well. She passed away 15 March 1994 in Columbus, Ohio and was buried at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted, Ohio.
Janice Helen Bailes was born 18 September 1930. She married Arthur Williams in 1950. They had two sons and moved to Medina, Ohio. She helped me while my grandma was ill and was one of the original people I interviewed as a child when I first started working on my genealogy project. She and Uncle Arthur were the greatest dancers and taught me to dance the jitterbug in Uncle Carl’s garage at summer family picnics.
My grandmother, Chessie Leo (Sis) Bailes, and her twin Chelsie Lloyd (Bud) Bailes were the last additions to the family on 29 December 1932. Bud married but did not have children. He moved to Summit County as well. He passed away 13 November 1995.
The family seemed to have the best of fun when they were young. On the back of the picture at the water, someone has written “Mouth of Groves Creek where it flows into Elk River. A Bailes Sunday afternoon outing-Dad always wore his white shirt and tie on Sunday.”
The busyness of life, distance, and the early loss of my Grandma have been an enemy. May the pictures tell the stories I don’t completely know.