Edgar A Collum-The Pains of War

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This is a compilation of facts, dates, time, place, culture, and research data combined with a modicum of creativity. it was written July 31, 2014

Submitted: June 19, 2017

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Edgar A Collum-The Pains of War

By Faye Collum Fairley

 

Edgar A Collum was born to Andrew Jackson Collum.  In 1923, he and Lovie Rievley were married in a little town in Mississippi.  She was a widow, and the mother of two small boys.

 

Edgar was apprehensive about being a stepdad.  He never knew what it was like to be a dad; now he must step into the shoes of their dad.

 

On Valentine’s Day, 1925, all his nervousness and anxiety melted away when he looked into the face of his own beautiful baby boy.  Edgar’s son Benjamin Jackson soon became his entire reason for living.  No matter what trials he had in the day, one smile from his little Benjamin seemed to melt away all of his troubles. His close relationship with Benjamin also helped him to be a better dad to his step sons.

 

 In 1927, the family welcomed another son to the family.  Earnest Allen arrived in January.  Two girls soon joined their midst.  Edgar had a special relationship with each of his children, but the bond with his first born could never be equaled or replaced.

 

 The family had now overcome the great depression of 1929.  Jobs were more plentiful, and they have six healthy children.  What a wonderful life they had!

 

 In 1932, Lovie discovered that she was expecting her 7th child.  Her older boys were now 14 and 13.  They helped out so much with the other siblings.  Even though Benjamin was only 7, he was also a lot of help with the smaller siblings.  Edgar was thankful every day because he was blessed to have such dutiful children.

 

The arrival of James E in October of 1933 was a glorious event.  The radiance soon diminished, however, because this also claimed the life of Edgar’s beautiful wife Lovie.

 

 Without the help of his devoted children, Edgar was certain he could not manage the daily obligations of raising children alone.  As always, when he was unhappy, there was Benjamin to lift his spirits.

 

Edgar was overwhelmed with responsibilities; he now had five children to care for, and one is a newborn infant!  The times then were difficult, often feeling impossible, but Edgar’s strength carried him on. 


Edgar didn’t remarry; he spent the rest of his life caring for his family.  His days and nights were filled with work and family.The 1940 census shows Edgar, Benjamin, Earnest, Opal, Ola, and James.  The older stepson had married in 1938.  It is assumed that the other stepson had moved with him and his wife.

 

The nation was about to enter into the most widespread war in history, and his son Benjamin announced his intention of joining the army.  Heartbroken, Edgar carried on, but without the enthusiasm afforded him in earlier days.

 

  Living between the great depression of 1929, and the war emerging on the horizon, life was more than difficult.In 1943, Benjamin enlisted in the army.  He left his dad and siblings to go away.

 

Edgar was at home with three children, ranging from age ten to sixteen years old.  The children were all self sufficient at this age; Edgar’s work was not difficult at all.  Sadness lingered over Edgar like a dark cloud.  Even Amos and Andy on the radio offered no relief from his depression.

 

  He functioned more out of familiarity than the thought process he needed.  These were not good times to write letters, the postal service was so slow; it often took more than a month for a letter to reach home.  In the mid 1900’s, telephones in homes were still not plentiful; for this reason, the war department relied on telegram to inform loved ones of the soldier’s well being.

 

After boot camp and training, I assume Benjamin Jackson was sent overseas.  The most wide spread war in history was raging, and involved more than 100 m million people.  The result was an estimated 50 to 85 million fatalities.

 

On July 29, 1945, a friend stopped by to visit Edgar.  He found Edgar on the front porch, slumped over dead.  Clinched tightly in his wrinkled hand, was a crumpled piece of paper.  The friend managed to get it out of his clinched fist, straightened it out, and began to read:

 

FROM U S WAR DEPT…RE; COLLUM, BENJAMIN  J…..………KILLED IN  ACTION ON APRIL 3 1945………..…LETTER OF  SYMPATHY TO FOLLOW

 

 

  This story is a compilation of research data and imagination.  Edgar Collum 1892-1945 was son of Andrew Jackson Collum 1869 and Mary Peacock 1870  spouse of Edgar Lovie Pearson Rievley-1900-1933.  Children:  Benjamin, Earnest, Billie, Ola and Billie..


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