John & Donald Flovin meet up after 23 years in Amarillo (1946)

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John & Donald Flovin meet up after 23 years in Amarillo (1946) - THE AMARILLO DAILY NEWS, AMARILLO, TEXAS...
THE AMARILLO DAILY NEWS, AMARILLO, TEXAS TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 19. 1348 the be S. and ROS- , I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!' --News Staff Photo. P u r e i t h . Donald and John Flovin put action into their greeting -- the first in nearly 23 years. They visited recently in the home of John's daughter, Mrs. M. C. Pittman, 1110 Wet- Fifteenth. ^ . ¥ * * Fiovin Brothers, Separated 23 Years, Have Reunion on Plainview Street "A" A W A R D S By CAL BRT1MLEY Two brothers were reunited re- cently in Plainview after a separa- tion of nearly 23 years. They are John and Donald Flovin. John lives on a farm a few miles from Plainview. Donald lives in B E E R No Empty Bottles Required PAY CASH GROCERY 2302 West. Sixth St New York City. Mrs. M. C. Pitt- man, daughter of John, lives at 1110 West Fifteenth, and the two Flovins visited here. When they met on a street cor- ner in Plainview, John did not know Donald, but Donald knew John. Donald approached his brother a-ncl said. 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BIXBY, President 51st Annual Financial Statement A S O F D E C E M B E R 3 1 , 1 9 4 5 R E S O U R C E S Cash in Banks $ 1,096.467.32 a few miles. Could you help me find him." "Well, I'd be (Tlad to try," John said, without recognition. "The man I'm looking for is a fellow named Flovin," Donald teased. "Why! I'll be darned, Donald, how are you?" And that is the way they met. Donald knew all the time to whom he was talking, but John didn't know until the name Flovin was mentioned. It happened on Saturday, the day I when nearly all farmers go to i town for groceries, some peppermint | candy for the youngsters and a pic- ture show. John was on his way to the car when the stranger stopped him. Donald had just left the post office, where he had been making in- quiries about where his brother lived. The Texas brother was born in Wilson County. 80 years ago, and moved to the Plains in 1928. He first settled on a farm near Kress, but in 1930 he moved to the farm near Plainview. On the farm he raises wheat, hogs, chickens, feed, and he milks a few cows, He has four children, Mrs. Pitt- man of Amarillo; Weldon, in the Army Air Forces stationed in Flor- ida; Elmer, on the farm with his dad; and Calvin, also on the farm with his dad. ' John is a large man, standing near 6 feet and weighing- about 200 pounds. His back is straight and his shoulders broad. Wind and long; hours of work in the sunshine have tanned his face. His hands are calloused. Straight, white hair covers most! of his head except for a spot tie- i ginning to bald and making his! forehead get longer and longer.! Sharp blue eyes are mellow under his eyebrows. John Flovin has the appearance of a typical, drawling Texas farmer Although John is large, Donald is larger. His frame is well over six feet, and he probably weighs more than 225. He is 40 years old and his hair is beginning to gray, about as much salt as pepper. His complexion is ruddy, but it is not a Panhandle Plains ruddiness. The New Yorker was born near Corsicana. In 1916 he went to New York City and was there when he joined the Navy in 1918. He went overseas and was out of the United States for more than five years. Shortly after his discharge from LESCO. . . ANOTHER FINE BRAND AT BLACKBURN'S HOLDING' COMPANY Newest Bond Street inspi- ration . . royon faille envelope done by Lesco with a. huge brass identification tag. Just the handy kind of thing for your driver's license, cosmetics, money . . carry it by itself . or pop it inside your big bags. Black, brown, red and Navy. Subject to 20% tax. Also in oval shape with zipper top. Please state color wanted on mail orders. . . . Featuring FINE BRANDS Since 1906 5.00 3.95 Men's Wear First Floor Women's and Boys' Second Floor the Navy in 1923 marked the last time the Flovin brothers were to- gether. In September of that year Donald visited his family near Corsicana. He went back to New York and into the meat and butcher business. Donald's appearance is what a Texan would expect of a New Yorker, and his speceh is clipped and fast, typically northern. For nearly 23 years the brothers did not see each other. They cor- responded only occasionally. What brought them together after so many years? "I was determined to see my brother again before we both kicked, off," Donald explained. The men have' another brother. Jim, in Columbus, O. They have sister in Memphis, Term. John has not seen Jim for about 18 years, and he has not seen his sister In about five years. Donald has seen both during the last two years. The New York brother is not I tain how long his visit will last. i "I'm going to stay until I find a I business in the West I like, or I get tired of loafing," he said. And if Donald decides to go back to his butcher business in New York City-- "I'm going to catch a plane--my first plane ride--as soon as wheat harvest is over next summer and pay Donald a visit," John said. Giant Machine Can Turn Complete House in 24 Hours By TEX EAS1EY WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (/P)--De- velopment of a gigantic machin-; which will turn out a complete, two-bedroom, low-cost c o n c r e t e house in 24 hours was announced here by Carl L. Estes, Longview, Tex. newspaper publisher. The house-making machine was shown today to National Housing Administrator Wilson W. Wyatt by E. G. Le Tourneau. Peoria, 111., manufacturer, who declared the de- vice should help solve the shortage of low-cost houses. ^ Estes said the apparatus, to be manufactured in Texas soon, looks like an enormous hen laying an egg. It maneuvers on 12-foot high pneumatic tired wheels to the de- sired building site. It then turns out the new home, ready for oc- cupancy save for the installations of window panes and finishing touches. It has an 18 by 11'.i foot living room. Declaring the machine will help meet a presidential request for 2,700,000 housing units, Estes said it had been developed after years of research by R. G. LeTourneau, Peoria, 111., manufacturer. VA Favors Silk Production Plan WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 U.R--The Veterans Administration is looking with favor on a proposal to estab- lish a veterans' community lor silk production in Mineral Wells, Tex., it was revealed today. Robert E. Ingalls, a field supervis- or in VA's Rehabilitation Section, recently returned from a checkup at Mineral Wells and has made a pathetic report. If the plan is adopted VA will put convalescent patients -- 100 to start -- in surplus Camp Wolt«rs, near Slineral Wells, and will sell the output of cocoons to the bud- ding domestic silk industry. Paul C. Rudat Elected President of Shrine Council FORT WORTH, Feb. 18 (/P)--Paul C. Rudat, potentate of El Mina Temple, Galveston, was elected, president of the council of the Tex- as All-State Shrine Ceremonial As- sociation at their meeting here. Jack McGraw, past potentate ol

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