Leslie Woodrow Reddell

Born Dec. 13 (Friday), 1912. Died Dec. 2, 1992

Photos and Leslie's story

by Dan Reddell

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1. Les at 14 weeks in Atoka, OK. 2. Les at 18 months. 3. In a barrel, but never over one.

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1. Les, Lea Etta & Ida Howard. 2. Les with Lea Etta. 3. Les

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1. Pauline Nixon (married Truman Cotton), Ray Smith (Gib's brother-in-law), and Les 2. Les with guitar, Lea Etta, friend.

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1. Family at work in the fields at Rocky Ford. J.D. Nixon, Gib & Lea Etta, Harve (standing) Joe Dunn, Les. 2. Novella, Les, Lea Etta. 3. Les at 17 with 1st car, 1926 Model T Ford. His father told him he could not have a car at 17. While his dad was away on business, Les bought this car for $75.  His dad returned, saw the car and didn't mention it for three days. Then he told Novella, "looks like Les got a pretty good deal." Later, a turkey flew up and perched on the rag top. Les threw a wrench at the turkey, breaking its leg. They had thanksgiving dinner early. (from note on back of photo)

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1. Les with Model T. 2. Les with 1926 Dodge. 3. Les with best friend, Joe Dunn.

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1.Les & Joe Dunn. They formed a band called the Oklahoma Nightriders and played on an experimental TV station in Bakersfield in 1934. 2. Les after arriving in Bakersfield. He leased a farm and began raising cotton in 1934 at the age of 22. 3. A portrait of Les taken just before he met his wife to be in 1935.

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