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|>||1. Robert Thurston Curtis, Jr, b. 1927, d. 1992, somerset, Kentucky |
|>||2. Gene Gordon Curtis, b. 12 May 1937, somerset, Kentucky , d. 28 Sep 2004, somerset, Kentucky |
| ||3. Michael Curtis|
- Per telephone conversation with Mr. Gene Curtis 01/02/04, son of Robert Thurston Curtis, his father worked as a machinist for the Southern railroad. Gene said his father was a talented machinist and at one time joined the Navy and was a seabee in the Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor when attacked by the Japanese. Gene indicated that his father for many years was an alcoholic. Late in life, Gene indicated his father became quite religeous. John V. Curtis ( Jack) indicated that he thought late in life Robert T. Curtis has actually become a preacher in North Carolina. Gene said his father and mother divorced when he was four years old. Robert T. Curtis was quite a fighter and heavy drinker. He said his father had an old Navy blue steel shief knife from the Navy and would occationally show it to his son Gene. And on occation when drinking threaten his wife.....Gene's mother. Robert T. Curtis was divorced from his first wife and briefly married a red headed lady (per Gene). He then married a third time to his first wife's best friend who lived accross the street from his first wife. Gene said his half brother Michael, is the son of Robert T. Curtis' third wife. Gene said his mother did not want Gene to associate with the Curtis family likely the result of the bad marriage experience to Robert Thurston.
Per Glenn Curtis and Jack Curtis 12/9/2000, Robert did not associate with a good crowd in Somerset KY was thought of as kind of a black sheep. Of course it seems that later I learned that there were opinions of black sheep on both sides of the family, since John Arnold Curtis had a little altercation during the depression with missing money at the Sterns Bank. John (Jack) Vaughan Curtis relates the story of being in the Somerset bank with his father Earl and Uncle Glenn talking with the banker Dick Cooper. Bob Curtis walked in and the banker spoke to Bob saying he had his relatives here. Bob quipped that those relatives kin John Arnold was caught with missing money at the Sterns Bank. It provided a little embarrassment. But all passed.
Jack Curtis said that Bob Curtis worked for the Railroad. That after marrying his third wife, he went back to school, moved to North Carolina with the railroad, and this is where son Michael Curtis was born.
NEWS: Excerpts from The Somerset Journal, 11 March 1921
Robt. Curtis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Curtis, was operated on last Saturday
night for appendicitis.
Gene Curtis stated that his father, Robert T Curtis had suffered a stroke about 2 years before his death. Consequently he had spent a the last year of his life in nursing care.
Jack Curtis said that he got along with Robert and that he really credits Robert with getting Jack his job at the Somerset drug store with phamacist Kip Dye. Jack said that Robert would visit his mother who worked as a nurse in the Somerset Hospital, which was in the building connected to the back of the Drug Store on Main Street. Robert, knowing that Jack was interested in working at drug store, learned upon visiting his mother and the connected drug store that Kip Dye the druggist, needed some help and was looking to hire someone, told Jack of the job opening. That is how Jack got his job at the drug store.
- [S02436] Per Glenn Curtis 12/9/2000.
Per Glenn Curtis 12/9/2000. Mrs. Robert Curtis Jr. of Somerset in phone interview 2/9/03 souce of middle name of Robert Curtis sr. being Thurston.