As we explored Don's family tree, we discovered that although Kansas City is importantto his family history, Oklahoma is equally important.
Don's grandfather, Lee Therman Cheadle, was born in Oklahoma in 1910, moved to Missouri during his youth and married there. Don's paternal great-grandfather, William Cheadle, was born Sept. 25, 1882, in what was known as Indian Territory and would become the state of Oklahoma. Don's paternal grandfather's family, it turned out, was very much a product of his birth state.
"My grandfather was sweet but gruff," Don recalled. "He worked at the Chevy plant, loved baseball but never talked about Oklahoma -- never." Don knew little of Lee's story. This is a real loss to Don's family history because Lee Therman Cheadle grew up during a most unusual historical time and circumstance.