William Woodson Tyree
AKA "Woodson" or "Chief"
(1900 - 1988)
Biographical notes by Elinor F. Tyree
William Woodson Tyree was born on 5/29/1900 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in a parsonage of the Southern Methodist Church, and died 4/4/1988. He married Ruth Chase (born 2/23/1905, died 12/23/1976) on 12/26/1925 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (with his father, William Fenton Tyree, officiating). Woodson graduated from Oklahoma University, took a master's degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, and made a career of teaching. First he taught Speech and Drama at the High School in Ponca City, Oklahoma; later he was Professor of Speech and Drama at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His wife Ruth was also a teacher (5th grade) and a horsewoman/breeder of some note. When Ruth died of cancer, she asked to be cremated and cast over the riding trails she loved; when Woodson died, his ashes joined Ruth's in Colorado's hills.
Woodson's Christmas Cards ...
These homemade Christmas cards are like tiny time capsules -- touching on World War II, the atomic bomb, the cold war, the Vietnam War, hippies, and the first man on the moon. A thread of faith in God seems to run throughout, and Woodson seems to use the poetic device of counting the days or months of his life several times. Enjoy!
| 1931 | 1932 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1938 |
| 1940 | 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 |
| 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 |
| 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 |
| 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 |
| 1982 | 1983 | 1985 |
These are all of Woodson's Christmas cards we can find. If anyone out there has any others not listed here, please contact ...
Daniel W. Tyree (Daniel@Tyree.net) or
Robert F. Tyree (Robert@Tyree.net)
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