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Notes for Lawrence Kenneth "Tom" PURVIS


He signed his name as L Kenneth at the 1923 and later Powell family reunions.

Residences & events:

1924-5 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, Il. Tom was captain of the football team both years, sharing the limelight with brother, Jim, who was on the same team. They both continued the sport into their college years, both still in starring roles.

1934 Danville, IL, was his address when his mother died.

During WWII Tom served in the Navy as a flight instructor.

3/18/1947 Mattoon, IL, where Tom was in the auto business. In the "50 Years Ago Today" (3/18/1997) column of the newspaper was the following item: "Owners of the first four-lace post-war airplane in this are are two Mattooners, Tom Purvis, automobile dealer and Paul Cramer, a Big Four locomotive engineer. Mr. Purvis came from Chicago in the plane Sunday in one hour and six minutes. The plane was bought through James McBride of Mattoon airport."

10/24/47 And later in the same column: "Film Actor Robert Taylor left the Mattoon airport in his private plane this morning after spending the night in Mattoon. He arrived here late Thursday afternoon after two days in Washington, D.C. testifying before a House committee on un-American activities. He was visiting Tom Purvis and his brother, James Purvis."

2/21/48 Tom owned a tractor and implement business as well as the auto dealership.

2/24/48 The Mattoon City Commission named him to the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners.

1961 Bradenton, FL, his residence at the time of his father's death.

The Powell family reunion roster listed his address change to Decatur.
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