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I have a complete history of the Windham family from their origin in the British isles c. 1013 to their immigration to America on the John and Dorothy and the branch of the family that ended up settling in Tuscaloosa County (Windham Springs) and Lamar County (Millport).
Frank Leroy Engle of Alabama, originally from Illinois and Indiana was born in Peoria County Illinois on June 9, 1916 to Walter and Nina Engle. He had two older brothers, Norman and Walter Lee. A younger brother, Morris, was born about 18 months later. Walter was a farmer with a fifth grade education. Nina was originally from Vivay Indiana on the Ohio River. They met at a "camp meeting" or revival. She finished high school and to supplement the family income became a seamstress. Frank spent most of his childhood in Indiana and graduated from Anderson High School in 1935.
Lee died at age 18 of "lock jaw" (tetanus). This affected 15 year old Frank profoundly. He finished high school and worked his way into John Herron Art School (now part of Indiana University in Indianapolis). Eventually Frank was head of the Experimental Pattern Department for Lockheed in LA during WW2. He left LA and was the owner of Engle Studios in Newberg Indiana after the war. He sold the business and moved to Iowa to teach and in 1949 took a position at the University of Alabama where he remained, retiring in 1980.
His first wife was Naneen Queen, an artist. They had two children, Melody and Walter. Later they divorced and Frank married Bethany Windham, also an artist. Together they had one daughter, Eve.
Frank passed away on February 20, 2002.
*Graduated from Herron School of Art.
*Won the prestigious Mary Millikan Scholarship Award.
*Head of the Experimental Pattern Department Lockheed, LA CAL.
*Created the Ford Motor Co. emblem for the first cars off the assembly for consumer use at the end of WW2.
*Created the University of Arkansas razorback "hat".
*Created fountain in front of the athletic dorm at UA (destroyed)
*Created fountain at The Racket Club, Tuscaloosa (destroyed)
*Commissioned by Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa Al
*Commissioned by Jack Warner for the Northriver Yaught Club
*Commissioned by Winton Blount Collection of American Art
*Private collections include the Carl Menniger Collection, Topeka KS
From "A History of the Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa Alabama"
"After the war, he opened Engle Studios in Los Angeles and Newberg, Indiana, where his designs included the well-known red, white and blue crest, which was for many years the emblem of Ford Motor Company. His works were handled by such stores as Nieman-Marcus, Gumps, Macy’s, Marshall Field’s, Hudson’s, I. Magnin, and Wanamaker’s, as well as by individual decorators. His works were often used in magazine advertisements and for sets in the motion picture industry, and commissioned by such hotels as the Shamrock in Houston.
Engle joined the faculty at the University in 1949. His works have been recognized nationally and internationally in the United States and Mexico and are included in such collections as the Blount Collection of American Art, Blount International Headquarters, Warner Collection, Louisiana State University Collection, and Mississippi University for Women Collection, Evansville University Collection and the Collection of the Butler Institute of American Art. He participated in the 1991 Alabama Biennial sculpture exhibition and the 1993 Sculpture Garden II in Chattanooga. In 1994 he was presented the Distinguished Career Award by the Society for the Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Alabama."
This is the family history of the Engle family beginning with Eve Windham Engle, daughter of Frank Leroy Engle and Bethany Windham Engle, granddaughter of Walter Engle and Nina Josephine Temple Engle.
Eve Windham Engle
Born: 1958, Birmingham, Jefferson Co, AL
Graduate: Tuscaloosa Co. HS, AL, 1975; University of Alabama, BFA 1981, MLS 1983.
Married: 1980, Andrew Eugene Conaway; 2001, Richard Kneeland Jr.
Children: Evan Lee Conaway, b. 1985; Christopher Andrew Conaway, b. 1986; Patrick Daniel Conaway, b. 1991.
Frank Leroy Engle
Born: 1916, Peoria Co, IL
Died: 2002, Tuscaloosa Co, AL
Graduate: Anderson HS, Anderson IN, 1935; John Herron School of Art(Indiana University) 1941?
Profession: Artist, Professor Emeritus University of Alabama
Married: 194?, Nanene Queen; 1955, Bethany Windham
Children: Melody Queen Engle, 1946; Walter Queen Engle, 1950; Eve Windham Engle, 1958.
Walter - Engle
Born: 18??, Indiana
Died: 1959, Alexandria, IN
Graduate: (5th grade education)
Married: 1910, Nina Josephine Temple
Children: Norman - Engle, 1911; Walter Lee Engle, 1913; Frank Leroy Engle, 1916; Morris - Engle, 1917.
John Irvin (Ervin, Erwin) Engle
Born: 18??, Yadkin Co., NC
Died: 1942, Indiana
Married: 18??, Mary Jane Barnes (according to research by Jason Engle or last name Mohr or Moore according to Morris Engle)
Note: John "Irvin" Engle. Irvin Engle left the Mount Airy NC area and went to Ohio, and Indiana, as a result of a murder. Family story is that there was an incident between Irvin Engle and some other men which may have resulted in the death of a man. Allegedly the men were attacking Irvin Engle and he hit one man in the head and left him for dead. He left immediately (one source said on a "mule train to Ohio")and ended up in the Dayton Ohio area before moving to Indiana.
Joseph - Engle
Born: 18??, NC
Died: 18??, NC
Married: Paulina Jane Summers (Polina) (Samens)
Children:John "Irvin"; Jane
Julius(?) - Engle
Born: 17??, NC
Died: 18??, NC
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