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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Domestic Violence Turns Into Murder

Thomas Sloan Massengale and Susan Brown were the parent's of my husband's direct ancestor, Lora Massengale. Lora married John Langdon Wilder, my husband's great grandparents. Thomas and Susan also had a son named Oscar William Massengale. Lora and Oscar were siblings in a large family with 10 children. This story is about Oscar's daughter, Ola Gertrude Massengale Leonard.

Oscar William Massengill was born on 11/28/1885 in South Carolina to Thomas Sloan Massengale and Susan Brown.

1900 U.S. Census of Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC, ED 111, Roll T623-1542, Sheet 14B, Lines 92-100, Taken 6/19/1900, "Thomas S. Massingill" or "Thomas S. Massingell", Dwelling 135, Family 136
Massingill, Thomas S., Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born in April, 1861, 39 years old, Married 17 years, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farmer, Rents his farm, Can Speak English, Can read & write
Susan, Wife, W, F, Born in Nov, 1865, 34, Married 17 years, had 7 children of which 7 are still alive, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC,
Eller, Daughter, W, F, Born in Dec/1883, 16, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC
Oscar, Son, W, M, Born in Nov, 1885, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC,
John, Son, W, M, Born in March, 1888, 12, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC,
Lora, Daughter, W, F, Born in June, 1890, 9, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, At school
Birdie, Daughter, W, F, Born in Aug, 1891, 8, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, At school
Lizzie, Daughter, W, F, Born in Dec, 1893, 6, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, At school
Ada, Daughter, W, F, Born in Feb, 1897, 3, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC

He married Jamie Barnett about 1907 in Spartanburg County, SC. Jamie Barnett Massengill was born 12/7/1888 in South Carolina to James C. Barnett and Josephine Steen.

1910 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1473; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 84; Image: 41, Lines 93-96, "Jared Massingill" (sic, it's obviously Oscar Massengill but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Jared Massingill)
Jared Massingill, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married 3 yrs (DOM 1907), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of general farm
Larnie Massingill (sic, obviously Jamie Massengill but Ancestry.com has her indexed as Larnie Massingill), Wife, F, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1891), Married 3 yrs, 2 children with 2 still alive, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Morie Massingill (sic, obviously Marie Massengill but Ancestry.com has her indexed as Morie Massingill), Daughter, F, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
??la Massingill (sic, obviously Ola Massengill but Ancestry.com has her indexed as ??la Massingill), Daughter, F, W, 1 yrs old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1920 U.S. Census of Woodruff,  Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1711; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 125; Image: 743, Lines 37-45, "Oscar ? Massengille" (sic, should be Oscar W. Massengill)
Oscar Massengille, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of General farm
Jamie Massengille, Wife, F, W, 29 yrs old (DOB 1891), Married, Cannot read or write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Marie M. Massengille, Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm labor
Ola G. Massengille, Daughter, F, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm labor
Andrew T. Massengille, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1912), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Horace W. Massengille, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1914), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
George P. Massengille, Son, M, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1916), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Edgar Massengille, Son, M, W, 10/12 mos old (DOB 1919), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Edwin Massengille, Son, M, W, 10/12 mos old (DOB 1919, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1930 U.S. Census of Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC, Roll 2213, Pg 17A, ED 72, Image 374.0, Lines 21-29, Family 304, Dwelling 310, "Oscar W. Massingill"
Oscar Massingill, Head, Rents farm, Farm, M(ale), W(hite), 45 yrs old, Married at 24 yrs of age, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farmer on General Farm
Janie Massingill, Wife, F, W, 42 yrs old, Married at age 19, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC
Andrew Massingill, Son, M, W, 19 yrs old, single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Laborer
Hasell Massingill, Son, M, W, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Laborer
George Massingill, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Helper
Edgar Massingill, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Helper
Edwin Massingill, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Helper
Mary Lou Massingill, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC
Leroy Massingill, Son, M, W, 4 4/12 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC

I could not find this family in 1940 U.S. Census.

Oscar William and Jamie Massengill had 9 children:
1) Mamie Marie Massengill (10/25/1907-7/22/2003) married William Bee Cooper
2) Thomas Andrew Massengale (2/11/1910-11/22/1961) married Eva Johnson
3) Iola Gertrude Massengill (10/6/1908-7/15/1945) married Thomas B. Leonard, Sr.
4) William Horace Massengale (6/14/1913-3/19/2003) married Thelma Louise Hood
5) George Posey Massengale (1/26/1916-9/24/1975) married Mamie Lucille Copeland
6) Edgar Massengale (2/19/1919-3/2/2016) married Ella Mae Bentley
7) Edwin Massengale (2/19/1919-9/20/2001) married Ruth Bentley
8) Mary Lou Massengale (2/23/1923-10/19/2010) married John Cecil Waters
9) Leroy Gene Massengale (11/20/1925-12/31/2006) married Myrtle Cantrell and Imogene Howard

Oscar and Jamie had a daughter named Iola "Ola" Gertrude Massengale on 10/6/1908 in Spartanburg County, SC. Ola Gertrude married Thomas B. Leonard (aka Tom Leonard) about 1925 in Spartanburg County, SC. Thomas Leonard was born 9/5/1903 in Spartanburg County, SC to Thomas Newport Leonard and Alisa Ann Brannon.

Ola and Tom Leonard had 3 children:
1) Annie Lou Leonard Smith (10/26/1933- )
2) Rev. Thomas J. Leonard, Jr. (3/2/1926-12/17/2005)
3) William John Leonard (4/15/1928- )

1930 U.S. Census of Woodruff, Spartanburg County, SC, Roll 2213, Pg 17A, ED 72, Image 374.0, Lines 12-16, Family 301, Dwelling 307, "Leonard, Tom"
Leonard, Tom, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 27 yrs old, Married at age 22, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farmer of a cotton farm
Leonard, Ola, Wife, F, W, 21 yrs old, Married at age 15, born in SC, Father born in SC,Mother born in SC, Farm Helper
Leonard, Tom Jr., Son, M, W, 4 0/12 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC
Leonard, William, Son, M, W, 1 11/12 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC
Leonard, Roy, Brother, M, W, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in SC, Farm Laborer


1940 U.S. Census of Victor Mills, New Woodruff Road, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T627_3837; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 42-103, Lines 8-13, Family 331, "Tom B. Leonard" Tom B. Leonard, Head, Rents farm for $8, M(ale), W(hite), 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended school through 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same house in 1935, Farmer on own farm
Ola Leonard, Wife, F, W, 30 yrs old (DOB 1910), Married, Attended high school 2 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same house in 1935, Farm Laborer
Junior Leonard, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1926), Single, Attends school, Attended school through 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same house in 1935
William Leonard, Son, M, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1928), Single, Attends school, Attended school through 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same house in 1935
Annie Lou Leonard, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1934), Single, Does not attend school, Born in SC, Lived in SC in 1935
John A. Goode, Lodger, M, W, 62 yrs old (DOB 1878), Single, No school, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Farm laborer on farm


Now comes the tragedy. Here are the newspaper articles about the event (parenthesis mine):
Tom Leonard

Ola Gertrude Massengale Leonard

Oscar William Massengale and Jamie Barnett Massengale

Spartanburg Herald, 7/16/1945, Front page
Tom Leonard Dies After He Kills Two
Shoots Wife, Her Mother, Killed By Brother-In-Law
Pelham, July 15. In a family tragedy, 3 persons were shot to death at their home here about 11 tonight. Officer R.B. Colvin of Greer, one of the investigating officers, listed the trio as: Mrs. O.W. Massingale (Jamie Barnett, Mrs. Oscar William Massengill, mother of Ola Massengale Leonard), about 60; Her daughter, Mrs. Ola Leonard; Her son-in-law, Tom Leonard, 48. The officer said his investigation disclosed that Leonard shot his wife and mother-in-law through a door of the house with a .32 Smith and Wesson pistol. In turn, Leonard was shot to death by his brother-in-law, Leroy Massingale, 19, who used a double-barreled shotgun. "Family trouble" was the cause of the shootings, the officer said he was told. He quoted young Massingale as saying that Leonard threatened to kill every member of the family just prior to the triple-slaying. In slaying the 2 women, Leonard exhausted all of the ammunition in his pistol, Officer Colvin said, and he was engaged in reloading when he was shot. The slayings were reported by young Massingale, who gave himself up at the Greer City Jail. He still was being held at the jail at midnight. Sheriff B.B. Brockman and Coroner A.M. Cash were notified by County Officer Roy Lister, who accompanied Officer Colvin to Pelham. The bodies were carried to the Wood Mortuary in Greer, SC.

The Index-Journal, Greenwood, SC, 7/16/1945, Pg 5, "Greer Man In Jail, 3 Persons Dead In Shooting Affray"
Greer, July 16 - Leroy Massingale, 19, was held in jail here today and three other persons were dead as the result of a shooting affray at Pelham near here late yesterday. The dead were: Mrs. G.W. Massingale, about 60, her daughter, Mrs. Ola Leonard, and her son-in-law, Tom Leonard, 48. Policeman R.B. Colvin said his investigation showed Leonard shot his wife and mother-in-law and was in turn shot by Massingale, his brother-in-law. Young Massingale gave himself up to officers.





Mr. and Mrs. Leonard are survived by the following children S2c Thomas Leonard Jr, William Leonard and Annie Lou Leonard. In addition, Mr. Leonard is survived by 3 brothers, Joe, Bill and Roy Leonard, and 5 half brothers. Sgt. Paul Leonard, Gunners Mate 3C Carol Leonard, Seaman 1C Cecil Leonard, Seaman 2C Leland Leonard and Bruce Leonard; 2 sisters, Mrs. Fannie Byars and Mrs. Mary Vaughn; one half-sister, Miss Ellen Leonard; his father, T.N. Leonard; and his step-mother, Mrs. Hattie Howard Leonard.
Surviving Mrs. Leonard, besides her children, are 6 brothers and 2 sisters and her father, O.W. Massingale.
Surviving Mrs. Massingale are her husband and the following children: 2 daughters, Mrs. Marie Cooper and Mrs. Mary Lou Waters, 6 sons, Sgt. Edwin Massingale and Pvt. Edgar Massingale, Andrew, Horace, George and Leroy Massingale; one brother, Wayne Barnett; and one sister, Mrs. Mamie Turner.
The bodies will remain at the Wood Mortuary in Greer until the hour of service.
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At An Inquest in Greer yesterday, a coroner's jury exonerated Leroy Massingale, youngest son of the family, of any blame in connection with the shooting of his brother-in-law, Leonard, at the Massingale home at Pelham Sunday night.
The same jury found that young Massingale's mother and sister (Mrs. Leonard) were shot to death by Leonard.
Telling his version of the case yesterday, young Massingale said he secured a shotgun when Leonard came to the Massingale home and attempted to break into the front door.
"I heard a single shot and my mother cried out just once, as I ran out the back door with the shotgun," he said. "The the door crashed open and I heard 3 more shots, fired one right after the other."
***
"I never heard my sister scream or anything. She must have been killed instantly." the 19-year-old youth related.
His mother and sister, he said, were shot to death by his sister's husband after a family dispute.
Threatened to Kill All
"After the shooting, I heard Tom (the brother-in-law) coming through the house. He called out, 'Well, as long as I've killed 2 of them I might as well kill the rest of you!'"
"He came out the back door. I was hiding in the dark at the corner of the house. When he was about 20 or 25 feet away beside the big peach tree - I fired one barrel of the shotgun and missed."
"He didn't even stop; just cursed at me and hollered, 'Why don't you try again?' Then I let go with the other barrel and he fell. I don't believe he ever made a sound."
Young Massingale, 19 years of age and married only 4 months, said his brother-in-law came to their home and attempted to break in the front door. While his mother and sister attempted to hold the door, he said he secured the shotgun and slipped out the back door, hoping to circle the house before Leonard broke into the house.
A broken latch on the front screen door, a shattered glass in the front door bore mute testimony to the fact that he did not circle the house in time.
The shootings, he and other members of the family said, climaxed a night of disagreements and arguments at the Massingale and Leonard homes - separated by only about 100 yards in the Pelham village. Twice it was said, Ola Leonard was thrown into the yard of her home by her husband before her father, Oscar Massingale, directed her to go to the Massingale residence.
The disorder continued, the elder man said, and he enlisted the aid of a neighbor to drive to Greer and ask County Officer Roy Lister to come to Pelham and attempt to settle the difficulty. When he returned with the officer, Mr. Massingale, discovered that the triple killing had taken place.
Young Massingale said 6 people were in father's house when Leonard first beat open the door for admission. In addition to himself, they were his mother, his sister, his wife and 2 small children - Annie Lou Leonard 12, daughter of the slain couple; and Earl Cooper, small grandson of the Massingales.
When it was learned that Leonard had a gun - a 22-29 Smith and Wesson revolver - Massingale and his mother and sister attempted to hold the front door. The younger Mrs. Massingale and the little Leonard girl, he said, ran out the back door to hide in an outbuilding. The little Cooper boy, Massingale said, crawled under a bed while he was securing the shotgun.
Mrs. Massingale, according to Sheriff B.B. Brockman and other investigating officers, evidently was shot the first time through the glass of the front door. One bullet passed entirely through her head, entering about the left ear and emerging near the right ear. She was shot 3 other times, all in the shoulder and chest.
The body of Mrs. Leonard was found some distance away from that of her mother, which was sprawled directly in front of the door. Mrs. Leonard was shot twice, both times in the chest.
Every cartridge in the 6 shot revolver was empty when it was taken from Leonard's hand as he sprawled under a peach tree about 35 to 40 feet from the Massingale house. The charge of No 4 shot fired by young Massingale struck him in the left arm and chest.
Young Massingale used a 12 gauge double barreled shotgun in shooting his brother-in-law. He had 2 extra shells - both buckshot - in his pocket in the event he missed with the first 2, he said.
He went to Greer Police Headquarters Sunday night after the shooting and gave himself up to Greer Officer R.B. Colvin, who went to Pelham with County Officer Lister to investigate the case. Later, Sheriff Brockman, Chief of County Detectives George Pruette and County Officer Bob Randall went to Pelham to assist in the investigation.
Before Sunday night's shooting, Leonard was known by other members of the family as "a good husband and father" - except for some trouble with his wife some months ago.
A merchant and farmer of the Pelham section, he was regarded as well-to-do. He owned both his own residence and the house in which the Massingales lived. He also owned a farm which was operated by his father-in-law and young Leroy Massingale.
A wallet taken from his pocket after his death contained $455.60 - much of the amount in $20 bills.

Obituary, Greenville News (Greenville, SC), July 17, 1945
Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Leonard and Mrs. Jamie Massingale who were killed instantly Sunday night at 10:30 from gun-shot wounds, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the gravesides in the Liberty Hill Methodist church cemetery and will be conducted by Rev, N. M. Phillips and Rev. Jennings Johnson. Active pallbearers for the three; are asked to meet at the cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3:45, as follows: for Mrs. Leonard: Wilton Perry, Harold Perry, Douglas Massingale, Blanco Gwynn, William Turner, Fred Roddy. For Mr. Leonard, Baker McClimon, Donald Wood, Nick Smith, Herman Smith, Eddie Waddell, and Bub Brannon; for Mrs. Massingale, CIyde Waters, Bryant Cooper, Denny Vaughn, Claude Brannon, Floyd Brannon, Wyatt Vaughn.
Mr. and Mrs Leonard are survived by the following children; Seaman Second Class Thomas Leonard, Jr., William Leonard and Annie Lou Leonard. In addition to these Mr. Leonard is survived by three brothers, Joe, Bill and Roy Leonard and five half-brothers, Sgt. Paul Leonard, Gunners Mate 3-C Carol Leonard, Seaman 1-C Cecil Leonard and Seaman 2-C Leland Leonard and Bruce Leonard; two sisters survive Mr. Leonard, Mrs. Fannie Byars and Mrs. Mary Vaughn and one half-sister, Miss Ellen Leonard. Mr. Leonard is also survived by his father, T. N. Leonard and his step-mother, Mrs. Hattie Howard Leonard.
Surviving Mrs, Leonard, beside her children, are six brothers, Sgt. Edwin Massingale and Pvt. Edgar Massingale, Andrew, Horace, George and Leroy Massingale; two sisters survive, Mrs. Marie Cooper and Mrs. Mary Lou Waters. Mrs. Leonard is also survived by her father, O. W. Massingale.
Surviving Mrs. Massingale are her husband, O. W. Massingale and the following children: two daughters, Mrs. Marie Cooper and Mrs. Mary Lou Waters; six sons, Sgt. Edwin Massingale and Pvt. Edgar Massingale; Andrew, Horace, George and Leroy Massingale; one brother survives, Wayne Barnett and one sister, Mrs. Mamie Turner.
The bodies will remain at the Wood Mortuary in Greer.

Spartanburg Herald, 7/18/1945, Pg 2
"Triple Rites To Be Held"
Funeral services for Mrs. Jamie B. Massingale, Mrs. Ola M. Leonard and Thomas B. Leonard will be conducted at the gravesides in the Liberty Hill cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 by the Rev. N. H. Phillips and the Rev. Jennings Johnson.
The following men are asked to meet at the cemetery at 3:45 and serve as active pallbearers: For Mrs. Massingale, Clyde Waters, Bryant Cooper, Denny Vaughn, Claude Brannon, Floyd Brannon and Wyatt Vaughn; for Mrs. Leonard, Wilton Perry, Harold Perry, Douglas Massingale, Blanche Gwynn, William Turner, and Fred Roddy; for Mr. Leonard, Baker McClimmon, Donald Wood, Nick Smith, Herman Smith, Eddie Waddell and Bub Brannon.
The bodies will remain at the Wood Mortuary until the hour of the service.

The Gaffney Ledger, Gaffney, SC, 7/19/1945,
Three Killed At Pelham In Family Feud
Greer, July 15 - A coroner's jury today absolved Leroy Massingale, 19, in connection with the slaying last night at Pelham of his brother-in-law, Tom Leonard, 48.
Massingale surrendered to police after slaying Leonard, who had shot to death Mrs. O.W. Massingale, 57, mother of young Massingale, and Mrs. Ola Leonard, 35, his sister and the wife of the dead man.
The triple killing, according to Policeman R.B Colvin, was the result of "family trouble".
The same jury which absolved Massingale also found that Mrs. Massingale and Mrs. Leonard came to their death at the hands of Tom Leonard.
Policeman Colvin said the killings occurred at the Massingale home, and that Leonard shot through the front door of the home, killing one of the women, and then entered the house and killed the other one.
Shortly afterward young Massingale, he said, fired a load from a shotgun into Leonard's body.
A triple funeral for the victims of the shootings will be held Wednesday at the Liberty Hill Methodist church of Pelham.
According to reports from investigating officers and various Persons at Pelham, the shooting occurred in this manner.
Leonard reportedly precipitated a disturbance late yesterday afternoon at his own home, which was adjacent to the Massingale residence, and subsequently the members of his household except himself went to the Massingale home, occupied by Mrs. Leonard's parents and several other members of their family.
Later after that, O.W. Massingale husband of one of the slain women, and others went to the home of Leonard's brother to get assistance in solving the difficulty. While there, they heard shots, and a few minutes later Leroy Massingale came to them to get his father about the shootings.
While Mr. Massingale was a way from his home, according to reports, Leonard had gone to the Massingale home and fired a pistol shot which crashed through the door glass and struck Mrs. Massingale, who fell to the floor at the door.
Then, it was reported, Leonard forced his way into the house and shot Mrs. Leonard, who was in the room with her mother. The ammunition in Leonard's pistol was exhausted during the shooting. Mrs. Massingale being shot four times and Mrs. Leonard twice.
Officers quoted young Massingale, who was also in the house as saying that Leonard threatened to kill everyone in the house.
Leonard's arrival at the Massingale home, it was said, caused Leroy Massingale to secure a shotgun in an effort to head off Leonard from the rear of the house. Leonard, however, entered from the front, it was said, and it was there that he and Massingale met after the two women had been shot. The shooting of Leonard followed, and the young Massingale went to his father. Officers said Leonard was apparently going to his home for more ammunition when young Massingale fired his shotgun twice, the second charge taking effect.
According to statements made by members of the family Leonard had struck his wife with his fist at their home during the disturbance which preceded the shooting, and at that time, it was said, Mr. and Mrs. Massingale had one to their daughter's home before all but Leonard returned to the Massingale home.
It was understood both Mrs. Massingale and Mrs. Leonard fell at the first shot.

According to the newspaper articles, their homes, at the time of the murders, were in Pelham area of Greer. But there were no street addresses mentioned in the newspaper articles. Unfortunately, all three death certificates were typed on a faulty typewriter (maybe a dried up ribbon?) and all three are totally illegible. The information is so light that they are unreadable. So I couldn't get street addresses from either of the death certificates. I did find a street address for Oscar William Massengale at the time of his death in 1963 of 128 Golf St. I checked on Zillow.com and 128 Golf Street was built in 1945 so it's possible that this was the house of the murder but I don't know for sure. It was his house in 1963, but was it his house in 1945? Juxtaposed to 128 Golf St is 136 Golf St which was built in 1935 (according to Zillow.com). Was this the Leonard house? The other houses surrounding these two residences are newer builds so in 1945, these houses were pretty much alone. The backyards join in an L shape. Again, I have no idea if these were the houses where the murders occurred. It's guesswork on my part! If anyone has corrections, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.



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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back To School Lunch Ideas

It's that time again! Kids headed back to school this week. If you make your children's lunch to take to school then you might want some new ideas. When I was in school, a peanut butter jelly sandwich and milk money were about the extent of our bagged lunches. Today, there is much more to choose from, and more creativity. I did a Google search and found some wonderful ideas. Now I fully realize that some parents are too busy to do cookie cutter bread and kitty cat faces on fruit. But take the ideas that you can use. The main thing is to make sure you kids are getting nutritional lunches and lunches that can make it to school safely. I can't tell you how many times my pbj sandwich got smushed or a banana got mashed. So all these little containers and lunchbox ideas are pretty cool. On the other hand, I've also seen kids who leave Mom's expensive Tupperware containers in their locker forever and Mom never sees them again.

You know your kids. If you know they are responsible enough to bring expensive lunch box containers back home, DON'T use them. Recycle plastic butter or yogurt containers, recycled jars, prepackaged items, aluminum foil, ziploc bags and brown bags. That way, it can be tossed in the trash can and you haven't lost your expensive food storage containers.

You also know what your children will eat. Some children are very picky and won't touch things not on their list of eatables. I have a nephew that wouldn't eat anything green. He's over 30 yrs old and still won't eat anything green. My husband wouldn't touch cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, squash, etc. until after we got married. We've been married 39 yrs and he just now found out he liked fruit cobbler! I think parents should work on getting their children to try things and not cater to some of the silliness that kids get away with in the food department. But there are also times to choose your battles carefully. It's all in the balance. Kids have to eat, especially in the middle of a busy school day. So make lunches they will eat but that are well rounded and nutritional.

All meals should have enough protein to keep their minds working and their sugar levels stable and to keep from getting hungry again too soon. They also need fruit, vegetable, dairy. And it's nice to include something sweet but not too much sugar that will get small children on a sugar high.

These pictures are not mine and I appreciate all those who share their ideas on back to school lunches. Heck, I would love to have some of these for my own lunch! Use these ideas as a springboard for your own children's lunches. You might want to make a menu on Friday, do your grocery shopping on Saturday and pack a week's worth of lunches on Sunday afternoon. And, as they're are able, get them to help you. Kids don't need everything done for them, they need to learn how to do for themselves. One day they will be making their kid's lunches and they will be glad you taught them.


















































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