"Those Extraordinary Twins"
Ladonia News May 9, 1924
Those extraordinary twins, the subject of Mark Twain's book by that
name, were characters of fiction. Ours are characters of facts, and while
those of his story had some interesting characters over ours, ours have
some over his. For instance, his had but two feet in common; ours have
the usual number.. We started to write about Mrs Tom Pyle and Mrs Tom Reed.
As a general thing, facts about the one will fit the facts about the other,
so, as a way out of our dilemma we must resort to the art of the linotype
operator. As he is a fractious young man of questionable temper and frequently
shows the temperment peculiar to his profession we warn the reader [ whether
gentle or wild ] that, unless this article is set up with the facts about
Mrs Tom Pyle in the left hand column and those concerning Mrs Tom
Reed in the right hand column, and those in common to both of them
in the center, he has not followed our instructions. Now:
Mrs S. Elizabeth Pyle and Mrs M. J. Reed were born
in Grayson County Texas, Feb. 28th 1857, and came with their
father, the Reverend Mr. Miller, to Ladonia when twelve
years of age, the school at Ladonia offering more advantages
than did those at Sherman.
When fourteen years of age, they united with the Baptist
church of Ladonia, and in point of service, are the oldest mem-
bers of that church, having been members for sixty-five years.
As girls they dressed exactly alike, and were often mistak-
en, one for the other.
Following the war they accompanied their father to Jeff-
erson, Texas, for supplies, and no trip of equal length at the
present day, wether taken in an automobile at fifty miles per
hour, or in an aeroplane at the rate of a hundred, can furnish
the thrills enjoyed on that trip taken a la oxen. No eligible
male twins being available, they chose husbands from diff-
erent families, but they each married a young man named "Tom."
When the time came for the wedding ceremony Mr. Tom
Reed courteously said to Mr. Tom Pyle, "choose your wife.
I'll take which-ever one is left."
The ceremony was performed by their father, the Rev.
Miller and their respective husbands became their individual
property, as follows:
Mr. Reed was one of the
Mrs Pyle has four children;
Mrs. Reed had seven chil-
came Mrs. T.J. Pyle. Mr. Pyle
truly gallant men of the Con-
was a young man of marked
federacy, one of the earnest
musical talent, enjoyed more
fighters who believed in the
than local distinction as a sing-
cause he supported and who
ing-master and musician in
never lost his belligerent atti-
earlier times. He was a Con-
tude toward the Yankees who
derate soldier who did not
invaded the southland.
know when to quit and fought
in the last battle between the
His oldest son was named by
Yankees and Confederate reb-
him after the much admired
els. He died in Ladonia on
calvaryman, General Forrest.
September 6, 1923, mourned by
He died in Ladonia March
host of friends.
Mrs. Pyle and Mrs. Reed
have been separated only twice
in their lives, and then only for
a few months on each occasion.
They are alike in taste, recrea-
tion and of course, have had the
two living: Miss Elizabeth Pyle,
the universally respected and
dren, the four living being;
talented music teacher of La-
donia, and M.M. Pyle, connect-
Forrest, John, and Miss Pansy
ed with the faculty of Stam-
ford University, California.
Reed Dallas, and Mr Paul Reed
Both these ladies have always been devotees of the
home, recognizing home making not only a duty but a
pleasure. They are constant attendants at services at their
church, and while they read much on many subjects,
find the Bible to be to them what it has been to uncounted
thousands in the past, and what it will be to millions in the
future---the Book of Books.
Both of them raise flowers for pleasure and for what-
ever remuneration they may bring, and the raising of
flowers, which they contribute to so many worthy local
causes, is merely the reflection of the thoughts and deeds
and quietness of the useful lives they have spent among
their friends and neighbors at Ladonia.