Louise Tisdale

Female, #35075, (12 Jun 1912 - 29 Jun 1989)
Father*Archie Wilbur Tisdale (9 Aug 1874 - 16 Oct 1931)
Mother*Carrie McMillan1 (1 Sep 1883 - 15 Mar 1967)
Birth*12 Jun 1912 Louise was born at Georgia on 12 Jun 1912.2,3 
Marriage*1928 She married James Oliver Culpepper at Georgia in 1928. 
Married Name1928  As of 1928, her married name was Culpepper. 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Louise was listed as a daughter in Archie Wilbur Tisdale's household on the 1930 Census at Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., Georgia.1 
Death of Father16 Oct 1931 Her father Archie Wilbur Tisdale died on 16 Oct 1931.4 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 Her Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Florida.3 
Death of Spouse5 Nov 1938 Her husband James Oliver Culpepper died on 5 Nov 1938 at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.5,6 
Death of Mother15 Mar 1967 Her mother Carrie McMillan died on 15 Mar 1967.7 
Residence*1978 Louise resided at Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., Georgia, in 1978. 
Death*29 Jun 1989 She died at Baldwin Co., Georgia, on 29 Jun 1989 at age 77.8,3 
Burial*circa 1 Jul 1989 She witnessed an unknown person 's burial at Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., Georgia, circa 1 Jul 1989.2 
Biography* The following article was written by Harold Martin apparently sometime during World War II: When Cotton Patches Were Landing Fields WARNER ROBINS, Ga.--There is a tall, slim, big-eyed blonde down here in the fabric department of the airplane repair shops whom the hottest pilots now in the air could well salute as one of their own daredevil breed. Her name is Louise Tisdale Culpepper and she is the widow of Slim Culpepper, whom old fliers like W. C. Miles, superintendent of the Air Service Command's maintenance department here, remember as the biggest, happiest, wildest flyer who ever broke up a prayer meeting by diving at a church. It was an airplane crash that brought them together, and an airplane crash that finally separated them forever after ten years of hazardous living in which they flew and stunted over every cotton patch in the south. In 1928 Louise's father, A. W. Tisdale, of Milledgeville, who loved airplanes but couldn't fly bought himself an old jenny from Souther Field at Americus. Then he started looking around for a pilot. About the same time Slim Culpepper rammed a Waco through a 400,000 volt power line at Soperton. A man who could do that and live, Mr. Tisdale figured must be a pilot from away back. SLIM TAKES JOB He offered Slim the job. Slim took it. Three months later he took Tisdale's daughter, Louise, too, as his bride, and the happy couple took off in a brand-new Waco that was the wedding gift of Mr. T. Three weeks later the the landing gear failed and they crumpled like an accordion. Then the barnstorming began. Louise learned to fly. She learned to walk wings. They formed, with two other antic airmen named Bonnie Rowe and Curly Burns, a flying circus. It was a hard life. The planes were patched with baling wire. One leaked gas so badly Louise would catch it in a quart fruit jar while in flight and then, while Slim nosed up to keep the propwash from blowing her away, she would pour the gas back in the tank. Frequently things were so bad they slept in the planes, or on the ground in the shelter of the wings. They would work all week to a patch a ship so it would be fit to fly on Saturday and Sunday. It was not unusual that Louise would have to sell a ticket to a passenger for $5 and then rush to town to buy the gas to take him up with. ADVENTUROUS LIFE It was an adventurous life, packed with danger every day. One afternoon in Boaz, Ala., when Louise was walking a wing the motor conked and oil poured back upon the wing. Her new white boots slipped and she fell, clutching at a guy wire with one hand. She grabbed it, but her hand was cut to the bone as she hung on. "I was flapping out over the trailing edge like washing on the line," she said. Once Slim put a powerful Hispano engine in an old plane and blew the tail off of it. The crash buried the nose in the ground and tore the seat out of the passenger's pants. When Louise came to inspect the wreck later a farmer, with shotgun and dogs, demanded $25 for damaging his pasture. She settled for five. Once an oil-spurting motor that that ruined her new silk dress forced them down 10 times on a trip of 100 miles. Slim was always in hot water with staid and sensible folk. He dived on a cornerstone laying at Milledgeville and scattered all the partipants. He loved to swoop down between buildings at the women's college there, bellowing joyful salutations to the startled schoolgirls as he roared past their windows. The young and serious-minded CAA snatched his license and fined him $5,000 for flying without lights at night, for stunting pay passengers and for chimney hopping. He just laughed at the fine and flew without a license. And Louise, loving him despite all his foolishness, flew with him with their daughter Charlene, who made her first flight at the age of six weeks. It was the day that Charlene was to enter school for the first time that Slim died. Late that afternoon he was coming in to land. He looked to be doing all right. Then the ship suddenly went into the ground. When they pulled Slim out he was dead. It was 10 years, almost to the day, since they were married. Louise hasn't flown much since. She'd like to fly again. She'd like very much to become a member of the Army's ferry command of women pilots. But the old days of walking the wings out in the rushing wind, and of riding, hour after hour in open cockpits, took their toll. Under her hair you will see the little black button of a hearing aid. So she's working down here, remembering the old days, and the old daredevil gang, most of whom died like Slim, in some dirt field crash somewhere, their names not even known to the winged youngsters of today who are their spiritual sons. 


James Oliver Culpepper (14 Apr 1904 - 5 Nov 1938)
Marriage*1928 She married James Oliver Culpepper at Georgia in 1928. 
Last Edited16 Jan 2005


  1. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 6, page 11A, 700 Wall Street, Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA
    Home=$4000, Radio=N, Farm=N
    Arnie W. Tisdale, Head, M, 55, M, md @29, VA/VA/VA, Agent for Standard Oil
    Carrie Tisdale, Wife, F, 45, M, md @19, GA/Scotland/TN
    + 7 other Tisdale & Whatley family members
    James O. Culpepper, Son-in-law, M, 25, M, md @23, GA/GA/GA, Airplane Pilot
    Louise Culpepper, Daughter, F, 17, M, md @15, GA/VA/GA
    Charleene Culpepper, Granddaughter, F, 4/12, S, GA/GA/GA.
  2. Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, Baldwin Co., GA
    "Louise Tisdale Culpepper, Jun 12, 1912 - Jun 29, 1989; West side, Section I, Lot 19, Person 3."
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    Louise T. Culpepper, 12 Jun 1912 - 29 Jun 1989, Unknown Place of Last Residence or Benefit; SSN 265-05-5577 issued in Florida before 1951
    (Why it is safe to publish Social Security information for deceased people: http://gen.culpepper.com/about/socialsecurity.htm).
  4. Volunteers, compiler, Friends of Cemeteries of Middle Georgia Website, e-mail address, Feb 2005.
    Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, GA:
    "Archie Wilbur Tisdale, Aug 9, 1874 - Oct 16, 1931, West side, Section I, Lot 19, Person 4, Masonic emblem, Spanish American War, Co. D, 3rd. Va. Inf., per A/D."
  5. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    James O. Culpepper, d. 5 Nov 1938 in Fulton Co., GA.
  6. Priscilla Turner, compiler, Meriwether Co., GA Cemeteries, Spartanburg, SC: , 1993, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book: 975.8455 V39.
    Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA
    + James O. Culpepper, 14 Apr 1904 – 5 Nov 1938.
  7. Volunteers, compiler, Friends of Cemeteries of Middle Georgia Website, e-mail address, Feb 2005.
    Memory Hill Cemetery, Milledgeville, GA:
    "Carrie J. McMillan Tisdale, Sep 1, 1883 - Mar 15, 1967, West side, Section I, Lot 19, Person 5."
  8. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    Louise T. Culpepper, d. 29 Jun 1989 at 77 years in Baldwin Co., GA; Res. in Baldwin Co., GA, 025651.