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s.- BECOND SECTION 035 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1—NUMBER 96 The historical background for | this story was fur.".i:;heu by John W. Allen, a ft ins Directrr of the Museum, at Southern Illinois university. university. The siory has been supplemented supplemented by a visit to the house where r-Hseilla lived and an interview interview with Mrs. Scott McGlasson McGlasson who knew her personally. This is but one instance of the songs and stories thai: make up the folklore of this .section. To save such bits of history for future genoralions, The Illinois Folklore ' .society has been* formed, if yon i know it bit of lore worth preserv- M'i<-. Mr. Allen will be glad to have | H either at the university or at ' home in Carbondale. The ad- ' '£&'•• is 403 S. Washington Avenue. Avenue. By Mirkin P.wne Her , name -was Pnscilla. And she had a green thumb. It seemed wherever the child turned she could make plants bloom, but her favorites,were the hollyhocks that bloomed in her master's yard . red they were, and smaller than the ordinary hollyhock. They nodded nodded and swayed with a stiffish rustle in ihc North Carolina breeze. Frist-ilia was a slave girl. A gradroon, anc the story i;cos that she was mi iniulligsul child and very prcily. She was twelve years old or thereabouts wh_m Basil Silkwoocl came visiting her master. Does Ihe name souod familiar to you? No wonder. ,The Silkwoocl Jia.'Tie is well thought of here in Illinois, and Basil is one of the reasons why. He was a kind man. a good TII an. and his generous heart had •fp- ready ally in his well-lined /'pockets. A pioneer in developing -this section of the state, he settled settled near the present clay Mul- kcytown. His house became an overnight stop for tarvclers of the THE OLD SHAWNEE TRAIL JibtiSE otDKiSTORIC MEMORIES' ! NOW PUT AT /MILLION ~: . Batavia, Java (AT"!) j This capital of the Dutch. East j Indies now has a population^))! 'more than 1,000,000, the Chinese daily Sin Po reported after"-a recent survey. ^ Sin Po estimates that BataSSa now has living ii'i it 800,000 Tln- donesians; 130,000 Chinese: 60,000 60,000 Europeans and Americans, and 10,000 persons of other nationalities. nationalities. -' Plans are underway for an official official census, according to the paper. ^ There are more than 16,§<50 barn fires every year. ! "T^^v-;/'^!*:~f|^^ ** ^fr-i"" V. -,- '; ; r > *'-,//,,,;.- < '\*-$^T/S~x^^^^^>f^^H/ :C- ,- v-' ' -,*' Here is the.trail over which the early settlers went as"they 'drove their livestock to market This scene is looking westward toward St. Louis, located about fialf way between Shawneetown and' St. Louis this 1 house was called Half-Way House. Here people halted as they drove their livestock to- St. Lotiis; ; ;for market. the-bricks were being removed, j. physboro, -chairman;. H.J.C. Ker- The farm fire loss is estimated and cncampted^on a creek. Misery, was the common lot. Many died', i | Somebody took Priscilla into j Shawnee Trail who Irekecl I Joncsboro. There in the sea of from Old Shawnee to St. Louis, j unfamiliar faces one shone through That house became known as Silk-'like a beacon of hope. Timidly the voiid Tavern or. Half-Way House. | child spoke. The man turned and and sundown would find the yard j looked at her. Who was the child overflowing with the cattle 'and I who spoke his name? When Basil pigs of farmers who were driving | Silkwoocl had heard her story out, ilK'm to market. • Iliis spirit was deeply touched by SJLXV/OOD had an enjoyable'tin? young girl's plight. J-Te drove THE SILKWOOD BURIAL PLOT vi.-.jf wivli his friends who owned a Ihe Noi'tl :>i!ii. ;!ccorrlirr U»: day, made, a rather lengthy Carolina plantation, •ling" to the cTistorcT'cfr bargain with her owners. Legend Legend • has it he ..paid $1,000 lor i rltWirnic cVua'cTroo'ivg'irf;"Pfiscilla's trek was ended, Her days of During that time he came i .slavery over. The child became a to know the slaves not only by member of tho Silkwood family .siL'.ht, but by name, and since he and Basil Silkwood and his wii'c v.-;is opposed to slavery, he must cherished tli^e girl as if she had! huve at times been deeply grieved i been tlioir own child. over the lot of the men 'and| Wiien the winds whispered to i voinen who received even such j Priscilla that it was planting time, md care as we hope his friend j her hands lifted the hollyhock , e them. There may have been j seed from their hiding place, tl. .lammie in Ihe kitchen and a j drooped them in the moist, cool Sfiia to wait table in the evening earth, and tamped the loam gently vlicn (he!. room was lighted i over them. Year after year 'the vith candles. Maybe Prisi-illa was I green spikes grew. Year after year the job of keepinc: one ! the red flowers were bright with of the fans waving to keep the memories and brighter still with Kut even a 'delightful visit must j They for the future, were happy years. Pris- i-nd. Basil Silkwood said goodbye I cilia never married, but lived out to his friend and started back to ,' her life at the Silkwood .residence. Illinois. Not much laler he re-i She became a member of ' the reived word lhat nis North Caro- j Christian Church. The whole town lina host had died. The man's pro-1 knew and loved her. And when jicrty, presumably to be divided [she become an old and tired little among his descendants, was sold i lady, she died. They buried her the house, the fields, and the and women who in the Silkwood family lot where soapslone marker identifies Pris- Priscilla cilia Silkwood, green f inhered lit- tic .yirl and beloved old lady. A .faithful men had been his servants. was among them. MANY MUST have been -the j spray of wild yellow flowers flings memories those people took with ; a caressing'hand, across the wealh- them .. of davs spent in the fields. | erecl stone and trails •along the or in the Big House making ready j ground. The hollyhocks died with for fine company like Mr. Silk-j the drouth this year, but the seeds wood. But I'risf;illa took with her] wore gathered by a sympathetic a more poignant memory than most, Before the sale sue slipped out to say goodbye; to the holly- they foiled one marked 1828, so j' wath,.- Carbondale,' secretary; W. it's 'a pretty good indication of. .the age jof the house Mrs. Mc- .Glasson thinks. The house ^stands in a beautiful setting of old trees DOG OF A NEIGHBOR and welt-tended lawn, and • even PROMISES 'NOT TO- BAKJC now glows with a kind of quiet ^hospitality. FURTHER down the Shawnee Kircher, ATarjon, member"'a't.large; and Rev. R. Moeller, West''Frank- fort' spiritual adviser. 1 "'. •• • .• 4 585,000,000 annually. - Stockholm: (AP) A certified .public accountant Trail is a .cemetery, 'the Reid ceme-1 living in the peaceful suburb ol! tery, and]there in a quiet corner rests ^all that is earthly of Basil Silkwood. A fine',"but not pretentious pretentious obelisk marks his resting place, and on his left and« right are the graves two^ wives who gladdened his days. Priscilla lies icxt to them. * • " " ° , The.„ cemetery . is „ guiet and shady. Sunlight 'filters but Bromma was mad'. Be went to.fhe police to complain, that his neigh-, bor's puppy -woke biro, up at sever, every "irfommg by lys" barking, '---j. T even' the CPA barked, back. ^ " Now" was that the proper v thing do?- wondereci the police. ^V-5-; tiie .dog KIDNEYS iUST REMOVE to settles -ovet- the place. Occasionally. a° grasshopper o gets r the grass a- trefhble "with his dry, whirring flight. 0 OL- a tiny, spotted gray lizard lizard streaks across, an equally gray- granite .maiker, ., •' It is riot hard to thmb the girl with the green, thumb sleeps sweetly here. And who -knows,, When the moon Is full and the evening warm, when "the vak is bursting with living, growing tilings Priscills"" does not visit the hollyhock. hed, arid smile, to- see them' glowing rosy. in. the moonlight? moonlight? :• '• " • :- ' ' ' •''" , - the dog ta- -epAt '|tHSirtg . Wi- morning. -._% •- | •;.*, /•; . ' Help 15 Miles of Kidney Tube* .- Flush Out Poisonous Waste Ifyou havenn excess of acids in yoarbJood, your 15 miles of kidney tubca may be overworked. overworked. Those tiny filters and tabes areworfc- ins day and night to help Nature rid your System of excess acids and poisonous waste. . WJiun disorder of kidney function permits poisonous matter to remain in your Wood, it , ss of pep and energy, times shows there is something vr; u r~ with your kidneys or bladder. ~ ,. - i.!Q:icys may T)eed.bc.lp_1l!<MH«nc as bW- Cls, so ask your di-uceist for Doan'a PiDs, a nfamulunt diuretic, used success*ulIyTiy mfl- J10J16 for over 50 years. Doan'a give bappy «»«f »1<1 fi" help the 15 miles of kidney i,l ^« sh ™' Koieonous wasta from your blood. G«t Doan's Pills. • Do you always have an abund- -• ance of rliat luxurious necessity—^ hot water? Does your heating.— . plant function with a minimum,!!!! of attention? Do you enjoy thslj" comfort and fuel saving that 1 ^ storm sash and doors bring? Is" your house insulated against « winter's cold? rw. These comforts can be yours^. and you can pay for them, too, in.*a in.*a comfortable way. !,^. With an FHA-insured loan^", you can make practically any!^: property improvement. You can^:' reside or reroof. your home . . :'install :'install gutters... downspouts..."repaint downspouts..."repaint and redecorate . . . and repay in monthly installments-*over installments-*over periods of up to tliree years.*,, FHA rates are low—$5 dis-^'. count per $100'pe- • •.•ur. Terms" v up to 3 years; no ,. ,. ,\.\-nient, 11 — Let us explain fi..i"-:, ..'stailt. ••• MERCANTILE MORTGAGE CO: 201% West Main St. "Carbondale, "Carbondale, III. Phone 925 or"92 . Simple soapstone marker.indicates the spot where Priscilla Silkwood Silkwood is buried in the plot of ground where sleeps her benefactor, Basil Silkwood. (Staff Photos.) OLD TURKEY ROOST :r:d next year the brave green shoots will again pierce the and her young, slipped among the 1 the little seeds. She dropped them in the pocket of JUT apron, and perhaps, over- loving j T3JE WOMAN who understood about the flowers is Mrs. Scott McGlasson, formerly Flora Silk- wo.Ki. She is the grand-niece of Basil Silkwood, and she knew come by grief at leaving this place j Priscilla. She knows much else she called home, fled back to her j too of the days of Silkwood Tav- (iiiarters. . i cn: - v ° 11 ;;( 'C. she lives in the The next r!av she 'was sold lo house. bought 700 acres of a Cherokee Indian chief. So it wns goodbye to the beautiful Big I lane! under the Bit Act many House and hello to the chieftains ! year ago. U- : -.-c an acre is not a cabin, li Ihe past lite at-time.-; I batl i-rice to pay for virgin land!) .s-emed a dream, she had only to j Fiivt he built a barn with timber liui;-h the crisp browness of th^ Icle:ire:i from his own land. Then, cirving seed. When the season was I supposedly around the early 1820's rit-hl sliL planted them. And soon j he built a log cabin which was to t;ie hollyhoeki sentinels stand j become Ihc inn for folks who in*., uuard by the cabin door. j traveled Ihe Shawnee Trail to St. 'i'ilEN CAiWE the Trail of j Louis. Later the house had a Tears. The white man's Govern-i second story and a-chimney add- ment had decreed the red man i cd to it to accommodate the in- .slioulrl be removed to other ter-j creasing number of visitors to the vitory. The Indian and the littlv j place. These venerable old Itjcust trees were once the roost for turkeys orad'roon faced a rigorous ordeal, j Sunset would find the yard over- of the earlier, days of Southern Illinois Today they, offer shade by And Prisciila found comfort only flowing with cattle and -pigs and summer, and in the spring the air is sweetened by their blossoms. Y,-ii:-1 siic slipped her hand into sheep. The locust trees would of- . •ess ,s pocket and the disturber! ock seed again whispered to fcr roosting space to the turkeys the farmers were driving to h'V 1 if happier days and sunnier ; market. 1'n'ncs througli the 1 bleak, raw j That must have been a busy <;ays am! comfortless nights cC I scene in the house's heydey. For in li:nt Ion;,', long trek away the things ;;he knew. Herbert'Knopp Herbert jxuopp, i\'aslivnle, Tenn., district manager ol Uie international international Accounting bociety, Inc., vill be the principal speaker at.a meeting of Lutheran men ana their guests from Southern Illinois at the Christ Lutheran Church, at Jacob, 111., Friday, October '6, at 8 p. m., -accoicling to an announcement announcement by tho Jacob Lutheran assembly assembly today. The meeurig will consider the layman's task 'in the church and his responsibility for the spiritual influence iif his community. An open forum discussion will be conducted conducted by William C. Boese, Murphysboro, Murphysboro, . • • • KNOPP, who has spoke on Lutheran laymen's seminar . programs programs in many principal cities of the nation, will speak on the topic, "A Public Relations Program for the Church." Under the auspices' of the Lutheran Lutheran Laymen's league such seminars seminars are held in cities throughout the United States and Canada. They are open forum meetings in which today's problems of the McGlasson remembers too the state of mind, it was a level of ac- story of John, a Negro boy Mr. ] lion 1 ! Silkwood bought at the same time i About 25 years ago Mr and Mrs, 1 cllul ', ch are P resent ed by outstand- he acquired Priscilla. When John Scott McGlasson decided to buy loL-haf'L'hion* 0 " ^^^ " from addition to its many guests, there was , 21 - Mn Silkwood gave him the Silkwood place. The heirs were , The devotions ' at the meeting were always many of children. It was'the"winter of 1837-38. and Although Silkwood was twice mar- the pitiful' band of Cherokees moved, hopelessly on their %vay. ried, he never had children of his own, but he reared 16.orphans Thev crossed the Otiio at Gol- giving each of them 40 acres of c-onda, passed near . Jonesboro ] land when he came of n£e. Mrs. a horse, a saddle, and.$300. Never, a slave in the Silkwood home, the boy whom they had raised, was now a propertied man with a chance to make his own way in the world. The Silkwood anti- contacted, a price set, • and the place bought. The'-rough hewn logs today are covered -with neat white clapboard. And the chimney, built when the house was made t\vo=- story, has been torn out. Wh'err- will be led by the Rev. H. Paul Boehne of the Immanuel Lutheran church, Murphysboro. . •' The committee in charge of, the arrangements for ths meeting,, includes includes William -C. Boese, Mur- Nero usetf. rose perfume, -valued at $150,000 at a single banquet. Be ahead with Durkee's for nutrition, too! Durkee's has rich energy values, and 15,000 units of yitarnin A per pound! It's made with rich vegetable oils churned in fresh pasteurized skim milk. Be ahead in enjoyment! Tasle Durkee's. country-fresh favor on your toast.'. A delicious spread! Enjoy Durkee's ir» all foods ... its zestful. seasoning, its appetizing appetizing flaivor. Yo'u'U see why good cooks prefer Durkee's. Durkees helps you be ahead in thrift! You can use it generously. Watch the family come back for more , . . and more. Ask your grocer grocer for Durkee's today! D urke MARGA

Clipped from The Daily Independent02 Oct 1947, ThuPage 9

The Daily Independent (Murphysboro, Illinois)02 Oct 1947, ThuPage 9
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