Silkwood Seeds

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Silkwood Seeds - 3 * ::: There is a romantic little story back...
3 * ::: There is a romantic little story back ol the Hollyhock Club which has been formed in Alto Pass. This club, which- has several branches, has planted hollyhock seeds in carefully chosen spots along along more than 300 miles of highway highway iii the Illinois Ozarks. * ::• * \Vaymari Presley of Makanda is authority for the story, which lift- says he got from John G. JYI'ulcas- ter. historian of Makanda. According to Ibis story, the seeds planted tome from flowers grown from seeds brought to Illinois by a little slave girl more than 100 years ago. This little girl was a quadroon. She was placed on the auction block in a Carolina plantation and sold to a Cherokee Indian who took her to his home in the Smoky Mountains. A short time later the Cherokees were rounded up and moved West of the Mississippi. :;: _JI: . :;: The little girl. Priscilla by name, spent the winter ot 1S3S in a stockade stockade at Dutch Creek, west of Jonesboro. Jonesboro. She was there with her Indian Indian master, the caravan having been halted by the frozen river bottoms. A wealthy settler. Basil Silkwoorl by name, saw her and was so touched by her plight that he bought her from the Indian, took her to his home near Mnlkeytown and set her free. She remained under his root until she died at the age of 70 years, but she had in her pockets some of the Hollyhock seeds she brought from Carolina. She planted those and kept them blooming around the home of her benefactor. * * t.: Seeds from these plants have come down to Mulkeytowu residents. residents. Mrs. Flora B. McGlasson of Mulkeytown joined the club and donated a supply of these seeds. The Hollyhock club members have been planting them along the roadsides roadsides in the Illinois Ozarks. Rather a touching little story.

Clipped from The Daily Independent17 Oct 1940, ThuPage 2

The Daily Independent (Murphysboro, Illinois)17 Oct 1940, ThuPage 2
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