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Old Timer Recalls Playing In Frank's Fort; Father Had Inn All the talk of the Jordan brothers brothers and Frank's Fort; going the rounds in preparation for Founder's Founder's Days Thursday, Friday and Saturday has more meaning for. a homesick man in a Benton rest home than perhaps anyone else in this area. Charles \V. Plumlee, 78, played in the old fori as a boy and vividly recalls every detail of the historic grounds. It was only last. October, after his wife died, that he left the farm close by the fort. "Aunt Mary Marvel always cautioned cautioned us 'now don'l you boys play in the old fort — it might falJ in;" he laughingly recalled today. "But you know how boys are. We used sticks for guns to shoot out the fort's port holes in playing Indians," Indians," he chuckled. He remembers, too, the day the curbing fell in around the old water hole dug near the fort. The hole, dug from an underground spring, was close enough to the fort, he said, that: the settlers, often trapped by the Indians, could .sneak out for water. Althouhg made of spjlit logs, the fort was called a block house, Plumlee recalled. He could still see, he said, the smooth side of the logs inside the fort ••- the two port holes in each side and the one on the north end through which the settlers fired at approaching Indians. Indians. The heavy, drop-barred door was in the south end of the fort, which was covered wfth dirt to prevent burning. He doesn't know just when it was the fort actually "fell in," but it was sometime between 1011. when he left the farm toi"barbci'" in Thompsonville, and 1918, when he returned. » Plumlee, one of the oldest licensed licensed barbers in the state, is an authority authority on the early history of Franklin Franklin county. He has furnished information information for several historians, among them John Allen. Southern Illinois university professor who has had a series of historical articles articles published recently in newspapers newspapers of this area. Plumlee also recalled Fort Jordan, Jordan, which he explained was not really a fort but a corral for stock. He's fed cattle in the old corral and is proud of the fact that an old buffalo trail runs right past his farm. He remembers "I'ncle Bin." "Uncle Jack" and l T nele I.igc" Jordan, too. and was quick to agree that all the Jordans were "real fighters." Plumlee had some distinguished fighters in his family also. I lis grandfather was Col. George R. Marvel, who fought under John A. Logan and was descended from Geoi^ge Rogers Clark. His mother's mother's brother. John Marvel, was the first soldier in the Civil war buried in this county. His grave is in the Liberty church cemetery. His grandfather purchased land from one of the original builders of the fort, a Henry Yost, and operated operated an inn at Fancy Farm, located located about, one and one-fourth Recalls Old Fort Charles W. Plumlee. whose farm home is near the Frank's Fort site, today recalled playing in the old fort as a l)oy. He recalled that, descendants of the Jordan brothers, who with other pioneers built tho fort for which West Frank/ort Is named, were "real fighters too." old Frankfort and he "forded every I creek except Big Muddy at Plumfield Plumfield and Kileyville." his grandson' recalled. His route took him from old DuQuoin through Plumfield. Frankfort, Fitz Hill, Locust Grove. Garden, Rileyvillo, Galatia and Raleigh to Kldorado. Among incidents in the Frank's Fort area still vivid in Plumlce's mind is the time, when he was about seven, a brother of the "lost traveler" appeared at his father's home asking help in locating the unfortunate man's grave. Queried as to who the "losf trvaelcr" was, Plumlee asked incredulously, incredulously, "you mean you never heairl of him?" It seems it is quite a legend in the area of the .Ionian trail 'between Shake Rag and the Shawneetown-St.., Louis traill where Plumlee grew" Up. Only the Iioncs of tl;e traveler, thought to be heading for,the ii}n half a mile away, were found and it could not be determined whether he had been muiticred or wild hogs had eaten him. "Pa showed him alxnil whore the gra\e was and he built a mound over it," Plumlee recalled. "I could show you it all like it was yesterday." Plumlee said. Among his treasures are a complete complete Indian axe. speal's and tomahawks, tomahawks, all of which he picked up on his farm, and a wedge, found near the fort, to take the hide off Harvard Is First In Al umni Contributions WASHINGTON (UP) — Harvard topped the nation's universities in the cnumber fo contributors to its alumni fund last year, the American American Alumni Council reported. A total of 30,738 contributions put Harvard well lo the lead. Yale, with 2r>,(>()7 alumni gifts, ranged second. Ohio State University University was third with 21,739 alumni contributing. The three universities scored over other alumni fund re- norts, tlv council said. OTIIKIt I 'KiKONS, NATURALLY ROCK FORD. III. (UP) - Alder- tnah'Kugene Vestal led the opposition opposition to a city ordinance governing the .hours of pigeon flights over Rockford. "Who's going to tel the pigeons ahoul these things?" he asked. Ten counties in the United Stales each produced more than 10,000,000 10,000,000 tons of coal in miles south of Frank's Fort. It i meat, was there Plumlce's father, who j Other builders of the fort, beside carried mail on the old Shawnee- j tho .Jordans and Yosts, Plumlee town-St. I/wis trail, met his : named as the Umwnings, Mit- j mother. ! ehells. McCrccrys, Kstcses and j Yost is buried on an acre of j William Uaibrey, brother-in-law of i ground 111' reserved al Fancy I Hie .lordans who was killed arid j Farm. j scalped by the Indians. His was ! A change of horses was kept by j the first grave in the old fort j the mail-carrier at Dove Titwip's in ' cemetery. GEORGE Says:

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  1. The Daily American,
  2. 21 Sep 1955, Wed,
  3. Page 22

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