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KIOMATIA PLANTATION, REMINDER KIOMATIA — Gone are the days, to draw from t h e words and music of Stephen Collins Foster. . . The rows of coUon-pat c h shacks which once housed the slaves, the share-cropper:), and the sen ants have all but vanished from the Wright Plantation at KiomatKi. Acres and acres of cotton still stretch as far as the eye can see on the level bott o m land. But it's divided r, o w among dozens of landowners, or lessees; The cotton-choppers come to ihe patches now in autos. parked at the uirnrow. The smell of cotton poison has invaded Ihe plantation. But the mystery of more than a century .still lianas heavy over the Kiom alia country. Even the name, Kiomatia. has a unique spelling. It's different from the Kiamichi of (he Kiamidii River in Oklahoma, and nobody sterns to know why. The first white man t o come to what was later Red River County is supposed to be Adam Lawrence, a Tcn- nesseean who made his \\ay to the mouth of the Kiomalia River about 1815. He was a trapper and hunter, and didn't ir'.end to settle. Lawrence wasn't around to greet his followers, howev e r. An Indian killed him on the north side of Red River. Kvcn as he had his first and last look at Ihe Indians, another occurrence in the f a r country of Tennessee was to make a great imprint upo n the valley. A courageous man named Claiborne Wright looked with favor upon the frontier of the Southwest, thought it might have possibilities, and plotted his course. He built a k e e 1 host in his hometown of Car- thage, Tenn., dubbed it the "Pioneer" and loaded it with household goods and fo o d supplies. On March 5, 1316, he took his wife; his sister, Henrietta; his seven-year-old son, (Jcorge W.; his three brolh- ers. Travis G., William F., and Adam M.; a female Negro slave and a Negro man aboard. He cut the ca b 1 e, headed down the Cumberland, the Ohio and the Mississippi, then po'ed and cabled up the Red River to a spot call e rl Pecan Point. The trip took six months. Wright thought there was THE WRIGHT PLANTATION HOME TODAY

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 10 Jul 1960, Sun,
  3. Page 6

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