Clipped From The Paris News

wduffee Member Photo

Clipped by wduffee

 - KIOMATIA — Gone are the days, to draw from t h...
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

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

wduffee Member Photo
  • Clipped by wduffee – 30 Jun 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in