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differences. ^separated. : . the < parties, requiring "hard bargaining and some tough decision-thai will have to be made by both sides." He said if it was not possible to get a settlement Sunday night then he was hopeful of a preliminary agreement on which union U)p.m..Sunday. ..•_...-.•, Two major issues remaining to be settled along with the final wage package was continuation of the no- layoff clause demanded by the unions and management's right to dictate work rules to in- .productivity in the crease negotiator,. Darrell Brown, told newsmen that "wide and important differences" remained over these issues, but added that "we're going to stay at it in order to reach an agreement %vithin the short time that remains." The average clerk, postman or pickup truck plus.fringe benefits. Despite efforts to avoid a strike by the union's 600,000 postal workers, union and management officials said they were concerned about the possibility of wildcat strikes or demonstrations by union members in some cities. The Valley Then and Now They Stopped at Pecan Point (This is anolher installment of "The Red River Valley Then and Now," the book of area history being serialized each Sunday by The Paris News.) By A ; W.NEVILLE Copyright, 1948, North Texas Publishing Co. Pecan Point, the Anglicized name for the Punta Pecana of the Spaniards who first traveled the Valley, was not a settlement in the usually accepted meaning of the term. It was rather a sort of stopping place, a large area on both sides of the Red River. It was there that Claiborne Wright and his family stopped in the Fall of 1816, after six months spent on a keel boat, coming from Carthage, Tennessee. Some trappers and traders had preceded Wright, and two other families arrived about the same time. Some of these people thought they were in Texas, which then was a part of Mexico. They found they were in Arkansas, so far as paying taxes and being haled to court. For eight years Arkansas claimed the area north of the river, and continued its claim and its exercise of jurisdiction over the area on the south side for more than twenty years, relinquishing it only when the boundary between the Republic of Texas and United States was surveyed and determined. Just two years after Wright arrived, William M. Jones started a settlement on the south bank of the river a little below the mouth of the Kiamichi River, which presently became a town with streets and lots where were homes and stores. JONES' WIFE was a sister of Judge Gabriel N. Martin, whom Jones persuaded later to join him on Red River. Across the river there were scattered small settlements of people who had squatted and who were removed when the treaty with the Choctaw and other Indian tribes of the South was made and preparations began for the coming of the Indians to their new lands. Some of the settlers were tough by preference and practice; others by force of circumstances in order to hold their own with the outlaws and drifters. Gradually the better element prevailed; and though there was lawlessness in the Valley it was no greater than in any other frontier region. The area claimed by Arkansas on both sides of the river was styled Miller County, and courts were held in the house of Claiborne Wright, on the north side of the river, a few miles south of where now is Idabel, county seat of McCurtain County, Oklahoma. This served for eight or nine years. When Arkansas was finally convinced that the area north of the river was not a part of its territory, the court was moved to Jonesboro on the south bank of the river, where it continued until Texas gained freedom from Mexico. Not all the immigrants who came during the first twenty years stayed at Pecan Point or Jonesboro. Some went down to South Texas where Austin was settling colonists. Others went further west into what Texas called Red River County —an indefinitely described area that reached far beyond present-day Grayson County. Mostly they were men with families, seeking homes, and found desirable sites which presently became villages, then towns and cities. The north side of the Valley was the home of the Indians, into which white people gradually filtered, unti! it, too, was made into a Territory, then a Stale, and given a place in the Union. SOME OF THE men anssvered the call from Washington- on-the-Brazos and represented Red River district in signing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They were Richard Ellis, Robert Hamilton, Collin McKinney, Albert Latimer and Samuel Carson. Others went to help fight the Mexicans but reached South Texas too late to get in the battle of San Jacinto. One of them was George W. Wright, son of Claiborne Wright, who worked as a courier for General Sam Houston for a time, and was elected a Representative to the First Texas Congress for Red River County. A considerable number of settlers arriving in 1836 had gone west of the Bois d'arc Bayou, and for them the travel to court which was held at LaGrange, a village northeast of present day Clarksville, was loo great a journey. This was remedied by the second Congress dividing Red River County, and making all west of Bois d'arc Bayou into a county named Fannin, with court to be held at Warren, a See PECAN, Pg. 10A J '•; >The "Ladonia 500," otherwise known as the Great Terrapin Race, attracted both young and old recently as the creepy crawlers raced down Ladoga's Main Street during Frontier Days activities. Pictures of the celebration are on Page IB. The Paris News' Bicentennial Feature Page this week features one of the city's older businesses. That story is found on Page 14A. Calendar SUNDAY Noon—Oak Park Methodist Church hosts Bishop W. McFerrin Stowe at a covered-dish luncheon on the church grounds. Weather NORTHEAST TEXAS: Partly cloudy and warm through Monday over the area. Scattered showers and thundershowers central and west Sunday then widely scattered over the area Monday. Highs both afternoons in the 90s. Lows Sunday night in the 70s. THE OUTLOOK—Northeast Texas: Partly cloudy and continued warm Tuesday through Thursday. Chance of thundershowers southeast portion Thursday. High in the 90s. Low near 70 to upper 70s.