Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on August 30, 1974 · Page 7
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Friday, August 30, 1974 HOt'fc (AHK.) STAR Page Sovetl Down Memory Lane: The Star's camera visits an old log cabin Glen Eley family at Belton restore 100 year old structure By JUDY KIDD How many of you have ever visited a log cabin? How many of you have ever cooked on a wood cookstove? I imagine most people answer these questions in the same way that I do. They have never even been near a log cabin, win our modern society we tend to forget that we haven't always had electricity and running water. We fail to realize that the early settlers of our country did not have the modern conveniences of the 1970s. True these days are gone, but-thanks to the Glen Eley family who live on Highway 24, eight miles east of Nashville, we have a chance to see how our forefathers really lived over 100 years ago. Mrs. Margery Eley has always been interested in old things that belonged to our forefathers. As a child she loved to hear the stories her parents and grandparents told about their early years. Thus began her dream—to build a log cabin just as the earlier settlers had and to furnish it with the same type of items needed for a life there. The idea of restoring older things and building a log cabin started as a hobby for Mrs. Eley. But as the idea grew, it became a family project involving Mrs. Eley's husband and daughter, also. Mrs. Eley comments "that the sole purpose of her hobby was from an educational point of view." She wants the younger generations to see and understand how our forefathers lived. Moving Old Cabin Mrs. Eley searched for many years for a log cabin and was delighted to finally find one on an old houseplace that some of her friends had recently bought. The original cabin was drawn to scale and then the logs were taken down one by one and marked so that the cabin could be rebuilt as nearly like the original as possible on the Eley farm. As a means of preservation, the cabin was put on a concrete foundation. Imagine Mrs. Eley's delight when she found that the original cabin had been built by her husband's great-great aunt over 100 years ago. The roof, windows and doors were gone from the old house and had to be replaced. Many people helped Mrs. Eley to find things that were probably used a long time ago. The rock chimney was found in an old pine grove and moved rock by rock. In August of 1966 the cabin was finally completed. It was named "Memory Cabin"—built in memory of our forefathers. The front porch of the cabin is made of brick. The brick on it and in the main room were made before 1900 in the old brick yard at Nashville. The furnishings of the cabin are mainly things that have been handed down through the Eley family. There are a trundle bed and wardrobe that were made around the time of the Civil War. The bedspread and quilts on the bed are over 100 years old. A very old gun hangs above the fireplace. The kitchen contains a wood cookstove, table and even a coffee grinder. The shaving mirror on the wall looks like a typical mirror, but the frame was made in 1812. The cabin contains all of the things that were needed by a pioneer The Story It was a rare thing that came our way—an unsolicited manuscript with the clarity and unadorned polish of a professional writer, which we put in print without editing. Miss Judy Kidd sent The Star this story July 29, and we are paying her for it. We set up a date for photography, and Pod Rogers and your editor drove to the restored log cabin to be greeted by the ladies in frontier costume. We returned later for the editor's second round of pictures—the wide angle view of the cabin and lagoon, which required a morning shot due to the lighting. While Miss Kidd's story refers to the cabin's proximity to Nashville, it is at Belton, Hempstead county, and the quickest way to reach it is this: Drive to Blevins then to McCaskill and Belton. Just beyond Belton on paved Hy. 24 you find a church on the north side of the road, turn to the right about 100 yards on gravel-—and you have arrived. The welcome sign is out— and don't forget to sign the log book ! family to live comfortably. Even though most of the things found in the cabin are from the family, some have been given to Mrs. Eley by people who share her interest in preserving the things of the early settlers. A man who saw the cabin from the road stopped by one day just to see it. He told Mrs. Eley that he had a very old iron kettle for her. One day -" v Hftfe? *•**••' ? ,v>v$ Left to right—Miss Judy Kidd, Mrs. Johnny Allison, and Mrs. Glen Eley at the cahin fireplace. Mrs. Glen Eley in frontier costume tends a wood- burning cook stove. The Eley family have a herd of pet deer. The does and fawns weren't having any part of the picture business—hut the buck hammed it up like a vaudeville actor. The velvet is on his horns now but he'll rub it off in the mating season several weeks later he b:-<-i."-'ht the kettle to her She knew nothing about the man txcept that he wanted her to have the kettle so that it would be preserved. The Guest Boufc Mrs. Eley has a guest book in the cabin, but she says that she usually forgets to mention it to her guests. People from ai least eight or nine different countries have visited the cabin, and Mrs. she cannot even giu-s- at th" number of people from different slates. She says, "Seldom a week goes by that we don't have someone come by to see the cabin." The guests ranye from the ver> young who are amazed at what they see to the very old who begin to talk of the "remember when" days. Lxist year five students from Ouachita Baptist University used the cabin as the setting for cabin's living room a silent mm if cloii' a- ' assignment Even though visitors, aie a ioiiuii"n sight ariiuiid the cabin, Mrs Ele> and her family still enjoy the quiet of the cabin as an escape from the daily routine. As for future plans, Mrs Eley is constantly looking t'oi old things wherever they may be. One day Mrs. Eley's son-ui-law and daughter hope to build another cabin and continue the of preserving foiefathers' belongings Mr;,. Eley's hobb> is a rewarding experience for her but also for many others. A visit to 'Memory Cabin" is a very interesting and memorable experience, but the educational value of the visit can not be measured Thanks to Mrs. Eley, we "modern" people learn to appreciate and respect our forefathers more and more. Mrs Eley at the telephone—note that it's a hand- cranked 'phone Which reminds the editor of a scene in an old-time laurel & Hardy comedy. They were in a ghost town saloon with a hand-cranked 'phone. It rang and Laurel answered. "You wan' Buffalo Bill?" asked Laurel. "He aint here"—and got halfway back to the bar before the impact hit him

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