The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 37
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 37

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 37
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1036 BLYTHEVILU'], (ARK.) COURIER NUWS PUCES IN Their Founders, Unrelated, Were Both Leaders in Last Century The paternal ancestors of Mississippi county's two Driver families, James D. Driver and John B. . Driver, occupied adjoining farm!\ just sottth of Osesola and reared (heir families, there. Though files? two men could find no trace of kinship Ihetr descendants have intermarried. John nl Driver and Jellic Driver, son of James D., married sb- Icrs. tlic daughters of Capt. Charles Bowei), the third sheriff of Mississippi county. Mrs. John B. Driver was the oldest' daughter of Cupt. nowon and his first wife, white Mrs. Jcltlc Driver was t'ne youngest daughter of Hie second marriage of Oupt. Bowcn. Mrs. John B. Driver had reared a family of eight children when her young sister married .Joltie Driver. To fuifner complicate this large I family and the line of dcscsml- nnls. Saville Driver, daughter of James D.. married her llrst cousin, Jolni L. Driver, son of her father's brother. E. Spencer Driver, the brilliant Oscsola attorney, is t'ne son of this branch of Ihc Driver family. When Minerva Tennessee, second daughter of James D., married B. P. Hale, four of the llrst families nf Osccola—the two Driver families, Ihe Bowcns and I'nc Hales— were united by marriage. This tie has been strengthened by the inter-marriage of later generations. Wild few exceptions the second and third generations of the Jamas D. Driver family have remained true to their ancestors' pursuit of agriculture, while the descendants of John B. Driver 'have leaned more toward political careers. Congressman w. J .Driver, son of John B., held many county and state offices before his election lo congress. James 1). Driver anil Family. Abram and Saltie (Demoss) Driver came to Arkansas in 1834 when their son, James D., was four years old. 'fhey wnrc drifting along the river on a flatboal. in uiiich they had come from their Tennessee home, when n wind blew it against the bank Rt council Bend in Crit- tcnden county. Abram discovered Ihe land to be particularly rich Iherc and so_ lie purchased a farm for a horns, paying the gov2rnment 51.25 an |acre for it. lie bough! 1,000 acres. He livc<i here with his family uijjtil ,hc jtiicd in 1845. His wife contjiAicd' farming until 'nci cieath in (154^),. {vhen the childrer began moving and the family bs- came scaltered. James D.-Driver had not had the 'educational advantages of- his brothers, so he continued to farm, going to Phillies county and back lo Lauderd'ata county, his father's old Tennessee home. He purchased land and lived fncre from 185B to 1812. when he came to Osccolu and bought the old Harding fuim two miles soulh of Osccola. He' had suffered financial reverses in In- vesttng his share of his father's estate In slaves, which made him turn to land as the safest Invesl- jnent. Mr. Driver set about clearing his land for cultivation, by cuttiiiR the timber into cordwood and selling it lo steamboats plying t'ne Mississippi River at that timo. He Is said to have sold wood to Mark Twain wlion he was a pilot on one of Ihe Iwats, Mr. Driver acquired between 14.000 and 10,000 acres of land during Ills lifetime, 11,000 of which was in Mississippi county, 3,500'under cultivation. He was one of IVic largest Individual land owners in Ihc stale at lhal time. Mr. Driver married Miss Sarah Gillespie of 1/iuderdalc county Tenn., In I860, and lo them wcro born the following children: John Lee, who died at liis age of 18; May, died in infancy; Abncr, Ml- ncrva Tennessee (Mrs, B. P. Hale) dead; Jiimes Skcllon, Saville (Mrs. J. L Driver) dead; William Walter, dead; Edward Ely, dead; Jeltie DeMoss, dead; Martha May, died In infancy, and Lillian (Mrs. V. P. Rowland) living in Hot Springs. Mr. Driver died in "1905 at the age of 75. while his wife survived him 13 years. Mr. Driver's keen foresight prompted him to remark lo 'nis sons lhal they woulil live to sec the day when they could nol pay taxes on the land he left to them. He was considered one of. if not the wealthiest planter in Mississippi county, and its largest taxpayer. Ely was I'he first child worn on Ihe old plantation south of Osccola, and his son Ely jr., was born In the same room /.where his father was born. Twenty-nine grandchildren are today living in Osccola and ' great grandchildren. Probably one of the most successful business women of Osccola. is Mrs. Jessie Driver, widow of Ely. At her husband's death his oldest son Eiy jr., was nine years old and the youngest child an Infant whic'n died. Mrs. Driver has reared Hires sons nnd two daughters: Ely jr., who is now president of the Driver Gin, whic'n he operates. Bonnie Jean, (Mrs. R. H. Kendrick) Lindsey DeMoss, Donna riac, anil William Walter. John II. Driver and Family. A younger man by several years than his neighbor James D. Driver, John B. Driver also established his homo just south of bsceola where he reared his family of eight children, while Mr. Driver pursued farming on a large scale, he. was more widely known as a man' of affairs and politics, and was the leader in a number of Improvements which took place during the last half of the last century. Born in Amcricus, Ga.. in 1846, lie grew to manhood in Arkansas. His father, Samuel Driver, came io the slate In 1853 and settled Jackson county, where he bought land and resided until his death. It. was on this farm that John B. Driver; learned : j the rudiments ."of farming. In 1870 he married Miss Margaret Bowcn, daughter of Capt. Charles Bowen, and two years later lie established his home south of Osceola. Mr. Driver first. appears in the affairs of the county in 1872, when he \vas elected s'nerill. He was the sixth sheriff of the county and was re-elected three successive terms, serving in all six years. His interest and popularitj' caused him to serve In nearly every office of the county, in 1880 he was elected state senator from hts district and served four years, in 1888 'no was elected circuit and .county court clerk, which he held for several years. Mr. Driver was a pioneer in inducing citizens to grant right of way lo the first railroad In the county, and was Inslruincutnl in drafting and having passed the bill for I'nc building of a levee along the Mississippi Htvcr. He wns (lie second president of Ihe Si. Friin- cls Levee Board. He organized, with associates, the American Building and Loan Company, that is opsrated in Memphis. He was a member of the constitutional convention In 1874 at which the constitution of Arkansas was adopted. Though extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits, extending hi- holding to 2,500 acres of land In Mississippi county, he served in many unoniclal ways and gave his time lo furthering the Interest and development of Ihc county. For a good many years he has made' his home in l.uxoru, an( i tViough he has recently recovered from n severe illness, he is loday a familiar figure SECTION D Gt on the streets of Luxora, talking to old friends. His keen Interest In the affairs of (lie county has never waned. He has Just celebrated his 90th birthday, alert and alive to the progressive developments ot the day. Mr. Driver Is t'ne father of eight children. One, the Hon. willUun J. Driver, congressman from Ihl! dislrlct, has served In that capacity since 1920, Ills oilier children are Charles S,, dead; Margaret, dead; Susan (Mrs. A. G, niw), John B. Jr., Oarland, dead; Grovcr C., and Trances (Mrs. J. S, franklin I. Congressman Driver, like his fa- llicr. has followed n political career. He received his early law training in [he ofllce . of Ihc late Judge G. W. Thomnson, one of Osccola's leading lawyers. Ho WHS admitted lo Ihe bar in 1904 and engaged in Ihe practice of tow until 1917, w'licu he was named judge of (he second judicial clr- cntl, serving eight years. Prior lo Hint he had served in the Arkansas House of representatives during 1897-99. lie is married and has one son, William'J. jr., who looks after his father's real estate Inlcr- esls in Mississippi county. Neighboring' State, Now Celebrating Centennial, Has Colorful History DALLAS.—Texas, in celebrating Its lOOlli anniversary, (•> observing a unique historical record—the only slate In the Union evor to attain recognition as a. Republic, boasting more fiajs than any other state, and having lia<| more capitals. Tho colorful ImckKi'Oinul. engendered by Ihc thangc ot capital' cities, national flags and varying political fortunes, makes a glamorous pattern for Ihc Centennial ceU'bmtlon. Six nags, which new over Texas in the years lhal saw the stale's development from a wilderness to a great commonwealth, fly over Die exposition grounds. iiuii of stale Hunt In n Texas Hall ot Stale, constructed on the exposition grounds al u cost of $1.000,000 uve housed relics o( those old days when Tenons could never be quite sure liie ca|>ltnl would bo when they uwqke In the morning. In the iiasl 250 years, sis lings, Franco, Bnatn, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Untied Sluics. und Ihc Confederacy, have, flown over Texas and (lie capital has been moved 15 times, although four elites liuvc appeared In tho cn|)l(nl llsl twice. ''Tlie llago ot Spain and iho UnH- ed States have down over Ihc "laiie Slur" slato on two different occasions'. • Repossessed by Spain The Spanish banner was raised In Texas before- thai of the French and later, v/nen Reno Robert Cav- ullor, Slenr . de In Salic, and his followers descried the short-lived French colony on Matatjorda Hay Spain reno.sscsrcj1 Texas. The (lag of Ilio Untied Slates flrsl Hew over Tusas when Hie State Joined the Union, ceasing lo be n Republic, Then Texas be- came one o' the confederate Stales, later 'rejoining Iho Union. 'iVxm, aloiio In ihe Union, be^ caine. a member of the Unl.tcd Stales after being established as an Independent reimbllc.'.w'nose sover- eignly was recognized by Great Britain, the united states, Fraixce and other'powers'. ' j , Coiitruted With California; , •AHIiough California set up o r«- iiublle before the Mexican War* It never Attained- foreign governniQtit- n! recognition, por did It funciloh as an Individual political onllly »nd its "republic" lasted but a few •weeks, Vorjnont, before the lloston lea parly and the Revolution, declared, llself u republic and'ictu'Sed to pay (axes lo New York, Iheii head of Hie Urllls'n colonial government. Tlowevor, Iho fornmtlon ot the cbn-i llncnlai congrt-ss, Ihc Declaration ot Independence' and oilier miiJor events of the period obscured the Vermont republic claim, and It became one of Ihc 13 Mates, Should Ihc founders of the "Umo-Slar" state be able to revisit Ihclr old haunts today, they would nnd lliem revered shrhiee lo the fires of palrlollsm and In- dependency tljat broufbt lortjf "•3x115 ^ rj VljltoM to tb« CenlennUl will a«fl, J»in& of tli? largest mar,] decorai lion? o.ver pained Jn !h« United Stilts. > i, Eugen* aavag*. New,York *rH ,t,,e«cut$d -the mut^t, whlct decorate Hi ? JI.OW.OOQ Htl( of stiu buildinj;. The palntlnis cover «,«x square-feet ot vxi\ sp«c«, and;th< two lergcal, »«»suro 31 by 80 f« each. . ; . ... •> 1 Mur»W Trace \l\itary \ .T|ic l^uraij'deBlqt the history ot 'it-xas from, the coming o( the r)rs? vvnlte m^n 'to the present, showlnrf dei-elopiiiEnt of tho region' undet the jjlx«. J Broiia; statues Qf six outsUnd-l Ing heroes of colonial, d»ys and the Texas Republic sta.ncj in, (ha Hall o( Slate building. The statues! each aboui. 8 fec.t tall, were wd<j by I'onujcq, spulptw, who divides hts lime betuwiv N«w Yorli ana sun. A"ton,lo. 1 The. period of torpqr undergond by certain mammals durljig thi hot, dry season^ whe^ f.ood U scarce, la known as estivation, lij contrast to winter hibernation. { Years Bring Change Perhaps no more vivid ' Illustration . of the' progress which' the' last quarter ccnlury 1ms brought in Mississippi county could be found than Is f.flcrded by these two. pictures, taken lets than 25 years apart. The tipper picture., taken in about 1914. shows • the home of Charley Ahbotl on land he homesteaded. la Flat Lake. Leaning against Ihc fence is Maj. C. J. Little, then engaged in survey ivork in connection with the famous sunken lands law sull. The lowei picture shows the home .which Abbott, now one of the county': and Ptoaperovs iarmets, • occupy tod,ay. TRANSPORTATION THE MOTHER OF PROGRESS - ' '' ' .,''"* World progress dates back to the invention of the wheel'. With this simple cleVlce man:' learned he could travel more easily and transport burdens over long distances. By tho aid of' wheels he ventured forth into the unknown, and expanded his domain. Through the centuries the turning of wheels has led to world development. In our own country the early American Indian did not know of the wheel, thus there was ; no progress until the white man came with his lumbering "prairie schooner" and ox-team,. leaving in its wake new settlements in which were the seeds of progress. : , 1 , • • .-,... '••; * ' '•,•.,...': Transportation, in the form of stage coaches, welded these little outposts of 'civilization into territories and states, and the coming of railroads speeded commercial and agricultural development. But it remained for the automobile and the truck to actually lay the foundation for a modern country. The automobile necessitated good highways, and by means of these highways people extended the scope of their lives. The automobile enabled us to travel aud learn, and to enjoy more fully our leisure. It made neighbors of distant cities and created sectional unity. Thus has transportation been the mother of progress. For 14 years we have sold and serviced automobiles and tracks in Blylheville and we are particularly proud of the part these have played in the development of Mississippi county. As modern transportation increases its demands we are confident that Dodge and I lymouth automobiles and Dodge trucks will continue to serve faithfully and well. Dodge and Plymouth Cars "The Standard of Modern Transportation" —- SALES and SERVICE — -—>- Butleru Service—Radiator Reimir—Rody .Work—Fender Work—Glass Installed Aido Parts—Sinclair Gas and Lubrication ONE STOP SERVICE STATION Phone 888 W. T. BARNETT AUTO SALES CO, , i ,.,j f d

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