The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 40
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..PAGE 8 SECTION D BLYTIIEVILLft, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS A Family Group of 20 Years Ago WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1930 Much of It Is Bnsecl on Facts Compiled by Capl. Elliott H. Fletcher In 1889 (here was published the! "Biographical ami Historical Me-i n'Olrs of Northeast Arkansas," by! tlie Goodspecd Publish!''." Co., of Nashville, [he first par! o( which v.as written by Capt. 11, M. McVeigh, It wns mlher n noble undertaking considering 'he handicap of Interviewing ami conduct- Ing the research" lluit was ncces- i sary to secure the Intimate his-1 tory it contains. I Distances were great in Mississippi County In 1889 us l!ie inland, irclloii was still something of n cane brake with very few roads, and muddy ones; no railroads or other means of tran5|x>rtatlon i other than tlie stcumboi't.'. on the [ Mississippi and ilcling horseback, foi few of tlie ru.ids u'mild hivve ' been safe during the rainy sea- i ion, for a vehicle other thnn a ! cumbcrf-onie wagon. Chief Source of Facts i A £n!nl| 5' wlllcl1 lms pwy"! an Important role In the history of Dlythevllle Is shown In this pic- ' :<ire, taken 20 ycurs nao. On ll|e top- row, readli>!r left, to right, arc: Marvin Robinson, Lorraine Ogles- i by rrieecnsed), Mrs. Marvin Robinson (Elizabeth Wcodburn), Mrs. n, E. Blaylock (Mnr'ilynn Hill) Rus- Mrs. Herniml Oooth (Carolyn Phillips), Mrs. Sam Thomas (Kathleen Oglesby)' Mrs S(0yilSy ° M ' °' E ' C "« er - '^' C ' E ' M *"°"' Mn ' M »" ""»"« «°»'™°n' .Mr, sc n w otit almost hulf a century ago: ... tu compile data for a 981-page! Seated on the top step are: nr. ; Finley A. Robinson, Jack Pinlcy Robinson, Dr. R. N. Hill holding history of Arkansas. It may bej R. N. jr., Mrs. R. N. Hill, ttlivin Robinson, (deceased), holding his daughter, Charllne, Mrs. Edwin Hob- uilled by modern writer; a Iwjii-1 mson, Clyde Robinson holding ills daughter, Mrs. Chnrlcs W. Ojlesby of Fort Smith (Marv ElLnhnLh ST«"S? SrISiC'ln"?^ R< * lMonl - »"' L ' W ' GOS " dl "o""" 8 '- ^-Kll^.Mn,. Henry LOnsford Uane Uosne,^ *"" cordancc with - the chrr-k which deceased). .:..,•. > each presented ,for Ilielr bio- Brauliy in tho look. However, books.are a businers with publlsh- .ers, nnd tliere -would not liavc keen tlie sale for such o book at thnt time to justify the cost of printing it Imd not some form of. subscription been used to pay for Us publication. TlmC It Is On the bottom row lire: Mrs. Finley A. nol>ln.<6n, (deceased) holding her daughter, Martha, Philin Robinson of ^NnshvUle, Tenn,, Charles' Crleger jr.. Holston Robinson, Freeman Robinson, Harmon Rob- inscn. All of this family (at that time). Is shown except J. T. Phillips and family and' Mr. Hawkins. The occasion \vas a Christmas dinner given In honor of Mrs, Hawkins, who was visiting here from California. . probably the most^valuable book contains, published on Arkansas for writers, there is no question, for It Hives ft vivid Impression of what the stale has achieved, by its very homely description of what it was In Its early years. for Ilic valuable Information it.effect it would have.keen diffl- ' jctilt to get some of the citizens Sini-ln-Iaw of .Clip!.. Flelrlier '• ||o have subscribed for their blo- Capl. n. M. McVeigh was a son-1 graphics had they known the In-law of one of the county's I truths which the'original eontalh- mosl distinguished and beloved citizen, Cnut. Elliott H. Fletcher, ed. Capt. Fletcher lived for many mnltnr i J n w 'i),.."niti,n,, a lmtlvc °' Virginia, born in ycnis in a log cabin on the banks matter how old the citizen. •<,(,,:,„.... .,.. hl .;,M,»,. „,- r,,,,..,,,_ c i,,, ,..„ i,...,° „,.,„..- .;„., „„ or how well lie may be. acquainted with the events of his day which r-e is abkcd to i elate, he will more t lhan likely refer you to "the East, Arkansas History" for correct dates and the. narrative as well. It is for Mils 1 reason that seems just and fitting In reviewing Mississippi Coimly history that the Goodspeed history" should was written by Ctipt. Fletcher from nave a place in these columns,' his personal and intlmptc know- m.d credit be given the men who, ledge of the people of Northeast, arc sild to have been responsible i Arknjisns. There Is'a minor to the IMS, and (he'brother of Thomas | of, the Mississippi River' and, as II. • Fletcher one of Tennessee's | his narrative states, "there ..be- most'noted attorneys. At rin early age Capt. Fletcher came to Mississippi County. In 1840 he bought a _smn\\ farm on Mills Bayou, known as Fletcher's Landing. The ical history from, which Capt.- McVeigh Is said lo have compiled most of the "Ooodspced History" gnu a hand-to-hiuid struggle for existence against obstacles 'before which a less.brave and determined man would have failed." He held several political offices in tlie county, among which was that'-of county representative,, but being a devoted Whig amounted to political clisfmnchisenient, for the state was then, as jiow. Democratic. Ills two sous were killed In the Civil War, bill tw.o of ..his Odd Fellows On Display This picture, somewhat faded with the years, shows Blythevllle's Odd Fellows lodge of some 25 years ago. Old timers, though they may him- difficulty in Identifying the features of Individuals from this reproduction, may recall some of the men who posed In full regalia, for this picture. Planter, Soldier and Public Official Lived to.Age ' 94 , ol three daughters married prominent men of the courtly. Mrs. Jolin W. Williams of Luxora, Mrs. II. M. McVeigh, nnri Mter. Fannie Fletcher were prominent in Osccola society. . There arc not ninny copies of [he "History of Northeast Arkansas" In the counly, mul those who possess them should preserve them for iJoslerity for ( a very rich fund of information will be lost to. historians when these Volumes disappear. In the '80s.'rice was a favorable decoration 'for ' wooden picture frames. .Glue was applied to the frame and rice -sprinkled on the sticky surface. As n finishing touch, the frame was glided. The part the late Judge C. L. Moore played In the .affairs of Mississippi county has left an Impression too valuable and Interesting to lie omitted from a review or the history of Mississippi C o\m- Judgc Moore lms been referred to by writers O f events -of the county as the "grand old man" of Mississippi county. He had u most, eventful life that began at Sans Solid plantation, where he came the year after his graduation from the University of Mississippi to lake charge ' of the estate of his sister. Mrs John Mcaavock, whose husband was (he fust owner to settle this 10- COO-acre tract of land, and lie lived in Mississippi county until his death in 1931. He was the oldest living graduate of the University of Mississippi at the time of his death at'the age of 94. According to his daughter, Mrs. R. B. Nolen, a resident of Blythe- yille and the sollrcc or lntorma . lion for this narrative, Judge Moore ciimc to visit his sister and brother-in-law, the John Mc- Gavocks. at Sans Sonet the last year lie was in college, that of ty offices Including that of tax collector and deputy sheriff for 10 years: He also taught school several years. [ • In 1909. when he inherited a Pastor Gives Free Hops LONDON. (UP)_T!,e R CV . Cecil Boutlon lms not had an empty pew In Ills church since he Inaii- gnrated his "Plying Mission" large fortune, he returned to his .stimulate greater Interest In re-' native state to look after his in-tligion he follows his morning serv- ' terests, but removed agfiln to j ice witli free flights in a plane 'fur Mississippi county In 1919. He all members of the congregation made his home in Blythevllle until lib death.' In- 18CC Judge Moore married Miss Lucy Beale Cook, who preceded him in death. Five of his In the afternoon there are coin bined formation flights and aero-' batics. Plant buds arc not "wann- nine children are residents of' blooded." They arc covered Mississippi county: Mrs. R. B.!scales, not to keep warm, but to Nplen, Miss Elisc Moore, Dudley ] prevent evaporation. O. Moore, Stephen Cook Moore,! . • .. of Blytlieville, nnd C. L. Moore j The of Os'ceola. Canada has a total of 8,430,0(0 cattle: and calves on Its farms. proportion o! American men who are fix or more IVn tall is not very great. Only ibou' one ' ""• ' taller. man in VOO is six fr-pt u .- 1B57. The Invitation had Included n bear hunt with Mr. McOavockj "In those days," Judge Moore is quoted as having said, "all manner of .game was abundant In the county and the numerous stories of big hunts in this section appealed to me as a boy just about | to graduate. I was successful In! my hunt, killing a bear, and I shall never forget the .details of that hunt. How big the bear looked to me before I killed it! Whether the bear dwindled between the time I fired 'my rifle and the time it required to get it home, or whether 'my estimate of its size was exaggerated about the tune I flred, I was never quite able to determine, though the bear was sufficiently large to satisfy the ambition of even the great hunters of that day.", During this visit of Judge Mcore to his sister his brother- in-law. Mr. McOavock, offered to sell'him 2.QQO" acres of his 10,000- acre plantation, after, the: young boy had graduated. A year or two Inter there was a 'heavy' overflow from the Mississippi river. The private levee, which liad ueen thought'to be a'protection against the highest water Was endangered and in.fighting to• save it-Mr. Mc- Gavbck contracted a heavy cold which resulted in Ins death. Pol- lowing his death,.. Judge Mcore came-to Sans Soucl to take charge of his sister's plantation. , ' During the Civil- War Judge Moore served under .General! Nathan Bedford Forrest for three! years, and came, out of the'con- flict uninjured. After the war lie again managed the McGavock 'plantation for several years' Judge Moore held several coun- ELECTRICAL SERVICE Commercial uni! Residential Wiring Motor Experts Repair Service No Job Too Large or Too fin in 11 Phone 314 for Free Estimates W.KST1NGHOUSE APPLIANCES WALPOLE ELECTRIC SHOP 208 AY-.. 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