The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 47
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 47

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 47
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\VEDNKSDAY, JlllA' 1, l98(j • (Ank.y .'COURIER. Oldcsl Home In the City of Osceola Stands on Land for Which Member of Fecnily Traded Wilh Indians In Icokins up interesting bit' of hi.->icry and information re warding Osccola and its citizens. in connection with Osccola' HiYiince of the Arkr.nsas Cen- tcmiinl, May as to 30, the fact was nrnurhl out. Hint the John \V. lidrismlcn lioinc, 420 Broad- wily, is the oldest residence in Csceoln. havlni; been built, in H 0, ami Hint the home site, ccn- MSliiig of fo'.u acres, has been in the family it Y.;is carte-red fiom the Indians in 183C. William n:ml Kclrinston. A descendant- of Ihe prominent Bard family ft HardstcA'n. Ky., was i.lie of (lie first settlers of Mississippi county. In 1330 lie traded j Utiilt by Homy Clay with (lie Quapaw Indians, who | 11'rn occupied till- present sit:. rjf O. l ;ceo!i'., for several :;ecticn?J of land. including Ihc four-air;^ pie-e where the lidrington home | r.c'.v stands. Later IK s^curi-d I patents to section;; 1C, II. 13, 31 and 30. 'the ccurt records of Mississippi eciinty were burned in 18(13, dtirin; the Civil War. hut KOV- cmment and state records reveal tlia lact of tlic EMringlon fam- ily'r, early possession of thesr- Janets and tradition had kept alive the story of (lie • barter. Tirst rro.seculiiiff. Attorney A iiunfccr of members of the I'ldrinyton family have been prominent, in (lie history of Osccola and Mississippi comity. One J. !'. Edrineion was the third circuit court clerk of the eount.v, serving from 1IMO to l!i«. William Hard Kdrint'ton II., was the first prosecuting attorney of this judicial district and is \vi.ll spoken of today by old residents who knew him during his tenure of office. When the first. Edrlngtons cam; lo this covnty from Kentucky they lived with an aunt, Margaret Edrington Bard, whose ger.- crcus interest in the civic anil aflairs of the little settlement was shown in her gift W. Kilrlnglon began. to talk at building » new hotne on their [arm on Highway 81, south of Osceola, her husband objected on grounds ot MiiUmfiit, Thought of the history of the old hcrne prompted Mrs. Wring- toii lo write the following poem, "The Old Place," (ind she line talked no more of • new house: i-cavc Ihc eld home, mother dear. To me it's been shelter many » year nut our neighbors are leaving dnlly And cur you say. place Is undesirable. Ediington In 1800, this house is no'.v occupied by and Iila family. Tlicir Lives Span Century at Osceo'h of a place of worship—the first Presbytcriai( church—and of a place of burial—Violet ccraetsiy— .where her body now rests. Hav- iuy no children of her own, she reared several of the Ed- lingtcn children, who were orphaned during her lifetime, thus I William Hard Edringlon II.. who was the first prosecuting attorney who of the jvdiciai district o[ which father left me (he old homu here. The town Ihen was around iia and full of cheer. only two, knew uoUihig of care, Since Ihen havo seen much of life's enlhrallliiK care, The old spruce and Austrian pint That stood so stalwart, with lol* lace fln(<. Wherein I climbed as a barcfont lad. lo see them decay makes me fed r.nd. '!he broad low frame of Ihe dcHr oltl house Stills my speech, as quiet as n mouse, When I think of mother, lull worn with care. And sec her now In her lire- side chnh. This o'd room Is dearest of all, For twas here my father received his call, And here I was born, us were Buddy and Sis. cnvc Ihc old home, how can I do this? . , i->; SECTION, pm IKS. William Bard Edrlngton. ., .. „ ^ j^..^.,,, UIOLHI.L 01 came lo Osccola from Kentucky Mississippi county is n part. and in 1830 acquired extensive* - -— from Indians, includ- \ first V.'illian: Barf. the site of the present John j estate was Henry Clay Edrin"W. Edrington home. William Bard Edrington III., !;or .. at Mr. and Mrs. .John W. Edrlng Sdrington's , Icn, tears a. name identified will the fonndin endearing herself to nil the clan. Built by Henry Clay Kilrington AmoiiB the eight heirs of tho and development Osceola. ton, and it, Is his home on Broad- j way that is now occucicd by hisj Icn III., both of whom were bon son. John W. Edrington. an:l hi'ij there. grandson. William Hard L'drins-l Two years ago when Mrs. Join And ii wept this room we pinycd ni'.d While our little girl unconscious slept. And nlsht and day dealii's angel stood Ready lo take her If. we should for one moment release our faith. And I think of our baby as a wraith, But God Is good to those who otey And so our girlie lives today. Why those pecan trees have grown along w ith Bister mid Bud. To think of leaving makes mj own heart tlilid. And that mulberry tree we've tended so well To feed all young birds thit here abdiits dwell. Tho house has spread out, addln a wing hero and there, Sheltering, as » mother lien would her brood from all care; We've enlarged the yard, »ddin pool and sun dial To please Buddy and Sister, an nmkc life worthwhile. The populars and .willows, by ou Books Accumulated by Son of Famous Admicnl Still Line Walls Hook lovers and collectors of ilrsl editions • couki jprnd many days both prolllibly and with great )>!<B»iire in the old C»pt. 3. S. Boimnti homo in osceolo. During hh lifetime In this old home tie, assembled one of Ihfc finest libraries In fisttru Arkansas and his wife complltd a most valuable scrap book of events of Kor day, The home was originally built on the highest mound near Osccola. At that time It was considered lo bt far removed from the town hut slue* ttw l«Ve« e«ilse<t the town to build toward the railroad mid away from Ihf! *ivfr. the Semmcs home, Is loday tn cnc heart of the city. It is a one-story friendly old house, greyed nnri secluded in the shadows of lowering old • trees, shrubbery anc flowers. Wide, coo) verandas stretch across Ihc back, which has become tho favorite entrance for visitors as It is Ihc nearest approach to Ihc city. Heavy sliding doors separate the Igh cclllnged rooms, one of which s completely lined from floor to elllng with book cases, it was In his friendly old room that Cap- aln aemmes liked to sit and read, nd where ho stud|«d out many of V l«gal cases. llic lioma Is at present occupied y IJiree generntious of Hie scm- nes family: Mrs. Elcotra Scmmes 'errln, Iwr daughter, Spencer Uuck Alcxnndcr, aiKl slx-montlis-old hlld, Siwncer Buck. Mrs. i>crrln Is he daughter of capU ScmniM. Tlio home was originally Iho loihe of the Ilrsl Presbyterian nhilster In Mississippi county, the tov. Frank Morris, father of Mrs. '. S. Semmes. The most accurate nformatkm Is lo the effect Hint the Descendants Occupy Seninics Home The old Osccoln home cf Capt. !3. S. Simmies, son of, tb.3 famous Conffdcralc naval olTlcer, Is now occupied l:y three scneraliono of his descendants. This picture- of the shows Mrs. Elcclra Scmiues I'cirln. Cuptnhi Scmmi's 1 daughter, and her daughter find Brand child. Mrs. Spencer Uuek Alexander ami slx-months-o!d Spencer Buck Alexander. lind from various records It was probably about 1857. Cant. Somnics, son o( Admiral HaplmtSl ermines, who commanded lie famous Confederate riilder Ala- Diima. came to Osccolii much inter. Ills first wife and Miss mimic Hurtling Morris hnd become friends und Miss Morris attended' Mrs. Semtues In her Inst Illness, six years after the- death ot Mrs. Scm- mcs Cnplaln Somines und Miss Morris were married. This marriage milled two of the most prominent families of Hint period In the Soiil'n. The children of Hits iimr- rlsne as .well, as those of the nrst Semmcs marrlaeO Imvc a rich Imek- R«v. MorrU brought his bride. Sura \nn McFeat, lo Oscccln after ihelr mnrrlago In'South Carolina Hi-omul of muternal and paternal history. 't'he mother of the llrst five chU- ilren of Capt. Semines wa. 1 ; Paulino b'cmnics, a fourfii cousin of her • husband, und a daughter of John Paul Jones Scmmes of Alabama. This (jroini of children are Paul, naphael, Oliver (now a Catholic priest In Jamaica) Mary (Mrs.-M. A. Martin) and Mrs. Anna Semmcs Uzzell. Tho second group of Bsmmcs' children arc Mrs.' Wank Gibson; Frank. Cat'nerlno (Slsler Ann Francis). Mrs. Elcctra rcrrln, Lyman. Prcwitt, MltMlelon, Mym ("sister tocSnllers). Osccola Has Been Homo To. Mills Fiuhily For More Than 100 Years own hands set, The roses, the birds lhat curl year here met. We love every inch of the dca old place And I can't leave it with vcr. Kood grace. But the years arc passing, as years will do. And In a few more years twill be only we two, And we v.ant lo .give our girl 'and boy As '.much as we can of this life's Joy. So If you Insist, as mothers cun do. -It, only to please you. Dcsceiulantn of Tom Mills, who left his home In New York r.l the age of 10 to find work on the steamboats which then were Just beginning to ply the Mississippi river, have lived nl and near Osceola for over 100 yearn. Tom Mills, uorn in New York In 18CO, canin west In 1B1C nnd worked oil river steamers 1820, when he married nt New Mntlrlcl, Mn., Ihcn the most important lown on the river between New Orleans and St. Louis. lie brought his wile to the. present slic of Osceolii, .where he ojicr alctl n woodyard fur Mrambnnls. Among several children born lo him WHS A. V. Mills, born If 1838. Tom Mills lived at OsceolA until his death in 1850. A. V. Mills married nnd reared a fnm- lly nt Osccola, and lived hen: until his death in 1871. Amon*. his children was William Holiert Mills, born June D. 1802. within a mile cf Osccola. William Rob T crl, Is still living on n place wilhin two miles of Osccola which has keen his home for 50 ysius. One of his sons, A. L. Mills, born March 20, 1805, has lived all hi:; life on the place where lie '.was 1 born. He wns mauled In 1916 nnd is rearing a family ot four buys, William Raymond, 18; Cecil Brewer. 1C; Willlard clay, H, ami Spencer Lee, 12. . . . . Osccola and Mississippi county arc beginning to feel like home lo the Mills family. T. P. FLORIDA A. J. FLORIDA G. H. FLORIDA J. H. FLORIDA DA Founded 1921 Osceola, Arkansas A mortgage loan service which adequately meets the economic is of a great agricultural area embracing the stales of Arkansas and Missouri CITY and FARM LOANS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT SECURITIES-BONDS

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