The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 48
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 48

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
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PAGE 8 SECTION R Bl-YTHEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS (Continued From Page 2) let them ]>ass on. cnpt. Erwin and Georgia then caught a boat at Mls- slsslnr/i City, and from there went lo New Orleans, where llie.v remained until (he impeachment ot "C!^> r ton. 7'iicn it \vas safe for nil tlie leaders In the Black Hawk War to return to flielr l;omes. Time passed and peace and order came back, with tin Increasing population, more clearing, and building, and things were more •stabilized. Mrs. Erwin made scv-* oral trips to Washington to try und collect a war claim for fifty "thousand dollars for col ton taken from Sans Souci by the Yankees during I'M war. she was received with contempf'and all of her statements challenged for feeling ran high nealnsl the "Southern Aristocrats.' The claim is still in tile lile.s in the State, War and Nnvy Building vnere it lias been seen by the writer, but It conic! not be collected because the owner. Mrs. McOavock she was nt that time, was nimble fb prove loyaltv to the union at that time. As she was exceedir 'lv iiettve on the Soiuliern side, fills could never be done. Kappier Times Brother clarence had bought a place at. Chlc'.iasawoa (near the city of Blythcvllle) and went u|i there wit'.i his- family to live. The roads were only corduroy roads with deep mudholcs, cypress knees rising as high as the bed of n wagon. It took all day to drive a.four horse wagon Irom Suns Souci to Chiekasawba. •Sue was sent to school at the Sacred Heart Convent nt Msirys- yiHe, near St. Louis, where she was afterwards followed by her sister Georgia Erwin. During summer vacations, young people crowded the house, carriages were seen every' day |n the back yard for friend's nncj n;i?hbors visited eac'n other for all day chats, staying to the noon dinner as a matter of course. Relalivcs paid visits that often lengthened Into months, sometimes years. Several Confederate veterans made Sans Souci a nicotine, place. Mr. Felix Lanlcr and his son- in-law, Mr. Drake, were frequent visitors, also Miss Fany Lanter, fftrnvards Mrs. Richard Drake. Maj. Holmes, and many other families • from the Icwer "tend of the river, called "Social Bend." The Fergusons from Nodena, the Craig- heads from Craighead Point, the Palls from Palls Landing, Ilic Uz- zclls, Friends and McGavocks from Pecan Point, "the Rhodes of Golden Lake, as well as the Lanler family, all from sout'n of the Sans Souci place, had delightful social gatherings. From Osceola and points north, the Semmcs, Uunavants Roussarts, Sally Bdrington, Molly Matthews. Williams and others came in surreys or wagons as the weather oermlttnri. to euchre, whist or dancing parties. Slays ailrt P.listlrs '. .' Mrs. Erwin delighted in ! entertaining the young p«ople at the piano, the dances at .that time were .the old-fashioned square dance, the Virginia reel, polka and sffhottlsche. On many summer evenings, the house was thrown open, and the scrape of fiddles, the patting of feel and the clapping of hands might : be heard. The fashion at that time for young ladies was a tight bod- ice, shirred and buttoned up. n Watteau pleat or very generous bitstle hi the back, with a long trailing skirt, held up over the arm as the dancer circled. Stays wrre tight, the popular method ot lacing up n lady being to pull her corset strings as tightly as possible, then tie one end of the string to the knob and slain the door. One of Ihe excitements of a party was usually a fainting spell as some fair dame lost her breath entirely, had lo be carried to the 'drcsslng-ix>om, laid on one of (he higli four-poster beds nnd unlaced. Among the young men who cnmc to the house were the cousins from Nashville, especially Jacob M. Dickinson, afterwards secretary of war during,the administration of President Tuft, Wntkins clapp, after- wnrds mayor of Memphis, Haze Picket!, Jack Conley. Mr. Tom Boyle. Fred Adams, all of Memphis, Joe carr from the north end of the county. Byron Oarllon from Pecan Point. Their names are found in an old dairy on the flyleaves of gift books given to the young lady of the house-'nold. A second Decameron might be written nbout the prolonged house party of '78, at (he time'when tlic yellow fever was raging in Memphis, Holly Springs and nil over file tri-states. Fortunately Mississippi county seemed to have escaped. Friends rcfugced here In the more salubrious nlr of the country. Although the cause of the fever was unknown, it was the custom to con:- In out of Die yard before the dew fell for dew was supposed to lie a cause of Infection. Hunting parties took up the morning hours or horseback rides for the girls, amo'x; whom were Annie Pickctt am? *.elen and Lida Moore, nieces of f.le house. Cards occupied (he afternoon and there was always dancing at night or prh-ale theatricals, which were then very |>opular. sometimes pictures were thrown u]K>n a sheet Irom a "magic lantern," ([iilte n curiosity, and views of file Rockies and Niagara Falls were studied through a magnifying glass mounted on a holder. William Henry Grider It was during tbu year that Fred Adams introduced a young man who was reading law in his Memphis office. Tills was William Henry Grider, file son of an old pioneer family of Arkansas. His inoth- er wns Maria L. Morris nnd his father was John llognn Grider, both of Jncksonport, Ark. The Gri- ders came from Bowling Green, Ky., nbout the time lliat Arkansas was made n slate, one hundred years ago. Jo'hn H. Grider had had a tried friend In Osccoln In Capt. Bowen. During the war, Mr. Grider was nrreslcd in St. louls by the federal government for buying and smuggling supplies through the lines to the Confederate forces. He was confined in Gratlot Street prison in st. Louis and Capt. Bowen was also a prisoner there. They litcamc friends and made their escape together, managing to make their way do\vn (lie river nnd finally reaching Osccoln, where Capt. Bowen lived: He took in his friend and he slayed there until he was able to get back to'Jncksonporl. Tile marriage of Sue McGavock nnd William Henry Grider took place at the Sans Souci place on February 23, 1880. The festivities lasted I'll day. beginning for luncheon, when n large party arrived from Memphis and St. Louis. last- Ing throughout the afternoon ami ending after the ceremony wlfii n champagne supper. The bride and groom took their wedding trip on the old J. s. White, taking the round trip to New Orleans. Since the roads were almost Im- Mrs. Martha Ann Hale and Fen Children Came to Osceola in 1855 The Hnles arc one of the olden nnd probably one of the largest families closely Identified with the history of Osceola. They hnvej been an Important part of this community .since I8i5, when Mrs. Martha Ann Hale and her ten children made the trip across country from Columbia, Tcnn., in a covered wagon drawn by oxen. A remarkable feature of this large family Is the long life of the various generations. There Is an old photograph of nine sisters and brothers, made when nil of the original members were living with the exception of. the mother and one sister. At that lime the oldest was 75 years of age, and the youngest 60 ycnrs. The Hales have Intcr-uiarrled* pdssable at that time of the year, the guests came In wagons or on horse-back. Mrs. jr. C. Dunavanl often spoke of how she came with the, doctor. He rode nn old white horse that he had fought with -In Forrest's cavalry, siic rode a smaller horse, carrying 'her party, dress, petticoats and .slippers In hfir .saddle bags. Mrs. "Corn" Driver sent the writer one of the invitations a few years before her death. She had kept it in her memory b&ok for years. She and her Driver cousins came In a big wagon along the old levee road. The. Hales, Biackwoods and Youngs came in the same way. Some accidents mnrked the event, for no party goes off smoothly. Flowers ordered from n greenhouse, especially palms, were set out to keep fresh on the gallery, 'lliey were devoursed by two pet deer, belonging to Sue and so they found only stubs and stems. The slag followed Sue as the boat took the bridal pair around the bend. He was fired on nnd killed In the river by n huntsman who took him for a wild creature of t'ne woods. Another circumstance wns the sink- Ing of Hie back gallery where the crowd collected. After that ,lt wns always sin Inches lower tlmn tlie rest' of t'ne house. ; Three children graced the union, Georgia . Grider. Josephine, and John McGavock. Georgia, now Mrs. Georgia Grider Williams, still lives in the county n part of the yc&r, Josephine, Mrs. p. p. Jacobs, lives at Grider, nnd John McGavock Grider, a flyer attached to tlie Royal Flying Corps, was killed in France during the late war. Georgia Erwin married Hal Wlggs, hn engineer, she hns three boys, living in Memphis. In April, 1921, Sans Souci burned to the ground, in spite of the efforts of Mr. w. W. Prcwltt and the fire department of Osccpla. to save It. All those w'fio gnthered'at the sjwt were struck with the sweet odor or the old woods »s they'burn-! cd, the maple, walnut nnd gum burned like tinder, sending but their incense' on the spring air. T.ius It shared the tale of the Ln- nlcr home nl Butler, owned by Mr. Hugh Tomllnson and many olhc'i pioneer homes along the Mississippi. It Is a changing river built upon sand, It gives nnd It takes nway but the glorious past lives on In the hearts and minds of Hie descend mils of the pioneers. with the Bowctu and the two Driver families until these four families have become closely united and form one of the largest families In the county. H is Interesting to note that two of the descendants of the original Hale family, Dwight Blackwood and flcn F. Duller, have remained true lo the pursuits of 'their ancestors —farming and politic.';. Ben P. Butler, dealer In farm Implements, Is o grandson of the widow Hale, and so Is Dwight niacksvood, who lias held one oft the .stale's most Important of-! flees, that of commissioner o f I stale highways. The children of Mrs. Martha' Ann Hale were J. K. p Hale ! Mrs. C. C. Ward, Mrs. E. c. But- i ler, Mrs. N. E. Sawyer, F. B. Hale > Mrs. Mnrtlm Evans, W. P. Hale Mrs. U J. Williamson, Mrs. Eliza-' liclli Williamson. Mrs. Sawyer was twice married, her a flrst husband was John Blackwood, father of Uwlght Blackwood. W. P. Hale was tlie father of 15 children, only two of whom are living, H. J. Hale and Ida Hale Tucker. H. J. Hale Is a member of the Insurance (inn of llalc and Bowen. He married Mis* Ellen Bowen. Mrs. C. G .Ward had a son and daughter, James Ward and Margartt Johnson. P. B. iialc hud four children, William Hale, Emm Cole, Mrs. Joe Holmaii nnd Mrs. Roy Cruson. Mrs. Nancy E, Sawyer had tile arge.n family. Her first husband was John Black'vood, tlie father of John and Dwight Blackwood. Wrs. Lula Boylcs, Mrs. Jesse Davl'i Mrs. J. Lnn Williams, Mrs. Belvii Martin, Mrs. Emma Moore, arc :ier daughters. Mrs. Sawyer was 83 yeas old when she died. J. K. P. Hale was twice mar- 'ied and had a large family of ihitctrcn but only one survives, Mrs. Jack Mauler. Mrs. Martha Evans had three children Sidney Mrs. Richard Forbes, and E(i Evans. ', Mrs. Lctlia Jane .Williamson had one daughter, Mi's. Abner Driver. Mrs. Williamson was twice married to brothers. Her first lius-1 band was B. A. Williamson, and after his death she mauled Blan Williamson. ! Mrs. Evallne Butler was the -vlfe of Ben F. Butler, whose father had settled on Butler's Lake near Frenchman's Bayou Ben Butler of Osceola Is a direct descendant of tills family WEDNESDAY,'JULY 1, 1936 fit HALE & BOWEN INSURANCE & BONDS Osccola, Ark. PI tone 145 Aged Couple liemarricd SALONAS, Cal. (UP)_ A fter a separation of 27 years. George Chirk, 77, and his former wife. Mrs Llbuy Brower, widow, 13 wcrc re married here. The marriage took P nee Just 55 years and one day cow 1 " Ida" m»ffingc at Mos- ,?£ ,3*?....^ ° f Siberia DependaUe Servic For 20 Years ALL MODERN GIN EQUIPMENT The Driver Gin Company GINNERS AND COTTON BUYERS Osceola, Arkansas V. K. Driver, President c. H. Driver, Vice President Mrs. Jessie F. Driver, Sec.-Treas. & General Manager COMFORTABLE SKATS— AIR WASH COOLING SYSTEM-PERFECT SOUND Change of Program: The Management of the SATURDAY MIDNIGHT. SUNDAY MATLNKK— NIGHT AND MONDAY TUESDAY (I'AI, NIGHT— TWO FOR ONE) WEDNESDAY (HANK NIGHT) MATINEE-NIGHT. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. SATURDAY MATINKR-NIGHT Gem Theatre Osceola, Arkansas Invites You to Spend a Pleasant Afternoon or Evening Seeing the Latest Screen Releases Good Shows and Large Attendance Have Won Tliis Theatre a Key Position t>

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