The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 19, 1933 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, October 19, 1933
Page 9
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THURSDAY, nCTOnER 19, (ARIL) COURIER NEWS PAGE of my family. II was Hie same way wl:en Hie Mllillu came here. I iosi- iwenty-ow men Sunday TELLS OF EIILV and Monday :il ahlloii, Glli :<n<l Pioneer's Story Will Be Part ol Daughters o{ Confederacy History. Tlie following recollections of life In Mississippi county in pioneer ttays. to'.d by Hie laic Captain Charles Bovou to Mrs. S. L. Cliati- isli In 1907. ir> to be pull of :\ history of Mississippi county which BllioU Fictclicr chapter. Unlit-;) Daughters of the confederacy, preparing. explain Bowcii dii-d ab3>il 25 years aso. bia is survived by on' son, C!em Bown of Owco!a, und numerous grandchildren. Jame.^ L). Driver. Chailcs B. Driver. Mrs Marguerite sliippcn, Bowcn Hay- nk'. Arlluir W. Rowcn. Mrs. H. J. Hale, Mrs. J. V. Oillison, Ji-Uie Drivw. Clementine BD'.vcn, Uudilic Bowen, Billie Bowen Congressman W. J. Driver, Clmles S. Driver, Grover Driver, Mrs. Sue Brown, llli of April. 1802. \V? fonfinl llv.'vi ill day. l was bnck of Vlrksburp when slir fell— •uirrriKici'eri' i:-nif ic Oranl. I llilnk tho War emlfd like U oii»hl. tlioiiKli 1 didn't then. and 1 hate to own it no* 1 , bill 1 l:i!nlt oui Countiy '.sonlil have aone -o wu.x'.o. Our states would have l) ril :i lit'" 1 provinces, and would IMVP la-en ni- ways fighting u"c xioiiv-r. 1 had abou ;is had a fight iift-i I tame hoinc-uficr the Surrender. We ha:l Hit- Yankce.s licro with us. and we Jnsi naturally hal.M ilif Yankees, and didn't like fur them lo be here, and we would drive i.".tm oir. They loot poiwr.ion o! everything" and toak. people's property from -them. Then they unm'u the nexroc^ alooso ainonsiSl u.s and lot, of Ihcm. and t!:en we lu:l '.!ii I first came here, but ihey later 1820 find 1830. The !ieado.uarlcrs o settled in (here. There wns llor- • his clan wa.s down al Hhawnee VII uersviiln right above i!-ere lhal wns! Ing*• There was some hlxli In" .1 sort ot a HI tie town with one or ihero und they were in and out c iwo houses. We had « p.oixl intniy the co.iuly. I saw Mem. They sum! Indians heie wlion I came here, but sleal and ims roiinieneii money they nre all (lend. I don't think'steal negvorx; everything. W klllw ti'.ero is bill one living now mull one i:p he:e at Wi: field Point. 1 thai was an Indian boy raised here.' have stayed nil ni?,ht wllh them • They hardly ever can* lo the riv-. many a nichi '.vhi'ii 1 was .vierlit er. They were all peaceable nud.l didn't make any Iniu-s in l-.-llin didn't want to ll^hl. We called one- |i<- w,v. a thnnu'il MurrOllll-: thai Inaian bay. Cro* l-'iui. i They \-.fn\ lo tell uu- tiny win- mi In those day.s tr.ere was a ;ir.--at j irn; lo kill in-. but I was ymnif to: of fine caille in those bxuuns -and didn't believe ii, and they ne.v- and they were always lai. AK'-tj <-r oll'ci'i-il :<> molest UK-. 1 .v.i\v Mur there was :t heap of '^ame deer. - rell belo:v 1 i-ver came here- sav Imkey, benr, anci panthers, wild . him in Temn--,soi- but didu'i knov cats and wolves. I lay onl hero'him ihen. one nwiit—in-'.ow Mnii|ihls-anil n ; ,,, )(| vr r lloat the wolves came close enough to mo thai I heard them walking on the leaves. 1 was hiding then truni the Yankees, wits afr,U:l '.«j wenl inly ihe sli:'r:if's niLs-mus shoot; [hose damned •: -j'.wt sii'.jod '.soon us 1 w.i-. l'.vriiy-on •• yi-nrs ol( ilie first sheriff, o I ran the Mi:Klu!|>|>i Hiver or three years with u trading b i'hal was [;vfni : l was of a^e TO had them lo kill off—a w-hol! I around me all pretty ii'-'i r. I jiy i>nr.hei- Ibad clement, of the '.vliil'-s 10 ilsin kfl th:it 1 uir. and la:<i :l"«n | i I didn't do anything after I Citme home — it wasn't f;v:Jtc a ye.xi afir-r t!ie Stirrendf-r until 1 u.'i^ just in a fuss jr a iii'ht with t.'.'.-m all till time. We had to lay ou ;n the woods und keep them «-arcd- had If, keep them io;jct:;er \'.-.:iTe they couldn't dn m'.ic-h devilnu-nl. Bif: Lake lu .\lili-s Dig Lake WM ti:en about miles '.vide and twenty miles I was by myself, and had a blt:i-! mis i-ounly and 1 was tin- nrxl. on. The cane uas vj ;:;:-r: 1:1.11 haidly had room in lay IK.WII. : . and whin I ;>o<. ij:j |.:uiu;;ii Tin- IirM lime I :-VIT v.-iu l-j say. whin T .nt old rrum-h. Memphis I!:ITC wl-ri- ;inlv Uf> li'.lin log Mianlies al ihe mouth ol' Wnll' Hiver—no town. Randolph was a tjood deal bigger [hull Memphis. Kv- eiybo'.ly Ihen lh;juy.:i Hi wa.> going tu make a [own. I i ubonl four yciii.i imil-.-r my brothel I -.vns ahvay; a ita:mvt! it,in—h PJIL nic ui theiY' :n:d he quit —:' nevf-r bjiiii-n;! with the sheriff' after the country j;o: mo:e .Memphis began to build up. W::in I ran :he i.'.ulin^ bo:>'. Tutn would Ju,i drup iiiv.-n thv Mi*. c'llc-a .slppi and !aix! al each nian'.s hou There v:a.-. plenty of eiKMil'Tl and .Mrs. FTankie Franklin. Captain Boron's gtoi-y, as he tokl ii lo Mrs. Gladish. who is hWOrlan of Elliott Ple.teher chapter, follows: "f was born In Tennessee—Jack- .son county. 0:1 the- 28th day uf Pebruaty, IBM. on llolling River. .\fy father moved into Dyer county. Tennessee—I'nat- wa-i a wildcrncs. 1 ;. We lived there a good many years; therr he moved here Into ajioUie. wildernt«s. Tills v.-asn't a stall then—it, was a territory. This was Critlendc-n county clear to the Missouri line. I was about thirteen or fo'.irluer years old when 1 m&vt.d here. We hunted a. good deal and cul wooc :irul so!d il. We sold ii lo tlie steamboats. We kept a wood yard on lh- river. I was living here when I married, but. I never married until I was thirty years old- I v;a« living here a', Osccola wher Ihe War broke out. When ihe Wai broke out I made up a Com pans and sent lo' Memphis ar.d. Joine< tho Refjimenc there. Our Company was called "The Osccola Itornete,' and Ihe Second C. Regiment. 1 can't tell much about it, but it -xiu lighting. I earrted oul one hundred men from hero and broughi ».iacfc seven. I fought the four years I was hero when we surrendered ; was in colonel Marlhi's Hegiment I v.-as in two or three brigades while 1 was out. Pillow was our big man Quit Office to Enter Army I was Sheriff along from 1841 anc 1842. and along In tlwre. I vr» Sheriff when I went into the Army I Just, tlifew the office away and went to war. Then I was Shcrif two years after the war closed There was not much land to pa; laxes on. We didn't pretend to farm it., only just a little. Yon would ses a man with a little pareh 'around his house for a garden was all. When we wanted lo go anywhere we had to gel into'a canoe and go up or down [he river. Tlie country was so thick with cane along the Mississippi Hiver trial we eoutdn't SCI along. I helloed to cut Ihc cane out of the first County road that was ever In this county. 1 don't know of a single human tcmgibu't myself left of (he old settlers that were here then—they arc all dead,'and 1 am pretty nea . dead. I have, been here eigluy-odd years. I got a bullet in my head at the Bailie of Shiloh. and my hearing and eyes have been going away ever since. When I came here in my youngest days nobody lived here; it was five or six. ar.d ten and twentj miles from one house to another bui nothing happened, only I hunt ed. T was young and didn't do any- thin^ eLw but drag about through ihe bwnmps and hunt. There were not a great many steamboats running then on the Mississippi River but there was any amount ol flat boats. I have stood on the river bank and counted fitly fiat boats at once. We had no postoffice here—had I ' no officers—there was no law here % only the laws that we people livln? here made" and we beat these time; as we-._enforced our laws and regulations, 'and they don'l enforce the laws now. A man by the name of DeWitt was our first postmaster, 1 believe. Ttiis was right on the river bank then. I have seen this Bar in front of town make and wash av.ay about three times in my lifetime. , As I sntd, there was no Uiwn l:erc. and when I first canie hero we held Court ten or twelve miles below here at what was then called Cornwall. The country was new and we didn't need much court. I think tlr Judge lived about Napoleon somewhere, but I have forgotten hl£ name. Narrow Escape The bullet that hit me was the one that killed Hood Dillingham' His brains flew all over my breast and left as many as Ii could have Ixsld In my hand on my head. If he hadn't been there It would have fixe<l me, but his head saved me HD went out to the War from he<-» with me. T lost moat all of my men —a good rnnny died from slckncra. As I hud lost nearly all of my Company. 1 came back here and recruited uo a?ain, but I couldn't gel enough men to make another Company, so I took tho men I had and we joined the Ninth Arkansas. The only man now living that was with my Company U Boh Hnrdin of Blv- thcvllle. When I got ready t 0 go out to fight the people around here said my family shouldn't suffer, and the ftrst thing when I came back was a J2M.W doctor bill shoved in my Incc. They really didn't take cure | There were one ur I'AU families 0:1 '• • That, great land plrale. jcim A. muivy on ihe river th-.-n. a ! Ihe b:inl:. Tncre wa.s ipbsdy wlv.-: 1 . Muriell, lived in liiis county abiml ol )>nrt mm. I saw Miirrell's Lirotli r—thai was utler they had caujhl ohu MuiTell and he was In [he \ it'iiltenlliiry. Thai, was right IU Nap- 'leon on ihe Mississippi Hivor. 1 nuted my l>oat in there. There TUS n creel; tl-ere railed Cypress 'reck. The.v fellows living up here had foaie into die River to lo some trading, and were drunk hen 1 l-.uuli-il. I loll von 1 WHS ilf:i!U of thi'in but dldn'i lei them (now 11. liny KOI on my und ntfd Id gamble, but I ubiec:i';l iiul they ;!:,!!i i fimv it un me. and ', f.ot LLWiiy a-, [[Uli-V. us 1 could. OIK )f them wa-, Murrell 1 .-; liroll'.er. :uul H- passed nir. the next day un hit v.iy 10 Columbus; he ws ill (o Chlo: coiiniv uiul there ilii>y klll.'d . We .sold anything a man w.uil.'d )n these |ir;at.%. Tlu^ is the way we dul. We would just let our Uo:its Iluat ilown .uul we had nats L'J jiiidr tlu-m Onci 1 I laudtd iway tlown in;sipjil—U was ilxmi tin- niouin i>r fMkans.ii Uiv- ir. There wa.s a Ki'iltut'ky mnl 1 . liaci a big [aim there. 1 was sinull li> my line and lunked to b^' very vnani;. J \\cnt up 10 Ihe lions- 1 [L :<". (turn know I «-ns tlK-rv. Tn: lady <»1 ihe IIOUM- knew when- 1 -.\.i.s (rum. and she was from up In Llir-rt.-, ;iud ^he a.skrd me wiu-iv 1 '*':>» (torn ..lid I told her Ixjillsvilk- Kile went clowts to iix- b::al aiul l»ii|;hi s-uuu' notd.s, and a!nr «e so 1 , llnouxh trading Mu: nske.l int :1 I w;v; lifisrn or sixtcni year (Con'.lmied on l';igi: Ii!) LIMITED SHIPMENT! Avoid regrets LAVISHLY-FURRED Limited 150 Only COATS GO ON SALE Friday, 9 A.M. "The odds against repeating ttiese' values are heavy!" That's the word our buyer sent along with this nllui^ ing shipment. So don't wail! Every advantage is YOURS — if you hurry! ak/^iis of StyEesi New Furs! New Fabric?! New Details! Everyone N- IN'ew Sleeves! New Lines! New YouWiHHaue To Hurry Our stock at the old prices is going fast and replacement prices look high to us. Furniture Specials Bedroom Suites Just ii few lofl Living Hoom Suites ft 2 pii'ti 1 , tfi'oi'ii nin- hair onlv $37.50 Living Room Suites Mohair or Jacquurd Overstuffed, nice size $47.50 Living Room Suites 'i: jilOl'l 1 , llfSl Ant;i>ni (io;il Mo- huir 75 al V Occasional Chairs And Koi'kery. Aludc froin H. Heantiftil color combinations $7.95 9x12 Axminister Rugs 9x12 Axminister Rugs Close-outs Seem less 9x12 Felt Base Rugs Only a few left 9x12 Gold Seal Rugs Simmons Beds 2 inch, iron posit Mattresses 45 ib, AH cotton. Roiled Edge All Heaters, both coal and wood at last year's prices as long us they last WE ADVISE BUYING NOW AND SAVE 6-Eye Range Cast iron. .lust a few left nt the old price $24.75 22 Inch King Heater New shipment of lamps just received. These were bought before the rise. Day BedS With Nice Cotton Mattress $9.95 •/•• • f\ t-- • Full size, beautifully de- A ^ jl «^tp Kitchen labmets ssnc \3cS or> $1S./D HUBBARD FURNITURE CO. /f costs nothing to figure with Hitbbard on Furniture but might save you money

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