The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 43
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 43

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Page 43
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\ SECTION C—PAGE TTO —' BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COTJRIEK NEWS -------- — •• — - — v " «—«»«•. .•inn. IKV *r/**.*i.r*Bfi£f.M, .-^vA-am-iJfUB, T 'i~ti i»ir da,' nrinnilBii^ iJMMMK-— JuaP ^ SANS SOUCI IN ANTE-BELLUM nAVS-Th!» photograph of Sans Eouci was made In 1897 ,nd shows Mr,. Oorgla Erwm, widow of the plantation', founder, members of her family and relatives Th« swamu cypre« pllbrs In their natural torn, can be .een on the porch. «'«»«. The swamp Story of Colorful Sans Souci Plantation Covers Nearly Century of Mississippi County History Built In pre-Clvil War days. Sans for the Confederate of one of the earliest couples to brave the wilderness that wa: Mississippi County nearly a century ago. It was erected almost entirely ( by slave labor In 1854. shortly sifter John Harding McGavock brought his bride, tr.e former MLss Georgia Moore, to this county from her Columbus. Miss., home. Woods found In the tlmberlunds of this area went into construction of the house. It was built on 0:0- COO-acre tract ol timber land given Mr, McGavock as a wedding present by his grandfather. Gen. John Harding. The piaiza was 12 feet in width and 74 feet In length Pillars on the,piazza we're of swamp cypress in its natural form,- with the bark stripped off and the wood painted. . Different Wood In Each Room Each room in this house was tin ;Ished In a different wood, and froir each variety the rooms took thel names. Black walnut, sassafras, rec glim arid ash were among the wood u-ed. The house faced a 200-yard lawn. Fire destroyed the Sans Souc home in April, 1921. It was later re placed by windover Terrace, horn, of the Jat« Co). Frederick P. Jacob and Mrs. Josephine Grider Jacobs ,whb now resides In Memphis. Co] Jacobs left Sans Souci In 1944 al;c managing the 2,500-acre plantation for 23 years and moved to Memphis where he died last month. The story of the old Sans Souc niame rivals many novels for adventure and romance. Woven-about the : slave-built home Is the story of a young couple's successful campaign against a . wilderness, the heartbreak of a short but happy marriage, the disrupting effects ol the , War between the Slates, the aftermath of Reconstruction sind the blossoming of a settled county. And a poignant ending in i.he incense of burning maple, walnut and gum a third of a century later. The marriage of John and Georgia McGavock lasted only «even years. He died In 1661 of a llnger- . ing lung ailment acquired, when he stopped a levee leak at s'ans Souc! by thrusting his entire body into the hole. They had two children, John, Jr., who died In 1862 at the age of seven, and Susan John. Worked for Confederacy Through the bleak civil War years, . Georgia McGavock worked cause. She Sue, -mugglcd sold, cloth mid medicine through Yankee lines. Then came the bitter years ol •carpet-baggers" and Reconstruction. Sans Souci had been occupied by troops during the war anil showed the effccls of rugged asage, Mrs. McGavock nevertheless unclerloD.'x the burden of restoring the home! In 1868. she married Capt. William Avery Erwin, who commanded a Confederate company during ihe war. They had one child, Georgia. But peace was slow in returning to Sans Souci and the South. Threats of Negro rule during the :idminl.strat!on of the "carpel-ba;;" Governor Clayton came to a head I" the Bl.icl-hawk War In 1872. Resistance by Southerners to cimieL- bag rule enraged Clayton and men 'ike Capt. Erwin soon found they I had prices on their heads. Capt. j and Mrs. Krv,in were forced to flee to Memphis and then to Hernando, Miss. From Ihere they went to Nev; Orleans and remained until Clayton was impeached. Happier Dayj Arrive With the parsing ol time, happier days arrived at Sans Souci and the plantation manor took on a typical ante-bellum air. for some four or five years, the gaiety of Boxes But One Tossed Out In County Seat Election in 1900 TUESDAY, OCTOBBR When the balloting was (Inl.ihed In Hie election in 1900 to decide whether Manila or Blylheville vrauld be t)ie counts' seat 'or (tie north part of the county, the judges and clerks threw out all the boxes except one. f. S, Miller of cooler, Mo., xho came to the Huffman area In that year, said the election officials disqualified nil the ballots except those cost In the Huffman box. AH the others, they ruled, were cast Illegally by persons Dot qualified to vote. Mr. Miller said residents of Mn- nllu u-ere so anxious to havs the county seal of the Chlckasawba District located there that they brought men In from the river to vote. On the basis of Jhe one box ^t Huffmn, however, the election returns gave Blytheville, then a town nl same 300 persons, the county seat. Miived Court House—and Occupants Mr. Miller, a blacksmith, also ra- calls the time—about 19KK--when work first began on the present Court House in Blytheville, «nd tio-.v the fact that court w« in session at the time failed to deter the workmen. A grand jury WM In «esslon, Mr. Miller said, alien It came time to move the old frame court IIOUM building (o make room for the new one. Disregarding occupant's of the .structure, the workmen proceeded la place the old building on rollers and moved It to the west part of the block, Mr. Mlllrr came to Arkansas from Waverly, Tenn., Nov. 13, 1900. H« lived at Huffman until 1923, when lie moved to Cooter, He recalled that the first brkk building erected In Blytheville was on the northwest' corner of Muin and Second Streets, where Kiroy Drug Co. Is now located. He said he believed that the first automobile in Blytheville was a Model T Poid owned by Clyde Robinson. plantation life In prevailed. tn 1878, William Henry Grider, a l:iw student, and son of a piercer- .\rkamas family, met Sue Mc- Ons-ock. Two years later they were married at Sans Souci. Later, Sue's step-sister, Georgia Erwin, married ifal Wiggs, an engineer. They have three sons who reside In Memphis. Three children were born to William and Sue Glider. Two arc still living and are the present owners of Sans Souci. They are Georjfa, now Mrs. Georgia Grider Williamson, who resides In Memphis but still visits the county each year; and Jo-cphine, now Mrs. Jacob.?. John McGavock Grider, their brother, KRS. killed near Arruen- Ihe late ISOO's • tieres, Prance, June 18,1918, while a pilot In the Royal Flying Corps (Grider Park, on Highway 61 south of Osceola, was created in .932 by the William strong D.Alt Chapter of Osceola In honor ol U Grider,) Other descendants of Georgia Moore McGavock who now live bl Sans Souci are Frederick P. Jacobs Jr.. son of the late col. Jacobs and Mis. Jacobs, and his son. Frederick III. and daughter, Jeanne Dickinson Jacobs. ft Ls ironic that so many years of trouble and heartbreak pUgued the old plantation before peaceful and carefree days arrived at Sans Souci -which, translated from the French, means "withoui care." n. Dr. B. A. Bugg, A. I des, a Mr. Hagby. Jnmes Ashland. Calvin Rhodes, Luther"TaimeVjoh" otMo right .-Bryant Stewart, Charley Harrington, Aaron Winer, a Mr. , T. M. Smith, Heth Connor. Ralph Brlsendlne and Medie Richards. J923— Added Library Members Sought From the March 12. 1923, edition 'f the Dally Blytheville Courier: The efforts of the ladies who have been carrying on the drive in the campaign for new members have met with success, but it has been decided to extend the tune because several of the ladies who were on the 'commute, were unable to canvass Ilicir territory. So if vou have not Dccn vlsitco and solicited by this committee. }u_it wait, they'll sea you. With such a well selected and so various an assortment of books as the library contains, It sould be esteemed ft rare privilege to be accorded the "fellowship of books" which Is so apUy described by Edgar Guest, poet-successor to .lames Whitcomb RUey. Oslo has Incorporated large suburban and woodland areas so that the geographic center of the city U * woodland lake hi the hills. "' "•••'•--- ™—.*„—„ — '^~':»-*'W^-«ii«.'.i r IlA*'ai*^ BOOSTER BAND-Taken about IDJS/tnis photograph shows the old Blytheville Booster Band and members of the cast of . minstrel show given In the (nil of that year. The picture was taken in front of the old Gem Theater when It was located on the site of the present Rita Theater. Member, of the band, wearing National Guard uniforms, Include the following: I Triplett. John Anderson. Jeff Burns, a Mr. Nemo, Paul Cooper [standing In front of Nemo), Walter Burns (behind drum), Carl Cullison at right of drum), next two bandmen unidentified, H. E. LiShot (standing by pillar), unidentified, Henry Well- horn, unidentified. »nd Biiss Simmons. In the~front row are the following: u M. Ross, Sam Coston, unidentified, E. B. chltwood G G Caudill, unidentified, Stanley Stratton, Harry Brown, Howard Proctor Ira Gray, unidentified, Harry Adkins, unidentified and Henry Ballard FOR 13 YEARS Serving Our Great Cotton-Growing County FEDERAL COMPRESS and WAREHOUSE CO. c. c. WOOD; SUPERINTENDENT "Service Impartially Rendered" On September 15, 1945, Commander Richard B. Briner presented th» Achievement "A" Award to R. C. Bryan, President c,f Mississippi Valley Canning Co. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CANNING CO. PROCESSES FOODS GROWN HERE IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY. Arkansas has long been known as a /arming region, but m the last few years there has been a growing trend toward building factories for processing the products w« grow. An example is Mississippi Valley Canning Co. We can vegetables raised hen in our own county . . . early June peas, asparagus, tomatoes, turnip greens and a half a dozen more. You can be proud of'their quality. When you see them on your grocer's shelf, bearing the names "Little Andy", "Delta Club," "Miss Dell," "Miss Val" ., . remember that they are products of Mississippi County, Arkansas. Growing With Osceola-1938-1959 ~ Mississippi Valley Canning Co. 'Little Andy' "Delta Club" "Miss Dell" "Miss Vol" \

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