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SECTION D FAYETTEVIUf, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, MAT 26, 1974 A Week In Honor Of Charles M. An Ozark Trail Into History I have a brief, good-humored note from Charles Morrow Wilson, Fayetteville ex-patriat« who now makes his home in Vermont. Wilson will be readily identifiable, even to the un- bookish, as son in-law of the late Fred Starr (TIMES columnist), and as principal agent in the eventual designation of «ie old "City Park" as Wilson Park, that property having been in the early days part of the Wilson family farm. In addition. Charles Morrow is author of dozens of books, and maintains a broad range of interests, which includes Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas. ;In his note of this week, he forwards a clipping from the BRATTLEBORO REFORMER, a periodical of Southeast Vermont, which carries his likeness on the front page along with a headline which reads: Praline Author Still At Work Pntney Writer Is Honored Beneath the photo, which shows a properly rumpled New ·Englandish visage, the clipping Wil- By FAUNE CONNER Along the SO mile stretch of U.S. Hwy. 71 that winds up through the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks between Fort Smith and Fayetteville. few places are as picturesque as Artist Point -- a mountaintop so named because of its scenic views in all directions. Many tourists stop at Artist Point and gaze out over the valleys, but besides overlooking the breathtaking creations ol nature, they find they are overlooking a fascinating past as well. Here at Artist Point many historical events have taken |?iace, and the mountain has become om of Arkansas' most intriguing landmarks. A portion of Artist Point Mountain is owned by William H. "Cherokee Bill" Folks and his wife, Helen, who operate the Artist Point Historical Indian Museum, Craft Center and Gift Shop alongside U.S. 71. The Folks' property extends east from the mountain ridge down into Saddle Canyon and includes an age-old trail traveled by the famous Indian Sequoyah who invented the Cherokee alphabet. The Sequoyah Trail passes numerous Indian shelters and signs and is maintained as a nature trail free to tourists year 'round. A hike along the trai exposes explorers both to historical sites and outstanding geographical scenery. Before starting on the 1V4 mile trek down into the canyon, bikers will find it interesting to see the Historical Indian Museum which contains many relics along that the have trail. been The found Folks established the museum in 1958, and their collections include Indian weapons, ools, arrowheads and pottery, fossil and rock displays, and a number of antiques that belonged to the Folks family. One item the Folks are particulary sentimental about is an old parchment map tracing the Sequoyah Trail and marked with various Indian symbols. Cherokee Bill's great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee and was born along the Sequoyah Trail ID 1829. He does not know who drew the map or when; it was found in his mother'* trunk after her death. The beginning of the Sequoyah .Trail at Artist Point is a Jeep road that leads down the canyon from the museum, reaches a mesa and then narrows to a cleared trail accessible only by foot. The Folks have a horse corral on the mesa, where troops camped during the Civil War. Descending the hiking trail some 3,380 feet to the foot of the canyon, nature lovers will M enthralled with the rugged beauty of the mountain slopes. Large, unusual rock formations jut out of the hillsides and are speckled with patches of green from the abundant lichen and wild ferns that cover them. The Folks' property adjoins t h e dense Ozark National Forest, and they have placed identification tags on many of the trees along the trail as added information for hikers. The area is also a playground for small forest animals anc has been designated a bird sanctuary. The-trail passes many points of interest alon gthe way, the first of which is an Indian burial mound located just above Deer Foot Slide and the phenomenal Balanced Rock. Nearby, two springs tumble from the hillside, one supplying the Folks with water, and the other, Deserted Spring, once used by the Indians as a wash basin. A short distance further and a third spring comes into view: Indian Spring where rock ledges above the spring served the Indians as an icebox. Hikers should pause at Indian Spring and note the carved signs on the big rock from Dr. Fred Vescaloni To Address FHS Commencement discloses: " H o n o r e d THOR Charles Morrow son, 69, pauses to reflect in the study of his Putney home. The P u t n e' y selectmen have declared next week 'Charles Morrow Wilson Week' In honor of the man's lifelong literary achievements. W i l s o n h a s written 49 books on widely various topics." Mr. Wilson writes that, "Paltry wisecracks aside, and never mind the 'Have A Dill Pickle Week.' I am deeply touched. "I only wish I could be home again. But we needn't get into that. My thought is that some of the Arkansawyers might be interested..." (He adds that he has been writing letters the last Dr. Fred Vescatoni, dean of the College of Education at the University of Arkansas, will give the commencement address at Fayetteville High School May 31. The graduating ceremonies for 377 seniors will be held at 8 p.m. at Harmon Field, or in case of rain, in the school gymnasium. Dr. Vescaloni, who has had 18 years of experience in teaching and administration work in public schools, will talk on the topic, "Education for What?" The speaker holds a master degree in education from Mich- ° n State University and his torate from Columbia Uni versity. He also holds the Litt. D. from Lawrence Institute of month on behalf hometown chum, Fulbright. and of his old S e n a t o r that "the response is heart warming.") Technology and. has done additional graduate work In political science and urban planning, leadership training and business management. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas as dean hi 1970 he was professor 'of educational administration and higher education at Michigan State University. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Maurice Lanier and the benediction by the Rev. B. J. Wilhite. Gary Atha, president of the senior class, will make the welcoming address and James Bryan will represent the seven co-valedictorians in his valedictory address. IN ADDITION to a continuing production of books, which are uniformly distinguished by meticulous research, the Arkie- turned-Vermonter spends a good deal of time, according to the Brattleboro article, in the pursuit b fa better apricot tree. It seems that farmer Wilson has the notion that apricots can be bred to do a better job in the cold of New England than the more. traditional apple tree. Mr. Wilson explains his interest in the apricot (as recorded in his local press) by way «f a lifelong interest in trees and farming. He recalls his boyhood days on the Joseph Wilson farm hi Fayetteville where his father took a special pride in his apple and peach 'trees. "I love trees," says Mr. Wilson (which is one good reason, one can presume, why he still has a fond spot for the Fayetteville in which he was DEAN VESCALONI Dr. James K. Patrick, a mem her of the Fayetteville School Board, will present diplomas The class will be presented b; W. H. Duncan, principal. The seniors, clad in the trari i t i o n a 1 purple "Keepsake' gowns, will sing the Alma Mater and the A Oappella Choir will sing "A Hymn to David' under direction of Don Wright. The school band, under tb baton of Richard Niven, will ,play the processional and recessional. 'Stagecoach Inn' To Open At Springdale On June 17 raised.) Following graduation from the University, here, Mr. Wilson launched a long writing career that had it early beginnings as a farm and crop expert for the New York Times, "Country Gentleman," the St. Louis Post- Dispatch, and like publications. He wrote his first book. "Acres of Sky," back in 1930. He has been writing at better than a book a year clip ever since. He is, by the way. a Distinguished Alumni, at the UA. SPRINGDALE -- As a! prelude to the Rodeo of the Ozarks in July, the Springdale Chamber of Commerce a n d Arts Center of the Ozarks will sponsor a "Stagecoach Inn" for two weeks in June. The "Stagecoach Inn", to be set on the east lawn at the Arts Center, will feature sandwich and fried chicken lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. between June 17 and June 21 and between June 24 and. June 28. Lunches will be prepared in a Tyson Foods, Inc., portable kitchen. According to Arts Center director Mrs. Geneva Powers, service clubs and other local organizations are now making arrangements to hold their regular luncheon meetings at the Stagecoach Inn while it is operating. Diners will eat lunch on covered tables beneath a tent. Amateur entertainment will be provided e a c h day. Mrs. Powers said groups wishing to perform during lunches at th Inn should contact the Cente at 751-5441. Proceeds from the Slagecoac Inn will be put into the fund of the non-iprofit Art sCenter she said. On the Saturday and Sunda between the two weeks of th Stagecoach Inn (June 22 an 23), the Arts Center will hoi an Invitational Arts and Craft Fair beneath the tent on th east lawn. About 30 exhibitor who have been invited to sho at the fair will offer to se "fine quality crafts," Mrs Powers said. Assigned To Base Airman Wilson N., Reeves son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L Reeves of S i I o a m Spring has been assigned to the Tecl nical Training Center at Shej pard AFB, Tex. for specializec training in the medical servic field after completing basi training at Lackland AFB, Te: Democrats Set County Voting Sites Polling places for the May 8 Democratic Primary were nnounced this week by the Democratic Central Committee. Polls will open at 8 a.m. and lose at 7:30 p.m. Results will be tabulated at he Washington County clerk's ffice. In Fayetleville, precincts will used with Precinct 1 voting at Central Fire Station: Pre- :inct 2 at Barnhill Fieldhouse; 'recinct 3 at Asbell School; Precinct 4 at Trinity Methodist Church; Precinct 5 at Washing- on School: Precinct 6 at Trinity Temple; Precinct 7 at Root School: Precinct 8 at St, Joseph's Catholic Church; Precinct 9 at Jefferson School and recinct 10 at the National iuard Armory on Hwy. 71 south. In Springdale Precinct I will vote at City Hall: Precinct 2 at Central Fire Station; Precincts 3 and 4 at the Robinson Avenue Church of Christ; Precinct 5 at the Youth Center; Precinct 6 at Wesley Methodist Church and Precinct 7 at Harps IGA in the Plaza Shopping Center. In the county. Democrats will vote in the following places: Boston-Morrow, Morrow Cash Store; Brush Creek, Jones Store at the junction of Hwys. 303 and 68; Cane Hill, Presbyterian Church annex; Center Township and Farmington City. City Hall; Cove Creek, Fall Creek Church; C r a w f o r d , Old Brentwopd School; Durham, Community Church; Dutch Mills, Baptist Church. Elm Springs, fire station; Goshen, community building; Greenland. City and Township, City Hall; Harmon, United M e t h o d i st Church; Illinois, Cincinnati Lodge Hall; Johnson, community b u i l d i n g ; Lee's Creek, Blackburn Church. Rockwood Trail 15th 18th 10 4 r-l O U ,Armory Jefferson School FAYETTEVILLE PRIMARY VOTING PRECINCTS ...Democrats will vote at polling places shown in their precincts. Republicans Litteral. Wheeler Store; Lin- mte un fa r combined system described in story below Viney Grove; Prairie; Washing ton County Court House; Prairie Grove city. City Hall; Prairie Grove Township, VFW Hall; Price, Summers School; Reed. Hazel Valley Community Building; Rhea's M i l l , community b u i l d i n g ; Richland Township and Elkins city, Elkins School Library; Starr Hill, Lincoln City Hall; Tontitown, s c h o o l cafeteria; Valley. Billingsley Church at Hogeye; Vineyard. Evansville School; Wedingtnn, Old Community Church; West Fork city, City Hall; West Fork Township. grade school cafeteria; White River, Sulphur C i t y Baptist Church; Winslow, city library and Wyman, community building. Republicans To Combine Voting Precincts W a s h i n g t o n County Rep- publicans will combime precincts in polling places for the May 28 primary. In Fayetteville precincts 1 and 10 will vote at Central Fire Station: Precincts 2, 3. and 4 will vote at Asbell school; Precinct 5 at Washington School; Precincts 6 and 7 at Root School and Precincts 8 and 9 at Jefferson School. Springdale residents of Precinct 1 will vote at City Hall; Precincts 2 and 3 will vote at Central Fire Station; Precincts 4 and. 5 at the Youth Center, and Precincts 6 and 7 at Wesley Methodist Church Illinois, Wedington, Rea's Mill, Starr Hill, Dutch Mills. Cane Hrll, Price, Morrow, Vineyard and Boston will vote at Lincoln City Hall. Residents of Cove Creek, Center, Prairie Grove, Marrs Hill and Valley will vote at the VFW Hall in Prairie Grove; Lee's Creek, West Fork, Winslow and Crawford townships will vote at the West Fork Elementary School cafeteria. The Elkins High School library will be the voting place for Richland, White River, Reed, Durham and Wyman Townships. B r u s h Creek. Springdale Township, Elm Springs, Johnson, Harmon and Tontitown wil vote at the Springdale Legion Hut and . Litteral, Greenland Prairie Township and Goshen will vote at the Washington County Court House. whence the spring flows. Th* Indian signs translate to mean that here was once a "temporary home" and an "abundance of water". On the hack of the rock at Indian Spring, several Sequoyah syllabary marking can be seen. These'markings are among the 86 symbols of the Cherokee alphabet which half - breed George Guess, known to the Indians as Sequoyah, invented to give his tribe a written language. Guess was ridiculed and rejected by his people during the 12 years it took him to perfect the alphabet, but when the alphabet was accepted by the tribe in 1821, his remarkable a c h i e v e m e n t w a s publicized nationwide. H was in 1828 and 1829 that he led many of the Cherokees up through the Ozurks and into Oklahoma's Indian Territory after they had signed a treaty giving up their land in Arkansas. Not far from the Indian Spring, more signs may be seen on the Old Intiian Tomb alleged to be the grave of a medicine man. Beside the tomb is Fo'ssil Tablet, a big, fossil-eroded rock. The trail backtracks down here and soon swings downward past Sliding Reck through Hang On Pass to Poet's Rock --popular with writers and artists who come to capture the canyon on paper and canvas. Next on the trail is Lover's L e a p from which, the customary legend says, ."an Indian girl jumped to her death. Far below Lover's Leap at the bottom of the canyon is the Natural Bridge, a large rock believed to have failed hundreds of years ago from beneath Lover's Leap. INDIAN SHELTER The trail passes other interesting rock formations and winds by the Indian Shelter,"a rock bluff that has been used as a refuge not only by Indians and outlaws, but also by the ancient Bluff Dwellers who -left markings on the shelter wall. As hikers reach the bottom of Saddle Canyon they come to beautiful Horse Tail Falls, series of three waterfalls which cascade down rock bluffs into a crystal clear pool below. The Big Indian Shelter is above the falls and can only .be reached by climbing up the bluffs when the falls are small. From the pool, the water Hows on down through the canyon to form Canyon Creek. Hikers are advised to rest a while at the bottom of the canyon and take time for a snack or picnic lunch before Beginning the steep ascent back up to Artist Point. On top again, tourists find it interesting to see the Artist Point Craft Center which offers such locally made articles as woodcarvings. native oak baskets, folk dolls and wooden ware. The Folks, along ith their daughter Mrs. Russell (Yvonne) Blaylock, make many of the crafts for sale, and Cherokee Bill, in particular, specializes in making Indian and stone jewelry and a large variety of diamond jewelry. The Folks also handle in their gift shop handmade moccasins, pottery, toys, hand-blown glass and collector's glass. EXPERT GUIDES The Folks are expert tour guides to attractions in the Boston Mountain region and enjoy telling travelers about From Washington School ON THE MATTER of apricots Mr. Wilson Is a firm believer . in the wisdom of locally grown foods as a means of dealing with future problems 'of population growth, and related dire ramifications. Each locale should do more to establish a variety of fruits and vegetables suited to its own 'climatic limitations, he contends. To this end, Mr. Wilson finds that Canada can grow a variety of apricot and cherry with considerable success. It is this strain of apricot that he is seeking to introduce to .Vermont agriculture. - As for the northern cherry, Mr Wilson observes that he has an idea that the old story about .George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, really has reference to an apricot tree. (THAT sounds like the plot for another book, doesn't it?) Retvm* Te fort Lt. Richard B. Peterson, urn of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Peterson of Route 4. Fayettevflte, has returned to Long Beach, Calif. aboard the amphibious assault ·hip USS Okinawa after a ·even-month deployment to the Western Pacific. He is married to the former Miss Denise D. McF»rrin ol Springdal*. Creative Writing: From. Bobsled To Borsch EDITOR'S NOTE: The creative writing of students in the elementary schools of Fayetteville today covers a trip on a bobsled; an explanation of how waves are originated and an outstanding narrative with a setting in Russia, all written by Washington School students. The writings are a series of examples of the creative work of students being pub- lisbed periodicallf by the TIMES. HOW THE SEA STARTED WAVES Once upon a time, the sea as rtill. One day · aeabon* turned hi* tail real hard in the water and nude little waves. The next day he did it again * litUa bK harder. He kept on doing tt until he made giant waves and if you go down in the sea you wil Find him waving his tail. Marion Randolph Second grade MY TRIP DOWN THE BOBSLED I'm just getting on number bobsled. I am in the back art. Next to me is Scott and ?aul and in the front Spencer and J--....:s. James is driving, "n 5 seconds we'll take off 54-3-2-1! There went the flag. We got a good start and are at 50 m.p,h. The wind hits my f a c e with an cy sting. I wipe my eyes and look ahead. I see Shady Curve a It foot high ice curve. I hold on tighter and dose my eyes. We all sway to one side and second are on a striaght away. Whew!, I'm glad that's over. Now we are going 70 m.p.h. about to hit Red Curve. half scared and half relieved.] A medium run - 1 minute 30; seconds. Then w« go in and have some coffee. Neil McDonald Grade 5 and The wind hits us harder now and we go over the curve anc fly off the trail. We hit a snow bank and snow files in our eyes For a Mind tecond we weni out of control and almost hit a tree. Then we got back on the snowslide. We had passed half of the Zigzag and are going 85 m.p.h Then we sec the finish flag Wa crou tb* line and get ou THE RETURN It was a dry day. yet crisp as a winter evening, and warm as a summer morning. Odd it was, but the beauty which surrounded it made it as normal as possible. The trees towered in the sky engulfing the spring sun, and giving shade to the hot, while small bird flew on endless flight through the vast sky. The world appeared to be asleep, waiting for excitement of some kind to wake her, and even its creature!! were quietly .nestled in their dens. All was still except for Mine occasional ripples that rolled across the top of a pond. The water flowed in a stream winding its way quietly through the fields. The sun could be sun always, even when a cloud passed over it. for its light was so strong it could easily penetrate th* whit* balls of cotton. Little inhabitance of man was lere, and one could tell by the ook of the area and the fragrance that floated in the air. Yet there lived a man of much disrepute, who, as a hermit, ived alone. He had white hair with strands of grey weaving n and out among his albino braids, and his eyes were the color of sand. His wife, Olga had died just recently, and he had prayed to God that he could join her. He often sat in his rocker, as of now, and thought of his youth, the golden days. It gave him great pleasure, "Freedom to wander through the past", as he had expressed it to Olga, yet he was not a man to live in "yesteryear", for he knew the acts of the long forgotten could not renew themselves in the future. Old he was, weak in the mind but not in the heart. He was yearning now for the time when Olga wouM take him in her arms, before a long trip, anc kiss him a gentle goodby, and while returning on his way home he would see smoke rising from his chimney, a (ire 0 let him know Olga was waiting. He was too old. His mind was wandering too far now, he could almost feel her head against ILS breast and her arms around his body. He rose from his seat and shook his head. He was Tightened. He pulled his cane from a comer of the room and to walk slowly across. Reaching the door he opened it. He would take a walk to rest his weary brain, he thought, and then come home to sleep. He started out the door, and made his way to the pond where he stopped a moment and looked at the land that he and mother nature alone possessed. He saw the tree where he had proposed to Olga. It was huge now. It had seen more generation! come and go than he could count, yet he must go or. for it was near dark, and he had other stops to make. He walked the path of the stream, yet all he saw, he hac seen before and all he knew he had known before. "You learn little about life when you're old." he thought, "for ife has little to learn aboul i'ou." He continued his journey ie came to the top of a hill low. and stopped once again le looked at his wife's grave Wilted flowers laid across the ;reen, thick grass. He looked back from where he had come. Barely could he see his house from this dis- .ance. but he had thought he lad seen smoke rise from the chimney. He strained his eyes to get a better look. Yet, it was smoke. He hesitated, and then began to run. It was Olga come back for him. When he reached the pond he lifted his head and gazed at the chimney which bellowed smoke. He had found Olga in the deepest way. Stephen Craig Rudko Grade 6 TEACHER'S NOTE: Stephen has already created a reputa tkm for his exceptional writing and this story la typical of his work. He is also an accomplished pianist and composer tie is making a report on Russia to his class and this story is based on a setting in that country. other interesting stops in the countryside surrounding U.S. 71. The ghost town of Schabcrg is only a few miles from Artist Point and was the site of the old turntable for the Frisco Railroad Line. Two state parks are also in the area. Lake Fort Smith State Park at Mountainburg, and Devil's Den State Park near Winslow. Both have excellent facilities for swimming, camping and picnicking. Lofty White Rock Mountain in the Ozark National Forest is another scenic camping area, and for fishermen there is Lake Fort Smith. Lake Shepherd Springs Shores Lake and Lee Creek. History buffs will enjoy the University Museum at Fayetteville. Battlefield State Park at Prairie Grove the Old Fort Museum and Judge Parker's Courtroom at Fort Smith and Headquarters House at Fayefte- villc. Folks tiave lived atop Artist Point for 21 years and have never regretted their there from Texas. To the Boston Mountains offer "the good life" and. as Cherokee Bill says when he gazes out over the rolling mountains, "You see them from different perspective every day." move them Cave Springs To Get New Phone Nmben Cave Springs residents and a few in Elm Springs, will receive new telephone numbers in the next few days, according to Jim Bradley, business manager:!of Western Arkansas Telephon* Co. ~ The new numbers wil go into effect at 1 p.m. June 1. Bradley said Cave Springs customers will have a new prefix--MS. New directors will be mailed this week, he said. ::: With the change-over. Car* Springs customers will be aWe to make toll-free calls to Tooti- town and Springdale.

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