Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 15, 1974 · Page 14
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 14

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, September 15, 1974
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2B « Northwest Arkanwu TIMES, Sun., Sept. 15, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, A R K A N S A S Family's Log Cabin Home £esettiib/fs /Museum By PAT DONAT TIMES Stafl Writer A Fayette villa couple has created museum but Despite the museum qual- a room which a curator might envy · Ity furnishings, 'doubt it was there is no designed for family living and not for dis- "Created" is the proper term ... because Mr. and Mrs. Gene .'.Austin and daughter, Bev, built the doom from the quarried rock flooring to the walls of hand-hewn oak logs. The project sol Us start several years ago when the Austins decided to build a country kitchen. The plan changed when they decided to build a new house, but in the meantime Austin started hauling rock and they selected a home site on a one-acre hillside, A hillside site always presents building problems and this was no exception. For a while, after talking to a bulldozer operator, they tcared they had made an expensive error in purchasing the property. "Man, you'll never get a house here," was the response ol the operator who estimated it would cost at least $1,200 to prepare the site for building. "We couldn't afford not to build on the property so I hired him by the hour and it cost $200. We figured it would be a solid bluff every foot of the but it wasn't," Austin house is situated on a that is wide enough to accomodate it -- but just wide enough. VIEW FROM KITCHEN view from the kitchen door is a sheer blutf fronted by a rock retaining wall, also built by the Austins. On the opposite side of the house there is an equally sheer drop to a lower level. The front of the house has a covered walk way leading to a flat area which provides an outdoor living area. The narrow setting made it necessary that all building materials, such as the rock for the m a s s i v e fireplace hs stored at the rear of the property before the building commenced. Afterwards it would have been impossible to bring in the building materials. The Austins had the shell of the house constructed and did all the rest of the work them- seves. To build t h e fireplace and chimney and the natural rock floor, Austin hauled dock for nearly a year. "I hauled a hundred tons of rock in a pick up, and worked every night, collecting for about five years," Austin said. PERFECT SETTING They had aready found the perfect setting for the fulrniture in a log cabin, built in 1830 in the Red Star Community in Newton County. Austin tore down the log cabin and reassembled it. The logs, which are about .13 .inches thick, were replaced witrj tne original full dovetailed notching. It wasn't as simple as it takes to tell it for when he was dismantling the cabin one of the logs fell and Austin ended up with a broken arm. "So we put the logs up with my arm in a cast and I was mad, hurt and disgusted all at the same time," he said. Overcoming obstacles was Just part of the game and the memories add to the pnde of ownership now. ······ · « · · · -- · Cement was used for chinking on the logs because, as Austin said, "I couldn't see using mud and re-doing it every fall." Equally time-consuming and back-breaking labor went Into the rock floor. "The rocks came from a quarry near Padis, Ark., and we hit everything bad. It rained and rained and the rocks were bulldozed out and were covered with silt. I took a brush and hand scrubbed every single rock," Austin said. HUGE FIREPLACE When it came to the massive fireplace Austin got a man to come in and start it t "He got it up to.the mantel and I finished it." :The fireplace ; dominates the large room.' with .its five foot high and seven loot wide opening and its rock over mantel. It burns a good-sized log. or a "small tree," Is the way Mrs. Austin expresses it. E q u a l l y impressive, b u t dwarfed by the fireplace, is a bench made from a puncheon board formerly used for flooring. It Is 20 inches wide and has been rubbed to a warm, glowing patina to match the nine.foot pine.trestle~ : dinirrg table which originally came out of Pennsylvania..'' ··;. . "Everything, in.the roorri, to the best of. our knowledge, is authentic except for the light fixtures,'' Austin said and added that the majority of the The Gravestones (TIMESphotos by Chuck Cunningham) COPPER ACCENTS BURNISHED WOOD ... a copper teakettle, bedwarmer and open pan are displayed near churn and stoneware jugs weekends and usually hauled holidays and at least three loads a day," he said. "We wanted a room to accommodate the primitive country furn it u re out England that we of N e w have been Lake Fayetteville Park Nears Project officials said week that Lake Fayett should be open for use thi with the completion of the initial construction phase new city park area. for the through private Funds collected business contributions and from Fayetteville and Springdale city money, are $2,000 short of the $135,000 goal, according to pro jcct treasurer David Lashley. The project, which was begun in 1959, will be the second largest city park in Arkansas. The original estimated cost of the project was $175,000, through in-kind donations manpower and usage by local groups, the overall cost was reduced to $135,000, Lashey said. The remaining $2,000 depend on donations, he said. In addition to the current Initial construction phase, Lashley said tde Parks and Recreation Committee hopes to activities as funds available in the future. "We are fortunate in having extra acreage around the lake itself which we plan to use as this iville i fall ini- the )ject, and from city f the pro- ey. egun lar- The r the but s of ment over- c (\t\n ) , U U U , will d. t Ini- shley ation pand come aving lake se as a nature study area and biking rails," Lashley said. "We are emphasizing conservation of the natural setting around the lake, and therefore are not planning on spending large sums of money on development." Lashley said that as of this week construction is almost complete on the south and north pavilions; dirt work is almost complete on the Softball field and some roads and docks. The pavilion areas and the nature study center should be Nostalgia Noted STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- A bit of nostalgia dating back to the 1930s greets patrons stepping into Stockton's new mid- city post office. The nostalgia is evidenced by installation of a partition holding windows and letter drops which was salvaged from a recently closed post office. It is built of rare golden oak and dates back to 1932. It was originally in Nevada before being moved to Stockton. ready for public usa within the next two months, he said. Future plans are still open to suggestion and amendment, Lashley said. So far funds have been collected from: City of Fayetteville, $56,000; City of Springdale, $7,500; Levi Strauss Co, $30.000, and donations and interest, $39,000. Contributions may be made to the Lake Fayetteville Park ables choked Connecticut Prisons Now Trying Coed Rehabilitation CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - tional program have yet to be worked out. The male section is supposed to be finished in early 1976, with the female side scheduled to open later that ^ year or early 1977. The state's first coeducation- j Another reason for the two Connecticut correction officials * say coeducation behind bars is one way they hope to make life easier for inmates arc released. when they al correctional center is under construction here at the site of the old boys' reformatory. The $43-million project will have room for 360 men, aged 16 to 21, and 72 females. The women sex facility is economics. Running a large facility such as Nianlic for a relatively small number of people doesn't make sense, said Dr. Hickey. By con- will be transferred from the Niantic center for women, which is being phased out. "It's a more normal, a more healthy environment for people] to function in. It's more natural than segregating by sex." said Dr. Joseph Hickey, special assistant to Correction Commissioner John Manson. solidating nance and services, programs mainte at Che- arate sections for men and -.women, but many of the programs -- educational, industrial and recreational -- will be coed. There will be no sharing of beds, Dr. Hickey said. "The more you tend to isolate people from what life is all about in the larger world, the more difficult it is for re-entry for that individual. THOSE WHO FAIL "If an individual is absolutely terror-stricken by coming oul of prison after three years because clothing styles have changed or he has not had the opportunity to interact with other individuals in a healthy way, with people of the opposite sex, clearly he will have a more difficult time adjusting to life on the outside," said Dr. Hickey. He said the vast majority ol people who return to prison after release fail within the first 90 days of release. He sale those who fail knew nobody, had no skills, didn't know how to talk to a woman. Full details of the cocduca TRI-LAKES ANTENNA Sale* end Service New * UMd Antinniu Cflor · mack * WhIU B*ott«r» · Towtri FfM Ittimaitt 751-7»27 7I144M 79I-MS7 shire, taxpayers save money and the service to inmates is improved. "A person who has in some way offended or broken the law must in some way be incarcerated or his freedom musl he limited in some way," said Dr. Hickey. "The question is, to - - - ; limit _ : shouk rat be limited for the good oi the individual himself anc again for the society at large. "In this kind of setting, by at tempting to limit the number o restrictions or pressures placet on the individual, the chances for successful reintegration should be greater." Ethiopian Streets Jammed As Fresh Fruit Arrives ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA AP) _ Trucks and donkeys iringing fresh fruits and vege- KJONTINUED TROM PAGE IB) believe grandmother Vaughns story as repeated by her gran.d- son, Bert Vaughn. ·, \' : ~ That W.M. Berry was'' S person of good standing is certain. He was the brother .of State Sen. John Berry, who had died in 1B56. This John Berry was the father of James R. Berry, the son-in-law of Isaac Murphy, who also wrote the already mentioned. James R. Berry also served as auditor of Arkansas from 1864 to 1806 and from 1868-72 and again in 1974. W.M. Berry was also the brother of James M. Berry, the father of James Henderson Berry who served Arkansas as speaker of the House of Representatives in.' 1874, governor of Arkansas 1883-85, and United States senator from 1885 to 1907. This nephew of the murdered W.M, Berry was one of the most honored men in Arkansas politics in the latter half of tha last century. The descendents of W.M. Berry have held prominent positions in Northwest Arkansas until this date, PROMINENT CITIZEN Chesley Bo alright and John W. Moody were also prominent men, and Watson Stevens'-was a cousin of the Berry's, Parson Young was surely the Baptist minister, R.C. Young, listed in the 1860 census, but not mentioned later. The two murderec Hughes'- are unknown, b u t could have_.been from the ad joining southeastern part ol Washington County, where a large number of Hughes have lived from then until now. Mrs. Lizzzle J. Mitchell grand niece of W. M, Berry, wrote her memoirs'. 91 her home in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1814-15. This was published ! n the Madison County Geanoloztst in 1971, Volume III. It states: " some of the men from Since the guerrillas were the nly opposition which this army met. in jits, advance,-, they: we re -·very irritating ·· threat, and 'ten. met by executions.-.The uthorities already cited .-show, hat the shooting of guerrillas ontinued all the while, and -this olicy was surely a possible actor in this tragedy. Hateful remakrs, or streneous nes, were often made by pollti- al or military leaders with no nought that some overzealous nferior would take the remark s an order and procede to ommit a revengeful crime, his occurrence had the markings of such an affair. At vis date, we can only remerri- er and . honor these leading eople for their needless sacri- to market the streets Saturday of Addis Ababa as Ethiopia's provisional military government eased its grip following the overthrow of mperor HaUe Selassie. The ruling Armed Forces Coordinating Committee an icunced on government radio hat a curfew: imposed Thursday, when it deposed the ear-old emperor, was being moved back two hours from 9 .m, to 11 p.m. The curfew continued to end at 5 a.m. Armored vehicles with ank guns remained at Addis Ababa Airport, which was reopened to international flights, and a jeep with a mounted rna- :hine gun stood outside Se- assle's palace. Few soldiers were seen in the center of tha city, however, Information media kept up a campaign to discredit Selassie, whose ouster after 58 years in power ended a 3,000-year-old r eudal aristocracy, and the 18,000-member Ethiopian Teachers Association called on the new military government to court-martial him on charges of Mgh treason. The official English language daily, The Ethiopian Herald, charged that Selassie, whose war record against Italian invaders 40 years ago made him known as the father of the country, had run away from the battlefield and sought safety abroad. After the war he executed Ethiopian patriots and staffed his government with collaborators, the unsigned article said, Huntsville, officers of the blue uniform, came out and told these old men to come t Huntsville and take the oath o allegiance. Their wives did no want them to go but though it they could stay at home an save what little was left, i would be better. "I know some that went, one Uncle Bill Berry, Hugh Berry Chesley Boatright, one cousin Watt Stevens, The ones I have named were in the crowd o nine men in all who were brought out to the McRunnel farm and was told to prepar for death. Told them to turr their backs and shot every on of the old respectful men, le! them for dead." Other details were give which would be pure repetition At least, this memoirs give some explanation as to wh they were brought in to; Hunts ville. The name McRunnels.i surely an error of forgetfulnes In old age, for Huntsvilte peopl say the name was McMinn. This AREA NATIVE lady was 20 years ol at the time of the outrage an had lived most of her life there She was fairly well educate for that time, and had the fac as well as could be expected. Surely James 0. Gower triec to bring the guilty to justic but justice was handicapped b Answers To Puzzle On Page 11B e war that was then raging, ustice is always handicapped y'war; and it was handicapped r. the hatreds 5 rthat grew out " Hhe r guerrilla. warfares-arid her acts of war.- No olairri ·here made that either aide erpetrated more atrocities lan the other. At this date, we can only emember these men. They ere not criminals and perhaps 'urnlshlngs are between 150 to 200 years old. The twin chandiliers are exact replicas and were har.d- niado by an accredited tinsmith in Massachusetts. LIGHT FIXTURES The Austins have many examples of early lighting fix tures, including Betty lampb rush lights, hand dipped candles and a pierced tin, domed lan. torn frequently referred to as a Paul Revere lanter. Austin is quick to say that the lantern really was not associated with Revere. One unusual item is a hog scraper, converted to a candle holder. "I have never found one that wasn't full of hog hair and bristle. The larger base was used to scrape the body of the hog and the smaller (which holds the candle) was used around the ears," Austin ex plained. Because Mrs. Austin likes the gleam of copper the fireplace accents include a copper kettle and a bedwarmer She also has an extensive collection of tin painted holders which are displayed above the kitchen cupboards. Another outstanding item is a meat block which has its own drain. A split in the wood was beveled out to form the natural drain when it was used by the butcher. It has been refinished and is a companion piece for A PAGE FROM THE PAST auu in a}iaiiiuii jjicv^c tui . . · . the .pine schoolmaster desk and .. . glistening with the patina oj age is wooaemuare usea in a .wide collection of e a r l y pioneer kitchens, now forming part of an outstanding, collection wooden* '-' ' ' ere not acrifices ompelled to make should ecorded in history. guerrillas, and the that they were be ale by all )il Buyers Warned Not To Back Out On Purchases VIENNA,' 'Austria (AP) -Major bit exporting countries agreed Saturday that Western jiHJUuwam ranging ILUIII ^u|ja, ggins., keelers, trenchers and ggins to wooden canteens and e buckets. Many are dis- ayed in a large pine 'cup- arc! 1675 PIECE The oldest piece in the collec- n dates back to the Plymouth antation. It is authenticated ^ the National Archives of assachusetts and dates to )out 1675. The first piece that Austin ught was a pie peel. "I ught it and worried about It r weeks, wondering why I had let t been possessed to pay so Uch.for a piece of wood. It .the only one I have ..seen ,tside museums," Austin said, id. admitted this was the eginning. He purchased 'it in redericksburg, Tex,, from de- andants of the original owner. ost of the items have been jrchased in the East, in- uding two notable immigrant hosts, dated 1776 and 1836, But even before this Austin as hooked on antiques. He has i outstanding collection of uzzle loading guns and keeps 1 of them in serviceable }nditlon, Austin belongs to a uzzle Loading Gun Club and e members use their weapons r hunting. Tenor To Open Concert Season At University · · A program of duets, five famous ones lor soprano and tenor, will be sung by Maxwell Worthley, tenor and professor of. music at the University of Arkansas, and Elizabeth Howick of Fayetleville, soprano. 'The · program w U 1" open the 1974-75 concert season at the University ' on ' Sept. 12 at 8 o'clock in the Arts Center Concert Hall, Accompanying them wilt be William Gant at the piano and Roger Widder, who will play the flute and 'the oboe d'amore. Professor Gant is a member of the University music faculty and Professor Widder Is chairman of the Music Department. The singers each will sing a famous J.S. Bach aria with instrumental obligate. Mrs. Howick will sing four English songs, poems of Emily Bronte, with 'music by the contemporary cornposer, John Joubert. Professor Worthley wilt sing a setting of poems by John Island for the "Shropshire Lad" by A. E. Hausmen called "The Land of Lost Content." - Composes of the duets, rarely performed, are Cavalli, Bach, Haydn, and Britten. Professor' Worthley and Mrs, Howlctt- have delighted audiences with their roles in a number of University Operas and they opened the 1973 fall musical, arts season by singing the roles of Gohzalve and Co.n- cepcion -in Maurice Ravel's comic masterpiece "L'Heure Espagnole" when the-. Arkansas Union observed its first "Unon Week." Last spring, each o fthe artists gave solo recitals throughout the state and toured the. Opera Workshop, which Professor ·Worthley directs, ; . The concort Is open: to th« public and is free. companies who oil they order and Japanese don't buy the 'might have trouble buying oil in the future," jnformed sources said. The companies were not named. · - - . . . Last spring many small oil concerns rushed to buy oil for delivery.-this auturhn at almost any price because of shortages caused,.by,the .Arab jl embar- -o and rapidly-rising costs for When the embargo was lifted and prices weakened, many of hese buyers backed out of t h e s e contracts, claiming events beyond their control made It Impossible for them to purchase the oil. State oil concerns, especially Libya's, feel they' have been cheated. Twelve of them met here ... Saturday,, . b u t . Saudi Arabia',' the: biggest' oil- exporter/' 'did ; not · participate. ·: The state' ! oil Concerns tnet here, under the auspices of the Organization ot Petroleum Exporting Countries. On Friday, OPEC announced that all members except Saudi Arabia were boosting royalties and taxes b; " on their Oct. 1. 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