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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Folk Art of Broom Making and Storytelling at the Company Store

Our Mississippi County Delta is gaining national recognition because of our stories and features in Country Rustic Magazine. . .and in October, there will be a photo shoot at Our Country Farm Home which will be featured in the 2019 Fall Issue. . .bringing even more interest to our little community. . .Hope you will enjoy the upcoming events along with us. . .READ MORE HERE. . .

". . .The mention of those yard brooms bring memories of the unique tradition of Southern swept yards. Many families living on the farms, cleared their yards and gardens of all grass and weeds, leaving nothing but the bare ground. They swept with brooms made of twigs, or bundles of brush and dogwood limbs, bound together with linen twine, cotton string, or heavy wire. I remember seeing entire families performing the weekly sweeping ritual in the cool of the morning. The rich soil became packed into a concrete hardness, creating an additional room outdoors for surviving our hot and humid summers. . ."
By-the-way, did you know that Dell once had a broom making operation on Main Street? It was called a 'broom factory' in the very early days of the community, when logging was still taking place. Not only a broom factory, but a barrel making factory, too. . .Just a few tidbits for you. . .

Saturday, March 24, 2018

C C Golden and Moody Family

Many pioneer families who moved into the Ekron area had a significant  influence on the formation of the town of Dell early in the 1900's.  The petition for the incorporation of Dell, Mississippi County, Arkansas in 1905 was signed by thirty-two men, many of whom had been a part of the Ekron community for many years. Some moved to Dell to establish boarding houses for the logging crews. Others set up general stores and eating establishments. Some began to buy farmland as the forests were cleared. Some helped clear those forests. Others just "moved into town".
    Many current residents remember L. M. Moody, son of Green E. Moody, who lived in Dell for most of his adult life. Before moving to Dell, he was raised in Ekron, along with his sister May Belle, and his Golden step-sisters. Mr. Moody was considered Dell's historian. Unfortunately, his stories were never  recorded except in a few short newspaper articles.  His niece, Gwyndolyn Golden Smith, has carried on his unofficial title of historian. Her family records boast the surnames of such Dell families as Beavers, Bradberry, Bunch, Bryan, Golden, Moody, Winn.
Thanks go to Gwendolyn for sharing her family records with us.
    Thanks also go to Annette Lee for the family photograph and comments on her family ancestors.

The History of the C. C. Golden/Moody Family
Compiled information from Gwyndolyn Golden Smith, daughter of Myrtle Golden Smith; 
Annette Lee, granddaughter of Margaret Golden; 
and the files of Dru Duncan

 L to R:  Mary (Kitty) Golden, Myrtle Golden, 
Tempie Elizabeth Golden, Baby Girl Golden,
Monta Golden, Luther Moody, 
Margaret Ettna Golden (Photo courtesy of Annette Lee)

  By 1860, the Goldens of  were settled in the Ekron community of Mississippi County, Arkansas, according to the U.S. census records of that year. Before moving to this area, Christopher Columbus (Kit) Golden lived in St. Francis County, Arkansas. He was the son of O. B. Golden and Martha E. Thompson Golden.
    C. C. Golden's first wife was Clorinda Dillingham, who died the year following the birth of their only child, George Fletcher Golden, in 1878. George would own and operate a boarding house in Dell with his wife ca. 1907. He may have also owned a sawmill there. He was the timber supervisor for Blytheville Cooperage and Chicago Mills for 30 years. When he died, he had been successful in a real estate business and operated a store and service station at the Herman Davis Park in Manila.
    His second wife was Melissa Daugherty. Together they had two sons, Samuel Harrison Golden and Felix Golden, who died at age 3. Samuel Harrison Golden was known by his family as "Uncle Handsome".
    C. C.'s third wife was Temperance Elizabeth Bunch, daughter of Hulda J. Walker and Andrew Bunch. The Bunches had settled close to Big Lake in 1843 when they arrived in Arkansas by way of Tennessee and Missouri, becoming neighbors to the Hectors who were the original pioneers of the Dell area. Andrew Bunch was in the Missouri Calvary during the Civil War. He was captured in Mississippi County, Arkansas and imprisoned at Grant prison in St. Louis. He died there of "inflammation of the lungs" and was buried in Missouri.
    Tempie Elizabeth was married first to Green E. Moody, another early resident of Ekron. G. E. Moody was a leader in the community. In 1878  he donated land for a small Methodist church to be built. Called Moore Chapel after the pastor at that time, the church was the only one between Manila and Blytheville for many, many years. Located approximately three miles north of Dell, it was used by families in Ekron and Dell until it was torn down ca. 1900. Two stories circulate concerning the demolition of the chapel. The first relates that when the members decided to build a new church, the old one was torn down. They met in the school for many years afterwards. The second story reveals a more probable cause. An epidemic of meningitis broke out one year in this low, swampy country. So many people died that year it was necessary to tear down the church, board by board, in order to make numerous coffins quickly. (L.M. Moody)
    It is uncertain how G. E. Moody died. The night of his death, the water was up, flooding the community. Tempie locked the children in the house and went in a boat for help. Assistance came too late. He died sometime that night at the age of 30 years old. He and Tempie had had two children together, May Belle and Luther Marion.
    C. C. Golden and Tempie Elizabeth Bunch Moody married ca. 1885-86. They continued to live in the Ekron area until their deaths, raising Tempie's two children by Green Moody and their own eight girls: Martha Elizabeth, Minnie Ellen, Margaret Ettna, Mary Ellis Golden, Monta Evelyn, Myrtle Evins, Mirinda Ethel, and Myra Edna.  C.C. and Tempie died within days of each other in 1907. According to newspaper obituaries, they died of "the fever". Gwyndolyn Smith relates that statement to be untrue. "C. C. Golden was not very sick. The doctor gave him medicine too strong for his heart, although he told the doctor it was too strong for him.  The family never did say that he or his wife had any kind of fever. Tempie Elizabeth died from pneumonia on Monday, March 11, 1907. C.C. Golden died Thursday, March 14, 1907." They are buried at the Wilkins Cemetery at Ekron. The concrete markers read: Liz Golden  1-28-1862   3-16-1907 and C.C. Golden  10-28-1849  3-17-1907. These dates appear to be incorrect, according to G. Smith.  During the 1970's Hansel Simmons made concrete grave marker for the Goldens. He wrote in the dates from his memory of those handed down by family members.

    After their parent's death, three of  the Golden sisters-Margaret, Mary and Monta-were raised by their stepbrother Luther Moody and his new wife, Pearl Bryan, in Dell.  Myrtle also lived with the Moodys for a short time.  When Martha (Patsy) Golden and Ross Beavers married in 1907, Myrtle moved in with them.
    A family story is told that the girls didn't like their new step-mother, Pearl.  Among other things, she gave them Groves Chill Tonic. Margaret told her sisters their Mother never gave them that and for them to spit it out when she wasn't looking. So they did. "They already had the bad taste, so they might as well to have swallowed it, as it was not lethal." (G. Smith)
     May Belle Moody, stepsister of the Golden children, married Timothy Frank Shultz of Ekron. Frank's family had lived there since 1899. His mother was a Wilkins.
    Luther Moody remained in Dell most of his life. He  worked as a cook in a logging camp at one time, but for the most of his life, he worked in the grocery business. He was a charter member and leader in the Dell Methodist Church and was considered the unofficial Dell historian. He was a leader in the community and a loving father and husband. He left the community briefly in 1926  when Pearl died of pneumonia. "When Pearl Moody died they had had Gladys (Keener) only two months and five days. Gladys went to stay with the Woodards in the country. . .Aunt May Belle Moody Shultz kept house for L.M. for a time. L. M. went to Blytheville then for a time to work, but not for long. He had worked for Dell Supply when Pearl was living and later for many years. Dell Supply was owned by Otto Bradberry, who died in 1937. Then he went to work for Taylor Freeman." (G. Smith) Eventually, L. M. would own his own grocery business in Dell.  Luther's second wife was Arietta (Rita) M. Glover. She had one daughter, Marcella. Together they would have four children: L. M., Virena, A. G. and Larry Gene. Rita died of cancer in 1959. In 1965 another tragedy would strike the family. L.M.'s youngest child, Lieutenant Larry Gene Moody, was killed in the war in Viet Nam. He was believed to have been the first Mississippi Countian to die in the war. He and three other officers were ambushed. He was 24 years old. Luther died the next year, at the age of 83.
    Martha Elizabeth Golden and her husband Ross Beavers lived in Dell for a time. They then moved to a house at the present-day site of the Greyhound Bus Station in Blytheville. The Beavers were from Cave-In-The-Rock, Illinois. Many of them settled in the Dell area and had signed the petition for the incorporation of Dell, Arkansas in 1905. Ross worked as a barber for a number of years and also was employed as a bookkeeper and collector for various business firms. He was elected Blytheville city treasurer and later won the election for city clerk. His sister, Julie Ann, married O. P. Winn, the first mayor of the incorporated town of Dell.
    Margaret Ettna worked at her stepbrother George Golden's boarding house in Dell  for several years. Monta Evelyn lived with Della Ozee and worked at the Dell post office in the early 1920's. Eventually, all the girls married, establishing their own families. "My Grandma (Margaret Golden) and her sisters were lively, complex and spirited women who worked hard all their lives, and they set a wonderful example for my sister and me. . ." (Annette Lee)
    Margaret Ettna Golden married Albert Edward Shearer in Dell on November 20, 1911.
    Mary Ellis Golden married Tom Simmons.
    Monta Evelyn Golden married ______Orr.
    Myrtle Evins Golden married Henry Elmer Smith.

Arietta and Luther Marion Moody


The Moses Crawford Family

The History of the Evaline Wright
and Moses Crawford Family
Compiled information from the records of
Lois Crawford and Mary F. Crawford Lendennie, 
and the files of Dru Duncan 

The progenitor of this Crawford family was Moses Crawford, born ca 1805 in Georgia and died October 23, 1888, married in 1831 near Helena, Arkansas, Evaline Wright, born in Tennessee and died August 24, 1876, Mississippi County, Arkansas. Moses parents were from South Carolina. He came to Arkansas with his parents in his youth. After marrying Evaline, Moses first busied himself in rafting, hunting and also did a little farming. At that time, other occupations were more profitable than farming. They moved to Mississippi, then to Osceola in 1844 and made one crop before settling on land in Chickasawba Township in 1845. They cleared 35 acres and lived there ten years. They sold their farm and moved to Pemiscot Bayou where they remained until their death. To Moses and Evaline were born eight children: Sarah Evaline Crawford, Mary Jane Crawford, Nancy Evaline Crawford, William Crawford, George W. Crawford, John Charles Crawford, Charles Moses Crawford, and Thomas Yates (T. Y.) Crawford.
Reverend William L. Crawford, born February 15, 1847 and died January 13, 1916, buried Mooney Cemetery, married Lula Field, born February 1870 and died June 27, 1920, buried Mooney Cemetery.
T. Y. Crawford was the eldest of the eight, born  in 1833, St. Francis County, Arkansas. T. Y. began working for himself at the age of seventeen, working, hunting and working in wood yards on the river . Previous to his marriage to Miriam Myra Potter at the age of twenty-three, he had purchased a farm in Missouri. This farm was traded to his father, Moses, for the homeplace on the Pemiscot Bayou. T. Y. lived there until his death. The farm comprised 274 acres, 60 under cultivation, was improved with  buildings, fences, and orchards. In 1888, T. Y. began running a trading boat down the bayou but the next winter brought his stock of goods to his house and kept a successful store there.  To T. Y. and Miriam were born:
1.Tom W. Crawford,
2. John T. Crawford,
3. George W. Crawford,
4. Wesley Crawford,
5. Margaret P. Crawford,
6. W. Richard (Dick) Crawford, married Nancy Moody, born February 1867, Arkansas. They lived in Gosnell. To them were born:

6-1. Hardy Richard Crawford, Sr., born May 3, 1892 and died June 17, 1961,  married November 18, 1915, Mary Emma Akin, born 28 November 1897, Yarbro, Arkansas and died 22 March  1979, Blytheville, Arkansas, the daughter of Benjamin Akin, born November 1875, Tennessee and died 19 September 1946, Blytheville, Arkansas, married 29 December 1896, Tipton County, Tennessee,  Clara Chapman  of Yarbro, Arkansas, born 1875 and died 20 July 1954, Blytheville, Arkansas.  H. R. and Mary Emma  moved to Dell in the early 1920s, where H. R. Senior was a bookkeeper and co-owner of the Dell Cotton Gin Company.  They owned a home on Main Street opposite the Dell Methodist Church.  H. R. Senior was the Mayor of Dell during the years 1935-37.  To H. R. Senior and Mary Emma were born:

6-1-1. Richard Benjamin  (R. B.) Crawford, born September 10, 1917, Yarbro, Arkansas and died  April 5, 1990, married in 1938, Thelma Koehler. He graduated from Dell High School and attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. He served his country in the Air force during World War II. R. B. and Thelma lived in Dell where R. B. was the manager of the Dell Compress until 1958. They moved to fresno, California where he was associated with the cotton industry. To R. B. and Thelma were born: 6-1-1-1. Thelma Louise (Lucy) Crawford;
6-1-1-2. Barbara Joan Crawford,  6-1-2. Hardy R. (H. R.) Crawford, Jr., born February 21, 1920 and died October 5, 1995, Dell, Mississippi County, Arkansas, married Lois Aileen Gaither of Caruthersville, Missouri. H. R. lived in Dell nearly all of his life. He worked as a bookkeeper and was manager of the Dell Water Company.   And other thing……….------- In  1950-51, H. R. was the Recorder for  the Dell Town Council. To H. R. and Lois were born two children: 6-1-2-1. Lois Gaye Crawford, married  ; 6-1-2-2. Robert Hunter Crawford.

6-1-3. Emma Lou Crawford, born December 17, 1922 and died January 19, 1989, married Malcolm Greenway of Dell. To Emma Lou and Malcolm were born: 6-1-3-1. Rebecca Greenway  6-1-3-2. Malcolm Greenway, Jr.

6-1-4. Virginia Crawford, born December 10, 1924, married Harold Knop of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Virginia graduated from Dell High School and attended Arkansas State College. To Virginia and Harold was born: 6-1-4-1. Kathleen Knop.

6-1-5. Mary Francis Crawford, born January 27, 1929, married 1948 Johnny Lendennie. Mary Francis graduated from Dell High School and attended Arkansas State College. To Mary Francis and Johnny were born: 6-1-5-1. Mary Jean Lendennie  6-1-5-2. John Richard Lendennie;
6-1-5-3. Steven Lucius Lendennie.
                6-2. Dixie Crawford, born ca 1904 and died January 1950, Blytheville, Mississippi County, Arkansas
                6-3. Clarence Crawford
                6-4. Henry Crawford
                6-5. Katy Crawford (Hart)
                6-6. Relee Crawford (Sanders)
                6-7. Annie Crawford (Mosely)

7.Isaac Y. Crawford
8.Mary Bell Crawford
9. Edward M. Crawford
10. Henry L. Crawford