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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HISTORY THROUGH POSTCARDS





PICKING COTTON IN THE OLD SOUTH. . .



Although I love the prologue from the movie Gone With the Wind, we can only claim a few brief years between the 1920s-40s of any resemblance to the beautiful Old Southern Plantations, and then there were few. It never fails to surprise people when we tour them through the Historic District that cotton farms and plantations here in our part of Northeast Arkansas did not exist before the Civil War--or right after. We were late-comers to the Cotton industry. There were a few family run farms as early as the 1880s but they only farmed a few acres each. Until the early 20th century, it was swampland. No one wanted to move to land that flooded at least two to three times a year. . .READ MORE. . .





STEAMBOATS ON THE RIVERS. . .



Steamboat's A-Coming!! Steamboat's A-Coming!!
For those who lived along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, that cry was exciting. Steamboats in many ways were the only link our ancestors had to the outside world. . .READ MORE. . .



 MORE POSTCARD HISTORY COMING SOON. . .




Friday, September 9, 2016

16 Page Sharecropper and Tenant Bulletin 1945




I found an amazing Special Arkansas Bulletin prepared by
 THE WILSON PLANTATION on July 20, 1945 about the
farming opportunities and the various offers to families interested in the share crop or land rental. 
It was written under the War Relocation Authority for the Japanese Americans, 
but I'm sure the opportunities would apply to others. . .Read more at:

 
 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

HOMETOWN DELL SERIES: A Mother's Day Tribute

 
 
 
NOTE: Read the left side copy to the bottom of the page. . .
Sonnet is duplicated and should be at the end of the article. . .
 

 
 
Village News, Blytheville, AR
9 May 1979
 
The Olive Bradberry Ritter Collection
donated by Brent Bradberry
 
 


Monday, April 25, 2016

HOMETOWN DELL SERIES: A Short History of the Crawford Family

 
 
 
 
 
Village News, Blytheville, AR
2 May 1979
 
The Olive Bradberry Ritter Collection
donated by Brent Bradberry
 
 
 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

HOMETOWN DELL SERIES: The JLC&E "Get Your Rocking Free"

 
 
 
 
 
Village News, Blytheville, AR
11 April 1979
 
The Olive Bradberry Ritter Collection
donated by Brent Bradberry
 
 


Saturday, March 19, 2016

HOMETOWN DELL SERIES: Train's-A-Coming

 
 
JLC&E Depot: Alice, Mamie, Naoma, Earl Magers Family



Village News, Blytheville, AR
4 April 1979
 
The Olive Bradberry Ritter Collection
donated by Brent Bradberry
 


Monday, March 14, 2016

HOMETOWN DELL SERIES: The Early Days

 
 
 
 
 
Village News, Blytheville, AR
28  March 1979
 
The Olive Bradberry Ritter Collection
donated by Brent Bradberry