Greene County, Arkansas
Paragould Daily Press
Thursday, April 12, 1984
Transcribed by: Sandy Hardin
PEOPLE . . .
| Lizzie Gwyn is
celebrating her 93rd birthday today.
She lived in Greene County since 1898 when she and her parents, J. A. and Carpline Parham, moved here from Union City, Tenn.
They didn't move in a covered wagon like a lot of folks did back then. They came via train. "It was a pretty rough ride," she recalls. "But it only took one day. It was pouring down rain when we got there.
Paragould was a little place then, she remembers. "There weren't any sidewalks anywhere, except in front of Belk's and across the street from there. The sidewalks were made out of bricks and all the streets were dirt.
She and her family moved frequently so she went to school in several locations in Greene County. She has a photograph hanging in her house of one school she attended, Newberry School between Marmaduke and Halliday. It's no there anymore.
Glancing at the photo of the one-room school that looks like a barn, she says, "You wonder why we didn't freeze to death in there. It was just an old box."
Lizzie married John Gwyn when she was 18and together they parented 10 children. She out lived her husband and four sons.
seen a lot of bad times," she says, "but I've had enough pleasure in my life to
make up for it."
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