Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 5
Monday, August 29,1983, Paragould Daily Press Section 5, Centennial Edition -11
|Gold and a dog for 120
In February, 1872, W. C. Coates and
family arrived in Greene County.
My dad, John N. Coates, was 5 years old at the time they arrived on a flat boat - team, wagon and all. At Mitchell Point, after five days of boating, he said they had to get another team to help pull the wagon up the bank at the landing. This place is now raising soybeans.
Records and deeds show that my grand-
father paid a family named Pruett $125 in gold and a dog for 120 acres of ground -- including four acres of cleared land, a two-room log house, a log barn and two dug-out cisterns.
What is now Mueller Street runs from the Jonesboro highway east, through the approximate center of the Coates property. At that time, the road was known as Ridge Road. The Coates' property line on the east
adjoined the Hitchcock property.
The nearest railroad station was in Delaplaine, and the nearest store, Gainesville.
My father was married in 1895 and lived in town until 1902 when he and his family moved to the old home place on the Jones-boro highway where the Fred Wulfekuhler's now live. They told me that the old house at
Seventh and Kingshighway was the last
house coming out that way -- all the rest were cow pastures.
Joe F. Coates
|The History about Milltown
One of the earliest settlers on Bark Camp Island was my great-grand-father, Humphrey C. Reddick, Sr. He came to this area in 1870 and settled on the site that is now Reddick Cemetery.
My great-grandmother was Emaline Francis Bolen. She and her husband were the parents of 11 children, one of which was my grand-father, Humphrey C. Reddick, Jr.
Goodspeed's history does not mention my great-grandfather but he was known as "the old country doctor." He carried a black bag and delivered babies, but the family does not know if he had any formal training.
I included this part of the history of the area because I am so very proud of it.
Milltown was named for the lumber mill which stood there between 1900 and 1901. No one is sure exactly when the mill began or closed down. The Big Slough Ditch went through in 1913, and the mill was gone then.
Ford Holligan operated the mill but it was owned by the National Box Company. Holligan's wife ran a boardinghouse nearby.
Around 1918, a store sat just south of the bridge that went across Big Slough at the point where the mill had stood. The bridge extended for about a quarter mile from the point where the mill was located -- now my home -- to Luther Bishop's house, which is now across the ditch.
The store was owned and operated by Ike Wilkinson, and later, Jim Wilcox and Jasper Bateman.
Around 1908 or 1909, Lawrence Dennington operated another store about one mile northeast of the Reddick school house. It was situated by another bridge.
Also around 1908, a canal was cut from Milltown to Brighton to float logs to the Southern Pole and Piling Company at Brighton. Four holes were drilled into a
two-by-four and large pegs, known as "toggles," were driven into four logs to hold them together to float them down the river.
Donna G. Reddick
Traveling to Texas
Transcribed by: PR Massey
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