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Vol. 1, No. 4         October 1996         Yellville, Arkansas 72687

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Adapted from the Mt. Echo articles by W. B. Flippin ca 1899
(continued from Volume I Number 3)

        On coming to the State of Arkansas one would suppose a person could very clearly be devoured by bears or panthers. Back in Tennessee or Kentucky when it was rumored that the track of a bear had been seen in the vicinity of a settlement, the women and children would "house up" and "fear to go out far from their houses." A great deal was learned about animals in Arkansas. They are not likely to attack a person unless very hungry, almost starving. A bear, panther, or wolf will fight for their young, but "neither of them" is as vicious as a wild cat or lynx. Panthers were often heard scream and growl by the early settlers.
        "On the bank of White River at the ford of the river, a small distance below where Talbert Ferry is located, in early times stood a small log cabin surrounded by a rail fence in which the calf of the family milk cow was kept. A man, his wife, and one small child lived here. A bear came to the bank of the river and heard the child crying. The bear swam the river and headed for the cabin. The man was not at home and the woman was trying to quiet the child. When the woman saw the bear near the fence, she closed the cabin door to keep the animal out of the house. At that moment the calf happened to walk near the fence where the bear stood. The bear seized the calf and carried it off into the canebreak where it made a meal of it. The reason, as backsoodsmen will tell you, was that wolves often catch a fawn and they bleat a good deal like a young child crying, and if a bear hears the noise, he will rush to the place, drive off the wolf, and eat the fawn."
        "Another incident occurred just a few miles above Tolbert's Ferry. A widow decided to ride her horse to the blacksmith to have him shod. Several days before she had killed a beef and she doubled the fresh hide under her saddle. It was difficult to keep the green hide from slipping, but the widow was determined to use it as payment for the horse shoeing. When she got within three miles of the shop, there were wolves smelled the hide and wanted to divide it with the widow. She hurried the horse and the hide slipped from under the saddle. Most men would have given the wolves possession of the hide and rode on but not so with the widow. She dismounted and fought off the wolves with rocks, picked up the hide, mounted her horse, and rode to the blacksmith shop."

"A Panther Tale"
        "Alexander Moreland, who lived on White River, a short distance above the mouth of Crooked Creek decided late one evening to visit his father who lived where Buffalo City now stands. On crossing the creek, just below his farm Alex heard a panther scream. This was a common occurrence. He had rode a short distance when he discovered the panther by the roadside ready to leap on him and his horse. The horse was a good one so when the panther leaped the horse sprang forward and the panther fell behind him in the road. Both Alex and his horse were badly frightened and the horse set off in a run. The panther also started to chase the horse and rider springing every chance with the same result as the first time. It continued to follow until a short distance of his father's house."
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       This issue marks the end of Volume I of Bramble Bush and the end of the first year HGSMCA has produced a newsletter. In 1995 the decision was reached that the best way to inform interested people that HGSMCA exists - to share information; to collect sources to be used by researchers; to help solve your research problems; to preserve original records - was to initiate a newletter. The name was chosen from what became obvious in putting together Marion County Families 1811-1900. We learned that the families of Marion Co. don't make a forest of separate family trees; they make a thoroughly intertwined bramble bush - often as tangled as honeysuckle or as thorny as greenbriar. There have been a few glitches, but, all in all, we feel we have a success on our hands.
        January 1997 will mark the beginning of Volume II. Ideas for future issues include genealogies-in-progress, federal census beginning with the 1830, real estate tax assessments, land records, maps with probable township boundaries (early ones no longer exist), federally designated post offices (with creation date, location maps, postmaster, etc.), bits and pieces of pertinent trivia. If you have ideas or preferences, an article you'd like to have printed, a family traditon or legend you'd like to share, whatever, please let us know. A newletter is only as good as its contents; we dearly need to know what you want to see in your newsletter.
        Marion County Families 1811-1900 is about to go to the printer! It should be available for Christmas. Hard cover, 9" x 11," about 420 families, more than 25,000 people indexed, over 650 pages, strictly genealogical, a modification of Register format; unfortunately, no price yet.
        ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE DUE. To be sure to learn what Bramble Bush has in store for 1997, get your $12 dues to us before 31 December 1996. Don't forget! JOIN for 1997 NOW!
        Vicki Roberts, Editor
       Bramble Bush

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        The world is made up of Information Providers and Information Gatherers. The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair has successfully brought these together for seven years. Its sponsors are already planning the Eighth Annual Ancestor Fair to be held 7 June 1997 at Leslie AR. This event is for researchers to swap information, meet relatives, and have fun. Between 400 and 550 researchers from all over the country gather to share family information. Family historians, county genealogical societies, local historical groups, authors and/or publishers of local history and/or genealogy are our primary Information Providers.
        For 1997 the North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is making a special appeal to family historians to share their knowledge with Information Gatherers. The Ancestor Fair facilitates this sharing. Tables and chairs are free of charge, and there is no admission fee. If you're searching for or would like to help others find ancestors or missing kin, all you have to do is show up with questions and family data. It's just that simple.
        To reserve a Provider's table at the Eighth Annual North Arkansas Ancestor Fair or for more information, contact James J. Johnston, 2333 East Oaks Drive, Fayetteville AR 72703, (501)-442-3691 - or - Vickie Phillips, PO Box 215, Marshall AR 72650, (501)-448-2366.

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MARION CO. AR REAL ESTATE TAX ASSESSMENT BOOKS. Seventy-two volumes from 1891 through 1988. Acquired by County Ordinance 94-3, passed to save these records from destruction and to create record storage space in the Marion County Courthouse. Available for research by appointment only after January 1997. Contact Mysty McPherson 501-449-5223 or Vicki Roberts 501-449-6195.

MARION CO. AR 1840, 1850 FEDERAL CENSUS plus IZARD CO. AR 1830 FEDERAL CENSUS. Transcribed and indexed 1996 by Nancy A. Wood. Donated by the author.

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1811 - 1900

Includes over 400 families with birth dates and places, marriage dates and places, death dates and places, burial places, date of emigration, where they came from, where they went, where they settled.
Hard Smythe-sewn binding, 8.5 x 11, 680 pages, 93-page cross-reference index, sources for each family, bibliography, contributors with their addresses. Price to be announced.

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        Permission was granted August 1994 by Earl Berry for the Society to revise, correct, expand, update, and publish the genealogical data found in his book History of Marion County published in 1976. Vicki A. Roberts was appointed Project Editor and Mysty McPherson, co-Editor. Nineteen months of intensive research have resulted in the discovery of about 420 families, each of which will be presented in this book. Designed as a genealogical record and research aid rather than as an historical saga, very few stories about members of these families will be included. There will be no pictures. Included for each person will be the full name and nickname, birth date and place, marriage date and place, death date and place, burial date and place. Where possible, families will be extended to dates and places before emigration to Marion County. Also where possible, the state to which they went will be included for those family members who moved away from Marion County. Fully indexed and computerized, with sources of data for each family, cross-references to spouses' families, pertinent maps, a bibliography, names and addresses of contributors, this book will be the consummate genealogical story for at least a century of thousands of Marion County residents.

This book is not yet completed.
It has not yet gone to the printer.
The Society has no idea of its size nor its cost.
Projected availability is July 1996.
The Bramble Bush will keep you informed.

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by Marjorie Flippin Daniel

        The Flippin (Flippen, Flipping) family has left a paper trail across the United States. Researchers have found property and military records, wills, court witness records, etc. starting in Virginia. Thomas H. Flippin, the early settler in what is now Marion County AR, was the fourth Thomas Flippin in a direct line living in this country.
        The first Thomas Flippin found in this country was living in Gloucester County VA in 1704 where he was paying a quit claim rent in Kingston Parish for 300 acres. Landowners then were required to pay the King of England one shilling for each 50 acres purchased. The will of Thomas' widow, Elizabeth, was probated 23 Jan 1758 in Cumberland Co. VA. Their youngest son, Thomas, born in Gloucester Co. VA 1710, was a farmer who raised tobacco and livestock on his plantation. His will, probated in Cumberland Co. VA June 1755, indicates that his wife had already died and that he had four surviving children.
        This second Thomas Flippin had a son named Thomas who was born in Cumberland Co. VA ca 1740. He married Rhoda McAdoo, daughter of John and Ann McAdoo, who was born in VA ca 1750 and died in Barren Co. KY between 1810 and 1816. Her father was of Scots-Irish descent, coming from Ulster (Northern Ireland) to Virginia in the early eighteenth century.
        This third Thomas Flippin served as a sergeant in Lord Dunsmore's War against the Indians. When Thomas returned home from this, the Revolutionary War had already begun. Lord Dunsmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia and a Tory, was overthrown. Thomas, a patriot, served in the Revolutionary War as a scout and teamster, transporting war materials from Bedford Co. VA to Fort Patrick Henry (now Fort Knox) in KY under the command of George Rogers Clark. Revolutionary War soldiers received land grants and scrip for their service in the military. With this start, Thomas moved from Virginia to Tennessee to Kentucky, each time being appointed a captain of a militia company. He bought land, sold land, and bought more land, thus becoming a very prosperous farmer. He gave land and slaves to his children when they married and moved from his house. His will was probated in 1830 in Henry Co. TN where he was living with his son Jesse.
        Thomas H. Flippin, the fourth Thomas, was one of 12 children. He was born in TN 1793 and died in Marion Co. AR 1856. He married in Warren Co. KY 18 Nov 1816 Elizabeth Baugh who was born in KY 1798 and died in Marion Co. AR in 1891. Thomas H. served as a sergeant in Captain Hugh Brown's Company of Kentucky Mounted Volunteers in the War of 1812 and was discharged 30 Oct 1812. In her Widow's Pension Application, Elizabeth related that her husband's troop tried to go to the aid of Fort Harrison which was being besieged by the Indians. The troop was caught in a prairie fire which had been set by the Indians while a high wind was blowing. Many of the horses stampeded. When they finally reached the fort, they were nearly starved, having taken three days' rations with them but being gone eleven days. Thomas, Elizabeth, and their two sons, William Baugh Flippin and Thomas Haggard Perry Flippin, emigrated to Marion Co. AR in 1837 together with a number of friends and relatives, all of whom lived in Tennessee and Indiana. Several of the party traveled in wagons, spending six weeks on trails and in the woods in southern Missouri, and reaching their destination near Batesville AR sometime in March. The rest of the party traveled in a keel boat down the Mississippi River and up the Arkansas River to the mouth of White River near Batesville AR, a distance of about 400 miles. The two groups rejoined and traveled together to their destination.
        Thomas H. and Elizabeth are buried in the Flippin Cemetery along with many family members. They gave a great part of their land to the north side of this cemetery. Later the Wood family donated additional land.

(To be continued next quarter.)

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THE MOUNTAIN ECHO October 5, 1888:
       Mrs. Elizabeth Flippin, mother of Judge W. B. Flippin, of White River Township, died at the residence of her son on Thursday, September 27th, 1888, aged 90 years and several weeks. She, perhaps, was at the time of her death, the oldest person in Marion County.

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M E M B E R S H I P    F O R   1 9 9 7   N O W   D U E

Annual dues of $12 must be received by HGSMCA no later than 31 DECEMBER 1996 in order to continue to have Bramble Bush at your fingertips quarterly through 1997. Don't miss even a single issue. Get those dues in the mail today. THIS WILL BE YOUR ONLY REMINDER!

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       Queries is published in Bramble Bush as a service to researchers who may wish to exchange information of mutual historic and/or genealogical interests. The charge per query is $3. Queries from both members and non-members are accepted, and are published in order of receipt, as space permits. If you respond to a query, kindly send a copy of your answer to Bramble Bush. Responsibility for accuracy of data in queries rests with the submitter.

Interested in exchanging data from 1850 to after 1910 on HILTON, LOOMIS, MATLOCK, MORELAND, WILLIAMS families in Barry, Lawrence, and Stone Cos. MO; Carroll and Boone Cos. AR. Elnora Williams, RT 2 Box 698, Muldrow OK 74948.

BLYTHE, COX. Seek parents of JULIA ANN (ANNA) COX b TN Jan 1854 d Okmulgee OK 1920 bu Wetumka OK m MCAR ca 1875 CALVIN McEWEN "Cad" BLYTHE (son of Mendoza Jackson & Clarinda "Clara" [Wood] Blythe) b MCAR March 1854 d Okmulgee OK 15 Feb 1927. Children: Mary Elizabeth, Aquila, Arthur M., Lillie D., Henry, Lee, Ambrose Wickersham, Luther John, Sadie Evelyn. Jacklyn B. Nielson, 2335 S. Hwy 89, Sevier UT 84766.

CORNSTALK. Seek parents, siblings, children of Peter CORNSTALK (prob son of Peter Cornstalk b ca 1760 d Cape Girardeau MO 1841/2) prob b OH ca 1790/1800 m Norfolk AR ca 1826 MARY ADAMS (daughter of Robert & Patience [Hall] Adams) b KY ca 1800. Moved to Indian Territory (AR or OK). Mysty McPherson, HCR 66 Box 159, Yellville AR 72687.

DILLARD, ELKINS, ESTES. CHARLOTTE ELKINS b NC d MCAR 9 Jan 1908/9 aged 99 (daughter of Gabriel & Stacy [Dillard] Elkins) m Warren Co. TN ca 1828 JAMES M. ESTES. Moved to MCAR 1849 with Charlotte's brother WILLIAM ELKINS. Charlotte's half-brother EDMUND ELKINS m Warren Co. TN ca 1838 PARALEE ESTES. Was PARALEE ESTES kin to JOHN M. ESTES? Lena Barnes McCoin, 31101X Hwy JJ, Lebanon MO 65536. 417-286-3397

DOBBS. Seek names of brothers of JONATHAN DOBBS b Franklin Co. GA 1820, son of WILLIAM & CATHERINE (COVINGTON) DOBBS. Lora Clem, 1220 Huntington, Jonesboro AR 72401.

ESTES. Seek descendants of JOHN M. ESTES m Cannon Co. TN 1829 CHARLOTTE ELKINS. Emigrated to MCAR 1849. Children: Edward m Mary Ann Parker; Margaret M. m Gideon Thompson; John m Missouri Wood; Elizabeth Caroline m Hiram R. Hutchison; Mary Catherine m Ambrose Sevier "Bud" Wood; James m Mira M. Moore; Benjamin M. m Martha "Mattie" Jackson; Nathaniel m Lydia Cantrell; William m Julia Covington; Silas. Most of these children came from TN with families. Jim W. Estes. RR 1 Box 144-K, Norman OK 73072, (405)-387-5772,

JENKINS. Seek obit/cemetery plus descendants G. A. JENKINS b ca 1848 d aft 1907 m/1 MARTHA F. ___ d 1905 bu Layton Cemetery; m/2 MARTHA (ROWLAND) JONES d 1907 bu Layton Cemetery. Betty Jones Thompson, PO Box 7, Charlotte TX 78011.

KING. Seek maiden name of wife of WILLIAM P. KING (son of John & ___ [Pace] King) b TN ca 1846 m MARGARET D. ___ b TN ca 1832 d ca 1885. Children (all b MCAR): Jessie L. b 1867, William b 1869 d bef 1880, John M. b 1873, Alonzo W. b 1876, Ellen J. b July 1879. Child of her 2nd marriage was Walter Franklin Smith. Walter F. Smith Jr., 12343 Courtyard Lake Dr, Sunset Hills MO 63127.

LAFFOON, WHEELER, SHEARER, TOMLIN. Seek descendants of 3 daughters of CYRUS S. and MARY E. (LAFFOON) PATTERSON. 1) ELLEN b ca 1874 (where?) may have m/1 ___ BURRIS and m/2 17 Oct 1897 T.N. WHEELER. Known children: Dellie b 1897 m 1915 ___ Whittaker; Mary b 1901 m 1918 Joe Wood; Noah; Ida; Audie. 2) LILLIE MAE b AR 1892 m WILLIAM DAVID SHEARER. Known children: Eula Elizabeth b 1914 m Alfred A. Davis; George, Kenneth b 1918 m Mary Alma Kennedy; Vinita Ethel b 1922 m Boyd Lee Hicks. 3) JOSIE BELLE b AR 1894 m THEODORE TOMLIN lived at Morning Star Hotel at Rush, prob divorced, may have had 1 son. Charles Taylor, 2210 Basket, Pasadena TX 77502, 713-472-4207.

MATHIS. Seek info MICHAEL "Mike" MATHIS/MATHES b IL/TN ca 1815 m WINNIE WOOD (daughter of William Obediah "Revolutionary Bill" & Polly [Norton] Wood) b MCAR 1824. Is he bu in Mathis Cemetery (later Yellville/Layton Cemetery) established on Mike Mathis farm? Elizabeth Mathes, 4755 Kaskaskia Rd, Waterloo IL 62298-3715.

MEGEE/McGEE. Seek info STEPHEN JACKSON MEGEE (son of John & Ritta [White] Megee) b TN 2 Feb 1828 d OK 1918 m MS 9 Feb 1848 SARAH L. CROWNOVER (daughter of David Crownover) b AL 23 Oct 1829 d AR 1875. Children (all but 1st b Whiteville MCAR): William L. b MS 24 Jan 1848; Mary Elizabeth b 24 Aug 1851; Byram Maston b 1854; Alexander B. b 23 March 1856; John Daniel b 30 March 1858 d OK m Martha E. ___; Martha J. b 17 Oct 1860; Miles Franklin "Bub" b 12 April 1863 d Wister OK 25 Feb 1918 m 8 June 1890 Adaline Covington; Lemuel Logan b 16 Nov 1865; James Luther b 17 April 1868 d OK 9 April 1914 m Melviny Catherine Sullivan; Ritta Ann "Ritty" b 7 July 1870 d Miami OK July 1957 m Baxter Co. AR 2 Feb 1890 Henry Arnett Jordan; Marion Gene b 17 Dec 1873; George W. b 11 Oct 1874 bu OK m Queen ___. Betty L. Gilfert, 3769 Bluegrass Dr, Lake Havasu City AZ 86406.

MOODY. Seek any and all info CULLEN A. MOODY b TN 1822/9 m MATILDA ___ b TN 1822/9. Children (all b MCAR): Esther b 1848, William T. b 1850, 5 unknown, and Cullen b 3 Aug 1861. Matilda living with son William T. when she d Indian Territory (OK) aft 1900. Was CULLEN Sr. in Confederate army? When/where did he die? When did family leave AR? Kathryn T. Moody, 7116 Linda Vista Dr, Citrus Heights CA 95610.

PATTERSON, LAFFOON. Seek marriage record CYRUS S. PATTERSON m ca 1872 MARY E. LAFFOON of DeSoto Township. Charles Taylor, 2210 Basket, Pasadena TX 77502, 713-472-4207.

PETTIT. Seek correspondence with descendants of ELIJAH PETTIT and wife MYLINDA DEATON in order to compile data. Charles Taylor, 2210 Basket, Pasadena TX 77502, 713-472-4207.

STANLEY. Descendants of James Dickson "J.D" and Harrison L. STANLEY, brothers, with family history, charts, pictures, etc. has been placed in Marion Co. Library. Three of "J.D.'s" children (Albert L. STANLEY, Joseph Harrison STANLEY, Mary Ellen [STANLEY] Davis) and several of Harrison's children could not be traced. All raised near Eros and Pyatt, Marion Co. Desire to work and share information with others. Dale Lee, 936 Baer St, Mountain Home AR 72653.

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In J A N U A R Y   1997


To members and non-members of the Historical Genealogical Society of Marion County Arkansas

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F A M I L I E S   &   F A I R S

        Families & Fairs is designed to announce dates and places of reunions, ancestor fairs, and historical commemorations wherever they may be held. The information must reach us no later than March 15, June 15, September 15, and/or December 15 to be included in the following issue of Bramble Bush. The name and address of a contact person must be included. This feature is free of charge.

ANSEARCHING IN HISTORIC EUREKA SPRINGS. An all day Genealogy Workshop. Saturday 23 Nov 1996. 8:00 to 4:00. Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, Eureka Springs AR. Registration bef 9 Nov $25; aft 9 Nov $30; lunch included. Contact Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 S. Main St., Eureka Springs AR 72632, (501)-253-9417.

SECOND ANNUAL PHILLIPS FAMILY SWAP MEET. 14, 15, 16, 17 August 1997. Best Western Inn, 2101 S. 4th St., Chickasha OK 73018, (405)-224-4890. For more info contact Dale F. & Clara Ann (Brees) Phillips, 1927 S. 7th St., Chickasha OK 73108, (405)-224-6927.

21st ANNUAL PIERRE CHASTAIN FAMILY ASSOCIATION REUNION. Holiday Inn near Houston TX Intercontinental Airport 25-27 Oct 1996. Contact William and Virginia Chastain, 1011 Althea Dr, Houston TX 77018, (713)-681-5151.

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        SERVICE DIRECTORY is published in Bramble Bush as a service to those who may wish to advertise some of the many books, products, and services available that relate to historic and/or genealogical research. The charge per ad per year is $12 for 30 words or less, plus 10 cents for each additional word. Please count prices and abbreviations; name and address count as 3 words, phone number as 1 word. Ads from both members and non-members are accepted. The name and address of a contact person must accompany each ad.

IZARD CO. AR 1830 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $4; MARION CO. AR 1840 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $4; MARION CO. AR 1850 FEDERAL CENSUS, indexed, $10. Nancy A. Wood, 4643 S 28 W Avenue, Tulsa OK 74107.

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Marion Co. AR and surrounding areas. Experienced researcher. $10 per hour plus copy costs and postage. Vicki Roberts, HCR 66 Box 399, Yellville AR 72687; (501)-449-6195 aft 6:00 pm CST.

Marion Co. AR area. $10 per hour plus copy costs and postage. Experienced researcher. Mysty McPherson, HCR 66 Box 159, Yellville AR 72687; (501)-449-5223.

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"EARLY DAYS OF MARION COUNTY" Lester & Marion Burnes, $25. Marion S. Burnes, PO Box 365, Yellville AR 72687.

"MARION COUNTY CEMETERIES" Marion S. Burnes. $20. Marion S. Burnes, PO Box 365, Yellville AR 72687.

"MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1888-1896" Marion S. Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts $12. Marion S. Burnes, PO Box 365, Yellville AR 72687.

"MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES 1897-1906" Marion S. Burnes & Vicki A. Roberts $15. Marion S. Burnes, PO Box 365, Yellville AR 72687.

"MARION COUNTY 1890 CENSUS." Reconstructed from 1880 & 1900 census; land, tax records, etc. Hardbound. $40. Helen McMindes, 626 West South Avenue, Harrison AR 72601.

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B R A M B L E   B U S H

Bramble Bush is published quarterly by the Historic Genealogical Society of Marion County Arkansas, PO Box 554, Yellville AR 72687. Subscription is $12 per year. EDITORIAL STAFF: Editor, Vicki Roberts; Design/Production, Mysty McPherson; Art Work, Bonnie Sanders; Queries, Mary Birrer; Subscriptions, Barbara Holland; Printing, ABC Printing Co., 721 Hwy 5 N, Mountain Home AR 72653; Contributing writers, Mary Birrer, F. Gene Garr, Ramona Lee. HGSMCA OFFICERS: Chair, L. Don Ott; Vice-Chair, Vicki Roberts; Secretary, Mary Birrer; Treasurer, Barbara Holland; Grants/Purchasing, Mysty McPherson.

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