Thursday, December 7, 1967
Spotlight On...

Mrs. Annie Bigelow, daughter of pioneer Scott County woodcarver, George A. "Whittling" Hughes, poses for a picture holding a wooden bowl of fruit which was whittled out with a jack knife by her father many years ago. This is just one of the many objects he had made over the years. Mrs. Bigelow was born in Proctorville, Ohio on June 7, 1884 where she lived until she moved to Whiting, Iowa at the age of 32. She was one of five children, 2 girls and three boys, four of which are living. Annie was married to Budd Bigelow Sept. 9, 1903 in Whiting, Iowa by Rev. Green, a Methodist minister. To this union were born 7 children, six of which are living. They are: George and Norman of Waldron; Mrs. Joe Mary) Receke of Arcata, Calif; Mrs. Junious (Irene) Waid of Grand Junction, Col; Mrs. Glen (Louise) Burr of Windson, Calif; and Mrs. John (Esther) Wagoner of Ukiah, Calif. She has 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. "Back in our home state of Iowa, my father was known as one of the best farmers in the neighborhood," Mrs. Bigelow said. "He became troubled with rheumatism, though, and moved to Arkansas about 1913. My husband and I came here in 1916, about the time the first World War was breaking out. We left Iowa in a blizzard but arrived in Waldron via the Arkansas Western Railroad to spring weather." Mrs. Bigelow has lived in her same location for 51 years.

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