THE ADVANCE REPORTER
One of the most loved "Old Timers" in Scott County is Aunt Crickett
Davis. She was born in the Greenridge Community in July of 1880 to Mr.
and Mrs. "Little" Jim Ballard.
She has lived all of her 87 years in Scott County and has lived at
her present residence for 50 years. Aunt Crickett had eleven brothers and
sisters of which only three are still living: a sister Aunt Arlee Taff and
a brother Jimmie Ballard and Aunt Crickett.
At one time Aunt Crickett attended a subscription school at
Greenridge taught by Jim Cox (father of Robert Cox) who had 14 scholars
and got a salary of $14 a month.
Her father came to Scott County from Georgia in 1847. At that time
the only cleared land around Waldron was the 20 acres where her home is
now and 4 acres about where Birds View is now.
To quote her father "there was nothing but grass and black snakes."
She helped to card cotton batts from which her mother would weave the
cloth to make their clothes on an old spinning wheel. She remembers
hoeing cotton from sun up to sun down for forty cents a day.
Aunt Crickett met Horace Davis for the first time when she was
fourteen years old and they were married eight years later by Uncle Tom
Self at Birds View Church. Mr. Davis was a cotton farmer "and a Good one"
says Aunt Crickett.
He died in 1960. To this union was born one daughter Cloe (Mrs.
Vander Hughes.) She has two granddaughters: Mrs. Wilfred (Imogene) Young
of Harrison and Mrs. Buel Jones of Waldron and six great-grandchildren.
Aunt Crickett is a member of the Square Rock Methodist Church and is
still active in other community activities.
Thursday, September 28, 1967
AUNT CRICKETT DAVIS
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