Monday, May 26, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #103:
12 Sep 1987

by Rocky Macy

On the 27th day of June in 1914, Miss Alice GIETT of Route 2, Box 79, Seneca, MO, purchased a new Brownie 2-A camera for three dollars and fifty cents from Kings Book Store. She filled out the coupon in the front of the instruction booklet which would have entitled her to a free one-year subsciption to the company's magazine, "Kodakery," but for some reason never mailed it in. The camera and the instruction booklet, both in excellent condition, were recently liberated from a local flea market by this columnist - and he would enjoy hearing more about Miss Alice and her camera from any of our readers who might have known the lady.

Miss Alice should have taken the year's free subscription to "Kodakery" - it was a regular value of fifty cents. Fifty cents would have also purchased a special portrait lens for her camera. Would't it be wonderful to live in a world where we had today's incomes and yesterday's prices!

Two readers responded to our request for the location of Pond, AR. Ray JEFFERSON (206 S.W. D Street, Bentonville, AR 72712) relates that it was located in the SE quarter of Section 28, Township 20, Range 32, or, in laymen's terms, at the intersection of what is now known as Mount Olive Road and Stage Coach Road, approximately four miles southeast of Gravette, AR.

Billie JINES (Rt. 2, Box 52, Pea Ridge, AR 72751) gives that site as being about midway and a little to the southeast of an imaginary line betweek Decatur and Hiwasse, AR. She reports that the book, Handling the Mail in Benton County, Arkansas 1836-1976, authored by an individual names PHILLIPS, notes that the Pond Post Office was established on 31 Jan 1891 with Hiram POND serving as postmaster. Shortly thereafter service at the post office was discontinued, but it was reestablished on 10 June 1992 with Hiram POND again in charge. The next two postmasters were John M. JOHN and Joseph A. RAIR. The Pond Post Office closed its doors for good on 31 Dec 1904.

Special thanks to Ray and Billie for responding to our call for information. Now the only community that we are still trying to pinpoint in northwest Arkansas is Dump, and we do know that Dump was "past Sunset a little." Any takers?

Jeanne MILLS (5915 West Quinault, Kennewick, WA 99336) is searching for ancestors and descendants of Pinkey WOODS and his wife, Elizabeth. She has found several references to Pinkney WOODS, A. WOODS, A.P. WOODS, and Andrew P. WOODS - and Jeanne suspects that they are all the same individual. An A.P. WOODS married Eliza McCALL in Barry County, MO, on 7 Dec 1843. Pinkney WOODS (age 50) was living in McDonald County, MO, in 1870 with his wife, Elizabeth (age 44), and the following children: Margaret (age 17), Mary E. (14), Lavina (11), Emma (8), and Saphrona (6). The two younger daughters were born in Texas.

Jeanne is particularly interested in an older daughter, Nancy Jane WOODS (born 1850, MO), who had married Joshua MONTGOMERY in April of 1870 and was therefore not listed with her parents's household on the 1870 census. Joshua and Nancy Jane lived in Barry County until sometime between 1891 and 1900 when they moved to Okmulgee, Indian Territory (Oklahoma).

One additional note: Margaret A. WOODS married Louis C. ROSEBERRY at the home of A.P. WOODS in McDonald County in 1873. Can some of our readers lead Jeanne through her WOODS?

Jerri McLEMORE recently presented a very interesting program on the uses of computers in genealogy to the Genealogy Friedns of the Library in Neosho, MO. She is also available to speak to local groups on tracing Chreokee ancestry. Jerri may be contacted at P.O. Box 487, Disney, OK 74340. And if any of the area societies schedule Jerri to speak on Cherokee Genealogy, please notify Rootbound. We'd like to attend!

Send those genealogical queries to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We're here to help!

Happy trails!

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