Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Joyce Whittington became involved in the Home Extension Club because of her grandmother, Birdie Walker. Birdie was a charter member of the Walnut Hill Home Demonstration Club in Lafayette County, Arkansas and Joyce loved looking through the scrapbooks Birdie had made documenting her work. Joyce earned a degree in Home Economics and then worked for Extension for thirty years, teaching people about new and safer methods of preserving food, nutrition, cleanliness in the home and other topics which made the lives of her students better. Birdie was the wife of Dr. Alonzo Gordon Walker, and therefore knew more than most in her day about disease prevention through such methods as getting rid of trash that fed insects and tin cans that held water in which malaria carrying mosquitoes could breed. She was instrumental in teaching people about having cleaner homes and communities and was responsible for one community hauling off two hundred wagon loads of trash and greatly reducing the incidence of serious illness in that place. The website of the Extension Service is a valuable resource on topics like the ones recounted here.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Retired District Judge Steven Peer spoke to the Crawford County Genealogical Society on February 13, 2018 about the history of Crawford County and more specifically of Van Buren. He has assembled an amazing collection of photographs of pioneers, homes and maps, which he has put together into a chronological and very interesting talk. He started with the county's beginnings as a hunting ground for the native Americans. The county was so large in 1827 that it was nicknamed "The Empire County." Other counties were carved out of that territory on both sides of the Arkansas River until the county took its final boundaries. Subsistence farming, and hunting were activities of the early settlers. By 1850 a grist mill was active at Natural Dam. Keelboats and flatboats were the easiest way to get around and along with the later steamboats brought prosperity in the form of people who came to settle and people passing through on their way to the goldfields. Albert Pike established his schoolhouse in 1832 on Flat Rock Creek. It is now on the grounds of the County Courthouse in Van Buren. Other historical points Mr. Peer touched on were the Butterfield Stage Line, the Trail of Tears, the Mexican and Civil Wars and the coming of the Frisco Railroad. Click here to Reply or Forward 0.08 GB (0%) of 15 GB used Manage Terms - Privacy Last account activity: 6 hours ago Details
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The Crawford County Genealogy Society meet Tuesday Jan 9.2018 at the Alma Library. There were fifteen people present including one visitor and speaker Marilyn Sneed fron the Kick Start Program,Arts and Culture Committee,Alma Area Chamber of Commerce. The current issue of Nuggets 2017 are available for 10 dollars. If you want one shipped the shipping fee is $2.50. If you want to become a member annual membership is twenty dollars for an individual and twenty one for a couple. Billy Gale Morse spoke on his trip to Ireland for 10 days. He visited Dublin,toured the Guiness Brewery, St. Patrick's Cathedral Titanic Museum and Peace Walk in Belfast,the Bogs on the west coast,Galway and talked about the friendliness of the Irish people