The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

In the early Spring of 1858 a wagon road was surveyed from the village of Dubugne on the right bank of White River to Rock Bridge, the then county seat of Ozark County, Mo., and was cut out and made passable before the close of the year. Dubugne was over the line in Marion County Ark. and after the road left Arkansas it passed through a part of Taney County before entering Ozark County. If I mistake not it crossed Shoal Creek at the Jim Ewing Place and lead over the flat at the Hugh Smith Place known now as the George Owen farm and on and lead just north of the Green Briar Pond where the Josh Keesee and Archer Places is now, thence into a hollow that leads down to Big Buck Creek at the Jeff McManus land. But before reaching the creek it crossed the forks of the hollow and passed over the hill and struck Buck Creek at the mouth of the Gilbert Hollow and up the creek to the first right hand prong where it left the the main creek and followed this prong and over the divide between Buck Creek and the Joe Eslick hollow and down this hollow to Big Creek. Soon after the road was opened up it was well beat out by travelers but it is not used now any in a few places. Among the road hands who helped to work this road out was J. Hue Green brother of Mike Green who lived many years on the south fork of East Sugar Loaf Creek in Boone County, Ark. This man Green was accused of stealing hogs but the parties charging him with the crime were unable to prove it against him but one day while the hands were engaged cutting out the timber the survey on the side of the hill on the west side of Buck Creek at the mouth of Gilberth Hollow and below where the Heater School house now stands used mob law on Green to force him to tell them something about the hogs. They hung the man three times to a limb of a tree without getting him to tell anything. It is more than likely the man knew nothing about the hogs but some of the men suspicioned that he did know something about it and therefore they hung him to compell him to tell. The poor fellow was almost dead when they let him down the third time and they supposed he would surely tell it when he revived but when he was able to talk he stoutly denied having any knowledge of the theft. The mob were too fast. If they thought him guilty of stealing hogs they ought to have prosecuted him according to the law of the land. When the Civil War began J. Rue Green proved to be a southern man and enlisted in the Confederate Army, and was killed at Booneville MO. in October 1864.

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