The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

One of the peculiar and strange events that come to pass in Ozark County, Mo. in the pioneer days of that section is an account given me by Capt. James H. Sallee who said that in the latter forties Tommy Stone who lived on Pond Fork above the noted pond of water on this stream had two sons named Flemmon and William. Flem as he was called was of an unsound mind or demented or in other words he was considered foolish by every one who knew him. One day he went off from the house and did not return at the usual time when they expected him to. The family began a search for him in the woods but failing to find any trace of him they notified their neighbors and they hunted the woods day after day without the least success in locating his whereabouts. Other men who lived far away joined in the search and the hunt was continued many weeks without the least indication that would lead or give them some idea what had become of him. He simply disappeared from the face of the earth and no one could tell where he went to. There were several suppositions among the people as to his fate. A big freshet occurred in Pond Fork a day or two after the boy disappeared and it was supposed by some that he was drowned and was covered up with dirt and gravel or that wild beast had destroyed his life and they had carried his remains into a deep cave. Others thought that he had fell into a deep sink hole in the ground and was killed or was unable to climb out and died in there. His absence has remained a mystery to the present day.

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