The Turnbo Manuscripts

by Silas Claiborne Turnbo

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By S. C. Turnbo

Among the former residents of Marion County, Ark. is Sam Beazley. One day in the month of June 1906 I met Mr. Beazley at the Oak Grove School House near Oneta Post Office Indian Territory where he told me the following. "One night". said he, "while we lived in the northeast corner of Marion County, I and my father George Beazley went out together one night on Mountain Creek coon hunting and the dogs chased a coon and treed it in the head of dry run hollow that empties into Mountain Greek two miles west of Long Mountain. We out the tree down but as it was falling it lodged against another tree and broke off a big limb which came crashing to the ground and struck my father and mashed him to the ground. I supposed he was dead and leaping to the fallen limb and lifted it up off of him and pushed it to one side and dropped it to the ground again and began a sorrowing work of trying to revive my father but as I said I thought he was killed and it seemed hopeless to do anything toward trying to bring him back to life again but to my joyful surprise he revived and rose to his feet but his left shoulder and collar bone was broken. It was five miles to our home and this was the nearest house to us but with my assistance he walked all the way there that night. It was many days before he recovered. When I lifted the limb off of my father that night the weight of the limb did not seem a bit heavy. A few days after this I returned back to the same spot to look at the limb and it appeared so large that I wondered how I managed to lift it up and took hold of it to see if I could raise it again and I could not lift it at all. I cannot understand the reason I could lift the limb up so easily that night when I thought my father was killed."

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