Violet Nailling

PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS

SATURDAY & SUNDAY , SEPT. 26 -27 , 1964

10 CENTS A COPY

78TH YEAR NO. 231

MY HUSBAND RAN ACROSS A BOX OF OLD NEWSPAPERS AT A FLEA MARKET AND BOUGHT THEM FOR ME . HE KNEW I WOULD HAVE A GOOD USE FOR THEM. BELOW IS ONE OF THE ARTICLES FROM ONE OF THE OLD PAPERS.

RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

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INDIAN ARTIFACTS

MRS. PRICE (VIOLET) NAILLING ( ABOVE ) SHARES HER HUSBAND'S INTEREST IN GEM CUTTING AND ITEMS ONCE USED BY INDIANS WHO LIVED IN GREENE AND CLAY COUNTIES . HER HOME IN CROWLEY'S RIDGE STATE PARK IS DECORATED WITH INDIAN ARTIFACTS THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND ON FIELD TRIPS. IN HER LAP SHE HOLDS A MILL AND PESTLE ONCE USED BY AN INDIAN WOMAN TO GRIND CORN . SHE HOLDS A TOMAHAWK HEAD AND IN THE RIGHT AN AXE OR SLEDGE HEAD.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A LAPIDARIST IS ?

A MAN THAT IS A EXPERT GEM CUTTER PRACTICING ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST AND TRUEST ARTS.

ONE GREENE COUNTY MAN IS AN EXPERT AT THE HIGHLY SKILLED TRADE , BUT HE USES HIS KNOWLEDGE FOR PERSONAL ENJOYMENT AND SATISFACTION .

HE , IS PRICE NAILLING , 60 , WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE AT CROWLEY'S RIDGE STATE PARK . BESIDES BEING A MASTER GEM CUTTER HE IS A AVID INDIAN ARTIFACTS COLLECTOR AND HAS A $ 1,500 DOLLAR COLLECTION TO PROVE IT.

HOW DID PRICE BECOME INTERESTED IN SUCH A HOBBIE ? IN 1958 HE WAS WORKING IN CALIFORNIA AND SOME EMPLOYES OF THE FIRM WHERE HE WORKED SHOWED HIM SOME GEMS THEY HAD CUT IN A SPECIAL COURSE AT VIASALIA , CA. SEQUOIA COLLEGE . PRICE BECAME INTERESTED AND ENROLLED IN THE COLLEGE WHERE HE STUDIED NIGHTS FOR A THREE YEAR PERIOD. DURING HIS SCHOOLING , PRICE AND HIS CLASSMATES MADE SEVERAL FIELD TRIPS TO THE MOUNTAINS, PLAINS AND THE NEARBY DESERTS IN SEARCH OF ROCKS . ON ONE OF THOSE SOJOURNS , PRICE FOUND ABOUT $400 WORTH OF JADE WHICH HE STILL KEEPS AND TREASURERS .

PRICE PICKS UP INTERESTING ROCKS EVERYWHERE HE GOES . A LOT OF FOSSILIZED ROCKS CAN BE FOUND IN GREENE COUNTY ON OR NEAR THE RIDGE SECTIONS.

GEM STONES ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN GREENE COUNTY AND PRICE'S ROCK HUNTS ARE MOSTLY FOR PLEASURE . HE HAS 3,500 ARROWHEADS , SOME POTTERY SEVERAL AXES , HOES , SPADES , PLUMB BOBS , CELTS , KNIVES , SPEARS , BEADS ONE CHISEL , CEREMONIAL ITEMS , STONE PIPES , DISCODIALS USED FOR GRINDING MEDICINES OR PLAYING GAMES AND MILLS AND PESTLES USED FOR CRUSHING CORN .

NONE OF THE RELICS ARE FOR SALE . MOST OF THE ITEMS WERE FOUND IN EITHER GREENE OR CLAY COUNTIES BY HISSELF OR MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY . HE SAID THE BEST HUNTING AREAS ARE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE RIDGE NEAR THE STREAMS WHERE INDIANS WOULD MAKE CAMP .