I HAVE CREATED THIS RECORD OF COMMUNITY EVENTS THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE OLD SOLIPHONE NEWSPAPER . THESE LITTLE PIECES OF INFORMATION PUBLISHED IN THE PAPER TOLD A LOT OF INFORMATION IN JUST A FEW SENTENCES . SOMETIMES THEY WERE OBITS , OR TELLING OF SOMEONE MOVING , OR PEOPLE VISITING AND THEIR RELATIONS AND WHERE . I HOPE THESE LITTLE PIECES MIGHT HELP IN COMPLETING YOUR PUZZLE IN YOUR RESEARCH.
RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY
I WILL BE ADDING MORE AS I RUN ACROSS THEM IN MY RESEARCH .
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Delaplaine - Tie Yard
Delaplaine - Brookings
BELOW IS SOME HISTORY SHARED WITH US ABOUT THE DELAPLAINE TIE YARD
THANK YOU , CONNIE !
HISTORY OF DELAPLAINE TIE YARD - WRITTEN BY : CONNIE PARKS DEAN
My dad , Roy Thomas Parks ran the tie yard at Delaplaine in the 40's, 50's and some in the 60's. He also ran one at Tuckerman in the 50's and he had the one at Knobel in the 60's for awhile. He mostly worked at Delaplaine. My mother helped him with the books they really had a lot of book work and large ledgers to keep. That is where I learned bookkeeping. I started when I was around 8 years of age or younger helping to enter the numbers in the books. My Dad's title was Tie Inspector. He worked for the Missouri & Pacific Railroad out of St. Louis, Mo. His boss was Frank Gould. My dad was even furnished a car part of the time. He would load the ties out on box cars and ship them to St. Louis, He really made good money from it. He had been a brakeman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad during WW11.
My family had a farm 3 miles north of Delaplaine. Dad farmed. He had cattle, horses, hogs, chickens, blackberries, apples, plums, peaches, pears, and numerous other things.They had four children. My mother did a huge garden and canned all summer. They butchered their own meat and smoked it in a smoke house. My mother milked several cows everyday and seperated the milk and shipped it out in big cream cans every week.
Dad worked for the Missouri and Pacific Railroad in the very early 40's. During that time WW11 was going on and I believe he dead headed out of Little Rock at that time. He would go by passenger train down there and leave out from Little Rock. During the war I can remember my dad was gone for 3 months without coming home. The brakeman would have to get off of the trains and flag for them and when the train started to moving on the tracks the brakeman would literally have to run to hop the freight train and as time went on it got so dangerous to hop them that he finally quit. They would be traveling about 35 miles an hour by the time they would have to hop on. He had several friends that got their legs cut off from hopping them.
He then started running the tie yard at Delaplaine. I think that it was somewhere around 1945 or 1946. The picture above was probably quite a while before he ran the yard. I think that Boss Marshall was the Tie Inspector and he tried to find someone to take over so he could quit. My dad could identify timber so he got the job.. There was a lot of species of good timber. There was a few sawmills at that time. A lot of the ties were hewn by hand.They used a special axe to hew the ties. My dad could shoulder the big ties. He would buy them and then they would stack them to where they would cure out and then the Tie Co would send him shipping invoices to ship them out in big box cars. They would then cresote the ties. You had to cross the railroad track to go to the tie yard. It was behind the cotton gin. It went all the way along the tracks up to the other crossing. He always had several guys that stacked ties and loaded the ties when they were shipped out.
I remember several men that loaded the ties Adrian Cannon, Charlie Arnold, The Gentry Boys, John Flannery. James Baysinger, Everett Rice. He had several more that worked there. As far as I know there were not any other inspectors that worked Delaplaine after my dad started.The tie yard had a deep layer of pea gravel on it. Dad also had an office.
I don't have any pictures of the Tie Yard. I have lots of memories of that time. Sincerely Yours, Connie Dean
|MISS TILLIE DEACON||MAR. 20 , 1902||VISITING|
|SAM BRACKEN||MAY 1, 1902||HOUSE FIRE|
|MR. REED||MAY 1, 1902||BARN FIRE|
|MR. CHANEY||MAY 1, 1902||SICK|
|RICHARD GREEN||MAY 1, 1902||GUEST OF BROTHER|
|TOM GREEN||MAY 1, 1902||BROTHER OF RICHARD GREEN|
|WILL COOPER||MAY 1, 1902||BEECH GROVE VISITING RELATIVES|
|REV. LUCIAN CROWLEY||MAY 1, 1902||PREACH AT JONES RIDGE|
|PAT MARTIN||MAY 1, 1902||FAMILY SICK|
|WILL BONNER||MAY 1, 1902||MOVED HIS MILL O'KEAN|
|EUGENE WATSON||MAY 1, 1902||GO TO THE WORLD'S FAIR|
|ELLSWORTH BURKHOLDER||MAY 1, 1902||GO TO THE WORLD'S FAIR|