If Everyone Was Like Myself
Written by John G. Frey
October 17 , 1937
Donated by Danny McDaniel
Thank you !
A piece of history of John Griffin Frey
John Griffin Frey was a long time settler of the Miller Community before the town of Paragould was ever established . When Miller Community was still wild and free one of the prosperous townships of Greene County . With a colorfull , variety of settlers making up their small community . Miller was a very lively community in its hayday with outlawsand moonshiners hiding on the islands of the St. Francis from the long arm of the law . The many hunting and fishing parties that enjoyed the bountiful wildlife along the St. Francis river that bordered the small community . The life of the steamboats along the river , the travelers coming to and forth at Mitchell's Point . Cotton and wild game being shipped out by the route of the river on the steamboats . Now , when I go back to Miller Community where I was raised , I can just imagine how it must have been and you can too from reading the stories of John G. Frey .
In my eyes John G. Frey was a great historian having the forethought of passing down his life history to his son , Raymond who contributed the stories of his father's life to Greene Counties History for us to enjoy . In the article below , remember it was written in 1937 but look how similar it sounds like the events happening in our news today.
Miller Community History
DID YOU KNOW ?
THAT IF EVERYBODY WERE LIKE MYSELF :
THEN THERE WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE ANY PEACE OFFICERS OF ANY KIND , NO JAILS OR PRISONS OF ANY SORT.
THERE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH LAW BUSINESS IN THIS COUNTY TO KEEP ONE LAWYER FROM STARVING TO DEATH.
THERE WOULD NOT BE NO CRIMES TO SUPPORT A CRIMINAL COURT , NO DIVORCES TO SUPPORT A DIVORCE COURT , NO CROOKED DEALS TO CAUSE CIVIL COURTS.
THERE WOULD BE NO FAMILY QUARRELS , SEPARATIONS OR DIVORCES.
ABOUT ALL COUNTY AND STATE OFFICIALS WOULD BE DONE AWAY WITH , THEREFORE TAXES WOULD BE REDUCED TO ALMOST NOTHING.
A LITTLE ONE ROOM COURT HOUSE IS ALL THAT WOULD BE NEEDED AND THAT TO KEEP A RECORD-KEEPER AND HIS BOOKS IN.
ALL MOONSHINERS , BOOTLEGGERS AND OTHERS SELLING STRONG DRINK WOULD GO OUT OF BUSINESS WITH-IN A WEEK.
ALL SODA AND OTHER SOFT DRINKS WOULD HAVE TO GO OUT OF BUSINESS FOR WANT OF TRADE.
ALL HOUSES OF PROSTITUTION WITH VILE WOMEN OR OTHER ILL - FAMES , "ROAD - hOUSES " , GAMBLING DENS , DANCE HALLS , POOL ROOMS AND ALL OTHER PLACES THAT BREED VICE WOULD GO OUT OF BUSINESS.
STORES , BANKS , HOUSES OF ALL KIND WOULD GO UNLOCKED AND THE MAKERS OF ALL KINDS OF LOCKS WOULD QUIT AND GO OUT OF BUSINESS AT ONCE.
GOSSIPING , WHICH CAUSES SO MUCH TROUBLE , HEART-ACHES AND GRIEF WOULD BE UNKNOWN AND WHAT A DIFFERENT WORLD IF ALL YOU HEARD YOU WOULD KNOW TO BE THE TRUTH.
ALL PEOPLE WOULD BE SO THOUGHTFUL AND RELIABLE THAT THEIR WORD WOULD BE CONSIDERED AS GOOD AS A BOND . A GOOD BOND .
THERE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN THIS DEPRESSION , SINCE THERE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN "WORLD WAR " FOR IT TO HAVE BEEN THE AFTER-MATH OF .
EXTRAVAGENCE WOULD BE UNKNOWN AND INSTEAD THE STRICTEST ECONOMY .
ALL PEOPLE WOULD MAKE A DESPERT EFFORT TO PAY ALL JUST DEBTS AND WOULD SACRIFICE MOST ANYTHING TO DO SO.
EACH PERSON WOULD HAVE ENERGY AND RESPECT FOR HIMSELF ENOUGH TO MAKE A DESPERATE EFFORT TO MAKE A LIVING FOR HIMSELF AND FAMILY AND THRIFT ENOUGH TO TRY TO LAY UP SOMETHING FOR THE RAINY DAY.
THERE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN ANY OF THIS "RELIEF" OR DOLE , WHICH IN THE END IS LIKELY TO BE THE DOWNFALL OF OUR NATION.
HARMONY WOULD BE THE RULE IN THE HOME , IN THE BUSINESS , IN THE PLAY .
NO ONE WOULD KNOWINGLY , WILLINGLY , CHEAT OR BEAT YOU IN ANY WAY.
EACH PERSON WOULD DO HIS " DEAD LEVEL " BEST TOWARD HIS FAMILY AND FEEL IT HIS SACRID DUTY TO DO SO.
EACH MAN WOULD FEEL IT HIS BOUNDED DUTY TO PUT FORTH EVERY EFFORT IN FACT , MAKE MANY SACRIFICES TO DO THE BEST HE COULD BY HIS CHILDREN AND GIVE THEM THE BEST CHANCE IN HIS POWER .
EACH MAN SHOULD BE A MANLY MAN TO HIS WIFE AND BE A REAL HUSBAND AND LET NO ONE COME BETWEEN THEM.
NO ONE WOULD TRY TO OUT DO THE OTHER FELLOW BY MAKING A FALSE SHOW .
EACH PERSON WOULD BE HIMSELF AND NOT BETRYING TO APE THE OTHER FELLOW.
JNO. G. FREY - OCTOBER 17, 1937
IN THE ABOVE I HAVE TRIED TO SET OUT MY LIFE AS I BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN UP UNTIL THIS DATE , HOWEVER , WE CANNOT SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.
$100.00 REWARD FOR PROOF THAT THE ABOVE IS NOT TRUE.