"The Ridge and Its People"

Transcribed by my daughter

Christina Easley

Thanks Sis!

01/24/04 02:41 PM

Trouble was once they got around to names they sometimes overdid it. Paragould had two names one time, as did Lafe.

The Paragould post office was originally at Bula, one and three-quarter miles to the northeast. Before Bula was Bula it was Mt. Carmel. When the Bula postmaster saw the trains cross at what was then called " The Crossing," he asked the goverment for permission to move his post office there.

Permission granted, he went along with the popularly-supported name, Paragould, the hybrid name taken from two railroad tycoons. Mr. Gould's railroad, however didn't take to the honor and continued listing their depot as Parmley. Freight arriving only feet apart came addressed under seperate names until the Gould company finally gave in. "You'll like Parmley" just didn't catch on.

Lafe had a similar problem, not between two railroads, but between the railroad depot and the post office. According to reports the town was originally known as Newberry, named for a local sawmill operator. Frieght and passengers came to the depot under that name.

Not being satisfied with just a train station, Newberry tried for a post office. But another of those postal bureaucrats didn't care for the name. So the applicant, Carl Gilg, suggested Loulyma, coined from the names of his three daughters, Louise, Lily and Mary.

Apparently townspeople never got used to train freight coming to Newberry while mail came to Loulyma. They asked that the town, post office and debot be united under the name Lafe, picked to honor the postmaster Lafeayette Miller. That was done in 1902.

Nobody and everybody seem to know how Delaplaine got its name. Sometimes it seems the town has as many different spelling as it has residents. There must be a defferent story behind every spelling too. But the tales are no less interesting for their multiplicity.\par The name has been written, and in some cases is still Being written, Delta Plains, De la plain, De le plaine, Deliplaine, Delaplain, DDelaplane- to list a few.

Not only the spelling has changed over the years. Before 1894 the town was on the opposite side of the railroad tracks from where it is now.

Some sources say the name comes from the French for "of the plain." Since Delaware Indians were said to have vilages near the present sites of Delaplaine and Gainesville, others say the name might mean "plains of the Delawares."

With two railroad magnates enshrined in Paragould's name, honor has also been given two generals.

The county, of course, is said to be -- and said not to be named for Revolutionary War Gen. Nathanael Greene, But Marmaduke was, sure enough, named after Confederate Gen. John S. Marmaduke, who is said to have camped near the town that took his name in 1882.

Religion also influenced several place names. Standford, an early Methodist circuit rider. Center Hill, likemany other communities, took its name from the nearby church.

Without written records, sometimes even with them, tracing place names is guesswork. It might be easy to find out the community was named for a man named Miller, for instance, but which one and why and what did he do to deserve the honor?

Piercing together clues can be fascinating. If anyone has any to offer, they will be appreciating. If anyone has any to offer, they will be appreciated

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Author : Kitty Sloan