First look at the Buffalo River -
early 30s. Making staves - $1.25 per day -
in a stand of white oak - perhaps the last
uncut areas - some almost six feet in diameter.
Impressed with fresh, clear, cool water.
A pool would appear to be 3 feet deep, and
when one stepped in would reach to the waist.
No silt, no mud, no murky water - just clear
as a cloudless sky - this because of the
undisturbed forest of giant trees, untrampled
plants and the deep leaf mold and the
rich soil of the ages.
1. Blowing Cane - first air-conditioning -
long before it was discovered for buildings and cars.
2. The two headed creature.
I would always have wondered.
Then teaching career, Commonwealth College,
lumberjack in the West, County office,
the war, postmaster, service in McMath admin. -
then the office of governor before I discovered
the Buffalo River again.
A float trip with Mack Sturgis and
Game Warden Tandy Rush - Farrell was along.