Bellzona's Picture Book
The Arkansas Family -
Mrs. Charles Herbert
Bell (Birdie Lou Watkins)
picture is a copy of one owned by Celia Bell Williams, Mrs. Lloyd William
of Batesville, Arkansas. Celia is the daughter of Birdie Lou Watkins Bell.
Birdie Lou is the daughter of Pierce Watkins and Walsie Jones Watkins.
Walsie was the sister to Joseph H. Jones, daughter of William Stephens
These are Celia's comments:
"My mother was a pretty lady who never
looked her age. Even when she died she still had her black hair. She and
my Dad managed to raise nine children and they all graduated from high
school. It wasn't easy to send nine children to school on a farmer's
income. My mom would can five hundred jars of fruit and vegetables every
year along with all the other work that goes on with a farm. They always
had cows, hogs, and chickens to keep the family in meat, milk and eggs.
Mother made butter and sold it along with eggs for spending money. She had
a very even disposition, but once she did get angry, it took her forever
to get over it."
This sounds familiar as to the
personalities of the Jones's. There is a joke about the old man and old
lady Jones who had fussed over a pair of scissors for years. She fell in
the river and since he could not swim he was standing on the shore looking
to throw her a rope. He had no trouble aiming at her hand since it was
still up in the air out of the water, gesturing with two fingers like a
pair of scissors.
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