Farmerville Gazette, February 15, 1939
Written by Edna Liggin as Uncle Lige
Community Heartbeat: Faces about the country: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shaver coming up from Ruston to visit his mother, Mrs. Jane Shaver …. Gordon Albritton home from school in New Orleans, due to illness …. Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Poland a-goin’ to see Mrs. Jeanie Roach at Hico …. purty little Annie Lee Smith of Bernice a-visitin’ Mary Buckley Sunday …. All these come to seein’ Mrs. Lillie Ray Sunday. Mrs. George Wilder and children, Mr. and Mrs. Frank (?) of Vienna …. D. T. Barham had lots of folks a-eatin’ up his chicken and ham Sunday …. Mrs. Frank Seibert, Mr. and Mrs. Barham Sterling of Bernice of Bernice, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hall of Vienna.
Sallies in Our Fields —
Thomas Huffman says you can shore distinguish swamp folk when they get to town they pull their money outen their shoes, their stockings and even put it in the pocket wif the hole in it so’s it will fall down in the lining of the coat and the pick-pocket can’t get it.
Union Gin Novelette —
Y’ars ago she was sweet on him, but another woman got him. But they didn’t find the happiness everlastin’ and the partin’ of way came. She left their love nest and he took up with the Ma and Pa again. Now, the first dark-headed girl and he is gettin’ a romantical slant to their friendship …. There shore is lots of romance in these hyar communities.
Memos of a Midnight ….
(I must dreampt them). Junior Barham has opened his domino parlor … well heated and plenty of room …. The young men of our community believe in sane fun …. The W. M. S. at Shiloh gave a Royal Service program Monday afternoon …. Over 300 people attended the Sunday school convention at Shiloh school convention at Shiloh last Sunday ….Miss Reita Andrews, of Marion, and former teacher of the school wuz a visitor there Friday …. This here midnight memoting has me almost asleep. Durn if I beleive Winchell thier.
Mid-town Vignette ….
They are a-lovin’ couple. They meet at sundown and get close together. She bathes him gently with her tongue when she is not placidly chewin’ her cud in silence by his side. Did you guess it? He is my brown mule; she is my cream colored Jersey cow. (Mas says anyone thet can spell es good us. I does the above ought to be within’ fer a New York Jarned).
New Buttercups ….
(Since we didn’t grow orchids, whatever they is). To the young man about the community who stipulates (Ma, bring me the diskshunary, I think I’ve done a big word)! his future wife must know how to cook! If they’s like Ma they learn to cook afterwards, being she spent all her time befo’ a-ketchin’ me …. To Van Ragers 9 munts old twin to Dan, fer takin’ his fust step last week.
(Right up my alley). I observes thet the folks in these hyar parts like donkey ball games …. that Bob Tabor likes ice cream in winter …. thet Darline and Frances Albritton, Beatrice Fomby, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Liggin were Wilhite visitors Sunday …. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Copelen and children; Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Bagwell, Joe, Felton, Dwain and Frances Bagwell were Salem visitors Sunday …. work is getten’ under way on tomato patches …. thet wif all the taxes and (?) why we are allowed to operate radios free of charge ….
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Edna Matthews Liggin will always be remembered as the official historian of Union Parish and the Book Mobile Lady. She began writing the Uncle Lige column in The Gazette in 1939. Over the years she wrote many articles about the Union Parish history, the people there and her bottle collection. In her retired years she enjoyed visiting the older people in the Union Parish community.