The Crowley Ridge Chronicle

Excerpts from an article on The Snowdens in The Crowley Ridge Chronicle (date unknown, estimated circa early 1970’s):

Dreamy summer afternoon at the main house, as seen coming in from the lake.

After Bob Snowden came home from serving in WWI, he went to Horseshoe to learn farming and “while there he boarded with a middle-aged couple. The wife was 60 and the husband 55 years of age. When it was time for Bob to leave and return to Knoxville for his wedding, he gave his landlady a box of candy for her kindness to him. The husband was the jealous type, and Bob found this description would have been an understatement as he mounted his horse to leave, for the man jumped him with a monkey wrench. He managed to get the man into the water, however, knowing that he was afraid of water, and he “just held his head under for a few minutes to cool him off.” At this moment the wife came running out yelling, “If you’ll drown him I’ll give you my last $50.00!”

And this was just the beginning of Bob’s troubles. He had to go overland to Bruins Landing to catch the mail boat so that he could get across the Mississippi River and catch the train for Memphis. As luck would have it there was a “flu” epidemic which complicated matters, since the boatman was sick, and this particular day became the first in about 50 years that the boat did not run. All young Bob could do was secure a boat himself, and row it across the river. He got a boat, jumped in with his suitcase and dog, and long came two men, the Baddour brothers, walking up with packs on their backs. The brothers explained that they had to get across, too, so they all rowed and landed the craft on a sandbar at the south end of the island instead of the north end. This meant that Bob was forced to swim about 200 yards. Although he lost his dog, he did manage to float his suitcase along with him. And even after reaching the other side, he still had to run a mile and a half to catch the train through Memphis and on to Knoxville, and made it to the wedding on time. (The Baddour brothers spent the night on the island.)

Grace recalled that neither she nor Bob knew one thing about living in the country. “I just assumed we would have milk, butter and eggs,” she said. “We would have starved had it not been for two dear neighbors, Dr. Burch and Mr. Gordon, who kept us supplied with food until we could get our own cows and chickens.”