Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-221).
Clay County: Arkansas's frontier. Native Americans in the Mississippi Valley ; Spanish imprints in the future Arkansas delta ; French culture in the delta ; Transportation, river travel ; Earthquakes ... ; Religion ; Creation of Clay County ; Railroad debut in Northeast Arkansas ; Second migration to Clay County ; Clay County homesteads -- Cotton fields in Clay County -- Pfeiffers in Piggott -- Pfeiffer farm structures -- Pfeiffer farming operations -- Liquidation of Pfeiffer Farms.
Clay County, Arkansas, was a flatland with little improvements at the outset of the twentieth century. Into this primitive society came a St. Louis entrepreneur with a liking for agriculture. Paul Pfeiffer bought large tracts of land, set up tenant farmers, and reigned for nearly fifty years as a beneficent landlord. Laymon records the gratitude of many a family who remember with appreciation loans made to acquire equipment. When farming was interrupted by the coming of the railroad, both Pfeiffer and his tenants adapted to a lumbering economy-so long as the hardwood forest lasted. Interesting.
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