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Resolution of Respect

Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 8:58 AM


"Clay County Independent"

Editor, Ben Daulton

January, 1925


Whereas, on January 24, 1925, God saw fit to call from our midst Mrs. Pearl McCluney, wife of Brother Jim McCluney, who was a member of Oak Local No. 3539 of the F. E. & C. U. of A. She was a loyal member and a loving wife and mother, and was loved by all who knew her.

We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family and kindred.

Be it resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Arkansas Union Farmer, a copy be spread on our minutes, and a copy be sent to the bereaved family.

Garland Bradshear,

S. B. Sigsby,

J. B. McCrady.


Mrs. Katie Pearl Mobley McCluney was the daughter of early Scatterville pioneers, Columbus Boyd Mobley and Ella E Knight. Both Pearl and James D. McCluney grew up in the Scatterville-Lone Oak area, and Pearl became the bride of James in 1904. This couple were parents of 3 boys, Carl, Donald and Myron McCluney, and one daughter, Wilton Inez McCluney (Earnest McDonald). By the way, Pearl McCluney was only 39 years old, when she died in 1925.

Your writer found this published Resolution of Respect to be unusual, having never seen mention of this farmers' organization, the F.E. & C.U. of A. I had a hard time finding any information for this early farmers' group, but did find that the initials represent- Farmers Educational and Co-Operative Union of Arkansas. The area to the northwest of Scatterville was called Lone Oak and even had their own public school back in the early 1900's, up until sometime in the 1930's. We can see from this "Resolution of Respect", that several area farmers belonged to this Lone Oak Local No. 3539.

The last names of the men who signed the "Resolution", will be remembered by many of our readers, as some of the descendents of the Bradsher, Sigsby and McCrady families that moved into Rector, and ran successful businesses here.

And, during my research "online", I came across the picture of a lapel pin for this farmers' group! What is the chance that someone out there, knows more about this group, or perhaps, has one of the lapel pins mentioned?

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