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Thomas H. Barron sends James L. Courtney after Ronchalia (Bud) Barron
Many questions remain but here are some details.
Verbal stories from our relatives as well as accounts in the diary by James L. Courtney prompt a writing of the details and times of this trip. The story is told by descendants in our history, that one member was in some serious trouble and that his father had to spend a great deal of money to get him out of it. I was told this in person and I have made some guesses as to what happened and how. This is the story of a trip from Blevins Texas to Grantico Louisiana taken in early 1874 by James L. Courtney and a neighbor Jim Snodgrass at the behest or request of Thomas Hudson Barron. They were sent all expenses paid, to bring Ronchalia "Bud" Barron back from Louisiana. The exact reason why "Bud" went to Louisiana in the first place is unknown but where he went and stayed is known. It is my belief that Thomas H. Barron took care of the problem In Blevins and after it was settled he sent for Ronchalia to return home. It is stated by relatives that a man was killed and that the father had spent almost all of his money to get his Son out of trouble and I believe that is eaxctly what happened so long ago and that the father in this case was Thomas Hudson Barron and his son was Ronchalia. Here from the diary of James L. Courtney is the story with some corrections: I have drawn this trail on an old map below The year 1874 January 3 Saturday morning at marlin & started for Bud from marlin to Reame by rail $4~ & changed cars at Bremont & reached Hearne at 11 oclock & there had to lay over until Sunday nite at 8:30 & for Hotel Bill at Hearne meals at Hearne for book & pencil & exchanged $27.30 in coin for $30.00 in curency at marlin $4.00 70 January 4 Sunday at Hearne & had to lay over at Hearne untill 8:30 at nite & then taken the train for Palestine $ fair for Palestine by R.R. $9.80 for breakfast at Palestine $125 & then taken the car for Longview January 5 Monday morning at Palestine & taken the cars for Longview & reached Longview & twelve o'clock fare to Longview by RR $8.40 for diner at Longview $1.25 for ticket to Shreveport $6.80 & reached Shreveport at 10 PM. & then taken the Bus for the Boat Bus fair $1.00 & taken the steamer for Grantico fair on the boat to Grantico $16.00 & stayed on the boat at Shreveport all nite. January 6 Tuesday on board of the boat by the Emila Labarge traveled all day on the boat & traveled about 150 mile by water. January 7 Wednesday aboard of the steamer on Red River on the Emila Labard a St Louis boat & sailed all day & passed a little town by the name of Coushatta & in the evening we landed at Grantico & we hired a hack to take us to Natchitoches & pad for hack from Grantico to Natchitoches $2.00 & we reached Natchitoches at dark & put up the same house that Bud had put up at by the name of G. Fonteno & stayed all nite January 8 Thursday at nachidoches & remained there all day & we went & seen Jo [illeg.] & in~the evening we setled our bill which was $4.00. Stage fair from Natchitoches to Shresport for me & "Jim Snodgrass" $18.00 & we left Natchitoches at nine in the nite & traveled all nite on the stage & like to have froze to death January 9 Friday morning at Daniel Comlandiers & taken breakfast at the Old Man House Paid him for Breakfast & [illeg.] $.50 & then got on the stage & started for Mansfield & reached Mansfield at nite & stayed there all nite & we still owe him for our nites lodging which was owe for nites lodging $3.00 January 10 Saturday morning in Mansfield & then taken the stage for Shreveport & we went about 14 miles & came on to Bud in camp by the side of the road & we went on to S. Schalers & there taken a layover ticket & waited for Bud to get ready to go home. We taken breakfast at S. Schalers & Bud he pad for it which was $.40 & during the day Bud he sold his saddle bridle & Both of his ponies for $67.50 in curency & me & Jim went to Hicory & stayed all day & at nite we went back to S. Schalers & stayed all nite January 11 Sunday at S. Schalers & remained there all day & we got some little pins for to bring home & Bud he came & stayed all the rest of the time with us. January 12 Monday at S. Schalers & had to stay there a" day & wait for the stage & we were paying $.75 cts (Prd) apease. January 13 Tuesday at S. Schalers & setled our bill which was $6.00 & we started for Shreveport & passed a little town by the name of Keecharge & then Shreveport & reached Shreveport at five A.M. & put up at the Planters Hotel for lodging at the Hotel for shaving three & cutting Jim hair $5.25 $1.25 January 14 Wednesday morning at Shreveport & we taken the cars for Longview for tickets $10.20 Breakfast at Longview $3.00 tickets to Hearne $26.50 & we traveled all day & reached Herne 10:40 PM & put up at the Hotel January 15 Thursday morning at Hearne & had to lay over there all day & wait for the train & we taken the cars for Marlin at 6 ocI PM tickits to Marlin $600 & changed cars at Bremet & reached marlin at 9 PM & put up the Hotel for cutting hair & shave $.50 January 16 Friday morning at Marlin & started for home $5.00 Hotel Bill $8.00 for hack for home $.50 for gloves $1.00. Bud - for shear $2.00 Snotgrass for shear & we all reached home before nite & the man that Brought us out stayed at our house all nite January 17 Saturday at Pa & the man that Brought us out started for home this morning & Bud he came up & Jim he went to Masterville this morning & back in the evening & Johney he came after him to go home & stay all nite. SEND EMAIL TO:
Thank you Arlin Dale(Fuzzy)BARRON.
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