Indiana McCaslins

Louisa Edna Lee SmithAge: 80 years18821962

Louisa Edna Lee Smith
Birth February 19, 1882 25 25
DivorceWilliam Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher)View this family

Birth of a sisterMaggie Smith
February 1884 (Age 23 months)
Birth of a sisterEthel Smith
September 1890 (Age 8 years)
Death of a motherSarah Maxwell
before 1900 (Age 17 years)

MarriageWilliam Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher)View this family
December 23, 1900 (Age 18 years)
Census 1900 (Age 17 years)
Birth of a son
James (Jim) Monroe Fletcher
June 6, 1903 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
William Ernest (Buster) Fletcher
January 28, 1908 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a daughter
Annie Chloa Fletcher
July 31, 1911 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a son
Andy Coe Fletcher
July 31, 1911 (Age 29 years)

Death of a sonAndy Coe Fletcher
about 1912 (Age 29 years)

Birth of a daughter
Lula Belle Fletcher
August 23, 1916 (Age 34 years)
Marriage of a childCharles Henry McCoyAnnie Chloa FletcherView this family
July 27, 1929 (Age 47 years)

Census 1930 (Age 47 years)
Death of a husbandWilliam Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher)
July 31, 1939 (Age 57 years)
Burial of a husbandWilliam Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher)
after July 31, 1939 (Age 57 years)
Note: Birta Cemetery
Death of a sonJames (Jim) Monroe Fletcher
December 13, 1952 (Age 70 years)
Burial of a sonJames (Jim) Monroe Fletcher
December 17, 1952 (Age 70 years)
Death November 9, 1962 (Age 80 years)

Family with parents - View this family
elder brother
20 months
2 years
younger sister
7 years
younger sister
Family with William Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher) - View this family
Marriage: December 23, 1900, Jackson, Arkansas
2 years
5 years
William Ernest (Buster) Fletcher
Birth: January 28, 1908 27 25Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas
Death: October 1978Newport, Jackson, Arkansas
4 years
5 years
William Jasper (Jasper) (Bill) McCaslin (Fletcher) + Sarah Margaret (Maggie) Boyles - View this family
husband’s wife

Birth1900 US Federal Census
MarriageArkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957
Census1900 US Federal Census
Census1930 Federal Census
Shared note
In the 1900 US Federal Census for Bird, Jackson, Arkansas, 43-year-old Arkansas-born widower J B [James Buchanan] Smith has in his household his Arkansas-born children, 19-year-old Andy, 18-year-old Edna, 16-year-old Maggie and 9-year-old Ethel, and three boarders, 11-year-old Tennessee-born Oliver Johnson, Arkansas-born 19-year-old Dave Wilson and 20-year-old Missouri-born John Keith. James is recorded as owning his farm free of mortgage. Andy , Oliver, Dave, and John are farm laborers. Andy has attended school six months of the past year, whereas Edna, Maggie, Ethel, Oliver and Dave have attended four months. Everyone can speak English. James, Andy, Edna, Maggie, Oliver and Dave can read and write while Ethel and John cannot. James' parents were born in Tennessee [sic]; the Smith children's parents were born in Arkansas; Oliver's parents were born in Tennessee; Dave's father was born in Arkansas, but the birthplace of his mother is unknown; John's parents were born in Missouri. On 21 Dec 1900 in Jackson County, Arkansas, 21-year-old Jasper McCaslin applied for a marriage license to marry 19-year-old Edna Smith, both were residents of Tuckerman, Jackson, Arkansas. They were married by W G Hogan, Justice of the Peace on 23 Dec 1900 in Jackson County, Arkansas. In the 1930 US Federal Census for Harrison, White, Arkansas, 49-year-old Arkansas-born widow [sic William McCaslin Fletcher is still living] Edna [Smith] Fletcher was married when she was 20-years old. She has in her household her 21-year-old Arkansas-born son Ernest C and her 13-year-old Arkansas-born daughter Lula E. The family is living in a house that Edna owns worth $200. They do not have a radio. Edna is a washer woman for private families, Ernest is a laborer in a factory and Lula is attending school. Edna and Ernest have worked on the last regularly schedule work day. Ernest has not served in the military. Everyone's parents were born in Arkansas [sic]. Edna Fletcher Left A Wealth of Memories BALD KNOB BANNER - 29 May 1980 (Bald Knob, White, Arkansas) By GLADYS RICHARDSON You've met people who are always trying to impress others with how important they are. They go around bragging about how much money they have contributed, or how much food they have given, or all the committees they have been on anything to feel that the public realizes their worth. Others do their good deeds in private, not getting out and letting the world know about what they do, but at the same time doing everything they can to help their fellow man. Mrs. Edna Fletcher was a prime example of those who go about their deed of mercy silently, without thought of acclaim or notoriety. She has been gone from us for a number of years, but those who knew her speak of her lovable character, and remark about the little things she did to help them. Her pastor in eulogizing her said, "She did what she could." Louisa Edna Lee Smith was the second child of James Buchanan Smith and Sarah Maxwell Smith. She was born Feb. 19th, 1882 in Tuckerman in Jackson County. She had one brother, Andy, who was 8 months older, and two younger sisters, Mag and Ethel. Mrs. Smith was ill for two or three years before her death. Edna, who was only eight or nine years old, felt the responsibility rested on her as she was the oldest daughter. She accepted that responsibility and learned to care for the sick, cook, clean, wash and iron, and care for two younger sisters. Her father, who was known to most people in Jackson County as "Uncle Buck" owned and operated his farm: He was also a carpenter and owned the picnic grounds and several rent houses in Tuckerman. Andy Smith, the brother, married twice, both times to Smith girls. From the first marriage there were two girls, Viola and Ruby. After their mother's death their Aunt Edna took care of them after Viola grew up she married Tom Tucker, and had one daughter, Tommie Lee. After Mr. Tucker's death Viola and Tommie Lee moved to California. There Viola met and married Robert DeMoss. In 1958 they moved near Bald Knob on the Clayton Moody place on the Liberty Valley Road. They made two crops of sweet potatoes and then decided to move back to California. While here they attended the Church of Christ regularly and made a lot of friends. Ruby married David Crabtree. They had five children. Andy later married Florilla Smith and he and his second wife had four sons, Henry, Melvin, Daniel, and Norris. All of them live in California. Edna Smith met William Jasper Fletcher in 1900, and in 1901 married him against her father's wishes. Mr. Fletcher was 'a railroad man' a section foreman. As he was young on the job, he was "bumped" frequently. They moved often and lived in Tuckerman, Beebe, Cabot, Ward, Austin, Heber Springs, and Swifton. Mr. Fletcher helped lay the rails at Heber Springs. There were four children in the family. James (Jim) Monroe Fletcher was born June 6th, 1903 at Tuckerman. William Ernest (Buster) was born January 28, 1908 at Heber Springs. Twins, Annie Chloa and Andy Coe were born July 31, 1911. Andy Coe died as an infant. Lula Belle was born August 23, 1916 at Tuckerman. Due to some problems Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher later separated. In 1918 flu was raging everywhere. Mrs. Fletcher nursed the members of many families back to health. She felt it was so contagious that she would undress and then redress, leaving her clothes outside the house, as she did not want to spread the dread illness. In 1919 the family moved to Bald Knob on the Will Nichols place. That is where Davis Realty Company is now. Mrs. Fletcher and the children lived there several years. Mrs. Fletcher, Jim, and Buster all worked for Mr. and Mrs. Nichols. He grew a lot of strawberries; Mrs. Fletcher helped Mrs. Nichols in the house as well as working on the farm. One day they were preparing apples to dry, and were putting them on top of the barn to dry in the sun. The Nichols children, Otis, Helen, I and Alene were all quite small. The Fletcher children called Mrs. Nichols "Miss Mirtie." While they were working Miss Mirtie looked up and saw Otis on top of the barn. He was only about three years old. The barn had a steep roof, and he had climbed the ladder to get up there. The two women really got a scare. They began telling him how smart and clever he was to getup there all by himself, and asked him to show them how he could get down by himself. When he hesitated they didn't know they were going to get him down, but finally he succumbed to their persuasion, and came down, really proud of his accomplishment. When he reached the ground he really caught it. He didn't make many more trips up there. Otis could always get into scrapes and then out again without hurting himself. Later the Fletchers moved to where Freddie Barnes now has his trailer park, and continued working at the Nichols place. While there they had lovely neighbors - The Eddingtons, Rashes and Uncle Dick and Aunt Vinney Pryor. The Pryor's had a daughter, Alberta Freeman and her daughter Juanita. Lula enjoyed playing with the children. She and Neva Kate Rash played together, as well as Lula and Juanita. One day while Lula and Juanita were playing in the smokehouse, the families were picking berries. They decided to build a fire in the old stove. The flue was stopped up, and the smoke-house caught on fire. They were scared nearly to death. There was not much damage, but the girls were made to remember it. The Pryors were extremely clean, neat people. They scrubbed the floors with sand, and the pine floors just shone. Another time when Juanita and Lula were playing together, Lula said, "Juanita if you would wash real good you would be as white as I am." Juanita answered, "Lula, God made you white and me black." Lula never forgot that. She always considered Juanita a very dear friend. There was a natural spring on the Freddy Barnes place. Mrs. Fletcher would send Buster and Chloa to water the cows. She told them to let the cows drink all the water they wanted, and then to fill the tubs and leave them full. They were so smart they decided one of them was to keep the cows driven back while the other filled the tubs and leave the tubs full. Many years later they would laugh and tell how they thought they were leaving the tubs full of water. Since there was only three years difference in their ages, they were always in to something. There was a delicious apple tree on the place and they would climb up into the tree and sit on the branches and eat the apples. Lula was so small she could not climb up, and she would beg them to throw her an apple. When they just took their time about throwing one to her, she would finally say, "I'll tell Mama," and then the apples would simply rain down. In the 1920's there was much to do for entertainment. Radio was very new and TV had scarcely been thought of. Mrs. Fletcher would play the organ and all the neighbors would come The Nichols, Walmsleys, Rashes, Eddingtons, and Wallaces and the group would sing for hours. They used hymnals with shaped notes. They got together two or three times a week, and always on Sunday afternoons. They attended church at the Forty School House. In 1921 the Fletchers moved to town in the R.P.Moore house where Gladys Samples lives. This building was a part of the old First Christian Church Chapel. Jim got a job working for Campbell and Richardson Power and Light plant. Mrs. Fletcher cooked for boarders. The depot was being built at that time, and she cooked for them and did all the laundry for the men. The Ulis Hicks and Will Pinkett families lived nearby. Mrs. Pinkett and Mrs. Fletcher would walk miles to care for the sick. The children enjoyed going to the bottoms to pick up hickory nuts and pecans. While they were in the bottoms Jim and Mable Keith married. The family didn't know they were even planning to marry, so it came as a shock. Buster, Chloa and Lula started to school at Bald Knob in 1922. Chloa was five years older than Lula, so their mother would tell Chloa to help Lula with her lessons. Lula wasn't really trying to learn, for she was spoiled and lazy. It took a lot of patience to work with her, and Chloa grew tired of the struggle, so instead of making Lula get her lessons herself, Chloa would do all the problems and answer the questions and then have Lula copy her work. Jim and Mable [sic] were married in October, 1924. Jim bought a new Model T Ford. All the family attended the Baptist Church in a building where the Masonic lodge is now. They attended it for several years. That Christmas they all went to the Christmas tree at the Baptist Church. Back then the parents would take the children's toys to the church. Santa would be there and hand the gifts out. Lula had seen a doll in Clark's Drug Store window that she felt she just had to have. She talked about it so much that her mother told her she could not have "that doll". It was quite expensive and Mrs. Fletcher could not afford it. As they got out of the at the church, they told Chloa to take Lula on inside they could bring the toys When Jim picked up the box with "that doll" in it, it said "Mama". Lula heard it, grew quite excited. She just knew that someway, somehow she was going to "that doll." Later she found out that Jim had bought it. That was one of happiest Christmases the family ever had. They moved to Tuckerman and farmed on the McNutt place. Jim and Mable's [sic] farmed there one year. Ella Mae, the oldest of Jim and Mable's children was born in Tuckerman. That was Mrs. Fletcher's first grandchild. After that she was called Granny by a lot of her friends. Later Jim and his family moved to Judsonia. Mrs. Fletcher made another cotton crop. That's where they got acquainted with Tom, Hulda, and Virginia Casteel. The children went to White schoolhouse. Virginia was in third grade, so Lula tried to take the third grade over and be in the class with Virginia. Mrs. Fletcher let her do that. In 1928 Mrs. Fletcher moved to Bald Knob. They moved into another R.P. Moore rent house on Hi-way 64-67. The family had made a good crop and they were able to buy some things for their home. They bought rugs, curtains, new beds, and all new clothes for the family. They were really happy. A Mr. Deaton put in a tomato canning plant across the tracks. There were probably 60 to 80 who were employed there during the canning season. Chloa and her mother both worked there. The local farmers grew the tomatoes so it proved to be a good business for the community. It operated for several years and helped many a family. Later the Casteels moved to Bald Knob and Virginia and Lula got to be in the same room at school again. By that time Chloa was married and not there to do Lula's work for her any more. Lula said, "If she hadn't married when I was in the fifth grade, I guess I would never have graduated. Miss LaDelle Honea was a fifth grade teacher and was so good and knew how to encourage a lazy student to do her best. I became very interested in school. Lula and Virginia continued through school together and graduated together in 1936. The Fletcher family moved to the Roxie Steward Apartment house. (Where the 64-67 Motel was operated at a later time by the Deeter family.) The rent was cheaper there. While they lived there Chloa went to see her father who lived at Birta, in Perry County. That was her second visit to him. When she stepped off the train Henry McCoy was standing near Mr. Fletcher, and he remarked, "That's my wife!" Two weeks later they married. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary July 27th, 1979. Mrs. Fletcher afterward bought a house in Judsonia. They worked for Commie Rhew and C.E. Martindill. Rhew grew cotton and Martindell raised berries. Jim worked for both of them. The family chopped cotton and hoed and picked berries. Jim and Mable lived on the Rhew place down on the river a couple of years and then moved to Judsonia. By that time they had Ella Mae, James, and Joe. They lived just across the street from Granny, Buster and Lula, and they certainly enjoyed those kids. Granny bought a cow while they lived in Judsonia. They were very proud of having their own milk and butter. Mrs. Fletcher sold milk and butter while they lived there. The Judsonia people were very friendly and they made a lot of friends while living there. Granny was a person who loved everyone. They had lots of company. Buster and Lula were both at home and they had many young people in their home. One of the young people who came with friends in 1931 was Carl Sheffer. Lula had never seen him before, and she thought he was extremely handsome. She said she also had a feeling that she was going to know him better sometime. They moved back to Bald Knob and Mrs. Fletcher started a laundry business and did some house cleaning. Again they lived in the Steward Apartment building. Granny brought the cow to Bald Knob and continued selling milk and butter. One of her best customers was little June Forbes. She would come down while Granny was churning and wait until she would take up the butter. Then June would enjoy fresh buttermilk from the churn. It was so good! There were only two houses, the Otto Cranford's and J .K. Jameson's, between the Fletchers and the Forbes. The children played hopscotch, marbles, rode bicycles and skated and there was lots of hide-and seek! Mrs. Steward's grandson, Rowland (who lived with her) married Loverta Glenn, a fourth grade teacher in Bald Knob school. They had an apartment there. Mary Albert Collison, her daughter, Mary Lou, and her brother Jimmy Albert, lived there too. The Fletchers used to hear Mary teaching Mary Lou her prayers. There was only a wall between their bedrooms. Mary Lou Collison has just recently written "A Prayer Journal" and it's beautiful. You can see the Fletchers lived close to a lot of people. Due to a water shortage they moved from the Steward's to Mrs. Ida Miller's, (Hugh's mother). As Mrs. Fletcher was in the laundry business she had to be where there was a good supply of water. The first Maytag Washing Machine in Bald Knob was demonstrated at her home in Bald Knob. Chloa and Lula had started going to the Christian Church when they were 13 and eight years old. Both had joined the church in 1928. Their mother came into the church later by transfer from the Baptist Church. She loved the church and took care of it for a number of years. She baked the communion bread and prepared it for each Lord's Day. In those days the church was heated with wood, and she built the fires. Neighbors they enjoyed in those days were Howard and Gladys Walmsley, Mrs. Emma Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Cranford, and Bert and Vera Coe. Mrs. Ida Miller was a jewel. She taught Lula a lot. Gladys Walmsley was interested in Eastern Star work and asked Granny if she'd be interested and she joined. Gladys helped her get ready for her initiation. Granny really enjoyed the Chapter. She also was a member of the Royal Neighbors. They met once a month, for a social. There was a real bond in this group of Christian women. The members were Mrs. Betty Moody (Herbert's mother), Mrs. Huffaker, Mrs. Mae Barnes, Mrs. Hotopp, Mrs. Donna Collison, and Granny. The Christian Workers, now the Christian Women's Fellowship, was real active. They met in different homes each month. Granny was active in this group too. Some of those other members were Verta Adkins, Pearl Brown, Margaret Grayson, Kate Saxe, Flora Cullum, Donna Collison, Texas Dumas, Beulah Watson, Sarah Upchurch, Vera Coe, and Gladys Woods. One of Granny's greatest desires was for her children to get an education. When Lula finished High School in 1936, her mother was delighted. Her father, J.B. Smith, who was in his 80's, came to the graduation. They wondered how they were going to get him up the steps. The steps were steep and high into the first floor, and the auditorium was upstairs. They had wondered if he would be able to make it, but he did, and was happy to see his first grandchild to receive a high school diploma. Buster married Dorothy Bloomquist of Tuscola, Illinois in 1936. Two or three years later he enlisted in the Armed Services. He served in France and Belgium in the Medics. While he was stationed in California Dorothy and his mother visited him and also Mrs. Fletcher's brother, Andy, and his family. While there they treated her royally. They took her to Fisherman's Wharf and many other interesting places. It was her first trip to California. During the War years Granny rolled bandages for the American Red Cross and received a medal for her services. She won one of the top awards. She was never idle. Her hands were always busy. Jim and Mable moved to Bald Knob in 1940. Their five children, Ella Mae Rooks, James Fletcher, Joe Fletcher, Dewayne Fletcher, and Reva Fletcher, all graduated from Bald Knob High School. Jim managed a service station when he first moved to Bald Knob. Later he worked for the Highway department and was made road commissioner of White County. He served there six years. He was Mayor of Bald Knob four terms. During the time he was Mayor the tornado struck Bald Knob. Telephone and light wires hung in twisted masses from poles and straggled into the streets, gas mains with broken and the water service was totally disrupted. There was no communication with the rest of the world until an emergency line was set up by the Red Cross with a connection at Memphis. Mayor Fletcher offered the City Hall, which had been erected while he was Mayor, for the use of all emergency personnel. He tried to be everywhere at once, and went 72 hours without sleep. He was near exhaustion before he finally calmed down and tried to rest. He won a commendation from the Red Cross for his outstanding service. The strain had taken its toll though, and his health was affected. He survived on heart attack, but a later one in December proved fatal. He was it member of the Christian Church, the Rotary Club, the Masonic Blue Lodge, the Royal Arch Council, Zion Council, and the Woodmen of the World, He was a member of the volunteer fire department and during his terms as Mayor the city bought a new fire truck, which was housed in the new City Hall building. Buster worked for the Bald Knob Water Company for several years. He also operated a Grocery Store on Elm Street. His wife, Dorothy died in 1967. He was a member of the Bald Knob Fire Department. He had to sell the stock in the store after he had a stroke in 1968. Lula took care of him in her home for almost a year. He became a Christian in 1969 and attended Midway Baptist Church for a couple of years. He helped the classrooms, kitchen, fellowship hall, and plumbed the building. Three years later he married Pearlie. Ford of Grubbs. Pearlie had two sons, Bill and Fred. Bill had two sons and a daughter, and Fred had two children, a son and a daughter. Buster had always wanted a family. He loved his new sons and the grandchildren. He just loved people and helped them as much as he was able. He later became a member of the Church of Christ. He died of a heart attack in a Newport hospital in October, 1978. Chloa and Henry McCoy lived in Bald Knob at two different times in the 1940's. Some of their children attended Bald Knob School. Henry worked at Jim's service station, later at Texaco Gasoline Company, and for E.N. Campbell's store. They lived in the Francine Wright house and later on the Snell McDonald farm out near what is now the Bald Knob Country Club. Their children are Billy Charles McCoy, Mary Edna Leach, Jimmy McCoy, Nancy Porter, Johnny, Paul, Linda, Lochamy, Frances and Glenn. They have 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They now live in Ola, Arkansas and are enjoying visiting their children who are scattered in Benton, Hot Springs, Conway, Alexander, and Little Rock. One of the sons, Johnny had a family reunion on Lake Hamilton last year, with 50 present. The guests enjoyed skiing, boating, making ice cream and eating. He had more food there than anyone, would expect to see in one place. There were huge pans of barbeque ribs, fried chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, sliced tomatoes, and every kind of salad one could think of, large trays of deviled eggs, hot rolls and hot garlic bread, cakes and pies of every kind, with iced tea, lemonade, punch and all kinds of bottled drinks. About 2:00 o'clock they cut the melons, there about 50 of them, watermelons and honeydews, and all ice cold. At 3:30 they started making ice-cream, six gallons of fresh peach, banana, and vanilla cream. The guests realized what a perfect host he had been and they are all looking forward to another family reunion coming up this summer. Carl and Lula married at Christmas in 1939. They started keeping house in the Hodge house in Bald Knob, That house, too, had been a part of the Christian Chapel. It was just across the street from Granny's home, Carl Lou was born in 1941 while they were living in the Hodge house.