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Memories of Sedgwick

Evelyn Garvin Crow
Guest Writer

I recall Sedgwick, where I grew up as a youngster and spent my early teen years, being a small but exciting town in the '50s and '60s.

But in those years, my Daddy worked for Bailey Brothers, BB Vance and as a foreman on the Frisco Railroad. I recall when we lived in a house of Boss Vance's, just as you were leaving town on the right side, which is no longer there.

It was during the time that many people saw flying saucers. I loved looking at the stars after dark. We had a screened-in back porch that I would look out of at night and I saw a flying saucer as it landed in a field out back. I never saw it again. I told my parents, but they didn't believe me until other people reported seeing them also.

I also remember the old walk-in theater on Main Street. They had really good movies to watch, plus Hazel and Jake O'Connor would cook hotdogs, hamburgers, and popcorn and there were sodas for sale. My brother, Herman, who is deceased now, and my cousin Freda Buchanan and other friends would sit together at the movie house. We had so much fun. I believe John Berry ran the theater.

Homer West ran a grocery store there for years, and Wig Debow ran a station by the store. There was a cafe down the street called Sunset Cafe. At that time, it was run by Clarence and Ann Cook. My oldest brother, Samuel, was there so much on his big white horse and wearing western clothes that they nicknamed him the Sunset Kid.

At the end of town was another grocery, Charlie Lakey's. He was also the one who married my Mamma and Daddy, Guy Garvin and Dorothy Buchanan. They raised eight children in Sedgwick.

My brother, Virgil, and Daddy worked several years for BB Vance Company building homes and other structures.

Also past Lakey's grocery store was the last building in town, which was a service station operated by Darrell Jones. We had several good churches in town, where my sisters and I went often with friends, Harry and Eula Lamb's kids. We also had a cotton and grain gin called People Gin and Elevator. It was always going full swing during harvest season. I believe it was run by Bud Gray and family. That was my daddy's uncle, as my grandma, Ida Gray Dean, was his sister. Also, I recall Uncle Bud being a city marshal for several years.

Years later when we lived in the big two story home, owned by the Bailey Brothers, Toby Vance was city marshal. My dad and brothers fed cattle for the rent on the big house. I liked it a lot, because it had lots of rooms.

My mamma and two oldest brothers, Samuel and Virgil, would catch lots of big fish out of the Cache River. They would hog them, as it was called.

There was also a school at Sedgwick. My brother and I went there for a while, until it was consolidated with Hoxie.

Other exciting times were when my daddy would call the baseball games around town. He was good at playing and calling the game; he loved it. Lots of times we had family reunions or get-togethers at family members' houses. Especially Uncle Bud or Aunt Etter Gray's house. We kids had lots of fun, plus enjoyed all the home-cooked food.

I also recall another large two story old house that set by the old cotton gin. It was the old Cox house. This and the old Bailey two-story house, which we lived in at the time, were probably the oldest houses in town, but now they are long gone.

My brother, Virgil, and Dorothy Murphey were married in this town 50 or more years ago by Charlie Lakey. Their first house was a small one that sat by Joe Lamew's grocery store and belonged to BB Vance. They raised four children. They now live in Warm Springs and have for over 40 years in a house my brother built.

Also during this time, BB Vance and Sons had a large lumberyard and hardware store. There was also a barbershop in town. There were river houses that had dirt floors up and down both sides of Cache River that runs through the outskirts of town. My mamma and daddy lived in a few of them when some of us were little. Harry and Eula Lamb and their families lived in some of these houses also. We were all very good friends and went to church and school together.

I hold a lot of fond memories of this small but busy town.

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