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Memphis to Big Creek, 1936: Mr. W.L. Grady's wild ride home
In early March 1936, the Adair County News published a lengthy letter written by William Luther "W.L" Grady, then 74 and a well-known stock trader and horseman of the Gradyville section. This letter detailed Mr. Grady's recent trip to Texas with a full accounting of the myriad kith and kin with whom he and fellow sojourner Bruce Caldwell visited during their two-month stay in the Lone Star state.
All things come to an end, however, and so it was on the morning of Saturday, February 1st, 1936, he and Bruce, with the latter behind the wheel of a V-8 motor vehicle, pulled out of McGregor, Texas, a few miles outside of Waco and about 100 miles south of Fort Worth, heading north to Kentucky and the village of Gradyville, hard by the banks of Big Creek.
It's at this point we pick up Mr. Grady's travelogue. (Brownsville, Tennessee, mentioned herein, lies about 50 miles northeast of Memphis on modern-day US 79.) Wrote he:
The weather was fine and the road was dry to Texarkana and Little Rock. It sleeted from Little Rock to Memphis. The road was a solid sheet of ice and Bruce had to get out several times and kick the ice off the radiator. So we stopped at West Memphis for the night.
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