|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of
the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/27/1900
Mark Springston, from Sinking creek, Gilmer county, had a rather rough
experience while on his way down the river with a raft Friday night.
Some place about A. Huffman's farm he struck a log and broke the front
oar, and at the mouth of Bull river his raft struck the bank and his bow
hand jumped off. At the mouth of Leaf Bank he broke his other oar
and at Norm Williams' his raft went bow foremost against the bank and then
drifted to the other side of the river where he chanced to find a willow
hanging over the water to which he tied and pulled his raft to a stand
still. Here the trouble began, he knocked at the door of several
residences for admission, but no one would open further than to ask: "Where
are you from?" when he would answer "Gilmer" the door would immediately
shut and all within became as still as death. Finally he came to
T.R. Stump's place and Mr. Stump furnished him with some bedding and allowed
him to go to his barn and the next morning after finding out where he was
from and finding he had a pass took him in and gave him his breakfast.
After which he went on his way rejoicing.