The Departee Creek property of the Mobley Lumber Company. For reference, each of the small squares is 40 acres, and each of the large squares with a number in the center is one square mile.

When Dad was a young man, Granddaddy drew a big chunk of money out of the Company to buy his bank, and then gave Dad half interest in what remained. When I was 16, he divided the rest of his interest amongst myself, my brother and sister and my mother.

In the 30’s and 40’s rough land in Arkansas was so cheap that it could be bought for the value of the timber. That is what the company did, and it accumulated a lot of it. Thanks to Dad’s dogged determination and to the 1874 Arkansas constitution, that kept the legislature from unilaterally raising property taxes, we were able to keep the property largely together.