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    Many pioneer families who moved into the Ekron area had a significant  influence on the formation of the town of Dell early in the 1900's.  The petition for the incorporation of Dell, Mississippi County, Arkansas in 1905 was signed by thirty-two men, many of whom had been a part of the Ekron community for many years. Some moved to Dell to establish boarding houses for the logging crews. Others set up general stores and eating establishments. Some began to buy farmland as the forests were cleared. Some helped clear those forests. Others just "moved into town".
    Many current residents remember L. M. Moody, son of Green E. Moody, who lived in Dell for most of his adult life. Before moving to Dell, he was raised in Ekron, along with his sister May Belle, and his Golden step-sisters. Mr. Moody was considered Dell's historian. Unfortunately, his stories were never  recorded except in a few short newspaper articles.  His niece, Gwyndolyn Golden Smith, has carried on his unofficial title of historian. Her family records boast the surnames of such Dell families as Beavers, Bradberry, Bunch, Bryan, Golden, Moody, Winn.
Thanks go to Gwendolyn for sharing her family records with us.
    Thanks also go to Annette Lee for the family photograph and comments on her family ancestors.

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The History of the C. C. Golden/Moody Family

Compiled information from Gwyndolyn Golden Smith, daughter of Myrtle Golden Smith; Annette Lee, granddaughter of Margaret Golden; and the files of Dru King

L to R:  Mary (Kitty) Golden, Myrtle Golden, Tempie Elizabeth Golden, Baby Girl Golden,
Monta Golden, Luther Moody, Margaret Ettna Golden (Photo courtesy of Annette Lee)

    By 1860, the Goldens of  were settled in the Ekron community of Mississippi County, Arkansas, according to the U.S. census records of that year. Before moving to this area, Christopher Columbus (Kit) Golden lived in St. Francis County, Arkansas. He was the son of O. B. Golden and Martha E. Thompson Golden.
    C. C. Golden's first wife was Clorinda Dillingham, who died the year following the birth of their only child, George Fletcher Golden, in 1878. George would own and operate a boarding house in Dell with his wife ca. 1907. He may have also owned a sawmill there. He was the timber supervisor for Blytheville Cooperage and Chicago Mills for 30 years. When he died, he had been successful in a real estate business and operated a store and service station at the Herman Davis Park in Manila.
    His second wife was Melissa Daugherty. Together they had two sons, Samuel Harrison Golden and Felix Golden, who died at age 3. Samuel Harrison Golden was known by his family as "Uncle Handsome".
    C. C.'s third wife was Temperance Elizabeth Bunch, daughter of Hulda J. Walker and Andrew Bunch. The Bunches had settled close to Big Lake in 1843 when they arrived in Arkansas by way of Tennessee and Missouri, becoming neighbors to the Hectors who were the original pioneers of the Dell area. Andrew Bunch was in the Missouri Calvary during the Civil War. He was captured in Mississippi County, Arkansas and imprisoned at Grant prison in St. Louis. He died there of "inflammation of the lungs" and was buried in Missouri.
    Tempie Elizabeth was married first to Green E. Moody, another early resident of Ekron. G. E. Moody was a leader in the community. In 1878  he donated land for a small Methodist church to be built. Called Moore Chapel after the pastor at that time, the church was the only one between Manila and Blytheville for many, many years. Located approximately three miles north of Dell, it was used by families in Ekron and Dell until it was torn down ca. 1900. Two stories circulate concerning the demolition of the chapel. The first relates that when the members decided to build a new church, the old one was torn down. They met in the school for many years afterwards. The second story reveals a more probable cause. An epidemic of meningitis broke out one year in this low, swampy country. So many people died that year it was necessary to tear down the church, board by board, in order to make numerous coffins quickly. (L.M. Moody)
    It is uncertain how G. E. Moody died. The night of his death, the water was up, flooding the community. Tempie locked the children in the house and went in a boat for help. Assistance came too late. He died sometime that night at the age of 30 years old. He and Tempie had had two children together, May Belle and Luther Marion.
    C. C. Golden and Tempie Elizabeth Bunch Moody married ca. 1885-86. They continued to live in the Ekron area until their deaths, raising Tempie's two children by Green Moody and their own eight girls: Martha Elizabeth, Minnie Ellen, Margaret Ettna, Mary Ellis Golden, Monta Evelyn, Myrtle Evins, Mirinda Ethel, and Myra Edna.  C.C. and Tempie died within days of each other in 1907. According to newspaper obituaries, they died of "the fever". Gwyndolyn Smith relates that statement to be untrue. "C. C. Golden was not very sick. The doctor gave him medicine too strong for his heart, although he told the doctor it was too strong for him.  The family never did say that he or his wife had any kind of fever. Tempie Elizabeth died from pneumonia on Monday, March 11, 1907. C.C. Golden died Thursday, March 14, 1907." They are buried at the Wilkins Cemetery at Ekron. The concrete markers read: Liz Golden  1-28-1862   3-16-1907 and C.C. Golden  10-28-1849  3-17-1907. These dates appear to be incorrect, according to G. Smith.  During the 1970's Hansel Simmons made concrete grave marker for the Goldens. He wrote in the dates from his memory of those handed down by family members.
    After their parent's death, three of  the Golden sisters-Margaret, Mary and Monta-were raised by their stepbrother Luther Moody and his new wife, Pearl Bryan, in Dell.  Myrtle also lived with the Moodys for a short time.  When Martha (Patsy) Golden and Ross Beavers married in 1907, Myrtle moved in with them.
    A family story is told that the girls didn't like their new step-mother, Pearl.  Among other things, she gave them Groves Chill Tonic. Margaret told her sisters their Mother never gave them that and for them to spit it out when she wasn't looking. So they did. "They already had the bad taste, so they might as well to have swallowed it, as it was not lethal." (G. Smith)
     May Belle Moody, stepsister of the Golden children, married Timothy Frank Shultz of Ekron. Frank's family had lived there since 1899. His mother was a Wilkins.
    Luther Moody remained in Dell most of his life. He  worked as a cook in a logging camp at one time, but for the most of his life, he worked in the grocery business. He was a charter member and leader in the Dell Methodist Church and was considered the unofficial Dell historian. He was a leader in the community and a loving father and husband. He left the community briefly in 1926  when Pearl died of pneumonia. "When Pearl Moody died they had had Gladys (Keener) only two months and five days. Gladys went to stay with the Woodards in the country. . .Aunt May Belle Moody Shultz kept house for L.M. for a time. L. M. went to Blytheville then for a time to work, but not for long. He had worked for Dell Supply when Pearl was living and later for many years. Dell Supply was owned by Otto Bradberry, who died in 1937. Then he went to work for Taylor Freeman." (G. Smith) Eventually, L. M. would own his own grocery business in Dell.  Luther's second wife was Arietta (Rita) M. Glover. She had one daughter, Marcella. Together they would have four children: L. M., Virena, A. G. and Larry Gene. Rita died of cancer in 1959. In 1965 another tragedy would strike the family. L.M.'s youngest child, Lieutenant Larry Gene Moody, was killed in the war in Viet Nam. He was believed to have been the first Mississippi Countian to die in the war. He and three other officers were ambushed. He was 24 years old. Luther died the next year, at the age of 83.
    Martha Elizabeth Golden and her husband Ross Beavers lived in Dell for a time. They then moved to a house at the present-day site of the Greyhound Bus Station in Blytheville. The Beavers were from Cave-In-The-Rock, Illinois. Many of them settled in the Dell area and had signed the petition for the incorporation of Dell, Arkansas in 1905. Ross worked as a barber for a number of years and also was employed as a bookkeeper and collector for various business firms. He was elected Blytheville city treasurer and later won the election for city clerk. His sister, Julie Ann, married O. P. Winn, the first mayor of the incorporated town of Dell.
    Margaret Ettna worked at her stepbrother George Golden's boarding house in Dell  for several years. Monta Evelyn lived with Della Ozee and worked at the Dell post office in the early 1920's. Eventually, all the girls married, establishing their own families. "My Grandma (Margaret Golden) and her sisters were lively, complex and spirited women who worked hard all their lives, and they set a wonderful example for my sister and me. . ." (Annette Lee)
    Margaret Ettna Golden married Albert Edward Shearer in Dell on November 20, 1911.
    Mary Ellis Golden married Tom Simmons.
    Monta Evelyn Golden married ______Orr.
    Myrtle Evins Golden married Henry Elmer Smith.

Arietta and Luther Marion Moody

C. C. Golden/Moody Family Records
Submitted by:
Gwyndolyn Golden Smith and the files of Dru King

    C. C. Golden, son of Martha E. Thompson and O. B. Golden, born October 28, 1849 and died March 14, 1907, married first Clorinda Dillingham, died ca. 1878. To them was born one son:
    1. George Fletcher Golden, born November 28, 1877, Mississippi County, Ar., and died July 28, 1947, married Louise Mick Yarbro, who died March 15, 1950.

    C. C. Golden married second Melissa Daugherty. To them were born two sons:
    2. Samuel Harrison Golden, born October 9, 1880 and died February 1944.
    3. Felix Golden, died age 3.

    C. C. Golden married third Temperance Elizabeth Bunch Moody, born January 28, 1862 and died March 11, 1907. She was the daughter of Hulda J. Walker, died 1872 and Andrew Bunch, died 1866. Tempie had been married first to Green E. Moody, born May 26, 1853 and died November 11, 1883. Their children were:
-May Belle Moody, born October 9, 1881 and died May 9, 1927, married Timothy Frank Shultz. Their two sons were: Edgar and Marion.
-Luther Marion Moody, born February 1, 1883 and died March 9, 1966, married first Pearl Bryan, born February 23, 1877 and died March 5, 1926. She had one son by another marriage: Bryan Turner.
Luther Marion Moody married second, Arietta (Rita) M. Glover, born December 1, 1906 and died October 13, 1959. Arietta had one daughter by another marriage, Marcella, born August 23, 1927 and died May 11, 2001. To Luther ad Arietta were born four children: L. M., born July 22, 1931; Virena, born May 1933; A.G., born May 1935; and Larry Gene Moody, born January 24, 1941 and died July 8, 1965.
To C.C. and Tempie Golden were born eight girls:
    4. Martha Elizabeth (Patsy) Golden, born October 4, 1886 and died November 3, 1974, married in 1907 Ross Beavers, born October 31 ___ and died March 21, 1935.
    5. Minnie Ellen Golden, born August 8, 1888 and died May 8, 1899.
    6. Margaret Ettna Golden, born April 13, 1891 and died February 11, 1985, married on November 20, 1911 in Dell, Albert Edward Shearer, died August 13, 1967.
    7. Mary Ellis (Kitty) Golden, born March 16, 1893 (Ekron) and died October 2, 1978, married Tom Simmons, died June 2, 1961. One of their children, Verona Elizabeth Simmons, born and died April 14, 1922 at Ekron and was buried at Wilkins Cemetery. Other children were J. T. Ross Simmons, William Hansel, and Mrs. Darrell Simpson.
    8. Monta Evelyn Golden, born March 14, 1895 and died July 31, 1926, married _____  Orr.
    9. Myrtle Evins Golden, born September 18, 1898 (Ekron) and died May 2, 1982, married Henry Elmer Smith, son of Joanna Perkins, born January 23, 1892 and died May 17, 1941, and Green Whitfield Smith. To them were born three children: Gwendolyn Golden Smith, born October 5, 1918; Elmer Ross Smith (Chigger), born August 26, 1923 and died December 28, 1993; and Mary Evelyn Smith, born November 1, 1928 and died August 14, 1991.
    10. Mirinda Ethel Golden, born September 15, 1900 and died May 15, 1902.
    11. Myra Edna Golden, born September 20, 1902 and died September 26, 1902.