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From: Jean Cuevas <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD] New Members
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 07:59:42 -0500
Good Morning, Floyd.
Thank you so much for your message. Actually, I
have seen so many obituaries of people from
Wenatchee, Washington, with Izard County roots,
and from what I had read, things got tough for
the folks to make any kind of a living in Izard
County after the War, and so many of them went to Washington for that reason.
Having grown up in Oregon (with a mom from MO and
dad from AR), I experienced my share of
commercial farms when I was little. The
northwest is some of the most fertile land in America.
Floyd, what was your mother's maiden name? Were
your grandparents from Izard County? If so, what
were their names. We might be able to locate
some connections, with that information.
In looking back, I see that we have had Copeland
discussions on the list. This is an old obit
that our Vera contributed in 2007.
Melbourne Times - Aug 20, 1937 Local and County News
Mrs Mary Jane Copeland, commonly known as
Grandma Copeland, died at the home of her son
W. W. Copeland, here Monday, burial was Tuesday
morning. Rev. B. A. McKnight conducting the
services. She was 91 years old. Born in
Mississippi, she moved with her parents to
Tennessee when very young and then moved to Izard
County, Arkansas, when nine years old and has
lived here ever since. She is survived by three
sons, G. T. Copeland of Cross Roads and W. W. and W. F., both of Melbourne.
and Junebug's reply:
This is mother of George T. Copeland that married Mary E. Gillihan dau of
James C. and Amanda "Mandy" Arnold Gillihan. June
At 12:20 AM 3/16/2008, you wrote:
>Thank you so much for enrolling me onto the list.
>My name is Floyd Foster Copeland and I attended the first three grades of
>school in the old one room Jumbo School. My Parents were Floyd and Vera
>Copeland. Our family left Izard County in the early 40's for the State of
>Washington seeking a better life and new opportunities along with hundreds
>and hundreds of other families about that time. They settled in the
>Wenatchee area of Chelan County. This was a major decision for them as they
>had seven children and we had no vehicle, in fact my dad could not even
>drive. They just knew that they must make a change.
>These people who left Arkansas became the major labor force in this fruit
>growing area. I believe because of them and their great work ethics that
>it really became 'The Apple Capitol Of The World.
>You would be quite surprised as I often am when reading the obits in The
>Wenatchee World at just how many of them originated in Izard County.
>I have had a lifelong fascination for the old Jumbo School. In the early
>80's when our children were small, we visited some places where we used to
>live in Jumbo and of course the old school. I would be delighted to receive
>any historic information on the school such as when it was built, children
>who attended, closed down, what its status is today, etc.