As oneapproachesJonesboro, Arkansas, one encounters a settlement called Otwell (markedwith an "S" on map below)---just short of Cash, AR. That prettymuchdescribes present-day Otwell, both geographically andeconomically. It also describes the history of the Otwell clan inArkansas---perpetuallyshort of cash.
Not faraway---asa crow flies, but it's a mystery as to why one would---is Ralph,Arkansas.
(Thisis the route for a pickup. A crow would find shortcut.)
The mayor ofRalph(marked by "E" on map above) complains constantly about the cost ofreplacingthe road signs---renegades named Ralph keep spiriting them away. Call it highway robbery. We were content only to take a picture,not the sign itself.
Now that wehaveexplored our Arkansas birthright, perhaps it is about time we wenttravelingto Otwell, Indiana. We might discover if there is any connectionbetween the Hoosiers of southern Indiana and the Hogs of north Arkansas.
Ralph relaxesin vine-covered city park of Ralph, Ark.
For whom thebell tolls: The God-fearing flock of Otwell
AGlance into Rear-View Mirror: The Biography
NativeHot Springs---Nation's Oldest National Park
AcademicVantagePoints:Universityof Arkansas (1947-48)Career WayStations:
Nieman Fellows, Class of 1959-60
Front:Dominic Bonafede, Satoshi Otani, Shan Shen, Louis Lyons
(Curator), Robert Plumb, Veetikad Eswaran, John Murphy.
Rear: William Lambert, Edmund J. Rooney, Jr., Neil V. McNeil, John
Burby, John Samson, Ralph Otwell, Thomas Dearmore,
HotSprings (Ark.) Sentinel-Record (1942-44)
U.S. Army (1944-47)
PacificStars & Stripes (1951-53)
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