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At the Top of Erna Hill
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 28, 2011

Although I refer to the local area as Erna, the area remained unnamed for some time. As I stated earlier, a post office was recorded as being called Independence in 1890 but it seems to have vanished after that date.Sometime around 1900, a request was made to the P. O. Dept. of the U. S. for a post office in the area and the name submitted was Trasventville, but the dept. refused to issue post office status as they considered the name too long. Andrew Cullen Andrews apparently submitted the name due to the fact that his family was from Tresvant, Tennessee. So, the name of Erna came about thru some process not currently known. In conversations with Eunice Brewer Dayton of London, born on Erna Road in 1914, which was referred to as Little Lane at that time, feels like her grandmother, Alice Tucker Mogford was instrumental in naming the area.I, as a newer generation, always wondered why a migration thru Arkansas to Bell County, Texas and on to the Erna area came about for the Andrews family. So, in 1998, I attended my 2nd Infantry Division reunion in Little Rock and went from there to Trevant, Tennessee to take a look to see what they left behind. I came back to Erna more puzzled than before as the farmland was rolling hills and lots of water and 10 miles south near Atwood was the most beautiful farmland to be found. And come to Erna? However, this move was made at the end of the Civil War and we cannot imagine what hardships might have been imposed by the new regime, like the carpet baggers.So, Erna was named sometime after the refusal of the name submitted by the P.O. dept. Since the residents did not receive a post office officially, an office of sorts was constructed out of boxing plank with shelves and partitions. These boxes were assigned to various families of the area and the security was not very much at that time. I am sure the boxes had a door. The box, when built was located on a lot, what is now the wye of Erna Road and Hwy. 377, which was a vacant lot at the time but later, became the site of the Brewer Store and presently, at the gate of Bauer Farming. Streeter became the post office for the area, which I tend to believe was established about 1880. My great uncle, Dave Andrews, was named to travel horse back to Streeter a couple times a week and distribute the mail to the Erna boxes at the wye. Amos and Lela Mogford Brewer built a store at the wye , which Eunice Dayton believed to have been around 1910, and the mail boxes were moved and installed on the south wall of the store and all mail was mailed to Streeter to the attention of J. A. Brewer and picked up in Streeter and delivered to the Brewer store. In trying to place a number of families in the area, I, after looking at a photograph made at the Erna gin in 1910, estimated 70 families to be living in the area about 1910.My Uncle Dave Andrews was somewhat of a prankster, so long as he was not the object of the prank. During the fall of one year, while delivering the mail to Erna, he came upon the family, who lived and farmed at the foot of Erna Hill, gathering pecans in the bottoms of the Big Bluff Creek. He rode up to their wagon and struck up a conversation with Cicero and finally got around to asking how many pecans they had threshed and picked up and Cicero told him they had gathered two tow sacks of pecans. Uncle Dave said “Cicero, don’t you know that I bought this pecan crop here in the bottom but I will let you have the bottom on the halves, if you think that’s right” Cicero took a sack of pecans out of the wagon and placed it behind Uncle Dave’s saddle and Uncle Dave rode off as though he was the proud owner of the pecans.

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