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In the fall Bluford (Bluf) GREEN would have his sons help him drive
mules to the sale barns. Courtney rode a sorrel bald-faced Indian pony
in front and the mules would follow single file as Jesse brought up the
rear on his horse. They drove them to Stanton NORRIS' barn in Waltonville
and to Al FINN's barn in Flora. Bluford GREEN also drove around the country
buying colts in the Spring and selling them in the Fall. Ponies were shipped
from the West by train and unloaded in the stockyards in Bluford. They
were then auctioned off to the farmers and after much effort could be ridden
and trained to work on the farm. Turkeys were also driven down the road
to market in the Fall. The town of Bluford was named after Bluford GREEN
when he was a smallbboy as his father Wiley GREEN, was justice of the peace.
Wiley took consumption after he returned from the Civil War and died at
the age of 43. His wife, Minerva, had to raise the children and two grandchildren
by herself. There were lots of blackberries, apples, and wild game on the
rail-fence farm. Grandmother GREEN could bake biscuits on her fireplace.
The iron skillet had legs on it and sat down in the wood coals. It was
the job of one of the girls to keep flies off the table with a tree limb
as there were no screens on the windows or doors. Bluford died when he
was 44 with consumption and his wife, Gertrude POOLE GREEN had to raise
the children by herself. The children were: Rubie, Courtney, Jesse. Mable.
and Everett. The GREEN farm was east of Bluford and the children attended
the Weatherspoon (Screamer) school. Rubie GREEN PEPPLE remembers riding
to school on horseback and on cold days would turn the horse loose and
he would go back home. The boys trapped for hides in the winter to make
extra money when they weren'tchopping wood for the stoves. The Bluford
and Wiley GREENS are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery east of Bluford where
the old log church still stands. -Rubie PEPPLE

Source:Facts and Folks A History Of Jefferson County, Illinois 1978
Submitted by: Misty Flannigan
Dec 1, 1997

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