Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Visit with Bose Hutchcraft at Reelfoot Lake, 1936

Bose Hutchcraft and Jim Moran III, 1936
These two pictures were taken about 1936 at Reelfoot Lake. The tall lanky fellow is Percy Bose Hutchcraft and the other guy is Jim Moran III.  On the far right side at Jim's elbow you can see a small boat and that's the boathouse behind the two men.

Bose Hutchcraft was born in 1875 in Kentucky.  It appears that Bose and his siblings moved to Tennessee settling in Obion and Lake counties.

Bose married Ida Dickey May 13 1892 in Obion and they had three children: Nannie, Lottie May and Joseph Freeman Hutchcraft.  Nannie married Elbert Spicer. Lottie married Johnnie Cochran and Joseph married Mary Earl Bell.  In census records Bose's occupation is fisherman.  I think Ida died between 1910 and 1920.  Bose was living in Hornbeak when he passed away on October 6, 1944.  He and several of his Hutchcraft kin are buried at Antioch Baptist Cemetery in Hornbeak.

Pictured below, left to right, are Maibelle Shumate Harris, Jim Moran, Bose Hutchcraft and Virginia Shumate Moran.

Maibelle was one of Virginia's sisters.  She had moved to Fort Worth Texas and married Newton Temple Harris Sr., one of the founders of the Fort Worth Warehouse and Transfer Company.  It's possible that Newton was the one behind the camera that day.  Maibelle and family are interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Behind them and to the right are cabins at the Lake and I wonder if that car which can be seen through the boathouse belonged to Jim.

Updated February 2, 2013

Came across a postcard of Jim Hutchcraft's Place on Reelfoot Lake.  Jim's parents are Joseph Freeman Hutchcraft and Mary Earl Bell.  Jim is the grandson of Bose.  The postcard is dated July 3, 1958 and was sent from Jim Moran III to his infant grandson Charles Scott Moran.

Updated July 3, 2017

We recently visited Reelfoot Lake including Samburg Village and Spicer Park.  At the time I vaguely remembered having pictures of Reelfoot Lake by Sabin as well as pictures of a man named Bose Hutchcraft.  However, I didn't make the connection while we at Spicer Park that one of Bose's daughters had married a Spicer and also that Antioch Cemetery was just a hop skip and a jump down the road  We definitely would have taken the time to visit the cemetery and see if we could find the graves of the Hutchcraft family.

Here are some of the Hutchcraft goings on from newspapers of the day.

Attempted Jail Delivery-Adolphus Whipart, a white man, served his time in jail at Union City for peddling without license.  Upon gaining his freedom he went to a hardware store and purchased three fine saws and a rat-tail file.  That night he went to the jail and threw them into the jail corridor through the grated window.  The prisoners raked them into the cell with a broom handle, and Dave Collins and George Hutchcraft, two white men, were caught busily filing on one of the cell bars.  The other tools were found secreted in the cells.  Whipart had left town before the attempted delivery was discovered.
The Bolivar Bulletin (Bolivar, TN), March 23, 1900, page 4

Local and Personal-Charles Hutchcraft and Tom Deal will give a barbecue and bran dance at Reelfoot bridge, one mile north of Spout Springs, to-morrow, Saturday, August 10.
Commercial (Union City TN), August 9, 1901, page 6

Narrowly Missed Jugular Vein.  At Samburg, on Reelfoot Lake, Saturday night, a row started between Bose Hutchcraft and Mat Wallace on one side and Jim Kasacker on the other, in which it is learned the latter knocked both of his opponents down, and in turn received a serious cut on the back of the neck from a knife in the hands of Hutchcraft.  Had the cut been a little further to the front the jugular vein would have been severed.  No arrests have yet been made, at least so far as known.  The wound, though serious, is not considered necessarily fatal.--Badger.
Commercial, (Union City TN), June 27 1902, page 2

Enjoined from Fishing-John Bell and George Hutchcraft have been enjoined by J.C. Burdick, lessee of the hunting and fishing privileges for profit on Reelfoot from fishing on the lake, as they sold their catch to others than Burdick.  Mr Bell who is on Reelfoot will be officially notified at once, while Mr. Hutchcraft will have to be released from the Memphis jail before having the papers served on him, as he is awaiting trial on the charge of bootlegging.
Commercial (Union City TN), November 13, 1903, page 3

Samburg-Miss Nannie Hutchcraft is recovering from a spell of slow fever.
Commercial, (Unions City TN), November 12, 1909, page 3

Samburg-Little Freeman Hutchcraft, who has been sick of typhoid fever, is improving nicely.
Commercial, (Union City, TN), December 3, 1909, page 10

Samburg-Mrs. Ida Hutchcraft and family went to Fremont Monday to visit relatives.
Commercial, (Union City TN), April 15, 1910, page 8

Samburg-Mr. Bose Hutchcraft gave a dance Saturday night.  A nice time was reported.
Commercial, (Union City TN), April 22, 1910, page 2

Marriage Licenses-Elbert Spicer and Nannie Hutchcraft.
Commercial, (Union City TN), July 26, 1912, page 7

Circuit Court- Bose Hutchcraft and Jim Hutchcraft, felonious assault, on trial.
Commercial, (Union City TN), September 23, 1921, page 2

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