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 31 1958 and was sent from Jim Moran III to his infant grandson Charles Scott Moran.

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