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Northeast Arkansas is transformed by tenant farmers and lumbermen. Clay County, Arkansas, was a flatland with little improvements at the outset of the twentieth century. Into this primitive society came a St. Louis entrepreneur with a liking for agriculture. Paul Pfeiffer bought large tracts of land, set up tenant farmers, and reigned for nearly fifty years as a beneficent landlord. Laymon records the gratitude of many a family who remember with appreciation loans made to acquire equipment. When farming was interrupted by the coming of the railroad, both Pfeiffer and his tenants adapted to a lumbering economy - so long as the hardwood forest lasted. Interestingly, Laymon's account includes the fate of tenants following the break-up of 'Pfeiffer Country.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780980089776
ISBN-10: 0980089778
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Butler Centre for Arkansas Studies
Publisher: Butler Centre for Arkansas Studies
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Sherry Laymon

Sherry Laymon received her PhD in heritage studies at Arkansas State University, has taught at Ouachita Baptist University, and is now at work on her third book on Arkansas history.