The following story developed on Facebook after I shared a photo that Michelle posted I think. I remember the incident vividly, because Wade and I were the first two to attempt to flank this heifer…things quickly deteriorated. My high school Ag Teacher Lance Smith was there and tells it better than I can.
Photos: Fritz Jones, Alton Jones, Tom Jones
“I am laid up pretty bad. The bullet went as below illustrated. I had my shoes on. It stopped in my foot.”
Because of the historical significance, I transcribed the letter so it would be easier to read. To honor the deceased crew and their descendants, Wade Bennett placed a historical marker at the state line, facing toward the area the B-17 on a training mission went down.
Junior and Bill Jones were teenagers staying at Mulberry one summer taking care of the place. They were breaking a horse was they would stake down at nights away from the house.
Bob Jones was a young man, living at home. One evening on a dark night, he went to get a drink of water. He was standing by a window and when he saw his reflection, he proceeded to make faces into the dark window to amuse himself.
It was hard to ruffle Alton Jones’ feathers, or, as his grandson Bobby Jones put it, “You couldn’t stampede him.”
Alton liked to tease his wife Laura, and he would work at it until he got her pretty wound up and aggravated.
Alton Jones and Denman Lewis were good friends when they were young and were known to pull a prank on people.