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October 9, 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 12 Over a Century of Service Buckner Clarion PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL Local Postal Customer The We had planned to go to the movies that afternoon. I remember getting a weird call from Nina. She told me she couldn't explain it but she was incredibly sad and unable to get dressed or even get out of bed. Nina has always had a flare for the dramatic, so I figured this was another one of her moments. Plus, I hadn't heard from Linh (pronounced Lynn) either. That seemed odd, but I figured something had come up. Perhaps we'd catch the movie another time. The next morning, my brother told me that he got a call from Nina. She said her sister Linh was gone. I asked him, "Where did she go?" He looked at me, paused, and said, "She's dead." I couldn't comprehend what he said. I stared at him in disbelief and fumed, "You don't know what you're talking about. She's fine. You got the message wrong." I called Linh only to find the unthinkable had taken place the day before. She shot herself in the heart. Needless to say, Nina wasn't being dramatic at all. Somehow she felt her sister's agony—agony that must have spewed so deeply within Linh's soul at the exact time we had all made plans to be together. If our plans would have just stayed intact, could we have intervened somehow? How could I have missed it? She was my best friend. I didn't see the warning signs. I didn't notice any signs of depression. She wasn't sad. Whether we were on the phone or hanging out, we laughed pretty much the whole time. Shortly before she died, we had spent a week together on the East Coast. On top of that, she and I—both in our 20s at the time—were making plans (Continued on page 5) By Jessica Mauzey Too Sad to Live: 'The Hole in Her Heart Was Too Big' Oakland United Methodist Church, a 134-year-old church just outside of Buckner, prepares apple butter for the Lord's Acre Sale, which began in the mid 1930s. The apple butter-making tradition, pictured above, started in 1999. Proceeds benefit the Ladies Aid Society. On August 25, 1863 Thomas Ewing, Union General, issued Order No. 11, affecting several thousand families, including many in Eastern Jackson County. The order exiled these individuals from their homes and land in an effort to contain guerrilla warfare during the Civil War. During the 15-day evacuation period, many relocated nearby until the order was lifted. In 1865, families were allowed to return to the remains of their homesteads. Two years of war resulted in devastation for many. Crop fields were ruined, buildings were burned to the ground and debris and rubbish were piled where homes once stood. It took several years for families to rebuild their lives and settle again in Eastern Jackson County. By 1881, homes had been rebuilt and families were producing crops. However, a unique movement mounted for families who resided in what is now known as the Oakland area, west of BB Highway on Truman (Continued on page 4) By Tonia Wright

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