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Sharing the community mule


June 7, 2018

The nature of Southern rural life has always been about neighbor sharing with neighbor. From Virginia to Texas and from Tennessee to South Florida, it's a unique thing to be a Southerner and particularly a rural Southerner. Yet sharing sometimes has its limits.

In the early 1900s near present day Baker, Florida lived Oscar and Lola (Kilcrease) Richards and family. Mr. Richards was a Holiness preacher who travelled a circuit of churches in the back woods of Northwest Florida.

The Richards had moved to Baker from Red Level, Alabama. Farm families moved frequently in those days in that chea...

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