I recently purchased this 1912 postcard of Milton Masters. It grabbed my attention because Milton Masters once owned this hollow. He bought it as part of a rugged 300-acre parcel in 1927, land that became well known locally as the Masters Farm. He lived in the hollow for many years, building two houses (the first one burned down) and his barn here. I do not know what year he left Arkansas, but my understanding is that he continued to own the farm until his death in Ilinois in 1982.
The postcard shows Milton Wright Masters at the age of 15 in October 1912. This must have been a very significant year in his life as his father, George Washington Masters, had just died in August.
Milton Masters was my great-grandfather. He died when I was 13, but his wife Melony, lived until I was 24. She was the proud great-great grandmother of my oldest 2 children. Even though she was legally blind by the time of the birth of my oldest child, she made him (her 1st great-great grandson) a baby quilt.
Thanks for the additional information about Milton and Melony Masters. From all I have heard, Mr. Masters was a very interesting man, and certainly progressive. We love his old barn. I’d like to learn what year it was built. I’ve been told different things about it. Thank you for your comment. By the way, I was 13 in 1982, too.