had charge of the moving of the Indian tribes from their lands in Mississippi to their new reservations. My grandmother, Mrs. Gordon, told me of a strange characteristic of Major John Clark; namely, that he had one blue eye, while the other was dark brown. The early history of Red River County shows that the very existence of the early settlers depended largely upon these friendly tribes. These Indians furnished a great deal of the corn used by the settlers for bread; and they also kept them notified of the encroachments of the savage tribes of Indians.
The lands of this section of the country were varied as to kind of soil. The early settlers looked upon the prairie section as an arid region, unfit for agricultural purposes, hence most of the farms were located in the bottoms of Red River, Sulphur, and other large streams. It was not until in the 1840's that any of the black land section was put into cultivation. This land was hard to plow. The first plow that successfully broke the black land prairie was made by Judge Bob Hamilton. This plow consisted of a long steel point fitted to a wooden moldboard. This plow was afterwards made by "Old Man" John Ward, who lived five or six miles west of Clarksville, and a noted blacksmith by the name of Allen, who lived at Madras. These plows were so strongly made that they would take the draft of ten yoke of oxen. One of these complete plows is now in possession