In a hometown like Crossett we are our neighbors’ keeper. In a way, what is sometimes called “being nosey” has helped us preserve our quirky history by word of mouth.
Crossett people today know about past community members like Pearl Ramsauer and her menagerie of animals, the pet chimpanzee that smoked a cigar while riding on his owner’s boat through the Ouachita River and the animated and talented umpire Clemmie Wimberly because we talk about them. We ask about them. We check up on them.
Over and over we find ourselves around dinner tables, campfires, porches and patios reminiscing about some of our most bizarre characters and climbing their family trees to figure out who was connected to whom.
This almost frenzied attempt to trace the family line leads to story upon story of Crossett’s people from the past.
And it has birthed the idea in our department to record some of these stories. We need you! If you are one of those who has a story or five about Crossett that you get asked to tell over and over, let us know.
We want to video several story circles, edit them all together and put them in the Crossett history room at the library — which, by the way, needs volunteer help. The history room needs a good organizing.
Is that your expertise? Call the library at 364 -2230 and offer to help.
Have you got your own story about seeing the Crossett Light? We want to hear that too. We hope to create a hayride of sorts to the Crossett Light on our next Halloween holiday.
Did you live through the picket line in the 80s? It is part of our history too. Let us know those stories as well.
Are you one of Roosevelt Early’s big people who crossed the creek leaving behind the right to hullabaloo?
Or Mrs. Pinkston’s student who smelled like gum chewing?
Or do you remember hot school days made hotter because Norman school had no air conditioning?
We want to know your favorite Eagle highlight.
Being a Crossett native is special. Your roots are anchored in a soil rife with character and personality. And that makes you a character worth knowing.
Reach out to us and tell us your stories. Help us weave together a verbal account of who we are. It is important.
Because in the middle of an overhaul to normalcy, when a community knows who it came from, it can stay focused on where it is going. And when you know where you are going you are less likely to get lost. Preserve each other. Preserve Crossett.
Call us today at 870-500-0303 to tell us your stories.