Harmontown, MS> My father was 8 years old and living with his family in Scobey, MS when they received a letter from his grandfather Claude Howell. They had dug up something very unusual and wanted them to come as quckly as they could. They loaded up the car and drove up the next day.
They arrived and hurried down to the fields. Claude and my great uncle Bob had been plowing and each time the deep breaking plow went around it sank in several places and Bob had decided that he was going to dig there to see what it was when the next time around the plow caught something and pulled it out of the ground. It was an elaborate saddle with a silver pommel. That shut down the plowing and the digging began. They dug up hundreds of arrowheads, some beautiful pieces of pottery, lots of skeletal bones, trader beads and finally a big handful of silver coins dating from the late 1700's to the early 1800's. The digging began all over the fields then.
Dad said that he managed to get down into one of the holes and pulled out a whole human skull. Hitting the air it practically crumbled into dust. There were strands and strands of trader beads with many 10 to 15 feet long. He remembers wrapping himself in them until he was completely covered.
My cousin Bobby now has the coins, saddle and pottery and I don't know what else.
This is all that remains of what my father found. Two small strands of beads, a few arrowheads and a piece of jawbone. It is all on a plaque at his house.