Black Gold, Volume 3, Number 1, 1976 Page: 3
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GREAT DEPRESSI ON CREATES
COMMUNITY BOND AT 1100 "
. By Jeffery Brooks
Eleven Hundred is a small community located fifteen miles
northeast of Carthage on the old 59 highway to Marshall. Mr.
Alzie Walton gave us this information about the history of this
community. He recalls when it was first settled about 1937.
"During the depression of the early thirties, Franklin D.
Roosevelt was elected to the office of President, and he began to
help the people by setting up a way in which the people could
borrow money from the federal government. The money that I re-
ceived came from a loan that was called a seed loan. In order to
get a seed loan, you had to have a mule, but I didn't have a mule."
"After buying a mule, the government made me a loan to sub-
sist on, to buy clothes, food, and animal food. Sometimes there
would be work around in the area where we were living, called
WPA, which would let us work for two or three days, for ten dol-
Mr. Walton went on to tell BLACK GOLD that the government
bought 1100 acres of land from Elijah Whitney of Hallsville,
Texas. Then, a Mr. Becket, the government supervisor for this
projects came into this area two years before the building and
clearing began to help select the families who were to live on the
land. These families were first selected by members of the com-
munities where they had formerly lived. After these people were
chosen, then Becket selected the eleven families that he thought
would be able to pay for a home and land. The families now
began preparation for moving in.
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