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? Page I0 m _ _ = ,. i L Modern Example of Early Outbuilding Architecture The Woodville Republkan, Woodville, MisslssfpM Several weeks ago a story appeared in .the Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate about a young man and a house he built. At the time Sammy Erskins wasn't sure what would become of his project but because of that story ,the house is now at the' historic house museum of Rosem, ont Plantation. It is not only ,an .exhibit of a 19th century out- building but also a tribute to him for his generosity in do- nating this labor of love so that others might :share. Erskins is a fifth year archi- tecture :student in the LSU Scltcol of Environmental De- sign. He buil't the 10-by-10 house as a project for an ad'vanced restoration architecture course. He was the only person in the class. He took a regular restoration architecture course and became so interested in the subject he asked for permission to .do e special pro,ject. He says his professors stuck heir necks out in granting per- mission because there was no guarantee that ,he'd successfully .complete the project. Lookin 'back, he a.dmits there were times when he didn't ,think he'd. make It. ',Almost from the moment Erskins began .work, he attracted :a crowd. They came in a steady stream,' from small children ,to people :in their 70's. "Hey, what you building?" was :something Erskins became very used to hearing. As it turned out, his visitors helped him over some rough spots. A man in h.is 70's, who was visiting a friend at the Med,i- Center, came .over to the house an.d after preliminary chit chat launched a detailed description: '" ,on .how to bousillage a chimney. Bousillage is the filling in of a wooden structure with a mud- He Spoke In Defense Of A Lowly Bedbug (We are taking the liberty of reproducing herewith a feature story written by Gordan Cotton which appeared in a recent is- sue of the Vicksburg Sunday Post, which we fecl our readers will find both interesting and amusing. We quote:) Verse by great poets has been written in honor of a louse and of a katydid. But it was a Vicksburg at- torney wh, delivered perhap: the most eloquent speech of an illustrious careex in defense of a Woodville, Miss. bedbug. The a.ttorney was Seargent Smith Prentiss, considered by then slamming the mall down . a ....... ......... i iil ny Lo .nave oeen one ot ne on ir neay sicmg oIt a stun- _ ................ 2"" " " 1 Igeaeb orators me umLea tie Tne iroe insures a n,aura )o__ ,_ - - " " ......... kaes has ever proaucem aper o me smnge zi sruc ! Pleas and speeches by the property. .... hattrney-cngressman held The house y complete w I people spellb:ound for hours ndl smeping oz, ore pmce, wooaen brought lawsh praise from such I hinged d oor, pla,nk floor, a  r xr,, , ,l window with outsiae ucificy ..... ,^= .......... shelf and pegged Joints. Prentiss in 'the field of elocution.[ He used nails since nails were Pren'tiss fir=t came to :i.ng the house was making sure he remained within the 1800 to 11.850 period he h,ad decided ,on ,for the house's design. One of the most interesting :tools Erskins used was a froe. A froe is a flat tou't iron blade with a hort .piece of wood for] a handle. It's used to split i shingles from a log. i A froe Erskins used is over ;100 years old and as efficient as it ever was. A mall, a cylin- :drical piece of wood with a smaller piece of wcod dTiven into it to make a handle, is used to pound the froe into the log. As simple a tool as the froe :is, it's remarkably precise. Ers- kins demonstrated its use, tap- ping the froe into the log and Mississippi from !his n.al2ve Maine a't the age of 19 in 1827. For a time he resided in Natchez and taught school for the Shiels amily at the Maryland Set- !:tlement (C h u r c h Hill) in The building was moved .to .......... omer,uz County. Then he was Rosemont early in Marc.h and ; dmltted to the bar and soon will ,be a component of the fu- moved to Vicksburg where he This modern replica of a typical early 19th century outbuilding, constructed by Sammy Erskins of Baton Rouge, was recently used during that period, but he tried to use as many squa,re headed nails as he could find. Where feasible, he joined beams by drilling them ,cut ,and bind- ing them .toge,ther with pegs. moved to Roscmont Plantation here. Erskins will be on hand during the Pilgrimage to demenstrate the application "of the bousillage to the wooden chimney frame. men'tal transition while working were used but only to expedite on the ,house. "I started off comple'tion of the project. making shingles and ended up ,a booklet detailing what he riving shakes." Before he started, he compiled He ,was talking .o' Steele w,ould do, allotting specific days B,,,- , ....... h on-d I fr specific jcbs :from the start- ................ f Img date m mzd-Se.ptember anu ior me ,u ,urm ,. Museum one day and he told through November 24, his pro- " " " " ..... : '" s [jet,ted completion date He fin- Buraen ne was making snin:gm I .... " ,,, h, hous, Burden informed isnect ne projec omy three ;" ::. ' .. - , - [days behind schedule nis ma. accormng o an eamyl 'tl The hardest part of construct 19th Century builder, he wa;sn ...... ture kitchen yard complex. DID YOU KNOW --That of 'the former Lieu- tenant Governors of .the State, i Wilkinson County has. four: Duncan Stewart, Gerard C. Bxa:ndon, Abram M. Scott and J. H. Jon,e? --That ,the first cotton gin in Wilkinson County was at Clarks- ville, near For,t Adams, in the western part of the county, this cotton 'was active in Whig party politics, being elected to the House of Representatives. The small-in-stature Prentiss just five and one-half feet tall, had a badly crippled foot and walked with a cane. But his forehead, like Webster's, was l high and .broad, and his eyes were as penetrating as his voice was commanding. No other .attorney wanted to face him in court, for Prentiss ,seldom if ever lost a case. Two ,things Pren,tiss enjoyed were liquor and practical jokes. moss mixture. Erkins had built he wooden frame for a c,him- hey but .confesses he had no definite ,technique in ,mind for applying the mud-moss mixture. The man described a process of shaping mud mixed with moss into platters and draping the platters over the horizontal pars of the himney frame. The platters are laid on, blend- ing them together by hand as you go u,p the chimney frame, : the man related. The /ntin)'.-said l'e'd  iealrne,d ! Srgm 'his father, when he was making zhingles. He was riving shakes. Enskins ,brought a good set of carpenter's credentials with him w, hen he came to Baton Rouge to attend LSU. I4e says. h e's worked with carpenters and builders since he was six years i old. His work on the Pr, othro Man- sion in, Winn Parish led to his deciding to atudy xestoration architecture. He and sev,ea.l other Winn Parish college stu- de,nf, g "dfd"kll 'he':' .isOrtion work on .the 146-year-old house. a boy and had done ,the wark Essentially, Er,skins :built the himself as ,a man. .house w.ith ,tools used ,by 19th Erskins talks of undergoing a Century builders. Power tools All we've learned of Hospitality is extended to you, Pilgrimage Visitors. MRS. RAY W. F ARRAR, Agent Standard Oil Co. Woodville, Miss. 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II J FREE HEATING BOOKLET :Please send lll a LCC C013  O "J0W.t0 Jsc Electric Heat for4M1 It's Worth." My address is: .... NAME Frlday, March 23, 1973 ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP When inspired with ,enough "spirits," Prentiss was a master at entertaining. The attorney was in just such a condition in the mid-1830s when the bedbug speech was made. One evening Prentiss and a fellow ,a:torney, Sam Gholson, were traveling and stopped .at an inn a't Wo:odville in Wilkin- son County. After several hours at the bar, the two secured a room far the night. For an hour or so they slept soundly in the' double bed. Then awakening suddenly, Prentiss discovered that they had many s, mall "b.edmates." H.e ,shook Gholson's shoulder until he was awake, and they debated whether to leave or to meet the enemy :head on. Intoxicated to the point of ,being ridiculous, the two men decided .to attack, so ,arising, and in their night shirts, they lit the lamp, drew thei,r pistols, and proceeded to exterminate the tiny enemies. As a bedbug would come forth, they would plug him. With so much racket, it didn't take the landlord long to come running. Prentiss ,told him ,thst they were merely "exercising the right of :self defense, gr,nted by .the law of man and ,God." Amid the peas of the land- lord the shooting conVi,nued un- til mattress and bed were de- molished in the smoke-filled ro.m. And then a tiny, last culprit appeared, and Prentiss caught it. Gholson immediately urged execution of the sole survivor of the ,massacre, :but Prentiss pleaded for mercy. Both decided the bug deserved a trial by his fellow countrymen. Quickly they awakened a fellow lawyex in the inn to sit as the judge, and the landlord's three 'son,s were ,brought in as the jury. For two h.ours Gholson., ,' s p e,a k i n g for the tate, prosecuted the .case against the beabug; and then the eloquent Prertiss spoke in the tiny :reature's ,defense. Prentiss talked for over three hours, until dawn arrived, and : the guests at the inn, who by, . .now crowded the room to hear ,the great orator, thought it was the best speech he had ever given. Unfortunately, .no court stenog, rapher was present, so Prentiss' words were not re- corded for posterity. The fate of 'the bedbug?-- that too, was forgotten, but if he survived over five hours of . speecl making after 'the mid- night hour, he deserved. acquittal. Regardless of the outcome, the insignificant critter had enjoyed the services of the mos,t outstanding attorney the nation had to offer. Your Treasures lend distinction to your home. Frame them for your guest's enjoyment. CUMBO'S FRAME SHOP Woodville, Miss. Visit our shop to see the/Hiss. Art Association Show at Pilgrimage time. 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