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Eagle Springs Churches 1936

Jim Pennington of Oglesby relates that in the reconstruction days that followed the Civil War that Mr. McClain was so plain in his denunciation of evil practices that he incurred the wrath of the horse rustling, cow theiving, plundering element to the extent that his life was sought by those men. McClain hid out many a day and night in order to avoid his would-be-slayers. This condition necessitated that someone supply him with victuals. Mrs. McClain heroically assumed this responsibility.

At night she would steal from the home and meet her husband on the prairie, supplying him with such comforts as were necessary for his sustenance during the time he was in hiding. Jim Pennington's mother was a neighbor to the McClains and left with her children this story of the devotion of Mrs. McClain to her husband.

Church going in those days, also had its dangers. Jim Pennington related another story of the times when church goers carried their pistols and rifles. The country was infested with thieves and lawless characters, but people were determined to have preaching, if they had to guard the church with guns while the preacher dispensed the gospel.

At a meeting in progress on Station Creek, the people tethered their horses to trees and posts near the church. W. M. Oglesby and Capt. Davenport were seated near a window, their rifles close at hand, when a horseman rode out of the brush and circled the group of horses hitched to the posts and trees. Capt. Davenport recognized the man as one of the horse rustlers of the  country. He quietly reached for his rifle, took aim and fired. The horseman reeled in the saddle. Capt. Bill Oglesby remarked "hit 'im by Gad." The rider was only wounded and escaped to the brush. After the excitement had died down, preaching was resumed.

The foregoing bits of history of the early days in the Eagle Springs community were furnished by the pioneers and children of pioneers who were intimately associated with the early settlers and their trials.


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