Contributed by Gigimo
Description: A Famous Missouri Home. The Old Ozark County Mansion, Home of the PRICE Brothers.Date: June 16 1907
Newspaper published in: Kansas City, MO
One of the most picturesque and best known places in the entire Ozark region is the old PRICE mansion on Big North Fork, in Ozark county, Missouri, fifty miles from a railroad. Built long before the war it stands today with its solid walls as strong as they were fifty years ago. Here is the home of Henry and George PRICE, brothers, the oldest men in the entire country. Back of the old weather beaten mansion lies the farm of George PRICE, where the best cotton and the largest ears of corn in Southern Missouri are grown. North Fork passes through the farm, and on the government maps it is marked as a navigable stream to the section line of the PRICE farm.
Henry PRICE is 87 years old. His brother, George PRICE, is 8_. Born in Virginia, they are excellent types of the true Southern gentlemen. Both have been married, and have reared large families. George PRICE has the distinction of being the head of four generations.
Early in his life George PRICE married his cousin, Mary CALDWELL, in Scott county, Virginia. Their grandfather, William SISSELL, was a planter in Caldwell county, Virginia, and fought in the Revolutionary war. He came to American with Lord BALTIMORE. Mr. PRICE's great grandfather, Whit_en, was in Braddock's defeat and at the close of the war gave his trusted rifle to his grandson. The weapon, which had slain many warlike Indians, was afterward carried through the Civil war by George PRICE, but he lost it in a battle with the Federals.
The PRICE family, of which Henry and George PRICE are descendants, have always figured strongly in politics. W. C. PRICE, a brother of Henry and George PRICE, resided for many years at Springfield and was a leader not only in local and state politics, but also was active in national affairs. President BUCHANAN appointed him Secretary of the Treasury and he served four years in this position. Even in their old age Henry and George PRICE take an active part in political affairs in Ozark county.
Easter and Mandy, the former slaves of the PRICE family, are the only negroes in Ozark county. Easter is almost 90 years old and Mandy has passed 70. They were born on the SISSELL plantation in Virginia and given to Mrs. PRICE by her grandfather. In 1857 when the PRICE family moved to Springfield, Mo., Easter and Mandy were brought along as a part of the goods and chattels. A few years later George PRICE moved to Ozark county and erected the old PRICE mansion, which was known in the early days as the finest house between Springfield, Mo. and Batesville, Ark., at that time the two leading towns of Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Many prominent people have partaken of the hospitality of the PRICE home, with its big open fireplace and the old Southern cordiality.
When the Civil War was over and Easter and Mandy were told they were free, both refused to leave old "Massa" and "Missus." They continued to make their home with the PRICES and until old age and rheumatism overtook them, both could do a man's work in the field plowing and planting cotton or corn.