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James Jones wrote portions of From Here to Eternity while staying in a trailer with two of his friends on Lake Norfork in Baxter County. Several years ago, a friend who is a TV writer asked me if I knew about this and also asked if James Jones and I were related. I communicated with a group who were dedicated to the James Jones history, and they confirmed the story about the trailer.

I had a personal interest in obtaining this information since as a young man, maybe fifteen, I had witnessed two men in a Jeep pulling an aluminum trailer after crossing Lake Norfork on a ferry. I was envious of their freedom. It dawned on me after learning this story that I was probably seeing James Jones and one of his partners leaving, if my memory is correct, for Kansas. Jones then moved on to California and finished the book. 


Royce Jones