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My uncle Sam Kirchner, his father Marion Kirchner, my grandfather Euclid Ogden, and his brother Jesse Suler pearled in the White River in the early 1900s. Uncle Sam used to tell me stories about pearling. He said Marion found an 80 mm pearl and sold it for $500 to a man who came from Memphis to buy the pearl. Sam said he also found a 30 mm pearl he sold for $300. My grandfather, Euclid Ogden, was the person who "cooked them out." He apparently sold some of the pearls without splitting the profit. It caused a terrible fight between him and his brother. Sam Kirchner was married to my aunt Myrdle Ogden. My father was born in Newport, Arkansas.
Helen Widener
Trinidad, TX