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Many cemeteries were moved during the creation of the Southwestern Proving Ground (SPG) in Hempstead County to make it a testing area for bombs, large shells, etc. We moved from McCaskill in 1942 and lived in Nashville in Howard County in a new stucco house that was built in 1941–1942, which suffered considerably from the bombings and shellings. By the end of World War II, you could see the pattern of the “chickenwire” understructure of the stucco, which resulted from the constant vibrating of the earth. The house is still standing at 1118 E. Peachtree (Prescott Highway). 


Ralph E. Balch
Morrilton, AR