Ozella’s painting of log house
Two centuries ago yeoman farmers transferred traditions rooted in the 18th century to their new homeland in the Eleven Point River Valley. A great-grand-daughter of pioneer William Looney, Ozella Miller, married Andrew Jackson Upshaw, a great-grandson of another pioneer Reuben Rice. In her 80s Ozella picked up a paintbrush for the first time and painted scenes that surrounded her or that had been shared in cherished stories of early ancestors. She left a visual record of a log structure that reflects the building traditions learned from fathers and grandfathers. Today architectural, archeological, and historical findings have verified this early Arkansas cultural heritage. Image donated to BRTC by the David Fender family, descendants of Reuben Rice and his wife, Lydia.