Echo’s From the Past _lowres

The original publication from 1931 reads: 'As rugged today at 89 as the age in American history, J.M. Crow, of Ethel, is the oldest Ford driver in Mississippi and one of the oldest in the United States. When he was a babe of 2 years old he rode with his parents in a train covered wagon out of Cobb County, Georgia, into Mississippi. The old Natchez Trace followed by the brave little band was still infested by the swashbuckling ruffians whose bloody outrages gave that era its place in this country's history as 'the outlaw years.' One of his vivid memories is hearing, as a boy of 6, the news of General Scott's victorious assault on the heights of Chapultepec which ended the Mexican War in 1847, and his proudest memory is of honorable service as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. When the Southern cause collapsed, Crow was compelled to trudge 400 miles on foot to the old homestead at Ethel where he settled down to rear a family. In the intervening years he has seen the lumbering stagecoach give way to the fleet automobile and the comfortable motorbus, the soggy gumbo and the corduroy roads of his childhood to the wide paved roads of today. Although he was long past middle age before the modern automobile became commonplace, he is as enthusiastic a driver as youngsters who can boast less than one-quarter of his years. Five generations of Crow's family are frequently seen together in his Model A Ford, the second of its type Crow has owned and driven.

Each week, we’ll take a look back at photos published in The Echo. The photo for this week is from April 10, 1931.