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Effie Ann Davis

Updated June 5, 2005

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The wagon train left Ozark Co., MO in early spring of 1892 and headed southwest for Texas. The travel went well until they reached Indian Territoty. They camped near an Indian settlement. As the night grew dark, the Indians made a big fire, dressed in their finest, and painted their faces. The Indians began to dance around the fire as the drums filled the night with sound. The wagon train members were nervous and scared but willing to buy their lives at high cost to the Indians. Slowly the night passed. At daylight the settlers hitched up their wagon and headed out. They later found out that the Indian ceremony was in the form of a wake for two local tribesmen who had died.
The Red River had to be crossed into Texas. As the settlers forded the sluggish red water, they found quicksand at the bottom. Marcellus Davis and his wife Louisa Ann Scrogum nearly lost their team and wagon to the quicksand. But with the help of James Franklin Shipley, Lewis Scrogum, George, James, and Louis G. Scrogum, their goots were saved and the train moved on.
The first to sicken was the baby of Luzania Scrogum and James Franklin Shipley. The baby died and was buried beside the trail. A sad end to a short life. But as the miles passed more children came down with high fever and chills. Then the adults began to get sick. One who sickened was Louisa Ann Scrogum Davis. The high fever and chills threw her into premature labor but the baby was born at 5 lbs on 08 of June in 1892 near Post Oak in Jack Co., Texas.
The tiny baby became ill quickly. Marcellus Davis looked over his scanty supply of medical supplies and decided on Quinine as the best remedy. But what was the proper dosage for a tiny baby? Whatever he decided was correct because she lived for 71 years.

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