Questions about Cottonwood Point
bootheel

Saint Louis, MO

#41 Feb 20, 2011
Robert Eason wrote:
I used to cross the river each year from around '67 to '74 during the holidays to visit my kin in Cooter and Steele. Though I was just a kid, I remember the old ferries well, and it was one of the more entertaining parts of the journey from NC.
I remember as a kid crossing the river by ferry to visit my uncle in Gibson county tennessee. We use to cross it at night, it scared me so much. This thread brings back many memories
Vickie Abbott Nix

Memphis, TN

#42 May 1, 2011
My grandfather a pilot of both of the Shepard and the Taylor. His name was Edward Abbott and my father worked with him some as a teenager. His name is Don Abbott. I read on one of the comments about people drowning. I have heard my dad speak of this. His was pretty young and remembers being woke up by the whistles. He and my grandfather helped pull bodies out of the river. My Uncle Odell Clark also worked on the ferry. This site popped up as I was trying to get new information about the flooding going on up there. I heard it was getting really close to coming over the first levee in Cottonwood Point.
DJE

Cape Girardeau, MO

#43 Aug 12, 2011
I'm looking for anyone who might have some history (personal or hearsay) of Cottonwood Point from 1900s-1947. I'm working on a fictional story which is based in Southeast Missouri, specifically the Cottonwood Point area. Thanks!
DJ
Big Dear

United States

#44 Aug 18, 2011
I remember the mule-drawn ferry you were talking about.When they were building the bridge across the Obion River is when they used the mules.{Obion River between cottonwood and Dyersburg} I crossed it in 1950 the best I can remember.Yes ,I do remember the three stores in Cottonwood and you are correct on the names.
DJE

Cape Girardeau, MO

#45 Aug 19, 2011
I've enjoyed so much reading about the Cottonwood Point ferry! I lived in C'ville when I was young and remember taking the ferry across the Mississippi there, many times the waves lapping up over the top of our car. Still, loved the adventure.
There's so much history shared here, it's incredible. I'll keep watching for more.
willow

Campbell, MO

#46 Aug 20, 2011
DJE wrote:
I'm looking for anyone who might have some history (personal or hearsay) of Cottonwood Point from 1900s-1947. I'm working on a fictional story which is based in Southeast Missouri, specifically the Cottonwood Point area. Thanks!
DJ
I can remember my mother talking about a movie theater at Cottonwood point. There was also a barber shop run by a man called Mr. Tucker. I believe there were 3 churches there in the 1940"s and there is only one now.
tracy king smith

United States

#47 Jan 3, 2012
who knows wrote:
I remember the Kings they Tracy your grandparents live accross the road from us my sister is friends with Helen and I knew your mother and father one of my step dads worked on the ferry for years until it closed down Mr. Taylor own it at one time they had to ferry's that ran accross the river there in cottonwood and then they cut it down to 1 ispent many days and nights out there on the river and loved every minute of it I was down there a week ago went to cottonwood and it was sad the old pool hall has fell in and the one of the houses that I lived in burn down and they only have one church now the stores are gone it's a sad place to see now I wish they would put at least one ferry back in and build the little town back up again it
is a cool place to grow up at lots of memories
I know it's been awhile that you replied to my topic! But I would like to make contact with you through e-mail if possible! Would love to hear stories about my parents and grandparents, so I might be able to share with my children!! Thank you
Mitchell

Buena Park, CA

#48 Jan 29, 2012
Part of my family live in Cottonwood Point for many years--my grandmother grew up there. She was Mamie Mayes--and Susan Taylor Mayes Wiseman was her mother. Creed Taylor was her grandfather and they owned farmland there and the Taylor family did run the Ferry. The Mayes family were prominent Methodists in the community. My Dad remembers many trips on that ferry all of his young life visiting Mayes, Taylors, Mitchell's and Dyers on the Missouri side and the Tennessee side. We rode that ferry as kids over to Tennessee. Guess none of their descendents are still there? Does anyone know? It is tough to locate Cottonwood Point now. My Dad and I have tried so if anyone has directions it might help? Maybe most of it is in the river at this point? Thanks.
CAROL

Macon, MO

#50 Oct 16, 2012
Mitchell wrote:
Part of my family live in Cottonwood Point for many years--my grandmother grew up there. She was Mamie Mayes--and Susan Taylor Mayes Wiseman was her mother. Creed Taylor was her grandfather and they owned farmland there and the Taylor family did run the Ferry. The Mayes family were prominent Methodists in the community. My Dad remembers many trips on that ferry all of his young life visiting Mayes, Taylors, Mitchell's and Dyers on the Missouri side and the Tennessee side. We rode that ferry as kids over to Tennessee. Guess none of their descendents are still there? Does anyone know? It is tough to locate Cottonwood Point now. My Dad and I have tried so if anyone has directions it might help? Maybe most of it is in the river at this point? Thanks.
go to CARTHERSVILLE TAKE HIGHWAY U FROM C;VILLE WEST TO OLD CHARLES HOUSES CAR LOT TURN LEFT GO FOR 5 TO 8 MILES AND THERE!!!! OLD COTTONWOOD IS IN THE RIVER BUT SINCE1950 THEY CALL BRASHER( COTTONWOOD)!i DONT THINK YOUR TAYLOR RAN THE AND OWN THE FERRY THERE !!BACAUSE MY FAMILY DID!!! YOU ARE KIND TO ROBINSON !!!
Thomas Niswonger

Jasper, AR

#51 May 15, 2013
I crossed the Cottonwood Point as a small child some time between late 1950 and 1952 with my mother on our way to visit kin in Dyersburg TN. She said the captain of the ferry at that time was a Wright, her cousin.
Does anyone have an old map of how the ferry ran from the Cottonwood side to the Tennessee side? Did it land on the east side south of Everett Lake?
Bob Lampe

Beaufort, NC

#52 May 15, 2013
yep wrote:
yes, there was a ferry there, and it went over to dyer cty. IT's been closed a long time. It's still called cottonwood point, but not many people out there. It's about a 15 min drive from c'ville. Not far at all. We had a ferry here in town at the time though.
There names were the Taylor & shepord
Bob Lampe

Beaufort, NC

#53 May 15, 2013
CAROL wrote:
<quoted text>go to CARTHERSVILLE TAKE HIGHWAY U FROM C;VILLE WEST TO OLD CHARLES HOUSES CAR LOT TURN LEFT GO FOR 5 TO 8 MILES AND THERE!!!! OLD COTTONWOOD IS IN THE RIVER BUT SINCE1950 THEY CALL BRASHER( COTTONWOOD)!i DONT THINK YOUR TAYLOR RAN THE AND OWN THE FERRY THERE !!BACAUSE MY FAMILY DID!!! YOU ARE KIND TO ROBINSON !!!
My sister was Louise Robinson, wife of Elvis. In the 50's i was sweet on Brinda Robinson who lived in Cottonwood pt.
Brasher Boy

United States

#54 May 19, 2013
I have lived in "what they call" Cottonwood Point, all my life. Know Sammy King? Had a fish market. Z?rry King was a neighbor. Don't remember Johnny much, but Helen his sister was close to my age.
Guest

Caruthersville, MO

#55 May 20, 2013
Brasher Boy wrote:
I have lived in "what they call" Cottonwood Point, all my life. Know Sammy King? Had a fish market. Z?rry King was a neighbor. Don't remember Johnny much, but Helen his sister was close to my age.
i remember them.
William S Taylor

Jackson, MO

#56 May 20, 2013
CAROL wrote:
<quoted text>go to CARTHERSVILLE TAKE HIGHWAY U FROM C;VILLE WEST TO OLD CHARLES HOUSES CAR LOT TURN LEFT GO FOR 5 TO 8 MILES AND THERE!!!! OLD COTTONWOOD IS IN THE RIVER BUT SINCE1950 THEY CALL BRASHER( COTTONWOOD)!i DONT THINK YOUR TAYLOR RAN THE AND OWN THE FERRY THERE !!BACAUSE MY FAMILY DID!!! YOU ARE KIND TO ROBINSON !!!
Sorry, but you are full of crap. The ferry's were owned by the Taylors & Shepards from TN. That's why they were called the Taylor and the Shepard. AS a matter of fact
we still own the ground there where the ferry landed (about 17 acres) I get a check from the farm rent every year dumbass.
Cotton wood girl

United States

#57 May 20, 2013
The ferrys was on by the Taylor's I know I am not for sure if there was another owner as a child I went to church with mr and mrs Taylor my father worked ionboat with mr Edward Abbott and Roy forsythe and a few others lot of memories these boats bring to people that was a long time ago I am glad most remember the boats names
William S Taylor

Jackson, MO

#58 May 20, 2013
Cotton wood girl wrote:
The ferrys was on by the Taylor's I know I am not for sure if there was another owner as a child I went to church with mr and mrs Taylor my father worked ionboat with mr Edward Abbott and Roy forsythe and a few others lot of memories these boats bring to people that was a long time ago I am glad most remember the boats names
Are you talking about
my Granddad and Grandmother or my Uncle Eric and Aunt Eleanor?
Bjammin

United States

#59 Oct 4, 2014
DJE wrote:
I'm looking for anyone who might have some history (personal or hearsay) of Cottonwood Point from 1900s-1947. I'm working on a fictional story which is based in Southeast Missouri, specifically the Cottonwood Point area. Thanks!
DJ
The person that can give you ALL kinds of history on Cottonwood Point (formerly known as Brasher), would be the 85yr old lady of Doris Smith, whose husband & family for many many years lived there & worked the ferry & tug service there. She is currently living with her son at Cooter, MO: David Smith. She is a sweet ol lady that can be very talkative & knowledgeable about the past there
joekoule

Wauchula, FL

#60 Oct 10, 2014
Zurry?...now that sounds like a good way of naming a kid maybe born in Mizzouri perhaps. My Dad told me his folks came across at Cottonwood Point. They came from Clifton, Tenn around turn of the century to a place called Byrd's (Arbyrd, Mo.area).
About 1975, 76 he used the Cottonwood Ferrry ( they took pics, yay) in returning home to Florida.
In 2005 summer, my Cuz and I drove over the 55 Bridge, down to Heloise on the Tennsseee side. Being a dry summer there, we walked what seemed halfway across the river towards Cottonwood. Would have been a piece of cake to ferry across at that time.
Smith

United States

#61 Oct 14, 2014
Mitchell wrote:
Part of my family live in Cottonwood Point for many years--my grandmother grew up there. She was Mamie Mayes--and Susan Taylor Mayes Wiseman was her mother. Creed Taylor was her grandfather and they owned farmland there and the Taylor family did run the Ferry. The Mayes family were prominent Methodists in the community. My Dad remembers many trips on that ferry all of his young life visiting Mayes, Taylors, Mitchell's and Dyers on the Missouri side and the Tennessee side. We rode that ferry as kids over to Tennessee. Guess none of their descendents are still there? Does anyone know? It is tough to locate Cottonwood Point now. My Dad and I have tried so if anyone has directions it might help? Maybe most of it is in the river at this point? Thanks.
I live in cottonwood point and have all my life, I'm Harold smiths granddaughter, there's a boat my dad bought named after me Valerie June, I'd love to share info w u!

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