Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Anna Potter Davis]
OLD TIMERS STORIES
Mrs. Anna Potter Davis (Husband; Charles F. Davis)
Interview: July 13, 1937
Mrs. Charles F. Davis, the wife of one of Anthony's most successful business men, told me in a confidential manner:
" Sometimes I close my eyes and visualize the Mesilla Valley as it looked when I moved here with my parents from Weir, Kansas in 1898, but when I open my eyes the vision has vanished. Perhaps it is just as well for at that time there wasn't much to boast about."
" The day our family arrived in Anthony R. C. Bailey met us at the station. There were only a few houses and they were so far apart that my brother, Volney, wanted to know where the town was.
" The Rio Grande was very wide and very high and so strong and swift that the sticks we tossed into it were carried down stream in a twinkling.
" When R. C. Bailey, son of old doctor Bailey, told us that he was going to ferry us across the river, we, meaning us kids, thought he meant fairy. I was just dying to ask him about it, but in those days children were trained not to quiz grown up folks. So I held my peace--at least for the time being. Anyway we were at the peak of thrill-dom when he helped us into his new skiff.
" Poor Volney I could see by the way he clutched the sides of the boat he was more scared than us girls. Finally we got out of the boat and