Memories of Lura Cox Brand #2
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Lura Cox Brand

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Memories of Caddo County
Dead Woman's Mound

by Lura Belle Cox Brand, oldest daughter of the T. E. Cox, Sr. family

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Mike Brand on Dead Woman"s Mound

            When driving west on I-40 between Hinton and Hydro, Oklahoma, off to the south on the almost treeless flatland for several miles lie mysterious mounds dotted about. They are by no means mountains, nor even hills, just mounds.

            When I lived at Lookeba, Oklahoma in 1920-33 there was a story, a mystery, about one of these mounds just outside Hinton going west. Legend had it that in early days a wagon train was passing through and was being pursued by Indians. The wagon train was being overtaken so the wagons were circled and a woman of the train gathered up in her apron all the peoples valuables, rings, watches, brooches, lockets, silverware and all the money and ran to a nearby mound and hid the treasures, probably in a crevice of a rock before she was killed. The story was that the treasure was never found but the place was always referred to as Dead Woman's Mound.

            One summer day in about 1933 Aunt Ruby (Mama's sister) and her husband Uncle Evert Phillips walked across the north pasture to our house where we lived in the McSparin rent house. It was a week day. Since Dad and the boys were day laborers they didn't have work that day. Dad and Uncle Evert were interested in a money finder they had probably acquired in a trade somewhere. The money finder was housed in a blue glass jar with a string by which it was held. If it was near treasure it was supposed to swing out toward the treasure. When it was held over the treasure it was to whirl round and round. The blue jar looked like a Vicks Vapor Rub jar with the label scraped off but it couldn't have been that, I thought since it was a magic money finder.

            Talk got around to the story of the treasure at Dead Woman's Mound and Daddy said, "Let's crank up the old car and go see if we can find it."

            Soon we were all packed into the car, Daddy, Uncle Evert, Aunt Ruby, Mama, Roy, Henry, Howard, T. E. Jr. and me. We rattled down the lane to the section line, went west across Sugar Creek, by the McSparin place and turned out on Highway 8 toward Hinton.

            We all talked big dreams of how we were going to use the treasure.

            "I am going to get ten silk dresses at Beeche's store," I said, then go downstairs where they have the big cookie jars along the east wall. I'm going to get a sack of cookies so big until we can all have more than one."

            Howard said, "I'm going to get an air rifle, a new pair of striped overalls, a pair of waist pants and a new cap."

            Somebody said, "We can get one of them new Ford V-type 8 cars. A shiny black one with yellow wheels."

            We dreamed all the way and were soon beside the barbed wire fence near Dead Woman's Mound. In those early western days people didn't care for you roaming and playing on their grazing land as long as you stuck to the code of the west-leave every thing as you found it; no gates unlocked, no guns that might hurt someone or the cattle.

            We all crossed the fence and climbed the mound. Right on the very top was a scraggly tree about 3 feet tall growing out of a split in a rock.

            Daddy and Uncle Evert got busy with the money finder. Yet, in spite of hours spent trying, the money finder never did any of its mysterious swinging or turning. We scrambled around and had a wonderful time. No one seemed to be very disappointed that the money finder didn't find anything, but Dad and Uncle Evert sure tried.

            Over in the afternoon we started home. Dad was driving, Uncle Evert sat beside him. They decided to take the money finder apart. Inside among other things were 2 quarters covered with mercury which we called quick silver. The quarters were as bright as a new moon from the mercury.

            We stopped at a filling station in Hinton to get gas for the car and the station man wouldn't take the quarters because he said they were counterfeit. Dad said, "Well, let's just walk over to the bank and see." When they got back Dad said the banker said the quarters were "genuine new-nighted States American money." So we got the gas and a big package of steak. Quarters bought a lot in those days.

            Once home, Mama cooked up a big platter of chicken fried steak, a big bowl of thicken gravy and 3 big pans of biscuits.

            We all ate our fill then sat around the yard, kids on the sand, adults in rope bottom chairs, talking and laughing about our day. Lightening bugs winked and blinked around us.

            We didn't find the treasure of Dead Woman's Mound, I don't think any of us thought we would. But who is to say the family memories we created over 70 years ago at Dead Woman's Mound are not priceless treasures of the heart. Things we hold in our hands don't last.

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