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Cecil Dreher Harp, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1918
Morehouse Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 1999

Double headstone with Virginia Henderson Harp
Son of Belle Dreher Harp and Daniel Robert Harp

Interviewed by Rebecca DeArmond-Huskey for "Bartholomew's Song" pp 403-406

"Cecil Harp attended Bonita School and graduated in 1936. After a year at LSU, he worked in Texas until he was drafted into the army in 1940. Cecil received the Purple Heart for action at Manila inder General MacArthur. He returned to Bonita in 1946 and went into partnership with his father, Daniel Robert Harp. Cecil married Virginia Frances Henderson who was born 29 Sep 1923 at Humble, Texas, the daughter of Zelia Mae (Hodges) and Joseph Perry Henderson." "Bartholomew's Song"

Cecil Dreher Harp, Jr.
Diana Louise Harp
Linda Harp
Milton Harp

"Cecil Harp also remembered four [saloons] at an earlier time [in Bonita]. 'There were three churches and four saloons. A tornado came around 1950 [1951] and destroyed every church and never touched a saloon!' he said." page 132
Discussion of steamboats page 186, 192
1927 Flood - "Cecil Harp, who lived south of Bonita, said that his family stayed at home but put their hay and corn o a scaffold. 'The water got six inches deep under our house. We hauled hay to cattle in boats.'" page 220
Discussion of "Choctaw Log" on page 272-273
Discussion of Jesse James - page 283-287
"Cecil Harp caught a 12 foot, six inch alligator at Harp Brake. "It was ice and snow and I was walking over a floating log bridge when I saw one underneath the log with his mouth open. I went back land got a trace chain and put a loop in it and put it around his lower jaw. He clamped down on it and I tied him up. Three blacks came along and saw him. The next day he was killed and his tail was gone. I believe they came back and got his tail to eat." page 309
Bullfrogging - page 311
African fireballs - 329-330
Ghosts - page 344
Trash in Bartholomew - page 354-356 "Cecil Harp summarized his view of the wholesale destruction of the bayou. 'When I came back here in 1946 it was still a beautiful place. There was always a lot of water, and the fishing was always good. The water was clear and there were no chemicals in it to kill the fish and turtles. They they logged too close to it and left scraps in it. Agricultural chemicals and too much irrigation messed it up.'"

Additional info from Known Burials of Morehouse Parish. T.Y.Harp's "My Kinfolk" 
Family links: 
  Daniel Robert Harp (1878 - 1953)
  Belle Dreher Harp (1884 - 1975)
  Virginia Henderson Harp (1923 - 2002)*
  Willie Belle Harp Rankin (1907 - 1977)*
  Anne Vivian Harp Evans (1910 - 1993)*
  Robert Paul Harp (1913 - 2002)*
  Cecil Dreher Harp (1918 - 1999)
  Mary Louise Harp Hopkins (1920 - 1973)*
*Calculated relationship
Bonne Idee Cemetery
Mer Rouge
Morehouse Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Bonnie Sisson Manning
Record added: Jun 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72078174
Cecil <i>Dreher</i> Harp, Sr
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