War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D.C.
World War I discharge cards for Clifton Clowers.
2 pages, 4" x 6"
Music has been a big part of my life and when I came across this card years ago I was thrilled. In 1962, Claude King had a huge hit on the Billboard charts with a song called “Wolverton Mountain.” The song was penned by music great Merle Kilgore, who had written a number of hits for other country artists in the 1960s. In the song, the main character is in love with the daughter of a mean man who is “handy with a knife and a gun”, a man called Clifton Clowers. Kilgore wrote the song about his uncle Clifton Clowers, who lived on a small farm at the foot of Wolverton Mountain in Conway County. According to the song, Clowers is so mean that no one can dare woo his daughter. Whether or not Clowers, in real life, lived up to his reputation in the song or not, he had been an Arkansas doughboy during the First World War, and it is possibly where he learned how to wield the weapons he is noted for carrying in the song. - Brian Irby
Tales from the Vault - Celebrating 110 Years
Arkansas State Archives
Clifton Clowers World War I Discharge Card, A2006-0028, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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