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Gradyville Flood: Ottillia Scott Bell Credited With Saving Lives

This article first appeared in issue 14, and was written by Geniece Leftwich Marcum.
By Geniece Leftwich Marcum
as told to her daughter Linda

I remember hearing all my growing up years about my Great Aunt Ott who had been credited by witnesses as having saved lives the night of the 1907 Gradyville flood. Great Aunt Ott (short for Ottilia) was a sister to my father's mother, Caroline Isabelle Scott, wife of John Robert Leftwich. The sisters were among the children of Robert Winfield Scott of Metcalfe County.

Aunt Ott married Clayton Bell and they lived in Gradyville, a thriving community in the western edge of Adair County, about fifteen miles east of Edmonton where Walter Scott and Addie Turner Leftwich raised me.

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