National Affairs: HILLBILLY, SLIGHTLY SOPHISTICATED

ORVAL EUGENE FAUBUS (rhymes with raw buss) was born 47 years ago in a rough-cut plank cabin near Greasy Creek, so far back in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas that the first paved road to the outside world was not completed 'until 1949. when Orval Faubus was a state highway commissioner. He trapped skunk and muskrat to help his family scratch out a living from their hill farm, and trudged five miles a day to a one-room country school. Eager for book learning, he finally managed to graduate from Huntsville High School when he was 24, three years after he married...

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