The Burlap Bag
by E.J. Phillips
This is my version of my Great-Grandmother Martha Emaline Stacy Butler’s story. There are a few true episodes, but most of the tale is a fabrication. In one true segment, Clarence tied Martha Emaline into a chair in their home, spread hay about the house and set it afire. Neighboring men rescued her. At the end I’ve included a detailed factual accounting of the Nelson/Butler family history.