I'm in California. I've flown over Arkansas a time or two, and my great grandfather fought for the Union in the 10th Missouri Cavalry, before he moved to Kansas. Beyond that I don't know as much as I might about your part of the country.
I'm working on the Harkeys, some of whom stayed in Dunlkin County, Missouri, some of whom moved up to Mississippi County, Arkansas. I'm finding marriage records for both branches from Greene County, Arkansas. One such was Ruth Harkey, who said she was 21. She was 17. I figured she had eloped. Going across a county (or state) line is a time-honored tradition, especially if your parents don't approve of your spouse. But, I've found three or four others who married in Greene County. They can't ALL have married people their families disapproved of.
Do any of you know why they would do that? These marriages are in the 1930 - 1950 range.