That’s Old Miss Urb? Yes. The story, in a nutshell: Maw doesn’t like that Miss Urb woman what set herself down the road a piece. One day Paw sends the narrator into town on foot some 174 miles, or so it seems, and on the way back the boy runs into Old Miss Urb: “She wasn’t old! She wasn’t even old as Maw!” She was  a-baskin’ at the sun and her dress was all undone down to the waist, possibly 'cause a woman could git the repetitive-motion disease doin' up all them buttons there.

She asked the narrator to tarry a spell, asked how old he was, and pronounced him “Husky” for 12, and then Maw called from 47 miles away and he ran home. Later Miss Urb left and it turned out Paw and all the men in town were probably paying her a visit now and agin, and Maw’s face was sit tight most of the time now, then they found a dead baby in the creek and the sheriff came by but nothing came of it. Later Maw got all “contented-like” when she sat in her chair and commenced to rockin'.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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