Q: If the community was so close knit, how come no one intervened in the Lawson Family's problems?
A: In the community back then everyone helped everyone else whenever one of the members in the community needed help. They took food, and firewood to anyone in need, they gathered at the cabins when a death occurred and prepared the bodies and built the caskets, dug their graves, buried them, helped birth their babies, loaned each other money, paid that money back, etc. etc. They took care of each other from the moment of birth until the moment of burial. But the one thing they did not do was intervene or get involved in a neighbors personal problems or the private areas of another family's life. Maria
People must have been alot more reserved back then than they are now. I think it was taboo to discuss your personal life with family and friends. I certainly think it was more common for women to express themselves with other women than it was for men. Men were too proud and may have looked at it as being "weak" if they confided in another man. That sure would answer the question as to why noone stepped in when Charlie started acting strange. It certainly sounds like, "whatever was said in the family...stayed in the family."