Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

April 11, 1919

A real bona fide battle-tank made by Uncle Sam to vanquish the Hun, will be seen in this city on Thursday, April 17.

This tank will be one of the features of the Victory Loan special train that will visit De Queen on the date mentioned. It weighs more than seven tons, is armored, and is about 15 feet long and 10 feet high. It will be carried on a special flat car and under its own power will parade the streets of the city.

The tank will be manned by soldiers who have seen actual service overseas.

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Sevier County has six new highways on the program for this summer. Work on the first one will begin next Monday morning.

Robert Douthitt has a sub-contract for grading the first mile and he will tackle the job Monday morning at what is known as the “Bilbo Corner” in the northeast part of town.

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M.S. Bates of Mena has received his appointment as city delivery mail carrier for De Queen and will begin his new duties April 16.

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Fred O’Neal of Rogers has accepted a position as manager for the Commonwealth Public Service Co. here, and will enter upon his new duties this week.

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The following pupils made the honor roll at Fairview this month: Irene Hults, Vernon Taylor, Francis McClanahan, William Hults, Maud Taylor, Electa McClanahan and Bertie Taylor.

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75 YEARS AGO

April 13, 1944

The first crate of strawberries from this section was brought to De Queen Wednesday by W.C. Butler who lives six miles southeast of town, and they were bought by William B. Wallace for $15.

Butler will receive also the $5 premium which the Commercial Club gives each year to the grower of the first crate sold here.

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Haskell H. Cooper, son of H.H. Cooper of De Queen, has been promoted from captain to major at the Mountain Home Army Air Field where he is Director of Supply.

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Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Gore and children, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lovel and children, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lambert and son spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Clements in Walnut Springs.

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Mrs. E.E. Cowling and sons returned to their home in Cowlingville Wednesday after spending the past month with her husband at Rhode Island, who is in the U.S. Navy Seabees.

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Pfc. Marvin Johnson, having recently completed a course at the Army Air Forces Flexible Gunnery School, Laredo, Texas, left Sunday for Lincoln, Neb. after spending a 15-day furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joda Johnson.

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The home of R.C. Kirk suffered minor damage when struck by lightning Monday afternoon. The jolt killed a dog and injured Mrs. Kirk’s arm. At the same time the home of R.A. Ragan was struck and a window shade shattered and wallpaper in one room burned.

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The Junior Sunday school class at Lone Oak enjoyed a picnic Sunday under the sponsorship of Miss Corene Horne. Those attending were Barbara Jean and Kenneth Carroll, Gene Parker, Eddie Conatser, Eileen and Lloyd Taggart, Chloe Hamby, Nell and Dell Gore and Della Milam of Dilworth.

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50 YEARS AGO

April 10, 1969

Faced with the prospect of losing some of its workers because of low salaries, De Queen’s board of directors Thursday night voted salary increases for all its employees ranging from five percent to approximately eight percent.

All employees received at least the five percent so-called 

“cost of living” salary hike.

Certain key personnel received larger boosts, and there were adjustments in departments where it has been difficult to keep - or even to secure - workmen.

The water and street departments were cited specifically for low salaries, and major adjustments were made there.

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Private Billy W. Cornish, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie V. Cornish, De Queen, completed reconnaissance training March 14 at the Army Armor Center, Ft. Knox, Ky.

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Mrs. Sam Clements is the sponsor of the newly organized MYF of the First Methodist Church at Horatio. They meet each Monday at 7 p.m. in the church.

The slate of officers are: president, Carolyn Owens; vice president, Miss Raylene Lipsey; secretary, Miss Debbi Clements; treasurer, Miss Debbie Goins; reporter, Miss Pam Vaughn and song leader, Terry Owens.

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Tommy Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Vickers of De Queen, is plant manager of the Carroll Shoe company plant in Summersville, N.C. He formerly was employed by Rubber Corporation of Arkansas.

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Mrs. Cora Dinwiddie and Mrs. Pearl Uhrig visited Mr. and Mrs. George Scott and Joe Scott and families Sunday.

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25 YEARS AGO

April 14, 1994

A kidnapping incident which began in Texas Sunday ended without incident early Wednesday morning when law enforcement officers surprised the suspect while he and his victim were asleep in a local motel room.

De Queen Police Chief Jim Smith said Kenneth Wade Garner, 29, was arrested around 4:10 a.m. Wednesday morning in a room at the Palace Motel. He was questioned at the De Queen Police station and was transported to Texarkana where he will appear before a federal magistrate on kidnapping charges.

His alleged kidnap victim, Margie Ann Cline Chaney, was in the motel room with Garner where he was arrested. Smith said Chaney, who is believed to be Garner’s ex-girlfriend, is not facing charges.

Garner is wanted on felony warrants from Mineral Wells, Texas for kidnapping and tampering with a witness. Smith said Garner will also face federal kidnapping charges but there was no decision on local charges.

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Four De Queen High School students have been selected to attend the 1994 Arkansas Governor’s School on the Hendrix College campus. They are Kristal Scott, Susan Higgins, Sarah Jones and Brian McKinney. John Marker of De Queen, now a student at the Arkansas School for Math and Science in Hot Springs, was also chosen to attend.

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Meisha Millwee of De Queen has been accepted for membership in the United States Collegiate Choir, a highly-selective national musical organization which will make a three-week concert tour of Europe in July.

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Navy Seaman Recruit James M. Chandler, son of James and Ramona Chandler of Horatio, recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Chandler is a 1993 graduate of Horatio High School.

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A new outdoor music stage will be the site of regular evening concerts this summer at the Cossatot Reefs campground at Gillham Lake.

Park Ranger Curtis Green said campers enjoy the outdoor concerts so much that the Corps of Engineers used recreational user fees to construct the outdoor stage just north of the existing pavilion. A local builder provided plans and summer employees were used to build it.

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10 YEARS AGO

April 9, 2009

Walter Smith and Dennis Pruitt took the oath of office as reserve police officers for the City of De Queen Wednesday. They will undergo a reserve officer training course which will qualify them to assist the De Queen Police Department, under the direction of the police chief. The two were sworn in by County Clerk Sandra Dunn.

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The board of directors has announced that Diann Gathright has been promoted to assistant cashier. Diann started her banking career with Bank of Lockesburg in May 2000. She worked as a customer service representative until 2007 when she became a teller.

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Grannis City Chief of Police, Larry Haarmeyer, celebrated his retirement after 30 years of service to the city. Friends and co-workers gathered at the Tyson Foods Office to wish Larry the best of luck.

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The office of University Relations/Admissions of Henderson State University, announces Craig Allen Moreland has been awarded the Presidential Academic Scholarship for 2009-2010.

He is the son of Greg and Cheryl Moreland and is currently a student at Horatio High School.

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