Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

August 8, 1919

Von Ferguson, formerly an employee of the K. C. S. at this place, a boilermaker of exceptional skill, and a jolly good fellow, as everyone who knows him knows, was here from Fairbury, Nebraska, this week and was in a jollier mood than ever, if that is possible. What is possible is this: Von is almost if not quite on the eve of joining the millionaire class, and this is said seriously. Von has patented a locomotive drafting appliance that will save fuel, lighten labor, save cost in the construction of locomotives to the extent of several hundred dollars and prevents sparks from causing damage. While the Bee has seen pictures of this invention it is beyond our scribe to attempt a technical description. Von secured a patent to his invention last May and his applications for patents pending in Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan. He has demonstrated it to one of the largest railroad companies in the United States, and has been offered $100,000 for it with royalties added. Von’s many friends here will congratulate him on his achievement and good fortune. 

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Morphew School. 

The month of our school ended Aug. 1. During this time thirty-one enrolled. We believe this is the largest number ever enrolled at Morphew. Unfortunately for us, as we have out-grown the house. However, we feel enthused over the interest manifested in a new building equipped with modern conveniences. 

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As the result of a conference between several members of the city council and the waterworks board, I have been requested to call a mass meeting of the citizens of De Queen to be held at the court house, Friday evening, August 8, at 8 o’clock, for the purpose of discussing better ice, better water service, better light service and better telephone service for this city.

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Two unmasked men walked into the bank at Millerton between two and three o’clock Wednesday afternoon and held up the president and cashier. The robbers secured about $2,000 in cash and about $700 in bonds. After the robbery they rode away on horses and made for the hills. They have not yet been captured. 

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Cane Creek News

Dry. Drier. Driest. By the way if this is what prohibition means, we ask that the juice be turned on.

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75 YEARS AGO

August 10, 1944

Tull Carroll, chairman of the Sevier County Democratic Central Committee, has called the county convention to meet at the courthouse next Monday, August 14, at 1 p.m. for the purpose of reorganizing and transacting other business. A committee from the county group will meet on Friday of this week to make an official canvass of the vote in the primary on Tuesday and to certify the nominees for the various offices. 

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Ruel Oliver, who will serve as band instructor for De Queen schools this year, has notified C. L. Leighton, president of the school board, that he will arrive in De Queen within a few days and he wants to meet all members of the band and pupils who expect to become band students, to meet with him at 1 p.m. on next Tuesday, August 15, at the vocational agriculture building. Oliver has been attending the annual state band camp, which ends on Saturday of this week. He will serve as instructor for both the De Queen and Nashville bands this term of school.

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A free rodeo will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13 at the Tillman Brooks rodeo arena about 6 miles south of Horatio on Highway 41, it was announced this week by Clyde Crenshaw and J. W. Pickett who will manage the show. The rodeo will start at 3 p.m. each day, with calf roping, bull and bronc riding, goat roping and other contests. The stock will be furnished by Milton Whitten of Idabel. The only charge will be 50 cents for those who occupy seats in the grandstand, Crenshaw said. The rodeo will be sponsored by the Little River Calf Roping Club, which was organized several months ago. There will be a dance on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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Word has been received here of the death of Blake Locke of Beaumont, Texas, formerly of Lockesburg, who was killed in a gasoline explosion Monday in Beaumont where he was employed. 

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50 YEARS AGO

August 8, 1969

Files for this date are unavailable. 

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25 YEARS AGO

August 11, 1994

The Sevier County Quorum Court voted Monday afternoon to put the issue of 911 emergency telephone services before voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. JP’s heard a presentation from the Arkansas Department of Health and an ALLTEL representative at the July meeting. Since then, the telephone companies have supplied figures on the cost of adding 911. A combined worksheet from the three telephone companies serving Sevier County (ALLTEL, Walnut Hill and Southwestern Bell) estimates one-time cost of the system at $57,101. 

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The De Queen Fire Department responded to an alarm that displaced Sunday morning worship services at First Baptist Church. Pastor Faron Rogers said a problem with a transformer near the church caused a voltage drop at the church building. The power fluctuation caused a motor in an air conditioner unit to burn up, he said. That happened shortly before Sunday school and the smell of smoke inside the building caused the church officials to cancel Sunday School and move morning worship services to the Grace Place fellowship hall. 

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The Sevier County Historical Society Museum is one of 21 non-profit Arkansas museums recently approved for matching grants by the state Historical Resources and Museum Services. The agency is a section of the state parks division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The Sevier County Museum will receive a $3,360 grant for general operating support to pay for acid-free storage materials and conservation supplies, audit services, insurance, utilities and salaries. The grants will be matched dollar-for-dollar with non-state money and must be used before June 30, 1995. 

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To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that were involved in making this season of De Queen Girls Softball a success. To all the sponsors that furnish the uniforms and equipment. To all the parents that allow their children to participate in the game and the never ending practices. To all the coaches that give so much of their time and effort into teaching and helping children be all that they can be. As everyone knows this is the first year that De Queen has had a facility for the girls to actually call their own. And we as a league are very proud of the effort and work that has one into making our facility a place that you would be proud to have your children play. A huge thank you to Junior and Judy Hicks for all the work that they put into making this program work well. A big thanks to the city of De Queen for allowing the funds to make it all possible. As longs as we keep in mind the main reason that we sacrifice our weeknights and weekends then it is all for a just cause…our children. If we loose sight of this…then it is time to retire and become a spectator. –Karen Atkins, De Queen Girls Softball President 

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10 YEARS AGO

August 6, 2009

Dierks was the location for the 2009 Firefighters Challenge and, as to be expected, a lot of people got really wet. The event was held during Dierks’ annual Pine Tree Festival, the third to be held so far. The Dierks Fire Department hosted this years Firefighter Challenge. Firefighters from six fire departments competed in a variety of events, including, Bucket brigade, Wild Hose Recovery, Line Extension and Water Polo. In Bucket Brigade, a four-person team from each fire department lined up to see which team could fill up a 55 gallon barrel the fastest. The firefighters had to transport the water using small buckets and had to be dressed in their full uniform, including boots and helmets. 

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The Arkansas State Police is one of the most elite law enforcement units in the state. State Police training is modeled heavily on the basic training provided in the Marine Corps and, like the Marines, the Arkansas State Police produces some of the state’s finest troopers. J. D. Jones, a resident of Lockesburg, is one of these troopers. Unlike many law enforcement officers, Jones knew from his time as a child that law enforcement was the career for him. And unlike many of his fellow state troopers, Jones immediately joined the ranks of Arkansas’ elite law enforcement agencies soon after graduating from Lockesburg High School in 2000. 

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The latest report of the registrar at Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas has been filed with the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the primary source for data on U.S. colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions. Brenda Morris reports that the college showed a 33% increase in the number of graduates between 2005 and 2008. “We had 150 graduates in the 2005 academic year; that figure went up to an even 200 for 2008,” Morris said. During that time, fall enrollment at the college climbed from 1020 to 1396, an increase of nearly 37%. 

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Like last year De Queen will start football season with a long road trip, but there similarities end there. Last year the Leopards began the season in a small stadium at Mayflower. This year they will be in one of the state’s prestige games in one of the state’s biggest facilities. De Queen will face Monticello August 31 in Hooten’s Kickoff Classic at the UA Pine Bluff stadium. “Basically they pick teams that are expected to have good years and showcase them,” explained De Queen’s head coach Chris Vereen. In preseason polling, De Queen is ranked second in the state in class 4A while Monticello is ranked second in 5A. In a touch of irony, the Monticello head coach is Van Paschal, who preceded Vereen as head coach of the Leopards. 

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