100 Years ago
February 20, 1920
Bishop Brookes, who for some time has been handling Buick cars, has sold his automobile business to the Hayes-Lamb Motor Co. in order to devote his entire time to growing his drub business.
Announcing opening of Bourns & Company store six miles east of De Queen on Route 2 and Bankhead Highway. Dry goods, notions, and up-to-date line of groceries.
At the sweet potato show at Texarkana last week, T.W. Park of Lockesburg took first prize for Nancy Hall certified sweet potato seed. The best always comes out of Sevier County.
Edwin Wiliamson, who for some time has been a traveling salesman for the Smith-McCord-Townsend Dry Goods Co. of Kansas City, has been sent abroad in the interests of that company. He left last Saturday ad will visit England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Belgium and France. He will remain over the pond for about two months.
Wm. York of Hayti, Mo., a veteran newspaper man, was in De Queen last week on his way to Lockesburg, where he will be connected with the Lockesburg Tribune.
John Knox, the popular city marshal of Horatio, transacted business in De Queen Wednesday.
W.M. Lamb of Gilmer, Texas, who recently purchased the Johnston home and tract of land west of Gillham, arrived Monday with his family and intends to occupy the place soon.
75 years ago
February 22, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lee Cox announced this week that they had taken over the Crews Grocery, formerly owned by H.L. Cox on Ninth Street opposite Junior High school, and would increase the stock of merchandise to handle a larger volume. The business will be known as Ninth Street Grocery, Cox said.
Luther Nalley, garage mechanic, and Will H. Thomas, K.C.S. engineman have purchased the Hampson store, garage and service station on Highway 71 at the north city limits and Nalley is now in charge of the business.
Eutah Davis last week purchased the J.C. Ridley general merchandise store on Rose Hill and has taken charge.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Dorsey of Horatio have purchased the building formerly occupied by the Ray Pool Hall. Mr. Dorsey is going to open up a modern market and grocery store.
The airport committee of the Commercial Club, headed by Marion Hudson, reported at the club meeting last Thursday night that arrangements had been made to prepare a landing field on a tract of land just south of Ira Phillip’s place at Chapel Hill, and that efforts would e made to secure use of state or county machinery for a small amount of grading work to put the field in condition.
50 years ago
February 19, 1970
De Queen’s fire phone will be located at De Queen General Hospital as soon as installation can be switched over from Hob Nob Café. The board of directors of the hospital agreed at a meeting earlier in the week to handle the fire calls for the city for $900 a year.
The Gillham Bronco Riding Club has elected the following officers for the year: James Carl Morris, president; Joyce Ann Jean, secretary/treasurer; Betty Russell, historian/reporter; Jimmy Cecil and Dave Kerr, arena bosses; Johnny Mize and Francis Kerr, trail bosses; Ed Stuart and Johnny Mize, gate bosses. And James McCorkle, chaplain; Milton Morris and Forrest Garland, parade bosses. New board members are Jimmy Cecil, Ed Hargis, Johnny Mize,, Forrest Garland, James Morris.
Workers at Craig fiberboard plant of Dierks Division, Weyerhaeuser Company, voted 111-45 Friday to affiliate with the United Paper Makers and Paper Workers, AFL-CIO.
Henry Clayton Whitney, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Russell Whitney of Rt. 3, De Queen, enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 3 at Little Rock.
Terry Irvan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Irvan of Williamson, is home after serving four years n the U.S. Navy.
25 years ago
February 16, 1995
A Whimpering puppy in the wee hours is an irritating inconvenience for most pet owners, but a cocker spaniel’s persistent yelps saved three lives in a house fire Wednesday morning. The Jett Rink residence on U.S. 70B just west of the city limits, was destroyed by flames Wednesday, but Debbie Rink and their two children escaped the inferno after being awakened by the dog. Little Zeb. A two-month-old cocker spaniel, roused the Rink family from a bedroom slumber while flames raged through the front portion of the residence.
Members of the Sevier County Quorum Court voted during their regular monthly meeting Monday to distribute the county sales tax money according to the same ratio that was used prior to 1994. When Sevier County voters passed the sales tax in 1987, the quorum court promised to put 75 percent of the county’s share of the money in the county road fund and 25 percent in county general.
It’s only pennies tacked onto each $1 sale but local sales taxes added up to over $2 million in 1994. According to figures obtained from the Sevier County Treasurer’s office, Sevier County’s one percent sales and use tax generated $1,023,691.08 in 1994.
A committee to provide more housing for De Queen has been reactivated. A group ranging from industrial, government and business leaders held a breakfast meeting on Tuesday to discuss the housing problem and how to address the need through private enterprise. An industrial committee held several meetings last year to explore ways of getting some government assistance to develop houses or apartments. However, that group was unable to get a project going.
A $3.5 million expansion project will increase production capacity at the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Grannis. Plant Manager Deborah Roark said the expansion will increase the number of birds processed each day. The new building going up alongside U.S. 71 will include a new area for first processing and new offices for USDA inspectors. In addition, some of the old part of the plant will be renovated.
A gash in the earth located on North Sixth Street in De Queen represents the future in communication technology. A fiber optic telephone cable is being installed underground. The line originated at the ALLTEL central office in DE Queen and goes to Gillham, Wickes, Hatfield and Cove.
10 years ago
February 18, 2010
Maybe you’ve seen people smoking them in your favorite restaurant. You may notice someone puffing on one in Walmart. You may even have questioned someone’s intelligence after seeing them put a lit cigarette in their pocket. If you’ve noticed any of these things around town, then you’ve witnessed the guerilla marketing campaign behind LeCig. De Queen’s newest business and the area’s only supplier of the latest n stop-smoking technology, the electronic cigarette. Since opening last year, LeCig has done most of its business nationally. After seeing how popular the electronic cigarette was across the nation, LeCig’s owners decided to make it available locally as well.
The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct five men whose leadership and service have brought distinction to Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. Included this year is Devoe Bollinger of Horatio. Who led the effort to eradicate brucellosis from cattle herds in the state.
Between now and March 31, 2010, District Court Judge Stephen Tedder will offer an amnesty for those people who possess an outstanding warrant. Any person with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear or failure to comply where in the underlying charge is a traffic violation in Sevier County, may have the arrant withdrawn by paying in full the fine and costs for the underlying charges.
De Queen boys basketball team claimed sole possession of the 7AAAA round robin title by turning back the Hornets. The Leopards won the boys game after trailing the first half. The home team took the lead for the first time by scoring the first five points of the third quarter. An 11-0 run in the fourth quarter finally put the game out of the visitor’s reach.
Tyler Cribb received the Brandon Burlsworth Award for Horatio. Each year high school football programs nominate ne player to receive the Burlsworth Award. The player should demonstrate the drive, diligence to school and good moral character that the former Razorback All-American and Indianapolis Colt was known for. Cribb, the son of John and Teri Cribb of Horatio, recorded 83 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt for the Lions.