Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

January 10, 1919

Engineers this week began the permanent survey of the east section of the Bonneville trail, leading from De Queen to the Howard County line and serving Road Improvement District No. 2. Total land values in this district amount to $600,000 and total benefits assessed amount to $244,000, but this does not mean that that much will be used for road construction. The tax will be spread over a period of 25 years, and will amount to very little annually compared to benefits derived.

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The De Queen public schools now have an enrollment of 716 pupils. The pupils have purchased $6,320 worth of War Savings Stamps, and lead all schools in the state in contributing to the State Orphanage at Little Rock. De Queen is proud of the record being made by its schools.

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The Epworth League of the Dierks Methodist Church reorganized Sunday night and the following officers were elected: Mrs. Estelle Curtis, president; Miss Maisie Epperson, vice president; Miss Ethel Murray, secretary and treasurer.

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S.H. Norwood has moved to Lockesburg and will be clerk in Gilliam’s store this year.

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The Blanchard post office in this county has been discontinued.

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W.H. Clark of McPherson, Kans., has moved his  family to Horatio on Route 1, having bought a farm two miles east of Horatio on Clear Creek.

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Well, Round Top didn’t have its Christmas tree on account of so much sickness. We thought it best to take the presents around. So, J.L. Dunaway and Ernest Hannah acted as Santa Claus in distributing the presents.

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75 YEARS AGO

January 13, 1944

Lee Cox of De Queen has been appointed fire warden for District 26, succeeding Harmon Townsend who has been transferred to another district by the State Forest Commission. Cox has asked that all farmers and property owners cooperate with him to keep down timber fires. The law requires that the fire warden be notified before fields or woodlands are burned off.

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Jack Thomas, county chairman of the campaign for funds to fight Infantile Paralysis, has announced the following community chairmen for the drive which opens on Saturday of this week:

Provo, Lawrence Hill; Lake, Everett Bradley; Paraloma, M.C. Erwin; Melrose, J.W. Latimer; Green’s Chapel, Henry Watson; King, Mrs. W.A. Beckett; Fall’s Chapel, Will Penny; Wright’s Chapel, Hugh Cowling; Ben Lomond, R.G. Walker; Lockesburg, Mrs. Stuart Norwood, Mrs. Leonard Hampson; Gillham, Mrs. A.G. Jacobson; De Queen, Hal Robbins.

Thomas said he would make appointments soon for Horatio and Chapel Hill communities.

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The past weekend brought the heaviest snow and the hardest freeze this section has experienced in many years, with a temperature of slightly above two degrees being recorded during Saturday night, according to L.D. McCown, local observer.

The cold wave started on Thursday night with a two-inch snowfall. It warmed up somewhat on Friday and most of the snow disappeared, but the heavy fall started after midnight Friday and by daylight Saturday had reached from four to six inches over most of Sevier and adjoining counties.

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A school nursing project was started Dec. 29 at the Horatio Home Economics cottage. This is jointly sponsored by the Centennial Garden Club and the Home Ec Club. The mothers serve as school nurse. The room is fully equipped to give first aid to minor injuries and the health and cleanliness of the children. Since they do not have a school nurse this affords the best possible substitute in that mothers, experienced in the illnesses of children, are in charge of the work. The response to this project has been splendid and it is hoped that great good will result.

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Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Bates have bought the property across the street from their present place of business in Lockesburg. After the building has been remodeled and arranged to suit their needs they will move their cleaning and pressing plant to the new location.

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50 YEARS AGO

January 9, 1969

Sevier County’s “official family” for the next two years was sworn in Wednesday, Jan. 1 by retiring county clerk, Lawrence Hill.

Hill administered the oath of office to County Judge B.A. Mauldin, Sheriff Kirk Anderson and his own successor, County Clerk, Mrs. Clyta White.

Also sworn in were holdovers including Van Cornish, tax assessor; Mrs. Lila Norton, treasurer and Mrs. Nola Jackson, circuit clerk.

Anderson named Mrs. Anna Belle Miller as office deputy, and Tom Petit and Wylie Hendrix as field deputies.

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Plans have been announced for a major expansion at the Dierks Forests, Inc. plant at Dierks. Equipment will be installed at the plant for the purpose of manufacturing charcoal briquettes.

The briquettes produced at the Dierks plant will be marketed principally through grocery outlets. The product will be used in outdoor home charcoal broilers.

The expansion will contribute substantially to the industrial development of the area with the creation of approximately 20 new jobs. Investment in new equipment will be in excess of $500,000.

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James Richard Stinnett returned to the UofA, Fayetteville after spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stinnett, in Horatio.

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Installation of officers of the Silver Hill Chapter No. 542, O.E.S. was held Monday, Dec. 30. Jeff Lacefield, Worthy Grand Patron, served as installing officer.

Officers for the year are as follows:

Worthy Patron, Wayne Ross; Associate Matron, Louise Flenor; Associate Patron, Coe Stemple; secretary, Mae Barnes; Treasurer, Calvin Roden; Conductress, Johnnie Whisnant; Chaplain, Connie Golden; Associate Conductress, Irene Wax; Marshal, Ruth Kesterson; Organist, Gladys Crockett; Adah, Faye Smith; Ruth, Murl Gunter; Esther, Cora Stemple; Martha, Eileen Womack; Electa, Evelyn Ross; Warden, Charles Kesterson; Sentinel, John Barnes.

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Mrs. Essie McDonald and grandson of Horatio and Mrs. Oleta Snelgrove and son of Gillham visited Mr. and Mrs. Dee Pickett and Mrs. Mary Manning Saturday in Old Center.

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25 YEARS AGO

January 13, 1994

Building permits were issued for almost $1.5 million worth of construction in the City of De Queen during 1993.

A total of 52 building permits were issued last year. Total estimated value of the projects was $1,480,586.

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De Queen Superintendent Bill Blackwood told school board members Tuesday that the district has purchased $52,000 worth of new computers. The machines are now being installed in the gifted and talented classroom, middle school and high school library.

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The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office investigated one vandalism incident on Wednesday.

It was reported that someone had vandalized monuments at the Avon Cemetery on U.S. 71 north of De Queen. Investigation revealed that someone had turned over 20 grave markers. There were also some broken beer bottles in the cemetery and graffiti written on the road.

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Air National Guard Airman Tawnya L. Griffin has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Griffin is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Griffin of Horatio.

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Bill Phillips and his wife, Lola, were honored by the Salvation Army Thursday evening for their outstanding service to the local Salvation Army chapter. They were presented awards from Jim Robbins, service unit representative, from Little Rock.

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10 YEARS AGO

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