100 Years ago

July 30, 1920

Up to Wednesday night the Horatio district had shipped about 180 cars of cantaloupes, 24 cars had ben handled over the D. & E. from Lockesburg and five cars had been shipped from De Queen. 

There are 450 standard crates to a car and 45 melons to a crate, making 30,250 melons to a car. In the 209 cars already shipped there would be 3,297,050 melons. Melons average five inches in diameter, and if all the melons already sipped were placed side by side they would reach a distance of 16,-485,-250 inches, or 112,377 feet, or more than twenty-one miles. 

But there are more to be gathered. The largest buyer in the county says growers are averaging $200 per acre from their cantaloupes. Many are making more than this. The quality this year is exceedingingly fine, and the melons are in great demand in the northern markets. 

G. W. Blowyer has gone to Kansas on a business trip.  

Mrs. W. P. Erwin returned home from the De Queen hospital Saturday, where she received a minor operation.  

Miss Irma Evins fell off of her porch Monday night and threw her elbow out of place.  

Gravel hauling is delayed for a few days on account of having to move the pit.  

Geneva ball team vs. Chapel Hill, Saturday; score 10 to 2 in favor of Chapel Hill. One Geneva player got his finger broken with a ball and had to have it taken off.  

Arrangements have been made to erect a brush arbor on the school grounds Friday for the protracted meeting that is to begin Sunday, August, 1.  

Prayer meeting Sunday night was fine. Miss Bess is a good leader. Mr. B. C. White leads first Sunday night after the big meeting.

De Queen and Mena ball teams played a series of three games on the local diamond Monday and Wednesday, while Tuesday’s game went to De Queen. The Idabel team is here to play the balance of the week. The De Queen nine is improving rapidly and has several players that practice may develop into professionals. 

We stated some few weeks since that our Civic Improvement Club is striving to keep a sexton for out city cemetery. We begun the summer work May 1st with a very small bank account. Since that date the sexton has been all over the cemetery three times. 

Each time requires a lot of work as he must use a hand scythe because the ground is too rough to use the mover. Each lot is kept up alike. So many of the lot owners are beautifying their lots with concrete curbs and filling in and sodding. 

Several new monuments have been erected during the past few months and others have been ordered.  

75 Years Ago

July 26, 1945

De Queen Boy Scouts are again asking for waste paper and on next Wednesday, August 1, will make a street-by-street collection in De Queen. They hope to ship another carload soon. 

Every homeowner is asked to help by putting a bundle or box of paper out on the curb next Wednesday. Old books magazines, newspapers, cardboard and all classes of paper are wanted. 

On account of many of the Scouts being regularly employed, there will be only a few available for the pickup, and they will not have time to knock on doors to ask for the paper. Help them by placing the boxes or the bundles at the curb or front gate.

Tourist entering or leaving Arkansas on the west, via U. S. Highway 70, see and cross at their own risk--- there is progress and development in this section of Arkansas. 

Built more than 40 years ago, the old bridge over Rolling Fork river west of De Queen, has a load limit of three tons, but it is pounded pounded almost hourly by lumber, cattle, fruit and vegetable trucks weighing 15 tons or more, and during the school term the lives and limbs of a bus load of school children are risked twice daily on this rickety old fugitive from the scrap-iron drive. Baum buses risk lives on it every day.

Lieut. Kenneth Peck, Army Air Forces, who had been a prisoner of the Germans since last March, and who was released at the end of hostilities in Europe, telephoned Mrs. Peek here Tuesday night that he had landed in New York, and expected to arrive home in a few days. Peek was taken prisoner when the bomber on which he was serving was forced down over Yugoslavia. 

At a meeting  in Idabel last Thursday afternoon, attended by nearly 100 delegates from towns along U. S. Highway 70, from Hot Springs to Hugo, Okla., the Arkansas-Oklahoma Highway 70 Association was organized, to promote and encourage the completion of this national route.

Frank Wooten of Idabel, owner of a chain of grocery stores in Arkansas and Oklahoma was elected president of the organization, and C. L. Leighton, De Queen, district manager for Southwestern Gas and Electric Co., was named vice-president. 

Attention growers! We are still buying cucumbers and will continue as long as they are offered. Now is the time to plan fall crops. We will have a carload of new fertilizer and bean, radish and potato seed for fall planting. “If you can raise them — we can sell ‘em.” Prepare your ground now for fall planting. Yours for service, William B. Wallace, Wholesale fruits, vegetables, poultry. 

Notice: (1) Old house 2-1/2 miles east of Ladd Bridge, to be sold, sealed bids. Known as Tommy Leeper place. All bids to be in by August 4, 1945. (2) Old house on Bailey land 4 miles east of De Queen on Red-Cut Road. Sealed bids to be in by August 4, 1945. Dierks Lumber & Coal Co. 

Land Office, De Queen, Ark. Miss Pearl Williamson, superintendent of De Queen schools, was named by Governor Ben Laney last week as a member of the Arkansas State Library Commission to succeed A.W. Rainwater of Walnut Ridge, whose term on the board expired. 

Grand opening… Craig-Donaldson Firestone Home & Auto Supply. Sibert Bldg., De Queen, Ark. Phone 11. Complete line of Firestone Extra Value merchandise. Friday, & Saturday, July 27 and 28. Free souvenirs for everyone. 

Welcome to the new firestone store. We are glad to see this new enterprise in De Queen. De Queen Bee Co., commercial printing, Phone 4. 

50 Years ago

July 30, 1970

Broilers, some 7550 of them, were scattered over a sizeable area Thursday night as a tractor-trailer partially overturned at Chapel Hill. The cleanup operation required most of the night, and estimates placed the loss at some 3,000 birds. The chickens, from the Richard Dunn broiler house, were en route to Holly Creek Farms processing plant near Idabel. Trooper Chet Howling said the 1966 white tractor-trailer was driven by Olen McGough, Winthrop, 20. 

Five directors of Lockesburg school district No. 16 will be named in a special election to be held Aug. 25 pursuant to a mandate of the 8th circuit court. The special election will be held under supervision of the county board of election commissioners, who will name judges and clerks, prepare proper supplies and supervise the vote. When Sevier County district No. 1 was annexed to Lockesburg District No. 16 last year, three members of the old District No. 1 board were appointed by District Judge Paul X. Williams to the expanded eight-member board of education. A recent appeals court ruling threw out that action on the grounds board members had been elected in a district-wide election. 

Ten occupants of two cars involved in a street crossing collision Wednesday evening all escaped injury, but the vehicles were extensively damaged. The mishap occurred at the corner of 13th Street and Highway 70 bypass near De Queen General Hospital. A 1966 Ford station wagon driven by William McDonnell, 18, De Queen, was traveling north on 13th and attempting a right turn onto the highway, when it was struck by a westbound 1969 Mercury driven by Mrs. Evelyn Yeatts, 32, Gainesville. Tex. Following impact, the Mercury skidded 120 feet westward, coming to rest in a ditch on the north side of the highway. The station wagon was spun completely around. McDonnell was cited for failure to yield the right-of-way. 

A frame garage was burned and a nearby house threatened by a blaze in Horatio on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. The blaze started in the garage t the residence occupied by Mr. and Mrs. James Brewer, and threatened the home of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bishop. Cause of the blaze was not pinpointed, but children reportedly had been playing in the garage. Dub Stephens, 8, reportedly received a slight burn on the arm as a result of the blaze. 

Three principal projects have been adopted for the 1970-71 season by the De Queen Athletic Boosters club, with a budget of $1900, according to David Wilson, president. 1. Seventh-grade football program, to cost $1400.

2. Purchase of $200 worth of basketballs.

3. Painting of Leopard Stadium.

Date for the second annual “Blubber Bowl” football game was set for Friday night, Aug. 28, starting at 8 o’clock. 

Hubert Williams, a member of the De Queen coaching staff from 1960 through 1969, was employed Monday night as elementary school principal.  He will replace his brother, Doyle Williams, who resigned to accept a job at postal inspector. Hubert holds a master’s degree from George Peabody college, Nashville, Tenn., and did his graduate administrative work at Texas Tech, Lubbock. 

Soybeans continue to assume a dominant role in the Sevier County agricultural picture this summer as sizeable acreage is devoted to the crop by both American Farms and Razorback Farms 

City and state police this week are continuing their investigation of a series of Friday night break-ins that apparently netted a total of $2.80. Burglarized, according to Police Chief Cotton Hughes, were two service stations and two car wash stands. Hughes said George’s Conoco Station at the junction was entered when a big plate glass window at the northeast corner of the building was broken.


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