Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

July 4, 1919

The modern nine-room bungalow of J.H. Bumpass at the corner of Fifth and Heynecker Avenue this week was finished by contractor L.T. Parker. This house is one of the most up-to-date yet erected in De Queen, having steam-heat with heating apparatus in the basement; porch and ceiling of all rooms paneled; 112 foot concrete porch, eight feet wide; beaver board is used for walls to rooms, and each room is in a different design; large sun parlor with six big windows. 

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A singular fire occurred at the home of M.A. Nichols last Thursday night. Mr. Nichols returned home after the rest of the family had retired. He tried to turn on the light in an up-stairs-room in which his little daughter was sleeping. As the light didn’t appear, he concluded something was out of order. As a matter of fact the wire was connected with an iron resting on an ironing board. The family awakened in the morning to discover that the iron had burned a hole through the ironing board, then through the floor to the room below. Upon going upstairs it was found that a sewing machine setting near the ironing board had been consumed by a smoldering fire. The child sleeping in the room was undisturbed and uninjured. 

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There will be a pie supper at Mt. Pleasant Wednesday night, July 16. The proceeds will go to help pay for a twenty-day singing school this summer. Everyone is invited to come and bring someone with you. 

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The work of replastering the courthouse has been finished on the second floor and will probably be finished downstairs this week. The upstairs rooms shine like new and the county is to be congratulated on the neat appearance the building will present. 

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75 YEARS AGO

July 6, 1944

The offices of Jack Thomas, Justice of the Peace and manager of the Sevier County Credit Bureau, and George B. Stiers, real estate dealer, were moved this week to the De Queen Hotel building.

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The Girl Scouts of De Queen celebrated the 4th of July with a breakfast at the Scout Hut. The girls attending were Linda Durham, Dorothy Sue Jacks, Joyce Moore, Geraldine Spicer, Dean Stinnett, Norman Jean Turnage, Elizabeth Swift, Elouise Davis, Felicia Henderson, Wanda Sue Smith, Sue Garrison, Ann Katherine England, Sharon Edgar, Virginia Waters, Sue Parker, Martha Sue Proctor, Rita Sue Banks, Dorothy Sunderman, Una Ellen Parker, Suzanna Huffman, Twila June Pearson, Dorothy Graves and Jackie Johnson.

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H.H. Urrey, newly elected president of the De Queen Rotary Club will take over his duties at today’s meeting. He secedes. Judge Minor Millwee, who becomes vice president under the organization rules.

W.A. Trower will begin another year as secretary of the club, having been re-elected, and board members will be Eugene Hall, G.P. Bolding, Gunter England and Dr. C.E. Kitchens.

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Postwar planning is not just a matter for economic groups and civic organizations but one which concerns everyone in the country, Frank X. Meehan of St. Louis, manager of the National Committee for Economic Development, said at a meeting of the Arkansas Economic Council in Survey and Research Committee of Little Rock last week. Everyone should be planning for postwar conversion since persons as well as communities will have to re-organize, he said. 

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50 YEARS AGO

July 3, 1969

Files for this date are unavailable. 

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25 YEARS AGO

July 7, 1994

Members of the Horatio City Council passed a resolution Tuesday evening to apply for a state grant for a joint city-school park. The park would be developed in conjunction with Horatio School on the property at the school’s baseball field. If the grant is approved, the city and school will use in-kind donations to match the state grant funds. A walking trail is one of the first improvements planned for the park, if the grant is approved. 

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The First United Methodist Church at Lockesburg has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Cathy Slater announced today. The AHPP is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The First United Methodist Church, located east of the intersection of Second Street and Fifth Avenue in Lockesburg, was constructed in 1926 and designed in a “free” interpretation of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. “The overall aspect of the structure is distinctly Gothic, but the pervasive employment of the arch form, inside and out, reflects the Classical influence,” the National Register nomination says. “The synthesis of the Medieval and Classical architectural traditions is surprisingly successful, creating an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the Romanesque Revival of 20 years before. This synthesis is rare within all known building types in Arkansas and found in only a few other known examples throughout the state.”

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10 YEARS AGO

July 2, 2009

In an effort to raise cultural awareness and understanding in De Queen, we would like to invite families to host an international exchange student this August. Host families provide room and board, a safe nurturing environment and have a genuine interest in learning about a different culture. Students range in age from 15 years to 18-years-old. Students will have all of the money they could possibly need and their own health insurance. 

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The Crystal Johnson Sharp Memorial Fund and the Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center are co-sponsoring a self-defense class for women age 14 and up. Mothers and daughters should plan to attend together and receive valuable skills that can help them keep safe. The self-defense class will be held on Aug. 1 at the Multicultural Center located on 110 W. De Queen Avenue in De Queen. Those planning to enroll in the class should register on Aug. 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. The class will start at 9 a.m. and continue 12 p.m. The cost is $10 per participant. Classes will be taught by Kelly Craddock, who retired from the U.S. Army, is a Criminal Justice Programs Instructor, and is a 15-year veteran of the Rogers Police Department. 

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Letter to the Editor:

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 I was traveling through De Queen on 70E when I ran over something and blew out one of my tires and badly damaged another. I was stuck on the side of the road, alone and scared. A very nice couple stopped and changed my tire and then Officer Wilson came and followed me to the tire store. I just want to thank them so very much. Also, the tire store man was very helpful in getting my car road ready, so that I got home safe. Thank you De Queen for having such nice and caring people! God Bless. 

–Ricci Scott

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