Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

July 12, 1918

Sheriff Will Thomas has turned over to County Treasurer Tribble tax money collected for the year 1917, the sum of $137,711.60.

Taxes collected for the various funds are as follows:

County General - $24,254.34

School Fund - $46,722.89

Road Imp. Dist. No. 1 - $11,756.97

Little River Drainage District - $3,120.00

Several Road Districts - $15,200.19

Fencing Districts - $1,316.35

Poll taxes amounted to $3,200.97.

Automobile taxes amounted to $3,792.75.

There are 389 automobiles in the county.

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The Commonwealth Public Service Co., a corporation with headquarters in Muskogee, Okla., this week closed a deal by which they became owners of the ice and light plant another property of the Arkansas Light & Power Co. of this city. This company now operates a chain of plants in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Owing to the road to Lockesburg being too bad to establish and maintain a schedule service at a fair rate to the public, we regret for the present that we will have to discontinue our bus service on the Lockesburg line, but trust that in the near future we may be able to put the proper equipment and service back on a fair basis. -- E.B. Greer

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Mr. and Mrs. Louis Duncan of Cane Creek are the happy parents of twin boys. The boys visited their home the 5th of July. Both mother and babies are doing well.

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75 YEARS AGO

July 18, 1943

An unplanned family reunion took place for the S.B. Pearce family of Chapel Hill community the past weekend, through a chain of odd circumstances.

Aaron O. Pearce, boatswain’s mate, first class, of the U.S. Navy arrived home unexpectedly Thursday from a long tour of duty in the South Pacific.

Sgt. R.B. Pearce arrived in De Queen Thursday on leave from 18 months of service with the Army in Iceland.

Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Pearce arrived Friday on a weekend visit from Smithville, Okla., where he is employed.

None of the members of the family knew the other was coming home, and they all met at the home of another brother, Paul Pearce at Chapel Hill.

One of the boys brought his mother a necklace made of foreign coins and the other brought a bracelet of the same materials. The two pieces matched.

A telegram was quickly dispatched to Mrs. L.J. Dunn, a daughter at Houston, Texas and she hurried to De Queen to make the family circle complete.

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S-Sgt. T.G. Windham, who spent a lot of time in Sevier County with the Army scrap metal collecting detail, and later was here to load the material, reported this week that he had finally secured the total on the county’s tonnage. The Army collected 378 tons in the county and it required 15 railroad cars to move it out to the mills. This amount placed Sevier well up toward the top of the list among Arkansas counties in the total amount of metal gathered. Sgt. Windham is now working in northwest Arkansas counties with his crew.

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Miss Billie D. Wilemon, bride-elect, was honored Tuesday afternoon when her aunt, Mrs. Marvin Whitley entertained at a linen shower. Following a number of games, the honoree was awarded the gifts of linen as prizes.

Miss Wilemon left today for a few days visit in Dallas, Texas en route to Carlsbad, N.M. where she will be married to Brice Bigham.

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The Wichita, Kan., Eagle on July 8 carried a picture on the front page, showing a scene at the “breaking up” of the NYA project in that city, following the failure of Congress to appropriate money for continuing the project.

Denzil Lovil, 18-year-old boy of Lockesburg was prominent in the picture and was being congratulated by the supervisor for having secured a job as machinist with a big neon manufacturing company in Wichita. Young Lovil had just completed the machinist course of instruction a day or two before the NYA project was closed.

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Miss Bonnie Jean Wilson of Horatio left last Wednesday to resume her work in an aircraft plant in Memphis, after a visit in Horatio. She underwent a tonsillectomy while at home.

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50 YEARS AGO

July 11, 1968

Walter E. Cox, administrator of De Queen Clinic, announced the addition of Dr. James I. Balch and Dr. Jim C. Citty to the medical staff of the clinic.

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Resignation of Mrs. Hyder Shull, elementary teacher in De Queen for the past 32 years, was accepted Monday night at a meeting of the De Queen board of directors.

She will be replaced by Mrs. Laverne Burton for the 1968-69 term.

The board also announced the employment of Mrs. Cynthia (Coulter) Hale as elementary teacher for next fall. She is a 1968 spring graduate of the University of Arkansas.

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Officers for the 1968-69 fiscal year were installed at the last meeting of the Horatio Lions Club.

C.E. Hendrix Jr. is the new president and other new officers include:

Buddy Adams, first vice president; Frank Kornegay, second vice president; Carl Hendrix, treasurer; C.L. McCoy, secretary; K.L. Lawson, tail-twister; Wallace White, Lion tamer.

Board members are Al Graves, E.W. Boatman, Frank Gage, Devoe Bollinger Jr. and Hollis Cook.

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Captain and Mrs. Earl Young Jr. returned home from Germany this week, where they spent several years and they are visiting their respective parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Young Sr. and Mrs. Lawrence Merchant in Horatio.

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25 YEARS AGO

July 8, 1993

Jason Vaught of Horatio was one of four Arkansas Angus showmen selected to represent the state in the National Junior Angus Showmanship contest to be held in Wichita, Kan. this month. The four who will represent Arkansas qualified in the senior showmanship at the 1993 Arkansas Junior Angus Preview Show. Vaught was also elected to serve as one of five directors for the Arkansas Junior Angus Association during 1993.

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The Roller Rats, a roller hockey team from De Queen placed third in the Division A roller hockey playoffs at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas on June 29.

Members of the team are Cory Baumgarten, James Milam, J.L. Nix, Sarah Travelstead, Tiffany Terrell and Ronald Walker.

The Division B Roller Rats played six games but failed to qualify for the nationals. Division B team members are LaTisha Robb, Mark Donovan, Fred Bowers, Jeremy Michaud, Michael Rayburn and Amanda Shortridge.

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Janelle Barnes of De Queen graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a master’s degree in social work on May 15. She was among 1,730 who were awarded degrees, the largest class in the school’s 65-year history.

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The annual meeting of the Arkansas Family and Community Education Association met recently at Harding University in Searcy. Members attending from Sevier County were Myrtle Sims, Melba Van Voast, Gladys Halford and Louise Smedley.

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10 YEARS AGO

July 10, 2008

The De Queen Eagles won the ASA 14-and-under softball tournament held at Cabot June 28. Team members are Heather Doan, Haley Pickens, Kelsie King, Erica Sellers, Kelsie Frachiseur, Tamara Watson, Kellie Wise, Rowen Brewer, Ariel Dinkins and Kristen Busby. The coaches are Neal Dossett, Justin King and Jeremy Busby.

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Chris Brackett from Lockesburg has completed training for the Arkansas State Police. Bracket is assigned to Troop G in Sevier County.

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The De Queen Lions Club inducted officers at their annual banquet on June 24 at Pier 49 in De Queen. Those include tail twister Dick Tallman, second vice president Jerel Jones, membership chair Teri Hart, two year board member Tammy Whatley; Lion tamer Ron Huckaby, two year board member Jim Smith, one year board  member Tuffy Neely, president Bob Sikes, one year board member Bruce Hill, third vice president T. Ray Wilson, past president Brian Blackwood, first vice president David Blackwell, secretary Jeff Holcombe and treasurer Noel Bard. Bob Sikes was named Lion of the Year.

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The 7-8-year-old Sevier County All-Stars placed second in the state tournament last week and qualified to play in the national championships July 26-29 in Texarkana. Team members are Nathan Hodges, Cade Arndt, Zach Izzo, Ben Socash, Tyler Miller, Lucas Tinajero, Dylan Cardose, Colton Rogers, Layne Woods, Maurice Moore, Brandon Hagood and Hunter Earney. Coaches are Jeff Woods, Chad Earney, Tommy Miller.

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