100 Years ago

June 18, 1920 

The Elberta peach is coming back. A.H. Durham, representing Parker Bro’s Nursery Co. of Fayetteville, has sold in this vicinity during the past few weeks 28,000 Elberta peach trees, enough to plant an orchard of 280 acres. When these trees come into bearing they should furnish a crop sufficient to ship from five to eight cars a day during the season. 

We have just been notified officially that Wilson Highway, which is to extend from Ely, Wisc., to Galveston, Tex., is to come through De Queen. Captain E.W. Willett, who has charge of marking and logging the road is to be here this week. He says the road will be marked within six weeks. Our north and south highway, known as the Jefferson Highway, which has been built through our county for the last two years, will be part of this highway. 

Several days ago the Messenger mentioned the honor that had been shown a Horatio girl, Miss Bola Martin, at Henderson-Brown. At that time she had elected editor of one of the collage papers. Since then she has won the first prize, a gold medal, for the best essay to be written by any member of any literary societies. Each literary society in the college elects one of its members every year to contest for this medal. As stated above, Miss Martin won the victory this year for the Upsilon Phi Society. In addition to this honor, she has been elected president of the society for next year. 

75 Years Ago

June 21, 1945

A meeting of residents of the East Side section of De Queen was held at the Rose Hill Church Tuesday and East Side Civic Club was organized for the expressed purpose of “securing a more equitable distribution of tax money spent in the city and to promote the social and industrial welfare of East De Queen,” an announcement from the meeting said. The Following charter members were listed: G.D. Temple, L.H. Cloer, W.F. Hampson, Jeff Atteberry, A.C. Staggs, E.T. Davis, J.R. Shelton, Lowell Walters, Dean Newberry, John F. Bales, Frank Bennett, W.K. Underwood, W.A. French, Otis Mills, C.W. Hopkins, Marvin Taggart and Ben Staggs. Officers elected were G.D. Temple, president; E.T. Davis, vice president; W.A. French, secretary/treasurer.


The shop just west of the Bee office has been reported by C.V. Wedding, an experienced welder, who advises that he is now prepared to do all types of light and heavy welding repair work. Mr. and Mrs. Wedding are new residents of the community and live on Route 3. 

Opening in Lockesburg Saturday, June 23, Quality Used Clothing, Shoes and Novelty Store. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Turpen, owners. 

The birthday dinner in honor of Larry Glen Graves at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Graves was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Troy Cox and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Graves and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gilbert and son, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gilbert and son, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Watson and daughter and Mrs. Glen Graves and son. 

Ruby Lee Phillips and son, Ronnie, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bolt and son, spent Sunday with Mrs. Seburn Green. 

Miss Pearl Gore, Storekeeper Second Class, of the WAVES, is now on duty at Pearl Harbor. She was with one of the first contingents of WAVES sent to Hawaii, where they have been assigned to various types of work by the Navy. Miss Gore, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Gore of the Dilworth community, Horatio, has been in service more than two years. 

50 Years Ago

June 18, 1970

Improved water service to sections of the Rose Hill area was secured over the weekend with completion of two new mains, according to Mayor Ray Wilson. The city has installed a six-inch cast-iron main along Bennett street, replacing a two inch line. 

Robert Minor and Douglas Hargis, Gillham, are attending the annual Arkansas Youth Conference on Cooperatives of Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs. 

The Reverend James Bernard begins duties as the pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in De Queen on June 14, through formal installation ceremonies will wait until June 21. Mr. Bernard and his wife Joyce, came to De Queen from Colorado Springs, Colo. They have three children, Rhonda, 12, and Jean and James Jr., age 9.

Arkansas state farming degree, highest award possible in the state F.F.A. activities, was presented Vernon Gore and David Morris, at recent state convention. Gore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gore, is a Gillham graduate enrolled now in Southern State. Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Morris, was a 1969 Gillham graduate. Eighteen Gillham F.F.A. members have received the degree during the past 11 years. 

Ten students from the De Queen area participated in the University of Arkansas, summer orientation program June 10-12.

The students are Judy Jones, Joseph Henry Presley, Richard Van Bebber, Robin Lee Blakney, Omagene Bourns, Charles R. Boyd and Dale J. Carlyle, James William Roberts and Danny Ray Devasieur, Horatio. 

25 years ago

June 15, 1995

Myra Katherine Hale, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Larry Hale of De Queen, was crowed as Miss Nebraska 1995 Saturday evening. Miss Hale, 23, was one of 20 contestants in the pageant and won out over  10 other finalists. The crown carries with it the right to compete in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. in September. 

The De Queen Rotary Club initiated a new program Monday to honor a city and county law enforcement officer each year. Club President Bill Gregory presented plaques to Chief Deputy Kim Culp and De Queen Patrolman Mark Bailey. 

Bingham Manufactured Homes od De Queen was recently named as the winner of the Fleetwood Enterprises Circle of Excellence 1994-95 Customer Satisfaction Award by Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. The award recognizes a commitment to customer satisfaction by Bingham Manufactured Homes who has achieved a customer satisfaction rating 19 percent above the national Average. Bingham has been in business since 1970-71 and has been a Fleetwood dealer for 17 years. 

Earthwork is underway on the new 12,500-square foot Kimball Library-Classroom project at Cossatot Technical College. Contech General Contractors of Texarkana was awarded the bid for the $861,262 construction project. The new building is expected to be ready in the spring of 1996 and ready to house classes during the summer term. 

Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled 1,050 marijuana plants east of De Queen on Tuesday. Chief Deputy Kim Culp and Deputy Chris Brackett harvested the plants in a clear cut four miles east of De Queen.

10 years ago

June 17, 2010

A plane crash near a remote area near Umpire has tragically taken the lives of four De Queen business owners over the weekend. Mike and Terri Hunt, 45 and 46 respectively, and Carl and Carolyn Davis, 52 and 51, were killed when their single-engine 1977 Piper aircraft crashed in the heavily wooded Howard County Wildlife Management area near Umpire. 

Although the crash site was within 20 miles of the search for victims at Camp Albert Pike, investigators have said the two couples were not involved with the search parties.

An Ashdown man is suspected of attempting to kill his estranged wife with a make-shift bomb over the weekend, according to a release by the De Queen Police Department. Officers were first notified around 2 a.m. on June 11 by Lisa Adcock, who said her husband, Danny Adcock, was attempting to break into her sister’s home, where Lisa and her son were staying. 

When police arrived, Adcock ran away and left his vehicle parked near the home. Before he fled, police believe Adcock rigged his wife’s vehicle to explode by running a wire from its starter to the gas tank in effect an attempt at producing a fuel-air explosion. 

State investigators believe search and rescue parties have found the 20th and last victim of the horrendous floods that struck Albert Pike Campground early on the morning of Friday, June 11.

Pamela Hernandez and Alberto Pacheco of De Queen will play for the West teams in the annual Arkansas all-star soccer games. Hernandez played center midfield for the Lady Leopards. Pacheco was a defender for the state champion Leopards.

Jonathan Dooley of De Queen was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. Dooley was selected in the 26th round and was the 779th overall pick. A 2006 graduate of De Queen High School, Dooley was a four year letterman for Henderson State University and helped lead the Reddies to their first Gulf South Conference Tournament appearance.   

Christopher Edward Davis has been charged with two counts of unlawfully tattooing two 13-year-old girls from Horatio. The parents of one of the girls discovered the tattoo and informed the sheriff.

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