100 Years ago

June 3, 1921 

Diplomas were given to sixteen graduates of De Queen High School at the De Queen Theater Thursday night, May 26, as follows: Wilma Adams, Edward Bradley, Brents Carlton, Robbie Douthit, Martha Lou Eyer, Thomas Edwaeds, Ellis Ferrel, Ray Hester, Jack Ivy, Lois Kendall, Mabel Riley, Susie Schroeter, Rachael Wood and Pennie Zachry. 

J.A. McCarty and Earnest Brown are preparing to establish a gent’s furnishing goods business. The store room now occupied by Mr. McCarty is being fitted up for the new business and they expect their stock of goods to be on display soon.  

Miss Lula Henderson of Dierks was in the city this week making preparations to open a school of expression June 7. Miss Henderson is a very capable instructor and has won distinction on the chatauqua platform as an entertainer.  

The first full carload shipment of merchandise over the De Queen & Eastern western extension was shipped last Saturday by the Builders’ Supply Co., of this city. 

Miss Hazel Ladd, who has been attending school at Heavener the past term, has returned home to spend her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Ladd, who live at King. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Culp and family, who have resided at Dierks for some time, have moved back to De Queen to make their home. Mr. Culp is now connected with Hurt and Brown meat market. 

The store of A.C. Doss was broken into Saturday night and shoes, overalls and knives were taken to the amount of two hundred dollars. It seems like something could be done to stop this thievery, at this makes the tenth robbery in the last six months. 

75 Years Ago

June 6, 1946

Some of our farmers have been waiting on the moon signs together with dry weather to finish planting their crops, but with the month of June here which is their last chance, they have given up their moon signs and are planting in the ground. 

Mr. and Mrs. Eunice Corbell and daughter, Mary Frances, of Hooks, Tex., spent Sunday with Mrs. Gladys Corbell and children. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Tutt left Friday for Fayetteville. Their son, Henry, accompanied them home after a year in college. 

Paul Hill and James K. Steen of Lockesburg spent Sunday with relatives in Murfreesboro. 

Mrs. L.R. Davidson and Miss Paula Ziegler left on the Southern Belle for New Orleans Wednesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Kershner and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McCann took them to the train in De Queen. 

Mary Pat Neal returned to Gillham Thursday from Mena where she had attended school at St. Joseph’s Academy. 

50 Years Ago

June 10, 1971

Residents of Lockesburg face the prospect of at least two weeks of restricted water usage as result of a malfunction of a pump at the town’s only water well. Arlis Hinsley, water superintendent, said a burned bearing on the pump Saturday night virtually shut down the 200-foot well, except for spasmodic production. 

After 11 years employment as senior safety engineer with Texas Instruments in Dallas, Dale F. Janes recently accepted the position of head of the fire protection and industrial safety department in the Oklahoma State University school of technology at Stillwater. 

He has officiated at more weddings than any man in Sevier County. He has conducted more funerals than he likes to recall, numbering in the hundreds. And he has baptized more people than now live in his home town of Gillham. Yet in a half century he has never made his living at the calling to which he devoted his adult life. Who is this man? He was christened James Monroe Holman when he was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Holman on Sept. 25, 1889, four miles north of Lockesburg. 

On official correspondence he would sign his name Rev. J.M. Holman. Open house for Rev. and Mrs. J.M. Holman of Gillham will be held Sunday, June 20, between the hours of 1-3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church there. But this widely known, universally respected man retired from the pulpit in March, it was “Brother Holman” who said a tearful goodbye to the members of the Gillham First Baptist Church, and it was “Brother Holman” who carried their love from the little church he has served so long and so faithfully.

25 Years Ago

June 6, 1996

Duane Alspaw, Max Jones and Leslie Cox, members of the De Queen Fire Department, get a dizzying view of downtown De Queen while installing a new repeater tower at the station during an ongoing remodeling project. Alspaw said the new tower would increase the coverage area for radios used by emergency service personnel. 

The Horatio City Council heard a report on the new walking trail and then enjoyed a barbecue dinner during the regular monthly meeting Monday evening. City Clerk Elma Castor gave a report on the new walking trail which has been developed in the Horatio City Park. The Quarter-mile trail will soon be lighted and recreational walkers are encouraged to use the facility. 

High winds and lightning during a storm Monday night caused havoc for some local utilities. Trees were downed along several county roads. Juaveeta Hanson of the Sevier County Judge’s office said trees were blown down on Beacon Hill Road, Clear Creek Road, Dog Town Road and Johnson Bridge Road. The Geneva Road and the Coulter  farm Road each had two trees down in those areas. 

Mischief makers kept the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office busy in several areas over the weekend. Deputy Monty Stringfellow investigated six break-in and vandalism incidents in the Horatio area over the weekend. Stringfellow said five juveniles ranging in age from 10 to 17 have been arrested in connection with the incident. All five were not involved in all of the incidents, but there were various combinations involved in different incidents. 

10 Years Ago

June 9, 2011

Jon Barry, a forestry specialist with the University of Arkansas Extension Services, and Wes Overturf of Moyer Equipment in De Queen inspected the giant oak trees on the courthouse lawn. Barry said the trees are nearing the end of their natural lives and will likely die within the next few years.

Arkansas State Trooper Roger Whitmore has announced he will retire at the end of June. Whitmore has worked with local and state law enforcement agencies for 30 years. Although he still has his farm, garden and another job, Whitmore said he looks forward to retiring so he can “pack a lunch, not a gun.” 

A five kilometer run was held in De Queen on Saturday, June 4, to raise awareness and funds for adoption services worldwide. The race organizers, who have named their group “One Less” in reference to adopting a child and having one less become an orphan, held the run to promote knowledge of adoption services, especially for children in Eastern Europe with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.  

Lockesburg Elementary and Preschool recently enjoyed a program about calling 911. Jennifer Revels talked to classes about learning their address, telephone number and when they might need to call 911 for help. The Southwest Ambulance service brought an ambulance and all students had a tour. Students learned how people get help in an ambulance.

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