June 6, 1919

Eleven tank cars containing gasoline and naptha and an empty refrigerator car left the track and were overturned on the K.C.S. detour, about two miles south of De Queen and 10 o’clock this (Thursday) morning. The wreck caught fire and burned for several hours, sending forth a towering blaze and dense clouds of smoke.

Three small boys, Ben Jordan, Jr., Hicks Lewis and Judas Hatridge were on the train, having climbed aboard one of the oil cars at the depot as the train was leaving for the south, with the announced intention of going to Ashdown. When the cars began to bump the ties two of the boys climbed up on a boxcar. When the cars fell, Ben Jordan, 13-years-old, fell with them and received two broken legs, one crushed so badly that it had to be amputated. The lucky boy crawled from the wreckage, after it had caught fire and dragged himself through a pond of water. He was picked up by a passing farmer boy, whose name we could not learn, and carried to the caboose.

An engine was hurried from the round house to the scene of the wreck and pulled the cars yet remaining on the track, in the rear of the wreck, back to the station.

The little Jordan boy was taken to the office of Dr. C.A. Archer where his leg was amputated below the knee and his other injuries taken take of.

None of the trainmen were injured.


The Smith State Bank has purchased the corner lot just east of Cooper Bros.’ building and will erect a handsome structure for a permanent home.

During the past week a number of prominent businessmen have subscribed for stock in the bank.


Prof. L.E. Quinn of Lockesburg, present county examiner, has been appointed county superintendent of schools for Sevier County, to enter upon his duties July 1.



June 8, 1944

A few of the faithful – largely families or wives of men overseas – gathered at De Queen churches in the early hours Tuesday for silent and audible prayers in behalf of the invasion forces of the Allies.

The fire alarm sounded about 5 a.m. to notify local residents that the invasion was underway, and in a short time they began to file into the churches.


Another blow of the farm producers in this section was struck by the Office of Price Administration this week, when it set the ceiling price on cucumbers at $2.10 per bushel, effective June 15.

The present ceiling price is $3.15, but the reduction is effective next week, just as the crop from this section is beginning to move in volume.

Letters and telegrams of protest were being sent by local businessmen this week to Senator Hattie Caraway and Congressman Fadjo Cravens, asking that they use their influence to have at least the present ceiling continued through the season.


Miss Louise Lewis met with the women of the Kellum community Friday at 10 a.m. and helped organize a home demonstration club. The following officers were elected for the year: Mrs. W.S. Green, president; Mrs. Bill Higgins, vice president; Mrs. L.H. Chamberlain, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Earl Haney, gardening and poultry chairman.


Cecil Bratcher, son of Mrs. Fannie Bratcher of Lockesburg, recently was promoted from Seaman 2nd Class to First Class. He has been based in Hawaii since September, 1943.



June 5, 1969

John H. Styles, Waco, has been named administrator of De Queen General Hospital.

He replaces Jim Schran, who resigned shortly after the new modern facility was opened.


Randy Loper, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Loper of Beacon Hill community and a junior in the Horatio High School, is attending the sixth annual Arkansas Youth Conservation Workshop at the University of Arkansas, June 2, to 6.

Loper, along with 100 other youths from of the counties in Arkansas, will receive training in management of soil, water, forest and wildlife conservation.


Judy Powers of Idabel is queen of the 1969 spring rodeo sponsored by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Posse. First runner-up was Theresa Nevels of De Queen.


Michael David “Mike” Lamb, a basketball legend at Delight High School during his prep career, was named Monday night by the De Queen board of education as the new Leopard basketball coach.


Storekeeper Third Class Don W. Funderburk, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie H. Funderburk of Horatio, is serving aboard the submarine USS Sea Poacher in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Before returning to the United States in summer, the ship will operate with carriers, destroyers and aircraft units assigned to the U.S. Eastern Atlantic Command.



June 9, 1994

Dr. Virgil Hayden, an obstetrician-gynecologist, is the newest member of the medical staff at De Queen Regional Center.


The intersection at U.S. 70B and Ark. 399 (Treating Plant Road) in De Queen will soon become a four-way stop with a flashing beacon. Bids for the project were opened by the Arkansas Highway Department and work will be completed this fall.


Bridgette Smith, a sophomore at De Queen High School, is one of 48 students selected from across the state to participate in the Laureate International Studies.

She is the daughter of Randy and Wanda Smith.

Located on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Laureate International Studies is a three-week program to be held from June 19 to July 7. Students will explore international relations, world political, economic, governmental and cultural systems with experts in the field.


Mary Ann Toler Freyaldenhoven of De Queen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences during commencement exercises recently.


Theda Ward, Horatio Elementary School librarian, recently retired at the end of the 1994 school year.

On May 26, the Horatio Elementary School faculty honored her with a luncheon at the school. They presented her with a trophy, a pin and a radio.

The sixth grade presented her with roses in the school colors of red, white and blue.


Mrs. Patricia Brown-Dixon recently received the U.S. Government Distinguished Administrative Service Award.

She is a native of Horatio and the daughter of Tommie and Snowie Brown.


An open house honoring Verna Sharp, who retired from the Horatio Post Office after 10 years service, was given at the Horatio Post Office May 27. Coffee, cake and donuts were served to the public. Mrs. Sharp was presented a plaque for her years of loyalty and dedication.



June 4, 2009

Ryan Pitchford has been selected to attend the 13th annual Arkansas Governor’s School in the area of Visual Arts. The school will be held in Conway on the campus of Hendrix College.

Pitchford is the son of Lee Ann and the late Coy Pitchford of De Queen.


The state champion De Queen Leopards placed three players on the class AAAA all-state tournament team.

Jose Tapia was named the Most Valuable Player of the class AAAA state tournament. Also selected to the all-state tournament team were Daniel Garcia, Omar Cruz and J.J. Lopez.

Named to the all-region squad were Eleazar Palma, Raul Martinez, Alberto Pacherco and Lopez.

Cruz was chosen to play in the Arkansas annual soccer all-star game. The coach of the West team will be De Queen’s Stephen Sloan.


Three players from De Queen were named to the class AAAA girls all-state soccer team.

The three are Lorena Gonzales, Pamela Hernandez and Monique Butler. In addition Butler was named to the class AAAA all-state tourney team.

Chosen all-region from De Queen were Lady Leopards Annika Harms, Nora Martinez, Victory Alfaro and Anel Cruz.

Martinez and Butler were selected to play in the state all-star game.

De Queen’s Jason Barker was selected as one of the coaches for the West team.


One Horatio softball player was named all-state and five others were selected to the all-district team.

Junior shortstop Brittanee Vaught was selected to the class AA all-state squad as well as the 7AA West all-conference team.

Also named to the all-conference team were third baseman Chelsea Richardson, outfielder Taylor Whittington, first baseman Brandi Hale, catcher Kalyn Shope and pitcher Katelyn Friday.

Vaught, Shope and Hale will play in the Arkansas High School Fastpitch Association Junior Classic at Hendrix College in Conway June 5-6.


De Queen placed five players on the all-7AAAA softball team.

Shortstop/catcher Nikki Nealy and pitcher Brandi Smith were named to the first team.Second baseman Samantha Willey, third baseman BriAnna Branson and left-fielder Cristal Sotelo was named to the second team.

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