Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1919

After an enforced vacation of several months on account of sickness, the Lockesburg Tribune is being issued again. It will be edited and managed by Fred Cox and published by J.W. Quinn at Horatio. The initial number, under the direction of Mr. Cox, is full of news and is a paper worthy of encouragement and support.

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Don J.W. Tibbits has installed a fine new lathe at his garage. It has a twenty-four inch swing and a ten foot bed. It will bore cylinder 18 inches in diameter, and do key and screw cutting. It has attachments for taking care of ordinary troubles of small saw mills.

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Ashdown is becoming a metropolitan. At a city election held there last week, the sovereigns voted to keep stock from running at large on the city streets.

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Several small boys in De Queen need a teacher in civic pride and good behavior. Shade trees newly set out in several yards have been maliciously broken down during the past week.

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Lockesburg Zinc and Lead Mining company, through its secretary, Mrs. J.L. Tatum, received some very encouraging news this week from the promoter, Mr. J.R. Lusher. It is now thought the company is going to “strike it rich.”

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W.C. Mize, Bun Fawcett, W.H. Johnson and J.N. Stanley were in De Queen Tuesday interviewing the income tax man.

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Tim Davis is back from France where he served as one of Uncle Sam’s persuaders for freedom and democracy.

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75 YEARS AGO

March 16, 1944

The Norwoodville community was the first rural section to go over its quota in the current drive, according to Gunter England, county Red Cross War Fund chairman. The town of Lockesburg also has gone over the top and is still working on contributions. On Wednesday of this week, Mrs. A.G. Jacobson reported that Gillham had gone over its quota, aided by a $25 contribution by the senior class of Gillham High School from the proceeds of the class play given recently. Congratulations to the Gillham seniors.

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The local American Legion Post and the Auxiliary will get together Friday night for a potluck supper and celebration of the Legion’s 26th birthday. It was right at the close of World War I that the American Legion came into being, and throughout its life it has worked in behalf of those who fought the country’s battles then. Today it has opened its ranks to the servicemen of World War II, and will no doubt grow into a great and powerful organization.

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S. Sgt. and Mrs. J.E. Teague of Geneva announce the birth of a son March 9. He has been named James Earl.

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Mrs. Jim Stubbs entertained the young folks with a party Thursday night honoring her nephew, Bill Miller, who will soon leave for the army, and Arthur Westbrook of Lubbock, Texas, who will leave for the navy.

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Carolyn House of Geneva has been ill this week with the measles.

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Clyde Thomas of Gillham, L.A. Goyne of Lockesburg, G.P. Bolding, Miss Pearl Williamson and Hal Robbins attended a meeting of the Southwest Arkansas school masters club held in Hope Monday evening.

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Mrs. C.E. Hendrix of Horatio was elected P.T.A. president at the March meeting. Others officers are Mrs. George Halliday, Mrs. S.E. Amonette, Mrs. Joyce Pickett and Miss Othelma Shull.

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The Horatio Sophomore class had a class party March 6 sponsored by Mrs. Claude Edmonson, the home room mother. Time was spent in playing games and dancing. Attending were Mary Jo Wilson, Isabell Conatser, Martha Lou Ray, Loma Meredith, Ella Russell, Nadean Crawford, Wanda Faye Beeson, Ruth Leeper, Clara Pickett, Jackie Burnett, Rita Lynn Edmonson, Roy Ray, A.K. Francis, Dickey Halliday, Barney Mabry, Harold Frady, Clifton Peek and Alonzo Miears. Cookies were served.

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50 YEARS AGO

March 13, 1969

A sizable moonshine still operation in Sevier County burned over the weekend, barely two days  before it was scheduled to be raided by federal, state and county law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Kirk Anderson said the still, eight miles southeast of Horatio, was due to be raided Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., after having been “checked” for several days.

When officers, including Deputy Wylie Hendricks, arrived Tuesday morning, the barn housing the operation was a mass of smoldering debris.

Hendricks said the operation apparently was relatively new, probably about a month old, but that some moonshine probably had been run off before the fire.

He also described it as a “good-sized operation.”

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Dean Atkins has been elected president of the De Queen Rotary Club for the year starting July 1, to succeed Bill Cluck. Cluck will become vice president.

Other newly named officers include Maurice Klerekoper, secretary; Jim Wallace, treasurer; and board members Horace Urrey, James Hall, Frank Daniel and Jack Bell.

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Three Webelos, Surry Tobin, Mike Melzig and Mike Petet, received awards at last week’s Blue and Gold banquet. Tom Walbert was speaker and Forgy Norwood presented the awards.

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Approval of a $12,900 grant to the city of Lockesburg for a proposed sewer and oxidation project has been announced through the office of Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt in Washington.

Offer of the grant will be made to Mayor Thurman Elkins of Lockesburg.

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25 YEARS AGO

March 17, 1994

Lizzy Friday was crowned Miss Lockesburg High School at the annual Miss LHS pageant held Saturday night. Jill Monroe was named first runner-up; Michelle Nunn, was the second runner-up and Meisha Harrison was voted Miss Congeniality.

In the junior high division, Crystal Hubrell was named Miss LJHS; Stephanie Taylor, first runner-up; Samantha Friday, second runner-up; Lynn Haney, third runner-up; Amanda Jones, most photogenic and Melissa Dinger, Miss Congeniality.

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Members of the Sevier County Quorum Court voted during their regular monthly meeting Monday to purchase new voting equipment to replace the county’s aging punch card system.

The cost of the equipment is estimated at $23,790.50.

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The Horatio School Board accepted two coaching resignations during a special meeting Tuesday.

James Dobbins resigned as athletic director and head football coach. He will remain on the faculty as a high school science teacher.

Russ Johnson was reassigned as half-time curriculum coordinator and half-time English teacher. He resigned his duties as seventh grade basketball coach and assistant senior girls basketball coach.

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Top honor in the Sevier County Spelling Bee, held at Horatio schools, went to Joni Blankenship who will represent Sevier County at Little Rock on April 2. Kelly Hinsley of Lockesburg was the alternate winner.

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Lockesburg Blue Darters named to the 7-B West All-District team were John Clay, Jeff Teague and Wendell Austin. The Darters finished the season with a 19-12 record.

Lady Darter Coach Ron McGuire was named Coach of the Year in 7-B West for guiding his team to a 23-11record. Players selected to the All-District team were Carrie Slaton, Stephanie Hill and Rozz Williamson. Hill was also selected to the All-Region team.

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Clint McCoy, a 1990 graduate of De Queen High School, was selected to the All Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference basketball team for the 1993-94 season. McCoy averaged 12.2 points per game and led the team in three-point shooting.

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DAR Good Citizens were recognized at a meeting held Tuesday at the Sevier County Museum Annex. Mrs. Margaret Harrison, chairman of the DAR Good Citizens committee, presented pins to Carmen Beasley, Horatio, Clarice Nelson, Foreman, Stacy Gibson, Lockesburg and Brad Patterson, De Queen. The award is based on outstanding demonstration of the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in the home, school and community.

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