100 Years ago

May 28, 1920

William F. Scarbough of De Queen, who will be a junior in the University of Arkansas next year has been elected assistant editor of the Razorback, annual publication of the junior class of the University. 

Mrs. C.E. Whitson and Mrs. Clyde Cooper were thrown from a buggy last Friday forenoon and painfully injured. They were driving on De Queen avenue when the buggy shaft became detached and the frightened horse ran away. Mr. and Mrs. Shallenberger, who were in there car, observed their danger. Mr. Shallenberger stopped his car and attempted to stop the runaway horse, but the buggy collided with the car, throwing both occupants out with considerable violence. Both were badly bruised. 

Friday night the Lockesburg school directors held a meeting and W.C. Grady was elected president of the board and A.P. Boyce, secretary. The following teachers have been elected; no first assistant yet elected; Doy Zachry, Irene Harris, Inez White, Bess Hopson and Mrs. Dell Dritt.


Last Friday night the members of the De Queen Boy Scouts enjoyed a picnic given by L.D. McCown. The following members were present: Emmet Downs, Frank Seagle, Gerold Seagle, James Billingsley, Tom Drummond, Austin Smith, Willis Adams, Hardy Rowland, Mack Mills, Clifford Mills, William Walker, and Bryant Kendall. Among the party were Mr. and Mrs. L.D. McCown, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Seagle, Mrs. T.W. McCown and Byron Billingsley. 

75 Years Ago

May 31, 1945

Hunter Russell, manager< announced Tuesday that the Queen Theatre, badly damaged by fire last December, will be reopened next Monday, June 4 at 4:15 p.m. 

A new business will be opened here on or about June 30 under the title Craig-Donaldson Firestone Store, carrying a full line of home and auto supplies, it was announced Tuesday by Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Donaldson of Hot Springs, who will own and operate the business. The Sibert building, now occupied by the library, has been leased by the Donaldsons and will be used by the new business. 

Sevier County students listed on the second semester honor roll at A.&M. Collage were Vera Mae Knod, Gillham; Overton Shull, Horatio; Evelyn Whitmore, De Queen.

Major Edwin Joseph Runyan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cue Runyan of De Queen, has been awarded the Croix de Guerre (with Vermillion Star) by General De Gaulle “for exceptional services rendered in the liberation of France and in particular for the aid extended to French Officers.” 

W.B. Montgomery stated leghorn hen is the man’s best friend. He ran his truck out the shed and drove it down to Lockesburg some two miles to have some repairs and when he reached the garage he found a white leghorn hen sitting on seven eggs in his truck. The hen was soon captured and returned home. A few days later he drove his truck again and to his surprise Miss Leghorn had deposited ten more eggs in his truck.

50 Years Ago

May 28, 1970

Work order has been issued, effective June 1, for a water distribution system for the town of Gillham, Ralph Whitmore, county FHA supervisor, announced Thursday. The distribution system, initially, is to serve 70 water customers at Gillham. The water system will cost a total of $103,500.

Sevier county’s population grew by 1059 persons between 1960 and 1970, according to preliminary figures released this week by Fort Smith district census office. 

Jane Sharp is the newly elected president of the De Queen Jaycettes. She was installed at a meeting of the group. First vice president is Judy Kornegay, second vice president is Margo Hesse, secretary/treasurer is Virginia Ragar and historian/reporter is Kay Self. 

Queen of the Lockesburg Rough Riders club, selected in a recent contest, is Janet Brown, a 16-yaer-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Welch of De Queen. Lynn Needham, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clee Needham of Ben Lemond, was selected “Little Princess”.  

American flag will be flown this year at Kiddie League baseball games. The flag and flagpole were donated to the league by the De Queen V.F.W. post. 

25 years ago

May 25, 1995

De Queen High School granted diplomas to 77 seniors in the class of 1995 during commencement exercises Friday evening May 19. The program began with music by the De Queen High School band. Jason Lofton gave the invocation and Sarah Jones gave the scripture reading. Jill Vance introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Bro. Gary Brown, pastor of First Christian  Church. The topic for his address was “Follow That Dream.” 

The city of Horatio will celebrate its 100th birthday with a flurry of activities Friday and Saturday, May 26-27, beginning with a spaghetti supper Friday evening and ending with a street dance Saturday night. In between, entertainment and exhibits for all ages will be taking place on the streets of Horatio, according to Debbi Neel, president of the Horatio Merchants Association.


Two Dierks men were sentenced to 10 years in prison last week, after they pleaded guilty to a robbery incident last December. Michael David Lowery, 20 and Andy W. Hogg, 19, were both charged with aggravated robbery. They appeared in Sevier County Circuit Court Monday, May 15, and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of robbery. Robbery is a class B felony.


Members of the DE Queen High School Class of 1995 garnered scholarships with a total value of $283,264. Scholarship awards were announced during the annual commencement exercises Friday evening. Academic scholarships accounted for $262,252 of the amount. Local scholarships totaled $21,012.

Two law enforcement officers were honored for bravery during a joint city-county awards ceremony Monday evening at De Queen City Hall. De Queen Patrolman Mark Bailey and Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Brackett each received the Sheriff’s Star award for gallantry in the line of duty. The award was given for an incident on Feb. 26 when Brackett was dispatched to a domestic disturbance near De Queen. A woman reported that her estranged boyfriend had threatened her and she was forced to flee for her own safety, leaving her children behind with an armed assailant. The award recognized Brackett and Bailey for putting their lives at risk to arrest the armed suspect while protecting the children.

10 Years ago

May 27, 2010

Several De Queen seniors received scholarships from Texas A&M at the scholarship banquet on May 20. Over $1.7 million in scholarships was handed out during the event., including $37,000 from the local area. Around 108 De Queen students have already been accepted to college or university. 

A memorial scholarship has been set up to honor the late Arthurine Cox Mooney, a 1950 graduate of De Queen High School. This privately-funded perpetual scholarship will be used for De Queen High School graduates who wish to attend the nursing program at Cossatot Community College. 

After loads of hard work, lots of fun and an abundance of learning, Lockesburg Elementary School fifth and sixth graders went to the Destination Mars Competition in Nashville on May 20 and brought back numerous trophies. Some students worked with partners and some worked alone. 

De Queen firefighters and friends held a hamburger fundraiser for fellow firefighter Terry Hernandez, who recently suffered a heart attack and is now recovering from bypass surgery. The May 21 fundraiser raised over $2,500 for Hernandez and his family. Kelsy and Brenda Sullivan were the winners of the $300 drawing held by the Sevier County 4-H Leaders Association on Saturday, May 15. The 4-H leaders were raising money for 4-H youth activities and4-H scholarship fund. The Sullivans’ graciously donated the money back to the 4-H leaders. 

“The best way to prime kids for learning is to read to them aloud,” said Anja Kelly, a resident of De Queen and an early child education major at Southern Arkansas University. “But it is impossible to prime them this way if they don’t have books to read. Kelly, who also works with the De Queen School System, noticed many of the children she worked with had younger siblings who were not read to and had no books at home. To alleviate this need, Kelly has started a program she calls, “Books 4 Kids,” through which people in the community can donated their unwanted children’s books. 

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a $tay-Cation Campaign to promote Vacationing Locally, announced President Patty Sharp. The goal of the campaign, which begins on Friday, May 21, is to reward resident who chose to vacation locally. For every $10 a customer spends with a participating merchant, the customer will receive a ticket. At the conclusion of the campaign, a Holland Epic Grill, valued at $749, will be awarded to the owner of the winning ticket.

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