100 Years ago

November 19, 1920

An adjourned term of circuit court will meet in De Queen Monday, November 29. The petit jurors are not expected to be here until Tuesday, November 30, at 9 o’clock a.m. 

We desire to return our heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors who were so kind to us in the illness and death of Mrs. S. A. Robertson. L. O. Michael, Mrs. L. O. Michael. 

Mrs. J. P. Haynes last Thursday purchased the Elk Hotel from J. L. Bales. Mrs. Haynes formerly conducted this hotel under her management it obtained wide popularity. 

Complying with the wishes of the public as expressed at the recent election, I will introduce a bill in the next session of the Arkansas Legislature making a four-wire fence a lawful fence in Sevier county, to be effective not later than March 1, 1921. Mahlon Williamson, Representative.

The Dixie Café, located in the new Cooper building, will open to the public Thursday at noon, when a special Thanksgiving dinner will be served. Hughes & Chumley, the proprietors, have spared no expense in equipping the Dixie Café in the most modern fashion. The kitchen is a model of cleanliness and convenience, and the serving room is ornate and attractive. Altogether it is an institution of which De Queen should be proud. 

The second number of the Civic Improvement Club’s seasons lyceum series was rendered Monday night at the high school auditorium by the White & Myers Lytorium Bureau’s troupe of Quapaw Indians, to an audience to large for the seating capacity of the auditorium, and almost put standing room at a premium. The performance consisted of Indian instrumental and vocal music, Indian war and other dances, relating of Indian legends with an exhibition of Indian curios with an explanation of how and why made and prized. 

The home of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Leeper was the scene of a pretty wedding of unusual interest to De Queen society Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock, when their eldest daughter, Miss Grace, became the bride of Dr. C. C. Thompson, a popular young dentist of our city. The reception rooms were beautifully decorated with ferns, palms and cut flowers and lighted with pink and white tapers. The impressive ring ceremony was said by the Rev. G. W. Jurey in the presence of a small company of friends and relatives. As the guest were received by Miss Geneva Allen, Miss Mayme Allen sang very sweetly, “O Promise Me.” 

Permanent and dependable electric service for De Queen is a proposition toward which Mayor Provence is now devoting a great deal of time and energy. Mayor Provence has secured the promise of a capable engineer to visit De Queen in the near future and make an investigation of the possibilities of developing water power from the Cossatot river. Until the engineer has made a report, it will not be known whether it will be feasible to furnish light and power for the city from this source.

Thursday night the Chamber of Commerce held a smoker and get-together meeting at the office of Secretary Cantrell, Jacob Brown presiding. A number of short but interesting talks were made by various members, and a highly appreciated address was made by E. B. Matthews of the State Department of Education. The Chamber of Commerce by unanimous vote approved the work done and being done by Secretary Cantrell.

75 Years Ago

November 22, 1945

First of the 1946 Chevrolet cars arrived at Fort Smith Chevrolet Co., this week and has been placed on display. The new model was minus bumpers but they were expected to be installed in time for public showing. The model on display is a four-door sedan, and it shows many refinements and improvements over the 1942 model. The public is invited to come in and see the new car, B. G. Fears, manager of the company. 

Victory Bonds sales in the current drive mounted to $50,000 during the past week, going slightly over one-third of Sevier county’s quota of $145,000, according to Carl E. Hendrix, chairman of the campaign. Workers in De Queen were expected to complete a canvass of the city within the next few days, and efforts with be made to have the drive completed by the deadline, Dec. 9, Hendrix said. The chairman urged all to buy bonds and to buy extra bonds before the end of the month. He expressed confidence that the county would not fail in this final financing campaign by the government. 

The home of Gomer McKellar in the colored section of town, was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Origin of the blaze was not determined. The aged mother of Gomer and Gabe McKellar, was the only one at home when the fire started, and she was painfully burned about the head and face when she attempted to enter the flaming structure. Nearly all of the household goods were lost. 

G. P. Bolding will head the county-wide committee which will direct the 1945 sale of Christmas Seals to raise funds for tuberculosis control work, according to an announcement made today by H. H. Urrey, president of the Sevier county Tuberculosis Association. The 39th annual seal sale throughout the nation, in which the Sevier county Tuberculosis Association participates, will open November 29 and continue until Christmas. The sale of seals, H. H. Urrey explained, is the sole means of support of the association which conducts a year-round program for the prevention and control of tuberculosis.


Fire which started between 4:30 and 5 a.m. last Saturday, completely destroyed Pride building, a 50-foot concrete type structure, located in the exact center of the main business block in Horatio. Origin of the fire, which had gained much headway before it was discovered, was not determined. The two stores in the building were occupied by Ross Montgomery’s Café, which was a total loss, and Bob Ray’s domino and pool hall, all the equipment of which burned. Firemen from De Queen, with extra hose, aided the Horatio volunteer fire department in keeping the flames confined between the two heavy concrete walls. These walls, and the metal roof on the building, were credited with saving the block of business houses which included the three-story brick hotel, the movie theatre and other large business firms. 

The De Queen Commercial Club last Saturday purchased the 280-acre tract of land near Johnson bridge, which included 80 acres approved for an airport by the WPA about ten years ago. It is about four miles northwest of town. The land was in the estate of the late Matt Seyfried and was sold by court order to settle the estate. The land went to the Commercial Club on a bid of $8,050. The Club plans to sell off immediately all but about 80 acres on which the airport is located, and will proceed at once to put the field in better condition for use as a flying field. Several offers have already been received for the land which will not be used for the airport. 

50 Years Ago

November 19, 1970

Weyerhaeuser Company has been awarded largest of six contracts allotted in Arkansas for training of limited ability workers under the Job Opportunities in the Business Sector program (JOBS), the labor department has announced. Weyerhaeuser will receive $83,311 to train 75 persons, including 32 at the Treating Plant. These men will be trained as utility crewmen for 18 weeks, and upon completion of the program will receive $2.10 per hour. The others will be trained at Mountain Pine as lumber handlers and sawmill workers. The amount of the De Queen contract is $27,375, and the training is scheduled to get underway this week. Lee Chadburn will be administrator of the De Queen program. 

Graduation was held at De Queen General Hospital this week for members of the nurses-aid class sponsored by the hospital and Red River Vocational-Tech school, Hope. It is the fourth class to be graduated. Students that graduated are Mary Knott, Theda Monahan, Leddie Yandell, Mae Wolcott, Lucille Collins, Sarah Trebon, Mary McFalls, Shirley Bell, Norma Lewis, Crystal Bell, Willie Broyles, Barbara Curtis, Margaret Dowell, Emma Hale, Bobbie Haney, Debra Johnson, Alicia Jones, Pat Morgan, George Richardson, Carolyn Self, Elmer Williams, Lana Williams, Robert Wilkerson and Mary Wilson. Mrs. Ilene Rynders, RN, was the instructor. 

Sixty-three legal deer kills were recorded in Sevier county for the first week of split deer season, according to Charles Rhodes, game warden. In addition, two kills were registered for bow-hunters. They were Leonard Athey of De Queen and Bobby Porterfield of Lockesburg. 

The Tulsa district, Corps of Engineers, Wednesday invited bids for the construction of the embankment for Gillham Lake on the Cossatot River about six miles northwest of Gillham, Ark. Bids will be opened December 22 and the cost of the work is expected to be between $1-$5 million. The work is to be completed in 870 days. Col Vernon W. Pinkey, district engineer, said the embankment will be 1,750 yards long and contain 1,600,000 cubic yards of earth and rock fill material. The embankment will be 150 feet high at its highest point. Included in the work being advertised is the construction of a 24-foot roadway across the embankment, clearing of 550 acres of the lake, 1,300 feet of fencing and incidental construction. Construction of Gillham Lake, one of the key units in the seven-lake system in the Little River basin, began in 1963. The project buildings, access road and gated spillway are complete. Estimated to cost $14.8 million, the project is 63 percent complete. 

A hearing will be held Nov. 24 in U.S. District Court at Little Rock on a motion for an injunction to stop construction of the Gillham Dam on the Cossatot River north of De Queen. The Environmental Defense Fund, the Ozark Society, the Arkansas Audubon Society the Arkansas Ecology Center and two individuals filed suit Oct. 1 in an effort to block construction of the dam. The plaintiffs filed the suit so the river could remain in its natural free-flowing state. Defendants in the suit are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gen. Frederick B. Clarke, chief of the Army Engineers, and Stanley Resor, secretary of the Army.


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