Yesteryear

100 Years ago

November 25, 1921 

Forney H. Arnold returned home last week from Little Rock where he has been attending Hodges school of pharmacy. His mother and Vernon met him at De Queen Wednesday. 

Ben Davis, who recently purchased the Scott farm west of De Queen, has been spending the week in our city looking after business interest. 

Eight persons were killed and two injured was the toll of the most deadly tornado known in the history of Polk County, which struck last night near Wickes. Seven of the dead were members of one family. 

R.M. Harrison marketed a fine load of turkeys at De Queen Monday, some of them weighing more than 20 pounds. 

75 Years Ago

November 28, 1946

Homes in De Queen will have another opportunity to compete for cash prizes for Christmas decorations this year. Donald Knight, chairman of the Ad Club, said that the rules of the contest will be announced next week. 

A pair of old-timers who returned to De Queen for a visit last week were J. Howard Dyar, of Louisville, Ky., and Frank Mallory of Little Rock. Dyar was owner of the Dyar-Armstrong Lumber Co. here at one time but had been away 30 years. Mallory was postmaster in De Queen years ago, and later in the insurance business. He is now with the Aenta Life at Little Rock and was accompanied on his visit here by Mrs. Mallory. 

With Carl Hendrix of Horatio as chairman of the joint budget committee and Ray Riales of Mena slated for speaker of the house, southwest Arkansas should get a fairly good break in the next session of the Arkansas Legislature, which convenes in January.

Mert Thompson of New Bethel happened to a serious accident Tuesday. He and his wife went to haul a load of wood and he put the gun in the wagon in case the dog treed a squirrel, which he did. Mr. Thompson took the gun by the barrel and pulled it toward him. As he did so the gun discharged and the load of shot struck him in the arm. Mrs. Thompson tore up her blouse and bound up his arm, got him in the wagon and drove to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cox to summon aid. He was taken to the hospital in De Queen. The last report was that he was improving and we wish him a speedy recovery. 

Rev. W.B. Savage of Horatio was welcomed back to his third year as pastor of the Methodist Church by the people of the community at a reception and old fashioned pounding last Monday night. 

50 Years Ago

December 2, 1971

A new Brownie troop – No.73 – has been formed in De Queen, with 17 members. Members are Lucy Pickens, Carol Kay Elkins, Brenda Phillips, Michelle Strube, Becky Smith, Kellee Citty, Susan Sunderman, Melissa Styles, Gay Everhart, Deborah Leann Whittaker, Mary Elizabeth Westbrook, Pam Hodges, Candy Fair, Tammy Petet, Dana Johnson, Jennifer Barrett and Sheila Rodgers. Troop leader is Mrs. Ronnie Pickens and assistant troop leaders are Mrs. Gene Smith and Mrs. William Strube. 

Army Private Carl D. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie W. King, De Queen, recently completed eight weeks of advanced individual training as an armor reconnaissance specialist at the U.S. Army, Armor Center, Ft. Knox, Ky.

Miss Susan Louise Hainen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hainen and Dennis Michael Brewer, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Brewer, all of De Queen, were married Friday evening, Nov. 26 in a candlelight ceremony at the First United Methodist church with Rev. David Wilson officiating. 

25 Years Ago

November 28, 1996

A powerful storm rolled through southwest Arkansas early Sunday morning causing acute flooding in low-lying areas and interrupting electrical power for some customers. The storm dumped a total of five inches of rain Saturday and Sunday. The last time a bigger rainfall was reported was in December, 1993 when 5.1 inches fell. 

The De Queen Leopard football team left for Wilson, Ark. around 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, to meet Rivercrest in the second round of state playoff action. Dedicated Leopard fans turned out to give the team a big sendoff. The team bus tore through a paper banner set up by cheerleaders. 

Michelle Hendrix and Alan Covington were united in marriage at 8:30 p.m. November 16 at the home of the bridegroom’s parents. Parents of the couple are Gayle Hendrix of De Queen and Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hendrix of Mineral Springs and Paul and Judy Covington of De Queen. The Rev. J.L. Walker performed the ceremony. 

Six new members were inducted into the Lockesburg High School chapter of the National Honor Society in ceremonies Thursday evening. New members are Jill Jones, Samantha Friday, Denise Needham, LaKay Polite, Shanna Huchinson and Abby Hall. 

10 Years Ago

December 1, 2011

Craig Buzbee and Mike Smith worked on renovating a building in downtown De Queen. The pair have kept busy the past few months with a variety of revitalization projects in the downtown area. Many downtown businesses have remodeled while several others have relocated in the past year. 

Donna Bradley, owner of D. Bradley and Company on the corner of De Queen Avenue and Third Street, recently completed a massive renovation project of her clothing and gift store. She will hold an open house on Saturday, Dec. 10. 

Cutting Room & Company in De Queen recently celebrated their 15th anniversary. Glenda Hinton and the girls help you look your best by offering cuts, perms, highlights, waxing, nail services and message therapy. They keep up with the latest styles and techniques to better serve their clients and have in stock a large selection of hair care products and styling tools. 

Ayers Cleaners in De Queen is a full-service dry cleaning and laundering business. Owners Paul and Dela Spears  opened Ayers Cleaners back in 1992. Their professional and courteous staff offer a wide variety of laundry services, and they offer next-day service. 

De Queen won the alumni game with Nashville 18-0 in a damp Leopard Stadium. Several hundred Leopard fans got the chance to see Leopards playing along side of Leopards across the years of the past two decades.

 

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