Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

November 29, 1918

Another indication that it will be but a short time when every farmer boy of Arkansas and neighboring states now at Camp Pike will be at home was given last week when the announcement was made that the War Department had forbidden further furloughs for industrial and agricultural purposes. This was done, it is said, because within two weeks or so it is expected that every Arkansas soldier will be back home and out of the army for good. He can then attend to his crops without having to return.

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At a recent business session of the Lockesburg Red Cross Auxiliary, the following officers were elected for the ensuing term: president, Mrs. J.S. Tatum; secretary, Mrs. J.C. Arnold; treasurer, Mrs. Allan B. Gilliam.

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S.J. Robinson of Route Three had a work mare to drop dead in the harness last Thursday.

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G.D. Purcell of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was a prospector in De Queen this week. He likes the country and will doubtless locate here.

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The Old Cossatot is celebrating the advent of peace in its characteristic way by going on a rampage.

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Dewey and Dwight Jones left for Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening, and from what we heard two young ladies saying over the phone Sunday night, they are greatly missed.

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75 YEARS AGO

December 2, 1943

The Junior Chamber of Commerce in De Queen has called upon all residents to conduct a “home scrap drive” on Friday of this week and place every piece of scrap iron and steel possible in the street in front of their homes Friday morning so that trucks, which will be operated over the streets of the city under direction of the Jaycees, may pick it up.

The need for scrap metal is again very acute, and the War Production board has called on every town and community to establish a “bank” of the metal, to be drawn upon when needed. The lot opposite Smith Chevrolet Company has been selected for the “bank,” and all scrap will be deposited there.

The gathering of scrap iron and steel will be Sevier County’s “Remember Pearl Harbor” observance, and it should bring in a great quantity of the much needed metal.

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Staff Sergeant Aubrey B. Porter, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Porter of De Queen, received the Air Medal award from Major General Rush B. Lincoln commanding general of an Island base, somewhere in the South Pacific. Sgt. Porter, an aerial gunner of the Army Air Forces, received the award for participating in five medium bomber raids on the enemy.

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The board of directors of the De Queen Commercial Club, in a special called meeting last Friday night, elected H.C. Mellick, owner of the Ben Franklin Store here, as full time club secretary to succeed the late Judge O. Kolb, who had held the post since early in 1941.

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To meet a critical need for forest products in the war program, Sevier County farmers are being urged to locate, cut and deliver to a road at least five trees per serviceman above their regular production of forest products.

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Auto license tags for 1944 for the city of De Queen have been received at the recorder’s office, according to W.T. Lamb, and are now on sale at $2.50 each.

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50 YEARS AGO

November 28, 1968

It was a fairly routine investigation Deputy Doug Young made Monday afternoon after two cars met head-on on a rural road.

Time: 3:30 p.m. Place: Lone Oak - Dilworth road, on a curve. Damage: Approximately $150-$200 to each of the two cars.

Then things got all messed up with relatives.

Seems James Stevens Roberts, 16, was driving south in a 1957 Ford. The car he met head-on on the curve was a 1967 Chevelle, driven by Mrs. Lena Gilbert, 59. Mrs. Gilbert is Robert’s grandmother.

That was a bit unusual, Young admitted. “Who’s car were you driving?” Young asked Roberts.

“My grandmother’s” he explained.

But not the same grandmother. Owner of the 1957 Ford is Mrs. Laura Orr.

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De Queen’s Jackie Bell, a junior end and linebacker, has been named to the 1968 all district eleven for District 7-A.

Bell, a 175-pounder, was named to the defensive unit. No other member of the Leopard team was named.

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Airman Jerry W. Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Young Sr. of Horatio, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He has been assigned to the Air Force Technical Training Center at Chanute AFB, Ill., for specialized schooling in fuel services. Airman Young is a 1968 graduate of Horatio High School.

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Army First Sergeant William E. Coleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Coleman, Ben Lomond, received his second award of the Combat Infantryman Badge Oct. 25 near Plieku, Vietnam.

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25 YEARS AGO

November 25, 1993

A residence on 11th Street in De Queen was destroyed by an early morning fire Saturday, according to De Queen Fire Department reports.

The call came in around 2 a.m. Saturday for a fire at the Robert Ward residence behind the Nazarene Church on U.S. 70B. A spokesman for the fire department said Robert Ward was identified as the owner and occupant of the house. The occupants were awakened by the fire and escaped through a bedroom window on the back side of the house. They went back in and roused the other occupants who managed to get out of the house.

A spokesman for the fire department said one man went back inside the house to get a two-year-old baby and suffered second degree burns to the hands and face. The baby was treated for smoke inhalation at De Queen Regional Medical Center and released.

The wood frame house was a total loss, according to fire department reports.

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As part of the drug abuse prevention program at the Van-Cove Elementary School, students and community members participated in a parade through downtown Vandervoort. The parade was led by the honor guard from Company C of Mena. Command Sergeant Major Glen Coston, Master Sergeant Ron Kelly and Staff Sergeant Bob Tipton also participated. Coston talked with classes about the importance of preventing drug abuse. The Cove and Vandervoort fire departments also participated in the parade.

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Dana Beck, junior 4-H’er, and Stevey Pearce, senior 4-H’er, received the top awards at the recent Sevier County 4-H Achievement Banquet held at the De Queen High School Cafeteria. They were presented a $50 savings bond from Sevier County Farmer’s Cooperative for their outstanding 4-H record books.

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Kandi Knod is one of four Ouachita Baptist University students who saw the world through different eyes this summer when they traveled to China as part of OBU’s China Study Program at Yantal University in Yantung, Shandong Province. Dr. Charles Chambliss, led the tour. Knod is a senior accounting major.

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Diane Bewley was named employee of the year at De Queen Regional Medical Center. She was recognized by hospital CEO Steve Nichols. Service awards were presented to Brenda Presson, Laurie Melton, Jon Brown and Brenda Bell. 25-year awards were presented to Frances Culp, Pat Athey and Joyce Robinson.

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10 YEARS AGO

November 27, 2008

The De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy is looking for anyone age 6-12 to help them name their new ScriptPro SP 200 robotic prescription dispensing system.

The first 100 kids to submit names will receive free t-shirt as well as M&Ms and Skittles dispensed from the robot.

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De Queen firefighters responded to an early morning fire at the home of Jose Buenrostro Monday morning at 309 South Ninth Street. The house, which was occupied by Gregorio Ortega, was a total loss and the cause is still under investigation. Several vehicles at the residence were damaged and the adjacent house received damage, including a car parked at that residence.

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Museum Director Karen Mills accepted a donation Monday from De Queen Rotary Club Treasurer Paula Smith. The $1,100 donation represents net proceeds from the 20th annual Hoo Rah Days breakfast.

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Monica Stubbs, a senior from De Queen High School, was awarded a University Scholarship to Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia. The four-year scholarship includes resident tuition as a full time student and room and board in the university residence halls. Stubbs is the daughter of Pam and Russell Stubbs.

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