100 Years ago

September 10, 1920

Manager Middleton opened the Queen Theatre, De Queen’s second motion picture house, Monday night, and showed to a large audience. The Queen is to have four changes of program a week, and the price of admission will always be 10 cents and 20 cents. 

The first bale of this season’s cotton was to be marketed in Horatio was grown by Stonewall Tatum of Dilworth, six miles east of that place. L. O. Shull bought the cotton for twenty-six cents per pond and a premium of $80 was given Mr. Tatum by the Horatio business men. 

The farmers around Dierks will have the services of an up-to-date electric gin, which has just been completed. The gin is of the most modern design and is being managed by W. H. Cooke. 

McCurtain county, the adjoining county of Oklahoma, has dressed up with a new courthouse of the most modern structure. The sheriff, county attorney and county superintendent moved into their offices in the new building Monday. 

W. G. Green, who has been the efficient pharmacist for the City Drug Store for some time, this week moved to Horatio to take charge of the Horatio Drug Company, which was purchased recently by him and Bishop Brookes. 

Judge A. L. Tribble has sold his residence property at the corner of Stilwell avenue and Forth street to B. T. Murphy. Mr. and Mrs. Tribble left Thursday morning for Corpus Christi, Texas, where they will spend a few days prospecting with a view of locating. Mr. and Mrs. Tribble are one of our best families, having been prominent in all of the county’s affairs for several years, and their many friends throughout the county regret their removal. 

During the next fifteen days forty-eight of Sevier county’s young men and women will be in collage and high institutions of learning for the year. Horatio will have nineteen in collage, which is the largest number going from any one place in the county. De Queen is third with twelve, Lockesburg is second with thirteen, Gillham three and Provo one. Henderson-Brown Collage, Arkadelphia, will matriculate ten, while the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville will admit eight from the county. This is probably the largest number of students from this county to go away in one year, and should take advantage of a collage education, according to County Superintendent Quinn. 

The farmers and truck growers of the Horatio district received approximately $386,000 for their strawberries, cantaloupes, watermelons and other crops, during the recent shipping season, is the estimate made by Will H. Beeson, secretary of the Klondyke Berry and Fruit Association. A total of 396 cars were shipped. Five cars of beans, cucumbers and English peas being forwarded by express. 

The Independent Rock Company, which is installing equipment to work a permanent gravel pit near Avon, three miles north of De Queen on Wilson Highway shipped their first car of gravel Saturday. The car was consigned to a road contractor in Louisiana. The Kansas City Southern is building a switch to be used by the company in loading the cars. The creek is being bridged and all the construction is substantial. Work on the erection of a washer with a capacity of ten cars a day will be started soon. Part of the equipment is already here and the company hope to begin full-time operations by January 1, according to F. G. Goggins, treasurer of the company. The total cost of the plant will be approximately $60,000.


75 Years Ago

September 6, 1945

Miss Pearl Williamson has announced the faculty and following instructions for the opening of De Queen schools next Monday: “All pupils in junior and senior high schools will meet at their respective schools at 10 a. m. Friday, Sept. 7, for classification. Those who have second hand books to sell should bring them on Friday and those wishing to buy books should bring change with them. All beginners and all elementary pupils who are entering the De Queen schools for the first time should report to their buildings on Friday morning at ten”. 

In order to acquaint poultrymen with better methods of handling eggs for the future competitive market, a series of meetings will be held in Sevier county on Sept. 11 and 12, under auspices of the Extension service. A letter mailed to all growers by County Agent Vernon Wills, said in part: “Your attention is called to a series of meetings that will be held in Sevier county on September 11 and 12 at the following time and places: Tuesday, September 11, 10 a. m., court house, De Queen; 2:30 p. m., agricultural building, Horatio. Wednesday, September 12, 10 a. m., high school, Gillham; 2:30 p. m., high school, Lockesburg. Information you will receive at this meeting should enable you to do a better job of producing and marketing your poultry products and thereby to receive a better price for them.

The De Queen school board was notified last Friday by J. H. Young that he would not be able to fulfill his contract as coach and athletic director for the local schools. Young said that due to continued illness of his father, he would have to take care of the family business interests in Louisiana. He had planned to report here on September 3. School will open next Monday The board this week had no announcement of a successor to Young, but several prospects were being considered, it was said. In the meantime a large squad has reported for football practice and is being worked out this week by Bill Phillips, former Leopard player, who recently returned to De Queen from Texarkana where he had been employed at a war plant. The tentative schedule for the Leopards, published in this issue, has the opening game set for Sept. 14, but it was believed that some changes would be necessary to meet the conditions which have arisen with reference to the coaching berth. 

The Lockesburg public school will open on September 10 with one vacancy, it was announced by Supt. D. L. Sanders. The faculty includes: High school-Mrs. Tom Coulter, principal; Mrs. Linda Tatum and Mrs. D. L. Sanders. Grade school: Mrs. Wiley Burns, seventh grade; Miss Annie Potts, sixth grade; Mrs. Donnie Gilmore, fifth grade; Mrs. R. T. Williams, fourth grade; Mrs. Mannie Gore, third grade; Mrs. Earl Skinner, second grade and a primary teacher to be elected. Provo school: Mrs. Minnie Graves and Mrs. Lena Harvey. A full schedule of activities is being planned. 

50 Years Ago

September 10, 1970

De Queen’s football coaches were guest of the De Queen Lions club Tuesday noon, and explained the year’s program from seventh-grade through senior high level. Coach Wayne Freppon, head football coach, said last year’s weight program was one of the most successful yet. 

Horatio sank the Bismarck (Lions). 21-0, in what was probably the best team effort produced by the Lions in several years. All four backs alternated about equally to move the ball and the defense work was an 11-man show. The trip to Hot Springs county answered many questions, and the most pleasing fact to come out of the season’s opener was the apparent leadership the club can expect this year. 

An operating budget of $568,753 for the 1970-71 school year was adopted by the board of District No. 17 at its regular meeting Tuesday night. Biggest amount of the overall budget-$373,920-is ear-marked for teacher salaries. This is an increase of approximately $14,000 over last year, and $8,000 of this amount was an increase on the state level. 

Preliminary plans for two new subdivisions in De Queen were approved Thursday night at a meeting of the city planning commission held at city hall. One was Hutchison Sunset Subdivision, Chester and Ruth Hutchison, owners, a track of approximately five acres just east of the senior high school property and south of Coulter Drive. The other preliminary plot was for the Thomas Subdivision, Reed Thomas, owner, approximately eight acres west of 13th Street and south of Janssen. 

For three periods here Friday night, Mena and De Queen footballers sparred somewhere between the 25-yard lines. But the fourth period was something else again, That’s when Randy Teale, a fine line little 152-pound quarterback, helped put 13 big points on the board for his club and that was the difference: 13-0, Mena. Thus De Queen now has gone four years without a victory over the Polk county club. 

Two De Queen girls, Gail Wallace and Sherry Knod, won honors in the Southwest Arkansas Junior Miss pageant held in Nashville last week. Miss Wallace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wallace, received the personality award, voted by the delegates themselves, and Miss Knod, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Knod, was selected one of the top four of the 23 girls representing five counties. Judging was based on scholastic achievement, poise and appearance, interviews, youth fitness and talent.


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