100 Years ago

September 16, 1921 

The De Queen schools opened Monday morning after three months of vacation and troops of merry and bright-eyed children thronged the streets on their way to the institutions of learning. The teachers have been assigned to grades as follows: Primary – Elizabeth McColm; first grade – Jodie Smith; second grade – Helen May Edwards; third grade – Elizabeth McMillian; fourth grade – Mabel Leaper and Bessie Roberts; fifth grade – Mrs. Frank Rogers; fifth and sixth grade – Frannie Nichols; sixth – Mrs. Elbert Leslie; Junior high – Misses Lillian Yarbough, Ella Dean and Mrs, Holmes; high school – Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Van Denson, Mr. McCollum and Mr. Richardson.

Last Thursday Bill Dobbins of Lockesburg went hunting and in taking the gun out of the buggy he struck it in a way so it discharged and shot him under the arm from near the elbow to the hand. He was back of the Bostock farm, and of course, became very weak from the loss of blood before the wound was dressed. He is able to be up and about but will have to carry his arm in a sling for some time. Sorry these accidents happen. 

The Horatio public school opened Monday morning with the largest enrollment in its history, nearly 300 pupils being assigned to the different grades. For the first time the faculty consists of all women.  

Improvements are booming in Cane Creek. Will Addison is erecting a barn; Oscar Robinson has constructed a porch; J. McDow has cleared and fenced a small field; Jeff Scott’s potato curing plant is near completion; Jas. Waldon’s residence is almost completed; Contractor Towie will soon put the finishing touch on the school building. 

M.E. Bearden of Gillham had his right arm broken while cranking his Ford truck. He is getting along nicely. 

Dilworth ball team went over to Melrose Saturday afternoon to get defeated. They will play no more ball this year as it is cotton picking time. 

75 Years Ago

September 19, 1946

Clyde Thomas of Gillham was elected permanent  chairman of the Sevier County Democratic Central Committee at its meeting in the courthouse Saturday morning. He succeeds F.R. Etheridge of Horatio who had held the office since resignation of Wesley Howard last spring.  

Miss Ellen Pride left Monday for Cambridge, Mass., where she will work on a fellowship in the History Department in Radcliffe College. She will be there for nine months on leave of absence from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she has been instructor in history for the past four years.

Miss Billye Oliver, of De Queen, a senior at Henderson State Teachers College, has been elected president of the Women’s Council and vice-president of Alpha Gamma chapter of the Alpha Sigma Tan sorority. 

Rephan’s Department Store this week is observing its 20th anniversary in De Queen with a special sale starting on Friday. 

Corporal and Mrs. Paul Strickland of Lockesburg announce the birth of a son, Gary Paul born September 10 at De Queen General Hospital. Mrs. Strickland will be remembered as Miss Lillian White. 

Mrs. C.D. Gunter of Gillham took some of the $-H girls on a hike Thursday evening and prepared supper out. Those attending were Lynn Clayhorn, Gerry Smith, Fern Dell Gunter, Beckey Freeman, Peggy Holt and Inez Cooper. L.B. Branson, T. Wilbur Johnston and Wayne Brown of Gillham, left Monday for Little Rock to enlist in the U.S. Army. 

50 Years Ago

September 23, 1971

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25 Years Ago

September 19, 1996

Games and food were available for all at the cultural fair Saturday at Herman Dierks Park. After a youngster hit a piñata with a stick, Fernando Lopez shook it to unleash a shower of goodies as youngsters scrambled to claim the prizes. The day included food and information booths, a soccer game and a Saturday night dance.

The Hoo-Rah Days Festival on Oct. 12-13 will spotlight the Sevier County Museum this year on its 10th anniversary. Festival goers can hear 1920’s music on the 100-year-old Edison Victrola in the museum parlor. Be sure to watch Hostess Lucy Tozzano make delicate lase as she relaxes in the parlor rocking chair. Her tatting skills are handed down to her from her grandmother’s generation. She is the daughter of Joyce and Ronnie Pickens of De Queen.

Two cultures came together in a multi-cultural event Saturday afternoon at Herman Dierks Park. The event called “One Community – Many Peoples” celebrated the diversity of people who inhabit Sevier County. The afternoon began with a walking parade from the Sevier County Museum through Herman Dierks Park. Participants carried flags from more than a dozen countries from which local residents originated. 

Kirt Connor of Horatio won first place in the Four States Fair Talent Show Sunday evening at Texarkana. Connor, 15, is a sophomore at Horatio High School. He played the guitar and sang a medley of James Taylor songs.

10 Years Ago

September 22, 2011

State and local firefighters combated a forest fire that destroyed 41 acres of Weyerhaeuser timber along State Line Road in Sevier County on Sept. 15. Firefighters from De Queen, Gillham, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and other groups worked together to extinguish the massive fire. A tanker aircraft and tanker helicopter also dropped thousands of gallons of water on the fire. Fortunately, there were no injuries or damages associated with the blaze. 

After more than a year of construction, fine-tuning and hard work, the City of De Queen’s new soccer field is completed. The field’s first game has already been scheduled for Sept. 27. The pee-wee soccer team will play this night at 5:30 p.m. 

Rough storm – Heavy winds and an estimated five-and-a-half inches of rain caused flooding and some damage to the town of Horatio on Sept. 18. Several trees fell over in the Horatio Cemetery, causing damage to a few of the headstones. Fortunately, however, the heavy rain fall prompted Sevier County Judge Greg Ray to lift the three-month county-wide burn ban. He said a little more rain in the county will ensure the burn ban is not re-instated again this year. 

Local AARP members say their recent food drive hauled in over 400 pounds of food, which will go far to feed hungry families in the area. The food drive was held in the Walmart parking lot and in conjunction with the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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