100 Years ago

September 9, 1921 

Kansas City Southern passenger train No. 2, due in De Queen at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday morning, was held up and robbed by four masked men Tuesday night. Buck Woodson was in charge of the engine. He was hit over the head with the butt of a gun and knocked down by one of the robbers. He had his wound dressed at Texarkana and brought his train into De Queen. 

Tom Gore marketed the season’s first bale of cotton in the Horatio market last Thursday. 

1921-22 term of Lockesburg school will begin Monday morning, Sept. 12 at 9 o’clock with the following faculty: M.B. Bearden, superintendent; Mrs. Larkin, principal instructor of science and English; Miss Fay Ridling, preparatory department; Miss Mary Gilliam and Miss Maggie Nichols, intermediate department; Mrs. J.C. Graves, primary department. 

Miss Martha Lou Eyer of De Queen is among those who have been appointed to scholarships in the University of Arkansas for the coming year, as honor graduates of their high school. 

According to the assessor’s books, an abstract of which has just been completed, 4,836 people will pay taxes in Sevier County next year.  

Lockesburg’s first bale of cotton was ginned Friday, Sept. 2 by R.W. Grady. The bale belonged to J.H. Christian and raised on the Coulter farm and weighed 532 pounds and sold to H.L. Skinner for 17c per pound. The businessmen paid a little over $20 premium. 

75 Years Ago

September 12, 1946

The De Queen public schools open Monday with one of the largest enrollments in the history of the schools, Miss Pearl Williamson, superintendent, said. A total of 1,151 students had registered Monday and this number was expected to increase with the arrival of late-comers during the week. 

The Rev. Leland B. Bolds, who has served as pastor of the local Catholic church for several years, left Wednesday for Center Ridge where he will become pastor of the church in that community. He was succeeded here by the Rev. William J. Burke, formerly of Pine Bluff who arrived Monday. 

One of the new, modern air conditioned coaches of the Sante Fe Trailways bus lines, will be on exhibit at the Union Bus Station in De Queen next Monday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

Just four women held an old time revival in O.L. Neal’s pea patch last week. Madame Lola Neal, Henrietta Thompson, Vita Lee Thompson and Miss Philo Thompson while picking peas to can and all talking at the same time in very rank growth of pea vines their attention was attracted to the whizzing voice of a large rattle snake all coiled and ready for battle. These women started a sure enough revival with shouting and screaming, Henry Turrentine one fourth mile away heard their cries and ran to them with his shot gun with only one shell and they all pointed to this rattler and Turrentine being greatly excited fired his only shot and only made a hole in the ground. To save his manhood he got a cotton hoe and killed the rattler. These women closed down the canning season and returned home. 

50 Years Ago

September 16, 1971

A joint open house observance will be held for the De Queen branch of Sevier County library and the Sevier County social services Sept. 23, according to Gunter England, chairman of the library board. The library will be officially dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 to the late Miss Pearl Williamson, for years of a member of the State Library Commission and a long-time leader in efforts to improve library facilities here.  

Mrs. Charlene Gray, Lockesburg, has been selected to represent Sevier County on the advisory committee for special programs for this area. These programswill be administered by the Red River Vocational Technical School in Hope. 

Damage estimated by Fire Chief Jack Merideth at $2000 resulted from a blaze Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilkerson Jr., 1105 West Maple. The fire started in the kitchen from overheated grease and spread into the vent above the stove Merideth said. 

A field office of the ESD, located here for the past nine months, will be closed Sept. 15 because of budget problems, it was learned Friday. 

25 Years Ago

September 12, 1996

Rodeo Queen and Princess winners were crowned Saturday evening during the final night of Sevier County Fair Rodeo. Kadra Gore was crowned as Rodeo Queen while Britney Robinson was crowned as Princess. Other winners were, Nicole Robinson, first runner-up princess and Shannon Ayers, third runner-up princess. 

The Hwy. 70 West Sportsplex Commission voted Monday evening to hire a park director during their regular monthly meeting. With four of the seven commission members present, the board voted to create the park director position. A job description is being drafted but the position will likely include some maintenance and clean-up work, plus responsibilities for the city swimming pool. 

The Horatio School Board voted to make repairs to the library building during their regular monthly meeting Monday evening. The ceiling in the building was damaged by water some time ago. The leak in the roof was repaired but the ceiling was not refinished. 

Valerie Arlene Martin, 64, of Rt. 3, De Queen, escaped injury Monday afternoon when her 1977 AMC Jeep overturned on Ark. 329 east of Lockesburg. The accident occurred four tenths of one miles from the Ark. 24 intersection. Martin told officers that her vehicle got off on the shoulder of the road and when she pulled back onto the pavement, it flipped and overturned on its top. Martin was not seriously injured and no tickets were issued. 

10 Years Ago

September 15, 2011

Sergeants Sotelo and Hicks, soldiers with the National Guard’s Bravo Company out of De Queen, prepare to fly the American and Arkansas flags during a special ceremony at Park Hill Preschool on Sept. 9 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic and deadly terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Scott Winford, a renowned chainsaw artist from Arkansas, added the finishing touches to an eagle he sculpted in De Queen on Sept. 9. Winford created the statue in honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as local police officers and firefighters. 

Sonny Kimmel of De Queen is the winner in this week’s football contest and receives his $25 check and a t-shirt from Jack Wray, of Jack Wray’s Body Shop in De Queen. Kimmel correctly guessed eight out of 10 games.  

Volunteers spent several hours on Sept. 11 cleaning up the popular camping and swimming spot on 80,000 Road along the Cossatot. The chamber of commerce sponsored group picked up roughly 500-600 pounds of trash along this beautiful stretch of river, including over a hundred pounds of broken glass. Multiple pieces of litter that were picked up had names and addresses on them.


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