Yesteryear

100 YEARS AGO

September 6, 1918

 

Just as we go to press we learn that there has been a destructive overflow of the Cossatot from the Heaslet farm north. Great damage to crops is reported.

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Friday afternoon of last week M.B. Cavalry of Chapel Hill suffered serious injuries while working at the plant of the De Queen Gin Co. Mr. Cavalry was assisting in the erection of a line shaft when he was knocked from his position to the ground, a distance of eight feet, by being struck by the line shaft hanger. Dr. Elliott of near this city administered to Mr. Cavalry. His injuries now are not considered serious, according to the attending physician.

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Miss Grace Nichols has been appointed to succeed Wm. Scarborough as city mail carrier in De Queen, the latter having resigned to enter the State University, and will enter upon her duties Monday.

When asked if she could do the work in all kinds of weather, she said: “If the boys can do the fighting in the trenches I ought to be able to carry the mail.”

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J.B. Farrell, who runs a sawmill west of town has been the victim of vandalism. Someone has been driving large spikes in the saw logs so that they can not be seen, with the evident intention of putting the machinery out of commission. For preaching and practicing of this character of sabotage a Federal court in Chicago recently sentenced nearly 100 I.W.W. members to the penitentiary for terms ranging from five to 20 years. These are war times and the manufacture of lumber is an essential industry.

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Mrs. B.G. Lambright left Wednesday of this week for Dierks, where she will be head of the Dierks schools during the next year. Mrs. Lambright taught in the schools of De Queen and Lockesburg for 20 years and is recognized as one of the most able educators in this section of Arkansas.

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Names of 130 enlisted men of the American expeditionary forces, who, it has been ascertained, are now prisoners of war at Langensalsa, Germany were announced tonight by the War Department. Among them is one Arkansan, Emory M. Allmond of De Queen.

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75 YEARS AGO

September 2, 1943

William B. Wallace, wholesale poultry and produce dealer, has announced the lease of the D.C. Goff Company building, effective in about 60 days, which will give him greatly enlarged quarters for handling the poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables grown in this area.

The Goff Company is liquidating its affairs preparatory to retiring from business this fall.

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A street dance for about 150 solders stopping in De Queen Wednesday night was sponsored by the local American Legion post.

The street was roped off in front of the courthouse and a large crowd of spectators gathered. The troops were en route north from Louisiana where they have been engaged in maneuvers.

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Fire destroyed a building behind the home of S.R. Halliday Friday in Horatio and threatened his home and that of L.O. Shull. High winds made the fighting difficult.

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Mr. and Mrs. Francis Drake entertained at their home in Grannis Wednesday night with an ice cream supper in honor of Carl Drake and Kenneth Herring, both in service in the U.S. Army. Twenty guests were present and lawn games were played.

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Cpl. Berryman Friday, who has been stationed in Alaska for 17 months arrived in Lockesburg Monday night on a 15-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hinton Friday. He was inducted into the army at Camp Robinson on Oct. 20, 1941. He received his basic training at Fort Warren, Wyoming. He will leave on Sept. 8 for Prince Rupert, Canada, en route to Alaska.

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50 YEARS AGO

September 5, 1968

Mrs. Verda Clardy Piggee, a native of the Silver Ridge community was retired from the school room after 33 years of teaching in the public schools of Arkansas. Twenty-seven of these years were spent in Sevier County High School at Lockesburg.

Mrs. Piggee is a graduate of Philander Smith College and has done advance study at Henderson State Teacher’s College in Arkadelphia.

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Kelsey Moore successfully defended his Little River Club golfing title for the fourth straight year beating Raymond Garcia in the championship flight finals. Ray Reed of Foreman won first flight and other winners were Jim York in the second flight, Paul McLeod in third flight and Kent Harrison in fourth flight.

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Army Private Larry E. Havins, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Havins live in Lockesburg, completed an air defense automatic weapons course June 21 at the U.S. Army Air Defense Training Center, Ft. Bliss, Texas.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Byers of King have purchased the Hazel Whitley home in Gillham and have moved. Mrs. Nellie Whitney and sons, Mike and Bobby, left for their home in Grants, N. Mexico Saturday after spending a week with her son, Sonny Downs and family and with her daughter, Mrs. Don Curtis and family in De Queen.

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Hal Crews of Horatio attended the annual meeting of Southern Farmers Association in Little Rock Monday.

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Charlie Miller of Horatio caught a good one the other day while fishing.

It was a four-foot alligator from Burke Slough, west of Horatio.

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25 YEARS AGO

September 2, 1993

Employees of the giant Weyerhaeuser lumber mill are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Dierks mill with a massive modernization project designed to keep the mill competitive as well as a nostalgic look back at the past.

About a dozen retired sawyers and filers were invited back to the Dierks mill Friday to witness the closing of the old manned mill where they worked. A few climbed behind the controls for a chance to saw the final logs at the mill.

Most of the employees started working at the mill when it was owned by Dierks Coal and Lumber Company. Weyerhaeuser purchased the company in 1969.

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Community Hospital of De Queen officially became De Queen Regional Medical Center with the unveiling Wednesday morning of a sign bearing the new name.

Hospital staff and community leaders participated in a ceremony unveiling a sign on the hospital parking lot which bears the new name.

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The Arkansas Highway Department has recently completed a construction project at the intersection of U.S. 71 and Ark. 317, south of Lockesburg near Baker’s Grocery. Turn lanes have been added for traffic exiting U.S. 71. The intersection has been the site of numerous accidents.

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Sales at the Sevier County Farmer’s Cooperative soared to almost $10 million last year, members were told during the annual meeting Tuesday evening in the De Queen High School cafeteria.

Manager Hershel Stinnett said sales for the fiscal year ending June 30 were $9,943.561, an increase of 1.6 million over the 1991-92 year when sales were $8,384.578.

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Marine Pvt. T. Shawn Higgins, son of Jimmy Higgins of De Queen, recently completed recruit training at Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.

The 1992 graduate of Horatio High School joined the Marine Corps in February, 1993.

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10 YEARS AGO

September 4, 2008

An 11-year-old Lockesburg girl was airlifted to the hospital with an injury Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, after a biking accident according to Lockesburg authorities. Stormy Grubbs was riding her bicycle with her brother about 6:30 p.m. when she lost control and wrecked, said Lockesburg Fire Chief Roger Ridley.

The end of the handlebars punctured the girl’s leg at the juncture of her hip.

The puncture wound was about the size of a silver dollar and the girl was losing blood, he said.

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Teachers and students at De Queen Primary and Elementary schools honored Lynda Beltrani Friday, Aug. 29, by dedicating the 2007-2008 yearbook to her. Mrs. Beltrani was presented the yearbook by Sharon Dykes, Primary School Principal, before an audience of over 600 students and teachers.

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Greg and Melinda Winer of Gillham and Eddie and Susie Oliver of Wickes announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Brandon Allen Winer and Jennifer Nicole McKinney.

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