Ashley County Newspaper Articles

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Arkansas Gazette August 11, 1896 Little Rock - Probably the biggest judgment ever recovered against a railroad company in the state of Arkansas for personal injuries was the one rendered by a jury in Bradley County last Saturday, in the case of Esther Warren against the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway Company, which was for $40,000. The plaintiff in the case was a small child who was run over and had both legs and both arms mangled into a pulp by one of the company's trains. Gol. Geo. W. Murphy, of this city, represented the plaintiff. It is probably that this is the largest amount of damages ever assessed against a railroad anywhere for personal injuries. There is one case on record in the Federal Court in this city wherein the plaintiff, Mrs. Spencer, obtained and collected damages for $20,000 on account of personal injuries, but the Warren case above recorded caps the climax of personal injury damage suits in Arkansas. Col. Murphy is receiving a hearty round of congratulations on his brilliant victory against the resourceful Iron Mountain railroad. The accident giving rise to the suit for damages did not occur on the Iron Mountain main line. It happened at Portland, Ashley County, about eighteen months ago. Suit was brought by the parents of the injured child in the Ashley County Circuit Court for $113,000 damages and the case was removed to Bradley County on a change of venue. It passed through two terms of court there, not reaching a trial until last week. At a late hour Saturday night the jury brought in a verdict for $40,000.
Arkansas Gazette July 2, 1897 Hamburg, July 1 - A negro named Pete Harris, while fishing in Bayou Bartholomew, fourteen miles east of here, fell from a log into the water and was drowned.
Arkansas Gazette February 5, 1882 page 4 col 4: Hamburg Times, 28th - Mrs. Gardiner, proprietress of the Gardiner house, died of small-pox on Wednesday last. Walter Moore died at his father's residence, of the same disease. Since our last report one or two more cases of samllpox have made their appearance. The people of Ashley, and indeed all of south Arkansas, are in a fearfully distressing condition. The crops a total failure, the mast did not hit, the hogs died, and our people have neither money, bread or meat. As little as may be thought of it, there are hundreds of people in this county and south Arkansas, who do not know where next week's provisions are to come from. Their stock is on starvation, and the merchants are little able to help them. Upon the top of all this distress comes the time to pay taxes.
Drew Advance Monticellonian November 13, 1894 page 2 col 4: The news comes that Dudley Wolf killed Oliver McDowell at Wilmot in Ashley Co., on the Louisiana line one day last week. Dudley is the son of our former county man Lum Wolf and while it is thought that the killing was justifiable on the plea of self defense, the act has nevertheless created intense excitement on account of the well known character of McDowell for honorable citizenship. The particulars have not been received and we forbear making any comments.
Arkansas Gazette February 6, 1908 Hamburg, February 5 - Mrs. Harriett Brazzeale, wife of J. J. Brazzeale, died today at her home three miles south of this place. She was one of the oldest pioneer settlers of the county, having come here from Louisiana in the 60's. She was a native of Alabama and was born 1829. She has a large family of children and grandchildren, most of them residents of this county.
Arkansas Gazette October 17, 1897 Hamburg, October 16 - Mrs. Alice Tally, wife of Bud Tally, a well-known farmer living five miles southwest of Petersburg, Ark., came to her death yesterday under peculiar circumstances. She was just recovering from a spell of protracted sickness and had attempted to draw a bucket of water from the well. After getting the bucket to the top she was too weak to lift it over the side of the well, and in trying to do so lost her balance and plunged head foremost into the well. She fell about forty feet, dropping into ten or twelve feet of water. There was only one woman about the house at the time, and she, noticing the windlass revolving rapidly, ran to the well and saw Mrs. Tally floating on the surface of the water at the bottom. Three men working in a near-by field were called, but when they took Mrs. Tally out she was dead, all eftorts to revive her proving fruitless. The dead woman was well known here. Her maiden name was Harris, and she was reared in the family of J. W. Harris.
Arkansas Gazette December 18, 1904 page 2: E.L. Thompson, who was for twelve years clerk of Ashley county, died recently at his home in Hamburg.
Arkansas Gazette April 23, 1918 Marriages: Charles F. Carpenter and Miss Lydia Linder, at Hamburg
Ark. Gazette Nov. 11, 1887 Hamburg, Ark, Nov. 9 - Capt. J.W. Norris, after a protracted illness of eight weeks, breathed his last about 12 o'clock on Friday night last, surrounded by his family, relatives, and friends. All that loving hearts, tender hands and the skill of physicians could do to stay the hand of death was done, but for sometime it was seen that the end must soon come. His remains were buried in the cemetery here on Sunday morning, the Knights of Honor and Knights of Pythias officiating, he having been a member of both lodges. The ceremonies were solemn and impressive and almost the entire town turned out to pay their last respects to the deceased. Capt. J.W. Norris was born in Lincoln county, Tennessee, October 31, 1836. In 1847 his family moved to this county while he was quite a youth. He grew up to manhood and has been an honored citizen of Ashley county ever since. He entered the confederate army at the beginning of the late war as lieutenant, and was soon afterward elected captain of the Third Arkansas. He remained throughout the entire war, was always at his post of duty, and was in many a hard fought and deadly battle. He married some fifteen years ago, and leaves a loving and devoted wife and three children to mourn his severe loss. He was a kind and affectionate husband and indulgent father. He was, in every sense of the word, one of our best citizens, and his death will be deeply deplored by all those who knew him.
Arkansas Gazette December 4,1887 Hamburg~The wedding bells are ringing, several marriages have occurred in the county. Mr. Abb Holloway and Miss Ella Austin were made 'one' on the evening of the 30th ultimo. At 1 o'clock p.m. on December 1, the residence of Mr. N.E. Moats, Mr. J.O. Bain led the accomplished and beautiful Mrs. Hattie Lindsey to Hymen's altar, and they were pronounced husband and wife by the Rev. H.W. Brooks. On the 24th ult., Mr. Elisha Curtis, a prosperous young farmer of this county, captured one of Drew county's fair daughters, Miss Julia Killian; and two more hearts now beat as one.
Arkansas Gazette December 4,1887 The forest fires in this county did but little damage, there being only a few sections of the county in which fire got out. Some fencing was destroyed, but the losses are few and comparatively small; $500 will fully repair all losses caused by the recent forest fires.
Arkansas Democrat January 14, 1897 Speaker Tappan yesterday honored Hon. N. Y. Wadsworth, Drew county's representative, by appointing him chairman of the House committee on rules. This committe will at once proceed to frame and report rules to govern the House at the current session. Out of the ninety-nine members from whom a chairman was selected the speaker could not have chosen one better fitted for the important function than the distinguished representative from Drew. Mr. Wadsworth was born in Alabama and is about 45 years of age. He moved to Arkansas about twenty-one years ago and determined to make the woutheastern part of the state his home. He married Miss Ella Norris, daughter of Capt. J. M. Norris of Ashley county, and afterwards moved to Drew county and engaged in farming. Mr. Wadsworth has a lovely family and his home is situated eight miles south of Monticello. He has twice been elected to represent his county in the Legislature and his record is one of which both he and his constituents may feel proud, as in all questions coming before the assemblies of which he was a member he was always found on the side of the people. Mr. Wadsworth is loyal to his friends and never forgets a friendly act. Those who know him best are his best friends. In politics Mr. Wadsworth has always been a true-blue Democrat.
Arkansas Democrat March 16, 1897 Hamburg, Mar. 15 - Bernard Whetstone and Miss Mabel Baird were married in the Methodist church here this afternoon by Rev. W. A. Steele. The groom is a young and successful cotton planter. The bride is a sister to Sam B. Baird, editor of the Hamburg Eagle
Arkansas Democrat March 20, 1897 Hamburg, March 19 - Wm. Johnson was hanged here at 5 o'clock this afternoon. Johnson killed Henry Hobson last June. Both were negroes. Johnson showed wonderful nerve. His neck was not broken by the fall and he died an awful death.
Arkansas Gazette August 11, 1868 Little Rock - The radicals seem to be engaged in their old business during the recess of the assembly. Says the Ashley County Times: Two horse thieves passed through our town a few days ago. The owners of the stolen horses pursued them, overtook them near White Sulphur Springs, in Jefferson County, and on their return, hung the white rogue, whose name was Miller, near Monticello, and whipped the black one and turned him loose. We are further informed that several others, of like horse-flesh propensities, were similarly executed in the eastern part of our county. Though utterly opposed to mob law, yet the crime of horse stealing has become of such frequent occurrence that it amounts to a necessity that the people should take the law in their own hands.
Arkansas Gazette January 21, 1897 Hamburg, Jan. 20 - W. A. Freeman, of this county, is making a heavy shipment of walnut lumber to Europe. He has just started a raft of logs down Saline River to Monroe, La., which together with carloads at other points, will be sent by rail to New Orleans. All the time comes from Ashley County. Between 3,000,000 and 5,000,000 feet will be shipped from New Orleans to Hamburg, Germany.
Arkansas Gazette September 30, 1923 Hamburg, Sept 29 - Randall Watson, aged about 23, well known Hamburg youth, drowned in the Saline river at Baden cutoff, about 15 miles west of Hamburg, yesterday afternoon. He went to the river with a party of friends to fish. A boat in which they were riding capsized and he was thrown out into the water. Unable to swim, he sank immediately. He seized Bank Norrell, member of the party, carrying him. down stream, but Norrell was rescued. The body was recovered late last night. Young Watson is survived by a brother, D. E. Watson, hardware merchant of Hamburg, and three sisters, Mrs. Penelope Ellis of Tennessee, Mrs.George Norman and Mrs. W. R. Bunckley of Hamburg. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the home of Mrs. Norman.
Ashley County Times May 26, 1871 20th: James De Yampert, near Popular Bluff, in this county, shot himself in the hand with a double barrel shot gun on the 13th inst.

A negro man, living with L. B. Sanders, in this county, was drowned on Friday, the 12th inst., in a small bayou emptying into Bayou Bartholomew, below Colonel Bell's plantation.

Arkansas Gazette July 26, 1931 Crossett, July 25 - W. A. ("Uncle Billy)" Lee, aged 100, the oldest citizen of Ashley County, spent Friday here talking with friends. Mr. Lee has lived at his home, five miles west of Crossett, since 1870. He has farmed his place and made a crop every year, doing nearly all the work himself. The century-old pioneer said he travels on horseback to Hamburg, a distance of 20 miles, almost every day. "Uncle Billy" is optimistic over conditions. The current business depression is nothing to talk about, compared with "what all us Confederate soldiers and our families went through in the 'Sixties'," he said. "We really learned the meaning of hard times." The centenarian said he intends to celebrate his next birthday by going fishing and taking a swim in the river. Fishing and squirrel hunting are his favorite sports, he said.
Arkansas Gazette June 26, 1931 Hamburg - A celebration will be given July 17 at the Promised Land Baptist church, five miles northeast of Hamburg, in honor of Capt. Frank M. Well, Baptist minister, former chaplain during the Spanish-American war, and former candidate for governor of Arkansas, who will be 70 years old that day. Captain Wells has been seeking 25 years for Dr. J. D. McCann who served with him in the Philippines and saved his life once when wounded and once when seriously ill, so that he could complete his records and obtain a back pension. Captain Wells had been told that Dr. McCann was dead but did not give up hope of finding him for 25 years, and finally located Dr. McCann June 8 at Raymondville, Tex., where he is a well known physician. Dr. McCann made the necessary affidavit, which has been submitted to Washington. Senator Robinson, Governor Parnell, and many other well known citizens of the state have been invited to the celebration July 17. The program will include services by Captain Wells and others, a dinner on the grounds and an old fiddlers contest. Captain Wells joined this church August 20, 1880.
Arkansas Gazette December 18, 1901 Hamburg - Mrs. Wm. Carter, a resident of Ashley County for more than fifty years, and now about 97 years of age, saw a railroad and train of cars a few days since for the first time in her life. She was born in Virginia, but moved with her parents to Mississippi in childhood. More than fifty years ago she came from that state to Ashley County by the wagon road, and there were no railroads to cross on the journey. For the first time in many years she visited Hamburg a few days since and dined with the family of Dr. W. S. Norman, who resides near the depot. On learning that she had never seen a railroad the doctor took great pleasure by escorting her out to the depot where she could look upon the iron horse and view the modern means of travel, so different from the ox wagon of fifty years ago. Mrs. Carter has a large number of children, grandchildren and other relatives in this county.
Arkansas Gazette December 30, 1917 Crossett, Dec. 29 - Lonnie Hester and Miss Linnie Neal were married here this week by Judge J. D. Lochala. Mr. and Mrs. Hester will make their home in Crossett, where Mr. Hester is in the mail service.
Crossett, Dec. 29 - Miss Marthield Ellis and Eugene Lynn were married yesterday morning at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Fleming. The Rev. Moffett Rhodes performed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Lynn left for Memphis and other points before going to their home in Kansas City.
Crossett, Dec. 29 - Miss Pearl Taylor of Hamburg and Will Hagen of this place were married yesterday near Hamburg at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Taylor. The Rev. Moffett Rhodes performed the ceremony. After a brief visit with relatives in Hamburg and Crossett, Mr. and Mrs. Hagen will make their home in Broken Bow, Okla.


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