Drew County Arkansas

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Arkansas Gazette Clippings

Originally posted to the Drew County Mailing List by Jann Woodard, and reprinted here with her permission. Thanks, Jann!
Date Article
July 26, 1873 - Drew County:

Putney & Sanders American Land Company William House E. K. Haynes D. S. and W. T. Wells J. P. Jones J. Gill Gibson H. P. Jones W. H. Davidson W. S. McCain Mrs. James Miles J. S. Gordon, estate William Crane J. P. Stanley R. F. Sutton, estate L. H. Belser H. B. Smith John Smith estate J. C. Derrick A. Ruff Abner Veasey D. S. Willis E. M. Gillam J. G. T. Wetty

Nov. 9, 1873 A correspondent at Cut Off, Drew county, writes as follows on the 3d: "On Friday evening last, Mr. G. M. Andrews serving as one of a posse to apprehend Euremus Farquhar, a young man who had committed an offense against the laws of the state, was shot by the said Farquhar. On yesterday the wounded man died. Farquhar has absconded, and is at large. The governor should offer a liberal reward for the apprehension of the offender. Farquhar is twenty-one or twenty-two years old, about six feet two inches in hight, slenderly built, of fair complexion, and has holes in his ears. He frequently wears ear bobs; speaks quick, if excited. It is confidently believed he will go to Henderson county, Texas, near Porter's Bluff where he has an uncle living by the name of Thomas Berry; also a sister and other relations. He is likely stopping at the above named bluff a while, to go on into Burnett county, where he has an uncle by his name and where he came from two or three years since. He has committed a crime here of the most heinous character and should be brought to the bar of justice. No young man in this community had more friends than did the murdered man, and he has come to his death by assisting to execute the laws of the state that the guilty might be punished. It is to be hoped that some of the officials of the county may call upon the governor to offer a liberal reward.
November 18, 1873 The residence of Mrs Mollie Arnett was destroyed by fire at Monticello on Tuesday night.
November 18, 1873 The following are the new town offcers of Monticello: Jas. A. Jackson, mayor; W. S. Jeter, recorder; John Hussey, T. P. Edward, G. R. Horton, Col. W. F. Slemmons and Hon. D. S. Wells, aldermen; W. H. Rankin, marshal.
November 18, 1873 The Monticellonian of Tuesday says "Two young men named Clint Anderson and Charles F. Hudspeth, were deputized to arrest Rene Forker on the evening of the 1st inst. They approached the residence of Mr. Elisha Baker where Forker was stopping for the night, Hudspeth in front and Anderson in the rear of the house. Forker attempted to escape by the back way, and finding himself confronted by Anderson drew a pistol and fired at him, the ball passing through the upper lobe of the liver. He died the next evening from the effects of the wound. Forker made his escape."

Auditor's Sale of Lands Sold To The State of Arkansas in consequence of the non-payment of taxes due thereon.

April 2, 1879 page 4 col 2: The Monticellonian of the 27th ult. records the death of Capt. James A. Jackson, a leading citizen and prominent lawyer of Monticello. The Monticellonian pays a warm tribute to the virtues of the deceased.
June 1, 1881 page 4 col 2: Monticello, May 31 - "Uncle" Ed Matthews, an old and well known hunter of this place, while out hunting a few days ago, some twelve miles west of town, ran across a very large she-wolf. He says from the indications there are at least twelve or fiften other wolves in that vicinity, but as the county court refuses premiums for wolf's scalps, the hunters do not excercise themselves to exterminate them.

The Rev. T.P. Stone, more familiarly know as "Father Stone" a Comberland Presbyterian minister, did at his residence about ten miles south of this place last Thursday afternoon. His was an eventful life. He was one of the early settlers of this county, having immigrated from Mississippi to this state about forty years ago. He is said to have preached the first sermon ever preached in the city of Memphis. He was in his 80th year.

Feb. 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.
April 7, 1883 page 4 col 4: Drew county came to the front most bracely yesterday. Sheriff J.H. Hammock came in, bringing with him Dorcas Jones, a colored woman, sentenced to seven years in the "pen" as accessary to a murder: Mrs. Sowers, Mrs. Harrell, Miss Sallie Ringo and John Morgan, insane people for the asylum, and $8,000 in revenue, which he paid over to the state.
October 8, 1884 Monticello, Sept. 6, 1884: Some of the old citizens of this county, who, a few months ago, broke off their connection with us and cast their lots in the Lone Star state, are becoming dissatisfied with their new homes in the "far west," and, like prodigal sons, have determined to fold their tents and return. They write back to us that old Drew is the flower garden of the universe. We will kill the fatted calf and welcome them back.
Nov. 1, 1884 page 6 col 1: Monticello, Oct. 29 - Dr. Chas McDermott, for many years a prominent citizen in this part of the state, died at his old home on Bayou Bartholomew some days ago. He was one of the pioneers of the state, having case his lot here many, many years ago. He was one of those few philanthropic souls who are ever willing to lend a helping hand in bettering the condition of his fellowman. He leaves many friends all over this part of the state, who will long remember his many deeds of generousity and kindness.

A shadow of gloom was cast over our little city a few days ago, upon the receipt of a telegram by Col. W.F. Slemons, stating that his son Ed, was lying at the point of death in the western part of Kansas. On Monday last another telegram telling that he was dead was received. Mr. Slemons up to two years ago practiced law in our town. He is said to have possessed as fine abilities as any young man ever in this part of the state. He was a universal favorite and his death is deeply regretted. His mother will arrive with his remains Friday.

Dec. 9, 1884 page 6 col 1: Monticello: Garland Handley who lives in the northwest part of the county, while coming to town yesterday with a load of cotton, fell from his wagon and was run over. Both wheels of the wagon passed over his body, breaking several ribs and dislocating his shoulder. His injuries though painful, are not considered by the physicians as dangerous.
March 30, 1886 page 3 col 2: Monticello, Mar. 27 - This has been quite an eventful day for Monticello. One death and three fights. Little Zeph Haynes, the son of Mrs. Belle Haynes, widow of Tom Haynes, formerly sheriff of this county, accidentally shot and killed himself today. The circumstances, as brought out in the evidence before the coroners jury of inquest were about as follows: He went hunting with two boys, 15 or 16 years old, who live near this place. When they had been for some time rambling through the woods in quest of game, one of the older boys and Zeph were endeavoring to swap guns. Zeph, not being exactly satisfied with the other's gun, proposed to test it by shooting at a bird sitting on the limb of a tree before them. In order to do this, he started to lean his own, a single barrel shotgun, against a tree. The gun being cocked and the muzzle pointing toward him, the hammer struck the tree and it went off, firing the whole load directly through his heart, killing him instantly. ! The charge entered his left breast, going through his heart and came out just under his shoulder blade near his backbone. The tragedy occurred about two miles from this place. The poor little fellow, whom the writer knew well, was a bright, affectionate, promising and obedient child of 12 or 13 years old. Being a favorite and loved by all who knew him, his loss is regretted with the deepest sorrow by the good people of our town. But, oh, for the bitter pangs and aching heart of that sadly bereaved, loving and gentle mother. Permit the writer to express his heartfelt sympathy and profound sorrow. May God comfort her bleeding heart, soften the intense anguish of her troubled soul and help her to bear the awful grief of a true and devoted mother. Written by: "The Iron Mask"
October 6, 1886 page 3 col 1: Mrs. Boyd, mother of Col. C.M Boyd of Collins Station, died in this place on the 25th inst. She was about 70 years of age.

Mr. J.G. Williamson is having a fine residence erected on South Main street on his beautiful lot recently purchased from Mrs. J.N. Silmons (sic).

We have just learned that the steam mill of W.H. White, ten miles south of this place, was completely destroyed by fire on last Saturday night, the 25th inst. No insurance. Loss about $2500.

Oct. 6, 1886 page 3 col 2: Mrs. Boyd, mother of Col. C.M. Boyd of Collins Station, died in this place on the 25th inst. She was about 70 years old.
July 7, 1887 page 3 col 4: Monticello July 6, 1887 - Shelton & Wells, our enterprising livery stable men, are looking for a carload of Tennessee wagons on the train today, and also a brand new and very fine omnibus. They have established a fine stock ranche (sic) on Wolf Prairie, have already fenced in about 2100 acres of the prairie, and have just ordered a windmill which will be put up this week. They have about fifty horses and about 250 head of cattle, and will cut about 500 tons of hay this season for shipping purposes.

There was a most enjoyable picnic (moonlight) at Children street grove last night. Hon W.F. Slemons and J.R. Cotham delivered addresses appropriate to the occasion, after which supper, such only as can be gotten up by children and stout young ladies who served. Many strangers were present besides the elite of the city. After supper dancing being the order of the evening the company was regaled with first class music by the Helena string band, and until the wee small hour of 3 the twinkling feet of mirth loving lads and merry lassies kept tread to music rich and rare.

Sep. 25, 1887 page 3 col 2: Monticello, Sep. 24 - The telephone between this place and Hamburg was completed last week, and conversation over the line is kept up briskly.

A haunted house is creating quite an excitement here. It is about two miles north of town, and occupied by Capt. McDermott and family. For the past two weeks, at all hours of day and night, bricks and stones--hot, cold, wet and dry are hurled into the rooms. Reliable parties have visited the place and vouch for the truth of the mysterious apppearance of the missels. A committee of valiant men, headed by Sheriff Hudspeth, went out last night and witness the ghost's performance. "Ye" reporter has such a profound respect for a flying brick that he will postpone his investigations until the "spirits" adopt milder weapons.

On the morning of the 21st inst., at 9:30, Mr. Frank Coburn of Monticello led to the altar one of the most charming of Monticello's fair daughters, Miss Maude Preston. Immediately after the ceremony, which was performed at the Methodist church by Rev. Mr. McGraw, a short time was allowed for congratulations, and then the bridal couple, followed by the good wishes of a host of friends, left for an extended tour.

January 3, 1889 page 2 col 2: Dec. 21 Warren: Ed Jolly of this place had a bitter experience in the Saline swamp last night. He was returning with a two-horse buggy from a trip to Drew County and late in the evening came to the ferry on the Saline river, and being unable to make the ferryman hear, turned back to find shelter for the night. The river was high and the sloughs full of water and he accidentally drove his team into swimming water. He succeeded in turning his horses loose and then took to a tree in the midst of the waters, where he spent the night. The ferryman heard him the next worning calling for assistance and went to his relief with a boat. The horses were found in the cane-brake none the worse for their night's adventure.
January 4, 1889 page 2 col 2: Monticello Jan. 2 - The new year was duly celebrated here by the young ladies and gentlemen in a New Year's ball given at the Birks Opera-Hall. All present seemed to enjoy themselves. Elegant forms floated in the dance continuously until 12 o'clcok, at which time a fine supper was served, and then the dancing was resumed until 3 in the morning.

The people are loud in their denunciations of prohibition. Men are drunk on the streets every day, yet Monticello is a prohibition town. It never was a greater farce in any town than it is here. Due to the whisky drank, there has been a serious riot on the streets recently and more fights than was ever known in the history of the town for the same length of time.

January 19, 1889 page 2 col 2: Warren: The friends of Mrs. Anfield Robertson were this morning pained to hear of her death. She was on a visit to her daughter in Drew County and died at her home at 2 o'clock this morning. Mrs. Robertson has lived near this place for many years and was highly esteemed. She was about 60 years of age.
January 19, 1889 page 2 col 2: Jan. 18: Mr. James G. Farley of this place and Miss Helen Spencer of Lacy, where married on Sunday last at the residence of the bride's mother.

A company of militia has been organized here under the name of the "Tillar Rifles," with J.H. Hommock as Captain, J.H. Hinman first lieutenant, and D.T. Hyatt second Lieutenant. The civil officers are: Col. W.F. Stevens (sic), president, J.L. Miller, vice-president, D.W. Hyatt, treasure and Ernest Hommock, secretary.

July 31, 1889 page 5 col 3: Monticello: Mrs. George Hampton of Fordyce, after a visit of some weeks duration here, left for her home this morning.

Mr. Will Fisher, formerly of this place, after an absence of over twenty years, during which time no tidings have been received of him, and who has long since been mourned as dead by his family, returned a few days since. His brother Tom did not recognize him.

In "swinging round the circle" the genial and accomplished staff correspondent of the Gazette, Gen. James F. Fagen, arrived here Saturday inst. He left for Warren yesterday evening. While here he was the guest of his old comrad-in-arms, Col. W.F. Slemons.

Farrow, eldest son of Hon. W.S. McCain of Little Rock, is spending the heated ter with his aunt, Mrs. A.J. Wilson.

August 6, 1890 Monticello, Aug 5 - The veterans of the famous old Third Arkansas were greeted with every demonstration of welcome on their arrival yesterday. As the afternoon train swept into the depot a glittering pageant met the eye, and cheered the old soldiers; long lines of carriages were drawn up, which were profusely decorated with flags and mottoes expressive of happy greeting to one and all. The platform was crowded with citizens in holiday attire, whose faces beamed with delight and expection of meeting with friends and comrades, many of whom had never met since the gloomy hour when they flung their muskets down.

When their bonnie flag was furled, after being transferred to carriages, the procession turned toward town, headed by a band of music, which discourse National airs, the whole assemblage resembling some triumphant procession of bygone days. Yet while memories of the past sweep like surging billows over each soldier's heart, a prayer on each lip arises, and the words of the sweet songster, Father, Ryan, is echoed in every heart:

"No, no! the past is past, May it never come again' May no dream or bugle's blast Summon warriors to the plain."

Last night the town was brilliant with hundreds of transparencies, and the whole business portion is gay with bunting, over which the flag of the Union proudly waves. The Committee of Arrangements have arranged for a picnic on the fair grounds today. Many visitors are here and a grand jubilee is expected.

March 11, 1892 page 4 col 4: Monticello, Mar. 9 - Mr. Hugh Edwards, a young and prosperous merchant of this place, died on yesterday. He had been confined to bed only a very short while, and his death was quite unexpected to his many friends and acquaintances.

Mrs. E. Hoover died on yesterday after a lingering illness of many months. Her remains were shipped to Pine Bluff for interment in the Jewish cemetery. She had been a resident of this place for many years, and was possessed of many friends, who deplore her untimely death.

April 16, 1892 page 4 col 5: Monticello April 12 - Mrs. Fannie Patten, wife of J.R. Patten, died today after an illness of many months of consumption. She leaves a husband and several small children besides many friends who mourn her departure from their midst.

W.R. Horonah (sic) a prominent citizen of Drew, died a few days since of pneumonia.

June 26, 1892 page 4 col 4: Mr. John Rogers, who lived about ten miles northwest of Monticello, was shot and killed last Tuesday by a man by the name of Billingsly.
July 9, 1892 page 2 col 4: Monticello July 8 - Mat Birks (sic), a farmer living south of town, shot a man by the name of Layne, a tenant on his farm, yesterday. Birks is under arrest, and will have a preliminary trial tomorrow.
Sept. 13, 1892 page 8 col 3 Monticello Sept 12 - A deplorable tragedy occurred Thrusday near Lacy, in which a Mr. Garrison, teacher of a public school, shot and instantly killed a pupil, a youth by the name of Thurman. It seems two of the Thurman boys had been attending school, and one of them, for some misdemeaner, had been expelled by the directors, and they had returned to see the teacher with a view to have the erring brother returned to school. Upon this being refused they fell upon the teacher, who being no match for the muscular young boys, who were pounding him unmercifully with knucks, reached for his pistol and shot one of them down. Garrison immediately left for his home in Union County, but wrote to the Sheriff of his whereabouts and his willingness to return when he was wanted.
Oct. 4, 1892 page 6 col 4: Monticello - The good people of Drew county, this State, have been terrorized for some time past by the depredations of white caps. These lawless desperadoes have been taking good men from their homes at night, tying them to the nearest tree and whipping them unmercifully, going so far as to kill three men.

The Grand Jury of Drew County is now in session and up to Saturday had returned sixty indictments, a large number of them being against the white cappers, of whom there is a well organized band of forty-nine. One of them was for one A.L. Hammell, who lives fiften miles south of Monticello, who was arrested Saturday evening for murder, as one of the white caps who had took Dan Baker, colored, from the jail at Monticello and killed him.

Baker had been "white-capped" in Ashley County, and killed one of his assailants, and was lodged in the jail at Monticello for safe keeping. A desperate effort will be made by the Drew County authorities to rid the county of this lawless gang. Seven of the gang have already left the county and many more will probably make their escape since the arrest of their pal.

October 5, 1892 page 4 col 5: Monticello Oct 3 - The Grand Jury returned sixty-five true bills. Two white-cappers, Bud Goodwin and George Hammill, were placed in jail without bond, charged with complicity in the mob who killed Calvin Reed, an account of which was published in the Gazette a few months since, and also in the mob who took the negro from Sheriff Morgan and shot him to death in July. This will effectually break up the lawlessness that has prevailed in the southern portion of the county for some time: their accomplices having become alarmed at this capture, have fled the county.
October 8, 1892 page 2 col 2: Miss Jessie Hall, who won the Peabody scholarship at competitive examination, left today for Nashville. Tenn.

Miss Minnie Roddy departed on this morning's train for Humbolt, Tenn., on a protracted visit to friends and relatives.

Aug. 23, 1893 page 6 col 2: Gov. Fishback on yesterday received a telegram from Sheriff Morgan of Drew County, to the effect that J.C. Robinett, the slayer of Manager Whipple, of the Nelson Lumber Company, of Monticello had escaped and was secreted by his friends in the Saline bottoms. The Sheriff wants the Governor to offer a reward of $300 for his capture.
September 17, 1893 page 2 col 2: Sept. 17 Warren: Mrs Lummie Wells died very suddenly yesterday evening at the home of Hugh Bradley, of congestive chill. She was well known to residents of this county and and in Monticello, her home, and was highly esteemed
Nov 26, 1893 Monticello - Mrs. Betsie Cotham and Miss Chuffie Henderson returned from Parnell Springs today, much improved in health.

Mr. Charlie Edwards and Miss Mattie Lowe, were married a few days ago. "Uncle Charlie," as he is familiarly called, has passed his "three score and ten" milestone, and though this is his fourth venture on the uncertain "sea of matrimony," looks hale and hearty and as happy as of yore.

Dec. 26, 1893 Monticello, Dec. 22 - Miss Lois Knox and Mr. Charley Blakeley were married on Wednesday. They left immediately for Plantersville, the home of the groom.

Cards are out announcing the marriage of County Clerk A.L. Hardy to Miss Ida Harris on the 28th inst.

Miss Lynn Williams and Mr. Baldy Raymond Vinson will be married at the Presbyterian Church on the 27th, and leave on the eastbound train on an extended bridal tour.

Mr. Fountain Stanley, who has been quite sick for some time, is improving.

Miss Nannie, the charming daughter of our former townsman, Z.E. Kern, now a resident of Searcy, is here on a visit to relatives and friends.

Messrs. J.J. Whitaker and Frank Boyd left Tuesday for Memphis.

Dec. 24, 1893 Miss Mattie Harum (sic) of this city, was married Thursday evening at 8 o'clock to C.M. Neel, Jr., late of Pine Bluff, Ark, but now of Drew County. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's father, Dr. W.J. Harum, by Rev. E.N. Evans. Miss Mattie was quite a favorite with many of our young people, who regret very much to part with her. Mr. C.M. Neel, Jr., is one of our rising young men and is engaged in planting near Lacey in this county. He is to be congratulated upon his good luck in winning so fair and lovely a bride. The happy couple were recipients of many nice and valuable presents.
September 2, 1894 Monticello, Aug. 31 - The big revival conducted by Rev. R. C. Medaris, of Jonesboro,at the Baptist Church in this city, closed last Tuesday night with sixteen converts. These were baptized Monday at 4 o'clock by Rev. W. W. Gardner. The baptism was witnessed by perhaps 1,000 people, of every denomination in the city.

The outlook for the Orphans' Home is very flattering indeed, and it meets the hearty approval of everybody.

The candidates on the Democratic ticket spent their time last week on the stump with the "Pouting Peters", and that insignificant disciple of nobody in particular, J. J. Whitaker, who entered the race as a Democrat, was defeated, flopped over as an independent, and, finding little encouragement in that quarter, groveled at the feet of the Republican element. Next Monday the people will show this brother the magnitude of their contempt for such men. The present Democratic ticket in Drew County is the strongest in years. It represents intelligence, ability and principle - the three things most essential to impartial government.

Aside from politics, Monticello is a quiet orderly city. Improvements are to be seen on every side. Its future is settled. Nothing can prevent her steady growth. It has the finest country in the State to back it up, and its solid brick square is occupied by wide-awake progressive business men. Its educational facilities are unsurpassed, and its people are highly cultured, hospitable and ready to receive new comers with open arms.

March 3, 1895 Monticello, Mar. 2 - John Thompson and A.D. Holmes, two negroes living on Mr. T. Woods farm near Miller, became involved in a quarrel about a cross fence last Friday which resulted in the killing of the former by the latter. Holmes was brought to this city today by Deputy Sheriff John T. Huddleston and after preliminary trial was remanded to jail without bail to await the action of the Grand Jury.
March 26, 1895 Monticello, March 25 - Yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock sharp Mr. R.W. Finn, Jr. and Miss Eula Gaston were quietly married by Rev. John McLauchila at the Main Street Parsonage in this city. Both are young people of this place and everybody joins in wishing them much happiness.

Mr. J.D. Welsh, Jr., member of the Advance Printing Company, this city, will be married Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock to Miss Lilly Jackson, also of this city.

April 5, 1895 Collins, April 2 - Theadore F. Martin, formerly of Hopkinsville, Ky, now the popular hotel man at Dermott, was married this morning at 11 o'clock to the handsome and charming young widow, Mrs. Mary Parker of Monticello. The ceremony took place at the residence of Mr. T.H. Webb in presence of a few friends. They have a host of friends who wish them prosperity and happiness.
April 25, 1895 Little Rock - Mr. W.A. Campbell and bride, nee Hattie Gabbert, and party, consisting of Miss Mary and Harry Campbell and R.P. Bateman, returned from Monticello last evening and will remain in the city, the guests of Mr. Campbell's parents, at Fifteenth and Cumberland, until Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were married at the Presbyterian Church at Monticello at 8:30 yesterday, staring immediately for Little Rock. It was a beautiful morning wedding and Mr. Campbell has captured one of Southwest Arkansas' loveliest girls.
October 3, 1895 Little Rock - Maj. J.T.W. Tillar is severely ill at Eureka Springs, where he has been with his family for some time.
October 12, 1895 Little Rock - Norman Burks, a young mulatto, who engaged in the business of vending liquor in Drew County without having paid the Government license, was arraigned before Judge Williams in Federal Court yesterday. He pleaded guilty and was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to thirty days in the Drew County jail.
March 29, 1900 Wilmar, Mar. 28 - The city council met last evening in an emergency meeting and declared a rigid quarantine against all points, and especially those known to be infected with smallpox.
May 10, 1900 Wilmar May 9 - J. A. Johnson, a sawyer in the employ of the Gates Lumber Company at this place was caught in the machinery of the plant this afternoon and mangled in such a manner as to cause death a short time after. He was a young man of fine intellectual attainments, he having spent some years as a student at the University of Mississippi, and later taught some months, and then accepted a position with the Gates Lumber Company, with a view of studying mechanism. His remains were interred today by the Woodmen of the World, of which order he was an honored member.

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