Izard County Masthead
Izard County CC ~ Billie Walsh ~ bilwalsh@swbell.net
Co-CC ~ Rayedene Graves ~ rsgraves@gt.rr.com


George IzardIn the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided lumber to other parts of the state.
According to some historians, John Lafferty, a native of Ireland, traveled up the White River in 1802 to what became known as Lafferty Creek. He built a log cabin and attempted to claim 640 acres following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but his claim was denied because he had not lived on the land for ten years. In spite of this setback, Lafferty and his family established the county's first settlement at Lafferty Creek in 1810.
In 1825, the territorial government split off part of Independence County, naming the new county for Governor George Izard. Adding Osage (1827) and Cherokee (1828) lands, Izard County covered most of north-central Arkansas. In 1833, western Izard County was divided into Van Buren, Carroll, and Johnson counties. Later, sections of Izard County were split off to become Marion (1836), Fulton (1842), and parts of Baxter (1873) and Stone (1873) counties.
Izard's first county seat and post office (then called Liberty, now Norfork in Baxter County) were established at the mouth of the North Fork River at Jacob Wolf's trading post. Sheriff John Adams and Clerk John Houston (brother of Sam Houston) were the first elected officials. The county seat was moved to Athens in 1830 and to Mount Olive in 1836. Mill Creek (later renamed Melbourne) became the county seat in 1875. Courthouses there burned in 1889 and 1937. From 1938 to 1940, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from Camp Sage (near Sage) built the current courthouse. It is the only courthouse in the country partly heated by a wood-burning furnace.


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Izard historians to hear about Izard County baseball

The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the Izard County Senior Center on Highway #9 south of Brockwell, Arkansas, at 2 p.m.  The meeting is open to the public. If anyone has any baseball memorabilia from past Izard County games, players, or teams, please bring them.  A display table will be set up for viewing.
Jerry Blankenship will be the guest speaker for the program.  Jerry grew up in Melbourne in the 1950's and 1960's during the heyday of baseball in the area. His program will be about his memories of Fudge Park, the players, the promoters, and the excitement and entertainment it brought to all ages.
Jerry, retired from pharmacy, owned and operated Blankenship Pharmacy in Melbourne for 25 years and his dad, Fred Blankenship, also a pharmacist, established the business in 1950 as City Drug Store. This was back in the day when you could play catch in the street in front of the drug store and only be disturbed by an occasional car passing by slowly.
Mrs. Carolyn Atkinson, President of the society, invites everyone to attend this meeting. "Play Ball! How we love to hear those words! Everyone is certainly invited to come to this meeting to learn about some baseball games and players during the past in Izard County!"

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Melbourne, AR 72556
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