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Vol. 7, No. 3 July 2003 Yellville, Arkansas 72687
OBITURATIES AND OTHER GOSSIP
James A. Wilson died March 22, 1886. He was born in 1821 Yancy Co. North Carolina and moved to Marion County Arkansas in 1846. He leaves a widow and several children.
Marriage License were issued to R.B. Jefferson and Miss Ida Woods and JC. Wood to Miss D.E. Palmer
April 9, 1886--Judge John Baxter of Tennessee died in Hot Springs, brother of ex Governor Elisha Baxter of Batesville
M.N. Cheek and Miss Susan Thompson were married 4 April 1886 at the home of her father in Hampton Township
Marriage License were issued to W.E. Nipps and Miss Rachel Day and to M.N. Cheek and Miss Susan Thompson
April 16, 1886--Mrs Paxton, wife of The Rev. W.J. Paxton passed away at her home on April 7, 1886
April 23, 1886--Marriage License were issued to J.S. Freeman age 73 and Mrs Spicy Gowan age 55, J.R. Reed and Miss Cordelia Barkett and E.T. Record and Miss Mary Noe.
A baby boy was born on this date to Judge and Mrs. Horn
April 30 1886- Mrs Dodd, the wife of Sam Dodd died at her home in Doddville on Tuesday.
May 7, 1886-E.T. Record was joined in holy wedlock to Miss Mary Noe at the home of her father, H.J. Noe in Oakland Mr and Mrs Feliz Huddleston of buffalo became the parents of a bouncing baby this week.
May 15, 1886 --Mrs. Robert Lefevers on last Wednesday evening, while splithng kindling with a knife, accidentally stabbed herself, inflicting a serious would. Dr. Lindley was called at once and checked the flow of blood and she is now doing very well. On last Saturday Deputy Sheriff Lawson arrested Bob Tatum, against whom there has been standing for some time several indictments. He gave bond and was released. One indictment if for carrying concealed weapons and another for assualt and battery. He has just served a term in the Missouri pen, and was returning to his home near this place.
William R. Reynolds joined in matrimony to Mrs Margaret Daffron last Sunday.
May 21, 1886 - Jesse Bridges died on May 17, 1886 at the age of 47. Survivors include a widow and 5 children.
May 28, 1886 - J.M. Boyd married Miss Emma Hatchet Wednesday. Both folks are from Searcy County.
June 11, 1886 - Mrs John Soward passed away at her home on June 4, this year.
June 18, 1886 - Samuel D. Seawell wed Miss Annie Hurst on June 13, 1886 at the home of her father R. J. Hurst.
Mr. Oaf, who had been jilted by Miss Hatchet of Wileys Cove, Searcy Co. committed suicide 3 weeks ago. She married J. M. Boyd on May 26 of this year.
Marriage License were issued to J.E. Cruse and Miss Avarilla Cain, S.D. Seawell and Miss Annie Hurst and George Young and Miss Mary E. Taff.
July 2, 1886 - John Yocomb eloped with the wife of his brother, Mike Yocomb last week. He remarked "I have now the woman I have wanted for twenty years." Mike's wife said the same thing substituting "Man" for 'Woman". They rode off for Missouri. They left five children each.
On June 25 it was reported that a man named Hawkins who lived in Franklin Twsp was killed in Taney Co. MO. On July 2, 1886 it was discovered that Mr. Hawkins was killed in Marion Co. AR. Arrested was Allen Henderson and Isaac Wheeler as accessory. He was murdered on May 25, 1886
July 16, 1886 - Mr. Johnson died at his home on Lee's Mountain on July 15, this year.
Marriage License issued to R.M. Crowder and Mrs. Sarah Pearson, W.W. Osborn and Miss Lucinda Lantz and T.L. Umphery and Miss Louise McGinnis
The warning order placed in the Mountain Echo on June 18, 1886 listing the Heirs of Jesse Mooney deceased. George C. Mooney, Greenwood Mooney, Martha E. Williams and John Williams, her husband, Mary I. Farmer and Robert F. Farmer, her husband, Jesse Mooney, Laura B. Mooney, Emma F. Mooney, Eugene W. Mooney, Milton L Mooney, Lorena 0. Mooney, Alma J. Mooney, Unknown Heirs of John Mooney deceased, (Rosella Mooney, Alberta Mooney, Maud Mooney, Heirs of Calhoon Mooney deceased)
July 23, 1886 - Readers will remember that on July 2 of this year that this newspaper reported on the elopment of John Yocham and the wife of Mike Yocham. Well, the latest update is that the couple has returned asking forgiveness.
We haven't learned any news from John's wife but Mike refuses to reinstate his wife.
July 30, 1886 - Marriage license were issued to William Letterman and Miss Lucretia Bagley, Joseph Cole and Miss Susan Stall and J.A. Ott and Miss G.A. Kaler.
Married on this day were Joseph Cole and Miss Susan Still, both of Searcy County.
August 13, 1886- Marriage License were issued to John D. Martin and Miss Eula Owens, S.A. Morgan and Mrs Sara H. Jane Bundy, J.W. Hyman and Miss Mary E. Watson, William Evans and Miss Nancy Smith and J.R. Burlisonand Miss Harnett Mode.
The Rev. George Wade, age 30, died Aug 5, 1886 at Desote Springs, Marion County. He leaves a wife and several children.
Lemmie Brookshire, age about 11, son of Mr. W.R. Brookshire died on August 8 of this year.
FROM THE EDITOR
After much searching the editorial staff decided this would be a great time to reprint some of the notable gossip and other rambling from the old copies of the Mountain Echo. The originals are available on microfilm but takes a long time to fret out the information. We hope in the coming issues that we can bring you just a sample of the old news.
THE HAMILTON MURDER
October 22, 1886 -- James N. Hamilton, who was assassinated on Monday morning at his home, in North Fork township, this county, was one of our best citizens, a quiet law abiding man. The news of his death at the hand of an assassin was received here on Wednesday morning with sorrow, as the deceased had many warm friends in Yellville.
He said: " Sunday evening after Nora and Jim left home, me and Jim Stewart went down in the field to water the oxen, and he says, Jimmie, let's kill Hamilton." I says, Jim, I ain't got anything against Hamilton." And then he says, "If you will kill Hamilton I will give you one hundred dollars inside of a year. "I says, Stewart, what have you got against Hamilton?' He says, "Me and Hamilton had a few short words about the pig pen the other day." I says, "Is that all you have got against Hamilton?" He says, "I think if I had Hamilton out of the way, I could get his wife." He says,, Jimmie let's go up to Willaby's tonight." He says "You stay there all night and I will go back some time during the night." He says, "Suspicion will rest on me, me staying there at "Jim Hamilton's, and you will not be suspicioned. He then went on to describe the execution of the horrible deed.
"It was before day at old man Willaby's. I cannot say exactly what time it was. I got up and went on up there to Jim's and I went in at the back room. I went on through the house and I got the pistol and went back to the bed and shot Hamilton. I went then on out through the back room and throwed, or rather stooped and laid the pistol down, out at the corner of the cook room. I went from there back to Willaby'. After I got there I went in the house and stayed about five minutes; they went out doors and I wet my handkerchief and I washed my face and went back to the house; then I reckon I stayed in the house five or six minutes, and I went out again." Here the prisoner broke down and there was a pause in the proceedings. After recovering he was asked what Hamilton said when he shot him, and he replied, "He said, 'Oh, Lord!" He was asked if he run when he got out of the house after the shooting. He said: "Run? My God ! I could not run- I walked." Here the justice dosed the examination of the evidence in the Mullican case and stated that he would bind him over to await the action of the circuit court. He then ordered the arrest of James Stewart.
Tuesday at 8 o'dock the examination of James Stewart, charged as accessory to the murder of James Hamilton commenced. Several witnesses were examined on behalf of the State, but their testimony failed to implicate Stewart in the least. In fact, every circumstance went to show that he knew nothing about it and was entirely innocent. Finally Mr. B.F. Fee, attorney for the State, desired to introduce Mullican, alias Page, and he refused to testify. Mr. J.C. Floyd, who appeared for the defendant, insisted that Mullican be compelled to testify; said the defendant had a right to confront Mullican in his former statement. Esquire Due then told Mullican that he would imprison him for contempt if he refused to testify. Mullican, who seems to have a peculiar horror for the jail and the rope, then took the stand and retracted so much of his former statement as implicated Stewart. He said that Stewart knew nothing about the murder, that he was innocent, and that he himself had done the deed, and that no one else knew anything about it. He said that the real cause of the murder was the great attachment he had for Hamilton's wife - that he had thought that he would have died rather than to have made known that fact - but that he loved Hamilton's wife, and that he conceived the idea that he would kill him and get him out of the way. ; that this was the sole cause of the murder. After admitting that he had sworn falsely against Stewart, he asked Stewart to forgive him and said the reason he did it he thought both might get out of it. Esquire Due then discharged Stewart, Right here we will state that Stewart is completely exonerated in the minds of the people. No one believes he knew anything about it or had any part in the murder. The public generally seems satisfied that Mullican alone conceived, planned and executed the cowardly assassination; and also, that he did it on account of his wild infatuation for Nora Hamilton, wife of the deceased.
Andrew J. Mullican, the assassin, is about 5 feet, 8 inches high, has light hair and tight mustache, light complexion, and is of stout build and well muscled, and is about 22 years of age. He is illiterate and has a peculiar brogue in his speech occasioned by the omission of syllables and words. He says he broke jail at Clinton, this Sate, a year ago, and adopted the name of Page to avoid detection. He claims that his mother lives on the Boston Mountains.
Deputy Sheriff Lawson started to Harrison Wednesday evening with A.J. Mullican who will play checkers with his nose behind the iron bars of Boone county's new jail until February. Jerry Hamilton went with the deputy.
November 19, 1886 - Andrew Jackson Mullican, Alias Pages was taken from the Boone County Jail by an angry mob and hung by the neck. True Justice.
Seeking information -Thomas Sherman Motley (Tom Motley_ was convicted of manslaughter September 6, 1912 In Marion County. I have a copy of his Arkansas prison record. Per the record he and his stepbrother Charley Van Brunt, were both Involved in the incident, which took place on December 23, 1911. Tom Motley was 23 years old at the time; his other was listed as Ida Van Brunt. Would like any Information that can be provided. Sandra Van Buren P.O. Box 747 Green Valley AZ 85622
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