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ITEMS OF LOCAL INTEREST
April 1886 Issues
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by Gladys Horn Brown
April 2, 1886 Issue
A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY - A MAN BY THE NAME OF GRAVES IN A FIT OF INSANITY MURDERS HIS TWO CHILDREN. Baxter County Citizen
Thirty-four buildings, comprising nearly the entire business portion of the city of Helena, were burned on the morning of the 21st ult. the loss is estimated at $325,000, covered by about $225,000 insurance.
Miss Abigail Bates died at Scituate, Mass., a few days since, aged 89 years. She was one of the two heroines who during the war of 1812, drove the British forces from that harbor by concealing themselves in the bushes and playing vigorously upon the fife and drum, thereby leading the enemy to believe that a large force was ready to receive them.
Harrison Banner, 26th ult. Died. -- Of apoplexy, on the night of the 22nd inst., after an illness of but a few hours, James A. Wilson, of this town. He was born in Yancy county, North Carolina, in 1821; removed to Marion county, Ark., in 1846, and was once a Representative of that county in the Legislature. For many years up to the time of his death he had been a prominent member of the bar and had an extensive acquaintance and practice in North Arkansas. He leaves a widow and several children.
Mrs. O. H. Tucker will begin her instructions in instrumental music next Monday, April 5th, for a term of three months.
Only two marriage license issued since our last report, as follows:
Mr. W. L. Massey, of Hampton Creek township, was a caller at this office on Monday. He has lately been engaged in teaching school in Searcy county.
We acknowledge a pleasant call yesterday from Mr. T. G. Stokes, one of Marion's solid farmers. He says the wheat crop looks finer than he ever saw it in this country at this season. The stand is good.
Rev. Sam Jones is credited with saying that the most beautiful sight in the world is to see a family around a cheerful fire with the head of the family reading his local newspaper, which he has paid for in advance.
On last Saturday Mr. K. J. Hudson received a letter from his father, Mr. H. W. Hudson, Sr.; who is with the Carthage and Batesville railroad engineers. At the time he wrote they were at Round Bottom. They expected to get to St. James, Stone county, this week.
Mr. R. P. Carson, living six miles south of town, while hauling wood on Tuesday, met with a very painful accident. While going down a hill the load of wood slid down on the horses, causing them to run. Mr. Carson was thrown from the wagon and run over by the wheels, breaking his arm near the shoulder. Dr. Lindley is attending him, and says Mr. C. is getting along finely.
At a recent meeting of the Bachelor's Club, a member, noted for his gallantry, and who never allows the town branch to interfere with his engagements, arose in his usual dignified manner and addressed the Club on a most important subject. The Echo man being present took down the speech in short hand. The following is the able address:
Senator Jones, of Florida, is paired upon all political questions with Senator Bowen, of Colorada;(sic) but his effort to pair with that Detroit belle is a dismal failure. But "faint heart," etc., and there's plenty of time, Jonesy -- Arkansas Gazette
April 9, 1886 Issue (Top)
GREASY CREEK ITEMS
Married -- Mr. M. N. Cheek to Miss Susan Thompson, at the residence of the bride's father, in Hampton township, on Sunday, April 4th, 1886, by John Quincy Adams, J. P. ... Rambler
A Mrs. Wheeler, of Madison county, lately gave birth to triplets -- all girls. How is that for a Wheeler?
Judge John Baxter of Tennessee, who died recently in Hot Springs, was a brother of ex-Gov. Elisha Baxter, of Batesville.
R. P. Pulliam, postmaster at Eureka Springs, was discovered short $600 in his accounts. He afterwards made the sum good, but was suspended and the office placed in the hands of William A. Broad, representing the sureties.
Last week a tornado swept the town of Helena, unroofing the courthouse, tearing the coal barges and flat-boats from their moorings along the river and sending them adrift, and doing other serious damage to the property of the citizens of the place.
The Graphic says the census of the city of Van Buren was taken last week, and shows a very flattering increase over the population in 1880. At that time it was only 1370, and the present census shows 2150 people, of which 1477 are white and 673 are colored.
An exchange says Fordyce has a colored man who has been turning white since 1847. His name is Lemanual Hawley, and he is 63 years old. His face and neck are spotted and his body is almost entirely white. He says when he was brought to Arkansas from South Carolina, in 1844, he was as black as the ace of spades.
Mr. John Wood, enrolled with The Echo this week for a year.
Dr. J. M. Coker was a caller at this office Tuesday and left a dollar in The Echo treasury.
Judge Wm. Horn left a small portion of his salary with us this week to pay for The Echo.
The name of the Post Office at Noe's ferry, this county, has been changed from Noe's to Oakland.
The Echo office is indebted to Mrs. J. H. Berry for the first bunch of flowers of the season. Many thanks.
Mr. E. R. LeMarshal of St. Louis, who is visiting the family of Dr. H. S. Dodd, at Doddsville, was in town Wednesday.
Capt. O. E. Hindes, of Lead Hill, who is largely interested in the zinc mines of this county, was in town Wednesday.
Assessor Cravens and J. C. Berry left here last Saturday for McBee's to meet the steamer Home. They went on her to Lead Hill.
Maj. Alf H. Joblin, representing the well-known firm of Hill, Fontaine & Co. of St. Louis and Memphis, was in town this week.
Miss Flora Montgomery, of Huntsville, Madison county, is taking music lessons under the instruction of Mrs. O. H. Tucker, of this place.
Mr. De Roos Bailey will leave Sunday for Marshal, Searcy county, to attend to some business in the probate court, which meets there on Monday.
The following marriage license have been issued since our last report:
Mr. A. B. Davis, of Clear Creek, called on us Monday and subscribed for The Echo for himself and a friend. That's the way to encourage your home paper.
(The above warning order is duplicated.)
April 16, 1886 Issue (Top)
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Senator Jones, of Florida, says his absence from Washington is not so much due to love of womanhood as is disgust with the administration of President Cleveland. But our reform President still moves in his victorious march the same as if Florida's Senatorial fool were in the rank of the Republican obstruction-ists -- Padukah (Ky.) Standard.
The public school will close at this place next Friday.
Mr. J. C. Berry returned home Tuesday, after a delightful trip on White river.
The matrimonial market is dull. No marriage license issued since our last report.
Rev. J. C. Barker, late of Harrison, has moved to Yellville. He is the pastor in charge of the M. E. Church at this place.
Capt. B. H. Trimble, the irrepressible, clever tobacco manu-facturer of Bellefonte, Boone county, was in town this week. He knows exactly how to handle the weed, and has a good trade here.
A young blacksmith in town, Jo Estes wears a smile on the back of his head.
Mrs. Paxton, wife of Rev. W. J. Paxton, died the night of the 7th inst. of catarrhal fever. She leaves a large family and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
April 23, 1886 Issue (Top)
Tuesday night the sheriff made a raid and arrested and lodged in jail John W. Terry, charged with selling whisky without license. He was armed and equipped with five bottles of whisky on his person. -- Boone Banner.
J. W. Jones, formerly of Newport, but recently Commissioner of Indian schools of Idaho, is in trouble. He is under arrest, and will be brought back to Newport to answer to a charge of embezzlement of the funds of the Knights of the Golden Rule of that place. He was formerly editor of the Newport News, and was a member of the last Legislature from Jackson county. He was a member of the church, and often lead in public prayer. There is considerable indignation against Jones in Newport, several widows having failed to receive the little endowments through his crookedness.
Mr. A. J. Noe, "Uncle Jack," as he is familiarly called, is one of the most accommodating postmasters in the State.
Dr. J. S. Lindley left on Tuesday for Izard county, to visit his father, who is reported quite sick. The Echo hopes for his father a speedy recovery and an early return of the genial doctor.
Three marriage licenses were issued this week, as follows:
Mr. E. T. Record, of Oakland, was in town yesterday, and paid his respects to The Echo office. He is one of our most substantial farmers and stock raisers. We can only account for the smiles that wreathed his handsome face by referring to the list of marriage licenses.
Mr. H. C. King, of the firm of King Bros., insurance agents, of Harrison, Ark., and Mr. J. G. Stauffer, of Dallas, Texas, were in town Tuesday and Wednesday last, adjusting the insurance on Mr. W. Q. Seawell's residence, which was burned a few weeks ago. The matter was adjusted to the entire satisfaction of both Mr. Seawel and Mr. Stauffer, the adjuster.
Capt. J. Dobbs, one of Marion's oldest and most respected citizens, was in town last Saturday and paid this office a pleasant call, in company with Dr. R. J. Pierce. Capt. Dobbs has recently returned from Texas, whither he went, last fall, accompanied by his wife and son, S. N. Dobbs, to visit his children who live in that State. The round trip was made by wagon, and the Captain's health was much improved by the journey. He speaks very highly of the Lone Star State, but likes Arkansas a little better.
Hip, hip, hurrah! Let the Bachelors' Club rejoice and be exceeding glad. Ring the bell, that sweet-toned hash-hammer, and pass Bro. ______ the bread! Open wide your ears and let up on the "hash" for a minute, and read this from the Madison County Democrat:
Well, what has happened that makes Judge Horn wear such a broad smile? Why, it is another boy, and it weighed 9 - 3/4 pounds.
April 30, 1886 Issue (Top)
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Young have gone to house keeping.
Mrs. J. N. Griffin, of Oakland, is visiting relatives in town this week.
Mr. A. S. Wood has gone to Fort Smith to serve on the U. S. grand jury. He left on last Monday.
Assessor Cravens is busy at work this week on his tax books. He is assisted by Mr. J. I. Thompson.
K. E. Cantrell, of Sylva, called to see us last Saturday. He reports a boom at the Rush Creek mines.
Evangelist Dortch departed on last Monday to Willow Springs, Mo., to hold a series of meetings.
No marriages to record this week. The matrimonial market, as well as everything else, is dull, dull, dull.
Mrs. Dodd, wife of Mr. Sam Dodd, of the vicinity of Doddsville, died on last Tuesday night of consumption.
Tomorrow is the first day of May. The mere suggestion of a May-pole dance would probably sound harsh just now.
Hon. T. H. Flippin was in town Saturday, attending the meeting of the Democratic Central Executive Committee.
The contract for carrying the mail between this place and Kirbyville, Mo., has been sub-let to John Aiken, of Lead Hill.
Messrs. K. J. and Henry Hudson have both been quite sick this week. As we go to press we learn they are improving.
Miss Mary Berry returned from DeQuoin, Illa., on last Saturday, where she has been visiting relatives for some months past.
Mr. W. T. Rush, of Mississippi, was at the City Hotel several days this week. He is leisurely traveling toward the Lone Star State.
Mr. Wm. Fielding, of the Boone Banner, published at Harrison, was in town several days this week. He honored The Echo with a call.
What has become of our Flippin correspondent and "Slim Jim" of George's Creek? Somebody shake a bush in their respective localities and scare them out.
Wid Bridges, the boy charged with robbing the mail between Oakland and Isabella, Mo., has been taken to Fort Smith for trial. Jo Pace, Dr. Small, the postmaster at Oakland, and Mr. Fears have been summoned to appear as witnesses in the case at Fort Smith at once.
Hon. J. C. Colquitt, of Magnolia, Columbia county, was in town this week for the purpose of sub-letting the contracts for carrying the mail from Yellville to Tony, Ark., and Yellville to Kirbyville, Mo. Mr. Colquitt was a member of the last General Assembly from Columbia county.
THE PROTRACTED MEETING
Mr. Editor: I thought I would send you a few items of news from our vicinity, as we are not represented in your "splashing" little paper. Health very good. Enterprising farmers are preparing their ground and planting corn this week. Wheat crops look flattering in the part of the country. Corn buyers are plentiful in this vicinity, but not much corn to sell. Our blacksmith, Jo Saser, is ready at anytime to do your work. Shelby Lay, the miller, will grind corn every Friday and Saturday, and he makes a good turnout of wheat.
J. C. Cooper, by an accident, had most of his fence destroyed by fire the other day. ... W. L. M.