Marion Co TOC

What's New?
Census Records
Courthouse Info
Marion Co email list
Family Genealogies
Marion Geo Society
Geo Soc's Newsletters
History of Marion Co
Marion Co Timeline
Mt Meadow Massacre
Myths, Legends & Stories
Photo Gallery
Planning a Trip to Yellville
Post Office History
Resources for Marion Co
Transcribed Records
Helpful Links
Contact -

Graphics by Rhio


Mt. Echo Newspaper
June 1886 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

Dividing Line

June 4, 1886 Issue

Our latest papers stated that the President and Miss Frankie Folsom were to be married at the White House, Washington, D. C., on last Wednesday. We suppose the report is reliable, but we have no inclination to misrepresent the President in so delicate a matter, and therefore we will not state it as a fact that he is really married. Invitations to the wedding were limited to near relatives of the bride and members of the Cabinet and their wives.

Hon(?) ANDERSON APPERSON, colored, late a Republican Represent-ative in the Legislature from Jefferson county, has been sentenced to the penitentiary for one year. Two years ago he killed a Negro named Thomas Cotton.

Ex-President Arthur is said to be slowly sinking, and his death is only a question of a short time. The New York Times in speaking of the condition of the ex-President's health says, "His friends have hopes of carrying him through the summer, but the most sanguine of them hardly hope for more that this."

ROLL OF HONOR (Jas. A. Young's school)
The following named pupils are entitled to a place on the roll of honor for the week ending May 28th:
Flora Layton - Lucian Weast
Nellie Wilson - Virgil Weast
Rena Wilson - Walter Sewell
D. G. Wilson - Birdie McVey
Mary Covington - Mary Abee
Hattie Covington - Lula Thompson
James A. Young, Teacher


No marriages to record this week.

Mr. John Q. Wolf, of Mountain Home, is in town.

Hoop Skirts on the 25 cents counter at Seawel's.

Many thanks to Robt. Berry for a dish of delicious ice cream.

Mr. J. M. Herd and wife, of Isabella, Mo., were in town on Tuesday.

Weast & Co. suspended work at their distillery on last Monday.

Mr. "Bud" Wood returned on last Friday from Ft. Smith, where he had been serving as U. S. juror.

Mr. J. M. Herd and wife, of Isabella, Mo., were in town on Tuesday.

Our correspondents are not furnishing us any news now. Why is this thus, friends?

Rev. J. C. Barker occupied the pulpit of the M. E. Church, South, on Sunday morning and evening last. He will have a regular appointment here every second Sunday.

Sheriff Keeter, Deputy Lawson, J. C. Berry and Abe McVey returned on Tuesday from Little Rock whither they escorted Mrs. Bradbury, who was placed in the insane asylum.

Col. Albert Cravens was in town Wednesday and Thursday. He says the steamer Allen came up the river last week as far as Calico Rock. Some of our merchants had goods on her.

On Tuesday evening Charlie Wilson killed a weasel in Mr. Henry Young's yard. It had for some time been preying on the chickens in the neighborhood. It was the first weasel we ever saw.

DeRoos Bailey, Esq., went to Harrison again last Friday, and returned the first of this week. There must be a powerful magnet up there that draws the gentleman in that direction so often.

J. H. Thompson, Jr., is an expert whittler, as well as a first class mechanic. His latest work is a perfect little toy pistol, which is as perfect in every particular as a real Smith and Wesson, except that it is made of wood. A chain is attached to the butt of the pistol, and is a side piece of whittling.

We received a letter from Clear Creek this week, but as it was written with a pencil and was so dim it was impossible to read it. We have made a guess at its contents and find that the only item of news is about as follows: On Saturday night last Mrs. Taff, of Stringtown, was disturbed by an attack made upon her house by a half dozen men, who fired pistols and threw rocks over her house.

The boarders at the We(a)st End House are all paired except Clerk Dodd, and he has his eyes wide open and will probably find a partner before the "leaves begin to turn." There are two lawyers, two doctors and two printers who assemble at that festal board "three times a day." The Clerk holds his own very well without a partner, and the landlord is satisfied that the table is not slighted in the least.

       Whereas, God in His infinite wisdom has seen proper to remove from our midst our friend and brother, Jesse Bridges, be it therefore
       Resolved, 1. That we, as members of the Young Peoples' Christian Association of Yellville, extend to the grief stricken family of our deceased brother our deepest sympathies in the great bereavement and that we commend them to the mercy of God, who alone can comfort them in this sad affliction.
       2. That while we are grieved at this untimely death of one of our members, and while we prayerfully sympathize with the sorrowing ones who mourn in him the loss of a father and husband; yet it is consoling to remember that at the first meeting of the Society -- and the only one which it was his privilege to attend -- he gave public testimony that he had found Jesus in the forgiveness of his sins; that he was at peace with God, and that he rejoiced in the hope of a bright immortality beyond the grave.
       3. That a copy of this resolution be furnished The Mountain Echo with request to publish, and also that a copy be given to the family of the deceased, and that the same be spread upon the record.
Respectfully submitted.
James Young,
J. C. Floyd,
Committee. Yellville, Ark., May 28, 1886.

The following verses in remembrance of Mr. Bridges, were written and handed in by Mr. Thomas Railsback with the request to publish.
       Death has been here and borne away
       A brother from our side;
       Just in the morning of his day,
       As young as we he died.
       Not long ago he filled his place
       And sat with us to learn;
       But he has run his mortal race
       And never can return.
       Perhaps our time may be as short,
       Our days may fly as fast;
       O Lord impress the solemn thought
       That this may be our last.
       We cannot tell who next will fall
       Beneath thy chastening rod;
       One must be first, -- but to us all
       Prepare to meet our God.

June 11, 1886 Issue (Top)

PRESIDENT CLEVELAND and Miss Francis Folsom were married at the White House on Wednesday, June 2. Invitations were limited to members of the cabinet and their wives, and near relatives of the high contracting parties. Attorney-General Garland did not attend the wedding.


John Kelly, the great Tammany chieftain, died on the 1st inst. He had been ill for several months.

Mrs. Poindexter Dunn, wife of Congressman Dunn, is reported as being seriously ill at Washington.


Mr. K. J. Hudson had a good horse to die on last Sunday with the botts.

Mr. A. S. Layton has sold the City Hotel property to Dr. W. C. Wilson.

Mrs. J. H. Thompson, Jr. is visiting relatives and friends in the country this week.

Mr. John Cheek, of Clear Creek, will accept our thanks for his kind remembrance.

Rev. J. C. Barker will preach at the M. E. Church, South, on Sunday morning and evening.

Mrs. Ellen S. Layton will leave today for Baxter county, to visit her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Hart.

Mr. W. B. Flippin, Jr., gave us a call yesterday. He was on his way to Newton county on business.

Commodore Cravens, of White River, was in town again this week relating some choice fish stories.

Mr. H. W. Hudson, Sr., started for West Plains on Tuesday after a load of goods for Mr. W. Q. Seawel.

Rev. Wm. Mathis, of the Yellville circuit, preached at the M. E. Church, South, on last Monday evening.

The rain Wednesday we understand was not general. Several portions of the county are suffering for rain.

Misses Edna Layton and Flora Montgomery went to Lead Hill on Wednesday. They returned home yesterday.

Messrs. E. L. Berry and Sam Seawel went to Harrison Saturday and returned Wednesday. They doubtless had a pleasant trip.

Mrs. John Soward died on Friday last, June 4th, at her home three miles north of town, after a lingering illness. She leaves a husband and three small children.

Mrs. Sarah Weast started yesterday for Walnut Ridge to visit her mother, who is quite sick. She will probably visit her sister at Mammoth Springs before she returns.

Mr. Jas. H. Wilson, who has for some time past been in the employ of Layton & Cowdrey as salesman, has associated himself in the general mercantile business with Mr. G. W. McDowell. The new firm will be known, we suppose, as McDowell & Wilson.

The matrimonial market is indeed a drug(sic). Not a single marriage license issued in this county the past three weeks. The clerk should offer a premium to go with each marriage license issued during this dull season. "My wife's Kinfolks, or The Ups and Downs of Man who Married a Whole Neighborhood" would be an appropriate premium.

ROLL OF HONOR (Jas. A. Young's school)
The following named pupils are entitled to a place on the roll of honor for the week ending Friday, June 4th:
Lucian Weast - Virgie Layton
Birdie McVey - Ella Hudson
Walter Layton - Rena Wilson
B.G. Wilson - Hattie Covington
Nellie Wilson - Ethel Harris
Mary Abee
James A. Young, Teacher


The mouth of the Mississippi is said to be again filling up.

A woman loses one-tenth of her life looking for her thimble.

The military music at West Point costs the country $10,000 a year.


Judge W. B. Flippin, "Capt" A. G. Cravens, and neighbors Jenkins and Barb armed themselves with a double-barreled shotgun and accessory fishing tackle and sallied down to the river last week to string up the finny tribe and have a little recreation and tell their best yarns, and have a good time generally. Jenkins said that they caught 500 pounds of fish, and that Barb looked like a French fish market when he started for home on foot in the morning with 300 pounds of fish strung across his "wethers" and eight bed quilts under his arms. But your correspondent is inclined to doubt his veracity, as I perchance met the judge on his return home with only one little hog sucker tied at the end of three yards of string.

Our assiduous singing master, James Flippin, is the happiest man in the township. The newborn babe is a girl; usual weight.

John Birch's wife presented him with a 10-pound boy last week.

Since my last, Charley Lewallen gently passed from this earth to that better world above where sorrow never comes. Charley was a consistent Christian and an affectionate husband. He leaves a wife and four little children and a host of relatives and friends to mourn over his death. In times like this, when a family is bowed down with grief at such a loss, words of sympathy cannot alleviate the pain of suffering hearts. But the vicinity can not refrain from tendering the bereaved friends and relatives such heartfelt condolence as we can give, and may the divine Master be with them in their sad bereavement, and when they, too, follow after may they form a united family in the Christian's eternal home. ... W.B.F., Jr. (W B Flippin Jr)

BEARDEN TOWNSHIP (one person mentioned)

..... Mr. Wm. Ott has the best wheat I ever saw in this country, or at least I think so. ... June 9, 1886 - Jim Pills

June 18, 1886 Issue (Top)

       "Old Fogy," a regular contribu- ... of the Louisville Courier Journal, furnishes the following interesting facts concerning two of the pioneers of Arkansas -- Ambrose H. Sevier and Archibald Yell:
       Ambrose H. Sevier, of Arkansas, was a native of Tennessee. He emigrated to the Territory of Arkansas in 1827, nine years before it was admitted into the Union as a State. He was elected a Delegate to Congress, and, as such, was continued in that body for eight consecutive years. One of the first Congressional speeches I ever read was made by him. The substance of it is still fresh in my mind. In order to a perfect understanding of what I am going to say in this connection I will state that he married a daughter of the Hon. Benjamin Johnson (brother of Col. Richard M. Johnson), who was Judge of the United States District Court of Arkansas. A lot of fellows, actuated by malice and meanness, petitioned Congress to impeach him. Sevier took on the petitioners, one by one, and dissected their characters. No surgeon ever performed his work more skillfully. The result was that nothing more was heard of the case.
       In 1837 A. H. Sevier and William S. Fulton - another native Tennessean - were elected the first Senators from the State of Arkansas. By the by, Fulton pronounced his State Ar-kan-sas, and Sevier Arkan saw. Daniel Webster invariably addressed the former as "the gentleman from Ar-kan sas," and the latter as "the gentleman from Ar-kan-saw." I believe the Legislature of that State, a few years ago, determined that the name hereafter shall be Ar-kan-saw." Col. Sevier served continuously in the Senate until the 15th of March, 1848, when he resigned, and was appointed by President Polk, together with the late Nathan Clifford, of the Supreme Court of the United States, Commissioner of Mexico, with the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary, to negotiate a treaty of peace with that country. When the arrived in Mexico they found that Nicholas Trist had already made the treaty, which treaty was ratified by the Senate of the United States. Col. Sevier lived but a few months after his return to Arkansas. He died there in December, 1848, aged forty-six years.
       I knew Col. Sevier intimately for four years. He was not only a gentleman of much ability, but an outspoken, honest man. Though a sterling Democrat, he was always polite and courteous to his political opponents. I do not believe that there was a member of the Senate who had not a profound respect for him. He always expressed his sentiments boldly, but with due deference to the opinions of others. His death was lamented by hosts of friends far beyond the limits of the State he so much loved.
       Col. Archibald Yell, of Arkansas, I knew from my boyhood. He was born in Bedford county, Tennessee, received and academic education, studied law, and practiced at Shelbyville, the county seat. He was a gentleman of popular manners, and took to the people like a young duck takes to a pond. In 1825 he was elected to the Tennessee Legislature by an overwhelming majority. He was an enthusiastic admirer of Gen. Jackson. Early in the first Presidential term of the old hero, he appointed Col. Yell United States Judge for the District of Arkansas. In 1835 he resigned this office and became a candidate for Congress. He had a competitor at the beginning of the canvass, but soon seared him off the track. Here hangs a tale, and I must tell it. The two were riding together on a certain day, and came across some men who were shooting for beef. Col. Yell asked them if they would allow him to take part in what he called their "game." On receiving their assent he alighted, made several shots, and won several quarters of beef. He then inquired: "Who are the poorest families in the neighborhood?" On being informed, he sent them all the beef he had won, with his compliments. Mounting their horses they soon arrived at a camp meeting on the wayside. There they tarried several hours. When the competitor thought it was about time to be moving on, he searched all over the camp grounds for Col. Yell, but could not find him. At length he went up near the altar, and there stood Col. Yell, singing at the top of his voice "How firm a foundation, ye saints Lord." The reader can imagine his surprise. When he succeeded in getting Col. Yell out from among the brethren, he took him to the side and said: "I'm off." "Off where?" asked Col. Yell. "Off the track," responded he. "I see it is perfectly useless to run against a man who, on the same day, can shoot for beef with the ungodly and sing pious songs over the mooners at a camp meeting." Col. Yell was elected, and re-elected in 1837, serving till the 4th of March, 1839. In 1840 he was elected Gov. of the State for four years. In 1845 he was again returned to Congress, but resigned in 1846 to serve in the Mexican war. He was mustered into the service as Colonel of the First Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry, and was killed on a gallant charge upon the enemy at the Battle of Buena Vista, February 23, 1847.


The Echo would be obliged if its friends, in town and out in the country, would report all items of news that may come under their observation.

We learn from Col. Wilson that the canvass for prosecuting attorney will open at Eureka Springs on the 28th of the present month. The candidates will be here July 5th.

The following persons have been granted licenses to wed since our last issue:
J. E. Cruse to Miss Avarilla Cain
S. D Seawel to Miss Annie Hurst
George Young to Miss Mary K. Taff.

Some time ago we made mention of an 80-pound cat-fish which was killed in Buffalo river. We stated that K. F. Cantrell killed the fish, but we have learned since that Rev. Henry Sasser and his son Andrew are entitled to a fair share of the honor of landing the Buffalo Whale.

The mail service between this place and Kirbyville, Mo., has been increased from three to six mails a week. This gives us a daily mail (Sunday excepted) to Lead Hill, and makes this the shortest and quickest mail route from here to Springfield, Mo. Thanks to Uncle Sam.

Hon. R. E. Weaver, of Boone county, will address the people on the political issues of the day at the court house tomorrow. We supposed the speaking will take place in the forenoon, and that the county convention will be held in the afternoon. Let all who can turn out and hear Mr. Weaver.

Mr. Samuel D. Seawel and Miss Annie Hurst were united in marriage on Sunday night the 13th inst. at the residence of the brides father, Mr. R. J. Hurst, three miles east of Yellville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Alex. Mathes. The Echo wishes them a long and prosperous life of unalloyed happiness, and so forth.

The Democrats of Baxter county held a mass meeting on last Saturday and instructed their delegates to vote for the following for State offices: For Governor, S. P. Hughes; Secretary of State, E. B. Moore; Auditor, M. M. McGuire first choice, Wm. R. Miller second; Treasurer, W. E. Woodruff, Superintendent Public Instruction, T. L. Cox first choice, I. A. Clarke second, Associate Justice, B. B. Battle. C. T. Hull, and A. G. Byler were selected delegates to the State convention.

It is reported here that Mr. Oaf, the young man who was jilted by Miss Hatchett, of Wiley's Cove, Searcy county, about three weeks ago, committed suicide the other day by taking chloroform. It will be remembered by our readers that Miss Hatchett and J. M. Boyd were married at this place on the 26th of last month. The editor of this noble sheet would not now be here to chronicle this sad fact if he had adopted such a plan of getting even with girls whenever they chose to "kick" him.

Col. Frank Wilson arrived in town Tuesday from Marshall, and remained until Wednesday afternoon. Col. Wilson stands flat-footed on the record he has made during the short period he has held the office of prosecuting attorney, and now asks an endorse-ment. He is a terror to violators of the law, and law-abiding citizens all over the circuit should, and will, give him a rousing big vote, thereby showing their appreciation of law and order and efficient officials. That Marion will give him a large majority goes without saying.

The concert to be given by Mrs. Tucker's music class on next Thursday night, June 24th, will be, judging from the programme, a most interesting and pleasing entertainment and those who fail to attend will certainly deprive themselves of a rare musical treat. The entertainment will consist of vocal and instrumental music, tableaux, a pantomime, and a cantata, and we feel safe in saying that the entire programme will be well rendered. The price of admission, for adults, is only 25 cents, and for children 15 cents. The proceeds of the concert will be appropriated to a most worthy cause -- that of purchasing an organ for the Sunday school at this place. The concert will be given at the public school house. The young ladies should be greeted by a full house.

Page 2, column 2, a political announcement of Hon. S. W. Peel for re-election to Congress from this (the fifth) district.)

June 25, 1886 Issue (Top)

Hon. Luke E. Barber, for over forty years clerk of the Arkansas Supreme Court, died at Little Rock on Sunday morning, June 13th. He was appointed clerk of the Supreme Court during Gov. Archibald Yell's administration; and held the office continuously, except, during the war, to the time of his death. He was a distinguished Mason. He was in his 80th year at the time of his death.

The Democratic County Central Committee, at its meeting April 24, appointed the following committees in the several townships to hold the primary election August 7th, to wit:
White River - J. A. Flippin, W. H. Barnett and T. H. Poynter.
James' Creek - Robert King, Wm. Parker and J. H. Pangle.
North Fork - J. N. Girffin, J. C. Rea and E. T. Record.
Franklin - James Jones, Austin Brown and J. M. Ball.
Blythe - J. P. Brady, W. L. Pierce and Jonathan Dobbs.
Hampton - Wm. McEntire, John Angel and J. Q. Adams.
Prairie - James Rose, P. R. Davis and James Pigg.
Buffalo - G. W. Cox, C. W. Blythe and Foster Hand.
Tomahawk - R. P. Wilson, John A. Harris and Harvey Oner.
Bearden - Calvin Summers, T. M. Rea and N. J. Bearden.
Water Creek - Wm. Thompson, R. R. Carson and Wm. Dosher.
Union - De Roos Bailey, Alex. Hurst and A. S. Layton.
Sugar Loaf - Isaac Kesee(sic), Wm. Thornton and Frank Campbell.


Senator Jones, of Florada(sic), is still in Detroit, and, according to the Detroit Times, when not promenading on the leading avenues, can be seen sitting at the window of his parlor, just over the Russell House cigar stand, in his shirt sleeves, gazing contentedly at the multitude as they pass beneath his window.



A. H. Cowan reports the crops in Cowan barrens as flourishing.

Mrs. E. T. Record, of Oakland, is visiting relatives in town this week.

James A. Young's school will close today. He will probably teach another session.

The Banner says a daily hack will soon be running between Harrison and Yellville. We hope so.

K. J. Hudson, George Lawson, Abe McVey and Albert Cravens went to Harrison yesterday.

We return thanks to Alberta Smith, daughter of Mr. John W. Smith, for a lot of nice plums sent us last week.

Luke Matlock has just received a new lot of cigars. When you want a sweet puff give him a call at the barber shop.

It was worth more than the price of admission just to see the music class at the concert last night. It was an array of beauty.

Layton & Cowdrey are agents for the celebrated Springfield Wagon, and will sell them, delivered in Yellville, at factory price.

Capt. B. H. Trimble, the Boone county tobacco man, was in town a few days this week. He is as gay as a lark and as frisky as a spring lamb.

E. T. Record came over from Oakland on Wednesday and went to Harrison yesterday to attend to some business before the Register and Receiver of the land office.

The organ for the Methodist Sunday school arrived yesterday and was given a trial last night at the concert. We are no judge of such things, but suppose it is a good instrument.

Jasper Wickersham on Wednesday brought in a fine sample of oats raised on his place, three miles east of town. The stalks measured four feet and the heads were well filled with grain. It is of the Rusian(sic) variety.

The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Dinsmore, wife of Hon. Hugh A. Dinsmore, of Fayetteville, reached here yesterday. Mr. Dinsmore's friends, all over the state, will learn of his sad bereavement with deep regret.

Luke Matlock, our clever barber, says he will not shave any more on Sunday, and his customers are requested to bear this in mind. Have your shaving done on Saturday, or your upper lip will have to be "creamed at the cattery".

On Wednesday David Bawcom, who lives two miles west of town, sent us in the first cotton bloom of the season. It was first seen on the 21st. Bailey P. Campbell, of Blythe township, also plucked a bloom from his patch on the 21st.

The directors of School District No. 1 have employed Mr. J. I. Thompson to teach a three months school, commencing Monday, July 5th, at the Huddleston schoolhouse, White River township. Mr. Thompson is a clever young man and will no doubt give entire satisfaction.

Miss Flora Montgomery, who has been attending Mrs. Tucker's music school for the past two months, left for her home at Huntsville, in company with her father, on last Monday. Miss Montgomery made many friends during her short stay here, and her departure before the closing exercises of the music class is much regretted by all.

As Hon. R. B. Weaver failed to put in his appearance last Saturday, to fill his appointment to speak, the candidates for county offices were called on to make speeches. Several responded by making short announcements of their candidacy, and all declared themselves subject to the Democratic primary election to be held August 7th.

"Dutch" Covington, Jim Wickersham and Cam Berry are candidates for J. P. of Union township. Jim is running on the straight Republican ticket, but will not object to a few mugwump votes. He favors woman suffrage, and no doubt would be elected if the ladies could vote. The other two candidates are Democrats, but would accept a Wheel nomination if given an opportunity, or anything else. The trio will make a thorough canvass of the township and make spread-eagle speeches. Cam is favoring a project to make Crooked creek a navigable stream and building a custom house at Yellville, while Mr. Covington is in favor of a law promoting the rank of a justice of the peace to Judge, and if elected will insist on being addressed as Judge Covington.

       Notwithstanding the fact that we are constantly on the alert for news, we only learned on Wednesday of a foul murder committed about three weeks ago in Franklin township, in the northwestern portion of the county, near the Missouri line.
       About three weeks ago, as near the time as we can get at it, an old man by the name of Hawkins, who lived in Franklin township, was shot and killed in his own yard by a youth by the name of Henderson. It is supposed that one Wheeler, a blacksmith, who once worked at this place, and who is well known by some of the citizens here, hired the boy to commit the crime. This suspicion is based on the fact that Wheeler was charged by Hawkins with being to intimate with one of his (Hawkins') daughters and had sworn out a warrant for the arrest of Wheeler. Both Wheeler and the young murderer have left the neighborhood, or are hiding out. As far as we can learn, old man Hawkins was a quiet, inoffensive man. The guilty parties should be hunted down and made to pay the full penalty of their crime.
       Since the above was put in type, we learn from Sheriff Keeter that the murder was committed in Taney County, Mo. Mr. Keeter got his information Sugar Loaf township. We are glad to be able to make this correction.

Dividing Line

Previous          Next

Top of Page
Return to Newspapers Index Page
Return to Marion Co Home Page

Linda Haas Davenport