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Mt. Echo Newspaper
March 1887 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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March 11, 1887 Issue (Top)


The Forty-ninth Congress adjourned on last Friday.

President Cleveland vetoed 101 bills during the recent session of Congress.

The University of Louisville turned eighty-five young M. D.'s loose on an unsuspecting public last week.

Jay Gould is getting control of all the railroads in Arkansas. The Little Rock and Fort Smith is his latest grab.

Last Monday, March 7th, was the anniversary of the battle of Pea Ridge, in which Arkansas soldiers figured conspicuously.

The West Virginia Legislature put in the entire session trying to elect a U. S. Senator and finally adjourned without doing so.

It is discovered that the clerks of the California Legislature have been bribed to destroy bills on file. In one instance $2000 was paid for such a piece of rascality.

More than 1,500 mechanics went to Charleston and found work rebuilding the city after the earthquake. A large number of these, including many from the North, will remain there permanently.

Judge R. H. Powell, of Melbourne, Izard county, will serve as judge of this (the Fourteenth) circuit until his term of office expires. He has been on the bench in the Third circuit a number of years, having been elected for the third or fourth term at the last general election, and is an impartial and upright judge and very popular with the masses.


Mr. Cook, of Kansas, a brother-in-law to George Watkins, arrived in town last night.

George F. Elam, M. D., lately returned from the medical department of the State University, was in town Tuesday.

Frank Lee has established a machine shop and foundry at Lead Hill. Read his notice in another column.

George Hayes killed R. M. Richardson's pet deer and was fined ten dollars and trimmings under the game law.

A. H. Joblin and A. S. Layton returned from St. Louis Monday. They left again this week by boat for Batesville.

Cam Berry took a trip down the river this week, returning yesterday. He says he had a most enjoyable trip.

The village of Valley Springs, Boone county, with a population of 150 people, lays claim to eight resident preachers.

The Echo will never flatter mugwumpery or fawn at its shrine for patronage. Just put that in your little book, will you?

Quite a number of Harrison negroes have been in town this week. They are presumabley dodging the Boone county grand jury.

Quite a number of citizens from town, together with a party from the country, made another unsuccessful search for the body of George Watkins on last Sunday and Monday.

Mr. John W. Cypert, ex-county judge of Baxter county, has lately become a citizen of Marion, and is snugly located in White River township. He is a valuable acquisition to our county.

John S. Cowdrey, as county jail commissioner, publishes elswhere in this issue an advertisement for sealed bids to repair the jail. Carpenters and contractors will do well to read the notice.

We would like for our correspondents to wake up and stir themselves. The columns of The Echo yawn for the news from every quarter of the county. Will our friends help us to make The Echo the best local paper in the State?

Luke Matlock, who was in town one day this week, informed us that he had moved his stock of goods from Desoto Springs to the Rush Creek Mines. He says he is building up a good trade down there. He has The Echo's best wishes for success.

B. Flippin, our "rough and ready" White River friend, dropped in to see us Tuesday on his return from Newton county, where he had been on official business for Uncle Sam. He related some very amusing and laughable incidents of his journey in the land of Newton.

Dr. George F. Elam, of Bruno, was one of the graduates of the medical department of the Arkansas State University last week. The degree of Doctor of Medicine was conferred on sixteen graduates of that institution at the last Commencement, and Dr. Elam was one of the number.

It will herefter be Dr. Brooksher and Dr. Massey, these two young gentlemen of our county having passed an examination before the medical board and given license to mash pills and dose out physic. The Echo extends congratulations to the young Doctors and wishes them much success in the "healing art."

Mr. F. P. Richardson, late of Clear Creek neighborhood, has moved to Stone county. In a letter to this office he says: "Please change my address from Clear Creek to Alco, Stone county, Ark., as I am going to move to that place. I like The Echo so well I can't do without it, and when my time is out I will subscribe again. I like its news, and especially its politics. That is the general verdict.

       Miss Minnie O'Brien, a plump and pretty Irish girl of sweet seventeen, was persuaded to leave her sister's home, with whom she lived, in Douglass county, Missouri, by a woman named Nelson and her son and two other young men. They passed through Yellville and camped just below town Monday night. They were overtaken here by two men from the same county, one of them being a young man and lover of the young lady. On her journy hither she became engaged to Jos. Nelson, one of the young men she left home with, and they intended to marry here on last Tuesday, but the arrival of her persuing lover, Noah O'Conley, caused her to change her mind. She succumed(sic) to the pleadings of young Noah and the eloquence of Deputy Sheriff Lawson and concluded to return to Missouri. When she put her plump little hand to the trembling hand of Tom Nelson to say good bye, the tears fell from his eyes like an April shower and the "frog" that came up in his throat made his voice husky and tremulous. This parting scene caused the reported to fall on George Lawson''s neck and weep and when he recovered Minnie and Noah gone, and it is safe to say that ere the fatted calf has been slain in honor of the reutrn of the "prodigal daughter," and that Minnie has changed her name from O'Brien to O'Conner(sic), while Tommy Nelson mournfully sings -- 'Tis sweet to love, but O, how bitter, To love a girl and then not get her'.

       The Marion County Board of Medical Examiners met at Yellville pursuant to a call of the President, on Tuesday, March 8th, 1887.
       Dr. James Small was absent on professional duties, but as there was a quorum present, the Board proceeded to the transactions at business.
       W. L. Massey, of the Memphis Hospital Medical College, and W. R. Brooksher, of the Missouri Medical College, were duly examined by the Board, passed satisfactory examinations, and received each, a certificate of qualification to practice medicine and Surgery in the State of Arkansas.
       Jno. S. Lindley, President.
       J. J. Pierce, Sec'y.

The Mountain Echo, published at Yellville, Ark., by H. B. Dallam, passed its first mile-post last week. The Echo is a splendid paper and is a credit to Marion county. It promises to continue to echo sound Democratic princiles. Long may it live -- Baxter County Citizen.

The Mountain Echo, published at Yellville, and one of the best papers ever published in Marion county, has just entered upon its second year. The Echo reflects credit upon North and Northwest Arkansas, and we are glad to learn that it is now upon a solid foundation. -- Jackson County Herald

That splendid little paper, The Mountain Echo, of Yellville, is one year old. Bro. Dallam, in a well written article, reviews his labors of the past year and closes by assuring the people of Marion county that he is there to stay. We wish The Echo and its editor all the success attainable. -- Arkansas Tribune

       The undersigned takes pleasure in announcing that he has erected a building in Lead Hill, and will occupy the same about May 1st, 1887, with first class
       and will be prepared to build any and every kind of Machinery, make all kinds of Castings, etc., etc.
       Special attention to repairing Machinery.
       I have had many years' experience in the Machine and Foundry business, and satisfaction is guaranteed.
       Hoping to receive a call when anything in my line is needed.
I remain, FRANK LEE

       To loan at 8-1/2 per cent on real estate for 3 or 5 years, at Boone County Bank, Harrison, Ark. Correspondence solicited. ... 52-2m

March 18, 1887 Issue (Top)


 Senator Berry and Congressman Peel have returned from Washington to their homes at Bentonville.

Prof. T. Jeff. Stubbs had withdrawn from the editorial managment of the Batesvlille Pilot on account of bad health.

The wife of Senator Beck, of Kentucky, died on the 6th instant. She was 62 years old, and was the grand niece and nearest living descendant of George Washington.

Bald Knobbers, near Sparta, Christian county, Mo., killed two men, Charles Green and Charles Eaton, and wounded Mrs. Green and Wm. Eaton, on Friday night. -- Carroll Progress.

ARKANSAS AHEAD: Morrilton Headlight: Mrs. Richard Freeman, of Lick Mountain township, gave birth to five children on the night of the 25th of February. At last accounts the mother and babes were doing well. Mrs. Freeman gave birth to four children two years ago, two of them are living now, and are said to be healthy children.


Racer & Vandine will remain but a short time.

Minette Photos only $1 per dozen, by Racer & Vandine.

$2 00 will get 1 dozen nice card photos at Racer & Vandine's.

Racer & Vandine, the Lightning Photographers are in town.

Mr. A. S. Layton has returned from his trip to Batesville.

Dr. Wilson made a flying trip to Harrison the latter part of last week.

A large crowd went out from town Wednesday to search for the body of Watkins, but no discovery was made.

Mr. J. A. Dodson, of Marshall, a former Yellvillian, was in town the first of the week circulating among his friends.

J. C. Floyd, Esq. returned from Benton county last Saturday. He has been attending court at Mountain Home this week.

Rev. O. H. Tucker announced on last Sunday night that he would begin a protracted meeting at this place on next Sunday night.

Elder Wright, the Baptist minister, will preach at the Methodist church next Sunday morning. He should have a good congregation.

DeRoos Bailey came over from Marshall Saturday, and left Sunday afternoon for the metropolis of Baxter to attend court. On the way from Marshall here his horse took sick and he was forced to hire another to finish his trip.

The energetic farmer friend of The Echo, John Cheek, of Blythe, was in town Tuesday and made glad the printer by renewing his subscription. He says the farmers in his neighborhood are hard at work getting ready to plant their crops.

Mr. C. E. Cantrell, lately returned from Little Rock, where he attended the fall and winter session of the medical department of the State University, was in town Monday. He has been quite sick since his return from college, but has fully recovered and is now, apparently, in excellent health.

Messrs. Racer & Vandine, photographers late of Harrison, have pitched their tent on the common just above Dr. Lindley's office and are now ready to do work in their line in the latest and most approved style. They have superior facilities for doing good work and are first class artists. Mr. Racer being a member of the American Association of Photographers.

HOUSE BURNED - On Sunday morning, about 9 o'clock, Mr. Nin Wood, who lives about three and a half miles east of town, had the misfortune to lose his residence by fire. Mr. Wood and his wife went to church on that morning, leaving at home his mother and several children, and had not been gone more than half an hour when the smoke house, a frame building near the residence, was discovered by the children to be on fire. When first discovered, the fire had gained considerable headway and soon spread from the smoke house to the main building. Mr. Wood's mother and the children succeeded in moving a bureau and a bed or two from the house, and with this exception, all else was consumed. The smoke house contained about 3000 pounds of meat. The dwelling was a handsome new frame building, nicely finished and comfortably furnished. The loss aggregats not less than $2000 while the insurance was only $600. We did not learn how the fire origi-nated, but understand that Mr. Wood thinks it was incendiary.
       Mr. Wood and his wife are both industrious, hard working people and they have the sympathy of all in the loss of their cozy home.

GEORGE'S CREEK ITEMS [So faded nearly impossible to read.]

Editor Mountain Echo: Trusting that you will allow me reasonable space in your valuable paper, I will say something on our part of the moral vineyard and its people who are now having a hard, and tiresome time, as your readers are aware, of the murder of Mr. G. (faded) Watkins and (faded) searching for his body. This evening quite a number of citizens from various parts of the county returned to their homes wearied 'from the labors' of another unsuccessful hunt for his remains. I feel safe in making the assertion that had there been a record kept of the days hunting at different times and by different individuals, it would not fall short of 900 days, anxious hunting, but all in vain.

Mr. W. R. Cook, a brother-in-law of the murdered man, was among the hunting party today. Our people are glad to have Mr. Cook come in the interest of the murdered man, and we hope to make him feel that he is among friends and law abiding people.

Our people would feel relieved if the mysteries that shadow the hiding place of Watkins body could be removed and we all pray god-speed the time and let the law be properly administered to both guilty hands.

[parts not transcribed..................................]

Mr. Jap. Jones of Bell county, Texas, is visiting Capt. Dobbs this week.

The mother of Hon. W. M. Horn has been quite sick for several days, but is much better at present.

Dr. Pierce has been kept quite busy looking after the sick, but we predict that he can take some rest now, as Dr. Willie Brooksher is his partner and Willie has not set himself up to humbug his old friends and neighbors.

Mr. Editor, if this escapes the waste basket you will probably here(sic) from me at another time. Success to The Echo and a nice time to the editor. ... Will Say. March 16, 1887.

       Died -- Mrs. Godfrey, of Blythe township, died at her home on the 5th inst. She was near 60 years of age and for almost ten years she was confined to her bed. The old neighbors speak only words of kindness when mentioning the old lady's name. When the writer first met Mrs. Godfrey, about two years ago, she was patient and resigned, expressed a hope in Christ, and viewed with a calmness her approaching dissolution. Two days before her death, being unable to speak, she signified to the writer her hope and trust in God. [There are two verses below that are mostly too faded to transcribe. As far as I could tell, no specific genealogical information was in the verses.]

March 25th, 1887 Issue (Top)


Jackson county now claims a double headed calf.

Not being satisfied with being a pensioner for several years on friends who had been inveigled into friendship, some people then have the "gall" to ask the government for a pension. Every sutler who stubbed his toe during the civil war wants Uncle Sam to support him.

Sixteen Bald Knobbers have been arrested by the sheriff of Christian county, Mo., for complicity in the recent murder near Sparta. This band of outlaws who presume to take the law in their own hands, thereby committing greater crime than they assume to correct, should be wiped out of existence. Such lawlessness should not be tolerated in this era of civilization.


Dr. W. M. Noe went over to Little Rock on business last week.

Z. M. Horton, Esq., of Mountain Home, was in town this week.

Mr. George Layton, of Oakland, was in town Sunday and Monday.

K. F. and D. C. E. Cantrell have gone to Little Rock with a drove of cattle.

Dr. A. H. McVey, the Oakland druggist, was in town a day or two this week.

A communication from Desoto Springs arrived too late for last issue. It appears this week.

Thompson & Covington keep their anvils going from early morn to dewy eve repairing farming implements.

Assessor Cravens has finished the assessment of the county. He has been bubbling over with rich jokes this week.

Mr. John Q. Adams called to renew his subscription last Friday. He says he can't do without his county paper.

Clerk Neal Dodd returned from his trip to Harrison and Eureka Springs on last Friday in time to take in the bear show.

Rev. O. H. Tucker commenced a protracted meeting at the M. E. Church Sunday night, which is still in progress. The attendance is very good at night.

On with the telephone! We have needed it badly this week. The fourteenth district seems to be in a muddle and no one can get the straight of it, when if we had a telephonic connection we could settle the matter in a jiffy.

DeRoos Bailey is making his first race for office, and we feel sure he will be winner. He is known to be honest, capable and energetic, and his fellow citizens will reward his merits by electing him prosecuting attorney of the Fourteenth circuit.

Ben Graves, the man who killed his children in Baxter county about a year ago, was convicted of murder in the second degree at the recent term of the Baxter circuit court, and his punishment assessed at twenty-one years in the penitentiary.

Friends of Mr. J. C. Floyd, recognizing his ability and sterling worth, have solicited him to make the race for prosecuting attorney of the new circuit, but he informed The Echo this morning that he was not a candidate.

Col. Eli Dodson, of Bellefonte, called to see us yesterday. He was elated over Boone county's railroad prospects, having heard just before leaving his home that work would be commenced next Monday on the extension of the road from Eureka to Harrison.

C. E. Cantrell having passed a satisfactory examination before the Board of Medical Examiners on last Friday, he was given a certificate to practice medicine and surgery. Dr. Cantrell will locate in Wiley's Cove, Searcy county. Success to you, Charlie.

The Gassville correpsondent of the Baxter County Citizen in its issue of the 17th says: T. M. Rea, one of Marion county's energetic stock men, laid over here two days last week with a nice drove of fat cattle. He was three days in getting them across the river. He employed John Twiggs to accompany him to West Plains where he will put them on board the cars for the St. Louis markets.

Mr. Wm. R. Cook, of Lane, Kansas, who came here a few weeks ago to investigate the murder of his brother-in-law, Geo. Watkins, and to make search for the remains, left for his home on last Wednesday. While here he was assisted by the good citizens in the neighborhood where the murder was committed and other sections of the county. The people have been persevering and untiring in their efforts to find the body, and althought discouraged by fruitless searches, they will continue to do all in their power to bring the perpetrators of the most horrible crime ever committed in the county to justice. Elsewhere in this issue, Mr. Cook publishes a card of thanks to the citizens who aided him in searching for the body.

RETURNS THANKS -- On taking my departure from your county for my home in Eastern Kansas, I would not feel well without tendering my thanks to the many kind friends and acquaintences with whom it has been my lot to meet during my short stay with you. While my mission has not been a pleasant one, and I feel as I have not accomplished anything, I must say that it has been true conso-lation to learn the interest the citizens have and are taking in the matter of which I was called among you, and I truly hope and believe this interest will be kept alive and that justice will be dealt to the guilty parties. I wish to be remembered by the good people in the neighborhood where this crime was committed, and they shall always have a place in my memory. Respectfully, Wm. R. Cook, Lane, Kansas

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