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Mt. Echo Newspaper
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by Gladys Horn Brown

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September 2, 1887 Issue


Arrived - a girl baby at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Layton.

Marriage license have been issued to the following persons since our last report:
J. T. Thornton to Miss M. J. Tatum
James M. Treat to Miss Hannah R. Hall
N. J. May to Miss Fannie Green
Davis Godfrey to Miss Mary Davenport.

Upward of fifty indictments have been returned by the grand jury and it is not yet through.
       Court has been grinding along slowly all week, most of the time waiting on the grand jury. The grand jury will adjourn some time today it is thought. The petit jury was dismissed on Wednesday.
       The court will board Andy Hudspeth until next January, and the Lord only knows how much longer. The court might have saved this county a good deal of expense by sending the case to Baxter instead of Boone county.
       On yesterday evening Judge Powell reconsidered the penalty imposed upon David Hampton for horse stealing, and reduced the number of years from ten to five in the penitentiary. He gave the young criminal a good lecture we understand.

We are authorized to announce that Mr. Lee Carson will deliver a temperance meeting at the Methodist church next Friday night. Mr. Carson, although blind, is quite an intelligent young man, and those who attend will no doubt be well entertained and benefited.

The grand jury returned an indictment against Robert Briggs for bribery on Tuesday. Some one told Robert that it was a penitentiary offense and he took leg bail first opportunity and has not since been heard from. From the evidence before the grand jury it seems that Robert offered his own witness in a case before the present court 75 cents a day to not appear at court.


Hon. B. B. Hudgins returned to his home at Harrison on last Sunday.

Mr. H. W. Hudson, Sr. will leave today for Fort Smith to serve on the U.S. Grand Jury.

Wm. M. Cross, the irrepressible Jumbo drummer, of Memphis, was in town this week taking orders and swapping yarns with the boys.

Mr. C. E. Garrett, State Manager of the Central Publishing House, left here Monday for Harrison. He is a clever gentleman and we wish him success.

Mr. L. L. Seawell, Quimby and Marion, sons of Mr. W. Q. Seawell, and Ms. Edna Layton, left here this week for Fayette, Mo., where they expect to enter Central College.

Mr. Oscar Lindley, of La Cross, is visiting his brother, Dr. J. S. Lindley of this place. He made the trip on horse back from La Cross here - a distance of 65 miles - in one day.

Z. M. Horton, Esq. went over home last Friday to attend to some legal business, but he is with us again this week. Capt. N. M. Dyer went home also, but did not return to court.

Messrs. Powell and Harris, two young men of Izard county, passed through town the first of the week en route to Fayetteville to enter the State University. Mr. Powell is the son of Judge Powell.

Mr. Fred C. Exter, Secretary and Manager of the Buffalo Zinc and Copper Co., now operating on Rush Creek, called to see us Tuesday. He says they have several hands at work taking out ore.

Mr. G. E. Thornton, of Kingston, New Mexico, called on us Monday. Mr. Thornton is on a prospecting tour through our county. He is an experienced miner; and seems to be pleased with the specimens of mineral which he has examined.

F. N. Matthews and G. C. Baldwin, of Flippin, Marion county, passed through our city Monday on their way home from Benton county. They paid the Democrat a visit while here, and said the old office looked awful natural. They published the Democrat when Mr. Baldwin was proprietor. Mr. Matthews will probably locate here in the near future. -- Huntsville Democrat --

       State vs. A. J. Hudsepth, murder in the first degree, change of venue taken to Boone county, Circuit Court and cause set for Monday of second week of next term of said court, which will be the fourth Monday in January next. Witnesses for State and defendant recognized in the sum of $200 each to appear at said time.

FROM OAKLAND - Oakland, August 30

Rev. O. H. Tucker preached here on last Sunday.

Prof. Dyer is teaching a class in vocal music.

Miss Mary Berry, of Yellville, is visiting the family of Mr. J. N. Griffin.

Dr. Small and family contemplate taking in the St. Louis fair.

The workmen in Layton & Co.'s Blacksmith and Wagon Shop kindled their first fire on Monday morning.

Several of our citizens are attending court, no doubt they will furnish you all other items of interest. --- B

       On Sunday evening about 2:05 o'clock, Mr. Samuel Seawel died at the residence of his brother, Mr. W. Q. Seawel, of this place. Had he lived to the 17th of this month he would have been 22 years of age. For several months past he had been in bad health, that dread disease, consumption, having marked him as its victim. He leaves an aged mother, two sisters, two brothers, and other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely demise, all of whom have our sincere sympathy. His remains were laid to rest on Monday afternoon.

September 9, 1887 Issue (Top)


We received this week, the namesake of our paper, The Mountain Echo, published at Shickshinny, Pa. It is a neat eight column sheet, and we make the exchange with pleasure. Our northern namesake is Republican in politics and R. M. Tubbs is the editor and proprietor.

Bald Knobber trials have been the exciting theme at Ozark, Mo. the past two weeks. Twenty-four of them entered pleas of guilty and were fined on average $20 each. Some cases were continued and others granted changes of venue. Gil. Applegate's trial for the murder of Green and Edens, in which some twenty men were implicated, was still in progress at last report, with chances good for conviction. -- Carroll Progress


Mr. J. W. Pierce now carries the jail keys.

Court convenes at Mtn. Home next Monday.

Andy Hudspeth was taken back to Harrison and placed in jail last Friday.

Sheriff Keeter and Lee Nanny started to the penitentiary with David Hampton on last Saturday.

Circuit court adjourned on last Friday evening. The grand jury returned fifty new bills of indictment. Rebecca Watkins, principal State witness in the Hudspeth case has been sent to jail for safe keeping, she failing to give bond for her appearance at the next term of Boone circuit court.

Mr. Harrison Stanley, who had the misfortune to lose his store house, mill and gin, several months ago, was in to see us yesterday. He says he will be ready for business again by October.

We learned from Mr. W. M. Clemishire, of Harrison, who was attending the mineral meeting yesterday, that an assay office will soon be opened at Harrison by Mr. P. Blow. This will be quite a convenience to those interested in minerals in this section.

A representative of the Phenix Insurance Company was in town last Friday to adjust the loss of the court house, which was insured for $2000 in the Phenix Company. After considerable figuring, he offered to pay the whole amount in county script, or $1,375 in greenback or current funds. The county judge accepted the latter proposition, and the money is to be paid over in sixty days.


Miss Mary Berry returned from Oakland last Sunday.

Deputy Sheriff Lawson, we regret to learn, is quite sick this week.

Mr. H. L. Wiggins is at Bruno this week, working on the new buildings going up there.

Felix Huddleston called to see us last Saturday. He says he will be ready to sell goods at Bruno in a short time.

Mr. Oscar Lindley, of La Cross, returned home last Monday, accompanied by his brother, Dr. J. S. Lindley. The doctor returned yesterday about noon.

Miss Una Job, of Eros, was visiting friends in town several days this week. We learn from the Harrison Times that she has been engaged to teach music at the Rally Hill Academy.

Prosecuting Attorney Bailey and Wallie Berry went over to Mtn. Home last Sunday. Mr. Bailey was called to attend to an important State case in the J.P.'s court. Wallie's court business was not in the J.P.'s jurisdiction.

The following gentlemen were in attendance at the miner's meeting yesterday: Messrs. W. M. Clemishire, Sid Allen, F. Baker, - Garber P. Blow, N. W. Dorsey and Judge ----?, of Harrison; Capt. Hines, Judge Keener and Dr. Derryberry, of Lead Hill, and Mr. Virgil Stillwell of Doddsville.

September 16, 1887 Issue (Top)


Senator Berry, of Arkansas, who lost a leg in the Confederate service, remarks that "while, during the war, the flags of the south represented a sentiment and a principle, it is so no longer." If President Cleveland had consulted Mr. Berry, therefore, about the matter of returning said flags to their former owners, he might have avoided one of the worst mistakes of his whole political career. - Globe Democrat -

The County Jail.
       Some parties who are deeply interested in the removal of the county seat from Yellville, having circulated the report that the county jail is insecure, we published the following from the report of the late grand jury: To His Honor, R. H. Powell, Judge 14th Judicial District of Arkansas: We the grand jury of Marion county, Arkansas, for the August term, 1887 of the Marion county Circuit Court, would most respectfully submit to your honor the following: We have carefully examined the jail of said county and State and find that in our judgment that when it is finished, as now contemplated and contracted for, that it will be a secure place to keep prisoners, and that said jail is in as good sanitary condition as it is convenient or possible to keep such a building. All of which is respectfully submitted. A. S. Layton, Foreman.


Circuit Court is in session at Mountain Home this week.

A stone court house is to built at Marshall, so says a large number of tax payers. - Dollar Times, Marshall.

George Gorman was found guilty of selling whisky, at the last Circuit Court and fined. He failed to pay said fine and costs and is now in jail - Dollar Times, Marshall.

One Henry S. Anderson of Sexton, Washington county has been convicted of six separate offenses against the pension laws, as follows: Taking illegal fees, one count, presenting fraudulent papers, two counts, and forging evidence, three counts. These are sufficient to imprison him during the remaining years of his natural life. -- Carroll Progress

An odd wedding took place last Monday in the clerk's office. The contracting parties being Mr. G. W. Patterson and Mrs. Coleson nee Barton. Mrs. Coleson was the wife of Bud Coleson, having separated from him about three years ago. Patterson was soon afterward sentenced to prison at Detroit, Mich. for two years for violating the revenue law in Searcy county. The woman then sued for and obtaining a divorce from Coleson. Patterson, having served his time out, returned Sunday to his lover, and not having been legally married to her, they both came to town Monday, obtained the license and had the ceremony performed according to the law. Rev. J. H. Bradford officiated. -- Baxter County Citizen --


Mr. Lee Carson, the blind boy, delivered a lecture on temperance at the Methodist church last Friday. He made quite an interesting talk.

Mrs. Polly Davis died at the residence of her son, Mr. Si Davis, near town on last Saturday evening. Her remains were buried at the Jefferson graveyard on Sunday.

Sheriff Keeter and Lee Nanny returned from Little Rock Saturday. They safely landed David Hampton in the penitentiary and saw him wearing stripes and put to work before they left the capitol city.

Deputy Grand Lecturer Wann will visit Yellville Lodge No. 117, A.F. and A.M., today and tomorrow. A large number of Masons from the different Lodges of the county will be present.

Dr. Wm. M. Noe has been appointed postmaster at this place - Mr. A. J. Noe resigned. The blank bond was received at the office yesterday and Dr. Noe will assume official control of the office as soon as the bond is made. "Uncle Jack" as Mr. Noe is familiarly known all over the county, has served the public faithfully and acceptably for a long time, and it is understood he will continue as deputy postmaster. Dr. Noe is also well and favorably known, and he will doubtless give entire satisfaction.


Mr. Jack Dowd, of Oakland, was in town this week.

Miss Virgie Berry is visiting friends at Harrison.

Miss Dora Rea, of Onset, visited friends in town this week.

Lawyers Floyd and Harris attended court at Mountain Home this week.

Elza Record and George Layton, of Oakland, were in town the first of the week.

Drs. Bryan and Lindley attended the District Medical Society at Gainsville last Wednesday.

Mrs. J. H. Berry and son Robert visited Harrison last Saturday, and returned home on Monday.

Deputy Sheriff Lawson has been quite low since our last issue, but, we are glad to learn he is now improving.

Miss Fannie Cravens, after spending several weeks with her friend, Miss Mary Berry, returned to her home on White River last Friday.

Mrs. J. F. Rosebrough and Miss Rena Fraley, of Batesville, are expected up this week to visit their sister, Mrs. A. G. Cravens, of White River, who is dangerously ill.

Mrs. H. A. Young and children went over to Lithia Springs, Baxter county, last week for the benefit of their health. Mr. Young is the gayest of gay grass widowers.

Mr. A. G. Cravens and family returned from Eureka Springs to their house in White River last Friday. Mrs. Cravens' health was not improved by the trip, and she is now quite low.

September 23, 1887 Issue (Top)


The corner stone of the Russellville court house was laid today with Masonic honors.

Dr. Luke P. Blackburn, Ex-Governor of Kentucky, died at Louisville on the 14th inst.

Wiggins, the weather false profit, predicted that an awful storm would occur on the 19th inst. Luckily, Wiggins misses oftener than he hits.

A wealthly Chicago grocer married a colored woman at Hot Springs recently. He made his dusky wife a wedding present of $10,000 in cash and his check for $5,000 more.

An election was held in Lawrence county recently for the purpose of removing the court house from Powhatten to Smithville. Out of a total of 2,800 votes, only 407 were cast for removal.


A camp meeting will begin at Elixir, Boone county, October 1st.

The name of the post office at Enon, Boone county, has been changed to Pedle, and Wilcoxin post office has been discontinued.

Mr. C. J. Edney, of Gassville, is the inventor and has received patent for a valuable boot and shoe heel brace. He has also invented a churn and has applied for a patent. - Baxter Citizen.

The case in U.S. Court against W. P. Baker was dismissed last week, and together with his brother he returned last Thursday. The offense, which was merely a technical one, has thus been finally disposed of to the satisfaction of all. - Harrison Times


Miss Ruth Russell, daughter of Judge J. S. Russell of Mountain Home, died on the 11th inst., aged about 16 years.

Assessor Cravens was called home from Prairie township last Wednesday, on account of the sickness of his wife, and Mr. J. M. Keeter, Jr., was deputized to take the assessor's place.

On Monday last application was made to Judge Horn for writ of habeas corpus to release Rebecca Watkins, imprisoned as a witness, from jail. The matter came up again yesterday, was again argued before Judge Horn and continued for final determination till October 5, 1887.

Mr. Nin Wood, who had the misfortune to have his residence burned last spring, is rebuilding a large two story house on his farm, four miles east of town. When finished, it will be a handsome and substantial building. Mr. R. J. Hurst, in the same neighborhood, is also improving his residence property by making it a two story building. They are both model farmers and believe in home comfort.

Judge Horn informs us that The Echo was in error in stating that the representative of the Phenix Insurance Company offered to pay $2,000 of the court house insurance money in county script or $1,375 in cash. His proposition was to give a draft for $1,350 while here, or pay $1,375 in sixty days, or if the arbitration was prolonged or the company sued, they would avail themselves of all the script they could purchase and apply that to the payment of the amount decided upon by arbiters or the courts, which would have doubtless been a good deal less than $2,000. The company claimed that the property had decreased in value and that the policy should be decreased in proportions. The judge, as stated, accepted the offer of $1,375, which we think was best for the county.


George Lawson is again able to be up.

Mrs. H. A. Young and children returned from Lithia Springs last Wednesday.

Mrs. Dr. Hart, of Baxter county, visited relatives in town since our last issue.

Prof. J. W. Blankenship, principal of the Rally Hill Academy, made us a call on last Saturday.

Mr. H. W. Hudson, Jr., returned from Fort Smith last Saturday evening. "Bud" Wood is still over there serving as a petit juror.


Cotton picking is the order of the day.

Col. H. R. Poynter has gone to Eureka Springs after Mrs. C. C. Poynter.

We learn that Rev. Thomas Sutton has passed quietly over the river of death to that beautiful Beyond to live forever amid the jasper walls of God's radiant paradise.

W. C. McBee has had his machinery overhauled and put in first class order and will put up ten bales of cotton this week. Hurrah for White River!

We also have a bran new M.D. in town.

Our little berg is coming to the front and is putting on city airs.

Jas. Jackson's commodious barn has just been finished in first class style. The roof is a perfect paradise for the goats.

Messrs. Jackson and Cox are getting material on the ground to enlarge their store house in order to have room for their mammoth stock of merchandise. It appears that they intend doing a land office business.

The indomitable D. Cox has taken charge of the mill and gin and he has had the machinery overhauled and put in apple pie order. ... W. B. F., Jr.

September 30, 1887 (Top)


Dr. J. S. Lindley is on the sick list this week.

Deputy U. S. Marshall B. Flippin started to Fort Smith yesterday.

The Masonic hall is to be repaired and Mr. Wm. Cowdrey will commence work on it next week.

Major Jno. P. Ofendenen(?) of Gassville, and Miss Lou Curlee were married at Mountain Home last week.

Mr. W. I. Lefevers and daughter, Miss Mary, visited relatives in Baxter county last week. They have returned home.

Rev. O. H. Tucker and family left on Wednesday to visit friends and relatives in Missouri. They will return after conference.

Mr. J. R. Hudson has bought a farm on James Creek and last week moved his family out there. We wish you success Kenneth.

Mr. A. S. Layton has sold his farm on White River known as the Hy Noe farm, to Mr. Anglin, of Baxter county. Consideration $4,000.

Prof. Eaton, of Valley Springs, and Mr. Roney Davis, of Clear Creek, were pleasant callers at The Echo office Saturday. Mr. Davis' school closed on last Friday night with a public exhibition.

The public school at George's Creek closed last Friday. Prof. Wheeler has been employed to teach another term there, commencing in November.

Mr. W. T. Dobbs is making preparations to move to Texas, and will leave in about a month. He is an excellent citizen and we regret that he is going to leave Marion county.

Miss Virgie Berry of Yellville, who has been here [Harrison] sometime with her aunt, Mrs. J. B. Wood, under the medical treatment of Dr. Vance, is getting better we are glad to state. Boone Banner.

Mr. Wm. Cowdrey has made another discovery of zinc in the Pinery four miles north of town. He brought us some rich specimens of the outcropping and says there is an immense quantity of the ore near the surface.

Marriage License: The county clerk has issued marriage license to the following persons since our last report:
A. J. Lee to Sarah Lee
J. S. Salors[Saylors] to Martha J. Campbell
Allen Page to Seha J. [Silvia J.] McIntosh
J. W. Burnes to Arminta Bench
W. B. Rhoton to Clara Patten
W. L. Sanders to Susan Randall
John Mohney to P. R. Covington
G. M. Lindley to Lizzie Trimble.

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