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

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November 4, 1887 Issue


The Herald office at Lead Hill came near being destroyed by fire one day last week.

B. N. Stone, editor of the Tallequah (I.T.) Telephone, was shot and killed on the 21st ult. by E. C. Boudinot, Jr., editor of the Cherokee Advocate. The killing grew out of a newspaper quarrel over Cherokee policies.

       Minnie Kenneth Darnal, a little girl aged about 8, desires to know the whereabouts of her mother, Emma Darnal, who left this place about five or six years ago, and is supposed to be somewhere either in Arkansas or Missouri. Any information concerning her whereabouts will be thankfully received. Address, G. W. Palmer, Huntingdon, Tenn. Arkansas and Missouri papers please copy.


Mr. Ralph Bailey, of Bellefonte, spent Sunday in Yellville.

Two mares, two mules and a wagon for sale, by F. G. Huddleston, Bruno, Arkansas.

Some of our monied men should build a few cottages to rent. Houses are now in demand.

Mr. J. J. Horner, one of The Echo's first subscribers, gave us a substantial call Wednesday.

Miss Oza Allen, of Harrison, returned home last Monday in the company with Mr. Ralph Bailey.

T. H. Fee, who has been teaching at Peel, was in to see us Wednesday. His school closed last Friday.

Felix Huddleston, the Bruno merchant, was in town Wednesday. He reports everything flourishing in that locality.

Dr. J. D. Waters, formerly of White River township, but now residing in Washington county, was on our streets this week.

Lee Nanny was in town this week for the first time in several weeks. He is just recovering from a severe spell of sickness.

Mr. T. A. Blake arrived on Last Sunday with his family from Columbus, Kansas. They will occupy Mr. Seawel's house, in the lower part of town.

Dr. Noe informs us that he will soon become a citizen of our town. He has purchased the Charlie Noe residence. He wants the advantage of our splendid school.

Dr. W. T. Bryan has bought out Dr. J. S. Lindley's stock of drugs. Dr. Lindley expects to leave here about the 25th of this month to attend medical lectures. He thinks of going to Louisville.

Mrs. Dr. Wilson spent a few days in the country the latter part of last week with "Uncle" Johnny and "Aunt" Ollie Phillips. She informs us that they had a regular old fashioned corn shucking on last Saturday.

We learn from Felix Huddleston that a move is on foot to have the telephone extended from Valley Springs to the Rush Creek mines. The businessmen of Yellville should try to get the phones extended to this place.

The nights are growing long and the youth of Yellville need some better employment than loafing around on the streets. We are in favor of organizing a literary society, reading club, or something of the kind. What do you say young men?

Judge W. B. Flippin, accompanied by our White River correspondent, W. B. Flippin, Jr. started on last Monday to Johnson county. B. told us confidentially that that the judge was going over to Johnson after a wife and promised to tell us more about it next week.

We have on exhibition a beet weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces and measuring 20 inches in circumference. It was raised by "Uncle" Johnny Phillips, who lives a few miles south of town. Mr. Phillips is in his 86th year, but notwithstanding his age he insists on working his garden and succeeds in not only raising as fine vegetables as grow anywhere, but has the earliest and latest of "garden sass".

Bessie, little daughter of J. W. Harris, Esq., while out at Mr. Carson's in the country last Friday was bitten by a dog. Fearing that the dog had hydrophobia, Mr. Harris took the child out to Mr. Taylor's in Water Creek township, in order to try the efficacy of a mad stone which Mr. Taylor has in his possession. The mad stone was applied to the wound and adhered readily. The little girl remained out there several days and the stone was applied several times each day until it quit adhering. She is now at home and appears to be all right, showing no symptoms of hydrophobia. The dog was killed immediately after biting the little girl, and it is not known if the dog was mad.

       The Quorum Court of Marion county met on last Monday pursuant to adjournment, with Judge Horn presiding and the following justices of the peace present: John W. Coker, T. D. Stone, J. B. Rowden, M. L. Axley, J. W. Williams, I. W. Pangle, W. H. Burnes, W. H. Single, J. P. Brady, W. L. Dew, J. D. McGregor, H. H. Perkins, R. E. Stafford, E. H. McCracken, J. T. Drake, J. D. Noe, T. H. Poynter, and W. T. Gooch.


A cold place - Bruno, without a stove.

Several cases of sickness are reported in the neighborhood.

Fine weather for cotton picking and farmers are improving the opportunity.

Shelby Lay has erected a picture gallery here.

Drummers Sam Moore, Ross Waddle, Ed. Blackburn, of Springfield, and ___ Herman, of St. Louis, were in town last week.

Lee Mellurg, of Tennessee, son-in-law of Parson Sasser, and A. M. Taylor and family, from the Arkansas River, have arrived here and intend to make this their future home. W. T. Coney from Iowa, is stopping here. He also intends to remain among us if he can secure a home.

November 11, 1997 Issue (Top)


Yellow fever still exists in Tampa, Fla. There have been nearly 250 cases at that place, with 34 deaths.

The Harrison Times suggests that Mormon preachers be given a warm reception, including tar and feathers, if they go monkeying around about Harrison.

Boston Corbett, who shot John Wilkes Booth, and who is now in the insane asylum in Kansas, cannot sleep because he thinks he is being chased by his victim's ghost.

An exchange has discovered that next year is a peculiar one in this respect: That the last three numerals which compose it will be the same figures, a circumstance which can only occur once in 111 years, and it will be 111 years before another "three of a kind" (1999) will be reached.

It is rumored here and generally believed that W. S. Floyd, of Bentonville, and H. Glitch and M. R. Baker of Eureka Springs, are in the field for the prosecuting attorneyship, at the next election. Two more counties to hear from -- Fayetteville Sentinel.

Mr. W. S. Floyd was once a citizen of this place, and is well known throughout the county. He is a brother of our talented attorney, Mr. J. C. Floyd.


Wolves are devouring the sheep in Lawrence county.

The Negro State Fair just closed at Pine Bluff was a success.

There are six murderers in the U. S. Jail at Ft. Smith awaiting the sentence of death.

Judge Mansfield has accepted the position of Supreme Court Reporter and qualified on the 22nd ult.

There are only about 14 counties in the state represented at the Little Rock Exposition.

A farmer in Faulkner county had three grandchildren and his home destroyed by fire on the 31st ult. caused by the carelessness of the children.

Last week one of the most notable events we ever heard of occurred in our county court. An old man came in and made a complete surrender and gave up the battle of life. He was possessed of a horse and 80 acres of land, but the horse is poor and the land is poor and the old soul grew weary of scratching and graveling among the stones, and he fain would rest from a toil without recompense. He wanted a place to lie down and rest so he made over the property to Lawyer J. A. Rice "for the use and benefit of Benton county," and took lodging and shelter in the poor house. -- Benton County Democrat.

November 11, 1887 (Top)

[The front page of the November 11, 1887 issue appears to have been copied over with the front page of the March 4, 1887 issue. A small portion of the March 4 issue was transcribed in a separate file.]


There will be a wedding in town next Sunday. Now guess if you can.

Dr. J. S. Lindley has traded for the Wickersham house and lot, opposite Wilson's hotel.

Several families from Kansas are expected to locate out at the Rush Creek mine this winter.

John H. Thompson, Jr. is making preparations to build a wood shop at the rear of this blacksmith shop.

A most enjoyable hop was given at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Covington on last Saturday night.

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harris died on Saturday and was buried on Sunday near George's Creek.

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Arkansas will meet at Little Rock on the 22nd Inst. Neal Dodd will represent the Yellville Lodge.

Mr. J. N. Griffin, of Oakland, was in town Monday attending probate court. He is the administrator of James Hamilton, deceased.

Colonel Eli Dodson and wife, of Bellefonte, visited relatives and old friends near town this week. They moved from here to Boone county about six years ago and this is Mrs. Dodson's first visit here since they left.

Mr. Zeke Hampton has discovered coal about six or seven miles northwest of town. He has also found good indications of silver in the same section.

Mr. Barkhamer, Rebecca Watkin's father, who lives in Boone county, came in last Sunday and took the little boy, Mrs. Watkins' son, home with him. The boy is an important witness in the Hudspeth-Watkins case.


On last Monday evening, Judge W. B. Flippin rolled in home from Johnson county with his fair bride, both looking as happy as big sunflowers. A host of friends join your correspondent in wishing the happy couple all the joys incident to a happy married life. They are both highly respected. May God's richest blessings attend them or life's storms land them safely in the land of leal. W. B. F., Jr.

November 15, 1887 (Top)


Jenny Lind: The famous Sweedish singer is dead. She was 66 years of age.

A farmer of Richmond Ky., recently plowed up a dozen Army crackers, which were as fresh as when the confederate forces abandoned them 25 years ago.

The woman who threw a pancake into Mrs. Cleveland's lap during the President's visit to St. Louis, and who was fined $50 and costs for the misdemeanor, has been released on the payment of $15.

Strayed or Stolen: From the residence of Thos. Higgs, near Yellville, about two weeks ago, one dark iron gray mare, 13-1/2 or 14 hands high, two years old past, white speck in right eye. Will pay a reward of $5 for the return of the animal or any information that will lead to her recovery. Nov. 11, 1887 C. C. Poynter.

Crimes in Carroll County.
       A man named John Meek, who lived seven miles north of town near the Polo and King's river township line, was ambushed and murdered near his house about "dusk," the first of last week. Four balls entered his body killing him instantly. It is said he was accused of shooting Terry in the same neighborhood not long since, and the general supposition is that Meeks life was taken in revenge.
       Larkin Simpson, a citizen of Polo township, living seven miles north of town, came in yesterday and swore out warrants for the arrest of three of his neighbors, to-wit: James McDonell and son and Charles Cunningham, charging them with assaulting himself and family in attempting to assassinate him at his home on Monday night. He says they fired three shots at him, none of which took effect. The trouble seems to be that Simpson recently made a homestead entry of land which includes a portion of McDonell's farm. Polo township is most assuredly getting her name up. A hardy application of the strong arm of the law is greatly needed in that township. -- Carroll Progress, Nov. 9


Mrs. I. C. Wilson is quite sick. Miss Berry is quite sick with pneumonia.

Miss Irene Wilson, of Harrison, is visiting her uncle, Prof. A. W. Wickersham.

The little daughter of Mr. John Covington has been quite sick, but is now getting better.

Neal Dodd started to Little Rock yesterday to attend the Masonic Grand Lodge which meets on the 22nd.

Mrs. L. Davenport and daughter, of George's creek, gave The Echo a pleasant call while in town on last Tuesday.

Constable Isam Cantrell and his mother visited friends at Oakland last week. Isam is now on duty at his shop.

Mr. T. J. Smith, merchant and post-master at Monark, was in town Tuesday en route to Memphis, where he will buy goods.

Dr. W. M. Noe's commission as post master was received by him this week. "Uncle Jack" will attend to the office, as usual.

Capt. T. B. Stallings was granted a divorce by this last circuit court, and the widows had better look a little out. -- Newport Herald.

Mr. B. G. Carney, the machinery man, was in town yesterday for the first time in several months. He is just recovering from a severe spell of sickness.

Our young friend, D. G. Hart, of Baxter county, was in town a few days this week. He came over to attend the marriage of Mr. Layton and Miss Hurst.

Mr. J. D. McGregor, of this county, who is now at Ft. Smith, sends us 50 cents and writes as follows: "I am here in attendance at the Federal Court as a juror, and the probabilities are that I will have to stay until the expiration of this term, which occurs about the last of January, '88, and I want to keep posted as to home affairs. So let The Echo ring o're hilltop and plain until it reaches the fertile valley of far off Arkansaw, and I assure you that it will be welcomed by one at least in this fast little city of dust and business."

Elder J. A. Rose, of the Christian church, and his co-workers, Elder Nowlin and others, have been quite successful in their ministerial work in this and adjoining counties. Since July they have had over 600 additions to their church.

From a letter from Rev. O. H. Tucker we learn that he will probably arrive here on next Friday. He is attending conference at Fayetteville this week, and has promised to furnish us a list of the appointments for next week's issue.

"Grandma" Weast, mother of our fellow townsmen Ben and Len Weast, will be 87 years old tomorrow. She has been quite feeble for several years, most of the time confined to her bed, but her eyesight remains good. She can read The Echo without the aid of glasses.

The Harrison Times guesses that DeRoos Bailey and Neal Dodd are soon to become Benedicts. If this guess hits the mark, the other members of the Bachelor's Club should wear the usual badge of mourning until they are likewise caught in the matrimonial noose.

Messrs. G. A. Glenn and W. D. Davis, of Prairie township; F. N. Dobbs and J. I. Vaughn, of Blythe township; J. W. Briggs, of Union, P. C. White of Batesville, and J. D. McGregor, now at Ft. Smith, are recent additions to The Echo list. Several old subscribers have also called and settled the old score and renewed their subscription, for all of which we are truly thankful.

MARRIED: LAYTON-HURST. - At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Hurst, about four miles east of Yellville, on Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock, Mr. George W. Layton, of Oakland, Ark., to Miss Huldah Hurst, by Rev. J. H. Wade.
       Quite a large number of the friends and relatives of the couple were present to witness the marriage and offer congratulations. A bounteous supper was served, and as far as we can learn, all went merry as the traditional wedding bells. On Monday afternoon after dining with the family of Mr. A. S. Layton, of this place, the newly married couple departed for Oakland, where they will reside and where Mr. Layton is engaged in business. The Echo wishes them all manner of success and happiness.

Horse Thief Captured and then Escapes.
       John Potter was arrested at Riley Taylor's residence on Rock House creek, eight miles east of Cassville, Wednesday night by Allen Hailey, assisted by Ed. McKinney, Jno. Maxwell and two men who were following Potter from Marion county, Ark., where he had stolen a horse. He was taken back to Arkansas Wednesday morning. He is stepson of Len Smith, who formerly lived in this county. ... Cassville Democrat

Potter was brought to Jack Maxwell's five miles northeast of Berryville, on last Thursday evening where they stopped to stay all night. Sometime in the night, he made his escape from the guards who had stepped out of the house with him. He had also stolen a mule from A. J. Bogle, of Marion county, who was guarding him at the time of his escape. A reward of $25 is offered for his delivery at Yellville, Ark. - Carroll Progress.

It will be remembered that our Bruno correspondent reported the stealing of Mr. Bogle's mule week before last.

King's Prairie Items.

We are glad to say our neighbor, Alf. Patterson, who has been very low with fever, is getting well; but his aged mother and brother are both confined to their beds with the same fever - typhoid.

Echos from Eros.

The many friends of our young Dr. W. T. Massey will be glad to learn that he is located in Pope county where he is getting a lucrative practice. Lum Smith, formerly a resident of this county, but lately a resident of Carroll, has returned to Marion, because he says he likes to live where he can make a crop.

November 25, 1887 Issue (Top)


Mrs. Readan died suddenly at Chicago. A live snappint turtle was, after death, forced up out of her stomach and throat.

The Boone Banner says if Illinois would raise more hemp, Chicago would raise less h---. Our neighbors shouldn't use such explosive language.

On yesterday a monument erected by the Masonic Fraternity of this State to the memory of Past Grand Master E. H. English, was unveiled at Little Rock.

Capt. Tom Stallings who was granted a divorce at the late term of circuit court in Jackson county, married again last week. He has many friends up here who wish him much happiness.

Carroll county will have to elect a new county clerk. Moose, the old clerk, was indicted by the grand jury of Carroll county at its last session for failing to publish a statement of the financial condition of the county, and was removed from office. An appeal was taken to the supreme court, which affirmed the decision of the lower court.

On the night of the 17th, 13,000 bales of cotton went up in smoke at Memphis. The fire originated in one of the presses of the Merchant's Cotton Compress and Storage Company. The loss on buildings and cotton will probably reach $1,000,000. The cotton destroyed was principally export and was valued at $630,000. The amount of insurance will not exceed 60 percent of the loss. The presses and buildings were partially insured.

The Paragould Press says: The age for ending female names with an "ie" has come to a ridiculous conclusion in Craighead county. A farmer named Ake christened his eldest daughter Belle. She, adopting the style of the Mollies, Susies, Fannies and Matties of the region, had some cards printed "Bellie" and now she appears to a distracted world as "Miss Bellie Ake."


Dr. Wm. Noe has moved to town.

Rev. O. H. Tucker and family are expected to arrive from Fayetteville today.

Owing to sickness in the editor's family, the daily Lead Hill Herald suspended for ten days.

I need what you owe me very badly. Please don't forget me. W. T. Bryan.

Our young friend, E. L. Berry, started to Virginia last Monday. He will probably visit Washington city before he returns home.

We learn that six families -- three from north Missouri, two from Randolph county, Ark., and one from Iowa -- have recently located near Doddsville.

I need all the money I can command, and I will take it as an act of gentility if my patrons who owe me will come up and pay me at once. Respectfully, H. A. Young.

Our old friend Trimble, the Boone county tobacco man, will soon commence the manufacture of tobacco at Lead Hill. He used to believe in advertising, and we are banking on getting a nice card from him when he gets fairly settled.

The Echo Man doffs his editorial hat to Miss Ida Cox, corresponding secretary of the Gassville Reading Club, for an invitation to attend the supper given by the club last night. We regret very much our inability to attend, but the club has our thanks, all the same.

The Mrs. Owens affair, up in Sugar Loaf township, is becoming a personal affair between some of the parties, and The Echo will take no stock in it. We hope the matter will be settled legally. That's the only way to do it. Personal vilification will do no good, but a deal of harm.

J. C. Floyd, Esq., is now occupying Dr. Lindley's office as a law office.

Mr. R. B. Garrett, one of the thrifty young farmers of Prairie township, gave The Echo a pleasant call yesterday.

Mr. J. L. Vaughn, of Clear creek, was examined by County Examiner Floyd yesterday and granted license to teach school. He stood a good examination.

We learn that A. G. Cravens, of White River, sustained heavy loss from the forest fire last Saturday. Nearly all his fencing was destroyed and his dwelling came near being burned.

Mr. John Angel, the Bruno merchant, popped in at our den yesterday. He was in a hurry to get home and wouldn't tell us anything about his hack line, but our Eros correspondent does, all the same.

"Uncle Jack" Noe is quite unfortunate with his barns. Last spring his barn was blown down, and during the heavy wind Saturday the new building, which he was erecting on the same spot, gave way and toppled down.

MARRIED: At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Berry, Thursday evening, November 24th, 1887, J. C. Floyd, Esq., to Miss Virgie Berry, A. J. Noe, J.P., officiating. It was a very quiet affair.

A card from Doddsville, received on Tuesday night, states that much damage was done by the forest fires in that locality. Dr. H. S. Dobbs' house caught fire burning one side of the roof and one bed before it was stopped. J. D. McGregor, J. Knight, Hayes and others suffered loss from fences, fodder, wagons, &c., being burned. By hard work for a week the fire was finally got under control.

On Monday last Dr. J. S. Lindley started to Louisville, Ky., to attend medical lectures. The doctor is already a graduate of medicine and had practiced his profession here for four or five years past, and had built up quite a lucrative practice. He will return in the spring, as he has considerable business here yet to look after. His numerous friends wish him much success, and all the honors attainable in his noble profession.

A Few Changes.

W. R. Evans of the Cowan's barrens, has sold his place to W. H. Hamlet, Jr., and bought the T. J. Estes place on Fallen Ash. Mr. Evans is well pleased with the change. Mr. Estes has moved to Boone county. R. G. Dean, also from the Cowan barrens, has bought a place on Fallen Ash from T. J. Estes. Carson Horner has bought a place two miles north of town, known as the Waldron place, and moved to it last week.

Eros, Arkansas, Nov. 23, 1887

Mrs. Patterson has been very sick but is convalescent at present.

Dr. Elam took his oldest son, W. L., to Rally Hill last Monday and entered him as a student for the remainder of the term.

On last Monday, James Bassham, one of our substantial citizens, started to Washington county, where he intends to make his future home.

We are glad but really surprised to learn through The Echo that J. I. Thompson has committed matrimony. We always thought that Jim would die an old maid.

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