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Mt. Echo Newspaper
June 1888 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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June 1, 1888 Issue


Johnson county instructed for Gov. Hughes. Coal Hill is situated in Johnson county, and if Gov. Hughes was so criminally negligent as was claimed by the "Coal Hill horror" howlers, the Democrats of Johnson county would not have endorsed him.

Hon. W. E. Davidson, of Izard county, is a candidate for State senator. He is subject to the action of the Democratic senatorial convention, if one be held. As there are now three candidates already announced, and perhaps others to hear from, we think a convention should be held.

A Fort Smith Special of the 21st ult. to the Arkansas Gazette says:
       "A distressing state of affairs now exists here among our court attendants. Owing to the witness fund being exhausted, the criminal docket of the United States court has been closed and the entire criminal business of the May term continued until August. The United States Marshall has issued orders to his deputies to summon no more witnesses at present as there is no way of paying their fees. The grand and petite juries were discharged today, and for the present, the strong arm of justice is completely paralyzed, and all because Congress refused to appropriate sufficient funds to run the courts. The jail is full of prisoners, many of whom have been incarcerated for months and months, awaiting trial. Over 400 witnesses have been here, nearly all of whom are without means, and from one to three hundred miles from home. All the Marshall can give them are vouchers, which under a recent ruling of Comptroller Durham are not transferable, hence they are worth nothing, and cannot be sold for 25 cents on the dollar. Among the witnesses are many women and children who must actually suffer before they can reach their homes. Congress has been appealed to time and again but stubbornly refuses to remedy this distressing evil, which is a disgrace to the Government."


K. F. Cantrell, of Bruno, was in town Tuesday.

Born, May 25, to the wife of Mr. J. B. Wilson, a son.

George Wickersham, of Bruno, is in town mixing with the boys.

Mr. J. T. McCracken, of James' Creek township was in town on business Wednesday.

Public School will close today. Exhibition tonight to which all, except babies, are invited.

Dr. E. E. Adams and family, of Buffalo township, will leave soon for Canada to spend the summer. We wish them a pleasant visit.

Mr. Henry McKinney, who lives three miles south of town, says a stray flock of sheep have been annoying him for some time. He would like for the owner to call and claim his lost sheep.

Charlie Covington returned from Fort Smith last Friday. Federal court adjourned until August, money for paying witness fees having been exhausted. The other jurors from this county have also returned home.

The young ladies in the neighborhood of Hamlet's school house, six or seven miles south of town, gave a basket supper on last Saturday night. The object was to raise funds to finish the school house. Each young lady prepared a basket of dainties sufficient for two, and the baskets were sold to the highest bidder, the purchaser sharing the contents of his basket with the young lady who prepared it.

Quite a gale visited Yellville and surrounding country on last Sunday evening, doing much damage to fruit trees, timber, fences, etc. A stable on the Cantrell lot was blown down. Ben Weast kept his team in this stable and one horse was caught under the falling timbers, but the animal was only slightly bruised, the timbers being light. The smoke stack at Seawel's mill was blown down, Henry Young's fancy "Arkansaw Store" sign went flying like a kite; the large maple tree in Whitfield Harris' yard lost its top and smaller trees were left in a tangled mess all over the yard. Fruit trees were badly damaged.


June 8, 1888 Issue (Top)


Two convicts of the federal court at Fort Smith, both being Indian Territory criminals, have been sentenced to hang on July 6.

The United States lands in the State of Arkansas have been withdrawn from the market for cash entry, and are now subject to homestead entry only.

Z. M. Horton, Esq., of Mtn. Home, has been selected as presidential elector of this (fifth) district. He is a talented young lawyer, a Democrat to the core, and well posted in political affairs. His Marion county friends send congratulations.

There will be six presidential tickets in the field this year. Four of them have already been nominated: Woman's Rights party, Belva Lockwood; Union Labor party, A. J. Streeter; United Labor party, R. H. Doudrey; National Prohibition party, Clinton B. Fisk.


Elbert Noe has gone over to Isabella, Mo., on a visit.

Two weddings to report next week. Now do your guessing.

Preaching at the Methodist church next Sunday morning and night by the Rev. J. H. Bradford.

Mr. A. S. Layton, we are pleased to learn, was selected as one of the delegates to the national convention from the Fifth Congressional district.

Mr. H. A. Young went out to Bruno yesterday on business. He says two citizens engaged in a little rough-and-tumble battle while he was there.

Hon. T. H. Flippin was in town Monday. He was anxious to hear from the convention. He was an ardent Fishback man, but the news from the Capitol was not consoling.

Elder Wright, of Mountain Home, corrects our accomplished Washington correspondent's statement in last week's paper in regard to the Baptist convention recently held at Washington city.

       The following is a list of judges appointed by the Democratic Central Committee to hold the township convention:
North Fork - Capt. J. R. Dowd, W. F. Hillhouse, J. D. Noe.
Bearden - Alf B. Johnson, Lawrence Bunch, Jesse Horner.
Buffalo - E. F. Hand, G. W. Cox, Stephen Moore.
Union - Henry Cowdrey, David Bawcom, James Drake.
James' Creek - Bob Long, Isaac Pangle, G. W. Sanders.
White River - James A. Flippin, J. W. Williams, J. N. McCracken.
Franklin - F. L. Ball, Milton Trimble, Haywood Hudson.
Blythe - W. L. Pierce, Joe Burlison, J. P. Brady.
Prairie - P. R. Davis, W. A. Gooch, James P. Pig.
Sugar Loaf - Isaac Keesee, S. P. McManis, Jesse Casey.
Hampton - R. E. Stafford, J. G. Dillahunty, Walton P. Gooch.
Tomahawk - G. A. Pyle, R. R. Wilson, Henry Sasser.
Water Creek - William Thompson, Jas. W. Phillips, Sylvester Cheek.
DeSoto - Calvin Summers, G. P. Davenport, N. R. Lazarus.


June 15, 1888 Issue (Top)


Hon. T. H. Flippin is here this week laying his wheat on the ground for the binder. Take your time Tom.

Mrs. Jackson has the finest garden in a day's walk of this place. Who's next?

Our good women contemplate canning a large portion of the abundant fruit crop for winter and spring use, and of course we have no objections.

We attended church Sunday at school house No. 1. Rev. J. H. Parmer preached as usual, a good sermon, and we were glad to see so many there.


Mr. Wm. Cowdrey has found a mountain of zinc on James' Creek.

Preaching at the camp ground next Sunday morning by Rev. J. H. Wade.

Mr. W. T. Howard, of near West Plains, Mo., is looking after a school in this county.

Drs. Wilson and Bryan attended the meeting of the District Medical Society at Gassville on Wednesday.

Quimby and Marion Seawel, who have been attending school at Fayette, Mo., returned home on yesterday.

Prof. W. R. Jones went up to Valley Springs yesterday to attend closing exercises of the academy at that place.

Mr. John Angle withdraws from the race of sheriff. His card will appear next week. It came just as we were going to press.

Dr. J. M. Coker, who was a delegate to the State convention, returned home last Friday. He says he had a pleasant time.

We learned from Mr. Henry McCracken, who was in town Saturday, that the wheat crop in James Creek township is the finest for years.

W. C. McBee, of White River, Cam Berry and W. Q. Seawel, of Yellville, were at St. Louis while the National Democratic convention was in session. All parties have returned home.

There was a double wedding in Rea Valley last Sunday. Mr. J. A. Thompson and Miss Dora Rea and Mr. H. A. Thompson and Miss Ella Bench were the contracting parties. The young men are brothers and the brides are cousins. "May peace and prosperity be their lot," etc.

Prosecuting Attorney Bailey and wife came down from Harrison Tuesday. Mr. Bailey left yesterday for Marshall to look after some business and will return in a few days. As yet he has no opponent and will not likely have any. At any rate, he will be his own successor as prosecuting attorney, if he lives.

Mr. Henry McCracken, of James' Creek township, has authorized The Echo to say that he is a candidate for the office of county treasurer, subject to the action of the Democratic Convention to be held in July. ... Mr. McCracken is a comparatively young man who was born and reared in this county. His father was a soldier in the Confederate Army and died during the war, leaving his orphan son almost on his own resources to battle with the world. He has served his township six years as justice of the peace. The county's cash would be safe in his hands.

This week the name of Judge W. M. Horn appears in our announcement column. He is a candidate for Representative to the State Legislature, and is subject to the will of the Democratic party in the convention to be held in July. Now serving the people as county judge for the second term, they are well acquainted with him. While The Echo has had occasion to criticize some of the official acts of Judge Horn, it credits him with an honesty of purpose and a conscientious discharge of his duty as he conceived to be right. If nominated and elected, we believe he would be governed by the same honesty of purpose and would serve the county to the best of his ability.

       Hulda M. Patterson, nee Willis, was born in Cleveland county, N. C., October 26, 1849. Her father moved to Arkansas when she was a child and settled in Boone county. She was converted at 16 years of age and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in which she lived a consistent member until translated to the Church Triumphant at 10 p.m. February 21st, 1888. She was married to her now bereaved husband January 15, 1871. Was the mother of five children, one of them (little Jimmy) preceded her to the children's home in Heaven. Of her virtues, too much cannot be said. She was a dutiful child, a faithful and devoted wife, a patient and loving mother, faithful in training her children in the nurture and admonitions of the Lord. She leaves a good mother, a broken-hearted husband, four children, and many friends to mourn their loss. But we sorrow not without hope, for we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead and all that sleep in Him God will bring with Him in the resurrection morn. [The remainder was too faded to read, but I think all the genealogical data contained herein was transcribed.] J. R. Patterson


June 23, 1888 Issue (Top)

From Valley Springs, June 19, 1888.

Editor Echo: - Our school closed with good exhibitions on Thursday and Friday nights. Attendance was good on both nights, many visitors from a distance being present. Among the visitors were Prof. Jones and Robert Briggs, of Yellville.

Mr. Roney Davis, who has been attending school here, started homeward this morning. I think that from the way he was parading around on the streets yesterday evening with the fair young maidens, it won't be long before he retraces his steps in this direction.


Joe Adams, who has been attending the Valley Springs Academy for the past session, has returned home.

Rial Garrett, candidate for clerk, was in town Tuesday and The Echo acknowledges a pleasant call from him.

Prof. Jones has bought Mr. D. L. Stockton's house and lot on Church Street. Mr. Stockton contemplates moving to West Plains, Mo.

Our old Batesville friend, Capt. Ed. Warner, was a welcome caller at the office on Tuesday. He is buying up cedar logs to be delivered at Batesville.

The Hudspeth case has been submitted and we suppose the supreme court will render a decision at an early date. The Chas. Fox case, which was appealed from this county, also has been submitted.

Mr. B. J. Carney, who has been laid up for the past four or five months from the effects of a kick from his horse, which broke one of his legs, is stopping in town for a few days. He is still quite lame and has to use a cane. While in a helpless condition, some parties "jumped" Mr. Carney's mining claim on Rush Creek, but as he has complied with the law he will have no trouble establishing his claim.

Miss Una Jobe, daughter of Dr. G. W. Jobe, of Prairie township, this county, and Mr. Fred McChesney, of San Francisco, Cal., were united in marriage at this place on last Tuesday, the 19th inst., Rev. J. H. Bradford officiating. The bride has many friends and admirers in Yellville, who wish for her a life of happiness in her far away home on the Pacific slope. They departed soon after the ceremony for their California home.

Mr. Thomas Burton and Miss Belle Adams, daughter of Mr. Linn Adams, this county, were married about 2:00 a.m. on last Saturday. Mr. Adams objected to the marriage, and while he and his wife were at Valley Springs attending the closing exercises of the school at that place, the young couple took advantage of the opportunity to get married. Mr. Burton was making a crop on Mr. Adams' farm but sold his crop a few days before the marriage. [Transcriber notation: T. F. Burton, age 28, of Hampton to Victoria Adams 18 of Hampton married 10 June 1888.]

Arkansas State Lunatic Asylum, Little Rock, Ark., June 6, 1888.
Mr. G. P. Lawson, Yellville, Ark.
       Dear Sir: - Mr. William McGarity; of whose illness I wrote you, died today. He will be buried in the asylum cemetery and his grave properly marked. Respectfully, P. O. Hooper, Sup't.


June 29, 1888 Issue (Top)


We regret to learn of the serious illness of Mrs. George Layton, of Oakland.

The Lead Hill Herald is to be revived, with Capt. Hindes at proprietor.

Dr. R. J. Pierce, of Blythe township, was in town Friday. He has just recovered from a spell of sickness.

The Fox case, which was appealed from this county, was reversed by the supreme court. No news from the Hudspeth case.

Hon. E. P. Watson, of Bentonville, candidate for Congress in this district, arrived here Sunday morning and remained until Monday noon. He went from here to Mountain Home.

Mr. John Covington has, in his garden, a vegetable called "Kohl Rabi," which is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. It resembles the latter and tastes like the former.

Mr. E. T. Record, of North Fork township, is being urged by many friends to make the race for Representative. He is a good Democrat, well informed, and an honest, upright gentleman.

Mr. J. C. Floyd declines to make the race for Representative, and publishes a card to that effect in this issue of The Echo. He has many strong friends who will regret to learn that he declines to make the race. Read his card.

Dr. J. M. Coker has authorized us to say he is no longer a candidate for Representative.

Prof. J. C. Eaton and Miss Cora Vance, of Valley Springs, were married at that place yesterday morning. The happy couple, accompanied by Lieutenant C. D. Vance, lately graduated at West Point, and Miss Willie Kerr, of Rally Hill, arrived here about noon yesterday and remained in town a few hours. Prof. Eaton will teach school at Bruno this summer, and his business here was to get his license to teach.

Last Saturday afternoon, while Ben Weast was getting ready to start to West Plains after a load of goods, he left his team standing hitched to the wagon near his residence, in charge of one Keeling, whom he has employed. The horses became frightened, and while Keeling was not watching, they ran away with the wagon, running as far as Henry Young's store, where they were stopped by men on the street. Mr. C. C. Poynter caught the reins of one the horses and clung to them like grim death until the team was brought to a stop. No damage was done to either wagon or team, but the escape was almost miraculous.


Messrs. Jones and Reynolds have just got back from West Plains, Mo., with their new threshing separator. I can say for the boys that they have the best make of machines out.

Mr. W. T. Howard, of South Fork, Mo., will teach our public school commencing July 9th. Mr. H. is a fine looking young man, and we wish him success with his school. -- Eli.

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