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

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August 3, 1888 Issue

[Some excerpts from the county convention on the first page.]

The report of the committee was adopted by the convention. On motion Dr. R. J. Pierce was elected chairman and J. M. Griffin and W. R. Jones were elected secretaries.

The chairman ordered the reading of the role of townships in alphabetical order, during which, nominations were made for Representative.

Messrs. J. C. Floyd, W. W. Soward and W. M. Horn were placed in nomination. Messrs. Floyd and Horn made brief speeches, promising to support the Democratic ticket. Mr. Soward, not being present, Mr. Bud Wood pledged him to support the ticket.

The first ballot stood as follows: Floyd 33, Soward 19, and Horn 6. J. C. Floyd, having received a majority of all the votes cast, he was declared the nominee. On motion, the nomination was made unanimous.

The role was again called and Messrs. H. Fee, J. W. Harris, J. S. Owens and T. J. Smith were placed in nomination for County Judge. Owens and Harris pledged themselves to support the ticket, and in the absence of Fee and Smith they pledged by friends.

The first ballot stood as follows: Fee 23, Harris 12, Owens 19, and Smith 4. No choice.

Second ballot: Fee received 23, Harris 12, Owens 23. No choice.

Third ballot: Fee received 23, Owens 30 and Harris 5. Owens was declared the nominee and the nominations were made unanimous.


Mr. John Wesley Smith has our thanks for a lot of nice peaches.

Mr. J. W. Harris and family have moved back to town from their George's Creek farm.

There will be a picnic at Powell, formerly Clear Creek, tomorrow, so we learn from a reliable source. All who attend may expect a good time.

Mr. L. L. Seawel gave his Sunday school class an ice cream supper last night at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Young. The Echo pencil pusher regrets that he could not attend.

At the late term of county court, a new township was formed from a portion of Franklin township, in the northwest corner of the county. The name of the new township is Crockett, and Prairie Grove school house is the voting precinct.

The Harrison Times says the court stirred up the Boone county officials again. Clerk Watkins was fined $80.00 for malfeasance in office, and Sheriff Actkinson(sic) reindicted on two similar cases. Four cases against Judge Curnett were dismissed.

The public school house is not roomy enough to accommodate all the students now in attendance, and Prof. Jones has been forced to transfer a large number of students to the Masonic hall, while Mrs. Jones continues to teach at the school house. There are now about 140 names on the register.

Mr. Jo Burlison seems to have a pretty tight grip on the office of coroner. He was again nominated for that office by the Democratic convention last Saturday over several other gentlemen who were put in nomination. The White River delegation did noble work for their fellow citizen, Mr. T. J. Barb, but Uncle Jo downed him and all the others on first ballot.

Hon. W. E. Davidson, candidate for State Senator, was in town Tuesday and paid us a pleasant call. He spent several days in Marion county this week forming the acquaintance of the citizens. Mr. Davidson is a prominent attorney of Izard county and has represented his county in the lower branch of the legislature. He would make an able Senator for the Twenty-third district.

Mr. B. L. Berry, Senator Berry's efficient private secretary, and The Echo's accomplished and versatile special Washington correspondent, arrived home from Washington City last Tuesday, and will spend a short vacation with his parents and host of friends. Judging from appearances, the climate of the National Capitol and metropolitan life agree with him immensely. He is in robust health and is the same jovial Wallie as of yore "when you and I were young, Maggie." His many friends gave him a cordial greeting.

Messrs. Thompson & Covington have sold their blacksmith shop and business to Mr. Andy Briggs, who will continue the business at the old stand. Mr. Thompson has also sold his residence and lot to Mr. J. H. Berry. [Bottom of page cut off.]

On Tuesday Constable Hudspeth and W. T. Tuttle, of Blythe township, brought a young man by the name of Harrison Milum to town and lodged him in jail. Milum is about 19 years of age and is charged with petty larceny. On Tuesday of last week he purloined a pair of shoes from the store of Milum and Davis, of Powell. He told Oscar Davis, a clerk, that he had purchased the shoes from J. F. Davis, and he wanted to return them and have his money refunded. The amount he claimed he paid for the shoes was paid to Milum and he left the neighborhood. J. F. Davis was told of the transaction, and as he had not sold the young man the shoes, it was clear that they were stolen. Constable Hudspeth and Mr. Tuttle pursued Milum and captured him near Harrison last Monday and brought him back to Blythe township, where he was tried before Esquire J. P. Brady, who fined him $10 and sentenced him to one hour's imprisonment in the county jail. Milum will also serve out the fine in jail.

       Doc Blankenship, one of the occupants of our jail, has been making desperate efforts for liberty, and on one or two occasions came near being successful. On last Friday night he freed himself from his chains, which were locked on his ankles, and opened the inside door of the cell. After getting to the outside door, he cut a hole through the thick oak door facing with a pocket knife, but before cutting the hole large enough to admit his hand going through it, his knife broke. He was working to reach the lock on the outside, which he doubtless would have unlocked with ease, since it appears that he was well provided with wooden keys which he had made and which worked admirably well. On Sunday, Jailer Lefevers found Blankenship between the inside and outside doors and demanded him to turn over his key which he had reason to believe he had in his possession. He denied having any key, but when Mr. Lefevers threatened to have him stripped and searched, he gave up a wooden key which he had concealed in his clothing. Later in the evening, while Blankenship was entertaining a crowd of boys around the jail by removing his chains, Mr. Lefevers came along and took from him three other keys. These keys are made of hickory and unlock the locks as well as the keys in the jailer's possession. Blankenship made the keys himself having been furnished with a pocket knife by a little boy named Tom Watkins, whom he promised to pay $2 when he gained his liberty, if the boy would get him a knife and a corset stay. The boy complied with the request and Blankenship came very near making his escape. It is believed he has a key for the large lock on the outside door, but if he has, the most diligent search has been fruitless. A guard is now kept at the jail at night, and the escape of the prisoner is not at all probable. The jail is perfectly safe with the exception of the doors, which should be made secure without further delay.


August 10, 1888 Issue (Top)

It has recently been decided by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that Sunday marriages are null and void.

Mr. Stole Lebow has sold his interest in the Harrison Times to his senior partner, Mr. John R. Newman, and has gone to Mount Vernon, Mo., to live. Mr. Newman is now the sole proprietor and editor of the Times.

LOCAL ECHOINGS [Much too faded to read.]

It is reported and believed that Andy Hudspeth, who made his escape from the Harrison jail a short time ago, is hiding in this county. It is said that he has been seen by several parties. We have heard of no effort being made to recapture him.

Mr. Robt. L. King and wife, of Harrison, were in town one day this week. [faded]

Married at 1:30 a.m. "Love lasts at Locksmiths," but frowns terribly at a county clerk who won't issue a marriage license on Sunday. But Clerk Dodd was obstinate "put out" a fleeing couple from Searcy county, who applied for a license on Sunday morning, until the crack of day Monday. Mr. W. C. Hatcher and Miss Betty Herrell, of Searcy county, wanted to unite their destinies "for better or for worse," and the young lady's parents objecting to the union, the young couple eloped. They arrived at this place on Sunday morning about 10 o'clock, accompanied by Mr. T. B. Bryan, a brother to Dr. Bryan, of this place, and another young man and a lady. The clerk was sought for, found and urged to issue a marriage license to the loving couple, but he had no authority to do so on the Lord's day, so matrimonial bliss was stayed for several hours, which perhaps seemed days to the anxious young people who [faded out] Arrangements were made with the clerk to issue the necessary papers as early Monday morning as possible, and when the clock struck 12 and Sunday had given way for a new day, the clerk was at his office ready and willing to serve the lad and lass who had been hanging by the eye-winkers over the ragged edge of expectancy for over 12 weary hours. The papers were prepared, signed, and sealed. Justice A. J. Noe was summoned, and a small company assembled at the office of Dr. W. -- Bryan, [faded] Immediately after the ceremony, the newly married couple and their friends departed for their homes in the land of Searcy. The groom is 21 years of age and the bride is 18. May they live forever on the sunkist shore of earthly bliss and prosperity ...[thankfully, too faded.]


August 17, 1888 Issue (Top)


Overseer Weast and the boys are out working the streets two days this week.

Prof. Jones' wife and children, who have been quite sick, are convalescing.

Messrs. Will and John Weast left last week for the Indian Nation. They will return in a few weeks.

Mr. Wm. Pierce has recovered sufficiently from his recent illness to be able to come out in town.

Mrs. Fannie Young and little son, of Ravenden Springs, arrived Tuesday evening and are visiting Mrs. Young's parents, Dr. and Mrs. Wilson.

Mr. John A. Cowdrey has returned from a lengthy visit to Boone county. He has been employed at the celebrated Estes nursery.

Mr. J. H. Cowdrey, of Paris, Tex., is visiting his father, Mr. Wm. Cowdrey. His many friends are glad to welcome his back to his native home. We acknowledge the call.

Uncle Billy Lawson has the thanks of the editor for a fine huge watermelon. Mr. Lawson raises the largest melons in the country and never forgets the hungry printer.

E. F. Lemarchel, wife and sister, all of St. Louis, arrived at Doddsville this week and are guests of Dr. Dodd and family. Mr. Lemarchel will superintend the Marion Mining & Smelting Company's interests on Clabber Creek. -- Lead Hill Herald.

Charlie Floyd, a former Bentonvillian, now a resident of Marion county, has received the Democratic nomination for Representative for that county. Mr. Floyd is an able young man and will make a good Representative for his county if elected. -- Benton County Democrat.

J. H. Thompson, Jr. and family are visiting the mines. John has become a full-fledged miner and digs and delves after old earth's hidden treasures as if there were millions in it.

Married - At Doddsville, Ark., on Sunday August 5th, at 3 o'clock p.m. by Judge Wm. Horn at the residence of the bride's parents...[too faded to read but appears to be two couples. Looks like one is Adon.. A. Pierce .... of Dr. R. J. Pierce of George's Creek ...and daughter of Virgil ..... this is impossible to read in full.] Lead Hill Herald


Mr. W. R. Brooksher, father of Dr. Brooksher of this place, was on his way to see his son last week and stopped at Mr. Parker's to get dinner. After dinner he was trying to trade horses with Mr. Parker [faded] was badly kicked by a mule. Dr. Brooksher was sent for and [faded] his and Mr. Parker's care Mr. B. has improved and we learn will start for home today.

Miss Jennie Small, formerly of this place, but now of Douglas county, Mo., is visiting friends and relatives here. We are glad to welcome her back. [too faded]


August 24, 1888 Issue (Top)


We learn from George Lawson, who came through Mtn. Home from West Plains, one day this week, that on last Saturday Frank Lantz was thrown from his wagon near Mtn. Home and killed. His team ran away with his wagon.


August 31, 1888 Issue (Top)


Judge Powell has been quite unwell this week.

Born, to the wife of Mr. J. C. Floyd, on Sunday, August 26, 1888, a girl.

Mr. James Jackson, of Flippin, boasts of being the owner of the finest colt in the county.

Prosecuting Attorney Bailey is the happy father of a girl baby, born Monday, the 27th inst.

Mr. J. W. Pierce has bought Drew Ham's house and lot in town. Drew and family left his week for Fort Smith.

Mr. Thos. McDowell is again a citizen of Yellville. He is a clever young man and we extend him a cordial welcome.

Mr. R. McAffee, an old and highly respected citizen of Marion county, died at his residence on Lee's Mountain on last Sunday. His disease was consumption.

Dr. E. E. Adams and family, of Buffalo township, after spending the heated term in Canada visiting friends, have returned to their Marion county home. The doctor is attending court this week.

Wesley Lewallen, of White River township, was attending court this week wearing the most becoming smile. The cause of the smile was fully understood when it was explained that Wesley had lately become a papa. It's a boy.

Mr. David Fee, of Franklin township, is foreman of the grand jury, and Rial Garrett is the clerk.

Doc Blankenship, who is confined in jail, on charge of rape, on last Sunday met with a painful accident. He put one chain on top of another for the purpose of reaching the hole in the ceiling of the cell left for a stove pipe, in order to talk to his guard, who was in the upper room, when his foot slipped and he fell to the floor. His right arm was knocked out of place by the fall, and the chair post struck him in the side, causing him much pain. Dr. Bryan was called and waited on the prisoner.

Circuit court convened last Monday, Judge R. H. Powell presiding.
The following named attorneys besides the home bar, were in attendance:
       Prosecuting Attorney, Bailey, of Marshall; Hon. B. B. Hudgins and Capt. W. F. Pace, of Harrison; Judge Wm. Keener, of Lead Hill; Capt. M. N. Dyer and Hon. Z. M. Horton, of Mountain Home; Col. Eli Dodson, of Bellefonte; Y. E. McClendon, of Gainesville, Mo., D. H. McFann, of Taney county, Mo., and --- Fisk, of Marion county.

       David Lee, E. M. McCarty; Thos. Rice, Henry McCabe, Jno. B. Anglin, Wm. Adams, R. B. Garrett, D. Morrow, Chas. Hodge, J. H. Thompson, Jr., Frank Watts, James Parks, John Bryant, Robt. Lang, M. C. Lindley, Henry Keeter.

       J. J. Messick, J. T. McCracken, Geo. W. Layton, Mark Mears, Joseph Copeland, G. A. Powell, James Brown, Marion Axley, John M. Smith, J. P. Smith, Caleb Gilley, W. T. Doshier, Jasper Lowery, Joseph Dodd, James Callahan, Newt. Baker, J. J. Horner, Henry Maxey, L. Davenport, Sam Matlock, A. H. Cowan, W. L. Moreland.

The following State cases have been disposed of up to time of going to press.

State vs. Irvin Williams, seduction; trial by jury; found guilty, fined $25 and imprisonment one day in the penitentiary.

State vs. Callaway Dobbs, wearing weapons; trial by jury, verdict not guilty.

State vs. Robert Briggs, bribery; jury trial, acquitted.

State vs. George Armstrong, larceny; forfeited bond.

State vs. Wm. L. Due, malfeasance in office, nol pros, resubmitted to the grand jury and dismissed by same.

State vs. Pat Carson, selling liquor with license; jury trial, acquitted.

State vs. Jack Boland, breach of the peace; jury trial; fined $1 [or $10] and costs.

State vs. William Cox, assault and battery, jury trial; fined $5 and costs.

State vs. William White, grand larceny, change of venue taken to Baxter county.

State vs. Jesse Blankenship, rape; continued by defendant.

State vs. Frank Faught, grand larceny; on change of venue from Searcy county. Hung jury and jury discharged.

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