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Mt. Echo Newspaper
May 1889 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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May 3, 1889 Issue

Over 40 houses was(sic) burned and $200,000 worth of property destroyed by fire at Jonesboro on the 27th.

The Bald Knobbers, Bill Walker and Matthews have been respited by Gov. Francis until May 10, the day set for the Chief Dave Walker. It is probable that their sentences will not be commuted and that no further respite will be granted.

Rush to Oklahoma is without a precedent in the history of the world. A faint idea of it can be given by stating that at noon of the opening of the Territory, the town of Guthrie did not contain a single inhabitant, and at night of the same day it was a city of 15,000.


Dalia Hudson, our little typesetter, is learning the trade rapidly.

School blanks at the County Clerk's office.

Mrs. Henderson Fee is improving slowly.

A. S. Layton and wife went on a visit to McBee's Landing last Saturday and returned Sunday.

John Pierce came home on a visit last Friday. He is well pleased with school at Valley Springs.

J. M. Hamilton, a very gentlemanly stranger, is drawing a map of this mining district.

James Wilson has gone into the mercantile business. He has his goods in Dr. Wilson's drug store. We wish him success.

Charles Green of Fayetteville has been recommended for the position of land register at Harrison. F. S. Baker of Harrison will be receiver.

Prof. White, P. T. Poynter and Misses Drusy Perie, Essie Porterfield, and Glen White made The Echo a visit Wednesday.

W. L. Cannon was in town last Friday and made The Echo a call. His foot is much better but he is yet unable to walk without his crutches.

Dr. Brooksher paid his parents a visit last week. He had the unpleasant task of setting his little brother's arm which was broken soon after his arrival.

Dr. Bryan has bought a lot of Mrs. Gillespie and has contracted with William Estes to build him a house of four rooms at a cost of about $500.

Andy Briggs bought R. G. Deam's farm last week. Consideration was $300. This farm is in Fallen Ash Valley and is the third bought by Mr. Briggs in the last year.

Last Tuesday was the most enjoyable day Yellville has seen for years. The arrangements for the national holiday celebration was complete. All the business houses in town were closed at the ringing of the second bell at 9 o'clock, and the Presbyterian Church was crowded for morning services; which consisted of prayer, singing by the choir and a few appropriate remarks by Bro. Ross. At half past 2 o'clock, everything was again closed up, and a much larger crowd than that in the forenoon, assembled at the church for patriotic service, which consisted in appropriate singing by the choir, and speeches by Hon. J. C. Floyd, W. R. Jones, Wallie Berry and John O'Neal. The singing of the Choir was pronounced grand. A duet sung by Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Wallie Berry "brought down the house." The speeches showed much care in preparation and were well received. There was no dancing, drinking or disorderly conduct of any kind during the day. There were many people from the country present and we think all went away richly repaid for their coming. At night the children's basket supper was a great success, and $14 was raised from the sale of the baskets which will go toward helping build our large church.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Berry gave an enjoyable supper last nigh to a few of their many friends. We regret that we had to go to press just at the hour we were invited to be present.


Oakland, Ark. April 29, Editor Echo. On last Thursday, while Robt. Griffith, Charley Selvege, Wm. Marlor and William Harris were cruising the river in a canoe about one half mile below the mouth of Little North Fork. Harris, who could not swim, became alarmed, and putting his weight on one side of the canoe caused it to sink [the rest of this is cut off. [See May 10 issue for Oakland news which states Harris drowned.]


Thanks to Miss Allie Williams for a nice bouquet of flowers.

Mrs. Jackson has a new organ now. We presume she will give the old one to "Uncle Jim."

H. H. Poynter will teach the Flippin school.

Joseph Wood was out with Sheriff Poynter last week collecting delinquent taxes, etc.

Stacy's new blacksmith shop is now complete. He is always at his post.

H. E. Noe is attending school at Valley Springs. He will probably teach this summer.

No fighting this week as we have heard of, but there was a considerable dust raised in front of F. M. Poynter's shop last Friday evening which was settled by the bystanders. More business for the J.P.

We saw several of Yellville's fair faces at a church at the Hurst school house last Sunday. May they come again.

W. B. Flippin had business with the J.P. last week.

W. C. McBee has gone to Memphis, probably to buy goods. He is doing a lively business at the 4x(sic) Ferry.

Newcomers at W. V. Seawel's and G. Butler's. Both girls.

Dr. A. J. Pierce reports a nice pair of twins at John Wotton's, Blythe Township; both girls. Also a bouncing girl at Jack Briggs.

Warning Order Marion County Court. Sarah E. Thomas vs. Hugh Thomas. Warning Order. The defendant, Hugh Thomas, is warned to appear in this court within thirty days from this date and enter the complaint of the plaintiff, Sarah E. Thomas, or the same will be taken for confessed against him. March 20, 1889. A. W. Wickersham, Clerk.


May 10, 1889 Issue (Top)

[Abstracts of advertisements on the front page. All located in Yellville, Arkansas unless otherwise stated]


B. F. Fee, Attorney at Law

W. M. Noe, M. D., Physician and Surgeon, (office in post office)

W. T. Bryan, M. D., Physician and Surgeon, office south side public square.

Dr. J. M. Coker, Physician

W. C. Wilson, Physician and Surgeon

J. C. Floyd, Yellville, W. S. Floyd, Bentonville, Floyd & Floyd, Atty's at Law and Solicitors in Chancery.

William Keener, Attorney and Counsellor at Law, Lead Hill, Ark.

J. W. Harris - John O'Neal. Harris & O'Neal Att'y's. at Law and Real Estate Agents.


Hill, Fontaine and Co., Cotton Factors and Commission Merchants, 116 So. Main Street, St. Louis, Mo. 296 and 298 Front Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Represented by Alf. H. Joblin.

Go to Briggs & Hutchinson, Blacksmith Shop, northeast public square.

Go to Ward & Thompson, Blacksmith and Wagon Shop, southside public square.

C. L. Glines, Watchmaker and Jeweler, southside public square, Harrison, Ark.

A. S. Layton - J. S. Cowdrey, Layton & Cowdrey Wholesale and Retail Dealers in General Merchandise.

Old Reliable Store Established 1851, J. H. Berry & Son, Dealers in Dry Goods, Groceries, Harness, Saddlery, Boots, Shoes, Hats and Caps, Hardware, Queensware, Ladies' and Gents' Fancy Goods, Ready-made Clothing, Notions, etc., etc.

Seawel & Sons, Cash Dealers in General Merchandise.

G. W. McDowell, New Quarters Cash Store.

Great suffering is now being experienced by the settlers in Oklahoma.

Two preachers were convicted of Bulldozing at the Plummerville elections. They will be sent to the Federal Penitentiary.

ROBBERS NEAR HOME - Eureka Springs, Ark., May 4. The Harrison and Eureka Springs stage coach was held up by highwaymen this morning in broad daylight, a short distance west of Green Forrest, in this, Carroll County, and robbed. The mail sack containing the registered packages was cut open and the content rifled. The driver can give no other description of the robbers than that there was two of them and both were masked. There were no passengers in the stage at the time of the robbery. - Gazette.

Our mail carrier should be on guard and if the gentlemen above named should happen down this way, and stop Uncle Sam's mail, give them a dose of powder and lead and teach men of that profession what they may expect when the try to "monkey" with our county. [Uncle Sam may be Sam Wootton (S. W. Wootton) who owned and operated the mail hack in Marion County during this time period.]


Mary Lefevers is very sick.

W. Q. Seawel and wife arrived home Sunday.

Col. Dodson, of Bellfonte, was in town the first of the week.

B. Flippin has returned from his trip to Newton County.

Judge Keener came down from Lead Hill to attend the miners meeting last Saturday.

Mrs. J. W. Wilson and Mrs. Nellie Wickersham are visiting relatives in Mountain Home.

Col. Dodson reports a new boy at his house. This is his 21st child. He has four boys and seventeen girls.

W. E. Wickersham has been appointed deputy mineral recorder and mineral men can get claims recorded at any time.

Miss Carrie Keener, of Lead Hill, accompanied her father to our town last Friday. She is visiting her many friends here.

Dr. Bryan has begun work on his new house. It will be a splendid residence when completed.

Mr. Cutter has returned from Hot Springs and is pushing work on his company's property near the new town of Bartlett.

B. F. Fee furnishes us with his card this week. Ben is well known and a faithful and able attorney and deserves a full share of the law practice.

The boys who have been killing fish with dynamite this week should be promptly reported to the next grand jury.

Castoria is a sovereign remedy for children. You can find it at Henry Young's.

We are sorry that Mrs. Jones was compelled to close her school as she was enjoying it and getting up a good interest, but we were compelled to have her in The Echo office, and we hope her patrons will not think hard of her.

Thomas Davenport has found one of the richest zinc mines in the county. He has digged down about ten feet and has taken out over two tons of fine zinc. It is four feet thick and about six feet wide and running downward in endless quantities.

Dr. Wilson and Rev. D. C. Ross and J. H. Cowdrey went to Harrison last Monday to contract with some parties there to build the woodwork of our church. Miss Annie Cowdrey accompanied her father and will visit many friends.

Elzy Record passed through town on his way home last Monday. We suppose he has been relieved of his position as gauger, as he ordered his paper at Marshall discontinued. Elzy is too good a Democrat for the Republicans to retain, however, he has wanted to be relieved for several months.

Miss Irene Wilson, accompanied by her cousin Miss Fannie Cantrell, is visiting relatives and friends here.

It was not our fault that our western readers got The Echo one day late this week. We stayed up till eleven o'clock Thursday night, and got it ready, but the P.M.'s son who had promised to put in the office failed to do it. The Exter mail, from some unknown cause to us, remained in the P.O. till day before yesterday, when we sent it down by Dr. Ware.

FROM OAKLAND. Editor Echo. The body of the drowned man, Harris, about whom I wrote you last week was found on the 4th and buried at the graveyard near town.

Mrs. Baker deserves the thanks of this entire community for the gratuitous interest she takes in assisting the young folks in their singing. Her work should especially be appreciated by those whom she so kindly assists.


Johnson, the eye doctor, has gone to James Creek.

Miss Fannie Covington, of Yellville, is visiting Mrs. C. C. Poynter this week.

Dr. J. D. Waters of Washington County, and Miss Belle Gullidge of the Indian Nation, are visiting friends and relatives at Flippin. They will probably stay two or three weeks.


May 17, 1889 Issue (Top)

Forty-three murder cases have been disposed of at Fort Smith since last August. There was also forty-five cases disposed of in which the defendants were charged with assault to murder.

The Gazette's prize for the largest living family in Arkansas has been awarded to W. D. Green of Murfreesboro, Pike County. Mr. Green has been married but once, has twenty-three children, seventy-two grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.

Five more persons have been sentenced to hang at Fort Smith Wednesday, July 17. Three of the doomed persons are white, one a Negro, and one (woman) an Indian. The names of the white men are Frank Capel, Jack Spaniel and Joe. Martin. The name of the Negro is William Walker, and the name of the Indian is Elsie James. Mrs. James is the second woman that was ever sentenced to death at Fort Smith.

The Confederates held a mass meeting at Little Rock on the 8th and raised $3,491 for the purpose of establishing a home for Confederate soldiers. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions to the fund which it is proposed to raise $50,000. Ex-Governor H. M. Rector, ante-bellum Democratic Governor, is chairman of the temporary organization. The requisite amount is thought will be easily raised. - Gazette.

The Federal Grand Jury at Little Rock has adjourned for the want of funds. Just before adjournment, it brought indictments against the following persons charging them with stealing the ballot box at Plummerville: C. C. Reid, Charles Ward, Walter P. Wells, Ben T. White, Thomas C. Hervey, William Palmer, Warren Taylor, Fred Lee Gunter, William T. Woods, John C. Heard and Thad R. Wells. All the above named have been arrested.

The Batesville Guard, one of the best papers in the state, devotes a great deal of space each week toward the advancement of Marion County. In this the managers show keen business foresight for their city. Marion County is destined to be one of the richest counties in the State and Batesville is our nearest shipping point. Our readers would get much valuable home information, and at the same time do their duty, by subscribing to The Guard.


Mr. J. W. Vanzandt brought us a fine specimen of lead.

J. C. Higgs will teach at the Cantrell school house this Summer.

John Pierce will teach at the Watts school house this Summer.

Miss Ella McBride is visiting her father and friends here.

Mrs. Nancy Cantrell, and her son Willie, were visiting relatives and friends here last week.

Bro. Summers preached an excellent sermon at Yellville last Friday night.

Pinkney Cox, the enterprising young merchant of Gassville, was in town last Wednesday.

Foot ball is now the game in Yellville. It is a fine sport and good exercise.

T. H. Fee, one of Marion County's best teachers, will teach at Pleasant Ridge this Summer.

Mr. A. S. Layton is moving the building lately vacated by G. W. McDowell, to the lot on which the old house stood just east of his store.

We make an invariable rule never to publish a communication without knowing the writer's name. An interesting letter from Rally Hill was not inserted this week on that account.

Mr. J. Surby is suffering severely from an injury of the eye inflicted by a piece of rock flying from a stroke of the pick, while he was doing his assessment work on one of his claims on Clabber. He has struck a fine lot of zinc.

Mrs. Wallie Berry and Miss Mary Berry rode down to the river yesterday and visited friends at McBee's Landing. This was the first time Mrs. Berry ever rode on horseback. She enjoyed the ride splendidly.

When a pant-hunter, pantless, panteth for pants, and pants for the best pants the pant market grants, he panteth unpanted until he implants himself in a pair of J. H. Berry & Sons new jean's pants. Price $1.50 to $3.

Rev. W. B. Flippin, one of Marion County's oldest and best citizens, was in to see us Monday and left us some handsome specimens of the kind of mineral they are digging up down there. Besides being fine samples of the riches zinc and lead ore, these pieces are supposed to contain paying quantities of silver, which if it be the case will add another attractive feature to prospecting in that section. Harrison Times.


Our young friend, Dr. W. L. Massey, who has been practicing in Pope County for several months, is visiting his parents and many friends here. He will return to Pope County soon.

The long, lean, lank and lively B. Flippin passed through here a few days ago enroute to Newton County on official business.

Rev. Henry Sasser preached to a very large audience here last Sunday at 11 o'clock.

Dr. Elam of this place will meet Dr. Kirby of Harrison at St. Joe on next Monday for the purpose of amputating a leg for Mr. Carroll Plumley. - Timothy Tubmutton.

       The court house question has suddenly taken shape. Mr. McBride, who is now burning brick for our new brick church, says he can build the Court house cheaper now than it can ever be built again. Uncle Jim Wickersham, Building Commissioner, raised about $1000 in Yellville last Wednesday and is now in the country receiving subscriptions, and every body, nearly, are signing the paper. It is thought best to raise as much money as possible by subscription, and thus keep the County out of debt and raise the price of county script. Every citizen in the county that has the good of the County at heart, and who does not wish to leave a big County debt for his children to pay, should give all he can in this cause. It is thought the Court house can be completed by cold weather. There is over $1,300 cash in the county treasury that has been set aside for building purposes.


Editor Echo. Grandma Mears, who died at her son's residence on Water Creek 8 miles south of here, was buried at Pleasant Ridge May 10. She was well known and very feeble, having reached the great age of 84 years. S. Matlock.


W. C. McBee has returned from Memphis.

We think it was a very cowardly act of the gentleman who threw the rock at Mr. Lynch a few nights ago.

The law suit between Joseph Wood and the Flippin firm which was to have been tried last Friday was put off till the 22nd.

B. C. Chandler tells the biggest snake tale that we have yet heard of.

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Haslip died one night last week. May they meet the little one again.


May 24, 1889 Issue (Top)

There is danger of war between Brazil and Bolivia.

A terrible affair took place at Forrest City on the 18th. A Negro and a white man got into a fight and it seems every body became excited. A young man by the name of Thomas B. Parham, deputy Clerk, ran out of his office, and seeing F. M. Folbere(?) city marshall, in close proximity to his father, supposed they were having trouble. He raised his pistol and fired at the marshall, the shot taking effect in the back of the head. As the marshall fell, he fired two shots at young Parham which took effect and he died in a few minutes. Sheriff D. M. Wilson came running to the scene where a stray bullet pierced his heart killing him instantly. The shot that killed the sheriff was probably fired by Neely, the Negro, who started the trouble. Thus three of the best citizens in town were murdered. Great excitement prevails.
       Later - Neely, the Negro who started the trouble, was captured by a mob and shot to pieces. The Governor was telegraphed asking him to call out the militia. Instead of doing this, he went to reassure things. Tremendous excitement prevails. The trouble originated in the Negroes trying to control the school election last Saturday.


Mr. W. Q. Seawel is making a new Cellar.

Felix Huddleston called at our office this week.

A brand new girl made its arrive at Joe Ward's a few days ago.

Dr. Matthews dropped in to see us this week.

Mr. and Mrs. DeRoos Bailey are visiting relatives here.

The delinquent tax list will be published next week.

Mr. J. N. Griffin was in town last Tuesday. He is as jolly as ever.

J. S. Cowdrey will probably build a new brick residence in the near future.

Miss Mary Berry and Mrs. E. L. Berry were pleasant callers at The Echo office last week.

Mrs. Dr. Coker and Mrs. J. C. Floyd made our office a pleasant call last Tuesday.

Grandma Seawel made the Echo a pleasant call last Friday. Come again, Grandma.

J. C. Berry will build an eight room dwelling on the lot just east of Layton's. It will front the south street.

Rev. D. C. Ross and Rev. S. F. Dykes went over to Mountain Home Tuesday in the interest of the district high school.

A new boy made his appearance at the residence of James Davis. Also a girl at the home of Wash Harris.

I. F. Clark, an old Marion County newspaperman, visited our office Tuesday. Mr. Clark is in poor health.

Col. Eli. Dodson was in town again last Friday. He brought Mrs. Martha Cantrell home. Mrs. Cantrell has been visiting the Col.'s family during the past few weeks.

We understand that E. D. McBride will shortly remove his family from Harrison to this place. Mr. McBride is a live wide awake man. We hope he and others like him will locate here.

Joe Woods was out in the north part of the county collecting taxes this week. He collected taxes from several parties who have not paid any taxes for several years; and from some who have been paying taxes in Mo., thinking they lived in that State. Good for Joe.

       Meeting was called to order by Mr. A. S. Layton. Hon. J. C. Floyd was made Chairman and W. R. Jones Secretary. Messrs. A. S. Layton, Henry Hudson, and Dr. J. M. Coker were selected as Judges and Messrs. E. L. Berry and Geo. Lawson were appointed as Clerks of this election. Messrs. Alex Hurst, W. Q. Seawel and J. E. Wickersham were placed in nomination for school directors; B. F. Fee having previously resigned. After a lively good humored contest, the two former were elected. A five month school was also voted and a 3 mill tax. The Board now stands: A. S. Layton, W. Q. Seawel and Alex Hurst. The Board is a good one and can and will put Yellville in the front rank in the cause of education.

Mr. J. A. Hartman and Mr. Reid left yesterday for Memphis.


Editor Echo - The school is progressing finely. Crops look fine. Health is good. We have preaching, and Sabbath school every Sunday. Prayer meeting every Wednesday night. My health is good. ... J. H. Wade.


J. G. Estes presented us with a find specimen of mineral taken from Camp Ground mines. We are no judge of mineral but others say it is fine.

Dr. McCurry is visiting his parents and many friends in Carroll County this week. We wish him a pleasant trip.

H. E. Noe came home from Valley Springs on a visit last week.

Mr. Joe Twiggs, of Gassville, is now collecting for Jackson and Cox.

A. Haslip did not get away as easy as he thought. Jackson and Cox followed him and collected what he was owing them.

The preaching at the graveyard last Sunday was a very solemn affair. It was in memory of Aunt Bessie Flippin, who died at the great age of 96.

Married last Sunday, at the residence of Rev. J. H. Parmer, Mr. H. R. Estes to Miss Ada Higgs. Prospects are favorable for other weddings.

Flippin voted a 5 mill tax. ... J. C. H.

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