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

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July 4, 1889 Issue


And still it rains. If it continues to rain plenty through this month there will be more corn made in Pison Bend than has been for several years. Wheat was about a half crop, oats are very fine, cotton looks very well but is small and the stand was injured by its dying out.

Messrs. A. J. Cravens and son and Cauldwell started to West Plains last Saturday to bring back goods for Mr. McBee. They will probably take in the Fourth at West Plains.

I hear a great many persons shouting hurrah for the high school at Yellville.


Work on the foundation of the court house is progressing.

The masons will begin to lay the brick on our new church next week.

Leller, the little daughter of Alex Hurst, cut her foot badly on a piece of broken jar at the school house last Wednesday. She was unable to be taken home Wednesday night.

Dr. Noe was able to come to the office last Tuesday but is very poorly; his collarbone being broken by his fall.

Nick Miller has the rock for the fine work of the high school building on the ground and will begin cutting it next week.

Hon. Logan H. Roots, of Little Rock, gave us $5 to assist in buying a library for our Sunday school. The library will be ordered next week.

A. B. Layton has bought the Charley Noe property occupied by H. A. Young. We did not learn the consideration.

Mrs. H. A. Young prepared a sumptuous dinner for her Sunday school class on the Fourth, and invited The Echo family to partake. But it being press day, we could not take time to accept, which we much regret.

A bouncing boy made his arrival at the residence of Calvin Dudley, DeSoto Township on the 27th.


July 12, 1889 Issue (Top)

There will probably be war between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, two Central American states.

Miss Emma Clayton, daughter of the murdered John M. Clayton, is now post master at Pine Bluff.

England and Portugal are about to have a war. One broadside from John Bull would knock Portugal into the ocean.

A young man by the name of Thomas Turner was drowned in White river, Taney Co., Mo., last Sunday morning.

John L. Sullivan of Boston, and Jake Kilrain, of Baltimore, the two greatest sluggers in the world, was to fight last Monday for $20,000 and the championship belt of the world, worth $3,500. Millions of dollars probably changed hands over the fight. The Governors of Louisiana and Mississippi had called out the Militia at last accounts to prevent the fight, and we hope they succeeded, and will put both sluggers in jail.

Later - Sullivan won the fight at the end of the 75th round. Neither of the men were very badly injured. The fight occurred about one hundred miles from New Orleans.


Made good his oath. Ozark, Mo., July 3.

News has just been received here that the eldest son of Wash Middleton has killed Detective Jim Holt, on the Arkansas Boarder. A year this month, Holt killed Wash Middleton at Mount Parthenon, Newton County, Ark. at a picnic. Middleton had escaped from the Taney Co. jail nine months previous, having been convicted to a long term in the Missouri penitentiary for the murder of Sam Snapp, through the Bald Knob feud. Holt had disguised himself as a tramp and dogged Middleton's footsteps for weeks, and finally got the drop on him at the picnic. Middleton's sons then swore that they would have Holt's life in exchange for their father's, and within two or three weeks of the anniversary of their father's death, one of them has made good the oath. Middleton shot him from the bushes. - Avalanche.

Later - Sheriff Bronson of Taney Co., and one of his deputies named Ed. Fonk were killed by the Miles boys at Kirbyville, July 4th. The Miles boys are under bail charged with being implicated in the murder of Capt. Kenney, the famous Bald Knob leader. In the fight July 4th, one of the Miles boys was so badly wounded he was captured the next day. The other two had not been captured at last account.

The reported killing of Jim Holt is probably a mistake.


Mrs. Olive Carter brought the first sweet potatoes to the office that we have seen this year.

J. H. Hathcock presented us with a beet last Saturday that was 19 inches in circumference.

Dutch Covington bought, of A. S. Layton, the house lately vacated by Melissa Willard.

Prof. Eaton of the Valley Springs school was in town yesterday and made us a very pleasant call.

"Uncle Billy" Lawson brought in a fine cotton bloom Wednesday, but it was too late to be first.

"Uncle Billy" Treat is visiting friends and relatives in this county.

McBride finished a splendid brick cellar for John Cowdrey this week.

Rev. O. F. Tucker, president of Quitman College, spent last Sunday and Monday in this city. In our office and home we enjoyed his visits, and learned with pleasure of cheering prospects for Quitman College. - Ark. Methodist

Miss Mattie Wilson and Thos. Fee authorized their names added to those who will give the high school one week's wages of their Summer schools.

The meeting of ex-Confederates at Little Rock July 4th was a great success. A permanent organization was effected and John G. Fletcher chosen president. Steps will be immediately taken to provide a home for the disabled and needy ex-Confederates and their families.

M. O. Bennett, an old student of the Gem City Business College, Quincy, Illinois, is teaching a series of lessons in Penmanship at this place with good success. He contemplates teaching in north Arkansas two or three months. Will also give lessons to advanced students by mail. Call on or address him at Yellville, Ark.

T. A. Blake left with his family for Columbus, Kan. yesterday which will be their future home. Mr. Blake, who is one of the mining pioneers, and who has probably done more than anyone else to advance the development of the same, will return and continue in the mining business. His family had made warm friends of all the people here and we regret to have them leave us.

There are two or three "nigger" boys in this community that should be arrested and put to work. They will stand around on the streets all day without any dinner, doing nothing but chewing wax, while their mothers are washing for their clothes and what the eat night and morning. These boys have been offered work but will not accept it. If their mothers don't want them arrested, they had better keep them off the streets.

Two of the young bloods of our town, got filled up with liquor last Sunday night and one of them struck the other with a piece of iron, or some heavy substance and laid him out for awhile. However, the blow was not serious, and the boys made up their quarrel. On account of the respect we have for their parents we will mention no names; but the people of this town are thoroughly tired of this kind of conduct, and are going to put a stop to it. If their parents can't control them, which it seems they can't, the law can and will. Now boys, "stick a pin there."

Last Monday morning about one o'clock a.m. the Magness school house situated in the west part of the county was burned. As school was to begin Monday morning, and there had been no fire about the building for several months, it was evidently burned by an incendiary. No pain should be spared to bring the guilty one to justice. The man who will burn a school house and thus deprive the youth of our land from obtaining knowledge, would cut any man's throat for $10. The directors have not succeeded in getting any other place for a school room. Mr. S. L. Brooksher had been hired to teach school.

Mrs. Johnson, sister of Thomas Wilson, died near Valley Springs last Saturday night.

Henry Hudson, Jr., while riding on the running gears of a wagon last Tuesday, caught his foot between the wagon wheel and a stump and hurt it badly. His foot was so badly swollen the doctor could not tell whether it was broken or not.

Complaint in Equity. Marion County Circuit Court.
       Susan E. Wood, Plff. August Term 1889 vs. Gracy E. Nave and Isaac Nave, de'ds. Petition to reinstate lost or destroyed deed and record of the same made by Gracy Nave and Isaac Nave to G. K. Edmonds. To Gracy Nave and Isaac Nave: You are hereby notified that a petition has been filed by said plaintiff according to law, asking an order to reinstate the deed and record of said deed in substance the same being destroyed by the burning of the court house of Marion County, Arkansas on the night of the 10th of August, 1887, to have the same force and effect and relate back as originals, and you are hereby warned to appear and show cause if you have why the same should not be done. This 2nd day of July, 1889. Susan E. Wood by Atty. J. W. Harris.


July 19, 1889 Issue (Top)

Mrs. John Tyler, wife of ex-President Tyler, died July 10th.

Mrs. Henry M. Cooper, wife of the newly appointed Revenue Collector for the Arkansas District, died July 11th.

It is reported that Wiley Matthews, the escaped Baldknobber, killed two men in this state while resisting arrest. One of the men's name was Jackson. The other is unknown.

Marion County is without a surveyor. Ed. Cheatham, the officer elected to that position having removed to Fort Smith. -- Gazette.

You are mistaken, old lady, our surveyor, J. C. Black, is still with us.

What with Bro. Jones at one end, and Elder Flippin at the other, and Major Edgington still at large, the demo party is "getting to be somewhat tangled up." -- N. A. Herald

No worse tangled up Bro. Sharpe, then the Republican party in this section is over the appointment of post master at Lead Hill. Isn't this correct Bro?


A fine boy made his appearance at Dr. Wilson's this week.

Our little girl was quite sick this week but is better now.

Mary, the daughter of Pinkney Cox of Gassville, died July 11th.

Any body can pay for The Echo with young chickens. Bring us in about a million at once.

We have the youngest mayor in the U.S. Mayor Berry is but 23 years old.

W. F. Kirkwood of Lead Hill is visiting friends here. He made us a pleasant call this week.

We neglected last week to state that Joe Ward and family visited relatives and friends near McBee's Landing.

Messrs. Guthrie and McIntosh have sold the Morning Star claim, No. 2, to a Mr. Stone of Fayetteville for $2,000.

W. J. Swofford and his sister, Miss Josie, accompanied by J. T. Swofford and family, went up to Ozark County, Mo. on a visit this week.

Prof. Branner, was highly pleased at the map being made by J. M. Hamilton and employed him to draw a special one for him.

G. C. Rhodes has sold out his hardware store in Harrison and will return to his old home in Tennessee.

Nat Estes brought us a splendid lot of roasting ears and potatoes. The potatoes were the finest we have seen this year. Many thanks Nat.

M. O. Bennett is teaching a Writing school out at the Watts school house. We have not learned how it is progressing. Mr. Bennett is a splendid penman, and has shown himself a perfect gentleman.

A. Johnson, of White river, had his wheat and one acre of oats threshed last week. The oats made 35 bushels and was threshed by Vard McBee and Thos. Noe in 15 minutes. Mr. Johnson's wheat was light.

Parents where were your boys last Wednesday night? You think they were at church no doubt. They were, but some of them would have been better off at home. The meeting did them no good, and they kept others from enjoying it.

The young ladies of our town will give a pound party Friday night, July 26th, everybody invited. This is a brand new feature and the proceeds will go toward buying song books for the choir. No admission charge.

Isam Cantrell has bought a half interest in his old barber and shoe shop and is now ready to greet his old patrons again. Jimmy Cowdrey remained a half interest, and Elijah is depending on the ravens at present.

The town election passed off very quietly here last Friday. E. L. Berry was elected Mayor, J. R. Wickersham Recorder, and Messrs. A. S. Layton, Dr. Bryan, Joe Ward and Henry McCabe Aldermen. [the rest of this is cut off at bottom of page.]

       Last week we insisted that the law regarding loafers be enforced on the big, lazy, buck "niggers" who were laying around on our streets sawing on the fiddle, thumping on the banjo, chewing wax, eating sunshine for dinner and what their mothers washed for, for supper and breakfast. None of the colored folks who work took any exceptions to the local; but those whom the shoe fit got their royal black blood mortally offended and induced some white nigger to write us the following letter.
       Mr. Jones I expect it would be best for you to keep your long tongue to yourself expectively(sic) about things that you have no business and more than that if there is anymore slack I am throwed out about loafers it will not gaverry well with you and you had bitter lay very low abut what you have said all ready or firs thing you know you might not know nothing and it whipped out of you.

Now the black nigger who instigated the above and the white nigger who wrote it have about as much sense as a rabbit. If they imagine any such stuff as that would intimidate us from attacking law breakers they are badly left, and a vagrant is just as much a law breaker as a horse thief. We can find a dozen good witnesses that will swear that the niggers we referred to are vagrants, and we could go before the J.P. any day and get out a warrant for their arrest, and we would be about as much afraid to do it as a wood pecker is to swallow a June bug. But if they were arrested they have no money and would be a dead expense on the county. However, our town organization will soon be complete and we can make loafers work the roads; besides, we will have a Marshall whose sworn duty it will be to look after those that set a demoralizing example to the youth of our town. Industrious Negroes who attend to their own business, will always have a friend in The Echo office, but the loafing nigger, like the blind tiger nuisance must go.


July 26, 1889 Issue (Top)


Our school at this place is progressing nicely under the management of Mr. O'Neal and Miss Mattie Wilson.

Ella Hudson gave us the finest tomato we have ever seen this year. Thanks Ella.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Berry took dinner with "Uncle John" Phillips and wife last Sunday.

W. M. Covington, son of Robert Covington of Baxter Co., is visiting friends and relatives in this vicinity.

Aaron Davis, an old and well respected citizen of Blythe Tp., had a severe stroke of paralysis last Saturday. He is some better now.

In giving the names of the aldermen last week we unintentionally omitted the name of Dr. Noe, who is one of the most solid members.

Miss Mary Berry and Miss Irene Wilson spent last week in the country at the residence of our model Co. Clerk, A. W. Wickersham.

Clay Nowlin informed us that some kind of worm or maggot had made his appearance on some of his corn, but whether it is liable to damage it is a question not yet solved by the discoverer.

The sound of the fiddle and banjo has not been heard on our streets for two weeks. Nobody was in favor of those nuisances, except the loafers, and the industrious businessmen only needed to be reminded of this fact to put a stop to it.

An excursion party composed of Misses Ellen Wickersham, Mary LeFevers, Belle Wickersham, Mary Berry, Irene Wilson, and Messrs. Elbert Noe, John Sundlee(?) Quimby Seawel, Ira Stillwell, and John McBride went down to the Rushcreek mines last Sunday. With the exception of a broken hack, the excursion was a pleasant one.

By a letter received at this office July 25th, written by a subscriber at Peel's post office and dated July 13th, 1889, we learn that a terrible rain and windstorm occurred there on the 13th inst. which for the time it lasted, excelled anything which has taken place there for a long time, but we are glad to learn that nothing serious resulted to the people or property thereabouts. Mrs. G. L. Holt and little boy were the only persons shocked by lightening during the storm, and they were not seriously hurt. Space forbids a more lengthy account this week.

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