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September 1889 Issues
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by Gladys Horn Brown
September 6, 1889 Issue
Jack Spaniard and Bill Walker hanged for murder at Fort Smith.
Mrs. W. E. Christian, the only child of Stonewall Jackson, died at Charlotte, North Carolina.
Vagrants sold at Auction at Moberly, Mo. to farmers.
J. S. Berry was placed on trial at Springfield, Mo., charged with being an accessory to the murder of Capt. Kinney, the Bald Knobber chief.
Mrs. E. L. Berry reached Washington in safety.
You can get five pounds of coffee for $1 at Layton & Cowdrey's.
Leonard and Marion Seawel started to school at Altus last Tuesday. We wish them success.
A bouncing boy made his appearance at the residence of T. H. Swofford's last Friday night.
Mrs. Olive Phillips presented The Echo with two of the largest and finest sweet potatoes we have seen this year. Many thanks.
John Keeter made The Echo office a present of a peck of fine peaches this week for which we return many thanks.
Milum is drilling a well in the courthouse square this week, the money being raised by private subscriptions to do the work.
The Equalization Board meets the 3rd Monday in September at 10 o'clock. The Board consists of Rev. J. A. Rose, J. J. Horner and Isaac Kesee(sic).
It is reported that some one blew up William Hammond's house a few days ago, with a stick of dynamite, seriously injuring him and his wife. Mr. Hammond lives on White river not far from the Marion county line.
J. C. Berry moved to his new home last week.
H. B. Dallam, former editor of The Echo, is conducting a paper at Huntsville.
Jimmy Williams got back from Texas last Tuesday night. His health is very poor.
John Weast and Dave Wiggins left last Wednesday for parts unknown to us.
William Lee, being unable to pay his fine for carrying a pistol, is now languishing in jail.
Frank Sowel, a lad 14 years old, killed a deer in his father's yard yesterday morning with an ax. It had been run down by dogs.
T. W. Johnson of Harrison is here with a good force of men ready to push the work of making brick, finishing the church and building the foundation of the new High school building.
Several families will change locations this week. J. E. Wickersham will move to the property he bought of Dutch Covington, Dutch will move to J. S. Cowdrey's property in the east part of town, and Ed Middleton will move to the property vacated by J. E. Wickersham.
T. L. Wilson, of Valley Springs, authorizes us to announce that a meeting for the conversion of sinners and the sanctification of believers, will be begun and held one mile west of Valley Springs Sept. 14th. He requests all who believe in sanctification to be present. It is the intention to protract the meeting.
It is reported that William McIntosh has sold his 80 acres of rich mineral land in this county to Geo. Chase and other capitalists, for $10,000. As Mr. Chase is chief engineer of the Great Eastern railroad, the interest he is manifesting in mining property in this county gives us hope of railroad transportation at an early date.
[CIRCUIT COURT MINUTES Printed here are too faded to transcribe]
September 13, 1889 Issue (Top)
Guilty? So says the jury. But there is a day coming when you will know who is the guilty one and how I long to see that day come when we may be judged by an all seeing eye. He it is that is the judge of judges. The law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, our superior Judge that we all have to stand before at the morning of the resurrection. So the good people of Marion county, Arkansas should be a little careful whom they hang to please the lower class, that has sworn falsely against me. So this being the case it is hard to give up and leave my old gray headed father, my dear old mother, my brothers and sisters, my loving wife and darling little children. It is heart rending, but may it be a warning to the young men, and old men as well. Take warning of me and shun bad company. Associating with bad company has brought me to the gallows, and being a poor boy, I have got to hang, although I am innocent of the offense that is alleged - but I was sentenced to death today [This is at the bottom of the page and cut off]
Judge Powel, after considering the matter, modified the death sentence a little by ordering that the doomed man be kept in the Boone County Jail till the 16th of October and be brought back to Marion county on the 16th and executed on the 17th. He was taken to Harrison last Saturday.
There will be no appeal taken and the doomed man's life depends entirely upon the clemency of the governor. There is no one here who wishes to see Blankenship hanged. There are many circumstances in the case that are not satisfactory to the people, and while there is no one who wishes to see the doomed man go free, there will be great efforts made to have the governor commute the sentence to imprisonment for a long term of years. It is said that the Judge, prosecuting attorney, the entire bar and the jury who tried the case, will all unite in asking for commutation. A petition has been circulated among our citizens asking for clemency, and we have heard of no man refusing to sign it.
Mrs. Lon Caldwell is visiting relatives here.
Elbert Noe and Charley Wilson went to West Plains last Monday on a visit to friends and relatives.
Charley Wilson and John O'Neal went down to White river last Sunday to see their girls. Yea, verily!
Ida Carter and Dalia Hudson, our little typhos(sic), are learning the trade rapidly.
Morris Vance, the enterprising merchant of Rally Hill, was in town last Monday night.
Charley McMillan, a good looking and energetic young druggist, of Harrison, will assist Mr. Patterson in selling drugs.
Mrs. Zick returned to her home in Illinois last week. Mrs. J. H. Berry and Robert accompanied her as far as Springfield, Mo.
Elder Thomas Nowlin has come back to his old neighborhood. He has bought a farm of E. Phillips, about four miles west of Yellville. We extend to him a hearty welcome.
William McBride and family arrived at Yellville last Monday from Arizona, and is stopping at present with his father, E. D. McBride. He thinks Arkansas is far ahead of Arizona.
Rev. W. L. Downing will preach at Yellville Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night next.
R. F. Patterson has moved to town in order to start off with the boom, and to send his children to the high school.
Our young friend, John O'Neal, passed a good examination before the bar last Saturday and is now a full fledged lawyer of the State of Arkansas. We wish Mr. O'Neal success.
The P. O. has been removed to the east room of the building in which school is being taught. We have seen many fellows confidently walk into the old stand to get their mail. They always come out kicking themselves with both feet.
There is considerable complaint about the postal service of this county. And if some careless post masters do not mend their ways, they are likely to get into trouble. We are very careful to mail our readers The Echo on time each week, but we are constantly getting letters of complaint.
September 20, 1889 Issue (Top)
Bob Younger is dead.
Nagle, the man who shot Terry, was acquitted.
Amy Morgan, colored, died at Helena, Ark., age 113.
Jack, the Ripper, has killed another fallen woman in Whitechapel, London.
John Steidly's family has returned from Harrison.
J. C. Higgs will close his school at the Cantrell school house, this week, and will start to the medical school at Little Rock soon.
Dan McCurry passed through town last Tuesday booming the nursery business.
J. A. Cowdrew will assist in making the big fruit tree drive.
Theodore Steidly went home to see his family last week, and, rather unexpectedly, found a brand new boy at his house.
Yesterday, J. B. Wilson's house caught on fire. Mrs. Wilson sent her little boy to town to give the alarm, but before any help could get out there, Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Carter had scaled the roof and extinguished the flames. The men who first arrived completed the work of putting out the fire. Moral - Build good stove flues and insure your house.
Henry Hudson is repairing and otherwise improving his dwelling.
Isaac Snyder is painting his meat shop.
John Covington is moving his shop to the rear of the lot so that work can be begun on the new bank building.
September 27, 1889 Issue (Top)
Sam Lawson left last week for Texas. We think he left Marion county at the wrong time but we wish him well.
J. W. Brady bought the T. L. Adcock place in Blythe township, last week. Mr. Adcock will go to Texas.
We received a very pleasant call this week from Mr. Mason, ex-editor of the Batesville Pilot. Mr. Mason is now a staunch citizen of Marion county.
W. R. Strickland closed his school at Concord last Friday. He made a complete success, giving good satisfaction to all. He gave an exhibition Friday night that was well attended and was very entertaining.
Prof. Blankinship, Newt Strickland, Stell Davis and H. H. Childress came over to the close of W. H. Strickland's school. We acknowledge a pleasant call from all of the above parties.
Judge Flippin called in to see us last Wednesday. He and Elder B. Rose have been holding a series of meetings in the counties south of here. At Opposition, in Lawrence Co., 45 additions were made to the church.
Mr. J. J. Joyce, of Eureka, was in this county this week looking at the mineral prospects for Thomas Payne of Eureka, a gentleman with plenty of money who wishes to invest some of it here. Mr. Joyce is well pleased with the outlook and will be back soon to prospect further.