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Mt. Echo Newspaper
February 1890 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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February 7, 1890 Issue


Col. J. H. Patterson, of Harrison, died last week.

Rev. Wm. Biggs, of St. Joe, was up last Monday.

Ben Carney is back after a little jaunt in Newton county.

R. F. Patterson has just received a nice lot of candies, tobacco and cigars. Give him a call.

J. W. Brady has been appointed deputy Surveyor by Surveyor Black. A good appointment.

The Institute building was completed today. It is the finest and best school building that can be found within 100 miles of here.

We received a letter from Joe Adams, who is attending the medical school at Little Rock, stating that the Marion county boys are getting along nicely.

W. Q. Seawel had us to reserve space for a large Ad. that he will put in a few days. It is likely that he has a surprise in store for all of us.

B. J. Carney reports that two children were drowned in Buffalo in Newton county recently. The family were crossing the river and got into deep water.

We hear that M. T. Brisco, the Republican representative of Newton county, has announced himself as a candidate for judge of this Judicial Circuit. - H. Times.

J. S. Cowdrey proposes to make the drummers help pay for his locals this year. This is business. No drummer will fail to pay a few dollars for locals if required to do so.

Sam Williams, formerly of Onset, writes us from Dyer, Ark. that he is teaching school near Dyer and he expects to get home next summer in time to enter school here next year.

Mrs. Anderson, of Mountain Home, is contemplating coming here to conduct a Boarding House. She will probably build a good home here, sufficient to accommodate 10 or 12 boarders. She has four children who will enter the school if she comes here.

We received a kind letter from Rev. J. M. Cantrell, of Mountain Home, urging us to continue the fight for good order at church, and good morals generally.

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February 14, 1890 Issue (Top)


Ben Fee is building a new barn.

Mayor Berry is the happy father of a bran new boy.

William Duren is visiting here. His father was once county clerk of this county.

Mail contractors are subject to criticism the same as other human beings.

William McBride left yesterday for West Plains. We regret to lose so valuable a citizen.

Dr. Coker is having some work done on his dwelling that will improve it greatly.

R. F. Patterson has had some work done on the Kelloe house that helps the appearance of it greatly.

Let our friends all make up their minds to help us get the new type by paying up during court week.

J. W. Pierce is building a new plank fence which greatly improves the looks of his premises.

Mrs. W. R. Jones was sick a day or two last week. She is now able to resume her work in the school room.

Brick work on they Layton building has been completed. The woodwork will be pushed to a rapid completion.

The rock walk in front of the Layton block with soon be completed. It will be the best walk in town by long odds.

The La Grippe has visited every city and town in the U.S. except Yellville. There are some here who now think they are taking it.

Mrs. Carter is prepared to take in several boarders during court. She will furnish good accommodations at very low rates.

Nick Miller has completed his stone work here and returned to Harrison. He will probably be back in a few days and go into the tombstone business at this place.

L. L. Seawel is having two splendid brick flues put up in his building west of Berry's store. This will cause a great deal less uneasiness about fire in this block.

A. L. Dirst, our enterprising nurseryman, will either be around to see you himself in a few days or will send his agent. Give him your orders.

There are no new developments in the P. O. contest. J. E. Wickersham filed his bond without trouble and expects his commission in a few days. "Uncle Jack" expects favorable news this week.

Hon. S. W. Peel sent J. S. Cowdrey a $25 draft this week as a donation to the Institute building. This is a very generous gift from our worthy representative, and it is greatly appreciated by our people.

Last Friday Grandpa Abner Cantrell, who is 97 years old, fell off a porch at Mrs. Martha Cantrell's and hurt himself badly. His head struck a rock and it is thought one of the bones of his thigh is fractured.

The Institute will move into the new school building next Monday. The building has been completed in a first-class workmanship manner, and Mr. Johnson carries away with him the respect and good will of all our people for building us a house that is not only a credit to our town and county, but to this portion of the state.

       The Literary Society last Friday night was better than it has ever been. The question for debate was Resolved that the signs of the times indicate the downfall of the Republic. The affirmative speakers were Rev. F. A. Hill, John Horn and John O'Neal. The negative speakers were Rev. L. L. Seawel, Rev. John Hathcock and W. R. Jones. Decided in the negative.
       Miss Barbra Thompson read a charming essay, Gussie Seawel delivered a declamation that brought down the house, Marcus Brewer distinguished himself by reading a selection from Brick Poney(rey?). Miss Mary Pierce read a fine parody on Maude Muller, Miss Edna Coker read an elevating selection and the paper was better than ever. Indeed the Literary is a success.


February 21, 1890 Issue (Top)

Little Rock is determined to secure the Hendrix College.

Hon. Paul M. Cobbs, land commissioner of this State, is dead. Gov. Eagle has appointed Mr. C. B. Myers, deputy land commissioner, to fill the vacancy. Mr. Cobbs was one of Arkansas' noblest sons.

Kilrain, and three or four of his cronies, started out a few days ago to make some money at public sparring at Dallas, Tex., one of the party broke a man's neck by hitting too hard, and the whole party are under arrest for murder.

Efforts are still being made to transfer the Louisiana Lottery to North Dakota. The lottery company proposes to pay the new state $100,000 each year. This ought to convince everyone that the managers of the lottery have a soft snap.

Hon. J. C. Floyd, of Yellville, Marion county, and Z. M. Horton, of Mountain Home, Baxter county, are candidates for prosecuting attorney of the 14th judicial district. If Charlie Floyd is as aggressive in his campaign as he was vigilant in looking after the rights of his constituents while in the legislature, he will undoubtedly get the office. - Arkansas Democrat.


Yellville is situated within one mile of the center of the county on the banks of Crooked creek. According to the last census it had about 450 inhabitants, but of course this number has been greatly increased. It has two churches, two blacksmith and one wagon and repair shop, one flouring mill, one cotton gin, a Masonic hall, one college, one printing office and numerous able gentlemen of all the professions. The business firms are as follows:

J. S. Cowdrey, successor to Layton & Cowdrey, has been in business here some 18 years, and now successfully manages one of the largest general merchandise stocks of our section. Having consolidated three large store buildings, he has a total floorage of 66x62 feet on the first floor, and 46x62 on the second. He has these rooms all well filled and is able to furnish the county with almost anything which may be called for.

W. Q. Seawell(sic) deals in general merchandise and has a large and neat stock of goods. Evidently, he is doing a good business, in fact second to none in the county. Being a large dealer in mineral lands he has some very fine specimens of lead and zinc which he took pains to show us, explaining the different varieties equal to a professional mineralogist.

J. H. Berry and son, general merchandise, carry a full stock of everything in their line, as well as Saddlery, Hardware and Agricultural Implements. Mr. Berry has done business in Marion county during the past 35 years and is well known all over the state as a shrewd businessman. Their stock is an attractive one throughout and displays the fact that it has been erected by an experienced purchaser, and one who understands well the needs of the country.

H. A. Young, is known likewise as the proprietor of a neat stock of general merchandise equal to the demands of the surrounding country. Mr. Young is an experienced salesman, having acted in that capacity some three years for Edenberg, two years for Berry and three years for Seawel, besides seven years in business for himself. His careful fair dealing has rendered him very popular with the people of our surrounding country.

Mr. G. W. McDowell, general merchant, is another old timer having conducted a successful business in Yellville for many years past. His store has the tidy well kept appearance indicative of a good trade and a good trader.

R. F. Patterson, the sole druggist of the town, is a pleasant gentleman who has surrounded himself with a fine array of everything in the line, and stands ever ready to minister to the wants of his people.

J. C. Floyd, attorney at law, is one of north Arkansas' ___ ____. He has been practicing in Marion county since 1882, and was the choice of the people in the last election to represent them in the Legislature, which he did most ably. He will be in the field this fall as a candidate for the prosecuting attorneyship of this district.

Harris & O'Neal, attorneys at law and real estate agents, are doing a large law practice besides much work of great value in the [this is too difficult to read and is cut off at the bottom.]

E. L. Berry, the genial "Wally" is well known to our people, has an elegant office here and is doing a rushing business as a Real Estate and Insurance Agent. He will likely be the cashier of the new Yellville bank which opens for business early in the spring.

B. F. Fee, attorney, one of Yellville's early settlers, seems to be doing a good business in both the lower and higher courts.

Yellville's role of physicians includes: Dr. J. M. Coker, Dr. W. T. Bryan, who is a graduate of the Little Rock Medical School, Dr. W. M. Noe, an electic graduate of a Cincinnati college, and our old friend Dr. W. C. Wilson, who has recently met with great success as a specialist in catarrhal troubles.

Dr. Wilson is likewise a notorious success as a hotel proprietor, the Wilson House being known throughout north Arkansas as a first class hostelry where good meals and comfortable beds are always found. A good livery stable is run in connection with this house.

A. S. Layton, late of the firm of Layton & Cowdrey, is one of the most genial wealthy men of our state. Having been in business here since 1870, he has retired for awhile to enjoy the comforts of life. He now pays taxes on some $80,000 which he has accumulated in that time by ability, shrewness(sic) and close attention to business. Mr. L. pays a high compliment to the people of his county when he says that during all his business experience there he has lost less than $500 in bad debts.

The Yellville Institute building is just being completed this week. It is one of the finest edifices of the kind in the state, and the people here are justly proud of it. While awaiting the completion and furnishing of the new building, the school has been in successful progress at the new church under the able management of Prof. P. W. Harris, principal, and Mrs. W. R. Jones, assistant, both of whom are teachers of extensive experience. On opening up the new building, three more teachers will be added to its force.

The Mountain Echo, edited by W. R. Jones, is a wide-awake Democratic paper, and Mr. Jones leaves no stone unturned by which he may promote the advancement of his country. Being a gentleman of culture and education, and not editing his paper in the interest of any one faction, he speaks boldly and fearlessly, and in the near future his paper will undoubtedly take the position as a leader in the journalistic ranks. He certainly should have extended to him the hearty assistance of his own people and brethren of the press.

John T. Dysart, from DesMoines, Iowa, has recently come to Yellville, and not only leased 2,000 acres of land, but bought about 1,000 more. He is a shrewd mineral speculator, and understands geology thoroughly, having followed mining for the last 28 years. He is now opening up a drift into the mountain within a quarter of a mile of Yellville where he has found considerable zinc. Mr. Dysart is a member of the firm of Hubert Shirley & Bros. of Indianapolis, Ind., also The Natural Gas & Coal Co., of Kansas City, and is interested in business with J. S. Clark, assistant postmaster general, and C. F. Meek, general manager of Texas Panhandle R. R.

A. W. Wickersham, clerk of Marion county, was elected to this office in 88 and has since served his people to their entire satisfaction. He was known by nearly all the people of the county before, for he has been teaching them for the last 18 years. He is one of the most popular men in the county.

Blacksmithing and repairing hereabouts is attended by two firms: Thompson & Ward and Covington & Hutchison. All of these gentlemen are experts in their line, and we were shown several highly creditable specimens of their work.


The thrifty little village midway between Yellville and Harrison occupies a most favorable position for trade and evidently does a business second to few country trading posts. Here we find general merchant A. B. Davis, with a liberal and well ___ stock of dry goods, groceries, drugs, hardware and farm implements. His trade is good and we could easily see by his prices that he treats his people fairly.

Equally good stocks and similar conditions are to be found at the store of Milum & Davis and J. H. Patton & Son who likewise carry all manner of goods which ...[this is cut off]


Grandpa Abner Cantrell is dead.

Miss Annie Morris has gone over to Mountain Home.

Exter P.O. will soon be changed to Rush, and will be moved up to Bearden's store near the "Morning Star."

The school will not be moved into the new building for a few days. It was not thought best to move until the house was thoroughly dry.

J. S. Cowdrey will sell you an overcoat so cheap that you can afford to buy it now and hang it up and keep it for next winter.

Oscar Davis, Stell Davis and J. B. Clark, three splendid young men of Powell, were in town last Tuesday making arrangements to attend school here. They will start next Monday.

"Uncle Billy" Carson received a painful wound last Saturday from a brick falling on his head from the top of the Layton building, the brick was accidentally dropped by someone above.

For sometime past, Cantrell and Angel have been missing articles out of their store at Bruno, and last Friday night William Angel concluded to watch the store. A while after night, Frank Cooper, the 14 year old son of Isaac Cooper, slipped up to a window that contained a broken glass. He sprung the bars inside apart and crawled in . Angel then ran up to the window and the lad was where he could not get out. Mr. Angel watched the window till he could send for Kenner Cantrell, when they went into the store and captured the young gentleman, who will no doubt be bound over to await the action of the grand jury. The boy is of respectable parents.

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