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

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April 4, 1890 Issue

There is nothing certain about the Eureka Springs road. It will be extended if the money can be raised.

Gainesville, Mo., is greatly excited over the discovery of a supposed Indian silver mine. Mere nonsense.

The body of Bryan Merriman, who was drowned in North Fork at Harris' ferry January 9, last, was found last Tuesday in a drift by Jo Dickersons while repairing fence on the Bales place opposite Tracy's ferry. The body had evidently been under water until the recent flood when it was washed up and drifted to land. Although the body was badly decomposed it was recognizable. The remains were interred yesterday. -- Baxter Citizen.


Capt. Toney of Gassville was in town last Saturday.

Rev. Downing preached here last Sunday and Sunday night.

The heavy winds of Thursday of last week blew down nearly half the fencing in this county.

E. L. Berry will move into J. E. Wickersham's property, on Main street, this week.

Mrs. Olive Carter has been quite sick for several weeks, but is now able to be up.

Misses Docie, Drusie and Nora Bryan are spending vacation at their home near Marshall.

Dr. Lindley is still at Seneca, Mo. He promises to write The Echo an article on the Red Man in the near future.

Rev. J. A. Butler has bought a farm in Commanche county, Texas, and is well pleases(sic) with the country. His post office is Dingler.

Z. M. Horton will not make the race for prosecuting attorney. This insures the election of Hon. J. C. Floyd.

The blackboard will be completed this week. Prof. Watson is expected to arrive, and the school next term will open grandly.

Yellville now has two splendid Sunday schools. Prof. Harris is now Supt. of the Methodist and W. V. Sewel of the Presbyterian school.

Hon. H. C. Tipton, of Boone county, is prominently spoken of in the eastern part of the district as a probably candidate for Congress. - Gazette.

The ford across Crooked creek southeast of town is almost ruined. Several parties have narrowly escaped drowning in crossing it. We must have a bridge.

I. F. Clark and family, and Sam Buckmaster and wife, left this week for where Tosh and John Soward are located, in the Chickasaw Nation. The will make the Nation their future home.

Ed Weaver, of Rally Hill, and Alex Allen, of Western Grove, visited friends here last Friday and Saturday. They got into deep waters in crossing the creek and their buggy was badly damaged.

Kilgore Horn is at Marshall sick. He has the chills, grippe and whooping cough.

There will be a meeting at the school house this (Friday) morning to clean up the Institute grounds. Let everybody come out and bring axes, rakes, wagons, etc.

J. E. Wickersham is contemplating putting in lock boxes and fitting up the post office in city style. Let every man that has any pride in the town encourage this enterprise. Even as little a thing as the post office is noticed by strangers.

A correspondent from Eros writes us that the wind on Thursday of last week blew down thousands of pannels of fencing in that vicinity. It also blew down one dwelling house, which caught fire and burned up with everything in it contained, the family having taken refuge with a neighbor. We did not learn the name of the owner of the house.

Now that we have decided to enlarge and vastly improve our paper, we trust that every man in the county will help us. If you can't advertise, give us your job work. If you have no job work to do, subscribe for the paper. If you are already a subscriber, get your neighbor to subscribe. A good paper speaks volumes for a county and the better a paper is patronized the better it will be.

The name of the new Literary society at Yellville is "The Henry W. Grady." It was named for the great southern editor, whose early death has been deplored by all. A better name could not have been suggested. Mr. Grady's life was as pure as snow, and his literary qualifications were unsurpassed in the south. The honoring of this distinguished editor will make every newspaper in the state friendly to the new society.


J. N. Griffin has a fine boy at his house, arrived Sunday, March 23.

There is some talk of E. T. Record becoming candidate for sheriff.

       The first term of the Yellville Institute has passed into history. Looking back over that short history, we see many causes for congratulation. Looking forward, there is much to cheer.

The principal takes this occasion to express his high appreciation of the support he has had, both in the liberal patronage and in the manifest public sentiment he has enjoyed.
       The second term of three months opens next Monday 7th inst. Auspicious omens cheer us. Let us enter upon the incoming term with the spirit that claims not that we have made our school what it should be; but that we intend to do so. Meanwhile, let us not fail to give thanks to [faded]. T___ W. Harris.

In this state the Republican Superintendents of the Census have decided to appoint as Census enumerators only such as have been recommended by the Republican County Central Committees. At a meeting of the Central Committee of this county a few days ago, the following gentlemen were recommended for the townships preceding their names, and they will all doubtless be appointed:
Franklin, Thos. Keen
Crockett, E. Davis;
Water Creek, John Cowan
Bearden, J. T. Montgomery
White River, J. P. Wood
DeSoto, Newt Strickland
Tomahawk William Slagle
Sugar Loaf, Neal Dodd
Hampton, Thos. Coney
Union, Henry Hudson
Blythe, R. S. Lundy
Prairie, G. W. Jobe
North Fork, A. H. McVey
James Creek, K. J. Hudson
Buffalo, S. C. Hathaway.


April 11, 1890 Issue (Top)


Mrs. J. S. Cowdrey was visiting at Oakland this week.

The bridge question was laid over till next court.

Mrs. Mary Gear, nee Berry, left last Wednesday for her home in Springfield.

Dr. J. M. Coker proposes to keep up with the boom. He has painted and otherwise improved his dwelling this week.

We struck some splendid letterheads for Dr. Noe this week. The Dr. has always been a warm friend to The Echo.

Harrison will build a $3,000 brick public school building in the near future. The new building will contain four rooms.

Roney Davis has got back from Texas, and like a sensible and true Marion county boy entered school here.

J. T. Montgomery has moved to Rea Valley where he will make a crop. Jim is a good citizen and we hope to have him with us again in the near future.

Just as soon as our paper is enlarged "Notices for Publication" will be $5. If you want to save $1 in proving up your homestead, now is your time.

We want every student in school to feel that they are always welcome in The Echo office, or at the home of the editor. Come in and read anything we have.

Mrs. T. W. Harris has been quite sick this week but is better now, and will resume her work in the musical department soon. Her students are lost without her.

Judge Horn, formerly of this county, is running a large blacksmith shop at Cottondale, Texas. We return thanks for a copy of his county paper.

Gentlemen, we must not forget that Bro. Ross is doing more for this town than any other man. Let us now allow him to trouble his mind about his home affairs.

Rev. D. C. Ross has been down about Marshall for the last two weeks working for the Yellville Institute. He raised about $100 for our school and received considerable encouragement.

Ben Carney will put a pump in the courthouse well in a few days. He ordered it over a week ago. He says that, with a good hose, he can sprinkle the streets in every direction.

Hon. B. B. Hudgins, DeRoos Bailey and Hon. J. C. Floyd got back from Fulton court last week. Dr. Coker and Mr. Hudgins went over to Harrison together, and Mrs. Bailey, who has been visiting here, accompanied her husband home.

J. G. Lewallen, one of the staunch citizens of Flippin, dropped in to our office last Saturday, and made himself solid with The Echo for another year. He says there is some interest in mining matters out in his neighborhood.

The following new students entered school this week:
A. L. Davis, of Powell; Robt. Rea and Omer Rea, of Oakland; Joe Fee, John Music, Anna Patterson, Maggie Ward, Mettie Sowell and Virgie Hutchison, of Yellville.

On Thursday night of last week, quite a number of our citizens met at the new school building to talk school, and from the tone of those present, Prof. Harris certainly felt greatly encouraged. It is the earnest determination to make the Yellville Institute a great and grand success.

Prof. Watson arrived here last Sunday and took his place in the school room this week. He is a master of arts and there is perhaps no better scholar and instructor in the State. We were indeed fortunate in securing his services, and the future success of our school is now doubly sure.

J. H. Perkins, the efficient J. P. of Peel, dropped in on us last Monday and laid in a fine supply of blank deeds, mortgages, justice's blanks and mineral notices. He is a young man that believes in progress and in patronizing his county paper, and we predict for him something better in the near future than the J. P.'s office.

At the examination here last Saturday, Mr. Garrett, the County Examiner, asked the teachers who were examined, among other things, the following pertinent questions: Do you believe in a Supreme Being? Are you given to profanity? Do you use intoxicants? Will you strive to implant in the minds of our students principles of honesty, sobriety, and truthfulness? Will you, yourself, be an example of these things? Arkansas is the only state in the union, so far as we are informed, that such a test is allowed to be made in examining teachers. And this is one of the guarantees of the success of our public schools.

We call the attention of our readers this week to the announcement of John W. Coker, as a candidate for Representative. Mr. Coker is 39 years old, and was born and raised in this county. He received a fair education in spite of his unfavorable surroundings, obtained license and taught school some, but has spent the greater part of his life in farming. He has been a Justice of the Peace in Hampton township for eight years and is also a Notary Public, all of which shows that he is appreciated by those who know him best. He is now a minister of the gospel, is a splendid speaker, and is considered one of the solid citizens of Marion county. He says he has always been a Democrat and is a firm believer in Democratic principles. If successful, he will make us a good Representative.

Miss Annie Cowdrey, secretary of The Henry W. Grady Literary Society, was instructed to inform the Atlanta Constitution that the new society had been named in honor of the former great editor of that great paper. She received the following reply:
My Dear Miss Cowdrey:
       The editors of the Constitution appreciate very much the honor that has been done the memory of Henry W. Grady by your naming after him your society, and by your kind words in reference to him. We will take pleasure in forwarding your letter to Mrs. Grady, and thank you on her behalf in advance.
       It is our wish that your society may long continue to honor by its name the memory of Henry Grady. We are,
Editor of Constitution.


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Dr. L. E. McCurry and his fair bride have located with us. We heartily welcome them and wish them great success and much happiness.


April 18, 1890 (Top)

ANNOUNCEMENTS [of candidates, abstracted, and all subject to the action of the Democratic Party.]

B. B. Hudgins of Boone County, candidate for Circuit Judge of the 14th Judicial District of Arkansas.

J. C. Floyd, candidate for prosecuting attorney of the 14th Judicial District.

John W. Coker, candidate for Representative of Marion county.

G. P. Lawson, candidate for Sheriff and ex-Officio Collector of Marion county.

C. C. Poynter, candidate for Sheriff and ex-Officio Collector of Marion county.

E. T. Record, candidate for Sheriff and ex-Officio Collector of Marion county.

A. W. Wickersham, candidate for office of Circuit and County Court Clerk of Marion county.

A. S. Callahan, candidate for office of County Treasurer.

J. B. Taylor, candidate for office of Assessor.

J. S. Owens, candidate for office of County and Probate Judge of Marion county.

J. W. Brady, candidate for County Surveyor of Marion county.

       Mrs. Mary Gear, nee Berry, writes her parents that the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf Company have broke ground and are laying track from Springfield toward Arkansas. This is rather sudden, but as Mrs. Gear lives in Springfield, she could hardly have been misinformed.


Corn planting in full blast and wheat is looking fine.

"Uncle Blackfoot" Poynter is very sick. Messrs. J. W. Vanzandt, R. T. Cox, and Mrs. Brown have been on the sick list, but are now convalescent.

Hon. T. H. Flippin was here this week buying cattle. We think he will be a candidate for Representative. If so, hurrah for Tom.

J. R. Pace says he has the finest colt in the county.

Who is next? Hon. B. B. Hudgins and J. C. Floyd stopped to shake hands with the voters at our place last Monday. They were on their way to Melbourne.

Eld. W. B. Flippin started for Gainesville, Mo. last Saturday where he and Eld. George will hold a protracted meeting.

Neal Dodd was here on business last Monday. He wore the usual smile.


Nick Miller has bought Mr. Snyder's property and has become a citizen of our town.

Bud Soward and Tom Battenfield left last Monday for Texas. Mr. Soward sold his farm to A. W. Wickersham.

Dr. J. C. Higgs has decided to locate for the practice of medicine at Peel. The doctor is a young man of great energy and ability, perfectly honest, sober, reliable and competent. We wish him success.

Dr. J. M. Coker, one of Yellville's best old time pillars of society, was around looking at Harrison people for the first time Saturday. He is not a candidate, but nevertheless made many friends hereabouts. Harrison Times.

"Lige" has got his fiddle and loafers in good tune, and is now prepared to boom the town for all it is worth. He should be given every encouragement by the rest of the people who are trying to build up the school and bring the town into respectable notice.

W. M. Duncan, cashier of the bank at Eureka Springs, and one of the directors of the Harrison Bank, and W. F. Gordon, one of the leading merchants of North west Arkansas was in town Wednesday and Thursday. We understand they were making arrangements to open up the Bank of Yellville at an early date.

J. B. Wilson has moved part of his goods from Rally Hill and started a branch store at this place. Mrs. Wilson will also open up a millinery shop soon. They will both occupy the Layton building, formerly occupied by H. A. Young. We are always glad to note any new enterprise, and wish this one success.

We this week received a letter from M. W. Platt, Ruskin, Nebraska, stating that he had shipped his household goods to McBee's Landing, via Batesville, and the he, his family and a gentleman by the name of Leonard, would be in Yellville in a few days. We are not acquainted with Mr. Platt, but from the tone of his letters, one of which we printed a few weeks ago, we conclude that he is of that class of emigrants that we want. He wishes to go into the tinner's business and we hope he will be shown every encouragement by our people.


School is moving off nicely this week.

Duffy Griffin was taken seriously ill last Monday but is better now.

Little Mary Willard entered school this week. Glad to have little Mary with us.

Miss Lillie Carter entered school again Monday. We are glad to have Lillie with us again.

Parents and friends are cordially invited to visit our school. They will then know what we are doing.

There is considerable talk that Logan Gilley, one of our brightest students, will become a candidate for county surveyor.

Teachers and students are all interested in the work, and the school is growing better all the time.

Rev. D. C. Ross visited the Institute Friday. He called on the primary department, and gave a good talk, which we appreciated very highly. Come again Bro. Ross.

Rev. D. C. Ross has gone west this week to work for our school interests. He will visit Boone, Carroll and Benton counties and will probably be gone a month. We wish him success.

The following named primary students were this week advanced from the third to the fourth reader grade: Daisy McCabe, Earnest Cowdrey, Walter Layton, Birtie McVey, Ben Ross and D__gie? Wilson.

Our blackboards are just splendid. Our new automatic seats were ordered this week (sure this time) and when they arrive we will have the best school facilities that can be found in North Arkansas. - School friend.


April 25, 1890 (Top)


"Uncle Bob" Richardson brought our office the most peculiar looking piece of tif?? last Friday.

Rev. J. M. Cantrell and family have been visiting relatives in this county this week.

Grandma Seawel is very sick. She had a severe attack of the grippe several weeks ago and has been suffering ever since.

J. S. Cowdrey wants all the candidates to come in and electioneer with him and buy a suit of Clothes, a Hat, and a pair of Boots or Shoes.

Rev. John Watts, of Carrollton, was visiting relatives in this vicinity this week. He is getting ready to attend General Conference at St. Louis.

Rev. L. L. Seawel and J. M. Hamilton went over to the Cantrell school house last Sunday and organized a splendid Sunday school with 32 students.

We have received part of our seven column paper. We have two more additions of six column paper, after which we will bring out The Echo in great shape.

Elsie Record was in town last Friday and Saturday. He says he went into the sheriff's race reluctantly, but now that he has entered the race, he proposes to run to get there.

N. J. Tibbs, of Eureka Springs, is here and is ready to do any kind of photographing, viewing, tintyping, etc. He will do any kind of out door work and guarantees satisfaction. Mr. Tibbs certainly has the best art gallery that ever was in Yellville. He was here for a few weeks last fall and his work gave splendid satisfaction. As it is not always possible to get good work done here, we presume that our citizens will take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Rev. J. J. Tarlton, who underwent a church investigation some months ago and was pronounced innocent of the charge, the other day in company with a young doctor rode recklessly into Clarksville, drunk, and using the most boisterous and abusive language against citizens there. He was arrested and upon examination by the sheriff, a pistol was revealed upon his person, and he was taken before Justice Foster and fined $50 and costs of the suite. -- Boone Banner.

The attention of our readers is called to the announcement of J. P. Sims as candidate for Sheriff and ex-Officio Collector of Marion county. Mr. Sims was born and reared in this county, and is 34 years old. His father died when he was a small boy and he had to struggle to secure an education. However, he is well qualified for the position he seeks. He is a strictly temperate, honest, solid citizen, always in favor of the right and opposed to the wrong. He is also a thorough Democrat, and has always been one.

The town election passed off very quietly last Monday. The following were elected:
Mayor, John O'Neal
Recorder, G. R. Patterson
Dr. W. C. Wilson
E. L. Berry
Henry McCabe
John A. Cowdrey
Leonard Weast
We think we have a council that will do what it can to promote the best interests of the town. It now becomes our duty to show the new council every encouragement. The election of John O'Neal for mayor is a fitting tribute to a worthy young man, as he has only been in the state a little over a year, it gives a splendid lie to the oft repeated charge that a northern man is not welcome in the south.

We call the attention of our readers this week to the announcement of J. J. Horner as a candidate for Treasurer of Marion county. Mr. Horner was born in Tennessee, entered the Confederate army at the beginning of the war and stayed in to the close, being twice wounded. He cast his first vote for Franklin Pierce, and has voted the Democratic ticket straight ever since. He came to Arkansas 21 years ago, has been a farmer all the time, and is one of the best and most solid citizens in the county. He has been a member of County Central Committee for six years and resigned that position to make the race. If elected, he will make us a good treasurer.

We take pleasure in calling attention to the announcement of J. J. Keeter as a candidate for Sheriff and ex-Officio Collector of Marion county. Mr. Keeter was one of the early settlers in Marion county, emigrating here in 1858. He went into the war of 62 and served gallantly in the Confederate cause until 65. He then came back and went to work on his farm and has been a farmer ever since, and is one of the staunch, solid citizens of our county. Twelve years ago he was elected sheriff and he served the people for ten years in that capacity. His record during this period is well known to all our people and he is perfectly willing for them to pass judgment on the same.


Health generally good. J. E. Montgomery is slowly but gradually recovering. We had a great deal of rain last week. Tramel Rea has made some valuable improvements to his steam mill.

       Mrs. Thursa J. Honeycut, wife of Samuel F. Honeycut and daughter of J. W. and Visa Patterson, departed this life March 11, 1890. She was born in Yancy county, N.C. 1850 and emigrated with her parents to this county in 1868. She was married to S. F. Honeycut and as a result of this union six children, three boys and three girls, came to bless their home. Two of the little girls preceded their mother to the better land. Mrs. Honeycut professed religion when quite young and was a consistent member of the Baptist church to the hour of her death. She was greatly afflicted for years before her death, but she bore her sufferings grandly and died supremely happy in a Savior's love. ... J. R. Patterson.

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