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Mt. Echo Newspaper
May 1891 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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May 1, 1891 Issue


Morrilton, Ark. was almost destroyed by fire April 24th.

British troops have recently burned 12 villages of the Manipures in India and killed large numbers of the natives, who are now thoroughly cowed.

The election officers at the Morrilton (Ark.) precinct have been indicted for ballot box stuffing at the last Congressional election.

The pope was almost thrown to the floor by a terrific powder explosion in Rome. Irreparable damage was done to the Vatican, St. Peter's and St. Paul's.

Anna Dickinson gave indubitable evidence of her insanity in a lecture in New York, in which her ramblings took such an indecent turn that many ladies were forced to leave the theater.

Hon. T. H. Flippin agrees with The Echo that Marion county Democrats should begin to organize. The fight next year in this Congressional District will be a warm one and Marion county should be getting ready for it.


Miss Lizzie Davenport paid us a pleasant visit this week.

E. L. Hayes, of Buffalo City, was up at Harrison a day or two this week.

Dr. Potts, of Powell, made us a pleasant call Wednesday.

John B. Thompson, the jolly sewing-machine man, is with us again.

J. H. Berry & Son have just received and opened a splendid lot of clothing.

Seawel will sell you goods at Wholesale or Retail cheaper than any house in North Arkansas.

Cotton continues to decline in the markets. The same can be said about goods at Cowdrey's.

Every body is invited to inspect J. H. Berry & Son's new stock of goods, just opened at the Layton brick.

Drs. Brewer and McCurry reported a bouncing pair of twins, boy and girl, at Wm. Lovell's near Flippin.

W. Q. Seawel has greatly improved the looks of his store by repainting the front and putting up a new sign.

All kinds of school blanks can be had by calling on Prof. Harris at Yellville, or Prof. R. B. Garrett, Bruno.

E. C. Cook, of Toney, is the happy father of a bran new boy. Mining stock will go up for a few points.

Go to the great bargain house of W. Q. Seawel if you want goods cheaper than any living man can give you.

Shell King, the young man that was last week reported to be so badly hurt in Prairie township, is improving and will doubtless recover.

The mail service between here and Lead Hill has been temporarily suspended, on account of Milt Trimble throwing up the contract.

J. H. Berry & Son have opened up, in their new quarters, the nicest and cleanest stock of goods that ever has been displayed in Yellville.

Young Van Sickle, whom we mentioned week before last as being so severely injured, is doing well. However, he has entirely lost the sight of his eye.

J. F. Stark, J. B. Ward, W. V. Sowel and Dan Reed are working on the Layton addition. Henry McCabe and J. A. Young are working on The Echo Office.

About the only consolation the people can have over the low price at which they had to sell their cotton, is that they can buy goods in the same proportion at Cowdrey's.

We would be pleased to have every doctor in the county send us a notice of every birth and death at which they are present. It is almost impossible to get this class of news except from the doctors.

Drs. Wilson and Higgs have bought the Patterson stock of drugs at this place. They propose to stock up and run a first class drug store. Look out for an ad, as soon as they get things in shape.

This editor and his better half have about concluded to take in the Press Association and river Convention at Batesville about the 20th of May. None of our friends can insult us by paying up between now and that date.

Tariff reduction: How sweet it is, if it would only go far enough and reduce the price of other articles as it has sugar. Just think of it. Oh, how sweet! You can now get 15 pounds of sugar for $1. at J. S. Cowdrey's.

Detective Jim Holt, of Lead Hill, captured one W. M. Cable, of Peel, Ark., charged with selling liquor. They passed through town Tuesday enroute to Fayetteville, where the U.S. Commissioner will inquire into the case. -- Times

James D. Dilbeck, of North Fork township, proved up on his homestead Thursday. It was the first time he had been to Yellville in 7 years although he has been living in the county all the time. He is a first class citizen and is a constant reader of The Echo.

Mrs. D. C. Ross presented The Echo family with the first mess of radishes we have seen this year.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Floyd left for Bentonville this week where they will visit relatives and friends.

If every citizen that is friendly to our school will go to work, 200 boarding students can be induced to be present at the opening of the fall session. We can amply accommodate that many and there is no reason whey we can not have them here. Now is the time to begin work.

Last Friday night, Lula, the stepdaughter of John Markle, aged 14, and Matthew Martin, eloped from Markle's mill and struck out on foot for Jackson county. Last Sunday Mr. Markle started after the romantic couple but we have not heard whether or not he has succeeded in overtaking them.

Our citizens were very indignant last week concerning the mail. We did not get any mail from West Plains from Tuesday till Saturday. Of course the blame was laid on the carrier, but we are informed that the mail carrier came down to the river every day and was anxious to cross over but the ferryman would not put him across.

A great many people do not seem to understand the nature of legal printing. A newspaper is not expected to wait from one to six months for any kind of work, except it has a running account with the party having work done. All legal work is due as soon as soon as the work is done and some of it before the work is done.

I have some mining property that is not for sale. I want to develop it. In order to do so, I wish to sell about 400 acres of other mineral land I own on James Creek, Tar Kiln and Sugar Orchard. There is an out-crop of zinc on every one of the claims and on several of them good mineral has been found. Easy Terms. J. W. Black, Powell, Ark.

A. S. Layton has changed his plans somewhat with regard to the barber shop. He will enclose space between the marble front and the building east of it for a wareroom for Berry & Son. The ware-room now used by Berry & Son will be fitted up for a barber shop. Mr. Layton expects to put in a brick between the marble front and the building occupied by J. S. Cowdrey as soon as there is a demand for such a building.

J. H. Blount, of McPherson, Baxter county, writes to Dr. Brewer that he is anxious to cast his lot with the people of Yellville so as to enable him to take advantage of our splendid school. He would like to rent a first class bottom farm on Crooked creek, as near to town as possible. As Mr. Blount is a first class farmer and a most progressive citizen, we should give him every possible encouragement. He made a trip or two to Yellville last year trying to make arrangements to locate here but did not succeed.

Our enterprising merchant friend P. A. Cox, of Gassville, was in town yesterday on business. He reports that his store was burglarized Tuesday night and among other things taken were seven silver watches and gold plated chains. The exact amount of goods stolen is not known. The thief entered the store through a window by cutting the putty out and removing the paine(sic), which enabled him to loose the fastening on the inside and raise the window. The thief is not known but the length of his foot is. - Citizen.

"Jim" Holt, Deputy U.S. Marshall, passed through town last Tuesday with Perry Poynter, of Flippin, whom he had arrested, charged with violating the whiskey revenue laws. Ambrose Atterberry and Charles Daffron was taken along as witnesses. We presume they were on their way to Fort Smith.

Mr. A. L. Dirst, of Dodd City, Marion County, accompanied his wife this far last Wednesday on her way to visit relatives in Illinois. We acknowledge a pleasant call from our friend, Dirst, who allowed us some specimens of the onyx stone found on a claim which he has purchased in Marion county. He says a Chicago firm has offered him $3.50 a cubit foot for the stone laid on the bank of White River but he thinks it ought to be worth more than that. He feels quite sure that Marion county will get a railroad in sight of two years. - Baxter County Citizen.

We feel constrained to remark that Yellville and the Harrison District owes Rev. D. C. Ross a debt of gratitude they can never repay. No man ever worked more skillfully, faithfully and unselfishly for a people than he has for Yellville and the Yellville Institute. The entire board of education have done grandly.

We understand that The Echo failed to get to Monarch last week. We can not understand this for we remember distinctly that it was sent out.


J. F. Montgomery no better. The measles are with several families in this vicinity. Mining the general topic of the day.

John Thompson is enthusiastic over the arrival of a bran new girl at his house.

Married at the bride's home last Sunday, Dr. W. T. Cox to Miss Sallie Jefferson, Rev. J. T. W. Barker officiating. May happiness and prosperity attend them on their journey through life, are the wishes of the writer. -- J.H.H.


May 8, 1891 Issue (Top)


John Nelson moved back to Lead Hill Wednesday.

Mrs. Neal Dodd visited at Harrison last week.

DeRoos Bailey is the happy father of a bran new girl.

R. W. Bussey's mother and sister of Buford are visiting him this week.

Prof. J. W. Baker is teaching a large penmanship class here with good success.

That Imperial roasted coffee at H. A. Young's is delicious and you get a dish, pitcher, cup and saucer or wash bowl free.

Stanbraugh, proprietor of the hack line from Yellville to Bakersfield, skipped the country last Tuesday on account of debts. At least that is the news from Mountain Home. Hopper will probably carry the mail from now on.

S. W. Woods got back from Izard County Tuesday.

J. G. Gray is back again from Web City. He says quite a number of Joplin and Web City parties will be here about the first of June to examine the country.

J. E. Montgomery now owns the farm across the river opposite Buffalo City. He already has the lumber sawed and will put in a ferry there in the near future. Two warehouses will be built. One on each side of the river. The warehouses will probably be built by Mr. Hayes.

The Echo this week received, in splendid condition, the Encyclopedia Britannica, consisting of 25 large volumes. The binding and print is splendid. In fact, it is much better than the company claims for it in the advertisement and very much better than we expected it to be. All the learning of the world, both past and present, is condensed into this mammoth work.

Frank Griggsby, of Gassville, was placed in jail last Saturday, charged with having burglarized Cox & Denton's store last week. He is a Missourian, 17 years old and married. He is a consummate thief and acknowledges to having stolen many articles from the stores in Gassville at various times. He was arrested last Thursday and tried before Esquire Miller and was committed to jail. - Baxter County Citizen.

The wide-awake young men of Yellville have determined to have a first class Band. The citizens of the town have liberally assisted the movement and the funds are already raised for a good set of musical instruments. J. A. Young went up to Lead Hill today to examine the Band at that place. If satisfactory arrangements can be made, look out for music tomorrow night. A Band is the very life of a town and we are proud that Yellville is alive again.

A letter from Editor Jones of the Yellville Echo announces that on Saturday last the Yellville Institute closed a contract which secured for that Institution during the coming year, the services of Prof. J. C. Eaton, now principal of Valley Springs Academy. We regret very much indeed to lose the professor from Boone County, where he has worked so ably and successfully during the past eight years, but must congratulate Yellville on securing for her College one of the very best educators in Arkansas. - H. Times.

The Echo must return its thanks to its friends occasionally. Dr. Dodd kindly furnished us the lumber with which The Echo office is being built and will allow us to pay for the same entirely in advertising. Rev. I. N. Linton volunteered to put on the roof on the same terms, and we must say that the shingles he sent down here were the finest and best we have seen in the State. The businessmen in town are furnishing nails, windows, doors, etc., on the same terms, and we are proud to say that all our friends are coming up liberally with their subscriptions, thus helping facilitate the work.

       We last week mentioned that Matthew Martin, aged 18, had eloped with the 14-year old stepdaughter of John Markle, of Markle's Mill. Rumor has it that the youthful couple crossed the river at Denton's Ferry and went on over in the neighborhood of Gassville. Some parties who had noticed the youthful appearance of the elopers followed them up and induced them by some means to come back to the river. Martin was told he would be arrested for carrying a pistol. He did not know that he was allowed to carry a pistol while traveling, and became frightened and ran off, leaving the girl with those who had concocted the scheme to separate them. The girl was then frightened into crossing over into Marion County by telling her that she too would be arrested if she stayed on that side of the river. Once across, rumor has it that she was taken into the woods by one of the parties and was kept at his mercy all night Saturday night. Sunday she lay out in the woods all day but late in the evening ventured out to Ben Baker's and asked to be allowed to stay all night. Here she was found by her stepfather the next morning. She declares that she left home in good faith intending to marry young Martin as soon as they got to Jackson County, and would have done so had they not been interfered with. We know nothing about her character but considering her age, and the circumstances surrounding the matter, it is possible that a crime has been committed. At least this matter ought to be investigated.

J. W. Pierce is carrying the Lead Hill mail for a few days. He may carry it permanently.


May 15, 1891 Issue Not issued - Editor was at convention


May 22, 1891 Issue (Top)

OUR NATIVE HERBS - Will positively cure all diseases coming from impure blood. Such as Rheumatism, Kidney Disorders, Liver Complaints, Sick and Nervous Headache, Neuralgia, Dyspepsia, Fever and Ague, Scrofula, Female Complaints, Erysipelas, Nervous Affections, Catarrh and all Syphilitic Diseases. Each box of Our Native Herbs contains a printed guarantee to cure all of the above diseases or the money will be refunded. 100 days treatment for $1. Sold by A. J. Noe, Agent.

       I have control of the Little Champion water mill one mile south of Yellville. Square dealing. Will treat all alike, black or white. So, bring on your corn and wheat. Satisfaction guaranteed. No cure, no pay. If I should be away, my son will meet you with a smile and treat you in style. I am also agent for the Excelsior Gas Burner and many other useful household goods, from a wire fence to a silver eyed, self-threading needle. Sub agents wanted. R. A. Tatum, Yellville, Ark.

The following have been licensed to marry since we last published the list:
G. B. Forest, James Creek, 20 - Drusy Stone, James Creek, 17
James L. Fish, Blythe, 21 - Martha A. Casey, Blythe, 18
Dr. W. T. Cox, Bearden, 23 - S. S. Jefferson, Bearden, 17
S. C. Dodd, Sugar Loaf, 45- Mrs. Adda Denton, Sugar Loaf, 24
John B. Phillips, Prairie, 42 - Bertie Rhoton, Prairie, 19


Dr. Noe is still visiting at West Plains.

Mrs. Dr. Dodd, of Dodd City, visited relatives here last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Chase passed through Yellville last week.

"Aunt" Betsy Wickersham is visiting friends and relatives in town this week.

The Echo office is no place for loafers in the absence of the editor. This is official.

Rev. J. H. Watts, of Wiley's Cove, attended his mother's funeral south of town.

Miss Annie Cowdrey will be home next month. Her many friends will be glad to greet her.

We forgot to mention last week that John Noe took the first prize in the writing school. Myrtle Wilson took the second.

The Evans Bros. have organized a splendid class in vocal music at this place and are giving good satisfaction.

Revs. Davies(sic) of Fayetteville, and Downing of Harrison, have been holding an interesting series of meeting at the Presbyterian Church.

Chester and Ben Gloer(sic), two young men of Baxter County, but who have been in Texas for two or three years, visited friends in Yellville last week. They made The Echo office a pleasant call.

Miss Henrietta Patterson, who has been attending school at this place, returned to her home in Baxter Co. last Saturday. Miss Henrietta made many friends while here.

A. S. Layton has completed his new wareroom and barber shop. Mr. Stark, who had the work in charge, did a very nice piece of work on the front, and for that matter the entire building. He was ably assisted by J. B. Ward.

The Echo office will be completed this week. It is a frame 16x35 ft. two rooms, one story high, and looks fully as well as the blank space used to look upon which it is standing. Henry McCabe was the "boss" workman and we are well pleased with the work.

Alf Johnson was in town Monday morning. He said he won his contest at the land office, the Register and Receiver ruling out the contest on the ground that the contest business had been settled some time ago. The contestants, they say, will take the matter up to higher authority.

Roney Davis will be back about June 15th. He and Stell will teach school in this county one more term, after which they will return to Texas and make that state their future home. We regret to lose to of as useful young men as these are but wish them unbounded success.

Last Monday the editor of The Echo and his wife and little daughter left for the Press Association and River Convention at Baatesville. They accompanied A. S. Layton, his two daughters, Virgie and Flora and his little son Walter. The party went down to Buffalo City in a wagon and there met a boat. They will all doubtless have a good time. We do not know whether Mr. Layton and the children will take the trip to Washington or not.

The school meeting here last Saturday passed off very quietly and humorously. A three mill tax and five months' school to begin the first Monday of August was voted. The directors were unauthorized to make the town council a deed to that part of the school lot through which Carter Street runs. W. Q. Seawel was elected to succeed himself without opposition. The very best of feeling prevailed throughout the entire meeting.

The Board of Trustees of the Yellville Institute met last Monday and elected the entire Faculty for the ensuing scholastic year. The following names being submitted by Dr. Brewer as suitable persons for the Faculty were elected to wit:
T. W. Harris
J. C. Eaton
C. A. Watson
W. B. Schoggin
Mrs. W. R. Jones Primary Teacher
Mrs. T. W. Harris teacher of Instrumental
Miss Annie Cowdrey of Vocal Music.
Prof. T. W. Harris was elected to the presidency of the faculty.
Rev. L. L. Seawel was elected Librarian.

The error with regard to the free ride to the River Convention was caused by the wrong interpretation of a letter received from the editor of the Batesville Guard. The editor of the Guard, after saying that Capt. Semonin would carry The Echo family down to Batesville free of charge said he would also "take pleasure in carrying all who wish to attend the Rivers Convention." The Capt., however, expected pay as well as pleasure. He meant to give The Echo folks a ride in exchange for the free "puffs" given the Ralph by The Echo. However, before The Echo announced the free ride nearly everyone understood, both from the Batesville Guard and the circulars sent out, that the ride was to be a free one. Very few, however, were disappointed.

       WATTS: Nancy Watts, nee Ham, was born in Bolinger County, Mo. October 18th, 1834 and died at her home in Marion County, Ark. May 10th, 1801(sic) [this is no doubt a typographical error and should be 1891], aged 56 years six months and 22 days. She was married to Wm. C. Watts July 15, 1854. This union was blessed with six children, three of whom and her husband had preceded her to the spirit land. She professed religion when about 18 years old and joined the M.E. Church South in which, with a consistent Christian life, she "Adorned the doctrine of Christ" down to the day of her death. No one knows the intense suffering she endured, without a murmur, for several months during her last illness while the weary and well worn wheels of life are gradually slowing up for the last station just at the gates of Heaven. She met the last and solemn hour with a cloudless sky, exhorting her children and friends to be faithful and, rejoicing in God with exceeding great joy, she bade them adieu and falling asleep in Jesus her spirit sped away to the City of God. She leaves us a legacy to the church a daughter and two sons, one of whom is Rev. J. H. Watts of the Arkansas Conference. Hers was ever a pleasant home for the care worn preacher, and in her prayers and counsels he always found support. What she publicly professed, she _____ demonstrated in a practical way. The Lord bless and comfort the hearts of the bereaved. -- D. C. Ross.

       The lands and lots and parts of lots returned delinquent in Marion County, Arkansas, for the year 1890, together with the taxes and penalty charged thereon, agreeably to law, are contained and described in the following list, viz: Only the names are shown here and transcriber has alphabetized them. Dittos marks are not shown.]
Adams, E. E.
Bartlett, J. M.
Batt, N. W. R.
Bennett & Dias
Berry, J. C.
Bogle, A. T.
Bridges, W. W.
Burris, John R.
Campbell, Green
Cantrell, Isaac
Carson, F. W.
Chapman, S. R.
Cochran, Daniel M.
Cook, E. C.
Cravens, heirs of Mary A.
Deming, Robt. O.
Deshazo, G. L.
Dial, W. I.
Dilahunty, J. G.
Drury & Thompson
Ducker & Thompson
Duggar, H. A.
Dunlop, John
Eoff, I. T. & Lay, A. S.
Eoff, Isaac
Farmer, Jno. T.
Farmer, Jno. T.
Fleschner, Belschazer
Friend, Elisha
Gardner, A. K.
Graham, Lauderwick
Grear, M. A. & Layton
Greenhaw, John F.
Hamilton, James N.
Hart, Dallas
Hawkins, N. B.
Hensley, _. W.
James, A. B.
James, A. B.
Johnson, Wm.
Jordan, Cicero
Keeter, J. C.
Lay, J. D.
Lee, G. G. & N. G.
Linton, Ike
McCartney, W. R.
McEntire, W. C.
Noe, C. W.
Owen, Maggie L.
Pershall, James
Pilgrim, J. C.
Pulliam, Wm.
Raalte, Van S.
Reed, Samuel
Roberts, Lewis
Ryan & Thompson
Self & Linton
Self, L. H.
Smith, T. J.
Stewart, Wm.
Sutton, Thomas
Taylor, G. W.
Toney, L. D.
Toney, L. D.
Trimble, Jno.
Trimble, John M.
Vance, M. D.
Weaver, W. F.
White, J. C.
White, Jesse
White, Z. T.
Wilson, Wm. M.


May 29, 1891 Issue missing

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