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

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November 6, 1891 iSSUE


[The upper portion of this column is covered with a black frame which looks like another piece of paper.]

A. A. Young, who recently moved here from Ravenden Springs, has moved in the room over the Wilson and Higgs' drug store.

Mrs. W. R. Jones is out of school again on the account of bad health. Mrs. J. C. Eaton has taken her place.

Stell Davis writes us from Brumlow, Tex. that he will not stay where he is much longer, but don't know where he will go. He says "of all States in the Union, Ark. is second to none when we consider all in all".

E.V.M. Powell and wife moved to Yellville this week and are now occupying one of L. L. Seawel's new houses. Mr. Powell will go into the insurance business and push it for all it is worth. Look out for his card next week.

H. J. Thurn{?} will resign his position as deputy postmaster and go into the field as a district evangelist for the Christian Church. His territory or district composes Northwest Arkansas, from and including Marion county to the State line on the west. - Boone Banner

Garret Patterson got back from Washington last Tuesday. He looks to be in splendid health and says he likes the State of Washington first rate. His brother, Alf ....[blacked out]

Those of our friends who expect to pay for The Echo with $1.00 had best attend to the matter before we withdraw our proposition. Those who are behind after Jan. 1st will be expected to pay $1.25. We positively must have every cent that is due us by Jan. 1st and would like to have it by the middle of November.

R. W. Bussie, of Yellville, came over Friday to get some part of his mill machinery mended. He has charge of the Yellville mill and gin and is doing a big business. He had last week ginned 70 bales of cotton and the house was full of cotton then and the mill full of grain. Bob is doing well and he deserves it. - Baxter County Citizen.

H. C. Charters went up to West Plains last Saturday to meet his wife, who will make this county her home for awhile. They got back to Yellville last Wednesday. Mrs. Charters had the misfortune to lose her pocketbook and quite a sum of money on the train. She is a highly cultivated lady and will, if she remains here, be quite an addition to our society.

Sheriff Byler and Deputy Sheriff R. F. Livingston started yesterday morning to Harrison to take Abner Brassfield, who was convicted and sentenced at the last term of the Baxter Circuit Court to 21 years in the state penitentiary for killing Esq. Hamm in Marion county, to Little Rock to deliver him to the penitentiary authorities. We presume the supreme court refused to grant him an appeal. - Baxter County Citizen.

Eld. Prior has been retained as local Agent of the Baptist College of Mtn. Home. It seems that his people still have confidence in him. He has asked an investigation which has been granted. He denies that he is guilty of any wrong and thinks that an investigation of all the facts will vindicate him. We sincerely hope this is true. We would much rather see an innocent man vindicate himself than to see a guilty man punished.

The great Henry Ward Beecher was once accused of a heinous crime and many believed him guilty, because circumstances were so strongly against him. Today, there are but few informed persons who believe Beecher guilty as charged.

___ L. Estes, son of James Estes, ___ back to this county last week, ___ has been near Marionville, Mo. ___ year or two and took unto ___self a wife while up there.

G. M. Wells, of Kingsland, this State, an agent for the Cumberland Gap, Tenn., Building and Loan Association, has been in town several days working up a local Board at this place. About $7,000 stock has been subscribed and on Thursday night a local board was organized with the following officers: President, S. W. Woods; Vice President, H. A. Young; Sec., W. B. Schoggen; Treas., W. Q. Seawel; Att'y. Jno. O'Neal; Directors, B. J. Carney, J. B. Ward, J. W. Harris, J. C. Eaton and J. B. Wilson. We have not had time to look into this matter but we know that a Building and Loan Association is what Yellville needs. To make it a success it should be pushed for all it is worth.


Editor Echo: Your persistent advocacy of the improvement of White river, leads me to address you a short article on that subject.

A few days since Capts. Shipp and Cravens left here in a skiff for Batesville taking with them 10 lbs. dynamite. On the way down they experimented a little to ascertain what effect the dynamite would have on the rocks in Buffalo and other shoals which have proven themselves to be such serious obstructions to low water navigation in upper White river. Their success in removing these obstructions was astounding. Upon reaching Batesville a purse was made up for them to continue their experiments. This time they brought with them 50 lbs. dynamite and have used it with such good effect, that, they are satisfied, with a little help from the friends of navigation they can so improve the river at Buffalo and above as to permit boats to come to McBee's whenever there is water for them to come to Buffalo. They have already accomplished wonders. Two men alone and with scarcely any tools have done more with 60 lbs. dynamite to improve Buffalo shoals than all the money heretofore spent by the U.S. for that purpose has accomplished. Come up Yellville, and help this enterprise along with a small contribution and it will benefit you much more than it will the parties who are doing the work. They are willing to give their time if the people along the river will furnish the supplies. [the only signature here is the letter C.]

       Please give me space in your columns to ask your subscribers to the college at Mtn. Home, to send in their subscriptions by mail, at once. We need $2,000 today. Send money to Dr. J. B. Simpson at Mountain Home who will receipt you for same as Treasurer. This is no idle appeal. We need the money. The walls are going up, and payments falling due so fast that agents cannot canvass fast enough. Help today. Send by post office, money order or registered letter. T. W. Wright, Agent.

       The attention of ___ public is asked to the __vantages offered by __ crossing place. Drummers, travelers, teamsters ___ pleasure seekers, fishing par___ neighbors and friends all are invited to give it a trial. I have a new, well balustred boat, good wire rope, attentive and careful ferryman, good banks, cool springs and good camp ground on each side. Beautiful picnic grounds. The ferry is situated on White river on the direct road from Batesville to Eureka Springs, via Cushman, Drytown, Melbourne, Newburg, Pineville, Iuka, Mtn. Home, Gassville, Flippin, Yellville, Bellfonte and Harrison, also direct road from West Plains, Mo., via Bakersfield, Henderson, Mtn. Home, Gassville, &E. [etc.] Rates reasonable and satisfaction guaranteed. S. E. Denton.

WARNING ORDER - Headly Grocer Co. Pltffs. vs. J. T. Farmer, Defdt. The defendant, J. T. Farmer, is warned to appear in this Court within thirty days and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Headly Grocer Co. A. W. Wickersham.


November 13, 1891 (Top)


C. J. Edney has watches for sale.

A. W. Wickersham is improving his town property.

Nat Estes is moving in town this week.

Lum Henderson and Kenner Estes went over to Mtn. Home Saturday to be present at the wedding of Miss Mattie Pemberton to William Eatman.

The steamer, Gen. Thompkins, engaged to take the place of the steamer, Chickasaw, sank in White river last Friday. No lives lost, but the boat and cargo are a total loss.

Charlie Floyd has been up at Lead Hill for several days prosecuting several parties. He says Lead Hill is enthusiastic over the Springfield, Yellville and White River Railroad.

Eld. Thompson, formerly of Searcy county, but now of Bruno, is in town and will lecture tonight (Thursday) at the Methodist Church. He is an able man and should be given a good audience.

Alf. Joblin is in town and is a shouting friend of the railroad move. Alf says the scheme is entirely plausible and ought to work easily. There are not many men with better business ideas than Alf Joblin has.

Mrs. W. L. Downing has been considerably indisposed for several days, in fact it is supposed that she has had a light attack of typhoid fever. We hope, however, she may be up in a very few days. - Boone Banner.

We call to the attention of our readers this week to the business card of E. V. M. Powell. Mr. Powell is representing some first class companies, is a hustler and will give those wishing to insure the very best terms. We wish him success.

Sam Livingston is digging a w__ for Tom Barb across the riv__ from Denton's Ferry this wee___ He will move over into Baxt__ when Mr. Barb's well is completed. - Citizen.

Mr. B. H. Blount, of McPherson was in town Monday. He __ports crops nearly gathered in ___ section, and everybody in fine spirits. He will move his fam___ to Yellville next week for __benefit the school there. Citiz__

Capt. Albert Smith of Newp____ a veteran steamboat man has ___ at the point of death for sev____ weeks. He was recently relie___ of a tape work 80 feet long an___ now said to be slowly recoverin_ Citizen.

Prof. Hicks was called Satur_ to Marion county, where his fa___ has been visiting for the past ___ weeks, to see two of his child__ which were very sick. The ___ news we had, it was thought o___ them could not live but a ___ time. Citizen.

For four days last week there was no through mail. For this there is no earthly excuse. The contractor should be reported to head quarters, where they should be heavily fined for such work. No people in the U.S. have such poor mail facilities as do the people of this section, and it will always be so until we get a railroad.

Bryce Milum's store at Lead Hill was burned Sunday night. The entire contents were destroyed. It is believed that it was robbed and set on fire. This robbing stores and setting them on fire has become quite a fad in this section, Newport and Jacksonport has had a taste of it. Also the recent fire at Harrison was caused in the same way, and now Lead Hill is visited.

Carl Hollis, of Searcy county, was shot and probably fatally injured last week in Stone county, 25 miles south of Marshall. He was in the hands of the Deputy U.S. Marshall and was being carried down to Little Rock to testify against some "blind tiger" men. The "tiger" men ambushed and shot Hollis and tried to kill the Marshall, but he escaped.


W. H. Hudson and others started to Texas today.

Born to Mrs. John Ledford, a boy, also to Mrs. John H. Jones and B. Godfery.

To Mrs. John H. Magness, a girl.

Curt Ledford and Miss Dollie Palmer were married Sunday.

This scribe is heartily in favor of the railroad move and will go one 40 and perhaps more if necessary. -- R. J. Pierce.


November 20, 1891 Issue (Top)

Marriages [front page]
The following parties have been licensed to marry since we last published the list:
B. C. Williams, Hampton, 22 - Anner Stokes, Hampton, 17
W. J. Graham, Prairie, 49 - M. J. Riggins, Prairie, 31
Chas. W. Laffer, S.L.B. Co., 20 - Annie Perkins, [ditto] M.C., 18
W. H. Chafin, L.H.B.C., 37 - M. J. Jenkins, S.L.M., 22
J. T. Blackwell, S.L., 24 - Sarah Whitley, [ditto], 17
W. H. C. Ledford, Blythe, 19 - Dollie Parmer, Blythe, 19
E. C. Smith, Water Creek, 21 - Naney E. Taylor, Tomahawk, 15
D. W. Milum, Blythe, 20 - L. C. Smart, Prairie, 14
Andy Lee, Franklin, 25 - Minnie Casebolt, Franklin, 16
J. H. McAfee, Blythe, 23 - M. J. Tuttle, Blythe, 20
H. E. Noe, White River, 26 - Janie Williams, White River, 22


Neal Dodd left last Friday to attend the Grand Lodge of F. & A. at Little Rock.

Mr. Bradley, of Snowball, Searcy county, was in town this week. He left his subscription with us.

"Grandma" Cantrell has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Coker, for several days.

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B. H. Blount, of Baxter Co., moved to Yellville Saturday. He occupies Prof. Eaton's new residence. Mr. Blount will conduct a boarding house.

The Echo office is no place for loafers. This is to men, women, children, boys and girls. To our closest friends and those who come in for curiosity. This is official.

George Seawel, of White Co., Ark., who is attending school here, had his arm broken Wednesday morning by a window falling on it. Dr. Coker dressed his arm.

Mrs. Anderson, who moved from Baxter county to our town a short time ago, will leave in a few days ____ Bennett's Bayou, where she will teach school during the winter. ____ family will remain here.

On last Saturday evening, Mag____trie[?] the little daughter of J. B. Ward of this place, fell from a horse and was thought to be very badly hurt, but when examined was not seriously injured.


Yellville Institute is booming. New students coming in every week. A department of Drawing has been added to our school. Miss Ella Darter, a graduate of Huntsville Female College, is the teacher. The following new students have entered school since we last published the list: J. W. Nowlin, Itaska, Tex.; W. M. Carter, Watson Adams, J. M. Nowlin, Laura Adams, Lizzie Adams, Duffy Griffin, Bessie Griffin, Cora Anderson, Bettie Anderson, Fannie Blount, Lillie Carter, Bertha Blount, Rena Blount, J. H. Sims, G. M. Baker, Yellville; Avis Bradley, W. A. Bradley, U. S. G. Bradley, Snowball; William Kemp, Gassville; B. F. Thompson, Yellville; J. F. Linton, Hattie Linton, Powell; J. R. Lay, Tomahawk.


November 27, 1891 Issue (Top)

FROM RALLY HILL - Editor Echo: If you will kindly permit me space I will write up the items of our town.

Health good.

Farmers about done gathering crops.

Some cold weather is present.

Prof. John T. Giley has taken charge of the school here, everything is moving in that direction to success.

Mrs. Cannie Hicks, from a very short illness, died Tuesday morning the 17th. Her death was a sad shock to her friends.

We received a letter from Prof. Blankenship stating that he would be with us Christmas week. The people of Rally Hill are always proud to meet with the Prof. Eld.

Mills is teaching a singing school here. He has a splendid class.

Why does Dan Sharpensteen visit the singing so much? Maybe his girl is a student.

Mr. J. D. Lay has a nice bunch of cattle he will trade for horses. [the only signature is a Y.]


Health reasonably good.

School interest has never been better here, 109 on roll.

Some changes with our businessmen have taken place within the last week.

Elders Rose and Nowlin have held a two days meeting here some time ago at the Christian Church, with good results.

W. C. Redwine, of Leslie, Ark., entered school last Monday. "Buck" as he is best known, says that he is determined to have an education. "Buck" has the pluck and nerve to back him in his efforts.

Burt Rowland, who has been out in the great western country, came in home on Tuesday's stage. He looks to be enjoying good health. He speaks very favorably of the country he visited but we ____ [the rest is not readable]

DROWNED IN WHITE RIVER - Last Thursday about dark, John F. Hess, of Charity, Tenn., was drowned at Denton's Ferry. Mr. Hess was a soap peddler and traveled around over Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and other states selling recipts(sic) to make soap. He had just about finished his season's work and had started back to Tennessee. Somewhere about the western portion of the county he met up with Thos. Higgs and accompanied him down to his home in Flippin Barrens, staying all night with him at Rev. J. H. Parmer's near Powell, and taking dinner with him at C. C. Poynter's at Yellville. It was nearly night when they reached Mr. Higgs' place in the barrens and the latter tried to get him to stay all night. He concluded to go on, however, and when about three miles from the river hired James Tucker to go down to the river with him. When they reached the river it was getting quite dark, and after calling up the boat, which was on the opposite side, Mr. Tucker left him and started home. Before the ferryman got very far, he saw the horse and buggy start into the water. He yelled at the driver to not drive in and pulled across with all his might. When he got to the side he saw the bulk of something down below and yelled at it but got no reply. He then ran up to Thos. Barb's and got a lantern and as he went back to the river he met the horse with buggy still to it. It was evident that the horse had not been in deep water as the lap rug in the buggy was still dry. Nothing could be done that night but early next morning about a half dozen men went down to the river and found Hess dead and drifted up against a bar about 75 yards from the shore. They waded out to him but concluded to let him lie as he was till a coroner's jury could be summoned. One of their number went out in the country for that purpose and while he was gone the others who were to watch him let him float out into the current and his body has not been found since, although parties have been out searching for it every day. Mr. Tucker, the last man who saw Hess alive, says he was either very drunk or deranged. Dr. Wilson, who fed his horse that day, thinks he was drinking about noon. The water was not over four feet deep where he was drowned. Mr. Higgs said he had a gold watch and considerable money in his pocketbook and that he said he had $1,000 tied up in a handkerchief and tied around his body. In the little box in which he made soap was found a bundle of letters, some of which were written by his mother from Charity, Moore County, Tennessee in 1889. He was between 25 and 30 years of age. His mother has been notified of the sad ending of her son. Thos. Barb is taking care of the horse and buggy awaiting word from the dead man's relatives. Later: James Tucker, James Walker and George McCarroll were arrested last Tuesday on suspicion of having murdered Hess. There were no evidence against the parties further than that they were the last parties who saw Hess and that McCarroll suddenly pulled up stakes and started to leave the country between two days. He satisfied the authorities that he was leaving for another reason and all the parties were released.


[The Local Echoings on the left hand column of the page, and the top part of the second column is mostly blotted out with a big black area.]

B. M. Estes and Dan McCurry passed through town this week on their way to Izard county. They were out collecting for the old Estes Nursery.

One of our prominent young men was arrested, charged with rape, last Friday, at the instigation of what has always been considered and doubtless is, a respectable married woman. The case was tried before Squire Pangle last Saturday, Squire Patterson being absent. After a hotly contested examination, the defendant was held for assault, and not attempted rape. It was a disgusting affair at best. We will not give the names of the parties as it is not exactly clear from the evidence who was most to blame, and we do not wish to do either of the parties an injustice.


The mining business seems to be opening up again in this region.

Toothaker Brown & Co. commenced in earnest on the Markle mine and will run night and day with six or eight hands.

The Albert Webb Mining Co. with Dr. Dodd as principal owner and general manager are sending out lumber on Music creek for a blacksmith shop and quarters for the hands, and will commence at once to develop their property in a proper manner, even the talk of a R.R. puts new life in our mine and property owners here.

A gentleman late of Ill. is looking for a suitable place to start an extensive fruit farm.

A R.R. meeting will be held at the Keezee(sic) school house on Friday the 27th at 2 p.m. Much interest is manifested in our new R.R. enterprise.

The new store of L. G. Grace is doing a good business. [Signed by H.]

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