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Mt. Echo Newspaper
June 1892 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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June 2, 1892 Issue


"Uncle Jack" Noe is dangerously ill with rheumatism.

Mr. and Mrs. John Hathcock of Lead Hill are visiting friends.

[This column of the Local Echoings is badly blacked out on the left side.]

_______Carter is again at her place in The Echo office. She is taking lessons on the typewriter.

Thos. Wootton, who was _____ed a few weeks ago for murder beat his case at Harrison. ____ all a mistake about his ____ got into trouble with ____.


June 10, 1892 Issue (Top)


A steamboat sunk. Van Buren, Ark. June 3.

The steamer, John Mathews, loaded with corn bound for Pine Bluff, ran against a pier on the bridge over the Arkansas river and sunk. The following were drowned: George Hall, nightwatchman, Ed Campbell, Wallace Atkins and Tom Fowler, roustabouts. There were fourteen passengers aboard but all were saved. The ____ cargo are a total loss.

LOCAL ECHOINGS [unreadable]

HO FOR WEST PLAINS - Thos. Wootton, Proprietor, Mtn. Home and West Plains Stage. Thos. Wooton is now running the mail hack between Mtn. Home and West Plains. He leaves each place at 6:00 in the morning and arrives at 7:30 in the evening reaching West Plains in time for the northbound train. Rates $4.00 round trip at lowest rates. Those who are acquainted with Mr. Wooton know that there will be no more delays out of the West Plains end of the line. He will put every passenger through on time and make the trip as pleasant as possible. Those who have express matter to come to West Plains may now make exact calculations as to when they may expect it to arrive, provided they have Mr. Wooton to look after it. We are sure the readers of The Echo will be glad to hear the Tom is again on deck.


June 17, 1892 Issue (Top)

(Baxter County Citizen) An Arkansan kills Sheriff Byler in his fearless attempt to execute the law.
       This evening, a posse of men came up from Gassville after Sheriff Byler to assist them in arresting J. B. Roper, who is wanted on an indictment for carrying a pistol, and who is also accused of robbing a house at Gassville last week. He resisted arrest by Officer Combs, at Gassville, Tuesday, drawing his pistol and swearing he could not be arrested. Combs was unarmed and could not effect the capture.
       Sheriff Byler summoned a number of men to accompany him and at once started to Capt. W. A. Twiggs' house two miles southeast of town, at whose house Roper has been staying. A number of the men were ordered to the south side of the house, some on the east and two on the west.
       Sheriff Byler and Deputy Livingston advanced toward the house which they were not allowed to enter until the inmates were assured that Roper was the only person wanted. The searching the house provided fruitless and they started to search further about the premises, Sheriff Byler going on the east side of the smoke house, and his deputy on the west, but just a Sheriff Byler reached the northwest corner of the house, the assassin, who had a Winchester rifle, placed his gun through a crack and shot him through the upper portion of the bowels, killing him instantly, and had not Livingston protected himself by the house would have doubtless been killed also. This left the coast clear for Roper to leave the house, which he did, and rushed across the field westward, toward where J. B. Simpson and Dr. J. H. Lindsay were stationed. Coming up on them, he killed Dr. Lindsay's horse and wounded Dr. Simpson's. The doctors, only armed with pocket pistols, used their horses as a barricade and bravely emptied them at Roper, while he was shooting with a Winchester.
       Farther on in his flight, he was intercepted by D. E. Hopper, whom he wounded in the leg, and Hopper in turn shot him only seriously enough to stop him but for a moment. Dr. Simpson also claims to have wounded Roper. By this time, others had joined in the pursuit, but did not succeed in capturing him. Quite a number have not returned and it is thought and hoped that he will be captured before night.
       The killing of Sheriff Byler is the most dastardly foul and bold murder ever committed in our county, and deprives us of an officer unsurpassed for his bravery and whose goodness was only equaled by his courage to do right. His most foul and unnatural murder, while very lamentable, and should be avenged at once, also serves to emphasize Sheriff Byler's last words to his men "it is time gentlemen, we must show the people of this county that the officers shall rule instead of outlaws." The town is in a fever of excitement and all facts cannot be obtained.

NEWS FROM THE STATE - - John S. Cowdrey is absent in St. Louis on business. He will probably return today accompanied by his daughter, Miss Annie, who returns from Waynesborough, Va. Where she has been attending school, to spend her vacation amongst friends and relatives here.


Ms. Odelia Stockton, of Mountain Home, is visiting relatives over here.

The Mountain Echo, published at Yellville, is now on all home print which speaks progression and enterprise. - Bentonville Sun.

Work on the foundation of A. S. Layton's bank building is progressing under the supervision of Messrs. Page and Armitage of Harrison.

W. S. Manley, living on Lee's Mountain, made The Echo office a present of a stuffed fox squirrel skin. The Squirrel had been nearly white and the skin is quite a curiosity.

Uncle "Andy George" of Rush creek, sent up an elegant piece of crush rock from his new bonanza prospect in Silver hollow. It is a very rich ore and he says he has a face of it 1 feet thick and 6 feet long.

Dr. Adams of this place, and Miss Ella Davenport of Georges creek, surprised their many friends by quietly getting married at the residence of the bride's father last Sunday evening, Rev. F. A. Hill officiating.

The following young folks from Mountain Home were over here at the close of school: Misses Myrtle Trueman, Lillie Dyer, Irene Casey, Ophelia Livingston, Rena Livingston, Ina Love, and Messrs. Ben Love; E. G. Henderson, Oscar Eatman, Laural Tolbert, Don Casey, and Wylie Dyer all seemed to enjoy the trip hugely.


June 24, 1892 Issue (Top)


Hon. J. C. Floyd showed us the boss radish of the season. It was about ten inches around.

Prof. Eaton and probably Prof. Harris will leave tomorrow for Mt. Nebo where they will attend the state normal.

Ms. Odelia Stockton left for Mountain Home last Wednesday. She was accompanied by Misses Mary and Abbie Young.

Roper, the fellow who killed Sheriff Byler, is still at large.

Joe Twiggs and his father surrendered to the sheriff of Ozark county, Mo., but refused to give up their arms. They applied for a writ of habeas corpus and were released on a technicality.

At the meeting of the county election board last Saturday, the townships of Tomahawk and Hampton were made one precinct, with the exception of one section in Hampton which was given to Prairie. A small slice of Blythe was given to Union. There will be some other changes probably at the next meeting. Hampton and Tomahawk, will hereafter vote at Bruno.

J. S. Cowdrey and his daughter, Annie, got back last Saturday. While in St. Louis, Mr. Cowdrey made some large purchases, and had them shipped up the river on the Randall. Ms. Annie acquitted herself well while at school and is now probably the most accomplished young lady in music in north Arkansas. She will complete her course next year.

A serious row took place near Powell last Saturday between two boys by the names of Freeman and Wootton, in which the Freeman boy got his throat cut, and will probably die. The Freeman boy is a small lad of about 8 years and the Wootton boy is a large boy of about 14. The little boy says the larger boy told him to run or he would hit him with a rock. He started and the larger boy threw the rock which knocked him down. While he was down, he drew a knife and slashed him in the neck. The Wootton boy denies the whole thing and says he had nothing to do with it. He was arrested and will be examined before Squire Black today (Thursday).

The sad news reached town last Monday morning that "Uncle John" Thompson was dead. He seemed to be as cheerful Monday morning as he had been for a long time, but the hour for the end of his sufferings had arrived and he peacefully passed away. He was one of the oldest and highest masons in north Arkansas. He was also a consistent member of the Christian Church and was universally loved by all who knew him. He was buried with masonic honors at Yellville last Tuesday evening in the presence of a large concourse of brethren and friends. We hope his relatives will hand in a short obituary next week.

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