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The WHITE RIVER JOURNAL at Des Arc is the oldest consecutive newspaper in Prairie County and it is still in publication today by relatives and descendants of the original publisher, Charles A. Walls. The first issue of the "Journal" was printed in August 1907.
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Known existing issues of the weekly newspapers have been microfilmed and are available from the
There are no known extant issues for September 1953 through August 1954. If you are in possession of one of these newspapers, complete or in part, please contact the Arkansas History Commission at the address above. They would be most interested in microfilming your copy for use by the general public. Also, you may purchase rolls of these microfilmed newspapers from the Arkansas History Commission. Write them or check their website for actual prices and delivery.
Clicking on the icon below will take you to a surname index of death notices (not necessarily obituaries) for the first 50 years of the WHITE RIVER JOURNAL - August 1907 through August 1957. The numbers to the right are the page numbers on which these names can be found in the book.
There are 19 entries that have no known name (i.e. ...black male died 14 miles up the river at the logging camp...). There are 1,259 total entries but this is NOT an EVERY name index to every death notice. Many times there were just too many survivors listed in the newspaper to fit into the alloted space. The result being... 7 sons, 6 daughters... or "many survivors listed".
As with any publication, it is suggested readers use this index as a guide only. Marilyn states, "I make no claim to have EVERY death notice from these newspapers; I make mistakes. Maybe I missed one - the one for which you are looking."
Corrections or additions are welcomed and encouraged.
ABSTRACTS OF DEATH NOTICES FROM THE WHITE RIVER JOURNAL, DES ARC, ARKANSAS, August 1907 - August 1957 was compiled by Marilyn Hambrick Sickel and published in 1996. Some copies are still available for $15.00 (postage paid) by writing to: Marilyn Hambrick Sickel Grand Prairie Research 2653 Highway 86 East DeValls Bluff, AR 72041-9753
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