From a special section of the Waldron News newspaper of 23 April 1981, consisting of interviews of Scott County citizens 80 Years of age and over. The interviews were done as part of a celebration of the Bank of Waldron's 80th anniversary.


McDonald Poe, Sr., better known as Donald Poe, was born December 26, 1900, in rural Waldron, Scott County, and has lived in Scott County 73 years. His parents were A.C. Poe (1863-1954) and Mary Ethel (Park) Poe (1874-1946). Mr. Poe attended school at Evening Shade and Pleasant Hill Grade School, Waldron High School 1915-1918, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville - B.A. in 1923, LL.B in 1927 and J.D. in 1969. Mr. Poe was married to Florence Hawk Poe. She was a Registered Nurse and had a great interest in Scott County Hospital. She was among the leaders who were instrumental in establishing Scott County Hospital and worked as a volunteer in the hospital after it was built. She was an active member of the Methodist Church. She died in 1972. Donald and Florence had three children - Dr. McDonald Poe Jr. of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Frances Poe Fulton of Little Rock, Arkansas and Dr. Charles Alfred Poe of Newport News, Virginia. Mr. Poe practiced law in Little Rock, Arkansas from June 1927 to April 1, 1935, at which time he moved to Waldron and went into the practice of law with Judge W.A. Bates. He is the author of the book, "Forty-Nine Years of Law Practice" published in 1976. He has had various appointments during his lifetime - State Representative, State Senator, Teacher in Rural School in Scott County - Summer 1918-22, Superintendant of Waldron School System, City Attorney, School Director - Waldron School System, Member Water Compost Commission, Arkansas Delegate to National Democratic Convention in Chicago, Ill., member State Democratic Committee. Mr. Poe is well known throughout the State of Arkansas.

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