The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 34
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 34

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 34
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SECTION'D BL'YTHEVILI^. f(AKK.)•'•'COURIER NEWS f "' f (CocUnaW • Fr»» Page 1}' *fr'&&u}*n<l g^e'-tbe impetus to A, cMpemtlvc movement to de- T(top-tne little city of BljtheUlle Injl^W-^ljthevllle -succeeded in ^•jlnif'.the post office removed »l*4n to Its limits and rechristened. With the name of' Its town It wns W. uhjll May 9, 1891, that the Ylllage'nis incorporated as a town TJ»;orlgJnal petition was dul> slgn- f&'fSji 28 'citizens and was approy- «l(by~the county court, and a little about a half a mile square e 'the town of Blytheville In 1W1 "he 1890 census had already been taken, but suice the 1BOD a-u- su* onty j»ve BljtheiJUe a jwpu- lation of 302. it was unlikely that jnorc than 200 resided "here at the •U?}? oJ j.15 incorporation ,££. "SeojfDiSn A Bug? »»s »n in and about JTWS He «1, sevpral large tracts ol 1an3, During the Civil War lie was a; member «f KHchen's regiment spent' sevtma j*»rs in Kansas and other tUtee. jemeniber Older Residents Recall Beard of Dr. B. A. Bugg, Pioneer Physician Old 'residents of county still remember most Bugg Mississippi one of Us colorful figures, Dr. • B, [A of Blythevllle. Not only do tbe doctor -or -»!K> have wen Ills jwrt«3t are 5»preksed by Ms long beard,' which lie had allowed to grow for 28 >«ir» After it had attained the teagth of .sin and one hah* jteeV lie fc»d it removed SVtcbtr an Eariy Settler EllSott H Fletcher *as born Jn CharioltsvlllE^ Virginia, in 1805 He tsube:. to'thl*: county in 1840 where bought a small farm on Mills >on, afterward knonn as He teller's landing. He and his ulfe resided in a log cabin on the banks of Jhe Mississippi river and »orked diligently to Oerelop bio farm until they found ttwmselws In Irrfepend- kno ., w ., ent c!rcumjt»rx)ei He served sev- f!{,*,f.. eral years to the state legislature, JuunllJ ' and -was a promlnert organizer of the state's public levee .system He •n»s «n ardent sympathizer nith *tfe «outhem cause When tbe Oil U Jwar tegaa fee equipped a compiny at his own'wcpense. kno»n"as the imetcher B15et" His eldest sou [Elliott H Fletcher jr, was a cap- Jiain of tlie company and a jounjer ,400 v,« they remember him for. his .work ns a physician and his activities Ju clearing . mid developing some of tlic county's richest farm land, but they remember him for Ills unusual- hobby of growing cue of the longest beards In the world, For 20 - years v Dr. Bugs allowed Ills beard to gro)v until It sU- (RUicd tlie length' of sis fcpt and six Inches. The pioneer physician was fond of hunting . the wild game that abounded In the county In the earlier, finys und often, during cold" weather, would wisp the long beard around Jils neck for warmth. Ordinmily, however, lie tied the beard' in silk ribbons and . carried the end tucked neatly into his shirt. Dr. Bugg nnd nitmy of his friends .thought the heard to be the longest in the world, but this belief was shattered when lie visited (he World's Pair In Chicago In 1893. 'There he saw n limn with a beard one inch longer. Dlsip pointed, , lie returned home nnd uit .off .the flowing' whiskers. The r beard is 'now in the possession of Dr. Bugg's son, Ben Bugs, prominent local fanner who still resides In the house his father built . in what was ! then .the cooktown com- whole length and-breadth-of- the house. Mr. Mcdavcek's Slaves'had done the work. Air of the lumber was hand sawed; cnch room was In a' certain distinct kind of-wood,ione being )n black wol- were cadi de>lgn;i!cd . by these names. A ;50U-yard h.wn encompassed the liousc, over which were scattered oak, elms, walnut, maple and -box elder trcas. A 'nandsome flower garden and ' , . . - o *• -•• »"* iiwoci yniu^ji UIIU VUHUUS 51>S nut, one In sassafras, another In of :orn a ,nental. shrubbery grew led gum nnd one In nsh, the rooms each aide of this home, bre * species Wiod of Rapid Development Arrives With New Century i°^WllttJ*d^^ «« J» « u -^ « ?«y . s o any e nway. and swanips were 'drtitasd.. consequence Jn the county before l ' . llfllf of ' tlle this century. The llrst/railroad n , ' . raroa lion* Th,.r U ' CO " nty 1S m " cult "' a : 'lhat readied Blytheville was in 1000 • ,, ' -•- • --' „--"•-- -'" •••-•. vt^ivu my vin Sv, LOUIS SOtitJlGUSt" '•Mill In C i°«in y . - A I' 0 """; 110 " «t cm Iron. Missouri was extended ?h SJrS? 0 hl>5 8l ' own •'<>-more ; into Arkansas. ' thrill 70,OPO. Tlie growth of tlic The story is told' about tlic huge crowd of farmers, traders nnd fishermen with their •wives and children-who came to the little village to seq ; the -.first . „..,; train. Tlie company had agreed to •- total of 3849, ,or an run a train Into the town on a cor- over 1100 per cenUln tain date, but the tracks and road there vfcre'SW and 'in 1030,! bed - - - - county has been'paralleled by the growth o; Its many towns and cities. From-a population of-302 1DOO, the ipio federal census frn However, the railroad kepi its agreement! by sending Jn' a locomotive without any cars. Late Jn the afternoon wjt'n this targe and curious crowd surrounding the train tlie Jlreman filled the engine full of fuel preparing to back up to Missouri. The engineer stuck his head out o.f the cab, turned on the steam 1 full' blast and yelled at the currouirflng crowd, whic'h <KS& al ready standing back, . "Look out, [you fellows, I'm going 'to turn n round." Npt long afterwards the old p. and S. E, froin paragouW, and the J, L. O. and E, Uones- boro-Lakc City and Eastern) frpm JoncEbbro, were extended into'Bly- Ihe'ville. The St. Louis Southeastern was bpught by tlic Frisco and extended to Memphis. . 'Everyone used the railroads because' highways were often impassible. It was Impossible upon numerous occasions to go from Blytiievllte to tlie towns across Big Lake. The .first improved road to Blytheville was finished Jn 1924. Her first streets. were paved only six years previous to that time. Before 1936 Mississippi counts ,^ JtJL'Y i, one year there were produced 223,OW bales of.' cotton—oVer one per cent of tlic entire world output (or that yefir. one wonders what, DP Soto would faint now If he should return to the oounly, whether or not he,-w<>uld fldtnJt that he 'had wasted his Urns searching for fabulous cities of gold w'nen thsre \vis an agricultural mint around him which ;only .awaited development. The author of this arllcje wishes to acknowledge his appreciation for supplying him-with, materl*! and with'telling him »bout the past: ' Mrs. C. E, digger, Mrs. j. w . Ba'-'der, Mrs. James B dark and o. M' •• Buck. Historical worts frpni Vhlcii •• this material was taken Include' "Biographical Studies of Arkansas. 1 ''. , published in 1887; "Garden Spot V of Mississippi Valley/' by J. A. Fo*.' 1802; "Arkansas and Its People,'.' by David y. Thomas; .. • • .- — . ~ *« ~ • ----•• •«* , wj ijmiu 4, lijujiiaa. WIltCliniHl the assurance u'nlch lie received: History of Arkansas," by Dallas 4 from fthe following people, both IrJ Hcwdon. j . G. THOMPSON Better KnoH-u As The Plumber First Class Plumbing Sicam and Hoi \Va(er Heating Hoae Water Systems for the Fanii tmx , m 169 N. First S(Ark. »as a sergeant Both noro ikllled Jn the Battle of Slillo'n Tlicli jttcath caused the colpnel to br felted ulth a melancholj \(hlch .colored his attitude the rest of his •Uf Col Fletcher »*s respected by jfcoth Federal and Confederate of- j peers during iife entire Msr A J grange xetort las it that cun <*hUe .Confederate officers <«ou]d be ;jn tbe colonel's Jiouss, le'deral giin- ' boats woulfl land and Uic officers jfome ashore R«H ils\t tlie colonel (With the full knowledge that tlic (southern officers .were In nnolhci jj-oota of the same, 'nouse All pir- itles,J«lt that .they could not violate , ;th« sanoUty of -their host's home ,]aeca,usB of the r«spec,t .that tnsy Jheld Sot him Xhe colonel vras the j legal adviser of all of his nelgh- -bors In regard lo iho titles of liietr glands' and often Jits home vas 'thronged '«ith backwoodsnjen wlic » sought, legal' advice for which lie •never charged a cent The Blylhe- .vllle U D C chapter Jiai been Dr. Bugg .was prominently Identified : with the parly history of MlfislMippi county, where he moved In 1848, As a, piiyslclnn iie !)•> came widely .known .throughout the county, 'but dining RMES Aftei the vsvav he- returned U> Iho comity arid.,rc'i>ilriicd the mac- iice of - me'dlclne.:: He also began to acquire ladn. 'land in tills scc- lic-n movlngvlo Ulythcvllle in 1872 It was hero iliat'he began'to grow his unusual beard, wlildi has the Civil War 'he gave uji Jiis practice to i now become , one. of the most seive hi the Confederate nniiy. ' runlquo" keepsakes In this section. Bervcd- as deputy .sheriff, Justice o'f |>jnmortaht crop until a lew ycnrs t'ne peace and county assessor. or,,of. tnls gallant olct - ^ , iwat i The Da-vle -'family was quite j prominent in the earl) pioneer dujs Jin tte chickasaviba district of this 'county H p bavls »as born m I Madison courfl), Tenn, In 1847 IjWd came to Mississippi county in (4874 pjjere'he rented a farm on S.Crooked Lake Sev'eral years later (be began a, mercantile establish- SJnenhta BlytheUUe and together | with Jus brother established one ;•« the test .businesses In the com• BnvUty. Mr Divis aided in organ Jiang scnool districts and took 8 ; very -active interest in education , He aeryed as a school director for ..many j-«ars His brother, T. W ; r»aMs, came to the counh a jear , alter H C Davfs and was acti\e I both in tbe mercantile business and Jjln fanning He was' more polltf- i cally minded than his brother, Many of the Davis deccGiiUnnts' now live In nnd around lllj'theville. A. J. Bishop resided in tlifs county all ills'life,"having, tecri born here in 1846. .He was aulive' ns a merchant, blacksmith and farmer. • ', ,01'ncr pioneers wlio lived during Hie past .century' nnd were prominent in Hie life of Bh'Uicvlllc, wero J. J. Oarr, prominent' landowner'at Bnrflcld; T. Y. Crasvfofd, farmer ftl Blytbevillc: H- C. Dnvls. farmer and merchant; T. W. Davis, fanner, Blythevllle; L. W. Cornell, Dr. Elliott Hickman, Hickimn's Bend; William Long, farmer, Bly- tlieville; P. M; ' 'Moscley, farmer. Blytheville; Jolm II. Raliicy, fann- er, lumberman; j. p. Riiddoll, Jarm- cr; .Elislia Sawyer, farmer; George Walker, -farmer. •• •• ') 1 ' !' : . • . • Jl'hesj! vicfs ,the pioneers who,settled in this county during the pa^t century and to whom \ve are sc greatly liidebted.-no\v (or tlia.splen- dld foundation "which they laid for modern .day Mississippi county. Sometimes you hear elderly peoiilc* talking about the good old days Perlmps during ..-the past century there were no problems about inflation, bonuses, old .age pensions TownsciKl plans, sales tax and other matters -which trouble-proscnl residents ol this .county, but there were quite a number of other matters .which ,dld vex .tliosc hardy settlers. Many of them lived upon a regular diet of cornbrcad and Jsear .meat. Most ol their clothing was •homespun, nHhpinh. sometimes they scoured a -little shirting from the boats. Their sftocs were made, of leather tanned by-themselves. .Tfcelr caps were olton made of otter hides. The first cotton was raised in this section about 185C but it was not cultivated as an before the war, alter w'nlch several plantations along the river raised It with grout profit. ;Slack!Guns KcMiul Preacher Stories' : have been told about tlie early'church meetings. Mrs. U»Bll, wife of'John W. Uraell. states that in one of-t'he first cliuroh mect- IIIRS vw'lilc'ti islic ; nttendod th'nl her fnthi'r' and > the preacher were tlie onj' men in t'ne congregation who wore coats. The rest of the little frnmc -.structure was full of pioneers w'earing hunting jackets, nnd carrying guns. She ' ' states that when .they, entered the churcJi they woufd ptacc their : 'guns in'a-cor- lier'behind the preacher. The lioincs in whicli the paoplc lived" In those days for the most- part did-not Compare with some of our cheapest present-day dwellings. ato\veycr,-'.there • \vere a .'few. beau- nifuVBionics. R. W.' Friend '.had erected orte df'ihe, finest'and ipost substnntinl homes In the aomity during the past century. It wiis built in the shape of a T'and had- a frontage of abo'ut fifty 'feet, i' 1 was ..painted white, was two stories in' height, with porches above' and below .and covered "an 'nrca of five tliousn'nd square feet. : Tills ' fine mansion commanded n beautiful view of llio river, being situated tvbout -OIIQ.hundred' yards from the water, so that pnsscngers on steamboats could sec it for a'dlsUinoe .of ten or 12 iriiles up the river. It was surrounded by a/lawn of several acres, which lawn was dotted over with lovely trees such us elm, oak. coltonwood, sycamore, pe- ctiri and magnolia. Back of the house was n fine, apple orchard. J. If. McGavqck r nad also creeled a splcncliil residence which he occupied. It jvns built in 1855, was 61 by 94 feel, two stories in height .with a \'i foot porch running the had bBcomc one of the leading ag- ••—'—- • •• j risk'the passenger train over them. f * ' We Take Pride In Our Record of Helping to Build and Develop Arkansas t . ' Quality—Service Fair 'Dealinj '.Ask the Man That Knows Us Arkmo Lumber Go. 'An Arkansas Institution" Phone.40 • *l>'' '""™." ' '"rt"—-'Tini'i. - • i r- •'•••• -• • ••- >f*-. \." y ?V-*<»T » '"Jit'-' f^i'r ~ *^~^ -.--.•- -— -* 1. . ij.. "' \ ? - ; " •.- - ,^e .f>r ( ' . 'j i^&K^^Av', ; > ., • v i , .'* ' . J?. 1 fashions con\e and fashions go, but *the pause that refreshes with ice-cold^Cpca-Cbla has been increasing in popularity for. 50 yeara. Of -course, it had to : be good to:get where it is...thirst-quenching...^purc ...wholesome,.,delicious and refreshing. And the price is stSU 5«i. ^•^^W^^f f^^JV^unte. ^ " ' *C' *'*" The Pause; that Refreshes We celebrate our Fiftieth Anniversary witJi pride, as Coca Cola has Lnilt iis way to success on purity, and is today the most, oui- slandiugsofL drink in the Americau uiarket.. ~ ^ ' ' ' ' •' • The confidence' of tlic : jmblic lias been gaiiied by the precautionary measures employed by ,us against iuipurities entering our drink. • The ingredients used in Coca Cola have been approved by every pure food law in the i United Stales and the water we. use in producing this drink goes,through apt only a special fillerer, but also a purifier. Therefore, when : tlii a; beverage goes unto a sterilized 'bottle, it.then conies-to-you as pure as sunlight. COCA COLA BOTTLING GO. OF BLYTHEVILLE, INC.

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