The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 36
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 36

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 36
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J SECTION D : (ARK.) COURIER NEWS High Water. At Luxora . Town for Years Was Port of Call for Boats Plying • Mississippi Ltxora is no exception In HIP ' rule lhal I'nc pUI South built its lowns tvnd settlements nlo)i;j OK rivers as ll'ey nffordcd (he only 1 means of transportation, for residents and merchnmliss during fne pioneer days of the curly settlers It ivns In 1882 Unit Dcmpsoy „ Thomas Wnllcr built Ills one room store on foe bunks of the MUsIs- slpni at L'.ixora. It was the first , building and his tire first family that stniled the growth of tills little town. But It crew mildly nldwl by fhe whim of Ol' Man Klv?r which lias played a arcat part in the destiny of cities nlon<< Its banks Dcni|>Eey Tiioinas Waller was the Fon of Nathan niul Nn'ncv Wnllci who had moved from Mayfleld, Ky, to Carson Lake, a settlement soullv- west of Liixora, whet\ their son wa? only 1?, 'years old. Demuscy Waller must-have': had keen foresight as to the future of this .section as an agricultural county, and recognized, at an ngc when most vaunt; i» r n are merely fcottall conscious, the possibilities of the rich farming lands in tho vicinity of Luxora. lie bouplit a farm, bitllt a home anil cslablis'iied. (lie first tieneral flier- thanJisc store on the banks of ihe river, Home Still Stands Fpw young men. of today would risk triklng a bride into tlirv vll'ipr- ness (o make a home, but Mr. Wal-'s faith in tha fine character,o! tile yoiintj woman Vic was to marry muFt hnve b:^n us well founded as hh faith in Ihe soil in which he invested, for their liom; stands lo- dav as proof of how well they buildcd (heir years o[ happiness lo- Rethsr, His widow and l.tnci: daughters nv; living in Ihe old 'nomc, and iwy liieh (ribule to his duvollnn nr a hii.sband an:l father. He died March ll>, 1U90. Were he Jjvin<! today lie would have been h'is state's senior by [hrce years, It was early in December, 1815 thai nsmnrcy Waller married Miss Cativron Cornelia. Alexander, of Eomiticrv-llle, Tcnn. ,mid brought her to Arkansas,, where seven years later they established their horn: at what is now Luxora. As Hie -Mississippi Htvcr in Us changing course created a sandbar at Osceola wTilch urevented the river boats from making a lamling there, it forced the residents of Osceola to go to Luxora to meet the, boats for shinning cotton, rc- celviui; merchandise, ami :travel, Tile distance is only five iiilio's. As passsngers for the boats increased so did the guests at the Waller 5iom2. and it \vas the means of cc- incntinj fine friendships by the fireside which have lasted through than a half n century. Hospitality lo Many Making a iionie on the river batik was no easy task Mrs. Waller will * tell jou, bttt she laughingly describes her home of that day." filled with fiiiesls from day to day, as residents of the community would visit ty the wallers while waitins for tne river boats which operated on one of the most uncertain schedules ever' known to transportation. It all depended on how many bales of cation there wove to load, and how much freight there was to unload at tile various landings as to \\'ncn the boat would arrive. Frequently when it did arrive it was loaded to the last pound of safety and passed'on'down trie river, leaving passengers' to await the next boat. E>a5sengcr5 would have to wait from one to two days for the boals and as there was no shelter or station on Uic river bank it would have been thought extremely 1111- nelghborly not to invite those wait- Ing into the Iwme, and so the Waller iiome flourished with friends •while the young mother struggled with her many duties and youn<; family. As the boat landing settlement grew Mr. Waller's general store became also the post office whitfli was called Elmot, and Mr. Waller was appointed postmaster. When the loan wns incorporated in" lano. in recognition of Mr. Waller's pioneering spirit in founding the town, John B. Driver suggested the town be named in honor of the founder's daug'hte. Miss Lusora Waller There seems lo be no record of 'Where the town derived its firsl name of Elmot, but Mrs. Waller admits her admiration for a book character Inspired her to name her second daughter Liixora. It is possible, however,.that the author it seeking a name for the book char acter happened upon that of tin ancient city on the Nile. Luxor. There are many stories rccallec by 'old settlers of the gay partie in Luxora. It was the day when many men made their own laws— ' were quick to anger and settled , their arguments with a gun. The lore of the land Is that it was a in Luxora when some hot- tempered citizen didn't pull a trigger. - . H was trie heart o[ Ihc river life In the gay nineties, it was the day, or the Anrtior line, the Col- Jar/llne and the Lee line steamers* Mrs. Waller uv^dly describes the beauty and luxurj of Memphis/ "C.ty of providence ' Annie .-p. Silvers" and the later Lee line hoats nheie dining and dancing were the en to taming features for tlis ladies on boirtt .. t Gamblers were the of the ? finer n\er packets and wealthy t'ne accessories, of lliese occasions, wlxcn a gentleman's c.uliure was ^ensured by his excellence as & connoisseur. Days of rare spoils n«d rich history—history that was nurlurcd on, hospitality, gracious- njss, a gentleman's word and a woman's charm. Mississippi County contributed \(a share of this colorful life and Luxora was one of Its Interesting gathering places. There arc many prominent names I woven Into the pattern of Luxora's early history, among them: Wll- Hams, Fletcher, Spann, Wood, Rozell and others. Urlvrr Loiif a Uader Probably the town's two oldest residents aro tha widow of the founder, Mrs. .WUVJeivborn In l»48 and John B. Driver, -born in 1846. I'hc activities of Mr. Urivcv since l:e became t'nq first mayor ol the a quarter century '.vil shows a liver steamer The two lower picture. Luxora residents whose memories BO back recall these scenes. The top photograph at the tcvcc at Luxora during high' water. were taken during tlx; grout 'loud of 1913. The first shows the sn:«l bagged levoe, with refugees v bclng moved In boats. The other Is o Old Town, during the overflow. The brick building in Ihc left lore- ground with (he sign, "The Climax Saloon," was Luxoia's first building, originally cccrpicd by Tiger Bcps. drygoods store. plantation owners were it'neir. prized victims. They were the Cameo Kirbys, it is said, the gentlemen of the profession/which mnde then the more deadly to their prey, w.lni and!-liquor of rare old vintage wen R. J. GIILESPIE HARDWARE and GROCERIES LUXORA, ARKANSAS town have prob»Uy disliugulshcd him a,- its outslandln^ citizen. Mr. Driver IKoposeiJ the- levee system of prolecllng the f»r«i lands from the overflow of the Mississippi River, and was Instrumental WEDNESDAY, .JULY 1, 1936 f and Its business Is limited, to that, of serving an agricultural community. The closing of t'he 'lumber mtljs, after the timber lat >*> had been exhausted, led the tpwn without any typj of' Industries. How- lit scouring the passage of t'n» bill ever, a canning factory |j iiow In for this measure at, LilUe '. Bosk. •'• . • . .. He was the secwid, presldenl qf the St. Piancls f^vee Board, »nd was the leading citizen In Inducing railroads into the couulry an4 arranging for thelf rights of way. Mr. Driver was the t'nird sheriff of the county after the Civil war, serving from, 1812 to '78, and later the courss Qf construction and it Is scheduled to op<m !» time lo can the present tomato crop. K. C. Langstot) Is Trie present mayor of Luxora. H boasts of .a fine consolidated school with 13 teachers. There are two churches, Methodist and Baptist, a Parent-i T.IW earl!) rises and falls from 13 to 23 V Inches daily in the vlcln- Uy Qf PK!$bi|rgh, according to scientists. . • Teacher organization held several otter oftes In the I clubs. It is just GO'i)iU6s county. He, with sever&l associates Mcmplils on Highway 01 organized in 1888 the present American Building a»d Loan As3oda- tlon of Memphis, afld was a power behind drainage ditches and good roads through tho county. Luxora has a population of ;1,150 and 4-HI from I Eich day begins at East Cape,! the easternmost extremity of Ei- beria, before it begins at, any other place, through an agreement of astronomers. ' MARK EVERY GRAVE Jii.o. C, McHaiiey, Jr "The iMqiuinicnl HlythevHle, Arkansas I We Lead In LOW PRICES and Sell HIGH QUALITY GOODS A. LIVERANT Luxom,Ark. KEEPING PACE WITH PROGRESS Thousands of Dollars Spent Annually to Adequately Maintain Your Water System Large annual, expenditures lor maintenance, taxes and emergencies are necessary lo insure a continued supply of pure wafer and the standard to which you have become accustomed. j\o individual business can operate its plant anil- guarantee SERVICE at a loss to capital invested. There must be gain—if nothing more than to'at- tract additional capital, and idle money " provement. Due lo the nature of its business, public service institution must continually develop and replace each component part of its system, if the established standard of service is to be maintained. I i It might be interesting for. our customers to know thai" in the 21 months of its operation, the Blylhe- ville Water Company has spent over $25,000.00 in an- grow, rebuilding and modernizing iis various units so that YOU might have, without inleruplion, stain, adequate supply of PURE WATER. a con- Keeping pace with progress is a malh-r 0 [ policy for the Blylhevilte Water Company , . . ever alert to alter our facilities to properly care for the needs of a growing city. BLYTHEVILLE WATER GO. "Courteous,..Personal Attention to Every Customer"] ', ' . v . . ' • ' I

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