The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 10, 1950 · Page 78
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TUESDAY," OCTOBER BLYTHEVILLB,(ARK.y COURIER NEWS. which had been, blown over and Impaled by (lie limb of a /ailing walnut tree. 1 climbed out from under a wild cherry tree and Hie P u in P house • where I somehow landed and found that my only personal damage \vas-a nail"In my hip and the crystal of my watch was broken. "I found my family at a window and Marled helping them out when I saw there wasn't no Use. Why use a window when the whole 1 side of (he building had disappeared and you could have driven a wagon and team through the opening." The whole (own south of the railroad .was destroyed and one man, George Cochrau, was killed. uncle Tuggle's reminiscences seem without end. First School In 1839 | The first.school was taught in 89 In Honnoll Chape! and about 1906 " 'hree-room school building MILL-TOWN HOTKIv—For one and two dollars per day. rooms were for rent in the old Ix>achvi!le Hole! built In the early 1900'n when Leachville was a booming young lumbering and mill town. The hotel was blown over during the big cyclone o( 1904. Community That Became Leachville Founded by Four Men 54 Years Ago ^^ *t • m * ^k • • • • *^ One Still Recalls 1904 Cyclone That Destroyed Town '.The biggest thing that ever happened in Leachville came along at 22 ^minutes after 6 p.m. the 25th of March. 1QOV says "Uncle" Tuggle Honnoll. one of the four founders of Mississippi County's third largest town and who. at 82, physically hale, hearly and - possessed c! a prodigious memory, slill lives in Ihe community he settled in 1896. ".M thai lime, a cyclone blew the • whole town away," he says. As was the case in so many other Northeast . Arkansas towns. Lcachville came to be transformed from a "frog pond" into a rich farming community only because, before the turn of the century, Americans were beginning to discover that there was Indeed rich limber in that section and a man could be well-paid for invading ihe virgin timberland. "Lcachville didn't Just happen," Uncle Tujgle says, '"We came here to found a town and that's what we did." # ' "we," Mr, Honnoll means him- his two uncles and a brother. Peler Honnoll, who now, at 92, lives In St. Louis. "We Built a Town" "When we came here, there wasn't nothing here but tr-es and Airamps," Afr. Honnoll reJ'fe.s. "so we set to work to build first a timber mill and then a town. "We named the town Leachville for my uncle, Josh Leach—the first .'.reel was McNamee street for Uncle Sam McNamee — and we named ihe church we built 'Honnoll's Chapel' for Pa. "Pa, the Rev. J. w. Honnoll. didn't live here, hut he donated the first 40 acres of land for Ihe town and spent a good deal of time working here and preaching to the mill hands. He was a traveling preacher you know." In this off-hand manner does Uncle Tuggle relate the story of Ihe beginning of Lcachville which began wlih the Leach, McNamee .Land and Lumber Co. a half-century ago. "Pa was a big man," Uncle Tiig- Rle says, "six foot, three and one- half inches tall and he shore could walk. He like to rim the legs off me swampland irfes being tall. Pa was a broad man and he always wore a red beard but kept his upper lip shaved. "Prcachmir on the f.of-Derk" "Many's the time I've seen him preaching on the log-deck of the mill while there was a card game going on at the edge of the table and a. dice game back of Ihe boiler. "But that didn't daunt Pa none. He just kept preaching louder— and he sure had a loud -voice.- Pa'd keep preaching and the card same would go on but you couldn't hear nothing but Pa. Occasionally he'd !et up and the owls would come back at him with long oiourn'u' hoots, broken only by th? attle or Ihe dice cups. "As for his walking any H the time I've seen *jira put on his hip boots and walk !J muwi to Kentucky settlement to preach In the homes of our 'neighbors,' Bob Wallace and his family. He Just didn't seem to ever get llred o( walking." "I came to LeachviHe Bee. 10. 1896," Mr. Honnoll recounts, "from Hot Springs County and except for the time from 1919 to 1927, have lived here ever since. Originally, we was all from Mississippi." Ijnrf Hoinrhl for TimlKT His family bought the land for the^mbcr in 1896 but it was not unt>rWlM>8 lnnl tnc mill was built. "There was the finest limber here of anywhere Mien," he remembers. Mr. Honnoll says he came to l.eachville with his wife and three children and Hint his brother. Peter his wife and their four children helped bring the community's total population to II at that time. But that didn't last long and his father and two uncles soon Joined him as lliey cleared the Fund where Ihc I.eichvillc school j,ys- \'. nr:°." f.; •• ' ;- i n !)fi io ':WS while walling lor the railroad lo FOUNDER OF I.KACIWM.E—"Uncle" Tuggle Honnoll, one of th» four'founders of Lcachville, assumes a look of reminiscence as he saws away at the fiddle he has had for 52 years. "Played many a square dance in my day," he says. Asked if he fiddled all night, uncle Tuegle replie;., "Nope, a man can't fiddle all night ;<nd operate his farm and mill at the same time." ACROSS TIIK CROSS-CUT SAW-Tuggie Honnoll Is shown above at left with a cross-cut saw and wood of the Leach, McNamee land and Lumber Company which founded the town in 1806. He still clings to a handle-bar mustache, but has discarded the beard during summers. "It's all right In the winUr though," he says. come in. •There was lots of deer, turkey, bear, coon and possum here- then," Uncle Tuggle reminisces, "and believe me. Ihere was plenty of room lor them and they was mighty hard to get. "I can remember one time watch- lug 11 wild turkeys tirink from a wooden candy bucket at my pump. But this was way after '96." Kailrnad Came in '99 • In 1899, the railroad came into Leachville. This was ihe jonesboro, Lake City -and Kar.lcrn which ran from Jonesboro to Barfield. It was owned by Brown and Kerfoot of Jonesboro. 'The JLC&E had three engines »i that line," Mr. Tuggle says, and I've seen all three of them off Ihe track at one lime. One fell off at the "Y" where they turned Ihem around and Ihe others got off while trying to get the first one back on. By using our cattle and wrecking crews, we somehow- managed to RCl all of them back onto the rail." But the null actually began operations before Ihe railroad was built. When the mil! hands numbered 40. they started cutting timber and hauling it out lo Cardwcll. Mo. Alter Ihc coming of the railroad, Mr. Honnell says the mill "worked as high a-s 40 men. The mill was located 200 yards northwest of where the fr-risco Railroad dcuot now stands. Sltn Slill l!.in;s And the "Leachville'' sun now hanging at the eastern end of Ihis depot Is Ihe same put up by Mr. Honnoll lust before the beginning of the century, it was painted in Jonesboro and brought to f,cach- vilte and milled ;„ ., u-cc—thus lirochlminjz Ir all •;:».,.[, that here ' v.as Ihc ,'iie nf nl--i M „ uns ^ : become a booming mill town-if [ you could see it for Ihe timber. The next railroad in Leachville ira.s the Hank Railroad, now the '•'risco, a nd from 1906 to 1908 the Blylhevllle. Leachville. and Arkansas Southern Railroad was built bv the Chicago Mill of Blytheville. This later was sold to the cotton- belt Railroad. As the mill hands moved into Leachville, the Leach, McNamee •Company built a commissary and the town as such was on its way. It was in 1301 that the big cyclone came. As indicated by his memory of the precise tiny and hour of the big storm, uncle Tugglc's recollections of that memorable day arc extremely vivid. "There were 18 buildings in Lca- chviile by that time, mostly homes of the mill hands, and the cyclon« blew away 15 of those houses," h> remembers. "It was Just before supper-time when i went out to the side porch and first saw (be big blow," Mr. Honnoll says, "we was In the house and heard a noise what sounded like the JCLA.-E train coming although it wasn't the right time for the tr;iin. "Anyway, whfn I K ot to tile porch. 1 looked up and could .see the wind breaking off Ihc trees as she came. Everywhere, the land was full of timber, "I Thought About fire" "I>e always been a tool about fire and my first tlioupht was to ?el a water, bvirkct and put out the coals in the kitchen stove. So. I grabbed a zinc bucket and started for the door—but, I never made It. "About that time, the cyclone hit and tore the bucket from my hand-all but the hall. That was only one- m Ihe freaks It did. "When it was .-It over. I ihiueht to get my family out of the house SECTION D—PAGE FIFTEEN was constructed on the west side of Leachvillc. A Dr. Marcum was the town's first doctor arriving there about lf)05. "We didn't use a doctor much In those days," Uiide Tussle says, "and Dr. Mar'ciim had to work the cut-off saw and as a railroad sets- tioii hand lo make a living." Bate Appleby, editor ami founder of Die Lciichvillc Star, became liie fir.sl m;iyor of Loachvillc when the town was incorporated in 1915. J. L. Witliam was the first posl- mas'lcr. MrCum iiayues, a Methodist preacher, was the first pastor of a l.cachville church although Mr llomioll's father, the Rev. j. w. Honnoll [-reached there on numerous occasions. Uncle TURKIC has served as constable of Leachvillc and was for 42 years a justice of the peace. He- retired from active cultivation of 1922— F.C. Doughs Elected Mayor Of Blytheville l-Vom the May. 4. I9M, edition of the Hlyllicvllle Courier: The special city election to cliotfsc a mayor lo fill the vacancy resulted In the choice O f i-vank C Doujjlas by a plurality of 116 voles over h.ls two opponents. J. H, Smart his 40-acre farm near Leachville in t<M6 and now lives In town lending Ills cows and chickens. Hut he says he still prefers farm life. ^•*fc M and H. M. Ratcllff. It was one of the warmest contests ever held in this city, three splendid citizens being candidates in which the lines were closely drawn, but the most friendly rivalry prevailed and no sore spots resulted. Each man lined up for ills choice and was outspoken, but no sooner had the result, been declared Ihan everybody was of one accord in adopting the choice of the majority and burying the hatchet. Mr. Douglas, chosen a month ago lo iei'vc until a special election could be called, had a liig advantage over his opponents, since most people fell he had earned the honors by pulling Ihe chestnuts out of (he fire, 'tis work hi the beginning was spirited and fearless and he was as a llred Neophlle whom most voters desired to compliment with the year's honor. That he will make a good, conservative, watchful official none doubt.' ' • i , y , ' '* f » "('-, ,' 1922— 3-Day Bargain Sole Starts Here >Vom the May, 4, 1922, edition of the Blytheville Courier: Today L , ,,,„ dale o( the , lart| of (he big three-day bargain feast advertised all over the country and large crowds are expected In Bly- IheviHe today, Friday and Saturday. Every merchant offers big inducements lo shoppers in seasonable merchandise and give tickets on purchases which apply on the 1400 prizes offered. See the large clrcu-" lars for particulars and do not fail to attend every day. Ladles 1 rest room in old lilythevlile Commission Co. room is ready. ' ' ' * v<) ;-",,-' • ;- • • v « o/* • '-"' *"''.'' •!' *• > •'*/.*,<•' :; n •• -/ ". '' ^ /w4 ' 4 ,>\('5 »"i^(5,; . x<xv • i i , f \< '' ~ '" " ' * )' t -. ^^^^r^ THE FIRST DUTY OF A BUSINESS IS TO SERVE ITS CUSTOMERS Since the first opening of our furniture store in December of 1946 we have carefully stuck to that policy. There are a lot of little ways a business can give.this extra service. Sometimes it's possible for us to make'a special purchase on a mattress, a chair, a range, etc ... and always those savings are passed on to you by giving you a special low price. We realize that the important thing is to haje you satisfied with the service we offer. , Yes, we thank you for the patronage that has helped our business grow in these 4 years . . . and we shall make c.very effort to deserve your trade in the years to come. JIJIAHE-EDWARDS 'See Jimmie First" j DWARDS NITURE COMPANY

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