News of Other Days

Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 2, 1993.

101 YEARS AGO
The board of trustees of Arkansas College has abolished the college primary department. Mr. James P. Coffin, chairman of the executive committee, on authority of the board, announced June 27 that Miss Christobel Gray, principal of the primary department, had tendered her resignation, which had been accepted, and on recommendations of the faculty and under authority of the board the primary department is abolished as an integral part of the institution.

Nathan Adler and John Baker left early this morning in Mr. Adler’s Hudson touring car for the longest auto trip ever attempted from this state. The trip is not for the purpose of advertising any car or to break any records but simply a pleasure jaunt.

They will go from here to St. Louis, then to Chicago and New York and then on to New Hampshire, their destination. They expect to be gone about two months. Mr. Adler said they expected to make the trip by car but if they get tired of it they will ship the car home by railroad and then use the passenger trains.

There is talk of a pipeline being put in at Melbourne which will carry water to the courthouse yard from a spring one mile distant.
— Guard, June 30, 1911

 

95 YEARS AGO
After an inspection here for the Independence County company Wednesday, Capt. W.A. Lane left for Walnut Ridge and allowed the men to return to their homes and employment to await further orders from the government. Capt. Lane said so far as his investigation is concerned the company here is in fine shape and his report to higher headquarters will so state.

The only thing unfavorable to report about the Independence County company is that about 20 men are from one to 10 pounds underweight, which is not a serious matter. It is not definitely known when the company will be ordered to training headquarters.

The Arkansas Lime Co. at Ruddells is contemplating erection of a $25,000 plant with which to grind glass sand. Up to this time there has been but few markets for glass sand, of which there is a vast amount in the White River valley, but three glass factories have been opened up in Fort Smith and another will be constructed shortly.

In court at Salem Tuesday Judge Carroll endorsed the petition for the Batesville to Mammoth Spring highway and appointed D.P. Morrow of Myron as commissioner for Fulton County. It now appears assured that the road will be built and it is expected that work will begin about the middle of August or the first of September.

A hard wind accompanied by hail and rain visited this section Wednesday afternoon. Near Magness a considerable strip of corn was badly damaged and in Washington Township the storm was said to have been more severe than in Batesville.

A stalk of corn from J.A. Luster’s farm a few miles west of town shows evidence of the storm’s fury. The large healthy stalk is almost entirely stripped of blades and badly scarred from the hail.
— Guard, June 15, 1917

 

59 YEARS AGO
With a trend toward a dry summer in 1953, farmers gathered on the Ferd Wood farm at Rosie Tuesday to see irrigation demonstrations. Farmers from Independence, Stone, Izard and Sharp counties were among the scores who saw water pumped from Salado Creek into irrigation systems and heard James L. Gattis, Extension Service engineer, explain costs and returns.

The Batesville Association of Insurance Agents was told during a meeting in Kelley’s Shamrock Room today that approximately 1,000 claims for damages had been made in the Batesville area as a result of the wind storm which struck June 11.

Hubert Dale Fugett of Route 2 has been awarded a scholarship by Arkansas State College for the 1953-54 year as a result of a high score on a test given by the college.

Batesville residents endured another hot day Wednesday when the temperature reached 100 degrees. Crops in the state have reached a critical stage because of the heat and lack of rain.
— Guard, June 24, 1953