Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1882

Contributed by Jann Woodard.

Hamburg Times

Feb. 5, 1882 page 4 col 4: 28th - Mrs. Gardiner, proprietress of the Gardiner house, died of small-pox on Wednesday last. Walter Moore died at his father's residence, of the same disease. Since our last report one or two more cases of samllpox have made their appearance. The people of Ashley, and indeed all of south Arkansas, are in a fearfully distressing condition. The crops a total failure, the mast did not hit, the hogs died, and our people have neither money, bread or meat. As little as may be thought of it, there are hundreds of people in this county and south Arkansas, who do not know where next week's provisions are to come from. Their stock is on starvation, and the merchants are little able to help them. Upon the top of all this distress comes the time to pay taxes.

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