Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1913

Contributed by Jann Woodard.

The Advance

July 15, 1913:

Seldom have the people of Monticello received a greater shock than when the news was flashed over the wires Thursday morning of the sudden death of Mrs. Chas. T. Duke at the Usona Hotel in St. Louis about 4 o'clock that morning. Mrs. Duke accompanied by her youngest daughter, Miss Katherine, had been in St. Louis for several weeks where she was taking a treatment from a Mrs. Taylor, a Christian Science practitioner, for some slight ailment. She was getting along nicely and although she was complaining some on the day of her death and had suffered from a severe headache, her condition was not such as to cause uneasiness.

On the night of her death she retired late. Shortly afterward, her daughter, who was occupying an adjoining apartment not receiving a response to a call, entered the room and found her dangerously sick. Help was immediately summoned but death ensued in a few hours.

Immediately on receiving the news by telegraph, Col. Duke and daughters, Misses Elizabeth and Marguerite, left by automobile for Tillar to catch the northbound Valley train. The body was brought to Monticello on the 5 o'clock train Saturday evening and interred at Oakland Cemetery Sabbath afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Funeral services were held at the family residence at 5:30 o'clock.

Mrs. Duke was a daughter of Col. and Mrs. W.F. Slemons. She was about 45 years of age. She was reared in Monticello and her entire life was lived in this city with the exception of a number of years when the family resided at Baxter where Mr. Duke's Mercantile and plantation interests are located. Assisted by her daughters, Mrs. Duke entertained much company at the commodious family residence in this city. She was an active member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and was keenly interested in many other public matters. Kindly and sympathetic, a cultured lady and gracious hostess and a woman of marked intellectual powers she was deservedly loved and popular and she leaves a host of friends behind, many of them lifelong friends, in Monticello and elsewhere in the state to mourn her untimely death.

In addition to her husband and three daughters, she is survived in her immediate family by her aged father and mother, Col. and Mrs. W.F. Slemons, two brothers, H.T. Slemons of Monticello and Wirt A. Slemons of Louisiana, and one sister, Miss Freda Slemons of New York.

July 15, 1913

(there are two death announcements for Mrs. Bowden)

Last Sunday morning at 4 o'clock, the death angel visited the home of Mr. W.E. Bowden and took from it the devoted wife and mother. Mrs. Bowden had been sick over a year with that dread disease consumption and at last in spite of all that loving skill and loving attention could do she sank lower and lower and Sunday morning she passed away. Mrs. Bowden was a kind and loving mother and an affectionate wife; she was a member of the Christian Church. She leaves a husband, two daughters and two sons besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. But weep not dear friends, though our hearts bleed for you, your loss is her eternal gain. She has gone from a life of suffering and pain, from a world of sorrow to dwell upon another shore. Where all tears are washed away. So weep not, but strive to meet her up there where no more tears are shed and where no goodbyes are spoken.

A friend

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the death of our neighbor, Mrs. Will Bowden of Old Troy which occurred June 29 (hard to read), 1913, of lung trouble. She bore her long illness with patience and was willing to die. Mrs. Bowden was born September 25th, 1869, and came to Arkansas when she was two years old. She was married to Mr. Will Bowden August 17, 1887. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family. The remains were laid to rest in Old Troy Cemetery.

July 15, 1913

Tribute of Respect

It is with the greatest sorrow we record the death of one of our faithful and willing members of the Home department of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Church of Monticello.

Mrs. Annie May Hankins was called to pass through the "dark valley and shadow of death" June 19th 1913.

Therefore be it resolved:

1st That we bow in humble submission to the will of Him who "doeth all things well," assured that our loss is her eternal gain.

2nd, That we emulate the virtues of our departed sister. Silently she wrought in the sacred precinct of her own home circles, where she will be so sorely missed by a devoted husband and three little children. The beauty of her devotion, to church, family and friends, will ever be cherished among our sweetest memories.

3rd, That while we deplore her loss, we realize that the heaviest blow has fallen on her bereaved family to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy. Let your sorrows be only that you will see her face no more on earth.

"God's plans like lilies pure and white unfold;
We must not tear the close shut leaves apart;
Time will reveal the cayxes (sic) of gold.
And if through patient toil we reach the land
Where tired feet, with sandals loose, may rest,
Where we shall clearly know and understand,
I think that we will say that God knew best."

4th, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family; also to each of the county papers with the request that they be published.

Mrs. W.A. Coker
Mrs. R.L. Hardy
Mrs. J.E. Shell


July 15, 1913

A list of Dead Letters left at the Monticello Post Office for the week ending June 23, 1913:

Miss Velmon Badman
Miss Fannie Binns
Miss Vivian Graves
Miss Lula Hoover
Mrs. Jennie Lacke
Mrs. Ada Spencer
Mrs. Annie M. Wells
Minnie A. White

J.A. Barbrey
Bert S. Baxter
Wol Campbell
Flander Dyer
C.G. Edwards
Joseph A. Eatman
Jerry Mebane
J.A. Rice
Arthur Ramson
E.C. (could be O) Wyles

Arkansas Gazette

July 16, 1913

page 2 col 2 - Under state deaths: W.H. Appleberry, near Winchester.

May 2, 1913: Mr. John F. Patton of this city killed a fine, large, wild turkey gobbler last Saturday morning. The bird had a beard about ten inches in length.--Monticello Monticellonian to the Gazette. (Gazette Ed. note: "Probably another one of those old-time Democrats who refused to shave until Bryan was elected president!)

May 13, 1913: State marriages - Miss Ray Mullis of Florence, Ark., married to Oliver Meador of Dumas, Ark., at Walnut Lake, Ark., May 11, 1913 (one other account dated May 31, 1913 states they were married at Florence!)

June 2, 1913 State Deaths: Mrs. Rolla Wells at Monticello

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