Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1914

Contributed by Jann Woodard.


Arkansas Gazette

Oct. 1, 1914, "All Over Arkansas" - Monticello: Midway is coming to the front. Mr. J.W. Early has put up a blacksmith shop and Gates Lumber Company is building a railroad near this place. Midway correspondent of the Monticello Advance.

Oct. 21, 1914, Warren, Oct. 20 - Mrs. A. B. Cooper of Monticello was married Saturday to N.Y. Wadsworth of this city, friends in Warren learned today. Mr. And Mrs. Wadsworth expect to reside at Monticello. Mr. Wadsworth is a Confederate veteran and represented Drew County in the Arkansas Legislature for three terms.

Mar. 8, 1914: Monticello, Mar. 17 - Circuit Court, in session since March 2, when the appealed liquor cases will receive attention. Judge James R. Yerger in the absence of the regular judge, H.W. Wells, presided during the recent term. Perhaps the most important case tried was that of the State vs. T.B. Gibbons, charged with murdering Joe Shy (sic) in the northern part of the county. The result was a mistrial, the jury voting seven to five for aquittal. The evidence all was circumstantial and the defense an alibi. A new trial will begin early in April. The case is peculiar in many ramifications. The state was represented by R.W. Wilson, prosecuting attorney, and the defense by Judge Harry E. Cook.

Mar. 2, 1914: Monticello, Mar. 3 - Receiving more votes than his three opponents combined, J.E. King was elected marshal today, defeating Asa Holliday, Duff Ratterree and J.M. Vernon. Considerable interest was shown in the race for marshal and in those for aldermen. Those opposed to poolrooms were elected. Lamar Williamson was elected mayor without opposition. W.H. Hardy defeated Pope Haynes for recorder. C.W. Boyd was elected treasurer without opposition. In the First Ward L.D. McQuiston and J.J. McCloy were elected aldermen over N.C. Roe and A.T. Wells; in the Second Ward, G.T. Sikes and V.B. McCloy had no opposition; in the Third Ward L.W. Dillard and A.B. Jaggers were elected over E.B. Wells and M.C. Collins; in the Fourth W.C. Cruce and George Spencer were elected over Jack Curry and J.S. Harris.

Mar. 20, 1914: Monticello, Mar. 19 - Brown Hall, for many years a resident of this city, died at 11 o'clock this morning. Mr. Hall was engaged extensively in the sawmill business in this state, Louisiana and Mississippi, and at the time of his death was the owner of the large sawmill at Morton, Miss. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Monticello.

Mar. 14: Under state deaths:

Aden Gaddy, near Wilmar
Mrs. H.C. Hart, near Wilmar

Mar. 8: Under state deaths:

Mrs. Mary L. Steadman at Monticello

Mar. 12: Wilmar, Mar 11 - The following nominations were agreed upon in a caucus held yesterday: For mayor, Judge G.A. Bird; for recorder, F.O. Seymour; for treasurer, J.W. McKinstry; for aldermen, C.A. Stuart, N. McLeod, G.B. Martin, E.L. Biggs, J.N. Moore. The council will select the marshall

Feb. 28: Under state deaths:

Alex Deal, at Ladelle

Feb. 27: Tillar, Feb. 26 - Tillar held its regular primary election Tuesday and the following were nominated: For mayor, Peter Sain; for recorder, Hutchins Landfair; for aldermen, Dr. A.C. Stanley, D.P. Terry, W.L. Harrell, R.L. Ballard and J.B. Hogue.


Arkansas Gazette

May 31, 1914 - Tillar, May 30

PHYSICIAN IS SLAIN BY FATHER-IN-LAW

Dr. J.T. Cheairs Kills Dr. Pipkin on Streets of Tillar

Dr. Pipkin was shot and killed by Dr. J.T. Cheairs at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Only meager details of the shooting could be learned here this afternoon. It is said that the killing grew out of rivalry between the two physicians and that bad blood had existed between them professionally for some time. Dr. Cheairs moved to this place from Winchester several months ago. An eyewitness to the tragedy and a friend of Dr. Pipkin, who had talked with the victim a few minutes before the shooting occurred, told him that Cheairs intended to kill him and that if he wasn't on his guard he expected to be slain any time. This friend, a traveling man also said that a few minutes later the two men met on the street near Dr. Pipkin's office and that without warning Dr. Cheairs drew his pistol and fired five shots into Pipkin's body and that after his victim had fallen he threw his pistol at Dr. Pipkin.

Tillar, May 31 1914 - The jury in a private inquest held today by Deputy Coroner A.F.J. Collins exonerated Dr. J.T. Cheairs Sr. in the killing of Dr. J.W. Pipkin. Dr. Cheairs shot Dr. Pipkin Saturday afternoon. The findings of the jury relative to the motive for the killing were not made public, but it is said that Dr. Pipkin, who is a son-in-law of Dr. Cheairs, sought him to "settle" some alleged differences in family affairs. It also is said that Dr. Pipkin charged the elder physician with a chair and that Dr. Cheairs stepped back suddenly, drew his gun and fired until Dr. Pipkin fell dead.

Dr. Pipkin is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Pipkin 1307 Summit Avenue, Little Rock. He is survived by his father, mother, wife and four children, Roscoe, Burnie, Johnnie and Marguerite. The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the home of Dr. Pipkin's father on Summit Avenue. Burial to be made in Oakland Cemetery. Dr. Pipkin was 45 years old and for a number of years had been a member of the McGehee lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles.


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