Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1918

Contributed by Jann Woodard.


Arkansas Gazette

State Deaths Feb. 12, 1918:

Dr. W.H. Moody, at Cominto
J.G. Moore, near Ladelle
Miss Gladys Rogers, at Monticello

State Marriages:

Harry Edwards and Miss Ettie May Rial, near Paradise

Feb. 8, 1918:

Monticello, Feb. 7 - Miss Gladys Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rogers of Tyro, a student of the State Agricultural School, died very suddenly Tuesday night.

Feb. 7 - Miss Laura May Hunter and Roger Q. Williams of Houston, Tex., were married at the A.R.P. parsonage Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock by the Rev. G.K. Rogers.

Feb. 7 - The grocerymen of this city met Monday to discuss food supply conditions. They also made a measure conforming to the regulations set forth by the government in its food conservation plans.

Feb. 5, 1918:

State Deaths:

Peter Schultz, near Collins
B.D. Berryman, near Moody

Jan. 29, 1918:

State Deaths:

Mrs. Elmo Ahrens, at Monticello

Jan. 28, 1918 "From All Over Arkansas"

We are steadily being bothered with an epidemic commonly termed the German measles, which seem to be bounding at an unusual speed through the country. It bounds about and it hits like a thousand of brick. Rock Springs Correspondent of the Monticello Advance.

Jan. 21, 1918: Monticello, Jan 20 - Cedar Camp No. 44 W.O.W., held its annual installation and banquet Wednesday evening. The following officers installed were: J.W. Harper, consul commander; Edwin Moore, advisor lieutenant; G.W. Shelton, banker: N.F. Bolling, clerk; Howard Bishop, escort: W.P. Haisty, watchman; Roy Sanderlin, sentry: Drs. S.O. Kimbro and S.M. Gates, physicians; J.W. Russell, L. McDaniel and L. Brookins, managers.

Jan. 19, 1918: Henry W. Poche of Sheveport, La., and Miss Allie Mae Holt of this city were married in the presence of a few friends and relatives at the home of the bride's parents, the Rev. and Mrs. B.H. Holt, Wednesday morning, the Rev. Holt performing the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Poche left for Shreveport, their future home.

Jan. 19, 1918: J.W. Spivey of Hamburg and Miss Helen Welsh of this city were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr.and Mrs. J.D. Welsh, Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock, the Rev. S.R. Twitty officiating, in the presence of a few friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Spivey left immediately after the marriage on a two weeks' bridal trip to New Orleans, after which they will return to Hamburg, their future home.

Jan. 14, 1918 "From All Over Arkansas"

Mr. Robertson, our teacher, showed up Monday morning with a long scratch across his face. On learning he had been married during the holidays, it was all explained! Selma Correspondent of the Monticello Advance.

Jan. 12, 1918 Pine Bluff: Mrs. Hattie Chesnutt, aged 71, died here yesterday at the home of her son, P.C. Chesnutt, after having suffered from a fractured hip, caused by a fall at her home several weeks ago, just before another son, J. Charles Chesnutt, died. She is survived by three sons, Edgar Chesnutt of Galveston, Tex., Pat C. Chesnutt and J. Chris Chesnutt of this city; also two brothers, John S. Seabrook of Pine Bluff and Louis Seabrook of Lake Dick. She leaves one grandson, Roy Chesnutt, now in the navy. Mrs. Chesnutt was Miss Hattie Seabrook before her marriage to Lieut. J. Chris Chesnutt of the First Arkansas Regiment of the Confederate Army, at Monticello, February 22, 1865. Her husband died in 1882.

April 8, 1918 Monticello - The funeral of C.A. Dorris, age 31, was held here Friday. He was a son of the Rev. W.P. Dorris, financial agent of the Baptist orphans' home. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. J. Tull. He is survived by his wife and two children.

"All Over Arkansas" April 27, 1918: Those that attended the dance Monday night at Mr. Knight's near Pleasant Grove were: Misses Cora and Ethel Harvey and Messrs. Gordon Donham, Henry Judkins, Bonnie Ferguson, Wesley Judkins, Ernest Tubbs and Dewey Judkins. All reported a "high heel" time. (Midway Correspondent of the Monticello Advance.)

State Death: April 23, 1918: Mrs. Virginia C. Whittington, at Monticello

"All Over Arkansas" April 15, 1918: Under the new time system, will the roosters begin crowing for day an hour earlier? In order to keep up with the new time the rooster crows day before yesterday for day after tomorrow. Monticello Advance. (what a riddle----I didn't know they had time changes back then!!)

April 14, 1918 Warren - Ed Jolly, a farmer who lives across the river west of here, reports that he killed two of the largest wide turkeys ever seen in this neighborhood. One gobbler dressed 22 pounds.

June 2, 1918:

Wilmar, June 1 - The annual convention of the Young People's Christian Union of the A.R. Presbyterian church will meet here June 21-23. The address of welcome will be made by Lawrence McKinstry. Among the speakers will be: The Rev. T.H. McDill of Little Rock, the Revs. Roy Davis, G.K. Rogers, J.W. McCain and W.E. Huey. The keynote of the convention in "Christian Patriotism." D.W. McQueen, headmaster of Warren Presbyterian Training School, a graduate of Oxford University, will also speak.

May 28, 1918:

Wilmar, May 27 - Fay Wooldridge, 13 month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wooldridge, died Sunday night of congestion.

May 19, 1918:

Wilmar, May 18 - Henry Clifton, a negro brakeman on the Gates Lumber Company's log train, was killed instantly this morning at 7:30. While unloading logs into the pond, the logs on the car gave way and knocked him into the pond. When he was removed from the water, Dr. E.D. Butler pronunced him dead.

May 18, 1918:

Monticello, May 17 - Walter Carter of this city and Miss Ollie Conerly (?Carnley) of Hermitage were married Wednesday morning at the home of Rev. J.W. McCain, College Station, by the Rev. Mr. McCain and the Rev. F. Shepperson.

May 18, 1918:

Monticello, May 17 - The high school commencement exerises will begin Sunday when the Rev. Alonzo Monk will preach the baccalaureate sermon. Members of the senior class are: Edna Bond, Glenn Cotham, Louise Cotham, Chapman Davidson, S.D. Dickson, Dot Harris, Willie Harris, Clara Johnson, Mary Lynn Killian, Ina Kizer, Claudia Knowles, Coley McQuistion, Thomas Owen and Velma Veasey. The senior class exercises will be held on Saturday night, May 25, at the Presbyterian church. Dr. J.R. Jewell of the University of Arkansas will deliver the address. The grammar school exercises will be held at the high school auditorium Friday evening, May 24.

May 17, 1918:

Monticello, May 16 - Joel Larkin, aged 79, veteran of the Civil War, died Sunday at his home near Paradise.

May 13, 1918:

State deaths: Mrs. W.H. Jones, Monticello.


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