Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1927

Contributed by Jann Woodard.

Drew Advance

Feb. 1, 1927: Mrs. Lucy Kimbell Pye, aged 86, mother of E.L. and R.P. Pye, prominent in El Dorado business life for many years, died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtis Preston, East Block Street. Mrs. Pye had been ill for several weeks, her condition gradually growing worse during the last few days. Funeral services will be held late today or Wednesday morning at Beulah, Drew County, near Mrs. Pye's old home. The body will leave here on the Rock Island 7 o'clock train. The services will be in charge of the Rev. C.D. Wood, pastor of the Baptist church at Monticello. Mrs. Pye had lived in El Dorado eight years, having come here from her old home in Drew County. On Mother's Day last year she was ______ the oldest mother in El Dorado among a list of eight whose names were presented to The News in accord with a custom established four years ago. Mrs. Pye was born in Walton County, Georgia, on September 23, 1840, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Kimbell. At 19 she was married to Edward Pye and they moved to Drew County in 1861. They settled a homestead near Lacey, where the family lived until about 30 years ago with the exception of the years of the Civil War, when Mrs. Pye returned to Georgia. After peace was declared she and her husband returned to Arkansas. Mrs. Pye could recall vividly many events of the Civil War, her father's farm in Georgia being in the line of Sherman's march to the sea. Besides the two sons and one daughter here, Mrs. Pye is survived by another son, Will Pye, of Monticello; two other daughters, Mrs. Mattie Stagg, of Warren, and Mrs. E.E. Higgason, of Monticello; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The above is from the El Dorado Daily News of Tuesday. The body arrived in Monticello Tuesday morning and burial was at Beulah cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Feb. 1, 1927: Clifton Barnett, 18 years of age died at the family residence on Gabbert Street in this city last Wednesday, after an illness of about one week. Clifton was a son of Mrs. Lillie Prewitt of this city, and was a sophomore in the Monticello High School, and after school hours was employed by the Fish Drug Company. He was bringing in some wood blocks at home, in a tub, and in lifting the tub overtaxed his strength, causing an injury, from which peritonitis developed causing death. Services were held at the family residence at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.K. Irvin, and burial was in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. He is survived by his mother, one sister and three brothers.

Feb. 1, 1927: The Pennant Service Station on East Gaines Avenue, which has been operated by Mr. Dallas Calhoun, has been purchased by Robin and Alsobrook and will be operated under the same name. E.E. Robin is the son of Mr. E. Robin of College Station and V.H. Alsobrook is the son of Mr. E.P. Alsobrook of Lacy. We wish for these young men much success in their new business.

(is anyone connected to this Alsobrook family? I believe someone told me that the Alsobrooks here in Benton were from southeast Arkansas)

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