October 27, 1825
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In the nineteenth century, Izard County served as a gateway to settlement across northern Arkansas and was the parent county of seven other counties. Later, Izard County's virgin yellow pine forests provided lumber to other parts of the state.
|Prosperity A. R. P. Church|
Although technically in Wheeling, Fulton County, Many Izard County residents have roots in this church.
|Izard County Cemeteries|
|History of Izard County|
From "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas" by Goodspeed Publishing Company 1889
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|Township Range Map of Izard County|
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Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society
Izard historians to hear McCollum and Honey describe the Down Memory Lane books
BROCKWELL, AR. - The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday afternoon, October 11, 2015, at the Izard County Senior Center south of Brockwell, Arkansas, on Highway #9 at 2 P.M. The meeting is open to the public.
Mrs. Betty Hope McCollum and her daughter, Diane Honey, will be the guest speakers for the session. They are the authors of the Down Memory Lane series of books and will discuss the process involved in producing the books. They will have their current book and also older issues for sale at the meeting. This series of books is an excellent source in preserving the history of individuals, families, and of the Izard County area in past years as told in the words of the main character of each story.
Mrs. McCollum stated, “Many years ago, my cousin, Sue Chrisco, and I put together Marriage Books #1, #2, and #3 of Izard County. The information for these was copied from the earliest existing books as the really old books had been destroyed by fire. Then sometime in the early 1980’s, we interviewed our mothers, not with the intent of making a book, but we just wanted to know what their lives were like when these two sisters were growing up, along with two more sisters and six brothers in Zion, Arkansas. This was the Tomlinson family consisting of Will, Clementine, Ewing, Owen, Ernest (who died in WWII one day before his 21st birthday), George, Waldon, John, Pearl and baby Lucille. After interviewing our mothers and typing the stories, we let others read them. Then we began getting requests for us to interview other people, so we did. When we had about twenty stories, we decided to put them into a book. After publishing Book #1 we still had several stories remaining, so we decided to continue the interviews and make another book. Thus was the beginning of the Down Memory Lane books of which we have completed twelve and are currently working on #13.”
“Sometime during this period, the late Fred Blankenship of Melbourne asked Sue and me to start up the cemetery preservation project in Izard County. At that time Sue decided to do that project, and I continued with the DML books. After putting out #11, my daughter, Diane Honey, began helping me. She prints and binds these books. We feel by doing this project, we are preserving Izard County History and giving people a view of history as it actually happen in the lives of these people. We hoped that someone in other counties would do a similar project to preserve history in north central Arkansas.”
“I am active in the Melbourne Methodist Church. My sister, Shirley Hill, and I deliver backpack snacks once a week in Melbourne. I am a Hospice volunteer, and I work every Wednesday and one Saturday a week at the Manna House in Melbourne, of which I am the Secretary.”
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