Chronology Of Events
Submitted by Wayne
1880's - A volunteer fire dept. was established and set up at the James
Rickey Hall, corner of Broad and Olive and Charles W.
Bramble was elected the first fire chief.
Texarkana Ar. list H. F. Best age 38 (b. Pa) as Postmaster
/ wife, Mary A 33 b. OH / 2 daus., Flora 10 and Laura 5 /
published in the news dated Tues. 29 May 1898 states; Hank
Best, our former Postmaster here but now a real estate
dealer at Port Arthur was here yesterday.
1880 Alf Harvey
operated the CITY BARBER SHOP and offered the first
public baths for Texarkana.
July 1880 Notice is hereby given that on the __ day of
July 1880 a petition was filed in the court house, in
Miller County Arkansas, signed by county qualified voters
as required by law, praying the said honorable court for
an order to organize the following described territory
into an incorporated town to be known as the incorporated
town of Texarkana Arkansas (gives legal description of
property in Township 15) ....... and designates the 9th
day of August 1880 as the time for hearing upon said
Aug. 1880 STATE OF AR, COUNTY OF MILLER - (in part)
...... that said petition shall be granted and is
therefore now considered ordered and adjudged that the
territory as described in said petition and upon said plat
be incorporated and organized as described in said
petition and named the incorporated town of Texarkana
Arkansas. This order made out and ordered on this petition
by O. D. Scott ...this 10th day of Aug. 1880. signed, M.
Oct. 1880 THE FIRST ELECTION (title, name, votes
MAYOR; H. M. Beidler 201, E. T. Dale 163, W. H. Bush 2
RECORDER O. C. Porter 195, Paul Jones 168, Edwin
Bancroft 2 ALDERMAN W. J. Arthur 350, A. S. Blythe 209,
John Daugherty 205, Sam McKneely 198, Sam Hiller 195,
(previous five elected) J. H. Draughn 172, J. J. O'Conner
173, A. Goldburg 143, H. F. Best 150, J. W. Markham 2, J.
B. Nix 2, E. Shult? 2, P. Ramseur? 2, Cornelius Richards
2, J. R. Banner 1
Nov. 1880 Salaries established;
Mayor, ______; Recorder 50.00 month; Marshall, warrants
served 75 cents, taking prisoner to jail 75 cents, summons
a jury 75 cents, summons a witness 25 cents, taking _____
50 cents, summons def. in criminal cases 75 cents,
notifying council of special meetings 50 cents. Treasurer
______; City Attorney 50 dollars per month; Jurors 25
cents each for verdict. Witnesses 50 cents each for
attendance upon council or Mayors Court. OTHER BUSINESS
Council votes O. D. East as City Attorney, J. H. Draughn
as treasurer, also agreed to pay 10 dollars per month for
office on 2nd. floor of E. C. Donnelly building on Broad
May 1881 - J. W. Paramore organized the Texas and
St. Louis Railway of Arkansas for the purpose of laying
the line from Birds Point to Texarkana where it would join
the St. Louis Railway. ( changed to Texas and St. Louis in
July 1881) RR was finished 31 Dec. 1882
Joe Ables joined the Texarkana Ar. Police Department in
1882 and left around 1885 for San Antonio, Tx. The jail
was then located at Front and Pine where the Huckens House
was later built.
Sep. 1882 Texarkana's first telephone exchange was established by the
Southwestern <Bell> Telegraph & Telephone Co.
with a franchise for 20 years and was located at 219
1/2 E. Broad.
April 1884 Certificate of Election - State of Ark. -
County of Miller
I William R. Kelley, clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex
officia Clerk of the County Court within and for the
county aforsaid do hereby certify that at an
election held in the incorperated town of Texarkana,
Miller co Ark. on Tuesday the 1st day of April a.d.
1884, for the purpose of electing municipal officers for
said town, Pat Lonergan did recieve the highest
number of votes cast at said election for the office of
Marshall according to the returns of said election
now on file in my office. (signed and sealed) 4 April 1884
William R. Kelley, clerk
Aug. 1884 A drummer was arrested last night for
violating a city ordinance. On his person was found a
pistol. $25 & cost.
18 Aug. 1884 The sewer running on the west side of Vine Street (Olive) between
Broad and Front, and alongside of which every stranger who
enters the city must walk, is a disgrace to this city. It
would be a shame in a village without incorporation. The
water and mud is stagnated into a green loblolly, and the
stench is sickening. In the name of the health of the town
what is this city government for?
18 Aug. 1884 The members of the Salvation Army
have begun a crusade against the corset which they
denounce as a device of the devil.
19 Aug. 1884 A wagon load of watermelons
sold yesterday for 75 cents
Aug. 1884 A 5 gallon keg of "Hamilton
Whiskey" created more enthusiasm than the speakers
last night, but the hollering notwithstanding was
for Dixon and Orr
4 Sept 1884 Marshal Lonergan is seriously ill at his
room at the City Hall. He is suffering intense pain
from sore eyes.
6 Sept 1884 Marshal Lonergan will go to Hot Springs on
Wednesday next for the benefit of his health.
12 Sep. 1884 Pete Ivey will have the street in front of his new brick filled up to
the grade. Let every other property owner do the same.
Sep. 1884 Two of the recently escaped colored
prisoners were captured below Garland City on Sunday
by a posse of colored men
24 Sep. 1884 Mr. Henry Sheflin returned last night from McKinney Bayou, at the St.
Line Crossing, where he has just completed a bridge.
It is on the road to Dixon Ferry, which is an
important crossing for Little River County farmers. The
bridge was built through private subscriptions, secured
by efforts of Dick Chappell.
Sept. 1884 - Officer McCouly locked up an intoxicated
white woman this morning for stopping on the streets. She
is an old offender and gives the
officers much trouble. She has served several terms in the
brick yard for failure to pay her fines.
Sept. 1884 A colored barber working for Pete Williams,
was arrested last night by Officer McCauley for using
vile and threatening language. When turning Levy's corner,
he dodged back and before the officer could realize
the move, bounded into Texas at two strides.
He will not return until ready to pay a fine.
Oct 1884 Marshal Lonergan returned from the hat shop
last night where he went two weeks ago for the benefit
of his eyes. We are glad to learn that his general health
has improved and that he has discarded his eye glasses.
Oct. 1884 - Sheriff elect Hamilton will move into the
city sometime during the present month, we are informed.
Thurs. 2 Oct. 1884 A dangerous washout exist on the corner of Vine and Front St.,
just a place as horses frequently step into and break a
Fred Winning has opened a full line of
fresh and new groceries near Col. Triggs on court house
Oct. 1884 Sat night a rough knocked a poor disabled
man down in Rogers Saloon, west side, and was in the act
of cutting his throat with a razor, when the proprietor
forced him to desist by the covering him with a pistol. He
ran for the east side with officers in persuit and firing
at him. As he crossed the line Marshal Lonergan
stopped him at the mouth of his pistol. He returned
with the officer and is now in the calaboose. He is an old
8 Oct. 1884 The colored woman that cut her rival in the
abdomen in Culloms Saloon last week was tried at Boston
yesterday and fined $25.00 and cost.
Tues. 14 Oct. 1884 The street commission is fixing
the crossing over the culvert on Vine Street, between
Broad and Front.
15 Oct. 1884 Officer McCauley has accepted a position
as watchman at the oil mills.
Thurs. 16 Oct. 1884 A wagon load of fine trout was on the
streets today. They were caught with a hook and line out
of Old River, opposite Garland City. Some would
Mon. 20 Oct. 1884 An intelligence office will be opened in the city in a few days. The
old well in the middle of Broad St. ought to be filled up.
Texarkana needs street lamps.
Mon. 20 Oct. 1884 Mr. Mathon, a resident on College Hill came
into the city last night to meet the Iron Mt. pay car and
get pay due him for labor, and has not been heard of
since. He is a sober and industrious man, and his wife is
very uneasy about him.
Tues. 21 Oct. 1884 -in the mayors court, Hugh
Johnson, a ward of the nation; contributed $1.00 &
cost this morning for disturbing the peace. N.
H. Hardy, another "culled brudder" same thing.
Malvina Wesly, a "lady of the darken hue"
disorderly conduct" added $2.00 worth of shekels to
the city treasury.
Wed. 22 Oct. 1884 Considerable cotton
came in today. The wood hauler's are in demand today.
Several new residents are going up near Park Beidler.
After the showers yesterday didn't the back yards &
alleys smell? whew!!'
Thus. 23 Oct. 1884 Overcoats and fires
were in demand this morning. It is rumored that a female
lawyer from Chicago will soon locate in this city.
There are too many children loafing around the streets
that should be in school.
Thurs. 23 Oct. 1884 Texarkana is very orderly at
the present, we here of but few misdemeanors. This
speaks well of our officials.
Fri. 24 Oct. 1884 Why not have
street lamps? It is awful dark for the news-paper men to
have to prowl around the streets at night, and we
are fearful that brother Allen will hurt himself.
Mon. 27 Oct. 1884 We are informed that State
Line Cem. needs attention. Those owning lots there should
see that they are in nice condition.
Sat. 1 Nov. 1884 A great deal of cotton seed
came in from the country in wagon today. The beating of
bones on the streets by boys is an nuisance. A
couple of colored women indulged in a fight on Clinton
4 Nov. 1884 Officer McCauley, who went in search of
the thief that stole Solinskys horse, had to return for
want of funds.
Tues. 11 Nov. 1884 In the exuberance of there joy the other
night, some of our citizens painted one of the engines on
the Iron Mt. red, about which the Interstate of this
morning has this to say: "Goulds rod engine did not
go out yesterday." Warrants were issued for the
happy democrats. We trust the warrants will be withdrawn
as no wrong was intended and the city was alive with
Tues. 11 Nov. 1884 Ben
Foreman has bought interest in the W.L. Franks Gro. on
Wed. 12 Nov. 1884 Burglaries
are becoming of too frequent occurrence in this city and
it may be necessary to increase the police force. It
can not be expected that 2 or 3 men can do the work of
a half dozen officers. It strikes us that Texarkana is
large enough to have a regular organized police force.
17 Nov. 1884 - We are not surprised but very much
regret to learn that Sheriff Hamilton's bond as collector,
was not approved by the county judge. Mr.
Hamilton having been elected to the position, we trust
that governor Berry, will appoint him collector thus
giving him time to make a bond satisfactory to the
county judge, which no doubt he will be able to do.
Fri. 21 Nov. 1884 The bridge across Nix Creek broke yesterday
evening as a wagon loaded with lumber was passing over it.
It should be repaired at once as a matter of justice
to the citizens on College Hill.
22 Nov. 1884--This morning sheriff Hamilton carried
two suckers to the penitentiary at Little Rock.
Mason, 2 years for burglary and a colored man
1 year for grand larceny.
Mon. 24 Nov. 1884 General Albert Pike and Gen. G.D.Royston
registered into the Marguand Hotel. They are tow of the
oldest Arkansas veterans now living. Gen. Royston
was born 14 Dec. 1809 Gen. Pike was born 29 Dec. 1809 They
both came to Ark. in 1832 and taught school and
afterwards practiced law.
25 Nov. 1884- Governor Berry, as we are glad to learn,
appointed sheriff Hamilton to collect the taxes in this
county. As we all know there was some misunderstanding in
regard to his collectors bond, but everyone was satisfied
that he could make an unquestionable good bond.
6 Dec 1884 The case of Miller County against Pat
Lonergan, marshal of the East side, was decided by Judge
Williams in favor of the county.
23, 1884 - As stated by our West side
contemporary, yesterday was the 11th anniversary of this
city, and when we see what has been done in the
past eleven years, it gives us great hope for the future.
Let our people remain united in the advotacy and support
of public schools and all public enterprises, and
Texarkana will ere long become one of the most prosperous
young cities in the south west.
W. T. Hamilton assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar. 1885-1886
Fri. 2 Jan. 1885 The new school
board for the east side. Col. James Aiken
President, Judge Thomas Orr, Sec. W.G. Wadley,
J.H. Wootten, F.M. Duncan, J.C. Weed,
20 Jan. 1885 Pete Ivy discontinued his market on
St. Line and opened a new one near the Benefield Hotel.
Thurs. 29 Jan. 1885 A meeting of the Fire Co. and
committee was appointed, do wait on the city councils to
urge the proprietor of building cisterns on Broad St. If
cisterns are build the co. will take measures to obtain
force pumps which will be very useful in case of fire.
Tues. 10 Feb. 1885 The water works are
a certainty if the city councils will give free right of
way and take a number of hydrants for public use.
Feb 1885 - ASSIGNEES SALE - Notice is hereby given
that by virtue of an order of the Miller Co. Chancery
18 Feb. 1885 The telephone line to Hope has been
Fire - $210,000 Fire-The Marx Block and Interstate News
$210,000 Fire-The Marx Block and Interstate News Office
21 Feb 1885
Texarkana Daily Interpendent
About half past one o'clock this morning the fire alarm
called our citizens from their warm beds to discover that
the Marx Block-the most elegant structure in our city
was on fire-the fire having as it is supposed originated
in the store room of the Texarkana Grocery and Provision
Co. in the center of said block-some however are
of opinion that it originated in the store of J. H.
Draughn. But however that might be, the fire fiend
has come and today our city is in -gloom over losses,
estimated at $210,000.
Marx Block was occupied by the Citizens Bank on the North
side, then J. H. Draughn, then two store rooms by the
'Texarkana Grocery and Provision Co., then L.C.
DeMorse, and then M. V. Flippin with offices and families
on the second and third floors. We have taken
much pains and trouble to ascertain, as reliable as
possible, the names of the sufferers and the extent of
their losses, insurance, etc., and all the information we
have was received directly from the parties
themselves, without guess work on our part.
Losses. and Insurance
L.C. stock $9,500 Insurance $6,000
About $750 worth of goods saved.
and Marks Building occupied by Demorse,
Building-occupied by Texarkana Grocery
Loss $10,000 Insurance $7,000.
J.H. Loss of buildings $30,000.00
embrace one occupied by Texarkana Gro. two by himself, and
one by Citizens Bank in front, and Beard and
McCorkles Insurance office in rear and Col. Draughns
residence above. His family escaped with some
difficulty from the flames, and saved none of their
clothing. He also lost his fine Jersey cow.
& Provision Co. Loss on stock $50,000 Insurance
and McCorkles Office was a Total loss with no
J.J. Loss on two dwellings $2,500 Insurance $1,700.
W. Loss on dwelling and household
$3,000 Insurance $1.,500
Loss on warehouse $800--No Insurance
Stock stored in warehouse $3,200--No Insurance
M.V. Building and household
goods $10,000 Insurance $2750
He also had a big sign HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY OF
NORTHERN VIRGINIA" loss cannot be estimated.
and Motz Loss on wagon factor $10,000
Charles Saloon $800
Jesse H Dwelling $1,500
W.R. Damage to furniture by removal $250.
Publishing Co,--Interstate News $5,000 Insurance
and Whitener--Interstate Bldg. $2,000
J.C. Loss on livery stable and undertakers bldg. $5,700
T.S. Bldg. $19000 No Insurance
Produce Co. $400
and Maxwell office furniture and library $1,000 No
and Hudgins Office furniture and library Loss $4,000
R,C, Furniture $200
A.J. Stables and fence $200 No Insurance
& 0 Telegraph Office in Marx Block also all
James, in Flippin Bldg. Storage $1,700
H.W. Damaged stock $100 No Insurance.
A. Damage to bldg. $1,000
Covered by Insurance
also damaged by removals
Lemly, S. $100.00 Insured
R.A. 50.00 No Insurance
N.A. 100.00 Insured
W.H. 200.00 Insured
J.W. 200.00 Insured
Hy 200.00 Insured
J.L. Damage to library $250 No Insurance
J.D. Office furniture $200.00 No
Bank 53000 Insurance $2,000
A.L. 1,000 Insured
J. 1,300 No Insurance
J.W. 1,700 Insurance $500
Dr. A.C. 500 Insured
Jo Silverware in bank $4,000
Nat'l Bank 500 Fully insured
Frank Furniture $500
Mrs. M.B. $33000
Mrs. L.S. Furniture $1,200 Insurance $600.00
Dwelling and furniture $3,000 Insurance $1,000
and Smelser Furniture and books $1,000 No Insurance
B.T. Bldg. $100
Mrs. $400 No Insurance
Evergreen House $3000
C.M. Sr. Bldg. $300
Monday 23 Feb. 1885 - Texarkana Daily Independent It is reported that the parties who
killed Dept. Marshall Gosling, on the train in Texas last
Sunday, have been captured. Mr. Gosling had many friends
in this city who trust the rumor is true.
Fri. 27 Feb. 1885 U. S. Marshall Gosling, who was killed
last week on the train in Texas, started the first
newspaper that was ever published in bowie County
6 Mar 1885 Marshal Lonergan received a telegram this
morning from Jacksonville Ill., announcing the death
of his father. He left at once to attend
8 April 1885 City election results.
MAYOR C. C. Dorrian
289 / Martin Forrester 279
CITY ATTORNEY H. L.
Grigsby 575 / H. S. Johnson 48
RECORDER W. H. Arnold
468 / John glover 81
MARSHAL Pat Lonergan
338 / James Matthews 228
TREASURER Ben James 400 /
Thomas Orr 169
STREET COMMISSIONER Joe Johnson 409 / Ogden Bryant
ALDERMAN C. E. Bramble 404 / Pat Hardin 362,
O. Whittemore 345
Ed Schicker 366 E. F. Friedell 263
ALDERMAN NOT ELECTED
E. N. Maxwell 238 / Pat Curran 226 H. Platz 159 / O. S.
Richard Cornelius 105
MAYOR C. C. Dorrian 289 votes, Martin Forster 279 votes;
MARSHALL Pat Lonergan 338 votes, James Matthews 228
CITY ATTORNEY H. L. Grigsby 575 votes, H. S. Johnson 48
18 May 1885 A young lady fell three times on the broken
planks of the wood sidewalk that leads from Broad St. to
the Post Office. Every stranger coming
to the city pronounces that so called sidewalk a disgrace.
20 June 1885-Sheriff Hamilton has notices posted that
he will sell 131 bales of Cotton at the compress in this
city July 1. It is the Cotton attached
in the case of J. D. Hall vs W. T. Whitman, and is
sold by order of the circuit court to save the cost of
storage, insurance, etc.
6 July 1885 Charles Peck sold the Paragon and Gem Saloons to W. Behan
9 Jul. 1885 The new bridge over Nix Creek to
College Hill will soon be completed.
11 July 1885-Sheriff Hamilton returned from Little
Rock this morning where he had been to deliver Mose Tucker
and Nelson Kemp to the keeper
of the penitentiary. Mose, one year and Kemp, four
14 Jul. 1885 Passed a ordinance to protect the public from unsafe
scaffolds, signs, awnings, and porches. Fine for violation
is $25.00 and is the duty of the city marshall to give
occupant or owner notice to repair within 5 days or town
council will remove.
Thurs. 16 Jul. 1885 A pistol totter went up for a
fine of $25.00 and cost in recorder Matthews court today.
Friday 17 Jul. 1885 Sheriff Hamilton informed us
this morning he had four prisoners in the Miller Co. jail.
Jerry Lewis, col, convicted of rape and granted a new
trial. Moss Tate & Ned Mitchell, col., for
murder Phinneas Bateman, a white male for burglary.
Friday 17 Jul. 1885 Dept. Sheriff Ed Hood of Nevada Co. spent
last night in the city.
Saturday 18 Jul.
1885 Jo L. Cella, dept. U. S. Marshall and acting
constable of Garland Twp may be found from 9 a.m. to 4
Saturday 18 Jul. 1885 Burglars entered the residence of postmaster
Shaw yesterday and stole a pistol, a shirt, and a comb.
15 Aug. 1885
- Marriage of A. J. Lummus 21 and A. F. Stuckey 18 MCA
10 Apr. 1886 news item, Pat Hardin was elected Marshall 1900 Census of Texarkana
Ark. 403 Pecan St. gives this info. Hardin,
Pat, Mar. 1853 Ireland, Mary wife Apr 1860 Ky md. 22 yrs
11 ch. 9 living, Katie dau Nov. 1878, Mary dau. Apr 1881,
Michael son Oct. 1882, Edward son Mar 1884, Patrick
son Nov. 1885, James son Apr 1888, Frank son June 1889,
Daniel son Aug. 1891, Tom son Apr 1895.
12 April 1886 Hon. Martin Forester is Mayor-elect of East
side.( Texarkana Ark)
13 April 1886 - 13 April 1886 - Marshall Larnergan will retire
tonight, also Mayor C. C. Dorrian
14 April 1886 - East Side aldermen listed
as Mr. Bramble, Whittemore, Carloss, Lingold and Ed
16 April 1886 - Judge Thomas Orr is a candidate for Sheriff of
Miller County Ark.
1886 ICE PLANT
E. N. Maxwell and J. A. Polhamius built a small 10 ton ice plant where
Waterworks Pumping Station was later built and in 1887
they built a 15 ton ice factory on the Texas Side. This
plant had Texarkana's first electric lights.
1886 - Joseph Huckens Sr. built the Huckins House at the
corner of Pine and Front Street. On 26 March 1887 the
structure was completed and opened for business. The
structure did not have electricity but was added later. It
was three stories and had 60 rooms but by the time the it
was 25 years old it had 150 rooms. In 1912 a large 25 year
celebration was held involving over 150 guests to
reminisce about the history of the hotel and it's founder,
who died in 1908. Upon the death of Joe Huckins Sr., the
hotel was left to his four sons: Joe Jr., Paul, Leon and
Marquand. They managed it until the early 1930's
when it was sold to Dr. E. L. Beck then several others
owned it within a few years including Sol Feinberg who
purchased the building March 3, 1934. In 1975 the
building was purchased by the Downtown Improvement
District for 75,000 and was torn down to make way for a
parking lot, at that time it was the Savoy Hotel.
13 April 1886 - C. C. Dorian retires tonight as mayor
15 Apr 1886 - L. V. Hogane is principal of a select school for
girls on State Line Ave. Texarkana
Wed. 17 Nov. 1886 Alderman Fouke returned from Little Rock last
night where he had been as defendant in a suit in Federal
court charged with cutting government timber. He was
defended by Judge Mitchell and after hearing the evidence
Judge Caldwell ordered the jury to return a verdict of not
guilty without retiring from the box. ....... will add
that all who know Mr. Fouke think it will be a cold day in
August before he intentionally violates any of the laws of
Dec 1886 - James Howard, charged with branding his
wife - James Howard Hanged by mob.
16 Dec 1886
Yesterday Justice Cannon on the West side was engaged in
the trial of James Howard, charged with branding his wife
with hot branding irons.
testimony showed that in July last Howard was married to
Miss, Mary Minchew, aged 13, residing in Cass county,
Texas. Since November he treated her most
inhumanely, hanging her up by the toes, and a few days ago
he braned the letter "H" upon her person in two
places with a hot iron, whereupon she made complaint.
testimony developed a terrible state of affairs, and fully
sustained the charges, when Howard asked this morning to
get up his witnesses, which request the court granted, and
Howard was committed to jail.
Fearing violence upon the part of the people, who felt
Justly indignant at such.barbarous treatment of a woman,
officers Edwards, Lawler, Williams, Parker and
Hargett determined to guard the jail which they did until
about midnight and observing no one on the streets, and
all quiet, Edwards, Parker, Lawler and Williams went
to get a lunch, leaving the other on guard. As soon
as they had left unknown parties rushed upon the jail,
broke in the door, overpowered the remaining guard, and
took Howard out, carried him to the railroad trestle and
hung him, and when found by the guard, he was dead.
This is an unfortunate affair, as all such transactions
are, and we regret its, occurrence, but think that if mob
law is ever justifiable, this case was certainly that way.
to the hour of going to press no clue had been discovered
as to the parties who did the hanging.
1886 Ben Foreman founded the Texarkana Street Railway Co.
Fri. 21 Jan 1887 Just one year ago to-night the magnificent Telephone Exchange Saloon
of C. E. Dixon was thrown open to the public, and within
the past year under the judicious and courteous management
of J. W. Ronen, it has become one of the most favorite
resorts and is well known from Galveston to St Louis. for
the excellence of it's cigars and liquors.
1887 C. E. Dixon once again assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
1887 Ben Foreman and Maj. Deutchman Opened a
real estate & loan office.
1888 Texarkana Texas formed it's first police force with John Taylor as chief.
four patrolmen served under him.
1889 A. S. Blythe assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
Ben Foreman organized Inter-State Land & Building Co.
1890 Texarkana Ar. formed a police force with D. E. Holliday as the first
police chief. All patrolling of the city was done on foot.
population of Texarkana AR; White 2,157, Negro 1,369,
population of Texarkana TX; White 1,751, Negro 1,092,
Thurs 4 Aug 1892 Daily Texarkanian (A sample of the
street dualing that often occured in Texarkana)
This morning about 6 o'clock, M.F. Anderson and Jack
Edmunds (later known as one armed Jack) met out on State
Line Avenue near Sand Flat, when Edmunds drew a pistol and
shot Anderson, the ball entered near the nose, coming out
on the opposite side of the head near the ear.
Anderson's wound is considered dangerous, but not
necessarily fatal. Edmunds gave himself up to
officers, and is now in Miller County Jail. It
will be remembered that about six weeks. ago the
same parties had a difficulty over a family affair and
Anderson then shot Edmunds with a shotgun loaded with
birdshot, the load taking effect in the face, Edmunds said
at that time" we learn, that he would "get
even" and it seems that he has carried out the
threat, he having recovered and first opportunity
presenting itself this morning, as shown above.
Thurs. 6 Oct. 1892 TEXARKANA DAILY DEMOCRAT -
DALTONS KILLED - COFFEEVILLE KANSAS
Bob and Grant Dalton, Tom Heddy and an unknown
member of the Dalton Gang were killed at Coffeeville
Emmett Dalton is mortally wounded, City Marshall J.
T. McConnell, George Cubine and Charles Brown,
Shoemaker, is dead.
Cashier Thomas Gayers, of the 1st Natl. Bank and
Lucius Baldwin, clerk of Read Bros. store, fatally
wounded, T. A. Reynolds and Lewis Dertz slightly wounded.
All resulting from an attempt of the Dalton Gang to rob
the banks of C. M. Condor & Co. and
1st. Natl. Bank of that city
at 9:45 am. One man escaped but is being pursued and
is doubtless cough ere this time.
Thurs. 19 Jan 1893 - Joseph Huckins son, Joseph Huckins Jr., is an
alderman of the East Side and proprietor of the well known
Hotel of that name, founded by his father in this city
years ago. The father, Joseph Huckins, is now principal
owner and manager of the Hotel Vendome in Knoxville, Tn.
The family has one dau.. Cora. Fri. 20 Jan 1893 - Mess.
Cora Huckins, formerly of Texarkana and now of Knoxville
Tn, is expected to arrive during the coming week to visit
Thursday 22 June 1893 E. R. Gaither has been appointed by sheriff
Blythe as special deputy and stationed in the courtroom.
Mon 23 Jan 1893 Texarkana Democrat
Seven prisoners confined in the Miller County Jail made
good their escape last night. They worked through
the wall at the same place where other prisoners have
heretofore broken out, beneath the wash basin. Only
one prisoner remained behind, Taggart, the crazy man, The
escaping prisoners are: J.W. Fenton, from Sevier County.
charged with murder; Ed Cook, from Little River County;
Sam Willis negros fined for minor offenses, "One Arm
Jack" Edmonds, white; London Jeffery, negro, charged
with murder. Jailer Jim Williams was up at 1 O'Clock and
noticed prisoners making up the fire to keep warm, between
then and day they broke out, Sheriff Blythe had well
shackled those charged with high crimes and allowed them
to remain outside the cells to keep warm. It seems
to us that the jail can be made secure. The several
Jail breaks reflect discredit on the county. We
trust Judge Friedell will look after this at once.
22 June 1893 E. R. Gaither has been appointed by sheriff
Blythe as special deputy and stationed in the courtroom.
Tues. 12 Sept. 1893 The home of Pat Hardin, ex city marshall, two
miles south of the city was totally destroyed by fire.
Thurs. 8 Feb. 1894 Tom McCauley, an ex policeman and formerly well
known citizen of east side (Texarkana Ar) has returned to
the city after an extended absence in Indiana.
23 June 1894 Democratic primary election results; Rep. J. d.
Blanton 958 County Judge E F. Friedell 467, W. T. Hamilton
363, J. W. Terry 126 Circuit Clerk, J. V. Scott 662, A. B.
Little 307 Sheriff J. T. Dillard 411, C. E. Dixon 28, J.
J. Towery 260, I. A. Bickham 270 Assessor J. H. Hooper
112, J. T. Roberts 68, W. D. Jones 428, Hugh C. Grafton
351 Treasurer A. A. Adams 942 Coroner Otto Perkins 205, G.
R. Robinson 345, B.F. Ward 90, G. M. Orr 310
Mon. 3 Sept. 1894 - Louis Peck, bro-in-law to Hon. W. G. Cook has
accepted a school at Rondo, four miles East of this city
which he opens today.
Friday 12 October 1894 C. L. Smithee, bar man at Wright's Saloon,
sold Capt. C. E. Dixon his last drink, less than five
minutes before he was killed. He also sold Mayor Beidler
and Zack Few their last drink just before they were
Sunday 28 April 1895 Charles L. Smithee, who has been a resident
of our city for the past seven years left today for
Reading, Pa. to make it his future home.
1895 J. T. Dillard assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar. 1895-1898
Monday 14 Oct. 1895 Pat Doherty, once on East side police force
but later a conductor on T & P RR, died Saturday night
at the Sherman House of consumption.
Sun. 24 Jan 1897 - Ben Strum of Denison Texas will make his home here as proprietor of
Tony DeGrazier's Barber Shop. Tony will pay all his
attention to the Telephone Saloon
1 Jul. 1897 Ben M. Foreman took over as post
master the position held by his father in law Col. W.R.
Monday 11 April 1898 Dept. U. S. Marshall H. B. Holman brought
five prisoners from Howard County this afternoon charged
with illicit distilling.
Sun. 13 Mar. 1898 B. M. Foreman, postmaster, let
the contract for repairs to Mr. G. J. Hollis for
Tues. 31 May 1898 Ben Foreman closed
with the Baker Springs Co. yesterday to put up a 12 room
hotel at the noted springs. The house is to be
completed right away and is to be a dollar a day
1899 J. A. Bickham assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar
1900 Census Holman Henry
B. head Nov. 1842 51 Ar Mo Ar
md 23 U.S. Dept. Marshall
Mary S. wife
Apr. 1853 46 Ar Ar Ar
md.23 7 ch. 3 living
Marie L. dau
Sept 1882 17 Ar Ar Ar
Henry B. Jr son
Jan . 1886 13 Ar Ar Ar
son Aug. 1891 8
Ar Ar Ar
321 Walnut St. listed also are several boarders of
different porfessions, apparently a boarding house. 1900
Census of Texarkana Ar. 1900 census list Saul Gibson age 60 as
Dept. US Marshall, boarding at 512 Elm St. in Dr. William
C Sherman household
1900 population of Texarkana AR;
White 2,832, Negro 2,078, Other 4
1900 population of Texarkana TX; White 3,292, Negro 1,964
Mon. 1 Jan 1900 J. Mook,
well known dancing instructor will open his school over A.
A. Adams store, 211 East Broad St. Wednesday afternoon at
4 p.m. and at night. Rates reasonable
Tues. 9 Jan. 1900
Ben Foreman has let the contract for stone coping etc. for
the brick bldg. he will build this spring on St. Line,
Vine and Clinton Streets.
Tues. 15 Oct. 1901 (from
a Drew Co. newspaper) Fire at Texarkana destroyed the
Texarkana Handle Factory, a shingle mill and the
merchandise store of E. L. McMichel.
1902 George Fouke erected one of
the first buildings in Texarkana with electric power. It
was located in the 400 block of State Line on the Texas
side. in 1934 Dr. E. L. Beck converted it into a medical
1903 J. T. Dillard once again
assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
1905 A. G. Sanderson assumes
duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar. until 1917
1905 W. E. Casey, Chief of
Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1907
7 Dec 1905 CONSTABLES J.
R. Foster and Andrew Hoskins, Lost Prarie, Gus Crabtree
and Alex Alford, Cut Off Township, M. J. Shaw, Beech
Twp. T. C. Martin and W. T. Bryant, Sulpher Twp. Fleet F
Magee, Garland Twp. Frank Walker, Homan Twp.
March 1906 The members of
the Texarkana Ark. police force will soon be disporting
themselves in handsome new blue uniforms, decked
with brass buttons. The Twin City Tailoring Co have the
job of making the suits and they are going to turn out
suits that the wearers will be proud of
Thurs. 1 Nov. 1906
A special meeting of the East Side City Council was held
last night for the purpose of considering a proposition to
sell the city hall property on East Broad. The meeting was
called to order by the Mayor (Brewer) who submitted the
bid made by Mr. Garst of Worchester Ms. for the property.
Mr. Garst's offer was seven thousand in cash and on motion
the same was accepted by the council and the deal was
Mayor Brewer informs us that it is the intention of the
city to at once have erected a two story building on the
city property at Walnut and Third St. for a for a
firehouse on first floor and city council on second floor.
As soon as practical a fine two story brick and stone city
hall will be built on the property with all modern
1907 J. J. Towery, Chief of
Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1909
Wed. 9 Jan 1907 M. A.
Locke, a Red River planter living some 12 to 15 miles
north of here was arrested this morning by Constable
Hargett for caring a pistol and taken before Judge Smelser
at his office in the Hart Bilding. Mr. Locke plead guilty,
fine 100 dollars and cost.
Thurs. 28 Feb. 1907
The new Collins 3 story building, corner of Broad and
Hazel Street will open as the Baltimore Hotel by Mrs.
Nelson tomorrow March 1st.
Thurs 7 Mar 1907 The
walls of the new three story Fouke-Shepherd Grain Co.
building, corner of Front and Vine St. are going up
Wed. 8 April 1908 Rev. T.
H. Carter of Stamps, Rev. C. R. Powell of Little Rock,
Rev. W. R. Story of Hope and Mr. W. R. Cross of Magnolia
are spending the day here on business connected with the
Baptist Orphans Home out at Fairview, of which institution
they are trustees and directors. Rev. J. B. Sellman of
Texarkana is manager of the home.
Tues. 28 July 1908 The
following liquor permits were issued for Texarkana Texas:
Dan Gallagher, Louie Mareto, Ben Olivari, L. C. Clark, Sam
Milazzo, Palace Bar, Alex Scott (negro), L. C. Clark was
denied a license for one of his saloons, Abe Abrams (Paris
Liquor Co) and Sam Berger were denied license Front St.
John W. Mayher, Ben Parish and Britt Allen Swampoodle
Fagnant & Colombo, Dick Grant (negro), Colombo &
Nevisano, Joe Caretoni, W. C. Dabney
Fri. 31 July 1908 - The
Parochial School building for St. Edwards Parish, corner
of 4th and Hickory St. (Texarkana Ar.) is being pushed to
completion and will be ready in ample time for the opening
of the school which will be about Sept. 15th. The school
will be in charge of the Benedictine Sisters and will be
open to all, Protestants and Catholics.
Monday 5 Oct. 1908
- The plans agreed upon for the construction of the new
Congregational House of Worship, corner of 6th and St.
Line rendered necessary the cutting down of the fine white
oak tree whose ancient solitary reign has attracted the
attention of all passers-by for over 25 years. The giant
stood in the s.w. corner of the Taylor property and near
the yard gate. It was a beauty 25 years ago in what was
then the Episcopal Park. The tree was laid low by the
Woodsman's ax this forenoon.
Fri. 13 Nov. 1908 PAT
HARDIN AN EARLY SETTLER
MAN WHO MET DEATH IN COTTEN BELT YARDS YESTERDAY WAS
CONNECTED WITH CITY'S EARLIEST HISTORY.
In the tragic death of
Mr. Pat Hardin, a brief account of which appeared in
yesterday afternoon's Texarkanian, this community loses
another one of its pioneer citizens and original settlers.
One by one the old timers are passing. It seems only
yesterday since the city was owned and governed by a great
army of people-early settlers- a very large majority of
whom are now "numbered with the pale nations of the
dead" Those of twenty five years ago now know the
city no more, strangers now fill their places and are
guiding the affairs of the municipality toward a greater
and better Texarkana. Pat Hardin lived long and saw
much of the people and the events which go to make up the
history of Texarkana. He has seen nearly all his old
time neighbors gathered to their fathers, and now too has
"Crossed the Bar". Mr. Hardin was born in
Ireland 15 March 1853 and when a young man came to the
United States, settling at Texarkana in 1874. He has
reared a family of nine children who are all grown and
with their mother still survive. He has always led a
quite industrious life and commanded the respect and
esteem of his neighbors. In the early days Mr.
Hardin took a promanant part in politics and wielded a
wide influence. In 1882 he was elected street
commissioner of the Ark. side. Two years later he
was elected alderman defeating the late Dr. H, M. Beidler
by a heavy majority much to the later's disapointment.In
April 1886 he was elected city marshall defeating W. H.
Sweeny and was re-elected two years later. He has
several times mentioned prominently in connection with the
office of mayor, but never stood as a candidate for that
position. He was a big hearted, wholesome, man,
loyal to hia friends and generous to all. For the
past 16 or 18 years he has been employed as section
foreman for the Cotten Belt Railroad, and was. in the
discharge of his duties when he met his death yesterday.
He was having some necessary work done in the local yards
and had just stopped from one track to another, to
avoid the switch engine that was bearing down upon him.
He failed to note the approach of a string of cars which
were being switched on the track and which struck him .
The bereaved family will have the sympathy of the entire
community in their great loss. Requiem mass will be
conducted over the remains at St. Edwards Church Sunday
morning and the body will be taken to the Catholic
Cemetary for burial. Following are the gentlemen
selected to act as pallbearers, B. M. Foreman, Thomas
Quinn, R. J. O'Dwyer, Paul Reverra, W. G. Cook,John P.
1909 Henry W Trigg, Chief
of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1911
1909 - A blaze
started in the Fouke Grain Co, a five story structure, and
spread to the Texas Produce Company building, the
Texarkana Y.M.C.A building, the Iron Mountain freight
depot and then to two railroad tank cars filled with oil.
1910 Mr. Mayne is
a police officer.
1910 population of
Texarkana AR; White 3,550, Negro 2,101, Other 4
1910 population of Texarkana TX; White 6,572,
Meager Hospital was founded. It is conducted by the
Sisters of Charity of the Incarnete Word, and has a
capicity of 50 beds, not including bassinets.
Thurs. 3 Feb.
1910 B. Schram, bankrupt stock of dry
goods on East Broad St. was sold this morning by the
receiver, attorney Joseph's.
Wed. 29 June 1910
Total fines in Judge Smithers court on East Side this
afternoon was $81.60 and none was paid. Richard
and Jennie Crouch arrested by Officer Mayne for the theft
of 35 pounds copper wire from Western Union - fine 15.40
each. Officer Kuhn and Poe brought in Mary
Ellis and Sila Jones for vag.. Jewell Garland for
prostitution with John Richardson as paramour.
1911 Foster Rogers
became Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1915
He was police chief of Texarkana, Ark., from April 9,
1911, to April 13, 1915. At the time of his death
(1/15/1932) he was in the bakery business here.
Wed. 24 July 1912
Through the acceptance of a deed by the East side council
Tuesday night, steps were taken to open East Broad Street
to the Mandivelle Road enabling farmers using this highway
to come straight to the business section without the
detour into Ninth Street
Tues. 8 Oct. 1912
A baby alligator 9 inches long was caught this morning by
E. C. Seibert in the excavation made for the eight story
Texarkana National Bank building and speculation as to how
the diminutive eater happened to be there is rife. It is
stated that the alligator was caught by Mr. Seibert but,
in fact, Mr. Seibert was caught by the amphibian. While
looking over the work Mr. Seibert pointed to the
gaiter and his gatorship snapped his jaws together with
Mr. Seiberts finger as the object of the snap. Five years
ago a large gator was found under the Boyd Drug Company.
Wed. 9 Oct 1912 The
obliteration of an old Texarkana landmark is sought by
Fire Chief Springer, who stated to Mayor Kline and the
East Side council Tuesday night that the existence of the
rookery creates extra fire hazard, penalizing all property
owners in the same block. The building referred to is
known to the present generation as the Allen Building to
those of the past generation as the Sherman House and to
those who located here when Texarkana was but the terminus
of two steel rails it is remembered as the O'Daugherty
Hotel. It is recalled that Mr. and Mrs. O'Daugherty died
within 24 hours of each other. The estate was never
settled, the property now belonging to the heirs who
reside in Ireland
Thurs 24 Oct. 1912
Joe Ables who was formerly a resident of Texarkana but now
makes his home in San Antonio, spent yesterday and today
in this city, (Texarkana Ar) making his first visit in
near 30 years. Mr. Ables left Texarkana in 1885 and for
three or four years prier to his departure he was a member
of the East Side Police Dept. (Texarkana AR) Mr. Ables
recalled that in 1882 he joined the force and the
calaboosa was on the site now occupied by the Huckens
House. ( Huckens House was at Front and Pine facing Pine
St in 100 block.)
26 Oct 1912 - FACTORY
ADDITION ON ARK. SIDE - Mayor John P Kline, E. W.
Frost, James F Black, president of Texarkana Trust Co.
contracted with Mrs. Mary J. Preston for the purchase of
50 acres land lying just north east of the Cotton Belt
Hospital and five acres on Dudley for 5,500 dollars. F. J.
Bosier, president of the Hub Manufacturing Co. will
establish on the five acres which will be donated to him.
The plant will manufacture wagon hubs from Ash and Hickory
on 16,000 acres of land Mr. Bosier recently purchased from
Mann Land and Improvement Co. ( much more in this article,
this is all I have of it )
Sat. 12 July 1913
Chief of Police, foster Rogers; policeman, Frank Kuhn and
A. J. Lummus; Police Judge, W. B. Weeks
1915 John Strange,
Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1920
1917 J. D. Cook Sr
becomes Municipal Judge of Texarkana Arkansas to 1921
1917 A. J. Gurley assumes
duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar. until 1921
Tues. 21 July 1917
MOB HANGED NEGRO THEN RIDDLED HIS BODY WITH BULLETS NEAR
Andrew Avery, 18 year old negro who murderously
assaulted W. J. Wood, in the bottoms near Garland last
Sat. was lynched last night....NOTE: this is the beginning
of a long detailed article on the lynching, my clipping is
to faded to read.
12 Feb. 1919 Little
River News (Texarkana) A. B. Hervey, 66, proprietor of
Garland Mercantile, and Fay D. Searcy, 33, a book keeper
for the company, fought a duel to the death last night in
the company office at Garland City. Both men fired five
times, both were struck by five bullets and both fell dead
with their bodies crossed. No witnesses but T. J. Wilson,
Herveys partner, was in the store. Hervey and Searcy
quarreled about the account books, Wilson said, and Searcy
was discharged. They met again in the office last night
when the quarrel ended in the shooting. Searcy was a
brother to Circuit Clerk John Searcy and attorney Bob
Searcy of Texarkana.
9 Aug 1919 –Contract for the drainage of
Walker Lake on Red River was awarded by the Ogden Levee
District Monday to James Adcock of this city. The lake
will open about 80 acres in the bed for cultivation.
Walker Lake is the first lake south of Ogden.
1920 A. J. Lummus, Chief
of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1923
1920 population of
Texarkana AR; White 5,846, Negro 2,406, Other 5
1920 population of Texarkana TX; White 8,272, Negro
3,208, Other 1
1920 - The Cotten Belt
Hospital was remodeled and has a capacity of 150 beds. Dr.
George W A. Hutchinson was the resident physician.
1921 H. M. Barney
becomes Municipal Judge of Texarkana Arkansas to1925
1921 John Strange assumes
duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
Fri. 19 May 1922 Dick Choate, Texarkana
policeman, died shortly after 3 o'clock this afternoon from shooting at
the hands of Hulen Owens, when Choate attempted to prevent
the black's escape after being arrested on a charge of
larceny. The negro was later captured near Index, eight
miles north of there. Officer Choate and Chief Lummus were
taking Owens in the latter's automobile to a spot where
the Negro had told the officers where goods he was charged
with stealing could be located, near the 1500 block of
Pecan St. Owens jumped from the car and headed south. At
the home of Andrew Howze he hastily entered a Chandler
auto standing at the curb and was in the act of driving
off when Choate approached him and told him to remain
quite. As the policeman approached the car Owens drew a
revolver and without warning emptied the contents into the
officer who was a few feet distant. The wounded officer
fired at the negro as he sank to the ground, wounding him
in the head. The Negro drove away as Lummus came to
Choate's aid........... in part....
May 1922 The Miller County Circuit court room was filled
with a crowd of curious spectators in the expectation of a
big sensation developing when the eight men arrested Sat.
and Sun. on murder charges as a result of the recent
storming of the county jail and lynching of the negro,
Hulen Owens, slayer of Police officer Dick Choate, were
brought into court for formal arraignment........
Tues. 26 June 1923 - Dan Marshall, recently
appointed by Mayor Conway as chief of police of Texarkana
Ar. after his induction into office in april, has resigned
that position to accept the contract with the city for
hauling rubbish, garbage, and conbustable waste, as
provided for in the 2 or 3 ordinances recently passed by
the city council at the instance of the city health
officer recommended by the state health authorities.
According to Mayor Conway, Henry Adams, now motercycle
officer and traffic cop since the resignation of Milton
Nelson, will be named to succeed Mr. Marshall. Mr. Adams
is a experanced officer and it is expected that his
appointment as chief will be meet with favor.
1923 Lish Barber assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller
Co. Ar. until he was killed in line of duty, his wife was
appointed to complete his term.
1923 Dan Marshall appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark. left in 1923
1923 Henry Adams appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark. to 1925
1925 - Louis Josephs becomes Municipal Judge of
Texarkana Arkansas to1935
1925 John C King, Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark.
1925 E. W. Birtcher, after
serving many years as an officer without receiving much
more than an occasional scratch in line of duty, was
killed in an automobile accident, when the car he was
driving overturned and he was crushed beneath it.
Sat 3 Oct 1925 E. A. Brennan, supertendant
of Ark. side schools 1907-08, died Friday at Conway Ark.
funeral in conway.
1926 Walter Crowell appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark. to 1927
Tues. 1 June 1926 The main dining rooms of the Grim and
Huckins hotels were closed monday, the first for the
summer and the latter permanently according to
announcements by George T Conway, pers. of the Grim and
Paul Huckins, manager of the Huckins House. The Barber
Shop in the Huckens House will be remodeled into a coffee
Fri. 16 July 1926 Hence Giles, Arkansas policeman,
was shot and instantly killed early this morning while
attempting to arrest a bootlegger. Giles was shot
three times, his slayer suddenly swerving upon the
officer, firing two shots in his body after he had fallen,
wounded by a bullet in the head, jumped into an automobile
and fled. Giles died within minutes after being shot
without making a statement.
Tues. 26 July 1926 W. E. Crowell, 401 Ferguson,
chief of city detectives has been appointed successor to
John C. King, 1600 Pecan St. who has resigned as chief of
police of Texarkana Ark..... Mr Crowell has been on the
police force for about twenty years. He has served as
policeman, constable, deputy sheriff and chief of
30 Oct. 1926 Sheriff Lish Barber and Dept. Sheriff
Bob Smith of Miller County were killed in a gun duel with
H. W. Adams, former chief of police. During the battle
Adams was seriously wounded.
1927 L. Simmons appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark. to 1928
1927 Fleet MaGee assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
1927 William Daniel Hays appointed as Chief of Police,
1928 W. D. Hays, appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark. to 1931
Wed 15 Feb. 1928 Texarkana will have a municipal
airport. Three bridges will be built across Nix Creek.
Front Street will raised and paved between between State
Line and Pine Street as soon as Union Station construction
work reaches a stage to make street work possible.
1920's-30's Some of the charges recorded by the Texarkana
Arkansas Police Department. are:
Nuts, Doper, House Prowling, Clothes Line Larceny, Chicken
Theft, Alley Prowling, B&E, NPA (National Prohibition
Act), IRA (Internal Revenue Act, NMVTA, Hot Car, Late
Hours, Drug Addict, Suspicious, Pistol Totin, Hobo,
Pilfering Cars, Dope Head, Cotton Picker.
1930 population of Texarkana AR; White 7,639,
Negro 3,109, Other 16
1930 population of Texarkana TX; White 11,649, Negro
4,934, Other 19
1930 Tom C. Sewell appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana
1931 Walter Harris assumes duty as Sheriff of
Miller Co. Ar. until he was killed in line of duty.
2 Jan.1932 Funeral for John Fry, 56,
deputy US marshall will be 2:30 p.m. at the home of
a nephew, J.H. Faviell at Jefferson, Tx. Burial in
Oakwood Cem. Jefferson. John Frye died in a
12 Jan.1932 Texarkana Gazette
Five men mentioned as possible candidates for the
race of Miller Co. sheriff.
WILL HARRIS - brother of Sheriff
Walter Harris who was slain while raiding a still last
July, is the only one actually announced opposition
against Sheriff R.W. Turquette.
HARRY OLIVER - chief deputy
during the brief Harris adm. Oliver was associated
with Will Harris who was jailer during the Harris
FLEET MAGEE - who was
defeated by Harris in 1930. Magee is a veteran peace
officer in Miller Co.
PAT ELAM - Fouke merchant
1933 R. W. Turguette assumes duty as Sheriff of
Miller Co. Ar.
1933 W. E. Davis appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana
Fri 8 Dec 1933 Fowler Drug Co located at
Broad and Hazel St. Phone 110
1935 - T. B. Vance becomes Municipal Judge of
Texarkana Arkansas to 1939
1935 Tom C Sewell assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller
Co. Ar. until 1938
Fri. 11 Oct. 1935 - D. W. Marshall, 64 died
Thursday while at work at Savoy Hotel. Wife: 5 daus: Mrs.
R. A. Bennett, Mrs. M. G. Richards, Mrs. T. W. Holman and
Mrs. T. C. Albritton all of Texarkana and Mrs. H. G.
Buchannan of Shreveport. 3 sons: E. D. of New Boston,
Rodney Dale and D. W. Jr. of Texarkana 2 sisters: Mrs. Ida
Cobb of Houston Mrs. Lela Garrett of Paris Burial in State
Line Cem. Dan W. Marshall 14 April 1870 to 10 Oct. 1935
Minnie Lee Marshall 1 Jan. 1875 to 4 July 1952
Monday 16 Mar.1936 Texarkana Gazette -
Roland Hitchcock and Miss Ruth Crawford both of Texarkana
were married in the Texarkana Ark. police station.
The couple said they could find no other place to get
married that they had attempted to locate friends and none
were home. Police acted as witnesses.
1938 Richard Marlin Giles appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark.to 1947
1939 - J. D. Cook becomes Municipal Judge of
Texarkana Arkansas to1951
1939 W. E. Davis assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
1940 population of Texarkana AR; White 8,143, Negro
1940 population of Texarkana TX; White 11,892, Negro 5,127
22 Feb. 1946
The Phantom Killer Strikes
The first assault happened somewhere near the intersection
of Robison and Richmond roads. In 1946, this was the
undeveloped countryside surrounding Texarkana, this is
also where friends and lovers went to park. The first
victims was Mary Jeanne Larey, 19, and her date, Jimmy
24 March 1946 the bullet riddled bodies of Richard
L. Griffin, aged 29, a Texarkana War Veteran and Miss
Polly Ann Moore, aged 17, employed at the Red River
Arsenal in Texarkana were found in Mr. Griffin's parked
1941 Oldsmobile on South Robison Rd. road outside the city
limits on the Texas side of the city. Mr. Griffin was
found in the front seat of the car and Miss Moore was
found face down in the back seat although she was killed
outside the car and placed in the car. The girl's body had
14 April 1946 the bodies of Paul Martin, aged
17, of Kilgore, Texas and Betty Jo Booker, aged 15,
of Texarkana were found on a country road in the vicinity
of Spring Lake Park. Paul's coupe was found near the
entrance to the park but Paul's body was found about 1.5
miles from his car near what is now Cork Lane North of
I-30. Betty Jo's body was found about a mile and a half
away near what is now Fernwood., They had both been shot
to death and it was discovered later that Betty Jo had
3 May1946 in the farm home of Virgil Starks,
age 38, the Texarkana Killer strikes again. Mr Starks'
farm was located on Hwy 67 about 12 miles northeast of the
city in Miller County, Arkansas. Mr Starks was siting in
his living room near a window listening to the radio when
the killer fired two shots to the back of Mr. Starks head
with a .22 caliber rifle. Mrs. Kate Starks who was
in an adjoining bedroom, heard the sound of breaking glass
and ran into the living room where she discovered her
husband slumped in the floor and ran to her telephone
where she was shot twice in the face. Mrs. Starks, hearing
the intruder breaking in the screen door in back, stumbled
out the front door and made her way across the road to a
neighbor to get help. It was discovered later that
the killer entered the house and dabbled his hands in the
pools of blood. Mr. Starks died from his wounds and his
wife was taken to Michael Meagher Hospital in Texarkana
where she was listed in critical condition. Mrs. Starks
later recovered from her wounds.
1947 Henry Grady Holmes appointed as
Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1948 ( a uncle to Elvie
Sun. 26 Sept. 1948
Fine spring water, a natural lake and land set in a
frame of lovely trees lured a young man from TN to settle
on the site, build a house and raise a family. His name
was W. W. Wootten and the year he first saw the spring was
1836. The young man from Tn gave to this pioneer country
the work of his hands, the love of his heart and seven
children to carry on his name and work. In 1873, Mrs.
Martha Wootten, widow of the young man from TN, attended
the town lot sales with two other widows. Mrs. Wootten
purchased the two lots at Fourth and Pine where the family
home still stands (1948) The other widows were a Mrs.
Ward, who bought the corner lots where Cargile Moter Co is
located, and Mrs. Blankenship, mother of Mrs. George
Bottoms, who bought the corner lots where Creekmore Moter
Mrs. Agnes Wootten came to Texarkana 50 years ago from
Lewisville Ar. a town that bears her family name Lewis.
She and Benjamin were the parents of one child, now Audis
Wootten Hesterly. Benjamin Wootten died in 1932. Mrs.
Wootten can recall the time when there were so many
saloons in Texarkana and so many fights and killings that
women did not go to town unescorted.
15 Nov. 1948 Max Ambrose Txckett appointed as Chief
of Police, Texarkana Ark.and served until 1968. Pryor to
1948 Max was a criminal
investigator for the Ark. State Police
Tues. 16 Nov. 1948 Charlie Boyd, Ark. State
Trooper, moved up to State Police Supervisor of district
four Monday. Boyd has been with the dept. ten years and
twice turned down permotions but last week accepted
the spot vacated by Bob Porterfield. Porterfield moved up
to become an investigater, a position vacated by Max
Tackett who became Texarkana Arkansas Police Chief.
Mon. 29 Nov. 1948 Police Chief Max Tackett
announced Sunday that he has added four patrolmen to the
Texarkana Ark. police force. Tackett listed them as, Ed
Williams, 37, married with one child, Curtis Lee Blaylock,
36, married with 5 children, Ralph E Phillips 29 married
and Mitchell Garrison, 37, married with two children.
Sat 16 July 1949 Appointment
of James E. Grimes, 47, as assistant police chief of the
Arkansas side police department, and Andrew C Ober, 48, as
desk sergeant, was made permanent Friday. Assistant Chief
Grimes, who has been with the department five years is a
former Red River Arsenal security officer. Sergeant Ober
is a former Navada County sheriff and has been in law
enforcement for a number of years.
population of Texarkana AR; White 11,388,
Negro 4,482, Other 5
1950 population of Texarkana TX; White 18,210,
Negro 6,532, Other 11
Wed 20 Dec 1950
The formal opening of the new
Trailways Bus Center at Fourth and State Line will be at 2
- Will Steel becomes Municipal Judge of
Texarkana Arkansas to 1954
Tues. 18 Jan. 1955
John T. Quillin, 73, former
Texarkana Ar. policeman died at his home Sunday in
Houston. Born 12 Feb. 1881 in Calhoun County Ar. he came
to Miller County at age 5 and moved to Houston about 15
years ago. Survived by his wife and 1 son:
Marvin 1 dau:
Mrs. Reese Lloyd 4 bros: Lee and J. M.
Quillin of Texarkana Austin and Herbert Quillin of Fouke
- Ted Goldman becomes Municipal Judge of
Texarkana Arkansas to 1967
C. R. (Rudy) Burgess assumes duty as Sheriff
of Miller Co. Ar. until 1962
Texarkana Ark. Police Dept. had 24 officers
that consisted of a chief, two assistant chiefs, three
lieutenants and three sergeants. In 1958 the patrol cars
were not marked and were of various colors. Foot patrol
was still common in the 100 and 500 block of East Broad.
Officers worked six days per week and court was held every
morning with a night session on Friday.
1960 population of Texarkana AR; White 14,241,
Negro 5,530, Other 17
1960 population of Texarkana TX; White 22,500,
Negro 7,708, Other 10
Richard L Birtcher assumes duty as Sheriff of
Miller Co. Ar. 1963-1966
- Bert Larey becomes Municipal Judge of
Texarkana Arkansas to 1974
Leslie B Greer assumes duty as Sheriff of
Miller Co. Ar. 1967-1974
Edward S Smith appointed as Chief of Police,
Texarkana Ark. and served until 1972
John Henry Butler appointed as Chief of
Police, Texarkana Ark.
Phillip Purifoy becomes Municipal
Judge of Texarkana Arkansas to
Howard K Giles assumes duty as Sheriff of
Miller Co. Ar. 1975-1978
Kenneth Sinyard assumes duty as Sheriff of
Miller Co. Ar.
street name changes for Texarkana
Olive was Vine St
Wood St. (AR) was Elm
3rd St. was Clinton St
4th St was Forrest ST
5th St was Moores St
6th St. was Drenned St
7th St. was Trigg ST
8th St was North St
9th St was Locust St
Vinyard St. changed to ?
Estes St changed to ?
Walters St was Troost St
Marietta St was Wyandotte St
Seibert St was Travers St
Burton St changed to Grim and Scott St changed to Burton
Wooten Spring Park changed to Spring Lake Park (Texas)
References: early Texarkana newspapers,
Texarkana Gazette, Drew Co. Ar. newspapers, Texarkana
minuets books, Miller County records. Notes in my files of