A. J. Lummus, Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1923
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
- The Cotten Belt Hospital was remodeled and has a capacity of
150 beds. Dr. George W A. Hutchinson was the resident physician.
H. M. Barney becomes Municipal Judge of Texarkana Arkansas
John Strange assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
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
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
Lish Barber assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar. until he
was killed in line of duty, his wife was appointed to complete
Dan Marshall appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. left
Henry Adams appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1925
9/5/1924 Submitted by TJU
Sheriff and Trusty Make
Big Raid on Vacant House After Neighbors Make Complaints.
Eighteen Persons, Two of them women, one with a baby
charged with disturbance of peace.
BOOZE IN PARTY PISTOLS
REPORTED FIRED Eighteen
are charged with disturbing the peace.
The other B. Hooker is charged with possession of
Lish Barber and Charles Brown, a prison trusty, the only aid
available, made the raid, in repose to the complaints of
residents of the vicinity.
Arkansas police were called when Sheriff Barber found
that he had more prisoners than he could handle.
The returning pary made several car loads.
Besdes B. Hooker, the others who were chanrged only with
disturbing the peace are Leon Ivey, Rosa Lee Hays, Marcus
Stepini, Marshall Peavy, W. W. Tittle, J. L. Roberson, H. E.
Gerber, Leo Tiredford, Joe Camponova, Dan O’Brein, W. B.
Culberson, B. F. King, Mrs. B. E. King, Richard Jones, H. L.
Bryant, and Mrs. B. Hooker.
Two others whose first names officers did not secure but
who were said to be men named Couch and Holt completed the
9/6/1924 Submitted by TJU
Death Calls J. W. Stuart
An Educator. Founder
of Morning Courier and Former Superintendent Passes Away at his
home.. Died this
morning at his home Maple and Broad streets.
Born in Balynuea Belfast, Ireland March 16, 1811.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hollums
left this morning for their home in Idabel, Oklahoma.
They were here during the illness and death of Mr.
Hollums sister, “Aunt Reece” Hollums, who died Thursday afternoon.
D. K. Caldwell, engineer
for the Bowie county good roads system is in a local hospital
having undergone throat operation.
9/8/1924 Submitted by TJU
The Belvedere dining
room, 42nd street and Boulevard, has been purchased
by J. F. Choate of Little Rock who has taken charge and will
continue operation. W.
O. Caldwell was the original owner.
Otto Forehand and family
returned yesterday from Bogg Springs where they have been
spending the past few days visiting his mother, Mrs. E. C.
L. Q. Orr will leave
Wednesday morning for Jacksonville, Florida, to attend the
Sovereign Grand Lodge convention, I. O. O. F., which will be
held there September 15 to 20.
Mr. Orr last October was elected Grand Representative for
Arkansas. He was
elected Grand Master of Arkansas in 1922, and is the first man
in the state to hold that office and that of Grand Patriot of
the Grand Encampment simultaneously.
Jeff and Dan Henderson,
Texarkana boys who hiked it back from the summer camp at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas, arrived Saturday night after a six day trip
full of interesting experiences. They caught 20 rides on the way.
Saturday they finished the home stretch of their journey
from a point 10 miles north of Mena.
Mr. Schmidt of Selma,
Alabama, has come to Texarkana to be the window decorator and
advertising manager of the O’Dwyer and Ahern store.
Mr. Schmidt is an experienced and versatile store man and
before coming here was connected with a large department store
at Selma. He has a
L. D. Gilbert has
returned from ST. Louis where he has been on a business visit.
Mary’s party is thrown
out of City Court: Charges
of disturbing the peace as filed against 19 people who were
arrested south of town Thursday night were dismissed this
morning in municipal court when the defendants were arraigned
before Judge H. M. Barney.
A case of possession of liquor against B. Hooker, who was
arrested in the raid was set for trial Thursday morning.
Non of the 19 defendants arrested by Sheriff Barber and
the jail trusty, Charles Brown, seemed to know the occasion for
the proceedings which resulted in their arrest, according to
their stories to Judge Barney this morning.
One of the defendants had previously told officers that
the main item of the fun was the “Coming to see Mary’ party
which he said had been conducted with the great success in that
was supposed to be a woman whose husband was out of town and
when some unsuspecting subject was inveigled out to the scene of
the party to see her, the fun began when the supposed husband
began shooting at and berating the object of the fun. Several of the defendants testified this morning to seeing
the gun flashes that resulted at the afrementioned strategic
climax of the joke, but claimed they did not know what it all
was about. They had merely stopped by to see, they said.
Held on Liquor Charge:
C. L. Chestnutt Arrested on Texas Side, Held for Grand
Jury. C. L.
Chestnut charged with possession of whiskey, is under $400 bond
to appear Wednesday afternoon before United States Commissioner
T. N. Graham for preliminary hearing and Harry James, who was
docketed on the same charge was released today, following their
arrest yesterday on West Elm street by Texas side police. Officers claim they found a gallon and a pint of whiskey in
Chestnutts car. James,
it was found had been picked up by Chestnutt for a ride.
9/10/1924 Submitted by
M. Stephens was held to the Bowie County grand jury under
bond of $400 by Justice of the Peace G. W. Ragland yesterday
afternoon following an examining trial on a charge of possession
Hal Brown, vice president
of the Texarkana National Bank, has returned from a trip to
P. J. Ahern of the
O’’Dwyer and Ahern store was stricken with paralysis that
affected his whole left side early this morning.
He was reported to be resting easily this afternoon.
Mr. Ahern had shown no signs of illness up to the time of
his stroke, having been actively engaged in business routine
R. M. Giles has been
appointed balliff for the present session of Arkansas federal
court, and is now acting in that capacity.
J. Russell, marshal of the western Arkansas federal court
jurisdiction, will arrive tonight to be in attendance at the
court session here.
Porier charged with storing whiskey at place of business.
1925 Grim Hotel
was opened. Architects George Mann & Eugene
Stern. Named for local, William Rhodes Grim. 8
stories high. Submitted by TU. Info from Four States
Living Aug. 2002
- Louis Josephs becomes Municipal Judge of Texarkana Arkansas
John C King, Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1926
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.
3 Oct 1925
E. A. Brennan, supertendant of Ark.
side schools 1907-08, died Friday at Conway Ark. funeral in
Walter Crowell appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to
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
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.
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 detectives.
Will Woodul, charged with having issued a large number of checks
in Texarkana without funds in the bank, the technical charge
being obtaining money under false pretense, faced municipal
Judge Josephs Tuesday morning and drew a fine of %50. and
cost together with a term of 30 days in the county jail.
He was transferred immediately after the court
adjourned. Clyde McCauley, charged with
leaving the motor of his car running while absent from the car,
drew a fine of $1. and costs. Submitted by TU.
Texarkana Evening News.
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.
(This is incorrect. I know, as
my grandfather, Will Carper and his brother, Sam were murdered
August 17, 1926 on a farm in Miller county. You can check it out
at the Texarkana Community College Library in the microfilm
files. They were murdered by the outlaw, Kinnie Wagner, who
surrendered to Sheriff Lillie Barber, Lish's widow.
Corrected info submitted by email@example.com
Texarkana Paper: Bond for Charley Gregory, Black, held in
connection with charges of altering a post office money order
was made for the sum of $350 Friday before J. Warren Stevens.
United States commissioner, to insure the appearance in federal
court for the western district of Arkansas. Hearing was
held before the commissioner in the cases of R. H. Parker, Jim
Mitchell and Arnett Dugan, charged with possession of equipment
and manufacturing liquor contrary to the prohibition statues of
the United States. The three were taken into custody by
Deputy Sheriff B. F. Slaton and other officers a short distance
from Lodi in Pike county. The still was raided about 8
o'clock, Thursday night. Bond for $350 for each defendant
was fixed for their appearance at the May term of the
Texarkana Paper: R. S. Reading and Dr. T. E. Fuller Friday
consented to become candidates for the office of trustee of the
Texarkana, Texas, independent school district at the request of
a committee representing many citizens interested in the welfare
of the public school system. The terms of four members of
the board are about to expire and nominations of candidates to
fill the vacancies are to be made at the municipal election to
be held January 6. This ticket closes December 21.
Of the four members whose terms are expiring. C. C.
Rounds, president of the board, and Mrs. H. T. Fewell have
announced that they will not be candidates for renomination.
The other two. Elmer L. Lincoln and G. W. Middleton have
signified their willingness to "carry on". TJU
12/21/1926 Tues. Texarkana
paper: S. R. Baxter, former manager of the Piggly Wiggly
stores in Texarkana, has opened a wholesale fruit and vegetable
house at 307-309 West Broad, where he is featuring a full and
complete line of both domestic and imported fresh fruits and
vegetables, also nuts and candles. Mr. Baxter, formerly
conducted what was known as the "Apple House"
specializing in north Arkansas winsap, Arkansas black, Delicious
and other fancy apples, but has now added these. TJU
12/21/1926 Tues. Texarkana
paper: Efforts to find relatives of G. S. Purdue who died here
on Monday December 18, were still unsuccessful on Tuesday.
The body is being held by the Paul Reverra Undertaking
company. Mr. Reverra has received a telegram from C. H.
Purdue of West Frankfort, Ill. asking for more information as
the description of the man sent out from here fits that of his
12/21/1926 Tues. Texarkana
paper: Jim Jackson, black, was fined $25 and cost Tuesday
morning in Recorders Court on a charge of assault in connection
with an attack on a Black woman. Henry Smith, Black, was
fined $10 and costs on a charge of disturbing the peach and
Robert Bragg, black, drew a penalty of $10 and costs on a charge
of reckless driving in hearings Tuesday morning before Judge
Louis Josephs in Municipal court. TJU
Texarkana College was founded.
Founder, Dr. Henry W. Stilwell. Also was first president
from 1927-1959. Submitted
by TU. Info from Four States Living Aug. 2002
L. Simmons appointed as Chief of
Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1928
Fleet MaGee assumes duty as Sheriff of Miller Co. Ar.
William Daniel Hays appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark.
Time Extended for buying car seals. Texas automobile
licenses for 1927 may be obtained in Texarkana a few days
longer, W. N. McDuffie, Bowie county tax collector announced to
motorist Monday. The office of the tax collector will be
maintained here the early part of this week where they may be
purchased at the same price as in New Boston. After this
week car owners will have to obtain their licenses from New
Boston at an additional cost of .50 cents. Arkansas city
license tags may be purchased January 10. Submitted by
TU. Texarkana papers.
Wright Patman's son leaves Hospital. Connor Wright Patman,
6-year old son of District Attorney Wright Patman on whose
chest several inches of skin were grafted as the results of
burns received on Halloween, was dismissed from a Texarkana
hospital Monday. The boy received burns on the chest and
left arm October 31 after his clothes caught fire from a lighted
candle held in his hand. Serious injuries were prevented
by the boy's mother, who wrapped a blanket around his flaming
clothes and extinguished the fire. The skin was taken from
the boy's leg Saturday. Submitted by TU. Texarkana
Thomas Hendon, Black, was arrested Sunday night by Deputy
Constable M. T. Goodwin and placed in the Bowie county held over
here in connection with alleged threats made upon Fred Norton,
white at the latter's home, four miles from Texarkana on the
Richmond road. Norton caught some of the black's stock in
his fields, he said and locked them up. The black used
threatening means in obtaining the stock, Norton charged.
He will be given a hearing in the justice of the peace
court. Submitted by TU. Texarkana Papers.
D. Hays, appointed as Chief of Police, Texarkana Ark. to 1931
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
Some of the charges recorded by the Texarkana Arkansas Police
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.