Location: Madison County AR

Biography of C. C. Hudson

C. C. HUDSON. Many of the most active and enterprising residents of Newton County are natives of the same, and have here spent the greater part of their lives. In them we find men of true loyalty to the interests of this part of the State who understand as it were by instinct the needs, social and industrial, of this vicinity, and who have a thorough knowledge of its resources. They are, therefore, better adapted to succeed here than a stranger could be and are probably without exception warmly devoted to the prosperity of their native place. Mr. C. C. Hudson, a successful farmer and stockraiser of Jackson Township, Newton County, Arkansas, was born in this county, in 1858, and is a son of Samuel and Nancy (Billah) Hudson, both natives of Tennessee, the former born about 1811, and the later in 1818. When about seven years of age the father was brought by his parents to Lawrence County, Arkansas, and he there grew to mature years, married and made his home until 1832, when he came to what is now Newton County, Arkansas He cut his way through the unbroken forest, then inhabited by Indians and wild animals, and located on the creek that bears his name, three miles above Jasper, where he was the first white settler. He became one of the wealthiest and best known citizens...

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Biography of Dr. John Bolinger

DR. JOHN BOLINGER. In pursuing the very important and noble calling of medicine, Dr. John Bolinger has met with a degree of success that is flattering in the extreme. He has not only shown that he is well posted in his profession, but that he can practically apply his knowledge. As a natural consequence his services have been greatly in demand, and he is kept busy most of the time. The great-grandfather on the father’s side was of German origin and was one of the first settlers of Madison County, Arkansas His son, Frederick Bolinger, grandfather of our subject, came from Tennessee to Madison County, Arkansas, with his father and followed farming and blacksmithing until some time during the war, when he was taken ill with smallpox and died. His children were named as follows: Jackson, Dr. H. H. (deceased), Bathena, Lucinda, Emily, Rachel, Mary (deceased), a daughter deceased, and Isaac H. H. The last named was born in Ray County, Tennessee, but when a young man came with his parents to Madison County, Arkansas, and there met and married Miss Elizabeth A. Sumner, a native of Madison County, Arkansas, born in 1836. During the war he went to Missouri, preparatory to moving his family to that State, was captured by bushwhackers and shot by them in 1864. He was a farmer and stockman and also a school teacher....

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Biography of Prof. B. R. Garrett

Prof. B. R. Garrett, son-in-law of Dr. Elam, was born in the vicinity of where he now lives April 20, 1858, a son of T. H. and Henrietta (Hinson) Garrett, and grandson of Thomas Garrett, who died in Tennessee a few years ago. T. H. Garrett was born and reared in that State, and in 1852 became a resident of Arkansas, the journey being made by wagon, and from that time until he was killed in 1864 he was engaged in tilling the soil in this county. Being exempt from army service he remained at home and was killed by Union scouts. He was a Democrat, a man of excellent reputation, and acquired considerable property. His widow is still living and makes her home with her children, being now in her seventy-eighth year. She was born in Tennessee, a daughter of George Hinson, of that State, and to her marriage the following children were given: William and Wesley, who were killed during the war while serving in the Fourteenth Arkansas Infantry; Lizzie, wife of Henry A. Fullbright; Parasiada C., wife of John Angle, of Bruno; Nancy A., wife of J. D. Wilson, of Harrison, Arkansas; Jasper N., of Texas; James, of Washington County, Arkansas; Sarah, the deceased wife of Hilary Wilburn; Charity is the widow of Frank Dobbs. and resides in Arkansas; B. R.; and Margaret, wife of Mr....

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Biography of Dutton J. Reynolds

DUTTON J. REYNOLDS. Dutton J. Reynolds, county clerk, is one of the most efficient, faithful and painstaking officers Stone County has ever had, and in discharging the functions of his office, he has shown the utmost courtesy to all with whom he h as come in contact, and has won innumerable friends. He is a product of the Blue Grass State, born in Jackson County September 9, 1861, and the son of Thomas H. and Margaret (Jones) Reynolds. The father was born in Owsley County, Kentucky, about 1830, of English descent, and of a prominent old Kentucky family. His father, Pleasant Reynolds, was born in North Carolina, in which State the founders of the family settled, when coming to this country. The father of our subject made his home in his native State until 1875, when he moved to Madison County, Arkansas, where he remained until 1880. In that year he came to Stone County and located at Carr, where he now lives and where he is postmaster. During the Civil War he served in the Forty-seventh Kentucky Volunteer Regiment and is a pensioner. While residing in Kentucky he held the office of justice of the peace, and since residing in this county he has been postmaster at Carr for nine years. In political matters he affiliates with the Republican party. Mr. Reynolds is a wealthy man and one...

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Biography of John Murphy

JOHN MURPHY. This prominent farmer and stockraiser of Harrison township, Boone County, Arkansas, was born in Miller County, Missouri, January 7, 1838, and probably inherits much of his push and energy from his Irish ancestors, his great-grandfathcr Murphy having been a native of the Emerald Isle. The latter came to America after the Revolutionary War and settled in the Palmetto State, where his last days were spent. His wife was a native of Wales. His son, John Murphy, grandfather of subject, was born in South Carolina, but at an early date settled near Murfresboro, Tennessee, where he died when his son, John J. Murphy, father of subject, was but a small boy. The latter was born near Murfresboro, Tennessee, in 1811, and was married in that State to Miss Perlinta Davis, a native of Tennessee, born in 1813. About 1837 this worthy couple removed to Miller County, Missouri, where they resided one year, and then came to Madison County, Arkansas Still later they removed to Newton County, Arkansas, and from there to Boone County in 1875, where Mr. Murphy died the following year. His wife passed away in 1877. They were Methodists for many years. Mr. Murphy was a successful farmer and stock dealer, owning many horses and mules, and was a public-spirited and enterprising citizen. Idiotically he was a Democrat until the war, but after that he affiliated...

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Biography of John A. Bunch

JOHN A. BUNCH. This gentleman is the receiver of public moneys in the Government Land Office at Harrison, Arkansas, and is a native of this State, born in Newton County, September 15, 1860, a son of Capt. Larkin and Eliza (Maxwell) Bunch, the former of whom was born in Overton County, Tennessee, a son of Nathaniel Bunch, who came to Arkansas in 1840, and made a home for himself and family in the northwest corner of Newton County, being one of the first to settle in that region. He also was a native of Tennessee, and was a soldier in the War of 1812 under Jackson, and after his death his wife received a pension for the services he rendered the Government. He was a farmer and died in 1858. Larkin Bunch was a young man when he came to Arkansas with his parents, the journey thither being made by wagon. He followed in his father’s footsteps, and became a farmer and stockman, and when the Civil War came up he left home and joined the command of Gen. Price, with whom he took part in the Missouri raid. He assisted in organizing one of the first companies in Newton County, of which he was elected captain, and died while serving the Southern cause, at Pilot Knob. He was a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church. His wife was...

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Biography of Hon. James H. Murphy

HON. JAMES H. MURPHY. In scanning the lives and enterprises of the citizens of Newton County, it is interesting to note the exercise of enterprise in every walk of life. James H. Murphy, one of the prominent farmers and stockraisers of Jackson Township, Newton County, Arkansas, is a native of Madison County, Arkansas, born in 1840, to the union of John J. and Perlinda (Davis) Murphy, both natives of Tennessee, the father born in Giles County about 1813, and the mother in Maury County in 181I. When quite young the father went to Johnson County, Illinois, where he met and married Miss Davis, and in 1833 he came to Arkansas Territory, locating on King’s River in Madison County, where he improved a good farm. In 1846 he came to Newton County and located in the beech woods, where he improved a good farm and resided until 1878. From there he moved to Harrison, Arkansas, and there passed the remainder of his days, dying in April, 1882. He was a lifelong and very successful farmer and stockraiser, and one of the pioneers of northwest Arkansas. Public spirited and progressive, he contributed his full share toward the county’s improvement and progress. In politics he was a Democrat until after the war, when he affiliated with the Republican party, and fraternally was a Master Mason. For forty years he was a member...

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Biographical Sketch of Andrew J. Bolinger

ANDREW J. BOLINGER, a merchant at Grant, Bowen Township, Madison County, Arkansas, was born near Cumberland Gap, Claiborne County, Tennessee, June 6, 1822, and is a son of Fred and Polly (Hunter) Bolinger. His grandfather, Fred Bolinger, was a native of Pennsylvania, and went to North Carolina, and from there to east Tennessee, with a family of twenty children, seventeen of whom lived to maturity. He then removed from Tennessee to Illinois, and nine years later went to Arkansas, dying in War Eagle Township in 1840. His widow died soon after in her ninetieth year. Fred Bolinger, Jr., grew to manhood in Tennessee, and came to Arkansas with his family in 1850, locating on his present place of residence. To him and wife these children were born: Andrew J., Henry H., Bethma, Emily, Isaac II., Lucinda, Hester Ann, Mary and Rachel R. Our subject remained at home until twenty-six years of age, when he married, and located in 1850 where he now lives. He has been engaged in black smithing until the last few years, which have been spent in the mercantile business. He has been justice of the peace a number of years, and also postmaster. Sarah Newport became his wife in 1843, and has borne eight children: William H., Mary Ann, Asa M., Bethema, A. J. and Henry R. Olive and Elizabeth are deceased. Mrs. Bolinger’s father...

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Biography of Capt. James H. Sallee

CAPT. JAMES H. SALLEE. This gentleman is a Protestant Methodist minister and a farmer of Ozark County, Missouri, and as a citizen, neighbor and friend is highly spoken of by all who know him. He owes his nativity to Madison County, Arkansas, where he was born April 10, 1833, a son of Arany Shasteen and Martha (Greene) Sallce, who were born in Indiana in 1811 and in Illinois in 1821, respectively. Their marriage was celebrated in Schuyler County, Illinois, soon after which they removed to Marion County, Arkansas, where they lived a few years, then returned to the Sucker State. After a short residence there they came to Greene County, Missouri, soon after to Taney County and about two years later to Ozark County, settling in the woods on North Fork, one mile below the present town of Thornfield. They improved a farm here, then moved to a farm on Pond Fork, which continued to be his home throughout the remainder of his life. He became a private in Company F, of Phelps’ regiment, and died at Cassville, Missouri, March 30, 1862. He had been an industrious farmer all his life, was for some years a justice of the peace, and was one of the pioneers of Ozark County. He was very fond of 11 athletic sports, especially hunting, and was known to kill twenty-four bears in one winter,...

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Ward, A. J. Mrs. – Obituary

Dies at Stayton Mrs. A. J. Ward passed away at her home in Stayton, Oregon September 05, 1967. Margaret Jane Everett was born on June 30, 1883 in Madison County, Arkansas to the late William and Catherine Presley Everett. She was Married to Albert J. Ward on may 04, 1902 in Alabam, Arkansas and came west with him in 1910, at which time they settled in Wallowa county, where they owned and operated a store. They sold their business in 1941 and moved to Portland, Oregon, where Mr. Ward died on Sept. 15, 1946. Two children predeceased their parents. In recent years Mrs. Ward has made her home at Stayton. Her death occurred exactly one week after that of her son-in-law, Oscar Hammack of Enterprise. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Oscar (Carrie) Hammack of Enterprise, and Mrs. Lee (Esther) Horner of Stayton; four sons, Maynard Ward of Portland; Everett Ward of Camarillo, California; Woodrow Ward, Eatonville, Washington and Robert Ward of Morton, Washington. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Funeral services for Mrs. Ward were conducted on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Baptist church, Enterprise, with Rev. Douglas Field, pastor, officiating. Rev. and Mrs. Field served as vocalists, and Mrs. Lawrence Rowe as organist. Casket bearers were Lawrence Rowe, Mervin Zollman, David Ervin,Gifford Botts, and Vernon and William Hammack. Internment followed at the Enterprise...

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Daniels, Martha Ann – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Daniels Services Held Mrs. Martha Ann Daniels of Kennewick, Wash., passed away at the Lady of the Lourdes Hospital in Pasco on Saturday, March 18, 1972, She was in failing health for sometime and was a residentof a Kennewick nursing home. Mrs. Daniels was the daughter of William and Emily Anderson and was born May 23, 1888 in St. Paul, Ark., coming to Wallowa County while young. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Daniels are survived by two sons, Virgil E. of Portland and George P. (Lary) of Kennewick; one daughter, Virginia Schmidt of Coos bay; and 15 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Mr. Daniels leaves three sisters, Mrs. Jim (Cleidi) Leonard of Coquille, Mrs. Pearl Lloyd of Portland, and Mrs. Myrtle Brandon of Enterprise. Memorial services for Mrs. Daniels were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Chapel with Robert L. Hocker, pastor Robert L. Hocker, pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Organist was Wanda Sorweide and soloist was Clifford Collinsworth who sang: “In The Garden” and “Whispering Hope”. Casket bearers at each funeral were: Howard Scriber, Raymond Southwick, Rayford Guillory, Jack Coleman, Roy Southwick, and Jack Schwendemann, and internment was in the Wallowa Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, March 23, 1972 Contributed by: Sue...

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Biography of James Franklin Ledbetter

James Franklin Ledbetter, of Muskogee, has been a resident of this city for about seventeen years and through the period has largely been an incumbent in public office. Much of his life has thus been given to public service and his record has been most commendable, being characterized by marked devotion to duty and efficiency in the discharge of the tasks which have devolved upon him. Arkansas numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred in Madison county, December 15, 1852. He obtained a public school education and in early life gave his attention to the occupation of farming, spending some time in active connection with agricultural interests. He was first called to public office when appointed deputy sheriff of Johnson county, Arkansas, a position which he filled for ten years, discharging his duties with marked promptness and fidelity and without fear or favor. For nine years he was a resident of Vinita, Indian Territory, serving as its deputy United States marshal, and for a period of two years he also filled the office of city marshal. It was on the 29th of July, 1894, that he took up his abode in Vinita and was employed by the American Express Company as a guard over money packages sent by express. On the 6th of January, 1905, Mr. Ledbetter became a resident of Muskogee. Here he has again filled public offices...

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Bookout, John A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon John A. Bookout passed away at his home in La Grande, Friday, Feb. 8, 1935. He and his wife went to La grande last fall and made it their temporary home after renting their Alder Slope farm to their son-in-law, Homer Eads. Funeral services were held yesterday in the Christian church in Enterprise, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C.N. Trout, and Rev. H.S. Fulton, and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Mr. Bookout was born Jan. 1, 1878, in Huntsville, Ark., and came as a small boy to Oregon with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Bookout, pioneers in Wallowa county. He spent the greater part of his life in Wallowa and Union counties, going to California several winters. He was married to Ora B. Ownbey Dec., 17, 1902, and was survived by the widow and two children, Mrs. Homer L. Eads and Donald D. Bookout, also by two grandchildren, LaVera and Jack Eads, and one brother, W.R. Bookout of Freewater, and four sisters, Mrs. Martha Cornelison of Weston, Mrs. Mary Cornelison of Othello, Wash., Mrs. Florence Wagner of La Grande and Mrs. Ora Burnett of Pleasant Valley. In 1912 he was converted and joined the Baptist church, and later affiliated with the Church Of God. His favorite passage in the Bible is found in john’s gospel, third chapter, verses 1 to 9. Mrs....

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Biography of John W. Capps

Among the leading financial institutions of Muskogee county is numbered the Haskell National Bank, of which John W. Capps is the president, and the successful conduct of the enterprise is largely due to his well formulated and promptly execute plans and marked business ability. He was born in Madison county, Arkansas, June 15, 1880, and is a son of James R. and Louisa (King) Capps, the former a native of Missouri and the latter of Texas. For four years the father cultivated a farm in Arkansas and in 1888 removed to Texas, where he purchased land which he continued to improve and develop until 1894, when he came to Oklahoma, settling near Choska. There he was engaged in farming and stock raising until 1900, when he retired from active business life and continued to make his home with his children until his demise, which occurred September 6, 1920, while the mother had passed away on the 6th of January, 1916. In the acquirement of an education John W. Capps attended the public schools of Texas and Oklahoma and remained at home until he reached the age of eighteen, when he engaged in the grocery business at Clarksville, in what was then known as Indian Territory, continuing active along that line until 1903. In that year he opened the First State Bank of Clarksville, which he conducted at that place until 1908,...

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Dennis, Ida Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Ida Dennis, 95, 1408 Washington Ave., La Grande, a housewife, passed away at a local hospital Friday, Aug. 4 (1967). She has lived here since 1949. Mrs. Dennis was born in Witter, Ark., Nov. 11, 1871, and was a past active member of the Order of Eastern Star and of the Rebekah Lodge. Services will be conducted at the Crippin and Daniels Chapel Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate and burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery. In 1899 she married John Rollins and the couple had two children, a son, Oscar Rollins, and a daughter, Flossie Rollins Murphy, both of whom now reside in Cove. Mr. and Mrs. Rollins moved to Oregon in 1917, settling for a period of two years in the Imbler area. In 1919 they moved to Cove where they operated a fruit farm. Mr. Rollins passed away in 1925 at the age of 74. Later Mrs. Rollins married William Dennis in Berkeley, California and lived there many years. She again became a widow in 1944 and five years later returned to La Grande where she lived until her death. In addition to her son and daughter, Mrs. Dennis has two grandchildren, Keith Murphy of La Grande and Lois Rollins Rauch of Washington, D.C., and four great-grandchildren. La Grande Observer, June 1967 Contributed by: Hilary...

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