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Early Boone County known for fruit

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: In one of your history columns, you mentioned large fruit farms that were once prominent in Boone County. Can you tell more about some of these farms? Answer: There were many fruit farms covering a great number of acres in this county in the early 1900s. Batavia Fruit Company and Pilot Knob Fruit Farm

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1900s Searcy County group promoted land, timber

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Question: In a very old newspaper, I read mention of The North Arkansas Immigration Company. Where did this company operate and what was its purpose? Answer: About 1905, a group of Searcy County citizens formed the organization known as The North Arkansas Immigration Company. This group promoted the area and touted themselves as willing and

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‘Moonshining’ program popular

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: I attended a program at the museum concerning “Moonshine Making in the Ozarks.” Will there be a repeat of this program in the future? Did Harrison have anyone serve as a “revenoor?” Answer: The program presented on moonshining was probably one of the most popular, well attended programs we’ve had at the Heritage Museum.

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Harrison doctor invented Bathitarium

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: Is there a record of any famous inventors having made Boone County their home? If so, what was their profession and what did they invent? Answer: One inventor comes to mind – Dr. C. S. Hutchinson – although there have probably been several other well-known and not so well-known inventors. Dr. Hutchinson (pictured left)

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1912-1960 Harrison square busy place

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: Evidently we “opened a keg of worms” when the columns appeared about businesses that had been located on the east and west sides of the Harrison square. E-mails continue to pour in as memories are “jogged,” and our thanks for your replies. Today, let’s return to the east side and begin with businesses listed

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Opossum at finest in 1905 cookbook

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: About a year ago, my sister and I spent several hours in the Heritage Museum and you were kind enough to open a glass showcase displaying very old cookbooks so we could have “up close” looks at some of the recipes. Could you please tell about the oldest one you have on display, and

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1929 letter describes early hotels (Part 1)

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

EDITORS NOTE: This is the first in a two-part news story on early hotels in Harrison. The second installment will be published next Friday. While searching through some files, I happened to discover an article written by Lulu V. Scott dated September 1929. Her reminiscences of early hotels coincided with the grand opening of the

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1929 letter describes early hotels (Part 2)

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

EDITORS NOTE: This is the second in a two-part news story on early hotels in Harrison. The first installment was published Friday, April 1. While searching through some files, I happened to discover an article written by Lulu V. Scott dated September 1929. Her reminiscences of early hotels coincided with the grand opening of the

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Initialed photo renewed interest in old schools

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: Shirley Gray, a member of the Historical Society, shared the picture accompanying this column. She wanted to know what the initials “V.S.T.S.” on the back of the photo could possibly mean. Answer: The initials “V.S.T.S.” stood for Valley Springs Training School, and the story about the school is one of interest to those who

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Doctors to grocers on south side

Published on May 18, 2012 by in History Q&A

Question: A phone call received this week wanted to know what businesses had once occupied the building now housing “Second Hand Rose” and the names of other businesses along the south side of the Harrison Square. Answer: The south side of the Harrison Square has a very long business history. Today’s column cannot possibly name

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