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Marble City’s healing springs big attraction

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

Question: Another Newton County question for you. Can you name some of the springs around Marble Falls? Were they all medicinal? Answer: The area around Marble City had several springs and many believed that they were medicinal springs with health restoring properties. In the 1890′s, some of these springs attracted spring and summer visitors, who

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Selling cream filled pockets, purses in early 1900s

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

Question: In my grandmother’s diary, she wrote about selling enough cream to pay for shoes for her two children growing up in the 1920′s. She makes no mention of where she sold the cream or what she was paid. Do you have any information on where she could have sold cream? Answer: The odds are

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Prominent dentist lost in time

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

Question: Seeking information on a dentist named Andrews that was located in Harrison before 1900. Any help appreciated. Answer: Although this inquiry was answered and mailed to the person needing information, I thought this would be a good column for today. Dr. J. E. Andrews (left) located his practice in our community in 1887, moving

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Town’s flower shops blossomed for years

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

Question: Can you list several of the flower shops that existed in Harrison in the early years? Answer: Two of the earliest florists that I know about are Minnie Harris and Mrs. Jack Halter. Minnie, well known and for whom the local Minnie Harris Park is named, was the first florist in Harrison and one

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St. Joe’s colorful history dates to alias Monkey Run

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

Question: How did the town of St. Joe get its name? What were the old stone buildings that are still standing today? Was one a hotel? Answer: St. Joe has a colorful history and in talking to old-timers, one will find stories that are real eye openers! Not one person I talked to seemed to

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Mining once big in four-county area

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

Question: What information do you have on the Tomahawk Mine – or any others in the St. Joe area? Answer: Going to old records from the late 1800s, it is evident that mineral and mining, not only in Boone County, but in Searcy, Marion and Newton counties, was a big thing. The Tomahawk Mine held

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Genealogy preserves legacy of pioneer doctor

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

Question: Boone County Heritage Museum recently received the genealogy research files of the late Ruth Jackson. Seldom does one find such complete files on so many families! Today I thought it would be neat to tell about one of the people whose life she recorded. Answer: Dr. George Ira Jackson (left), son of James F.

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September vote banned liquor sales here

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

Question: Were there ever saloons on the Harrison square? What about package stores? Answer: March of 1886 was the oldest date I could find proving that liquor stores did exist on the Harrison Square – but in all likelihood, some existed years earlier. In March, W. J. Bobo moved his Liquor Saloon to the building

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Judge Hickenbottom advanced Boone County

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

Question: In a previous column, you mentioned the County Judge who was instrumental in the establishment of Boone County Hospital – now NARMC. Will you please tell more about this gentleman? Answer: The County Judge you refer to was Judge Aubrey Hickenbottom (left). Born in 1901 to Emanuel and Ora Lee Rowlett Hickenbottom, Aubrey lived

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Community rescued historic swinging bridge

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

Question: What’s with the old bridge out on Cottonwood Road? Why is it just a footbridge and not made for automobiles? Answer: In 1938, the Public Works Administration, better known as WPA, started work on the bridge that was later called Haggard Ford Swinging Bridge. Located about 8 miles out on Cottonwood Road, the bridge

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