Compiled by Patsy Young
126 years ago: 1890
Mr. P. D. Stephens has been experimenting with okra fiber and has succeeded in making a very strong twine of the inner bark. The inner bark is very fine and can be spun into thread very much like cotton and can be woven into a strong and durable cloth. It is estimated that at least half a ton of okra can be grown on an acre of land which would make several thousand yards of bagging.
(Adv.) “I have been a great sufferer from Torpid Liver and Dyspepsia. Everything I ate disagreed with me until I began taking Tutt’s Pills. I have gained 15 pounds in weight.” W.C. Schultze, Sold Everywhere
100 years ago: 1916
For the first time in the history of politics in Arkansas, the name of a candidate for the Presidential nomination will appear on the primary ticket for the election in March. The name of Woodrow Wilson is to be printed on the ballots, and the Democracy of Arkansas will have an opportunity to express their choice directly for the presidential nominee.
(Adv.) Is your eyesight good? If not, a graduate optometrist at Hale and Hale’s Drug Store will test your eyes free, show you the proper glasses for you-some you can see better with. Call to see us. We will treat you right.
66 years ago: 1950
Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Buckley Breakfield of Gurdon were critically injured Sunday afternoon when the small two passenger plane in which they were riding crashed in an open field near the city limits of Dierks. Witnesses to the crash said the small craft circled the field several times before making a crash landing to the ground, throwing Mrs. Breakfield clear of the wreckage.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Breakfield were rushed to a hospital in Dequeen where they were being treated for brain concussions, cuts, bruises and internal injuries.
Mr. Breakfield, 29 years old, is a student at the Gurdon Flying School. The plane is a total loss.
36 years ago: 1980
James Michael Chesshir of Saratoga, a senior majoring in forestry game management at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been named the recipient of the Texas Forestry Association Outstanding Forestry Student Award. The full $1,000 scholarship of which $500 is given each semester, is contingent on a satisfactory performance by the student selected. Chesshir is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Chesshir of Saratoga.
Dierks representatives Tuesday night at the FFA Foundation banquet held in Nashville included, Vo-Ag instructor Morris McRae, Tracy Irwin, chapter president Davy Parker, Marvin Gilbert, and vice-president Terrell Shepherd. The group was accompanied by Supt. Keith Gilbert and Principal Clell Lewis.