Johnson Jottings of 1908

Jan 17, 1908
-Jan. 14 We have had a mixture of several kinds of weather during the past week also about five inches of snow which has been welcomed by rabbit hunters. The way of the winter is not suiting some of the grumbling folks who are wanting balmy weather, but –
“They hain’t no sense, as I can see,
Fer mortals such as us, to be
A faultin’ Nature’s wise intents,
And lockin’ burns with Providence!”

-C.H. Hewitt and family arrived yesterday from San Jacinto, Nevada, and will probably locate somewhere in the vicinity of Fayetteville. Mr. Hewitt resided here years ago but has been engaged in the cattle industry in Nevada and other sections of the west for a long time.

-Mrs. Lizzie Corlew returned yesterday to her home at Bentonville after spending several days here at the bedside of her father, J.Q. Johnson, who is reported to be slowly regaining a part of his former robust strength. Uncle Jacob is nearing four-score years and his recent attack of sickness came near getting the best of him.

-Guy Pearce has moved from the cottage near the mill to the Truesdale property which was vacated last Thursday by G.W. Julian and family who moved up to Springdale. The Truesdale place is where the late Dr. Keeney spent the last few active years of his life before disease invalided him. -The financial flurry has caused the price of wood to tumble and some of the proud magnates who were wanting $1.50 a load a few days ago were soliciting business today at $1.25 per load.

-Will McClendon returned Friday evening from a sojourn down in the cotton country where Will helped to gather the fleecy crop.

-T.P. Black, local manager of the Arkansas Lime Co., returned Saturday from a vacation of several weeks which he spent away down in Texas. Mr. Black intends to spend the winter in getting ready for the opening of the trade season which will begin early in the spring.

-Bennett Maxey finished gathering corn Friday morning. He did not have so much that he has been so long in gathering it, but had some other more important work to do.

-Bert Kisner has been entertaining a splendid case of rheumatism and takes great delight in describing the aches and pains with which he has been wrestling. He ought to try Tan Wright's bee sting cure for rheumatism. Tan had a bad case of rheumatism last year and tried a dozen "cures". Frank Gulley told him about the bee sting remedy and Tan got a friend to catch a bottle of bees. Tan, the bees and the rheumatism went into secret conclave three consecutive nights—and they do say that Tan was rather “noisy” during the sessions. We’re not recommending the bee stings as a cure for rheumatism, it might be one of the forty other “cures”, but Tan is a whole lot better.

-The Sunday School was in the grasp of Morbus Sabbaticus last Sunday. ‘Twas rather rough under-foot, but the clearing away of the clouds brought a fair day over-head, so it was Morbus Sabbaticus ‘stead of the weather that kept folks at home. Are you coming next Sunday? ‘There was only one there last Sunday and he couldn’t get in the house!

-Jesse Friend swapped yarns with us a few days ago and told us about the days he spent away out on the famous “101 Ranch” in Oklahoma where the Miller brothers control so many broad acres of Indian land. Jesse is local manger of the Ferndell ranch west of Johnson. This big farm is owned by W.L. Stuckey, and we’d like to know why he named it “Ferndell.”

-Aunt Lou Hope, of West Fork, visited relatives here several days of last week. She is a sister of B.F. and J.Q. Johnson.

-There never was a time when folks had more bad colds than now, and a lot of other things help to cause more “complaining.”

But when by trouble your oppressed
Just look about at others who,
Still keep their g___ and their best
Altho they are worse off than you.

-Mrs. Jas Vernon came down from Springtown last Friday to see her father, J.Q. Johnson. It has been a long time since the school days of Tennie Johnson, but one of her former teachers as asking me about her some months ago. The picture of Tennie, the school girl shows very little resemblance to that of Mrs. Vernon, the matron.

-Politics are not attracting much attention down on the reservation. A few stray Democratic candidates came around and talk to folks once in a while. Grandpa Stuckey concedes the Arkansas delegation to Bryan, at the Denver convention, and Mulkeepmo has promised the Republican delegation to Tatt, so no reactionary candidate needs to waste any time on Arkansas.

-The school teachers had the burden during snowy weather. The children want to play in the snow.

"Let 'em romp for it won't be long,
Ere childhood a dream in an ended song,
And only an echo, afar away
Will sound on their lips in the land of play."
-Uncle Pete Casat is seriously ill with pneumonia and it is doubtful whether he will be able to resist the attack. Later - Mr. Cazat passed away Monday night. The remains will be held until Saturday awaiting the arrival of relatives when they will be interred in the cemetery at Mt. Comfort.

-J.B. Vernon, the substitute carrier, was on duty a part of last week while Arthur Smith enjoyed a few days rest. Arthur burned a lot of old tar roofing Friday morning and caused several foot races by folks, who thought that it was his house on fire.

-Ike Holcomb, and Uncle Ben Johnson are out in the Elkins neighborhood where they took their hounds to help along in a big chase after a bunch of wolves that have been annoying the farmers of that part of the country.

-The fellows who have been listening to the big tales of Neal Alvis, who has been chief entertainer at the “store” on several wintry days, should try Joe Ellis for a change. Joe could tell big “war stories” –

“He could tell ‘em all about it,
For he’s told it unto me.
How he marched along with Sherman
From Alanta to the sea.”

-P. Kennedy and Bee Timbs are manipulating that wonderful pea thresher again. Bee tried to be awful sick early in the winter, but prompt medical treatment got him well and hearty again. Bee is one of the local landmarks.

-Don’t Worry, we’re just awful sorry ‘cause you’re been sick, and we hope that the South Springdale items will begin to appear soon.

Jan. 19, 1908

“The sun is blinkin’ brightly,
On this favored little spot.
But we’re not a boastin’ ‘bout it,
‘Cause tomorrow, like as not,
The clouds will come a rollin’
From across the western hills.
And we’ll have some ragin’ branches
Where we now have ripplin’ rills.”

-Mrs. A.W. Stokes and children returned Saturday evening from a visit to relatives near Brentwood.

-J.C. Arnett and wife, of Arnett, Ark., spent Thursday night with relatives here.

-Orley Maxey returned yesterday evening from a short business trip over near Farmington.

-A big picnic crowd from down near Fayetteville spent Sunday at the ponds and springs near Johnson.

-Farmer folks are very busy now with oat and closer harvesting and trying to catch up with the delayed corn plowing.

-Stinson’s saw-mill is kept busy trying to keep up with orders for oak lumber. “Dad” is still located up by Clear Creek, near Tom Nail’s.

-Uncle William Morgan came driving across country from Siloam Springs one day last week and is located again down on his Clear Creek farm. He is quite a bit better than when he went away for treatment some months ago.

-The south-east side of that fierce Saturday morning gale of wind and rain swept through Johnson, and the ‘fraid folks didn’t have time to get to their storm houses ‘fore it was all over. No serious damage resulted other than a few up-turned trees and leveled fences to remind filks of “what might have been.”

-Chas E. Sisk arrived from Oxford, Miss., Friday morning and will visit a short time with Arkansas relatives. Mrs. Sisk has been here several weeks visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Johnson.

-Ike Holcomb, of Cave Springs, is spending the week with Ben Johnson. Ike is a noted foxhunter and he and Uncle Ben are spending some of the rainy weather chasing some of the cunning reynards of the local hills.

-Albert Crum, a local celebrity, is mourning over enforced idleness at his trade, in Kansas City, Mo., caused bya the great Kaw floods which are warring with the torrents rolling down the Missouri. Albert should have stayed down on the Ozark hills where big floods seldom come.

-R.H. Clayton and wife, of Elm Springs, journeyed over towards the reservation last Sunday, but stopped down on the border where they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Broadrick.

-The Stony folks are going to hold a meeting Wednesday night and discuss the matter of building their new schoolhouse. They want to build right at once so as to hold the next term of school in the new building. Misses Maud Easterly and Ollie Baggett, of Springdale, have been chosen for teachers down there.

-Miss Med Hanks is visiting friends at Lowell, Ark. Miss Hanks resides down at Cane Hill but intends to spend the summer here with her brother, G.P. Hanks.

-J.Y. Wickwire left this morning for Pittsburg, Kas., where he will visit relatives for a few weeks.

-Jim Austin is undergoing a slight touch of “Washington fever”, but his friends think that he will be able to resist the disease before the crisis comes in the autumn when several folks are figuring on going to the far west.

-The Stony Point band is intending to come up to Johnson Saturday night and give a concert and ice cream supper at the berry shed if the weather is favorable that evening.

-The correspondents have been writing about “the annual meeting”. Mulkeepmo will be very busy this summer, but can attend if the others will promise to come. The editor and Mully were the only “pebbles on the beach” last summer. I am in favor of having a meeting and would like for every one of the writers to attend and get better acquainted with each other.

Jan. 24, 1908

- Jan. 21. E.P. Black made a business trip to Fort Smith Friday.

- Grandma Millard returned to Springdale Sunday evening after s hort sojourn with relatives here.

Oscar Cardwell and family were down from Springdale Sunday visiting at Andy Cardwell's.

-Dick Crum does not want the "calcium light" throw on that Friday night trip, so of course Mulkeepmo will not mention it.

-J.E. McClendon stayed in bed all day yesterday, entertaining a fine case of grip. Mack says grip is worse than the measles.

-Jim Claypoole had a very hard chill Sunday and the grip and pneumonia is now hastening on his splendid constitution. Jim is foreman down at the lower lime kilns.

-‘Gene Alvis has evacuated the Morgan farm and moved up on the ridge, to ten acres of his own land where he has built the best log house on Clear Creek, so he says.

-Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Lichlyter, “Gid and Sally”, and the little ones were down to Johnson Sunday evening and returned to Springdale on the evening train.

-Mr. and Mrs. Chas Cummings leave today for Portales, N.M., where they will locate. Mrs. Thomas Nail and son, Tom, are going to accompany them out there where Mrs. Nail will stay for awhile to see if the climate will be of any benefit to her health.

-Prof. Wm. Greathouse and Hon. Oliver Crum have formed an offensive and defensive alliance. They journeyed to Friendship Sunday, to the Baker sale yesterday and attended the clearing away of the wreck last night. -Several berry buyers have been dropping off here to see what the chances are for a crop next season. There’s a pretty good chance for Johnson berries to bring a whole lot of money if the growers will patch up their little disagreements.

“’Tis natural enough I guess,
When some gits more and some gits less.
Fer them on the slimest side,
To claim it ain’t a fair divide.”

-Last Friday was “Washington’s birthday”, but no great ceremony marked the event here. He didn’t tell us about it until the next day. Yes, January 17 was the 79th natal day of our “young” friend, G. Washington Stuckey.

-The bids for making the berry crates for the local growers were opened Saturday and the board of directors awarded the contract to Bennett Maxey.

“I’ve allus noticed great success
Is mixed with troubles, more or less.
And it’s the man who does the best
That gets more kicks than all the rest.”
-The Fern Dell farm gets its name from the little glen near the residence, where the wild ferns grow so profusely, and little Willie Stuckey gave it the name when she was so sick some years ago, so they tell Mulkeepmo.

-Uncle Pete Cazat was buried at Mt. Comfort Saturday evening. Mrs. Cazat is now seriously ill with pneumonia and her life is slowly ebbing away. [LATER: Mrs. Cazat died Monday night and the remains were laid to rest Tuesday beside those of her husband.]

-Uncle Jake, Johnson is still climbing the path towards getting well again, but his recovery is fraught with many dangers of a relapse on account of his age and the complicated troubles which affect him. -Fay Green and Jim Goodman have deserted the lime kilns and moved out towards the Thomas school-house where they will farm and cut cord wood. -They do say that some one took advantage of the Leap Year custom and addressed some tender missives to certain bashful gentlemen, and that

“Hope came again, to their hearts long a stranger,
And sang them once more her flattering strain;
But they hushed the sweet siren – for there was less danger,
In still suffering than in hoping again.”

-Ike Holcomb journeyed back through Johnson to his Benton county home from a hunting experience.

-(can’t read)…pretty good musicians.

-J.E. Marr is over at Siloam Springs and is in no hurry to come back since the boys made such a rabbit killing on his farm here one day last week. One fellow said they killed 194 and another said ‘twas 170, but anyway it “was a famous victory.”

-We asked Hugh Lichlyter for a news item today, and his answer was, “Mully, I don’t believe that I know a thing,” which was quite a frank confession.

-The south bound Cannon Ball was on time Friday morning and the engineer checked the speed of his train until after he had rounded the sharp curve just south of the local depot; and ‘twas a lucky slow-up, for a broken rail would have ditched his train had he been traveling at a head-long pace. Will Weyer found the break before the next train was due and the track was flagged until the break was repaired.

-Freight No. 34, north bound, met with a serious disaster on a straight track just south of the Clear Creek bluff curve at 3 o’clock yesterday evening. The train was speeding down-grade at a fifty mile clip when the forward trucks of a refrigerator car jumped the track just north of the little trestle across the prairie branch. The wheels bumped along on the ties for a couple of hundred feet, then the car turned end over end and landed top side down on the west side of the track. Seven more cars tumbled along, tearing up a hundred feet of track, and landed in a jumbled up mass on the east side of the track where two empty cars were reduced to heaps of kindling. The caboose and two cars stayed on the track at the rear of the train and the engine and a dozen cars were all in good shape at the head end. A tramp was riding in one of the cars which chanced to not get mashed up and the fellow was scared into forty-seven fits but was not injured. Four cars were loaded with lumber, and others were empty. A big force of railroad men were on the scene before 5 o’clock and the wrecked cars were dumped aside so as to build a temporary track through the wreck to enable the delayed trains to get through. The track was in shape by nine o’clock last night, but it will be several days before the wreckage will all be cleared away. Superintendent Schleyer chanced to be up the road and was on the scene within a short time after the wreck and is still here supervising the work of clearing away the wreckage.

Jan 31, 1908

-Hugh Hayes spent several days of last week with relatives at Tahlequah, Okla.

-James Beasley and family of Prairie Grove, were visiting at M. Foust’s several days of last week.

-Prof G.A. Cole is sojourning at his farm at present. He has not decided whether he shall go to North Carolina and teach or go to Louisiana and assume the superintendency of a large plantation.

-Sim Luper and mother, Aunt Eliza, returned last Tuesday from a visit with Missouri relatives at Brookline and Springfield.

-D.E. Eicher returned Friday evening from his trip to Van Buren where he had been attending the state horticultural meeting. Mr. Eicher brought up some fine specimens of Hood River apples, grown away out in Oregon.

-Sam Myers of Wheeler was a transient visitor in Johnson last Friday. We used to know Sam away long time ago when we both lived near the Elk Horn Tavern.

-Some of the fun-loving folks have been having social parties in spite of the prevalence of the grip which has been holding high orgies around Johnson for several weeks. “Candy break-in” at A.C. Fisher’s last Wednesday night.

-Will Lichlyter has leased the Hodge farm, near the fish-ponds, and will embark in farming and berry growing again. This place has been on the returned list for some years and the sedge grass has about captured it. Will tried fire on that sedge grass yesterday and got a great big job on his hands, for the fire got away from him and spread over a great big outside territory.

-The Frisco has not removed all of the wreckage yet from the scene of the big freight smash-up of last week. The track has been repaired only temporarily and trains have slow orders around that curve. A big freight engine was derailed for several hours last Friday while switching at the lime kiln spur track but no serious delay was caused by the accident.

-Postmaster Hanks desires to call attention to the practice of some patrons of the rural delivery of placing loose coins in their boxes each time they desire to dispatch letters instead of supplying themselves with postage in advance of their needs. This practice imposes undue hardship on the rural carrier in removing loose coins from boxes and delays them on the service of their routes. The postmaster, therefore, urgently requests that patrons of the rural delivery provide themselves and keep on hand a supply of stamps consistent with and in advance of their needs. It is also very desirable that rural patrons place in their mail boxes small detachable cups or wood or tin in which to place coins, when necessary, in purchasing supplies of stamps.

-The Arkansas White lime Company started up yesterday after a temporary shut-down of a couple of months. T.P. Black, manager of the company, intends to push the work along as briskly as the winter will allow.

-Mr. and Mrs. J.E. McClendon, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnson, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Lichlyter, Albert Crum and “Mulkeepmo” went down to Fayetteville last night and attended the presentation of Thomas Dixon’s great play, The Clansman”, a dramatization from the two great novels, “The Leopard’s Spots” and “The Clansman.”

-G.W. Hayes has been appointed as administrator of the estate of Uncle Pete Cazat. Mr. and Mrs. Cazat died only a week apart, both being victims of pneumonia which has been unusually fatal this winter.

-B.F. Johnson and wife returned Sunday from an extended visit with relatives and old friends near Harris and Elkins. Miss Gladys Johnson returned with them and will visit here for a week or so.

-Miss Alice McClendon, of Winslow, has been visiting her brother, J.E. McClendon, during the past week.

-John Luper was down yesterday and installed telephones in the residences of J.E. Gregory and John Cawthon.

-Uncle John Spurgeon preached down at Stony Point Sunday morning and evening.

-Uncle John Skelton, who died at his home north of Fayetteville last week, was a brother of Mrs. G.W. Stuckey, of this place. Uncle John was one of the old line gentlemen and pioneers whose ranks are rapidly thinning out.

-Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cummings did not get started to New Mexico last Tuesday and it is very indefinite as to when they shall journey to western plains.

-James Claypoole is quite a bit better and is able to be around again after a short seige of grip which threatened to terminate in pneumonia.

Feb. 21, 1908
-Hal Crum came in last Friday and will visit with his parents for a short time. Hal has been employed down near Little Rock for some time, but does not think that he will go back south.

-Tom Boatright left Sunday for Whitener and vicinity where he will visit awhile with relatives. Mr. Boatright is visiting here from East Tennessee.

-Several local lodges of the Farmer’s Union held a district meeting at Stony Point last Saturday.

-B.F. Johnson and wife spent several days of last week at West Fork attending the bedside of Mr. Johnson’s aged sister, Mrs. Lou Hope, who has been seriously ill with pneumonia. Mrs. Hope is convalescing slowly.

-Mrs. Ed Bookout died at Stillwell, Okla., Saturday morning. Mrs. Bookout had been in ill health for a long time and had gone to Stilwell for treatment by a specialist but medical skill could not avert the ravage of disease. She was brought back to Johnson on the evening train Sunday and was buried in the Shady Grove Cemetery that evening. Mr. Bookout desires to express his gratitude for the kindly aid and sympathy he has received from his friends and neighbors in his sad bereavement. Five little children are left motherless for their father’s care.

-Jacob Queener Johnson was born in Coffee County, East Tenn., in July, 1828, and died at his home in Johnson, Ark., Sunday evening, Feb. 15, 1908. Mr. Johnson came to Washington county in 1851 and has been a citizen of this county since that time. He was married to Miss R.J. Boatright in 1852. Thirteen children blessed this union, nine of them now living. Mr. Johnson has been identified with various business interests in North West Arkansas, but some years ago he retired from active business circles and has been living on a farm near Johnson. His children are all grown up and married and scattered away to various parts of the country. B.F. Jr., Mrs. Mary Lichlyter and Mrs. Edna Vernon being the only ones now residing at Johnson. The funeral exercises are to be held this evening and burial is to be in Shady Grove Cemetery either this evening or tomorrow morning. The uncertainty is owing to the arrival of the youngest daughter, Mrs. Dora McGuire, who resides in San Jacinto, Nev. She started eastward Saturday night and is expected to arrive here today noon. The passing of Uncle Jacob will cause many pangs of regret among his large circle of friends and reminds us that the rear guard of our old pioneers is being thinned out rapidly by the missiles of Fate. Peace to his memory.

-Mrs. Lizzie Corlew, of Bentonville, Mrs. Tennie Vernon, of Springtown, and Mrs. Kate Ramey, of Carter, are here to attend the funeral and burial of their father, J.Q. Johnson.

June 14, 1908
- June 11 - C.S. Mayes returned Thursday from a business trip to Neosho and other nearby Missouri berry shipping points where he worked for the interst of a northern commission house.

-John Cox and family returned to Vale, Ark., Sunday afternoon after visiting a few days with relatives here.

-Mrs. J.E. McClendon is spending the week with friends at Porter, Ark. -Uncle Bob Clayton and wife came over to the reservation Sunday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. G.P. Hanks.

-The long sufferings of Abram Roberts came to an end last Wednesday evening and on Thursday evening he was laid to rest in the Stuckey cemetery. He resided at the fish-pond place with his nephew. W.E. Gillenwater.

-Wm. Pearce returned today to his home at Purdy, Mo., after spending the berry season her attending to the berry crop on his father's property north of the mill. Will intends to come back to Johnson this fall and see after the apples and other fruits on the farm here.

-J.B. Vernon has been busily engaged for some time making the apportionment and final settlement with the growers who shipped the nine lot of berries in care of the local Fruitmen's Union. The blackberry crop is beginning to ripen and several crates have been expressed.

-Saturday, June 8th, was the three-score and tenth anniversary of the birth of our postmaster, G.P. Hanks, and quite a number of the neighbors surprised him that evening by coming in with a big lot of makings for one of the nicest suppers ever held in Johnson. Capt. Hanks enjoyed the evening immensely especially the eating of his "punkin pie," and the lot of visitors departed at a late hour wishing it could be their pleasure to gather together again on that date and for the same purpose for many years to come.

-Dick Crum and Barney Spurgeon came in Sunday from a sojourn in Missouri where they had been picking berries.

-N.V. Hanks returned to Elkins Monday after a short visit with home folks. He is making apple barrels at Elkins.

-Mulkeepmo journeyed along with some local folks and Springdale friends to Garfield Sunday morning and from thence out to the historic old Elkhorn Tavern on the Pea Ridge battleground.

...and only a few relicts are there along with two monuments that serve to remind passing visitors of those March days of the long ago when such terrible carnage raged around the Elkhorn Tavern. Long years had passed since I had visited this battlefield with other friends and Time had dealt harshly with the scene and few of the landmarks remaind but,
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-The morning was pleasant but a heavy rainstorm came up in the evening and we sought refuge within the tavern which is a duplicate building of the historic structure that stood there when the battle was fought. Several good snap shot views were secured by the kodak artist and the return trip was made to Garfield late in the evening in time to catch the train back to the reservation. It was quite a little excursion, but…

"A hundred years from now, dear friends
We shall not mind the pain,
The throbbing crimson tide of life,
Will not have left a stain.
This summer day that we have known,
Shall all forgotten be and ____,
The garden will be overgrown,
Where now the troops fell."

-R.M. Lichlyter and wife, Ben Johnson, Jr. and family and B.H Johnson and family returned Sunday evening from a short fishing excursion over to White River, where they made a fruitless effort to catch some of the finny inhabitants of the river, but water was too clear and the weather unfavorable for fishing and so they will have to try their luck again in a more favorable location.

-The excessive heat of last week culminated in an electric and wind storm Sunday night of more than usual severity, but no serious damage has been reported, thought for a time it appeared a cyclone had billed Johnson for a stopped place and more than one timid person sighed for the security of a well built storm cellar.

-Mrs. Teresa Waldrip is but very little better and but little hope is entertained that she can long survive unless a more deti-change [sic] soon comes in her condition. Grandma Jordan is also lingering on the brink of the unknown and the end is nearing as the hours glide by.

-The Stony Point district school meetings was held a Saturday or so ago, having been postponed on account of berry business in May and A. W. Stokes was elected director. A tax of seven mills was voted, but no definite steps were taken toward the erection of a new school building which is needed very much.

-W.L. Stuckey is having some more of his low, swampy land tiled so that he can property cultivate the soil.

-The farmers are very busy during the present period of weather which is very favorable for all kinds of farm work and the crops are humping themselves.

June 21, 1908
[left side of first paragraph unreadable, something about crops being delayed by the lingering of winter time.]

-T.J. Mullins is getting ready to return to his New Mexico property, neat Portables, where he believes there will be a fine properous country in the future. All of the pilgrims to that promised land do not see alike for one who is home-sick sings the following doleful refrain -

"And if again ___ her soil,
My wandering feet shall stand,
I'll be content to live and die,
In Arkansaw's rough land.

-Mrs. Chas. Sisk, of Oxford, Miss., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Johnson.

-W.P. Langford and son, Teddy, of Drake's Creek, Ark., spent Saturday night and Sunday with relatives in Johnson.

-Uncle Billy Woods and wife visited at Arm Late's Sunday. Uncle Billy lives down hear Wheeler now, but used to reside where Tontitown is now located. Back in those days, he was "Squire Woods" and dealt out justice to the evil-doers of Elm township.

-No, the late bloom for a township at Johnson was chloroformed - but some of the opposition have been wondering "who hit Billy Patterson" - for they're out of office now which is where the balance of 'em are going to - and then Johnson will get the penitenitentiary, the insane asylum and a road overseer!

-The black berry growers are shipping a lot of find berries daily, but are complaining about rather low prices.

-A large party of Fayetteville people came out on the morning train last Thursday and spent the day at the springs and ponds here returning on the 8:18 train that evening. The Frisco train service is so arranged that Johnson can be visited very easily from either direction and Monte Ne had better "look a little out".

-Miss Dora Peck, of Fayetteville, is teaching a teaching [sic] a class of music pupils at Johnson. She is sojourning with her sister, Mrs. Dr. Cowgill, during the term of lessons.

"Old trouble likes to associate,
With folks who whine and shirk,
But he hasn't got me now at all,
For hopeful ___ and work."

-'cept when one of those automobiles from Fayetteville comes searing down the road and then some otherwise staid old plug___ trouble for their drivers.

-Jesse Horne takes a well earned vacation this week and will journey back to his old home in Kansas to re-visit places and scenes of long ago.

-Uncle Dave Revis and Grandpa Stuckey, two of the oldest inhabitants in the county, made the acquaintance of each other yesterday. They were born way back when Quiney Adams was president and traveled around for quite a while before locating in Arkansas.
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-A few folks from Johnson journeyed over to the old time singing at Spring Creek last Sunday.

-The reservation failed to be troubled by the locust pest to any great extent and the wise folks attribute the failure of the expected myriads to the severity and lateness of the spring weather.

-Grandma Jordan and Mrs. Waltrip are still lingering along but little change can be noted in their condition.

-George G____ who suffered the amputation of his right arm on account of blood poisoning some weeks ago, is arranging to give an ice cream supper at the berry warehouse Saturday night.

-Agents of all kinds and peddlers with packs, and in hacks, drays and wagons, have been keeping the roads dusty around Johnson for the past ten days until the majority of local folks have decided that -
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-Folks are bragging to us about what fine fields of growing corn that they happen to have, but nary a watermelon grower has boasted about he size of his vines! Are you a going to have any melons?

-And the real old fashioned blue bird is getting to be pretty numerous again, and the English sparrows resent the coming of the blue birds, but the grand bird, the fine bird, fix our mocking bird who trills such sweet melody through moonlight nights as tired folks rest from their toil and quietude prevails over Clear Creek valley.
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June 28, 1907
[need to verify year]
-June 25. Miss Ollie Greathouse has secured a five months term of school at Double Springs and will begin teaching about the first of August.

-Mrs. Ina Sisk is visiting relatives at Harris and Elkins this week.

-Rev. Johnson Crawford conducted the regular monthly meeting of the Shady Grove Baptist church Saturday and Sunday.

-Rev. G. P. Hanks acted as superintendent of the Johnson Sunday school Sunday vice Jesse Horne who went away last Tuesday to spend a ten days vacation with relatives in Kansas.

-The Grand View M.E. Sunday school held a Children's Day exercise last Sunday and members of the school rendered a very interesting program. Old Grand View is out west of Johnson a short distance from Stony Point and is located near the site of the old log school house where so many of the older generation attended school a long time ago.

"Gimme back the good old days,
-- the pathways through the dells;
To the school house is the blossoms,
the sound of far off bells.
Tinkin' cross the meadows,
the sound of bird an' brook;
The old time dictionary,
and the blue back spellin' book."

-The ice cream supper at the Johnson berry shed Saturday night was well attended and the sum of $16 was realized, above expenses -- but poor George Glenn for whose benefit the supper was given did not get to appreciate the attention of his friends who were thus trying to aid him. His wounded arm troubled him last Thursday and the lost ground that had been regained since the amputation some weeks ago was quickly lost again and medical aid could not avert the end which came at two o'clock yesterday evening. He is to be buried at Goshen today.

-Lewis Reed will begin his first day as school teacher at the Mountain Home district on July 15th. Now Lewis--

"Never you mind the crowd, lad,
Or fancy your work won't tell;
There's always work for a' that,
To him who doeth well.

And several Johnson lads are achieving greatness away out in the busy whirl of the great world, so --

" Fancy the world a hill, lad,
Look where the ____ stop;
You'll ___ the crowd a the base, lad,
There's always room at the top."

-Mulkeepmo visited Springdale Saturday and met a dnumber of friends, and among the lot were two correspondents, Don't Worry and Osceola. The program for the Second Annual meeting of the News' Correspondents was arranged and the scribes can begin to get ready to attend. Are you all a coming?

-Thanks to our friend, Col. M. D. Vance, who helped us to spend a pleasant hour Saturday evening while listening to his telling about his recent trip to the great gathering of the U.C. Veterans at Richmond, Va. --

"Who will it be, and where will it be,
And when will it be, none knows;
On height or plain, on the blue sea lane,
When the last Confederate goes."

For the old fellows are passing away rapidly and there will be only a few more grand earthly re-unions.

-Willie Baggett is assisting the Ozark force this week during the invoicing period. Will returned recently from a tour of the East, including the Jamestown Exposition and the Capital of our Nation.

-G.P. Hanks and William Mayes journeyed to Springdale Saturday to meet other ex-soldiers and arrange for the big Re-Union of Federal soldiers and sailors who are to meet in Springdale the latter part of August and take the old days over.

-C.S. Mayes made a business trip to Van Buren Saturday where he went to look over the peach shipping situation.

-Dick Crum returned Sunday evening from a trip away up to his Grand-pa Anderson's, in Benton county which explanation shows the reason for his non-appearance at the ice cream supper the previous evening.

-Crops are up and a conting[sic] though the daily showers are a little bit aggravating for farmers who are trying to get their oats harvested.

-Aunt Martha Saville is having a big visit away back in North Carolina where she will probably spend several more weeks with relatives and old friends.

-Now, folks, newsy items are scarce around Johnson this week and Mully serves a change that will suit some folks -- while others may not approve of so many jingles -- but it suits me.
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July 24, 1908
July 21 - Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hambric, of Fort Smith, arrived here yesterday evening for a visit with relatives and friends.

Oscar Ramey, formerly of Johnson but now a prominent young business man of Westville, Oklahoma, was in Johnson last Friday advertising the big Westville picnic which comes off the last of this week.

Reyburn Peay made a business trip to Fort Smith yesterday. Mr. Peay is the owner of the famous "Avalon Orchards", near Stony Point, and he has a pretty fair lot of apples on a number of his trees.

T.P. Black and F.F. Freeman, lime magnates of Rogers, Ark., were down to Johnson Saturday looking over the local lime situation. Mr. Black resided here several months last winter while he was local manager for the Arkansas White Lime Co.

Miss Jessie Stokenberry, of Elkins, is spending an enjoyable visit here with her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Johnson.

John Stokes returned yesterday from Westville, Oklahoma, where he had been to visit his brother-in-law, Dick Wasson, who is precariously ill with a cancerous affliction.

Mrs. Jane Burnett returned Saturday from Missouri where she had been visiting relatives in Springfield and other towns.

White Kennan and family were down from Springdale Sunday visiting with Aunt Mary Pearson.

Miss Med Hanks is down at Fayetteville this week where she is visiting her nephew, W.G. Hanks.

Do not forget the date, Saturday, August 1st, for that is the day slected for the working at the Seymour graveyard. Every interested party is requested to come. The ladies of the community will serve dinner at noon.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. McClendon came up from Proctor, Oklahoma, Saturday evening and spent Sunday with friends in Johnson.

Judge T.H. Humphreys spent a couple of daysof last week trying to capture some of the Clear Creek bass, but no lengthy string of fish rewarded his strenuous efforts.

Miss Mamie Ramey is suffering from an attack of typhoid fever. Mrs. Belle Cox is convalescing from a siege with the same disease.
John Thompson and daughter, Miss Isa, spent Saturday night and Sunday with the home folks down at Fayetteville.

Assessor G.W. Hayes was here last Friday morning and quite a lot of local folks tried to keep him busy during his short stay.

Charley Mayes came in Saturday evening from an extended absence as solicitor for a northern commission firm. He departed again Sunday evening on the same mission.

The new school-house project at Stony Point has tumbled through and the folks down there will have to manage as best they can with the old dilapidated building.

John Lichlyter is clerking at the McClendon emporium in place of Will Baggett, who is away on a trip to the east where he will visit Niagara Falls and other places of interest.

The protracted meeting is still progressing under the supervision of Bros. Gillmore and Thornesberry and a great deal of interest in being manifested at the services.

The local A.H.T.A. has named Aug. 29 as the date for their big picnic and the committee on arrangements expect to arrange for the picnic to be held along the banks of Clear Creek, below Prof. Cole's farm. Neighboring lodges of the order will be invited to help to make a big showing for the A.H.T.A. that day.

Mr. and Jesse Friend left Friday morning for Fall River, Kansas, where they will make their future home with an uncle of Mr. Friend.

Mrs. E.M. Reed and children came in from Kansas City, Mo., last week and are spending a few days here before journeying on to Fort Worth, Texas, where they will rejoin Mr. Reed who has been employed in that city for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Reed were "Sylvia and Manford" away back twenty years ago when they attended school at old Stony Point.

August 7, 1908
Aug 4 - A fine shower yesterday evening routed the dust and put another quetus on the calamity howlers who have been talking so much about a "drouth."

The public school opened at Stony Point yesterday with Misses Maude Easterly and Ollie Baggett as teachers.

Prof. G.A. Cole left yesterday for Little Rock where he will sojourn for a couple of weeks.

H.T. Johnson and wife left yesterday for southern California where Mr. Johnson has a position with the Santa Fe railroad. They have been spending a few weeks with relatives here and were so well pleased with the country that they purchased a farm out west of Stony Point and will return there to live in the spring of next year.

W.L. Stuckey returned Friday from a business trip over to the wilds of Stone and Baxter counties this state.

Miss Maggie Reed left today for South McAlexter, Oklahoma, where she goes to take a course of instruction with a view of becoming nurse in a hospital at that place.

There will be an old time singing at Shady Grove on the third Sunday in August and folks for miles around are invited to come and bring their dinners and help to make the occasion one of the real old-time kind.
B.F. Johnson and wife returned yesterday from West Fork where they had been to see Mrs. Wm Alexander, a sister of Mr. Johnson. Mrs. Alexander is precariously ill and a complication of ailments afford little hope of recovery owning to her advanced age.

[Later - Mrs. Alexander died Tuesday night and was buried in Chapel Grave Yard near West Fork Wednesday.]

The fall term of the local public school opened yesterday. Misses Craig and Lynch are again in charge and a big enrollment resterday bespeaks a fine interest on the part of the patrons, as the weather is pretty warm for little toddlers to attend school now.

Capt. and Mrs. G.P. Hanks visited over at Elm Springs Sunday, and Capt. Hanks delivered one of his fine sermons to the congregation at the Baptist church at the morning service. Rev. Hanks has not been in active serivce for a number of years, but he is yet a power when an occasion arises for him to address an audience.

Roy Langford, formerly of Johnson, who went west ayear or so ago, now has a lucrative position with a branch house of Swift & Co., out at Seattle, Washington.

Several picnics in Johnson last week but they were not local affairs -- visiting olks from Fayetteville.

The sick folks, Noah Spurgeon, Annie Luper, Ollie Wickwire and other, are all on the mend this week.

The working at the Seymour grave-yard last Saturday was attended by a large crowd of folks who made quite a showing on the grass, weeds and bushes. The job was not finished, but Thursday, Aug. 6, was named for the date to complete the work. It is intended to clear off the ground and place a neat new fence around it and arrange for a keeper who will attend to caring for the cemetery the year 'round.

Charley Hearn is down from Webb City, Mo., visiting his brother Hiram Hearn who lives out by Stony Point.

Morbus Sabbaticus has about captured a whole lot of Johnson folks who cannot get out to Sunday school at all now. It is a very bad disease, but only troubles folks on Sunday.

A north-bound freight collided with a drove of cattle just north of the depot last Sunday evening. Two calves were killed, several bruised and a lot of 'em "skeered."

Capt. G.P. Hanks is having rock hauled and is fortifying against the "town branch" which has been trying to annex a portion of the Captain's bottom land to its own gravelly bed.

November 6, 1908
Nov. 3 - Henry Stokenberry and wife, of Elkins, were visiting in Johnson a few hours last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J.E. McClendon, of Proctor, Okla., spent Saturday and Sunday with friends here.

Mrs. H.C. Ritchey and Miss Martha Gregory, of Sedalia, Mo., were here last week attending their brother's bedside. Their brother, J.E. Gregory, died Saturday evening. He had been an invalid a long time and medical skill could not give relief from the complication of troubles that afflicted him. His body was sent back to Sedalia where funeral services were held yesterday. Mr. Gregory had resided here a couple of years and his widow and three little children have the deep sympathy of their neighbors.

The Fruitmen's Union will hold the regular annual stockholders meeting at Johnson on Saturday evening, Nov. 7.

A few Halloween pranks were performed Saturday night but no serious doings were pulled off on account of the fear of a call to explain matters before the grand jury now in session at Fayetteville.

A big majority of Johnson folks journeyed to the adjoining towns to cast their ballots in today's election, but a few fellows paired off and went bird hunting.

J.B. Vernon has been on the puny list for several days but managed to get over to Elm Springs where he is one of the judges of election today.

The piano voting contest is attracting quite a bit of attention down here. This place has no candidate on the list but the other folks have friends who are working this section of the country throughly.
Bro. Hamby was billed for a singing at Johnson Saturday night but he failed to make his appearance.

Sim Luper and Brack Greathouse were down at Fayetteville last week doing jury service. Curcuit court is not bothering tocal filks and the grand jury drag net will bring in a water-haul if a cast is made toward the "reservation."

Rev. G.P. Hanks preached down at Stony Point Sunday and will have a regular appointment down there for each first Sunday.

Services were held here Sunday morning by Rev. Gillmour and the vening service was conducted by Elder Sherman, of Bentonville.

Shady Grove folks are arrnaging to have a basket supper Friday night. The proceeds of the supper are to be devoted toward a library fund.

Born -- Sunday, Nov. 1, a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Late.

The steam power drill has been moved up to the Crescent Lime quarry where quite a bit of drilling will be done preparatory to putting off some big blasts.

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