Earle, Crittenden County, Arkansas



The old cypress log house is one of the oldest historical landmarks in Crittenden County. It dates back to the Richards family as early as 1854. The house faces north towards the Tyronza River. It was said that the family could sit on the porch and watch the steamboats pass by on the river. The house was built of hand hewn logs, with a dog trot through the center. The original two room house still stands, five miles north of Earle, Arkansas, on highway 149, at Three Forks. The house in currently on land owned by the Hood family. In years past, the old log house was periodically repaired and maintained by local residents in the Three Forks area. One of these residents was my father, Allison Lunsford, whose farm adjoined the old homestead. At present, the old house is in a very poor state of disrepair.



Two or more of the Richards family are buried in the Richards Cemetery, behind the old cypress house. Only two graves are marked, with Woodsmen of the World monuments. These graves are the two sons of William Alexander Richards and Sophroney Gilmore Richards, both of whom died 9 days apart of pneumonia.




(The top photo was taken about 35 years ago. The picture to the left was taken May 2001.)



RICHARDS, J. E., Jan 7, 1857 - Feb 8, 1900

(James Emery Richards was the husband of Fannie M. Brown)


RICHARDS, William A., Jan 27, 1862 - Jan 30, 1900

(William Alexander Richards, Jr. was the husband of Sara A. Rose)



James E. and William A. Richards were the sons of William A. Richards (Sr.) and Sophronia Gilmore.

William A. Richards, age 30, and Sophroney Gilmore, age 22, both of Crittenden County, Arkansas, were married on 26 Sep 1855 by John Smith, Justice of the Peace

Fannie M. Brown was the daughter of Erastus Brown and Delia McGehee



Portions of the information on the Richards family

were taken from "Earle Epic", compiled by Gladys Wright and committee members.



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