ARTHUR LAMBERT ADAMS, B.A., P.B.
The rise of Arthur Lambert Adams as one of the leading lawyers in the State of Arkansas was very rapid but his advance was based upon solid acquirements and his position once attained was indisputable. His cast of mind is eminently judicial and he labors with great facility, accomplishing a vast amount of work in a wonderfully brief space of time. His reasoning powers are remarkably acute. He reaches conclusions rapidly and the most bitter opposition cannot find a flaw in his argument or in his application of a legal principle. Successful accomplishment has ever crowned the efforts of Arthur Adams, whether in the field of law, wherein his ability is attested by the extent and importance of his clientage, or in the municipal affairs of Jonesboro, Arkansas, where in the twenty-five years of his residence he has had an important part in the upbuilding of the city.
On New Year's Day of 1889, Arthur Lambert Adams was born at LaCrosse, Indiana. His father, John M. Adams, was born in Lakeville, Connecticut, in 1859. When he was nine years old he moved with his parents from Connecticut to LaCrosse, Indiana, where they had purchased a farm of one thousand acres. Mr. Adams died in LaCrosse in 1936. Viola (Williams) Adams, mother of Arthur Adams, was born in Indiana in 1861 and she died in 1929. The parents of Arthur Lambert Adams are buried in LaCrosse, Indiana. After receiving his preliminary education in the schools near home, Arthur Adams entered DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana, where he was graduated in 1910 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then enrolled at the University of Chicago where he received the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1911. He remained at the University of Chicago in order to study law, and completed his education in 1914, when he received the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence. Mr. Adams was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1914 and he commenced the practice of his profession in Blytheville, Arkansas. During his six years in Blytheville, Mr. Adams made rapid progress and when he came to Jonesboro in 1920 he was already a lawyer of distinction. In Jonesboro, Mr. Adams soon occupied a most conspicuous and prominent position in the large circles of the city, a position that at once indicated his superiority in the profession which he had chosen as his life work. His powers were brought to bear not only for the benefit of individual interests but also in the field of corporation law. Among his clients are the Great Southern Coaches and a number of the leading insurance companies.
In 1917 Arthur Lambert Adams married Bernice Everett, who was born in Farmerville, Louisiana. They are the parents of a son and two daughters. The son, Arthur Lambert Adams, Jr., was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 29, 1918. He graduated from Jonesboro High School and received an A. B. degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He was attending the University of Arkansas when he was inducted into the United States Army in World War II. He was a First Lieutenant in the First Cavalry Division through the Leyte and Luzon Campaigns and went with that Division to Japan. He was awarded the bronze star and was promoted to the rank of Captain prior to his discharge. Luane Adams, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adams, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on April 13, 1923. She is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and attended Duke University at Durham, North Carolina. She married Robert Kelly Rouse, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as an Ensign in the United States Navy during World War II. They have one daughter, Virenda Rouse, who was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 16, 1944, and one son, Robert Kelly Rouse, Jr., who was born on January 15, 1946, at Lexington, Kentucky, where they now reside. The youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adams is Diana Adams. She was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on January 13, 1928. After attending High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, she graduated from The Casements at Ormond Beach, Florida. She is now attending Finch Junior College in New York.
During his college days Arthur Adams became affiliated with the Phi Alpha Delta, and Tau Kappa Alpha fraternities, and was elected to membership in the honorary scholastic fraternity Phi Beta Kappa. His recreation is golf, and he plays frequently at the Jonesboro Country Club, of which he is a Past President. In addition he is a Past President of the Lions Club. Mr. Adams has always been interested in public affairs and is affiliated with the Democratic party. He is the Chairman of the Democratic State Committee, a position for which he is ideally suited because of his natural powers of leadership and ability to organize. In World War I, Mr. Adams was a member of the War Trade Board of the Bureau of War Trade Intelligence at Washington, District of Columbia. He worships at the Presbyterian Church, where he is a Deacon. Distinguished and held in high regard in the field of law, Arthur Lambert Adams is equally well known and honored by reason of the many progressive public movements which he has instituted and aided and which constitute tangible evidence of his devotion to the welfare of his adopted city of Jonesboro, Arkansas. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
JAMES C. ANDERSON
James C. Anderson, an influential farmer of Craighead County, is a native of Bedford County, Tennessee. The paternal grandfather, Isaac Anderson, was a native of Virginia and married Elizabeth Hunter from Maryland. They settled in Tennessee and here Richard Anderson, the father of James C. was born. He grew to manhood in that State, and married Martha Campbell, also born and reared there. There are now four survivors of their family of nine children. Richard Anderson served creditably as a captain in the late war, and was esteemed by all as a good soldier and a worthy citizen. He was an active member of the I.O.O.F.
James C. also served in the late war as a lieutenant, and participated in a number of engagements, among them New Madrid and Island No. 10. He has now a large farm of 400 acres, much of which is excellent land, and under cultivation. His farm is well stocked with horses, mules and cattle. He was united in marriage with Susan Nance, a native of Tennessee, and after her death was again married, this time selecting Martha Jackson, who was born and raised in Alabama. She came to Arkansas in 1870 with her father, who is a prominent citizen and postmaster at Bono. Eight children have been born to this union. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Masonic order and of the I.O.O.F., and has occupied official chairs in both of these orders. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church. [Source: The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, 1889, The Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, p. 317.]
JOE C. BARRETT, A. B., LL. B.
The legal record of Joe C. Barrett is an impressive one, marked as it is with many honors and special assignments. He is the senior member of the legal firm of Barrett & Wheatley. Business and farming interests also occupy his attention, but notwithstanding his manifold duties, Mr. Barrett is foremost in sponsoring and carrying through projects of civic interest.
On March 29, 1897, Joe C. Barrett was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, William F. Barrett, was born in South Carolina in 1850. He came to Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1858, when he was still a young boy, and in course of time became a prominent farmer. His passing in 1935 was widely mourned as he was a particularly well-liked individual, being known to everyone as "Uncle Billy." Catherine (Siniard) Barrett, mother of Joe C. Barrett, was born in DeKalb County, Alabama, in 1858, and she died in 1908. The parents of Joe C. Barrett are both buried near Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The early education of Mr. Barrett was received at Herman, Arkansas, and he attended the high school there for two years. He completed his high school work in Jonesboro, graduating with the 1916 class of Jonesboro High School. In 1920 he received his A. B. degree from the University of Arkansas, and having decided to follow the profession of law he continued his studies at George Washington University, from which he graduated with an L. L. B. degree in 1924. Before receiving his degree from George Washington University, Mr. Barrett took the Arkansas State bar examination in 1922 and was admitted to the bar. In 1922 and 1923 he had an assignment from the Bureau of Agriculture and Economics, Washington, D. C., and went to Western Europe as a special representative of the Department of Agriculture to the International Institute of Agriculture in Rome, Italy. After finishing this mission he returned to Washington, D. C. to finish his term at George Washington University, where he graduated in 1924.
Toward the latter part of 1924, Mr. Barrett returned to Jonesboro, Arkansas, and formed a partnership with Roy Penix under the firm name of Penix & Barrett. This partnership continued for four years, following which Mr. Barrett for some time practiced law by himself, and was from 1926 until 1930 the City Attorney for Jonesboro, Arkansas. Later he formed a partnership with Nathan F. Lamb, and this association continued until the death of Mr. Lamb in 1943. He then entered into partnership with Judge Archer Wheatley, the firm being established as Barrett & Wheatley.
On December 30, 1923, Mr. Barrett married Bertha Campbell, who was born in Sharp County, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas while Mr. Barrett was also a student there. She was secretary to the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas, and in 1917 was secretary to Ethelbert Hubbard II. In 1918 she went to Washington, D. C. as secretary to Colonel McCain, who was Chief of the Negative Branch of Military Intelligence of the War Department. In January, 1921, she went as secretary with the First Military Mission to Berlin, Germany. She returned to the United States in December, 1923. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett are the parents of a daughter, Dorine Barrett, who was born in Jonesboro on August 2, 1926. She graduated from Jonesboro High School and attended Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. She is now a student at the University of Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Barrett have been able to follow the recent war with more than usual interest and understanding of people, motives and places in the news. Mrs. Barrett had the background of experience in Berlin immediately after the last war, and Mr. Barrett had the opportunity of learning at first hand something of Italy and the struggles and ambitions evident within her borders. Mrs. Barrett is active in Girl Scout work. During the war just ended, she was Chairman of the Prisoner of War Committee of the American Red Cross, one of the key civilian posts in time of war, and one in which no one could be better qualified by experience and broad sympathetic background than Mrs. Barrett.
Mr. Barrett is a man of wide interests beyond the field of law. He owns a farm in St. Francis Valley in partnership with his brother, who runs the farm, and the principal crops are corn and cotton. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Barton-Mansfield Lumber Company, which operates twenty-four retail lumber yards in the states of Arkansas and Missouri. During the war years, he was Chairman of the War Finance Committee of Craighead County, Arkansas. He was State Chairman for the Democratic Committee for four years, and past Secretary for the Democratic County Committee for fifteen years. He was a member of the Refunding Board of Arkansas. The Barrett family worships at the Baptist Church.
During his college days, Joe C. Barrett became a member of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity. He belongs to the Craighead County Bar Association, the Bar Association of Arkansas, and the American Bar Association, being a member of its House of Delegates. He is Past President of the Bar Association of Arkansas, and represents Arkansas as Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Mr. Barrett has been a member of this important committee for four years, succeeding George B. Rose of Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Barrett is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is District Attorney for St. Louis Southwestern Railroad Lines, and is attorney for the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy and the Arkansas Pharmaceutical Association.
The father of Joe C. Barrett had definite ideas regarding the value of education, and he planned and saved to insure that each one of his ten children should have the opportunity that comes with learning. The result was that six of the family graduated from the University of Arkansas, and the others attended from one to two years at the same institution. The oldest of the Barrett family were twin brothers, Franklin B. and Swan D. Franklin B. Barrett is a civil engineer, and lives in Ohio; Swan D. Barrett operates a farm in Arkansas. R. M. Barrett is a doctor and lives in Black Oak, Arkansas. E. E. Barrett is a farmer. A. J. Barrett was a teacher connected with the New York school system. He died in 1939. M. C. Barrett is in the Postal Service. E. R. Barrett is a doctor, and was a Commander in the Navy during World War II. A daughter, Ela, married and became Mrs. L. L. Cantrell. She is a retired school teacher. Her sister Lois married Mr. J. F. O'Kelly, who is a plant breeder and an assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at Mississippi State College, Starkville, Mississippi. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
JOHN A. BLACKFORD
Blackford, John A., Jonesboro, Ark.—Was a charter member of the first local (Farmers Union) organized in Craighead County, in February, 1903. In April of the same year, the Craighead County Union was formed, and he was elected Conductor, serving one year, when he was elected Vice-President, and a year later was elected a member of the County Executive Committee, and is still a member. In April, 1904, the Arkansas State Union was organized, and he was elected Conductor of the State organization. He is a strong and tireless worker for the Union, and is always ready to serve it at any time. Has been Conductor of National Union. (Source: History and Times of the Farmers Union, 1909; transcribed by Tina Easley.)
HATTIE WYATT CARAWAY
Senate Years of Service: 1931-1945
Hattie Wyatt CARAWAY, (wife of Thaddeus Horatius Caraway), a Senator from Arkansas; born in Bakerville, Humphreys County, Tenn., February 1, 1878; attended the public schools and graduated from Dickson (Tenn.) Normal College in 1896; thereafter located in Jonesboro, Ark.; appointed as a Democrat on November 13, 1931, and subsequently elected on January 12, 1932, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Thaddeus H. Caraway; reelected in 1932 and 1938 and served from November 13, 1931, to January 2, 1945; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1944; first woman elected to the United States Senate; chairwoman, Committee on Enrolled Bills (Seventy-third through Seventy-eighth Congresses); member of the United States Employees’ Compensation Commission 1945-1946; member of the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board from July 1946 until her death in Falls Church, Va., December 21, 1950; interment in West Lawn Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ark. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-present.]
THADDEUS HORATIUS CARAWAY
Senate Years of Service: 1921-1931
Thaddeus Horatius CARAWAY, (husband of Hattie Wyatt Caraway), a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born on a farm near Springhill, Stoddard County, Mo., October 17, 1871; attended the common schools; moved to Arkansas in 1883 with his parents, who settled in Clay County; graduated from Dickson (Tenn.) College in 1896; taught in country schools 1896-1899; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1900 and commenced practice in Osceola, Ark.; moved to Lake City, Craighead County, Ark., in 1900 and to Jonesboro, Ark., in 1901, and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney for the second judicial circuit of Arkansas 1908-1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1921); did not seek renomination, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1920; reelected in 1926 and served from March 4, 1921, until his death, due to a blood clot in the coronary artery, in Little Rock, Ark., November 6, 1931; lay in state in Arkansas state capital in Little Rock, November 8, 1931; interment in Woodlawn (formerly West Lawn) Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ark. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-present.]
WILLIAM HENDERSON CATE
William Henderson Cate, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tenn., November 11, 1839; attended the common schools, and an academy at Abingdon, Va.; was graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1857; taught school in the south and west; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and was promoted to captain; moved to Jonesboro, Craighead County, Ark., in 1865; studied law; was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Jonesboro; member of the Arkansas house of representatives 1871-1873 and during the extra session of 1874; elected prosecuting attorney in 1878; was appointed and subsequently elected judge of the second judicial circuit of Arkansas in 1884; organized the Bank of Jonesboro in 1887; presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to March 5, 1890, when he was succeeded by Lewis P. Featherstone, who contested the election; elected to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Jonesboro, Ark.; died while on a visit in Toledo, Ohio, August 23, 1899; interment in the City Cemetery, Jonesboro, Ark. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present]
BARNEY LEWIS CROW
When the days of the depression settled like a chill fog on our nation, Barney Lewis Crow was one of those unfortunate enough to be directly affected. He had worked his way to a responsible bank position in Little Rock, Arkansas, but when the bank closed its doors in the dark days of 1930 he was definitely out. Mr. Crow decided at that time that when industry-brightened he would go into business for himself where he would have a larger measure of control over his own future.
On May 28, 1905, Barney Lewis Crow was born at Malvern, Arkansas. His father, B. H. Crow, was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was employed by the Rock Island Railroad and now lives in retirement at Earle, Arkansas. Tommie (Bethea) Crow, mother of Barney Crow, was born at Malvern, Arkansas.
Barney Crow was educated in the schools of Little Rock, Arkansas. His first employment in 1921 was with the American Exchange Trust Company in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Crow made steady progress and was collection teller when the bank closed in the panic days of 1930. Although there was no similar employment available elsewhere Mr. Crow was able, because of his experience, to gain employment with the Farm Credit Administration. He was employed at St. Louis, Missouri, and later at Memphis, Tennessee. He started as a field supervisor and finished as credit man, holding this important position for five years. Mr. Crow and James F. Moore then opened up a store in Wynne, Arkansas, for the Western Auto Supply Company and a few months later opened a second one at Earle. In this undertaking he had J. F. Moore as partner. After three years, Mr. Crow sold his interest in the business at Wynne and in 1940 he bought out the Oklahoma Tire & Supply Company store in Earle, Arkansas. Mr. Crow also owns the franchise of Oklahoma Tire & Supply stores in Parkin and Crawfordsville, employing about twenty people in normal times. He deals in auto supplies, radios and bicycles. He also owns one-half interest in the Vaughn Appliance and Furniture Company of Earle.
On August 11, 1928, Barney Lewis Crow was married to Ouida Jones of Little Rock, Arkansas, daughter of Mrs. Wardell Jukes. Mr. Jukes, stepfather of Mrs. Crow, is manager of the Oklahoma Tire and Supply Company store in Parkin, Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs. Crow are both members of the Presbyterian Church and have been consistently active workers, devout in their worship and strong supporters of the many welfare movements sponsored by the church. Mr. Crow is a member of the American Legion.
From every point of view, Mr. Crow is essentially a man of affairs. Never for a moment has his mind been directed in other channels or directed from the one great and abiding ambition of his life - to become a potential force in the business world. Personally he is one of those modest, unobtrusive men frequently possessed with a latent power which manifests itself only when and where occasion suggests or where duty demands its exercise. Alert, energetic and enterprising, Barney Lewis Crow has attained more than an ordinary degree of success and is recognized as one of the relia.ble and substantial men whom to know is to respect and honor. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
HENRY CLARENCE FREEZE
Judge Henry Clarence Freeze is the first judge who has ever received the honor of a third election to the office of County Judge for Craighead County, Arkansas. He is a young man, but he has already proven his mettle, and the citizens of Craighead County have kept him in their service for the past seven years, first as County Clerk and then as County Judge. He is a young man of great promise, and shows leadership of rare quality. Judge Freeze is a native of Arkansas, having been born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on March 12, 1905. His father, William M. Freeze, was a young man of twenty when he came to Jonesboro in 1894 to engage in the general insurance business, and he has been in continuous residence in Jonesboro since that time. William M. Freeze was born in Coldwater, Mississippi, in 1874; Ola (Knight) Freeze, mother of Henry Clarence Freeze, was also born in Coldwater, Mississippi. After-graduation from the Jonesboro High School, Henry Clarence Freeze took a business course at Draughon's Business College in Springfield, Missouri, leaving business college to join his father in the insurance business in Jonesboro. He has assisted his father in this business ever since that time, but since 1936 he has also been engaged in public life. In that year Henry C. Freeze was elected County Clerk. Four years of service in this capacity established him as a man worthy of higher honors, and in 1941 he was elected County Judge. Judge Freeze is now serving his third term, having amply demonstrated to the citizens of his county that he is the man best qualified to fill that important post. His standing among the members of his own profession is evidenced by the fact that he is at the present time President of the Arkansas Association of County Judges.
On September 16, 1929, Henry Clarence Freeze married Mildred Graves, who was born in Farmington, Missouri. Their two children are Don Clarence Freeze, who was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas in May, 1937, and Linda Louisa Freeze, who was born in Jonesboro in June, 1939.
Judge Freeze is civic-minded, always ready to, do more than his share when any community project is worthy of his support. He was one of the key factors in putting Craighead County over the top in the selling of bonds during World War II, and he served as head of the Civilian Defense organization. He is a Staff Sergeant of Company M Arkansas State Guard, belongs to the Kiwanis Club, the Young Men's Civic Club and the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce. His fraternal affiliations include the Masonic Order, in which he is a member of the Blue Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, Ivanhoe Commandry, Sarah Temple Shrine at Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 498. Membership in the Jonesboro Country Club provides him with pleasant outdoor recreation and social companionship. He is also active in the work of the First Methodist Church. There can be no doubt that a great future lies ahead for Judge Henry C. Freeze. He is well liked and popular in his community because of his warm-hearted, genial personality; he is thoroughly respected for his qualities of mental astuteness and dynamic leadership; and he is admired for his sterling integrity and devotion to honor and righteousness. Judge Freeze is well along the road toward a brilliant career. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by GT Transcription Team.]
GROVER C. GLENN
The title of "leading citizen" can nowhere be applied with as true a meaning as in the case of G. C. Glenn of Crawfordsville, Crittenden County, Arkansas. Mr. Glenn has conducted an insurance business in Crawfordsville since 1940. In addition he has farming and other interests so that he is exceptionally well rooted in the community. His business ventures have proved successful as Mr. Glenn has talents that lend themselves to widely differing fields. He has been called upon to fill many important public offices. The people of Crawfordsville and Crittenden County feel confident that when Mr. Glenn holds office the duties of that particular department will be discharged with the utmost efficiency. One of the many important public posts he holds is that of Treasurer of Crittenden County.
On June 10, 1892, Grover C. Glenn was born in Glimp, Tennessee. His father, W. H. Glenn, was a merchant and farmer at Ripley, Tennessee. He died on December 29, 1942. Evangaline (Lloyd) Glenn, mother of Grover C. Glenn, was born in Henning, Tennessee.
Grover Glenn received his public grade and high school education at Memphis, Tennessee. His first situation was as an office boy for the Retail Grocers and Butchers Association. He then worked for Shank, Phillips & Company, who conducted a wholesale grocery business in Memphis, Tennessee. His next position was at Hales Point, Tennessee, where he clerked in a grocery store. On returning to Memphis, Mr. Glenn worked for one year in the Special Delivery Department of the United States Post Office.
In 1913 Mr. Glenn came to Crittenden County, Arkansas, and until 1918 he worked as a woods foreman for the Edwards Fair Lumber Company. In 1918 he entered the ranks of the United States Army, serving overseas as a Corporal with the 113th United States Engineers. He received his discharge in Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 3, 1919. Mr. Glenn then entered farming.
On March 23, 1923, Grover C. Glenn married Annie Morris, daughter of O. E. Morris, 21 saw mill operator of Crawfordsville, Arkansas. Mrs. Glenn died on June 3, 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn were the parents of three sons: Grover C. Glenn, born in 1924; William M. Glenn, born in 1926 and Robert E. Glenn, born in 1937.
The farm owned by Mr. Glenn consists of four hundred acres planted mostly to cotton but on which he also raises soya beans and corn. Mr. Glenn is part owner and Vice-President of the Peoples Gin Company of Crawfordsville, Arkansas. He is a charter member and President of the Rotary Club and is active in the American Legion. His religious affiliation is with the Catholic Church. An effective supporter of many civic enterprises and an active participant in movements for the community welfare, Mr. Glenn has given in the interests of his fellows full measure of his great talents. He has served as Recorder of Crawfordsville and as Secretary of Crawfordsville School District. In 1942 Mr. Glenn was elected to office as County Treasurer of Crittenden County and he was re-elected to a term that will keep him in office until 1949. Grover C. Glenn belongs definitely to that public-spirited, useful and helpful type of men whose ambitions are centered and directed in those channels through which flows the greatest and most permanent good to the greatest number. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
WILLIAM W. JACKSON, M. D.
While many years have passed since Dr. William W. Jackson was a visible factor in the scenes of activity in Jonesboro, Arkansas, his memory will never fade from the minds of those who met him in any of the relations of his varied, active, useful and honorable life. High on the roll of fame as a distinguished physician his name is inscribed; deep in the hearts of those who knew him is his memory cherished. His name will forever adorn the pages of Arkansas history; his influence will remain as a blessed benediction to all who knew him.
At the time of his passing, on Saturday morning, September 7, 1935, Dr. Jackson was seventy-two years old. He was the oldest practicing physician in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he had followed his profession for thirty-five years. Dr. Jackson pioneered in surgery. He was the first to perform an appendicitis operation in Jonesboro. He was a skilled surgeon, and operations performed by him when surgery was in embryonic stage stood the test of time. Dr. Jackson moved forward with the advances in the field of medicine through the years, keeping up with the latest methods even in the evening tide of his notable career.
Dr. William W. Jackson was born in Belleville, Florida, in 1863. He was a member of a family that had been connected with the doctor's profession for generations. At the age of four years, with his parents, W. W. Jackson and Mary Ware Jackson, he came to Forrest City, Arkansas. Here Dr. Jackson was reared and received his early education. He attended the University of Tennessee Medical College, from which he received his medical degree. Later Dr. Jackson attended the New York Post Graduate College of Surgery and the Polyclinic Institute of New York, receiving diplomas from both schools.
In 1888, Dr. William W. Jackson was married to Ida Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Bell, who were prominent landowners, residing a short distance northwest of Jonesboro. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. One son, W. W. Jackson. Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. George Jackson Hardy of Rosedale, Mississippi, predeceased their father. Mrs. W. W. Jackson, widow of Dr. Jackson, passed away in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on May 26, 1936. Surviving the parents are Nick Jackson and Molly Jackson. Miss Molly Jackson operates the Jackson Paint and Supply Company, a business which was founded by her father in 1919. A granddaughter, Joan Jackson, is a Medical Technician at the University of Tennessee.
In 1897 he moved to Bono, Arkansas, where Dr. Jackson practiced medicine for three years. While practicing at Bono, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Charles Hale performed a bone operation that is said to ha.ve been the first operation to take place in that section. In 1900 Dr. W. W. Jackson came to Jonesboro, Arkansas, establishing his office back of the Globe Drug Store. He was the first surgeon in Jonesboro. He performed the first appendicitis operation in Jonesboro, the patient being Al Parsons. With Doctors C. L. Burns and C. M. Lutterloh he founded St. Bernard's Hospital and played a large part in the progress of the institution. Dr. Jackson served as President of the Board of Health of Jonesboro for a period of twenty years. He was in charge of the fight against smallpox and yellow fever during the terrible epidemics that swept the South in the early days of the century.
Dr. Jackson was a member of the Craighead County Medical Association, Tri-County Medical Association and Arkansas State Medical Association. He was for some years a member of the State Board of Health. The Craighead-Poinsett Medical Society conferred the title of Dean of Doctors upon Dr. Jackson several years ago. They held a banquet in his honor as a mark of the esteem held for him. Dr; Jackson was a friend and counsellor to his fellow doctors. His advice was often asked and freely given. He maintained the highest ethics and set an example which had a wholesome effect on the progress of the profession in Jonesboro. Dr. Jackson was a member of the Methodist Church from childhood. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Bono, Arkansas, and was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Dr. Jackson had a keen sense of humor and could appreciate practical jokes on himself as well as on others.
On the occasion of the death of Dr. W. W. Jackson, the Jonesboro Evening Sun of September 7, 1935, carried a eulogistic editorial on the front page, headed "A Life of Service to Humanity Closes." The article closed with these paragraphs: "Dr. Jackson lived a life of service which will not be erased by the tides of time. What he meant to Jonesboro and Craighead County staggers description. He contributed mightily toward human betterment. He leaves a heritage of kindness, service, honor and loyalty to his home, city and state. His memory will be cherished for many years by those who knew him. His good deeds go up as a benediction to Heaven." [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
VICTOR C. KAYS, B.S., M.S.
Few satisfactions in life can equal the knowledge that one is directly responsible for having made a richer, fuller, more useful life available for thousands of his fellow men. Victor C. Kays certainly has cause to experience that satisfaction to the full, for it is he who guided the affairs of Arkansas State College from that October day in 1910 when, as a small agricultural school, the college opened in temporary quarters in the city of Jonesboro, Arkansas; now it has acquired full status as an accredited, four-year college, offering training not only in agriculture, but also granting degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science in Education and Engineering. Victor C. Kays was President of the college from 1910 until 1942, when he retired as President and became President Emeritus business manager for the duration of the war.
When Victor C. Kays assumed the presidency of the infant Arkansas State College in 1910, he was a young man only twenty-eight years old, who already had shown that he possessed the qualities of dynamic leadership, a broad understanding of human nature and the problems of young people, and good, sound common sense. He had an excellent practical and cultural education, and a background of accomplishment in the educational field, particularly with reference to scientific agriculture. He possessed the qualities most needed to give the necessary impetus to a new educational institution designed to give to the young people of Northeastern Arkansas the opportunity to learn the things which would add richness to their own lives and improve the standards of living of the entire section.
Victor C. Kays was born in Magnolia, Illinois, on July 24, 1882. His father, John A. Kays, was born in Magnolia, Illinois in 1851, and had the distinction of serving his county in practically all of the county offices, while he operated a large farm. John A. Kays died in 1906. Mary E. (Hartenbower) Kays, the mother of Victor C. Kays, was born in Minnesota in 1859 and died in 1933.
When Victor C. Kays graduated from the Henry High School at Henry, Illinois, he enrolled in the Northern Illinois State Teachers College at DeKalb, Illinois, graduating from that college in 1902. In 1906 he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois, with a B. S. degree. He received a Masters Degree of Science in Agriculture at the State College of Agriculture, Messilla, Park, New Mexico, and did post graduate work at Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa and the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. For a short time he operated a farm at Magnolia, Illinois, and then taught Agriculture at the College of Agriculture in New Mexico. He also taught at the Township High School in Savannah, Illinois, and was an Agricultural Director of the Agricultural School at Wetumpka, Alabama. In 1910 he came to Arkansas as President of the State School of Agriculture at Jonesboro, Arkansas, and his connection with that school, now Arkansas State College, has continued without interruption since that time.
Mr. Kays is a practical scientist and educational leader, and he is also identified with the social and civic life of Jonesboro. He participates actively in the civic affairs of the community, and is well known and well liked off the campus as well as in educational and college circles. He is a member of the Masonic Order, with membership in the Royal Arch and the Knights Templar, and is in addition a member of the Jonesboro Lions Club and of many educational and professional organizations.
On June 21, 1917, Victor C. Kays married Bertie B. Hale of Paragould, Arkansas. Their only son, Victor Hale Kays, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on November 23, 1919. He graduated from the Arkansas State College High School and Arkansas State College, specializing in Engineering. Post-Graduate work in electrical engineering and civil engineering at the University of Illinois followed. Victor Hale Kays served with the procurement division of the United States Air Corps, located in New York City and Buffalo. He is now a member of the U. S. Engineers on the Bull Shoals Dam Project near Mt. Howe, Arkansas.
Victor C. Kays has large farming interests. He can speak as an authority on agricultural matters, as he is keenly interested in experimentation and follows all new developments with care. His contributions to scientific agriculture and education have been great, and Arkansas State College has become a thriving, modern educational institution under his wise guidance. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
FORMER FARMERS UNION STATE PRESIDENT
Jonesboro, Ark. - Ex-State President and member of many fraternal organizations; a strong and earnest advocate of labor unions; was for a long time a locomotive engineer, but is at the present time residing on his farm near Jonesboro, Arkansas. (Source: The History and Times of the Farmers Union, 1909; transcribed by Tina Easley.)
REV. FRANK RITTER
A SKETCH OF HIS LIFE AS PREPARED BY HIMSELF
Note: Many of our readers were personally acquainted with Rev. Frank Ritter, who died a short time ago at his home in Jonesboro and will be interested in the sketch of his life written by himself. The sketch was furnished by Rev. M. M. Smith two years before the death of the subject. In the last issue of the Arkansas Methodist, Bro. Smith publishes an obituary of his deceased brother, using the sketch, which is as follows:
I was born to Lewis and Elizabeth Coltrain Ritter at Sparta in Edgecomb County, North Carolina May 15, 1847. My mother died when I was about two years old. My father moved to St. Francis County, Arkansas in 1857 and from there to Sevier (now Little River) County in 1859. I was led to conversion by reading my mother's Bible in 1866 and joined the M. E. Church, South in Taylor's Creek Circuit, in St. Francis County, Arkansas in 1870 under the ministry of Rev. J. W. Walkup. I was licensed to preach in 1874 and admitted on trial in the White River Conference. I passed my annual examinations on time, and was ordained deacon in 1876 and elder in 1877. I traveled (or served) Richards Mission in 1875; Laconia Circuit '76; Prairie Circuit '77-'78; Forrest City Circuit, '70, '80, '81; Pocahontas Station, '82; Clarendon and Brinkley '83; Newport '84, '85; Helena District '86, '87, '88, '89; Clarendon and Brinkey '90; Clarendon '91; Newport Station '92, '93, and Jonesboro District '94-97. I asked to be superannuated at the close of 1897. I maintained that relation in '98 and 99, and 1900. I never served a charge that I felt competent to serve, and hence, I never had an easy place or one that I sought. I was married to Miss Willie B. Meeks of Clarendon, Ark. February 27, 1884. Five children have resulted from that marriage and in the following order: Frank Meeks, John Richard, William Lewis, Cora Lee and Hal Coltrain. Frank Meeks was buried at Brinkley when about 3 1/2 years old and the others are alive and vigorous at this time. I worked for the salvation of man until labor broke me down, but I do not regret it even after two years review of it. Had I a thousand lives to give they should go the same way, only with greater diligence and particularly in studying the Bible. [Source: Soliphone, May 16, 1902; contributed by Tina Easley]
CHARLES A. STUCK, B.S.
Charles Albert Stuck represents the third generation of his family to be connected with the lumber company which now is conducted under the name of Stuck Brothers. He is President of this concern, located at Jonesboro, Arkansas. Mr. Stuck and his brother William have just piloted the company through the difficult years of war, when constant needs of increased production had to be met with depleted labor. Skillful organization and capable management enabled the company to meet the challenge, and the outlook for postwar years is particularly bright.
On August 9, 1900, Charles Albert Stuck was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, Will R. Stuck, was born in Watseka, Illinois, on June 28, 1872, and he died on May 21, 1942. He came to Arkansas from Illinois on February 6, 1889, with his father and mother, a brother and two sisters. His father, Charles Abram Stuck, started a planing mill and lumber business in 1866 at Watseka, Illinois. Later he moved the business to Danville, Illinois, then to Harrisburg, Illinois, and finally to Jonesboro, Arkansas. He bought some property in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and established his business there, which he continued until his death on August 26, 1898. The business was then taken over by his two sons, Elmer Charles Stuck and Will R. Stuck, father of Charles Albert Stuck, the subject of this sketch. Martha (Goodloe) Stuck, mother of Charles Albert Stuck, was born in Spring Hill, Tennessee, on October 28, 1875. She resides at 603 West Washington Street, Jonesboro, Arkansas. After completing his studies at the Jonesboro High School, Mr. Stuck graduated from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also took graduate work in modern language at the University of Chicago. On February 9, 1921, he became associated with his father in the firm of C. A. Stuck & Sons, and became a member of that firm on March 1, 1923. In 1944 the name of the company was changed to Stuck Brothers, and it is incorporated with Charles Albert Stuck as President and William R. Stuck as Secretary.
On December 23, 1924, Mr. Stuck was married to Helen Perine Nethery, who was born in Alabama. They are the parents of a son and a daughter. The son, Charles Albert Stuck, Jr., was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on June, 1927. He graduated from Jonesboro High School and had completed one year at Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He specialized in radio and radar work, and has been recently discharged. Martha Mary Stuck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuck, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on April 29, 1929. She is a graduate of the Jonesboro High School. Mrs. Charles Stuck is a leader in the Jonesboro Parent-Teacher Association. She has always been interested in furthering the aims and objectives of the Red Cross and during the war she was an indefatigable worker for that organization.
In addition to his business interests, Mr. Stuck is the owner of a farm near Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he raises registered beef cattle for breeding purposes. He employs a manager to look after this farm, but also gives it a great deal of his own attention. Mr. Stuck is active in the affairs of the Jonesboro Lions Club. He belongs to the Methodist Church, where he has served for eight years as a Conference Lay Leader. He is a member of the North Arkansas Conference of Methodist Churches. Mr. Stuck has been Delegate to four General Conferences of the Methodist Church and has served on various Conference Boards. Recently he was elected President of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
ELMER C. STUCK
When Elmer Charles Stuck died in 1937, he left behind him an excellent reputation both as a business man and as a private citizen. The Jonesboro Brick Company, which he controlled during the last fourteen years of his life, became a substantial and thriving business under his wise guidance. The company has continued to prosper since his death, because of the fortunate circumstance that in his son, Elmer Axtell Stuck, there was an able successor to control the affairs of the business. Elmer Charles Stuck lived in Arkansas practically all his life, and wherever he resided he was a contributing factor for progress and good will. In all his business dealings he maintained the strictest integrity and left behind an honored name that will long be recalled with respect and affection.
Elmer Charles Stuck was born in Watseka, Illinois, in 1866, and he died on October 25, 1937. He came from Illinois to Arkansas as a young man with his parents. He became associated with his father and brother in the lumber business, the firm name being C. A. Stuck & Sons. In 1923 the Stuck interests were divided, and Elmer Charles Stuck took over the Jonesboro Brick Company, which he operated for fourteen years until his death.
Elmer Charles Stuck married Bessie M. Axtell, who was born in Danville, Illinois, in 1871. She died in 1904. They were the parents of two sons.
The oldest son, Howard Charles Stuck, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1894, and he died in 1945. He was a graduate of Jonesboro High School and of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. During World War I he served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain in Quartermaster's Corps. After receiving his discharge from the army he returned to Jonesboro, Arkansas, and bought out the Piggly Wiggly franchise. He was very successful in this venture, and at the time of his death Howard Stuck owned three Piggly Wiggly stores in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was also associated with his brother in the Jonesboro Brick Company. Howard Charles Stuck married Bess Graham, who was born in Fredericktown, Missouri. They were the parents of one son and two daughters. The son, Howard Charles Stuck, Jr., was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1918. After completing his studies at the Jonesboro High School he graduated from the Louisiana State University. He is in the United States Army, with the rank of First Lieutenant and is stationed with the Field Artillery at Fort Riley, Kansas. The oldest daughter, Genevieve Stuck, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1920. She graduated from the Jonesboro High School and the University of Arkansas. She is married to Paul Gray, who was born in Newport, Arkansas. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Artillery. They have two sons: Russell Gray and Howard Axtell Gray. Constance Stuck is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Charles Stuck. She was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1922 and is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and the University of Arkansas. She married William Shelton, who was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a pilot and holds the rank of Captain in the United States Army Air Corps.
Elmer Axtell Stuck, the second son of the late Elmer Charles Stuck, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on February 2, 1900. He graduated from Jonesboro High School, and received the degree of Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He then returned to Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he opened up an office as an architect. When his father died in 1937 he took over the management of the Jonesboro Brick Company, and has since continued in active control of the company. In 1922 Elmer Axtell Stuck married Ruth Jane Diament, who was born in Kennett, Missouri. They have three children. Margaret Stuck was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1923. She graduated from Jonesboro High School and is now a student at Louisiana State University. Brenda Stuck was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1928, and Sarah Stuck was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1938.
After the death of his first wife, Elmer Charles Stuck remarried, and has one daughter, Sarah Stuck, by this marriage. She was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1910. She is now married to Joe Clay Young, who was born in Osceola, Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs. Young are the parents of two sons: Joe Clay Young, III and Elmer Charles Stuck Young. [Source: "Annals of Arkansas," by Dallas T. Herndon, published 1967; transcribed by G.T. Transcription Team]
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