Poinsett County Arkansas Genealogy Trails

Source:  Excerpts from The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, c1889, Chicago, p. 572.

HARRISBURG, the county seat, is situated on the Helena Branch of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad, near the geographical center of the county, on lands formerly owned by Benjamin Harris, one of the pioneer settlers, and after whom it was named.  A postoffice was established here in 1857, the first postmaster being William Thrower, who erected a log cabin, which he used as a hotel and postoffice.  The same year James Davidson and Joab Hale opened the first store in the place.  The town had a slow but substantial growth until 1882, when the road referred to reached it, and since that time its advance has been more rapid.  It now comprises five general stores, three durg stores, one restaurant, a meat market, two hotels, three blacksmith and woodshops, and the Kennedy-Morelock's Stave Company's factory, said to be the largest stave factory in the State; also the hardwood lumber factory of D. C. & I. R. Cole, two grist-mills and cotton-gins, two church edifices, a public school house and a full complement of doctors, lawyers and ministers; also a real estate firm.  It is pleasantly located, and does a large amount of business.  It's population is about 700.

BAY VILLAGE, a little town ten miles southeast of Harrisburg, lies in both Poinsett and Cross Counties, with the postoffice in the latter.  Its site was settled by Charles Shaver, in 1826, but the village was not established until 1874, when Eli Rooks opened the first store.  The second store began an existence under the management of J. G. Hamilton, and the postoffice was located there in 1876.  The town was named by Col. Wheaton on account of its nearness to the bay.  It now contains seventeen families, two general stores, a blacksmith and woodwork shop, a cotton gin and girst mill and a Methodist Episcopal Church edifice, the church organization having been established over fifty years ago; this has now a membership of 180, with Rev. J. I. Maynard, pastor.

GREENFIELD and WHITE HALL are stations on the same railroad with Harrisburg, the former being north and the latter south of that place.

WEINER, in the northwest part of the county, is a station on the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railroad, and contains a depot, postoffice, general store and hardwood factory.

FISHER, in the southwest part of the county, on the (St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railroad), is made up of a depot, postoffice, general store and a stave factory.

MARKED TREE and TYRONZA are stations on the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad, in the eastern part of the county.  The former includes a depot, postoffice, and a general store, and the latter a depot, postoffice, two general stores, and a stave factory.

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