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MRS. HEAD MOVING TO POCAHONTAS, Mar 4, 1909

MOUNDS ON THE UPPER HOVEY PLACE, 1910

CEMETERY NEAR MITCHELL'S LANDING, 1910

AGED MAN'S BODY FOUND, Dec 1 1949

HOLIDAY PARTY SET FOR 80 AND OVER, Dec. 3, 1981

NOVEMBER HOME HEALTH MONTH, Nov. 24, 1983

OLD BURR CORRESPONDANTS NEWS, Dec 29, 1983

GIRL SCOUTS-TROOP 138, January 24, 1985

RANDOLPH COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS, March 7, 1985

DR. NORMAN K. SMITH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT, March 14, 1985

MASONIC CEMETERY REPORT, May 23, 1985

SILOAM HOMECOMING, May 15, 1986

MARRYING CAPITAL OF THE MID-SOUTH, 2005

HAZEL LASSEN 91ST BIRTHDAY, July, 2005

VERMILYE HONORED WITH 99TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, Sept 21, 2006

WELCH 90TH BIRTHDAY, Sept. 21, 2006




March 4, 1909, The Daily Soliphone, Paragould, AR--Mrs. Head is preparing to move to Pocahontas, where she will make her new home with her daughter, Mrs. Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson left for Pocahontas yesterday.  Paragould regrets to lose Mrs. Head and her daughter.  Miss Lelia has for several years been one of the leading young ladies of the city.  (Contributed by Tina Easley)

Mounds On The Upper Hovey Place, Randolph County.

In woods, on the banks of a "lake," or former course of the river, about one quarter mile northeasterly from the landing on the Upper Hovey Place, the property of Mr. G. H. Hovey, of Pocahontas, Ark., are two small mounds, the larger less than 4 feet in height and about 40 feet in diameter. In this mound, almost entirely dug out previous to our visit, were sunk by us a number of trial-holes in places left by former digging. No results were obtained except to find several small fragments of human bones in material thrown out from earlier holes. The smaller mound was investigated by us without success.  
Source - Antiquities of the St. Francis, White and Black rivers , Arkansas 1910; transcribed by Tina Easley. 

Cemetery Near Mitchell's Log-camp Landing, Randolph County.

About 1.5 mile in a northerly direction through the woods from Mitchell's Log-camp Landing, is the house of Mr. William Anderson. In an enclosure adjoining his house, used for the cultivation of flowers and vegetables, bones had been brought to light in the course of cultivation. Some digging had been done by members of the family. Many trial-holes sunk by us yielded two skeletons of adults, both closely flexed, one on the right side, the other on the left. There were found also disturbed bones belonging to the skeleton of an adult and to one of a child.
    At this point, owing to ill success and on the assurance of our agent, who as we have said, had searched the territory for us in advance, that the region to the northward was not more promising than that we had been over, we abandoned further search on Black river.
    Source - Antiquities of the St. Francis, White and Black rivers , Arkansas 1910; transcribed by Tina Easley.
 

AGED MAN'S BODY FOUND IN RIVER NEAR POCAHONTAS

POCAHONTAS--The badly decomposed body of a man was taken from Current River about two miles below the bridge, on Highway 
67, late Saturday.  Apparently he had jumped from the bridge and drifted down river several weeks ago.
He was identified as being a man of about 60 years of age, with one arm  missing.  He had talked to Sheriff Brown at the 
courthouse and was later picked up for vagrancy and then released.  This was about four weeks ago.
The man told the sheriff his name and said that he had a half brother living in Illinois.  The body is being held in McNabb Funeral Home 
and coroner McNabb is trying to reach his relatives.   --Clay County Courier, Dec 1, 1949; donated by Diane Burdin; transcribed by 
Tina Easley.

HOLIDAY PARTY SET FOR 80 AND OVER

  The annual holiday party for ladies of the Reyno area who are age 80 and over is scheduled for Sunday, December 13 at 12:30 p.m.  This year's event, a luncheon, will be held at Reyno Community building and is sponsored by residents of Reyno.  All ladies in the 80-plus age group are invited to attend.  --Pocahontas Star Herald, Dec. 3, 1981; submitted by Freda Roberts.

NOVEMBER HOME HEALTH MONTH

Governor Bill Clinton has proclaimed November "Home Health Month" in Arkansas.  Nationally the week of November 27, 1983 through December 3, 1983, is being recognized as "Home Care Week."

Teri Wise, R. N., Public Health Nurse of the Randolph County Health Unit, said that in this area alone home health nurses and other public health personnel are serving 18 patients and averaging 52 home visits each month.

The State Health Department's Home Health Program provides services similar to other Home Health Agencies belonging to the Arkansas Association of Home Health Agencies (AAHHA).  Promoting high standards and coordinating the efforts of these agencies is the major function of AAHHA.  The valuable contribution made by those professionals who support home health deserves special recognition now when being "home for the holidays" means so much.

Home Health patients must be essentially home bound requiring special assistance like skilled nursing, physical therapy or speech therapy. to be eligible for the home health program.  Services can be provided in the comfort of the home under the orders of a patient's physician.

Medicare, Medicaid or the Veterans' Administration cover a protion of the costs incurred by the State Health Department and other AAHHA members.  The State Health Department makes a limited number of visits to patients who do not have a source of reimbursement.

Anyone can make a referral.  Simply contact your county health unit by calling 892-5239.  A registered nurse will make an assessment visit to the patient's home.  The patient's physican will then be contacted to confirm the patient's needs so that a plan for care can be initiated.

Physicians use this service as an extention of their medical care.  Public Health Nurses and other health care providers lend support in caring for wounds, doing foley catheter insertions and irrigations, drawing blood for tests, giving injections; providing ostomy, tracheostomy, or diabetic care; and teach diets, therapeutic exercise, ambulation and prothesis management.

People derive numerous benefits from this type of personalized care.  In many instances, the ability of patients to remain in their homes with intermittent home health care can be an alternative to hospitalization, nursing homes or other extended care facilities.  It also enables patients to retain their dignity and their independence, thus improving the patient's overall well-being.

Care delivered with professional concern is powerful medicine.  Home health care could make "Home for the Holidays" a reality for someone you love.  For more information on Randolph County's Home Health Program, call 892-5239, or you can locate other home health providers by looking in the yellow pages of your phone directory under home health agencies.

--Pocahontas Star Herald, November 24, 1983; submitted by Freda Roberts.

OLD BURR
Correspondant:  Mrs. Freda Grissom
December 29, 1983

This part of the community is having some very bitter winter weather, with temperatures near and below zero and ice and snow.

Bob Jones of St. Charles, Mo. spent last week at his farm here, and also visited his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lorene Buhler.

Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Grissom and children joined the rest of Mrs. Grissom's family at the Tony Murdock home at Corning, for their Christmas dinner, Sunday, Dec. 18.  Others joining them were Mrs. Grissom's mother, Mrs. Tom Hovas and Mr. Hovas of Corning.

Mr. and Mrs. Gail Brown and children spent Christmas week with Mrs. Brown's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hicks of Texas.

The Gospel Generations sang at the Warm Springs F. W. B. Church at its regular Third Saturday Night Singing, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.  The youth group also had their Christmas play.

--Pocahontas Star Herald, Dec. 28, 1983; submitted by Freda Roberts.

GIRL SCOUTS--TROOP 138

On Jan. 15, Girl Scout Troup 138 met at North Side Manor Community Center.  
First, we said The Brownie Promise.
Sara Ragan brought cookies and Lynn Patterson brought Kool Aid.  While we had refreshments, Mrs. Huckabee took up dues.  Then, we sat in a circle and told about how many cookies we had sold.  After that the junior Girl Scouts worked on the "I Am Me" Patch.  The Brownies worked on the "Papa Patch."  After this, the Brownies did a skit on how doctors work.
Last we did the closing "Taps."
Jamie Throgmorton, Scribe.
--Pocahontas Star Herald, January 24, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts.

RANDOLPH COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS
Sunshine EHC

  The Sunshine EHC met February 18 (1985) at 1:30 p.m. a the home of Glena Wright.  There were six members present, and a visitor, Mrs. Mary Kaczmarski, who joined our club.
  Eye openers were:  Dust cap and bonnet, Ann Ewing; material from Saudi Arabai, Mrs. Ratliff; quilt block and tissue holder, Mrs. Wright, and a 9 patch quilt, Mrs. Chennault.
  Devotional, "God is Never Beyond Our Reach," given by Margaret Wilson.
  We discussed saving stamps and news papers, and appointed Mary Simmons as safety leader.
  Leaders reports were given by Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Chennault.  The lesson was on template, how to make; and how to cut bias binding with a rotary cutter and plastic gauge, by Mrs. Chennault.  After the meeting we resumed quilting.
  Margaret Wilson, Reporter.
--Pocahontas Star Herald, March 7, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts.

DR. NORMAN K. SMITH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Dr. Norman K. Smith announces his retirement from the practice of medicine effective March 27, 1985.  Patients are asked to contact the office before the above date for information regarding transferral of their records to the physician of their choice.  
--Pocahontas Star Herald, March 14, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts.

RCMC AUX. ELECTS MRS. REYNOLDS

The Randolph County Hospital Auxiliary held a Coffee and elections of officers at Hillcrest Restaurant Monday morning.  The following officers were elected:  Pres. for 1985-86, Helen Reynolds; President-elect, Lou Crawford; Secretary, Irene Cotton; Treasurer, Ethel Crawford; Public relations, Vicki Moleski; Historian, Bernard Conway; District Chair-person, Catherine Barre.
A luncheon will be held April 3 at Hillcrest for the installation of officers.
--Pocahontas Star Herald, March 14, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts.

MASONIC CEMETERY REPORT

Worshipful Master Ernest French of Randolph Lodge No. 74, F & A M wishes to publicly thank Hulen Penn and his work force at Masonic Cemetery.  Those assisting Mr. Penn were:  Don Waterworth, Walter Williams, Purl Hills, R. L. Whitt, Homer Higgins, Everett Blansett, William Newsom, Frank Kincade and Ted Bowers.

The work got started shortly after 8 a.m., and by 11:30 (May 15) the Masonic Cemetery was looking a lot better.  A number of headstones were replaced; five or more loads of trash were removed and trash, plants and trees had been cut down.

In that this our first cemetery workday of the year was such an outstanding success, the Worshipful Master has suggested Mr. Penn's  crew return in a few weeks and show the community what a little practice will do toward improving work skills.  At least one of those taking part in the cemetery clean-up has stated that the next work day should be scheduled for a Saturday afternoon and that others be invited to come out to help with the work and join afterward for a potluck dinner on the grounds.

Those wishing to improve the appearance of the Masonic Cemetery and are willing to come out, should watch the Star Herald and listen to the radio for the next clean-up date.  If we will all work together we can improve on what is already a good thing!  --Reporter.

--Pocahontas Star Herald, May 23, 1985; submitted by Freda Roberts.

SILOAM HOMECOMING

  The Annual  Siloam Homecoming  was held on Mother's Day at Siloam Church and Cemetery near Middlebrook.  Rev. Ray Burrow of Stoney Point held services as he has done in years past.  Mrs. Dorothy Hart, Mrs. Esta Evans and Mrs. C. T. Johnson led the gathering in songs.
  Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Spencer of Doniphan, Mrs. C. T. Johnson of Maynard, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow 
Johnson of Corning, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Williams and son, Don Winebaugh of Imboden, Marie Parker, Sheila and Samantha Jackson and Viola Short of Maynard, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hackert of Jonesboro, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Phillips of Tustin, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Salazar, Jason and Amanda of Maynard, Earl Abbott of Anna, Ill., Rev. J. T. Holland, Tom Edd Swindle, Geraldine Grissom, and Mr. and Mrs. Rector Williams of Pocahontas, Henry E. Swindle, and T. David Swindle of Doniphan.  
  Mary Phillips travelled the farthest to attend.  Sheila Jackson was the youngest mother present and Esta Evans was the oldest mother present.
--Pocahontas Star Herald, May 15, 1986; submitted by Freda Roberts.

MARRYING CAPITAL OF THE MID SOUTH

  Like other states after World War II , Arkansas had a 3-day waiting  rule for issuing marriage licenses. But  unlike many other states, Arkansas also had a  clause that allowed the county judge to waive the waiting period  under special circumstances or emergencies.
  Our County courthouse was a busy place during those years when couples not wishing to observe the 3-day waiting period would drive (usually from St Louis) to Pocahontas for a quickie marriage. Our county clerk usually kept his office open all weekend to accommodate those  wanting  a marriage license, and the  marriages were usually performed by the county judge or justice of the peace.
  Site of the marriage was not a cute  little marriage chapel, but instead  the parties would exchange vows in the county vault- real privacy. Our  county's quick marriage  popularity earned Pocahontas the title of "Marrying Capital of the Mid-South".                                         --Star Herald, 03 Nov 2005; transcribed by Freda Roberts.


HAPPY 91ST BIRTHDAY HAZEL LASSEN
Friends and family of Hazel Lassen gathered at Randolph Home Tuesday afternoon to help her celebrate her 91st birthday.  During the celebration, five generations got together to mark the occasion.  Present was her daughter, Clara Ellis and to complete the five generations were Renea Tyler and Mandy Williams and Mandy's son, Tyler Williams.  Also taking part were Ladelle Lassen Lance, Judy Kearley, Ruthann Rainey, Nancy Riney and Brenna Riney.  --Pocahontas Star Herald, July 21, 2005; submitted by Freda Roberts.


VERMILYE HONORED WITH 99TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Maggie Hawk Vermilye of Warm Springs was honored with a surprise 99th birthday party on Aug. 19, 2006, at the home of her daughter Betty Bounds.  "Granny Buck," as she is lovingly referred to by family and friends, was presented with a basket of flowers to symbolize her family.  A single red rose in the center represented her, 5 yellow flowers represented her children, 29 orange flowers represented her grandchildren, 54 pink flowers represented her great-grandchildren, and 40 purple ones represented her great-great-grandchildren.  Over 70 family members helped her celebrate.  Everyone enjoyed a potluck meal, birthday cake and visiting.  
--Pocahontas Star Herald, Sept 21, 2006; contributed by Freda Roberts.


WELCH 90TH BIRTHDAY
A 90th birthday celebration will be held for Freda (Rickman) Welch at Bonanza Restaurant in Pocahontas on Sept. 23, from noon until 2 p.m.  Friends and relatives are invited.  Cards only please.  --Pocahontas Star Herald, Sept 21, 2006; contributed by Freda Roberts.


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