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2013-10-31 01:06 pm

Sepia Saturday 201: The places they called home...

Jasper and Julia Herrington house, Clark Co., AR
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George W Burris Jr. house, 8th and Crittenden, Arkadelphia, Clark Co., AR
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Jo Desha and Maxie Williams house, Russellville, Pope Co., AR. Original construction.
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First addition
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Last addition
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George W Burris Sr house, Russellville, Pope Co., AR. 500 Glenwood, after the family moved to town from the farm.
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2012-09-11 07:23 pm

[Almost] Wordless Wednesday

Love. This.

It's a 1905 ad - I wish I knew the exact date - for my family's Williams Grocer Co. in Russellville, Pope Co., AR.

And if you're not keeping up, you haven't realized that both my parents' families of origin came from Pope County...

But, I digress.

1905 Williams Grocer Co Ad

Isn't it a hoot?

Still in the Lead! it proclaims.

And at the end, this cutie...

When Hungry C Us

And here I thought chat-ese and text language was a new-fangled thing...
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2011-09-02 01:24 pm

Sepia Saturday

This was the M R Craig Meat Market, before the devastating fire of 16 Jan 1906, that destroyed many businesses in downtown Russellville, AR.


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2011-08-24 05:38 pm

Those Places Thursday: Russellville AR Post Office, c 1910


Left to right: George Washington Burris, Jr.; his brother, Homer Burris; his cousin, Lee Jones; and his father, George Washington Burris, Sr., seated. [Oops, looks like Great Granddaddy got lopped off due to it is, smaller.]


Yeah, the Post Office figured largely in my family's lives...

Get a load of the dust in there...
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2011-08-15 07:54 pm

Ora Lee (Settle) Meek, 1866-1893

Ora Lee Settle was the first wife of my great grand uncle, William Thaddeus Meek. She was the daughter of Willis Franklin Settle and Betsey A White, born on 6 May 1866 in Barren Co., KY.

Lee, as she was called, married William Thaddeus Meek on 18 Nov 1885 in Russellville, Pope Co., AR, where Thaddeus was living after his mother, Mary Emily Conner divorced his father and remarried a man named Samuel Webb, all in the space of 16 days in October 1871.

The Webbs moved to Russellville with Mary's children, Maxie and Thaddeus.

I knew Lee died young, but until I found her death notice in the Russellville Democrat while I was at the Arkansas History Commission today, I had no idea of the circumstances surrounding her death - which was very sudden.

The Russellville Democrat, 18 May 1893:
The death of Mrs. W. T. Meek which took place last Saturday afternoon was one of the saddest that ever occurred in this city. She died at home alone, from cause unknown, but supposed to be some heart trouble, between one and two o'clock and the discovery of the fact was not made until 6 o'clock when Mrs. Patrick, a neighbor, happened to call and found her lifeless body on the floor of her dressing apartment. Her husband left her at the dinner hour apparently in good health and excellent spirits. She spoke to him of feeling better than [illegible] intention to visit the homes of her friends during the afternoon. From the surroundings of the death chamber it is evident that she was preparing to make those calls when the dread summons came. That her death was sudden and painless is evidenced by the fact that her eyes were closed and her face wore a calm expression as if in gentle slumber.

Heartrending, always, is a death like this. But there is this consolation to the stricken husband and two little children, relatives and friends, the memory of a life so noble, so self-sacrificing, so worthy of emulation in every way will remain forever an inspiration and a benediction.

Services were held Sunday afternoon at the family residence by Eld. G W Harkey, who preached a touching funeral sermon. Afterward the remains were taken to the city cemetery for interment followed by a large number of friends and relatives.

To the husband and family who are heart-broken the most profound and sincere sympathy of the entire community is tendered.

Ora Lee (Settle) Meek died 13 May 1893, and was buried at Oakland Cemetery, in Russellville, Pope Co., AR.
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2011-01-11 12:58 pm

Who knew? The Williams Grocer Co. delivered...

I have no earthly idea who those guys were. It's another unlabeled photo courtesy of my great grandmother Maxie Williams.

I'll have to study photos of cars to date it, I guess. Obviously before great granddaddy went out of business.

Family stories for the reason about the demise of the family business in Russellville abound - many suggest he extended credit to too many folks.

I have to wonder if the 1906 fire had anything to do with it. He was way underinsured.
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2010-11-10 08:11 pm

I never knew about the 1906 fire...

The one that gutted the business district of Russellville, Pope Co., AR.

The headline in the January 17, 1906 Russellville Courier Democrat sure got my attention.


Click here for a transcription of the article, which appeared the day following the fire and was written by J B Lemley. )