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Something About Its Advantages
and Resources. A Para
dise for the Investor.
Is Situated in the Center of this
Rich and Productive Land.
Come and See Us.
Sevier county comprises an area
of three hundred and sixty thous
and acres and has about 15.000 in
By reference to the map of the
&tate it will be seen that thiscoun
ty is located in the south-western
part, being bounded on the west
by the (Choctaw Nation) Indian
Territory. 'IMio northern part of the
county is mountainous, the re
mainder soiqewhat broken, only a
-small portion, except the bottoms,
is level. The climate like that of
south-western Arkansas is mild
and not subject to sudden changes
of temperature. The soil of almost
the entire county is very fertile,
only a very small percent of it be
ing unfit for agricultural purposes.
The soil in the hills and the up
lands has a foundation of gray or
red clay alternating with a mix
ture of sand and gravel. This land
is loose, closely cultivated and pro
duces well. The south-eastern
part of the county is black land and
is like that of Illinois and lowa,
where the White Cliffs arc to bo
found and the manufacture of ce
ment equal to Portland cement.
The Saline river borders the
county on the east, the Cossatot
river divides the county into al
most equal parts. The Bolling
Fork runs through the western
part. These streams are all tribu
taries to Little river which is the
dividing lino between this and Lit
tie River county, The land along
these rivers arc as fcrtil as that in
the valley of the Mississippi and
the advantage of not being subject
to overflow makes it better land.
This land yields on an averag fifty
bushels of corn and one balo of
cotton to the acre. The bill lands
produce a little less. There is
more land here than the people
who now live hero can work and
fora very small amount of money
a good tract of land can bo bought
either improved or unimproved.
Sevier county is rich in tin&r, not
having any railroad until a few
I weeks ago. Now the great air line
passes through the entire length
of the county. Almost every every
variety of timber grows hero in
abundance. Vast forests of pine
yet untouched are found here. All
kinds of oak; black oak, white oak,
I post oak, burr oak and red oak in
I large quantities, and also walnut,
I boisdearc, cherry, hickory, gum,
I dogwood, cottonwood, holly, elm,
| etc. Timber is chepp hero at the
I present and those with money to j
I iuvest can find no better opening.
■ Ibe reports of the last geograph-
De Queen, Ark., Friday June 25,1897.
ical surveys shows that Sevier
county is rich in valuable minerals.
We have the Antimony City mines,
the Davis zink and lead mines, the
Bella lead mines; the only mines
worked by the Confederacy for
lead. Roofing slate and building
stone is found here in abundance.
(Jotton, corn and oats arc the prin
cipal crops, although all crops are
raised and do well, the garden
spot of the world for vegatables,
tobacco does splendid. The lands
of this county seems to bo especi
ally adapted to fruit raising.
Stock, such as horses, cattle,
hogs and sheep arc raised to a
large extent. The winters are eo
mild, the grass so fine in the spring
and summer and the cane along the
streams so extensive that cattie
make their own living, going
through the entire year unshelt
ered and unfed. Hogs require
some attention in summer but get
fat enough in the fall for meat on
acorns. Excellent water is found
in all parts of the county. Good
well can be had anywhere from 20
to 30 feet and there isan unlimited
number of cold springs that run all
the yea. Good school houses and
churches are found all over the
county. The county is divided in
about fifty-five school districts
with from one to three school
houses in each district. A five
mill fax is generally voted for the
support oj ,lho public schools. The
children the benefit of five
months school every year and the
towns have good high schools.
Those wishing good cheap homes
are invited to come and investigate
for themsdvgs. Buy you a home
in this countv and if you arc not
suited the Choctaw Nation will be
opened and you will bo here con
venient to compete with the squat
De Queen, Arkansas, is situ
ated on the great air line rail
road, the K. C-, P. & G., 55
miles north of Texarkana and
434 miles south of Kansas City,
in the center of Sevier county,
surrounded by as fertile and
productive soil as there is in
the State of Arkansas. On the
east for a distance of twenty or
twenty-five miles we have the
rich bottom lands of the Cosso
tot; on the west, the beautiful
lands of the Rolling Fork, and
on the south, the black lands of
Little River. On beyond the
Rolling Fork, on the west, for
forty miles lay the rich lands of
the Choctaw Nation, which arc
all tributary to De Queen-
There is not another town in the
whole State that has as large a
territory, and one so productive,
as has De Queen. Capitalists
from other States have got their
eye on De Queen, and already
quite a number have made in-
vestments, Besides* the fine
agicultural lands we have all
kinds of the best grades of tim
ber. Large saw mills and stave
factories are already located
here cutting it out, and a better
location for a wagon factory,
■chair factory, cofiin factory or
in fact anything in the wood
work line could not be found
than wo have here. Tho town
is now less than two months old
and not less than thirty business
houses are now doing business,
and new ones are corning in
every day. The first day of
the sale of lots there were over
$30,000 worth of lots sold, and
today there is not a desirable
business lot for sale for less than
double what was paid on the
day of the sale. The business
streets are all graded up in as
fine shape as any city streets, and
good sidewalks are being rapidly
put down all over the business
portion of the city. The town
site company expects to expend
about SIOO,OOO in ocautifying
the city. They have, besides
grading tho streets and laying
the sidewalks, already built a
handsome two-story hotel at a
cost of not less than S4OOO.
There are at the present writing
about 600 people permanently
located here, and the merchants
are carrying larger stocks of
gooite and erecting better build
ings than towns of seveiaTlimes
the size of this. A number of
two-story brick blocks will be
built this fall, and the popula
tion of the city will easily reach
two thousand by June 1, 1898.
A number of handsome resi
dences are going up in different
parts of the city ami cottages
are springing up everywhere.
Quite a number of families are
camping out in tents, waiting
for the of the houses
in which they expect to reside.
It is the universal beliefof every
one who visits De Queen that
inside of two years it will make
a city of at least 5,000 people,
and that it will be the best town
on the K. C., P. & G. railroad
between Ft. Smith and Texar
kana. It has all the natural
advantages that nature could
provide. The pure, cool spring
water and good well water can
be had anywhere, the latter by
digging from twenty to thirty
J. W. Wallace, of Center Point,
Howard county, was in town
Wednesday. Mr. Wallace camo
over the proposed new road from
his town to De Qneen, and accord
ing to his opinion the road can be
put through without a great ex
penditure of money or labor. He
is also of the opinion that the
greater part of the trade along the
route in this county and
of north Howard county wilj
como to De Queen when the now
road is constructed. He states
that crop prospects were never
better in his county and along the
road in Sevier.
A gentleman from the North,
whose name wo did not learn,
bought of the Land and Townsito
Company seventy acres of land a
short distance from town, which
ho will set in peach trees, Let
others do likewise and Bevier
county will bo the most prosper
ous county in the State.
Sevier County, Arkansas and Eagle County, I. T., have Com
pleated Arrangements to have a Big Basket Picnic
on JULY 15th, 1897 at
A Number Cf Prominant Speakers will make ‘Short Addresses,
A Big Game of Ball will bo Played by the Lead
ing Base Ball Players of the Chockaw
Nation. Everybody Come,
Tho people of Sevier county,
Ark,, and Eagle county, I. T., have
formulated plans to have a big
basket picnic at De Queen, Ark.,
on July 15, 1897. It will be an
old-fashioned picnic and everyone
from far and near is cordially in
vited to come and help us enjoy
the day, and to bring well-filled
baskets. De Queen was selected
as the place of holding this grand
affair on account of its being situ
ated on the railroad, also on
account of its excellent water facil
ities. We have - three or four of
the finest springs in tho State, one
of which has already become
famous as a mineral spring with
medicinal properties. During tho
day there will bo several short ad
dresses made by some of tho promi
nent speakers of the State. A good
brass band will be in attendance to
furnish the music. Two of tho
leading Indian base ball nines of
the Choctaw Nation will play a
match game of ball; and a groat
many other amusements will be
had to make the day enjoyable for
all those who see fit to come. In
the evening there will be one of
tho grandest displays of fireworks
ever seen in Southwestern Arkan
sas. Let everyone who can in
With the firms of Ogden A Whit
field and Allen & Co. are to be
found two of the most charminc**
clerks, in this or any other city, in
the person of Misses Willie Ogden
and Irma Allen, respectively.
They greet their customers with
smiles so irresistablo that the
•‘American eagle” spreads its
immense wings and rests not, till
perched m the fair—well, let us
W. H. Austin and wife, of Lem
brick, 18 miles east from Do Queen,
and 7 miles northcast from Lockes
burg, were in the city shopping
Thursday. This goes to show the
extent of De Queen’s trade while
less than two months old. In the
name of Jupiter what will it be
when she’s well established ?
The attendance upon the prayer
meeting at the Methodist shod
Wednesday night was encouraging
to those interested in church work.
Prayer-meeting services will be
held at the same place every
Wednesday night.
The prisoners in the Howard
county jail effected their escape a
few nights ago. Some of them
have been recaptured. The three
boys carried from this county,
charged with murder, were among
those recaptured.
N. Tauchstwne, a prominent far
mer of Ultama Thule, made a bu d
noss to the city Wednesday
and a very glowing descrip
tion of the crop prospects.
Evans & Winford. Editors.
Sevier and Eagle counties turn out
and help to entertain all the visi
tors who will come from other
parts, as there is sure to be, at the
least calculation, between 12,000
and 15,000 people here on that
day. Remember that one and all
are extended the same invitation,
and requested to bring their aunts,
uncles, cousins and everyone else
they can, and thus help to mako
this a day long to be remembered
by all who attend. Below is a list
of tho committees. Later on w«
will publish tho program,
The committee having general
charge of tho celebration on the
15th of July, met Tuesday night
and appointed sub committees, as
On Arrangements—A. S. Gibson,
A. H. Burg and C. C. Buckner.
On Reception and Entertainment
—Capt. Jno. G. McKean, W. M.
Allen, W. S. Ray, J. 8. Steel and
E. C. Winford.
On Finance— Geo. T. Locke, E.
A. Craig, W. G. McKean, Jas. A.
Smith, J. S. Lake and C. lleilbron.
Jno. A. Austin is a committee of
one to look after the Choctaw ball
On Advertising— A. T. Evans.
N, Teal who has lived on Bear
creek the last 24 years made us a
pleasant call Saturday, and he says
that during all these years he nev
er saw such prospects for crops of
all kinds as the farmers have this
Mr. Henry Harris, of Horatio,
is building a neat store house on
De Queen street, near the depot,
which, we are informed, William
son Bros, will occupy tilt they
can build.
Messrs. Allen and Morris are
having a well sunk on the north
east corner of De Queen ave. and
Second street, and McKean Bros,
are sinking one on the opposite
W. T. Davis, of Buckner, who,
back in the sixties, lived on the
farm where De Queen now sits,
was shaking hands with many old
time friends here the first of the
Jim Johnson and R. J. Johnson,
of Ultima Thule, the former a
leading stockman and the latter a
prosperous farmer, were in the
city on business last Saturday.
R. M. Grady and Frank Ogden
are daily expecting their vehicles
for the livery busmen at this
place. We wish them success ’quite
this enterprise. is heart
——_r dime fl
The various picnic commi
arc requested to meet Satu
night at 8 o’clock iO- .Smith
store. JT , -

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