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VOL. 1.
From lowa, Illinois and Other
States Prospecting with a
View to Locating in
Sevier County.
The Soil Equal to that of lowa
Illinois. Corn Urops Com
pare Favorably with
Their Own.
Luke A. Pearre, Pontiac, 111.-—
On being uskt-d aa to his opinion
of this county, after having driven
over it. he drew his memorandum
nod expressed himself in the fol
lowing beautiful lines. He tells
,us that he lelt instructions with
NV. O. Taylor to invest in Sevier
county lands for him. Mr. Pearre
is editor of the Pontiac Daily
Leader :
No fairer land was ever seen
Thau that which lies about De
Queen :
The mighty oak, the towering pine,
The gum tree and the muscadine
Clothe the valesand deck the hilis.
While running brooks and rippling
Flow gently by the humming mills,
Where buzzing saws, with perfect
Glide lengthwise through the fall
en trees,
And lumber piles grow tier on tier,
That men may build a city here.
And when the sturdy farmer’s
Has cleared the timber from the
And with the magic touch of toil
Has caused the 100 long waiting
To yield to man a goodly share
/)( what the seed and earth and air
May ail conspire to prosper there.
Then will our city’ thrive and grow,
And those who stand and wait will
That we have never had a fear
But men would build a city here. I
Dr. E. F. Lowry, vetenary sur
geon, of Mason City, lowa, spent
seven! days, the past week, in
vestigat ng the country around
De Queen. Ho returned home
Tuesday evening. He says: “I
have been reading the Dk Queen
Bbk and other papers along the
K. O. P. & br. R. R. for several
weeks, and became interested in
the country described by the van
ous papers, and made up my mind
.go investigate it for myself. I
have spent several days at Mena
#ud other important stations along
the line and have looked over the
resources and advantages that
each had to offer the homeseeker
and investor. They all have more
.or less inducements to offer, but
in no place I have visited have 1
found anything to compare with
what De Queen can give to thous
ands of industrjous farmers, and
also to investors. I have visited
your farming lands and I see corn
fields that will compare favorably
with our lowa fields. Cotton that
will average from 3*4 to 11 4 bales
per acre. Grasses of all kinds in
an abundance. Fruits of all kinds
at good as could be wished for.
As I drove over thousands upon
thousands of acres of your rich,
productive lands that are yet uu
developed and in its wild state,
my thoughts go back to my lowa
friends who are paying high rents,
and I reason with myself, why
they should stay there < u that cold
climate and pay the price they do
for rent when they could come
here and buy almost as good land,
for about the same price they pay
out for rent each year. I have
met quite a number of northern
families during my stay, and every
one 1 talked with giyo me more
encouragement. They all seem to
be prosperous and healthy. Your
water is first’ class, and 1 learn by
talking with the northern people,
that the summers are no warmer
Jhan they are in lowa, and that
winters are mild and pleasant-
Then your timber is of the very
beat quality and variety, and a
furniture factory, wagon fa lory
or any other kind of factor io j that
requires timber to run it, < >nld
not find a better location than De
Queen. Your little city is a
beauty for its age, and with the
vast territory tr .outary to it o i all
sides, is hound to make a citv
second to none on the great air
lino railroad—K C. P. &G. Mv
advice to all my northern breih
ren who are without a home, is,
don’t lose any time in coming to
DeQueeu and see for yourself
what they have to offer y ju.”
Mr. Lowry trkesthe right view of
things and we thank him for his
compliments ot our city and coun
try. He Ims not fully completed
arrangements to move here, but
without a doubt he will be a citi
zen of DeQueen before the snow
flies. We take great pleasure in
welcoming Mr. Lowry, as we do
all good citizens, to our city.
T. R. Dowlger of Ohio, in con
versation with a Bee representa
tive. expressed himself in sub
stance as follows : “ A copy of the
Bee was sent mo, and I was so
favorably impressed with the re
ports of your country that 1 de
cided to investigate the mat er;
and I find, according to my ji Ig
ment, this to he the place i r a
farmer of limited means. A man
can take the amount of money hat
is required for a renter in the
north and own a home here I
judge from what I have seen since
my arrival that you have a
country peculiarly adapted to fruit
and vegetables. 1 made one party
a proposition which he will consid
er, and if he decides to accept it, 1
will move my family here between
now and cold weather. The cli
mate, and especially the mild win
ters, is quite an object.”
J. F. Gammill, Hope—l like this
section of country better than any
section 1 have been in, and we
have traveled through in wagon so
that we could see the country. I
think I will locate here. I want
to keep posted, so just send me the
Bee for six months. (Puts hand
in pocket.)
\V, O. Taylor, Pontiac 111. —1
am well pleased with this country
so far mb I have seen It. I believe
the climate is healthful, and much
of the soil will compare favorably
with any In Illinois. I expect to
purchase near here and remain.
J. L Bowman leaves the first of
next week for Franklin county, to
move his family to his farm near
here. Ho is an enterprising farm
er, and we welcome him to our
Doaksville, I. T., Aug. 23.— Ed.
DeQueen Bee: Enclosed you will
find 50 cents, for which you will
please send me your valuable pa
per for six months, and oblige an
old Sevier citizen. J. C. Smith,
[The above shows how tho Bee
stands in the estimation of the peo
ple who have once lived In Sevier
county, as well as those who are
satisfied to cast their lots here.
Not only that, but we have people
who know nothing of this county,
but who are seeking information,
to do as Mr. Smith has done ; while
scores write from different States
for sample copies.—Ed.]
Bring your hides, wool, ginseng
and snake root to Allen's.
The Rod Colony is on the Sa
bine river, about half, or a little
more than half, the distance from
here to Nashville. Yet quite a
number of citizens from that com
munity were here this week, and
made considerable purchases, for
which the cash was paid.
Qo to A. S. Gibson, DeQueen,
for Fire Insurance.
Bring in your corn, I will be
prepared to grind it Saturday.
Mill near stave buckcr.
I ♦< Geo. Hill.
Several New Business Houses
Under Way of Con
The Peach Country of the
World. Something About j
what May Be Done
here in the Peach
A. N. LaGrone of Lockesburg |
and J. 11. Tenney, Jr., of Centre i
Point, Howard county, showed'
their faith in DeQueen by building
a house 25x|00 feet, fronting the
square on '1 hird street, where they
will carry a stock of general mer
chandise to the amount of eight or
ten thousand dollars. The found
ation was laid the first of the;
week, and the large corps of effi
cient mechanics is pushing the
work to a finish rapidly.
J. IT. Belt & Co. aro preparing
to build an addition to their house
in which they expect to do a gen
eral merchandise business. G. 0.
Littlejohn of Poteau, a member of
the firm, is h»;re looking after the
W. H. Pinrod began the erection
of a storehouse on the corner of
DeQueen avenue and Second street
into which he will remove h:s
stock. J. D. Murphy having pur
chased the lot now occupied by
Pinrod. will put in a stock of goods
about the September.
J. W. Jones and Jas. 11. Wilson
of Now Boston. Tex, who are
building residences here, were in
the city Tuesday, and are well
pleased with the progress of the
The work on Bob Merideth’s
hotel is progressing nicely, and
when finished will be one of the
most commodious and substantial
houses iu town.
Geo. Hill is moving his machine
ry from Silver Hill, and will soon
have his cotton gin and grist mill
in operation. His building is about
DeQueen is surely the best place
to trade as well as the best place to
sell your produce. DeQueen ex
pects to handle more cotton from
the fields than any city in South
west Arkansas. It has the best of
shipping advantages to Texarkana,
Shreveport, Galveston and New
Orleans. The K. C.. P. &G. rail
road is the most direct route to
these markets. Authorities expect
that there will be JO,OOO bales of
cotton shipped from this point,
worth from S3O to 835 per bale.
DeQueen is shipping from 100 to
200 cars of railroad ties, 100 to 200
cars of lumber and 20 to 50 ears of
staves per month. This alone
brings in an immense revenue. Im
migration will soon begin. Every
new comer will be compelled to
buy more or less supplies to start
with in his now home.
The Bee has frequently dwelt,
but not at length, on the subject of
peach culture in this county. There
is no question as to the adaptabili
ty of the climate and soil, if we are
to judge from the specimens of
peaches that have come fiom the
farms throughout the county, and
the statements of persons who
have resided here for many years.
The want of shipping facilities is
all that has kept peach culture in
the background ; but as we now
have onp of the most direct lines
to the northern markets, would it
not be well to investigate the mut
ter, and sop what can b.e done?
You have no better way of invrsti
gating than by taking the experi
ence of others as a starting point.
Ip the Kansas City S’ar of (he
2*44 is itn article in which ifi given
some striking figures that seem al
most incredible, though nevorthe
i So true. The Star calls attention
to live of the great fruit growing
counties in Southwest Missouri.
Th yield in the four counties is
estimated at 412,500 bushels, the
least bein estimated at 7,500 bush
els tnd th-, greatest at 150,000. Il
is i Iso estim Jed that the yield of
an <rcharc of 160 acres belonging
to . , G. McNair is 15,000 bushels—
-3-y ur-old trees at that—for which
he received $3 to 84 per bushel.
Th. t would give him an average of
53.50 per bushel, which would
make a grand total of $52,500, and
he safely estimates his net pro
ceeds to be al least $30,000.
Now, wo i i this country would
be cat isfied with a less yield and
loss net pDceeds. Yet, what
Southwest Missouri can do South
west Arkansas can also do, as the
winters aro not, so severe here as
there, and tho crop not so apt to
bo damagi 1 or entirely killed
You mil fit think, however, that
it would bo too largo an experi
ment to try it on speh a large
scale, but suppose sixteen men
would put ten acres each in peach
es. You would then have the IGO
acres, and could ship in large
quantities, thereby enabling you to
obtain better freight rates.
Lot us again suppose that twice
'.hat number of people would agree
to plant ten acres,and the yield be
only half that of the Missouri or
chard—Sevier county would have
coming within her bounds $30,000
where there is now a vacuum to
that, extent Your ten acres need
not to idle during the time inter
vening from planting to the time
your trees begin to bear, as the
orchard must nerds be cultivated,
and even after it. begins to bear the
cultivation must bo kept up. for
there are other things profitable to
grow for tho market, such as straw
berries and peas, tho latter for hay
or for fattening hogs.
In conclusion we will give an
extract from the Star, as follows:
‘‘The farm spoken of above is an
indication of tho industry in Mis
souri, The 15,000 bushels gath
ered from tho IGO acres were Al
bertas, which were marketed be
tween Aug. 6th and 14th. Two
hundred men and women weye em
ployed in addition to the score of
hands kept constantly on the farm
to pick and pack tho fruit.”
So, you see, a great many people
would be given employment, and a
part of the money would be dis
tributed among those who are now
idle for want of something to do,
Tho Star further gives us an illus
tration of our advantages over that
section in the following words;
“The well known Olden farm in
Howell county has raised an im
mense crop this year, but, being
further north, peaches were not
marketed so early as from Oregon
J. A. Wofford placed us under
obligations for a basket of as fine
peaches as any Bee ever hopes to
alight upon, the Pacific coast prod
uct not excepted.
Rev. Y. It. Harbin, assisted by
Elder Burt, J, R. Chatman and
others, after a week’s hard work,
closed one of the most interesting
and fruitful meetings at Mt. Pleas
ant church hist Friday ever held
lin Bevier county. Mount Pleasant
Baptist church has 72 active mem
| here. At the last meeting 17 new
'additions were made—l 3by bap
tism and I by letter. About all the
new members who were added by
baptism came out of the Baptist
Sunday school, which goes to prove
the good work the Sunday-school
is doing. The baptizing took place
Friday at Bear creek ford, a pic
tun of which was taken by our
( ph< tog rap her
D. W. Hi Mi’BUEY, Clerk.
Rev. J. \V. iWbinn of Lockesburg
occupied tho wqlpil of the Metho
(list church S r Vay. The Cumber
laid Presbyt v;n.s have not ye
built a house o tiny kind, but wil
Jr, the near fgti v.
. Something About What Every*
’ body is Doing in DeQueen
3 and Surrounding Country.
'You Can Count on it That
If You Did Not See
i it in The Bee jt
l Never Happened.
loe Cream *•
Saturdays and Sundays at
Mas. Cox’s;
Talk Fire Insurance with Gibson,
Smith Bros, are adding a line of
I dry goods to their grocery bust-
II ness.
J Hon. J. S. Lake of Lockesburg
was in the city Tuesday on legal
. business.
'■ to McQuilliam’s tonsorial par
,l lor is the place for a shampoo,
. Stillwell avenue.
Seventy-six Choctaws in Eagle
countj, out of 686, can talk the
English language.
Hon. Hal L. Norwood and wife
of Lockesburg are sojourning at
Bogg Spring this week.
Mrs. Dona Dollarhide of Lockes
burg is the guest of her sister, Mrs,
G. T. Locke, this week.
J Miss Lula Carr, a charming
iyoung lady of Bentonville, is the
j guest of Mrs. E. A. Craig. .
Misses Zora Gurley and Beulah
, Davis of the vicinity of Bowles’
J mill, vis'led friends here this week,
i Pete McQuilliams always keeps
on hand a preparation that is a
sure cure for dropping of the hair.
For Fire Insurance see Gibson
■ of DeQueen.
[ W. E. Carroll, wife and sister
of Red Colony were in the city
shopping the first of the week,
Go to Pete McQuillams’ tonsoriaf
parlor for a shave. Stillwell ave.
W. G. McKean leaves Saturday
for Kansas City and the eastern
markets to purchase his fall stock,
Ice cream served ever)’ Saturday
and Sunday at the ice cream parlor
of Mrs. E. T. Cox,
•I Eggs are somewhat in demand
I hero; only a few on the market.
• j They sell readily for 10 cents in
• cash.
. DeQueen Bee illappat holisso
' achukma ainehi hokakosh ofami
aehuffa ma tali holissoachuffa bano
I J. Q. Everette, living between
I'here and Horatio, brought tho
third bale of cotton to market
> Congratulations to our friend,
' Greenberry Little, on his latest
acquisition, It’s alO 1-2 pound
’ g»rl.
Quince Couch brought the sec
jond bale of cotton to town Mon-
Uday, and sold it to W. G. McKean
1 & Bros, for $7.25 per 100 lbs.
J Mr. W. NT. Allen and daughter,
; Miss Irma, were called to the bed
-1 side of his brother, Mann Allen of
t Cove, Polk county, wl;o died
- August 24th.
' Mrs. J. S. Steel of Lockesburg,
accompanied by her daughter,
Miss Minnie Belle, also her sons
J Percy and Tom, were in the city
the first of this week.
I If you will give us one call, we
e won’t have to ask you to come
>• again , yon will elbow’ your way t/>
l * us next time. Give us a trial.
Morgan Drug C<», DeQupon ave.
Removed — My entire stock of
g millinery to tho Rodenbaugh build
>• ing on Stillwell avenue, next tn
r- the Newton Hardware Co., where
st I am bptten prepared to accorotno
I! date my customers. Latest stylet
jin fall goods. Mns. Minnie Hou
NO. 13.

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