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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
New Mail Service For Rector
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 10:16 AM
"Clay County Democrat" Editor, Francis Murray April 7, 1938 New Mail Service In Rector Gives Complete Satisfaction A check up by the postmistress on the results of the new mail service recently establish between Rector and Knobel and the following results are announced...

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Northeast Rector News Update
Posted Thursday, April 10, at 9:19 AM

I'm coming to our readers once again, hoping that some of you can share Rector High School Graduation pictures with the Rector Library. We still need "pictures" from 1916, 1920, 1927, 1931, 1935 and 1938. Also needed are pictures from 1940, 1943, 1944, 1946 and 1955. Thanks for the time spent looking through your "old stuff" from high school...

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Walker-Yates Wedding Remembered
Posted Thursday, March 27, at 10:06 AM

"Rector Vitascope" or "Rector Newsboy" March 11, 1914 WALKER-YATES WEDDING Mr. J. C. Walker and Miss Bertha Yates, two excellent young people living southwest of this city a few miles, drove over to Rev. H. W. Doss's in the Liberty Hill neighborhood, and were "quietly" married by that food minister, last Wednesday afternoon at 3:30. They were accompanied by the groom's brother and Miss Auston...

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Great Storm of 1901 is Remembered
Posted Thursday, March 20, at 9:13 AM

"Clay County Courier" (Taken from the "Arkansas Gazette") March 15, 1901 Eastern Arkansas Storm. Many Persons Killed and Great Damage Done to Property. Mrs. Gud Rufe Killed In This County. Two or Three Deaths Reported near Paragould. Greenway almost wiped Out. Damage at Piggott. Corning escaped, Except injury to Wires Out of Town...

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1952 Rural Honor Rolls Named
Posted Thursday, March 13, at 10:13 AM

"Clay County Democrat" Editor, J.R. Herrick March 20, 1952 District School Honor Rolls Are Announced Boydsville Ruth Deniston--Grades 1 and 2 Tommy Matheny, Ann Newton, Rebecca Simpson, Judy Stancell, Gladys McKay. Mary Deniston--Grades 3 and 4 Barbara Cate, Donnie Cato, Janell Reed, Sandra Hardin, Jimmy Bearden, Danny Mulhollen...

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Memories of the Local Independents Ball Team
Posted Thursday, February 27, at 9:04 AM

"Clay County Democrat" Editor, Neil Clark February 10, 1949 Local Independents To Meet Top Mid-South Teams This coming Saturday night, Feb. 12, two of the Mid-South's best basketball teams will be seen in action against the local teams on the Rector floor, in what should be the two best games of the '48-49 season...

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Death of W.C. Cochran, Jr. Reported
Posted Thursday, February 20, at 10:02 AM

"Clay County Independent" Editor, Ben Daulton February, 1930 Local Auto Dealer Dead W.C. Cochran Jr. Answers Call After Week's Illness at His Home in Rector It was with much sadness the friends of W. C. Cochran Junior learned of his death which occurred in this city last Monday afternoon after a serious illness of about a week...

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Miss Georgie Raines, Successful Young Hog Farmer
Posted Thursday, February 13, at 12:28 PM

Your writer wants to thank Mrs. Louise Haley Caldwell of Piggott for calling me about the recent Woolf Family House Fire column. She shared that Maggie Merle Woolf, the oldest daughter that survived the fire, was her mother. Louise also shared that her grandfather, Frank Woolf, rebuilt where the first house burned, and the surviving members lived there, before eventually moving closer to Piggott. Louise also shared that the correct spelling for her family's name is Woolf...

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Response to the Wolf Family Fire
Posted Thursday, January 30, at 10:34 AM

"Rector Vitascope" Editor, Paul Jones January, 1915 Friends Help Unfortunate Wolf Family The friends of Frank Wolf volunteered this week and made up quiet a sum of money and groceries, clothes and in fact nearly everyone who had the opportunity gave something to Mr. ...

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Update on the "Dixie Doings"
Posted Thursday, January 23, at 9:30 AM

"Rector Vitascope" Editor, C.M.B. Cox January 25, 1908 Dixie Doings So much rain and mud makes it awful lonesome. We have a lot of new neighbors for 1908. Among them are Mr. Irby, Loyd Johnson and George Stallings. Collie Smith has also moved on the Williams' place...

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News of the Passing of Gladys Austin
Posted Wednesday, January 15, at 4:10 PM

On my Christmas holidays trip to Rector, new information was shared with me regarding our December 18 column, that looked at the "Honor Students" list for the first 6 weeks of the 1945-46 school year at Rector. The lack of 9th grade student names was due to a new science teacher at the high school, who did not believe in giving A's and B's to 9th graders, so several excellent students missed the "Honor Roll". ...

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Burl Walker Refrigeration
Posted Thursday, December 26, at 10:56 AM

Clay County Democrat Editor, H.C. Anderson December 19, 1946 1940-1949 Your writer remembers Mr. Burl H. Walker, who serviced the Rector area with his Refrigeration Business from 1946 through at least the 1960's. I don't remember the house that Burl and wife, Lillian, lived in at 206 Woodland Heights Drive (Cemetery Road), but I do recall their yellow brick house on the northern end of Fordyce Street. ...

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RHS Honor Students of 1945
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 9:22 AM

Clay County Democrat Editor, H.C. Anderson December 20, 1945 Honor Students Those students with A in deportment and grades above C were for the first six weeks of the school year: 7th Grade--Nadine Davis, 3A's 2 B's; Joan Thompson 3 A's 2 B's; Glenna Claude Sigsby 4 A's 1 B...

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Mary's Chapel PTA
Posted Monday, December 16, at 10:39 AM

Your writer would like to thank Mrs. Jettye Jo Winstead Boyd (Carl), for contacting me in late October this year regarding our April 15, 2009, history article that shared news of the death of 37 year old, Bessie Winstead Trantham in 1930. Jettye Jo's father, Edward Oling Winstead, was a brother of Bessie's. ...

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Memories of the Rector Garden Club
Posted Thursday, November 28, at 9:19 AM

Clay County Independent Editor, Ben Daulton November 22, 1929 Garden Club Meets The Garden Club met at the beautiful country home of Mrs. W. O. Parrish last Monday afternoon at which time a business and social session was enjoyed. After the business was disposed of Mrs. Parrish, president of the Club, presented a delightful program for the entertainment of the club members and visitors...

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Sides-Smith Nuptials Are Said
Posted Thursday, November 14, at 8:41 AM

Rector Vitascope or Rector Newsboy November 1914 Missouri Youth Invades Arkansas Bride; Hies Her Away It's a common everyday occurrence these times for the wife seekers of other states to spot Arkansas on the first round. Such an occurrence took place in this city when Verner F. Smith arrived Monday from Caruthersville, Mo...

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Good Deed by Hopewell Community Folks
Posted Thursday, November 7, at 8:55 AM

Steve Crancer brought an old school photo to the Library that was recently found in an English teacher's desk drawer at Rector High School. The photo provided a mystery as to where it taken. We were finally able to read the faint print on the back and discovered that the school photo was not local, but was taken in Louisiana, of the fifth grade class of 1946-47 at Trout Good Pine School. Any possibility that one of our readers might know who the owner of this class photo might be?...

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Rector High School Notes
Posted Thursday, October 24, at 9:15 AM

Clay County Democrat Editor, Horace C. Anderson October 2, 1947 High School Notes The Rector High School is really getting settled down to business now. Our new books are coming in and many students thing the new workbooks will be very beneficial...

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Local Matron Dies at Her Home
Posted Thursday, October 17, at 9:24 AM

Clay County Democrat Editor, O.T. Ward October 18, 1937 Local Matron Died Last Monday At Her Home Here Had Been Ill About One Week When She Passed Away Monday morning of this week, Mrs. D.W. McPherson one of the oldest citizens of this community died at home here, after about a week's illness. Her maiden name was Laura Mae Johnson, and she was born at Pulaski Tennessee on July 11, 1856, and was the daughter of John Ramsey and Ann Johnson...

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Concerning Inspection of Rector Grammar School
Posted Thursday, October 10, at 9:14 AM

When I began the August 2013 News Items for our Rector area History Column, I once again was not remembering that we started this History Column in August of 2000! Seems like each summer has become so busy for me, that our summer anniversary slips on by me. And I want to mention that I really enjoy researching and writing each column and appreciate so much all the help that I have received from our readers...

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