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Hammett Reunion a Happy One
Posted Thursday, August 27, at 8:37 AM
1930-1939 Clay County Democrat Editor, O.T. Ward August 5, 1937 HAPPY REUNION On Sunday of last week a reunion of the Hammett brothers and sisters was held at the home of one of the sisters, Mrs. Sallie Bryant of 208 Main Street. One of the sisters, Mrs. ...

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Wagster Wilson Nuptials Are Reported
Posted Thursday, August 20, at 9:33 AM

1920-1929 Clay County Independent Editor, Ben Daulton August 1927 HEUBNER NEWS Mr. Aaron Wagster and Miss Hazel Wilson were quietly married on last Tuesday night, and their friends wish them much happiness as they journey through life. Richard Aaron "Dick" Wagster was born in July of 1909 in the Blooming Grove area north of Rector. ...

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Sudden Death of Jeff Jones Reported
Posted Thursday, August 6, at 9:37 AM

INTRODUCTION As we begin our August history series of three news items, our history column starts its 16th year in this newspaper. Thanks to all the readers who have shared pictures and extra information with me and the Rector Public Library over the years...

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News of Dowdy Norman Wedding
Posted Thursday, July 23, at 9:55 AM

1900-1909 Clay County Marriage Record Certificate July 1900 Our newly-wedded couple, as of July 25, 1900, were widower John M. Dowdy, age 60, and widow Mrs. Margaret Emeline Lansford Norman (Jesse) and Hickerson (Jasper Newton). Margaret E. was 47 when she married Mr. Dowdy...

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Death Comes to Ida Donaldson
Posted Thursday, July 16, at 9:40 AM

1950-1959 Clay County Democrat Editor, J.R. Herrick July 1952 Ida Donaldson Called by Death Mrs. Ida Moseley Donaldson, wife of Gourley Donaldson, departed this life Sunday, July 20, at the age of 78 years. She was united in marriage to Gourley Donaldson on December 20, 1898, and to this union eleven children were born, three preceded her in death. ...

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Rector Boy Scouts Enjoy Camp Trip
Posted Thursday, July 9, at 9:26 AM

INTRODUCTION: I am excited to read that the Rector Downtown Central group is working hard to revitalize Rector's downtown area! Thanks Christine Boyd for helping with this group, along with others that have been meeting together. 1940-1949 Clay County Democrat...

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Lightning Kills Local Farmer
Posted Thursday, July 9, at 9:24 AM

1920-1929 June 1929 Clay County Independent Editor, Ben Daulton LIGHTNING KILLS LOCAL FARMER W.S. Dale, Residing About Four Miles from Rector, Dies Instantly: Mules Also Killed Wood S. Dale, about forty-five years of age, was instantly killed by lightning, Monday afternoon, while he was working in a field on the A.W. Vincent property, four miles southeast of town...

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News of a New Lunch Stand
Posted Thursday, June 25, at 9:44 AM

1930-1940 Clay County Democrat Editor, O.T. Ward June 27, 1935 NEW LUNCH STAND Mr. and Mrs. Ed Clifford and son Jack are the owners and operators of a new lunch stand on Main Street in Rector. Their place of business is located on the corner formerly occupied by Purcell's Drug Store. They will serve all kinds of lunches, sandwiches, hamburgers and drinks including beer...

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McBride-Outlaw Wedding Announcement
Posted Monday, June 15, at 8:59 AM

1910-1919 June 1912 Rector Vitascope or Rector Newsboy McBride-Outlaw Wedding Ceremony One of the prettiest church weddings ever witnessed was that of W. Harry McBride and Miss Maude Outlaw Wednesday night at 8:30, June 12, 1912, Rev. A. Yates, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating...

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Primary Election is Set
Posted Thursday, May 28, at 8:40 AM

1900-1909 Paragould Soliphone May 17, 1902 CLAY COUNTY TICKET The Democratic primary Saturday passed off very quietly. A normal vote was polled. The Hon. E.M. Allen was nominated for representative and John R. Liddell for Sheriff. They are both good men and will make creditable officers. ...

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The Death of Evart King
Posted Thursday, May 21, at 9:35 AM

1950-1959 Clay County Democrat Editor, J.R. Herrick May 10, 1951 Funeral Services For Evart King Are Held Friday Funeral services for the late Evart C. King were held at the First Methodist Church Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J.M. Barnett. Business places of the city closed in tribute to his memory for over an hour during the services for Mr. King who died in a Paragould hospital early Thursday morning after being taken there following a heart attack...

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Brewer-Glasgow Nuptials
Posted Thursday, May 21, at 9:34 AM

Your writer had an enjoyable visit with Marvin and Jane Gatewood while in Rector over the Easter holidays. He updated me on the continued push to update the zoning and code laws for downtown Rector. Evidently, Rector does not have all of the proper codes necessary to try to make the downtown area fully in compliance with state requirements, so he and others are trying to work with the Rector City Council...

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Death of T.L. Lawrence is Reported
Posted Thursday, April 30, at 9:54 AM

1930-1939 Clay County Democrat Editor, Francis Murray April 1939 T.L. Lawrence Died Sunday T.L. Lawrence died Sunday morning at 2:30 at his home northwest of Rector at the age of 75. Mr. Lawrence has been prominent in Clay County for many years. He was at one time in the cotton and mercantile business for years. He had been an active member of the Church of Christ and took a prominent part in the affairs of the church...

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A Community Rally is Held
Posted Thursday, April 23, at 9:18 AM

1920-1929 Clay County Independent Editor, Ben Daulton April 13, 1928 REPORT OF COMMUNITY RALLY Community No. 12, which consists of Knob, Glass, Boydsville, Tipperary, Lunsford, Johnson's Chapel, Drowns, Kegley, Vowell, and Turtle Knob Schools met last Friday at Glass and had the chosen pupils of each of the several schools contested to see who would represent in county rally, which will be held in May...

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Death of Mrs. Jessie Stahl Reported
Posted Thursday, April 9, at 9:28 AM

1910-1919 "Rector Vitascope" or "Rector Newsboy" April 1912 OBITUARY On the 22 of April, 1912, the angel of death entered the home of Oscar Stahl and claimed for its victim the wife and mother, Mrs. Jessie Stahl. She was born in the State of Illinois and was the daughter of Mr. ...

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Death of Anna Young is Reported
Posted Thursday, March 26, at 9:34 AM

1900-1909 March 1907 OBITUARY Anna Young, wife of Crockett Young, born Jan. 30, 1874 and died March 12, 1907, age 33 years 1 month and 13 days. Sister Young was taken very bad with pneumonia and only lived a few days. She professed a hope in Christ and joined the M.P. church at Pleasant Grove in the year 1893, of which she has lived a faithful member ever since, and died in triumph of a living faith...

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Rector Home Demonstration Club Meets
Posted Thursday, March 12, at 10:23 AM

1950-1959 Clay County Democrat Editor, J.R. Herrick Mrs. Lawrence Elsass Has Rector H.D. Club The Rector Home Demonstration Club met on March 14 at the home of Mrs. Lawrence Elsass with Mrs. Jack Hurst as co-hostess. Twenty-four members, two guests, Mrs. Fuson Crowson and Mrs. M. Cucheran of Michigan, and six children enjoyed the luncheon which was served at the noon hour...

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FFA Father and Son Banquet Held
Posted Thursday, March 5, at 2:39 PM

1940-1949 Clay County Democrat Editor, Horace C. Anderson March 27, 1947 Future Farmers Of America Honor Fathers The Rector Chapter of Future Farmers of America had its annual Father and Son banquet at 6:30 Thursday evening at the American Legion Hut. About 125 persons attended the annual event...

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Rector Commercial Club Elects Officers
Posted Thursday, February 26, at 10:00 AM

1930-1939 Clay County Democrat Editor, O.T. Ward Feb. 10, 1938 Commercial Club Held Election Of Officers Tuesday E.F. Kennedy is President; And V.E. Upton Named Secretary-Treasurer The Rector Commercial Club held its annual meeting for the election of officers on Tuesday night of this week, and elected the following officers: Prof. E.F. Kennedy, president, and O.T. Ward, vice-president; V.E. Upton, secretary-treasurer...

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Reporting the Death of Grace Lane
Posted Monday, February 23, at 2:16 PM

As your writer begins our February history column, I am reminded that life on this earth is often taken for granted. I will certainly miss my conversations with Ryan Rogers, as I always e-mailed my column to him. The politeness with which he addressed everyone is very rarely seen anymore. Ryan was a genuine person who was truly interested in what someone had to say to him, and I always enjoyed visiting with him when I was in Rector. He will be missed!...

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