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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Alexander and Staten Wed in Piggott
Posted Thursday, July 10, at 9:20 AM
"Rector Vitascope" Editor, C. M. B. Cox July 9, 1914 Alexander--Staten The secret leaked out Tuesday eve that A. M. Alexander ("Lon") and Miss Anna Staten drove to Piggott Sunday eve July 5, 1914, in John Q. Utley's car and that there they were happily married, Rev. A. Yates, pastor of the Presbyterian church of that city officiating...

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Class Officers Reported for 1953
Posted Thursday, July 3, at 8:58 AM

I would like to thank Mrs. Patty Sue Ahlf Mitchell for sending me copies of two photos of two teams that participated in sports at Rector High School in the late 1920's. Her father, Chester "Checko" Ahlf, was on the 1927 Clay County Football Champions team. ...

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Southeast Rector Revisited
Posted Thursday, June 12, at 9:53 AM

"Clay County Democrat" Editor, O.T. Ward June 7, 1934 Southeast Rector Mr. Clyde Robertson and family returned to their home at Benton, Ill., last Sunday after spending a few days here with his mother, Mrs. Gertie Brasher and other relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Howe, also of that place accompanied them here, where they visited old friends of Rector...

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Holiday Closings Noted
Posted Thursday, June 5, at 9:26 AM

I would like to thank Mrs. Ruby Burdin Maddox for bringing, to the Rector Library, a school photo taken at Vincent School c. 1942 or 1943. The teacher was Miss Eunice Wright. Some of the students pictured were Louise Williamson, Ottie Shockley, Glenda Masterson, Donald Eason, Virginia Webb and Eulas Gunn. This picture will be added to the Library's collection of Rector area school pictures. Thanks Ruby for sharing Rector area history with us...

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Accident Hits Wedding Party
Posted Thursday, May 29, at 9:42 AM

1910-1919 May 15, 1912 Accident To Wedding Party Mr. "Chick" Delaney and Miss Stella Wood were married at Piggott last Wednesday. Mr. Claude Wood and Miss Jewel Livesy accompanied them on the round trip from Rector. Returning home, they had a wreck at Joe Watson's. The surrey ran off a bluff on the side of the road and was capsized. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the wedding party was be-muddied a sight...

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Obituary of Eliza Parks
Posted Friday, May 23, at 10:49 AM

1900-1909 May 1908 Rector Vitascope or Rector Newsboy Obituary Of Eliza Parks Eliza Phillips was born near Charleston, South Carolina, July 14, 1831. Her mother dying soon after, she was carried by her sister to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lived until womanhood...

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Guard Activation Sets Record
Posted Thursday, May 8, at 9:09 AM

I need to make a big correction regarding graduation pictures mentioned in the introduction to the first news item for April, dated April 9, 2014. The dates that I listed are the years that we have a picture at the Rector Library. So, here are the dates for the years for which we still need copies: 1917-1919; 1921-1926, 1928-1929; 1930, 1933-1934, 1936; 1941-1942, 1945, and 1947-1949. We would certainly appreciate receiving copies of any of these Rector High School graduating classes!...

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Cranford-Marlar Nuptials Reported
Posted Wednesday, April 30, at 2:44 PM

"Clay County Democrat" Editor, Niel Clark April, 1949 Cranford -- Marlar Vows Exchanged in Fourth St. Methodist Sunday Afternoon The wedding of Miss Jewell Dean Marlar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Marlar of this city, and Robert D. Cranford, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Cranford of Bald Knob, was solemnized at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Fourth Street Methodist Church...

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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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