The Rector Vitascope 1900-1909

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 6:46 PM
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  • Being from the Rector area I am very proud of the area's history. Planning to move back there some day, I wish I could say I am proud of the future the area offers its young people and the wonderful people that live there.

    There are so many positives about Clay County and I wish this paper would work harder to bring them to light. The Rector downtown needs to come back to life. I wish I had the answers to revive it, but I know if this paper would try it could rally everyone around its benefit.

    Business and their vitality is what make a downtown work. Cafés, pubs, coffee houses, artists' shops, there are so many ideas that would work if businesses can make a profit.

    One of its single biggest attribute is it incredibly low cost of living. Why can't the paper promote it for what it is; it a great inexpensive place to live.

    -- Posted by JCfromMounds on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 9:52 AM
  • Thanks, J C, for your comments about the Rector area. Rector was a great place to grow up, and I feel that is still the case. One of the reasons that I write the Rector area History Column, is to share the "ups and downs" in our town's past, and to help our readers appreciate what still remains and should be restored (downtown buildings, etc.). Fortunately, there has been a movement on for several years now, to revitalize our town!


    -- Posted by Barbara McKeel on Thu, Nov 1, 2012, at 1:27 PM
  • I just came across 2 old news paper clippings from by O.L.Dalton, Rector, Ark from the early sixtys. Which he writes about my Grandfather Thomas Jefferson Ward in his historical review entitled Uncle Tommy Ward was one of best known of early settlers. I never knew about my great grandfather . The articals spoke of him quite fondly and that he owned 200 acres two and a half miles north of Rector. He was married three times and raised 21 children, and that during this time he has cut five sets of teeth which Im not sure what that means. The articale says that he was the last of his kind and that he was the last person to be buried at the Old Scatterville burying grounds.I hope to make a trip to Rector in the future and hope to visit his grave and learn more about him.

    -- Posted by m ward on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 8:15 PM
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