Your writer needs to make a correction for last week's column. In discussing the 1927 fire on Front Street of the "Meat Market" and "Barber Shop", I mentioned that the Thompson building was probably owned by Wilburn and Lee Ottie Thompson, residents of Rector. Well, I found, with later reading, that the damaged building was owned by a Mrs. Hattie M. Thompson, who lived south of Jonesboro, near the Craighead and Poinsett Cos. boundary. Mrs. Hattie M. was married to George Thompson, and I have found no clues as to how Mrs. Hattie M. came to own this Front Street property. By the way, this Thompson building was repaired during the following winter, and open for retail business by April of 1928. Anyone out there with some clues?
Clay County Democrat
Editor, Francis Murray
November 16, 1939
We the undersigned have posted our land and no hunting is allowed: George Parks, Ran Parks, Everett Frye, Joe Adams, Roy Adams, Ott Elsass, Phines Green, O. A. Harper, John Paartz, Zelbert Wagner, Homer Huggins and Alma Morgan
November is hunting season, and lots of these "No Hunting" postings appeared in the "Clay Co. Democrat" in the late fall of 1939. This particular Posting Notice was placed in the local paper by several of the land owners that mostly lived directly west of Rector. Their land was past where West 5th Street changed to Knob Road, leaving the Rector city limits.
John and Nannie Paartz lived just out of the city limits on the hillside south of the road (the Blackshare house sits there now). Ott Elsass and his mother, Sophia, owned the hill land over on the north side, where the Elsass family had a dairy farm.
Continueing on, Everett Frye, owner of Rector's Palace Theater, had the land close to Post Oak Creek. The land owned by the Parks family, was just west of there on either side of a sharp hill. Located on the south side of the road was Parks Cemetery, and George, Sr., and Lois Parks lived on the north side. I'm not sure where Ranel, Sr., and Vera Parks' house was located.
Alma Morgan live on West 8th Street in 1939, but owned land in the vicinity that we are discussing. Phineas and Roella Green lived out that way, moving there from Leachville, in the late 1930's. Zelbert and Ida Wagner, and daughter Sue, lived near the Knob Road before coming to the Hopewell Road. And, I don't believe that Obid A. Harper, who worked at the Bank of Rector for many years, lived out of the city limits, but he owned land there.
Joe A. and Cora Adams lived south of Knob Road on out in the Hopewell area. I'm still looking for information on Roy Adams and Homer Huggins?