Your writer received an e-mail in January from Sam Smith of Rector. He shared that he attended grade school at Heubner School during his first couple of years in school, 1947 and 1948 (the school then closed). He mentioned that his teacher there was Willene Gardner and that her obituary was recently in the Times-Democrat having died at the age of 94. I certainly appreciated learning the name of Ms. Gardner, as I did not know of her "history" or her role as a teacher at Heubner.
Mr. Smith also shared his appreciation of our recent history column regarding the Mary's Chapel HDC. He shared that his family attended the church at Mary's Chapel until he was 16 years old, and he remembered all of the ladies that were listed in that club.
Sam is very interested in learning more about the early days of Heubner School (as is your writer). Who can share more Heubner history with us?
Clay County Independent
Editor, Ben Daulton
A wedding of much interest to the people of Rector is that of Maurice King and Miss Pearl Abney, both of Rector, who were married at Piggott last Sunday evening by Rev. W.H. Marris, pastor of the Rector and the Piggott Presbyterian churches. Only a few friends and relatives witnessed the ceremony.
Both Mr. King and his bride were reared in Rector and are prominent among the younger social set.
Mr. King is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther King and has held a responsible position with the First National Bank of this city for several months.
Mrs. King is the only daughter of R.A. Abney and wife, also of Rector. She has been employed by R.H. Wall as a saleslady.
Their many friends are wishing them much happiness through life. They will be at home to their friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luther King.
Our groom, Montie Maurice King, was 20 years old when he married Pearl Abney in 1926. Pearl was also 20 years old. Maurice's parents were Luther King and Lura Cochran, and Pearl was the daughter of Robert A. Abney and Mattie Clubb. Luther King operated a general store in Rector, and Robert Abney was the manager of a feed mill.
The King family moved to the Rector area from Carroll County, Tenn., in the 1880's and the Cochran family came from southern Illinois in the late 1850's.
Pearl's Abney family migrated from Illinois and the Clubb family from Tennessee, probably in the 1890's.
By 1930, Maurice and Pearl were both working as clerks at the Rector post office. Pearl and Maurice's only child to live to adulthood was Billy Joe King, born in November of 1930.
Pearl and Maurice divorced in the next few years, and Pearl eventually married widower Otto Elsass in June of 1946. Otto's wife, Anna Waddle Elsass, had died in April of 1945 at age 41, and Otto had two daughters, Peggy and Maggie Elsass, to raise. Otto Elsass lived just west of the city limits on Fifth Street and worked with his Elsass brothers in their creamery business.
Pearl's son, Billy Joe King, graduated from Rector High School in the class of 1948. He married Louise Walters in 1950, and they later moved to Pensacola, Fla., in 1953. Billy Joe died in 1974 when he was only 42 years old. He was buried in Pensacola.
Pearl Abney King Elsass died in 1985 at age 79, and I believe her first husband, Maurice, died the same year. Otto Elsass was only 59 years old when he passed away in 1961. Pearl, Otto and Anna are all buried in Woodland Heights Cemetery. It is possible that Maurice King is also buried there.
I would love to hear from our readers any further information on these families.