Local History

Apparently, archives of the Walnut Ridge newspaper were destroyed by termites and fire some years ago, but articles from some of the newspapers of nearby towns were collected and published. This story of the feud has been re-constructed from those sources, with numerous mysteries still remaining.

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John A. Rhea was born in Greene County on September 30, 1854, he came to Lawrence County when he was twelve years old.  John received […]

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Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” was born to Thomas and Mahala Cooper on January 14, 1861 in Lawrence County.  She married John A . Rhea on July […]

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Mose Cooper was born in 1870 to Thomas and Mahala Cooper.  Mose was the younger brother of Lizzie Cooper Rhea Burel.  Mose married Silla Garvett […]

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In the 1920s, Warner Drug Store in Hoxie always had a piano in the back for jam sessions and singing. A combo of local talent developed into a fine orchestra. Emerson Richardson on the piano; Dr. Glover Clay, clarinet and violin; Dick Payne, trumpet and trombone; Lucian Warner, saxophone; Earl Thomas, drums; and Conley Groves, banjo.

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J.K. Sexton came to Walnut Ridge in 1878 from Virginia at the age of 24. He was employed by the A.W. Smith Drug Store for eight years. In 1886, he opened Sexton’s Drug Store.

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One Thousand Year Old Jar and Tales of Prehistoric Giants in Walnut Ridge.

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By folding bed, which closed up when he slept.

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The Hoxie story, now fifty-six years old, is a historical reflection of decision making that touched the lives of 21 African American students, their families, and community, and is considered the most successfully story of diversity in the State of Arkansas. Although many often think of Central High School, the Little Rock 9, as the first school to encounter resistance to integration plans in the State, two years prior to that crisis, there was Hoxie!

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