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Polk Township was one of the original eight townships in Newton County. It was located the east-southeast part of the county. Thomas Eli Cook was one of the early settlers. He was born in 1805 in South Carolina. He moved first to Tennessee, where he married Mary Margaret Maddox in 1826. The couple was living in Arkansas by 1840. In 1850, they were living on a farm in Polk Township, along with Thomas's aged mother, Fannie. more
White Township was one of original townships in Newton County. It was located in the eastern part of the county, south of Prairie Township. Mount Judea is in this township. Barnett "Barney" Cheatham was an early settler. He was born in Georgia in 1804, and was living in Arkansas by 1834. He was contracted to build a road from the east prong of Big Creek near Mt. Judea to the top of Criner Mountain and then south to Moccasin Gap in Pope County. The work involved felling trees and moving rock to create a lane wide enough for a wagon. When completed, it was a toll road called "Cheatham's Turnpike." Barney and his family lived near the road he built. He had $400 in real estate in 1850. He died in 1858 and was buried in Criner's Cemetery. more
LITTLE ROCK – The Division of Arkansas Heritage will present 2022 Small Museum Grants to recipients on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the division’s headquarters, located at 1100 North St. in Little Rock. more
Prairie Township was one of the original eight townships that made up Newton County. Situated in the east and northern corner of the county, it included the town of Marshall Prairie, which, in the 1880s, was renamed Western Grove. The following are brief biographical sketches of these Prairie Township pioneers. more
LITTLE ROCK – The Division of Arkansas Heritage will present 2022 Arkansas Heritage Grants to recipients on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., at the division’s headquarters, located at 1100 North St. in Little Rock. more
William M, Garner was born in Rome, Georgia, in 1809, and was practicing medicine in Newton County by 1850, when he lived in Polk Township. Census records for 1850 and 1860 show he had $150 in real estate He moved to Cave Creek sometime around 1870, and lived in that area until his death in 1894. He was buried in Thompson Cemetery in Bass. more
William M, Garner was born in Rome, Georgia, in 1809, and was practicing medicine in Newton County by 1850, when he lived in Polk Township. Census records for 1850 and 1860 show he had $150 in real estate He moved to Cave Creek sometime around 1870, and lived in that area until his death in 1894. He was buried in Thompson Cemetery in Bass. more
Continued from last week Not all the businesses that advertised in the weekly newspaper Arkansas Wheel in 1886 were located in Jasper. L. R. Jones had a general store in Yardelle where he sold dry … more
In 1886, a weekly newspaper called the Arkansas Wheel was published in Jasper. A couple of copies of this paper can be found online, and the ads give a glimpse of the businesses of Newton County at that time. As may be expected, most businesses advertised were in Jasper. more
In 1886, a weekly newspaper called the Arkansas Wheel was published in Jasper. A couple of copies of this paper can be found online, and the ads give a glimpse of the businesses of Newton County at that time. As may be expected, most businesses advertised were in Jasper. more
In the 19th century, mineral springs were touted as having healing properties and were quite popular. Among these healing springs was one situated in the northern part of Newton County. It came to be known as Tom Thumb Springs and was mentioned in the Fayetteville Weekly Democrat in 1876 when it was reported that 200 people had visited for the season. more
In the 19th century, mineral springs were touted as having healing properties and were quite popular. Among these healing springs was one situated in the northern part of Newton County. It came to be known as Tom Thumb Springs and was mentioned in the Fayetteville Weekly Democrat in 1876 when it was reported that 200 people had visited for the season. more
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SPRINGDALE, – The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History's award-winning Native American Days school program will return virtually Nov. 17-18 with presentations by archeologists and members of Native American tribal nations. more
Did you know that an Arkansas native was known as the “father of modern archery?” Ben Pearson (1898-1971) started the first company in the U.S. to mass produce archery sets and … more
William (Bill) Baltz of Pocahontas was often to be found in his workshop at the corner of Bettis and Rice Streets working on various inventive ideas. Frequently, these took the form of toys for his … more
The first county officers met in the home of John Bellah, which was located on Shop Creek near Parthenon, until the "seat of justice" was moved to Jasper the next year. John was born around 1810 in … more
Born in 1921, Bernell "Fatman" Austin, of Atkins, served in the Navy and worked as a cook. Later, he leased a parcel of land across the street from the Atkins Pickle Plant from the Griffin Oil … more
Often we see multicolored, vertical streaks on the sandstone bluffs along the banks of the Buffalo River. What causes these variations?These are mostly mineral stains. During heavy rains, water runs … more
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