FCHS Champions from Forrest City 1920 Baseball Team-Left to Right-Standing:Bugs Hinton/Scott/Sigler-Siting:Frenchy/Herschell Bobo/Red Andrews/Sunshine Wilford Thompson/ and Sweet Haven's luckpiece, Charles N.Haven Jr.
FCHS 1933-34 Champion Football Team
Capt.Abner Beard-1814 to 1872
The son of Jabez Beard and Sally Wilkes. He was a successful plantation and mill owner in Gill, Arkansas, but lost most of his holdings in the Civil War. He died of pneumonia and was buried in the family cemetery at Gill. Some years later his son-in-law, Judge E. D. Robertson (who was married to Abner's only daughter - Ethel Beard) and his grandson Abner Robertson moved his remains to the Confederate Cemetery at Helena. (Bio submitted by Edward Beard)
Maple Hill Cemetery
Plot: Confederate Section
Created by: Debbra
Contractor who built the 1897 St.Francis Courthouse, and many other buildings including the Walker Apartments in Forrest City, Arkansas
1.Lawrence F. Jr. and Novella M., aged 4 months, twins of Mr.& Mrs.L.F.Williams of Colt;2.Reullura, b. 9-23,1903-of Mr.& Mrs.W.R.Ferguson;3.James E., b. 8-18,1901-Son of Mr.& Mrs.L.E.Davenport;4.Frank G., b.1-14,1900-Son of Capt.& Mrs.T.C.Merwin;5.Inez M., b.8-9,1901-of Mr.& Mrs.Geo.E.Hancock;6.Rebecca, b.3-14,1905-of Mr.& Mrs.J.T.Sanders;7.Marion L., b.9-12,1903-of Mr.& Mrs.J.E.Wydick;8.Harry M., b.4-29,1904-Son of Mr.& Mrs.W.T.Sanders;9.Robert, b.10-4,1900-Son of Mr.& Mrs.R.S.Stevens;10.Murray, b.5-6,1905-Son of Mr.& Mrs.M.C.Hambleton;11.Percy H.Jr., b.12-25,1904-Son of Mr.& Mrs.Percy H.Barker;12.Ada L., b.9-1,1903-of John W.Alderson;13.Sidney McD., b.6-6,1897-Son S.B.Trapp, Jr.;14.Thomas B., b.7-28,1904-Son H.R.Neblett;15.Norma V., b.6-1, 1902-D.of R.E.Sellers;16.James P., b.12-31,1901-Son F.W.DeRossitt;17.Frances L., b.2-23,1904-D. of Mr.& Mrs.Ellis Turley;18.John L. Jr., b.12-25,1903-Son J.L.Jelks, Memphis;19.Mildred, b.12-21,1899-D.of Mrs.Mollie Hancock;20.Frances M., b.2-22,1902-D.of Dr.& Mrs.J.O.Rush.
Barrow, T.W.-Merchant hardware and groceries
Becker, Alexander and Lewis, Charles
Firm of Becker & Lewis (Large Mercantile Firm)
Bell, John C.-Postmaster at Forrest City eff.April 1898
Fussell, Berry and Alice, thanks to Alice Kennedy Lee
Bond, Scott-Planter/Early Millionaire of St.Francis County
Son of a slave
Boyle, Arthur D.-Telegraph Operator of Forrest City Cotton Exchange
Bradshaw, Sidney Ernest-M.A.,Ph.D.-Professor of Modern Language, Furman University at Greenville, S.Carolina
Brown, John R.
Sydenham B.Trapp Jr.
Trapp, Sydenham B. Jr.-Operates S.B.Trapp, Jr. & Co. and Large Farm In Bonair
Buford, Edwin J.
O'Brien, Thomas-1910 ca
Cobbs, Paul M.-Forrest City Cemetery
30th Arkansas Infantry Regiment
Organized on June 18, 1862, Assigned to McRae's Brigade, Hindman's Division, January through February of 1863. Reassigned to Tappan's Brigade under MG Sterling Price in April, 1863 where the regiment fought in the Battle of Helena and in the defense of Little Rock on September 10, 1863. Retreated with Price into southwestern Arkansas, where the regiment was consolidated with the 32nd Arkansas Infantry in December, 1863. Fought throughout the Camden Campaign and at Jenkins' Ferry on April 30, 1864. Consolidated again with Dawson's Infantry Regiment in April, 1864. Remained in service in southwestern Arkansas until surrendered with MG Kirby Smith's army on May 26, 1865.
Officers: Col. Archibald J. McNeill. Field Officers: Lt. Col. Casten W. Baldwin; Maj. (later Lt. Col.) Paul M. Cobbs; Maj. Martin Dawson; Lt. Col (later Col.) Robert A. Hart; Maj. Joseph C. Martin; Maj. (later Lt. Col and Col.) James W. Rogan.
Campbell, Donald-Class of 1958
Covey, J. M.-one of the owners and operators of The City Electric Company of Forrest City
Davis, Thomas Jefferson-Planter west of Crowley's Ridge
Dickerson, M. H.-Has full charge of the mechanical department for the Forrest City Gin Co.
Vadakin, Edwin Lincoln- Junior member of The Forrest City Times firm, and Managing Editor.
Ernest Long, DDS
Landvoigt, Edwin-Senior member of the firm of Landvoigt & Vadakin, owners of the Forrest City Times newspaper.
Turley, Linn/Gilliam, James/Ellis Turley
Firm of E.Turley & Co. General Merchandise
Williams, Eugene-The Forrest City Business League, Secry.& Treasurer. Also Sect. & Treas. of the Choctaw Brick & Tile Co.. Later moved to Memphis, Tenn, and finally to New York City where he was a cotton broker.
DeRossitt, Frank W.-Owns and operates a farm near Fishing Lake, and since 1897 selected to represent the county in the lower house of the General Assembly of Arkansas
Fussell, James/Alderson, John W./Scott, Peyton T./M.C.Hambleton/Scott, James L./Turley, C.E.
Firm of Fussell-Graham-Alderson-General merchandise
Fitzpatrick, Thomas O.-Past Postmaster of Forrest City/Surveyor/Teacher/Now owns and operates a steam gin and farm
Folbre, Thomas Clarence-Judge of the County and Probate Courts of St.Francis County
Gaines, M. N.-Real Estate Broker-Secretary of the local branch of the Southern Cotton Association
Gorman, Walter-Mayor of Forrest City-He owns stock in the Bank of Forrest City. He was an alderman for 10 years, school director from1891 to 1896. Justice of the Peace from 1898 to 1902, and has been Mayor of Forrest City since April of 1902. He is an attorney.
Grady, Abraham L.-He owns a mercantile establishment, two valuable city lots, and two productive farms.
Grobmyer, Louis R.-He owns over one thousand acres of farm lands in St.Francis County, and operates a butcher shop in Forrest City
Knight, Harry Avery-On January 1, 1903, he purchased a half interest in the firm of George P.Taylor & Co., real estate and insurance agents, in which he is still engaged under the firm name Taylor, Knight & Co.
Haskins, Capt.Thomas Edward-Forrest City Cemetery
12-16-1904 Tribute in Scott County Register, Mississippi, by his friend, Jno.J.Hood-We were intimate friends before the war, but then this feeling was intensified during the war, at his fathers home in grand old Virginia. The old Virginia hospitality was liberally dispensed at that splendid home, where was assembled the highest type of southern womanhood and the chivalry and honor of the south's peerless manhood. Capt.Haskins rode with the Knightly Stuart, and followed his black plume wherever his dauntless courage led. It is needless to say that where Stuart fought and passed, there lies today a shaft of light and fame, and to those who followed him the glory of his great achievement. After the war he merchandised with his cousin, Capt.David M.Womack.
Havens, Charles Henry
Hodges, Samuel Lee and wife Emma Havens Hodges, My Grandparents on Maternal Side
Hoshall, Thomas Randall
Izard, Van Buren-First born white-child in the territory of what is now Forrest City. His parents, Mark W. and Permelia (Shackleford) Izard, were among the early pioneers. When the troubleness times of 1889 came he was appointed Sheriff by Governor Eagle, and he was a very strong factor in conserving peace of our town and county. He has been a member of the city council at various times from the establishment of municipal government here, and his work on the school board, of which he was a member for several years, was of a most valuable and conscientious sort.
Jackson, Prof.George L.
James Nelson Beard-1846 to 1911
Sanders, Joseph Boone-Professor-Magistrate of County-Courtesy of Jean Meaney, descendant of Judge Olmon Hargraves and Prof.Sanders
DeRossitt, James-Successful Farmer
Wynne, Joel E.-Son of Captain Jesse Watkins-He is associated with the firm of Wynne, Love & Co., Memphis, Tenn., as traveling representative.
Brown, John R.-He is at the present engaged in the grocery and restaurant business on North Washington street. This picture from the 1970 Centennial Brochure,
Brown, J.T. Dr.-Physician, picture from the 1970 Centennial Brochure
Beck, J.W. Captain-Former member of the mercantile firm of Wynne, Dennis & Beck
Lanier, William J.-He located in Forrest City to enter upon the practice of law in February 1903, coming here from Harrison, Arkansas.
Lannan & Co.-Contractors-Did most of the early concrete streets in Forrest City
Logging on the St.Francis River
Long, Ernest A.-Forrest City's popular and efficient dentist
Mallory, George B.- In 1896, he was elected Circuit and County Clerk, and has been elected by handsome majorities since, since 1900 only the office of the Circuit Clerk
Marshall, Lucius S.-Mt.Vernon Cemetery
Death of L.S.Marshall=On Tuesday afternoon, July 12,1910, Mr.L.S.Marshall succumbed to an attack of Bright's Disease, and passed away after a short illness.Deceased was a native of Marshall Co., Miss., having been born there 68 years ago, and having lived there and at Colliersville and Memphis, Tenn. He came here about five years ago and was with Euart-Marshall Lumber Co.; was a clear headed, sensible minded business man and a gentleman who numbered his friends by the score.
McClendon, Thomas W.-has held the position of Street Commisssioner since 1896 in Forrest City.
McDaniel, William Howerson-Forrest City Cemetery
Ten years after the arrival here of John McDaniel, January 17, 1834, was born William H. McDaniel, who, together with his brother, John L., are the only survivors of this pioneer family. The early life of William H. was spent on the farm, helping his father clear up the land which he had settled when coming to Arkansas; the outbreak of the war found him still on the old homestead, but with the enthusiasm of a patriot, and the love of his native State burning in his breast, he enlisted in the Thirteenth Arkansas Volunteer Infantry. Entering as a private, his bravery and good conduct were soon rewarded by his being promoted, first to the position of orderly-sergeant, then first lieutenant, and after the battle of Shiloh to the rank of captain.
McDaniel, Sterling Price-Mr.McDaniels' plumbing business house was established in 1895. His shop and office is located at No.211 South Front street.
McDonald, J. P. Captain-He now happily lives with his bride at the "Poor House" where they care for the wards of the county.
McKnight, John David Dr.
Merwin, Thorburn Chartres Captain-He was appointed by Governor Jones, and entered upon his duties as County Clerk, to which official position he has since been twice elected, and now fills the place with extraordinary ability and fidelity.
In July, 1861, our subject enlisted with Company F, First Arkansas Cavalry, served through the entire period, and was paroled at Johnson's Island June 18,1865, with transportation and without subsistence. He came to Forrest City in November, 1893, and took the position of deputy clerk under Fenner Laughinghouse.
Muller, Christian P.-Junior member of the firm which operates the A.Muller & Son Bottling Company.
Nall, T.C. Professor-He was tendered the position principalship of Crowley Ridge Institute this city recently. This private school, is the main school for the Forrest City area, before the Forrest City School System came into being.
Haven, Nellie (Statts), Wife of Willie Haven
Buried in Haven Plot in Forrest City Cemetery
Nichols, John M.-Upon the dissolution of the firm of Wynne, Dennis & Beck in 1889, when the firm of J.W.Beck & Co. was organized he took a partnership in the new concern. After several changes, he and Messr. Beck bought out Mr.Wynne, and Mr.Nichols took the position as buyer and outside man for the firm, and Mr.Beck looked after the office affairs and their cotton interests.
Norton, Nathan W.-Judge-In 1869, and began his business career by teaching school, afterward holding a position of Deputy Clerk of Cross County, and following with book-keeping. He resided in Cross County from the time he was eighteen years of age until 1885, representing that County in the legislature that year, and soon after came to Forrest City, where he has since resided.
Page 18 of the Art Souvenir
Picture of the School at Madison, Miss Tommie Davis, Principal
St.Francis County is divided into thirty-nine organized school districts.
Land Titles-Although the records of St.Francis County were damaged, or destroyed by fire in 1862, and again in 1874, a large portion of the books and documents have been since transcribed, or partially transcribe, sufficient of th echirogaphy being eligible to make this possible, and have been abstracted, so that titles are as perfect as necessary.
Page 24-Judges of the First Judicial District of Arkansas:First-W.K.Sebastian Nov.19. 1840, J.C.P.Tolleson Feb.8,1842, John T.Jones Dec.2,1842, Thomas B.Hanley, George W.Beazley /Sep.6,1855, C.W.Adams Nov.2,1852, Mark W.Alexander, E.C.Bronough Two, Aug.25,1858 and Aug.23,1860, O.H.Oats Mar.3,1859, James W.Hanks Sep.17,1865, John E.Bennett Jul.23,1868, C.C.Waters Feb.3,1871, M.L.Stephenson Mar.24,1871, W.H.H.Clayton Mar.10,1873, C.N.Cypert Oct.31,1874, M.T.Sanders Oct.30,1882, Grant Green Jr., H.N.Hutton eff October 31,1894
Territorial Circuit Judges:T.P.Eskridge Dec.23,1823, Andrew Scott Apr.11,1827, and Sam C.Roane, April 17,1829-1836
Territorial Prosecuting Attorneys:W.B.B.Horner Nov.1,1823, Thomas Hubbard Nov.5,1828 to Feb.15,1832, G.D.Royston Sep.7,1833, Shelton Watson Oct.4,1835, and A.G.Stephenson Jan.23,1836.
Picture of Forrest City looking Northwest from Judge Norton's Residence, on South Rosser Street-Census in 1902 was 2,810-The home is now owned by Mr.J.H.Alley, in 1905, Coroner of St.Francis County. The first Episcopal Service in the town was in the School Building in the East End during the fall of 1874, a Mr.McGoffin was then principal of the public school.
Page 56-On southside of Railroad tracks on Front Street, near the new St.Francis County Courthouse
Turley, E. & Co.Page 58
Page 66-Bottom row is tribute to (Marshall Rainbolt who was shot in the line of duty) performed at the Forrest City Cemetery
Residence of N.B.Nelson, who is the senior member of the firm on N.B.Nelson & Co., dealers in Fine Wines, Liquors, Cigars and Tobacco on N.Washington Street. His father W.L.Nelson was a passenger conductor on the Louisville & Nashville railroad, and pulled the first passenger train from Memphis to Stanton, Tenn. over that road.
Residence of Charles A. Ahlstedt
Picture of Frances Louise Turley, only child of Mr.and Mrs.Ellis Turley, of Forrest City standing by a 10 foot cotton stalk
1-Margaret Lucille Lewis
2-David Thomas and Otto Bridgeforth, Twins
3-Martha Louise Cargill
4-Berneard Reaves Lannan
5-Frank Williams Hequembourg
6-Edith Lucy Vadakin
7-Edward Eugene Vadakin
8-Mary Eugenia Short
9-Dora Bell Folbre
10-Harry A.Knight Jr. [Longtime teacher in FC]
11-Walter Edward Lewis
12-Alice Marie O'Brien
13-Robert Benson Conrad
14-John Edward Covey
16-Earl Haynie Fisher
1. Residence of Mrs.Mary E.Blanton with Master Cecil and Miss Mabel in the foreground.
2. Scene on N.Rosser Street, with City Hall on Corner of Alley Paslay & Johnson Store with horses tied to the post in Front
Main Street in Widener
Left-M.Davidson, Birth: Oct. 13, 1863 Death: Jan. 22, 1912
M.Davidson, was born in Germany on the line of Poland to Julius and Ida (Isaacs) Davidson, who were Hebrew farmers. He is a self-made, educated man, coming to this country in 1882, residing in Indianapolis and Louisville until 1892 when he came to Arkansas, and to Colt in 1897 where he is now engaged in merchandising of timber and manufacturing axe and tool handles with the Central Mfg.Company in Colt. He married Miss Bell Simon of Germany, and seven children, viz:Joe, Herman, Ben, Annie, Mary, Lillie, and Dora, have blessed their union, all living.
Pictures, Creed T.Moore, he came to Arkansas in 1886 where he worked in timber for a year or so, when he married and resumed faming. He was elected Magistrate of Telico Township in 1888, 1893, 1902 and 1905, and in 1890 was appointed Postmaster and railroad agent at Colt. He married Miss Mattie Srum, of Colt, only daughter of Jonas Srum, and grand-daughter of Mitchell Taylor. Eight children have blessed this union, viz: Ira B.,Seabie Eron, Ruth E. Howard Gordon, Harold Garland, James Vernon, Orma Leone, and Jeff Davis, four of whom died in infancy;
and William Stone, who came here in 1876 from Hannibal, Missouri. He married Miss Annie Turner, and had three children, Harry L., Walter, and Lottie H.Stone, the latter two having died. He operates a sawmill in the vicinity.
Pictures of Prof.James M.Wilson, who has been engaged as a teacher for ten years, he graduated from Arkansas Normal School for teachers, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.
and second, Residence of Mr.Sam Ashworth, who is postmaster at Rawlison, two miles above the Cut Off on St.Francis River.
Pictures showing Gin, Store House, and Residence of J.J.Barron and the Ferry at Cut Off, St.Francis River
Paslay, W.H.-Elder-Elected Treasurer and Moderator of the Mt.Vernon Association, Baptist, consecutively for the last thirty years. He has held the position of County Examiner for several years, and is closely identified with the educational interests of this state and county.
Pearson, George W.-He was elected Recorder, in the early days of Forrest City, for which his training especially fitted him, and after the lapse of years, he was again elected and is now serving his third consecutive term.
Peevey, Robert Wadkins-Former State Legislator, Secretary of the N.B.Forrest Civil War Veterans Lodge Reunion.
Rollwage, Otto Benjamin-Honor-Mayor of Forrest City, and a member of the firm of Rollwage & Co., one of the leading mercantile houses in Forrest City.
Mann, Samuel Henry-Mr.Mann is a stockholder and director of the Bank of Eastern Arkansas and a Attorney.
Sanders, J.T.-Ph.G.-Proprietor of the Enterprise Drug Store.
Lewis, Sol-The leading haberdasher of Eastern Arkansas, and one of the best men in the county.
Mann, Samuel Henry-See previous, another picture earlier in his life.
Hargraves, Solomon Snow
Stewart, James M.
Stone, J.E.-Dr.-Practicing physician and proprietor of Stone's Livery, Sale and Feed Stables on Jackson Street.
Sweet, Silvius Emory
Terry, John Banner-Before being county clerk was postmaster and ticket agent at Caldwell. He is a stockholder in the firm of The J.W.Beck Co., of which he is one of the directors; in the Planters' Gin and Mfg. Co. and the Choctaw Brick and Tile Co.. Mr.Terry was appointed assessor to fill out the term and was elected to the same office in the September election.
Members of the firm Wynne, Dennis & Beck
Here is picture taken about 1875 of Capt.Jessie Wynne (see below), James Dennis, Capt.J.W.Beck.[Courtesy of Terry Baker, descendant of Capt.Wynne.
Trice, Richard B.-Until taking his present position as manager of the Cotton Exchange, he managed the business of Trice & Altman..
Williams, W.E.-Sheriff-Mr.Williams was elected Sheriff of this county in 1892, and continuously thereafter for ten years, when he voluntarily retired. He was appointed Sheriff upon death of Dr.McKnight by Gov.Jefferson Davis to fill the unexpired term, and is now serving.
Wilson, James M.-Professor-He graduated from the Arkansas Normal School for teachers, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. He has been engaged in teaching for ten years.
Wolfe, James-Superintendent of the Forrest City Gin Co
Wynne, Dennis, and Beck
Wynne, Jesse W.
Wynne, Jesse Watkins and Wife
Captain James V.Fussell
Banker, Planter, of early Forrest City
Judge Nathan W.Norton