Death from Natural Causes, Accidents and Murder Most Foul

Batesville Guard

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(We have tried to be accurate, but there is always the possibility of error.  We hope these will be helpful to researchers. These records were compiled by my cousin, James Daniel and published on this website with his permission.)


Meachum, Thornsberry Anderson. 
Died Feb 21, 1908 of La Grippe. Born in Independence County Sep. 14, 1831. He was the son of John W. & Mary A. Meachum, his Father died in 1857 at age 74: his mother in 1864 aged 74. Married Miss Elizabeth Allen about 1856, this union produced 10 children of which 4 were called across the river while Uncle Bob and his wife were still living. In 1892 God took from him his loving wife, leaving Uncle Bob with six children, 5 Girls and 1 Boy. The names of the girls are Mrs. Nellie Bedford of Ada, Oklahoma, Mrs. Jerome Ball of Hickory Valley, Arkansas, Mrs. T. L. Fort of Cave City, Arkansas, Mrs. E. J. Magness of Newark, Arkansas, Miss Robbie Meachum of Newark, Arkansas and W. A. Meachem of Cave City, Arkansas.

Campbell, Mrs. of Washington Township. 
Died February 22, 1908. The burial took place at Barnes graveyard, Sunday with Elder Willie Bracey conducting Funeral Services

Barber, Charles. 
Aged 30 years of Hutchinson Township. Died February 21, 1908 of Typhoid Fever. He was born and reared near where he died. At the time of his death he was Constable of Relief Township. His parents who survive him, Mr. & Mrs. James Barber: A wife and 4 little children the eldest being but 7 years old are left.

Bandy, Sidney of Oklahoma,.  
Died February 9, 1908. A former citizen of this County. The deceased was the only brother of Judge S. B. Wycough’s mother who died here several years ago. His wife was a sister to Mrs. A. P. Stewart now residing at Jamestown. Mr. Bandy was born near Calamine, Sharp County.

Ritchey, Mrs. Hettie of Batesville.  
Died March 6, 1908 of Consumption. At the home of her Mother & Stepfather, Mr. & Mrs. John W. Ransomer. The Remains will be laid to rest in Oaklawn Cemetery at 2:30 this afternoon.

Morrison, William-Died March 5, 1908, Aged 70. 
Had resided at McHue for more than 50 years. Reared two families having been married twice. A wife and a number of children survive him. The burial will take place this afternoon at Kyler Graveyard, near where he lived.

Hill, Mrs. Jack of Actus, Oklahoma. 
Died March 2, 1908. A bride of six months was killed near Quanah by her husband, by cutting her throat. Following their marriage, Mrs. Hall contracted Small Pox leaving her face pitted. For this reason Hill stated that he decided to kill her.

Jones, Rufus C. of Swifton, Jackson County. 
Died March 1, 1908 of Consumption. Died at the Jones Hotel Batesville. The deceased was a brother of J. A. Jones of Batesville. He was formerly President of the Bank of Swifton and head of the Jones-Harvey Mercantile Company. The funeral was held Monday, burial services by the Odd Fellows.

Shell, Mrs. T. F. of Cushman. 
Died March 5, 1908 of Pneumonia, wife of Thomas F. Shell. Mrs. Shell was reared in the family of Doctor & Mrs. D. A. Evans now of Cushman but formerly of Barren Fork. A husband and three children survive her, the youngest child being but two months old.

Kinman, W. T. of Newark. 
Died March 5, 1908. W. T. Kinman shot and wounded Walter Pascoe in that town early yesterday morning. He then began a search for his wife, who had only returned to Newark, in the company of Pascoe, from a three weeks trip away together. Failing to find Mrs. Kinman, the enraged man took his own life by shooting himself with a gun.

Brown, Owen R. of Biggers. 
Tribute of Respect.  Died February 4, 1908. Born in Evening Shade, Sharp County, Arkansas August 8, 1879. Entered the State University at Fayettville in 1898, studied Law. Son of Dr. Brown, Master Mason in Biggers Lodge No. 590, F. & A. M. By S. F. Harrison, G. W. Brunden & Ben S. Tipton.

Williamson, Mrs. Elizabeth J. of Sidney, Sharp County Arkansas. 
Died February 27, 1908. Born in Tennessee in November 28, 1831. She was left a widow at the close of the Civil War with four small children. She has one son living at Mt. Olive, R. P. Williamson, one daughter in Oklahoma, one at Cushman and two at Sidney. Three of her children were with her when the end came. By Mrs. Fannie Griffin and Mrs. Sallie Haywood; daughters.

Woodfill, Miss Edith of Batesville. 
Died March 13, 1908. The seventeen year old daughter of Depot Agent Woodfill, committed Suicide at her fathers home in this city this morning by taking Carbolic Acid. No reason can be assigned by the parents and friends of the young lady for her rash act. She was the only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Woodfill. She has four brothers, all residents of Missouri who will arrive tomorrow. The funeral will occur Monday morning at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Tipton, Col. Henry Clay of Batesville. 
Died March 12, 1908, only one son, Robert Tipton was present. The funeral will occur at Harrison, Boone County the former home of Col. Tipton. He was born in Mississippi 67 years ago and entered the Confederate Army as a young man. After coming to Arkansas Col. Tipton was a schoolteacher at La Crosse, Izard County. He was elected in 1879 to represent the Counties of Fulton, Baxter, Marion & Izard in the State Senate of Arkansas. Col. Tipton was appointed Register of the Land Office at Harrison in 1885.

Kay, Richard K. of Salem. 
Died March 9, 1908 of Pneumonia. (Paper torn across the obit)

Meachum, "Uncle Bob" 
Died February 21, 1908. 
Tribute of Respect;
He was made a Master Mason some time during the Civil War and was a charter member of Curia Lodge No. 144, F. & A. M. By W. W. Justus, C. G. Pool & Jas. M. Simpson.

In Memoriam, Liberty Hill, Local, No. 787, Farmers Educational & Co-Operative Union of America. 
Polsgrove, Abner S. 
Died February 5, 1908. By W. J. Caldwell, W. B. F. Little & John Harty. 

Tribute of Respect;
Woodfill, Miss Edith of Batesville. 
Born October 12, 1890 near Nichols Junction, Missouri, in July 1907 her parents removed to Batesville. By the Senior Class of ’08.

Resolutions of Respect; Hickory Grove Union.
Stice, A. H. 
Died March 1, 1908. By W. J. Meacham, James Bratton & M. Z. Harleson

Harleson, Mrs. A. L. 
Died February 3, 1908. Member of the Baptist Church. By Hickory Grove Union, W. P. Detherow, James Wade & J. R. Felts.

Resolutions of Respect; Findley Study Class.
Towell, Mrs. J. F. 
By Mrs. Ellen Foster, Mrs. J. W. Watkins & W. M. Findley.

Long, Mr. M. Columbus. 
Died March 19, 1908, At the Residence of Mr. J. A. Massey in West Batesville. He was City Editor of the Batesville Guard. Engaged in the Mercantile business in Jamestown for many years and was Postmaster during the reign of Grover Cleveland. He was married early in life to Miss Jessup, a sister of the Jessup boys of this County. He has several children, Victor & Bert being well known here. Mr. Long was married only a week ago last Sunday to Mrs. Hampton of this City. The funeral occurred today at Alderbrook.

Resolution of Respect; Alderbrook Local Union No. 2216, Farmers Educational & Co- Op Union of America.
White, Charley 
Died February 1908. By R. M. Harman, W. L. Halbert & W. P. Harmon.

Grayor, Aunt Tilda ( C ) 
Died March 27, 1908 of Pneumonia. Occupation; Nurse. Her funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 O’clock, and I hope that the white people as well as the colored will turn out to show their Love & Respect to so good a woman.

Davis, Rev. E. M. of Evening Shade. 
Died April 2, 1908 of Rheumatism. He was Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He leaves a wife.

Baker, Austin. 
Appeared in the Batesville Guard April 12, 1908. 
Austin Baker the man who shot and killed Dr. Noe at Mt. Home about a year ago, was the victim of a powder explosion which occurred at the store of Albert Baker at Mt. Home Saturday morning. There were two cans of powder stored in the store, and when Austin Baker was near this powder a terrific explosion occurred. Baker was so badly burned and shocked that his recovery is said to be almost impossible. The building was shattered, the front being entirely torn away by the force of the explosion. A man by the name of Covington was burned about the face and hands, but not seriously. Albert Baker the only other occupant was not injured. Austin Baker was to stand his second trial in June for the killing of Dr. Noe, the first Jury having given him 21 years in the penitentiary, but the Supreme Court reversed the decision.

McDonald, E. B. of Batesville. 
Died April 2, 1908 of Consumption. He died at his home on South Street. Mr. McDonald moved to Batesville from St. Louis about 20 years ago with his family. He was a Carpenter. He leaves a wife and two children, Eugene McDonald of St. Louis and Mrs. G. B. Ortman. The funeral will occur this afternoon at 2 O’clock from the family residence, by Rev. R. C. Morehead.

Wood, Rufus of Eureka Springs. 
Died April 3, 1908. Dolph and Emil Rose & Gus Wood’s all Carroll County young men were held by a Coroners Jury for manslaughter charged with killing Rufus Wood at a country-dance. Gus Wood testified that in a free for all fight in the yard he was the bottom man in a pile of a dozen and that in self defense he pulled a knife and cut his way out, not knowing in the darkness whom or how he struck. During a second fight in which Gus did not participate, Rufus Wood fell to the ground. Believing him in a drunken stupor, his friends loaded him in a wagon, but on the way home discovered that he had been stabbed to the heart and was dead.

Alexander, William Barkley. 
Died April 2, 1908 of Apoplexy. Lived in Pine Bluff, his wife and daughter Miss Lutie was with him at the time of death. He was President of Alexander and Brothers Supply Company, He was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, one daughter Miss Lutie, two sons John G. and William Barkley Jr. and one brother Joseph P. His mother, Mrs. Sarah G. Alexander is still living.

Tetwilder, Edwin P. of Colton, California. 
Died March 31, 1908 of Tuberculoses. He left Newport, Jackson County last December for California. The deceased was born in Irontown Missouri August 25, 1868, Went to Newport in 1890, married Miss Mattie Halstead February 17, 1982. He was the owner of a job printing plant and later the Jackson County Herald.

Resolution of Respect; Missionary Societies of the M. E. Church.
Shell, Mrs. Clemmie Aged 29. 
Died March 4, 1908. Buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Married to Mr. Thomas F. Shell May 7, 1899 at Barren Fork. By Mrs. Mabel Bosshardt, Mrs. Zela Rodman & Mrs. Luna Ramsey.

Casteel, Otto of Sylamore. 
Died April 29, 1908. While out on a party Chivaring a newly married couple Tuesday night, Otto was killed by the discharge of dynamite, accidentally exploded by himself. While the rest of the party was near the house making their part of the fun, Casteel was some distance off standing on a culvert on the Railroad shooting dynamite. He had several sticks of the deadly stuff at his feet and when he would light the fuse on one and throw it, would pick up another. In throwing one stick he didn’t get it far enough away from him and the dynamite at his feet exploded, he died in an hour.

Moore, John A., 40 years of age, of Magness 
Died April 23, 1908. Suicide by taking Carbolic Acid. Mr. Moore went to Newark yesterday and bought 2 ounces of Carbolic Acid from the Newark Drug Company. This morning he got up as usual about 5 O’ Clock, built a fire in the stove and then went out on the front porch and swallowed the Carbolic Acid. He leaves a $1,000.00 insurance policy for his widow and three children. He was buried at Blue Springs Cemetery.

Richardson, Dick. 
Died Apr 13, 1908. Killed on the main street of Hardy on Monday last week by D. F. Jackson. From the Sharp County Record.

Laird, Mrs. T. J., Aged 65. 
May 1, 1908. Was seriously injured in the storm, which visited this section recently, died at the home of her son on the West Side Friday night. Mr. Laird who was also injured in the storm, is getting along very nicely. The home of these good people was totally destroyed by the storm that struck this section on the night of April 24. 1908.

Walker, Thomas. Died May 1, 1908 of Consumption. 
For 15 years a resident of this County died in Brinkley and was buried Saturday at Wadeville, Woodruff County, his old home. He was an inmate of the Insane Asylum. He is survived by his wife and two boys, Walter and Ewing and will remain at their homeplace near Desha.

Meredith, Mrs. Fred L. of Louisville County. 
Batesville Guard; Friday May 8, 1908. Mr. Meridith was for sometime manager of the Weaver-Dowdy Company and married his wife in Illinois, bringing her hear as a bride.

Robertson, Mrs. of Springfield, Illinois. 
Died May 11, 1908. G. G. Robertson one of our travelling men and son-in-law of R. A. Baker returned this morning from Springfield where he attended the funeral of his mother. She was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Mrs. Kate Hare Robertson was born in London, England November 29 1840 and came to Illinois in September 1852. In 1858 at Quincy, Illinois she married William M. Robertson. She is survived by her husband and five sons; William M. Jr. of Sherman, Texas, Thomas W. of this city, John H. of Chicago, James A. of Freeland. Texas & George G. of Batesville, and three daughters; Mrs. R. M. Smith of this city, Miss Agness Robertson of Greely, Colorado, and Miss Jesse Robertson residing at home.

McMullin, Ruth Elizabeth of Charleston, Missouri. 
Died May 9, 1908. She was born December 16, 1842 in Kentucky, married Thomas S. McMullin at age 18. She is survived by; Dr. Smith McMullin of Petaluma, California, Mrs. Lee Gruner of Batesville, Mrs. Leonard Howlett of Charleston, Missouri & Miss Azzie McMullin of Batesville. Her stepdaughters are; Mrs. Joe Perkins of St. Louis, Mrs. Becca McMullin, a daughter-in-law of this place. The funeral services were held in the Farmington Presbyterian Church, burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Varnell, Mrs. James A. of Sadler, Texas. 
Died May 24, 1908. Wife of a former citizen of Salado, she leaves a husband and several children. 

From the Batesville Guard, Friday May 29, 1908
Shue, Dick of McCrory. 
The body of Dick Shue, a farmer, about 6 miles from McCrory was found in the road near the home of J. H. Simmons, whom he is said to have quarreled. Shue had been shot through the head and breast. Shues body was found at a point within a mile of where his brother Hill Shue’s body was found last summer, after he had been shot and killed by one Taylor. Simmons has been taken into custody.

From the Batesville Guard, Friday May 29, 1908.
Gingles, Mrs. Sallie, aged 40, a widow of Cabot. 
Was struck by the engine of a fast moving North bound freight train receiving injuries from which she died 30 minuets thereafter. In Conversation with her father Mr. R. A. Stovall and friends, she did not see or hear the approaching train and stepped in front of it.

Jones, James K. 
Died June 11, 1908. Former Senator of Arkansas.

From the Batesville Guard, Friday June 12, 1908.
Naething, John Phillip. 
In answer to an inquiry of G. F. Naething for his brother who has inherited considerable money, but who has not been heard of since 1873, John D. O’Conner of El Paso, Texas says he was an eye witness to the killing of J. P. Naething a short time prior to March 18, 1873 by John W. Stapelton in a railroad camp at a point where Newport, Arkansas is located. O’Conner says Naething was a cook for the bridge gang, which was putting in a draw over the White River for the St. Louis, Iron Mt. & Southern Railroad. That Stapelton was a waiter and they quarreled over a woman.

Landers, H. B. Died June 16, 1908 of Smallpox. 
Mr. Landers has been a citizen of Arkansas for many years, his father’s family coming here in 1845 from Tennessee. Mr. Landers was a Captain in the Confederate Army, being wounded in the left arm, which crippled him for life. After the war Mr. Landers settled on a farm near Lunenburg in Izzard County where he lived until a couple of years ago when he moved to Mt. Olive.

Pierce, Frank of Tupelo, Jackson County. 
Died June 23, 1908. Formerly a citizen of this County, the remains were brought here for burial in Liberty Cemetery. The body was accompanied by his widow and five children. He was the son of John Pierce lately deceased and has several brothers who now reside in the County.

From the Batesville Guard; Friday June 26, 1908.
Racht, David Aged 76. 
As a result of a shotgun duel David Racht a farmer who lived 3 miles from Mammoth Spring and Van Webb, a farm hand employed by Racht are both dead. A daughter of Racht who attempted to interfere by grasping Webb just as he fired, received several shots from her fathers gun in the face, but is not seriously wounded.

From the Batesville Guard, Friday July 3, 1908.
Stevens, Mrs. of Jonesboro. 
Died June 27, 1908. The home of A. L. Stevens was burned Sunday and Mr. Stevens mother lost her life in the flames, Mr. Stevens had gone fishing and his wife was visiting and his mother, aged 71 and was blind was alone in the house. She tried to save a trunk with valuable papers and got it to the front door when her clothing became ignited and she was burned to a crisp when found at the front gate.

Stroud, Mrs. Will, 21years of age of Bethesda. 
Died July 2, 1908. Daughter of Dave Warren, she had been married less than a year.

Sparks, J. T., aged 60 of Jamestown, Greenbriar Township. 
Died July 6, 1908 of Heart Failure. Found dead in his barn, he was a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter at home and another daughter, Miss Effie at Jackson, Tennessee.

Helm, Perry of Hardy. 
Died July 5,1908. Son of Mrs. Helm of Ash Flat, he was teaching a term of school in Sharp County. He was found in the road near Hardy in an unconscious condition, suffering from congestion. He was a brother to Mrs. Kate Hardister of Batesville. Mr. Helm would have been 21 years old in September. Member of the Methodist Church.

From the Batesville Guard, Friday July 17, 1908
Cloyes, Charles of Pocahontas. 
He was trying to swim the river and gave out before reaching the bank and drowned before help could reach him. He was a son of Rev. & Mrs. A. C. Cloyes and visited here last summer while they had charge of the Odd Fellows Orphan’s Home. The body was recovered and shipped to Union City, Tennessee.

Henderson, Mr. 
Died July 3, 1908. Died Friday night and was buried Saturday afternoon in Convience Cemetery. He leaves five boys and one girl. His wife died about four years ago. He was born July 28, 1856.

Resolutions of Respect; By teachers of Independence County, Friday July 24,1908.
Hulsey, Miss Gertrude. 
Miss Hulsey was a teacher in the Free Schools of Independence Couuty for a number of years. She was born near Desha. By Mrs. Anne Patterson, W. H. Saffell & Miss Ella Albright.

From the Batesville Guard, Friday July 24, 1908.
Crawford, Thomas of Bear Creek, Harrison County.
Thomas Cox passed away this morning after a fight to the death with Thomas Crawford. It appears that ill feelings between the men for some time resulting from poor fences around the property of Thomas Crawford allowing livestock belonging to Thomas Cox to enter Crawford’s fields. Cox and Crawford, the former accompanied by his son met. Crawford fired a charge from a shotgun. Cox was so near that he seized the gun in an effort to protect himself. The shot tore away one of Cox’s hands and part of the load lodged in his breast. But Cox aided by his son overpowered Crawford, took the gun from him and emptied the other barrel into his enemy’s head killing him instantly. Thomas Crawford was a hunter and trapper worked but little. Thomas Cox was a prosperous planter of this County.

Summers, Charles Aurthur. 
Died July 15, 1908. Died at the home of John Bethel, his Uncle in West Batesville. He moved to Batesville last Thursday with his widowed mother and 14 year old brother, leaving his married sister and one brother in Joplin, Missouri. When he arrived there was a small pimple on his lower lip. It got worse, he had it lanced Sunday and developed blood poison. The remains were shipped to Kennett, Missouri for burial.

Bunn, Henry Gaston of El Dorado. 
Died July 17, 1908. Former Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Judge Bunn was born in Nash County, North Carolina in 1838 and came to Arkansas with his parents in 1844 settling in Ouachita County. He entered the Civil War as a private and during the course of the war, by brave and distinguish service he rose to the rank of Colonel. He was wounded a number of times.

Palmer, Robert E., Aged 56. 
July 17, 1908. He was a brother of Judge J. W. Palmer of the Second Criminal Court. Mr Palmer was the eldest son of the late Mr. David E. Palmer and Annie Lee Palmer both of who were prominent Virginia families who immigrated to Arkansas.

Pounders, Dr. W. F., 35 years old, from Sidney. 
Died July 27, 1908. Married to Miss Maxey Price of Evening Shade.

Summers, Robert of Gainsboro Township. 
Died July 25, 1908. Died Sunday night after a brief Illness.

From the Batesville Guard, Friday August 7, 1908.
Erwin, James aged 18 months of Mammoth Springs. 
While his mother was cooking supper, Little James 18-month-old baby of H. E. Erwin, found some morphine in a basket with which he was playing. A physician was called but the tot rapidly sank.

Crolle, Crawford, aged 14 years. 
Died Friday August 20, 1908. The eldest son of Marnirs and A. L. Crolle was drowned at White River yesterday afternoon near Maymelles Gin.

From the Batesville Guard, August 15, 1908.
Dial, Mrs. D. M. of Pocahontas. 
A prominent woman whose baby was found in the cistern at her home. A Coroners Jury after hearing evidence all day could not arrive at a verdict. Ten believed that death was caused by drowning and six believed that the baby was lifeless when it went into the water. Mr. Dial of E. St. Louis, the woman’s father could not attend the funeral.

Parsons, Walter C. of Jonesboro. 
Died August 1908. Was born at Melbourne on June 16, 1891 and moved to Batesville. He was brought to Batesville from Jonesboro, burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Crawford, Crouch. 
Died on August 18, 1908. He was drowned in White River. Buried Sunday August 23,1908 by C. W. Maxfield.

Taylor, Mrs. W. B. of Salado. 
Died August 25, 1908. A widow in Salado Town Ship, died at her home Tuesday from the effects of stomach trouble. She kept house for her stepsons; James, Charley, Clarence & Earl Taylor.


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