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Spring 2016 Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings

The spring edition of the Faulkner County Historical Society’s Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings journal is now available. The issue highlights the origin and long-time service of Hiegel Lumber Company; the beginnings and assimilation of the St. Joseph Colony; Conway’s last milk man, Neidth Nooner; and one of the county’s original entrepreneurial families, the Thomas and Jane Carter family of Holland.

Cindy Burnett Beckman, retired from teaching social studies at Conway High School, authors the in-depth article on Conway’s popular Hiegel Lumber Company Continue reading

Sharp County Adds Historical Marker

Arkansas Civil War Markers

Sharp County is the 73rd Arkansas county to install a historical marker paying tribute to the Civil War, according to the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

The Sharp County Historical Society sponsored the marker that commemorates Ephraim Sharp (Sharp County’s farmer/state legislator namesake) and the Civil War in Sharp County; it will be placed at West Main and Court streets in Evening Shade.

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s goal is Continue reading

Groups Focus on Preserving Old Grave Sites

gravestone, Faulkner County Historical Society

by Jordan Gass-Pooré
Published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on August 24, 2015

Without records or maps, a young Theresa Lundberg, her mother and siblings would routinely search for the burial site of her maternal grandfather.

All the Lundbergs knew was that he was somewhere in a Catholic cemetery in the small town of Pomfret, Md., where his wife and many other family members are buried.

“It kind of became a game for my sisters and I,” said Lundberg, a Bella Vista resident. Continue reading

Bridge to the Past: Historical Society Seeks to Preserve 1870s Structure

Springfield-Des Arc Bridge, Faulkner County, Arkansas circa 1890

by Carol Rolf
Published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on August 16, 2015

Photo of bridge by Wayne Kizziar, used with permission.

Back in the day, the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge was an important part of a trade route that connected Des Arc on the White River in Prairie County with Springfield, which was the seat of government in Conway County from 1850-1873. Des Arc was a steamboat landing on the White River. Continue reading

Civil War Markers at Cadron & Oak Grove Cemetery

Cadron Civil War Marker, Faulkner County, Arkansas

Two markers commemorating Faulkner County’s involvement in the American Civil War and its aftermath were dedicated during the Faulkner County Museum’s open house. The markers came about as a response to the request from the Arkansas Civil War Commission that each Arkansas county designate an area that played a part in the Civil War. The commission’s marker program was established Continue reading