Harkrider Street, the part of Highway 64/65 that runs through the city of Conway, was named for James Homer Harkrider. Born in Alabama in 1834, he joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, soon rising to the rank of captain.
At the Battle of Chickamauga Creek, Captain Harkrider was hit Continue reading →
At a little after 11:30 a.m. on July 30, 1896, a crowd gathered in front of the Fort Smith Federal Jail as James Calvin Casharago, aka George Wilson, of Faulkner County, was led from the jail toward the gallows.
The 26-year-old man, short in stature, was a good-looking man and Continue reading →
This past weekend, our road trip included a stop at Quitman Fest. It was while we were driving through this small town on Highway 25, which straddles both Faulkner and Cleburne counties, that we turned onto College Street, a street that runs north and south from the downtown area.
Yes, there was once a college in Quitman. The Quitman Male and Female College, usually called Quitman College, was chartered in 1871, the first Methodist educational institution established Continue reading →
In 1861, a small group of pioneers began to settle in the area that is now called Vilonia. According to tradition, this original settlement was called Vilsonia which mean “land of two valleys.”
The name was altered when the first group of Masons established a lodge there in 1873. When they sent their request into the national headquarters in Washington, D.C., the national organization misspelled the name; instead the name was recorded as “Vilonia.” Continue reading →
Cantrell’s Store, a general store located on the southwest corner at the intersection of what is now Highway 65 and Highway 225, operated in Greenbrier from 1917 until the 1970s.
In 1917, during World War I, James Oscar (Jimmy) Cantrell moved from his farm east of Greenbrier. His father, Frank, owned a blacksmith shop and gristmill Continue reading →