Main Street Ashdown


Senator Jeff Davis

The Bryan Daily Eagle & Pilot
Bryan Texas, Friday Evening, Jan 3, 1913 

Suffered a Stroke of Apoplexy Early
This Morning at His Home
In Little Rock.
By Associated Press.
Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 3. 

United States Senator Jeff Davis died suddenly at his home here at 12:30
o'clock this morning as the result of an attack of apoplexy. Besides being a picturesque character in Washington during his one term in the senate, which began in 1907, United States Senator Jeff Davis had the distinction of being the only man elected to tbe governorship of Arkansas three times. Previous to his seven years Incumbency of the governorship of his state Mr. Davis had been prosecuting attorney for the Fifth Arkansas judicial district and in 1898 was elected attorney general of the state.

Mr. Davis was born In Little River county, Arkansas, in 1862, and received his education at Russellville, Ark., and at Vanderbilt University, graduating from the latter Institution in 1884. He was admitted to the bar the same year and soon after began to practice. Senator Davis' term would have expired March 4 of this year. At the democratic state primary last September he defeated Congressman Stephen Brundidge for nomination as senator. As the legislature is  overwhelmingly democratic.  He would have been reelected as soon as the legislature convened. Governor Donaghey at an early hour this morning said 'he thought it inappropriate to discuss the matter of the appointment of Senator Davis' successor. '

Senate Adjourned Out of Respect.
By Associated Press.
Washington, " Jan. 8. 
The senate adjourned on account of Senator Jeff Davis' death.

Extra- He was born in LR Co May 6, 1862 to Lewis W and E.A. Davis.  

Saw Mill Explosion ~Rocky Comfort 1892

Pullen & Haywood Saw Mill Explosion

Rocky Comfort

April 27, 1892

Submitted by Mary Jameson

Great-Great-Granddaughter of E.W. Pullen

FOUR KILLED and Fourteen Wounded, Two of Whom Will Die.

This is a result of the boiler explosion in Pullen & Haywood's Mill in Little River County, Rocky Comfort, Arkansas, April 27, 1892.
The bursting of the boiler in Pullen & Haywood's Mill yesterday, resulted in the death of E.W. Pullen, W.W. Haywood, W.A. Clem and Frank Castleberry, a child about 8 years old and wounding the following: Mrs. Castleberry, seriously and will die; J.W. Kitmer, seriously, and will die; Miss Dora Castleberry, Miss Ona Pope, Edmond Pope, aged 9 years; Warren Stewart, aged 12 years; R.A. Clem, aged 49 years; Robert Pullen, son of E.W. Pullen; Maude and Allen, aged respectfully 6 and 10, children of W.W. Haywood; Headly Short and wife 70 years old; Dickson Knight, Choctaw Indian, aged 35; and Allen Thompson, aged 16.
Mr. J.W. Kitmer has a father and sisters in St. Louis.
The boiler bursted on top of the fire box, causing it to rebound endwise, striking the floor near the saw, then turning endwise again, striking the ground about twenty-five yards from the place it was located. This is the third boiler explosion that has occurred in this part of the county in the last year or so. From all accounts, the boiler was a second-hand one, and was very recently brought into this county. But little lumber had been sawed. Mr. E.W. Pullen was from Clark County and has relatives here. Mr. V.S. Clem is also from Clark County.
Mr. E.W. Pullen was buried today.


Richmond, Arkansas, April 28 - Never in the history of Little River County have our people been so shocked as they have by the recent disaster, which occurred on the 26th inst. about 2 P.M. by which three persons were instantly killed and fourteen wounded. In company with several craftsmen, your correspondent visited Rocky Comfort yesterday to assist in burying Mr. E.W. Pullen, a good citizen and a Mason of High standing, whose untimely death was mentioned in yesterday's special. Reaching Rocky Comfort too late to participate in the funeral ceremonies, we sought information concerning the sad tragedy, which furnished the only topic of conversation in that quiet town on our Western border.
The saw mill, owned by Messrs. Pullen and Haywood, has been recently built, or rather, removed to its present locality, and is situated six miles northeast of Rocky Comfort, on the "line" or Government road, marking the boundary line between Arkansas and the Indian Territory.
The engines had been but recently repaired, a new saw purchased, and everything seemed to be in nice shape, and its enterprising owners were congratulating themselves upon the bright prospects for a "good run" in that growing section.
A number of ladies and children had repaired to the scene to witness the new mill start, little dreaming of the terrible fate that awaited them. About 2 o'clock P.M., only a little while after the whistle had blown and the merry hum of the saw was making the woods ring with loud noise, a fearful crash came. The boiler had exploded, caused presumably by the water getting too low in the boiler and the "crown sheet" becoming heated, and upon turning in a fresh supply of water, the explosion came. The killed were Mr. E.W. Pullen, Mr. Haywood and young Castleberry, the fireman.
Mrs. Castleberry's arm was broken, and her legs badly bruised, and skull fractured, and she has since died.
Young Clem, son of Mr. Allen Clem, was badly wounded and died on yesterday.
Four others, probably two ladies and two men, sustained serious injuries from which it is feared they will not recover.
Of the eight others hurt, they will soon recover, as their injuries were bruises or burns from hot water.
Doctors Savage and Sager, the excellent physicians of Rocky Comfort, were doing some heroic work in caring for the wounded and alleviating their suffering.


Three Men Killed, Four Wounded, and Two Women Injured.

Richmond, Arkansas, April 27 - The distressing news has just reached this place of the most terrible explosion that has ever occurred in this county. Mr. E.W. Pullen, who has a steam mill six miles west of Rocky Comfort, in this county, had just returned from the foundry at Texarkana with some parts of the machinery, which had been repaired. The parts had been put together and the mill started on Tuesday, April 26, in the presence of a number of by-standers, when the boiler exploded, killing Mr. E.W. Pullen, his engineer and fireman, and wounding four others, perhaps mortally.
Of the wounded, one was a woman who had both arms and limbs broken and in this mangled condition, she is still living.
Mr. E.W. Pullen was one of our best citizens, being Worshipful Master of Rocky Comfort Lodge, R. and A.M.; Royal Arch Captain of Richmond Chapter No. 87, Royal Arch Masons, and a zealous Knight of Honor.
The undertaker of this place will send coffins this morning to the scene of the disaster.

1902 Richmond School Group

Alleene Local News 1930


 Mr and Mrs Tom Whitney of New Boston TX were here on business Wed and

John Woodson and Tommie Cox of Camden were visitors here Fri night enroute
 to Oklahoma City.

Misses Ruth Cope, Mamie Gifford and Carl Whiteman of DeQueen visited
 friends here Fri afternoon.

 Mr and Mrs Fred Wright of Ashdown were visitors in town Fri.

 Mr and Mrs J.R.(B?) King and Mrs J WJ Mast of Texarkansa were visitors
 here recently.

 Miss Merle Gillihan visited friends in Ashdown last week.

 JJ Seastrunk, EF Scarborough, CO Thompson and OL Seastrunk motored to
 Foreman Sat.

Mr and Mrs Russell Pierce spent the week end with relatives at Winthrop.

 Joe Norwood of Texarkana visited relatives here Sat.

 Mr and Mrs JN Honnell visited relatives in Lockesburg Tues.

 Mr and Mrs Tom Crawford and daughter Dorothy and Price Crawford and
daughter Lucille, Celia Patton, Leona Gillihan and CO Thompson attended
 the school program at Arden Fri night.

 Merlie Gillihan and Carl Whiteman of DeQueen attended the show at
 Texarkana Sun night.

 Henry Freeman of Foreman was in town Wed.

 Mrs Oather Carver and little son of Wallace spent the week end here with
 her parents, Mr and Mrs JD Seastrunk.

Mrs Sherd  Barrett of Ashdown spent the week end here with her sister,
 Mrs Charlie Scarborough.

Little River News
May 1930


Oak Grove 1912 School Group

Oak Grove School Group August 1912

Ashdown's Early Days


Little River News
January 31, 1934

When S.A. Maddox, Henry Westbrook, John Coggins and a few others who are still citizens of Ashdown came to make their home, they found two log houses surrounded by fields of cotton and corn, owned by William and Maloy Waddell, uncles of George and Charley Waddell of Ashdown..  The Waddells owned eighty acres of what is now Ashdown.
William Waddell’s log house stood on the site now occupied by the R.A. Phillip’s home.  A field of corn waved its yellow tassels from about where the news office stands to the other side of the KCS railroad and from there to beyond the site of the courthouse, the land was planted in cotton.
Mr. Maddox came here from Saratoga in 1889 to take charge of the commissary, which was built at the time of the survey of the Texarkana and Ft. Smith Railroad His store was a small frame building which stood almost in the middle of what is now the street in front of Phillip’s Drug Store.  A Mr. Fricks ran the store for a short time until Mr. Maddox’s brother came to take charge.
Henry Westbrook enlarged the building and clerked in the store.
Capt. W.D. Dupree built the first frame dwelling here.  It stood on the site next door to the Albert Hamilton home.  The Baptist Church, which was the first to be organized here, held its first services in the Dupree home.
The first preacher, a man named Rogers, preached there.
The first industry was a large sawmill, which stood near the old Frisco Pond.  Mr. and Mrs. Dupree furnished rooms and board to a large number of the men who worked there.
John Coggins, who later married into the Dupree family, tells of a joke he played on Capt. Dupree.  He made a sign which he tacked up in front of the boarding house which read: “Maddox town, Westbrook Street, Dupree Hotel, and nothing to eat.” Needless to say, he had to take it down.
The railroad built at that time was owned by Bill Whitaker and was called the Texarkana and Ft. Smith railroad.  While Whitaker owned it, it only extended between Texarkana and Wilton and after five years, the Kansas City Southern bought it and extended it on to Ft. Smith.
After a short time, Mrs. Girlie, mother of Mrs. H.M. Westbrook, also from Saratoga, came and built a two-story frame hotel.  The remains of this hotel still stand next to M.S. Johnson store.
The first schoolhouse was a small one-story room built about where the Ashdown Hardware warehouse now stands.  The first teacher of this school was a man named Payne.

When the town was laid off into lots, about 1891, Judge Burns gave the lots where the grade school building now stands and a one room frame house was built.  Later another room was added.  This served until the two-story frame building that is now used as an apartment house was built in about 1900.