New Publication: The Mitchells of Fifty Six

The Mitchells of Fifty Six

The Stone County Historical Society has recently published this compilation of family stories written by Patsy Mitchell Newcomb. The stories are delightful to read and tell of life in that area from the early 1900’s to about 1950. The book also includes stories about the Fifty-Six School contributed by Bonnie Hudspeth Cartwright and other family memories by Marjorrie Mitchell Lowe, as well as family genealogy and pictures.

The book is available now at Lancaster’s Hardware on the Square. Society members can pick up their free copy from Charlotte. The price for non-members is $10.00 (+$2 if mailed).

Membership to the Society is open to anyone interested in the history of Stone County. Annual dues are $15.00 per calendar year. Contact the Stone County Historical Society by email, on our Facebook page, or at PO Box 210, Mountain View, AR 72560.

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2014 Officers Elected

The Stone County Historical Society met Jan. 12 to conduct business that had originally been set for the final quarterly meeting of 2013 but had to be postponed because of snow.

Officers for 2014 were elected as follows:  Fred Ward, president; Stephanie Labert, vice president; Lynda Swafford, secretary; Mary Tedsen, treasurer. Committee chairs are Connie Crymes, building division; Charlotte Lawrence, genealogy division; Robbie Purdom, publications; Lori Freeze, public relations.

To help distribute the workload it was decided that the president will organize the quarterly meetings and will delegate other duties to appropriate committees. Cephas Spear will help coordinate grounds maintenance, Connie Crymes will handle archiving and collections, exhibits and volunteers; Lynda Swafford will coordinate the auditorium and programs. The organization still needs someone to coordinate building maintenance.

Many thanks to outgoing President Dan Stewart, who served the organization well in that office.

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Onia History Book Now Available

A new publication, “Onia: A history of a small community in Stone County,” is now available from the Stone County Historical Society. It includes stories about descendants of Ben and Malissa Balentine, who came to Stone County in 1873, the year the county was formed.
Members can pick up their copy of the book any Thursday, Friday or Saturday at the Museum. The book is also available for sale for $10 at C.K. Lancaster’s on the square in Mountain View.
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Louis Richardson Family

Richardson family

Louis Richardson Family of Alco, before 1930.  Front row: Ida, Georgia Sutterfield, Mandy, Hollin, Louis, Dorothy, Ralph & Fadie. Back row: Dona & Louisa.  – submitted by Kenneth Rorie

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Claudia Gammill

Claudia Gammill

Claudia Gammill, age 89, Stone County, Arkansas, 1979.  – From the University of Central Arkansas Archives, Rackensack Collection, Vaughn Brewer.


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Canning Kitchen Equipment


An example of the type of pressure canning equipment used in canning kitchens in Stone County and around the country during the Great Depression.  – submitted by Kenneth Bradshaw

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1950s Main Street in Mountain View

Main Street 50sThis view of Main Street shows the south side of the courthouse square, facing east. The Lackey Motor Company building is at the left edge of the photo.  – contributed by Kenneth Rorie

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