Artifact of the Week – September 16, 2021

A photo of Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott with friends Lydia, Howard, Elsie and Will
A photo of Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott with friends Lydia, Howard, Elsie and Will

A photo  of Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott with friends Lydia, Howard, Elsie and Will. Photo shows them standing in front of a rock house, next to a store at Union Hill, dated Sept. 11, 1946. 

(Jarvis, Shirley collection)   

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Artifact of the Week — September 9, 2021

The manganese mining industry in Independence, Izard, and Stone Counties supplied vital material during several wars and produced almost all of the ore shipped from Arkansas. It was a thriving economic industry in the area from 1849-1959. 

For more information, visit https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/manganese-mining-4315/.

Photo 1: Two men working on each side of a large rock sorter
Photo 1: Two men working on each side of a large rock sorter

Photo 1: Two men working on each side of a large rock sorter, labeled on back, “Westmoreland Manganese Operation Polk Bayou near Cushman, Ark.” (OIRM, Wolford, William and Alice collection)

Beginning of Westmoreland Manganese Plant near Cushman
Beginning of Westmoreland Manganese Plant near Cushman

Photo 2: Beginning of Westmoreland Manganese Plant near Cushman. Back of photo, “1917-1918.” (OIRM, Powell-Guard collection # 432)

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Artifact of the Week — September 2, 2021

Photo believed to be of Willie Helm
Photo believed to be of Willie Helm

Photo believed to be of Willie Helm, made at  Dawson Studio in Little Rock, Arkansas, in Sept of 1884. At the time, she would have been age 15 years and 7 months.  The dress was made of wine colored cashmere and the flowers are geraniums.  (Young, Betty Umstead collection)

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Artifact of the Week — August 26, 2021

Here is a collection of photos in celebration of National Dog Day! Take a look at these images of man’s (and woman’s) best friend through the years.

Sam Earnheart home in Bethesda.
Sam Earnheart home in Bethesda.

Photo 1: Sam Earnheart home in Bethesda. Sam worked in the distilling business with his father Robert in O’Neal, near Bethesda. House is two-storied with jutting 2-story front porch over the middle of the front. Stone wall across the front yard also holds an iron fence along its top. Three men (with dog) and two women with child stand in front of the home. (OIRM, McClure, Carolyn collection)

Frank Padgett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Padget, and dog
Frank Padgett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Padget, and dog

Photo 2: Frank Padgett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Padget, and dog. Early photo–probably late 1800’s. (OIRM, Young, Betty Umstead collection)

Unknown man and woman with dogs
Unknown man and woman with dogs

Photo 3: Unknown man and woman with dogs on stairs of wooden house and picket gate. He may have been associated with the construction of the locks and dams on White River, ca 1900s.

Fred Kealer, lock master at Lock 1 at Batesville on the White River, may have taken this photo. (OIRM, Dozier, Danny collection)

Photo of Alma June Cornelius (Armstrong) as an infant with her dog in Fulton County
Photo of Alma June Cornelius (Armstrong) as an infant with her dog in Fulton County

Photo 4: Photo of Alma June Cornelius (Armstrong) as an infant with her dog in Fulton County. Alma June is 8 months old. (OIRM, Armstrong, June collection)

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Artifact of the Week — August 19, 2021

Thank goodness for the photos which document history!  In celebration of World Photo Day, here are some photos of photographers, amateur and professional.

Mary Cooper Miller's family in Izard County
Mary Cooper Miller’s family in Izard County

Photo 1: Mary Cooper Miller’s family in Izard County. Standing in back is her father William Jefferson “Jeff” Cooper, Sr. L to R: sister Linda Carol Cooper (with brownie camera around neck), Mary Cooper (Miller), mother Lora Edna Smith Cooper, brother William Jefferson “Bud” Cooper, Jr. on the occasion of Bud’s high school baccalaureate, May, 1959, at Melbourne Church of Christ. (OIRM, Miller, Mary Cooper collection)

J.R. Lewis, photographer, of Batesville, AR,
J.R. Lewis, photographer, of Batesville, AR,

Photo 2: J.R. Lewis, photographer, of Batesville, AR, in his studio with his camera, circa 1940s (OIRM, Powell/Guard collection)

Jeff Porter, editor of the Batesville High School yearbook
Jeff Porter, editor of the Batesville High School yearbook

Photo 3: Jeff Porter, editor of the Batesville High School yearbook, with a camera around his neck, making a funny face, circa 1977 (OIRM, Cook, Ruth Kent collection)

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