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Artifact of the Week — March 5, 2020

This article is from the Batesville Guard, dated January 23, 1969 describing the fire at the old Central Elementary School. The building was completely destroyed by the fire. The building was insured for $25,000 and was being used as a Practical Nurse Training School.

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Artifact of the Week — February 27, 2020

A 7.25″ by 9.25″ photo of birthday party gathering for Mabel Brown in Newport, AR, at Lonnie Brown’s house in 1960’s.  Photo shows J. M. Watkins and wife, Mabel, and O. J. Watkins, both preachers.  See Surname file for identification.  Other names:  Kenard, Harper, Brown.  Family.  Holiday. Recreation. Blacks. Photo of birthday party for Mabel … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 20, 2020

L to R: Billingsly, Ed/Watkins, J.M. (1st cousin of Lillie Mae’s husband Arvin Watkins)/Balem, Lizzie/ Darty, Ernest (tallest man) and his wife standing in front of him- Dary, Lizzie Noland (Lillie Mae’s parents)/, and their child Darty, Essie (one of twins)/Billingsly, Herbert (son of Abe Billingsly)/and his wife standing in front of and to his … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 13, 2020

In honor of Dr. Wesley John Ketz’s birthday today. 3 biographies of Frances Barnett Ketz & Dr. Wesley John Ketz. A)  An autobiography that Frances Barnett Ketz apparently wrote for a class reunion – Class of 1936. B)  The manuscript used by master of ceremonies in introducing the King White River, 1997, who was Dr. … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 6, 2020

A photograph of the 1938 Batesville High School graduates.   #1 Price Powell; 4 Harold Thomason; 6 Hubert Meachum; 9. Hale Coop, 10. C.R. Snapp; 14. Wasson; 15 Wasson; 19. Lloyd Williams; 23 Dorr Hayden; 24. Marie Carpenter; 25 Mary Jean Atkinson; 27 Quintin Leonard; 28. Virginia Gennings; 30 Paul Buchanan; 34. Jack Wasson; 36 … Continue reading »

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