Artifact of the Week

Artifact of the Week — April 15, 2021

Today is April 15th, which means it is national tax day! Even our forefathers bore this responsibility. Check out these images from the Independence County tax record in 1848. OIRM houses some of the county’s earliest records which are stored safely in our vault but are accessible to the public.

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Artifact of the Week — April 7, 2021

Frank Handford in oval portrait as a young man. He was born in Batesville, AR to Charles R. and Sarah Ellen Handford in the Handford-Terry house on April 7, 1892.  He married Fay Pease in New Mexico on June 16, 1912 after a childhood courtship. When Fay would get angry with him as a child, … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — April 1, 2021

This Southern Fashion Calendar mantle clock has three finials on top.  It was made by Seth Thomas of Thomaston CT (as stated on inside clock gears) for the Southern Calendar Clock Co, St. Louis MO. Manufacturer’s note inside door states “set at one o’clock, April 1, 1877.” The key for the door still works and … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — March 25, 2021

Emily Weaver of Batesville, AR, was once sentenced to hang for being a Confederate spy.  The Weaver family had divided loyalties, the father serving as a Union soldier and three sons as Confederate soldiers.  In 1864, Weaver was travelling with companions to Memphis but was re-routed through St. Louis when she became entangled in a … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — March 18, 2021

Sarah Esther Case was the first woman foreign missionary in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Batesville in Independence County. Born in Izard County in 1868, she joined the Woman’s Foreign Mission Society at the age of 18. She was well-educated and served as a teacher and principal in Mexico for many years. Her mission … Continue reading »

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