Yell County Archive

Decoration Days in Yell County 2014

May is the month of Decoration Days, the time of year when people from around the area visit area cemeteries to tend to the graves and decorate their loved one’s resting places with vibrant flowers. For many people Decoration Day was this past weekend, Mother’s Day. For others Decoration Day takes place this weekend or
Category: Arkansas

Meet the Growers: Violet Bullock

If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working on something we’re calling the Garden Book Project. This book will feature the stories of area growers both old and young. More than just a directory or
Category: Arkansas

50 Years After the War on Poverty: ARVAC and Local Stories

  This Seed and the Story column originally ran in February of 2014. January of this year marked the fiftieth anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his first State of the Union address on January 8, 1964, Johnson called upon the nation to aggressively fight the 19% poverty rate, exclaiming,“We shall not rest
Category: Arkansas

Meeting the Gardeners: Terry and Shirley Sigle

If you read this column often you know that for the past year the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action has been working to put together a book of regional garden stories. We’re highlighting the people behind the gardens and exploring both how gardening shaped our history and why we need these
Category: Arkansas

Visiting Herbert Horn’s Clock and Watch Repair

Originally published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine, this piece highlights the work of Herbert Horn, one of few remaining independent watch and clock repairmen in the region. You can visit Horn’s shop on Main Street in Danville, Arkansas. He’s open every Monday through Friday. ABOUT magazine highlights stories from several semi-rural counties in central Arkansas.
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Meet the Growers: James Obie Woods

This is part of our ongoing series profiling regional growers as part of the McElroy’s House’s Garden Book Project to be released this spring. Go here to learn more!  The temperatures are growing cooler and gardens will enter their dormant phase to prepare for the birth of spring. At the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural
Category: African American

Flooding Rivers and Everyday Music: The Stories and Songs of Floy Bearden

This piece was originally published in the October 2013 issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine and was written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats.   Photos of grandchildren and great grandchildren line the walls of Floy Bearden’s home in Dardanelle. A bag of crochet peaks out from under the piano, the platform above the keys lined
Category: Arkansas

Arkansas’s First All Female Local Government

While working on some research for another publication I began reading about the history of Mount Nebo, the 1,350-foot mountain near Dardanelle. Today a portion of the mountain is owned by the Arkansas State Parks and is a popular tourist destination for hiking, camping, and skydiving.  But back in the late 1800s and early 1900s
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Don’t Forget About Arkansas: March for Immigration Reform in Dardanelle, Arkansas

  A few weeks ago the Arkansas United Community Coalition Held a rally in Dardanelle, Arkansas calling for immigrant reform. They picked the small town of Dardanelle because it’s home to congressman Tom Cotton, the Republican who’s running against Senator Pryor in the upcoming state senate race. Rallies are relatively common in places like Little
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Mother’s Day Corsages, Peace Movements and Work Days: What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

In old photo albums and shoe boxes there are several photos of my mother and her mother wearing corsages on Mother’s Day. Usually they’re standing in front of the lilac bush or the deep purple irises, my mother wearing a red corsage and her mother a white one. I distinctly remember my mother explaining the
Category: Arkansas