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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - DEATHS -

100 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 1918

DAR­DANELLE — Mrs. Jag­gers, aged 60, was burned to death, the 18-month-old daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cole­man so badly burned that she died a short time later, and an­other child, five years old, is not ex­pected to live as the re­sult of a fire which de­stroyed the Cole­man home yes­ter­day morn­ing. Mr. Cole­man was also badly burned about the face and body, but his in­juries are not se­ri­ous. Mrs. Cole­man es­caped un­hurt. She is a daugh­ter of Mrs. Jag­gers.

50 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 1968

CUM­MINS PRI­SON FARM — State Pri­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Thomas O. Mur­ton dis­closed Tues­day that an in­mate had told him that a pris­oner had been buried at this sprawl­ing pri­son farm as re­cently as 1961. The im­pli­ca­tion of Mur­ton’s re­mark was that the pris­oner was an­other in an un­known num­ber who al­legedly were slain by over­seers and buried in un­marked graves in a pas­ture about a mile from the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion of the State Po­lice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­cov­ery Mon­day of three skele­tons in as many graves in the pas­ture.

25 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 1993

Tears were shed and harsh words were ex­changed Satur­day at the state Capi­tol as 20 mem­bers of the Par­ents of Mur­dered Chil­dren sup­port group de­nied any racial mo­tive in their in­sis­tence that state Sen. Jerry D. Jewell re­sign. Group mem­bers, sev­eral blacks among them, chas­tised Jewell, the pres­i­dent pro tem­pore of the state Se­nate, for hav­ing used his re­cent stint as act­ing gov­er­nor to or­der the re­lease of con­victed mur­derer Billy Ray Davis and drug dealer Tommy McIn­tosh.

10 YEARS AGO Jan. 31, 2008

CON­WAY — A for­mer Lit­tle Rock School District prin­ci­pal fired in 1998 over sex­ual-ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions is ap­peal­ing a mis­de­meanor sex­ual as­sault con­vic­tion in­volv­ing a Guy-Perkins El­e­men­tary School stu­dent. Franklin Davis, 47, of Con­way will go on trial Feb. 15 be­fore Judge Charles E. Claw­son Jr. of Faulkner County Cir­cuit Court. The bench trial amounts to an ap­peal of Davis’ con­vic­tion in Guy City Court for fourth-de­gree sex­ual as­sault. Judge Jack Roberts sen­tenced Davis on May 3, 2007, to six months in jail with all but 60 days sus­pended. Roberts also fined Davis $1,000 with $500 sus­pended.

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