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100 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1918

PINE BLUFF — One hun­dred and 20 gal­lons of good whiskey were seized here to­day by rail­road de­tec­tives, and three men claimed 60 gal­lons of it. The re­main­der was not claimed. The men held for trans­port­ing liquor into the state are Bert Martin, ne­gro, of Du­mas; Pergie Du­vis, ne­gro, of Du­mas; and C.H. Housten, white, home un­known. The whiskey was taken off Mis­souri Pa­cific train No. 148, Alexan­dria, La., to Lit­tle Rock, here at 8:30 this morn­ing. The men waived pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing be­fore Com­mis­sioner Bur­nett and were held to the fed­eral Grand Jury.

50 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1968

FAYETTEVILLE — The Leg­isla­tive Joint Au­dit­ing Com­mit­tee met here Satur­day and af­ter com­plet­ing work on au­dit re­ports, ex­pressed con­cern over crit­i­cism of the Com­mit­tee’s prac­tice of meet­ing here on the Uni­ver­sity of Ar­kan­sas’s foot­ball week­ends. Tra­di­tion­ally the Com­mit­tee has met for a short pe­riod of time over the years in au­dit re­view ses­sions when­ever there was a foot­ball game at Lit­tle Rock or here. The Com­mit­tee-men are al­lowed travel ex­penses for the meet­ings. Sen­a­tor Os­car Ala­good of Lit­tle Rock said he was aware of crit­i­cism from some news­pa­pers, but that the Com­mit­tee’s meet­ings have been pro­duc­tive and busi­nesslike… ” The mem­bers of the Cham­ber of Com­merce of Fayetteville, in co-op­er­a­tion with the Uni­ver­sity of Ar­kan­sas, in­vited leg­is­la­tors to the cam­pus. … It was a mat­ter of com­mon sense to have the meet­ing at the same time. A lot of ru­ral ed­i­tors don’t re­al­ize that in­dus­trial lead­ers and cham­bers of com­merce are anx­ious to get these peo­ple to the vicin­ity. The Com­mit­tee has taken ad­van­tage of this de­sire.”

25 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 1993

The hero­ics of a Mayflower man Sun­day may well have helped Laura Pem­ber­ton Ni­chols, 51, sur­vive a fire that de­stroyed her $150,000 stone and red­wood-frame home near Scott. … “When I got there,” [Tom] Tol­liver said, “the glass al­ready was so hot it was pop­ping. I knew it would blow any minute.” He got the door open, found Ni­chols ly­ing in­side and pulled her out into the yard. A St. Vin­cent In­fir­mary Med­i­cal Cen­ter spokesman said Ni­chols was in fair con­di­tion Tues­day with sta­ble vi­tal signs. She was con­scious but re­mained “un­com­fort­able.” Chief Carl Chap­man, who heads the Scott Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, said the home had been de­signed sev­eral years ago by noted ar­chi­tect E. Fay Jones of Fayetteville.

10 YEARS AGO Oct. 13, 2008

Af­ter sit­ting va­cant for two years, Ray Win­der Field’s fu­ture of­fi­cially is up for grabs. Lit­tle Rock will ac­cept pro­pos­als from or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in leas­ing the for­mer mi­nor-league base­ball sta­dium and will en­ter­tain of­fers to buy the city’s share of the land. What to do with Ray Win­der Field has stumped res­i­dents who have served on com­mit­tees deal­ing with the fu­ture of War Memo­rial Park. “It’s such valu­able real es­tate and we’ve heard a num­ber of pro­pos­als,” said Vice Mayor Stacy Hurst who has led the War Memo­rial Park plan­ning ef­forts. “There’s some emo­tion in­volved in this, so re­ally the best process will be to gather as many pro­pos­als as pos­si­ble and go through the process of mak­ing the de­ci­sion.”

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