100 YEARS AGO
July 1, 1917
■ James McGloffin, a private in Company H, First Arkansas Infantry, of Marvell, drowned in the Arkansas river above Fort Roots shortly after 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The body had not been recovered late last night. McGloffin was bathing with about 50 soldiers. The men had swum across the river from the Argenta side to the Little Rock side, and were swimming back when McGloffin sank when in midstream. He reappeared only once.
50 YEARS AGO July 1, 1967
■ Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller’s choice as State Police director, Lynn A. Davis, does not meet the legal requirements for the office, Attorney General Joe Purcell said Friday night. Purcell interpreted the residency requirement of the law to mean that the director would have to have an “actual, physical presence” in the state for 10 years prior to his appointment. Purcell delivered the opinion to G. Thomas Eisele, an adviser to the governor, at about 8 p.m. before telling reporters of his opinion.
25 YEARS AGO July 1, 1992
BENTON — Kidnapping victim Tyson Efird blackmailed and seduced him, then refused to leave his house until the two had sex again, rape defendant Carl Lafayette Meny testified Tuesday. Efird, who testified earlier Tuesday against Meny, recalled the events differently: “He (Meny) put a pillow over my face. I couldn’t get any air. I couldn’t breathe. And then he lifted it up and told me ‘About three more seconds and you’d be dead.’” Then Meny demanded sexual favors, Efird said. Meny, 36, of Hot Spring County faces three rape counts, plus charges of kidnapping and attempted capital murder in the Nov. 14, 1991, abduction of Efird.