100 YEARS AGO Aug. 3, 1917
■ Neal Smith, eight-yearold son of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Smith, 2504 Arch street, suffered a badly crushed right foot and the loss of two toes at Twenty-sixth and Arch streets about 7 o’clock last night. His foot was caught in a chain near the rear wheel of a motor truck on which he was stealing a ride. The truck was driven by John Wayman, negro, of the John B. Bond Company, wholesale druggists, who was taking it to the garage in the rear of the residence of John B. Bond Jr., 2600 Arch Street.
50 YEARS AGO Aug. 3, 1967
■ Governor Rockefeller Wednesday named the 34 members of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. Named Chairman was John R. Powers Jr. of Rogers, vice president of the Daisy Heddon Division of the Victor Comptometer Corporation. Powers is a former director of development for the National Society of Crippled Children and Adults. Mrs. W. S. Fox of Pine Bluff was appointed vice chairman and Mrs. Mary Jess Lankford of Little Rock, an employe of the Employment Security Division, was named executive secretary.
25 YEARS AGO Aug. 3, 1992
■ TILLAR — On Sunday, Mary Thompson celebrated 110 years of living. Friends came from as far away as Detroit to her home in Tillar (Drew County) to wish her a happy birthday. Among the many gifts she received, there were two of her favorites — cash and housecoats. Thompson’s birthday dinner consisted of barbecued chicken, greens, and coffee — and her birthday cake that she made herself from a yellow store-bought mix, she said. “I’m gonna be around a lot more years, too,” she said. “I might be hoppin’ around on this thing, but I’m gonna be around,” she said, picking her walker up and slamming it down for emphasis.
10 YEARS AGO Aug. 3, 2007
■ Authorities will exhume the body of Janie Ward of Marshall today and perform a third autopsy and other tests in an effort to determine how she died nearly 18 years ago. The body will be taken to Little Rock, where it will undergo a computerized tomography scan and an autopsy performed by two out-of-state experts, including one trained in forensic anthropology, said Tim Williamson of Mena, the special prosecutor appointed to investigate Ward’s death. A computerized tomography scan consists of X-ray pictures of the inside of the body from different angles taken by a computer connected to an X-ray machine.