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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 1917

PINE BLUFF — Wil­bur Orto, aged 27, pres­i­dent of the Orto Bro­ker­age Com­pany and son of Dr. Z Orto, died in a lo­cal san­i­tar­ium this morn­ing as the re­sult of a frac­tured spine. He was in­jured at Lake Chicot late Satur­day night, when he dived into shal­low wa­ter. Orto and Frank Bloom of this city left Satur­day for Lake Vil­lage with Maj. L. S. Ed­wards and Cap­tain Culpep­per of Lit­tle Rock, to spend a few days on Lake Chicot as a farewell out­ing be­fore re­port­ing to duty at the Of­fi­cers’ Train­ing Camp at Leon Springs, Texas.

50 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 1967

■ Three per­sons were trapped in an up­stairs apart­ment and burned to death shortly after mid­night Sun­day when a fire of un­de­ter­mined ori­gin swept through a four-unit apart­ment house at 915 North Olive Street, North Lit­tle Rock. The vic­tims were John­nie Dare, 50, his wife, Mrs. Lilly Dare, 42, and Mrs. Ethel Go­forth, 69, of 1219 Orange Street, who was stay­ing overnight with the Dares.

25 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 1992

RUS­SEL­LVILLE — A man who pleaded guilty in 1983 to mur­der­ing his mother, his sis­ter and his grand­fa­ther, as well as stab­bing his brother, will have a pa­role hear­ing today. Robert Wayne Simp­son, 22, for­merly of Rus­sel­lville, will have his first pa­role hear­ing since be­ing sen­tenced in July 1983 to 38 years in prison. On April 4 1983, Robert Simp­son, who was 14 at the time, shot to death his mother, Mar­garet Simp­son, 39; his sis­ter, Jen­nifer Simp­son, 7; and his grand­fa­ther, Thomas Simp­son, 75. Thomas Simp­son died from his gun­shot wounds on April 21, 1983.

10 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 2007

■ Fire of­fi­cials in North Lit­tle Rock want to snuff out sales of nov­elty lighters re­sem­bling toy race cars, cell phones and even car­toon char­ac­ters, say­ing they are too tempt­ing of a hazard for young chil­dren. “Kids are fas­ci­nated by fire any­way, es­pe­cially when a lighter is made to look like a race car,” said Lt. Mark Shoe­maker, the city’s deputy fire mar­shal. “The lighters will play tunes and have flash­ing lights, and some look like Tweety Bird, dogs, frogs and toy guns. Some even look like a fire ex­tin­guisher.” The city fire mar­shal’s of­fice and North Lit­tle Rock Fire Depart­ment ad­min­is­tra­tors plan to ask the North Lit­tle Rock City Coun­cil to ban the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of the nov­elty lighters within the city lim­its.

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