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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

100 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1917 ■ TEXARKANA — One of the early land­marks of the city, and the only house left stand­ing on the Arkansas side that was here 40 years ago, prob­a­bly will be torn away in the near fu­ture to make room for a mod­ern struc­ture. It is a frame cot­tage and was the home of Mrs. M.S. Ward for more than 35 years and un­til her death a few weeks ago. It is now the prop­erty of her son, W.H. Ward, and her daugh­ter, Mrs. E.F. Tor­rons. The house would have given place to a mod­ern build­ing long ago but for sen­ti­men­tal rea­sons. Be­cause of sa­cred mem­o­ries Mrs. Ward wanted to end her days un­der the old roof and the chil­dren ac­qui­esced in her wishes.

50 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1967

■ ARKADEL­PHIA — Woman’s Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan its 10th year with a tea held at the City Li­brary. The group was one of the first af­fil­i­ates of the Arkansas Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Clubs.

25 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 1992

■ Gov. Bill Clin­ton car­ried the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with 54.4 per­cent of the pop­u­lar vote in a mock elec­tion in­volv­ing 72,839 Arkansas stu­dents in kin­der­garten through 12th grade. Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, got 39,652 votes. Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Bush got 21,467 votes, or 29.6 per­cent. Ross Perot, one of 12 al­ter­nate can­di­dates, came in third with 10,650 votes, which was 14.2 per­cent of the vote. The mock elec­tion was co­or­di­nated in Arkansas by the Arkansas As­so­ci­a­tion of Ed­u­ca­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tors, with aid from the state De­part­ments of Ed­u­ca­tion and stu­dents from Ben­ton School District. The Arkansas re­sults were called in to a na­tional head­quar­ters for a fi­nal tally.

10 YEARS AGO Oct. 31, 2007

■ GASSVILLE — Lo­cal lore says a cigar-smok­ing spirit haunts the Bax­ter County Her­itage Mu­seum in an 84-yearold build­ing that once housed the county’s first hos­pi­tal. Mem­bers of the Yel­lville based Para­nor­mal Stud­ies of Arkansas re­cently spent a night at the mu­seum in Gassville, look­ing for ev­i­dence of other-worldly ac­tiv­ity. Team leader Ja­son Mansfield of Yel­lville, in neigh­bor­ing Mar­ion County, took some 300 pho­to­graphs, shot 30 hours of video and recorded 36 hours of au­dio. Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Jane An­drew­son has heard ghostly foot­steps and caught the scent of the cigars fa­vored by the build­ing’s for­mer oc­cu­pant, the late Dr. Wil­liam James Rollins. So far, the re­view has turned up one strange sound on the au­dio record­ing. A man’s voice can be heard, whis­per­ing the word “fa­cil­ity.”

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