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.”