Doc­tor’s of­fice was down­town

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - BIL­LIE JINES Former edi­tor Pea Ridge Graphic 1967-1976 ••• Edi­tor’s note: This ar­ti­cle is sec­ond in a se­ries on the his­tory of the build­ing which served as City Hall from 1970 to 2016. It was writ­ten by Bil­lie Jines, former edi­tor of The TIMES of Northe

Most folks re­called the of­fice of Dr. L. O. Greene up­stairs, and a four-room apart­ment up there, too. Ac­cord­ing to deed records, Dr. Greene built the up­stairs por­tion of the struc­ture, or at least of one of the parts of the dou­ble build­ing. On Nov. 29, 1915, he got a Quit Claim Deed from F.J. Ste­wart and Maida M., his wife; F. A. Price and Mina, his wife; and C. T. Tet­rick and Nolie, his wife. It said that this was for “all of the walls and struc­tures of what­so­ever char­ac­ter now be­ing and ex­ist­ing above the joists on which is laid the floor of the 2nd story of the build­ing …” It men­tioned the ex­te­rior wall of con­crete and said, “… in reliance of which L. O. Greene has ex­pended con­sid­er­able sum of money in con­struct­ing the sec­ond story of said build­ing.”

It seems likely that the build­ing work was done by W. J. Rogers, Sr. His son, W. J., Jr. of Rogers, dis­cussed it with this writer. W. J., Jr. was only a year old when the fam­ily moved from Pea Ridge to Rogers in 1918. His older brothers, how­ever, had helped their fa­ther in the mak­ing of con­crete blocks and the erec­tion of some of the build­ings in that block. All of his brothers now are de­ceased, but W. J., Jr. did hear one of them, Carl W. Rogers, not long be­fore his death, tell a friend that he knew for cer­tain that their fa­ther built “the drug store and the hard­ware.” Both of these still ex­ist but in use as other busi­nesses. W. J., Jr. thinks that Carl would have been too young at that time to have done much of the work and that it prob­a­bly was two older brothers, Everett and Prather, who helped their fa­ther in the con­struc­tion work.

It is well doc­u­mented in the 1911 board min­utes of the Bank of Pea Ridge that W. J. Rogers, Sr. erected the first home of the bank in that same busi­ness block. The board ac­cepted his bid of $650 to “build a ce­ment build­ing 20 by 40 feet with 12-foot ceil­ing, all com­plete ex­cept the front.” That same build­ing now houses the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary. In­ci­den­tally, Rogers’ bid also in­cluded him pro­vid­ing a war­ranty deed to the lot.

The 80 acres out of which came the lots on which City Hall stands date back to the Pa­tent Deed signed by U. S. Pres­i­dent Franklin Pierce March 1, 1854, to Ge­orge H. Fos­ter.

Be­tween that time and March 18, 1890, plats for the orig­i­nal Town of Pea Ridge had been drawn. So it was that on that date, Ge­orge R. Fos­ter and El­iz­a­beth, his wife, gave a War­ranty Deed to Stephen D. Wood for Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Block 3 that lay within the orig­i­nal 80 acres.

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