50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 2 No. 41 Thursday, Oct. 12, 1967
Friday night the Pea Ridge Blackhawks meet the Decatur Lions in the Pea Bowl. For the Lions, it may be just another game, but for the Blackhawks it will be a memorable occasion because it is homecoming. The homecoming queen will be selected by the team from among a bevy of beauties chosen by the respective classes of the high school. The new queen will be crowned at halftime ceremonies by the co-captains of the Blackhawks.
At a regular meeting of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 428 F and AM Wednesday night, Oct. 4, members and visiting brothers assembled to honor Ernest Hileman in commemorating his attainment of 50 years as an active Freemason. After the presentation Hileman stressed the fact that the basic principles of Freemasonry — Loyalty to country, belief in God and the Golden Rule are as vital today as when he first entered the fraternity. He has served as a justice of the peace for more than 40 years, and is still holding such an office.
40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 12 No. 41 Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1977
Two acres of prairie grass doesn’t’s make a prairie, but it does provide a good idea of what it would take to establish a prairie of realistic size. That it what is going on at Pea Ridge National Military Park in an experiment which began on April Fools Day, 1975, and will continue through Aug. 31, 1978. The experiment is being conducted by Dr. Edward E. Dale Jr., head of the Department of Botany and Bacteriology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. A proposal written for the national park service on the project states: “There is good evidence that prairie was present in the Pea Ridge National Military Park at the time of the battle of Pea Ridge in 1862. “Restoration of all or part of a prairie that duplicates the original vegetation will be an aid to the interpretive program at the park. Also such an area would be of educational value to secondary schools and colleges since no other prairie exits nearby.”
The Pea Ridge Blackhawk marching band marched in the University of Central Arkansas homecoming parade at Conway Saturday and were guests of the college band at the homecoming football game Saturday night. The band under direction of Dallas Lafleur, has 60 members this year, with 55 in the marching unit compared to 50 last year.
30 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 22 No. 41 Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1987
Pea Ridge High Schools FFA Club has taken on the job of assisting the Shady Grove Community Club with expenses and maintenance for the Shady Grove community building. FFA Advisor Greg Matteri says students read of the plight of Shady Grove Club members who are no longer able to meet all of the costs of maintaining the property and decided to pitch in as an FFA-BOAC Community Service project. FFA club members will raise money to pay students for mowing and to help with the expense of badly needed windows and other repairs, Matteri says.
A recent raise in rates by Southern Cablecom for its basic service to Pea Ridge cable television subscribers may have violated an ordinance granting the company a franchise, according to Pea Ridge City Attorney Howard Slinkard. Slinkard gave his tentative opinion on the matter in response to a request from Billie Jines that the council investigate whether a recent raise in minimum service rates to users was legal. Jines said that Southern Cablecom had, without council’s approval or even notifying the council, raised the rate for basic cable service in Pea Ridge from $9 per month plus tax to $12.50 per month.
20 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 32 No. 41 Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997
Some Pea Ridge water customers may experience a brief loss of water pressure during the wee hours of the morning for the next four weeks, said Water Department superintendent Robert Button. Button said, The project will take a month or so and then the project will be on-going to keep leakage at an acceptable level.
Last Saturday’s Pea Ridge Lion’s Club International Mule Jump was once again a success, said Lions spokesman David Dickey. There were more mules than last year and the events went very smoothly, Dickey said. He said, “We had about the same crowd we had last year and it was at lease as successful as last year.” Dickey said, “Next year will be the 10th annual jump. Hopefully, it’ll be even better than this year.”
10 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 42 No. 41 Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007
The Pea Ridge Mule Jump has brought many mule lovers together, but it also sparked a different kind of romance this past year. Carmen Montague lived in Benton, Ark. Jim Womack lives in Southwest City, Mo. Last year, Carmen’s cousin, Vickie Brown of Bentonville, invited her mother (Carmen’s aunt) and Carmen to the Pea Ridge Mule jump. “I tried every way to get out of it,” Carmen said. At the time, Carmen was a hairdresser and worked with two men who didn’t believe there was such an event as a mule jump. “I wanted a picture of me on a mule to prove I’d been to a mule jump,” Carmen said. “They didn’t believe there was such a thing.” Vickie’s husband, Michael Brown, is the pharmacist at Collier’s Drug store in Pea Ridge. “Vickie told Michael I needed to get my picture taken on a mule.” He found a young boy and he told Michael I could sit on his bareback mule,” Carmen recounted. “As soon as I was on, the mule took off. I slid from front to back and landed on my feet,” she said laughing. So the quest continued, this time for a saddled mule. “Then I saw my knight in shining mule,” Carmen said, smiling, of Jim Womack, the mule’s owner. Vickie said she could sense that Jim was interested in Carmen, so after the photograph was taken, she rushed back to ask him if he was married and give him her husband’s number so he could call to get in touch with Carmen if he was interested. “Some people call it destiny,” Carmen said, “I call it God. We were meant to meet.” Jim called Michael and got Carmen’s phone number just a day later. “The rest is history,” she smiled. “We got together every weekend and were married June 23.”