His­tor­i­cal down­town Pea Ridge re­vis­ited

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - BIL­LIE JINES For­mer edi­tor Pea Ridge Graphic 1967-1976

Here let us look at that por­tion of the down­town busi­ness area. Block 3 starts roughly at the al­ley east of City Hall and goes west­ward to Cur­tis Ave. There it turns south and goes to the corner of the Sisco Fu­neral Home lot, then back east to where it would join the al­ley if the al­ley had been cut through to McIn­tosh St., and, fi­nally, back north to Pick­ens St.

The lots fac­ing what we know as Pick­ens Rd. started at the east end, go­ing west, Lot 1, 2, 3 and 4: Lot 4 is at the in­ter­sec­tion of Pick­ens and Cur­tis, while City Hall oc­cu­pies parts of Lots 1 and 2.

As the block heads back east off of Cur­tis Ave., Sisco Fu­neral home starts on Lot 5, fol­lowed by the other lots, 6, 7 and 8.

Th­ese lots were not all kept as full lots; hence to­day it would seem as if there were more than four lots fac­ing Pick­ens Rd., but as deed records in­di­cate, some­times only part of a lot was sold to some­one.

How­ever, on Mar. 31, 1891, Stephen D. Wood and Martha, his wife, gave a War­ranty Deed for an acre that ev­i­dently in­cluded all four lots there across from school prop­erty. The acre went to M. D. L. Gore and James E. Lil­ley. Gore and Lil­ley paid $700 for the prop­erty.

Then, a year passed, and on Apr. 13, 1892 for $452, James E. Lil­ley, bought out that tract from Gore, his co­part­ner in own­er­ship

The next month, on May 30, 1892, J. E. Lil­ley, ‘a wid­ower,’ sold Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Block 3 of the prop­erty to “J. M. Put­man and com­pany.” In other words, Put­man bought all of the lots fac­ing Pick­ens Rd. from the al­ley back to Cur­tis Ave.

On Nov. 22 that year, J. R. Wheat pur­chased Lot 4. This still left Lots 1, 2 and 3 back to­ward the al­ley. No doubt, other trans­ac­tions took place in­volv­ing th­ese tracts, and by the time the city pur­chased what now is City Hall, they got parts of Lots I and 2.

Long be­fore that the dou­ble build­ing had been erected. A daugh­ter of C. T. Tet­rick is Dorothy Bur­gin of Siloam Springs, with whom this writer spoke while pur­su­ing this story. She pointed out that she was young in the years her fa­ther ran his busi­nesses there. How­ever, she had un­der­stood that her fa­ther and Dr. L. 0. Greene owned the build­ing to­gether. This ap­par­ently is borne out in the Quit Claim in which Dr. Greene fi­nanced the con­struc­tion of the sec­ond floor.

For some years, the town en­joyed the avail­abil­ity of a se­ries of cafes op­er­at­ing in the build­ing. Al­though the names of sev­eral of th­ese pro­pri­etors were learned, it was not pos­si­ble to learn what or­der they op­er­ated there.

Win­nie Shadley Pat­ter­son of Rogers said that her par­ents, Charles and Irene Shadley leased it from Char­lie Tet­rick, she thought. They re­mod­eled it and opened a cafe May 4, 1944. Her fa­ther had been a chef in the Navy, she said, and had al­ways dreamed of hav­ing a cafe of his own. How­ever, he only lived a few weeks, dy­ing in July, 1944. Win­nie thought part of the work load that helped bring about his heart at­tack was in hav­ing to carry water for the cafe from across the street at the school’s pump.

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Edi­tor’s note: This ar­ti­cle is third 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 North­east Ben­ton County.

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