50 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic Vol. 3 No. 7 Thursday, Feb. 15, 1968
The Pea Ridge Chamber of Commerce took the first official step on what could become the road toward seeing the city’s historic and decaying old “Uncle Cap” Pickens home restored. The committee was instructed to act immediately, seeking, first, a quotation from the owner of the structure, Ralph Miller, as to the amount he asks for the house and for an accompanying lot for it. The feeling seemed to exist at the meeting that if the asking price were considered out of reach, the matter would be dropped at once. Built on the ground, the front of the structure has suffered greater deterioration than has the addition at the rear which had an excavation beneath it. While the house is very nearly gone, it likely could be restored if action is taken quickly. The century old house belonged to a Confederate soldier, Captain Cyrus Pickens, who had fought in the Battle of Pea Ridge. Capt. Pickens lived out his life here, as did his brother, R.A. Pickens, another Civil War soldier. All Pea Ridge streets bear the names of Confederate and Federal soldiers who fought in the Battle of Pea Ridge.
Wash With Us, Speed-omatic Laundry will be open till 9, six nights a week, and closed Sundays. Wash 20 cents, dry 10 cents and 25 cents, located in downtown Pea Ridge. Attend church on Sunday.
40 Years Ago Pea Ridge Graphic-Scene Vol. 13 No. 7 Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1978
The Kelly service station, formerly owned and operated by Cleburne Cline, is now owned and operated by Harold and Phyliss Thomas and their son, Perry. The business, now know as Thomas Skelly, changed hands last week. The Thomases came to Pea Ridge from Downer’s Grove, Ill. The business offers Skelly gas, a full line of oil and mechanic work ranging from tune-ups to automatic transmission work. Perry Thomas has two-and-a-half years vocational school training as a mechanic.
The Pea Ridge City Council met in executive session with City Marshal Loyd Pifer and City Judge Donald Bennett at its Thursday night meeting last week to discuss what was described by Mayor Carl J. Carter as a “conflict of personalities.” Although the executive session was closed to the public as is allowed for discussion of personnel matters, the discussion was heard clearly through the wall of the room in which the GRAPHIC-SCENE reporter was waiting. The meeting was requested by the city judge, who sent a letter to the mayor, council members and city marshal which said: “There has arisen a problem between myself and Mr. Pifer that is of immediate importance and that I feel must be brought to the attention of the city government as soon as possible.” Pifer said in the executive session and in an interview afterwards that he felt Bennett’s letter showed “hostility” toward Pifer, and that such hostility would prejudice the judge against Pifer as a witness in city court cases. The letter from Bennett related details of an argument between Pifer and Bennett over use of Arkansas Statute law books owned by the city.
30 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 23 No. 7 Thursday, Feb. 17, 1988
Mayor Mary Rogers said there is a good possibility the city will apply to participate in the Main Street Arkansas, a project designed to revitalize downtowns across the state. There are 11 Main Street projects in the state, including one in Rogers. Rogers said that the matter of Main Street was the subject of a meeting last week of a committee she appointed to discuss the economic future of Pea Ridge.
20 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 33 No. 7 Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998
A former Pea Ridge School superintendent said that he will seek the Republican nomination for the state House District 4 seat in the May 19 primary. Marvin Higginbottom, who served as Pea Ridge’s superintendent for seven years and, before that, 15 years as Bentonville’s superintendent. Higginbottom said that he will campaign for local control of education, property tax overhaul and economic development.
The Chamber of Commerce is busy working on many events and in many areas. One of the most important is a Pea Ridge City directory. The chamber publicity committee, led by Kerrie Kelly, is gathering and collecting information for this project. The city directory will be a resource for old and new residents.
10 Years Ago The TIMES of Northeast Benton County Vol. 43 No. 7 Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008
Volunteers are essential to the community, said Mayor Jackie Crabtree, who said more volunteers are needed for the Parks Commission and several committees to operate under the commission. The city currently has property prime for development as parks including Baker-Hayes Park on Battlefield Estates, a lot in Givens subdivision and a lot in Cato Estates, in addition that already-developed City Park on Hayden Road. Several years ago, the city Parks Commission took over the annual Mule Jump, which had been sponsored by various civic groups since it inception in the 1980s. The event has grown and requires a tremendous amount of time by the people involved in running it, Crabtree said. Parks Commission members must live within the city limits. Four or five new commissioners are needed, Crabtree said. Committee members need not live within the city limits.
While Karl Schmidt has been training for overseas deployment to Iraq, his coworkers have been working on a project to help him know they are thinking of him no matter how far away he is. Schmidt, a police officer with the Pea Ridge Police Department, is also a member of the Arkansas National Guard. After being deployed, he has been in training stateside for several months. This week, he was surprised by a visit from his supervisors — Mayor Jackie Crabtree and Police Chief Tim Ledbetter participating in Operation Boss Lift. In addition to surprising Schmidt with their visit, they are delivering a quilt made by Sgt. Cerilla Doyle, a co-worker, featuring photographs of people with whom Schmidt works and video messages of greetings from city workers.