For­mer base­ball player speaks at mu­seum

Progress made on Set­tlers Cabin foun­da­tion

The Weekly Vista - - Community - Staff Re­port

Al­bie Pear­son, who was the cen­ter-fielder in the 1950s and 1960s for the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, and the Los An­ge­les An­gels, un­til he had to quit due to a rup­tured disc in his back, shared many in­ter­est­ing high­lights of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer in base­ball with a crowd of about 50 peo­ple at the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum on Sun­day, Oct. 28. He then stayed for an­other hour to sign au­to­graphs, pro­ceeds from which went to the mu­seum.

Al­bie and his wife He­len, now mar­ried for 65 years, re­cently moved to Bella Vista from south­ern Cal­i­for­nia to be near three of their five daugh­ters who live in North­west Ar­kan­sas. Al­bie went gro­cery shop­ping at Allen’s, where man­ager Steve Allen wel­comed him as a new cus­tomer, and when he found out who he was, Allen in­vited him to present a base­ball pro­gram at the mu­seum.

Cour­tesy photo Xyta Lucas

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues on the con­crete block foun­da­tion for the old log cabin, “Set­tlers Cabin,” that has been do­nated to the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum. The cabin will be moved from its present lo­ca­tion near Lake Avalon and placed be­neath the trees north of the cur­rent mu­seum build­ing, shown here in fall’s glory.

Photo cour­tesy Xyta Lucas

A crowd of base­ball fans show up to lis­ten to Al­bie Pear­son dis­cuss his play­ing time with the MLB.

Photo cour­tesy Xyta Lucas

Al­bie Pear­son signs base­ball mem­o­ra­bilia af­ter his pre­sen­ta­tion at the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum on Sun­day, Oct. 28.

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