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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

100 YEARS AGO

Feb. 10, 1919

■ A new weapon to be used against an armed hold-up man has been dis­cov­ered by a Lit­tle Rock gro­cer. … W.A. Bax­ley, who op­er­ates a gro­cery store at 1313 Hanger street, was pre­par­ing to close up Satur­day night when a small ne­gro boy with a hand­ker­chief tied over half of his face walked into the store and thrust a big re­volver into the face of the pro­pri­etor, who was stand­ing be­hind the counter. … Mr. Bax­ley reached down be­hind the counter where the pickle bar­rel stands, se­cured the pickle fork, and rather forcible re­quested the kid to “beat it.” The ne­gro youth prob­a­bly had lost the com­bi­na­tion on the gun, or per­haps it wasn’t loaded. Any­way, with the pickle fork dan­ger­ously near his pants he made a rapid exit from the gro­cery.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 10, 1969

■ Gov­er­nor Rock­e­feller will sign the Univer­sity of Arkansas-Lit­tle Rock Univer­sity merger bill at 1 p.m. to­day in­stead of noon. … There was no rea­son given for the change in time. Mr. Rock­e­feller met Fri­day with Pu­laski County leg­is­la­tors and busi­ness­men and said then that he would sign the bill (SB 52), which cleared its fi­nal hur­dle when the state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­proved the mea­sure Wed­nes­day. 25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 10, 1994

■ A Lit­tle Rock doc­tor told a jury Wed­nes­day the “M*A*S*H”-like at­mos­phere at a walk-in med­i­cal clinic isn’t un­com­mon at most clin­ics where he has worked. He also de­fended pop­ping a woman’s bra strap as a “com­mon med­i­cal joke.” “It’s real com­mon dur­ing surgery,” Dr. Michael H. Eades told a jury hear­ing ev­i­dence at the trial of a sex­ual ha­rass­ment law­suit by three for­mer em­ploy­ees. The women, who are seek­ing un­spec­i­fied mone­tary dam­ages for emo­tional and men­tal an­guish, are for­mer em­ploy­ees of Medi-Stat Med­i­cal Clinic. … Eades said this type of ac­tiv­ity has gone on at “ev­ery clinic I’ve been in.”

10 YEARS AGO

Feb. 10, 2009

■ The au­to­mo­bile drove the horse and buggy off the road. Cell phones are ring­ing the death knell for pay phones. Now the In­ter­net is slowly chok­ing out the need for an­other bit of Amer­i­cana — the bulky blue U.S. Postal Ser­vice mail­box. … Tech­nol­ogy now al­lows peo­ple to send or re­ceive over the In­ter­net ev­ery­thing from let­ters and greet­ing cards to bills and bank state­ments. In ad­di­tion to e-mail and peo­ple us­ing their of­fice mail, mini-post of­fices and pri­vate postal ser­vices are spring­ing up in of­fice build­ings and other con­ve­nient places, said Leisa Tol­liver-Gay, a spokesman for the Postal Ser­vice in Arkansas. As a re­sult, the street-side mail­boxes are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly rare.

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