living/museum

A Nevada author made the 4,000-mile round trip journey to Monticello for the second time last week to search for clues into the life of Ladell Allen Bonner, who took her own life in the master suite...
Before we leave this office/front bedroom of the Drew County Museum there are a few more noteworthy items to discuss. One is a photograph of the wood-framed, original First Baptist Church built in...
Tom Rabb Jr. stands beside the gristmill he recently donated to the Drew County Museum.
In the days when westerns dominated the new invention of television, one Arkansas actress charmed audiences across the nation with her colorful portrayals. Gail Davis, once called by longtime friend...
A man of insight, drive, and integrity, Edward Cross looked to serve and build the young state of Arkansas, as a lawyer, judge, and businessman. Cross became one of the most respected minds that...
One of the most celebrated delicacies of the South was found almost by accident in the remote wetlands and marshes across the region.   For generations, the mayhaw berry has been one of the most...
This week we will continue the autobiographical story of the late Dr. Barton Kimbro, respected Drew County and Monticello physician, in the early to mid- 20th century. As our story opens, Dr. Kimbro...
With the advent of football season and the anticipation of Arkansas’ beautiful fall foliage, this week I decided to share a historic “destination” story with you. I am referring to a place not old,...
Let’s rejoin the Kimbro family again this week as the family continues to grow and makes two important “moves” in their lives. You will remember Dr. Kimbro had just begun to make his practice in Tyro...
What is a thimble? Although thimbles have been made in various “shapes” and materials through the ages, a thimble can be more commonly described as a small, round and pitted cup worn to protect the...
This week we’ll examine the smaller cabin on the museum grounds. We refer to the structure as a cabin but it was actually built as a smokehouse by Stephen Gaster, an early pioneer of Drew County. Mr...
Last week we revisited BDs, a famed local restaurant from the 1950s era. In this week’s column we’ll talk more about one of those aforementioned eateries through the memories of a former employee,...
This article will end our visit to the War Room of the museum. I realize four columns is a lot of time and space, but the history herein is so valuable and timely for the families, the nation and the...
Once again the annual issue of the Drew County Historical Journal has arrived. Although it may seem a bit “shorter” this year, it is still “chockfull” of stories and articles that enhance our...
William Carl Garner was a good-natured and gracious man, but through his many years of hard work became the man who put Greers Ferry Lake on the map and became the heart of the north-central Arkansas...
This week I want to share some interesting “facts” about Arkansas with you for your information, delight, amusement and/or amazement.   For example, the United States of America was half completed...
Last week we talked about seed catalogs and edible soybeans—all good topics for those cold winter days we’ve had in recent weeks. Today I wanted to reminisce about Monticello’s entrepreneurial seeds...
At last we come to the final “chapter” in our tour of the Drew County Historical Museum. We have come through and around the house until we have now arrived at the two-story “garage” building on the...
When I was growing up my grandmother was a master at having an old adage appropriate for any occasion. Most have proven to be true. Two of my favorites are “What goes around comes around!” and “...
In the wild pioneer days of Arkansas in the late 1800s, tragedy was common and families could easily be torn apart by a sudden twist of fate.  The most vulnerable in society, the children, were so...

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