Author: Van Tyson

Gumlog – Farewell

I write this column with both sadness and relief. I am sad that The Chronicle is going out of business, of course, after more than 123 years. But I am also relieved that I am no longer responsible for keeping it going. As Billy writes, the lack of advertising support has made it increasingly difficult to keep it going. Ginnie and I have had to deplete our savings to keep it going many months. We have had a few faithful advertisers, and we are grateful for their support, but the lack of support from a supermarket, a major bank...

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Atkins City Council Accepts Bid

The Atkins City Council accepted a bid to have the Curtis House at 723 N. 7th St. removed. Haston Recycling of Atkins was the only bidder at $3,500. Mayor Jerry Don Barrett said Haston has bought the Cheek warehouse (former Wirebound Box plant on southeast First Street and will probably level it except for the slab to build a recycling plant). Carlyn Shoptaw was at the meeting to discuss complaints at the last meeting about goods she had on the sidewalk in front of her flea market on Main Street just west of Jose’s International Café and Deli. She said she had a problem moving a table inside because it is so heavy. Mayor Barrett said there is no problem with items on the sidewalk during the day, as long as they are moved inside a night. She asked to see the ordinance affecting her operation, and Barrett said he would take her a copy the next day. Park proposed Charles May of People for a Better Atkins said the organization wants to create a park on the city-owned property east the W.J. Matthews Civic Center, a 20 by 90-foot strip. He said matching money is available and he is thinking of a project that would cost $150,000 to $160,000. Barrett said the land was purchased for a park and asked May to bring the issue back to the...

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Lions History

We installed officers of the Atkins Lions Club Thursday, and it caused me to review the various organizations that have provided service in Atkins. Lions at one time were the main group that sponsored events. The club goes back to the 1930s, when it was chartered. The Charter members in 1939 were J.M. Barker, Jr., Earl Burnett, Dr. Walter Cale, Lee Cheek, T. J. Ehemann, Doyle Emmert, Rev. J.C. Feldkamp (catholic priest), Glenn Hickman, W. J. Jones Jr., Dr. E.M. Lambert, Rev. W.A. Linsey, Dewey Martin, J. B. Maus, Rev. Orville M. Odom, Jack M. Lemley, Roy J. Taylor, and Van Tyson, my father. The Lions Club back then sponsored several events. One was the silent film of Atkins in 1941, which was shown in the Royal Theatre to raise the money to pay for it. I have it copied onto DVD, and it is a good record of life in the town and area at the time. It shows people picking cotton and the cotton being ginned at Mc’s Corner Gin at the big T on Highway 105 South. It shows mules for sale. It also shows people in various businesses, including the Post Office Café, Ehemann Motor Co., the barber shop, Trades Day downtown, people coming out of several churches, including me and my mother coming out of the Presbyterian Church (I was 4), the depot, and...

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Gum Log 

Radio and TV in Arkansas The Pope County Historical Association was treated to a history of Arkansas Broadcasting Friday night. John Gale, director of the School of Communication at the University of Central Arkansas, provided the information for about 20 members of the group at the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Cafeteria. Gale said the first radio station in Arkansas was WOK, created by Harvey Couch, head of Arkansas Power and Light Co. (now Entergy). The letters stand for Worker of Kilowatts in Pine Bluff, and it was set up to promote Arkansas. The Department of Commerce authorized it...

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The Gumlog

As I concluded last week’s column, I had taken over full-time management of The Chronicle after serving in the Army for six months and started going to drills in the Reserve. There’s not much to report about the rest of my time as editor and manager. I struggled financially after the Atkins Pickle Co. hired a printer and started doing its own labels.  That had been worth $5,000 a year income.I tried to make up for the loss by selling more advertising and more job printing, but I needed more. It did some features I was proud of and...

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