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The Way It Was: Levee breaks in overflow of Red River

The Way It Was: Levee breaks in overflow of Red River

May 21st, 2018 by Vivian Osborne in Texarkana News

110 years ago

May 21, 1908:


Spirit Lake is gone, at least it will be when the waters go down, as the river has caved the banks in until it has cut into the bed of the lake. Many thousand acres of Cotton, Potatoes and Alfalfa are under water and completely ruined by reason of the overflow. A most disastrous break in a Red River levee occurred about 2 o'clock. The levee is known as the Spirit Lake Levee for the reason that it is situated at one end of Spirit Lake, the beautiful sheet of water which is situated along the Cotton Belt road between the river and Lewisville. The lake is in the shape of a horse shoe.


May 22:



Rev. F.E. Maddox received a telegram from his father at the old home near Murfreesboro, Tenn., stating that his mother was critically ill and that all hope for her recovery had been abandoned. Dr. Maddox left on the first train yesterday morning for Murfreesboro.


May 23:


As a young man and his wife were going down Broad street about 6 o'clock p.m., a half drunken stranger jostled against the lady and almost pushed her from the sidewalk. The young husband was equal to the emergency, however, and squaring himself he let drive with his good right hand landing squarely on the fellow's jaw and landing him in the gutter, all in a heap. A number of ladies screamed and ran when they saw the "dogs of war" turned loose. The men in the crowd, however, applauded the gentleman's act and warmly congratulated him. An officer who witnessed the affair arrested the offensive stranger and he was later fined $11.70 on a charge of disturbing the peace.


May 24:


Two Cass County men, Spencer Ogden and R.P. Duncan, secured licenses from Clerk Little on Arkansas side. Their brides were from Cass County also. The couples were married by a Texas J.P. some time after the licenses were mailed filled out and complete. Clerk Little wrote the Cass County official that the licenses were illegal. The J.P. became very upset but started trying to find the young couples. It was said they had moved to Kansas City, but all letters sent were returned.


May 25:


It may not be generally known, but Texarkana has withstood the depression of the past eight months better than nearly any town of the Southwest. We hear traveling men say that some towns that have been making a "big fuss" all winter and spring are "plumb busted." While the business men of this city may not have made "big killings," they have generally held their own and are still able to look happy.

May 26:



Dr. H.R. Webster had the great misfortune to lose his fine automobile yesterday afternoon. The machine was completely wrecked by being struck by a street car. The Doctor was driving from his home on East ninth going back to his office after lunch. Mr. Musgrave, the machinist, was with him, having been working on his auto. As they were crossing Pecan and Seventh something went wrong, and it stopped directly on the tracks of the street railway. Musgrave was working on it and Dr. Webster stayed seated. The County Avenue street car came along and as the car got closer Mr. Musgrave waved to the motorman to stop, but he was unable to. The brake failed to work, so that the car struck the machine full force and knocked it a distance of ten or fifteen feet. All hope for the automobile was lost.


May 27:



A strange man was arrested on a charge of vagrancy this afternoon by Deputy Constable Strange. In searching the prisoner, the officer found in one of his pockets one of the largest and most murderous-looking pocket knives ever seen here. The weapon had two blades each as big almost as a good-sized hatchet. The prisoner was taken before Justice Vinson who fined him $30 and gave him 30 days in jail.


50 years ago

May 21, 1968:


The Texarkana, Ark., School Board has awarded to Dixie Builders Inc. of Texarkana a contract to build a new science annex at Arkansas High School. The contract is for $267,340. The annex will include a lecture hall that will seat 140 students, three biology labs, two chemistry labs, one physics lab and two physical science labs, faculty office space, a darkroom and preparation areas. It will be east of the band hall and will be connected to the existing building by a covered passage.


May 22:


Texas Senior High Principal W.E. McGuire at the annual awards assembly announced those receiving academic awards. Winners are Nancy Chadick, Nancy Horner, Elsie Ragland, Marilyn Miller, Susan Stone, Susan Baker, Gladys Vandagriff, Mary Rihariu, Rebecca Morgan, Roslyn Haile, Tom Chappell, Anson Godfrey, Scott Pavey, Martha Ann Chappell, Ken Millage, Eric Chiarizio, Jim Rosenbaum, Randy Guillott, Josh Morriss, Eddie Coble and Gary Miller.

May 23:


The Hooks Hornets, champions of District 9-AA, will take on the Pittsburg Pirates in bi-state action at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Pittsburg. Members of the Hornet team are Ricky Vickers, Richie McCullough, Wendell Harris, Scottie Taylor, Stevie McCullough, Micky Vickers, Geary Nash, Fred Gurley, Bart Ramage, Roger Sheppard, Mike Denson, Clyde Crisp, Frank Bryan, Pat Cauley, John Moore, Robert Sheppard, Calvin Ramage, Larry Harris and Coach Durwood Merrill.


May 24:



Gary Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Miller, 613 Lumpkin, has received information from Texas A&M University that he has been selected to participate in the fourth Annual Summer School at Sea. He will take six hours of college credit, credit in English, history or math. This rare opportunity is offered to only a few high school graduates to pursue a university accredited summer program while on a ten-week cruise to New York, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands and Puerto Rico ports. The cruise extends from June 12 to August 18, traveling 13,000 nautical miles from the home port of Galveston, Texas. Gary is a 1968 graduate of Texas High School.


May 25:


This is the third graduating class of the Calvary Baptist Church kindergarden. The graduates were Gwyn Foster, Jenifer Cook, Jimmy Sherman, Aubrey Hackleman, Jack Beadle, Terry Williams, Carla McKinnon, Martha Jo Laney, Cindy Gilliam, Pam Butler, Glenn Graves, Carissa Bryant, Cindy Askins, Teresa Edwards, Dennis McGowan, Roger Lavender, Cathy Sewell, Paul Lamon, Rhonda Skinner, Debbie Humes and David Johnson. A picnic at Spring Lake Park completed the kindergarden activities for the 21 students.


May 26:


If a travel poster appeals to you, save it. Mount it on a screen or rumpus room wall and then spray a coat of shellac on its surface. You can turn a wall into a wall of memories that can last a lifetime.


May 27:



The American sweet tooth grew even sweeter during 1967, the Commerce department reported Friday. It said sales by manufacturers of confectionery products rose to a record $1.6 billion during the year, up 4.7 percent from the previous record of 1.5 billion in 1966. Production of candy and other confections also hit a record high last year at 3.7 billion pounds, up 2.6 percent from a year earlier.

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