75 years ago


H.D. Rea of the Bristol community exhibited in Conway today a land grant signed by President James Monroe to Jacob Vandusen, conveying 320 acres in what is now Bristol township, Faulkner County, for his services in the war of 1812. The instrument was signed April 11, 1823. Mr. Rea now owns a part of the original land covered in the grant and the old paper was handed down to him by J.M. Terry, from whom he bought 50 acres. The old document is on parchment paper and is in a good state of preservation.

50 years ago


Bon Knott, superintendent of International Shoe Co., here for the last four and one-half years, has retired. He was with the company 45 years. He succeeded C.S. Wiles as superintendent in 1959.

Knott, 61, says he has no immediate plans for the future. He and his wife, Mrs. Theresa Knott, have been living in Conway 18 years. Knott said, however that there is a possibility the couple might go back to Illinois, his home state, or to Missouri, where the once lived.

25 years ago


Dusty Mathis, 8, a third-grader at Florence Mattison Elementary School, modeled his over-all winning Easter bonnet after being awarded top prize yesterday in the school’s annual Easter bonnet parade. Dusty is a son of Tom and Brenda Mathis.

10 years ago


Florence Mattison Elementary School’s fifth-grade boys basketball team won the A division of the Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club tournament recently. The team was undefeated throughout the tournament. Team members are TeShawn Sims, Jason Kilgore, Tyler Beersdorf, Eddie Mettler, Matt Lowe, Zachary Lachowsky, Trevor Maltbia and Micah Delph. Coaches are Bill Lowe and Earnett Maltbia.