39 Years Ago

Firemen believe a gas leak caused the explosion and fire that destroyed the Minute Man restaurant at 595 St. Louis Street early Saturday morning.

Jerry Townsley of Batesville, who owned the business, estimated the total loss at nearly $200,000, including about $75,000 to $80,000 to the building, which was owned by Malcom Moore, and $90,000 to $100,000 to the equipment.

The annual Carpenter reunion was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Pinkston of Cave City, former home of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Carpenter. Relatives and friends from various points in Arkansas and three other states were represented.

Obituaries in the paper today are John J. Little, June J. Nutter, Stella G. West, Ollie H. Bracy, Archie Warnick and Charles C. Settle.

Gerald W. Jones, 30, formerly of Forrest City and assistant plant manager of the Arkansa Power and Light Co.’s Moses station, has been promoted to plant administrative manager of the AP&L Independence Steam Electric Station at Newark.

He joined AP&L in 1973 as an instrument technician at the Ritchie station at Helena and was promoted to design assistant in Little Rock in 1976. He served as load research analyst and systems maintenance coordinator at Little Rock before his promotion to assistant plant manager of the Moses station in 1978.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. X.L. Jones of Malvern.

Dr. Ken H. Sowers, who graduated from the Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo., Aug. 8 and began practice in Batesville in September, has been selected for membership in the American Chiropractic Association.

Paralee Rust, veteran Batesville florist and owner of Paralee’s Florist and Gift Shop at 146 W. Pine St., has been selected president of the Arkansas Florists Association.

Gus Lehr, president of the Shelter Insurance Co. of Columbia, Mo., led two plane-loads of company executives to Batesville last week to attend a district meeting of Shelter agents. Dale Magness and Rocky Weaver, Batesville Shelter agents, greeted Lehr and his 11-member group.

Amos Tracey, 81, was seen pedaling through Texarkana, Texas, recently on his homemade 4-wheel cycle. Tracey, a sawmill worker from Maine, has always wanted to see Texas and plans to stay if he likes it. He left his hometown, Jonesport, Maine, in June, traveling about 30 miles a day.

Guard, Oct. 19, 1981

A party in honor of the 40th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Reece Bray will be given by their children in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bray of Sidney on Nov. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Nothern family reunion was held recently at the home of Chubby Nothern of Gainesboro.

Approximately 40 relatives attended from Batesville, Mount Pleasant, Springdale and Little Rock.

In a photo in today’s paper, Sarah Isaacs and Rob Kibbe, students at the Batesville Intermediate School, raise the new flag donated to the school by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Peggy Parker, regent of the Independence County chapter of DAR, presented the flat at an assembly on Monday.

The obituary in the paper today is Stella G. West.

Darrell Jenkins of Cave City reported to authorities that someone had broken into a Bozo the Clown entertainment machine at the Magic Mart store on St. Louis Street and had stolen about $20 in quarters from the machine, which is located in front of the store.

Airman Wesley D. Elms, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest H. Elms of Batesville, has been assigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., after completing Air Force basic training.

The airman will now receive specialized instruction in the missile maintenance field.

He is a 1977 graduate of Southside High School.

The Batesville Rotary Club presented a total of $1,100 to local organizations Monday. Involved in the transaction were Fred Wann, who received $200 for the AC Progress Fund; Carter Jeffrey Jr., receiving $200 for the Scot Booster Club; Dan Fagan, receiving $200 for the Batesville Booster Club; Gene Carter, Rotary treasurer; Peggy Ezell, receiving $250 for the Community School; and David Anderson, receiving $250 for the Sheltered Workshop.

Guard, Oct. 20, 1981

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