Monday, February 3, 2020

HELENA MERCHANTS ON CHRISTMAS SALES - WEEKLY HELENA WORLD - JAN. 2, 1895


SACRED HEART ACADEMY GIRLS SCHOOL - WEEKLY HELENA WORLD - JAN. 2, 1895


ANHEUSER-BUSH, BEER BY THE BARREL, AND WORLD'S FAIR - HELENA WEEKLY WORLD - JAN. 5, 1895


WORLD ANNOUNCES PHILLIPS COUNTY'S DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM - DEC. 5, 1871


DAILY WORLD PUBLISHER AND SUBSCRIPTION-ADVERTISING RATES - DAILY WORLD - DEC. 5, 1871


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Helena Residents Join The Field Of Inventors




During the 50-plus years following the Civil War there was such a surge, and a demand, for people to develop ideas that helped make the U.S. an industrial powerhouse.
And there were people in Helena scrambling to invent something that could make them rich and famous.
Below is just a smattering of the hundreds of applications from Helena approved by the U.S. patent office. 



INVENTOR
DATE
INVENTION
CHARLES E. BROMWELL 1887 CAR STARTER
JOHN N. BRASS 1921 THERMOSTATIC CIRCUIT CLOSER
ROBERT H. MILAM 1921 COTTON GIN
W.R. RIGHTOR 1884 BLASTING DEVICE
JAMES S. SMITH 1884 COTTON SCRAPER
CAROLINE S. BROOKS 1876 LUBRICATED PLASTER MOLDS
WILLIAMSON GOODWIN 1876 VEHICLE COUPLING
HENRY TUNER 1899 PICTURE FRAME
WALTER J. KIRKHAM 1922 FLUSH VALVE SEAT
G. E. FRIEDLEY 1925 VEHICLE SIGNAL
JOHN P. DUNCAN & ET ALII 1885 POISON DISTRIBUTOR
WALTER J. KIRKHAM 1925 WATER CLOSET
EDWIN LUKEMEYER AND OTHERS 1912 SAW-TOOTH SHAPER
MILES E. DAVIDSON 1896 SAWMILL
J.P. DUNCAN 1887 FIRE ESCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
CHARLES E. BROMWELL 1889 HAND MOTOR
ARTHUR MEADOWS 1913 POST-HOLE BORING MACHINE
MARVELL M. CARRUTH 1873 IMPROVED COTTON STALK KNOCKERS
CHARLES E. FULLERTON 1900 CURTAIN POLE BRACKET
ALBERT B. SHULL 1911 TWINE HOLDER
V.V. TURNER 1912 RAIL JOINT
EDWARD L. CHAFFIN 1898 ARTIFICIAL DENTURE
EDWARD L. CHAFFIN 1897 METHOD OF TREATING ARTIFICIAL DENTURES
B.L. CHAFFIN 1897 GIN-SAW SHARPENER
ALFRED B. FLOYD 1901 ENGINE
WILLIAM R. RIGHTOR 1874 SHOAL INDICATOR IMPROVEMENTS
WILLIAM R. RIGHTOR 1873 APPARATUS RELEAVING GROUNDED VESSEL
LEWIS P. BAILEY 1876 IMPROVEMENTS CAR COUPLINGS
ALFRED J. LOWRY 1895 PEN-RACK






Monday, January 20, 2020

ACTION NOTICE


NOTICE:  A substantial amount of new documentation has been added about Helena's participation in the War of the Rebellion.  You will find it by clicking on the battle and tidbits pages in the column to the right.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Railroading In Helena

This photograph of Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad locomotive 36, was taken in the summer of 1946 at Helena, Arkansas, near the levee by Cherry Street. The Missouri & North Arkansas operated a line that ran from Joplin, Missouri and ended at Helena. The Helena portion of the line was taken over by the Helena & Northwestern Railroad for a period of time. Today, Helena is served by the Arkansas Midland Railroad.

THE KATE AADAMS VISITS HELENA

Steam Boat Kate Adams: Named for the wife of Memphis resident, Major John D. Adams, there were actually 3 steamboats named the Kate Adams. The boat was a frequent visitor to Helena, and usually plied the Mississippi River between Memphis, Tennessee and Arkansas City, Arkansas. The photo here was taken while in Helena. Legend has it that 2000 silver dollars were melted and added to the mold of the bell on the Kate Adams to give it a clearer ring.

Railroading In Helena

Delta Eaglet: This photo, from the Richard Andrews collection, shows the American Car & Foundry Motorcar that provided passenger rail service from Helena to McGehee, Arkansas until 1960. Often referred to as the "Delta Eaglet," this car could hold 34 passengers and their baggage. Notice in the background a part of the Solomon Building is visible. Unlike in many towns, the depot and both tracks shown here still remain. The motorcar however, is long gone. It was scrapped in 1961. The depot is part of the Delta Cultural Center and is open to the public.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Page

Take a look at our newest page -- HELENA CIVIL WAR TIDBITS -- with lots of interesting nuggets about Helena and Phillips County.  The page can be found in the colum to the right.

Friday, January 10, 2020

A YANKEE IN HELENA

JENKIN LLOYD JONES
Jones was a private in the Sixth Wisconsin Battery and in his diary spent much of his time in and around Helena. These are comments from his diary. It is interesting to note he spent the rest of his life in what used to be the town of Helena, Wisconsin.