Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Helena Artillery in the Civil War

The Helena Artillery was organized at Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas, on April 27, 1861, and enrolled in State service for three months on April 29.  Captain A. W. Clarkson was the first commander of the battery, which was initially composed primarily of Phillips County men.  

On July 6, 1861, the battery was mustered into Confederate service for twelve months (later extended for the duration of the war) at Memphis, Tennessee.  A number of men declined to enter Confederate service, and were discharged on July 23, 1861, at Pitman’s Ferry, Arkansas. 

Go here for a more complete history as well as a personnel roster.   CLICK HERE

Army Air Forces Thompson-Robbins Field

MAINTENANCE CREWS FOR STEARMAN BIPLANE TRAINERS


A history of the beginning of Thompson-Robbins Field, named after two Helena native Army aviators, along with one of the several aviation cadet classes can be found by clicking on this link .CLICK HERE


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Army Air Forces Thompson-Robbins Field

LT. JACK STEWART ROBBINS
LT. JEROME PILLOW THOMPSON


















Bloomfield [PA] Times - June 14, 1870


A REALLY 
DUMB DRUNK


Port Tobacco [MD] Times - February 5, 1846


THE DOCTORS
MURDER


Greenwood [MS] Commonwealth - October 2, 1908


BUY A CAR



Daily Tombstone [AZ] Epitah - April 20, 1887

THE KISSANE 
SAGA




Putnam [Cookeville, TN] Herald - August 6, 1914


HELENA HIGH SCHOOL
GETS NEW LEADERSHIP


Crossville [TN] Chronicle - September 28, 1921

HELENA RAILROAD
GOES KAPUT


Monday, July 30, 2018

Two Phillips County Inventors

On July 5, 1983 two Phillips County men -- John O. Moore of West Helena and Ray H. Dawson of Lexa -- were granted the right to a patent by the U.S. Patent Office.

This is the official description of their invention:  A recirculating sprayer adapted for mounting on a vehicle is improved for use at increased travel speed and for operation in higher wind conditions by angling the solid spray streams forwardly or rearwardly from a direction transverse to the travel direction.


The sprays are employed in criss-cross, opposite pairs, with the spray stream patterns of adjacent pairs of spray nozzles abutting or overlapping one another for full coverage of all upstanding weeds or crops in an area traversed by the sprayer.

A series of collector mats or panels may be arranged transverse to the travel direction, with sprays trained thereon for contacting each weed twice in its upstanding position once by each spray of a pair; the weeds may also be contacted once more as they are bent forward to pass beneath the panels and a reservoir thereunder.

The collector may also be arranged in panels parallel to the travel direction, for increased ease in negotiating sloping terrain. Spray liquid is collected from the collector panel(s) into reservoirs therebelow and is recirculated for reuse.

U.S. National Archives - Local WWII Deaths


PHILLIPS COUNTY RESIDENTS
KILLED IN WORLD WAR II


Macon [GA] Beacon - July 22, 1863

FREED BLACKS
IN HELENA NOT
DOING WELL



New Ulm [MN] Weekly Review - November 25, 1885


HELENA WEATHERS
GRASSHOPPER SEIGE


The Meridional [Abbeville, LA] - January 1, 1898


HELENA HAS
4 MURDERS