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SPRING/SUMMER NEWSLETTER, 2019EXHIBIT DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED!!We were blessed in the year of 2018 with numerou...

We were blessed in the year of 2018 with numerous items donated to the museum for display. Our largest donation was from Velna Daniel. She has donated medical equipment of her husband, the late Dr. Frank Daniel, along with an attractive display case. Thanks to everyone for donating items of interest we can share with visitors to the museum.
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Coming soon in print:
True Crime Related to Sevier county. Find the first story here on our Facebook.
Frosty was busy in December, 2018. He was seen at the downtown De Queen Christmas parade, he came to Kids Day here at the museum and even made an appearance at the Museum Christmas Open House.

Spring/Summer Newsletter, 2019Christmas Open House, 2018These lovely ladies got all dressed up and sang Winter Wonderlan...

Spring/Summer Newsletter, 2019
Christmas Open House, 2018
These lovely ladies got all dressed up and sang Winter Wonderland theme songs along with Christmas hymns for the open house, which was well attended. Thank you, girls and moms, for your hard work and thanks to all who came.


Spring/Summer Newsletter, 2019

Poem by the late Nell England
(no title)

Two lovers walked along a beach
making footprints with bare feet.
When in love they built a house,
the careless sea just washed it out.

Poem by the late June King

With you, I can chase a frog
or go walking in a bog.
With you, life has no lacks
dime-store surprises, a hundred snacks.
Midnight secrets when you should be asleep,
your tousled head against my cheek.
With you, I have such treasure,
your love without measure.
I didn't know you'd come and be a vital part
of me, and fit so well in my heart.
(written for Joshua)

De Queen Trivia
For you instrumentalists, the D H Baldwin Company started operations in De Queen in April, 1966, producing guitars and amplifiers and then later producing spinet organs. Have you ever played on a Baldwin instrument?????
Board Members
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Jim Arnold has had to resign from our board of seven members, so we are down one member. Currently the museum board consists of: Gary Walker, President; Ken Rogers, Skip Bell, Bill Lee, Bob Ward and March McCullough. We are praying for guidance in seeking that 7th member.
(last page, to be continued)


Spring/Summer Newsletter, 2019
HOO-RAH DAYS CHANGED TO HURRAH DAYS FESTIVAL???? MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!! October 5th, 2019; For our 30th year festival, we are changing the Hoo-Rah name to the original spelling of Hurrah City, the tent and mining town that was here before De Queen became a reality.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DE QUEEN: De Queen was once known as Hurrah City. The new name honors Jan de Goeijen of Holland. De Queen was birthed by Arthur Stilwell's railroad in 1897. De Goeijen helped make possible the completion of the railroad through the beautiful timberlands of southwestern Arkansas and was honored by having a town along the railroad bear his name. (Taken from the De Queen Centennial Book) Note: The Dutch name of de Goeijen was Americanized due to the difficulty of spelling and pronouncing it.

Our theme for this year will be "The Wild Western Frontier," leading up through Hurrah City and then to the birth of De Queen. All of our programs this year will have this theme integrated into them. We encourage frontier-style costumes be worn at the festival and hope to have a well-attended costume contest.

Mary Ida Pierce is working on an idea for a quilt to be raffled off that will go with our theme. She made the quilt last year to go with the military theme that was just beautiful. we appreciate her so much and encourage our local folks to shop at her quilting shop. The name of the shop is MI o Mi Quilting, 1335 Chapel Hill Road. She will gladly help with any and all of your quilting needs. Call her at 870-784-2188.

Coming soon, a new page, in addition to this one that is currently active, will be ready with Hurrah Festival preparations and ideas. We hope you will check it out and start making plans to attend the festival. Julie Frady has taken on this project and we are so thankful for the people who are wanting to help the museum get ready for the festival. (to be continued: next, Poems by Nell England and June King)


I am posting the museum Spring/Summer Newsletter in segments; however, if you wish the newsletter sent to you by mail, inbox me with your address.

Newsletter Spring/Summer 2019 (con't)                In loving MemoryThe Sevier County Museum wishes to remember Carolyn...

Newsletter Spring/Summer 2019 (con't)
In loving Memory
The Sevier County Museum wishes to remember Carolyn Louise Leeper. Carolyn passed away on august 15, 2017 and remembered the museum in her will. Do to these unexpected funds that we have received just this year, we can now begin improvements to the "Village of Memories," which is in bad need of repair.

In 2018, we were saddened to hear of the passing of June King, the museum's first director. We were honored to attend her services, giving us a chance to say a final goodbye. She will be missed by many.

Not long after Ms. Junes' passing, we lost one of our faithful museum volunteers, Mr. Ray Sheldon. He is greatly missed.

Memorials to the museum have been made in memory of: June King, Ray Sheldon, Gunter & Nell England, Dorothy Hopson, Benjamin Hopson and Ben Hopson. (Next portion of the newsletter will be on our October festival)


Sevier County Museum
717 Walter J Leeper Drive
De Queen, AR 71832
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Spring/Summer Newsletter, 2019
From Director Karen:
After a long, rainy winter, we are in the process of getting ready for a busy spring and summer here at the museum.
Because of your generosity, in May of 2018, we were able to host nearly 200 second grade children from De Queen school for a scavenger hunt and give them all a "goody bag," we were able to do a craft with 30 scouts and give them a "goody bag" and, Ms. Jen's preschool also came in May and received a "goody bag" after their tour.
70 plus 11th grade De Queen students came for a scavenger hunt to earn extra credit on their grade in American History. Many stayed with us longer than the actual hunt lasted so they could learn more about Sevier County history.
Ten young members from a local church came to the museum one evening to do the scavenger hunt, play games and have refreshments brought by their Sunday School teachers.
For 2 days in June, we had "Kids Classes." 11 children participated. The County Extension service offered their help both days with educational talks and games. The museum provided lunch and a craft for them.
During the Christmas holidays, we had parents bring their kids to the museum for a "Visit With Frosty Day." We made snowflakes and other crafts, watched the Frosty the Snowman movie and played games. Frosty came and visited with them.
We plan to offer more classes and events for the youth of the county this year and we are already beginning to prepare for them.
We are asking those that gave last year to please give again this year so we can continue our programs so that all children will be able to participate regardless of financial status. if you haven't given to the museum recently, please consider giving this year. (To be continued)

The D&E Railroad reunion is at Hochatown on March 23rd.

The D&E Railroad reunion is at Hochatown on March 23rd.


The museum newsletter will be posted on here soon.


(8th and last post on triple slaying)

It is believed that Charles Draper's heretofore unidentified victim, found murdered along with the body of E S Chappel of Springdale, Arkansas, at Ultima Thule, near the same location where the body of Jack Odell was found a week before, is the body of Eugene Harris of near Antlers, Oklahoma.

A F Kelso, step-father of the Harris youth, described perfectly the clothes worn by Harris when he left his home on October 18 and the description tallied perfectly with the clothes found at the scene of the murder.

Kelso also explained his delay in coming to Idabel to claim the body by saying that he and his family lived in a remote section of the county about 4 miles south of Antlers, and had received no word of the triple slaying and the subsequent confession of Draper until Sunday.

Kelso recalled that his stepson had left home on October 18 while he and his wife were away from home. He said Harris had left word with the neighbors that he had caught a ride to Nashville, Arkansas, with a man with a load of wheat.


Charles Draper, confessed triple slayer, now in jail at Idabel, Oklahoma, announces he will make an effort to employ the services of well-known lawyers in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, to fight his case when he is brought to trial, probably Friday of this week.

A 9 1/2 pound son was born to his wife last Sunday morning. When he confessed, it was agreed that the trial be postponed until his child was born and that he be permitted to see it. He will not be permitted to see the child until the mother is able to be up, it is said, and then she will be brought to the cell with the child, as agreed.

Draper confessed to the triple slaying on Occtober 18, of E S Chappel, a Springdale citizen and Eugene Harris of Antlers, Oklahoma, 23 year old youth, who was accompanying Chappel with a load of wheat from Oklahoma to Nashville, Arkansas, and 18 year old Leonard "Jack" Odell of Ultima Thule, Oklahoma.


The body of E S Chappel was positively identified by his dentist and re-interred in the Redmen Cemetery in De Queen. His young companion was identified as Eugene Harris of Antlers, Oklahoma, who wanted to go to Nashville, Arkansas, to visit a girl he was in love with. He is still buried in the Eagletown, Oklahoma cemetery.

Charley Draper was tried for the murder of E S Chappel and given a life sentence, which he served.

He was received at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on December 13, 1931, and on May 7, 1947, he was hospitalized with tuberculosis. he was transferred to Wister State Tuberculosis Sanitorium on June 18, 1947, and died while at this hospital on September 26, 1947.

I hope you enjoyed this story. I am hoping to have a book ready for printing in the near future of this story and numerous other stories of True Crime Related to Sevier County.



(6th post on Triple Murders)
Sevier County Citizen, Nov. 5th, 1931

Just under that, in the same-sized lettering was the caption:

Charles Draper, aged 29, confessed slayed of E S Chappell, Jack Odell and an unidentified man, was arrested Saturday morning at about daybreak at his home near Clarksville, Texas.

The capture was made by Sheriff Jim Sutton of Sevier County, Sheriff Charles Holman of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and the sheriff of Red River County, Texas.

A complete confession of the crime was made by Draper when he was assured by officers that three requests would be granted him. These requests were: That his trial be postponed until after the birth of a child by his wife, who is expected to be confined at any time; (give birth) that she be brought to Idabel, Oklahoma, where he is now in jail, and be cared for during the time of her confinement, and that he be permitted to see his baby after its birth. The three requests were granted him, and his wife has been brought from near Clarksille,Texas, to Idabel, Oklahoma, and was permitted to visit with him.

(to be continued; tomorrow: Draper's statement


(post 7; Triple murder)
Drapers statement: "I guess I'm about as bad as anything you can say about me. I killed those three people near De Queen, Arkansas, but honestly can't say what made me do it. I only intended to rob the old man and the young man with him, take their clothes and leave them naked in the woods so they couldn't follow me, but something came over me and I don't know why I killed them. I have no money to hire a lawyer to defend me and I am sure my father has none either."

"I have been in trouble before, but I don't want to discuss this at this time. (He had served 10 years at Folsom, California, for murder; he would have been only 16 or 17)
I finished third grade. I am an ex-soldier. I served on the Mexican border in 1916-17. (He would have been only 14 or 15; just saying) I was married here in Idabel two years ago. My wife is 24 years old. We are expecting our baby about November 1. I am worried about my wife. In a way, it was to get money to bear the expense of our baby that I did this thing."

"I was broke. For the last 10 years I have been sick with stomach trouble and have had two operations for gastric ulcers. During the summer I made fairly good money hauling ice, but when the weather got too cold for that, I picked cotton. I could pick only 150 pounds a day and could not make a living that way. When I left on the morning of October 18, I intended to go visit my father at Daisy, Arkansas, in the hope of getting some money from him or a job at the new mercury mine opening there."

"At Swink, Oklahoma, I caught a ride on a truck occupied by an old man and a young man. It was about 10 o'clock in the morning. The truck as loaded with wheat in sacks and I rode on them. We passed through Millerton, Oklahoma, where I was living and I got nearly half a gallon of whiskey there. The others didn't know I had it. The old mans truck was in pretty bad shape. I think he had trouble with the timer. I kept drinking the whiskey and thinking. I had a pistol with me. I had borrowed a pistol from John Epperson and traded it to another man for the .38 Special Smith & Wesson I was carrying. I figured I could force the old man and boy into the woods with my pistol and rob them. I planned to make them take off their clothes in the woods, rob them, and run off with their clothes, leaving them naked in the woods."

"We passed Ted Futrell's place (Jack's step-father) on highway 70 and the old man stopped the truck by some woods to work on the timer again. It was about 3 pm. It was there I forced them into the woods and made them take off their clothes and pitch them toward me. I took $74 from the old man and a purse containing 47 cents from the young man. There was no struggle. They did as I told them to do and I don't know why I shot them. I shot the young man first. The bullet went through his heart and he did not speak. The old man started to run but was too badly crippled. I shot him three or four times and he fell dead without a word."

"I covered up the bodies with pine limbs and was ready to leave when I saw a boy coming toward me on horseback, along the side of a hill. I left the clothes, for I did not want them after I had done what I did, and met the boy about 100 yards toward the highway. He did not see the bodies. I later learned he was Jack Odell."

"When the boy came up to me, he asked what I was doing and if I had killed a deer. I told him yes. "You'll have to give me part of it," Odell said. He had a pistol. I stalled around and finally told him I had not killed a deer. After drawing a gun on me, he said, "Come and go with me." We started toward the truck and had gone about 50 yards with me in front and Odell behind with his gun on me. As we came by a big tree, I jumped around it and got my pistol out just as Odell shot at me. I shot him a number of times and left him dead. I don't know what I did with the discharged shells. I hid Odell's pistol on the north side of the road in a clump of bushes."

"I drove the truck to De Queen, Arkansas, but turned north in an effort to go around the business section. The old man had taken one of his shoes off while in the truck and I found it there. I suddenly realized what I had done, and I threw it away. North of town, the truck stopped on me and I abandoned it. I was picked up by a tourist and taken to De Queen. In the railroad yards, I threw away the old man's purse, but I don't remember where I threw the boy's."

"I talked to several people in De Queen and asked them about some people named Babbitt I knew. I paid two boys $4.90 to drive me to Dierks, Arkansas, and at Dierks I hired the Ford agent to carry me to Daisy, Arkansas. There I visited my father. I told him the revenue men were after me. I spent the night there, but left before day. I came back later and arranged to move to Red River County, Texas, and that is where they caught me."

(Tomorrow I will conclude the triple murder story)


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