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From: Kathryn Langston <>
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Sams chapter 20
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 20:59:55 EST
The First Division of Izard County
As early as 1829 the people of Izard county began to try for
a division of Izard County. It included in its territory, Izard,
Stone, Searcy, Marion, Fulton, and Baxter. There had been
several efforts made to effect a division, but they had all
Major Wolf was in the State senate at the time and opposed a
division because it would effect his own rights, the county seat
at that time was at Mouth of Big North Fork.
In the year 1834 an obscure man who lived in the present
limits of Searcy County, by the name of Brown Roberts appeared in
the field a canidate for representative. He was in favor of a
division of the county. This man was a very singular man. he
was about six and one quarter high, slim and bony. He was a man
of ability and a good electionier. He was elected and had the
county divided in opposition of Wolf, and called the new county
Roberts was left in Searcy County after the division and
remained in it, as its representative until his death which was
soon after. Soon after the division of Izard County the county
seat was moved to Livingston Mills at Mouth of Piney Bayou.
A river man by the name of Asa McFeltch soon located there
at the new county seat, which was called Athens, and done a heavy
mercantile business. Livingston & Hively run a saw and grist
mill and a cotton gin there by the great water power at the mouth
of Piney Bayou. The little village at this time contained about
Athens at this time presented the most town-like appearance
of any place in Izard county. The principal men of the town
however got in debt and had to brake. McFeltch and Livingston
employed a little Yankee, who sold goods for them, pocketing all
the cash and broke them up. His name was Erastus Gregory. There
is nothing left at Athens except a water power which would be
capable of driving the machinery to manufacture all of the cotton
produced in Izard County.
The county seat of Marion County was located at Yellville,
on Crooked Creek. This location remains the county seat till the
present time. The county seat of Searcy was first located at
Lebanon. Their county seat has been moved several times, by
reason of which teir county seats have made very little progress.
When Fulton was surveyed out, the county seat was located at
Salem which remains unmolested and prosperous today.
Izard county finally took a vote on the removal of the
county seat from Melbourn and it was decided in favor of Melbourn
as against Sylamore and Melbourn remains the county seat at this
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