Back Issues
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The Historical Society has back issues of nearly every volume of The Journal available for sale.

Vol. 1, No. 1, is now available. These are high-quality photocopies from an original copy in good condition.

Quantities of Vol. 2, No. 1, are limited.  Later volumes are not yet on this list but will be added soon. The list only contains the titles of articles in each issue of the Journal. Editions contain standing features that appear in almost every issue — poems, reprints of newspaper articles from the turn of the last century and before, book notes, genealogy news and research inquiries.

Topics covered and listed in the tables of content are:

Vol. 1, No. 2, Dec. 1977: Telephone Company of Fort Smith; Oral History, Capt. Roy G. Wood; Diary, Kate Rector; Brunaldi and Guler; Old Time Broom Making; First United Methodist Church; Fort Smith Historical Society Charter Membership.

Vol. 2, No, 1, April 1978: Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz; Texas Road; Leard Cemetery; Bottles, Windows to the Past; St. John’s Episcopal Church; Lora Gaines Goolsby; Blakemore Family.

Vol.2, No. 2, September 1978: Migration, Ireland to Ft. Smith; Tobias Kelly; May Gray; Immaculate Conception Church & Catholic Cemetery; Fort Smith Hub, Gold Seekers Went West; Diary, Wagon Train Journal; Sparks Family; Fort Smith Wagon Company; H. C. Hoffman’s Saddlery Shop; Mr. & Mrs. Henry Gott; New Theater.

Vol. 3, No. 1, April 1979: Law Enforcement, Ft. Smith 1851-1895; Ft. Smith National Historic Site; Judge Isaac C. Parker; Emily Montague Rollwage; George Maledon; Origin of Name Marshal & Creation of Federal Court System; Federal Court Marshals with Jurisdiction Over the Ft. Smith Area; Deputy Marshals 1875-1896; A Lawyer’s Appraisal of Parker Court; Birnie Bros. Funeral Home and Putman Funeral Home; Judge John Henry Rogers; Eleanor Boone Rogers; Fort Smith Land Records.

Vol. 3, No. 2, September 1979: Streetcars of Fort Smith and Ft. Smith Light and Traction Co.

Vol. 4, No. 1, April 1980: Fort Smith and the Civil War; The Action on Massard Prairie; SAHARA; Civil War Battle Site Markers; Ft. Smith Focal Point for Advancing the Military Frontier 1850-1851; William F. Rowe; Edna F. Tustison; Real Daughters of the Confederacy; The Confederacy Women; Fort Smith Women During War Between the States; Margaret Montague; 1860 Census.

Vol. 4, No. 2, September 1980: War and Ft. Smith in 1861; Diary of John Lucey; Paul Krone, A Belle Point Guard; Early History of Varina Jefferson Davis Chapter UDC; Flags of the Civil War; Brigadier Gen. William B. Cantwell; Edwin P. Hicks; A Civil War Indian Memory; Major General John G. Blunt; 1860 Census continued.

Vol. 5, No. 1, April 1981: History of Lutheranism (Missouri Synod) Seb. Co.; Casper Reutzel; S.A. Williams; Dyke Bros. Lumber Co.; Dyke Family; Parke Family; Melcenia Cato; Northern Troops in Fort Smith, 1863; Civil War Soldiers Buried in Fort Smith National Cemetery (A-K).

Vol. 5, No. 2, September 1981: Union Confederate Veterans; Col. Benjamin T. Duval; Prof. D. S. Patrick; Jesse Casey Harper, Confederate Soldier; P. R. Davis Home; Civil War Soldiers Buried in Fort Smith National Cemetery (L-Z).

Vol. 6, No. 1, April 1982: Fort Smith Under Union Rule, Sept. 1, 1863-Fall 1865; First Baptist Church; Confederate Veterans Buried by Fentress Mortuary, 1909-1934; Aldridge Family.

Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1982: Steam boating the Arkansas; Captain B. C. Blakely; Captain James Bowlin.

Vol. 7, No. 1, April 1983: Red Lantern Welcome to Fort Smith; She Handled the Mail for Gypsies All Over the World; Fort Smith Postmasters; Some Early Settlers of Fort Smith; Index to First Sebastian County Will Book.

Vol. 7, No. 2, September 1983: Fort Smith Cadet Band; Ladies, Strike Up the Band; Song “In Old Fort Smith;” Fort Smith District Sebastian County Marriage Book A.

Vol. 8, No. 1, April 1984: Alphonso Trent; Hammer’s Bands; Amrita Grotto Band; Jimmie Grace and His Ozarkians; The Southerners, Edgar A. Robinson, Director; Doc Miller’s Orchestras; Clint Fisher and His Musical Buddies; Fred Rose; Wayne Redden and His Arkansas Valley Boys; Froebel E. Lee; Heart Throbs; Paul Lewis; Calvin Carter and the Border City Ramblers, Rhonda “Kye” Fleming; Marriage Book B, Fort Smith District, Sebastian County, Arkansas; Corrections, Marriage Book A.

Vol. 8, No. 2, September 1984: Baseball; The Game; Superstitions; The Uniform; Their Brides Remember; Wedding at Home Plate; Andrews Field; Kay Eakin; Hits and Odd Balls; Managers to Bat Boys; Marriage Book B, Fort Smith District, Sebastian County, Arkansas.

Vol. 9, No. 1, April 1985: Heritage of Fort Smith Education; Bill Donating Fort Smith Reservation to City for Public Schools; John Carnall; General Oliver Otis Howard; Howard School; Negro High Schools of Fort Smith; Educators Are Guest Writers; Marriage Book B, Fort Smith District Sebastian County, Arkansas.

Vol. 9, No. 2, September 1985: Belle Grove School; Martha J. Raines Walker; Historical Marker; Rogers School; My Mother, Thelma Brown, Taught at Rogers School; Verna Wheat Soifer; History of DuVal School; Elias R. DuVal; Jimmie Barry Remembers.

Vol. 10, No. 1, April 1986: National Weather Service; Fort Smith's First and Foremost; Linda Ridner; Paul Latture; and Mildred Stein.

Vol. 10, No. 2, September 1986: Fort Smith High School System; Arkansas Flag, Flower and Honey Bee; Arkansas State Song; Gov. William Meade Fishback; Arkansaw? Arkansas?; Boston Store Closing Touches City; Vinnie Ream.

Vol. 11, No. 1, April 1987: Fort Smith Historical Society Ten Years Old; What a Decade! 1976-1986; Final Sebastian County, Arkansas, Sesquicentennial Event, Naturalization; Poets and Poetry, Gretchen Youmans.

Vol. 11, No. 2, September 1987: United States Court for the Western District of Arkansas; Black Political Patronage in the Western District of Arkansas, 1871-1892; Frank A. Youmans, United States District Judge; City of Fort Smith — Citta Di Cisterna Di Latina Seal Twinship; Young Women's Christian Association; Dick Reynolds — His Family and His House.

Vol. 12, No. 1, April 1988: Charles Burns, Soldier-Citizen; Judge Isaac C. Parker "On Trial"; Edward A. Haglin; Miss Florence Hammersly; Beverly Stites, Magistrate U.S. District Court; Quinn Chapel African Methodist Church; Roundtable Poets of Fort Smith.

Vol. 12, No. 2, September 1988: Fort Smith National Historic Site Historical Background; Commanders of the Post at Fort Smith; Garrison of the Post at Fort Smith; The Quartermaster, Vital Link to Survival; Flagstaff of the Second Fort Smith; Preservation of Fort Smith Historic Site and History of the National Park Service; Belle Point Community; Samual Putnam, West Arkansas Pioneer; Trusty School; Mayors of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Vol. 13, No. 1, April 1989: Fort Smith City Government and the Progressive Era in Urban Reform; H.R. "Happy" Hestand; Mayors of Fort Smith, Arkansas; A Street By Any Other Name; Fortnightly Study Club; Fort Smith Public Library; Buchanan Hatchett, M.D.; Opal Elizabeth "Betty" Calvert.

Vol. 13, No. 2, September 1989: John Foster Wheeler, Mayor of Fort Smith; Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet; Fort Smith Press; Col. W.E. Decker; Chess Pie recipe.

Vol. 14, No. 1, April 1990: Blocks and Stones and the Red Brick Road; Asa Bruce Clark; Isaiah W. Bruce; William Farrior; Jesse and James H. Reed; Helen Foristell Southard; Annabelle Pilgrim; Dr. Joseph Gilbert Eberle; Mayor Fagan Bourland.

Vol. 14, No. 2, September 1990: The Fort Smith Water System; William Joseph Johnston, Mayor; The Dream Is Alive; Deaths of Fort Smith Residents; Joyce Reynolds Oglesby.

Vol. 15, No. 1, April 1991: Westark Community College; A Day to Remember, Dizzy Gillespie; The Narisi Brothers; Jack Foster Pace, Mayor; A Fort Smith Time Line.

Vol. 15, No. 2, September 1991: Fort Smith Depression Era; New Courthouse Cornerstone; Sebastian County Judges; State, County and City Officials; Mayor James Keys Jordon; Attorneys and Judges Memorial Service; Memories of Helen Olive Jones Harper; Ranger Battalions Association; Westark Community College; Poets and Poetry, Eloise Barksdale.

Vol. 16, No. 1, April 1992: Fort Smith & Western Railway; Barber Bridges: E.E. Barber Construction Company; Oscar Miles; Henry Kuper Jr., Mayor of Fort Smith; Poets and Poetry — May Harris Gray and Christina Alter.

Vol. 16, No. 2, September 1992: Fort Smith, We Have Had It All; Act to Incorporate Town of Fort Smith; Mayors of Fort Smith; Early Settlers; Old Settlers' Association; Barber Bridges, Part II: Family Traditions.

Vol. 17, No. 1, April 1993: Mexican War, Fort Smith & Van Buren Units; Edward J. Brooks, Mexican War Veteran, Twice Mayor of Fort Smith; November & December 1992 Events Conclude Sesquicentennial Celebration; Fort Smith Time Capsule; Seal of the City of Fort Smith; Poets and Poetry; Dr. Fred Roebuck — 100th Birthday.

Vol. 17, No. 2, September 1993: Early History of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Rodeo & Livestock Show; R.K. Rodgers 1895-1982; First Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair; Charles Maynard Cooke Sr., Mayor of Fort Smith 1891-1892; Memories of Exilda Josephine Marguerite St. Pierre Von Braun; The Bailey Family; Judge Parker Must Have Led a Charmed Life.

Vol. 18, No. 1, April 1994: Growing Up Italian, A History of the Lovoi/ Caldarera Family; The Happy Year, Diary of M.E. Jeter, 1908; Christ the King Catholic Church; A Tale of Two Cultures: Intellectual and Occupational, Liberty in Fort Smith and Luo Yang.

Vol. 18, No. 2, September 1994: Raisin' Hell on the Border — Drinking, Gambling, Prostitution and General Mayhem in Fort Smith at the End of the Nineteenth Century; Bill Doolin: Arkansas' Last Outlaw on Horseback; Steamboat Captain Hugh L. Rogers; Come & Gone; The Happy Year, Diary of M.E. Jeter 1908, Part 2; Jack/Jacob S. Gregg, M.D.

Vol. 19, No. 1, April 1995: History of St. Boniface Parish; The Old Rock House; Cornerstone Place; Indian Mound; Diary of Catherine Duval Rector, Part 1; The Subject Before You, Should a Woman Vote?

Vol. 19, No. 2, September 1995: Sebastian County Women in the Civil War; Sophia Barling Kannady; Martha A. "Dillard" Bomford; Memories of a Fort Smith Girlhood; The Vick Family, Descendants of Ransom Emmett & Bettie Mitchell Vick; Diary of Catherine Duval Rector, Part 2.

Vol. 20, No. 1, April 1996: Public Education in Early Twentieth Century — A History of Cavanaugh School District; Tragedy Stops By; Diary of Catherine DuVal Rector, Part 3; Captain William DuVal; Harriet Amanda Rector “Shingo” Cabell; Minnie Juliet Sanders Armstrong, M.D.; Miss McSweeney, Confederate Spy; Thyra Samter Winslow: Woman Sets Fort Smith on Its Ear; Margaret (Rogers) Chollar; 1896 Newspapers.

Vol. 20, No. 2, September 1996: Helbling Family; Abstracts from the Docket of Justice of the Peace Samuel Edmondson; Nolon Springs Cemetery; 1896 Newspapers.

Vol. 21, No. 1, April 1997: The Blue Bird School Select; Judge Parker and the Allen Rule; Children of Samuel Edmondson; Abstracts from the Docket of Justice of the Peace Samuel Edmondson; Marie Zealand Rose: Baby Girl Born on the High Seas; Golden Deeds Award; Recipes from the Everyday Cookbook; Free Persons of Color Among Ft. Smith’s Earliest Residents; 1896 Newspapers.

Vol. 21, No. 2, September 1997: Governor John Sebastian Little; Jess Edward Little, M.D.; Children of Dr. Little; Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Wildcat Mountain Annex; Judge Joseph M. Hill; A Personal View of a Young Woman’s Time on the Hill; The Saints Among Us; Sebastian County Government and County Judges; Recipe for Roast Turkey; 1896 Newspapers.

Vol. 22, No. 1, April 1998: Early History of the 184th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron Air National Guard; Brother Against Brother: Civil War Years of Fort Smith Major Edward J. Brooks; Governor Little Family, Cont. from Sept. 1997 Journal; 1897 Newspapers.

Vol. 22, No. 2, September 1998: Battle of Backbone Markers; Which Is Correct?; Thomas Adams Smith; Mystery Photograph; Joseph Henry Willard; Brig. Gen. Bartlett Pearce; U.S. Military Hospital; Donoho Tidbits; Dr. Edward Benefield; Car 10, Fort Smith Trolley Museum; 1898 Newspapers.

Vol. 23, No. 1, April 1999: Sinclair Settlers; Federal Judge William Story; Portrait of Eaton Tatum Presented to County; Sweet Woman; Pleasant Redmon Davis; Sebastian County Officials, Continued: County and Circuit Clerks; Directory for Cemeteries, Locations, Publications, and List of Death Source Reference Material for Sebastian County, Arkansas, July 1997; Difficulties in Cherokee County; 1898 Newspapers.

Vol. 23, No. 2, September 1999: The Magic of Fort Smith; Jimmy Ward and His “Melody Boys” Orchestra; The Dervish Club; Banjo-Lin; Elvis Presley Inducted into Army at Fort Chaffee; “Tuskegee Airmen” Movie Film; Musical Coterie; Lucy Byrd Mock; Tent Show, Opera, Silent Movie, Vaudeville, Road Show and C. A. Lick; Culture Lost with Passing of Chautauqua Era; State’s First Races Staged in Fort Smith; Historic Oak Cemetery; St. John’s Episcopal Church; Local Theaters Recalled; 1898-1899 Newspapers.

Vol. 24, No. 1, April 2000: Dessa Davis Moore; January 13, 1897 – December 13, 1999; Events in the Twentieth Century; Mayor Tom Ben Garrett; Henry S. Suratt and the Queen’s Crown Jewels; Fort Smith Teacher Finds Home in America; The Blue and The Gray; Fort Smith Symphony; Musical Know-How Lands Lorna Schultis on Pages of National Magazine; Rogers Cemetery and Old Burying Grounds; 1899 Newspapers.

Vol. 24, No. 2, September 2000: Moulton Family Provided Medical Care in Fort Smith Entire 20th Century; C. Ray Baker, Jr. – Fort Smith’s 2000 Mayor; Fort Smith 2000 – The State of the City; Fort Smith Flag Given to City; Meek Family Commemorates Beginning of Third Century as Bottlers in Fort Smith; South Side Baptist Church; Dr. Victor H. Coffman, Sr. – First Pastor of South Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith; Tilles Theatre; Cooley’s Drug Store; Joie Theatre Tickets; Ella Falk: A Giver and a Doer; Oak Cemetery: Aunt Sarah Clark’s Graveyard; 1899-1900 Newspapers.

Vol. 25, No. 1, April 2001: Creekmore Holiday Express; Winter Storm of the Century; African American Policemen of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Oak Cemetery Resident, Capt. Richard M. Smoot; Let’s Go Fishing!; 1900 Newspapers.

Vol. 25, No. 2, September 2001: Sebastian County 150 Years Old, Founding of County, and Story of Eaton Tatum; Changes in County Boundaries; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith, Part I; Chinese and Oak Cemetery Connection; Civil War in Arkansas; 1900-1901 Newspapers.

Vol. 26, No. 1, April 2002: Holt-Krock Clinic; Biography of Dr. Holt; Biography of Dr. Krock; First Baptist Church; Oak Cemetery; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith, Part II; 1901 Newspapers.

Vol. 26, No. 2, September 2002: Fort Smith Becomes National Historic Site; Visiting Notables Share Spotlight; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith, Part III; Paul R. Krone; Strickland Family Stories; Contents of Past Issues, Vol. I, No. 1 – Vol. X, No. 2; Fort Smith Elevator: Jan. 3, 1902-Dec. 26, 1902.

Vol. 27, No. 1, April 2003: Battle of Massard Prairie; William Murphy
Cravens; Edmund McKenna; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith, Part IV; Henry Francis Donathan; Contents of Past Issues, Volumes 10-17; Fort Smith Elevator: January 2, 1903-June 12, 1903.

Vol. 27, No. 2, September 2003: Atkinson-Williams Hardware Company; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith, Part V; Inquiries – King Family Group Sheet; Confederate Veterans Buried in Oak Cemetery; Fort Smith Elevator, June 12, 1903-Dec. 25,1903.

Vol. 28, No. 1, April 2004: Fire & Sand, Part I Glass Manufacturing in Fort Smith, 1917-1940; Fort Smith Glass Companies – An Initial List; One Cow, One Customer: Beckman Dairy Company; Hanging Times in Fort Smith; U.S. Marshals and Deputies Buried in Fort Smith; Fort Smith Elevator 1904.

Vol. 28, No. 2: September 2004: Descendants of U.S. Marshals Convene; Pomp and Circumstances of 1904; When “The Fiery Saint: Came to Fort Smith; The History of Speer Hardware Company; “Camp Plenty;” “The Man From Rich Mountain;” “The Veins Are Thick:” Coal Mining in Sebastian County; Coal Mining in Northwest Arkansas; “Never take A Coal Man” Labor Unrest in 1914; The History of the Blair-Amis House; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith; 1904 News.

Vol. 29, No. 1, April 2005: History Recreated in Oak Cemetery; Book Review: Billy Higgins Examines A Black Pioneer; Internet Research Resources for Sebastian County; Zachary Taylor’s Fort Smith Days; First Christian Church’s Renewed Life; The Putnam, Whitman and Dalton Families; The Meek Family and Fort Smith Coca-Cola Bottling; Memories of the Winslow Park Summer Resort; Winslow’s Centennial Celebration; The Ayers House of Belle Grove Historic District: Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith; 1905 News.

Vol. 29, No. 2, September 2005: Drennen/Scott Home, Focus of Historic Interpretation Program; C.F. Wilmans and the Boy Rangers of America; The New Theatre: Evolution of a Playhouse to a Movie Theater; Remembering the Era of the Streetcar; Hangin’ Times in Fort Smith; 1905 News; Fallen Heroes of Fort Smith Law Enforcement.