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PAGE TWENTY-FOUR I " I I Everything in sane, pro- gressive banking Firs[ National Bank ClarksviUe, Ark. A. N. Ragon, J.W. Houston, President Asst. Cashier D. D. Dunlap, King Basham, Cashier Asst. Cashier I' '[ CLARKSVILLE MERCANTILE CO. Dealers In General Merchandise Clarksviile, Ark. D LADD & STRONG Lumber Co. Dealers In , Lumber, Cedar Shingles, Doors, Windows, Build- ers' Hardware, Etc. Phone 72 Clarksville, Ark. The Clarksville Steam LauMry Telephone No. 214 I "Washes Everything But the Baby" Langfo00 [ & Company Merchants and Cotton Buyers CLARKSVILLE, -- ARKANSAS ( First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville o I II III I II I I I IIIII IIII II I } John Deer Implements Joy Flour CHEEK BROTHERS & COMPANY Dealers In Hardware, Furniture, Undertaking, Dry Goods, Fancy Groceries. We de- liver everything we sell. Quglity First We Appreciate Your Trade Grocery Phone 133 Office Phone 44 Atkins, Ark. Bell Lumber (,Oral)any Monufacturers of and Dealers In Rough and Finished Pine and HmMwood Lmfiber, Shingles, Metal Roofing and all kinds of Building Materian. ATKINS, ARK. ,[, ! '" Wolf's Glen. Picturesque Scene in Jo nnson County: THE GUARDIAN. SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1920. Clarlcsville and ]ohnson County Enterprising and Historical Center of Catholicity. The capitol is not always the me- tropolis of a state, nor is the largest congregation always the parochial chmch. Holy Redeemer's Church and its missions is such an instance. And not only is one of the missions larger but some of them were also founded sooner. Our Missions. Among the missions that belong to Holy Redeemer's Church at" Clarks- ville are the Sacred Heart Church, Hartman, Ark.; St. Matthew's, Coal Hill, and two stations at Jamestown and Montana. The latter are mining camps. Sacred Heart Church of Hartman is by far the largest of the missions. It was founded about the year 1880 and the credit for its existence, thi. pros- perous and promising mission, is as- cribed to Mr. Hugo Oberste. "Hugo", as he is familiarly known, immigrat- ed with a number of his friends and relatives from northern Germany, from the so called "Land of the Red Soil," Westphalia, and settled in the wilds of Johnson County, along the Horsehead creek. "Hugo" conse- quently enjoys the distinction of be- ing known as the "Vicar-General" of Hartman (without ordination and without salary.) He is one degree below the pastor. Also a few Irish families settled there. For years a priest from Altus and his successors administered spiritual' aid and com- fort to the struggling families of this mission, until the church at Clarks- ville wa. built. It was hard to say for a long time if this mission was finally been eliminated and all seems to be congemal and harmomous now. All is going well now and the future is promising. Boys and Girls Cilyward. Like in many other places we have suffered hfre too, from that tendency of the boys and girls for the cities. It is hard to keep the young genera- tion on the farm or small communi- ties. Beautiful Church and Grounds. The church property here is a most desirable one. A small but very neat curch with an ample school and sis- ter's residence and priest's residence grace the beautiful grounds. Clean and Progressive. ClarksviHe is a nice clean and pro- ressive town, nestled between the foot hills of the Ozarks, on the Me. Pac. R. R., 100 miles west of Little Rock and 64 miles east of Fort Smith. Its population is from 2,000 to 3,000. It has paved streets and concrete walks, various churches and schools; is the home of the Cumberland Col- lege. It has three banks and many mercantile establishments, a whole- sale house, two gins, a basket factory, two lumber yards, a cigar factory and other institutions. Center of Highways. It is three miles from the Arkansas .River and is situated on the Little Rock-Fort Smith Highway which will soon be completed, and it will be the center of a network of a number of other highways. It is situated in the spadra coal mining districts, near enough to the mines to give employ- ment to its citizens in and at the mines and far enough away not to be a mining town. Hence there is no Sacred Heart Church increasing or decreasing. Many of the old charter members in the course of years, tired of the hard- ships of farm life in Arkansas, and hoping to find better opportunities in other parts left again, while few only replaced their ranks, so that for a long time practically the only in- crease was from within, and it was quite generous. Happy People. The families that remained are o- day well to do and contented, and arc known as a very congenial, happy and jovial class of people. The original church has long since become too small and had to make place for a much larger and nicer place. It is now used for a school and a hall. Where once the people met to pray they now meet to play. Fine Organ. Sacred Heart Church is one of the few churches in Arkansas, at least in rural districts, that can boast of hav- ing a pipe organ. It is also blessed with a splendid choir, with excellent musical talents. The church is two miles from town and it is in a" fa:ming commun- ity, but many of the members are in business in Hartman, and some are working in the nearby coal mines.. Coal Hill Mission. St. Matthew's Church, Coal Hill, is ated from Clarksville and has services a small mission which is also pastor- twice a month. Formerly this was a flourishing mining center, but now is more depending on agriculture, some of the mines being nearly exhausted, and the new mines being near Hart- man. This Church also has a school. Influx at Zero. Holy Redeemed's Church with the parochial residence was found in the latter eighties, when the so-called "Arkansas Boom" was faded away. This may account for it that the con- gregation never grew to full man- hoed. The influx of Catholic immi- gration to Arkansas has been at zero for the la 30 years. This was especially so here. And what is more i it seemed as though God's blessing was not with us for many years. Dissension and coldness acted on the growth of the congregation as the north wind on the rain. Now how- ever the incongruous elements have reason why our congregation should not grow rapidly. Besides the re- sources enumerated above, this is a first-class fruit country and also fine for poultry. Time Will Tell of Oil. We are also very hopeful that the deep test well here, that is now 2250 feet and is claimed to produce some oil, will prove to be a big producer. Time will tell. Hoyt Family. The pastor of Clarksville and the Missions is the Rex,. Lawrence Hoyt, O. S.B. He is a native of Iowa, has Clarksville Church and Priest's Rectory the age of 19 to study for the priest- hood. For Better, For Worse. After the ordination he was sent on short missions, to Hartshorne, Okla., then to Baring Cross, Ark., after- wards to Jerseyville, Ill., and finally to Clarksville, Ark.,. where he has now lab9red for better for worse for 15 years. Many may have tried to get rid of him but without success and some were glad. Non-Catholic Appreciation. Among non-Catholics, I believe he enjoys even more the hearty good- will than among his own. VChether he is a great scholar I con- not tell, but I know him to be a hard brick building. Their ocrps of teachers are fering courses in a tied studies. The Arkansas under the direction Board of Education terian Church, U. S. cuirements of a nature and was des eminent for a unit in Army Training Corps. The churches of attended and several housed in fine edifices. good, moral influence mnity which is com moral and thrifty class seen considerable travel in his young-[blu e eyes. er days in the company of his par- ents, who like so many Others, al- ways beheld the "land of milk and honey" at a distance, but like the] rainbow it always remained at a dis- tance. "Left Stern." The womlerful report of the beauti- ful Arkansas in the "Left Stern" finally brought them to Perry Coun- ty, Ark. A big block of land was bought and a field was chopped out of the wilderness. The much ex- pected "Paradise" was a dream "of Monte Christol. "In the sweat of the brow thou shalt cat thy bread." It was all but a paradise for the first years. But like all who stayed here and worked, the Hoyt family finall. prospered, yet they were not content. Three or four moves were made since, in and out of the State, and now the old folks are back on the farm again, in good old Arkansas, and I suppose they will stay till they move to a "Better Land." Father Hoyt, O. S. B. The one of the eight boys of the family, who is now pastor of Clarks- ville, was by no means considered the best nor t.he wisest, but as a former teacher of his remarked in later years, "He was bright, but also a very mischievous boy." Ordained at Snbiaco. After finishing the common schools be took a short course in a college and a teachers normal and in the sec- ond teachers examination succeeded in'getting a first grade certificate. He taught two terms of public school when the unexpected took place, he entered the seminary at Subiaco at l,awrence HoyI, O. S. B., Pastor Holy Redeemer worker and a practical .man. One can see that continual wear and tear of mission life is making its inroads, and as the axe chopped a clear spot out of the woods for the old planta- tion, so it is beginning to clear up the forehead of Father Lawrence. and here and here a silvery hair, marks the grind of time, and one can see that the strong frame, developed on the old plantation has last some of its elasticity, but the same stern de- termination still shines from his deep "Sic transit gloria mundi." A Friend. In numeratin he products of Johnson county, we find it to be one of the most prosperous and important communities in ttho great" common- wealth of our state. It is the home of the Elberta-peach and their shipments in this role fruit alone in Lql9 amount- ed to about 500 car loads and back in 1912 over 900 car loads of Elberta peaches were shipped. Besides a variety of fruits, all kinds of grain, cotton and feed crops are raised here and some of the finest cattle and hogs in the state are to be found on the farms. Coal mining is another big in(lustry. The Spadra coal fields are exploited by large and progressive companies, Who are mining the onl anthracite col to be found between Pennsylvania and Colorado, and their product finds a ready marke't any- where in the country The payrolls of these mines in active seasons run about $125,000.00 monthly and great- ly helps the prosperity of he com- munity. Clarksvillo is the county seat of Johnson county, and has a population of 3,000 thrifty and law abiding peo- ple. Its industries consist of a peach basket factory, planning mills, saw mills, cotton gins, machine shops, ice factory, etc., besides large and pro- gressive . mercantile est)blishments. There has been much building and de- velopment in the city both in business blocks and residences. Schools and Churches Clarksvillo has a splendid school system and maintains a standard four year course in high school, which i:: housed' in a new "$40,000.00 modern Im Thissection i. rap The streets are in fine  buildings and tmblic rapidly taking place hard road built at a per mile is about roads throughout the fine condition and close touch with Johnson and ad.ioiningl march of progress and while many been installed, a big terment is under way, this section far ahead munities in older and' states than Arkansas., Church of lhe The Catholic worship in a pretty Churcll of the Holy congregation is Lawrence Ho.vt, O. S. energetic priest who is influence for good in A mission and ed Heart's Church St. Barbara's school a attended from The Benedictine flourishing schools Coal Hill and ling a great work for i the young in the of the county. BE There are many are like the flowers They come and bri. hour, and are gone] meant to be hoarded ion, but to be and so made to as possilSle while Young folks have and enthusiasm. ing these gifts? their own pleasure? sharing them with have none of these I It is a worn thing to gather anfl the rosebuds of until the flower I the opportunity is