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Posted by Joy Russell

A Chronological History of Huntsville, Arkansas was written by Huntsville Mayor Dr. Kevin Hatfield, in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the city. The book contains 19 chapters with each chapter describing the history of Huntsville by decade, beginning with the decade of the 1830's and ending with 2012. The first chapter describes the early Osage Indians who originally occupied the area and their tribal chief, Hurachais, known as the "War Eagle".


This book is a must for anyone who is interested in local Huntsville history and makes a great gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Pre-1920's Obituaries of Madison County, Arkansas, Residents was published in April 2011. This book contains 319 pages of full obituaries as printed in the local newspapers, covering a time period from 1855 to 1919. This book contains all available obituaries for this time period, but not all newspapers are available, so many obituaries are missing. This book is a valuable research tool, and many of the obituaries read like a story of the deceased's life.

The History of Education in Madison County, Arkansas 1827-1948 is available for on-line viewing or downloading from this website in pdf format. This book contains 725 pages and includes over 200 photos and index. The documents is divided into seven chapters:
    Chapters
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The period from 1827-1865
  • 3. Reconstruction Government creates a new school system
  • 4. The period from 1926-1948
  • 5. Statistics of the Disticts
  • 6. Supervision, teacher education & certification
  • 7. Madison County Schools by District No. (125+)
The documents can be viewed or downloaded in pdf format by selecting "Download Documents and Pics" from the website menu on he right.

Volume 40, Fall 2021, Issue 3 of Madison County Musings released

The Fall issue of the Madison County Musings was mailed on September 12th. The cover features a photograph of the William B. "Bill" & Wealtha Luddington Duvall Family taken c. 1906-07. This is the 159th issue of the Musings since the founding of the society and contains pages 110 - 163 of Volume 40.

Table of Contents - Musings, Volume 40, No. 3, Fall, 2021

Page No. article title author
110 Judge & Sinda Duvall 40th Anniversary and Genealogy Musings Staff
116 Huntsville Fire Department History Dorothy Roberts Dyer
130 Outlaw Bill Gibbs Killed Near Huntsville Pullman Washington Herald, Aug. 10, 1889
132 Madison County Wills, 1905-1939, Part 17, conclusion Musings Staff
137 Newport/Clack Letters & Asa Newport Descendants
Musings Staff
141 Madison County Residents & Businesses 1830-1900, Part 2 Compiled by Wally Waits (date not listed)
144 Burney Mountain House & Weathers School and Post Office from theSouthwest Times Record, Fort Smith , June 10, 1973
146 1880's and 1890's Old Newspapers Items Musings Staff
150 Brodie House Built 1889 and Still Standing Musings Staff
152 Early Obituaries thru 1949, Part 109
Musings Staff
155 Madison County Land Patents, part 100 Musings Staff
157 Old Madison County Photos Musings Staff

Volume 40, Summer 2021, Issue 2 of Madison County Musings released

The Summer issue of the Madison County Musings was mailed on June 25th. The cover features a photograph of the southeast corner of the Huntsville square, c. 1900. The cover photo relates to an upcoming series of lists of area residents and businesses from the 1830's to 1900 as compiled by Wally Waits. This is the 158th issue of the Musings since the founding of the society and contains pages 58 - 109 of Volume 40.

Table of Contents - Musings, Volume 40, No. 2, Summer, 2021

Page No. article title author
58 George Wilhelm Smith, Inventor of Australian Ballot Musings Staff
65 Celebrating the 40th year of The Musings Musings Staff
67 Correction to Spring 2021 Musings Musings Staff
68 Huntsville School Teachers Retire from/The Madison County Record, 1984
72 Death of Ruby Smith Bookout Ends a Long Family Relationship
by Orval E. Faubus (date not listed)
76 Madison County Residents & Businesses 1830-1900 Compiled by Wally Waits (date not listed)
83 Half Century of Service, Frank W. Cannady from The Madison County Record, 1973
85 John Bivens, War of 1812 - Application for Land Warrant & Widow's Pension Musings Staff
90 Winnie Reed Gage's Letter to the Editor from The Madison County Record, 1967
92 Madison County Wills, 1905-1937
Part 16
Musings Staff
97 Bonnie Pace recalls life as teacher by Abby Burnett (Published in The Morning News) date not listed
99 Early Obituaries of Madison County Residents through 1948, Part 108 Musings Staff
104 Madison County Land Patents, part 99 Musings Staff

Volume 40, Spring 2021, Issue 1 of Madison County Musings released

The Spring issue of the Madison County Musings was mailed on April 14th. The cover features a photograph of the J. K. Wolf tombstone. A fascinating and well researched article about the death of J. K. Wolf, during the Civil War, is included in the issue. This is the 157th issue of the Musings since the founding of the society and contains pages 1 - 57 of Volume 40.

Table of Contents - Musings, Volume 40, No. 1, Spring, 2021

Page No. article title author
1 J. K. Wolf Grave and the 14th Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A., at Camp Madison Joy Russell
23 Wesley Farmer Carves Bible Stories on Canes Mannie "Ed" Schaffer
28 Rev. Robert Hatfield Dies in California Musings Staff/The Madison County Record
30 1880's St. Paul Republican Newspaper Gleanings Orval Faubus/The Madison County Record, 1974
33 Masked Gunman Rob Hindsville Bank
The Springdale News, 1965
34 Madison County Wills, 1905-1937
Part 15
Musings Staff
39 A Great Example of Courage and Character - Layton Herrington Troy Allen Griffin
44 Stringfield [Family] Deaths Musings Staff
45 Tom Jenkins Shot by Sheriff after Robbery From the Rogers Democrat, April 20, 1920
47 Books We Have For Sale Musings Staff
49 Early Obituaries of Madison County Residents Musings Staff
52 Madison County Land Patents Musings Staff