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Howard County turns 150 on April 17

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BROTHERS OF THE BRUSH (1973). Four Howard Countians paying the supreme sacrifice by growing beards and mustaches for the Howard County Centennial Celebration included (from left), Centennial Chairman Charles Eudy, Elmer Lay, Tinker Reed of Dierks, and Floyd Clark. The Brothers of the Brush was the county’s attempt to have the county “look as it did 100 years ago and to reflect the struggles and sacrifices of our forefathers.” Howard County Judge Ed Reese issued a proclamation to declare as such and humorously noted that those county men who did not participate would be dealt with later with punishment to be handled by “Ye Kangaroo Court.”
The Centennial Belles wore 1800s attire each Friday during Howard County’s 100th anniversary in 1973. They include (front row) Donna Carozza, Sharon Ellis, Becky Sides, Diana Shaw and Joyce Newell; (seated) Tommie Icenhower, Flora Mae Russell, Eileen Jamison and Susan Schaal; (second row) Emma Smith, Karen Wesson, Verbie Payne, Mary Lynn Lewis and Eunice Compton; (back row) Jean Reeder, Minnie Bell Young, Susan Ellis, Wanda Scoggins, Glenda Peden and Carolyn Harrod. Members not pictured include Martha Carozza, Cornelia Allen, Elaine Hoelscher, Flora Faulkner, Mary Jane Byers, Gloria Compton, Effie Jones, Lorraine Ellis, Martha Darling and Frances Aylett. Howard County’s 150th anniversary will be Monday, April 17.

On Monday, April 17, 2023, Howard County will be 150 years old.

County Judge Brent Pinkerton declared that the seat of government that day, along with the regular April meeting of the Howard County Quorum Court, would be in Center Point – the original county seat – in honor of the occasion.

The meeting will be at 11 a.m. at the Center Point Community Center, and the public is invited.

Howard was the next-to-last county to be formed in Arkansas. It was from parts of Sevier, Polk, Pike and Hempstead counties. The original seat of government was in Centre Point, and after an election in 1905 the county seat was moved to Nashville.