This year’s storytellers are: Barbara Jordan Clark, Jessie Davis, Ed Holt, and John Minor.
Barbara Jordan Clark is a native of Jackson County and was brought up in Jacksonport. The wife of Tommy Clark, Barbara is a tireless worker in the United Methodist Church. She has taught an adult Sunday School Class for many years and is greatly involved in her church’s prison ministry. Tommy and Barbara have one son, Walt. Her topic will be about growing up in Jacksonport.
Jesse Davis grew up in Swifton. He is retired from the Newport Special School District and is currently serving as President of the Jackson County Retired Teachers’ Association. This year, Jessie and his wife Kay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A 1940’s railroad freight car originally from Newport’s Train Station was located in Swifton by Jesse Davis, and the Retired Teachers Association purchased the car and Jesse Davis restored it. The City affixed the car on a concrete slab for display in front of the Iron Mountain Depot. Jesse is a very active member of the First Missionary Baptist Church. Jesse will speak about his early years in Swifton.
Ed Holt is retired from the grocery business and is a former Board Member of the City of Newport during its City Manager form of government. Ed Holt is a graduate of Newport High School and spent his entire career with groceries – first at Hurley’s Grocery on Front Street and later at his own store, Holt’s Groceries on Beech Street. Ed will speak about “Rollin’ Stores” both on country lanes and White and Black Rivers. Ed and his wife, Neva, are active members of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
John Minor is a Newport native, a graduate of Newport High School and the University of Arkansas. He is married to the former Mildred Jarvis (also of Newport), and they are the parents of four children: Lynne, Susan, John Jr., and Martha. He is an avid hunter and fisherman who sells a little insurance on the side. He also has farming interest in the south end of Jackson County in Overcup. John currently serves on the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Full bios will appear in next week’s Independent. Dr. Jacoway said, “We are very excited about this year’s storytellers. We are sure that the public will agree, and the historical society is looking for a large turnout on October 13.