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Luke Anthony's father, Rev. Dan Anthony, and wife Betty Anthony bought the land that makes up Anthonyville on installments from a cotton merchant in Memphis, Tennessee, by the name of Raynall Cornell for an unknown amount in the early 1900s. That land was passed down to Luke Sr., who later passed it down to his children, Luke Jr., Leo, Calvin, M. L. Frederick Douglas, and Solon. Luke and his sons in particular worked a successful farm, including the sale of cotton. Later on, Anthony Funeral Home opened its doors in 1946 along what was then U.S. Highway 79, formerly Neuhardt.

Solon L. Anthony
Proctor, AR