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Enjoyed the article very much. I will be eighty-eight years old next month. My mother was the daughter of Sheriff John Edwin Oliver, who burned the bricks and built the Perry County Courthouse. My mother, Pearl Oliver, was born in Perry County in January of 1881. Sheriff Oliver served six terms as sheriff, running on the Republican ticket four consecutive terms and then later two more terms. My father, John Hamel Bowen, practiced law in Perry County and tried many cases in that courthouse. My father was a state senator and served as mayor of Perryville. I have a picture of the courthouse yard where a hanging sentence was carried out; I also have pictures of men who were sentenced to be hanged for murder in Perry County.



Pearl Bowen Pennington
Little Rock, AR