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I lived in Waldron until I was thirteen, and I never went to school with an African-American, Asian, or Hispanic person. In fact, I had never met one until I moved away up north.

When the road crew would come through town to work on Highway 71, anyone who was not white or Native American stayed in Fort Smith or Mena for their safety. My daddy worked for the county and so did his father and mother; they owned businesses in Scott County. I think if you are going to record history, then you should put in the ugly stuff too. Waldron’s history is not as pretty as you have painted it. I left in 1984 and returned in 1988. At that time, only one black man lived there and an Asian family who bought two chicken houses and land from my cousin.


Intercession City, FL

The movie theater in Waldron, known as the Pines Theater, was built and operated by Mr. C. E. Forrester. Forrester also owned and operated a saw-milling company that processed pine lumber—thereby the name. The name of the theater was changed in 1939 to the Scott Theater when it was purchased by the K. Lee Williams Theaters Co. All of K. Lee Williams’s theaters were named for the counties they were in. Today, the Scott is the oldest operating single-screen theater in Arkansas.

William Leeper
Van Buren, AR

Harper County, Kansas, is named for Sergeant Marion Harper, who was killed in Waldron, Arkansas, in 1863 while there as a member of the Second Kansas Calvary.

Frank Taff
Topeka, KS