Hempstead County -- History Articles
- 1. "Arkansas
Weatherman: Dr. Nathan D. Smith" by Brenda Ball in the Arkansas
- Historical Quarterly 24 (Spring
- A short biography of an early physician of Washington,
- whose careful weather records of the area were published
- Smithsonian Institution in 1860.
- 2. "An 1835
Magazine Article by Dr. Nathan D. Smith," by William Donald Williams
in Arkansas Historical Quarterly 48(Autumn 1989): 272-77.
- Provides the text of an article in The Farmer's Register,
foremost agricultural journal in the South, by Smith describing the prairie
soils of the state.
- 3. "Simon
T. Sanders: Public Servant," by Donald Ray Montgomery in Arkansas
Historical Quarterly 39 (Summer 1980): 159-68.
- Sketch of the life of long-time County Clerk of Hempstead
who served from 1838 until the end of the Civil War and who served as Postmaster
of Washington until 1881.
- 4. "A Survey
of Historic Washington, Arkansas," by Francis Irby Gwaltney in
Arkansas Historical Quarterly 17(Winter 1955): 337-96.
- A lengthy but incomplete account of Washington in the
19th century focusing especially on the Civil War years.
- 5. "The Story of James
Black, Silversmith-Blacksmith-Knifesmith-Arkansas Pioneer," by
Lu Waters. This article was especially written in 2000 for this Internet
site by Mrs. Waters, Black's Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter.
- Waters tells the story of a prominent early settler of
Washington who is best known as the man who made the Bowie knife for Jim
Bowie who later died at the Battle of the Alamo.