Morrison and Eppinette, Historical Ouachita County, p. 32


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The Camden High School's "first band" is pictured in front of the Old Post Office in 1910. The members are (left to right) Sibley Welty, Bob Jackson, and Fred Truesdale, with John Stark as the driver.

Photograph Courtesy of the Ouachita County Historical Society

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Ouachita County's famous "Old Betsy," a Civil War vintage cannon, is pictured at the courthouse. The Civil War veterans posing with the cannon are (left) Joe Reeves of the Camden Guards of the 6th Arkansas Regiment and (right) John Nunn Parker of Company I of the 18th Arkansas Volunteer Infantry. The cannon was destroyed when it exploded while being fired during the celebration of the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.

Photograph Courtesy of Bettie Lu Gaughan Rogers

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Even though Camden on the Ouachita has always provided a focal point for county activity, several other towns have had prominence. Stephens, Arkansas, attracted early settlers and saw a "boom" period when oil was discovered in its part of the region. A gala occasion attracted citizens to the main street (Hwy 79) in Stephens in 1914.

Photograph Courtesy of Jeff Tribble

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This photograph of an early 1930's parade on Washington Street in Camden reveals the change that has occurred. Few of the buildings pictured remain today. Leah (Berg) Shyer is standing in the first automobile.

Photograph Courtesy of the Berg Family







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