Monday, February 11, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
T.W., or Thomas, Bankes was a native Englishman who started as a teacher in America and eventually became a photographer with a studio in Helena, Arkansas at the start of the Civil War. This photograph of the exterior of his studio in Helena, features a number of Union troops, some of whom are African American. In response to a speech in Helena by Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Williams in April of 1863, several African Americans came forward to create the First Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Confederate General Archibald Stephenson Dobbins of Helena after the War Of The Rebellion in 1866 went into mercantile partnership in New Orleans. But the partnership didn't last long due to Dobbin's hatred of Union military still running the city.
Like at least one of the other Helena generals, Dobbins flew off to faraway Brazil in 1867 where other Confederates had hightailed it. He reportedly started a plantation. Then after writing his wife for two years and she was preparing to join him, the letters stopped. Speculation is he either died in 1869 during an indian uprising or was living in Argentina according to an 1881 Chicago Tribune news report.
Read more here about the Disappearing Confederate General.
David Solomon Jr. was born on July 19, 1916, in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas. Solomon received his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1939, after which he returned to Helena to begin practicing law. Solomon served in the US Army during World War II, eventually reaching the rank of master sergeant.
This site contains a long list of men and one woman involved in the infamous event of 1919 known locally as the Elaine Race Riot and its multitude of lynchings and killings.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Former Helena Resident Made It Big
As Forbes Editor, Financial Wizard
Robert S. Gordon passed away peacefully at home in Manhattan on September 17, 2014.
He was born on October 28, 1925, in Michigan City, Indiana, and raised in Helena, Arkansas. He was an accomplished musician and played on a Mississippi riverboat. He attended the University of Michigan, where he was a drum major.
He attended graduate school at New York University and Columbia University. After working as an editor for Forbes, he became a highly successful stock broker and financial wizard. He is survived by his adoring wife of 57 years, Ida, his daughter, Roberta, and step-son, Michael, his son-in-law, Rick, his daughter-in-law, Anne, and his grandchildren, Adrian, Eli, and Zoe. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic at www.pphp.org.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
This is a $20.00 bank note dated July 1862, the same month Union forces occupied Helena without a fight. Not quite the rage back then when real gold and silver coins were the current staple of the day.
It is drawn on the Exchange Bank of Helena and was probably worthless the very day it was issued by the bank.
The man in picture is U.S. President James Buchanan. You have to wonder why palm trees and a freight locomotive were chosen for a graphic since none existed in Helena.