Nineteenth-Century Docket Book with Unusually Detailed Entries [Manuscript]. [Arkansas]. [Justice's Docket Book]. Stone County, Arkansas, 1873-1911. [xxvi], 412 pp. Thumb-tabbed index. Folio (13-3/4" x 8-3/4"). Reversed calf, raised bands to spine, black-stamped panels and calf panels to boards. Rubbed with considerable wear to spine and corners, a few sections lacking from boards, hinges partially cracked. Content in neat hand to approximately 325 pp., 9 related documents laid-in, a few others attached to pages. Moderate toning, occasional staining and edgewear, ink faded in a few places a few leaves excised. An interesting piece. $1,500. * Situated in the Ozark Mountains of north-central Arkansas, Stone County was created in 1873 from parts of various neighboring counties. Containing unusually detailed entries, most of them before 1900, this docket is a rich chronicle of the county's earliest legal history. It contains civil and criminal matters including hearings, trials, suits, jury verdicts, judgments, awarding of damages, case continuances and dismissals, orders of attachment, writs of garnishment, orders to sell foreclosed properties, enforcement of liens, disturbing the peace, attempted murder, assault and battery, disorderly conduct and unlawful detainment of property. The entries are in the hands of various justices of the peace including W. A. Younger, J. A. Carman, J. W. Smith, J. L. Pruett, and J. A. Blair. Signatures of those same judicial officers appear throughout volume. Many entries reflect the county's predominantly agricultural economy. Others concern allegations of violence, such as "William J. Goodman [made] an attempt with a knife to take my life" and "William Ball...slapped his wife Lucinda Steel, and cussed and abused her and threatened to kick her out of his yard if she ever set foot inside of it."
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