Page 7                                                  FAYETTEVILLE (ARK.) DEMOCRAT                         Tuesday, July 3,  1928

 

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   Home of Buttterfields
          Where Democrat Now Is

The famous Butterfield Stage ran from St. Louis to San Francisco by way of Fayetteville and Dallas. Charles Butter field, who with his father, owned and managed it, resided in Fayetteville in a two-story brick building located where the Democrat building now is. This was burned by West Forkers, presum ably by the famous Reed Brothers and their gang after the Civil War. But  from 1857 to 1871 it served not only as a dwelling for stage owners, but its upper story was used for a town club. Barns for the stage line first stood on College Avenue where the Waymon Brown barn later was located and where Heewagen Brothers garage now is. At another time they were located on West Mountain Street where Harris and Son are in business. Eugene Fisher, who recently passed away here and whose wife, Mrs. Fisher-Vaughan lives here still, was one of the local stage drivers. Al Horseman, still living near Fayetteville, was a branch-line stage driver. One of the Fisher-driven coaches is in exist- ence and until the Vaughan livery barn was torn down a few months ago was stored in that building. The coach is owned by Mrs. Fisher.
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Famous Old Coach-and-Six Which Blazed Trail to San Francisco
Operated by Charles Butterfield of Fayetteville in 1857-61,
Making Fayetteville Travelers' Mecca Even Before Civil War

 

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Four Coaches, 18 Horses
         Stabled in Fayetteville

Four coaches and 18 horses of the Butterfield Stage line were kept in Fayetteville. "When the stage horn sounded at the Gunter place" relates Mrs. Margaret Blakemore Taylor, "negroes at my grandfather's tavern, "The Byrnside" would put the meal on
the table and the stable boys would have fresh horses ready for the coach. Charles Butterfield and family came here from Utica, New York, before 1857 when the line was in operation.
It ceased running when the Civil War opened. The Byrnside Tavern, located across from the Washington Hotel on the south-west corner of the public square was my grandfather's home. It
was burned by Federals during the War. My grandfather left me his prop- erty and after an absence from Fayettecille I returned here a bride in 1856, and to live, in 1859, after my grand-father's death in 1848. We of-
ten entertained at the tavern, guests from California and even New York. Coming of the stage was the greatest daily event. Mail, and all luggage, was carried by stage. It also brought stud-
ents to the Arkansas College on College Avenue."
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Second cousin to the famous Daniel
Boone of leatherstocking days, and therefore claiming a common ancestor James Boone, a member of the constitutional convention of Arkansas in 1836, was the great grand-father of Mrs. Nora Carlisle of Fayetteville. Mrs. Harriett Ellen Boone, wife of Dewitt Boone, grandson of James, and mother of Mrs. Carlisle, is featuring in the spin- ning demonstrations being staged at the museum during the Centennial celebra- tion. James Boone, born in North Caro-
lina, Dec. 12, 1788, was a soldier in the
war of 1812, long prior to his coming to Arkansas in 1830 and setling in Wash- ington county. He was delegate from this county in the territorial convention that framed the first constitution of the state of Arkansas, and then was elected to the
first state legislature. This second blood cousin of the noted Indian fighter died in this county June 11, 1856.
His son, Benjamin, brought to Arkansas
shortly after his birth in Tennessee, December 29, 1828, 
 

Mrs. Boone, Spinner in the Sun and Wife of Cousin to Daniel Boone

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was one of Washington county's early lawyers. Later he located at Grove as a merchant and postmaster. He enlisted in Brook's Confederate regiment, was promoted to second lieutenant, and on December 7, 1862 received a gunshot wound from   which he died March 1,  1863. Boone was one of the county's lead- ling men. He served as a member of the eleventh  and thirteenth state legislatures. His son DeWitt T.  Boone, was the father of  Mrs. Carlisle.

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