THE WEEKLY SOLIPHONE

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 , 1917

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

 


 

W.P DUNAVANT

W.P. DUNAVANT IS 55 YEARS OF AGE AND IS A MAN POSSESSED OF MORE THAN ORDINARY INTELLIGENCE . HE HAS BEEN IN ARKANSAS FOR EIGHT OR TEN YEARS . BY TRADE HE IS A TIMBER ESTIMATOR AND AT ONE TIME HAD A ACCUMLATED A COMPETENCY . HE COMES OF AN OLD TENNESSEE FAMILY WHICH SETTLED IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO . HE IS OF SCOTTISH ORGIN . HIS FATHER IS STILL ALIVE AT THE AGE OF 82 YEARS . HE IS ONE OF A FAMILY OF FOURTEEN - TWELVE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS . FOR EIGHT YEARS DURING HIS YOUNG MANHOOD HE WAS A DRUG CLERK FOR A FIRM IN GATES , TENN.

HE WAS A POSTMASTER AT GATES HAVING BEEN APPOINTED TO OFFICE UNDER THE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION OF CHESTER A. ARTHUR , PRECEDING GROVER CLEVELAND'S ADMINISTRATION FROM 1885 TO 1889 , AND WAS APPLICANT FOR REAPPOINTMENT WHEN BENJAMIN HARRISON WAS ELECTED TO SUCCEED CLEVELAND. A HOT FIGHT WAS MADE ON DUNAVANT BY THE REPUBLICANS OF WEST TENNESSE FOR SEEKING TO PERPELUATE , HIMSELF IN OFFICE AFTER HIS PARTY HAD BEEN DEFEATED. MR. DUNAVANT STATED THAT HE PERHAPS WOULD HAVE BEEND DEFEATED THROUGHT THE POLITICAL TRICKERY BUT FOR THE TIMELY ASSISTANCE OF CONGRESSMAN PRESLEY T. GLASS OF RIPLEY , WHO REPRESENTED THAT DISTRICT IN THE NATIONAL LAWMAKING BODY IT HAD BEEN REPRESENTED TO REPRESENTATIVE GLASS , THAT DUNAVANT WAS A REPUBLICAN AND BELIEVING THIS TO BE TRUE THE CONGRESSMEN HAD RECOMMENDED DUNAVANT'S OPPONENT FOR THE POSITION . DUNAVANT HEARING OF THE INDORSEMENT WENT PERSONALLY TO MR. GLASS HAD THE MATTER STRAIGHTENED OUT AND SECURED THE CONGRESSMEN 'S AID AND THE OFFICE . LATER HE RESIGNED IN FAVOR OF A FRIEND .

MR. DUNAVANT HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN THE TIMBER BUSINESS IN TENNESSEE , ALABAMA , MISSISSIPPI , LOUISIANA AND IN OTHER STATES . ABOUT FIFTEEN YEARS AGO HE HELD AN IMPORTANT POSITION WITH THE WISCONSIN HOOP COMPANY AT BLYTHVILLE . THE PLANT AT THAT TIME WAS MANAGED BY MR. HOLIPETER . HE REMAINED IN BLYTHVILLE FOR TWO YEARS . DURING 1901-2-3 HE WAS WITH JOIRES & MCPHERSON MILLERS AT WYNNE.

HE HAS HAD FIFTEEN CHILDREN EIGHT OF WHOM FOUR BOYS AND FOUR GIRLS ARE STILL LIVING . HIS YOUNGEST CHILD A GIRL IS BUT NINE MONTHS OF AGE . HE HAS TWO UNCLES IN ARKANSAS DR. H.C. DUNAVANT , A PROMINENT PHYSICIAN IN OSCEOLA , AND REED DUNAVANT A FARMER NEAR BURDETTE . THE FORMER IS ABOUT 70 YEARS OF AGE AND THE LATTER 35. HE ALSO HAS A COUSIN L.C. HAFFORD AT CARUTHERSVILLE .

W.W. BANDY IS REPRESENTING DUNAVANT AS ATTORNEY. THE TWO DUNAVANT FATHER AN SON , WERE GIVEN A PRELIMINARY TRIAL THURSDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE J.W. THOMPSON . CLIFTON WAS RELEASED THE OLDER DUNAVANT WAS HELD FOR THE GRAND JURY .