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  Biography of John R. Eakin   

                John Rogers Eakin was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee to John Eakin and Lucretia Pearson Eakin on February 14, 1822. John attended college at the University of Nashville from 1838-40 and he began studying law attending classes at Yale University in 1842-43. After college Eakin moved from Nashville to Wartrace, Tennessee in 1853 to try his hand at farming. A life- long lover of horticulture John Eakin won first prize for best wine at the National Fair at Louisville, Kentucky.  In 1868 he wrote a series of articles published in the Washington Telegraph on the Rudiments of Grape Culture which would later be published in one volume.  

               John Eakin was married to Elizabeth J. Erwin in 1848 and had 8 children together. After moving to Washington in 1857 Eakin would become one of its most distinguished citizens. Shortly after moving to the town he was elected mayor of the town and editor of the towns’ newspaper the Washington Telegraph during the Civil War. The Washington Telegraph would eventually become the only newspaper in Arkansas to remain in operation throughout the war and the official organ of Confederate Arkansas. In 1863 Eakin helped establish the Arkansas Historical Society.

               After taking the oath of allegiance after the war was over he was be elected as the head of the Judiciary Committee in the Arkansas Legislature in 1866. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1874; and in 1878 was elected as Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court in 1878. John Eakin would serve in this position until his death in 1885 while visiting family in Missouri. 
[Contributed by Chris Adams]

             When you listen to the Podcasts of 150 Years ago, you are hearing the articles by Eakin. He supported the war 100% while it was raging. He also did the same for peace when it came in 1865. Hopefully, learning a little more about him will help you get more from the Washington Telegraph articles as they are shared.


 Your Park Needs You! "America in Conflict"

          The 3rd and final edition of “Music In the Park” this year at Historic Washington State Park will be a band competition.  The competition is set for Saturday August 16th at 7:30pm at the park.  Bands or soloists must perform an original composition based upon an American conflict.  This can be any conflict from the Revolutionary War to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The contest is limited to 6 bands. 
          Judging will be scored on original composition, crowd appeal, vocal performance, instrumental performance, and event theme connection.  Cash and prizes will be given for the top 3 places. 
For information call the park at 983-2684.
Applications can be found at http://bit.ly/musicintheparkcompetition

 Changes at Historic Washington State Park
          Historic Washington State Park has a new Interpreter. Past Interpreter, Vicky Schoeneweis has transferred to Jacksonport State Park and is missed at Historic Washington. Leita Spears, the park historian, will be the Interpreter and she will be coordinating with volunteers.
         Patricia Thomas, sales director, has moved to Daisy State Park and is busy welcoming visitors there and helping make sure they have an awesome visit. An announcement of the new sales director will take place soon.
         Terry Ryan has moved to a spot at the Crater of Diamonds State Park and Historic Washington's loss is their gain.
We wish all of these the best in their new positions and thank them for all the years of hard work in our park.


Corn is ripening and it tastes so good with a little butter and corn. After your pick or pick up some ears of corn, you may want to try these tips to get it cleaned and cooked lickety split. Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!

Corn Pudding
One dozen large ears corn. Cut off the top of the grain, scrape with a knife, so as to get the heart of the grain without the husk. Season with a teacup of cream, a large tablespoonful [sic] of butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Bake in a dish.
[Source: Housekeeping in Old Virginia published 1879]

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