Digital Picture taken by: James Whitlow
My friend James Whitlow and I recently went on another local historical excursion here in Walnut Ridge. This interior glass panel door is still in its original location and the stencilling on it is in perfect condition, considering this office door was in use from the mid 1920s to the early 1930s. There was no electricity in the room, so I had to backlight the door with a light while James took a picture.
Robert L. Bailey was born in Arkansas in 1895. In 1910 he was living in Cache Township with his parents, John and Mollie Bailey. He had five brothers and sisters. In 1919 he married Mabel Elizabeth Pope, age 19, also from Walnut Ridge. He worked as a laborer in a wholesale grocery and in 1920 they were living with Mabel’s grandmother, Nancy Elizabeth Bagley, age 73, in Walnut Ridge. By 1930, he was listed as a cotton buyer, and by 1935 he moved his family away from Walnut Ridge to Corpus Christi, Texas.
It’s amazing that this door, not used by R. L. Bailey since 1935, is still in the same location and shape as when he left it.
Another interesting fact is that Mr Bailey’s wife, Mabel, was a small child in Walnut Ridge when her grandfather and 3 uncles were gunned down as part of a long running feud. Mable was the daughter of Stella Bagley Pope. Stella was the daughter of Isham and Nancy Elizabeth Bagley, and sister to Edward, Alfred, and John Bagley. Ed (shot in 1905), Isham (shot in 1910), Alf (shot the same day in 1910), and John (shot 1912) were all killed, among others, in the “Blood Feud” that happened in Walnut Ridge from 1905 to 1915.