Photos – Framed at Hoxie City Hall (originally taken for Times Dispatch Newspaper)
Times Dispatch Article – Joann Gardner
All Scanned by: James Whitlow
Demolishing Hoxie’s Main Business Block
Thirty-two years ago this month, in January 1982, the demolition of seven building on the 100 block of South Texas Street in Hoxie took place. The City of Hoxie and the Hoxie Chamber of Commerce worked out the details of the sale of the property by seven owners to two new owners.
According to the Times Dispatch, the new owners were Elmer Gibbs and Melton Vanhoozer of Hoxie, who bought with the intention to sell the vacant lots for new businesses. The sellers were Ruby Boas with two buildings, Everett Walker with two buildings, Harold Walker, Lillian Schumaker, and Don Nicholas.
Two businesses that were located in the block, Sue’s Dress Shop and a carpentry shop operated by Shorty Lamb were notified to be vacated by January 1, 1982.
The records at the Lawrence County Court House state that Gibbs and Vanhoozer eventually sold the property to the Baldwin Family and later the HOXIE PLAZA Shopping Center was developed with a convenient store with several smaller stores in the plaza center. There have been several owners over the years. A company from Searcy is the present owner.
Demolition Hindered by Snow
By January 20th, only half of the buildings had been demolished. Demolition of the block was interrupted for at least 10 days by bad weather. Click on the image to the left for a closeup view.
Lucian Warner Reminisces
The Times Dispatch published the picture of the Hoxie Business District (the featured picture at the top of this article), in their December 1981 edition. Lucian Warner wrote an article for the Times Dispatch shortly afterward, reflecting on his memories of the stores there in the past. Lucian Warner owned Warner Drug Store in Hoxie in the early 1900’s. His drugstore was the right-most building in the pictures above, on the corner. Click on the Newspaper Article image to read his story.