Eureka Springs Flashlight
S. A. DIEHL, Editor
Friday January 8 1909
Vol. 12, No. 50
Case Decided in Their Favor By Judge Dodson
The Contest Lasted Five Days, Both Sides Fighting for Every Inch of Ground.
"Saloons or no saloons," was the question. The debate took place before his honor, Judge Dobson, at Berryville, taking up the greater portion of five days--Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The affirmative side of the question was looked after by Attorneys James and Fuller, the saloon interests of the city, and an adult census petition.
The negative side was championed by Attorney Butt, the Anti-Saloon League, and a petition of 1096 names.
After hearing the arguments on both sides, Judge Dobson, decided in favor of the affirmative.
Well, it's all over for another year, at least; the majority of the adult population of Eureka Springs have said that the saloons may stay for another year.
We are a representative democracy and believe in majority rule, and until such time as the people of the state, county, or municipality vote or decide differently, Eureka Springs' four saloons have a legal right to exist and do business in this city.
The original petition contained 1,263 names and the census petition, 2,562 names; these were whittled down to 1,096 and 2,481 names respectively. In other words, the petition suffered the loss of 167 names and the census, 81 names. The petition lacked just 146 names of enough to exclude saloons within the three mile limit.
The saloon license having expired December 31, 1908, this city saw five dry days, not counting Sunday. Licenses were issued Thursday morning.


Weekly Flashlight – June 6, 1901

     In an article from the Weekly Flashlight of June 6, 1901, it describes the distinctive differences regarding the “healing springs” of Eureka Springs and those of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Besides one being cold and the latter being hot, an analysis of Eureka Springs waters shows that  it exists as a pure state of Oxide of Hydrogen.  In further support of the healing waters the article included a statement  written by Dr. A.F. McKay, wherein he stated:

     For the invalid who is able to enjoy, and is fond of sports, the country about Eureka Springs is quite to be desired, having been endowed by nature in a most lavish manner, making for the sportsman, a paradise.  Deer are found in abundance in the woods in the immediate vicinity, also, wild turkey, squirrels, rabbits, and quail, while ducks abound in season on the waters of White and King’s Rivers, two beautiful streams, abounding in fish, six and four miles distant respectively.
     Life at Eureka Springs may be quiet and plain – spent in camping, in living in the many comfortable cottages, to be obtained at reasonable rates – or, as above indicated, it partakes of the elements of pleasure attending a fashionable resort.  But, of course, the principal occupation of the day consists of drinking the water from the various springs, which differ slightly in analysis, and it is claimed by many invalids that decided differences are experienced in the effects.
     Eureka Springs has a number of very intelligent physicians of all schools of medicine, most of them here for their own health, who have made an intelligent study of therapeutic applications of the waters and are prepared to give intelligent advice to the profession at large, but, it has not a horde of unprincipled quacks such as have brought opprobrium upon some health resorts of great virtue is protected from these human ghouls.
     In conclusion, I can say to the members of the American Health Resort Association, the medical profession in general and to the invalid public of the class mentioned that as a health resort, I believe Eureka Springs is destined to take a most prominent place.
Dr. A.F. McKay, M.D.

     The news article continued:
     Dr. A.F. McKay, has visited every health resort on the American continent.  He has made there, a life long study in an effort to determine the conditions and combinations which go to make up a place where diseases are cured or benefitted.  After coming here and studying, the waters the climate, and the conditions generally, he wrote and published the above article.
     We have not reproduced his article in full, but only such parts of it as we thought were necessary, with what we will add, to give an entire stranger an intelligent idea of what Eureka Springs really is.
     Dr. McKay wrote the article in order that physicians, who are members of the American Health Resort Association, might get information that would enable them to determine the benefits that would accrue to their patients whom they might send here.
     Good health resorts – the kinds that actually deserve the name, the kinds that have a record earned because of absolute cures known to have been affected by them is a scarce article.  But Eureka Springs is one that has merited the name richly.  In fact it has been in the resort business for a straight 20 years, and is gaining in popularity with each succeeding year, is evidence of its merit.
     Eureka Springs is better known today than at anytime in its history.  For several months during the past Summer season, it was almost impossible to find a hotel or boarding house with a vacant bed, or to find a furnished or unfurnished cottage or room within her limits for rent.
     This is a wide-awake little city having all the needful accessories such as: substantial business (retail) blocks, water, sewer, electric lights, electric street railway, police and fire departments, fine hotels, bath houses, schools and many beautiful residences.  Thousands of visitors come here annually.
     Settled in the foundation of mountains among which nestles the City of Magical Waters is the fact that during the years since the discovery of these famous springs, thousands of cures that have seemed little less than miracles have been wrought here by the waters and the climate.
     Among the diseases cured, are cancer, rheumatism, diseases of the stomach, diseases of the eye, Bright’s Disease, asthma, paralysis, liver complaint, catarrhal troubles, indigestion, hemorrhoids, chronic diarrhea, all diseases of the skin, scrofula, diseases of women, catarrh of the bladder, malaria, diseases of the lung, and respiratory ailments.

Some 1965 HiLites as reported in the Times-Echo
   Lake Lucerne was originally established as a recreation program supplement for the Crescent Hotel.  Beginning in 1919, R.R. Thompson operated the lake resort for boating, fishing, and swimming.  Also promoted was the 9-hole golf course, horseback riding paths, tennis, and even an air-strip.  Thompson later developed homes and lot sites for summer cottages.  He sold the property in April 1965 to resort developers Lewis Jim Johnson, Lance Alworth, and Carl S Rosenbaum — all of Little Rock.
    The first Eureka Springs Sidewalk Arts and Craft Show was billed for May 1965.
    The Statue of Christ Ground Breaking ceremonies took place on Friday, June 11, 1965 at Magnetic Mountain  as dedicated by the Elna M. Smith Foundation.
    The Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony opened its 16th Season with a Piano/Harp Concert on June 20, 1965, featuring music by Chopin, Mozart, Liszt and others.  Other program schedules were held at the Aud from June 21 through July 30.
    The Carroll County Players scheduled Puppet Shows each Friday during July through September.  Opening day billings featured “The Affairs of Flossie” and “Go Soak Your Head.”
    A July 4th Pageant was entitled “The Town that Water Built.”  Written and directed by Mrs. Edna Bergdorf, it was staged at the Basin Circle Park in 20 acts having 100 characters in costume depicting the unfolding of Eureka Springs history from its inception through 1965.
    The 1965 Ozark Folk Festival Parade staging-area began at Harmon Park ranging to the Presbyterian Church.  The route continued on Spring Street to the intersection with Main Street, then south on Main.  Bands fell out at the Elk’s Club as other units proceeded southward having the riding units turned around on Armstrong Street and the walking groups continued up to disband atop Planer Hill.
    The Eureka Springs Naval Reserve Unit was recommended for termination after having operated since 1948.  In command of the unit’s 48 men and 4 officers, was Lt. Cdr. Tillman Morgan.

More on Inspiration Point - - -

    The Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony came into existence during the Summer of 1950 – beginning with a 4-week session that was conducted in similar manner to the Music camps that were organized throughout the country at that time.  Its director, Henry Hobart set priorities on music, drama, and opera.
     It was incorporated in 1954 and in 1959, a major portion of the Inspiration Point Estate was leased for 99 years from Phillips University.

    As gleaned from the Times-Echo of July 15, 1965
     With many human interest stories to draw from, the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony dedicated one night of its 16th Season to Papa Kukler.
     As the story began, both Adolph and Augusta were born in Austria circa 1885.  Their parents migrated to the United States, and while at Milwaukee, Adolph met Augusta and upon reaching the age of 18, he asked for permission to marry her, but Augusta’s parents refused him.
     Heartbroken, Adolph disappeared to Canada and returned two years later to find that Augusta had condescended to marry her parent’s choice, but that the young husband had died.   Waiting no longer, Adolph promptly married the young widow and they “lived happily ever after.”
     Years passed, and upon his retirement as a crane operator, Papa and Mama Kukler moved to Eureka Springs in 1949.  It wasn’t long before the community became enchanted by Papa Kukler’s talent with the zither that resulted in both Mama and Papa participating annually with the Ozark Folk Festival and other local affairs as a singing duet.  National fame came to the Austrian couple when spied by a TV scout who arranged to have them entertain the audiences of “Name That Tune.”  The results of their success with the TV program netted them $8000.00.  Upon Adolph’s death, Mama Kukler contributed $1000 to the Inspiration Point endeavor as a memoriam of her love.

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