I came across the following old obit among clippings in a scrapbook that belonged to my great-grandmother Clara COOPER MC LAIN, born 1878 in Brinkley, Monroe, ARK. I am in the process of going thru several boxes of old photos and clippings and will submit anything else of interest. My 5th, 4th and 3rd generation McLAIN family were born in either MONROE country or nearby JACKSON or LAWRENCE counties from mid 1800s for sure and were in the area until 1923. ----------------------- OBIT Headline: Heart Attack Causes Photographer's Death (photo included) William Preston FORBESS, 64, 1023 E. 8th, operator of the Forbess Photographic Studio here for more than 15 years, died unexpectedly yesterday afternoon of a heart attack. He had operated the studio at 824 Main since 1916.Mr. Forbess was a member of the 1st Methodist Church, Woodmen of the World and Odd Fellows. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elvie FORBESS; two daughters, Mrs. Mary LINCOLN, St. Louis, and Mrs. George CHEW, Salt Lake City; and three grandchildren, Robert LINCOLN, Washington, Billy LINCOLN, Little Rock and Dorothy Neil CHEW, Salt Lake City. ------------------------------------------------
I do not have a date or a newspaper. However, the onwer of the clipping, my great-grandmother Clara, lived to be almost 101 and is buried in Little Rock, having spent most of her life living in various towns in Arkansas. From 1878 till about 1898, she was in Monroe Country. From 1898 to about 1923, she lived in Newport, Jackson, ARK, not far from Brinkley. And she subscribed to the Jackson newspaper even in the 1950 and I think 1960s. I think the following obit is clipped from either the Jackson newspaper or perhaps a Little Rock newspaper---and is likely from the 1960s. Clara's husband, W.D.MCLAIN of Walnut Ridge and Newport, AR, was a Woodmen of the World as was the FORBESS in the obit. Clara likely knew the subject of the obit or some of his family. In fact, it is possible that the above mentioned "Elvie FORBESS" is my own relative--a step-child of Clara who was the 2nd wife of my great-grandfather, William David McLAIN. His first wife was Cordelia Mosier of LAWRENCE COUNTY. They had three children, one named Elva. Gotta do more research.