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Fulton County History Books have arrived

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Photo by Jody Shackelford
It began as a humble idea inspired by the Fulton County Extension Homemakers Club in 2005, and now the Fulton County history book has come to fruition in spite of delays, complications and unforeseen challenges.

The Fulton County history book was made available in May but supplies are limited. "The response to the Fulton County Arkansas History and Families book has been overwhelming," officials said.

The Fulton County History Book Committee announced in July 2007 that they had planned to have the books completed by December 2007, but several delays with the publishing company concerning proof setting along with several photo mistakes by the publisher made it impossible to reach the December goal.

Determined to see the final product in the hands of the public, the Fulton County Heritage Committee continued to work.

The Fulton County history book is an encyclopedia of knowledge featuring nearly 1,100 family history articles along with business histories, church histories, school histories and memorial pages, according to Fulton County Heritage Foundation Book Chairman, Ron Plumlee.

"I think it is an excellent book. The comments that we have had from people outside the area have really been awesome. We have had letters from all over the country with people commending us for the book. The amount of information the book has along with the quality of photos, it is just way beyond what anyone thought it would be," Plumlee said.

With all the effort and long journey behind and the first book out of the box in hand, Plumlee said it was a great moment when he cracked the pages of the first Fulton County history book.

Pride, he said, was the feeling that captured him as he thumbed through the crisp, freshly printed pages.

"The committee did a really good job putting everything together," Plumlee said. "It was a monumental task; all the photos, all the family stories, the community stories, military pictures and so on."

Out of all the obstacles the committee had to negotiate to reach the final result, there was one challenge that was heads above the rest, Plumlee said.

"Collecting the information was the biggest challenge I think, because we had to totally depend on people to send in information on their families. Just getting people to take the time and write a story about their family," Plumlee said.

The printing company, Acclaim Press, delivered something more then paper and binding, Plumlee said -- advice.

"If it had not been for their guidance and leadership on this thing, we would not have known how to even begin to put it together," he said.

Books are still available for purchase for $69.95 per book. Books can be purchased at Fulton County Library and Areawide Media in Salem, Mammoth Spring Library and the Mammoth Spring State Park Visitor Center, Viola Library, and at the Thayer Drug Store in Thayer, Mo. and in Booth 38 at the Downtown Antique Mall in West Plains, Mo.

Mail orders are also accepted. Send $69.95 plus $6 for shipping to Fulton County History Book, P.O. Box 768, Salem, AR 72576.

For more information contact Ron Plumlee, 870-895-2440, or Carolyn Lewis at 870-895-2491.

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