January 10, 2018 Edition

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Albert Yarnell had
connection to WR

Albert Yarnell, whose name is synonymous with Yarnell's Ice Cream, died Sunday at the age of 94. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette stated that Albert spent more than 75 years working with the family's business in Searcy that his father, Ray Yarnell, began in 1932. Yarnell's is considered by many to be "Arkansas' Ice Cream."

Most readers may not know that he had a close connection to Walnut Ridge, even though he never actually lived here.


Albert Yarnell was married to the former Doris Hoffman, who once taught business courses at Walnut Ridge High School. They were married for over 50 years.

Pictures of the Past

County Judge Dale Freeman, who died in the fall of 2016, shared this photo from the courthouse archives. The photo, probably taken in 1964, shows then County Judge Brooks Penn holding a box of historic items. The box was obtained from the cornerstone of the old Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge. The box was retrieved upon demolition of the old courthouse, which was completed in 1900. With Judge Penn are Ray Cunningham (left), whose father, William Anderson Cunningham, was county judge from 1898 to 1902, and Swan Swindle of Walnut Ridge. According to a handwritten note on the back of the photo, the box was later given to Swan Swindle. The present courthouse was erected in 1965. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo shared by the late County Judge Dale Freeman

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