Today Walnut Ridge Police Chief Chris Kirksey was in Little Rock honoring fallen Walnut Ridge Marshal J.P. Biggers who was killed in the line of duty in the fall of 1912. Chief Kirksey told those in attendance the story surrounding the death.
In 1912 a resident named Dock Driver had alledgedly been in a heated altercation with his wife. The Mayor of Walnut Ridge J.F. Medaris was contacted by Driver’s wife Laura who demanded a warrant be sworn out for her husbands arrest. Driver was a well known resident and the Mayor reluctantly agreed and had the warrant written. The warrant was then delivered to the Walnut Ridge Marshal J.P. Biggers who was patrolling with his wife and daughter accompanying him. The Mayor instructed the Marshal to summon his deputies and arrest the suspect, upon instructing the deputies the marshal was told that Driver was spotted in the Barber Shop located on Main Street. Driver was said to be intoxicated and in a foul mood.
The deputies were new to the job and were not carrying weapons, Dock Driver was approached as he exited the Barber Shop and notified of the warrant for his arrest. As the suspect was being searched he drew a 44 caliber revolver and shot Marshal Biggers in the abdomen, killing the officer.
Dock was taken into custody, he was held over for trial in Newport due to the intense emotion surrounding the killing in Walnut Ridge. Dock Driver was tried, convicted and hung for the crime in January 1913 in the attic of the Lawrence County Courthouse.
Roses were laid at the Fallen Officers Memorial today by Chief Kirksey in honor of the fallen Walnut Ridge Marshal next to J.P. Biggers inscription on the memorial.
Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp is taking his city’s “Shop Local” effort to the next level with a new online promotion with local manufacturer Douglas Quikut.“Small-town America relies on the people who shop local and the jobs and tax dollars that are generated by shopping local,” Snapp said. “Walnut Ridge is no different than any other small town, we need the tax dollars and we need to support those jobs.”
This new promotion will not only encourage Lawrence County residents to purchase products manufactured by the Walnut Ridge industry, but anyone from anywhere can do so from the comfort of their home.
“Starting Sunday the city is shining a spotlight on Douglas Quikut, which manufactures a wide range of products including the Ginsu knives you’ve seen advertised on TV, American Angler filet knives and ReadiVac vacuum cleaners,” Snapp said.
As a part of Walnut Ridge’s new Shop Local project, Douglas Quikut is offering online shoppers a 20 percent discount on all orders over $25 and free shipping on orders with a combined total of $65 or more. The offer is good for the entire month of May.
“For the most part people are amazed when I tell them Ginsu knives are manufactured and shipped from Walnut Ridge,” Snapp said. “Their eyes have a look of disbelief when I tell them the old Oreck vacuum cleaner commercial, where Mr. Oreck himself lifts a bowling ball up with his vacuum cleaner, was filmed in the Douglas Quikut plant in Walnut Ridge.”
Those interested in taking part in the Shop Local promotion being offered by the city and Douglas Quikut can simply use the promo code ShopWR in the discount code box when ordering from www.ginsu.com www.americananglerusa.com, www.readivac.com, and www.douglasquikut.com.
“It’s simple … visit the website of your choice, pick out the items you like and add them your cart,” Snapp said. “You can switch from site to site and when you check out, enter ShopWR in the discount code box and you will receive the discount.”
Snapp said he is proud of the manufacturing base Walnut Ridge has and wants the world to know about it.
“This new Shop Local promotion is a win-win for Walnut Ridge,” he said. “The city wins on sales generated, since the products are manufactured and shipped from Walnut Ridge. The sales help keep our job base strong and, last but not least; we’re promoting Walnut Ridge, which is a win for Northeast Arkansas.”