I took on the project of researching two sheriffs, Robert "Samuel" Livingston & Robert Sims "R. S." Hurst. As I post these two biographigies, please email me if there are any corrections, errors, or additions you may find wanting.
Robert "Samuel" LivingstonRobert Livingston was from one of the oldest families in Baxter County.
His father, Col. Robert Livingston (C.S.A.), emigrated from Georgia as a young man and settled on the mouth of Livingston Creek near present day Norfork, Arkansas. Col. Robert Livingston married Polly Finley and raised five children:
• Robert Franklin “Casey” Livingston –Deputy Sheriff in 1892 when Sheriff Bylar was killed by Jesse Roper.
• Sarah Jane (Livingston) Garton
• Millie E. (Livingston) Talburt
• Fannie (Livingston) Woods
• Robert “Samuel” Livingston- Sherriff of Baxter County
The family built several grist mills and a tanning yard to preserve fresh furs and pelts. The Livingston family experience several burglaries of their pelts and vandalisms of their vats; yet, they persevered in their business ventures. It was these experiences that inspired the two Livingston boys to become engaged with the value of the law.
Robert “Samuel” Livingston became the Sherriff of Baxter County for one term, from 1892-1894.
During Sheriff Livingston’s tenure, he oversaw the following incidents:
• January 29th, 1892: The feud between the Thompson family & W. E. Rogers resulting in the death of Mr. Rogers.
• August 30th, 1893: The stabbing death of a John Harris by a Ben Sears in Gassville, Arkansas. Sheriff Livingston arrested Ben Sears in Newport, Arkansas.
• December 18th, 1893: The tragic news of robbing & murder of Hunter Wilson. Later, it was discovered Anderson Carter, Bart Carter, and Jasper Newton Montgomery were the accused.
Comments? Email me!Works Cited:
Edge, Mary A. Was it Murder?: the Dark Side of Baxter County History. Mountain Home, AR: Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society. 2005.
Messick, Mary A. History of Baxter County: Centennial Edition 1873-1973. Mountain Home, AR: Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce. International Graphics, Inc. Little Rock, AR, 1973.
Of Grave Importance: The Cemeteries of Baxter County, Arkansas. Garr, Gene R. (Ed.). Mountain Home, AR: Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society. 1994.