Arkansas Lime Company Collection

Lyon College Special Collections
Regional Studies Center
Mabee-Simpson Library
Lyon College
P.O. Box 2317
Batesville, AR 72503-2317
Telephone: 870-307-7509





Title:                           Arkansas Lime Company Collection

Accession number:     92-004-AC

Collection size:           0.5 linear ft. (1 box)

Donor:                        Harvey Phillips, Batesville, Ark.

Repository:                Lyon College Special Collections, Regional Studies Center


Information About the Arkansas Lime Company and the Collection

 The Arkansas Lime Company was founded near Cushman (Independence County), Arkansas in 1906 as the Young Lime Company and became the Case-Young Lime Company the following year.  Under the control of father and son, George and Junius Case, the company was incorporated in 1910 as the Arkansas Lime Company.  Upon the recommendation of mining engineer George Weigart, in 1924 the firm relocated to its present site west of Batesville at Limedale, and the company’s name was changed once again to Batesville White Lime Company.  During the depression of the 1930s the company came under the control of non-local investors; in 1962 the Batesville White Lime Company became a subsidiary of Rangaire Corporation of Texas and was merged with two other local lime companies.  Today (in 2002) the firm is known as the Arkansas Lime Company and is a subsidiary of United States Lime and Materials of Dallas, Texas.

 The collection contains a variety of materials (photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, receipts, and historical and chronological notes) relating to the history of the Arkansas Lime Company, 1906-1990s.  Most of the materials are photocopies of originals in the possession of Harvey Phillips.  Nancy S. Griffith processed the collection in 1992, and Kim Halpain and Judy Blackwell completed detailed indexing and the website finding aid in 2002.  The collection is open for research.


            Arkansas Lime Company

            Batesville White Lime Company

            Case, Junius

            Denieville, Ark.

            Handford, J. S.

            Independence County (Ark.)—History

            Limedale, Ark.

            Mining—Limestone—Independence County (Ark.)

            Weigart, George

            Young, Edgar


Detailed Series Description 

Folder 1: 

Newspaper Article-“Last Narrow-Gauge Train runs at Limedale”; Batesville Guard; October 10, 1979

            Article from Independence Co. Chronicle April – June 1984


Folder 2: 


Letter-To Mr. Harvey Phillips from Nancy S. Griffith; July 13, 1992

Fair, James R. “The Batesville White Lime Company”; Independence Co. Chronicle; January 1975

Arkansas Lime Co.- 1 page description

“Success- How one company achieved it” From Rock Products, April 1957.


“The Arkansas Lime Company- A Lone History of Service…”

Fair, James R. “The Batesville White Lime Company”

            Handwritten Historical Notes

            Handwritten Map

            “Early Days of Mining”

            Ruddells, Arkansas

            “Mining the Ruddell’s Rock”

            “Railroad from Limesdale to Cushman”

            Interview with George Weigart

Interview with Dorothy Weigart Hinkle, Virginia Weigart Mabry


Folder 3: 

            Per Arlis Pierce

            Chronological Events of the Arkansas Lime Company

            Department Memo

            Handwritten Chronology

            “Report of Materials Received”; (Another Handwritten Chronology)


Folder 4: 

            Clippings- Arranged in Chronological Order


Folder 5: 

            Clippings, Pictures, etc.


Folder 6: 

            J.S. Handford Passed Away

            In Memoriam- Louis R. Myers, Jr.

            Denieville Lime Kiln (2 Drawings)

            Receipt for Limestone Chips

            Railroad Commission Certificate of Authority

            Information regarding 1982 Flood

            Handwritten List of Miscellaneous

            Map of Area

            More Handwritten Notes

            Receipts for 1948

            Letter Dated February 12, 1965


Folder 7:

             Photos, copies of photos (as labeled)   


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