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Julia Sterling and John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD

John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD was the father of John Barnitz Bond Jr (who married Alice Plunkett).

Arkansas Gazette, July 17, 1915:

“One of the most picturesque figures in American pharmacy has passed away in the death of Dr. John B. Bond Sr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of seventy-eight.

Dr. Bond was born at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, removed to Missouri, served as surgeon and medical purveyor in the Confederate army, engaged in the practice of medicine, and in 1872 opened a drug store in Little Rock, from which he retired a few years ago, leaving it to his son, John B. Bond Jr.

He was one of the organizers of the Arkansas Pharmaceutical Association and was its second president, serving for three years in that office. He organized the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, of which he was president for over 30 years. He was an active member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, attended many of its meetings, and was exceedingly popular there as everywhere.

Doctor Bond had a most original manner of expressing himself, was a frank, outspoken an ardent worker for the welfare of pharmacy, and his death will bring regret to a wide circle of warm friends and admirers.”

Julia Sterling married Dr. John Bond (she was 20, he was 26) during the Civil War in 1863. He had been in the army for 2 years at that point, serving as an Assistant Surgeon.

Julia and John had 5 kids that survived into adulthood:

Sterling Price Bond MD, John Barnitz Bond Jr, Richard Thompson Bond, William “Willie” Cates Bond and Josephine “Josie” Christine Bond.

Julia lived to be 93 years old. She got to know all of her 16 grandchildren before her passing in 1936.

In December 1895, a janitor was using the furnace to heat the First Methodist Church building. The furnace overheated and burned the building down to the ground.

Funds were raised by the congregation, and in 1899, the cornerstone of a new building was laid.

Dr John B. Bond (father of John B. Bond Jr), a member of the building committee, gave a speech on the history of the church (the text was printed in the newspaper https://drive.google.com/…/1iyaZC8GVH4zi9XyNrQq…/view…), and laid the cornerstone of the foundation for a new brick church.

Once built, it would be called “one of the city’s finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture, with square towers at its corners, and its predominantly smooth brick exterior contrasted by rusticated granite trim.”

W 8th St & Center St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Judging from several newspaper articles, Dr. Bond (John B Bond Jr’s father) was an humorous and entertaining public speaker. He hosted a “feast of eloquence and humor” on June 14, 1900.

Here’s an account of a Arkansas Association of Pharmacist’s event:

“Last night a most enjoyable banquet was held from 9:30 to 11:30 at Forster’s restaurant, with covers laid for forty. The menu was a splendid one, and its consideration was followed by an impromptu feast of eloquence and humor, with Dr. John B. Barnitz Sr., as toastmaster.

Toasts on pharmaceutical subjects were responded to by [several attendees] and John B. Bond Jr. of Little Rock. The speeches were all in a happy vein consisted of solicitations upon the success of the convention.”

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W.B. Plunkett and Lila Boyd Plunkett

Eliza (Lila) Boyd Plunkett in 1935, likely holding granddaughter Lila Anne Matthews (1934–1959)
Lila Boyd Plunkett was Alice Plunkett’s mom

Here is a picture of Lila Plunkett as a child.

Eliza (Lila) Boyd married William B. Plunkett in 1879 (she was 18, he was 20).

They lived at 1719 Arch Street in Little Rock for more than 40 years. (Their daughter Alice and John Bond Jr were married at an 8pm wedding service at their home at 1719 Arch Street – Alice was 20, John was 45.)

Here’s 1719 Arch Street on Google Maps:

https://goo.gl/maps/2C4m2N2EUFs4P6E79

Found a Plunkett-Jarrell Grocery Co. product- Betsy Ross Tea – on ebay.

Here’s a W.B. Plunkett (Alice Plunkett’s dad) talking about the Plunkett-Jarrell Grocery business in 1913:

“This is starting the year in the right manner, to say the least and we intend to keep up this record and maintain the standard throughout the year. If present favorable prospects continue to exist, I will not hesitate to say that the year 1913 will be a record-breaking year for us. The increase in business in the year 1912 over the year 1911 was the greatest we’ve ever had in any one year, and we are striving to make the increase in 1913 over 1912 even greater than the increase in 1912 over 1911.

I believe that the conditions over the entire State are better now than they’ve ever been and if we do not have an unfavorable fall time, then I am of the opinion that more wholesale business will be done in 1913 than in any other year in the history of Arkansas.”

My cousin Kelle Mills found an old Plunkett-Jarrell Grocer Co. location in Hot Springs (https://www.oldhousedreams.com/…/c-1900-warehouse-hot…/) and one in Conway (https://www.arkansasonline.com/…/furniture-store-owner…/)

In 1914, W.B. Plunkett (Alice Plunkett’s father and Lila Boyd Plunkett’s husband) was elected to the directors of the Federal Reserve Bank in St Louis (one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the United States’ central bank)

From a newspaper article on the election:

“Mr. Plunkett is a modest, quiet and studious business man, a man who during his useful life is giving to commerce strict attention that has marked his lifelong success. Never a plunger, always careful and prudent, he has a sufficient amount of the sunshine of optimism to make him a most lovable associate of all with whom he may be connected.

While Mr. Plunkett is systematic in his business affairs, and methodical to a marked degree, he is never too busy to talk business to business men, or to give a pleasant word and a gracious smile to his scores of acquaintances and friends.”

W.B. & Lila Plunkett had 5 kids: Katharine, Willie, Ralph, Alice, and Lila.

Here are a few photos of Alice as a child, a teenager, and young lady.

1914. Alice Plunkett. 20 years old, upon marriage to John Bond Jr on April 16.
L to R: Alice Plunkett and younger sister Lila Jane Plunkett
1909. Alice Plunkett. 16 years old

a copy of this book – Plunkett/Boyd History written by Floy Plunkett Luppen in 1998. I scanned the 76 page book for us all and here’s the link-

https://drive.google.com/…/1t74zNfcuudpgrILpUXQ…/view…

It includes stories full of personality about holidays with WB Plunkett and Lila Boyd Plunkett at 1719 Arch Street:

“Christmas was celebrated on Christmas eve. The tree was in the middle of the parlor. It was as tall as the ceiling, very decorated with many strings of burning lights. The single file line-up of grand children was always the same, the youngest, Larry, was first. Then Bill Plunkett, Tommy Bond, Floy Plunkett, Jo Bond, Judy Bond, Ellen Plunkett, Lila Bond, John Bond, and last – William Bond.

When the pocket parlor doors were slid open, there, unwrapped, was your heart’s desire — the one gift you wanted more than anything else. One year Lila received red dancing shoes and Ellen had a tool set. Only once was there a mix-up. Larry claimed Bill’s riding dump truck. Papa had Blass Department store opened and a truck was delivered that day for Bill.

Another favorite holiday was Easter. The line-up was always the same. The yard was a city block in area, and the eggs were hidden all over it. There must have been 18-20 dozen — hard boiled and dyed eggs. Everyone had a basket full even if you took time out to swing or climb a Magnolia tree. Afterwards, we sat on the steps, counted eggs and ate them.

The head of the Plunkett family was W. B., or Papa. He was the patriarch, the Victorian dictator. His rules were unyielding. He worked, checked on the farm, and read every night – always mysteries. He never visited or went out to dinner or parties.

Mama was the softening, loving influence. She did her visiting and card playing during the day. While Papa read at night she did hand work — quilting and knitting.”