Cave City Cemetery
Cave City, Sharp County, Arkansas
Elston Sharp Brewer
Submitted March 8, 2003, by Tootie Dennis
Sadie (Sarah) Sharp was the daughter of Isaac Elston and Nancy Jane Luce. She married into the large Brewer family of Cave City and surrounding area. George Washington Brewer was the President of the Cave City Bank and they were very active in the social life of that city.
Their only son, Elston Sharp Brewer, was a very intelligent and industrious young man. He ran a newspaper the Cave City Clarion, for a while and sold it to another party in Batesville. It was intregrated into the Republican paper Observer of that town. Then he joined the Observer of Batesville.
He was traveling from Newport to Viskburg MS with a traveling companion and "friend" who murdered him. He was buried twice in MS. Once in a potters field and tagged as unknown. Later, when he was identified, in a full Mason burial in MS again.
Then his Brewer uncles went from Arkansas to MS and got the necessary papers
to bring him home to his grieving parents. He was once again buried in his
home town at Cave City Cemetery. Over 500 attended the funeral and 1,200 the
grave side rites.
For the money stolen, the confiscation of the large boat that belonged to Elston, and the murder, Mr. Sol Lucas Johnson, 2 years later, died on the gallows. He had beaten Elston, tied a rock around his neck and thrown him into the Yazoo Canal in Vicksburg.
When the Uncles returned from MS with the body a crowd of over 1,000 met them and walking, accommpanied his body to Cave City and his grieving parents. Elston's ambition was to be a candidate of some type for the Republican Party.
(Sadie (Sarah) sister Fannie married George Brewer's brother U. S. Grant
Brewer, that is another story)
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