undertook the difficult work, at that day, of building a church. So much was he interested in this enterprise that he gave to it one-half of the few hundred dollars that he had brought with him.
About the time he located at Arkadelphia, Solomon Spence, with his family, composed of wife, sons. and daughters, also moved here, looking for greener pastures. Among his daughters was one who possessed such beauty and grace as attracted the admiration of young Hearne, and it was not long before he became convinced that they were created for each other. No doubt she practiced the necessary arts and winning ways to captivate him; at any rate, thev were married. His life by this union has been so successful and happy that any account of it would be imperfect without including the part wh ich she has so graciously performed. They have had born to them six children: Bettie E., the wife of Rufus D. Hearne; Rev. Thomas A., who is a minister of the M ethodist Church South, and is now a missionary from that church to China; Robert O., Mattie, and Alfred G. In the daily life of the daughters is displayed those becoming virtues and purity of manners which the mother so highly valued and faithfully taught them. The father and mother, both possessed of substantial good sense, enriched by constant reading and study, have laid strong and deep the foundations for useful lives in their children.
Elizabeth Eba, daughter of Alfred G. and Sallie (Spence) Hearne, born Aug. 10. 1857. married Rufus D. Hearne Sept. 1, 1875 She is a member of the Methodist Church South. Her whole life is an example of purity. modesty and sincerity. She is well educated, a constant reader, and is possessed of a remarkably clear and well-balanced judgment. She is admired and respected by all. She has two children: Wilfred. aged eighteen. and Sallie, aged fifteen. They are promising children, attending the Arkadelphia Methodist College, and are well advanced.
Rev. Thomas Alexander Hearne. the first son of Alfred G. and Sallie (Spence) Hearne. born Feb. 10, 1863. He has been religiously inclined from childhood. Having a natural thirst for knowledge, he always availed himself of every opportunity for reading and study which presented itself. He joined the
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