Arkansans with Ties to Hope

Zoie Clift
Former President Bill Clinton was
in Little Rock yesterday for the celebration of the five-year anniversary of the
Clinton Presidential Library. Many know of Clinton’s ties to Hope, the town he
was born in and home to The Bill Clinton First Home Museum, soon to be part of
the National Park system. If you pass through town, be sure to drop by. It’s
located at 117 S. Hervey St.
Along with former President Clinton, there
are many other notable residents from Hope. Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty, Clinton’s
first chief of staff, and Vincent Foster Jr., deputy White House counsel were
both from the town. Mike Huckabee, Arkansas’s forty-fourth governor, was born
in Hope as was his wife, Janet McCain Huckabee. One of the Southwestern Proving
Ground army ordnance officers, Major Paul W. Klipsch, an Indiana native, chose
to stay in town after World War II. In 1948 he began the production of his now
internationally famous Klipsch horns.
Patsy Montana, a Hot Springs native,
also grew up in Hope. Montana (aka Rubye Blevins or the “Queen of Country
Western Music”)  was born in 1914 and was one of the first country
singers to successfully cultivate a cowgirl image. Her 1935 recording “I
Want To Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” included a virtuoso yodeling piece and
was the first big hit by a female country singer. Montana wrote over 200 songs
during her career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996,
shortly following her death. Folks in Hope have been trying to get a Patsy
Montana Day celebration going in her honor. If you know of any other notable
Arkansans with Hope ties, keep me posted! 

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