Monday, May 29, 2017

Hector -- A small town

Hector, Ark., was hometown for PO2 Kevin R. Bewley. The town’s Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/CityOfHector/ -- has a picture of PO2 Bewley, who was killed 5 November 2007 in Iraq. Bewley was with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11. Read more on PO2 Bewley here:

http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/memorial/warrior/kevin-r-bewley

PO2 Bewley is buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Ark., southeast of Hector.

Other towns near Hector include Buttermilk, Jerusalem, Bullfrog Valley, Tag and Lost Corner. Hector is in Pope County and sits just south of the beginning of the mountains that reach all the way into Missouri.

In 1950, 23,291 people lived in Pope County. Estimated population for 2013 was 63,390. Hector has not seen the same growth percentage. The 2010 census counted 450 residents, a drop of 56 from the 2000 census.

Almost 97 percent of Hector’s residents in 2000 were white. In Pope County, the white residents totaled about 94 percent. Nine percent of the families in Hector lived below the federal poverty line in 2000. For Pope County, the family poverty percentage was a 11.6 percent.

Glenn S. Pound, former acting chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was born in Hector in 1914. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940. He was dean of the UW College of Agriculture from 1964-79. He died in La Jolla, Calif., in 2010.

The town’s web site -- https://www.hectorar.com/ -- notes Hector “is situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains surrounded by beautiful forests and clear streams.”

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