April 1, 1912 — The second official airmail service in the nation happened in Fort Smith. The first official airmail service happened a few weeks earlier, in New York City.
April 1, 1912 — Deputy Constable/City Special Policeman Andy Carr dies of wounds received in a shooting during an arrest of Sanford Lewis. On March 23, an angry mob had pulled Lewis from the city jail and lynched him over Carr’s shooting.
April 1, 2015 — John Paul Hammerschmidt, one of Arkansas’ longest-serving and most respected congressmen, dies at age 92. Hammerschmidt served 26 years in Congress, representing Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District. He was first elected in 1966, becoming the first Arkansas Republican sent to Washington since Reconstruction.
April 2, 1974 — The Fort Smith Air National Guard base is renamed Ebbing Air National Guard Base in honor of Maj. Henry F. Ebbing, who died in a training mission Nov. 18, 1970.
April 2, 2000 — Trent Amadee of St. Amanta, La., successfully rode two bulls for a combined score of 166 to take home the $8,000 cash prize when the Professional Bull Riders presented the Copenhagen Tough Co. Tour at Harper Stadium at Kay Rodgers Park.
April 3, 1874 — Three Native American men — John Billy, Isaac Filmore and John Pointer — are hanged for separate crimes. Billy was convicted of the November 1873 murder of deputy marshal Perry Duval. Filmore was convicted of killing a traveler from California for his shoes and $1.50. Pointer had murdered a white man in the Chickasaw Nation. This was the third of four executions that occurred before Isaac Parker was appointed district judge in Fort Smith.
April 3, 1917 — J.H. Wright is elected mayor of Fort Smith. He defeated Fagan Bourland, who had been mayor of Fort Smith twice before.
April 3, 2014 — Based on a growing number of complaints, Fort Smith directors say they'll address “bandit signs” and other advertisements popping up in public rights of way along city streets.
April 6, 2011 — The fifth annual Arkansas Drug Court Conference is held in Fort Smith at the Holiday Inn City Center.
April 7, 1908 — H.L. Lewis shoots Frank Burns, "a man of exceptionally fine physique," according to the Fort Smith Times, after the two bartenders exchanged words, and Burns slapped Lewis "several times." Burns dies.