Famous Polk County Residents

Aside from “Tuffy” Goff, Polk County was also the birthplace of country singer T. Texas Tyler. Father Augustine Patrick Gallagher, a graduate of Subiaco Academy and St. Vincent’s College in Missouri, came to Mena on October 16, 1897, where he served St. Agnes Catholic Church. He served his parish until his death on July 14, 1950, making him the priest with the longest service to a single parish in the United States.  Dorothy Shaver, who graduated from Mena High School in 1910, was the first female president of a U.S. multimillion dollar corporation, becoming the head of Lord & Taylor in 1946. Local writer Jack Darr joined the staff of Radio Electronics Magazine while living in Mena in the 1960s, writing two monthly columns, and eventually published twenty books.

In addition to these, numerous natives of the area have been successful in places around the world, as well as many who have stayed in this area and made beneficial use of their minds and talents to make our area the wonderful place it is today.  If anyone reading this article would like to offer names of people from here to yon, that fit into this category, we would be more than happy to add them.