Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Gus Caple Collection, MS.000028

Gus Caple was born January 16, 1893, in Saline County, Arkansas, the son of Frank and Lela Rowland Caple. At age 19 he moved to Little Rock and began work for the Hays Grain and Commission Company. Except for service in World War I, he operated a grain brokerage business from 1916 through 1930. His career also included representing Marquette Cement Company and selling automobiles and insurance. He served one term in the Arkansas House of Representatives before becoming Pulaski County Sheriff in 1940. During his three terms as sheriff, he was president of both the Arkansas and National Sheriffs' Associations. He did not seek a fourth term as sheriff. After leaving office, Caple owned the Caple Tractor Company which he sold in 1961.

Caple was a member of Trinity Methodist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the M.M. Eberts American Legion Post 1, the Little Rock Lions Club, of which he served as president, and the Scimitar Shrine Temple. He died on June 28, 1981, at the age of 88. He is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park.

This collection consists mainly of a scrapbook compiled during Caple's tenure as Pulaski County Sheriff, and papers relating to the Methodist Church, Lions Clubs, and Sheriffs' Associations.

Full Finding Aid:

  • Scrapbook, 1941-1946 (Box 1)
  • Correspondence (Box 2)
  • Sheriffs' associations materials
  • Lions Club materials
  • Methodist church materials
  • Printed materials
    • Clippings
    • Interviews
    • Pamphlets, brochures, etc.
    • Periodicals
    • Postcards
    • Calendar
    • Sheet music
    • Tickets
    • Sign
    • Awards
    • Cards
  • Speech
  • Circuit court order
  • List of delegates to “1948 National Convention”
  • Miscellaneous