Anthony Wappel

Passion keeps history alive

Posted: May 20, 2018 at 6 a.m.

“As a local historian, his contribution and legacy is of great importance … I remind him often that 100 years from now, his books will be used like we today use W.S. Campbell’s 1928 One Hundred Years of Fayetteville and Kent Brown’s 1982 Fayetteville: A Pictorial History.”  — J.B. Hogan
Zoom

“As a local historian, his contribution and legacy is of great importance … I remind him often that 100 years from now, his books will be used like we today use W.S. Campbell’s 1928 One Hundred Years of Fayetteville and Kent Brown’s 1982 Fayetteville: A Pictorial History.” — J.B. Hogan

"Tony is one of the most important figures we've ever had when it comes to the knowledge and preservation of our local history," says author J.B. Hogan of his friend and collaborator, Tony Wappel. Wappel is the author of three books about Fayetteville history -- Once Upon Dickson, On the Avenue and The Square Book -- and is the archivist records manager for Washington County. There are probably a few people in Fayetteville who know more about the area's history than he does -- but there aren't many.

Through Others’ Eyes

Tony Wappel

“Tony is an excellent listener with a diplomatic ear. He has a sense of humor and loves quirky stories, loves the humanitarian side of politics. He leaves the Sunday Democrat-Gazette on my porch every Sunday after he gets back from breakfast at the bowling alley. I appreciate this gesture of consideration and sharing. He is a good friend who would help in a heartbeat.” — Darlene Graf

“He can say a lot in a few words, and I find that very fascinating. He can phrase things so concisely, without a lot of clutter.” — Truman Parker

“As an archivist, his skill, experience, and knowledge are absolutely indispensable. Whether you are looking up land records, deed trails or a criminal case, Tony will be able to help you. Countless times, he has helped me find historical information that I’ve used for my books and articles.” — J.B. Hogan

Next Week

Gail Reede Jones

Little Rock

Sign up for breaking news
& daily updates delivered
right to your inbox.




This story is only available from our archives.