Lafe, Arkansas

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Lafe is a town in Greene County, Arkansas on Crowley's Ridge. The population was 385 at the 2000 census.



The first settler of Lafe was Mr. Herman Toelken, a German immigrant who had been living in New Haven, Missouri and was seeking new opportunities in an unsettled area. Toelken began cutting railroad ties for the railroad in order to save enough money to purchase land and send for his family

When Mr. Toelken was settled he began advertising in a Minneapolis, Minnesota German newspaper seeking other German Lutherans to come to the area. Several families responded to this advertisement and an assortment of German immigrant families followed him from Franklin County, Missouri.

On 9 December 1889 an application was made to the US Postal Service for the establishment of a post office for "Newberry, Arkansas", so named due to a sawmill operator of the same name who had set up in the area. The name "Newberry" was denied by the Postal Service so the postmaster combined the names of his daughters and reapplied with the name "Loulyma" which was accepted. Mail arrived addressed to "Loulyma" and freight arrived addressed to "Newberry". In 1901 a new postmaster named Lafayette Mueller took over and sought to settle the name permanently by resubmitting a new name. Townspeople elected to name the town "Lafe" in honor of the new postmaster and the name was officially changed on 21 May 1902.


Lafe is located at 36°12′18″N 90°30′25″W / 36.205°N 90.50694°W / 36.205; -90.50694 (36.204987, -90.507041)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.4 km² (2.1 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 385 people, 137 households, and 110 families residing in the town. The population density was 71.1/km² (184.1/mi²). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 28.3/km² (73.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.09% White, 2.34% Native American, and 8.57% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 137 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.14.

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