searcy ar: Big hair, miniskirts, and ladies with no first names. - 07/11/14 12:25 AM

What fun it is to look through old newspaper clippings and if you are the same as most of us, you clipped when your picture was in the paper.  I found this one recently.  It was 1973.  Big hair was the style.  Miniskirts were in and I can see the white skirt that probably ends a bit above the knee.
We were members of the Searcy Junior Auxiliary and our entire goal was to help children.  The thing that is probably most interesting about the old pictures, however, was how we had no first names of our own in these … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Old post card collectible. Searcy AR First United Methodist Church 1910. - 07/09/14 02:51 AM

Found on ebay!  A great view of early Searcy AR First United Methodist Church.
It has this lettering on the front, Methodist Episcopal Church, Searcy Ark 5208 and it is barely legible right between the picket fences.  On the back it has Genuine Photo by C. U. Williams, Bloomington, ILL.
And then there is the usual sweet and short message.  This one says 1-3-10.
Mr Bennett
Dear Firend
rec'd your card glad to hear from you.  All well at Ark.
Frinds John & Edith Randall
It was addressed to Mr and Mrs Jas. Bennett, Ansonia, Ohio
The picture is … (13 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy Daily Citizen moves to new location. Historic picture 209 W Arch. - 06/22/14 12:39 AM

The Searcy Daily Citizen has moved and the newspaper has been running the notice of their move for several weeks.  Their new location is 723 W Beebe Capps Expressway beside the RE/MAX Advantage West Branch. 
I found this old clipping that was run when the Citizen last moved.  Forgive the condition because clippings kept in attics don't fare well.  This was run in approximately 1974 when the Citizen moved to the old Volkswagen building on East Race Street.  This editorial, also in poor condition, was also in the attic. 

This old editorial gives the history of the Searcy … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Car dealers, Searcy AR. Which one did you buy a car from? - 06/01/14 11:27 AM

Going through a lot of saved clippings, saved by my now deceased mother-in-law Wyndelene Duncan, I found this interesting one.
It shows probably every car dealer in Searcy AR in possibly the 60's.  She failed to put the date on this one other than that someone died on March 16.  It may have been Mrs. Gill.  Look through the list of attendees and see how many you remember.  Dealerships were family owned back then and this one represents a lot of families.
It's a great memory!  Did you buy a car from one of them?

searcy ar: Old Judsonia Arkansas picture from ebay. Before the tornado. - 05/28/14 09:06 PM

Maintaining a search on ebay for your home town or the surrounding area will bring rewards from time to time.  This picture is on ebay right now showing what must have been the main street in Judsonia AR a long time ago.  It is for sale and I hope Judsonia will buy it for their historic archives if there is someone maintaining them.
The awful tornado in 1952 probably wiped out all these buildings and by then the wagons and mules had been replaced with automobiles.  We have featured Judsonia several times in this blog so look at this one … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Gone but not forgotten. Brookshire Tire on Main St, Searcy AR. - 05/08/14 11:02 PM

What's a DX Dealer?
This ad was in the 1967 Harding College yearbook and states that it was located at 200 S Main in Searcy and gives the phone number and says it is "Your DX Dealer."
I remember the building and knew the owners but I can't remember what DX stood for.  This is now the location of Ralph Haymond's insurance company.  He built a really beautiful building a few years back.  Looking at these two pictures right now makes me wonder if Ralph tore the whole building down or worked around the building that existed. 


searcy ar: Tornado in White County, Arkansas. Photo by Mark Lercher, RE/MAX agent. - 04/30/14 11:43 PM

The paragraph below tells about the tornado that ravished our area early this week.  REALTORS were invited to go out and help with the clean-up.  An associate of mine, Mark Lercher, took this photo and said he had a hard time believing that the force was so strong that it took this metal frame that goes under mobile homes and wrapped it around this tree.  The damage is devastating but Searcy AR was blessed again and was passed over by the storm.  This picture was taken at Center Hill, a community that has been hit several times by tornadoes.

searcy ar: Jack Spaulding, Owner, Atlas Van Lines, Searcy AR. Nice truck! 1967 - 04/27/14 06:10 AM

One very nice gentleman is Jack Spaulding from Searcy AR.  He operated Atlas Van-Lines for years and years.  He has just recently retired, so I hear.
This picture was in an advertisement found in the 1967 Harding College year book.  During my real estate career, I have met him personally and know he loved his moving business as much as I love my real estate profession.  If someone tells me that he really has NOT retired, I'd be pleased.
Don't you love the truck picture?

searcy ar: Davis Furniture in Searcy AR, approximately 1967. Old appliances. - 04/24/14 11:08 AM

Facebook calls it TBT meaning Throwback Thursday.  So on this Thursday, I dug out a picture found in the Harding College yearbook ad section in 1967.  It shows a picture of appliances in the Richard Davis Furniture Store. 
I certainly remember appliances that looked like these.  Notice the stoves.  I don't see a single smooth-top stove like the ones that seems to be in all homes now, including mine.  Trust me, I wish I had my old stove back.  I really hate the smooth top.
And look at those rugs that are hanging on the wall.  I don't remember … (12 comments)

searcy ar: What has happened to Root Beer? Does anyone still drink it in Searcy AR? - 04/14/14 10:19 PM
Here's a picture of A & W Root Beer which used to be located on East Race Street.
It was located where the big building that says "Lunch Box" is located now.
Somewhere underneath all that construction lurks the delightful little old food and drink place shown in this photograph found in a 1967 yearbook.
So tell me what happened to the Root Beer place?  Was it a chain?  Does anyone drink Root Beer anymore?


searcy ar: The Ideal Shop. Fashion in Searcy AR in 1967. - 04/13/14 10:57 AM
This picture comes from the 1967 yearbook for Harding College because the Ideal Shop bought an ad in the book along with lots of other Searcy businesses.  What I like about this picture is the style that it shows.
1.  At that time dress length was dictated by fashion.  No one dared to differ.
2.  Hats were very much in style.  Ideal Shop had lots of hats to choose from.
3.  Ladies wore gloves.  For church or any dress-up occasion.
4.  Shoes were high heels, yes, but you didn't see platform shoes like today's.
5.  Purses were simple and you needed … (4 comments)

searcy ar: The Pit. Searcy AR. Known for good eating in 1967. - 04/11/14 12:51 AM

This advertisement for The Pit in Searcy AR is in a 1967 yearbook.  1967 is the year that I made Searcy my home so I'm trying to remember as much as I can about The Pit.
Sleuths will set me straight if I mess up.
Seems that I remember it being on East Race Street quite a ways out from downtown Searcy. I'm thinking it was the place known for its fried chicken that you could pick up and carry home instead of frying the bird yourself.
Remembering "frying the bird myself" as I used to do reminds me of … (22 comments)

searcy ar: A case of mistaken identity in Hickory Flat Arkansas. - 04/06/14 02:27 AM
Real estate takes my associates and me to many places in White County AR.  Venturing out into new territory does us good as we visit new or old properties and meet new people.
Daughter, Valerie Canepa, and I had to visit Hickory Flat AR yesterday.  She had never been there and I had not been there in years.  Cows!  Cows!  Everywhere we saw cows peacefully grazing in quiet pastures.  We met almost no vehicles and if we saw a person, the person stared carefully at us and wondered what we were doing there.
We were driving fairly slowly down one road … (16 comments)

searcy ar: A question for the Sleuths? Echo Haven Harding College? Where was it? - 03/30/14 10:55 AM
This post card is on ebay right now and I do not know what Echo Haven is or was but it must be affiliated with Harding University in Searcy AR because it is labeled Echo Haven Harding College.  The picture shows a nice little brick house but there is no address.  I graduated from Harding and I have watched Harding grow for the past 45 years.  BUT I do not remember hearing about this place.
So, Sleuths, help me out.  Tell me about this Echo Haven.


searcy ar: Little kids in wagon with sides. Historic photo possibly Searcy AR. - 03/25/14 07:08 AM
Aren't these kids adorable? 
Hubby saw this picture and made a remark about the wagon and sides that they are standing in.  He said they must have had some money because the sides for those wagons were expensive.  Perhaps he wanted them when he was a tot and couldn't afford them? 
This is just another picture bought at one of the little stores in Searcy where you are likely to find anything.  I paid 50 cents for it but the family who let it go should have considered it priceless.
They look a little like twins, don't they?


searcy ar: Old car with little kids. Delightful old picture. - 03/11/14 06:05 AM

Here's another old picture that brings up lots of memories.  I do not know who they were and even though I bought the old picture in Searcy AR, the location could be somewhere else.  BUT, the vehicle was loved and was nearly always in the old pictures.  Folks stood by them, sat on the running boards, and posed in various ways with their vehicle.  In this one, they have placed the kids on the fenders.
Perhaps some Sleuth will know what kind of car it is and the model and we'll have a date for the picture.  Be sure to … (17 comments)

searcy ar: Holmes Road, Searcy AR, named after a family that lived there. - 03/03/14 09:54 PM
Just out Highway 16 North from Searcy AR is a road to the left called Holmes Road.  It used to be WAY out!  It was country.  The Ballard Holmes family lived there and the road is named after them.  They built a rock home that is still there but is sorta hidden by some houses that have built in front of it. They owned land around that area which has now been sold to others but they lived there long enough to raise four children and see those four children raise more children.
Here is a picture of Ballard and Gertrude.

searcy ar: Girls in costume, Searcy AR. Many crowns but who was the queen? - 03/02/14 10:43 PM
Snowed in.  It is March 3, 2014 and a Monday morning and I should be out working but the weather disagreed.  I'm stuck at home.  What could be better to do than look through old pictures and possibly reblog one that was blogged before facebook became available.
Here's one of my favorites.  Lots of lovely little girls all dressed up in their costumes for some grand occasion.  Some may also be Searcy Sleuths of today.  Some may still reside in Searcy.  But all, no doubt about it, will remember this day and perhaps one of us will tell us about the … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Mr. Wiggs. An old picture of a handsome Searcy AR resident. - 02/20/14 11:18 PM
Cliff Wiggs, one of the Searcy Sleuths who loves and remembers the old Searcy AR when it was small and everyone knew everyone, has sent us this old picture of his dad.  He says that blog that I did of "Cowboy?  Railroad man?  Cowpoke?" made him think of this picture of his dad taken when his dad was a young man.

He said his dad and almost all men of that day and time wore a hat.  His dad wore a hat all the time when he was out until his death in 1981.  His dad was born in … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Cowboy? Railroad man? Cowpoke? This old picture does look western to me. Johnny Marcum. - 02/17/14 10:17 AM
Continuing with my new purchases from the Hope Restored thrift store in Searcy Arkansas, I am scanning this old picture.
It has a name on the back so perhaps a good google will find something about him.  The name is Johnny Marcum or it could be Jahmy Marcum, depending on the interpretation of the handwriting.

At first I thought I'd found a real cowboy picture.  He looked as if he was standing there with boots, jeans and perhaps a gun belt.  A closer look, however, reveals ordinary clothes and I still can't make out what he is holding.
Sleuths, join … (5 comments)

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