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)

searcy ar: Searcy First United Methodist Church. Really old picture that was used for stereoscopic viewing. - 01/31/14 12:18 AM

Melanie Murphy from Judsonia shared several steroscopic images that were given to her because of her love for history.  The images were made for viewing through a telescopic viewer so they were double images.
This one of the First United Methodist is a great one.  Google says the 3-D stereocards were popular from the 1850's to the 1930's. 

Here we took one side off and uploaded a higher resolution picture (scroll across to see it all) and you can see the great detail in the photograph.  Notice the wood sidewalk.  Looks as if the gentleman is carrying an umbrella.  … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Cotton trucks. A real scene from the past. - 01/22/14 10:11 AM
Roger Dobbins contributed this picture of trucks hauling cotton to market.
I remember picking cotton.  Trust me that it would have taken a lot of people to pick this much cotton!

Perhaps someone who knows about the harvesting of cotton can tell us more about the age of these trucks and where they may be headed.
Has the cotton been sold already?  It almost looks like a parade of cotton trucks.

searcy ar: First United Methodist men's Sunday school class. Year unknown. Searcy AR. - 01/05/14 01:54 AM

This picture was contributed to this blog by Roger Dobbins.  He says that this is a shot of men's Sunday School Class at the Methodist Church in Searcy.  They appear to be in front of the First United Methodist Church on Main Street, one of the most historic structures in Searcy and White County.
Perhaps some of you can name a few of them.  Roger did not give a date for the picture but it looks as if they did some preparation for the picture with places for seating. I almost wonder if the photographer told them how to pose.  … (19 comments)

searcy ar: A look at White County Courthouse in about 1926. J. B. and Albert Parker. - 12/23/13 02:27 AM

This photograph has been sent to me by Valerie Hunt who wrote this with the picture.
"This is the East side of the courthouse.  My grandfather, J. B. Parker is on the left and his brother Albert on the right.  My great grandfather, Nat F. Parker was a custodian at the courthouse at the time.  The picture is from about 1926 because my grandfather was born in 1922.  If you can enlarge it, check out the car in the background."
The picture is so delightful and you have to really study it and still wonder if you have it right. … (10 comments)

searcy ar: A man and his horse. Searcy AR historic photo. - 12/06/13 03:03 AM

Lots of love shows in this picture of a man with his horse.
Horses require lots of work, so I am told, and require lots of space and food.  I have always been afraid of horses.  I think you need to grow up with them to feel comfortable.  The one time I mounted a horse I was frantic and swore that if I ever got off the horse, I'd never get back on one.  I have been true to that promise.
Sleuths, do you know who the person is? 

searcy ar: Letona AR near Searcy Arkansas a long time ago. Three pictures of Letona. - 12/04/13 08:54 PM

What a picture! 
I have been having to drive to Letona weekly to check out a bargain foreclosure property there.  Seeing this picture made me realize the changes that we have all been through.  I think this view would be one that I pass by each time with the road leading to Sidon.  With all that dirt, it would take a while to get there!
The old hotel is still there in Letona.  it sold a few months back.  Here is a picture.

Now that is a modern-day picture.  Let's see it earlier when the railroad ran through town.

searcy ar: New business on Main Street, Searcy AR. Different, open and lovely. - 10/28/13 11:05 AM

Do you recognize this location in Searcy Arkansas?
We did a blog about the new look of this building a few weeks ago.  Refresh your memory about this building by clicking HERE.  It is located at 101 S Main across from the old Rendezvous that we've featured many times.
This building was going down, down rapidly.  Then we noticed work being done on it and it started becoming attractive again.  It is owned by Kelly and Beth Ledbetter and was built in 1938.  They have done the restoration that looks so good.
NOW look at it!  It has … (1 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR loses another old home. East Market Street house comes down. - 10/16/13 11:06 AM

Here is one last look at the old historic home on East Market Street.  It is going down and will be a memory by the end of the week. It was definitely tired and worn out.....kinda like we humans we are not losing a treasure.  But we sometimes think that anything that reminds of the early days of Searcy Ar becomes a treasure.  It was featured in another blog. Old blog on Market Street house
Here is the house in 1987 when it was for sale in one of our advertisements.

It did have some charm with … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Do they still do this? Decorate for the dances? Old picture from Searcy High School. - 10/07/13 11:57 PM
This photo could be from anywhere U.S.A in the 50's.
Moonlight and Roses must have been the theme for high school proms all over the country.
I came from Georgia and seems to me I remember having the same theme and the same decorations as found in this picture at our little tiny school.
So what do the kids do now? 

And Searcy Sleuths, do you know who these dapper young men were?  Wonder if the one at the top was a person who dared to be different because he had on a bow tie?

searcy ar: Twin trees located in Letona Arkansas. Very attractive. - 10/06/13 06:50 AM
While checking out houses in the small town of Letona Arkansas I turned around and was stunned to see these twin trees!
I don't believe I have even seen two trees that lean this way and lean in the same direction.  In fact, trees are so fascinating that I think a file with interesting tree shapes would be fun to maintain. 


searcy ar: Probably unchanged old home in Searcy AR. Sleuths, can you find it? - 09/15/13 03:18 AM
Several of the Searcy Sleuths no longer live in Searcy but are proud of the town where they grew up.
I'm thinking that this house dates back to their youth in Searcy and has probably had no changes since that time.  It has been on this big pretty lot since I have been in Searcy.  I once wrote a blog about the bigger the tree, the older the house.  Go review it if you'd like.  The tree was at the old home of Wilbur Mills in Kensett.
Now look at the size of the tree in this front yard!
Each time … (15 comments)

searcy ar: Crum's Pet Shop. It was mighty popular a long time ago. Searcy AR. - 09/09/13 11:39 AM

Bet you didn't recognize this picture of a house!  I just had to stop and take a picture of it because it will soon be gone.  The new by-pass will be taking it down as it comes along Honeyhill Road toward Hwy 36 West.
I almost took a picture a few months ago when some vehicle traveling west on Booth Road failed to stop until it smashed into the front of the house.  It left bruises that you can see around the front door.
No one has lived here for years but I remember when it was a pet … (10 comments)

searcy ar: 1944 black and white photo of White County Court House. Nice old cars, too! - 08/27/13 05:44 AM

This is a nice old post card showing the White County Court House in Searcy AR.  It was posted 1944 and had this writing on the back. 
"Dearest, Been thinking of you even if I have not had time to express it.  Meeting old friends and going places has occupied my first wk.  Believe I told you about my sister Mrs. Yarnell falling down her front porch steps in early fall.  She is about over it & is looking young and pretty like you do.  Love, Jessie Ponder."
It is addressed to  Mrs. Susie Sheldon, Kansas City (3) Mo.  Lucern … (15 comments)

searcy ar: He either stayed up too late or got up too early. Armadillo done gone. - 08/26/13 11:38 PM

While taking an early morning walk, I met a strange little critter.  I was making noise by talking on the phone but he either didn't hear me or couldn't see me because he showed no fear and just kept on rootin' in my neighbor's yards.
I took pictures and got closer and closer.  He got tired of one neighbor's yard and decided the grass was greener across the driveway.

Unfortunately for this armadillo a neighbor who keeps a perfect yard has a deep grudge against these critters who can ruin a yard overnight.  He also spotted the little guy … (4 comments)

searcy ar: The new look of Harding University, Searcy AR. Rock and frame apartments are history. - 08/21/13 11:21 AM
Harding University, Searcy AR, is changing and changing rapidly.  A few months ago I wrote a blog about houses that were already history.
Today, I snapped a picture  of a few of the new buildings that have taken the old houses's places.  In case you haven't noticed, the rock and frame apartments that used to line E. Pleasure Avenue are now gone with nothing remaining but a few piles of the native rock that was so popular with building styles in the 60's.

Just to keep the memories straight, here is the Google view (remember they are a bit … (7 comments)

searcy ar: It must have been a custom built house.....back in 1964. Why else would it have pink? - 08/01/13 11:35 AM
In all my 30 plus years in real estate I have not seen a wall oven like this.
I tried to figure out how to open it.  You grab hold handles with both hands and Presto!  It opens.

Did I mention that it is pink?  I can't imagine a spec house having a pink oven or a pink stovetop. So my thinking is that this was a custom built house in 1964 and it still has the original appliances.  I'd be willing to bet that those cabinets are knotty pine painted over!  And the white does match the pink … (18 comments)

searcy ar: Good cartoon from 1976 advertising Newman Real Estate at the corner of Race and Main Searcy AR. Fred Stewart, artist. - 07/20/13 10:47 PM
Looking through an old stack of newspapers is always interesting if you are in the real estate business and you are an old art instructor.
Look what I found!  This cartoon was signed by Fred Stewart '76.  Since the item had been clipped there was no other way to date it but the artist had done it!  We have featured this building before on this blog.  Check this old blog.  
The Newman team redid this little building that had been a filling station (I think) and turned it into a real estate office and considered it as being on … (1 comments)

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