searcy ar: Morris School for boys. Closed now but once very active on Morris School Road in Searcy AR. - 11/07/12 04:32 PM
I don't believe we have talked about Morris School for boys.  It was a Catholic school for boys who were boarded there.  It was located on Morris School Road and had nice buildings and lots of land.  It was probably about 6 miles from town.
The thing that I remember the most about it was the presence of the boys on Saturday afternoon in downtown Searcy.  They were almost like an original "gang."  My kids would see the boys and immediately recognize them as being from the school.  Young girls, my daughter included, looked them over very carefully and may have … (64 comments)

searcy ar: Black Cat Found!! Our blog has had a response and we know more about Word's Grocery and Bakery in Searcy AR. - 11/06/12 08:24 AM
Below is the blog that I put up just a few days ago.
No one seemed to know the meaning of the black cat.  But a call from Benson Robbins, Searcy scion, gave me the information we lacked.  His grandfather was a partner with Mr. Word and they owned the store. It was the grandfather on his mother's side....Benson.  They used the black cat as a logo because of the fact that "a black cat always returns" just as they wanted their customers to do.  He has the black cat that sat at the store.  Here he still lives. Benson said … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Important people in Searcy AR in 1949. Can you name them? - 11/03/12 02:45 PM
 I love the way these guys are posed with so much confidence.  The tilt of the hat back then must have been a portrayal of personality.  Each man wore his hat differently.
These were on the Searcy AR School Board, I believe.  See if you can name them before I give you the names.  This picture was loaned to me by Benson and Betty Robbins and it is a great contribution to our Searcy historic blog.
 

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searcy ar: A Halloween Cat and a Ricktum Diddy to all from Searcy AR. - 10/23/12 06:04 PM
Here's another ad from our found Woman's Missionary Society Cook Book from Searcy AR. 
I like the cat that illustrates the ad for Word's Grocery and Bakery.  The ad says they can furnish every item needed in the recipes found in this book.
Okay, then.  Supply the supplies for Rinktum Diddy.  And I am not placing an order. I'd like to know if the Sleuths know what Rinktum Diddy is and what it is made of.
I did a memory search when I saw this recipe.  Seems as if I have heard of it but was it in a swearing … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Robbins - Sanford Merc. Co. Searcy AR old advertisement Woman's Missionary Society Cookbook - 10/20/12 07:44 AM
Studying the ads in an old Woman's Missionary Society cook book reminds me that Searcy has not forgotten her history.
Robbins-Sanford exists again in the form of a grand hall for holding get-togethers of all kinds.  It is located in the same spot downtown and all of Searcy loves it.
Here is the ad from the old cookbook that dates back to the 20's.

I left the recipes on this page for folks who like to cook.  Read the "Crackers and Cheese" one.  Today's cook would go to the cupboard (pantry now) and take out the can of Kraft's Easy … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Old Searcy advertisement for Bethells No. 5, M. C. Johnson, Mgr. Phone 410 - 10/18/12 05:06 PM
Here is another ad from our old Woman's Missionary Society Cook Book.  The book is old but interesting.  It seems to date back to perhaps the 1920's. 
I have no knowledge of a Bethells in Searcy AR.  I checked Dr. Muncy's history book and found nothing.  I even Googled and found nothing.  Perhaps some of our readers will have heard of it.
Piece Goods is probably a term that is no longer used.  Evidently it meant, "Everything for the family in dry goods, shoes, clothing and ready-to-wear."  Dry goods?  Another obsolete term?
No. 5?  Was that a department in the store?  … (9 comments)

searcy ar: A. B. Coffman,W.L. Ragsdale,Searcy Arkansas business owners a long time ago. - 10/12/12 07:44 AM

Here are two more ads from the Women's Missionary Society Cook Book that we think may date back to the 20's in Searcy Arkansas. 
Read about the handmade clothes.  What's a bushelman?  What is Glover continuous flow?
At least we have the location of one of the businesses.  600 South Spring Street, Searcy AR.  I tried to find what is at 600 S Spring now and was unsuccessful.  Don can do it!
Just for Ms Debbie, I left a recipe on the page.  That is the entire recipe, not just a part of it.  Sounds pretty easy.
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searcy ar: The Star car. Was this a brand? Just a dealership? Star Cars Moye-Davis Motor Co. Searcy AR - 10/08/12 02:36 PM
This full page ad came from an old cook book that is so worn I can find no date.
Women's Missionary Society Cook Book is at the tops of pages.
Moye-Davis Motor Company was at Searcy AR with Phone 296.
I love the way the description reads,  "ability to climb hills in high gear that most cars crawl up in second......enables it to pull through mud and sand that stall most cars."
But to tell the truth, I've never heard of a Star Car.

This book may even predate some of the Sleuths!
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searcy ar: Ghostly apparitions? Folks on a rock at Judsonia AR in stereoscopic view. - 10/02/12 07:34 AM

The last blog with all that scientific information about dams and things has made me long for something simple that I can almost understand.....like ghosts!
This half of the stereoscopic view provided to us by Melanie Murphy from Judsonia is full of mystery.  Look at those folks in the side grounds.  They sure have a ghostly look, don't they.  At first I thought there were four pieople in the picture and then I started seeing more. Are there three ladies on the side...or four...or more?
It makes me wonder if the images would show up clearer if viewed through the … (5 comments)

searcy ar: First Christian Church once in Searcy AR. Now gone but remembered. - 09/26/12 05:58 PM
 
 

Card on ebay!
Slightly ragged and wrinkled and very old.
And no, I was NOT talking about myself!  I was referring to the condition of this card.  But the condition of the card is better than the condition of the church.  It has been torn down and replaced by buildings owned and operated by United Methodist Church. 
It appears to have a basement.  Wonder if it was a successful basement or did it have a tendency to hold water. Surely some of our sleuths will know the answers to questions about this old First Christian Church.  And … (22 comments)

searcy ar: Where was this house? Sleuths, do you remember it? Searcy AR rock house. - 09/25/12 10:32 AM

 
I ran across this old rock house that once lived on a busy street in Searcy and we had it for sale.  One thing about those old listings that were put out by my former company was that they never gave the entire information about a house or property.
The ad was supposed to get the phone to ring.
At that time, no one could go online to find out the "rest of the story."
Now we are prone to just put the entire info in the ad because there are no secrets anymore.
So, Sleuths, test your memory … (7 comments)

searcy ar: True Americana picture. A D and Frances Dale from Searcy AR. Frances's Antiques on W Race Street. - 09/20/12 06:35 PM

I went into what used to be Frances's Antiques at 701 W Race today.  It is now called Dale's Collectables Antiques and Flea Market.  It is now operated by A D and Frances Dale's children.  Frances has passed on and A D closed the antique shop.
On the wall was this picture of A D and Frances.  I fell in love.  I begged to be able to put this picture on this blog. Not only is it a great picture of A D and Frances but it is telling a story.
Look at the table on the right filled … (15 comments)

searcy ar: Mushrooms! How I wish I knew which ones are not poisonous! - 09/19/12 02:03 PM
Taking a walk can be rather boring.  But while I was walking this morning I got all excited about the crop of mushrooms that had just popped up.
These are giant mushrooms!  One of them would fill your plate!  They looked like the ones in the grocery store that cost major dollars.

So can someone give us a few lessons on how to harvest a mushroom or toadstool as they are sometimes called in the South?  I have only known one person in my life who felt confident about gathering fresh mushrooms and safely eating them.  She no longer lives … (6 comments)

searcy ar: A great old yearbook ad from Searcy AR and a good advertising sign for Cloverdale. - 08/31/12 05:50 AM
 

Take a look at this old advertisement that was posted on facebook by Charles Lovell, Jr., who came from a "builder family" himself.  I love the sign.
First of all, it tells who owned the house!  B. R. Fudge.
It brags about who built it, B. F. Oliver, builder.
And it tells who provided materials, Wood-Freeman.  I'm just guessing but I'll bet this material supplier supplied the sign.
The truth is, really, that I love the old ad that was placed in the yearbook.  Cloverdale was one of Searcy's first planned subdivisions.....along with Lambert Terrace.  The girl in this … (12 comments)

searcy ar: Baptist Church Searcy AR. First Baptist? 1910 old postcard from James Whitlow. - 08/27/12 12:12 PM
Remember when we used to communicate by mail?  Postcards?  Letters?
It seems that it was appropriate to start out the mail with something that looked like this:
Dear Bob,How are you today?  As for me, I am fine.  The weather is clear here today....
Note this card with the note on the mail side.  This man had a sense of humor, I guess. It reads:
4-19-10
Well Bald headed sam how are you it has turned off cold up here the Argenta Carnival Co is up here now  I am going out to the old place this morn.  Walter
Will send … (12 comments)

searcy ar: Judsonia AR Exchange Land Office and Post Office. Historic photograph. - 08/23/12 11:28 AM

I wish I could read what the sign says.  I can read Public sale but below that I can make out only a few words.
This is another picture from the stereoscopic views of Judsonia that was scanned and loaned to me for this blog by Melanie Murphy from Judsonia.
It is a great one showing a Land Office and the Post Office.  Perhaps some of our readers can explain what is going on in the picture.

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searcy ar: Bill's Grill to Bill's Restaurant? Question for the Searcy AR Sleuths..... - 08/21/12 12:26 PM


Our newfound friend, James Whitlow, poses the question of when did Bill's Grill become Bill's Restaurant after he studied his historic post card as shown above.
He points out that the back of the card calls it Bill's Restaurant and the front of the card shows the "Grill" either removed or unlighted.  I probably would not have noticed such a thing.
This card does appear newer than the ones we have had on this blog earlier.
What do you think, Sleuths?  Older version appears here.
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searcy ar: Time for a review. Noble's Motel in Searcy AR in its early days. About 1951. - 08/18/12 01:24 PM

This card is on ebay right now and is for sale.  I did a blog about the early days of this motel about two years ago.  The picture that was provided to me by the family is so much like this one that I thought it would be nice to review.  If you drive out East Race Street in Searcy AR right now it will be hard to spot the location of Noble's Courts.
Review the other blog by clicking right here.
Compare the photos.  This is the one Mike Noble loaned me for the blog.  The card on ebay … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Great find! Old pictures of First Methodist Church and White County Courthouse Searcy AR. - 08/16/12 06:57 AM
We have a new friend!  Melanie Murphy from Judsonia shared some great pictures with me to share with you.  They are stereoscopic views of mostly Judsonia but perhaps a few from Searcy Arkansas.  She does not have the viewer and we do have a question for the sleuths here because we need an explanation of how the stereoscopic viewers worked.  The pictures scanned nicely, however, and we share two of them here.
First we will do the First United Methodist Church of Searcy with the two views that are used for the viewer....if we had it.

Next let's do a … (25 comments)

searcy ar: Surprise!! Great old card picture from Bald Knob AR that I had never seen! 300 Block Center St. historic homes. - 08/05/12 08:40 AM
 
We have made a great new friend in James Whitlow, who does not even live in our area but collects cards from lots of areas and shares with us!
Here's the latest.  He sent me this one from Bald Knob AR.  Probably Bald Knob had not named streets then but I recognized the tall two story house as one that has just sold and is now up for resale. It's number is 301 Center Street and the court house says it was built in 1917.
I love the picket fences and the wood sidewalks.  At first I thought I'd have … (20 comments)

 
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