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:
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.


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.

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)

searcy ar: Three faces of 219 Market St., Searcy AR. Historic downtown building. - 08/03/12 05:04 AM
219 Market Street in Searcy Arkansas sold a few months ago.
  It sold to the folks who own Salon Bliss and Boutique and they have made it beautiful.  I like the fact that they appreciate history and have actually saved a building from Searcy's past and made it the location of a successful business location again.
So it is time for a review.  First is a picture taken in by Paula Windsor when she was a child and assigned a photography project.  She took lots of downtown pictures and we have had them on this blog.

Next we have … (8 comments)

searcy ar: They are not historic now but soon will be so save these pictures. Going down on E. Pleasure St. in Searcy AR. - 08/01/12 11:47 AM
 I remember.
I remember when this style construction was so popular.  I loved the look of native rock and frame combined.
I especially liked ranch houses built with this combination.  Evidently Harding University in Searcy Arkansas also liked the look because there are several apartment complexes built along E. Pleasure as you approach Harding that were probably built back then.
They are going down!

 Your roving blogster took these pictures.  I like best the rock walls.


They are being replaced with some gorgeous buildings that I blogged about a few weeks ago.  See that blog here.   … (7 comments)

searcy ar: G B Farris Transportation May 9 1908 in Judsonia Arkansas. - 07/31/12 05:10 AM
James Whitlow has sent us another picture for this blog.  It is one that I have never seen and indicates that in 1908 a Mr. Farris had a transportation company.  Perhaps he transported folks up or down river by boat?  Or he transported freight.  Writing on the front says it is in Judsonia ARK.  Thanks, James.
Wonder where this was in Judsonia?


searcy ar: Two great Searcy Arkansas cards for sale on ebay. May day Celebration. - 07/27/12 10:32 AM
Remember when we used to drive around and stop at antique shops and search for things we collected?  It was a difficult process but we really appreciated finding some old collectible out in the middle of nowhere.
Things have changed.  Just put a search on ebay and let the treasure-oppportunity be emailed to you.  Right now there are two great old Searcy AR cards on there.  See here and then go bid if you'd like.  Here's the first one.

And here's another.  Wonder if they were the same day?

Tom Keene cigar!  Our friend James Whitlow could do some … (9 comments)

searcy ar: One happy hubby with lots of tomatoes.....home him! - 07/25/12 06:02 PM
I'm guilty!
I confess!  I did it!
I poked fun at my husband's tomato-growing prowess in past blogs.
The laugh is on me.  LOOK!

He was SO successful this year with tomato growing that his friends run in the other direction when he starts toward them with another bag of tomatoes to give them.  He had to leave our little backyard to grow them.  He begged a row from his friend who has a horse in the perimeter so that the horse may have scared off the @#$%^ deer (his usual description of them) and may have also provided a … (10 comments)

searcy ar: The difference in black and white and color photos. Galloway College Searcy AR - 07/24/12 12:05 PM

I bought another card on ebay.  I already had the black and white one shown above but decided to take a chance and buy the one in color, shown below.  It is obvious.  The top one is more charming and shows more detail.  Look at the dog and the gentlemen and the fountain.  It is dated 1908 and has a 1 cent stamp. It was mailed from Kensett to Philadelphia.  The colored one has had time for trees to grow so it has to have a later date but the card is not dated.

Looking at either one, however, … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Closeup photos of the old People's Bank Searcy AR, now First Security Bank. - 07/14/12 03:10 PM
Our newfound blog friend, James Whitlow, who bought the old postcard of People's Bank in Searcy Arkansas from ebay has very thoughtfully sent us scans of the card.  The scans are SO clear.  This bank became First Security Bank and we have had other blogs about it.  Super Sleuth Anita has lots of pictures of her mother, who actually selected the name Security Bank, at this bank.  We have to review. 

Now let's see the close-up scans.


Were those not great closeups!!  James was in town and took a current picture but Activerain got mad … (7 comments)

searcy ar: The brand new 1600 W Pleasure building and the old 1600 W Pleasure look. - 07/13/12 12:26 PM
I did a blog a few months ago with a picture of a house that gave the Sleuths a fit because they couldn't find it.  They just didn't remember it.  It was located at 1600 W Pleasure and was torn down several years ago.  To refresh your memory, here is the house.

After being just two vacant lots for many years, it was sold and now we have this new look at the location.

Patrick Connell did it up right with landscaping, driveways, and a lovely building.  I also like the big 1600 on the front of the … (15 comments)

searcy ar: Braggart! Crepe Myrtles in Searcy AR are bragging to the extreme. - 07/08/12 05:48 PM
Walking down the road for an early morning exercise session can be boring but I couldn't help being amazed at the bragging ability of some of the trees and flowers.
Take those Crepe Myrtles.  It appears that they are just bragging and bragging.  Everything around them, including people, are gasping and complaining about the 110+ temperatures that we've been having in Searcy Arkansas.
So what do they do?  They just bloom their hearts out......bragging about their love of hot weather and their ability to survive.
LOOK AT THIS TREE!  As I walk toward it, jt just gloats!

LOOK AT THIS … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Baptizing at Kensett Arkansas - 07/06/12 12:24 PM

Remember when the preacher baptized in the river with the saved person fully dressed?  This great image has been shared by a reader.  Here is what he wrote to me.
Hello Barbara,Sending a scan of a baptizing. Notation on back gives name and location. I think the name is Henry Biden ?. This  body 0f water the Little Red or is it a large farm pond. Got this card in Cave City several years ago. Sending four scans one at a time. Hope your readers like it.James
The back of the card looks like this.

Here's a … (13 comments)

searcy ar: Pershing filling station in Searcy AR.....closeup views from ebay buyer. - 07/03/12 05:14 AM
Folks are so nice to us on this blog.  The buyer of the card that was on ebay a few days ago has sent us closeups of the two people who were shown on the card at the filling station.  Review the blog first if you'd like. 
Click here.

Here's the gentleman who was in front. 

And here is the gentleman who was on the side.
The buyer of this card has gone out of his way to send us these pictures!  I hope we can see them well enough now for some of the Sleuths to identify them.

searcy ar: Sweet Anthem Chamber 3220 Searcy AR? What does this mean? - 06/25/12 10:39 AM
A blog reader sent me this picture of a tombstone that he found in the cemetery in Searcy AR and asked if I knew what the Sweet Anthem Chamber 3220 meant.
"Also, I've got a picture of this headstone from the cemetery on East Moore St. I was wondering what "Sweet Anthem Chamber" was. Sounds kind of creepy, but it is in a cemetery. Many thanks,"  so the email read.
I told him the Seary Super Sleuths could probably tell us what it meant....or means....
Here's the picture.

This blog reader is also interested in West Point Arkansas if there … (10 comments)

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