searcy ar: Beebe AR close-up pictures of long ago. James Whitlow enlarged pictures. - 02/05/13 04:23 AM
We put Beebe Arkansas on this blog a few days ago and this particular photo was placed on the blog.

Our blog friend James Whitlow has the same card and he enlarged some areas.  See them below.

And he included a look at the street more like now, modern Beebe Arkansas!

Here are other Beebe AR blogs if you are interested.

searcy ar: Yarnell Ice Cream Co old billfold. What approximate date was it, Sleuths? - 01/21/13 11:28 PM
I have too much stuff?  Not expensive stuff but just stuff that the family has stuck back over the years.
One of these things is this billfold given away by Yarnell Ice Cream.  It has a neat picture on the front and it has the info saying that it has a secret compartment for hiding really good stuff.  I didn't unfold that secret compartment so I may be missing something.
The picture on the front looks good and is encased with plastic.  I'd like to know what the approximate date of this billfold was.  It was actually a nice giveaway at … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Moving on from one big house to another....608 N Spring Searcy AR had a fire. - 01/21/13 02:29 AM
This big old house on the corner has always interested me.  For as long as I have known it, it has been cut up into apartments.  It is just a couple of blocks from the one we were just discussing on North Main Street.
Surely it was at one time a showy house with proud owners who sat on the porch? 
The newspaper reported that the fire department had to put out a fire inside the house a few days ago.  Suspecting that a fire may lead to a tear-down, I drove by and snapped a memory picture.  Here it … (7 comments)

searcy ar: This historic home is for sale! Better grab it! Knox kindergarten house on N Main in Searcy AR. - 01/18/13 06:09 AM
Let's review a blog that I did quite a while back.
It had lots of beautiful kids posing on the front porch.
It has Mrs.Klyster Knox standing with them.  Here's the house today.

And, yes, we'd better show the kids!

So this house at 510 N Main in Searcy AR is available right now if you'd like a house full of memories!  Listing agent is Lee Teed with our RE/MAX office. Price is $145,000.  I look forward to touring it and possibly helping find a new owner for it.

searcy ar: Here is a good example of why going to the grocery store now is SO painful. Person Store Searcy AR. - 01/16/13 12:02 AM
Do you ever feel a lot of pain at the grocery store?  Especially if you take kids with you.  There are so many things to choose from!  Sooo many selections in every category. 
And the prices for groceries have gone sky it seems.  Hubby and I have to report that we are home from the grocery store with with one small bag and we are out $26.  Folks on limited incomes must be in terrible pain as they walk through the aisles of the store and have to choose how far their grocery budget will go.
This picture from old … (28 comments)

searcy ar: Did you swim here? Better not try to do it now? Noble's Motel Searcy AR - 01/14/13 03:20 AM
This old postcard shows Noble Motel with a big cool pool!  Folks were sunning and enjoying it.  The pool is no longer at the motel and the motel is no longer called Noble Motel but everyone who has been around Searcy AR for any length of time remembers the motel.  And they remember the restaurant that was beside it, Bill's Grill.
But what happened to the pool!  I approached one of the relatives about this the other day and he expressed his agitation at his dad for filling the thing in.  He couldn't remember the year but he must have been … (5 comments)

searcy ar: It's gone. Sears Roebuck Searcy AR house is gone. Lightle house? - 01/06/13 01:46 AM
I drove by and the wrecker was there.
The bright light on the right seems to indicate a new dawning for the lot but for the house not!

Today I read in the newspaper that it is gone, torn down, an empty lot.  It really was in bad shape and probably couldn't be saved.  I did a blog on it once.
Sears Roebuck Houses in Searcy AR.
Our historical oracle, Dorothy Warden, called it the Lightle family house in her Local Views column.  She said she had promised to sit on the doorstep and protest the tear down but they … (21 comments)

searcy ar: A guessing game for Christmas. School class picture? What year? - 12/23/12 01:11 AM
My favorite flea market, Green Alley Antiques, is closing.  They have been on Hwy 16 North in Searcy AR for several years and I hate that they are closing.  I found this picture there yesterday and they just loaned it to me for this blog.  It provides a great guessing game for us for the Christmas holidays.  Look it over.

We don't know who they were or where they were but we can wonder....or guess.
Why is the boy in the middle wearing a tie and nice shirt while the others wear overalls?
Look at the girl's hair styles, … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Truman Baker Chevrolet Never-Go-Broke Penny from Searcy AR 1948 - 12/16/12 08:52 AM
Recently there was a penny for sale on ebay.  That's a penny.  One cent.  And it sold for $58.99.  Here is the penny.

I saw this on ebay and started watching it.  Truman Baker Chevrolet is no longer in existence but it was for a long long time.  Even the building where the dealership was located is gone.  But Searcy folks loved that man, Truman Baker, and his dealership.  He must have passed out these little coins and someone held on to theirs.  I was tempted to bid on it myself!  $58.99.  Better check your change drawer and see … (11 comments)

searcy ar: Sewing Club Searcy AR 1941. What was a sewing club? Another question for the Sleuths? - 11/22/12 12:24 AM
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to prowl around the house and look at old pictures and other memorabilia and find lots of memories to give thanks for.  I have done that for the last day or two and I found another treasure.
This picture was saved by my mother-in-law Wyndelene Holmes Duncan, who saved everything and actually labeled lots of the pictures.  This one does have some names on the back.  But she didn't name herself and I think she is the one at the very bottom in the middle.  And right behind her is the little boy named Rodger and … (21 comments)

searcy ar: Across the street from the Dictionary House in Searcy AR. Duncan's Used Cars. - 11/19/12 06:08 AM
We've had quite a conversation about the Dictionary House on East Park Avenue and how the house housed the Words, who invited folks to come up and explore words in the dictionary. 
Across the street was the first V. W. Duncan used car lot.  He'd opened up, built a little office and was very proud. Several pictures were made, including the one that accidently took a picture of the Dictionary house.
Here are two others taken on that day.  V. W. and Wyndelene Duncan.

There was a really big house beside this little car lot building.  Perhaps the … (13 comments)

searcy ar: Headlee's Drug Company, Grand Theatre, Smith-Davis Mercantile, Searcy AR old businesses - 11/15/12 01:40 AM
Ok, more ads!
These are from the old Woman's Missionary Society Cook Book that I discovered.  It was in terrible condition and is in worse now because I tore out the ads for scanning.  The cook book is for Searcy Arkansas and dates back to the 20's we think.

Head in at Headlee's!  I came here while Headlee's was still operating.  I understand it may have changed corners.  It was beside Van Atkins when I arrived.  It was the gathering place for all the people who liked to visit and find out what was going on in the town.

searcy ar: Did barber's give baths? Leslie's Barber Shop and Baths. Searcy AR. Patterson Cleaning Company - 11/11/12 06:28 AM
Here are two more ads from the old Woman's Missionary Society Cook Book that must date back to around the 20's.
I actually remember Patterson Cleaners.  They operated up until not too many years ago.  (How's that for an indefinite date?)
I like the way they said they return everything but the dirt.  I guess that means no buttons missing?
Leslie's Barber Shop and Baths is more intriguing.  They mention baths.  Did you go to the barber shop for a bath back then?  And I assumed that it was a men's shop but they say they specialize in ladies' and children's … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Remember the Dictionary House? Named that because the Word's lived there? Let's relook. - 11/08/12 09:05 AM
I wrote a blog that was actually supposed to feature the V. W. Duncan car lot in Searcy AR when it was first beginning and there was ole Po Dunk, as he called himself and as others called him, strolling across the car lot with a cigar in his mouth and a cocked hat on his head looking just like a car dealer who'd just made a deal!  Refer back to this blog right now by clicking here.
The comments started coming in about the house in the background.  Comments said they remembered it as the Dictionary House because the Words … (21 comments)

searcy ar: Morris School for boys. Closed now but once very active on Morris School Road in Searcy AR. - 11/07/12 08:32 AM
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 … (66 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 12:24 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 07:45 AM
 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.


searcy ar: A Halloween Cat and a Ricktum Diddy to all from Searcy AR. - 10/23/12 11:04 AM
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 12:44 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 … (16 comments)

searcy ar: Old Searcy advertisement for Bethells No. 5, M. C. Johnson, Mgr. Phone 410 - 10/18/12 10:06 AM
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)

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