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)

searcy ar: Yes, Ma, you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! Proof attached. Tin building at corner of Oak and Pleasure, Searcy AR. - 07/04/13 12:27 PM
Those old sayings never meant much to me but one comes to mind when I drive by this building at the corner of Pleasure and Oak in Searcy AR.
My mother and others during her day used to say, "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!"
She should see what has been done to this building!

Look Ma!!

Prestige Homes took this old tin building and kept the best parts and made it different and beautiful!  I love the looks of it now and appreciate their using something of Searcy's history and revising but keeping!

searcy ar: There's a new "old" front porch at 601 E Race. A newly opened restaurant called The White House Cafe. - 06/28/13 10:48 AM
This historic home at 601 E Race held happy families during the early days of Searcy AR.
Lately, however, it seemed to be coming closer to its demise.  It's a big lot and it is highly commercial land.
It has found a new owner!  That owner has turned it into a restaurant and the restaurant has been open only a few days.

Isn't this a charming new look for the house?  I like the comfortable looking front porch which is reminiscent of the days when folks actually sat on the front porch!  I also like the decorative trim over the … (8 comments)

searcy ar: 1700 W. Pleasure, Searcy AR. Soon to be gone? Torn down? I hope not. - 06/05/13 11:15 AM

You are driving into Searcy from Hwy 36 West and you can take Pleasure Street or Beebe Capps Expressway.  Choose W Pleasure Street and you'll promptly see this lovely ranch house.
It has been meticulously maintained since it was built in 1960.  And it was built with wood....lots of wood.  Wood floors, wood walls, wood ceilings.  Wood that came from Doniphan Mills.  It has as much  class and beauty as any of the original ranch style homes in Searcy Arkansas.  It should be put on some kind of protective pedestal.
BUT......there was a hearing this week to try to get … (12 comments)

searcy ar: Fair Parade in Searcy AR along about the 70's? Curly hair was in style. - 06/01/13 12:29 AM

Here is an old picture taken on East Race Street (you can tell me where) and I am wondering about the date. There are several interesting things in the picture.
The girls are most likely fair queen entries and the sign if it were readable would tell us who they were.
I also like the hippy-type van in the background with a boy sitting on the top of it for a good view.
Girls wore lots of curly hair during this period.  All four in the car are all curled up! 
Brings back a lot of memories, … (4 comments)

searcy ar: The T. A. Yarnell house that was once in Searcy AR....and Mr. Yarnell in the yard. - 05/12/13 06:55 AM
We have featured an old house on this blog before and a former Searcian commented about the house.  Thomas Headlee wrote this comment.
Thomas Headlee I was told many nice architectural pieces were saved from this house....staircase for one. I think some of the iron fencing was moved to 400 block of W. Arch...Mr Petty's office. I could be mistaken. My great grandfather's house was just east of here....T. A. Yarnell.

    So we begged him for a picture of the T. A. Yarnell house.  He has sent this one and wrote a nice note for history.   This … (17 comments)

searcy ar: Go shopping on ebay right now. Here's a picture of Searcy folks and there are lots more on ebay. - 05/09/13 01:53 AM


Look at these wonderful old pictures of folks from Searcy AR!
I found them by browsing Searcy AR on ebay and you can find them too.  The first one is called West Race Baptist Church and the second has Lucille Hollman named. 
The ebay site has lots and lots of old pictures that you'll love browsing through.  You might find your own relatives somewhere on the site.  The site is disfarmer2 on ebay.  Plan to spend some time because the pictures, although not all from Searcy, are really a look back in time.  For example, I … (23 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy Arkansas was once home to the mother of a now-famous star called Cher.....Repeat blog - 05/05/13 12:47 AM

I repeat this blog because there is going to be a special on LIFE channel on Monday night at 9:00 pm.  They mention Kensett and our good state of Arkansas where she grew up.  LET'S TUNE IN!!
This photo was loaned to me by my friend Sherry, whose mother was Frances Hall Quattlebaum.  Frances was a colorful lady who was admired by the folks who lived in Searcy.  Frances passed away on Sept 15, 1999 and upon hearing of her death the newspaper editor received a call from a lady who called herself Georgia Holt.
She was calling … (12 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR has an improved building on Main, across from the old Rendezvous. - 04/21/13 03:05 AM
Mr. Google, who must be a big procrastinator, and that works in our favor, still has this image of the old filling station located on Main Street in Searcy AR, right across the street from the old Rendezvous.

I looked at it often and wondered what it originally looked like but no post cards or pictures ever showed up.  I liked the little column things.  Now when you drive by, it has a new look.  Look at this picture.

It has been made to look nice and they kept the columns and adorned them.  I tried a closeup … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Save your gas. Don't drive by. It's gone. Another big house in Searcy AR had to go. - 04/11/13 10:14 PM
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about a once-grand house having a fire and that it was probably beyond saving.
I was right.  It is gone.  Remember this one.

Here is the Mr. Google view.....bless him for saving some of these old pictures for years.  It takes him a good while to do a follow-up drive by so if we go by and do a double-take because a house is gone, just visit him and take a last look.

This house was uniquely grand from the Spring Street front or the Moore Street side.  Our sleuths did … (6 comments)

searcy ar: 1908 view of Searcy Arkansas's historic court house on the square. - 04/08/13 10:46 AM

This card shows the White County court house in 1908 before the wings were added and before the trees were big and before the street was paved and before horseless carriages were parked all the way around it.
It shows old buildings on the West side of the square and a little iron fence around the square.  It also shows two chimney's on the roof.  I gotta drive by and see if those are still up there!
Here's the back side of the card.

They were mailing from Higginson.  Sending post cards must have been as fashionable then as … (13 comments)

searcy ar: A glimpse of the past on Foster Chapel Road, Searcy AR. - 04/02/13 12:20 AM
Don't get me wrong!
I am not pleading for saving a historic home or feeling nostalgic remembering days long gone.
But while driving in the country, this house had to catch my eye.  It is so simple, so worn out, so forlorn sitting out in the middle of a cowpasture.  It reminds me so much of houses that I used to see in South Georgia where I grew up.
There's an old barn-type structure behind this house and a huge tree in the back yard. 
It is truly a glimpse of a past but probably best saved with … (11 comments)

searcy ar: Luxurious living for some pet in Searcy Arkansas. Pet step and separate entrance. - 03/27/13 11:55 PM

Viewed at a big and luxurious house that is for sale.
Entrance steps for a pet.  It can't be a Great Dane, which we also saw as we toured new listings in Searcy AR, because the entrance appears too little.
We were impressed by the corner steps which were wrap around and led to the entrance of a separate room inside that was designed for the pet's comfort.  That appears to be a light above the entrance.
Impressed?  Yes, we were.  It displayed how important pets are to the American family of today.  I'm wondering if it is for a … (10 comments)

searcy ar: White County Packing Company, Searcy AR. An old picture when it was for sale. - 03/20/13 11:42 AM
I had a few free minutes and looked back at some old advertisements.
I have been in the real estate business for over 30 years!  Geesh!  The old ads that we used to run are now possibly becoming precious.
Look at this one.  Who would have thought we'd ever find it interesting to look at this old building again.
Sleuths!  A question to test your memory.....
Where was it?  And you may need to explain to the new generation what a packing house was.
They called it a high traffic area then.  What would they call it now?
I like … (18 comments)

searcy ar: One of the twin tins is getting a face lift. They didn't tear it down!! - 03/14/13 12:17 AM
A few months ago I wrote a blog when I suddenly noticed that buildings that I had driven by hundreds of times were alike!  They were on opposite sides of the road (once the tracks) and looked as if they'd had the same designer.
One of them recently sold and I watched as the wrecking ball got closer and closer to it.  I thought it was a goner for sure.
But look!  Here's what is going on.

The new owner decided that he would like to keep the character of the old building and is saving it.
Here's the other … (6 comments)

searcy ar: To be auctioned this weekend. 211 W Woodruff in Searcy AR. Built in mid 1800's. - 03/11/13 10:51 PM

This home has character you just don't find much any more! Built in the mid 1800's this stately old home was once part of a 40 acre plantation which is now just 1.73 acres 3 blocks from downtown Searcy. It has 2 bedrooms, one with a large sitting area, and 2 baths, A formal dining room and living room as well as a hobby room that once was an open air breeze way. A full basement that once was the kitchen in the early days is now only accessible from an outside entrance. This house has seen a lot … (15 comments)

searcy ar: Police Chief snow person! Made in 1961 on West Arch Street, Searcy AR. - 03/07/13 10:15 AM

You can't help but LOVE this picture!  It was provided by Bridget Hart and here is what she said about the picture.
It's my two kids, Charlie and Ann Hart, in 1961 in front of 1310 W. Arch.
Their grandfather, Dick, was on the Searcy Police Department then. The
mustache is a leaf they found in the snow. Notice the tiny snowman on the
porch. Their baby brother, Cliff, was inside the house. Of course,
everyone on the street knew who lived there. We lived in Des Arc at the
time, and were there visiting the kids' grandparents, Dick and Tete Hart.
The mustache is … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Sleuths love puzzles. So who is this young man from Searcy Arkansas? - 03/06/13 08:54 AM
Bridget Hart, who was the daughter-in-law of Dick Hart, well known former Chief of Police in Searcy Arkansas has supplied another picture.
Knowing how the Searcy Sleuths love a puzzle and they actually get peeved if I put the puzzle on facebook before they see it, I'm putting this up for them on Activerain before putting on facebook.  Those facebook folks are quick!
Who is this handsome young person from Searcy AR? (The young man, not the baby.)  Any clues that you see in the photograph are fair play.


searcy ar: Tina Daniel. Searcy AR. A tribute to someone who has been in my life for over 30 years. - 03/04/13 07:31 AM
Tina Daniel was special.  I say "was" because she has passed away completely unexpectedly and her friends, including myself, start thinking of how we loved and respected her.  She was a tireless worker and she loved being in front of a group and teaching that group with grace and humor. 

We started out together.  My career and hers started in the very late 70's and very early 80's.  We went to classes together to learn more.  GRI, Graduate REALTORS Institute was our first accomplishment together. Note in one of the pictures she was noted for the highest score.  She was … (7 comments)

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