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)

searcy ar: Proud to have this new listing in Searcy AR. Historic house on Center Street. - 06/23/12 02:38 PM

Tell me the lines of this house are not beautiful.
You must agree with me that they are so pleasing.  Here's another view from the side.

And check out the back yard!  Who has a trellis with climbing vines anymore?

And I have this house listed for sale right now.  My sign is in the yard.   Go to realtor.com and check out Searcy homes listed for sale between $135 and $150,000 or go to my website www.barbarasduncan.com  and see pictures.  The attic was opened up a few years ago and made into a lovely master suite with … (11 comments)

searcy ar: The way things used to be in Searcy Arkansas. Porches and sidewalks - 06/23/12 10:22 AM
Churches joined together and held a carnival for young people today June 23 2012 in Spring Park in Searcy Arkansas. Spring Park's old pavilion was in use again as shown here.
I parked a little distance away on Spring Street and noticed a few old houses that are just about the same as they used to be.  Look at this delightful shaded home with a welcoming porch.

And there was a sidewalk to walk on (old Searcy used to have lots of sidewalks.) It was just  not maintained. I regret that builders today do not put sidewalks in their new … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Old rock houses and more creativity in Searcy Arkansas. - 06/21/12 06:02 PM
We found another charming old rock house in Searcy.  It needs repairs but still has potential and you know how we have bragged about these things before.  We have featured them several times.  Here goes again.

That is the basic look but lets go up closer for the creativity that shows through.  The grout has had added "bling."

That bling is pretty unusual but look at what I found in the closeup!  7Up!!

The rock artist went one step further in being creative with these kitchen windows.  He curved them and definitely it would have been easier to … (19 comments)

searcy ar: Pershing filling station in Searcy AR.....another view from ebay. - 06/18/12 01:22 PM
We've had pictures of the evidently very popular Pershing filling station on this blog before.  In fact, we have had it on two times.  Check this blog and this blog for other pictures.
The station has cropped up on ebay and I made a bid or two but it has several interested bidders and I have lost out. But here is the picture on ebay.

I wish we knew who the gents were who were standing around gazing at the camera.  It was a nice brick building!
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searcy ar: Did you know??? Dipper's Nuggets Chicken started in Searcy Arkansas..... - 06/08/12 07:12 AM
Her obituary was in the paper yesterday.
Norma B. Young died at the age of 101.  She had a very long and deserving obit which can be found at the Daily Citizen or the Democrat-Gazette.  It dwelled quite a bit on her chicken-cooking queen history. 
In 1971 she entered a National Chicken Cooking contest and won it!!  She entered her dipper's nuggets recipe and received several thousand dollars as the winner.
I, along with millions of others, tried and loved the recipe.  The thing about chicken then, however, was that you had to buy the breast with bone still on … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Strawberry picking Judsonia Arkansas. Strawberry capital of the world....once... - 06/06/12 07:24 PM
This photo was provided by Donnie Miller, lifetime resident of White County Arkansas who knows everone in the county.  He serves as President of Regions Bank in Searcy Arkansas and appreciates the history of our area.  In this photo, his mother is in the center and his grandmother is on the left and the one bringing up the berries is unknown. Read underneath the picture to see how important this area was in harvesting strawberries.
Interesting today is the bonnet wear on all three ladies.  Have caps taken over?  Even with the girls?
I also like the outfits of the girls.  … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Amazing things about old pictures. Old photograph made in Georgia. - 05/28/12 06:14 AM
I love old pictures.  Way back then, having your picture taken was something rare unless you were rich and I was not and knew no one who was.
This picture below is actually only 3" x 4" in real size but the scanner makes it big and easy to see.
It shows the way clothes were hung out to dry.
It shows how one squinted into the sun when looking at the camera.
It shows an old barn in the background, appearing closer than it really was so depth in photographs was deceptive.
It shows the simplicity of old toys....just a … (22 comments)

searcy ar: The tree won! Final results of the tree vs utility box in Searcy Arkansas. - 05/24/12 07:21 PM
This is a blog that I wrote last year.  Driving by each day has been interesting. But I came home a few days ago and it was obvious that everything in my house had been without power.....for hours.  Hubby had evidently been right about things going out.  See the results of the battle below. Kinda like watching paint dry but something is going to happen.  In the neighborhood there appears to be a battle between this tree and an underground utility box. It's been going on for years and it's like a slow but sure competition.
That tree grows bigger … (5 comments)

searcy ar: That was quite a swat! Tree limb attacks chimney at Searcy AR Market Street house. - 05/17/12 05:26 PM
A drive to work a few days ago was interrupted by this disturbing site.

Heavy winds early in the morning had broken the limb off a tree and the limb had fallen and taken a big swat at the chimney of this beautiful old home on Market Street in Searcy AR.  Sleuths may remember it as the old Methodist Church parsonage.  That is what it was when I first came to town.  I hope they repair the chimney because it stood high and proud and we don't see many chimneys built on new houses anymore.

Tree is now gone.  … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Anita "Tart" Hart Fuller is liable to show up anytime....anywhere! - 05/12/12 10:41 AM
We call her Anita Tart Hart Fuller because she has a sharp tongue and it rhymes with Hart, her maiden name.
She just tartly chews us out when we do it and still loves and forgives us.
She was the happiest and most blessed child in Searcy Arkansas as she grew up.
She has been on many blogs on this blogsite and she comments on most of the blogs that I do.  She lets me know if I've made a mistake.  She helps find out the answers to hard questions about old Searcy AR.  She has supplied lots of photos for this … (25 comments)

searcy ar: When Kroger was in downtown Searcy AR...on Spring Street. - 05/09/12 10:56 AM

While touring Pioneer Village in Searcy AR I saw this picture hanging in the old depot building.  I remembered that no one seemed to be able to remember when the Krogers store was in downtown Searcy on Spring Street.  The picture says it was on Spring Street and it names the people in the picture.  Here's a bigger view of the tag.
Left to right, Marshall Watson, employee, Jesse Byrd, manager, Tommy Byrd, employee and Ed Coward, customer.  Ed looks as if he is floating in air but it is the reflections from the surroundings that give that appearance.  It's … (18 comments)

searcy ar: Visit Crystal Bridges in Bentonville but don't forget to go to the Dime Store. - 05/04/12 02:15 PM
As a child I wanted to go to the "Dime Store."  Perhaps it was called a five and 10 cent store but to me and my kin it was the Dime Store. 
I could go in there with one dime and find many items that would please me. 
In Arkansas we now have the famous Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville AR.  I absolutely insisted that Hubby take me up there to see all the art work.  He didn't object too strongly because he likes the drive in North Arkansas.  Even he was delighted with the new museum. 
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searcy ar: Under investigation. Blogger Barbara gets visited by the Super Sleuths..... - 04/25/12 05:33 PM
I was put on the spot!
Searcy Super Sleuths came to visit.
I met them at Doc's Grill and got grilled myself!  This picture shows how serious they can be about their history.

From the right is Harold Gene Sullivan from Searcy originally but now living in Seattle.  Next is Bob Fuller, the better half of our beloved Anita "Tart" Hart Fuller who is next in the picture.  Then we find the man who can do anything, Don Thompson, and beside Don is Carolyn Sullivan.  None of them still live in Searcy but have fond memories of the OLD Searcy … (17 comments)

searcy ar: Was this house a hospital? 401 E Park, Searcy AR. Historic home. - 04/23/12 07:32 PM

It was 1984 and this property was listed.  It sold.  Then it sold again.  And even I had it for sale at one time. It rented mostly to Harding students because it is within walking distance of Harding.  It was so TALL!  And it is still tall.  Here is today's view.

When I had this house listed the rumors were interesting.  It was rumored that this building was once a hospital. Perhaps the Searcy Sleuths can clear this up.
The courthouse says it was built in 1930. Notice it was for sale for $59,900 in 1984.  Today's assessment … (19 comments)

searcy ar: The changing face of Searcy Arkansas. New looks to old building fronts. - 04/16/12 01:50 PM
Seems that every shopping center in Searcy is getting an updated look.  These high fake fronts make me think of the buildings in the wild west or in the early small towns.  Here's the newest look being put on the professional center that is located on Beebe Capps Expressway and well know as the place to pay your cable bill.


And this one has been finished and it is the location of the White County Cable TV office at 1927 W. Beebe Capps Expressway.

And this is the way the Westside Professional Center did look, borrowed from the … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Where was this house in Searcy AR several years ago? Searcy Sleuths test. - 04/14/12 10:49 AM

Old advertisements for houses left out an item or two in order to get the customer to call and find out where the property was. 
Well, to tell the truth, real estate agents still do it!
This picture comes from an old Powell Realty advertisement and leaves out (guess what) the address!  Powell Realty no longer exists and neither does this house but Searcy Sleuths may remember it.  Having been in the real estate business for so long,  I remember most of them.  This is from a 1984 advertisement booklet.
Test......where was it?  It's a neat old house, isn't it?
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searcy ar: Review of a busy and successful corner in downtown Searcy Arkansas. - 04/09/12 05:16 AM
Here's the way the corner of Spruce and Arch looks today.  Sowell's Furniture has been there for as long as I can remember.  The building is largely unchanged from when another store was located there.

The store before this one was Garner's Ace Hardware.  That must be going back over 40 years?  Thednal Garner was such a popular business owner that he had a radio show called "Sawdust and Sandpaper" which he turned into a book later in his life.  He could do anything and solve any problem.  That was back when the customer received individual attention in businesses.

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searcy ar: Does anyone remember the Blue Bird Cafe in Searcy AR? They had a sense of humor. - 03/26/12 06:36 PM

 
Who remembers the Blue Bird Cafe?
Not me.
I just have this memory from the cafe. 
Who remembers when everyone smoked and you picked up a free little matchbook when you left.  The matchbooks were personalized and some were quite creative.
And I think some have become collectibles.

What this says is "If your wife can't cook DON'T DIVORCE HER - KEEP HER FOR A PET AND EAT AT OUR PLACE."
 
It was located at 504 S Main in Searcy AR.
So what is there now?
This picture is from the White County Courthouse info but I … (12 comments)

searcy ar: More car lots in Searcy AR in the mid 60's. Two with Capps name? - 03/22/12 07:22 PM
Continuing with our study of old car lots I came up with four more.  Three more?  As usual there is a mystery that Searcy Sleuths may need to solve.  Let's start with this one.  Wayne Knox Motors.  And note the historic home that we have blogged about in the background.  And it also had one of those little buildings for an office.  We blogged about those too.

Here's another one.  This is from Carder Buick-Rambler (that was the name on the ad in the 1965 yearbook) and there are no people or names showing.  Well, I do see some individual … (6 comments)

 
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