realtor: Looking back on the golden age of The Rendezvous Searcy Arkansas - 11/13/11 12:44 AM

I couldn't resist buying this old card on ebay.  Even though I was not around Searcy in the 50's, which is when this picture was taken, I did come on the scene early enough to eat a few times at this old restaurant.
The building has just been sold.
It is now being worked on and I'm not sure what will be done to it. But admire this picture.  Note the phone booth outside, the canopy to walk under, the bragging on the edge of the awnings and the AAA rating on the sign. The sign also brags about … (23 comments)

realtor: What is different about this street view? Lambert Terrace, Searcy Arkansas - 11/10/11 01:13 PM
I took photos of these two streets in one of our old loved subdivisions, Lambert Terrace, in Searcy Arkansas.  When I first started coming to Searcy Arkansas as a new bride the in-laws would say, "Let's go look at the new subdivisions."  They were referring to Lambert Terrace on the West side of the city or Cloverdale on the East side.  These were the first covenanted subdivisions in Searcy and folks were proud of them.
Back then if a house was built with a two-car carport it was considered one of the fine homes in Searcy.  Most houses had either a … (11 comments)

realtor: Help identify this druggist. Jack V Shaw, Searcy DrugMaster Pharmacy? - 11/08/11 12:22 AM
The White County Historical Society held its Pioneer Village open on Sunday November 6, 2011 from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.  I visited the open house and enjoyed seeing the old way of living and rejoiced that we have a lot more comfortable life today.
In the old West Point Post Office I met Marilyn Sims and she held up a bottle and said none of the members could remember this particular old Searcy name.  The bottle was inscribed by Jack V Shaw, Ph.G, from the Searcy DrugMaster Pharmacy.

I bragged about the Searcy Sleuths and how they can solve any … (9 comments)

realtor: Lure Cafe Searcy AR and other old Searcy business places and people. - 11/06/11 03:20 AM
I just get so distracted.
I go on to the computer and plan to do some really important things and then WHAM!
I see some fascinating picture on my computer that I've saved from somewhere.  Look what I ended up drooling over today.

It appears the then Governor was making an appearance and Searcy brought out the band and the majorettes and the brass.  It also appears to be a rainy day.  But what fascinates me the most is seeing the old Spring Street stores.  Remember the Ideal Shop?  Lure Cafe?  Morris and Son?
And I think this one … (18 comments)

realtor: I'm a survivor too. How come that mansion gets all the attention in Judsonia Arkansas. - 10/31/11 08:38 AM
If houses could talk, that might be what this house would say.  It is located right across the street from the Judsonia Arkansas mansion that survived the 1952 tornado.  We have featured the mansion several times in blogs with the latest perhaps being this one.  First, let's review the after-the-tornado photograph.

Now look to the right and see the house that has lost a porch but still has the porch rails.  And then check out this house that we had listed for sale probably way back in the 80's.

The porch rails still look lovely.  The porch has been reattached … (13 comments)

realtor: Remedy for flies? This restaurant swears it works. Barb's Barbeque in Searcy AR - 10/26/11 02:49 PM
I's just a standing there waitin' for my barbeque which I'd ordered at the window of Barb's Barbeque in Searcy Arkansas on West Pleasure Street.
I glanced to the side and there just ahangin' on the wall was this bag of water.  Just a bag o' water!
Well, this is just a really old and popular little barbeque joint with no dirve through.  You walk up to the window, place your order and they deliver it in a few minutes.  They do a ton of business and most of Searcy has stood at that window at some time in the past … (13 comments)

realtor: Historic card for sale on ebay. The Oak Tree Inn in McRae Arkansas. - 10/24/11 09:17 AM
Here's a very interesting picture of a restaurant that was located in the small town of McRae Arkansas, about 8 miles from Searcy Arkansas.  I hope someone from McRae will find it and buy it.  Do any of you remember it?

Here's the back side of the post card and I wish we could see the inside!  Or perhaps some of the Sleuths know the former owners.


realtor: Cresting. I found some more of that stuff right here in White County Arkansas. - 10/19/11 02:38 PM
Reviewing some delightful pictures that I took last year of our famous "oldest documented church in Arkansas" I found another example of what I had never heard of until a few days ago when I put up a blog about a house in West Point Arkansas that was built in 1883 and had this stuff on the top of the roof which was defined by a reader as cresting. 
This oldest church is called Smyrna Church and is located just before Center Hill on Highway 36 West.   Suzy Ribeiro defined the trim on roofs in a comment.
The spindly metal trim on rooftops … (3 comments)

realtor: Blog dedicated to a Sleuth. I thought she made things up but she sent proof. - 10/17/11 09:19 AM
I chided Ms Anita Hart Fuller when she said she used to borrow the family car and drive it with the odometer disconnected and the parents never knew what she'd done.
I said, "Anita, there was no such thing done way back then!  What kid would know how to disconnect a speed-ometer?"
She has sent me proof.  She found it in the funny papers so it must be true.  Take a look at this and picture Ms Anita upside down in the floor board of a vehicle disconnecting the odometer!!


realtor: 128 year old house for sale in Searcy Arkansas. It's a beauty. - 10/12/11 02:08 PM
This picture showed up in our Multiple Listing Service.  It grabs your attention, doesn't it?

The information given indicates that it was built in 1883!  The house also overlooks the river in a small town near Searcy.  Sleuths love puzzles so I will not tell where it is right now.  Here's another photo.  Price is $97,500 if you want me to sell it to you.

We toured it and as we were leaving we noticed the top of the roof.  So, Sleuths, you tell me what these things on this roof are for.  Decoration?  Lightning rods?  I'm puzzled.


realtor: The bigger the tree the older the house # 2. - 10/10/11 05:20 AM
The blog that I wrote earlier about the houses being older as the trees gets bigger proved to be true again.   I thought I was brilliant when I figured out that as the trees grow, the houses around the trees become older.  Look at our subdivisions.  When they started out, most were treeless, but when the subdivisions age, trees tend to take over.
So look what brought me to a screeching halt as I drove to work. 

The detail of the house which was once beautiful can now be seen if you can peep over the gigantic tree that has been downed.  … (16 comments)

realtor: The original outdoor kitchen? Scenes from Judsonia mansion that survived the 1952 tornado. - 10/06/11 09:10 AM
White County folks are in love with the mansion in Judsonia that survived the 1952 tornado that did such massive damage and caused so many deaths.  Several blogs have been done with the latest one being OMG! It's for sale!
We got to tour the mansion because it was on the tour of homes.  Here's a view of it from the side as we walked up to it.

We got to see the size of the columns at the front.

We could see the front from down under.

And we could view from the top porch looking down.


realtor: Found! At last! My little vine-covered cottage that I romantically dreamed of. - 09/30/11 02:03 PM
Oops!  My little vine-covered cottage of which I have dreamed.  Never end a sentence with a preposition.  Oops!  Was that a sentence fragment?  What I meant to say is this.
We have always heard of vine-covered cottages where love lives on and on.  Now that I'm in real estate, I have learned that vines growing on houses is bad for the house.  One needs to go outside and jerk those crawling, clinging suckers down as soon as they touch the house.
So when I saw this one today I knew I needed to take a picture.  It is a perfect example … (34 comments)

realtor: FSBO. For Sale by Owner. Why would I put a FSBO on my blog? 601 East Race is a historic home. - 09/25/11 09:42 AM
When I stopped at Sexton's Grocery Store I couldn't help admiring.....again....this old house at 601 East Race.  It is becoming somewhat bedraggled but the lines are so nice.  It also has a FSBO sign in the yard so it is up for bids and someone may think the spot is great for a business and then the house will just be "what-used-to-be" on East Race.

The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and the courthouse says it was built in 1925.  It was called the William H. Lightle house but I have always known it as … (30 comments)

realtor: Somebody owes me 20 cents. Either the US Post Office or Yarnell's Ice Cream. - 09/23/11 09:18 AM
Hubby got a notice in our mailbox that said he had a letter that had to be picked up at the postal service center on Race Street in Searcy.
20 cents postage was due.
Who would send us a letter lacking 20 cents postage?  Who?  Who?  Who?  Could it be important?
Well, Hubby directed me to pick it up during my day while he was busy on the golf course.
That service center looks like an arsenal with nothing but a peep hole for the workers to see out and you have to ring a bell for service and they want identification.  Geesh....
But … (8 comments)

realtor: Important people at Searcy AR long ago - 09/20/11 06:53 AM
This picture has been loaned by Ramona Palmer Riddle, who grew up in Searcy Arkansas and knew everyone!  It even has the names on the back to tell us who they were.

Standing with the dirty apron was Bob Barlow and granddaughter.  Year was 1947
Left to right were J. C. Hart, J. B. Plant, Elzie Darden, Carthel Angel, Melvin Phelps, Bud Collins, Tom Walker, Bud Moye, Orvil Rouse, Emil Hart, M. M. Garrison, Hubert Coward, Bill Price, Harold Humphey, Harry Price, F. P. Girkin, "Fat" Westbrook, Jake Nelson and Sam Lanier.
Where was this taken?  Sleuths will surely say.

realtor: Sears Roebuck house in Searcy AR selling again. 607 West Arch circa 1920's. - 09/16/11 03:28 PM
Searcy Roebuck catalogs had a lot of uses way back a long time ago.  To name a few:
1.  Put under the baby to make him sit higher in the chair.
2.  To cut out paperdolls and choose lots of new outfits for the dolls.
3.  To select the kids a pair of shoes to begin school.
4. To read or use in other ways in the outhouse.
Yes, houses could be ordered and they'd come in kits.  We still have a Sears Roebuck house in Searcy Arkansas.  It was built sometime in the 1920's and was … (16 comments)

realtor: Men in overcoats. Men in overcoats are SO handsome. Searcy AR historic blog. - 09/13/11 02:20 PM
I really have nagged my husband through the years.  He'd get up to go to work and from the hips up he'd be covered with so many clothes he couldn't possibly get cold.  Gloves, hat, three layers of coats.        BUT....from the hips down, he'd have on a single pair of bluejeans. 
"Honey,"  I'd say, "Why don't you wear an overcoat?  It would keep you warm all over...?"
He'd make some remark like, "Real men don't wear overcoats.  Or Southern guys don't wear overcoats.  Or why don't you just leave me alone!"  Then he'd slam the door and leave.
This old picture … (9 comments)

realtor: Historic architecture; old time memories in Searcy Arkansas at Stott's Drug Store. - 09/07/11 02:00 PM
Stott's Drug Store. 
A trip to Stott's in Searcy Arkansas is always a pleasure.  You get to see all the old medical collectibles plus new fashion items.
Plus, you can say, "Charge it."
I couldn't help noticing the windows cranked open at the adjoining building, equally historic, and now called Quattlebaum Music.  Once I saw Greg Geroy, proprietor, up on a ladder actually painting the historic structure.  It is reportedly 160 years old! Read blog here.

I snapped a picture of those windows upstairs.  I'm sure Greg was letting it air out as it has needed to have done for what? 160 … (14 comments)

realtor: Ridgewood Estates, Searcy's newest subdivision. Located off Country Club Road. - 09/05/11 03:02 PM
Searcy Arkansas has a new subdivision and the new subdivision has a fashionable new entry sign.  The subdivision enters from Country Club Road.  Country Club Road once was just a country road with hills to climb to get to Searcy Country Club.

One of our friends and a horseman extreme moved to Country Club Road to get into the country and have room for his horses. That was about 40 years ago. This entry is right in front of his country home.  Now all the folks who come out of this subdivision can eye the lovely horse or donkey that might be in … (24 comments)

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