remax advantage realtors: Searcy Beethoven Club? What happened to it? Pat Pryor once leader. - 07/25/22 08:28 AM

Searcy Beethoven Club.  
A friend of mine loaned me some interesting folders that she had found at an estate sale.  The folders were all about Searcy Beethoven Club history.  The club operated in Searcy AR and articles date back to at the least the 1950's and possibly earlier.  Lots of pictures showed that it met in member homes or churches or various places.  Assuming you know the husband's name, you may recognize some ladies because if I remember "way back then" we ladies had no identity except for the husband's name.  Seems as if I wrote a blog about that one time. … (3 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Another sad Judsonia AR tornado photo. 1952. - 06/28/22 10:45 AM

Another sad photo of Judsonia AR tornado
I can't remember where I got this picture but it brings back sad memories of the 1952 tornado that practically wiped out the Arkansas town of Judsonia and did damage to other towns nearby.  Perhaps someone can tell us the location of this destruction.  It is amazing to see the two story house still standing.  I did another blog that shows the famous Judsonia mansion before the tornado.  Click here to see it.  The mansion survived and is still standing.
 
 
 
 
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remax advantage realtors: Bill Reames Art Exhibit. Searcy Art Gallery. 300 E Race. Art student 1979. - 06/22/22 09:47 AM
 
From this drawing in 1979....
to this exhibited art work at Searcy Art Gallery, 300 East Race St.
I was teaching Art in 1979 at Searcy High School.  One of my most talented students was a young man named Bill Reames.  He loved art and did lots of illustrations in the year books. 
The 1979 yearbook said, "Bill Reames has been drawing for as long as he can remember but the true interest began in the 7th grade.  Bill started making up comic book characters modeled after D. C. and Marvel characters.  Since then Bill has won first and second place in the … (3 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Where was the party? Searcy AR Rendezvous? Mayfair? School? Legion Hut? - 06/20/22 11:12 AM

Graduation? Big Party?  Where?
Searcy AR had several places for parties way-back-then?  This one has lots of young people so it may be a school prom.  What I wonder is where it was being held.  The Mayfair had big rooms, I think.  So did the very popular Rendezvous Restaurant.  Roseann Motel? 
It is sorta contemporary in style except for the chairs and it appears to have a floor where they could play a slow song and the folks could dance.  Searcy Sleuths, can you give us more info.  Perhaps you are in the crowd?
Here's another get together and I am thinking that it … (2 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Gov. Faubus at the Mayfair, Searcy AR. Good view of downtown Searcy. - 06/14/22 10:41 AM

Governor Orville Faubus visits Searcy and the band greets him.
These are interesting old pictures of the then Governor Faubus arriving in Searcy AR for some function that was important enough to bring out the band.  Searcy Sleuths can tell the year by the vehicles, I predict.  To the left would be the historic Mayfair Hotel and to the right we see favorite stores like The Ideal Shop and Morris & Sons.  It was before my time because I don't remember a Lure Cafe or a Headlee Drug.  Was VanAtkins there already?  A Sears sign is down the street.  
Old and good memories!  … (1 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Karen Fuller. Off duty...but still a beauty. With roots in Searcy AR. - 06/05/22 07:48 AM

Karen Fuller in Searcy AR
Karen Fuller has returned to Arkansas.  She was a top TV news anchor a few years back in Arkansas....so good that she was stolen away by other news stations in other states.  She has returned and is working for KTHV  11 as an early morning TV anchor.  Her mother, Anita Hart (sometimes I call her Tart) Fuller grew up in Searcy AR and married Bobby Fuller and they traveled the world.  Anita has provided SO much history for this blog.  Just google her and she will pop up many times! 
I was lucky enough to have Karen and … (6 comments)

remax advantage realtors: The way Searcy was. Arch St. Dirt streets. Old buildings. Card on ebay. - 05/23/22 11:42 AM

Early look at Arch Street in Searcy AR
I stumbled across this old card that is for sale on ebay right now.  We often wonder what the old buildings originally looked like.  Here is the possible answer.  Only Baugh Drug Store appeared to have a protective covered sidewalk and the streets were dirt.  The brickwork was interesting.  I plan to compare it to the same street today. There was no date on the card but it called for 1 cent postage for US and 2 cents for foreign postage.  Those were the days......
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remax advantage realtors: Remembering Fred Stewart, Searcy AR cartoonist, now passed on. - 05/17/22 10:56 AM

Fred Stewart, cartoonist, did this scary, wonderful picture using pen and ink.  It has just been discovered after having been packed away for many years.  The lower one shows it framed and the top one shows the fantastic pen strokes that make up the picture.  It was done in 1972.  We wrote a blog a few years ago about his book, called "Coptoons," that he eventually wrote and you can read it by clicking here.
The book explains what happened to Fred.  In his own words, here is what he wrote about himself. 
"Fred Stewart has been involved in law enforcement since 1964 … (1 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Sears Roebuck house. Built in 1908. Model 115? Anyone know? $725. - 04/20/22 08:39 AM

Sears Roebuck home? 1908 built?  Plan 115?
This home has just sold and reportedly it is a Sears Roebuck home that was built over 100 years ago.  The setting is magnificent with huge trees.  A search turned up a similar home shown below in an advertisement.  The price is amazing, isn't it!  The actual home has had some add-ons and changes.  For sure a porch in front was enclosed and part of it became a closet.  It would be interesting to know if anyone out there knows how the homes were shipped and put together.  Help us out, Searcy Sleuths! 
 
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remax advantage realtors: It was different. Built 1934. Spanish style? 1302 E Race. Searcy AR. - 03/25/22 10:41 AM

A different style for Searcy AR house, now gone.
This house at 1302 E. Race in Searcy AR has been taken down and I will miss it.  It was the only house in Searcy of this style.  Arches, a tower, and when it was built in 1934 it was probably considered "way out in the country."  The courthouse says it was 1460 sq. ft. of living space and that is where I found this picture.  When I drove by a day or so ago, it was being taken down.  I wish we had some history of its builder.  Searcy Sleuths?  I do … (2 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Like Father, like sons! Great photo of Searcy AR automobile experts! - 03/09/22 10:21 AM

Great Picture from 1982 advertisement
Anyone who has lived in Searcy AR for many years will remember at least one of these guys and it is the best picture that I have found with the father, V. W. Duncan, on the left and known as PoDunk, and his two sons with him.  This ad was in the 1982 Searcy High School yearbook.  The sons are Montie and Rodger, and they were all car dealers at 704 East Race St. in Searcy.  The location is now the home of Four Seasons and V. W. and Montie have passed.  Their car lot was last … (5 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Remembering Tina Beavers Daniel, Arkansas REALTOR, old ad in the Bison - 02/21/22 09:18 AM

An estate sale visit cost me again.  I found several old bound copies of Harding's The Bison newspapers.  They were from back in the 70's and 80's.  This was an advertisement from September 13, 1985.
Click here  to see the tribute that I made for her when she passed away in 2013.  This little ad above shows her creative and humorous nature and  reminds me of how much we still miss Tina Beavers Daniel
The tribute has many pictures and you'll see lots of Searcy real estate agents in it.  Notice that in the ad she was Beavers.  Later she married Walt Daniel … (2 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Sorry, but another one bites the dust. 301 E Market, Searcy AR. - 02/02/22 05:54 PM

Picture on Feb 2 2022.
  Another one bites the dust in Searcy AR? 
Picture from White County Courthouse.
Another double-take for me!  Passing by this house at 301 East Market today made me stop and stare because there was a huge machine attacking it.  I was so sad to see that it is apparently being taken down.  It looks historic and when I went to the National Register of Historic Places I found it there. It was placed on the Historic Register in 1991.  It says that Ben Lightle built the home in 1898 after moving to Searcy from Carlisle in Lonoke … (4 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Claim your money! OR....give a gift to a friend free! ClaimitAR.com - 02/01/22 11:03 AM

There is money waiting for some folks......but not for me YET.  Therefore, I decided a good name for this blog would be, Give a Gift for Free.  That is what I did.  This website is easy to find and search.  So I decided to search for money that might be for family members.
There was money!  My daughter's name search said she had $50 waiting for her.....and I gifted her with this information.  She claimed it....got it....thanked me for the information. But that was not the end.  A few weeks later while I was searching, her name was there again!  And this … (4 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Dot Beck Kindergarten Searcy AR 1969-1970. Know any of these folks? - 01/16/22 12:45 PM
 
Dot Beck had a wonderful school for kids!
Kids and parents loved the Dot Beck Kindergarten in Searcy AR.  My own son, Paul, first on the left front row, loved going there.  I seem to recognize a few others of the children but it would be nice if everyone could be named.  The second lady on back row, left, was Lorene Smith.  Lorene became a REALTOR, owned her own real estate office, and was very successful in her new profession.  Dot Beck is the first on right on back row.  
The kids are beautiful and it would be nice to see them in … (0 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Susie Wasson, Searcy AR, Star Trek, actress, who remembers her? - 01/12/22 12:21 PM

1982 Newspaper Clipping for Searcy AR actress
Another interesting newspaper clipping has shown up.  Seems that I can remember relatives talking about a Susie Wasson and how she grew up in Searcy and had become a fairly famous actress.  This clipping tells about her.  I googled her and found that she was born in 1942  and says she was Susanne Wasson.  This clipping says she was in Star Trek.  Searcy Sleuth Expert Anita Hart Fuller says that is incorrect and her birth would have been earlier and that, in fact, Susie lived across the street from her on West Arch Street! 
 Searcy … (3 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Searcy AR 1922 basketball boys. The Reveille picture. - 01/10/22 11:30 AM

Searcy boys look older?
I was given a treasure.  It is a 1922 Searcy High School yearbook.  The yearbooks back then were called The Reveille.  Some of the pictures in it were small but this one showed up nicely so I decided to share it.
 I do like the guy's uniforms.  Note a couple of them have funny kneepads.  The guys are identified only by their last names.  For some reason, they seem to look older than the young guys of today.
Last names were:  Sowell, Smith, Thomas, Ferrel, Butler, Adcock, Watson, Hassel, Harder, Robertson.  
 
 
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remax advantage realtors: Ramsey Printing Co. 601 N 8th. Searcy AR 1948. Who remembers? - 01/02/22 02:21 PM

Old Calendar by Ramsey Printing Co. Searcy AR
I found this while digging through old files looking for something else.  It is a 1948 calendar plus note pad.  Pretty nice, isn't it.  BUT!!!  Where was 801 North 8th Street in Searcy Arkansas?  It was a long time ago when phone numbers started at the number 1.  This company had phone number 170....pretty low.
Do any of our Searcy Sleuths remember this company?
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remax advantage realtors: I stopped, stared, and was amazed. Barkin' Barn treasures. Searcy AR - 01/02/22 06:26 AM
 
 
You may want to go visit!
The Barkin' Barn is located near downtown Searcy AR on Gum Street and is open on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They would like to have longer hours but need more volunteer workers.
When I entered the store, I was stunned to see so many fine items for sale at very low prices.  Many families are having to scale down and are donating lovely and beloved items to charitable organizations.  Barkin' Barn is operated by the Humane Society .  Someone called me and said they had even seen a 1968 painting done by … (3 comments)

remax advantage realtors: Old Kensett home redone. Check before and after. - 12/29/21 11:19 AM

Old, but full of charm.
Its new look.
I have a tendency to stop and stare at some strange, in bad condition, but charming houses.  That's why I have the first picture above.  It was (and is) located at 721 Plateau Street in Kensett AR.  I don't remember how long ago it was when that picture was made.
Just now I noticed in our MLS a familiar looking property that is on the market.  The price is $125,000 and it is totally redone.  The redone house lost some features that made it so charming but there is no doubt that it is much more … (3 comments)

 
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