searcy ar: Searcy girl. Maude Crawford book. Girl's State. 1956. Who was she? - 07/31/22 01:25 PM

Anyone recognize the Searcy girl in the picture of Maud Crawford serving tea at Arkansas Girls State?  My friend and great Searcy Sleuth has found this picture in the newspaper or on line and knew the girl.  Here's what Anita wrote about it.
"Arkansan and author, Beth Brickell, has published another book "Solving the Puzzle of the Disappearance of Maud Crawford" - and recently the Arkansas Democrat Gazette  published excerpts.  Searcy Sleuth, Anita Fuller, who attended Girl's State in l953, recognized a Searcy classmate in the photo, and Jo Ann Cooper verified:  Dorothy Anderson Maple.  JoAnn attended Girls State with Dorothy in … (2 comments)

searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: The way it used to be. Getting a suntan. Searcy AR. Hot weather. - 07/21/22 12:35 PM
 
Because it is so hot these old pictures are interesting.
Wonder what the temperature was?  This old picture dates back to about 1950's and shows how things used to be.  If you wanted a suntan, this is the way you got it.....out in the hot sun showing your bodies.  Later on, there was the electric suntan booth which could be used inside.  Still later on, and probably most popular right now is the spray-on tan.  I was always so envious of girls who tanned well because I didn't. 
 
 
And here's another picture of how it used to be.  Possibly the same girls in … (5 comments)

searcy ar: Interesting history. Yarnell's Ice Cream. Searcy AR. Democrat Gazette. - 07/18/22 08:38 AM

Interesting Democrat Gazette Article
Today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette had this interesting "Remember...?" article written by Celia Storey about the history of Yarnell's Ice Cream that operated in Searcy for about 80 years.  We have a tendency to forget how many years have passed as we remember the past.  
It is nice that we can still buy Yarnell's ice cream and this humorous article spells out why we are able to do that.  Read it and smile.....as I did!  And I really like that cow that has come to Searcy, lives outside the factory, and belongs to Turkey Hill Dairy!
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searcy ar: Doors! Doors? Dates back to perhaps 1884. Searcy antiques for sale! - 07/13/22 07:38 AM

Beautiful old doors!
Some interesting Searcy AR history has just surfaced and there are beautiful antique doors for sale.  At the corner of Market and Gum in Searcy stands Bliss Salon in an old building that the court house says was built in 1884 and was renovated a few years ago by Bliss Salon owners.  I did a blog about it and you have to stop now and go back to read the blog.  Click here, 
Those buyers loved the old doors that were either in or around it and saved them.  They are scaling down and will part with them at their … (3 comments)

searcy ar: Spring St Searcy AR. Postcard 1933. Historic picture. Downtown. - 07/08/22 11:24 AM

Spring Street, Looking North, Searcy ARK
To really appreciate this old card and this blog you need to enlarge the picture and see the small details.  Ads on the buildings told me something I didn't know.  The barber shop had baths!  Go to the barber shop and get yourself a shave, haircut AND a bath!!  In Searcy Arkansas!
One is for an optician and I can't tell what else is on that wall. Then there is something about "car."  Car dealer?  Street car?  Coke sign is there for sure.
Then there are the vehicles parked on the sides of the street with one looking … (6 comments)

searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: 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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searcy ar: 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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searcy ar: Still another one bites the dust. Old depot on S Main Street goes down. - 03/19/22 10:36 AM

Remember the old depot on S Main Street in Searcy?
Most likely you will not see it when you drive by again because it is finally going down.  I hear that it has been sold and when I stopped by a few days ago it was almost gone.  Its story is rather interesting in that it was owned by a railroad but no one could find anyone at the railroad to ask about purchasing it and reviving it.
My friend, Shelly Churchwell, told me that no one had noticed that the deed had a reverter clause which said that if the railroad ever … (0 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR had a Disco Palace! 101 N Main. The building has history! - 03/16/22 11:19 AM

Disco Palace!
This is a rare photo loaned to me by Beverly McMinn and she gave me a little history about the building.  It is located at 101 N. Main in Searcy AR.  Note the famous place in the background on the left?  That looks like the Rendezvous Restaurant to me!  And here is the front of the building at that time.  The sign that says either hotel or motel is a sign pointing to the Mayfair Hotel.  I wish we could read all of it.
Corner entries were popular back then and there are several in Searcy.  Check out Quattlebaum Music.  Very … (0 comments)

searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: Art that is not art. But it looks like the real thing. Searcy AR - 03/07/22 12:37 PM

Stop and Stare
That's what I did when I saw these in the window of a building at the corner of Beebe Capps and Sawmill Road in Searcy AR.  The glare sorta hurts seeing the detail in these pieces of paper that covers the window but check it out for yourself.
Perhaps it is intended to be art.....but I think it is accidental art from paper that has been damaged.  My favorite is the center one which reminds me of a cowboy from the waist down with his guns showing!
Interesting for sure!!!
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searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: 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)

searcy ar: 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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searcy ar: 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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searcy ar: Remember Roseann Restaurant? Gone now. Here's a menu memory. Searcy - 12/29/21 07:59 AM

Interesting Memory from Roseann Restaurant Motel
On ebay right now is this old menu from the now-gone Roseann Motel in Searcy AR. It is not forgotten, however, because it was quite popular and was located on East Race.  The listing says it is from the 1950's.  One very interesting thing about it is possibly a bit of sexism?  Look at this closeup.
Note it says their good food is "prepared by expert women cooks." I don't believe it would be correct today.  Were women cooks better cooks or did it mean that women were only useful for cooking?  Now glance at the prices … (2 comments)

 
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