searcy ar: Truman Baker sign. Searcy AR. Old historic sign. - 06/13/19 12:13 PM

Truman Baker Sign
At first, all you see in this sign is a car license plate saying Truman Baker.  It is pretty historic because Truman Baker has been gone a long time and so has the Truman Baker car dealership in Searcy AR.  Their best location, in case you are new to Searcy, was where Walgreen's is now.  Right there on that corner of Race and Main for years and years.
This sign, however, is quite creative when you think about it.  Look at the second line, Race Street.  It has speed lines on it and is printed in italics which makes it … (0 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR Lions, Cliff Wiggs, handmade carved artwork. - 06/10/19 02:13 PM

A Surprise Gift
An unexpected package arrived at my office today.  The address was from a friend that I met through this activerain blog and developed into his listing a property with me and getting it successfully sold.  He actually carved this lion clock himself!  He grew up in Searcy AR and loves the Searcy Lions.  
On the bottom it says "Hand made by Cliff Wiggs 2019."  He did this himself, inserted the clock which came with the correct time and a note saying that it can be reset and a new battery can be installed by prying the clock gently out of … (5 comments)

searcy ar: Yarnell's Ball Team. Who, what, when and where? Help wanted. - 05/02/19 11:48 AM

Happy Team of Youngsters.
A friend just sent this picture  to see if perhaps I knew who the folks were.  It reminds me of the old training we had for writing reports.  Who?  What?  When?  Where?  All of these were important.  So who were these delightful boys who had probably just finished a game of softball or baseball.
When was this.  Possibly a year could be given.
What they were doing is rather interesting.  What are those things on the table?  Are those minature trees on the table?  And what is that in the hand of the man in the striped shirt?
And finally, where … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR Public School 1908 view. Historic post card. - 04/26/19 07:33 AM

On ebay right now is this great post card showing Searcy AR Public School.  The card is dated 1908 and that means it is VERY old.  I started thinking (actually assuming) it might be Searcy HIGH School but it says Public School Searcy ARK. Possibly it was the entire school for Searcy at that time?
I may have put this picture up before because when I looked on my bulletin board, I saw a card just like it that I already have.  But it deserves another view and if you'd like a copy, hurry to ebay and buy it.  They must be … (4 comments)

searcy ar: 702 E Race St Searcy AR as it was. Duncans Car Lot. - 04/17/19 11:31 AM
Duncans Car Lot
A few years back, this is the way 702 East Race Street appeared.  It was the home of Duncans Used Cars and also the Chrysler Plymouth dealership.  The small sign in the background says Duncans Used Cars and my husband says that it also said, "What ole Po Dunc says it is, it is!" 
An interesting part of the picture is the house on the left which has been gone for a long time.  Also interesting is seeing all those cars in the far background.  They must have been across Vine Street, which runs parallel with Race. I also believe … (4 comments)

searcy ar: American Legion Hut Searcy AR today. On National Historic Register. - 04/05/19 07:22 AM

Searcy AR
American Legion Hut
You drive by this almost daily and think nothing about it but is one of Searcy's oldest and most historic buildings.  It is on Race Street across from the White County Courthouse.  It was constructed in 1939 with native fieldstone with funding support from Works Progress Administration (WPA).  It was placed on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
What you don't see and if you are like me, you may have never seen the back of the building.  I took a picture and here it is.  It almost appears to be an add-on but only … (5 comments)

searcy ar: The standoff. Man vs Bull. Who wins? Searcy AR photo - 04/03/19 05:03 PM

Fearless man vs. bull.
This photo reminded me so much of the Fearless Girl statue facing down the Wall Street bull in Manhatten.
So what is going on?  A disabled bull who needs food and therapy is being approached by the bull's owner in Searcy AR and the bull's owner wants to be sure the bull is not pretending to be down and charges.  Bull's owner has brought food and encouraged words of love and affection.
What happens next?  Darned if that bull didn't start recuperating and after months and months of being unwell and hardly able to get around, he is up and … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Young Searcy boy. Captivating hand-tinted picture of Jody Taylor. - 03/22/19 11:12 AM

Captivating, isn't it?
At times you see something that just grabs you.  That is the way I was with this old portrait of a Searcy boy who passed away a few months ago.  At the very bottom right it looks as if it is noted as 7 years old and then above that it definitely says Mitchell- E Smith......possibly the person who took the picture and then did a bit of  hand-tinting for embellishment?
The handsome young boy was Jody Taylor  and his daughter let me borrow this picture for this blog.  It was not framed and appears to have had some neglected … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Yep, another one gone. 1307 E Market, Searcy AR bit the dust. - 03/19/19 11:19 AM
Even this heavy piece of equipment looks tired.  It has just helped remove another Searcy AR house.
The property at 1307 E Market St. IS no longer.  Well, perhaps the property IS but the house that sat on the property is gone.  We knew it was coming because it was going further and further downhill. I took the picture below just a few days before a friend sent me the one above.  I remember when it  was on the market and sold in 1987 and it was lovely.  Because I used to drive by it every day when I went to our … (0 comments)

searcy ar: AND...another one bites the dust. 607 Market, Searcy AR, gone... - 03/12/19 01:08 PM

You are driving along minding your own business in the historic part of Searcy AR and see this site.
     OOPS!  another one bit the dust!  Another house gone!
So you start wondering exactly which one it WAS that IS no longer. 
I love the way we can go on-line now and see what used to be at that site.  So I did that.  Here's the picture of the house.  It looks pretty bad here and definitely it had been going downhill for awhile but it had the prettiest trim in years past and it probably had a great history. 
I need … (7 comments)

searcy ar: I'm a millionaire! Over 1,000,000 points on activerain! Thank you! - 03/05/19 11:09 AM

The points just rolled over.  I watched.  I have been on activerain since about 2007 and have put up over 1700 blogs.
Now I have joined the millionaire's club!  This activerain blog site has been so much fun (still is) and I have made new friends, learned a lot, shared a lot and want to say thank you to activerain for doing such a wonderful job of making this blog site so succesful!

searcy ar: Rendezvous. Hard to spell! Great restaurant. Searcy AR. - 03/02/19 05:03 AM

The Rendezvous Cafe
Who would have believed that the old give-away match book covers from years ago when almost everyone smoked would be somewhat collectible today?  Well, evidently they are.  This one from Searcy AR's beloved Rendezvous Cafe is now on ebay with a sales price of $4.99.  It is historic in giving its phone number of 223 and saying it had 24 years of service already!
So what year might this have been?  It was probably before we had the abbreviation AR for Arkansas instead of ARK.  Zip codes started in the early 1960's.   The old Rendezvous building is still there  but … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Historic downtown business Searcy AR. Williams family Economy Supply. - 02/16/19 01:34 PM

We were discussing an old business in downtown Searcy AR a few days ago.  The Lure Cafe was the subject of a blog.  Reread it HERE.  A very thoughtful and completely knowledgeable Searcy resident,  Philip Williams, told us that his dad had a store that was just about two or three doors down from The Lure Cafe.  He sent two pictures.  Here is the business front.  (I know, I know, you are fascinated by that car in the front but I don't know what kind it is.)  The business was called Economy Suppy and did plumbing, electrical and sold appliances.  Refrigerators, … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Remember The Lure Cafe? Downtown Searcy AR. Smokers welcome. - 02/12/19 12:26 PM

This was a long time ago.  Folks smoked.  Folks had three digit phone numbers.  E. H. Durham family owned or operated The Lure Cafe in downtown Searcy across from the Mayfair Hotel.  This little matchbook cover was on ebay and I added it to my collection.  I also found an old blog that I'd done and put up a picture of The Lure Cafe.  Wonder what all they did to "lure" you into the cafe?  To see the other blog with more pictures of Searcy click HERE.

searcy ar: Buster Brown show? Searcy AR crowd. Spruce St. Historic photo, old. - 02/12/19 11:11 AM

Obviously, this is a big crowd gathered on Spruce Street in downtown Searcy AR.  So what are they watching?  Pate Pearson has shared this picture AND his research.  He discovered that Buster Brown and Tige was a traveling show that visited towns and it was very popular.  He furthermore magnified the signs posted on the building so that they can be read.  It does appear to be a performance going on as the third picture, magnified, seems to show.   
I copied the information below from the research Pate Pearson provided.  It can be googled and additional information will pull up.  
Buster Brown … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Georgetown AR riverboat, train, old car, tracks, history. Surratt family. - 02/01/19 10:01 AM
Well, first of all you need to review the blog that I wrote about Georgetown AR way back in 2009.  Blogs seem to live forever on the internet and this one had some great pictures of the old Georgetown.  Click HERE to read it and then come back.
Now, we are ready for more Georgetown history.  Look at these pictures, in bad shape on the first and last one, but very interesting.  A lady found my blog and sent me the message seen below the pictures about her family.  I love the fact that she treasures the family history and family pictures … (27 comments)

searcy ar: 1954 Mrs. Joe Knox Kindergarten class. Searcy AR - 01/23/19 11:41 AM

See anyone you know?
These beautiful kids attended Mrs. Joe Knox's kindergarten class in 1954.  In 1967 they were graduating from Searcy High School and this congratulations page must have come from Mrs. Knox because it was in the advertising section.  1967 is important to me because that is when I arrived in Searcy.  After so many years, I can see some of the kids in this picture that I know as adults.  See if you can find a future Arkansas First Lady in this group!
Style?  Plaids were in!  Girls wore dresses and they had short hair.  And I love the two … (0 comments)

searcy ar: How we have changed 1986 - 2019! This picture tells a lot. Searcy AR - 01/14/19 11:15 AM

Christmas is over!  Business is back!  I'm glad.
          But while looking through some of my old things, I came across this picture.  Searcy Board of REALTORS used to be called White Woodruff Co BOARD of REALTORS.  I became President in 1989 and it was still called White - Woodruff Co but shortly after that the club was renamed Searcy Board of REALTORS.  That was a good change and it was also easier to write.  Woodruff County and White County had been dropped and we used the city name of Searcy.
          But looking at … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Oak St octagonal apartment complex. Gone. Memories below. Searcy AR - 12/28/18 07:31 AM
Where am I?
That is what I thought as I drove by a big block with nothing but a big pile of dirt in the middle of it.  I did a double-take and thought and thought!  Then I remembered that there was supposed to be an apartment complex on that block made up of octagonal small houses.
I even remembered when they were designed and built.  Early in my real estate career, and that was the early 1980's, a man who worked for Lightle Dobbin's Lightle Real Estate (where I started my career) was part owner and promoter of the new style small … (5 comments)

searcy ar: Boys & Girls State Searcy AR. Handsome crew. Where are they today? - 12/18/18 11:31 AM

Boys and Girls State Members?  What year?
I used to teach at Searcy High School, Searcy AR, so I remember most of these young people.  I can't read the shirts but I think they were the Boys and Girls State members who got to go to the state meeting and possibly run for office and get a real taste for leadership.  It would be fun for them to perhaps check in and let us know what is going on in their lives.  I remember that my son, Paul, was a selected member one year and these were friends.  He may have taken … (11 comments)

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