searcy ar: Hotel Mayfair, Searcy AR, 1936 historic picture. Landscape - 08/07/19 12:30 PM

Hotel Mayfair, Searcy Arkansas
This picture was published in the August 1936 White County Centennial Edition of The Daily Citizen and White County Citizen.  It's the Mayfair Hotel in downtown Searcy and what impresses me the most if the extensive foliage around it.  If the trees were this big at that time, how big must they be now?  If they are still there.....
The Mayfair has been a part of the history of Searcy for so long!  Finding this picture was fun.  Even better pictures of the Mayfair can be reached from this older blog.  Click here to see the hotel in other … (3 comments)

searcy ar: Morris School, Searcy AR, 1936, Old photograph. Buildings and boys. - 08/05/19 10:54 AM
Another Morris School picture.
We have found another few pictures of Morris School.  These were included in a 1936 issue called White County Centennial Edition of The Daily Citizen and White County Citizen published in August 1936.....a long time ago.
This blogsite has had lots of responses from boys who attended Morris School in Searcy AR through the years.  Here we see some actual photos of boys swimming and hiking.  The school is  no longer in operation but it has a road named after it.  The road turns off Hwy 36 and leads to the location of the school.  Some parts of the … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Headlee Drug, 1936 view, Historic picture, Frank Headlee owner - 08/05/19 10:23 AM

"Head-in at Headlee's"
These photos are from The White County Centennial of The Daily Citizen and White County Citizen that was published in August 1936, a long time ago.  I like the drug store picture and the phrase underneath the picture.  Second picture shows the interior with several people.  Lots of shirts and ties.  Were they employees?  Customers?  And then there is the picture of the owner, Frank Headlee, with a little bragging that he was not just the genial proprietor but also the president of the Searcy Kiwanis Club.  
On the side of the building, signs say DRUGS.....SODA.....CURB SERVICE....LUNCHES and something else … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR. Hoofman home. 1936 view. 1215 East Race. - 07/26/19 12:46 PM

Recognize this home?  This photo was in the 1936 White County Centennial Edition of The Daily Citizen and White County Citizen.  It is a large 16 page edition with various pictures and it was given to me by my friend, Letain DeVore.  This picture was on a two-page spread entitled A FEW OF THE MANY ATTRACTIVE HOMES THROUGHOUT WHITE COUNTY.  Somehow this one looked familiar and it did turn out to be one that we see daily if we drive East Race St.  It is located at 1215 East Race and the view below shows it as it is today.  The … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy AR 9th grade cheerleaders. Merrell Walker Vani Geroy historic photo - 07/21/19 10:48 AM

A lovely group
Vani Quattlebaum Geroy, on front row, far right, posted this photo of a group of 9th grade cheerleaders in Searcy Arkansas.  She gave me permission to put it on a blog. I know several of them and am sad to say that the girl on the front row, far left, has passed away.   Also, just this week, the tall girl in the center, back row, has passed away.  She was Merrell Walker, loved by all who knew her.  I know we'd all like to know the names of the other girls so hopefully, either Vani or a Searcy Sleuth … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy Art Gallery. The Black House. Searcy AR historic site. - 06/29/19 02:50 PM

Leaders of Searcy Art Gallery
A treasure?  Yes, Searcy Art Gallery is not just an art gallery that displays art.  It is really a historic treasure.  It is called The Black House, named for the Black family who built and lived there for so long.  Yesterday, June 29, 2019, the house was dressed up for company like it would have been done in the past.
A beautifully dressed table with special prepared foods is shown partially in the photo above.  A reception was held to feature "Small Works on Paper " touring exhibit and was held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  Everything was … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Headlee Drug Store Searcy AR. Historic picture. Old photo. - 06/28/19 01:24 PM

A scene from the past.
This is a slightly tilted picture that I was allowed by Searcy Art Gallery to scan for this blog.  I don't think it was a postcard or it would not be so tilted.  But it is a great scene from the past.  Old cars, Coke signs.  Was it Headlee Drug Store or Headlee's Drug Store?
The building was at the corner of Center and Spring Streets downtown and reportedly Headlee had two drug stores.  Searcy Sleuths, am I right about that?  I definitely remember the last Headlee Drug Store.  It was extremely popular with Searcy folks who came … (11 comments)

searcy ar: E. D. Wakenight Supply Co. Searcy AR historic photo - 06/27/19 12:03 PM

E. D. Wakenight Supply Co.
This is a new one.  I had never seen this picture before.  I was visiting the beautiful Searcy Art Gallery and noticed lots of old postcard copies on an antique table.  While thumbing through them, I found this one and got permission to scan it for this blog. 
There are several trucks and my guess is that the people were employees and owners.  I am also hoping that some Searcy Sleuth will identify where this location in Searcy was and the approximate year.  Notice there was a sign saying BEER SANDWICHES.  Did they make a sandwich out … (9 comments)

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)

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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)

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