searcy ar: Old hospital. Another picture found as follow up. - 01/10/15 05:15 AM

This blog is a lot of fun.  I put up an old picture of a hospital a few days ago and some of the Searcy Sleuths knew where it was and had actually visited there.  They called it the MOPAC hospital that was sponsored by the MOPAC railroad.  I dug down further and came up with this picture which appears to be the same property and perhaps on the same day.
On the back of this one is written "the tow bldg is nurses quarters next high bldg is Col Scott house the tall bldg is city hosp."  I'm … (0 comments)

searcy ar: May Bus Line Searcy AR. Anyone remember it? - 12/29/14 08:45 PM
Sherry Quattlebaum Person has shared a photo with us that might bring back memories for someone.  She says that the bus ran from Searcy to Rose Bud and Center Hill and Joy.  The only people that she recognized from this group were her mother, Frances Hall (to be) Quattlebaum and Willie Corrine Russell Wooten.  She hopes someone may recognize the rock building that the bus is parked in front of and perhaps know why the group was gathered.  After all, it might have been pretty hard to get a group of bus patrons to stand still and pose.

Now, Sherry … (13 comments)

searcy ar: Almost worth a trip to see. 4' long old Searcy AR picture. - 12/19/14 04:18 AM
One of our agents bought this old 4' long picture at an auction.  No one seems to have wanted it and she knew I would like it.  She bought it to the RE/MAX office and has shared it with us.  Now doing a scan of this proved difficult so I just took pictures.  It is a real glimpse of how life was in 1929, the approximate date of the picture.  It shows the school buildings, I think, and old houses in the background.  The dress style of all ages is revealed.  If you have time, just enjoy it face by face!

I … (15 comments)

searcy ar: You wanna see the 50's? Here it is. Beebe AR girl's basketball team. - 11/25/14 04:08 AM
So you think the 50's meant poodle skirts?  I grew up in the 50's and never heard of a poodle shirt.
BUT........this picture is a perfect depiction of the 50's.  It is supplied by Super Sleuth Anita Fuller from her personal collection of photos.  These girls made up the junior Beebe AR basketball team in 1951 and 1952.  Anita played for Searcy.  I asked her for a picture of Searcy's team and she had none.  None!  The yearbook did not have a single picture of girl's sports because they were unimportant.  Later on the Searcy Schools eliminated the team completely!   … (11 comments)

searcy ar: Gill Hotel existed where the Mayfair is now. What happened to it? - 11/09/14 02:14 AM
My friend on the internet is James Whitlow, who collects pictures and postcards and has shared the cards that he has with Searcy or surrounding areas information on them.  He has emailed me another one.  It is the Gill Hotel that was once located where our historic Mayfair Hotel is now.

It is hard to believe that this was in Sarcy AR because it looks almost like a lake behind it and it appears to be on an incline. 
However, Muncy's history of Searcy says this about the hotel, "The Gill House experienced a fire four days after Searcy greeted … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Tired of traditional or country style?? Try contemporary!! - 10/09/14 11:27 PM
Tucked away on a nice little 1.22 acre lot just outside of Searcy AR is this unique, one-of-a-kind, custom-built home.  The floorplan is OPEN, way open with bedrooms tucked away at either end of the rectangular great room.  Four (count them) expensive sliding glass doors will open the house to the delightful winds of the outside when desired.  A deck as long as the house will accomodate your guests if you want to have a huge party.  Take a look!  See that little window at the top?  That's a little loft room above the master bedroom that makes a perfect office.

searcy ar: Jack's Saloon, 216 Central Ave, photo op? real bar? Arkansas Traveler - 08/23/14 11:23 AM
A neat old post card.  Post cards must have been easy to have made and could be quite personal.
So what's the deal with this old card.  Was it a real saloon or was this just a place for the Arkansas Traveler to posy up for a picture.  Note the top sign says "Arkansaw Traveler."

The young man posed here appears to be too fancy dressed to be operating a saloon and my eyes are not keen enough to be able to read all the signs.  So I suspect that this was a place where you could stop, pay … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Morris School for Boys, Searcy AR, reunion held Aug. 16, 2014 - 08/17/14 11:43 AM
We have written several blogs featuring some old pictures of Morris School for Boys that operated in Searcy Arkansas for many years.  Some of the boys, now men, got together for a reunion August 16, 2014, and they shared this group picture with me.  And Larry Binz, who forwarded the picture to me, gave me permission to share it with you blog friends.  I have cut it in order to get the whole picture in.

Mr. Binz wrote this about the picture.
Several students who attended the former Morris School for Boys west of Searcy gathered for a reunion … (24 comments)

searcy ar: No! No! I WILL NOT BE USING A DRONE!!! A drone for real estate? - 08/08/14 03:40 AM
During my real estate career I must admit that I have sorta been forced into things by a forceful daughter.  Way back in the early 1990's she made this statement, "Mom, you need a computer."
"What's a computer?" was my probable reply.  She conveniently left hers with me while she wasn't using it and I played around on it and fell in love.  1993 sticks in my mind because that's when I bought my very own computer.....a little laptop that didn't take up much room in my tiny office.  I was able to type all my clients in and let them … (24 comments)

searcy ar: 1950. Ladies from Searcy AR in evening gowns. Ann Lacy included. - 08/04/14 07:20 AM

This picture has a date of May 3 1950.  It shows several Searcy ladies posed in their evening dresses for a picture of some kind.  Perhaps the Searcy Sleuths will recognize the location of the gathering.  The first girl on the left, front row, is Ann Lacy.  I remember her.  She was a gentle and kind teacher in the Searcy Schools.  She died May 20, 2010 and her obit said
"she was greatly involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution, her church, First Presbyterian Church of Searcy, and her love and passion for teaching elementary school."
Searcy Sleuths may … (7 comments)

searcy ar: Morris School Searcy AR reunion planned! 45 or 50 year span invited. - 07/23/14 05:44 AM

Guess what?
I am not a boy and I am not an attendee of Morris School for Boys in Searcy AR but I have been invited to their reunion!  The invitation is because of this blog.  I featured several old pictures of the school that were found on ebay from time to time.
Several comments came in from boys who did attend the school.  Somehow they have joined forces and plan to have a get-together at the location that is now used for church services but used to be their school.  The picture above shows boys studying in the library.  … (10 comments)

searcy ar: History for sale. Less than $12,000 for a big house with lots of character. - 07/16/14 01:48 AM

What a house and what a bargain!  This property is located in Wilbur Mills's home town of Kensett AR, a little town that still has trains going through it frequently.  Kensett is just a few miles from Searcy AR.
It was built, according to the courthouse, in 1936 and has 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and 2126 sq. ft.
Sure, it needs work.  Lots of work but buying it and redoing it would keep history alive and well in White County.  For photos of the house and the inside go to my website,, or to the listing agent's website,  … (3 comments)

searcy ar: Big hair, miniskirts, and ladies with no first names. - 07/11/14 12:25 AM

What fun it is to look through old newspaper clippings and if you are the same as most of us, you clipped when your picture was in the paper.  I found this one recently.  It was 1973.  Big hair was the style.  Miniskirts were in and I can see the white skirt that probably ends a bit above the knee.
We were members of the Searcy Junior Auxiliary and our entire goal was to help children.  The thing that is probably most interesting about the old pictures, however, was how we had no first names of our own in these … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Old post card collectible. Searcy AR First United Methodist Church 1910. - 07/09/14 02:51 AM

Found on ebay!  A great view of early Searcy AR First United Methodist Church.
It has this lettering on the front, Methodist Episcopal Church, Searcy Ark 5208 and it is barely legible right between the picket fences.  On the back it has Genuine Photo by C. U. Williams, Bloomington, ILL.
And then there is the usual sweet and short message.  This one says 1-3-10.
Mr Bennett
Dear Firend
rec'd your card glad to hear from you.  All well at Ark.
Frinds John & Edith Randall
It was addressed to Mr and Mrs Jas. Bennett, Ansonia, Ohio
The picture is … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy Daily Citizen moves to new location. Historic picture 209 W Arch. - 06/22/14 12:39 AM

The Searcy Daily Citizen has moved and the newspaper has been running the notice of their move for several weeks.  Their new location is 723 W Beebe Capps Expressway beside the RE/MAX Advantage West Branch. 
I found this old clipping that was run when the Citizen last moved.  Forgive the condition because clippings kept in attics don't fare well.  This was run in approximately 1974 when the Citizen moved to the old Volkswagen building on East Race Street.  This editorial, also in poor condition, was also in the attic. 

This old editorial gives the history of the Searcy … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Car dealers, Searcy AR. Which one did you buy a car from? - 06/01/14 11:27 AM

Going through a lot of saved clippings, saved by my now deceased mother-in-law Wyndelene Duncan, I found this interesting one.
It shows probably every car dealer in Searcy AR in possibly the 60's.  She failed to put the date on this one other than that someone died on March 16.  It may have been Mrs. Gill.  Look through the list of attendees and see how many you remember.  Dealerships were family owned back then and this one represents a lot of families.
It's a great memory!  Did you buy a car from one of them?

searcy ar: Old Judsonia Arkansas picture from ebay. Before the tornado. - 05/28/14 09:06 PM

Maintaining a search on ebay for your home town or the surrounding area will bring rewards from time to time.  This picture is on ebay right now showing what must have been the main street in Judsonia AR a long time ago.  It is for sale and I hope Judsonia will buy it for their historic archives if there is someone maintaining them.
The awful tornado in 1952 probably wiped out all these buildings and by then the wagons and mules had been replaced with automobiles.  We have featured Judsonia several times in this blog so look at this one … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Gone but not forgotten. Brookshire Tire on Main St, Searcy AR. - 05/08/14 11:02 PM

What's a DX Dealer?
This ad was in the 1967 Harding College yearbook and states that it was located at 200 S Main in Searcy and gives the phone number and says it is "Your DX Dealer."
I remember the building and knew the owners but I can't remember what DX stood for.  This is now the location of Ralph Haymond's insurance company.  He built a really beautiful building a few years back.  Looking at these two pictures right now makes me wonder if Ralph tore the whole building down or worked around the building that existed. 


searcy ar: Tornado in White County, Arkansas. Photo by Mark Lercher, RE/MAX agent. - 04/30/14 11:43 PM

The paragraph below tells about the tornado that ravished our area early this week.  REALTORS were invited to go out and help with the clean-up.  An associate of mine, Mark Lercher, took this photo and said he had a hard time believing that the force was so strong that it took this metal frame that goes under mobile homes and wrapped it around this tree.  The damage is devastating but Searcy AR was blessed again and was passed over by the storm.  This picture was taken at Center Hill, a community that has been hit several times by tornadoes.

searcy ar: Jack Spaulding, Owner, Atlas Van Lines, Searcy AR. Nice truck! 1967 - 04/27/14 06:10 AM

One very nice gentleman is Jack Spaulding from Searcy AR.  He operated Atlas Van-Lines for years and years.  He has just recently retired, so I hear.
This picture was in an advertisement found in the 1967 Harding College year book.  During my real estate career, I have met him personally and know he loved his moving business as much as I love my real estate profession.  If someone tells me that he really has NOT retired, I'd be pleased.
Don't you love the truck picture?

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