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?

searcy ar: Davis Furniture in Searcy AR, approximately 1967. Old appliances. - 04/24/14 11:08 AM

Facebook calls it TBT meaning Throwback Thursday.  So on this Thursday, I dug out a picture found in the Harding College yearbook ad section in 1967.  It shows a picture of appliances in the Richard Davis Furniture Store. 
I certainly remember appliances that looked like these.  Notice the stoves.  I don't see a single smooth-top stove like the ones that seems to be in all homes now, including mine.  Trust me, I wish I had my old stove back.  I really hate the smooth top.
And look at those rugs that are hanging on the wall.  I don't remember … (12 comments)

searcy ar: What has happened to Root Beer? Does anyone still drink it in Searcy AR? - 04/14/14 10:19 PM
Here's a picture of A & W Root Beer which used to be located on East Race Street.
It was located where the big building that says "Lunch Box" is located now.
Somewhere underneath all that construction lurks the delightful little old food and drink place shown in this photograph found in a 1967 yearbook.
So tell me what happened to the Root Beer place?  Was it a chain?  Does anyone drink Root Beer anymore?


searcy ar: The Ideal Shop. Fashion in Searcy AR in 1967. - 04/13/14 10:57 AM
This picture comes from the 1967 yearbook for Harding College because the Ideal Shop bought an ad in the book along with lots of other Searcy businesses.  What I like about this picture is the style that it shows.
1.  At that time dress length was dictated by fashion.  No one dared to differ.
2.  Hats were very much in style.  Ideal Shop had lots of hats to choose from.
3.  Ladies wore gloves.  For church or any dress-up occasion.
4.  Shoes were high heels, yes, but you didn't see platform shoes like today's.
5.  Purses were simple and you needed … (4 comments)

searcy ar: The Pit. Searcy AR. Known for good eating in 1967. - 04/11/14 12:51 AM

This advertisement for The Pit in Searcy AR is in a 1967 yearbook.  1967 is the year that I made Searcy my home so I'm trying to remember as much as I can about The Pit.
Sleuths will set me straight if I mess up.
Seems that I remember it being on East Race Street quite a ways out from downtown Searcy. I'm thinking it was the place known for its fried chicken that you could pick up and carry home instead of frying the bird yourself.
Remembering "frying the bird myself" as I used to do reminds me of … (24 comments)

searcy ar: A case of mistaken identity in Hickory Flat Arkansas. - 04/06/14 02:27 AM
Real estate takes my associates and me to many places in White County AR.  Venturing out into new territory does us good as we visit new or old properties and meet new people.
Daughter, Valerie Canepa, and I had to visit Hickory Flat AR yesterday.  She had never been there and I had not been there in years.  Cows!  Cows!  Everywhere we saw cows peacefully grazing in quiet pastures.  We met almost no vehicles and if we saw a person, the person stared carefully at us and wondered what we were doing there.
We were driving fairly slowly down one road … (16 comments)

searcy ar: A question for the Sleuths? Echo Haven Harding College? Where was it? - 03/30/14 10:55 AM
This post card is on ebay right now and I do not know what Echo Haven is or was but it must be affiliated with Harding University in Searcy AR because it is labeled Echo Haven Harding College.  The picture shows a nice little brick house but there is no address.  I graduated from Harding and I have watched Harding grow for the past 45 years.  BUT I do not remember hearing about this place.
So, Sleuths, help me out.  Tell me about this Echo Haven.


searcy ar: Little kids in wagon with sides. Historic photo possibly Searcy AR. - 03/25/14 07:08 AM
Aren't these kids adorable? 
Hubby saw this picture and made a remark about the wagon and sides that they are standing in.  He said they must have had some money because the sides for those wagons were expensive.  Perhaps he wanted them when he was a tot and couldn't afford them? 
This is just another picture bought at one of the little stores in Searcy where you are likely to find anything.  I paid 50 cents for it but the family who let it go should have considered it priceless.
They look a little like twins, don't they?


searcy ar: Old car with little kids. Delightful old picture. - 03/11/14 06:05 AM

Here's another old picture that brings up lots of memories.  I do not know who they were and even though I bought the old picture in Searcy AR, the location could be somewhere else.  BUT, the vehicle was loved and was nearly always in the old pictures.  Folks stood by them, sat on the running boards, and posed in various ways with their vehicle.  In this one, they have placed the kids on the fenders.
Perhaps some Sleuth will know what kind of car it is and the model and we'll have a date for the picture.  Be sure to … (17 comments)

searcy ar: Holmes Road, Searcy AR, named after a family that lived there. - 03/03/14 09:54 PM
Just out Highway 16 North from Searcy AR is a road to the left called Holmes Road.  It used to be WAY out!  It was country.  The Ballard Holmes family lived there and the road is named after them.  They built a rock home that is still there but is sorta hidden by some houses that have built in front of it. They owned land around that area which has now been sold to others but they lived there long enough to raise four children and see those four children raise more children.
Here is a picture of Ballard and Gertrude.

searcy ar: Girls in costume, Searcy AR. Many crowns but who was the queen? - 03/02/14 10:43 PM
Snowed in.  It is March 3, 2014 and a Monday morning and I should be out working but the weather disagreed.  I'm stuck at home.  What could be better to do than look through old pictures and possibly reblog one that was blogged before facebook became available.
Here's one of my favorites.  Lots of lovely little girls all dressed up in their costumes for some grand occasion.  Some may also be Searcy Sleuths of today.  Some may still reside in Searcy.  But all, no doubt about it, will remember this day and perhaps one of us will tell us about the … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Mr. Wiggs. An old picture of a handsome Searcy AR resident. - 02/20/14 11:18 PM
Cliff Wiggs, one of the Searcy Sleuths who loves and remembers the old Searcy AR when it was small and everyone knew everyone, has sent us this old picture of his dad.  He says that blog that I did of "Cowboy?  Railroad man?  Cowpoke?" made him think of this picture of his dad taken when his dad was a young man.

He said his dad and almost all men of that day and time wore a hat.  His dad wore a hat all the time when he was out until his death in 1981.  His dad was born in … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Cowboy? Railroad man? Cowpoke? This old picture does look western to me. Johnny Marcum. - 02/17/14 10:17 AM
Continuing with my new purchases from the Hope Restored thrift store in Searcy Arkansas, I am scanning this old picture.
It has a name on the back so perhaps a good google will find something about him.  The name is Johnny Marcum or it could be Jahmy Marcum, depending on the interpretation of the handwriting.

At first I thought I'd found a real cowboy picture.  He looked as if he was standing there with boots, jeans and perhaps a gun belt.  A closer look, however, reveals ordinary clothes and I still can't make out what he is holding.
Sleuths, join … (5 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy First United Methodist Church. Really old picture that was used for stereoscopic viewing. - 01/31/14 12:18 AM

Melanie Murphy from Judsonia shared several steroscopic images that were given to her because of her love for history.  The images were made for viewing through a telescopic viewer so they were double images.
This one of the First United Methodist is a great one.  Google says the 3-D stereocards were popular from the 1850's to the 1930's. 

Here we took one side off and uploaded a higher resolution picture (scroll across to see it all) and you can see the great detail in the photograph.  Notice the wood sidewalk.  Looks as if the gentleman is carrying an umbrella.  … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Cotton trucks. A real scene from the past. - 01/22/14 10:11 AM
Roger Dobbins contributed this picture of trucks hauling cotton to market.
I remember picking cotton.  Trust me that it would have taken a lot of people to pick this much cotton!

Perhaps someone who knows about the harvesting of cotton can tell us more about the age of these trucks and where they may be headed.
Has the cotton been sold already?  It almost looks like a parade of cotton trucks.

searcy ar: First United Methodist men's Sunday school class. Year unknown. Searcy AR. - 01/05/14 01:54 AM

This picture was contributed to this blog by Roger Dobbins.  He says that this is a shot of men's Sunday School Class at the Methodist Church in Searcy.  They appear to be in front of the First United Methodist Church on Main Street, one of the most historic structures in Searcy and White County.
Perhaps some of you can name a few of them.  Roger did not give a date for the picture but it looks as if they did some preparation for the picture with places for seating. I almost wonder if the photographer told them how to pose.  … (19 comments)

searcy ar: A look at White County Courthouse in about 1926. J. B. and Albert Parker. - 12/23/13 02:27 AM

This photograph has been sent to me by Valerie Hunt who wrote this with the picture.
"This is the East side of the courthouse.  My grandfather, J. B. Parker is on the left and his brother Albert on the right.  My great grandfather, Nat F. Parker was a custodian at the courthouse at the time.  The picture is from about 1926 because my grandfather was born in 1922.  If you can enlarge it, check out the car in the background."
The picture is so delightful and you have to really study it and still wonder if you have it right. … (10 comments)

searcy ar: A man and his horse. Searcy AR historic photo. - 12/06/13 03:03 AM

Lots of love shows in this picture of a man with his horse.
Horses require lots of work, so I am told, and require lots of space and food.  I have always been afraid of horses.  I think you need to grow up with them to feel comfortable.  The one time I mounted a horse I was frantic and swore that if I ever got off the horse, I'd never get back on one.  I have been true to that promise.
Sleuths, do you know who the person is? 

searcy ar: Letona AR near Searcy Arkansas a long time ago. Three pictures of Letona. - 12/04/13 08:54 PM

What a picture! 
I have been having to drive to Letona weekly to check out a bargain foreclosure property there.  Seeing this picture made me realize the changes that we have all been through.  I think this view would be one that I pass by each time with the road leading to Sidon.  With all that dirt, it would take a while to get there!
The old hotel is still there in Letona.  it sold a few months back.  Here is a picture.

Now that is a modern-day picture.  Let's see it earlier when the railroad ran through town.

searcy ar: New business on Main Street, Searcy AR. Different, open and lovely. - 10/28/13 11:05 AM

Do you recognize this location in Searcy Arkansas?
We did a blog about the new look of this building a few weeks ago.  Refresh your memory about this building by clicking HERE.  It is located at 101 S Main across from the old Rendezvous that we've featured many times.
This building was going down, down rapidly.  Then we noticed work being done on it and it started becoming attractive again.  It is owned by Kelly and Beth Ledbetter and was built in 1938.  They have done the restoration that looks so good.
NOW look at it!  It has … (1 comments)

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