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)

searcy ar: Heavy snow in Spring Park, Searcy AR. Old library post card. - 11/29/18 05:19 AM

A heavy snow in Spring Park, Searcy AR?
This is a post card that is on ebay right now asking for a buyer.  I have not seen this card before and chances are the Searcy Sleuths have not seen it either.  It shows the old library that was in Spring Park.  It has been replaced with a bigger, nicer library but I do remember this building.  My kids loved going there and so did I.  There is no date on the card but it just shows that a heavy snow back then (or is it ice?) was fascinating then as it is … (10 comments)

searcy ar: O.K. Taxi and Cafe. Searcy AR? 1951. Where'd it go? - 11/16/18 07:54 AM

OK, Searcy Sleuths, here's a new one!  What happened to the O.K. Taxi and Cafe that was operating in Searcy AR in 1951. This photo was in the 1951 Harding Petit Jean and shows a couple beside a cab with the advertisement saying they were enjoying a coke in the friendly atmosphere of the O.K. Cafe.  It seems to be  on the Harding campus but it says the Taxi would take you anywhere in town.
I have looked through lots of yearbooks because I love the ads in the back.  The ads are now historic and remind us of a Searcy AR … (18 comments)

searcy ar: Beautiful home for sale in Searcy AR! Have you seen it before? - 11/14/18 11:31 AM

      This is an unbelievably beautiful home that is now on the market in Searcy AR.  REALTORS toured it this morning and we came away in a state of awe because it is so lovely and so well maintained.  When I noticed that it was on the market my memories came back.  I had done a blog on that particular address because there was a historic home that had been moved to that location from East Race Street within the past 50 years.  Here is the picture from that blog.
      The picture for that blog was taken … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Angel's Grocery Searcy AR. Lots of memories here! - 11/14/18 10:20 AM

Remember this popular grocery store?
It is no longer standing but it is a fond memory for so many Searcy folks.  This picture was in the 1972 Harding Petit Jean and it brings back so many memories.  Volkswagens!  They were loved and so many people had them.  Most of them may be in other countries now but still running.
Coke signs!  One at the top and three across the front.  They are now collectibles, I believe.
Go Hogs!  The Angels were loyal supporters of the Hogs!  But also of the Lions because the next picture is of the Searcy Lions.  And how about the … (4 comments)

searcy ar: Another Judsonia AR 1952 tornado picture. Jim & Julian McFadden. - 11/02/18 10:27 AM

After the tornado.
While listing a property recently, I saw this old picture just laying on the bookcase.  The back of it says March 1952.  Jim & Julian McFadden.  I quickly asked if I could borrow it and share on this blog.  The owner gave me permission.  It is just a snapshot but shows the devastation of the never-to-be-forgotten tornado that struck Judsonia AR and other surrounding towns in 1952.  Judsonia was a thriving small town at the time and has never fully recovered.  We have uploaded other tornado pictures but I had never seen this one before.  
One of our favorites, of … (2 comments)

searcy ar: A place called Harmony AR. Great memory. Church in background. - 10/21/18 10:04 AM

A happy child at Harmony.
Working in real estate brings new friends.  My blog has several Searcy Sleuths as neighbors who help me track Searcy news, myths, and history.  They also provide great pictures for sharing.  The above picture comes as a result of my trying to track the history of 9.26 acres of land at Harmony.  "Where's that?"  You may ask and I admit I did the same.  
 
Harmony is just a few short miles from Center Hill on Highway 305 headed toward Romance.  Clifton Wiggs owns the land and it is for sale right now.  Harmony was once a thriving community … (5 comments)

searcy ar: The way it was. Downtown Searcy Quattlebaum Music Bldg. The way it is. - 10/06/18 05:56 PM

Note this parade, dated 1949, going beside what is now Quattlebaum Music building.  Streets were brick, and the building seemed to have a drive up or walk up window for food and drinks.  How things have changed.  Here is the 2018 picture of that building.
The building has been decorated with a mural that is bright, cheerful, and is designed to make us remember singers and songs that are special to Arkansas and Searcy.  Searcy has a new group of leaders who value art and who want to make Searcy AR attractive to visitors and those who live here.  
This mural was partially … (0 comments)

searcy ar: Central Arkansas Lock & Safe, Pershing Hwy Service Station, Searcy AR - 09/20/18 01:47 PM

Central Arkansas Lock and Safe is the name of the firm owned by a great locksmith, Jody Travis, and the source of some interesting information regarding history in Searcy AR and White County.  He buys old safes.  They are a challenge for him.  He unlocks them and they may have not been opened for years and years.
He just unlocked one and asked if I'd like to see the contents.  OF COURSE I WOULD!  He googled what he'd found in the paper work,  Pershing Highway Service Station, and our blog popped up and that is what made him think I'd be interested.  … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Southerland Lumber Co Searcy AR 1936, Central AR Lock and Safe, Logo? - 09/20/18 01:27 PM


Photo logos?
Another interesting find from an old safe that was purchased by Central Arkansas Lock and Safe, owned by Jody Travis in Searcy, were envelopes or checks or statements with the pictures of the business in the corner.  At that time an envelope just had to say a name and Searcy, Arkansas (and if mailed in the city you could probably leave off Arkansas) and it got delivered to the right person.
I have been aware of the bottom two businesses but not the top one.  Southerland Lumber Company is a new one for me.  I am sure the Searcy Sleuths will … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Early 70's. Big hair, short skirts. Junior Auxiliary ladies, Searcy AR - 09/17/18 10:19 AM

Searcy AR Junior Auxiliary Early 70's
Junior Auxiliary was started in Searcy AR in 1960 with a concession stand at the American Legion Park so that youngsters would not have to cross a highway to get a coke.  In 1965 the Auxiliary helped begin the Sunshine School.  Many ladies have been members and members were required to work a minimum of 72 hours per year with the projects done by JA.   It was a fun and hard-working organization.
Looking back at some pictures (Yes, the Daily Citizen used to do great full page features of groups.) I came across these, along with several … (8 comments)

searcy ar: 1884 built building for sale in Searcy AR. 118 & 120 N Spruce. - 09/11/18 10:53 AM

Historic Searcy AR building for sale.
This building at 118 and 120 N Spruce in Searcy Arkansas has appeared as a newly listed for sale property.   It says the building was built 1n 1884!  That's a long time ago!  The information also says that it was once Moye Mercantile but it does not say what Moye Mercantile was.
Lots of pictures are given of the interior and they are quite interesting.  So, Searcy Sleuths, wake up, look at the pictures and give us some history about this building if you know things about it.  MLS # 18029055 and the property is listed by … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Photobombing is NOT new. Plus fashion from the past. - 09/01/18 11:22 AM

You think photobombing is new?
Not new at all.  I could not help laughing as I stumbled across this picture from the past.  Big sister is talking on what?  The old style phone, probably rotary, that had a special little sitting place just for phone visiting.  The books are phone books.  We could look up numbers and dialing took so long we really needed a place to sit down and wait.  
Big sis's fashion is interesting too.  Remember the puffy short sleeves with long sleeves underneath.  The pants had to be long enough to drag the ground and this sis's legs were long, … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Hancock Fabrics. We used to sew a lot. Searcy AR memory. - 08/27/18 10:50 AM

JUST REMEMBERING....
Thumbing through the 1978 Harding yearbook brings up another interesting picture about how things used to be.  We used to sew a lot!  We women had sewing machines.  We had a special place set up for that sewing maching and we made our own clothes, our kids clothes, and we visited the fabric stores often.
The stores had row after row of fabrics, threads, needles, and any other items needed for sewing.  There were pattern books that we poured through and we'd chooe one that was fashionable at the time.....and maybe not too complex.  We spent hours in the sewing machine area at … (6 comments)

searcy ar: For men only. Ladies, skip this. Pleetway pajamas? Are they still around? - 08/21/18 01:07 PM

I don't remember where I found this really cool display for men's pajamas.  Just look at this good looking man advertising men's pajamas.  At first I thought it said Fleetway but these pictures reveal Pleetway, the Worlds's Most Comfortable Pajamas.  This must have stood on the counter top of a store that sold these pajamas.  
 
So here's the question and probably only guy's can answer.  Why do they have a balloon seat?  What advantage was that to a gentleman?  And why did they have under arm pleats?  The man's arm can be raised to display the pleats. What did those pleats serve? 
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searcy ar: Remember this house? Searcy AR. Center St. Arni Anderson print. - 08/12/18 05:16 PM

Here's a snapshot of the framed print of an older house that was in Searcy AR.  It is gone now and I am wondering how many folks in Searcy might remember the house.  This print was done by Arni Anderson, an artist who attended Harding.  It is dated '74.  Arni is still an active artist and lives in Oklahoma.
I bought the print at an estate sale over the weekend and was determined to identify the old home.  In the book, "Searcy, Arkansas:  A Frontier Town Grows Up With America," by Raymond Muncy , on page 112, I found it.  The picture … (2 comments)

searcy ar: J Collison store Bald Knob AR since 1896 selling out - 08/02/18 10:36 AM

J Collison, established in 1896
While in downtown Bald Knob AR a few days ago I noticed the almost empty windows of the J Collison store.  There was a sign saying something like 75% off so I went in.  The store is almost empty but the remaining items were interesting,  but most interesting to me were the old fixtures.  See some of them below.
This was a lovely old stack of wood drawers.  The top part swiveled for easy access.

These flower-like bins must be ancient.  One holds nails and the yellow one apparently holds grain.
This storage unit was metal and certainly very old.
And … (3 comments)

searcy ar: 1984 Class Reunion of 1954 graduates, Searcy AR. So who do you know? - 07/22/18 07:22 AM

Class reunion 1954 graduates, 30 years later.
So who do you recognize?  I see lots of faces in here that I know or did know bacause some are no longer with us.  You might have fun, if you grew up in Searcy AR, trying to name them.  The picture was loaned to me by a friend for me to place on this blog.  Interesting is the man seated on the front row.  He looks like a builder friend of mine who did a popular Searcy subdivision.  Is it Billy Davis?  And I see Sidney Quattlebaum on the back row.  He was a … (7 comments)

 
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