Steprock Arkansas. A scene from the area.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

 

I am reblogging this for Don Thompson, one of my localism contributors who knows all about our Searcy and surrounding area.  He tells a little about Steprock.

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Recently there was a postcard in the local paper showing a scene from the little farming community, Steprock, which is about 18 miles North of Searcy.

Steprock, circa 1910 A minister in a white shirt baptizes a young man as a woman watches
from the riverbank near the small White County community. The number of Arkansans who practice
religion has always been high, with most identifying themselves as Christian and Protestant.
The state's largest denomination is Baptist, including its Southern, Missionary, Free Will, Primitive
and other branches. Arkansas has been called "the buckle on the Bible belt."

 

My mother and stepfather, Boyce Bryant, had a farm in Steprock. I visited the farm when I was 9 by riding a bus which probably took over an hour to travel the 18 miles. Up the hill from the farm was a chicken farm owned by K.K. King who also ran our movie theater, the Rialto.

In the 40s, the farm had outhouses and a well for water. I remember hauling up one of those narrow shaft well buckets--also sometimes called "bullet buckets" or "torpedo buckets" and emptying the water into a communal water container. We used a dipper to get a drink. I remember the water had lots of strange particles but we just ignored them and gulped down the water without further thought.

 

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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing. Good reminder that we should appreciate the quality of life we now enjoy.

Sep 25, 2009 12:48 AM #1
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Great picture, Barbara. I wonder if they chased the water moccasins out before the Baptizing services began?

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1227071/1948-notepad-from-searcy-arkansas-501-n-8th-st-there-is-no-8th-street-and-no-ramsey-printing-

Bob Collins

Sep 25, 2009 02:36 AM #2
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Here's a farm scene captured from Super 8 movie film from 1968. That's K.K. King's chicken house at top.

 

Steprock Farm Scene

I don't have much film from that time but I have shots of some boy's going fishing, my kids on a tractor,  my kids in the strawberry patch, and the horse scene.

Boyce Bryant and his brother Tom ran a country store complete with pool hall next to the house. Can't remember if they had a liquor license but I think they sold beer. I know they drank beer.
There were also Pin Ball machines. One time they scrapped a  machine and they let me strip it of parts I could use for my tinkering. Loved it.

Don

 

 

 

 

Sep 25, 2009 02:36 AM #3
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Steven L. Smith
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Godmother Barbara,

If you are ever in such a fix, toss out the waders and call your Godson.

Nutsy

Sep 25, 2009 02:42 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Roy Kelley, I agree.

Bob, thank Don for the idea and the picture and the blog!

 

Sep 25, 2009 03:13 AM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, thanks for the blog and for letting me copy it!  I guess that was before White County went dry if they had booze at Steprock!

Nutsy, I can always depend on you.  Who's your friend in that great speed boat?

Sep 25, 2009 03:15 AM #6
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Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

What fun and fond rememberances.  I spent a lot of time in rural West Virginia so I have a good appreciation for what you have in Arkansas.

Michael

Sep 25, 2009 02:37 PM #8
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Anita Fuller

K.K. King's CHICKEN HOUSE?    Tell us more, Don.    All I ever knew about K.K. is that he managed the two movie theaters, Rialto and Plaza.

Anita Fuller

Sep 26, 2009 01:46 AM #9
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I have often wondered what my life would have been like if I had gone to live with my mother on the farm instead of choosing to live with my grandparents in Searcy when I was 8 years old. I have no doubts that I made the right choice.

Hanging around the store maybe playing some pool and pinball machines would have been quite different.I know I would have been in for some hard work with the farming.

Thanks for the repost, Barbara

Anita, all I know about the chicken house was it was up the road as the picture shows.

Don

Sep 26, 2009 01:51 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Michael, thanks for the comment.

Anita, K.K. had to come a long way to town to manage those theaters if he lived at Steprock!

Don, you would not have been the cosmopolitan person that you are had you stayed on the farm.  You'd be a redneck!!!  Right decision.

Sep 26, 2009 10:24 AM #11
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Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Hey Barbara

We have one of thos narrow shaft wells on our place. I believe it is now dry though.

Sep 27, 2009 01:32 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Trey, the well that I grew up with was a large dug well that was big enough for anything to fall in.  It was the great fear of parents that the kid would fall in the open well.  The little narrow shaft wells had to be safer, I guess, but I never saw one in my childhood at all.

Sep 27, 2009 02:46 AM #13
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