Old house, unusual weather, in old Searcy Arkansas. Yarnell house?

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This house is no longer in Searcy.  It was removed in order for "things modern" to be built.  I'm not sure exactly where it was but my sources say it was between the West Arch street Church of Christ and downtown.

Sources also say they think it may have been called the Yarnell house?  They say with assurance that it was Mildred Wilbourn's (now deceased) grandmother's house.  And they say with assurance that it was a magnificent old house.  I'll bet this picture got snapped because of the unusual-for-Searcy-Arkansas snowfall.

Perhaps a few comments from you folks out there can set the record straight.

Old Yarnell house?

Wonder if this was the same snowstorm?

Clabber Girl carBolton's Service Station

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Anita Fuller

May I answer Ruth, for Barbara:   Clabber Girl was a baking powder.   Before I started buying Wal-Mart's brand, I think I would still buy Clabber Girl.

Anita Fuller

Jan 21, 2010 12:38 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita and Ruth, Clabber Girl was a baking powder but do you think anyone uses baking powder anymore?  At least not enough to have someone with a car advertising it.  No I use premixes for bread and a cake, if I ever made one.  Ha.  Is Clabber Girl a has-been?

Jan 21, 2010 01:40 AM #8
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Anita Fuller

Barbara, not only are we to take you driving all over Searcy and showing you who lived WHERE and WHEN, but after that, I need to take you with me to Harp's....and we'll stroll up and down the aisles .  YES, people still use baking powder - I actually used some last night when I made cornbread FROM SCRATCH!!!  Also used baking soda - do you know what that is?    I"m sure Clabber Girl will be on the shelf, and remember - in the days that Clabber Girl was advertised on that truck, there were NO cake mixes and all this pre-mixed stuff.

I have spoken to the Searcy Oracle, Dorothy Yarnell Warden.  That beautiful Yarnell house was torn down, along with about 4 others, to accomodate the West Arch Church of Christ.  I knew they had torn the Sandford house (past blog feature) but didn't realize the Yarnell home was razed, too. for that reason.  It was 700 W. Arch, phone 102.  It was "catty cornered" across the street from the Grammer home, which is still standing, but just barely: Miss Clarice Grammer, 608 W. Arch, phone 1591-J.

Anita Fuller

 

 

Jan 21, 2010 02:20 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Barbara,

The photos remind me of being a kid. In this region of Mexico they say that the weather was really cold a couple week ago. Not now.

Jan 21, 2010 07:51 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, this is the Grammer house.  I thought it was the picture earlier that you showed me with you sitting on the porch and you swore it was your mother's house that she redid.  This had to be the most popular house style in the 50's.  Grammer house

Jan 21, 2010 10:41 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, thanks for tracking down the history!  Wonder if ghosts sometimes haunt that church because their favorite "haunts" were torn down.  LOL

Nutsy, isn't it time for you and the boss and his boss to get home???

Jan 21, 2010 10:43 AM #12
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Ruth Vogt
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uh-oh... guess I was WAY off on what Clabber Girl was. Guess the cat's out of the bag now... baking is not my forte'!!  ha!

Jan 21, 2010 02:38 PM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ruth, not many people use it anymore but don't tell Anita that I said that.  She's trying to make us feel bad by telling us how she cooked corn bread from "scratch."  She probably needs to tell us the difference in baking soda and Clabber Girl.  I keep baking soda in my refrig to cut down on smells.  Along with a couple pieces of charcoal.

Jan 21, 2010 11:41 PM #14
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Anita Fuller

Thanks for the picture of Miss Clarice Grammer's house.....I never noticed how similiar it is to my old house, before Mother started all her remodelings.  I can't believe that house is still standing and occupied, but I"m glad it is.

I honestly can't say I know the nuances between baking POWDER and baking SODA but there are differences. Sometimes you use one or the other, at other times you use them both - as in my to die for cornbread recipe.  I also keep baking soda in my frig. (but no charcoal)...

Anita Fuller

Jan 22, 2010 12:32 AM #15
Anonymous
Ludean Kidd

I don't exactly know the differences between the two, but we always have both and in my cabinet, it is Clabber Girl baking powder. 

One thing, I think, is baking soda tones down the taste of buttermilk.

When I was a kid, baking soda was used to clean our teeth.

The oldtimers used baking soda and water for heartburn.

And, yes, I keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator, too.

Jan 22, 2010 01:43 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, the house does look like your old one....prior to.  I'm just as happy to sacrifice a bit of quality, perhaps, in cornbread and use the cornmeal mix.  Try the charcoal too!

Ludean, how could they know that baking soda tones down buttermilk?  I guess that would have been when people preferred to cook with sweet milk, not buttermilk?  I do remember my mother putting vinegar in a glass, adding soda and it fizzed and she made me drink it for some reason.  I also remember the soda for teeth cleaning.  I personally put water in my cornbread mix! 

Jan 22, 2010 04:54 AM #17
Anonymous
Ludean Kidd

I don't know that was the reason, I was just guessing.

Now, here is a recipe that I found awhile back for cleaning sluggish drains.  1/4 cup soda followed by 1/3 cup vinegar.  Allow to bubble for 30 seconds, pour in 1 cup hot water.  I did try this and it worked for for my sluggish drain problem.

Anita, I would appreciate your recipe for cornbread, if you please.

Jan 22, 2010 07:42 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ludean, I'll bet I was sluggish and that's why my mom put that stuff down me.  It sounds like the very same thing.  It was sorta fun to see it fizz, though.  Not nearly as bad as something called Black Draught. 

Jan 22, 2010 07:56 AM #19
Anonymous
Ludean Kidd

Oh, yeah, I remember Black Draught.  We didn't take a lot of bought medicine.  My grandmother usually had a home remedy if you were sick.  It was better to just go on to school or whatever and forget about being sick.  Ah, the good old days!!!!!

Jan 22, 2010 10:16 AM #20
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

My mother made me take, regularly:  Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin.  It was awful:  black in color and grainy.  It's logo was "Even finicky children love it".....so I used to declare that I was evidently not finicky, because I HATED it.

Oh the things we remember from childhood.

Ludean, I'm sending the cornbread recipe by email.

Anita Fuller

 

 

Jan 23, 2010 12:58 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ludean, those medicines were pretty bad.  I never understood why my mother would put "warm urine" in my ear when I had an earache.  But she did.  That may be why I can't hear well and couldn't hear well my entire lifetime.

Anita, I never heard of that one.  But there was one horribly sweet one that she gave us that was even worse than Black Draught.  I need some of you to refresh the name in my memory.  If I hear it I'll scream and run......

Jan 23, 2010 01:29 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Ruth Vogt
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Barbara, I had to stop and think about where I might even get some charcoal... uh-oh... that might soon be a thing from the past, too???

Never heard of the warm urine treatment. Thank goodness.

But here's one ... did they ever put ... let me think about how to spell it... ma-cure-a-com is how I remember it being pronouced. It was a little like iodine, would stain orange, and hurt worse than the injury itself.

(Barbara... this is a really fun blog!)

Jan 23, 2010 02:45 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ruth, that macureacom was big.  I still have some somewhere around this house.  We'll probably have charcoal as long as we have guys.  Don't they still build fires with it to cook their steaks when they're out hunting squirrel or deer or other innocent little animals?

 

Jan 23, 2010 04:52 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com

ROTF!!! Okay, you win. You're right. I was thinking like a girl, not like a man when I made that last comment about charcoal!

Jan 23, 2010 05:49 AM #25
Anonymous
Anita Fuller

You girls need to learn how to spell  mercurichrome....or it can be mercurochrome.  It's so named because it contains mercury, and has been taken off the market for that reason.   But my mother used it on all my cuts and scrapes, too.

There is a bag of charcoal on my deck, as I write.  When my son comes, he's big on grilling:  steaks, hamburger, you name it.   Barbara, I can't believe Dude doesn't grill a mean steak on your patio. 

Anita Fuller

 

 

Jan 23, 2010 08:12 AM #27
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