Ramona Palmer Riddle's place of birth right here on East Race Street in Searcy Arkansas.

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Ramona Palmer Riddle grew up in Searcy Arkansas and I hope she becomes one of our honored Sleuths.  She remembers so much about the old town.  She shared this picture of her mother and dad standing at the porch of the house in which she was born.  The picture appears to have been hand tinted.  It's lovely.

Ramona Palmer birthplace

This house just happens to be the neighboring house to our office at 1507 East Race Street so I hustled out the front door and snapped a picture of it as it is today.  Notice they appear to have added a second front door and covered the exposed rafters with siding but the house is very much like it was then.

Romana Palmer house now

White we're looking back wouldn't it be nice to see the old picture of what used to be a little barber shop.  Here is a better picture of it.

Barber shop

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Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Steven, I know what you mean.  I may reblog one of your posts with the music history on it.  They are so interesting.

Don, thanks for the picture.  As usual, you always add great content to this blog.  I do hope you and Anita persuade Babe to become a regular! 

Anita, you do know Babe?  Ramona is so well known as Babe.  That's what I've always called her.

 

Aug 11, 2011 02:49 AM #7
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Debbie Wantulok

I have never seen a hand tinted picture...to my knowledge...I LOVE IT!  WOW!  It looks like it would be fun to do...do you know anything about the process?...In what years wwas that process popular?...Have you ever watched anyone do it?...That house does look remarkably well cared for and kept...how old is it?...I'm just a million questions today.

Mr. Don:  You give new meaning to the term G-man (Google Man that is).

The house is great and all...but I couldn't help noticing the 2 rockers and a porch swing...I think everyone should have a porch swing and be required to sit at least 20 minutes every evening before bed...to maintain their sanity!

Aug 11, 2011 03:41 AM #8
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Don Thompson
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I'll second Miz Debbie's porch swing idea. I love to swing! However, Paula doesn't like the motion.

Tinting goes way back. Some of the early BW movies were colorized by a tinting process. Wizard of Oz is an example.

Read about it here.

Of course with digital pics and graphic editors make that process a snap. I did a little work on the Palmer house. Notice the tears are gone from the lower left and the right tree foliage is darker. Didn't want to do any more because it's quite appealing as it is.

 

Palmer House

Aug 11, 2011 05:00 AM #9
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Anita Fuller

Yes, Barbara, I know Baby Palmer.....she definitely should join us Searcy Sleuths!

I LOVE to swing, as in a porch swing, too.  In the house I grew up in, on Arch Street, before mother remodeled it, it had a swing and I would swing and swing...

I had a colored picture of me....made by William Walker, photographer in Searcy...that was tinted, or whatever.  It was hand colored, as there wasn't any color film in those days.

Aug 11, 2011 08:04 AM #10
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Don Thompson
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Anita, You mean this one.=-))

Anita

Aug 11, 2011 12:22 PM #11
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Ludean Kidd

I think porch swings and rocking chairs are a big reason we used to know everyone and where they lived.  I sure loved to sit in our swing and day dream a little bit.  That house in the picture sure does look homey.  Makes you want to stop and talk to the couple there. 

Now to get back to the present, it sure has been hot lately and I sure do appreciate the air conditioning.  We really would have suffered now being out in the heat, as we aren't used to it.

 

Aug 11, 2011 01:19 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

To all you Sleuths.....it has been fun getting home from work and reading your comments!  And OMG! I just found a kid on the porch of that house.  Don's work on the picture and perhaps making it bigger brought out the kid sitting on the edge of the porch.  I've got a call into Babe to find out who that was!

Porch swings and rocking chairs were the thing at that time.  I personally liked the porch swing best.  But like you, Ludean, I like air conditioned rooms even better!

Aug 11, 2011 01:56 PM #13
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Debbie Wantulok

Thanks Ms. Barbara for a GREAT blog...and thanks to all of the Searcy Slueths who I feel have added to my education.  I really enjoyed it...

After I read your post Ms. Barbara I had to go back and look...I didn't see a kid either...but it's there...I sure hope you find out who it is cause I'm going to be looking back to see...if you looked back to see...who that was looking way back then!  (Do you remember a song like that WAY back when?  I remember my daddy singing...I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back to see if you were looking back at me...)

Aug 11, 2011 02:12 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
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GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debbie, you are just TOO young.  I sang that silly song and thought it was very funny.  I still do think it is a fun song.  I talked to Babe and she says the kid was her cousin Jack Reeves.  I can't tell if he has on a shirt.  It used to be so hot kids, including myself, would go shirtless.  I still remember being double-crossed by a girl friend in about the 3rd grade.

We sat in the class room sweltering in the heat.  The boys all had their shirts off.  My friend and I thought that was not right. We were SO hot!  We made an agreement.  We would pull off our shirts so we could be cool also.  That was probably my first time to think that sexism was not right.

Off went my shirt.  My friend chickened out and didn't pull hers off!  I swore under my breath and then turned all colors as all eyes were on me and the teacher chewed me out and made me put the shirt back on.  I still remember that girl and how she let me down.

Aug 11, 2011 02:21 PM #15
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Ramona "Babe" Riddle

This is a great blog Barbara. I definetly will be a sleuth. Does anyone remember the L Building down by the old high school gym. I started lst grade there. It was my first time to get kicked out of school. At 6 no less. The teacher just sent me home because I refused to share a desk seat with a boy named Elmo McIntire. I don't remember who the teacher was. The boy was dirty!!!!

Aug 11, 2011 03:30 PM #16
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Ludean Kidd

Yes, I do remember that building.  I was in 7th grade in that building, Mrs. Pearrow's class.

Aug 11, 2011 03:42 PM #17
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Babe, I guess I'm lucky that I didn't get kicked out of school for the shirt removal. 

Ludean, since I'm new in town I don't remember the L building.

Aug 12, 2011 01:13 AM #18
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Anita Fuller

First of all, Don: I'll get back at you, so watch your back at all times.  That was NOT the tinted picture, by the way.  Mother had to pay to have it done by William Walker.

The L building was where we (class of '54) went in 6th grade.  The two teachers were  Alice Redus and Laura Margaret Cautrell.  The wall just went up so high between the classrooms so that you might be able to hear the other teacher at any given time.  Also we occasionally would throw a wadded up piece of paper over into the next classroom.   There was only one bathroom, it was in Miss Cautrells' room: the other class would line up and come thru our class for 'bathroom break'....

Aug 12, 2011 02:10 AM #19
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Ludean Kidd

Anita, that building must have been used for a number of grades.  I think it housed 3 seventh grade rooms when I was there.  My sixth grade was in the new grammer school under Mrs. Kellough.

Aug 12, 2011 03:25 AM #20
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Anita Fuller

Ludean:  our 7th grade was in that rock building, next to the band room. between the Agri. Building.... Marinell Stephens was my teacher, Mrs. Pearow was the other teacher in the rock building.  Bob was in the 3rd 7th grade, but in the grammer school building he says, the one that burned. His 7th grade teacher was Mrs. Chandler.

Aug 12, 2011 06:21 AM #21
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I'm starting to get my years mixed up but I went to one grade (I thought it was the 7th) in that old L-shaped building.  It use to be part of the County Fair when it was held on those grounds.  Mr.West (later the bookstore  owner on the court house square). was my teacher.  I remember it being cold in that building in the winter plus lots of mud everywhere when it rained.  That was the year after the grammer school building burned.

Aug 12, 2011 07:13 AM #22
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Barbara S. Duncan
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GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I'm out of it, you guys!  I was in Georgia going to a little school and didn't know there was an Arkansas.

Aug 12, 2011 10:58 AM #23
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Ludean Kidd

Anita, you were a grade ahead of me, remember? 

Harold Gene, I thought you may have been down at the L shaped building the same year as I was.  I looked at the sixth grade graduation list and didn't find your name.  So guess you were there a different year.

When I looked at the graduation certificate out of the 6th grade, it was dated May of 1949, so 1950 would have been the year I was down at the L shaped building.

I was in the fourth grade (Mrs. Robbins) in the old grammer school that burned.  In the 5th grade, I was in Mrs. Moore's class in the basement of the primary school. In the sixth grade, I was in Mrs. Kellough's 6th grade in the new grammer school.

All that is said to point out that they put us where ever they could find a vacant room, I guess.  At any rate, I loved school at that time. 

Well, Barbara, I am glad you heard of Arkansas at some point, so that you are here now.  You are one of us, now, ha ha.

Aug 12, 2011 01:11 PM #24
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Anita Fuller

Ludean:  I was in the L shaped building in the school year '47-'48  so that makes it right, as you said.  Harold Gene was a year ahead of me,  he graduated in '53. 

But as you said, I LOVED school and didn't mind those buildings they put us in at all.  Never even thought of complaining, nor did our parents. Those really were the good old days. 

And I remember, and didn't mind at all, having to walk on "planks" that were put down for us to walk on, because of the rain and mud.

Aug 13, 2011 01:50 AM #25
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Ludean Kidd

I remember how hot my classroom was.  I wonder if they were air conditioned.  As you came off the street, I slipped and fell on ice.  Didn't hurt me, but I wondered if everyone saw me slip and fall.  Oh, the good old days!!!

Aug 13, 2011 02:32 AM #26
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