Old Searcy Arkansas Public School. Where was this building?

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We've just been commenting on where the Searcy Sleuths attended school way back when....

Since I didn't grow up here, I can't say much about the schools or the teachers or the students from Searcy Arkansas.

I did purchase a great postcard on ebay, however, and wonder where this school was located.  I'd like to drive by and see if the house is still there.  Note the house looked so much like ones we still have in Searcy. 

Sleuths, if you are listening, tell us what we need to know about this building.

Searcy School Arkansas

 

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Anita Fuller

Mary Dunn:  I think you finally have it right, from Don's photos.  If you are still confused you can call me:  501-825-6299.......

The original Searcy High School was your Primary School (and mine)..  The fire escape tube was attached to the Primary School.  The school with the tower, was the Grammer School, but the tower was long gone.  Grammer school burned in l948.  Primary School and Grammer School were alongside each other....with a small building in between, sorta toward the back.

Aug 16, 2011 10:24 AM #11
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Harold Gene Sullivan

The little building between (in 1948) the primary school and the grammar school was not only a steam plant but, more important, the bathrooms.  Out back of it was a crank erasers cleaner.  That was a real privilege to get out of class to take the erasers out and clean them.

 Searcy College had a similar looking building on the site at the north end of College Street where our house was located, 1212 W. Race.  Often when we would dig in the ground to plant trees or make a garden we would dig up old stones from that building.  We bought the place in 1940 and nothing remained on the surface at that time so I'm not sure what years the building was there.  I'm sending some pictures of the Searcy College building to Don for him to post for me.

Aug 16, 2011 03:23 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

All you Sleuths!  What can I say?   While I was working today you all were solving mysteries.  But I still need to know the exact location so I can go take a picture of the house if it is still there.  : )

Aug 16, 2011 03:24 PM #13
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Back to Barbara's original question.  The building was on the corner of N. Gum and W. Acadamy.  I looked on Google Street View and where that old house was is now a parking lot.

Aug 16, 2011 03:37 PM #14
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Anita Fuller

Thanks, Gene......for keeping Barbara from driving up and down Searcy streets looking for that house.  I would have bet the farm that it IS NOT there today!

I had forgotten about that eraser thing.  I think mostly boys were chosen to do it.  I don't think I ever did.

Aug 17, 2011 01:52 AM #15
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Don Thompson
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Here are the pics Harold asked to be posted.

Searcy College

 

 

Searcy College 2

Aug 17, 2011 04:16 AM #16
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Don Thompson
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Mary, Muncy's book shows up occasionally on eBay. Set up an account and put a request to be notified by e-mail when it's available. Barbara, Anita and I have it set up for Searcy items.

Aug 17, 2011 04:19 AM #17
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Anita Fuller

Mary, as Don said, eBay is the best place to find one.  you MIGHT check with the Historical Society, sometimes books like that get donated to them.

One more thing, Bob corrected me about Mrs. Farris.  She was our 3rd grade teacher, not our 4th grade teacher.  Our 4th grade teacher got sick in the middle of the year (cancer)....had to stop teaching, and later died.  We can't remember her name nor the substitute teacher's name.  Anybody?????

Aug 17, 2011 06:55 AM #18
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Harold Gene....thanks!  Gas saved and question answered!

Don, thanks for the pictures.  I wanted to locate the old college but couldn't find it.  So Luke was wrong on that one.

Mary, the Historical Society may have one and I'll bet Amazon.com has some.

Anita, I don't know how you can remember all the teacher's names.

 

Aug 17, 2011 07:14 AM #19
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Wasn't the building where the first Searcy College was located at Center and Gum (Pine) the Dodd's house in the late 40's?  They had a girl who was a year or two younger then me but another senior moment has overtaken me and I don't remember her name, seems it started with a C. 

Aug 17, 2011 07:20 AM #20
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Don Thompson
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Mary you need to keep a eye on the bidding and click on "add to watch list" so you will get an e-mail warning that the auction is about to close. There will be bidders that don't bid until the last seconds.

It's a tricky process for beginners.

Aug 17, 2011 12:11 PM #21
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mary, when the books first came out Muncy autographed them.  I bought two....one for each kid and he personalized them.  How amazing that you found Lloyd's book after his death.  It may be a sign for you that's he's watching!

Aug 18, 2011 04:13 PM #22
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Debbie Wantulok

Go! Ms. Mary!  I am cheering you on!  I just think that is the neatest thing that you may have found a book your first time on e-bay that belonged to a a close relative.  There must be a story in there somewhere...where is Luke?

When I first viewed this post I was going to comment on how different most public schools look today compared to schools of the past...I don't know the correct descriptions but they looked so scholarly with towers and maybe even a little scarey...scarey doesn't quite fit but I liked the style of them.  Then I got caught up in Ms. Mary's book search and that is just simply outstanding...

Ms. Mary...PLEASE post the outcome of the auction.  I am excited for you!

Ms. Barbar...your blog was really inspirational!

 

Aug 19, 2011 04:54 AM #23
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That old building architecture is quite unique and beautiful Barbara. You find the BEST pictures of Searcy out there from the past. And then you relate them to today.

Aug 20, 2011 05:09 AM #24
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Bob Fuller

This is one of my memories about the Searcy Primary School; the one that later added that fire-escape.  I went to school in  that building for a portion of the 1st grade, a portion of the 2nd grade and a portion of the 3rd grade.  The reason I was there for only part of those years, is that my Dad worked for Kroger, and they kept moving him back and forth between Searcy and Bald Knob.  I certainly got a thorough dose of those three grades because the BK schools began two or 3 weeks before Searcy.  I started each of those grades at BK and finished them in Searcy, giving me almost a month more schooling each of those years.   But that's not my "memory."

This is the memory:  In those days, early to mid-40s, airplanes were rare to non-existent around Searcy.  If someone heard the sound of a plane, while school was in session, the students were allowed to leave the building in order to see it.  I think I'm right about this, that the first one to see the plane got a free lunch in the lunchroom.

Aug 20, 2011 07:02 AM #25
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debbie and Mary, I was absolutely amazed to see what they were asking for the Muncy books on Amazon.com.  Perhaps we need to start buying them up and corner the market.

Gary, the old architecture is extremely interesting.  Bet you have some from your town too.

Bob, all that going from school to school explains your friendly personality and nature.  You had to make friends a lot!  Wasn't there something about a citizen's watch for planes during the war?  Kids were trained to make sure the plane was not an enemy plane.  I can't remember what it was called, though.  Don will surely know the name of it.

 

Aug 20, 2011 02:23 PM #26
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Don Thompson
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The term is one I only associate with WWII. Spotters.  Armed services men and women sent to small islands to watch for signs of enemy activy were also called spotters. Why don't we call hunters spotters?

Looks like Mary got her book. Amazing that there was only one other bidder who only bid once and was probably a collector/seller from the number of eBay transactions listed.

Aug 21, 2011 02:23 AM #27
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, I had a collectible coloring book that showed kids how to watch for enemy planes.  I don't know what I did with it and can't recall the name for sure of the program.  Spotters may be it.

Mary, you got that book cheaper than I paid for one when it came out or cheaper than one in the store!!  And it belonged to Lloyd Fraser.  Congratulations.  Don't we have an educational blog?  Head teacher is Don Thompson!!

Aug 21, 2011 04:12 AM #28
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Don Thompson
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Barbara, the program was Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) Read about it here.

Aug 21, 2011 06:36 AM #29
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Thanks, Don.  I wish I could find those coloring books showing little kids on the lookout.

 

Aug 22, 2011 01:01 AM #30
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