Historic card for sale on ebay. The Oak Tree Inn in McRae Arkansas.

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Here's a very interesting picture of a restaurant that was located in the small town of McRae Arkansas, about 8 miles from Searcy Arkansas.  I hope someone from McRae will find it and buy it.  Do any of you remember it?

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Here's the back side of the post card and I wish we could see the inside!  Or perhaps some of the Sleuths know the former owners.

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Luke Jones
Garver - Little Rock, AR

Several pretty amazing things can be gleaned from this.

1. McRae had a hotel.

2. There exists at least one postcard of McRae.

3. People used to travel through McRae.

4. The hotel's name is apt: Notice that the oak tree in question appears to be INSIDE the building.

5. I still can only barely read cursive so someone will have to translate that text.

Oct 24, 2011 09:47 AM #1
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Jason Sardi
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Cursive writing is something I'm not used to these days either.  But I absolutely LOVE these old cards.  Nostaglia personaified.

Oct 24, 2011 11:11 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Luke, just because there was a restaurant does not mean there was a hotel, does it?  What I loved best was the oak tree growing inside the building.  Makes me want to see what the inside looked like.  Cursive writing is becoming a thing of the past, so says some.

Jason, you and Luke are so young.  Bet yet u thk tomorrow is spelled tomr!  My daughter says that cursive is not even taught in schools anymore.  Wonder if they still do splng.  (spelling)

Oct 24, 2011 01:49 PM #3
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Steven L. Smith
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Dear Godmother,

The boss and me been laying low. I had been unfairly incarcerated, due to a property rights dispute with a pesky neighbor who did not like me in the tree, but I is back. The opposition was egged on by that nasty Mr Charles.

Nutsy

Oct 25, 2011 03:59 AM #4
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Sharon Paxson
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Hi Barbara - That is a really cool card, and really appreciate the history of it all. Has someone bid on it?

Oct 25, 2011 05:47 AM #5
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Debbie Wantulok

Hey Ms. Barb...I wonder...If I write on one of the post cards I just purchased and send it off...years from now will it be featured on a blog as famous as yours?  I'm certain I will need to use the secret code of cursive handwritting...any other hints to suggest before I send my card off?

Missed you guys...been in revival in Craig, CO..I survived the GREAT Divide...left town before the snow was coming...ministered in Fountain, CO (between Pueblo and Co. Springs)  too.  Had a blast!  I shot over 2500 pixs...maybe I should just make postcards...what do you think?

Oct 25, 2011 02:03 PM #6
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Debbie Wantulok

Hey Nutsy...I thought your kind was out and about...I think some of us need to start up a petition to get your relatives thrown in jail...and maybe even shipped elsewhere...they would like it out west...they have lots of cousins that live in holes in the ground cause they ain't got no trees to climb...I'm sure they wouldn't notice a few more and the laws protect them even...I'd buy them a ticket!

Oct 25, 2011 02:07 PM #7
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Luke Jones
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Barbara, I was assuming "Inn" meant people could sleep in that building if they needed to. Perhaps there was a hammock between the oak tree and wall?

Thanks for the cursive translation, Mary Dunn. I was homeschooled up until fifth grade and my mother didn't deem it necessary to teach me cursive. It was only an issue for that one year, fifth grade, which was the only time in my schooling history any teacher ever required me to write in cursive. So I had to learn it all from scratch then, and promptly forgot it a year later. I don't even sign my name in cursive anymore.

I think most of us in my generation consider cursive to be an unnecessary relic, especially since most kids learn to type pretty soon after learning how to write, and most teachers require essays to be typed. At least in my experience.

Oct 26, 2011 04:13 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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NUTSY!!  You are back.  That awful Mr. C needs to be sent to the jailhouse for being mean to you.  Welcome home.

Mary, thanks for the cursive lesson that you gave Luke.  He is our fine example of the youth of today. He can keep us posted on what is the latest in youth-hood.  Just wait til he has one or two kids of his own!

Debbie, don't hyou be mean to Nutsy!  He is back and needs love and affection.  I may even rent him one of those big trees on your lot.  We did miss you while you were gone!

Luke, every time I've seen a person write....who does not write cursive....it seems to take forever.  I think cursive is actually speed-writing to be used until you can do speed-typing....which is not always possible.  Now what is really slow is this texting stuff.  I hate typing on those little keys!  As noted above in note to Mary, we have appointed you our youth-hood reporter.  Shock us all you want to with those unbelievable things your age group is doing.  It took me a long time to digest home schooling but I'm getting used to it.

Oct 26, 2011 02:58 PM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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P. S. to Luke.  You could be right.  That may be a hotel instead of a restaurant.  Perhaps I jumped to conclusions.

Oct 26, 2011 02:59 PM #10
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Barbara, it was probably both. I think back in those days most inns and hotels provided food as well. Like Searcy's Mayfair, for example.

And yes, you're right about the cursive: It takes me forever to write anything. That's why whenever I go to do an interview, I bring my computer with me, because I can type faster than write.

Oct 27, 2011 03:49 AM #11
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Debbie Wantulok

Ok, Ms. B. Nutsy - Welcome back! Nutsy!

 Although we do have one of your relatives that needs to be shot and boiled...he just doesn't take the hint...we did find that we had another varmit who was part of the troubles...while we were gone...David killed an oppossum...big, fat, gray and black, ugly oppossum...now that one craz y(squirrel) relative is really having fun...he loves upsetting the dog now that he has learned that he can't get to him...there is always 1.  He just will not settle with the fact that someone else has moved in...he wants HIS winter corner of the house.  If he only knew about Florida for a winter residence...His summer house doesn't bother me...it is on the lot behind the house. 

How do you say...you look good behind bars...and still be nice at the same time?  Oh, well.  How's this for politically correct?  You look good in stripes!  Smiles!  Have a good day!

 

Oct 27, 2011 08:15 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Luke, I am teaching my daughter to be a REALTOR right now and she has also been a reporter.  She wrote cursive so fast that it looks like shorthand so I'm telling her that the cursive has to be readable.  She thinks I'm picky because she can read all of it. 

Debbie, thanks for being nice to my godson Nutsy.  Is his relative STILL in your house?  If so, I think little Luke is feeding him.  I was at a close the other day and we were sitting there trying to be serious with all kinds of bangings and beatings going on in the wall behind us.  The closer said they had squirrels in the attic and one had probably fallen down into the wall and was trying to get out.  That was a first!

Oct 27, 2011 01:17 PM #13
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Godmother,

That Debbie woman does not makes me feels all that welcome. I would say to her that she would be much better off if she welcomed in my relative and treated him good. A good squirrel is a wonderful thing to finds. I would be here more oftens but this system is quite slow, as you know, and the boss is not willing to pays me to sit and watch the blank screen when I posts a comments. He says that I should bees talking to clients on the phones.

Godson

 

Oct 27, 2011 02:52 PM #14
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Debbie Wantulok

Yes, some have bats in the belfry or skeletons in the closet but we have squirrels in the attic.  He politely left during the hot weather to his summer home in the next lot and only ventures bouncing from trees...of course, we had lots of noise going on in the yard and he didn't venture too frequently...but then the cool weather came and we heard nuts in the attic and it wasn't long and he has taken up his winter residence just like he had never left...He uses a different entrance...but he must have had more ways of escape than a secret agent...I sure hope he doesn't find a lady friend...maybe he could move to the beach and retire...

 

Oct 28, 2011 12:36 PM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Hey! Im jesse crisco Jeanne is my grandma and butch knows her and she wanted me to tell you that "speedy" Fuller was her father and she grew up when this place was still cool! She has this exact post card minus the writing on the back. Thanks a bunch and it was really cool to find this on here.

Also Jerome has somehow lost Butch's phone number so could you please give us that? thanks again have a nice day!!

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