Memories of East Park Avenue near Harding University....soon to be new construction in Searcy AR.

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Some of you may remember some of the older homes on East Park near Harding University.  I actually do remember some but I had to go to Google to refresh the memories.  Here's the way the street used to look.

East Park near Harding U

Harding is expanding and has eliminated a few of our memories.  I sold this little house once.

East Park near Harding U

I showed this one once AFTER DARK and swore it was ridiculous to show property after dark. It had the neatest side porch that had been added when someone restored the house.

East Park near Harding U

Here's another that is just memory.

East Park near Harding U

And another.

East Park near Harding U

And the construction has begun.  Harding has made gorgeous buildings during the past several years as they expand.  Harding is good for Searcy.  I graduated from Harding and appreciate the school but I can't help missing some of the buildings that have eliminated.  Perhaps this blog can hang on.

East Park near Harding U

And if Don Thompson, king of Google searches, reads this blog I wish you'd improve these pictures!!

 

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Rainer
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Don Thompson
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Thanks Ludean for most aptly describing Cotton St. and the Park Avenue Grocery. It was pretty neat living a half block from a fine grocery store at the end of the world in Searcy town. I was fond of  going to the store for a piece of penny candy any time I wanted. Life was good on Cotton Street.

Barbara I may get to the Google Man for some pics on Park Avenue on this morning of the first snow of the year. Meanwhile, here's a Google Earth view of Park Avenue. I used the number 200 for a bearing.

East Park Avenue

Google Earth has a historical view feature that looks back in time using imagery from previous satellite views. Here's the oldest available from 3-2-1990.

3-2-1990

Dec 07, 2011 02:42 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ludean, changing street names makes for confusion, doesn't it?

Don, I did not know they had a previous satellite view on Google Earth.  You are a constant source of helpful information.  We need to do Race Street, don't we?

Dec 07, 2011 05:12 AM #10
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Ludean Kidd

Yes, Barbara, the changing of street names does cause confusion, especially for me.

Don, you did a good job bringing up the map of Park Ave.  Even got Spring Park in it.  Do you remember the big pecan tree located in back of the corner house on the south side of Park Ave. and Cotton St.  Those pecans were so tempting to try to get a handful of.  Use to be almost every house had some kind of trees with fruit or nuts.  We had a red plum and a peach tree in our back yard.  Davis' had a fig tree in their back yard.  Lady across the street had a yellow plum tree in her back yard. 

Dec 07, 2011 06:06 AM #11
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

 

Barbara, Who's we? Do you have a mouse in your pocket?

According to the 1919 Searcy map from Jim Bohannon's collection, Cotton St. was called Cotton Lane and led to the cotton mill and gin as Ludean said. I have marked an x approximately where I lived in 1949. Look at the top and see the house outlines on Park Ave or Park St. as it was first known.

Yes Ludean, I remember that pecan tree. Seem's that nuts and fruit were much better in those days before the insects and diseases got to them.

 

Searcy Map Section 1919

 

Dec 07, 2011 06:42 AM #12
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Ludean Kidd

I found where my house would be.  I never heard Cotton called Cotton Lane, but maybe the name changed later or maybe I just didn't know the difference.  I never heard of a lane named Soux, but it sure could have been named that in 1919.  Interesting map.  Thanks

Dec 07, 2011 11:46 AM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ludean and Don, good job.  But now I am more confused than ever.  And Don, "we" actually means "you."  Because you are the one smart enough to know how to do it!!

Dec 07, 2011 02:34 PM #14
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Ludean tell us where your house would be. I'm assuming it is on Southline which is now Woodruff.  Barbara, of course I knew you meant me. Just a snowy morning attempt at humor.

I am working on Park Ave. views at each street intersection. Let's see how that works. Here's a sample.

Google Earth View

Dec 08, 2011 01:40 AM #15
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Here's the industrial complex off Cotton Lane that was mentioned by Ludean. There's a Cotton Gin and Mill, Oil Mill, Ice Factory, and Seed House. I have also identified the house where I lived in 1949.

Map Park Ave & Cotton St.

Dec 08, 2011 01:59 AM #16
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Ludean Kidd

My house has been gone now for a few months, but if you came south on Charles St. from E. Park Ave and turned left or East on E. South Line, go to the second house on the right after you pass the lane (no name given on the 1919 map) would be my home.  If I was standing facing the lane, on my right side would be the Ezell home and on my left would be the Davis home, next would be my house.  Down that lane just before the railroad tracks lived the Coles.

E. South Line is now E. Woodruff.  It was called Mud Street, too, as it was muddy when I was really young.

On E. South Line at one time or other lived John and Collet Davis, sons of the elder Davis couple next to me, H. A. Pemberton's dad, the Angel family, the Matheny family, the Massey family, the Bittle family, the Dye Thorntons, the Moss, and others.

I hope this has not been too confusing.

Dec 08, 2011 02:22 AM #17
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Ludean Kidd

Mulberry is on the West side of Main St. We lived East of Main St. a few blocks.

Dec 08, 2011 02:25 AM #18
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Ludean, Mary, Don,  I am feeling my ignorance.  Having not grown up here I can't add much to this conversation but I'm delighted that you are remembering people and Don, you did a magnificent job with the maps and photos.  I knew you would!!

Dec 08, 2011 02:07 PM #19
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Ludean Kidd

Mary, we are talking about the same Matheny family.  Before I married and left Searcy, the Matheny's lived across and down the street from me. Hazel's mother, Mrs. Angel, lived on my side of the street, across from Hazel and Charley and their children.  Hazel and Charley have died, but Jerry and his family came back here to live a few years ago.  Mary Pat, as far as I know, doesn't live here.  There was another younger boy, but I can't remember his name right now.  I stay in touch with Jerry's wife, Pat.  Their daughter is a public servant in Searcy, but right now I can't remember her name.  She is in charge of some function.  Jerry worked for the Sheriff's department, but I think he is retired now.  When I was in real estate and worked with Barbara, I sold them a house in the housing addition on the right just before you go over Cut Hill. 

I agree that Hazel was a good cook.  And Charley was almost blind.  I didn't know where he worked.  I married at 15 and left Searcy in 1952.  Married a man from Sidon, who was in the U. S. Air Force, so we traveled quite a lot.  Had 3 children. Our oldest boy and his dad are burried at Sidon Cemetery.

Dec 08, 2011 03:37 PM #20
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Ludean Kidd

Barbara, you are doing a good job of keeping this blog going.  You are keeping us remembering.  That is good for our brains.  Sometimes it takes a lot of thinking to pull things out of my memory.  I am always glad to keep trying, as they are good memories of home to me.  My growing up on Mud Street or E. S. Line St. or E. Woodruff, whichever you want to call it, was a good time for me.  My memory of those days seem to work better than my recent memories.  So thanks, Barbara, for your friendship and your willingness to keep this going.  Ludean

Dec 08, 2011 03:46 PM #21
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Debbie Wantulok

Ms. B...I didn't live here either...but I sure have been enjoying the conversations of those that did...progress sure comes with a price...sometimes for the better and sometimes not...time is the better judge...to borrow a saying I saw in a restuarant in Russellville, AR(What-a-Burger)...the older we get...the better we was!  Keep sharing!

Dec 09, 2011 02:14 AM #22
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I hardily second Ludean's praise of Barbara. Us Searcians love to relive our growing up in Searcy town.

I have one more pic to post. Along with my other post of a pic of my family living on Cotton St. with the map showing the location of 306 Cotton St. Here's the map again with Ludean's house, some relatives of mine, the Ezells, and me again in front of the house. Our Houses

Dec 09, 2011 03:34 AM #23
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Liz Howell
Thanks, Barbara. Great job! I enjoyed your blog and shared it with Harding alumni.
May 30, 2012 01:28 PM #24
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Deanna Brooks

Barbara, my family moved to Searcy in 1958.  Park Avenue Grocery was in a store attached to a house...Jack Robertson later built a new store in the same location when they moved into Cloverdale...and he left his big German shepherd dog in the store at night.  When the house and store were together, I could be pushing my buggy down the aisle, and feel something on my shoulder...and that German Shepherd would have come up behind me and placed his head on my shoulder, as if he wanted to see what was in my basket.  The new store was built sometime between 1964-66, I think.  Andy and Kathryn Ritchie and their family lived about 4 doors down, across the street.  Also, on the south side of the street, with houses facing North were Mrs. Hallye Vanderpool and her 4 sons (including a set of twins) and the McDonalds who had 4 girls.  The Knox Summit family lived on the NE corner of Market and Grand, and they had 3 boys, including a set of twins...Mrs. Summit lived there until just a few years ago when she moved to Louisiana to live with one of the sons...she died probably 2 years ago at the age of 103.

May 31, 2012 12:07 AM #25
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Liz, thanks for reading and commenting.  Don did a good job of supplying history for this blog.

Deanna, thanks for commenting.  Do you have any pictures of these sites that you could share with us?  I LOVED the dog story!  I can not remember the Jack Robertson store at all and I should be able to if it was new in 1964 or 1966.  A picture of it would be great.

May 31, 2012 12:43 AM #26
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Deanna Brooks

oops...it was not McDonald...it was the McDougal family I had in mind.  Sorry, I don't have any photos of Park Avenue!  Mama died March 21, and yesterday when my daughter-in-law and I were going through pictures, we found one shortly after we moved into our house @ 45 Harding Drive in 1960.  DIL said, "There are no trees!  I have never seen this house without trees!"  My brother and I laughed...after all, it's been 52 years...and he had planted 2 oak trees from my grandad's Oklahoma farm that are quite large now, and that is the only way DIL has known the house!

Jun 07, 2012 12:03 PM #27
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Deanna, I have made the observation before and it is very true.....the bigger the trees the older the house and the neighborhood!  I noticed in my own yard that the 22 year old trees are becoming huge and there were no trees on the lot when we built.

Jun 07, 2012 09:43 PM #28
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