Test time. How soon we forget. Searcy AR Armory?

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Searcy Arkansas Armory

We really do forget in a hurry and I'll bet most of you have forgotten this building and where it was located in Searcy AR.  It is nice to have two types of blog readers.  The first type is the group who no longer lives in Searcy.  They grew up here, graduated, married, moved, but still have fond memories of their home town.  And they remember it just as it was when they lived here.  Examples:  Anita Hart Fuller and Don Thompson, super sleuths supreme.

The second group lives here now but quickly forgets the building that was here two years ago because they drive by the old location, see the new structure and can't remember what used to be there.  So this building will be testing both groups.  Where was it?

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Rian Parnell

Walgreen's sits there now correct? Also was Truman Baker.

Nov 29, 2015 08:43 PM #1
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Jennifer Bernard

Thats what i thought but walgreens has been in that location more then 2 years

Nov 29, 2015 08:56 PM #2
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Deanna Brooks

It was on the SE corner of the block where Walgreen's is now...was Truman Baker for many many years.

Nov 29, 2015 10:04 PM #3
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Don Thompson
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Anita will surely have stories about dances, halloween parties etc. held in the armory I know I will later.

Now I'm getting ready to head out for coffee with former work mates at the Coffee Society in Cupertino, CA.

Nov 29, 2015 10:45 PM #4
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

 

 

Oh heck, I have some time so here goes:

 

I certainly have memories of the National Guard Armory. 

Here are some facts:

National Guard Armory Building

 
  National Guard Armory Building
Designer Burks, Harvey Ray
Location SearcyArkansasUSA
Date 1930
Building Type Defense
Construction System Concrete, Brick, Asphalt
Architectural Style Art Deco
Street Address Jct. of Race and N. Locust Sts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like Anita and Harold, I remember events like Halloween parties held there.

I remember going to a munitions demonstration there in the 1943-1945 time frame. There was a demonstration of machine guns doing rapid firing. Also sharpshooter teams demonstrated the M1 rifle. I remember gathering up M1 shells and I even found a live one. I made it into a mechanical pencil years later.

If ya'll want to read more about my armory experience go  here. See the WWII Memories.

 

The one Halloween party I especially remember when I was about 7 and I was dressed in a Zorro costume. My grandmother had made a cape and mask from a black velor coat lining. I was the cat's meow! The haunted house Harold mentioned was famous for the vat of eyeballs (skinned grapes).

 

Anita's post

First of all, I will never forgive myself for not taking a photo of the old Armory before it was torn down.  I knew it was going to happen, just waited until too late.  My only memories of being inside it was going to basketball games there.  Evidently there was a basketball court with stands for the fans to sit.  At that time Searcy High School didn't have a gym, that would have been in the 40's, MAYBE early 50's.  I assume the team not only played games there, but practiced there, too. I think I remember seeing military equipment in the building, as we would be walking by going to the gym.  I'm sure some of the older guys still living in Searcy - Benson Robbins for one, would remember and possibly played basketball there. 

 

Harold's post

 

Like Anita, I, also, remember that high school basketball was played there in the 1940's.  My brother, A.J., played there and we always went to his games.  He graduated in 1947.  Before I left high school in 1953 the "new" gym had been is use for a couple of years.  The gym was built on W. Moore near N. Elm.  This site use to be part of the White County fair grounds. 

Another thing I remember about the armory was that there was often a haunted house upstairs there for Halloween. I can still feel the goose bumps I had when I  put my hand in a bowl and felt “eye balls”. Of course, they were just  peeled grapes but you couldn’t convince me of that at the time.

Nov 29, 2015 10:58 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Rian, that is right.

Jennifer, that was poor writing on my part.  I did not mean that it had only been gone two years but that buildings in general go away quickly from our minds.  I am sorry that I mislead you.

Deanna, you are right also!

Don, get yourself home to Arkansas!

Nov 30, 2015 12:28 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Ok, Don, that is more like it.  You have given a wonderful history of the building.  And you gave us great memories.  Thanks!!!  Now come home.....

Nov 30, 2015 12:29 AM #7
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Mike knight

Old Truman Baker parts dept at Race and main

Nov 30, 2015 12:57 AM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Mike, that's right.  Thanks for the comment.

Nov 30, 2015 09:15 AM #9
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Anita Fuller

The only comment I could post NOW, is the same one I posted years ago.....my memories of the basketball games and the Halloween carnival. Thanks to Don and Harold for the memories. (and history, Don)....

Nov 30, 2015 10:51 PM #10
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