Old photo of yards, shotgun houses, chicken pen. Interesting.

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1965 photo of yard and small houses.

Here's another interesting picture loaned by Sherry Person from her dad's collection.  Her dad, Ivan Quattlebaum, was a history lover and saved everything.  These pictures, we have found, are from a collection of snapshots possibly taken by a long-ago resident named Elvin Figg Davenport.  He was the only son of Judge W. D. Davenport and his wife Margaret.  Searcy old-timers remember Elvin as a young man who roamed the Searcy, Kensett, Judsonia and other areas on his bicycle while carrying his camera.  He loved trains!  We probably will be posting more of his pictures of trains and the depots.

For this one, he took a picture of two shotgun houses (named because if you shot through the front door it would go through the house and out the back door).  There is a large chicken pen and shed, several chickens, a dog on a porch, a lawn-mower covered with a tin tub and many other interesting parts of the picture including what appears to be asbestos siding on the houses.  In the background is a building that says Gulf Oil Corporation and someone may be able to give the location based on that old building.

Elvin was reportedly an interesting character and these pictures are a good glimpse of the past.  

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Anita Fuller

I remember Elvin - he rode all over Searcy and beyond on his bicycle, and most of the times a rooster was perched up on his handlebar! We never thought a thing about that - as why doesn't that rooster jump off, etc.?
Iooked up the Gulf Oil Corp. Distributing Plant in my 1957 phone book: S. Elm St. phone 346. I think Barbara has blogged a place nearby....

Mar 04, 2018 07:27 AM #1
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Barbara Been

I remember Davenport and have wondered what became of him. Thank you for posting this pic. My dad would take me with him to Ivan's store when my dad liked to look around and shoot the bull with Ivan. He is a good memory for me too. ty

Mar 04, 2018 11:59 AM #2
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I remember Elvin also. He was always dressed nicely and usually wore a panama style hat. He often walked also. I remember seeing him walk up North Main as I sat in a porch swing at 506 N. Main in the mid 50's.

I don't think he ever worked since his father was well off. Most thought he was mentally challenged. Today we are more familiar with  Autism,  and I'm guessing  was probably Autistic.

Mar 04, 2018 11:59 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, I wish we had a picture of him.  He lived to be 81 and died in 2001 in a nursing home, says an article I pulled up on the internet.  Reportedly he lived in a big and lovely house on Center St. which was torn down for apartments.  We need to do a special blog on him.

 

Mar 04, 2018 01:28 PM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, we need a longer story about him because there seems to be quite a bit of interest.

Mar 04, 2018 01:28 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Barbara Been,  Ivan was a character also!  I do remember him but not Elvin.

Mar 04, 2018 01:29 PM #6
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Hi Barbara,  Thanks for sharing this picture and giving us all a glimpse into the past.  Very interesting.

Mar 04, 2018 05:05 PM #7
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Roger Dobbins

I remember Mr. Davenport. I always thought there was something not quite right about him. He did ride everywhere.

Mar 04, 2018 05:59 PM #8
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Roger, sounds as if he was not quite right.  Don Thompson's comment seems to be a way of possibly understanding him.

Mar 05, 2018 04:22 AM #9
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Kip Lawson

That Gulf oil sign looks to be where Stephenson Oil is now so those houses would be about where the Fire Station is at Beebe Capps and Elm. I'll have to drive by there and look on my way home at lunch.

Mar 05, 2018 10:14 AM #10
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Kip Lawson

And wasn't Davenport the older may that would be at Headlee's Drug Store on occasion eating? Seems like most often when I saw him, he was unshaved and a little unkempt.

Mar 05, 2018 10:16 AM #11
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BARBARA S DUNCAN

Kip, drive by and see what you think. They say Davenport was 81 when he died so he could have been the man in the drug store that you remember. His mother and dad both died before he did and some say he was raised by another family.

Mar 05, 2018 11:19 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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We have obtained a 1979 phone book and it gives the Gulf Oil Company as South Elm so I believe we have found its location!!

Mar 07, 2018 09:43 AM #13
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