Historic downtown business Searcy AR. Williams family Economy Supply.

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D T Williams Searcy AR downtown store historic

We were discussing an old business in downtown Searcy AR a few days ago.  The Lure Cafe was the subject of a blog.  Reread it HERE.  A very thoughtful and completely knowledgeable Searcy resident,  Philip Williams, told us that his dad had a store that was just about two or three doors down from The Lure Cafe.  He sent two pictures.  Here is the business front.  (I know, I know, you are fascinated by that car in the front but I don't know what kind it is.)  The business was called Economy Suppy and did plumbing, electrical and sold appliances.  Refrigerators, freezers, kitchen stoves, TV's and radios.

Economy Supply Searcy AR historic photo Philip Williams

Philip shared this interior photo also. From left to right is his Uncle James Williams, his dad Ralph Williams, John Merritt, and D. T. Williams.  He said they sold Kelvinator, Philco and Zenith.   It is interesting to see the inside of the store.  Philip says the building now houses Hoffman Architecture.  I wonder if that tin ceiling tile is still up there.  I seem to remember that the Williams family started the Williams Addition Subdivision in Searcy and it has a street named Merritt so perhaps the John Merritt shown in the photo also had a hand in planning the subdivision.  No doubt Philip can tell us!!  He is now one of our best historians.  Thanks, Philip!

 

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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What wonderful ole vintage photos those are Barbara.  When I was a kid, we had an old wringer type washing machine that looked very much like the one in the picture.

Feb 16, 2019 02:35 PM #1
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Philip Williams

John Merritt was my grandmother's nephew. His dad was her brother. The streets were named for my family name and my grandmother's maiden name. Also, Crisp Street is named for owner of the property my granddad bought it from. It was the Judge Crisp property.

Feb 16, 2019 03:06 PM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Thanks, Myrl.  I believe my mother had one too and was SO proud of it.  Times have changed!!!

Feb 16, 2019 03:09 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Philip, thanks for that additional information.  I lived in Searcy quite a while before I realized there was a lake/pond in the middle of the subdivision.  I am proud to say that I sold the house that owned the lake and that was a long time ago.  They still own the lake.

Feb 16, 2019 03:11 PM #4
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Anita Fuller

The mother of my dear friend, Judy Rice, had their wringer washing machine in their garage. She LOVED to go out and do their washing. The car never made it in the garage, thanks for the washing machine and wringer.

Feb 16, 2019 04:41 PM #5
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I'm thinking the car is about a 1942 Studebaker like this one.

Feb 16, 2019 05:48 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, what a great picture...in color.  Perhaps we need a blog about what happened to Studebaker cars!  And those wheel covers must have been high fashion???

Feb 17, 2019 06:16 AM #7
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, remind me again about where Judy Rice lived.  Not many people had garages at that time.

Feb 17, 2019 06:17 AM #8
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