Searcy AR Garden Club ladies having a picnic in Spring Park. 1940's

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 Spring Park Searcy AR

 

Another picture of the old days in Searcy, White County Arkansas.  I really love this one.  The ladies all have on hats and are dresssed just as alike as the girls dress today.  I can assure you everyone had on some sort of hose.  And they had on sensible shoes, no needle pointed spikes that would ruin their feet before they got old. (Well, maybe some were already old in this picture.)

Skirts would have all been the same length.  I can remember my mother wondering what skirt length would be in fashion that year.  The experts dictated and the ladies followed their orders.  No pants were worn by the ladies. 

Here's what my friend Don says about the picture.  He let me borrow it for this blog.

Searcy Garden Club Breakfast & Hat Show.  This fashionable gathering took place in Spring Park in the mid 40s..  
Shown are (left to right): Seated on the front row - Mrs. S.J. Allbright, Mrs. Pyatt, Mrs. Hal Minnis, Mrs. Jim Wiseman, Mrs. J.H. Deener, Mrs. Hays,
Mrs. J.T. Cone; Back row - Mrs. Leon Head, (minister's wife), Mrs. W.H. Shaefer, Mrs. H.M. Thompson, Mrs. A.H. Royston, Mrs. Harrah Fisher,
Mrs. May Branch, unidentified, Mrs. C. Norman Guice and Mrs. A.J. Neel.  The girl seated in front is unidentified.

Being identified by the husband's name carried on over until at least the late 60's and 70's.  I can remember having my own picture in the paper and I was not Barbara Duncan....I was Mrs. Rodger Duncan.  I even donated money once to my university and the check was in my name and said nothing about the spouse.  Evidently they had to do a little research to find out that I was actually Mrs. Rodger Duncan so they gave Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Duncan credit for the donation!!

All you ActiveRain ladies, aren't you glad we have our own identities now!!!   Lots of things have changed for the better!!

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Barbara, I am enjoying you finding and presenting all these old photos to us. The women all wearing the skirts of longer length and the festive hats sure says we are in a different era now. I think there was something definitely to be said for the slower pace of life back then.

Jun 25, 2008 01:30 AM #2
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Crystal Ledbetter
Texas Home Group - Montgomery, TX

This picture reminds me of my great grandma, she always was MRs.... and I can't ever think of a time that she wore pants, thanks for the pic and post I enjoyed the memories that flooded back into me as I looked and read your post!

Jun 25, 2008 02:17 AM #3
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Charles Buell
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Barbara, nice picture of you under the table:)

Jun 25, 2008 02:57 AM #4
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Barbara,

 

The little girl is Helen Beth Powell. Her father was Bill Powell. He had a dairy, near the fair grounds and he also had a car dealership in Searcy.

Jun 25, 2008 03:48 AM #5
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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That's a great picture!  I love the hats and the dresses (all a modest length)!    :)  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 25, 2008 05:33 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Patricia, thanks for looking at the old photos.  They make me smile.

Gary, we'd think that it is too hot in the park for a picnic now.  We' d want an air-conditioned place! Thanks for comments.

Crystal, I'm glad the photo brought back memories.  It did for me too, especially those skirt lengths.  I also remember my mother being estatic over nylon hose.  Evidently during the war nylon was scarce and hosiery probably was not very sheer.  Getting a pair of nylon hose was the ultimate luxury.

Charles, at least you chose the youngest to be me!  Thanks for the compliment!

Thanks to someone unsigned for telling us who the little girl was.

Debi, thank you for stopping by my blogs and making comments.  I've grown to appreciate and like you so much!!

Jun 25, 2008 05:42 AM #7
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Debi Ernst
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Thanks, Barbara!  The feeling is very mutual...  Your posts always put a                                    smile on my face!    :)  <See?

Jun 25, 2008 06:10 AM #8
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Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

Barbara,

What a great photo.  My grandmother never left the house without her hat and hat pin.  When I was little I thought she stuck the hat pin through her head to hold the hat on! lol Great post.

Jun 25, 2008 09:34 AM #9
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Anita Fuller

I love the table cloth!   I have 3 almost identical cloths, which I bought at antique stores, and I use them when I use my Fiesta Ware dishes.  Fiesta Ware should be another topic.

 

Now to he little girl:  whoever said it was Helen Beth Powell, MAY be right - but those of us doing as much "research" as we could do on her identity, came up with it being Kathryn Ruth Cone, daughter of Mrs. J.T. Cone.  Mrs. Cone is in the picture, Mrs. Powell is not, unless she is the unidentified woman.   I don't know why Helen Beth would be there alone, and besides, I think this child is more Kathyrn Ruth's age, NOT Helen Beth's.  This picture is featured in the White County Historical Society's first cookbook.  

 

 

Jun 25, 2008 10:27 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Debi, thanks. 

Mary, I'm glad we are liberated now, aren't you?

Anita, thanks for the information on the little girl.  You know so many people from so far back.  Note how the kids both had two names?   lol   That's typical Southern, isn't it?

Jun 25, 2008 01:34 PM #11
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Hi Barbara:  What a great post... thanks for sharing.  While studying the picture above, I was wondering if that adorable little girl sitting in front of the table... on the ground... might be you... but then I remembered that the picture was taken in the '40s... and you probably weren't born until the late 60's or so.  :)

Jun 25, 2008 06:05 PM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Karen Anne, there seems to be debate on who the little girl is.  It definitely wasn't me.  When one was born is, as I've always felt, irrelevant.  There's no way to win.  By telling age, the person is going to say or think one of two things.  Egads, I didn't know you were that old!  Or, Egads, I thought you were a lot older than that!  So how do you win??  Thanks so much for your always lovely comments.

 

Jun 26, 2008 12:31 AM #13
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Karen Anne Stone
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Barbara:  It was my pleasure commenting.  And... that is such an overall great picture.  It is always so fun seeing all of them in their hats and other finery.  Also... I enjoy it because I was born in the 40's... and seeing a picture like this takes me back into the time when my own mother would have been the same age as the women in the picture.  Thanks again for sharing.

Jun 26, 2008 01:21 AM #14
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Anita Fuller

The mystery of the little girl is solved.  It is Helen Beth Powell.  I have heard from a very reliable source.  She was there with Mrs. Schaffer - a lady who took care of her and took her to Garden Club meetings.  I shall now notify the White County Historical Society of the little girl's correct identity.  My apologies to those I doubted when they said it was Helen Beth.

 

Jun 27, 2008 12:37 AM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Karen Ann, thanks so much for reading my blogs and being a friend on Activerain!

Anita, you are a great sleuth.  It is Helen Beth Powell!  We consider it a fact now.  So now figure out where she is now! 

Jun 27, 2008 01:21 AM #16
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Karen Anne Stone
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Barbara:  You are very welcome.  I really enjoy your posts... and my interest perks up whenever I see them.  And... thank you for reading and commenting on my own blog posts.  Take care... have a wonderful day !

Jun 27, 2008 01:46 AM #17
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Dick Betts
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So I have 5 comments and don't have to worry about typing nice stuff because it's just you!

Jul 17, 2008 12:23 PM #18
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Dick!  I want nice stuff said!!  Remember it has to be 10 words or more....

Jul 17, 2008 12:57 PM #19
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A. Blucker

I am Helen Beth's (the little girl in front) son. Indeed this is a picture of my mother. The commenter above is right. She would have been there because of Mrs. Shafer. She was one of several caregivers to my mom in her first few years of life. My mom has many stories of Mrs. Shafer. Thank you to whoever posted this picture and making my elderly mother "famous" on the internet!

Feb 03, 2015 11:47 AM #20
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

A. Blucker, thanks for the comment and for telling us more about the charming little girl who became your mother.  The internet is amazing because things live on forever, it seems.  I am glad she is now famous!

Feb 03, 2015 08:39 PM #21
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