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Old Searcy AR, People's Bank. First Security now, K.Elnee Auto, Ford

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Old car Street in Searcy AR Historic photo

Expertly enlarged picture of a car on Arch Street in downtown Searcy AR many years ago!  And here is the original picture.  Looks as it there are two car agencies around Peoples Bank which is now First Security Bank.  One is Ford and the other looks like K. Elwee Auto Co.  Anyone remember it?  I have never seen a more professional enlargement and it was done years ago by a blog friend. 

Searcy AR bank Arch Street Dentist office

Last but most important is a picture of a lady standing beside the door of this bank and she was the one who renamed it.  She suggested First Security Bank and that was accepted!  Her name was Corinne Hart!  Thanks Mrs. Hart!  Her daughter, Anita Hart Fuller, has been so much help with this blog!  Perhaps she can fill us in about these pictures!!

Corinne Hart First Security Bank Peoples Bank

Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Very cool, Barbara S. Duncan !

Apr 21, 2024 02:34 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

Thanks, Michael!

Apr 21, 2024 04:19 PM
Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
CRS, GRI 909-969-3805

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for posting. My mom was born in Bear Creek township in Searcy county, not the city.  She was born in 1927 so I think she may have been around and seen these buildings as they were in the photos if they ever went to the city of Searcy. Sturkie Arkansas was named after my Great Grandfather William G Sturkie

Apr 21, 2024 05:01 PM
Barbara S. Duncan

That is very interesting and thank you for letting us know.

Apr 22, 2024 04:13 AM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I wouild be remiss if I didn't post the link that tells the story of renaming The People's Bank.

Read it here.

Apr 21, 2024 06:03 PM
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Since I lived at the end of the street in 1943, I can tell you the dealership wasn't there then. The ACME Cleaners was the last business on the street.

Apr 21, 2024 06:11 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, you are so good at researching and I love the blogs that you can pull up.  2000 or so are out there so your search and memory are so good.  I love the one about Corinne that you just pulled up!!!

Apr 22, 2024 04:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. The photos are interesting but the story behind the photos more so. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day.

Apr 22, 2024 04:28 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Thank you, Wayne.

Apr 22, 2024 06:49 AM