Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Upcoming sale may include these weapons!  Huh?  What'd you say?  Well, actually these are hatpins and they were so popular with ladies in the past.  They were used to hold the hair in place or the hat in place to begin with.  BUT....read a bit of their history and you will be amazed as I was. Those ladies learned that they could be used for protection.  If unwelcome passes were made or if danger was present, the lady could just reach up to the hairpin, jerk it out and use it to thwart the villain.  Ladies became so good at protecting themselves with the hairpins that the authorities decided they should limit the length of the hairpins!  See in this holder that there are long ones and shorter ones!So, folks, research the history of hairpins and decide they are definitely collectible and ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 How do you like this fancy boot wipe weenie dog?  I remember having this type dog and my mother-in-law had this kind of dog and she owned this foot wipe animal.  I believe the proper name was Dachshund but everyone called them weenie dogs.  I have not seen one in a long time.   Are they out of style?  Here's another type that seems to have disappeared.This type used to be found in so many homes!  Cocker Spaniel they were called.  This one sits on my fireplace but we never had a live one.  This particular one was owned by an old friend and I bought it at her estate sale.  I have not seen a real Cocker Spaniel in any home lately so I am assuming that these two dog types have gone out of style.  What do you think?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Carder Buick Olds dealershipNice old souvenier pocket knife from the popular Carder Buick-Olds car dealership in Searcy AR. This is available right now on ebay and I have never seen one of these before.  Carder Buick was a popular dealership up until a few years ago when it closed down.   If you collect you might want to look this up.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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What is this?  Yarnell Ice Cream dip can....now painted. Good memory!Yarnell's Ice Cream was a Searcy AR favorite.  The ice cream was delicious and the company was in business until a few years ago.  It sold and has recently sold again. This photo was supplied by our Searcy Sleuth Anita Hart Fuller who reported that a friend sent it to her.  The friend bought it at a sale and had it painted to be more attractive and to hold flowers.  The dip can held ice cream in various ice cream parlors and the ice cream was dipped onto a dish or cone.  It must have been in a big container judging by its height.  Wonder what the 42 meant?  Yarnell's is now owned by Turkey Hill and their ice cream is wonderful....just as Yarnell's was.  In addition,Turkey Hill has something that I really like outside. ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I'm in love!!I entered an estate sale, looked over things, and saw this picture!  OMG, I fell in love with it immediately.  This picture portrays the epitome of love, trust, innocence, and anticipation.  It is quite old and must be a colorized picture of a black and white photo.  Back then color photography was not the norm.So here is where Searcy AR history comes in.  It is signed Wm Walker, Searcy ARK.  William Walker was a successful and beloved Searcy photographer.  If he put the color on the photo, he was also an artist.  Here's his signature from the photo.Another person who is very well remembered in White County was from Judsonia and he framed pictures.  His name was Jimmy Gill and he put his sticker on the back of the frames.  Each one that I have seen was interesting because h...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Roberson's Rendezvous and Missouri Pacific Bus Station, Searcy ARHere's another good view of Searcy's famous restaurant/cafe, Rendezvous, showing the view from the corner. It seems to be an artist's rendering.  I found it on an old postcard that has already been sold on ebay.  Here's the back of the postcard. Notice what it said on the card?  The cafe (restaurant) had a banquet room that would seat 450 people or a Blue Room for private parties.  That sounds like a big area!  Searcy Sleuths, were you at either of these party spots when the Rendezvous was operating?  We have done other blogs about this historic spot.   You can see a couple of those if you click these spots.   Click here.  Click here.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Searcy AR High School Girls Ensemble PictureWhile thumbing through a 1975 SHS yearbook looking for something else, I saw this picture and did a double take.  WOW!  Look at all those dresses that made me remember when most mothers sewed and made clothes for the family......mostly the girls in the family.  So did moms make these dresses?They are interesting also because of long ago when feed was sacked in lovely type material that was used for sewing outfits for the kids or for Mom. I also wondered if this was a one-year outfit for the girls or whether it was used for several years.  You will agree, I'm sure, that the picture is interesting and is filled with lovely girls! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Rare Book.  To be found at Estate Sale.  An estate sale is coming up this very weekend.  January 22 through January 24, 2021.  The address is 611 N Maple, Searcy AR.  This was published so long ago.....so historic!  White County Historical Society take note!!!  If you don't have a copy, you might try to grab this one.  If you attend the sale, check the home also.  It is for sale at a great low price of $125,000!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This is a very historic chair!  You can find it in many Searcy High School yearbooks.We are fortunate, my daughter and I, to have been chosen to market the house and the contents of the home that has been occupied by members of the Roberson family.  What makes the Roberson family special?  THE RENDEZVOUS!  The Rendezvous was one of the best and most popular restaurants in Searcy AR for many years.  It was started by the Roberson family and was often the chosen location for happy functions.  Click here for an early view of it.The family says that this wrought iron chair was often used for events.  It would be picked up from their house and carried for use to help with formal pictures at various places, sometimes at the Rendezvous.  In one picture below it is definitely this chair but the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Look what was mailed to families way back then.I saved this.  I should have spent the money.  50 cents was sent to me and many others, I assume, wanting us to keep up with our television viewing so that they could bring us more programs of our liking.  I saved the money but not the diary.  Drat.I have a pet peeve now.....if I get a plea for money with a paid-for stamp (and a stamp now costs somewhere around 50 cents) for me to return my contribution I definitely do not give.  My thinking is that if they can throw money away like that, they don't need my donation.  I wrote on the back of this, "Approximate 1980's."  The blasted quarters are turned so that I can't see the dates and are glued down so I can't turn them.  I wonder if Nielsen is still doing this research and I wonder what the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
                            Guess who came to Christmas?  I suspect it was Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors."Yes, the guest walked through the door and all eyes widened!  This guest had on a coat that would attract attention anywhere!  I suspected theft....she'd found Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" and quietly walked out with it.But no one can walk out with a coat like this without notice.....or enter a room wearing one like it without notice.  So she's innocent but the coat surely makes you think of that famous country song from 1971 made famous by Dolly.We bragged on the coat.  It really is very special and lovely.  It helped make a bad 2020 Christmas a good Christmas.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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A tobacco work crew.  Times were hard then as they are now.I remember doing an older blog about working in tobacco in South Georgia when I was a teen.  The blog even has a picture of me! Published in a newspaper!  Working on a harvester-tractor used in tobacco harvesting.  Ok, ok, here's the blog.  Go read it and see the pictures.https://activerain.com/droplet/5pVBWasn't that fun?  Now the picture above was the way it used to be.  Poor people needing money working under the shelter of the typical tobacco barn which was found all over the south when tobacco was king and everyone smoked.  The workers might take their kids who could hand the tobacco leaves to a person who would string it on slender sticks of wood that was to be hung in the tobacco barn.  The leaves were picked out in the f...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I Don't Remember This!Look closely!  There's my daughter in this rag-tag football picture!  When did Searcy have girl's football?  I did a little research (because I do NOT remember it) and discovered that it was started in October 1973 when Harry Miller was in charge of Parks and Recreation in Searcy AR.  Harry was wonderful and was especially instrumental in trying to get sports for girls.  I remember my daughter's playing softball and she loved being on a swim team and she played tennis.....but I do not remember football.   Let's read what Harry said about the teams.  There is a touch of humor in this article. So, since I don't remember any of this I asked my daughter to tell me what she remembers.  She said,"It was no-tackle but there was still a lot of pushing and shoving.  To 'tac...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Looking back to 1984 MLS entryWith today's 3% or less interest rates when buying a home, let's take a look at a listing from July 1984.  Searcy AR had started getting Multiple Listing Books every two weeks in the year 1982.  How'd we do that?  We had a California real estate agent move to Searcy and told us how the real world worked and we subscribed.  It was wonderful!Anyway, back to this listing.  Notice the information that was included, especially the loan information.  It told how much was owed on the house and at what interest rate and gave the equity in the home.  This information was very important because of disastrous interest rates during the 1980's.  To sell a house, we had to depend a lot on how a buyer could afford the home.  VA and FHA loans were assumable without a credi...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Jim Bohannon, former Searcy AR resident. This is Jim Bohannon and  he is a life-long student of railroad history and a collector of original 19th and early 20thcentury USA maps and railroad timetables.  He sent me pdfs of old historic roadmaps and sounds as if he would do the same for you.  He graduated from Searcy High and still keeps up with Searcy news.  He has graciously offered to share his stash with you if you are interested.  He says, "In my retired senior citizen years, I stay interested and active by sharing with public libraries, historical societies and other non-profits (at no cost) copies of modern-day prints, that have been scanned from my original 19th and early 20th century maps and railroad timetables.   The modern-day pdf map prints have been scanned from my ownershi...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Thanks to a friend in Georgia!She found my blogs, decided I liked history, wondered if I'd like to have this historic 1925 Gallowegian yearbook that had been kept by a relative!  Did I!!!  I loved the idea.  She mailed it and it is wonderful!  Check out this magnificent 4 page fold out of the student body.Now let's see if we can see a closer look.  This was an all girl's school in 1925.  Eventually it became Harding College in Searcy AR and then Harding University as it is today.  Here's a view of the left side.  And here is a view of the right side.  It is a large group of girls and their dresses are quite similar.Look how all arms are folded!  Hairstyles alike! And here is a closeup of the ones in the ones in the center.  I have about three other Gallowegians and none of them have a s...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Important people.  1962 Cub Staff.Look through this group and see how many you know or perhaps, Searcy Sleuths, you are in the picture!  The small 1962 Cub from Searcy AR is so interesting with boys and girls who grew up to be Searcy leaders.  Many are shown in the picture above.  Enjoy!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Found!  An old newspaper clipping of early voting.I stumbled upon this old clipping.  Don't we all clip family pictures from the newspaper?  How this one ended up on the front page of the local newspaper is a mystery BUT it means so much right now.  It makes us think of the good old days.....no masks......no safe distancing.....just stand in line to early vote.Another sad change from 2004 to 2020 is the demise of so many newspapers.  This one, The Daily Citizen, used to be delivered almost daily.  Now it is delivered three times a week by the US Post Ofice.  It is also very thin, almost no news, and still struggling to stay alive at all.Let's go back to the Good Ole Days!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Postcard on ebayThe top picture is a postcard that is for sale right now on ebay and the building appears to be in great shape.  I don't think trains were anywhere near it in 1978 but it is called the MoP depot, there is an old railroad track on the side in the top picture, and it is in Searcy, AR.  Nosy me. What does it look like now?  The second picture shows a more recent view.  Looks as if its days are numbered.It is located on South Main if you'd like to drive by.  Perhaps the city of Searcy could try to restore it and preserve it as a historic building.
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