Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 From this drawing in 1979....to this exhibited art work at Searcy Art Gallery, 300 East Race St.I was teaching Art in 1979 at Searcy High School.  One of my most talented students was a young man named Bill Reames.  He loved art and did lots of illustrations in the year books.  The 1979 yearbook said, "Bill Reames has been drawing for as long as he can remember but the true interest began in the 7th grade.  Bill started making up comic book characters modeled after D. C. and Marvel characters.  Since then Bill has won first and second place in the White County Fair art exhibit and he drew last year's yearbook cover as well as some caricatures of several teachers for the book.  Bill hopes to get a job penciling for either Marvel or D. C. comics."I somehow still have some of Bill's work ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Graduation? Big Party?  Where?Searcy AR had several places for parties way-back-then?  This one has lots of young people so it may be a school prom.  What I wonder is where it was being held.  The Mayfair had big rooms, I think.  So did the very popular Rendezvous Restaurant.  Roseann Motel? It is sorta contemporary in style except for the chairs and it appears to have a floor where they could play a slow song and the folks could dance.  Searcy Sleuths, can you give us more info.  Perhaps you are in the crowd?Here's another get together and I am thinking that it was at the American Legion Hut in Searcy AR.  Note no ladies present at this one.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Governor Orville Faubus visits Searcy and the band greets him.These are interesting old pictures of the then Governor Faubus arriving in Searcy AR for some function that was important enough to bring out the band.  Searcy Sleuths can tell the year by the vehicles, I predict.  To the left would be the historic Mayfair Hotel and to the right we see favorite stores like The Ideal Shop and Morris & Sons.  It was before my time because I don't remember a Lure Cafe or a Headlee Drug.  Was VanAtkins there already?  A Sears sign is down the street.  Old and good memories!  Mostly!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Parade downtown Searcy. Here's an interesting picture of a parade in old down-town Searcy AR.  The original brick streets are visible and interesting.  The court house is in the distance.  To me, most interesting is the service window that has now been closed but once was a part of what is now Quattlebaum Music Store on the corner of Arch and Spring Streets.  That's a Truman Baker Chevrolet float and some of the Searcy Sleuths may recognize the lady on the float.  Someone may also know the date by observing the cars.  Definitely a good historic photo!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Karen Fuller in Searcy ARKaren Fuller has returned to Arkansas.  She was a top TV news anchor a few years back in Arkansas....so good that she was stolen away by other news stations in other states.  She has returned and is working for KTHV  11 as an early morning TV anchor.  Her mother, Anita Hart (sometimes I call her Tart) Fuller grew up in Searcy AR and married Bobby Fuller and they traveled the world.  Anita has provided SO much history for this blog.  Just google her and she will pop up many times! I was lucky enough to have Karen and Anita visit me yesterday for lunch and a little sight-seeing of the long-ago Searcy.  Anita remembered where all her friends had lived and "cussed" a little if houses had been taken down that she remembered with love.Welcome back, Karen Fuller!!  And...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Early look at Arch Street in Searcy ARI stumbled across this old card that is for sale on ebay right now.  We often wonder what the old buildings originally looked like.  Here is the possible answer.  Only Baugh Drug Store appeared to have a protective covered sidewalk and the streets were dirt.  The brickwork was interesting.  I plan to compare it to the same street today. There was no date on the card but it called for 1 cent postage for US and 2 cents for foreign postage.  Those were the days......
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Fred Stewart, cartoonist, did this scary, wonderful picture using pen and ink.  It has just been discovered after having been packed away for many years.  The lower one shows it framed and the top one shows the fantastic pen strokes that make up the picture.  It was done in 1972.  We wrote a blog a few years ago about his book, called "Coptoons," that he eventually wrote and you can read it by clicking here.The book explains what happened to Fred.  In his own words, here is what he wrote about himself. "Fred Stewart has been involved in law enforcement since 1964 when he started with the Skokie, Ill. police department.  He has been a patrolman, Sgt., small town police chief, a road deputy, an investigator, and is currently an elected Arkansas constable. In 1986 Fred was shot in the face...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This makes me think of all the Searcy experts who help me with this blog.  It is an Avon Super Sleuth Magnifier which has a handle that screws onto the magnifying glass and is called Everest After Shave.  The after shave is still in the handle and contains alcohol!  Age is not stated but it has been in my attic for many years.  Searcy Sleuths, can you help with this vintage item? This blog is a tribute to all of you and I do like the artwork!  You are a handsome group!!  
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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A different style for Searcy AR house, now gone.This house at 1302 E. Race in Searcy AR has been taken down and I will miss it.  It was the only house in Searcy of this style.  Arches, a tower, and when it was built in 1934 it was probably considered "way out in the country."  The courthouse says it was 1460 sq. ft. of living space and that is where I found this picture.  When I drove by a day or so ago, it was being taken down.  I wish we had some history of its builder.  Searcy Sleuths?  I do know that it was Riley Real Estate for many years but who built that style house and why?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Remember the old depot on S Main Street in Searcy?Most likely you will not see it when you drive by again because it is finally going down.  I hear that it has been sold and when I stopped by a few days ago it was almost gone.  Its story is rather interesting in that it was owned by a railroad but no one could find anyone at the railroad to ask about purchasing it and reviving it.My friend, Shelly Churchwell, told me that no one had noticed that the deed had a reverter clause which said that if the railroad ever stopped using it it would revert back to the previous owner......one of the members of the Lightle family.  Of course that person has been long deceased but he had heirs.....over 20 of them who had to agree to let a new owner have it!So it has successfully been sold and unfortun...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Stop and StareThat's what I did when I saw these in the window of a building at the corner of Beebe Capps and Sawmill Road in Searcy AR.  The glare sorta hurts seeing the detail in these pieces of paper that covers the window but check it out for yourself.Perhaps it is intended to be art.....but I think it is accidental art from paper that has been damaged.  My favorite is the center one which reminds me of a cowboy from the waist down with his guns showing!Interesting for sure!!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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An estate sale visit cost me again.  I found several old bound copies of Harding's The Bison newspapers.  They were from back in the 70's and 80's.  This was an advertisement from September 13, 1985.Click here  to see the tribute that I made for her when she passed away in 2013.  This little ad above shows her creative and humorous nature and  reminds me of how much we still miss Tina Beavers DanielThe tribute has many pictures and you'll see lots of Searcy real estate agents in it.  Notice that in the ad she was Beavers.  Later she married Walt Daniel and we loved and respected Walt immediately and still do.  Here's that link again.https://activerain.com/droplet/6SSV
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Picture on Feb 2 2022.  Another one bites the dust in Searcy AR?  Picture from White County Courthouse.Another double-take for me!  Passing by this house at 301 East Market today made me stop and stare because there was a huge machine attacking it.  I was so sad to see that it is apparently being taken down.  It looks historic and when I went to the National Register of Historic Places I found it there. It was placed on the Historic Register in 1991.  It says that Ben Lightle built the home in 1898 after moving to Searcy from Carlisle in Lonoke County.  It is an example of Folk Victorian architecture.  If you want to search the history there go to this address. https://www.arkansasheritage.com/arkansas-preservation/properties/national-registry?cities=SearcyHurry for your final view, how...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Dot Beck had a wonderful school for kids!Kids and parents loved the Dot Beck Kindergarten in Searcy AR.  My own son, Paul, first on the left front row, loved going there.  I seem to recognize a few others of the children but it would be nice if everyone could be named.  The second lady on back row, left, was Lorene Smith.  Lorene became a REALTOR, owned her own real estate office, and was very successful in her new profession.  Dot Beck is the first on right on back row.  The kids are beautiful and it would be nice to see them in a group today.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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1982 Newspaper Clipping for Searcy AR actressAnother interesting newspaper clipping has shown up.  Seems that I can remember relatives talking about a Susie Wasson and how she grew up in Searcy and had become a fairly famous actress.  This clipping tells about her.  I googled her and found that she was born in 1942  and says she was Susanne Wasson.  This clipping says she was in Star Trek.  Searcy Sleuth Expert Anita Hart Fuller says that is incorrect and her birth would have been earlier and that, in fact, Susie lived across the street from her on West Arch Street!   Searcy Sleuths, do you remember her?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Searcy boys look older?I was given a treasure.  It is a 1922 Searcy High School yearbook.  The yearbooks back then were called The Reveille.  Some of the pictures in it were small but this one showed up nicely so I decided to share it. I do like the guy's uniforms.  Note a couple of them have funny kneepads.  The guys are identified only by their last names.  For some reason, they seem to look older than the young guys of today.Last names were:  Sowell, Smith, Thomas, Ferrel, Butler, Adcock, Watson, Hassel, Harder, Robertson.    
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Old Calendar by Ramsey Printing Co. Searcy ARI found this while digging through old files looking for something else.  It is a 1948 calendar plus note pad.  Pretty nice, isn't it.  BUT!!!  Where was 801 North 8th Street in Searcy Arkansas?  It was a long time ago when phone numbers started at the number 1.  This company had phone number 170....pretty low.Do any of our Searcy Sleuths remember this company?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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  You may want to go visit!The Barkin' Barn is located near downtown Searcy AR on Gum Street and is open on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They would like to have longer hours but need more volunteer workers.When I entered the store, I was stunned to see so many fine items for sale at very low prices.  Many families are having to scale down and are donating lovely and beloved items to charitable organizations.  Barkin' Barn is operated by the Humane Society .  Someone called me and said they had even seen a 1968 painting done by Barbara S. Duncan!  It must have been called Bell Book and Candle.Plan a visit.  You will be amazed!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Interesting Memory from Roseann Restaurant MotelOn ebay right now is this old menu from the now-gone Roseann Motel in Searcy AR. It is not forgotten, however, because it was quite popular and was located on East Race.  The listing says it is from the 1950's.  One very interesting thing about it is possibly a bit of sexism?  Look at this closeup.Note it says their good food is "prepared by expert women cooks." I don't believe it would be correct today.  Were women cooks better cooks or did it mean that women were only useful for cooking?  Now glance at the prices and compare to today's pricing.  Ouch!! 14 oz T-Bone for 3.50!  I never knew that chicken livers were fried in butter!Try this older blog that tells about the hotel.   
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Anita Hart FullerThe lady on the left above has been so helpful with this blog.  She has supplied us with lots of historical pictures and information.  Google her and she how many times she pops up.  Here she has popped up again!  An old scrapbook has her in it with this article about saving lives making up a full page.  Note the date 1995.And those of us in Searcy AR remember her daughter, Karen Fuller, who worked as a beloved news anchor in Little Rock AR for many years.  The scrapbook, actually, is about Karen.  Now Karen and Anita have moved back to Little Rock AR for retirement.  Google Karen also and learn how she was loved as she lived and worked in Little Rock.  How does she look now?  Still beautiful.  Here she is!Welcome Back, Karen and Anita!!  
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