realtor: Morris School Searcy AR reunion planned! 45 or 50 year span invited. - 07/23/14 12:44 PM

Guess what?
I am not a boy and I am not an attendee of Morris School for Boys in Searcy AR but I have been invited to their reunion!  The invitation is because of this blog.  I featured several old pictures of the school that were found on ebay from time to time.
Several comments came in from boys who did attend the school.  Somehow they have joined forces and plan to have a get-together at the location that is now used for church services but used to be their school.  The picture above shows boys studying in the library.  … (10 comments)

realtor: The prettiest yard art or flower bed decoration that I have seen! - 07/23/14 11:01 AM

White previewing houses this morning I was SO impressed with one of the properties.  It was absolutely spotless inside and out.  She had a lot of what-we'd-call collectibles both inside and out.
My favorite sight was the flower bed in the back yard.  There these two little bikes were parked.  They must be antiques and I am now wondering if they belonged to her kids when they were little.  I have not seen yard art this impressive before. 
I can just imagine what happens to the yard art if a few little grandkids come visiting.
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realtor: History for sale. Less than $12,000 for a big house with lots of character. - 07/16/14 08:48 AM

What a house and what a bargain!  This property is located in Wilbur Mills's home town of Kensett AR, a little town that still has trains going through it frequently.  Kensett is just a few miles from Searcy AR.
It was built, according to the courthouse, in 1936 and has 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and 2126 sq. ft.
Sure, it needs work.  Lots of work but buying it and redoing it would keep history alive and well in White County.  For photos of the house and the inside go to my website,  BarbaraSDuncan.com, or to the listing agent's website, MarkLercher.com.  … (3 comments)

realtor: Big hair, miniskirts, and ladies with no first names. - 07/11/14 07:25 AM

What fun it is to look through old newspaper clippings and if you are the same as most of us, you clipped when your picture was in the paper.  I found this one recently.  It was 1973.  Big hair was the style.  Miniskirts were in and I can see the white skirt that probably ends a bit above the knee.
We were members of the Searcy Junior Auxiliary and our entire goal was to help children.  The thing that is probably most interesting about the old pictures, however, was how we had no first names of our own in these … (8 comments)

realtor: Searcy Daily Citizen moves to new location. Historic picture 209 W Arch. - 06/22/14 07:39 AM

The Searcy Daily Citizen has moved and the newspaper has been running the notice of their move for several weeks.  Their new location is 723 W Beebe Capps Expressway beside the RE/MAX Advantage West Branch. 
I found this old clipping that was run when the Citizen last moved.  Forgive the condition because clippings kept in attics don't fare well.  This was run in approximately 1974 when the Citizen moved to the old Volkswagen building on East Race Street.  This editorial, also in poor condition, was also in the attic. 

This old editorial gives the history of the Searcy … (8 comments)

realtor: Car dealers, Searcy AR. Which one did you buy a car from? - 06/01/14 06:27 PM

Going through a lot of saved clippings, saved by my now deceased mother-in-law Wyndelene Duncan, I found this interesting one.
It shows probably every car dealer in Searcy AR in possibly the 60's.  She failed to put the date on this one other than that someone died on March 16.  It may have been Mrs. Gill.  Look through the list of attendees and see how many you remember.  Dealerships were family owned back then and this one represents a lot of families.
It's a great memory!  Did you buy a car from one of them?
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realtor: Old Judsonia Arkansas picture from ebay. Before the tornado. - 05/29/14 04:06 AM

Maintaining a search on ebay for your home town or the surrounding area will bring rewards from time to time.  This picture is on ebay right now showing what must have been the main street in Judsonia AR a long time ago.  It is for sale and I hope Judsonia will buy it for their historic archives if there is someone maintaining them.
The awful tornado in 1952 probably wiped out all these buildings and by then the wagons and mules had been replaced with automobiles.  We have featured Judsonia several times in this blog so look at this one … (4 comments)

realtor: Davis Furniture in Searcy AR, approximately 1967. Old appliances. - 04/24/14 06:08 PM

Facebook calls it TBT meaning Throwback Thursday.  So on this Thursday, I dug out a picture found in the Harding College yearbook ad section in 1967.  It shows a picture of appliances in the Richard Davis Furniture Store. 
I certainly remember appliances that looked like these.  Notice the stoves.  I don't see a single smooth-top stove like the ones that seems to be in all homes now, including mine.  Trust me, I wish I had my old stove back.  I really hate the smooth top.
And look at those rugs that are hanging on the wall.  I don't remember … (12 comments)

realtor: What has happened to Root Beer? Does anyone still drink it in Searcy AR? - 04/15/14 05:19 AM
Here's a picture of A & W Root Beer which used to be located on East Race Street.
It was located where the big building that says "Lunch Box" is located now.
Somewhere underneath all that construction lurks the delightful little old food and drink place shown in this photograph found in a 1967 yearbook.
So tell me what happened to the Root Beer place?  Was it a chain?  Does anyone drink Root Beer anymore?

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realtor: Searcy AR loses another old home. East Market Street house comes down. - 10/16/13 06:06 PM

 
Here is one last look at the old historic home on East Market Street.  It is going down and will be a memory by the end of the week. It was definitely tired and worn out.....kinda like we humans become.....so we are not losing a treasure.  But we sometimes think that anything that reminds of the early days of Searcy Ar becomes a treasure.  It was featured in another blog. Old blog on Market Street house
Here is the house in 1987 when it was for sale in one of our advertisements.

It did have some charm with … (4 comments)

realtor: Probably unchanged old home in Searcy AR. Sleuths, can you find it? - 09/15/13 10:18 AM
Several of the Searcy Sleuths no longer live in Searcy but are proud of the town where they grew up.
I'm thinking that this house dates back to their youth in Searcy and has probably had no changes since that time.  It has been on this big pretty lot since I have been in Searcy.  I once wrote a blog about the bigger the tree, the older the house.  Go review it if you'd like.  The tree was at the old home of Wilbur Mills in Kensett.
Now look at the size of the tree in this front yard!
Each time … (15 comments)

realtor: It must have been a custom built house.....back in 1964. Why else would it have pink? - 08/01/13 06:35 PM
In all my 30 plus years in real estate I have not seen a wall oven like this.
I tried to figure out how to open it.  You grab hold handles with both hands and Presto!  It opens.

 
Did I mention that it is pink?  I can't imagine a spec house having a pink oven or a pink stovetop. So my thinking is that this was a custom built house in 1964 and it still has the original appliances.  I'd be willing to bet that those cabinets are knotty pine painted over!  And the white does match the pink … (18 comments)

realtor: Good cartoon from 1976 advertising Newman Real Estate at the corner of Race and Main Searcy AR. Fred Stewart, artist. - 07/21/13 05:47 AM
Looking through an old stack of newspapers is always interesting if you are in the real estate business and you are an old art instructor.
Look what I found!  This cartoon was signed by Fred Stewart '76.  Since the item had been clipped there was no other way to date it but the artist had done it!  We have featured this building before on this blog.  Check this old blog.  
The Newman team redid this little building that had been a filling station (I think) and turned it into a real estate office and considered it as being on … (1 comments)

realtor: I worked all night and brought home a gift for you so just leave me alone! Cat's gift. - 07/20/13 07:14 AM
Cat's are funny creatures.
They are selfish as can be but also as arrogant as they can possibly be.
They go out huntin' and instead of eating their prey they bring it home to brag about.
Here's what I found on the porch today.

Well, you can see the frog looks nice and juicy with only one or two broken limbs which could have been done as the cat gently brought it home to present to the humans who feed her boring old cat food.
And what does SHE have to say about it?

Actually, she does have a … (17 comments)

realtor: Luxurious living for some pet in Searcy Arkansas. Pet step and separate entrance. - 03/28/13 06:55 AM

Viewed at a big and luxurious house that is for sale.
Entrance steps for a pet.  It can't be a Great Dane, which we also saw as we toured new listings in Searcy AR, because the entrance appears too little.
We were impressed by the corner steps which were wrap around and led to the entrance of a separate room inside that was designed for the pet's comfort.  That appears to be a light above the entrance.
Impressed?  Yes, we were.  It displayed how important pets are to the American family of today.  I'm wondering if it is for a … (10 comments)

realtor: White County Packing Company, Searcy AR. An old picture when it was for sale. - 03/20/13 06:42 PM
I had a few free minutes and looked back at some old advertisements.
I have been in the real estate business for over 30 years!  Geesh!  The old ads that we used to run are now possibly becoming precious.
Look at this one.  Who would have thought we'd ever find it interesting to look at this old building again.
Sleuths!  A question to test your memory.....
Where was it?  And you may need to explain to the new generation what a packing house was.
 
They called it a high traffic area then.  What would they call it now?
I like … (18 comments)

realtor: Tina Daniel. Searcy AR. A tribute to someone who has been in my life for over 30 years. - 03/04/13 03:31 PM
Tina Daniel was special.  I say "was" because she has passed away completely unexpectedly and her friends, including myself, start thinking of how we loved and respected her.  She was a tireless worker and she loved being in front of a group and teaching that group with grace and humor. 

We started out together.  My career and hers started in the very late 70's and very early 80's.  We went to classes together to learn more.  GRI, Graduate REALTORS Institute was our first accomplishment together. Note in one of the pictures she was noted for the highest score.  She was … (7 comments)

realtor: Police Chief Dick Hart on horseback in downtown Searcy AR long ago. - 02/20/13 02:41 PM
Here's another great picture from historic Searcy Arkansas.  Correct me if I am guessing wrong but I think this would have been Arch Street downtown.  The vehicle can be a good approximate date.
Perhaps it was at the White County Fair Parade when so many people ride horses.  Or might we have had a mounted patrol?  Note the parking meters that have been gone for a long time.

Our new blog friend, Bridget Hart, loaned us this picture.  Dick Hart, Police Chief, was her father-in-law.
Thanks, Bridget.
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realtor: Beebe AR, White County, old pictures reviewed. Historic Beebe. - 02/03/13 05:57 PM
Beebe Arkansas is getting a Wal-Mart supercenter.  It is under construction right now.
So perhaps we need to review Beebe.  This picture was just on ebay and sold for $43.56 and I hope someone from Beebe bought it and will treasure it.  It is over 100 years old.
 

Here's another one from old Beebe.  But now we have motor vehicles.

And another one.

This one shows a thriving corner with a filling station. 

 
Beebe Arkansas is a thriving small town in White County.  If you have not been to the historic downtown of Beebe lately, … (8 comments)

realtor: What do you do with this thing? Sleuths, even my hubby didn't know what it was. - 01/31/13 04:45 PM
Ok, Sleuths.
Here's a change of subject from historic Searcy.
I stumbled upon this in the back closets of a relative.
"What the devil is this?"  I asked Hubby.
He turned it this way and that way and finally admitted that he didn't know
SOOOOOOOO.....

Here it is.  Some of you will try to read the paper inside.  That's ok.  All is fair in trying to determine what this thing is. 
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