searcy ar: Historic card for sale on ebay. The Oak Tree Inn in McRae Arkansas. - 10/24/11 04:17 PM
Here's a very interesting picture of a restaurant that was located in the small town of McRae Arkansas, about 8 miles from Searcy Arkansas.  I hope someone from McRae will find it and buy it.  Do any of you remember it?

Here's the back side of the post card and I wish we could see the inside!  Or perhaps some of the Sleuths know the former owners.


searcy ar: Blog dedicated to a Sleuth. I thought she made things up but she sent proof. - 10/17/11 04:19 PM
I chided Ms Anita Hart Fuller when she said she used to borrow the family car and drive it with the odometer disconnected and the parents never knew what she'd done.
I said, "Anita, there was no such thing done way back then!  What kid would know how to disconnect a speed-ometer?"
She has sent me proof.  She found it in the funny papers so it must be true.  Take a look at this and picture Ms Anita upside down in the floor board of a vehicle disconnecting the odometer!!


searcy ar: The original outdoor kitchen? Scenes from Judsonia mansion that survived the 1952 tornado. - 10/06/11 04:10 PM
White County folks are in love with the mansion in Judsonia that survived the 1952 tornado that did such massive damage and caused so many deaths.  Several blogs have been done with the latest one being OMG! It's for sale!
We got to tour the mansion because it was on the tour of homes.  Here's a view of it from the side as we walked up to it.

We got to see the size of the columns at the front.

We could see the front from down under.

And we could view from the top porch looking down.


searcy ar: Found! At last! My little vine-covered cottage that I romantically dreamed of. - 09/30/11 09:03 PM
Oops!  My little vine-covered cottage of which I have dreamed.  Never end a sentence with a preposition.  Oops!  Was that a sentence fragment?  What I meant to say is this.
We have always heard of vine-covered cottages where love lives on and on.  Now that I'm in real estate, I have learned that vines growing on houses is bad for the house.  One needs to go outside and jerk those crawling, clinging suckers down as soon as they touch the house.
So when I saw this one today I knew I needed to take a picture.  It is a perfect example … (34 comments)

searcy ar: Somebody owes me 20 cents. Either the US Post Office or Yarnell's Ice Cream. - 09/23/11 04:18 PM
Hubby got a notice in our mailbox that said he had a letter that had to be picked up at the postal service center on Race Street in Searcy.
20 cents postage was due.
Who would send us a letter lacking 20 cents postage?  Who?  Who?  Who?  Could it be important?
Well, Hubby directed me to pick it up during my day while he was busy on the golf course.
That service center looks like an arsenal with nothing but a peep hole for the workers to see out and you have to ring a bell for service and they want identification.  Geesh....
But … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Sears Roebuck house in Searcy AR selling again. 607 West Arch circa 1920's. - 09/16/11 10:28 PM
Searcy Roebuck catalogs had a lot of uses way back a long time ago.  To name a few:
1.  Put under the baby to make him sit higher in the chair.
2.  To cut out paperdolls and choose lots of new outfits for the dolls.
3.  To select the kids a pair of shoes to begin school.
4. To read or use in other ways in the outhouse.
Yes, houses could be ordered and they'd come in kits.  We still have a Sears Roebuck house in Searcy Arkansas.  It was built sometime in the 1920's and was … (16 comments)

searcy ar: Men in overcoats. Men in overcoats are SO handsome. Searcy AR historic blog. - 09/13/11 09:20 PM
I really have nagged my husband through the years.  He'd get up to go to work and from the hips up he'd be covered with so many clothes he couldn't possibly get cold.  Gloves, hat, three layers of coats.        BUT....from the hips down, he'd have on a single pair of bluejeans. 
"Honey,"  I'd say, "Why don't you wear an overcoat?  It would keep you warm all over...?"
He'd make some remark like, "Real men don't wear overcoats.  Or Southern guys don't wear overcoats.  Or why don't you just leave me alone!"  Then he'd slam the door and leave.
This old picture … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Old filling station gone. Remember when they were on every street corner? - 08/08/11 04:10 PM
I saw the big shovels working on this old filling station on Main Street in Searcy Arkansas.  I knew that I'd have to visit Google to get a picture of it that might be recognizable.  Here is the one that no longer IS.

So it is gone and so is this place that was beside it.  Recognize it?

Any of the Searcy Sleuths who may live away and come to Searcy just occasionally, be aware that the corner of South Main and Lincoln has changed.  No telling what will be going up there shortly. 
Another GONE thing would … (16 comments)

searcy ar: The way it used to be. Old house with porch and barn and honor system. - 08/04/11 04:15 PM
This country home that is now empty on Smith Road in Searcy Arkansas caught my eye as I drove past.  I thought to myself that the house should be on my blog.  But I didn't stop.

I saw this old barn beside the house and thought it should be on my blog. The country house and barn illustrated the way folks used to live.  The house had a big old front porch, long windows, no underpinning and tin roof.  Seems as if most of the barns looked like this one. 

But I didn't stop.
Then I saw something on the … (9 comments)

searcy ar: Bald Knob, Beebe and Kensett AR movie theaters of long ago. Movies on Saturday 15 cents. - 08/02/11 10:45 PM
Searcy has an old movie theater that has lots of fame and gets lots of publicity.  How about the other small towns?  I think each had a movie theater and each theater was loved by the kids, especially on Saturday afternoon when they had a cowboy movie and a serial before the movie.  I always wondered HOW that girl could be saved from that conveyor belt headed for the saws with her strapped on the belt and screaming her head off.
Here's Bald Knob.

Here's Beebe. Beebe just had a fire in this old structure so changes are in store.

searcy ar: Searcy Arkansas, Phoenix Club,Searcy Library and mommies and babies.....and how they go together. - 07/27/11 03:53 PM
Two popular blogs that I have put up concern the first library in Searcy Arkansas, reportedly built in 1927 for a price of $33,000. That money was also reportedly raised by the Phoenix Club of Searcy. 
The Phoenix Club must have been an early women's civic club or social club or some club that believed in reading.  I have even heard that one physician's wife loved reading and wanted to help everyone read so she kept books in her home for folks to check out. 
The next investigating revealed that the popular mommies and babies blog was a get together … (12 comments)

searcy ar: Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Right here in Searcy Arkansas! - 07/24/11 02:28 PM
There I wuz....just drivin' along by the park...
My passenger set up a high squeal!  "Mother, there are medieval fighters right out there in that park!"
Naturally we turn around to have a closer look.  We park the car and go up to these fighters and ask for permission to take their pictures. (We have courage!) We get permission to show you their outfits.

They have either built or bought the different parts of the outfits and strive for authenticity.

One warrior made this helmet for himself and then inscribed it.

Another warrior made his own leather vest.


searcy ar: Old Sunnyhill Market on Moore Street in Searcy AR 1977 and now. - 07/18/11 06:38 PM
Searcy used to have a store on every corner, so my sleuths tell me.  They told me that Mr. Yarnell of the Yarnell's Ice cream fame used to buy his groceries from the stores that sold his ice cream and rotated his business from store to store. 
Here's a market that I remember.  I even went in it a time or two, probably when it was not too busy and about to close down. 

Here's the building today.  Largely unchanged, wouldn't you agree?  It just needs a few Coke signs and bicycles and an ice machine in front to … (17 comments)

searcy ar: Bling? What is it and how'd you like an example of it? Searcy AR demonstration. - 07/16/11 09:52 AM
I had a real estate client who said his late wife liked "bling."
Say whut?  She liked bling?  The word is not in my 1953 Webster's Dictionary. So I went to
-noun 1. expensive and flashy jewelry clothing, or other possessions. 2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated with it.
  I still didn't really didn't understand "bling" until I saw this photograph.  Now I feel that I need to teach my Searcy Sleuths, who have been dozing lately (understandable because of the heat) a little about bling.
So see if you can discover, Sleuths, what is the anomaly in this picture? 

searcy ar: More Yarnell's Ice Cream memories. Guest Jim Bohannon Searcy Arkansas Super Sleuth. - 07/13/11 09:33 AM
Yarnell's closing in Searcy Arkansas has made so many people go back and remember things about their lives growing up in Searcy.  Several worked at Yarnell's.  Here's a note I got from Jim Bohannon.  He gave his permission for me to pass the memories on.
July 7, 2011
Enclosed is the 1929 city map computer CD of Searcy.  I trust you'll enjoy retracing the old city streets and buildings.  Sad, indeed, that Searcy lost Yarnell's.  They were part of Searcy history and in the memories of all who knew them for the quality ice cream they produced.
It was … (5 comments)

searcy ar: Yarnell's closed their doors on a lot of memories. Including the mule barn! - 07/05/11 08:24 AM
With guilt feelings I drove down a road that says, "No through traffic.  Private property," but I suspected that since Yarnell's Ice Cream in Searcy Arkansas had shut down they'd have no one to arrest me for driving down the closed off street in Searcy AR.
I snapped pictures.  They keep saying that we'll miss the ice cream and that's no lie but we'll also miss the gaily painted trucks.  Look at the trucks behind the gates that have been locked.

How sad to see all the trucks grounded.

I loved the painted trucks.  Then there were the buildings.  … (33 comments)

searcy ar: And a Happy 4th of July to you, Neighbor!! I'm watching over you!! - 07/04/11 10:19 AM
We hide behind our fences, don't we?
We may not even know our neighbors?
Perhaps the fence is to keep the animals in but sometimes the fence may be just for our privacy?
On this 4th of July we all love each other and we all want to share our happiness and appreciation for this great country in which we live.
This picture made me happy today.  Peeking over the back yard fence was this sign of true happiness.  Who can be unhappy when a sunflower, uninvited, peeks over the fence and smiles at you!!!

Blog dedicated to my daughter who … (14 comments)

searcy ar: The revenge of the trees? Another tree on house in Searcy Arkansas. - 06/28/11 06:26 PM
I've had several blogs that showed the damage a tree will do to a house.....and it is not even during a tornado.  The limbs just decide to go down and a house is not strong enough to withstand the blow.
Here's what we found in Searcy Arkansas today.  The house is right beside our Searcy Board of REALTORS office on East Vine Street so lots of folks saw the damage.

The tree still stands tall and proud.  I wonder if the folks will take it down to avoid another damaging limbfall.  Hopefully, no one was hurt in the … (16 comments)

searcy ar: "Open" sign to be no more. Frances's Antiques in Searcy AR closes its doors. - 06/19/11 02:58 PM
This antique store has been located at 701 West Race for as many years as I can remember.  Frances and A.D. Dale lived next door to the shop.  The building had a second floor and they added two other buildings to hold their many antiques.
They were always gracious and made you feel good when you stopped by to visit.  My house has a lot of furnishings from their store.  I liked the way they refinished the furniture so that it looked like new "old" stuff.  They were also willing to refinish the pieces you might buy somewhere else and bring by.

An auction … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Reblogging Don Thompson's blog about Searcy Arkansas Sanitary Plumbing and Electric Company. - 06/17/11 10:10 PM
My blog buddy, Don Thompson, put this wonderful old picture on his blog.  Here's what he wrote.  It is one of the clearest pictures that I've seen of old Searcy Arkansas.  He'll probably have to tell us more about the Black Cat Cafe.  Sounds like a Honkey Tonk to me.
Look at that dirt street and the new concrete sidewalk. This must be in the early 1900s.
It  stood on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets near the Black Cat Cafe.
This picture was posted on Main Street Searcy  facebook June 10, 2011.

And, you know what?  That building … (20 comments)

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