searcy ar: A truck to match my shoes!! How lucky can a girl be? Searcy AR collectibles. - 12/30/11 09:33 PM
I saw the truck and had to turn around and go back for a picture.
It had a for sale sign on it so surely the owner wouldn't mind if I snapped a picture.
My ulterior motive?
It would match my shoes!! 

You don't believe it?
Have a look.

Wouldn't they go well together? I may need some orange socks to make them match a little better.
Now, just a little history about the shoes.  My mother-in-law never threw anything away.  Upon her death, I decided I had to keep these shoes even though they don't fit.  They came … (8 comments)

searcy ar: Compare this old train schedule with our "now" airline schedules. From Searcy AR by rail. - 12/25/11 09:41 AM
Jim Bohannon sent me this interesting info with this note. Barbara, Enclosed is a copy of the 1895 Searcy & West Point Railroad schedule to Kensett. The schedule is from my 1896 copy of the Rand McNally USA railroad schedules & time tables. It appears there is a 2:30 AM early bird special leaving Searcy.   The early departure must have been for allowing Searcy railroad travelers to board early morning Iron Mountain Railroad trains via northbound to St. Louis or Southbound to Little Rock via points into Texas.   I thought your viewers might enjoy reading the old Searcy & … (11 comments)

searcy ar: A great Searcy AR Christmas blog. Worn out picture from some Dad's billfold of his beloved children. - 12/22/11 01:45 PM
Sleuths came through and guessed the last picture.  Here's another and I think it is absolutely perfect for a Christmas memory.
The picture is so worn.  And it is probably worn from being in a billfold.  There is a fireplace for Santa. The kids appear to have on robes with one reading from a good book....Bible?
The little girl has a doll.   Sweet!
The little boy looks like a possible mischief-maker to me.
Who are they? 

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searcy ar: Great photo of Searcy AR folks. - 12/20/11 01:17 PM
Borrowed photograph from a facebook friend with permission.
I just love this photo.
I can tell you who they are and will but I think it would be fun to see if any Sleuths know who they are.
The old car is great.  The happy smiles of the boy and girl are great. And look at the thick wavy hair on the guy.  She has on a fashionable cowl-necked dress with a sashed waistline and looks all dressed up.
I can't quite make out the thing in the background, can you?  Is it the rest of the car???

 
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searcy ar: Another historic house....but not in Searcy AR. It's in Griffithville. - 12/18/11 05:32 PM
You know how kids are?  They hold it against you because you never owned a two-story house so they could slide down the banisters like they do in the movies? 
I had one like that.  Now she's grown-up and in fact, is helping me with my real estate business. 
BUT
This house came on the market and she was hopping up and down like a 12 year old because she used to play with kids who lived in that house and she wanted to go preview it!
I had a wee bit of curiosity myself since I heard the envy plea … (10 comments)

searcy ar: Memories of East Park Avenue near Harding University....soon to be new construction in Searcy AR. - 12/05/11 08:21 PM
Some of you may remember some of the older homes on East Park near Harding University.  I actually do remember some but I had to go to Google to refresh the memories.  Here's the way the street used to look.

Harding is expanding and has eliminated a few of our memories.  I sold this little house once.

I showed this one once AFTER DARK and swore it was ridiculous to show property after dark. It had the neatest side porch that had been added when someone restored the house.

Here's another that is just memory.

And another.
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searcy ar: Phone service in 1916 in Searcy Arkansas. Courtesy of Jim Bohannon. - 12/02/11 09:19 PM
We know what the phone service is like today.  Do we ever!  There's a phone attached to every person's ear and the person is likely to like that phone better than they like you.
BUT!
Let's review the phone service in 1916. This is typed from a 1916 Bell Telephone Directory shared by Jim Bohannon who grew up in Searcy but now lives in Montana.
LONG DISTANCE SERVICE.
TO MAKE A LONG DISTANCE CALL;
     Signal the operator in the regular way and ask for "Long Distance."  When "Long Distance" answers, give her the telephone number from which the call is … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Searcy Arkansas Arch Street postcard showing J. D. Pope's piano shop. - 11/30/11 09:09 PM
Oops, I did it again.  I bought another old postcard from ebay.  It shows the South side of Searcy's court square and I find the piano shop of interest.  I can't tell for sure but it is probably Pope's Piano.  See if you can tell.

Luke Jones, who wrote historical articles about Searcy before he left us to live in a bigger city, had the best article about John Dee Pope in the Daily Citizen on Sunday, July 11, 2010.  I saved it!
It says that Mr. Pope was friendly and OH! SO! Strong!  Reportedly, on a day in November … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Cement advertised in Searcy Arkansas by Mr. T. W. Holston. Ink blotter. - 11/27/11 03:11 PM

How little we think about concrete now! 
But way back sometime in Searcy Arkansas Mr. T. W. Holston was advertising his Atlas Cement business.  We have very few rotting plank walkways now and even fewer muddy foot paths.
Wonder if this was a picture of a house in Searcy Arkansas? 
This blotter is for sale right now on ebay and the ebay presentation says that the blotters were distributed each month because evidently a new one was needed monthly.  For $4 it can be yours.
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searcy ar: I'm a survivor too. How come that mansion gets all the attention in Judsonia Arkansas. - 10/31/11 03:38 PM
If houses could talk, that might be what this house would say.  It is located right across the street from the Judsonia Arkansas mansion that survived the 1952 tornado.  We have featured the mansion several times in blogs with the latest perhaps being this one.  First, let's review the after-the-tornado photograph.

Now look to the right and see the house that has lost a porch but still has the porch rails.  And then check out this house that we had listed for sale probably way back in the 80's.

The porch rails still look lovely.  The porch has been reattached … (13 comments)

searcy ar: Remedy for flies? This restaurant swears it works. Barb's Barbeque in Searcy AR - 10/26/11 09:49 PM
I's just a standing there waitin' for my barbeque which I'd ordered at the window of Barb's Barbeque in Searcy Arkansas on West Pleasure Street.
I glanced to the side and there just ahangin' on the wall was this bag of water.  Just a bag o' water!
Well, this is just a really old and popular little barbeque joint with no dirve through.  You walk up to the window, place your order and they deliver it in a few minutes.  They do a ton of business and most of Searcy has stood at that window at some time in the past … (13 comments)

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.

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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!!

 
 
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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.

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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.
5.  TO ORDER HOUSES!
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.
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Then I saw something on the … (9 comments)

 
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