searcy ar: Was this house a hospital? 401 E Park, Searcy AR. Historic home. - 04/23/12 07:32 PM

It was 1984 and this property was listed.  It sold.  Then it sold again.  And even I had it for sale at one time. It rented mostly to Harding students because it is within walking distance of Harding.  It was so TALL!  And it is still tall.  Here is today's view.

When I had this house listed the rumors were interesting.  It was rumored that this building was once a hospital. Perhaps the Searcy Sleuths can clear this up.
The courthouse says it was built in 1930. Notice it was for sale for $59,900 in 1984.  Today's assessment … (19 comments)

searcy ar: The changing face of Searcy Arkansas. New looks to old building fronts. - 04/16/12 01:50 PM
Seems that every shopping center in Searcy is getting an updated look.  These high fake fronts make me think of the buildings in the wild west or in the early small towns.  Here's the newest look being put on the professional center that is located on Beebe Capps Expressway and well know as the place to pay your cable bill.

And this one has been finished and it is the location of the White County Cable TV office at 1927 W. Beebe Capps Expressway.

And this is the way the Westside Professional Center did look, borrowed from the … (2 comments)

searcy ar: Where was this house in Searcy AR several years ago? Searcy Sleuths test. - 04/14/12 10:49 AM

Old advertisements for houses left out an item or two in order to get the customer to call and find out where the property was. 
Well, to tell the truth, real estate agents still do it!
This picture comes from an old Powell Realty advertisement and leaves out (guess what) the address!  Powell Realty no longer exists and neither does this house but Searcy Sleuths may remember it.  Having been in the real estate business for so long,  I remember most of them.  This is from a 1984 advertisement booklet.
Test......where was it?  It's a neat old house, isn't it?

searcy ar: Review of a busy and successful corner in downtown Searcy Arkansas. - 04/09/12 05:16 AM
Here's the way the corner of Spruce and Arch looks today.  Sowell's Furniture has been there for as long as I can remember.  The building is largely unchanged from when another store was located there.

The store before this one was Garner's Ace Hardware.  That must be going back over 40 years?  Thednal Garner was such a popular business owner that he had a radio show called "Sawdust and Sandpaper" which he turned into a book later in his life.  He could do anything and solve any problem.  That was back when the customer received individual attention in businesses.


searcy ar: Does anyone remember the Blue Bird Cafe in Searcy AR? They had a sense of humor. - 03/26/12 06:36 PM

Who remembers the Blue Bird Cafe?
Not me.
I just have this memory from the cafe. 
Who remembers when everyone smoked and you picked up a free little matchbook when you left.  The matchbooks were personalized and some were quite creative.
And I think some have become collectibles.

What this says is "If your wife can't cook DON'T DIVORCE HER - KEEP HER FOR A PET AND EAT AT OUR PLACE."
It was located at 504 S Main in Searcy AR.
So what is there now?
This picture is from the White County Courthouse info but I … (12 comments)

searcy ar: More car lots in Searcy AR in the mid 60's. Two with Capps name? - 03/22/12 07:22 PM
Continuing with our study of old car lots I came up with four more.  Three more?  As usual there is a mystery that Searcy Sleuths may need to solve.  Let's start with this one.  Wayne Knox Motors.  And note the historic home that we have blogged about in the background.  And it also had one of those little buildings for an office.  We blogged about those too.

Here's another one.  This is from Carder Buick-Rambler (that was the name on the ad in the 1965 yearbook) and there are no people or names showing.  Well, I do see some individual … (6 comments)

searcy ar: Old Person Furniture building in Searcy AR soon to have a facelift.....just sold..... - 03/19/12 10:40 AM
Paula, my friend who did the photography project for Girl Scouts back in the 40's, photographed what we now call the Person building.  Persons/Quattlebaums have owned it for many years.  It is about a block or two from the court square so it is considered downtown. 
I'm going to depend on my friends from Arkansas to give me more of the history of this building and what the sign above the corner entry door said.  I find it interesting that there were quite a few corner doors.  Was there a reason for that?  This building as you can see, is largely unchanged, … (7 comments)

searcy ar: 1959 View of our old Rodgers Hospital in Searcy AR. And we had a taxi service! - 03/17/12 12:11 PM
The old Rodgers Hospital was located on West Woodruff Street and we have seen quite a few views of it before.  I like this one, found in the 1959 Searcy City Directory.  It gives a good view of the part of the hospital on the East side.  It appears to have been covered with asbestos siding which was popular back then.  There were sidewalks on both sides of the street too which I wish we still had.

And let's imagine you were home alone and needed to get to this hospital.  We had a taxicab service which was also in … (18 comments)

searcy ar: More car dealerships in Searcy AR in 1965. - 03/13/12 09:51 AM
Here are two more car dealerships that were active in 1965 in Searcy Arkansas as seen in a 1965 high school yearbook.  Sleuths, do you know who they are and where they were?

And while we are at it, we might as well show this dealership that is slightly out of Searcy but not very far. They advertised New and Used Parts, Car Parts Galore, Lots of Good Used Cars, A Bonanza of Bargains and Wrecker Service.


searcy ar: Richard Wooten Motors from 1965 Yearbook Searcy Arkansas - 03/09/12 05:44 PM
Old yearbooks are a great source for historical pictures.  I borrowed one from 1965 and it was the year that my brother-in-law Montie Duncan graduated.  Because of his being from a car dealer's family and also being on the yearbook staff, they must have called on all the car dealers in town.  Here's a good one to show you.

This one was located at 1104 W Pleasure Street in Searcy Arkansas.  Phone number was CH 5-5536 and his ad bragged,
"King of the Cleanest Used Cars & Trucks in the State." 
And there is still a car lot but just not as … (17 comments)

searcy ar: White County Arkansas resident comes out of hibernation. - 03/07/12 05:55 PM
I have a friend who just does farms.  He loves farms and he is extremely knowledgeable about them.  He does not mind getting out and tramping around the farm and specializes in listing or selling farmland.
Now he can take his phone with him and send back interesting pictures.  He found this one a lot of fun.  He says it is a copperhead coiling up from the hole where he has been hibernating.  It wasn't clear to me whether the copperhead comes up head first or tail first.  But it is a fun picture, isn't it?


searcy ar: OMG! Is that our haunted house in this 1918 Mulberry Street Quitman AR postcard?? - 02/24/12 01:25 PM
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette has this popular feature called Arkansas postcard past by Steven Hanley and they print an old postcard each day.  This is Feb 24, 2012 and the card of the day is shown below.

It just so happens that we have a house listed on Mulberry that is inhabited by spirits as local legend goes.  We have permission from the seller to advertise it this way also.  So I peered at this dirt street and read underneath the picture.  It reads, "Quitman, 1914.  There was no traffic on the Cleburne County rural hamlet's tree-lined Mulberry Street when … (21 comments)

searcy ar: Unexplored? But not ignored. Searcy Sleuths, how about the Cookie Basket building? - 02/13/12 12:22 PM
We give a  lot of attention to the grand old buildings and stores and architecture in Searcy but we have not looked at this little building located downtown on Market Street.  I'm hoping the Searcy Sleuths will be able to give us some history.  I can remember a little of the history.  Seems it was turned into a restaurant by someone who served Cajun food.   That didn't last.
After that a lady decided to open a cookie store!  A cookie store!!  Was she out of her mind?  Who ever heard of a cookie store in Searcy Arkansas?  She made it!  … (22 comments)

searcy ar: Safe at last! They took care of the tree danger in Searcy AR between two historic homes. - 02/08/12 08:57 PM
Now I can feel safe driving between two of Searcy's most historic homes.  They are located on E. Center Street and the tree looked like this.  It was obviously diseased and depending upon which way the wind blew we had two homes in danger.

To the East we had the historic Pascall house.  Those limbs would have demolished it.

To the West we had the Deener house, in whose yard the tree dwelled.

Driving between the two of them was little ole me....but not little ole me if the weather was stormy. 
While driving to work a … (14 comments)

searcy ar: Stotts Drug Store, Searcy AR. Was this handsome dude the beginner? - 02/01/12 08:06 PM
For sale right now on ebay!
Photo of Leo Stotts of Stotts Drug Store.

On the back of the picture it says Leo Stotts Hendrix College, Conway Searcy Ark, Stotts Pharmacist.
It is beautifully hand tinted and should hang in Stotts Drug Store if it is one of the original owners of the drug store.
Stotts has been redone within the last two years so that it has its old original look as shown here.  We in Searcy Arkansas appreciate the character that has been preserved by the owners of this drug store.


searcy ar: A glimpse of the past. Check writing for the missus.... - 01/29/12 09:39 AM
This was found by a banker member of the family when going through old items left behind.  He chuckled and handed it to me.

Notice the check was signed with "by wife" underneath the name.  It was also "for rent" and was check No 2.  The banker member of the family thought it was somewhat amusing that the check was sent through with that signature and indicated that he doubted that it would be possible to do that today.
It just dates back to a time when the writer had perfected handwriting, the town was small, the bank was small … (12 comments)

searcy ar: You need to join the White County Historical Society. White County Mounted Patrol. - 01/26/12 02:52 PM
Why join the White County Historical Society?  Many reasons but the main one could be to get their newsletter that is sent monthly....with pictures!  They have given me permission to use their pictures on this blog so I am going to share this one with you. It was in the current issue and I have never seen it before.  Look at all these handsome guys of the White County Mounted Patrol.

Now that you see overall, I'm going to show you up close ones.

Now for the names if you are curious.
Top row, left to right.  … (14 comments)

searcy ar: How to cross a barb-wire fence. Hand-rails should be required on stairs. - 01/19/12 10:09 AM
Of interest today while driving in the country was this neat set of steps going over a barb-wire fence.  No house was nearby.  No barn.  No nothing.  But there was this way of getting over the fence.

Seems as if I can remember a few of these steps from my childhood but not as precise and well done as this one. It has a stair-rail to hold onto and a stair-rail is SO often missing in the houses we offer for sale.   I am amazed at how many houses (nice houses) have steep stairs and no rail.  Sometimes I just … (23 comments)

searcy ar: I think a sculptor lives here. Bear family on Hwy 36 West near Quitman AR. - 01/16/12 08:07 AM
What a delightful and interesting view from our vehicle!

We were just cruisin' along Hwy 36 West in White County Arkansas between Rosebud and Quitman Arkansas and gazed to the side of the road and found a bear family,  I think they are bears but they may just be critters.  We turned into the driveway and snapped the picture and nothing chased us or begged us for food and no human shot at us.  They appear to be carved from tree trunks or perhaps they have been carved elsewhere and placed on tree trunks.  However they are made, they … (27 comments)

searcy ar: Wonder if they had the same architect way back then. Old banks in White County AR. - 01/08/12 05:28 PM

Great picture, isn't it!!  This old picture of the Bald Knob State Bank with an approximate date of 1910 shows how lovely the building was.  Evidently the fashion was to have a corner entry. 
I started comparing.  Here's a picture of the Kensett Bank, now closed.  Look how similar.

And let's add another one.  It is still open and thriving.  McRae Arkansas has this fantastic old bank built around 1900 so says the county records.

I did a blog on this bank once before and loved the bullet proof glass that is still inside.  Here's a review.


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