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.


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? 


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???


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. 
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.

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.
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.
     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.

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.


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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