The history of the First Presbyterian Church in Searcy Arkansas

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People talk.First Episcopal Church

People shouldn't talk about churches.

Should they?  Gossip? 

Well, I've heard some about this church in Searcy Arkansas that is located at 400 West Arch Street and it is right across the street from another church.

The congregation from both churches could meet in the middle of the street and visit...and talk....

First Episcopal ChurchThe one across the street was the subject of my blog a day or so ago.  It's the Episcopal Church Trinity Parish.

This church is the First Presbyterian Church.

Gossip has it that the First Presbyterian Church used to be a chapel on a military base!  Which one?  Where?  Gossip didn't tell me that but perhaps my Searcy historians can.

It was moved to this site and has maintained its dignity and simple beauty ever since.

Or so the story goes.

 

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Anita Fuller

Barbara, the reason I can still remember who Bob had a date with and who I had a date with is because they (Bob and Daphna) double-dated with us.

How about Don coming to Searcy Monday morning and hooking up your TiVo, then we'll all go to lunch and maybe riding around in Searcy that afternoon?

Anita Fuller

Jan 07, 2010 11:07 AM #14
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Nutsy. Smart alecs are we? I'll just bet that Rombauer and Becker have some apt suggestions on how to treat a sassy squirrel. BTW, my mother used to make the tastiest squirrel stew.

Anita, you do have a copy of "The Joy of cooking" don't you.

Bob C.

Jan 07, 2010 01:17 PM #15
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Yes, Bob, I DO have a copy of "The Joy of Cooking"....lots of good squirrel recipes.  I also have "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"...and that one really has some good barbecue made from squirrel.  

Look out, Nutsy, we're comin at'cha.   We KNOW what to do with unwelcome squirrels down here in Arkansas.

Anita Fuller

 

 

Jan 07, 2010 01:52 PM #16
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Harold Gene Sullivan

If I remember correctly, the food in "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" had an extra ingredient in it.  So Nutsy had better watch out or he may be the ingredient for you. :-)

I think I remember seeing the First Presbyterian Church being built from scratch. 

Jan 07, 2010 02:46 PM #17
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Geesh!  Nutsy gained several new enemies and it's all because he took an "attitude" about churches.  Be kind, Anita, Harold Gene and Bob and Don......remember he's my godson.....

And to serious stuff.  It is just gossip about it being moved there...the church that is?   Perhaps they were putting brick around it, Harold Gene? We need to get to the bottom of this.

Jan 07, 2010 02:58 PM #18
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O.K I finally found the information about the First Presbyterian Church's origin as a military chapel.

I put "military chapel moved to searcy ar" in Google and got this article.

 

First Presbyterian Celebrates 150 Years

By PERRIN JONES

Searcy Daily Citizen, December 3, 2000

The church in Searcy where I was a member for about 60 years, First Presbyterian, celebrated its 150th anniversary a week or so back and I had the great honor of being invited to speak on the occasion in the sanctuary after a church family dinner in the educational building.  The subject I was told was the history of the church.

Those old military chapels were all alike, prefabricated and easy to move and put back up again.  I think we paid something like $2,000 for the building and about the same to brick it.  The Presbyterian color is a powder blue, which gave rise to the term “bluestockings” to refer to Presbyterians. My dad, though, had an affinity for green, so the sanctuary was painted pale green and the woodwork was a dark brown.  Thankfully, we saved a lot of the furnishings from the old church, including the three spire-backed chairs on the raised podium level as well as a Victorian wooden secretary’s desk and a small alter chair, all of which have survived.

 

Church Comparison

 

The current First Presbyterian Church and the chapel at Camp Robinson,before it was moved to Searcy - (picture postcard courtesy of Eddie Best)

 

Jan 07, 2010 05:50 PM #19
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My goodness Godmother,

I did not expect such a furor over my innoncent comment. I just do not understand, never have, why people keep implying that I would be a tasty morself. I try very hard to be taken seriously and do not consider myself fine cuisine. I am very tired of people thinking of me in context with meals.

Godson

Jan 07, 2010 11:22 PM #20
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Don, I had confidence that you'd come through with an answer about this second-hand church building and you have.  With a picture!!  Thanks! 

Nutsy, when I think of you I think of a slightly arrogant squirrl who needs to be more tactful and certainly not tasty unless you like weiners with mustard dripping down your chin.  I don't think you've apologized yet to my friends, especially Anita, who was first offended by your statement.  As my godson, I'm trying so hard to teach you a few manners.  P. S.  off with the hotdog suit......

Jan 08, 2010 07:02 AM #21
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O.K., Nutsy, I'm waiting.   but realize we don't "take" to waiting very long down here in Arkansas.

Anita Fuller

Jan 08, 2010 07:48 AM #22
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Anita, I think he went to Mexico for a few days.  He'll be back soon.

Jan 08, 2010 07:16 PM #23
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Dear Godmother,

I will make this formal apology: I am very sorry that your friends were offended by my comments. I am doing this so I do not have to retract my comments. I would like an apoplexy from them too since they look upon me as food unjustly so.

Godson,

Jan 08, 2010 08:46 PM #24
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Nutsy, there you go.  You're still my sweet little godson with a very sincere apology to my friends.  I know they'll forgive you.  Now we'll see if they have the courtesy to say they will never eat you!

Jan 08, 2010 09:09 PM #25
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Godmother,

Because it is you, and to appease them with my words, I will verbally do another public apoplexy and they will hear the sincerity in my words.

Verbal apoplexy by Nutsy 

Nutsy who feels like General Custard the way they have attacked me

Jan 08, 2010 11:35 PM #26
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Dear Nutsy:  May I be the first to accept your (seemingly) very sincere apoplexy?    I actually have never eaten squirrel, I just catch them and throw them away.  but my father was a "squirrel" hunter and one of his favorite foods fixed by mother after a morning of hunting was - are you ready for this?......brains and eggs.  (yes, squirrel brains and scrambled eggs, a Southern delicacy).   Yum yum they all said.  I wouldn't touch them if I were starving to death.

Anita Fuller

Jan 09, 2010 10:25 AM #27
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Apology accepted. But truth be told it makes as much sense for a squirrel to socialize* in Arkansas as it would for an Escargot to accept a dinner invitation in Burgundy, France. Or anywhere in France for that matter.

* See Anita's comment on Dick Hart's favorite food.

Bob C

Jan 09, 2010 03:36 PM #28
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Anita and Bob, you two are so funny.  At least you have accepted his apoplexy and are back on good terms with him.  I, personally, am not.  I clicked on his personal verbal apoplexy and heard a bunch of chattering (probably squirrel cussing) and then my computer froze.  I had to reboot to get out of the thing.  He is in Mexico laughing merrily, I'm sure. 

Jan 09, 2010 04:16 PM #29
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Don, did you notice that the church still seems to have that white steeple?  It's visible behind the front facade.

Jan 09, 2010 04:17 PM #30
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Godmother,

I am sorry your computer froze. It is probably due to the emergency heat having to operate.

Godson

Nutsy

Jan 09, 2010 08:08 PM #31
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Nutsy, my computer just couldn't take that squirrel cussin' but it did come back on so you didn't completely ruin it.  I'm still your godmother. 

Jan 09, 2010 10:21 PM #32
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Godmother,

Thank you much. I got very close to the microphone and spoke very clearly I think.

Nutsy

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