One of my favorite history houses sells again. 501 E Race, Searcy Arkansas

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The newspaper reported that 501 East Race is going to become the home of White County Children's Safety Center, an organization in its second year of operation of supporting children who may be victims of child abuse or neglect.

The house was built in 1929.  The original owner died in approximately 2003 and I had the house listed when it sold the first time.  I always loved the house.  It was so charming with an oozy brick exterior.  Look at this brickwork.  There is probably a real name for this brick work but I can't remember it.  What's wrong with "oozy?"

OOZY brick

The front used to have large trees in the yard but they've been removed.  At least you can now see the front of the house better.

 501 E Race

Here's an old MLS photo from a few years back.  The columns in the East sunroom were awesome.  I'm not sure what happened to them.  Possibly the owners were trying to remove the enclosure windows and something didn't work right.   I hope the new owners can restore them to look more like this picture.

501 E Race

Best wishes to the White County Children's Safety Center and thanks for buying a history house. 

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Anita Fuller

This is one of my all-time favorite houses in Searcy!  I think I am partial to small, to me cosy, little houses!  I was only inside it after the owner had died and it was for sale, along with her furniture.  I was priviledged to buy the two Chippendale twin beds from the guest room. They are beautiful.

When Miss Angie Mae lived there alone (we called her Miss Angie Mae but she was a widow and had a daughter) she rented a bedroom to a friend of mine, a student at Harding College and a registered nurse working at Hawkins Clinic Hospital.  You've blogged the hospital, Barbara.  I only remember picking her up in my car, but never going inside the house!

The phone number in l957:  392.

The White County Children's Safety Center people just better take good care of this house...or they'll have me to contend with!  I have given notice.

 

 

Apr 06, 2010 08:20 AM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, you may need to tell us more about Miss Angie.  If I remember correctly she was reported to be the ultimate perfect lady, the kind who is always dressed to the hilt, white gloves, etc.  Is that right?

Apr 06, 2010 09:47 AM #2
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Adam Malachi
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Beautiful property! Wonderful post! Lot's of history!

Thank you very much for sharing!

Adam

Apr 06, 2010 11:27 AM #3
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Anita Fuller

I imagine that is a good description of Miss Angie Mae, but I really didn't know her that well.  The only thing I remember about her is that she was very short and what we might call "dumpy"....and that she was in charge of our "lunch room" when we were all in grade school.  She had a most sweet countenence, her hair was white and soft looking.  Now her daughter, Dorothy Dellinger, would have been the one always properly dressed with hat and gloves and purse to match.   Maybe Dorothy was taught well by Miss Angie Mae.

Apr 06, 2010 01:40 PM #4
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Anita Fuller

I imagine that is a good description of Miss Angie Mae, but I really didn't know her that well.  The only thing I remember about her is that she was very short and what we might call "dumpy"....and that she was in charge of our "lunch room" when we were all in grade school.  She had a most sweet countenence, her hair was white and soft looking.  Now her daughter, Dorothy Dellinger, would have been the one always properly dressed with hat and gloves and purse to match.   Maybe Dorothy was taught well by Miss Angie Mae.

Apr 06, 2010 01:40 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Adam, thanks.

Anita, I believe you're right. It was Dorothy who last owned the house.

Apr 06, 2010 07:49 PM #6
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Elizabeth Bolton
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Hi Barbara ~ My number one criteria for a house is charm - and this house has it in spades. Love the oozy brick and the sunroom.

Liz

Apr 06, 2010 08:55 PM #7
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Found these by Googling around:

Mrs. Angie Mae Dellinger, a native of Searcy and granddaughter of Gen. Dandridge McRae. (From Oak Grove cemetery Web page.)  Dandridge McRae was a Searcy attorney who during the Civil War rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Confederate army and led troops in most of the major battles in Arkansas. http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=590

From Anita Hart Fuller posted on Searcy Yesteryear 8/31/05 (originally run 3/11/04): "Miss Angie Mae Dellinger was the lunch room supervisor, and mother of Dorothy Dellinger Young. Dorothy was 99 yr. old when she died, but "pushing" 100, according to MY mother, 95 yrs. old and pushing 96. Mother says she thinks she drove up until a few years before her death. .... Dorothy Dellinger taught English in high school. Her job was taken by Lois Thornton when Dorothy married. (about 1948/BC) Her mother Angie Mae Dellinger (little white haired woman) ran the lunch-room." 

Miss Dellinger was my sister's teacher and Miss Thornton tried to teach me.

Bob C

Apr 06, 2010 09:21 PM #8
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Steven L. Smith
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Godmother,

Active Rain is very fast tonight and I am a happy little camper.

Apr 06, 2010 11:56 PM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Liz, I was unhappy when they messed up the sun room.  It had gorgeous columns.

Bob, thanks for that history.  I loved the last sentence about Miss Thornton "tried to teach me."  The humor is there!  She did a good job because you write well.  I thought there was some story about a person there watching their own funeral??  Or is this mixed up with other history?

Apr 07, 2010 07:26 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Steven and Nutsy, activerain has been so slow and so difficult that I just read a book!  And I figured you two would know the real name of the oozy brick.  We have one newly constructed house with this brick style and it is evidently difficult to do according to the brick layers wife.

Apr 07, 2010 07:27 AM #11
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Anita Fuller

The story of the man who watched his own funeral from the balcony of the Baptist Church is another story entirely.  Nothing to do with the Dellinger family (I don't think!)  Someone correct me if you know.

 

Apr 07, 2010 08:09 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, it was interesting where ever it was.

Apr 07, 2010 07:41 PM #13
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Ruth Vogt
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What a beutiful home. Would be interesting to compare the list price when you first listed it vs the price on this listing???

Apr 10, 2010 11:45 AM #14
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Alan May
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Barbara - that's a common style, here in the midwest, and is commonly referred to as "weeping mortar".

Apr 10, 2010 11:48 AM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ruth, somewhere in the 80's vs somewhere in the 140's, I think.  It is commercial.

Alan, it is rare here but that sounds like a good sad name for it.  A happier name would be oozy mortar.  Is it harder to do than regular mortar?

Apr 10, 2010 11:56 AM #16
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I don't really know if it's harder... it sure looks like it would be really easy when you're first laying the brick... but perhaps much harder, when re-tuckpointing 20 years later...?

http://michiganchimneyrepair.com/TypesofMasonryJoints.aspx

Apr 10, 2010 04:05 PM #17
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