Race Street revisited. Searcy AR Sleuths....recognize this one?

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Old building Searcy AR

I always liked this building.  This picture comes from an old Searcy High School annual, year not remembered. 

Knowing how the Searcy Sleuths get bored and desire a challenge I'm not going to tell where it is or where it was and see if you can tell me.

So you tell me if you remember it? 

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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Little Rock, AR

That's an easy one. It's the Daniel Funeral Home. Marian Daniel Ingram, are you looking out there in Charlotte, N.C.?

I had to jump in here early before Anita rubs the sleep out of her eyes and Harold gets up out there in Issaquah, Washington. Both will have good stories to tell about the Daniel family.

October 11, 2010 08:13 AM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Well, Don, if it is that easy I might as well do the "after shot."  Upon remodeling it looked like this. I have my car serviced at Haney's Conoco, right across the street from this funeral home and watched as they remodeled it.

It had been such an attractive building and I felt they lost a lot of its beauty in the remodel.  Notice the tree in front in the old picture.  It grew bigger and bigger and bigger and if my memory is correct an elderly couple crashed into it and died.  The tree had to go! 

Funeral home

October 11, 2010 08:36 AM #2
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Anita Fuller

It's JUST 7:45 and I've already been beaten by Don.  I, too, knew it was the old/new Daniel Funeral Home; I think the original one was on Market Street. It was a large, white wooden structure, and the Daniel Family lived in the back or upstairs  I can't remember if Marian's family moved into this one on Race St. or not.  Her dad, Elvis Daniel, was elected Circuit Clerk of White County....beating another friend's dad, Frank O'Donnell of Griffithville.   I'm thinking he gave up the funeral business when he did so.

At least I beat Harold Gene.  It must be the time difference in the northwest.

October 11, 2010 08:45 AM #3
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Little Rock, AR

The only reason I beat Anita was that I saw it on my iPod Touch before I awoke. The little bright image got me awake pronto. I always check out the weather across the U.S. early in the morning.

 

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October 11, 2010 09:28 AM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
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Barbara,

I am in Verona, the city of Juliet. Your godson is in charge back home.

October 11, 2010 10:10 AM #5
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Marian Daniel Owens Ingram

Barbara,

Thanks to friends, Anita and Donald maybe I can beat Harold Gene  after all!  I did live in the funeral home and the living quarters were on the right hand side.  I have many memories of this building as well as the old one on Market Street.  Anita has a very good memory....my family had the entire upstairs on Market Street and there were  main front stairs as well as the back stairs so we could leave if there happened to be a service, etc. downstairs.  Remember the Christmas that I found a note on our tree upstairs that told me to go down to the casket room and there I found my new bicycle.  Interesting life growing up but I was used to it all.  I think it taught me a lot about being sensitive to others.

Thank you for sharing the picture, Barbara, as I always enjoy the pictures you put on your blog!

 

 

 

 

October 11, 2010 11:02 AM #6
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William Owens

Hello everyone,


I am Marian's son and have heard many stories of the Daniel Funeral home over the past 47 years. They did live in the frame two story home before this one. And Mom has told me many stories of how interesting it was to live in a working furneral home. Apparently my grandfather was a character, especially during Halloween! I'll let Mom elaborate on that one.


William

October 11, 2010 12:25 PM #7
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Luke Jones

Even its original architecture is a bit of a ramble in my opinion, but I always feel houses lose much of their character when modern implements like vinyl siding and styrofoam ceilings are put in. I bet the real estate value goes down too, but that's Barbara's area, not mine. I would have guessed that the funeral home was built within the last 20 years just by looking at it (generally, when I see a cheap-looking building, I immediately judge it as young). My estimate for the original building is 1940s or 50s. Am I right?

By the way, completely off-topic, I did a blog yesterday about Searcy in 1910. Since it's been 100 years since we had a 10/10/10, I thought it was appropriate. timefishing.blogspot.com

October 11, 2010 01:06 PM #8
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Dana McGary
Crye-Leike Champion Real Estate Group, Searcy, Arkansas - Searcy, AR
Realtor - White County, Arkansas

I guessed right on that one!  Yeah, I'm getting better. 

October 11, 2010 01:23 PM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Don, your mind is over active as soon as you wake up!

Steven, your business is in good hands.

Marian, is that two story house on the corner the old funeral home?  It still has the funeral home directors live in it!  It is frame.  That's another blog! 

William, I just told your mom that we need to do a blog on that white house!

Luke, I hope folks will go to your blog.  It's a good one.  I did think the original building was prettier but we're talking to the former owner's daughter!  She knows it well.

Dana, you are doing great!!

October 11, 2010 03:23 PM #10
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I see all the regulars beat me already.  I've been busy today and just turned on the computer.

I remember spending many Saturday nights at the Market Street funeral home. My mom (Marie) and dad (Sam) went over there and played Rook most Saturday nights.  Marion and I would sit in the back room and fuss over comic books because she didn't want me to read all of her's since then I wouldn't trade comic books if I had already read them.  After we got big enough, we would walk up to the Rialto and coming home she always insisted on returning via the back steps which were dark and , to me, very scary.  She found it funny.  When our parents sat down to play, my mom always wanted to know if there was a body downstairs.  If there was, she would be very subdued all night.

Got lots of stories to tell about those times.

October 11, 2010 08:46 PM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Harold Gene, that is so funny.  We must do a blog next on the old funeral home.  I'll go by and take a picture of the seemingly innocent white two-story funeral home.  What a lot of stories it may inspire.  Searcy your memory. 

October 11, 2010 09:32 PM #12
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I would like to be with you when you take a picture of the old funeral home.  :-) That may be hard to do, it has been replaced by the "new" telephone office on the NE corner of Market and Oak.

October 12, 2010 01:00 PM #13
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I would like to be with you when you take a picture of the old funeral home.  :-) That may be hard to do, it has been replaced by the "new" telephone office on the NE corner of Market and Oak.

October 12, 2010 01:00 PM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
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CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

Did they move the house?

October 12, 2010 01:45 PM #15
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Here's a great contribution to this blog from Marian Daniel Ingram who sent me a picture too!!! Note her reference to the Judsonia tornado.     Thanks, Marian.

Hi Barbara,

This picture is the first Daniel Funeral Home which was on Market Street where a telephone company is located.  Rudolph Chandler had a funeral home there before we bought it around 1944 or 1945.

We lived upstairs and had a roomy 3 bedroom space with stairs in the front and back.  We had the funeral business, ambulance service, monument company plus burial insurance. (Pretty busy place, especially when the tornado hit Judsonia and we had 24 deceased people who had to be identified.)

The Caldwells (Julia, Dorothy, Jo and a brother, William) lived next door on one side and the Strothers on the other.  I remember listening to Julia play the piano in the summer time.  She was very talented in music....sang in the First Methodist Church choir.  Wonder whatever happened to her and the others.  Believe Julia married a Dr. Henry.   Enough rambling....just bringing up old memories.  

Keep up the good work with the blogging!  

 Marian Ingram

First funeral home Searcy AR

October 26, 2010 09:11 AM #16
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