Yarnell's closed their doors on a lot of memories. Including the mule barn!

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With guilt feelings I drove down a road that says, "No through traffic.  Private property," but I suspected that since Yarnell's Ice Cream in Searcy Arkansas had shut down they'd have no one to arrest me for driving down the closed off street in Searcy AR.

I snapped pictures.  They keep saying that we'll miss the ice cream and that's no lie but we'll also miss the gaily painted trucks.  Look at the trucks behind the gates that have been locked.

Yarnell's painted truck

trucks behind fence

How sad to see all the trucks grounded.

Yarnell's trucks behind fences

I loved the painted trucks.  Then there were the buildings.  One old building in particular caught my eye.  I snapped the picture, brought it home and hubby, who grew up here, said that the building was the old Mule Barn owned by Haus? Owens.  The Owens Mule Barn would date back to probably the beginning of the Yarnell's dynasty which was around 1932.

Yarnell's old building

Old Mule Barn?

The building does look mighty old.  There's the old tin roof, and some sort of roof that would let the air in. So for the Searcy Sleuths, solve this mystery.  Is this an old mule barn right in the middle of the modern Yarnell's Ice Cream complex?  If you know anything about it, tell us. 

And, yes, it is sad to see a dynasty go down overnight.  Searcy will miss Yarnell's Premium Ice Cream.

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Jim Bohannon

Barbara,  I have a 1929 Searcy city map coverted to computer CD, consisting of 16 sheets. The map show Yarnell's as it existed in 1929 and known as Gresham's Ice Cream Company.

In 1929, it was still Gresham Ice Cream before Yarnell's purchased it some few years later.    The streets, blocks and buildings on the map show a livery stable, which may be the barn, of which Rodger talked about. 

Also, A tin ship, is shown on the within the block of Gresham's.  That may possibly be the old building in your photo?  I may have already sent you the 1929 map CD of Searcy.  However, if I didn't, and you would like to receive a copy of the 1929 Searcy map CD, let me know and I would be pleased to send you a complimentary copy.

Best regards you, Rodger and all your readers. Jim Bohannon

July 06, 2011 12:41 AM #14
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Jim, you just sent me the 1886 map of Searcy but I can't remember whether you sent me a 1929 one.  If you have a spare, I'd like one.  It is probably of more interest right now than in the past because of the history of Yarnell's.  Rodger says best regards to you too.  Thanks for your interest in helping with this blog.

July 06, 2011 09:07 AM #15
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Don Thompson
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My good friend, Reuben Knight, lived behind Yarnells and we played in that mule barn. I remember a time we climbed up into the hay loft and we had flashlights made from just the battery, a bulb, and some wire. We were about 9 at the time.

I worked at Yarnells the start of summer in 1953. The job I liked the best was the chocolate ice cream bar line. Trays of ice cream bars would go through a brine solution and arrive at a stand that had a vat of melted chocolate. The bars would be lifted out of the tray by hand and immersed in the chocolate. Voila, the birth of chocolate ice cream bars. We got ice cream at a good discount and many a late afternoon, I would trudge home with a gallon of cream.

I hated washing the foul smelling metal ice cream containers in a hot, steamy, room on Saturdays so I left after 6 weeks and took over Harold Gene Sullivan's job at the department store. Same wages, 40 cents an hour, but much more enjoyable work.

My favorite flavor was Ozark Black Walnut. All other black walnut ice cream I have had was maple flavored which I don't like. Yarnell's left it vanilla with chopped black walnuts. Yum! 


Barbara, I'm glad you did a blog on Yarnells. I'm sure lots of folks have good stories to tell concerning Yarnells.

July 06, 2011 09:20 AM #16
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Anita Fuller

I have been in Canada (fishing)....so didn't know about Yarnell's demise until Billy Fuller emailed me.  I was heartsick. 

I'm like you, Barbara, not a big ice cream eater but when I do it is  just the PLAIN ice cream:  Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, and of course orange sherbert.  We in Searcy grew up eating the Vanilla called ANGEL FOOD.  It was delicious, and so creamy.  When I moved back to Arkansas from Illinois, went in the local groc. store here in Greers Ferry to find NO Angel Food.  Now it's French Vanilla, Homemade Vanilla...whatever.  I asked and was told the young people of today, who are buying the ice cream don't "understand" Angel Food so don't buy it.  For a time the delivery man would leave for me  a 6 pack of Angel Food.  (he couldn't just leave l for me, it is packaged in 6 packs)...Now the ony time I can find it is at WalMart, Batesville and of course it would melt before I could get it home to GF.

Goodbye, Angel Food.....and all the other flavors.  May you rest in peace in ice cream heaven.

The best EVER banana split could be had in the ice cream parlor....and I'm sure it cost no more than 35 cents.

July 06, 2011 10:36 AM #17
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, my blog is absolutely unique.  No other news sources have mentioned anything at all about a mule barn on the premises so we have one-upped all the newspeople.  Kids were so creative back then with your homemade flashlight.  We know what kids today would do.....they'd holler and scream and make parents go buy them one of those $25 deals.  Kids are terribly spoiled.

To me it was also interesting to analyze the chocolate ice cream bars.  I never realized that the reason for the chocolate being crisp and sliding around on the ice cream as the cream melted was that it was wax!  I discovered that I'd been eating a lot of wax later in life with the chocolate covered cherries and other candies and ice creams.  It does not taste as good now as it did then.  And you, my dear friend Don, were seeing the vats of melted wax flavored with chocolate!! 

July 06, 2011 12:36 PM #18
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Mary, you are making me long for the old ice cream soda fountains.  The nearest we had in Coolidge GA was a drug store where they'd make a shake for you for 25 cents.  Most of the time I could not afford that at all.  For only 10 cents I got a bottled drink and a candy bar.  Shakes and splits were luxury items.

Anita, charmed child that you were I'll bet you had money for those 35 cent splits all the time.  Poor little me had to settle for much less as my comment to Mary above spells out.  Hope you had fun in Canada!

July 06, 2011 12:40 PM #19
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Anita Fuller

I have just returned from the local grocery store where I bought the last box of Yarnell's Ice Cream Sandwiches.....the next to last Yarnell's Orange Sherbert and the last Yarnell's Chocolate Yogurt.  NO ANGEL FOOD, though.

Barbara, don't know about having the money for the splits but I do remember I didn't go there that often to get them, making them a real special treat.  I think it may have been that the Yarnell's Ice Cream Parlor was a little off  of my beaten path....I more or less hung out down town all around the court square, eating my ice cream at Headlee's Walgreen or Rexall.

Two of my classmates worked in the parlor:  Daphna Knight and Carolyn Dunn.  I thought that was such a "cool" job.  (of course we didn't say cool then)...

July 06, 2011 06:00 PM #20
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Don Thompson
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I have to admit that I rarely bought Yarnell's ice cream. If I did, it would be Ozark Black Walnut. I never cared  for thier vanilla flavors. My favorite vanilla is vanilla bean and I usually get the Kroger Select brand. The seasonal Peppermint ice cream was always a treat. I think Yarnells did that very well.

 

July 06, 2011 06:07 PM #21
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Don:  maybe if we had bought MORE ice cream, they wouldn't have had to close shop!   Not too long ago, I bought their Strawberry Shortcake.....thought it was pretty good.

July 06, 2011 07:30 PM #22
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita and Don, Hubby pointed out to me today that the insert for Sexton's Grocery had a huge ad that promised 3 for $10 for Yarnell's Ice Cream!!  Came out in the paper!  Don't you know they're embarrassed when folks come in looking for the special! 

It takes so long to get ads to come out in the paper after printing them somewhere, shipping them to the paper and getting someone to insert them.  Real estate is the same way.  It takes a month to get those inserts or booklets that you find at the restaurants to come out to the customer.  I do two ads a week and forego those inserts.

Speaking of flavors, I was once invited to the library for a Yarnell's taste-test, conducted by Yarnells.  It has been eons ago but they asked about after taste?  Well, yes, it did leave an aftertaste which I'd never thought about before.  Ever since, when I eat ice cream I have this after taste.  I have to grab some potato chips to get rid of that after taste. 

July 06, 2011 10:08 PM #23
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Anita Fuller

Mary, that is very interesting.....I've never heard of that.   I do think, though, that I've seen it in WalMart fairly recently.  I'm obviously not looking all that well at the ice creams, since I can't buy them to bring back home.

July 07, 2011 09:30 AM #24
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Don Thompson
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I suspect the name "Angel Food" was trademarked by the Grisham Ice Cream Co. since they originated the name.

Read a good account of Yarnells here.

It's amazing that Ray Yarnell held the company together during the depression yet can't make it in today's economy.

July 07, 2011 10:07 AM #25
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, that's a good history of Yarnell's and I appreciate your putting it on this blog.  Note that the early family members had tough times too but tough times were the norm then.  Today's generation of young people have never had real tough times if the parents or grandparents had made money and kept it in the family.  (That's just my opinion, anyhow.)

July 07, 2011 10:22 AM #26
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Don Thompson
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How hot is it in Searcy, Arkansas today?

 

How Hot

 

July 07, 2011 10:26 AM #27
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Deanna Lovell Stuart

There used to be a theater (The Plaza) just up the street across from the Mayfair. When I had extra money, I would go to a movie at the Plaza then to Yarnell's for an ice cream soda. That was usually after babysitting several times for .25/hr. I, too, remember what a special treat it was to go to Yarnell's Soda Fountain. In those days we walked everywhere we went, so to be able to go on a Sunday afternoon to a movie and then to get the soda at Yarnell's was a really, really special treat! Those were great times and it was truly a treat!

 

July 07, 2011 11:51 AM #28
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Dana McGary
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Very sad to see Yarnell's Ice Cream be a thing of the past.  It's always been my favorite!  Mostly, I am sad to see all those people lose their jobs.

July 07, 2011 05:44 PM #29
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, what a photo!  You got it all....mule barn, painted trucks, barbed wire fences and....and...the final sizzle.  What a sad picture.

Deanna, I guess I arrived in Searcy too late to enjoy the soda fountain.  They missed the boat by not having some sort of kiosk sorta like the coffees ones today and serve ice cream in the park.

Dana, I agree with you.  I hate the job losses.

July 07, 2011 10:29 PM #30
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Another Yarnell's ad.  Found in 1982 Searcy High School Yearbook.

1982 Searcy High School ad

July 08, 2011 12:26 PM #31
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Steven L. Smith
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When I was a kid we had a place called Hillview Dairy. It closed many years back but it was great homemade ice cream.

July 08, 2011 11:47 PM #32
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Steven, those are great memories!  I liked Dairy Queen and we no longer have one in Searcy.

July 09, 2011 05:28 PM #33
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