Important people at Searcy AR long ago

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This picture has been loaned by Ramona Palmer Riddle, who grew up in Searcy Arkansas and knew everyone!  It even has the names on the back to tell us who they were.

City fathers in Searcy AR

Standing with the dirty apron was Bob Barlow and granddaughter.  Year was 1947

Left to right were J. C. Hart, J. B. Plant, Elzie Darden, Carthel Angel, Melvin Phelps, Bud Collins, Tom Walker, Bud Moye, Orvil Rouse, Emil Hart, M. M. Garrison, Hubert Coward, Bill Price, Harold Humphey, Harry Price, F. P. Girkin, "Fat" Westbrook, Jake Nelson and Sam Lanier.

Where was this taken?  Sleuths will surely say.

I enlarged and did a closeup of the guys so we can do a better scrutiny.

searcy guys

 

guys from searcy

Now, there are two guys with the last name of Hart.  One may be the father to our Anita "Tart" Fuller.  And I really think the fourth from the front on the right is Henry Fonda.  sigh......drool.....

Notice the old old jukebox in the rear of the room!!

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Anonymous #2
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Ludean Kidd

Anita, I think the Bob Barlow cafe was on the West side of the courthouse.  The Lure Cafe was across the street from Sterlings, as you said, but I never knew of Bob Barlow being in there.  Maybe I am wrong.

September 20, 2011 04:39 PM
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Anita Fuller

Ludean, I can't get it out of my head that the Lure was across from Sterlings, and I've always thought Bob Barlow owned it.  That is definitely Bob Barlow in the picture so guess I really DON"T know exactly where the pic. was taken.  What was his cafe on the West Side of the court house called, you know?

September 20, 2011 06:18 PM
Anonymous #4
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Ludean Kidd

Anita, I think it was just Bob Barlow's, but I may be wrong about that.  You know how it is when everyone know where and who owns what.  Look in an old phone book if you have it.  The one on the West side of the court house didn't serve alcoholic beverages, I don't think. The Lure Cafe did, at least serve beer.  I sure didn't drink, but I was in there some.  I guess that is why the Lure Cafe didn't last long after White County was voted dry.

What I remember about Bob Barlow's is the homemade chilli.  My grandmother would sometime take me in there for a bowl of his chilli.  Bob would be in there and he looked like he does in the picture above.  Same kind of apron, etc.

I used to work at school projects, such as Halloween Queen contest and went into every business asking for votes for my choice for Halloween Queen or whatever we had going on at that time.  Jack Robinson used to always ask me to work for the veterans selling poppies in front of Robbins-Sanford.  I remember selling tickets for chances to win a rifle.  I wasn't shy as a kid.  Everything in Searcy was familiar to me, so I knew no fear.  That's how kid are, huh?

September 20, 2011 07:35 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, thanks for the update.  That Girkin guy was handsome....just like Henry Fonda.

Ludean, you and Anita can duke it out on where the cafe was.  I wasn't around here at the time and even if I had been it would be hard to remember.  In my short 40 or so years, I barely remember the stores that were here earlier.  That is what makes the blog fun.  Checking our memories.  You must have been a popular kid when you were growing up since you were so outgoing.  I remember having to go around and sell seeds at my school and I hated that.  I also remember the Halloween Queen contest where the richest kid always won since you put in a penny a vote.

 

September 20, 2011 08:57 PM
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Ludean Kidd

Barbara, I am glad you do remember things like the Halloween Queen contest, because the contestant that I collected for in the 7th grade doesn't remember being a contestant.  I wanted her to win so much.  She didn't, but I tried. 

I can't say I was popular, but I guess I had friends.  I sang a duet with Betty Fortner in our 6th grade graduation.  The name of the song was "Welcome Sweet Springtime".  Just goes to show that you can come from a poor family and still enjoy your youth.

September 20, 2011 10:25 PM
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Anita Fuller

My sincere apologies to Shirley Girken for failing to mention her!  She was a lot younger than Jimmy....but I knew her, of course.  In fact, I THINK she lives very close to me now - in Higden, Ark.  Higden and Greers Ferry share the same zip code.   Thanks, Mary.

Notice all of the men have on ties, and most have on suits.  My daddys' suit is double breasted.  - high fashion..

September 21, 2011 09:22 AM
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Don Thompson
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Since the Girkin family got into the discussion, here's Jim Girkin having brunch with us at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs 2 weeks ago.

Jimmy Girkin Brunch at the Crescent Hotel

Good job on the blow ups, Barbara.

September 21, 2011 10:09 AM
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Debbie Wantulok

Well, I don't know anyone BUT...I couldn't help enjoying the photo...it reminded me of an old Jimmy Stewart movie, Pot of Gold...I could just hear all these in their young active years singing around the table...A knife, a fork and a spoon...da-dah-dat! 

September 21, 2011 02:35 PM
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I love all these connections that come us as we visit Barbara's blog.  My mom and Festus Girkin grew up together in Mountain Home, plus my mom taught with Clara for many years in Searcy elementary school.  There was another brother in the family, Gene Girkin.  who was between Bob and Jimmy.  He played french horn in the band.  If I remember right, Bob Girkin died within the last year.  Maybe someone can confirm that. 

September 21, 2011 03:58 PM
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Harold Gene Sullivan

By the way, the first guy on the left is J.C. "Dick" Hart and was police chief in Searcy for many years.  Also, he lived on West Arch Street just 3 blocks from Anita.  Both being called Dick and living on West Arch I'm sure caused lots of confusion.  Anita must have some stories about that.

September 21, 2011 04:04 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ludean, I guess I remember Halloween because of the fun we had.  They'd set up booths in the classrooms and have peeled muscadines for us to feel and tell us they were eyeballs.  The haunted atmosphere was fun and scary.  The queen contest, however, was always won (I thought) by the ones who could pay.

Mary, I know Shirley Moon.  She was a real estate agent a long time ago.  I do not remember her daughter.  I believe I remember Mrs. Girkin, the teacher.

Anita, those guys were all high-fashion!

Don, thanks.  It was a good picture to work with.

Debbie, I didn't know them either but liked the picture.

Harold Gene, I'm glad you like the blog and the memories that it brings back.  Thanks.

 

September 21, 2011 06:51 PM
Anonymous #13
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Ludean Kidd

Sounds like fun, Barbara.  We were told to collect as much money as we could.  Whichever person got the most, won.  I don't remember doing much for Halloween in school, but I do remember the Halloween Carnival.  That was fun.

 

September 21, 2011 09:30 PM
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I wish I was eating lunch at the Crescent Hotel.

Also I suppose the celery stalks could mean either Bloody Marys or just vegetable juice. And since it was 1947, that meant dry ol' White County was still pretty wet.

September 22, 2011 04:16 PM
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Anita Fuller

Luke, NO WAY those celery stalks were anything but celery stalks in a glass.  My mother NEVER put a meal on the table without a relish dish of celery, sometimes with pimento cheese on the celery, relishes, spiced apples....things like that.  Probably most of those guys would have enjoyed a Bloody Mary but it didn't happen there.

September 22, 2011 04:59 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Luke, I'd never have thought of celery sticks meaning Bloody Marys and your even mentioning such a sin brought out the "tart" in our friend Anita.  My daughter swears there is a haunted hotel in Little Rock.  She was attacked by a ghost there so there is no reason for you to want to go to the Crescent Hotel.  There is excitement enough in LR!

 

 

September 22, 2011 08:58 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, wonder what it was really like in the "wet" White County.  In the paper today there was a report of a 76 year old being arrested for "bootleggin' " in Searcy!  Did you see it?

September 22, 2011 09:00 PM
Anonymous #18
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Anita Fuller

I did see it, Barbara.

At the end of the day, at the Esso bulk plant in Searcy, Daddy and Gene Rice and probably some other guys would pour a little whiskey (Four Roses) in a coke bottle and sit around 'unwinding' from the day.  Naturally when he got home mother could smell liquor on his breath and would really light into him.  His reply was always the same, "I just had a little nip".....

September 23, 2011 03:22 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, that sounds familiar.  "Just a little nip..." was used all over the country.  TV may be the best thing that ever happened for families because the men could then come home and have a little nip as they watched TV.  Before TV home-life may have been a little boring.

September 23, 2011 03:47 PM
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Barbara,

It's really fun going back into the good old days thru the black and whites. Thanks. :)

Steve

September 25, 2011 06:14 PM
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yes they look so nice but Foreclosures are such tough on to stomach.

January 18, 2012 12:03 AM
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