1959 View of our old Rodgers Hospital in Searcy AR. And we had a taxi service!

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The old Rodgers Hospital was located on West Woodruff Street and we have seen quite a few views of it before.  I like this one, found in the 1959 Searcy City Directory.  It gives a good view of the part of the hospital on the East side.  It appears to have been covered with asbestos siding which was popular back then.  There were sidewalks on both sides of the street too which I wish we still had.

Rodgers Hospital

And let's imagine you were home alone and needed to get to this hospital.  We had a taxicab service which was also in the directory.  It was run by Wilbur Waggle who is shown here beside his taxi with our courthouse and Rialto Theater in the background.  You had to dial only 4 numbers to get him!  How things change.

Wilbur Waggle taxi service

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Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, they didn't digitally enhance in 1959, did they?  It must have been a big hospital by that time.

Cliff, thanks for more info on the bus lines. 

March 19, 2012 08:43 AM
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Billy Fuller

Anita, I think the picture is correct.  That "wide angle lens" makes it look bigger than we remember it.  As you look at the picture, just to the left of the cars was a driveway big enough for two cars that went right up to the hospital.  That's where Helen Cowen always parked her car.  There were some steps, a small porch and a single door into the hospital.  Further on down to the left on the corner was that "round" part of the building that was a waiting room on that end of the building.  The hospital covered that whole block.

March 20, 2012 07:51 AM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Billy, thanks for that description.  I think you are right about the distortion caused by the cameras a long time ago.  Depth was also deceptive in the old pictures.

March 20, 2012 10:14 AM
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Anita Fuller

This picture and my memories of Rodgers Hospital have been making me craz(ier).  But I have talked, in depth, to Billy and another friend who used to work there in the business office.   I think I now have it straight in my mind, and no longer think the picture is inhanced.  To prove my point, I actually dreamed about the hospital last night, and aside from a large neon sign over the entrance saying "Porter Rodgers Hospital"....I walked around inside it and it's all been made clear to me.   Amazing, "the stuff that dreams are made of"......

I am challenging Luke Jones (Luke #1) to tell me where that quote is from.  (or should I have said, from where the quote cometh?)

March 21, 2012 06:20 AM
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Anita, you are a scream!!  Dreaming about the old hospital!  My thinking is that the hospital was secondary in your dream and you were actually dreaming about that convertible you had back then when you were working at the other hospital!  LOL

March 21, 2012 05:48 PM
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