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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Anonymous #1
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Ludean Kidd

Ah, the good old days.  We used to walk a lot, thus the sidewalks.  I don't think our street (E. S. Line now E. Woodruff) ever had a sidewalk and doesn't have one now.  I hardly walk any more, so that is okay with me.

March 17, 2012 03:00 PM
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Harold Gene Sullivan

See the picture of the taxi service in Searcy reminded me that during the 1940's we had a city bus service in Searcy.  It made scheduled loops around town.  Hard to imagine that today.

 

Harold Gene Sullivan

March 17, 2012 06:08 PM
Anonymous #3
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Ludean Kidd

I remember the bus, even rode on it some.

 

March 17, 2012 07:40 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ludean and Harold Gene, I am learning something new.  Searcy actually had bus service??  That may be something that needs to be blogged about.  Wonder if they had one or two and was kinda like Waggle's taxi service.  I think it was a one-person operation but right now we have no taxi service at all.  Someone has applied for a permit for one, however, or so the paper reports.

We talked with builders onetime about why they didn't put sidewalks in the new subdivisions and they talked like it was too expensive and they didn't think home buyers would pay more for them.  I asked how much more and they mentioned $500 (this was several years ago and would be considerably more now) and I disagreed with them.  I think the home buyer would appreciate sidewalks.

March 18, 2012 06:09 AM
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Anita Fuller

First of all, I am totally confused by this picture!  The building on the right looks to me like Rodgers Hospital, but then so does the building on the left.

 

Barbara, I think you have blogged about Searcy's brief bus service: Mays Bus Line, before, but it may have been (no pun intended) on Tom Pry's SearcyYesteryear blog.    As I don't have the smarts to find the former blog, unless you can we'll have to wait till Don gets back from California to find it. 

March 18, 2012 06:59 AM
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Don Thompson
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Yet here I am early Sunday morning reading Barbara's blog out here in Californy. Anita's right about a previous blog about Searcy's bus line. Read it here. Harold had some good comments as did others.

I remember riding a bus from Searcy up to Step Rock to visit my mother on her farm. There was a hill that  the bus had to negotiate in low gear and the  gears always  screamed for help.

March 18, 2012 07:36 AM
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Ludean Kidd

I was talking about city bus.  I don't remember exactly how long it was here, but it was here awhile.  I caught it on Park Ave.  Cost a dime, if my memory is correct.  Someone else will probably remember it from way back when. 

March 18, 2012 12:47 PM
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Don Thompson
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Ludean, according to this link, the May Bus Line traveled outside Searcy. At least it went to Rose Bud.

I think the bus I took to Step Rock originated in Searcy and it looked like a school bus as I remember it.

March 18, 2012 03:38 PM
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Ludean Kidd

Don, I don't think we are talking about the same bus.  This was a city bus, to the best of my memory.  It wasn't in business long.  I don't know about the outside Searcy bus business.  Never traveled on them, except Trailways to visit my dad in the summer time. 

March 18, 2012 05:39 PM
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Anita, I see your point in wondering about the building.  I'd never realized the hospital had a second building that was so big.

Don, I remember the blog about bus lines running from McRae or other small towns but Harold Gene made it sound as if Searcy had a bus that just roamed around in Searcy. Searcy would have been small so it is amazing that some bus had just a Searcy route.

Ludean, perhaps someone can clear this up.  Buses to towns a few miles away were common and I rode them in Georgia.

March 19, 2012 05:11 AM
Anonymous #11
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Anita Fuller

Now that my memory has been 'jogged'....I, too, remember a city bus.  and as has been said, it evidently didn't have many riders and the service didn't last very long.

That Mays Bus Line did go out to Rose Bud, Center Hill, etc. - in that direction only, I think.  In other words it didn't go to Letona or Pangburn.  The bus Carolyn Cranford Sullivan rode was the Trailways bus...she caught it in McRae. Set me straight, Harold Gene.....if I'm wrong.

Barbara, that picture is bugging me. I think it has been computer inhanced.

March 19, 2012 05:55 AM
Anonymous #12
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Cliff

Charley May ran a bus from Rose Bud, through Joy, Center Hill, to Searcy and back. R.K. Adams, in the early 50s and earlier, ran a bus line from Floyd, through Center Hill and to Searcy and back. Don't know from where if originated. If memory serves me right, I think they not only picked up passengers along the way, but also carried cream, etc. to market for farmers. Charley May's son still lives on H. 36 West in Rose Bud.   

March 19, 2012 07:50 AM
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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
Anonymous #16
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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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Barbara S. Duncan
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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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roshanl kakde

Anita, you are a scream!! Dreaming about the old hospital after hitting by taxi service in nagpur! 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!

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