Baptist Church Searcy AR. First Baptist? 1910 old postcard from James Whitlow.

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Remember when we used to communicate by mail?  Postcards?  Letters?

It seems that it was appropriate to start out the mail with something that looked like this:

Dear Bob,How are you today?  As for me, I am fine.  The weather is clear here today....

Note this card with the note on the mail side.  This man had a sense of humor, I guess. It reads:

4-19-10

Well Bald headed sam how are you it has turned off cold up here the Argenta Carnival Co is up here now  I am going out to the old place this morn.  Walter

Will send ? a card later


Baptist Church Searcy AR card

It's a great bit of history and the front of the card has a picture of a Baptist Church in Searcy Arkansas.  I assume this is the First Baptist Church in Searcy.  If not, Sleuths, set me straight.  It was shared by James Whitlow, our postcard collector friend.

Baptist Church Searcy AR card

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Don Thompson
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This is the Gentry Memorial Baptist Church on the site of the First Baptist Church. The first service was in 1902 per Muncy's book. The church cost $9,000 to build.

The cornerstone of the original  First Baptist Church was laid November 7, 1944. I remember playing in the ruins of the Gentry church. That was when I lived at 303 N. Main across from the First Methodist Church.

August 27, 2012 04:23 PM #1
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those old post cards are a treasure to the people that continue to live in those communities.  I came upon a box several months ago, that had belonged to my mom.  It had several post cards from her hometown in Kansas during the 1930s.  I need to scan those and send them to some relatives still there.

August 27, 2012 05:12 PM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, what happened to the church?  You played in the ruins????

Myrl, I do love the old post cards and they are becoming more and more treasured.

August 27, 2012 05:30 PM #3
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Wow!  Mr. Don, I am glad you posted dates with your comment...I was in a hurry and just gleaned bits...then I read Barbra's note...ruins?...it made you sound ANCIENT...I could hear his mother calling and someone saying...it's alright Mrs. Thompson...Little Don is just out running through all the old ruins and worship halls...

I miss post cards...I used to send and recieve them...now it cost so much...just send an e-mail or post it on facebook...haha!

August 27, 2012 08:17 PM #4
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Harold Gene Sullivan

For those of you who don't know it.  North Little Rock was once know as Argenta.

August 27, 2012 09:01 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debbie, Don still needs to reveal what the ruins were from....fire?  Tear-down?  Tornado? 

Harold Gene, I did not know that and was wondering where Argenta was.  Thanks for that info.  Wonder where this guy's "old place" was.  Interesting card, isn't it?

August 28, 2012 05:16 AM #6
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Don Thompson
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I should have said the Gentry church was being demolished to make way for the new First Baptist Church.

The reason I used "ruins" was there was just a pile of rubble. Those were the good old days when kids could play just about anywhere they liked without someone telling them it was unsafe.

I remember the occasion so well because my playmate gave me a silver dollar while we were playing in the rubble. I don't know why. My grandmother made me give it back to him which I did. If I still had that dollar, it would  be worth a lot of money. I recently sold 24 silver half dollars for $9 each.

Miz Debbie, you gave me a good laugh with your comment. It would have been Sadie Graham saying little 8 year old Donald was just playing in the church ruins. 

Here's the picture from Muncy's book.

Gentry Baptist Church 1901

August 28, 2012 05:22 AM #7
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Hello Barbara - what great history found in post cards!   Thanks for sharing.

August 28, 2012 07:22 AM #8
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Barbara, That is a great find that you shared!  I love the wording on the post card, and the photo is great as well!

August 28, 2012 12:12 PM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, thanks for that follow-up picture and for letting us know that you were doing a little harmless playing and that the REAL memory was of MONEY!  We can all understand that.  Philip Williams, a long-term member of First Baptist, says the stained glass windows are still in use in the new church.  I personally think this old church is much prettier than the big new one.

Michael, thanks for finding my blog.

Tony, the wording was clever, wasn't it.  Thanks for commenting.

August 28, 2012 06:14 PM #10
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Barbara,

Love the one cent postage stamp and the time stamp they used for so many years. :)

Steve

August 29, 2012 10:35 PM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Steve, I'd never thought of the time stame!  They really don't use it anymore, do they.  Thanks for stopping by.

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