Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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It could be considered inappropriate of me to have just a week ago put up a picture of the popular Dr. Porter Rodgers and his prized bull. Here it is.  Click to pull it up.  Someone commented that he was the one who murdered his wife. Just a few days after that blog came out this new book was brought to my attention.It is a long, highly researched book about the murder.  It is written by Mike S Allen and Deana Hamby Nall.  It will definitely be a best-seller in Searcy AR.  The crime was such that people remember what they were doing when they heard the awful news.  I was teaching school and the teacher across the hall from me came over and told about it.  We were both frozen with fear and sadness.  I definitely remember it.I have ordered the book and it should be here in a few days.  I ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 It's collectible now!  I mean the chair, not the baby!  If you live in Searcy AR, you might recognize this street........if you are pretty darned old....... because the street has definitely changed.  What is surprising is that this old chair now seems to be collectible.  Why it is so large in this picture is the mystery.  Possibly the young child loved the chair and it was to be used in the photograph with him inside.The picture is over 70 years old.  The child had a good life and has passed on.  The chair may be out there somewhere with a new coat of paint and a proud owner who calls it an antique.Searcy Sleuths, can you name the location?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
THE CATTLEMAN MAGAZINE a photo by Roger B. LetzThat is the information on the back of the above photo. Searcy residents know the man in the picture, Dr. Porter Rodgers, a popular physician in Searcy AR.  He had cattle land and it looks as if he enjoyed his cattle and posed fully dressed up in suit and tie for this photo.  We can only guess at the date but it would have been some years ago because Dr. Rodgers has been passed on for several years.But the picture was impressive and was loaned to me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person and is worth sharing.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Way back when Searcy probably looked this way......or perhaps didn't exist......I'd never heard of it before but while reading the Democrat Gazette a few days ago and finding an article by Steve Straessle (July 10) where he was reviewing a new book called "Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in America's Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt" by Daniel Barbarisi, I discovered something new. He mentioned other treasure hunts and called up one called the Bog's Treasure which was lost about 10 miles North of Searcy AR!  So what did I do?  I googled it!  Here's what Google revealed.A wealthy Mississippi cotton planter named John Bogs bought some land about 10 miles north of Searcy.  He saved up gold and silver coins through the years and during the Civil War he buried jars of coins ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Driving by W. Center St., Searcy AR....OOPS!  Vacant lot!  What's missing?  Oh, another one of my favorite old houses is gone!!This was always one of my favorite houses from the outside view.  I loved the porch, the roof, the whole look of it.  It was built in 1945 and it came on the market for the first time in my long real estate career a few weeks ago.  I did a preview and I could see that it really was in terrible shape inside.  The price was low so it sold quickly.  Now the once lovely old home is gone!  The good part is that I did get to visit the inside, which I had always wanted to.  So let's just say good-bye to the picture above and see what happens there next.     
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 I have listed an underground house!  It's my first and possibly the first for our MLS in years and years.....if ever.  Arkansas Business, a popular publication in Arkansas, asked for a few details from the owner, and published this delightful article this week.  We need a buyer!  Some say it would be excellent for a person who wants to get away from it all!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This little jewel caught my eye at a recent estate sale.  The size is 2.5" by 3" and has a picture of a lady who seems to have on one of those head scarfs that were worn during World War II. So this may have been designed as a locket for wearing around the neck.  On the back it has a means to wear it in either direction with a chain or ribbon.I have never seen one just like it and it is very interesting.  Plastic covers the picture which seems to have been slid into position and firmly held in place.  Perhaps a Searcy Sleuth will know more about it......and maybe recognize the lady???  Wouldn't that be interesting!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Ebay card for sale.  East Race Street, Searcy ARThis card has shown up and says it was East Race Street in Searcy AR around 1928.  Perhaps some of the Searcy Sleuths will know the exact location.  Here is my guess.  This house at 402 East Race is on the market for sale right now and one of the pictures is shown here.Compare the lines of this home at 402 E Race and see if you think it is probably the current view of the one in the picture on the postcard. It was built, according to court house information, somewhere around this 1920's date.  It is an interesting comparison and the postcard is a treasure.   
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Upcoming sale may include these weapons!  Huh?  What'd you say?  Well, actually these are hatpins and they were so popular with ladies in the past.  They were used to hold the hair in place or the hat in place to begin with.  BUT....read a bit of their history and you will be amazed as I was. Those ladies learned that they could be used for protection.  If unwelcome passes were made or if danger was present, the lady could just reach up to the hairpin, jerk it out and use it to thwart the villain.  Ladies became so good at protecting themselves with the hairpins that the authorities decided they should limit the length of the hairpins!  See in this holder that there are long ones and shorter ones!So, folks, research the history of hairpins and decide they are definitely collectible and ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 How do you like this fancy boot wipe weenie dog?  I remember having this type dog and my mother-in-law had this kind of dog and she owned this foot wipe animal.  I believe the proper name was Dachshund but everyone called them weenie dogs.  I have not seen one in a long time.   Are they out of style?  Here's another type that seems to have disappeared.This type used to be found in so many homes!  Cocker Spaniel they were called.  This one sits on my fireplace but we never had a live one.  This particular one was owned by an old friend and I bought it at her estate sale.  I have not seen a real Cocker Spaniel in any home lately so I am assuming that these two dog types have gone out of style.  What do you think?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Carder Buick Olds dealershipNice old souvenier pocket knife from the popular Carder Buick-Olds car dealership in Searcy AR. This is available right now on ebay and I have never seen one of these before.  Carder Buick was a popular dealership up until a few years ago when it closed down.   If you collect you might want to look this up.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
What is this?  Yarnell Ice Cream dip can....now painted. Good memory!Yarnell's Ice Cream was a Searcy AR favorite.  The ice cream was delicious and the company was in business until a few years ago.  It sold and has recently sold again. This photo was supplied by our Searcy Sleuth Anita Hart Fuller who reported that a friend sent it to her.  The friend bought it at a sale and had it painted to be more attractive and to hold flowers.  The dip can held ice cream in various ice cream parlors and the ice cream was dipped onto a dish or cone.  It must have been in a big container judging by its height.  Wonder what the 42 meant?  Yarnell's is now owned by Turkey Hill and their ice cream is wonderful....just as Yarnell's was.  In addition,Turkey Hill has something that I really like outside. ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I'm in love!!I entered an estate sale, looked over things, and saw this picture!  OMG, I fell in love with it immediately.  This picture portrays the epitome of love, trust, innocence, and anticipation.  It is quite old and must be a colorized picture of a black and white photo.  Back then color photography was not the norm.So here is where Searcy AR history comes in.  It is signed Wm Walker, Searcy ARK.  William Walker was a successful and beloved Searcy photographer.  If he put the color on the photo, he was also an artist.  Here's his signature from the photo.Another person who is very well remembered in White County was from Judsonia and he framed pictures.  His name was Jimmy Gill and he put his sticker on the back of the frames.  Each one that I have seen was interesting because h...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Roberson's Rendezvous and Missouri Pacific Bus Station, Searcy ARHere's another good view of Searcy's famous restaurant/cafe, Rendezvous, showing the view from the corner. It seems to be an artist's rendering.  I found it on an old postcard that has already been sold on ebay.  Here's the back of the postcard. Notice what it said on the card?  The cafe (restaurant) had a banquet room that would seat 450 people or a Blue Room for private parties.  That sounds like a big area!  Searcy Sleuths, were you at either of these party spots when the Rendezvous was operating?  We have done other blogs about this historic spot.   You can see a couple of those if you click these spots.   Click here.  Click here.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Searcy AR High School Girls Ensemble PictureWhile thumbing through a 1975 SHS yearbook looking for something else, I saw this picture and did a double take.  WOW!  Look at all those dresses that made me remember when most mothers sewed and made clothes for the family......mostly the girls in the family.  So did moms make these dresses?They are interesting also because of long ago when feed was sacked in lovely type material that was used for sewing outfits for the kids or for Mom. I also wondered if this was a one-year outfit for the girls or whether it was used for several years.  You will agree, I'm sure, that the picture is interesting and is filled with lovely girls! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Rare Book.  To be found at Estate Sale.  An estate sale is coming up this very weekend.  January 22 through January 24, 2021.  The address is 611 N Maple, Searcy AR.  This was published so long ago.....so historic!  White County Historical Society take note!!!  If you don't have a copy, you might try to grab this one.  If you attend the sale, check the home also.  It is for sale at a great low price of $125,000!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This is a very historic chair!  You can find it in many Searcy High School yearbooks.We are fortunate, my daughter and I, to have been chosen to market the house and the contents of the home that has been occupied by members of the Roberson family.  What makes the Roberson family special?  THE RENDEZVOUS!  The Rendezvous was one of the best and most popular restaurants in Searcy AR for many years.  It was started by the Roberson family and was often the chosen location for happy functions.  Click here for an early view of it.The family says that this wrought iron chair was often used for events.  It would be picked up from their house and carried for use to help with formal pictures at various places, sometimes at the Rendezvous.  In one picture below it is definitely this chair but the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Look what was mailed to families way back then.I saved this.  I should have spent the money.  50 cents was sent to me and many others, I assume, wanting us to keep up with our television viewing so that they could bring us more programs of our liking.  I saved the money but not the diary.  Drat.I have a pet peeve now.....if I get a plea for money with a paid-for stamp (and a stamp now costs somewhere around 50 cents) for me to return my contribution I definitely do not give.  My thinking is that if they can throw money away like that, they don't need my donation.  I wrote on the back of this, "Approximate 1980's."  The blasted quarters are turned so that I can't see the dates and are glued down so I can't turn them.  I wonder if Nielsen is still doing this research and I wonder what the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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                            Guess who came to Christmas?  I suspect it was Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors."Yes, the guest walked through the door and all eyes widened!  This guest had on a coat that would attract attention anywhere!  I suspected theft....she'd found Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" and quietly walked out with it.But no one can walk out with a coat like this without notice.....or enter a room wearing one like it without notice.  So she's innocent but the coat surely makes you think of that famous country song from 1971 made famous by Dolly.We bragged on the coat.  It really is very special and lovely.  It helped make a bad 2020 Christmas a good Christmas.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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A tobacco work crew.  Times were hard then as they are now.I remember doing an older blog about working in tobacco in South Georgia when I was a teen.  The blog even has a picture of me! Published in a newspaper!  Working on a harvester-tractor used in tobacco harvesting.  Ok, ok, here's the blog.  Go read it and see the pictures.https://activerain.com/droplet/5pVBWasn't that fun?  Now the picture above was the way it used to be.  Poor people needing money working under the shelter of the typical tobacco barn which was found all over the south when tobacco was king and everyone smoked.  The workers might take their kids who could hand the tobacco leaves to a person who would string it on slender sticks of wood that was to be hung in the tobacco barn.  The leaves were picked out in the f...
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