Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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A meeting at Searcy AR Legion HutLook at this historic photo that was loaned to me by the White County Historical Society for this blog.  They challenged me to name the people shown in the picture.  I contacted a few Searcy Sleuths and can identify all except the young man in the center and we also could not find the purpose of the meeting.  Perhaps someone out there can name him.Notice the huge stones that make up the Legion Hut.  Note the curve for the fireplace.  That took some skill from the rock experts.Now the ones in the picture are, standing left to right, Cecil Tedder, Daryl Hickman, Herb Bacon and Jim Wilbourn.  Seated from left to right, Mac Angel, Mabel Whitehurst, Nelson James, the one we don't know, Anamieca Carmichael, Kathleen Blakely and Mary Formby.  If I spelled names...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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You are driving along minding your own business in the historic part of Searcy AR and see this site.     OOPS!  another one bit the dust!  Another house gone!So you start wondering exactly which one it WAS that IS no longer.  I love the way we can go on-line now and see what used to be at that site.  So I did that.  Here's the picture of the house.  It looks pretty bad here and definitely it had been going downhill for awhile but it had the prettiest trim in years past and it probably had a great history.  I need to find another picture of it from its earlier days.  And its date of construction, according to the courthouse records, was 1945.  If some of you Searcy Sleuths have additional information, share it.  And, so long,  607 East Market. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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The Rendezvous CafeWho would have believed that the old give-away match book covers from years ago when almost everyone smoked would be somewhat collectible today?  Well, evidently they are.  This one from Searcy AR's beloved Rendezvous Cafe is now on ebay with a sales price of $4.99.  It is historic in giving its phone number of 223 and saying it had 24 years of service already!So what year might this have been?  It was probably before we had the abbreviation AR for Arkansas instead of ARK.  Zip codes started in the early 1960's.   The old Rendezvous building is still there  but you'd never recognize it.  One of my favorite pictures of it is found here.Another thing is a little bit puzzling.  How did that hard-to-spell name come about in a little-bitty town like Searcy AR?  Quickly,  l...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Elvis Presley?  Who remembers Elvis?The whole world remembers Elvis and I assume most of us LOVE Elvis Presley!  I just discovered Elvis in another way.  Quilt panels or other types of cloth panels for making memories of Elvis.  Daughter is having an estate sale in Searcy AR on March 8, 9, and 10.  She discovered a whole second building on the property that houses all kinds of fabrics, quilting supplies and even a giant quilting machine.  She will be showing lots of pictures of items for the sale at Estatesales.net a few days before the sale.My surprise, however, was learning that fabrics can be bought with themes of all kinds from horses to flowers to hunting to dogs to cats to Disney to....to....to....ELVIS!  So if you have an interest in sewing, quilting, or other crafts, be sure to ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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We were discussing an old business in downtown Searcy AR a few days ago.  The Lure Cafe was the subject of a blog.  Reread it HERE.  A very thoughtful and completely knowledgeable Searcy resident,  Philip Williams, told us that his dad had a store that was just about two or three doors down from The Lure Cafe.  He sent two pictures.  Here is the business front.  (I know, I know, you are fascinated by that car in the front but I don't know what kind it is.)  The business was called Economy Suppy and did plumbing, electrical and sold appliances.  Refrigerators, freezers, kitchen stoves, TV's and radios.Philip shared this interior photo also. From left to right is his Uncle James Williams, his dad Ralph Williams, John Merritt, and D. T. Williams.  He said they sold Kelvinator, Philco and Z...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This was a long time ago.  Folks smoked.  Folks had three digit phone numbers.  E. H. Durham family owned or operated The Lure Cafe in downtown Searcy across from the Mayfair Hotel.  This little matchbook cover was on ebay and I added it to my collection.  I also found an old blog that I'd done and put up a picture of The Lure Cafe.  Wonder what all they did to "lure" you into the cafe?  To see the other blog with more pictures of Searcy click HERE.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Obviously, this is a big crowd gathered on Spruce Street in downtown Searcy AR.  So what are they watching?  Pate Pearson has shared this picture AND his research.  He discovered that Buster Brown and Tige was a traveling show that visited towns and it was very popular.  He furthermore magnified the signs posted on the building so that they can be read.  It does appear to be a performance going on as the third picture, magnified, seems to show.    I copied the information below from the research Pate Pearson provided.  It can be googled and additional information will pull up.  Buster Brown and his dog Tige paid visits to towns and lots of people turned out to watch.  Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard Felton Outcault.  The name Buster came either direct...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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December 1995, the last chapter that I wrote regarding the origins of Searcy Country Club.  It really is a fun story told to me by a nice gentleman, Hubert Smith, who has passed on but is not forgotten. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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November issue of Origins of Searcy Country Club, written by Barbara S Duncan, and published in the 1995 monthly newsletter to members of the Searcy Country Club. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Another issue of the Origins of Searcy Country Club written by Barbara S Duncan in 1995 and inserted in the monthly newsletter sent to Searcy Country Club members.  This is the October issue. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Here's the second chapter of the 1995 origin of the Searcy Country Club.  It was written for the monthly newsletter that was sent to members of the Searcy Country Club during that year.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Go back through your memories?  Do you ever do that?  I just dug out an old folder from 1995.  My husband was president of Searcy Country Club and we did a little history search regarding the club.  We interviewed the men and women who were the ones who began the club, from having the idea to buying the land to building the building.  It turned out to be very interesting and we ran the history in the club monthly newsletter. I think it is worth rerunning. Here we go with the first chapter.  See what you think. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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See anyone you know?These beautiful kids attended Mrs. Joe Knox's kindergarten class in 1954.  In 1967 they were graduating from Searcy High School and this congratulations page must have come from Mrs. Knox because it was in the advertising section.  1967 is important to me because that is when I arrived in Searcy.  After so many years, I can see some of the kids in this picture that I know as adults.  See if you can find a future Arkansas First Lady in this group!Style?  Plaids were in!  Girls wore dresses and they had short hair.  And I love the two girls on the back row with perfect rows of buttons on their dresses.  I have done blogs before about the lovely Mrs. Knox so just google her and you'll see more interesting history.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Christmas is over!  Business is back!  I'm glad.          But while looking through some of my old things, I came across this picture.  Searcy Board of REALTORS used to be called White Woodruff Co BOARD of REALTORS.  I became President in 1989 and it was still called White - Woodruff Co but shortly after that the club was renamed Searcy Board of REALTORS.  That was a good change and it was also easier to write.  Woodruff County and White County had been dropped and we used the city name of Searcy.          But looking at this little invitation to the annual Christmas awards banquet made me think again about how things have changed.  We would never have to hand draw an invitation now.  We'd whip it out on the computer.   I suspect that I was the artist on this one but not the one who wro...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This is Old Blue.We assume that Old Blue was a real favorite cow of Dr. J. D. Patterson's.  Dr. Patterson lived in Searcy, was a dentist for approximately 60 years, ran a large cattle farm, and started in the 60's to crown cow's teeth   That made him famous!He appeared on "To Tell the Truth" TV show and was such a hit that he was invited to do another TV show, "What's My Line?" during the 1960's.  If you'd like to read an interesting article about him, click here.  It is an article that appeared in Three Rivers Edition to the Democrat Gazette on September 12, 2012.So the doc liked Old Blue so much that not only did he do her teeth, he had her taxidermied and added wiring so that she could light up her eyes and moo and he hung her on his fireplace wall.  Unfortunately, he died a few mont...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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  Where am I?That is what I thought as I drove by a big block with nothing but a big pile of dirt in the middle of it.  I did a double-take and thought and thought!  Then I remembered that there was supposed to be an apartment complex on that block made up of octagonal small houses.I even remembered when they were designed and built.  Early in my real estate career, and that was the early 1980's, a man who worked for Lightle Dobbin's Lightle Real Estate (where I started my career) was part owner and promoter of the new style small house with an octangular shape.  He was all for it and it seemed to catch on.  They were about 738 sq. ft. with comfortable living quarters.  A few were built and this apartment complex and one other complex were built in Searcy.  Looking at the aerial view ab...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Boys and Girls State Members?  What year?I used to teach at Searcy High School, Searcy AR, so I remember most of these young people.  I can't read the shirts but I think they were the Boys and Girls State members who got to go to the state meeting and possibly run for office and get a real taste for leadership.  It would be fun for them to perhaps check in and let us know what is going on in their lives.  I remember that my son, Paul, was a selected member one year and these were friends.  He may have taken the picture because our historic courthouse is in the background and he was big on photography at the time.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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A heavy snow in Spring Park, Searcy AR?This is a post card that is on ebay right now asking for a buyer.  I have not seen this card before and chances are the Searcy Sleuths have not seen it either.  It shows the old library that was in Spring Park.  It has been replaced with a bigger, nicer library but I do remember this building.  My kids loved going there and so did I.  There is no date on the card but it just shows that a heavy snow back then (or is it ice?) was fascinating then as it is now.  Perhaps our library needs this card for their history?If you'd like a good view of the old library, click here to see another blog with the picture.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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OK, Searcy Sleuths, here's a new one!  What happened to the O.K. Taxi and Cafe that was operating in Searcy AR in 1951. This photo was in the 1951 Harding Petit Jean and shows a couple beside a cab with the advertisement saying they were enjoying a coke in the friendly atmosphere of the O.K. Cafe.  It seems to be  on the Harding campus but it says the Taxi would take you anywhere in town.I have looked through lots of yearbooks because I love the ads in the back.  The ads are now historic and remind us of a Searcy AR many years back.  I can understand that in 1951 there were probably lots and lots of students with no transportation and needed rides.  It appears that this was a new business advertisement and the business must not have lasted very long.  So, Sleuths, do you have any intere...
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