Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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WOW!How did they get the picture to look like this?  This was a long time ago, approximately in the 70's, when no one had tricky cell phones that do amazing things.  The young man was in the tree and another young man took the picture.  I stumbled upon it the other day and was once again stunned that this picture was made right in my own front yard by my own kids!  Looks like a snow covered tree in the still of the night....which it was not.  It is worth seeing again.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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What a cute card.  It certainly makes you take notice!This old card is from 1954 and has a calendar on the back.  The front, as you can see, reads "There is a difference IN SOFT DRINKS TRY C & C SUPER in the Sanitary Cap Top Can."The back of the card says, "IT'S 'SUPER' all year 'round."  Then there is a calendar for the year.  I assume this would have been to keep in your wallet in case you needed to check a date.I think it is a clever little advertisement but would it be acceptable today?     
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Loaded downThis car has to bring memories to lots of people.  What did we call those things that covered back tires?   Hubby, the retired car dealer, says "fender skirts."  But he says he sees no seams so perhaps this car was just made that way.  And were those things  at the back called tail fins?  Yes, Hubby says all cars had them because they were the rage!  He said they all had whitewall tires, too.  And was this car loaded so heavily that it was lower in the back......or was that style?  Hubby says he thinks it was loaded so full that it made the back end hang low! This photo was found at an estate sale, unwanted by the family.  The back has this written on it, "The car just before leaveing For Columbus Ga. Ft Benning."  It should be a treasure!There is a load on the top, clothing ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Santa is Smokin'!In more than one way.  He is wide-eyed and ready to jump in the sleigh.....PLUS.....he is smoking a pipe!  I collect Santas in a small way and got this one from an estate sale a few days ago.  I didn't think much about what he was doing but once I put him in the herd, he stood out in the second way.  HE IS SMOKING A PIPE!Now many years ago, that would have been fine but in today's world, Santa would never smoke!  He is now politically incorrect!  Little kids could be influenced by our jolly-good-fellow's smoking.  Should I dump him or keep him? 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Elizabeth Gertrude DurhamThe pretty girl on the left was named Elizaeth Gertrude Durham and I think the girl on the right was her sister.  The picture dates back, way back, and the girls are dressed in very pretty and fancy outfits.  The hair styles appear the same with a huge bow at the back.Elizabeth Gertrude had an Arkansas future coming her way.  She married Ballard Holmes from the Searcy AR area and they lived on Holmes Road in Searcy for many years......long enough to have the road named for them.  They had 4 children.  All of the children have passed on but lots of grandchildren are still around.One is my husband, Rodger Duncan, and he inherited this lovely picture when his mother Wyndelene Holmes Duncan passed on.  I love the picture and wonder if anyone knows about the composit...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Rare FindThese are so old that they are difficult to read but I finally got a good picture of the two so you can also see and read them.  They are full of interesting information.  First, the newer one is called a DOG TAX .  It was good for one year, I assume, and would have to be renewed......more tax!  It was a 1965 tag.  The larger one has the name of the owner, again I assume, who was Dr. George Harlan, who probably lived at 1106 East Race Street in Searcy, ARK.  His phone number was 689, the year was 1952 and the tag says it was for Rabies Vaccination.Note Dr. Harlan's phone was 689.  His house must have been at 1106 East Race.  That address does not pull up anymore but seems to be the location of several apartments located on the North side of Race across from land that Harding no...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Beloved bicycles.I love old pictures as readers know.  I also can't understand why some families don't cherish their old snapshots of family.  The top picture above is an unknown person......cast aside by family who didn't want the old photos.  He seems to be so proud of his bicycle and it, as my husband says, was a NICE bicycle.The second picture above is a picture of my husband and his sister and his little brother.  With bikes!  The bike that he is beside was not a nice bike, as he remembers it.  If you look closely at his right leg you will see that he had to keep his pants rolled up so it didn't catch in the chain since it had no cover.  He said his first bike had no wheel covers either.  But he loved it!My first bike was a definite used one, too, with no pedals, just a metal piece...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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So what does this mean?I found this picture at an estate sale.  There were other pictures of the same lady with normal snapshots taken outside the house.  So you could see that a picture had been cropped so that it was placed in this coffee cup.  But WHY was she in the coffee cup.  Was Camel Cigarettes paying her to advertise?  There appears to be a man's hand holding the cigarette (actually smoking it because you can see smoke) and the cigarette lighter is on the table.  Perhaps it was a romantic thing with his saying that she was all he could see no matter what he was doing?Have you ever seen a picture like this?? 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This pretty little house that once had a front porch is on its way down.  While driving by I did my usual OMG reaction to seeing this one almost gone.  And then I started remembering that its neighboring house was already gone!  So, Searcy Sleuths, what was the neighboring house?  Ok.....here's the picture.  The White County Court House still has the two pictures on line.The one on the left is gone.....with no signs of it left.  They are/were both owned by the Dale family and David Dale had told me they were going to remove the rock house for more room for the dress shops that now operate on each side of these two houses.  Several years ago this was the location of Francis Dale's Antiques and I bought lots of antiques from them.  The grandchildren have turned the shops into dress shops ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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We have published the old Plaza Theatre picture before but this time it has the names of the band members.  I have always loved the looks of the building and the perfect way all the band members are sitting and standing.  The sign to the right on another street says, "Varner's Cleaners & Tailors.  We clean everything.  Phone 81."   Movies were HIGH WIDE AND HANDSOME, EBB-TIDE, and DOUBLE OR NOTHING.The picture was taken by Faucett-Hogue Photo Co of Litle Rock, ARK and was loaned to me for this blog by Shirley Baugh of Searcy.  I believe it was saved by the first boy, front row, left to right, Dale Van Patten.  Do you see any girls in the band???
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Where was it and what were they doing?This picture has Nov. 1952 written on the back.  The front lower corner says Novak Bald Knob Ark.  The water tower has something that looks like " ...national ......Co" written on it.  Could it have been International Shoe Co.?So, Searcy Sleuths, can you tell us where it was and what was going on?  The people seem to be dressed nicely and there is a crowd.  Perhaps someone was speaking to the group.  There are lots and lots of light poles.  I really like the picture and think you will too.  It was loaned to me by Shirley Betts Baugh for this blog.  Thanks, Shirley.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Giant!  One giant of a movie!I was watching Giant, the 1956 movie that is still a great movie and one that I had not seen since it was first shown.  One memory is still sad.  I heard that James Dean, my idol at the time, had died.  In fact, he died before the movie was released.Anyway.....back to the subject.  Anita Hart Fuller, our super Searcy sleuth for history, insisted that I pay attention to the movie when two beauty operators come out and deny service to a character because she is Mexican.  She said one of them was a Searcy girl who went to Hollywood to become a movie star.  I am going to let Anita explain the end results of Martha Gene's leaving Searcy.  Above, however, in the center is Martha Gene Randall in the movie scene.  Below is Martha Gene's photo from the 1945 yearbook....
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Kathi Raines at The ArtistryI stopped by The Artistry at 802 S. Main, Searcy AR today and almost didn't get away.  It is a creative artist co-op with retail shops and a learning center.  Kathi Raines is the artist/owner.  I have known Kathi for years but didn't realize all the creativity that has gone into her business.  Lots of people are showing their artwork/treasures in the shop.  I saw the picture above and had to admit, "Kathi, that IS you!"  My daughter had described The Artistry as a "happy place."  So this is the perfect happy face of Kathi Raines, and it had to come home with me so that I could brag about the art work and exhibits at this happy place.  You cannot look at this picture and not smile.  At the moment she did not know who the artist was but I suspect the artist was...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Mercury dealership approximately 1952.The building is still there. I drive by this building daily, almost, and have wondered what was once there.  Seeing a picture in the book, "Memories of America Searcy" with my husband, a former car dealer, he pointed out that the Mercury dealership was once located in the building at the corner of Woodruff and Spring Streets in Searcy.  Compare the pictures and you can tell that he is right.  So we are seeing a before and after shot of a structure in Searcy AR.  It still has class and it would be nice for it to be used for business again.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Find yourself in this group?  Check and see.I was just doing a preview trip and a "visit my daughter Valerie Smith Canepa" at the up-coming estate sale on Pin Oak in River Oaks when I saw two huge pictures that were so clear and full of nice folks on a bus trip.  The first one is shown above with kids and parents lined up in front of the bus that says First United Methodist Church.In the second picture is another large group with winter clothes so it must have been another church trip.  The pictures are so big that they are fascinating and make me wonder if these were specially made or were common for the trippers.  I placed the two on a chair for a snapshot so you can see approximately how big they are.  They are to be in the estate sale this weekend and are worth a trip to Searcy to c...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Interesting!  Building permit from Searcy AR. 1948This old building permit has been loaned to me by Sherry Person, whose father was Colonel Ivan Quattlebaum who collected everything, and whose husband was Leon Person who also collected lots of things.  She has a store of old and historic items and is willing to share them for this blog.  On the back of this old document is handwritten, "First building permit made in Searcy."  It was made out to Simon Person for a building to be constructed on Lots 46 and 47 Block Moore's Subdivision Watkins and Quarles Addition.  It was signed by Mayor B. L. Oliver and another person whose signature I can't make out.  It had to be finished by July 15th 1948.  I wonder if the building is still there?       
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 What a fine group of students!Searcy Arkansas 1959 students ready to go out into the world!  They are standing in front of the historic Rialto Theater in Searcy.  The Rialto is still operating in Searcy and is still loved.  Lots of the students in this picture are still living in Searcy and the group is gathering this weekend, September 28, 2019, for a class reunion.  Don't mistake the Barbara Duncan on the first row for me, REALTOR Barbara S Duncan, but she is my sister-in-law and when I looked through the 1959 yearbook to find a picture of the group for this blog, she was on every page, almost, and was extremely active and popular in Searcy High School.  I like seeing the style of dress again.  Look at the bobby socks and saddle oxford shoes on the ladies, the skirts and sweaters, an...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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1950 Basketball Boys Searcy AR High SchoolHow do you like this group of guys?  They posed in 1950.  Boys used to wear short shorts for sports.  What happened?Anyway, these guys were named by Anita Hart Fuller at some time in the past.  The names are attached to the photo which was loaned to me by Sherry Person.  Front row:  D. D. Young, E. L. McCollough, Jim Christian, Buddy Huff, Chub Smith and Kenneth Smith (no relation).Back row:  Don Christian, Don Brown, Glen Adams, Bruce Douglas, Elwyn Hughes, James (Red) Morgan, Carthel Mac Angel, and Jimmy Dale Adams.Handwritten on the back is something like this.  "Their record on the homecourt was the best in history."   
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 White County's Oldest Banking InstitutionLook at this old picture that was in the 1936  White County Centennial Edition of The Daily Citizen and White County Citizen.  It is a drawing of White County's oldest bank with three tiny vehicles in the street.  Let's see what it looks like now.  It is at the corner of Arch and Spruce on the Court Square of Searcy AR.I drove by there this morning and snapped this picture.  Looks as if it has lost some of the trim at the top of the building.  We have gained paved streets, fireplugs, street lights, sidewalks with handicapped accessibility, and garbage pickup.  The building still has class but has not been a bank in a long, long time.I am glad it is still a part of our town.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Searcy's first female barber?While sitting in the barber chair a few days ago, I noticed this framed advertisement on the wall.  I examined it more closely and saw the "Searcy's First female Barber" written under one of the pictures.  The ad was from approximately 1977 and I was in her barber chair.....as I have been each time I needed a haircut for many years!  Dianne Felt Watson is a great barber and has been in the business since first hired by Wyatt & Poole Barber Service.Nosy me.....I had to ask what that was like.  She said it was hurtful when some people turned and walked out of the shop.  I said, "NO, they didn't!"  She said, "Yes, they did.  They said I was intruding into male territory and they didn't like it."  I guess that was an example of sexism which we are still trying t...
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