Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Bicycles!How many of us can remember our first bicycles and how they were treasured and how we were so thrilled when we got one, even if it was a used one, beat-up and not beautiful!  I do!  It was there on the front porch of the old house we lived in.  My dad had sneaked it in there for me and my sister.  We were ecstatic!Here we show a mother and a daughter on their bikes.  I don't think it is on the same day.....but possibly in the same neighborhood.  Corinne Hart, who lived to be 100, is the top picture.  Second picture is her daughter, Anita Hart Fuller, when she was a cutie-pie daughter riding the first bike.  She might even be able to tell us about it because she let me use the picture.  Bikes to us....way back then....were probably equivalent to cell phones to today's kids. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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REMEMBER PHONE NUMBERS?  It was easy when they were small numbers.  Anita Hart Fuller, our blog source for so many things, has an old phone book with phone numbers and addresses. We thought it would be fun to see who had the first 10 phone numbers in Searcy and the locations.  We were unable to track down the numbers 2 and 7.  Perhaps you Searcy Sleuths can help us out.  Here goes.....1.   Smith-Vaughan Merc. Co    201 W. Arch2.   ??????3.  White County Jail  413 N. Spruce4.  Ivan Quattlebaum Grocery & Ivan Quattlebaum Transfer   217 W. Market 5.  W. D. Davenport  211 W. Center  (remember we have been publishing pictures done           by the Davenport son,  Elvin, and I wish we had a picture of this house ) 6.  Person Feed Store  212 N. Spruce7.   ?????8.  MidSouth Gas Co.  315 N.  Spr...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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It does not seem possible now but in 1978 and shortly before then a lady REALTOR was rare.  This picture comes from a 1978 Harding yearbook and shows the Action Real Estate Center at 2909 East Race Street in Searcy AR.  Lots of students are in front of it and in the background I believe we are seeing a house in Cloverdale.  At this time there was no shopping center behind this building.  The building, by-the-way, is still there and still charming.And to answer the trivia question about who were the first women agents in our area I believe we have the answer with the owners of this business.  Mervel McInturff, Dell Coyle and Lorene Smith.  Dell has passed away, Mervel has moved to another city but Lorene Smith is still in Searcy.  If you see her, thank her for her fantastic career in rea...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Here's another photo loaned by Anita Hart Fuller and it is also a very interesting one.  It shows three ladies standing outside a house (and we know which house it was) and posing for the photographer.  It has these names on the back. 1. ?  2. Ruth Fuller  3. Grace Neal.  So the person who wrote this did not know the first lady on the left.  But she looks so much like the lady in the middle that they have to be relatives.  The third lady, on the right, was Grace Neal.  I remember that she may have been the original owner of the Ideal Shop, a dress store for women in downtown Searcy AR.  My children's grandmother Smith worked there and enjoyed being in the midst of the latest fashions, especially hats, that were available in Searcy.  This picture, no doubt, shows the style of the day, an...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Another treasure from Anita Hart Fuller's collection of pictures.This seems to be a post card with the congregation of First United Methodist Church posing in front of the historic church.  There is no date on it so we'd have to guess at the date.  The church windows seem different from the windows today but the card was in the collection of Corinne Hart's.  Corinne Hart lived to be about 100 and knew so much about Searcy AR and lived so much of Searcy's history.  Anita shares some of those pictures with us.I'd like for you to do what I did......save this picture and enlarge it so that more detail is visible.  I notice that almost every lady had on a hat.  And no doubt about it, EVERY female had on a skirt or dress and the styles were all about the same length.  I seem to remember that ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Miss the service of yesterday?I do.  I must admit that shopping now in at least one of my favorite stores of yesteryear is a disappointment.  There is no one in the shoe department to help you find a size.  There is no one in the ladies department to help you find the proper fit for you.  There are only a few checkers to check you out if you buy an item.So look at this picture of a shoe store downtown many years ago.  They had excellent service from helping you decide what your size was to helping you find your size, encouraging you to put on the shoe, walk around with it to see how it felt, and then took your payment with a happy smile.This picture was in a 1978 Harding yearbook and it does bring back some good memories!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Smith-Vaughn Mercantile Co.Let's see if I remember.  This picture was taken from a 1978 Harding yearbook.  I moved to Searcy in 1967 and this business was in operation.  I started working in the real estate field in 1979.  I transferred to Powell Realty a few years later and Powell Realty was located right beside this building.  The address on this building says 309 East Race and my understanding is that when this building was built and located here it was in the middle of lovely residential property with Dr. Porter Rodgers having a mansion right in front of it so this picture must be quite old.   And here I notice a nice looking home located right beside this building!  Perhaps the age of the car could tell us more about what happened.  I think Powell Realty's building had been a pizza...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Smart crows!I have the very best pets! Crows! They come to visit me each morning and each afternoon and see if I have given them a few treats. If I walk out they greet me with a “Caw, caw, caw.” Translated that means, “ Hey, here’s the old woman again! She may have food!”Crows mate for life, so the books say, and I seem to have three that stay close to my house. The third one may be a slightly slow one who can’t attract a mate. Anyway, they love me and I appreciate their lack of required care.Today was my birthday which I always keep secret but my daughter, who talks a bit much, spread it around. I received so much attention that I may have another one soon!But back to my crows…..I wake up at 5:00 am and gather the newspapers and read the news until daylight. This morning was no differ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Surprise!How can you know someone for years and years and still be surprised to find out a hidden talent that the person has?  That is exactly what has just happened to me!!My friend and associate,  Alice Lercher, just sorta accidentally showed me some of the fun things she has drawn, cut out, and painted for the grandchildren, and I was thrilled and excited to see them.  Note the bottom picture named Riley Street for the grandchild Riley!  And when I asked who made the signpost, I was not surprised to hear that her husband and also my associate, Mark Lercher, had made it.  That guy can do anything!!My favorite is probably the middle one.  It has six Mickie Mouses in the group and she will place them around the room for the birthday party coming up shortly.  With four grandchildren havi...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
There's an estate sale coming up this weekend in Searcy AR!The dates will be April 27, 28, and 29 at 111 Cloverdale in Searcy's beloved Cloverdale Subdivision.  I got a preview because my daughter/associate is doing the sale.  I saw these two pencils in a plastic bag with a price on them.  Heard's Sausage!!  What memories come back with that name!  Searcy AR, in the 60's, had no park equipment or recreation facilities at all for children.  When we visited the grandparents (this was before we came back to make Searcy our permanent home) the grandparents looked for fun things to do.  Visiting the big hogs at Heard's Sausage was a favorite visit.  I did this blog about it and other forms of entertainment before.  Click here to read it.  It shows a picture of the kids and the proud grandpa ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Another delightful photo from Elvin Davenport's collection.We don't have to guess who this young boy was as he was sitting around a pool.  Was it a Searcy AR pool?  Perhaps Larry Leon James, who has verified that this was he, will join in and tell us where it was.  Perhaps, also, he can tell us who the darkly suntanned boy on the left was.We repeat that Elvin Davenport roamed the city and the surrounding little towns and took many pictures.  We can consider them now part of history.  I consider them historic photos of Searcy AR and wish we could round up a picture of Elvin.  We also thank Sherry Quattlebaum Person for sharing them with us. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Here's a neat picture of two dogs.  Back in 1955 in Searcy AR there was probably no license law that required dogs to be kept in their own yard.  These two appear to be tired from roaming all over the place and are now crossing the railroad track to get home.This photo is from Elvin Davenport's picture collection, loaned us by Sherry Quattlebaum Person.  He roamed the area taking pictures of lots of things.  At first I could not figure out where this was but doing a close-up with a magnifying glass, I saw the entry brick wall at the rock house.  There is only one entry like that in Searcy AR, found on a church at 301 E Pleasure!  And there was a train track around there.  I'm still trying to figure out what East Pleasure Street really looked like at the time.  Looks as if the railroad a...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Who were they?I'm curious.  This is another one of Elvin Davenport's pictures.  As we have repeated several times, Elvin walked or rode his bike all around the city of Searcy and the surrounding towns way back in the 50's and 60's.  He carried his camera and snapped pictures all the time.  Sherry Quattlebaum Person has loaned them to us for this blog.So does anyone know who these ladies were?  Was one of them perhaps his mother or grandmother?  We understand he was an only child and the lovely house where he grew up was close to downtown Searcy and has now been torn down.  The ladies are mostly dressed up.  And who was the man on the left?  The pictures is dated 1963 so help us decide the location, the identification, and the reason if you can! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Spring Park in Searcy AR??Yes, we do think so.  This is another of the Davenport photos loaned to us by Sherry Person and taken years ago by Elvin Davenport, a young man who rode around the countryside and citysides and took pictures with his camera.  This appears to be looking East across Main Street from Spring Park.  But we are not sure and Searcy Sleuths are invited to chime in.  We also wonder if the big house shown is the same as this one below.Vernon, ole Po Dunk, Duncan had his first car lot across from Spring Park along Main Street.  Even though this picture looks as if it was in the front yard of this house, it was actually beside it.  It is a great picture with ole Po Dunk in the cocked hat and his lovely wife Wyndelene beside him and his daughter Barbara beside him on the ot...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Girls ride bikes on the sidewalk is Searcy AR?We have shown several other pictures taken by Elvin Davenport as he roamed around Searcy and surrounding towns on his bike in the approximate 50's and 60's.  Reportedly, the first two girls shown here are Clydell Neal and Mary Kay VanPatten.  The question now is whether this is a Searcy street or was the photo taken in some other location.  Seary Sleuths should be able to tell us or Mary Kay VanPatten James will remember and give us a report.  Thanks, Sherry Person, for sharing Elvin's pictures.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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See if your situation is the same as mine.  I had 8 mm film of kids.  I had the film transferred to VHSs.  VHSs are now practically extinct so I had them transferred to CDs.  I had lots of old family photos and I had them copied for family members.....  AND I had to send them all off each time.NOW we have a new business in town called Yesteryear, located on N Spring in downtown Searcy.  Will Walker, shown in the picture above in front of my historic postcard wall at my RE/MAX Advantage office, and his wife Amber have opened the business.  Here's what Will says. We specialize in the preservation of your story, whether in video, photo, or oral history.  If you have 8mm reels, VHS tapes, any camcorder tapes, vinyls, cassettes, or mini-DVDs, we can help you transfer it to a digital file or ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Worth noticing is this old 1979 phone book from Searcy AR. It turned up at a sale where folks kept lots of items, including this old phone book.  Imagine our surprise to find two phone numbers in this book.  One was for Duncan, Rodger W.  (Wives didn't count back then but I lived there too.)  And in another spot was the phone number for Valerie and Paul Smith, my children!!  It was a separate phone number just for the kids!  Looking through the book found several households with two numbers, one for the children!  And one for the parents!It made me think back to when my daughter had a fit to get a princess phone and was so happy when she was rewarded with one.  I did not remember getting her a special phone number also.  I do also remember that the phones had to have cords and I had abo...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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1965 photo of yard and small houses.Here's another interesting picture loaned by Sherry Person from her dad's collection.  Her dad, Ivan Quattlebaum, was a history lover and saved everything.  These pictures, we have found, are from a collection of snapshots possibly taken by a long-ago resident named Elvin Figg Davenport.  He was the only son of Judge W. D. Davenport and his wife Margaret.  Searcy old-timers remember Elvin as a young man who roamed the Searcy, Kensett, Judsonia and other areas on his bicycle while carrying his camera.  He loved trains!  We probably will be posting more of his pictures of trains and the depots.For this one, he took a picture of two shotgun houses (named because if you shot through the front door it would go through the house and out the back door).  The...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I remember days like this. My mother was "tickled to death" when she was finally able to have a washing machine like this one.  It was still work to wash all the clothes and hang them on the line to dry but not nearly as hard as it was when she used an old iron pot over a fire to boil the dirty clothes.  And PULL THE WATER UP OUT OF THE WELL!This great photograph was loaned to me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person.  Her father was Ivan Quattlebaum and he collected lots of things, including photographs.  This photo could possibly have been made in Searcy or one of the surrounding small towns and is dated 1958.  It is so typical of wash day.  Small kids joined Mom in the back yard and played while Mom did the wash.  In this picture, two little boys seem to have matching toys.  Lots of clothes h...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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What a great picture of a parade in Searcy AR dated Oct 1955 but possibly taken during the Fair Parade in September?  There's a police car, a fire truck and folks watching AND remember parking meters?  There's one in the background.  Most of interest, however, is the old train station that was located at the corner of this Spring Street and Pleasure Street and across from Spring Park.  It was reportedly a lovely building.  We happen to have an old picture of it, too.Wasn't it beautiful?  Seeing it in this picture makes me wonder about the rail line.  Does it end here at the corner?  Was it across the street so folks walked across what is now Pleasure Street to get on the train?  I am sure some of the Searcy Sleuths know the answer and will comment.  One thing we do know now is that this...
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