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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Original watercolor honors Mr. OrtcotterIt has been over 20 years since Searcy lost Ed Ortcotter but probably lots of Searcy residents remember him.  His profession was painting houses but he also loved painting pictures and took art lessons.  The one above was done by Searcy artist, Terry Williams, as a tribute to his good friend, Mr. Ortcotter, after his death.I remember him because of his love for Christmas.  He dressed up his yard and house with decorations.  He sometimes had a Santa's Workshop in his front yard and at times dressed as Santa and handed out candy to kids who drove by with their parents.  So if you were a kid in the 1990s you might definitely remember him.   He also was a pet lover and fed birds and stray cats and dogs.  Notice the tears in the eyes of the grieving an...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Terry Williams with framed picture!Terry Williams has been an artist in Searcy AR since around 1971 and has had frame shops in several places in town.  Right now he operates at the Mayfair Hotel.  He graduated from Harding College around that time.  He once had a studio in this house.....now gone.It was located on Center Street right behind the old Rendezvous restaurant.  Before it was taken down he let me enter it and he still had loads of art and art supplies.  I think you could call him an art collector!A few days ago one of my favorite framed photo pictures in my kitchen came crashing to the floor making a loud noise.  Inspection told me the glass was not broken, the frame was disabled but probably repairable so I tried to see if my  artist friend could repair it!  He could and he d...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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A Frontier Town Grows Up With AmericaYes, I know.  It's a rather ragged book but it IS almost 50 years old.  It was written in 1976 by Dr. Raymond Muncy and has received lots of wear and tear from being read and loved the whole time.  I was reminded of this while going through a stack of old White County Record newspapers from that time.  Here is what I found on the front page.I did go to his first book signing and bought three books.  I got one for myself and two more for my kids.  Hundreds of folks turned out for the signing.  We had preordered and went to pick up our orders.  Notice in the article above that Dr. Muncy had DONATED his time and many citizens contributed information and help.  Even I helped a little.  Pages 18 and 19!This is a wonderful book and if you want one today, c...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Mistaken IdentityI stumbled upon these three guys in an antique shop and stared and stared.  I thought the one with the bangs was a Beatle.  Then the owner said they were the three stooges from way back.  A little research tells me that their heyday was in the 1930s and 1940s.  So I didn't remember them but I definitely remember the Beatles!  The shop has a long name.  Daisy & The Dandelion Vintage Market in Rose Bud, Arkansas and it was a delight to visit including the Rock House, Barn & Warehouse on the property.So I was in a reminiscing mood and what did I buy?  This picture of the guy I was in love with in high school  I sure remember my broken heart when he left us! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Searcy AR?This does not look like Searcy AR!  Looks like a big city!  Definitely Searcy AR is changing.  I went to a meeting in this brand new First Security Bank building and was very impressed.  We were told to enter the double doors on the west side of the building.  We had to check in and then check out. (The building is so big and elegant that they may have thought we'd get lost in it.....and you could!)  Once upstairs, I took a picture looking toward our old historic courthouse.  Over the years it has seemed to soar above everything.  Now?  See it peeking above the trees and other buildings?  And I saw the roof of the older bank building. It is a truly lovely new building with extensive parking around it and Searcy has changed in an impressive way!  Thank you for the changes!!!PS!...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Rediscovered!Here is what has been tucked away in my bookcase for years and years.  It is in a shadow box and had things sorta covering it.  I thought, "WOW!  I forgot this and it has real meaning after all these years!"Here is a close-up of what is in the frame.And here is a closer close-up with the writing almost readable.  My daughter inherited this from her dad's family, her Aunt Roma Henry if I remember correctly.  She lived in Fort Smith and loved antiques.  Her name is at the top of the note card. Poor me.  I can't remember whether it was framed when given to my children or whether I framed it.  But it is special now.  It is enlarged below to be readable....mostly and maybe!Sounds as if the first item is a turkey caller that belonged to G. G. G. grandpa  Phillip P. Ward.  Ward wa...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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I borrowed this picture which was on MLS saying that it has just sold. I did a blog about this house several years ago regarding its history and its changes.  Look at these older pictures.All right,  the house today is at the corner of Arch and Olive and that is not a sidewalk in front but the street.  It was occupied by Tetie and Dick Hart (Dick Hart was at one time Chief of Police in Searcy) and Bridgit Hart says, "In the 50's Tetie Hart remodeled the house and lowered the front porch.  There is a well under the back sun porch.  The sun porch was formerly the open back porch.  When we sold the house, it was the breakfast room, and probably still is.  In 1953 when Jim went to Korea and my baby and I didn't have a place to live, Tetie put a bathroom in upstairs in the west dormer of the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Front of 1855 built home in Searcy ARI wrote a blog a few weeks ago begging for this house to be saved......not bought at foreclosure auction and torn down as so many of our historic houses have been! Click    https://activerain.com/droplet/HG5S  for blog   .  It has now been bought by a person who loves it and respects it and calls it home!  She even says that it was partly my fault that she bought it because the blog brought it to her attention!She even invited me to tour it!  Which I proudly did!  We started with the basement.  She is a great historian and has studied the history of the house and she says that the basement once held the kitchen which seemed impossible to me when I got into it.  Here we are peering into an interesting spot in the basement.  And here is the new owner b...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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This sign is a recent gift.  There was an estate sale at a house near the airport.  This sign was part of the sale.  No one bought it so it was a gift for this ole blog queen.So now I need some Searcy Sleuths to give me the history of the sign.  Searcy had an air taxi?  How did it work?  Who owned it?  AND.....if you are curious go to this site     https://activerain.com/droplet/4XxS   and see the blog about the first plane to land at the Searcy Airport in 1941!  My blog buddy, Anita Hart Fuller, loaned the pictures to me way back in 2009! 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Expertly enlarged picture of a car on Arch Street in downtown Searcy AR many years ago!  And here is the original picture.  Looks as it there are two car agencies around Peoples Bank which is now First Security Bank.  One is Ford and the other looks like K. Elwee Auto Co.  Anyone remember it?  I have never seen a more professional enlargement and it was done years ago by a blog friend. Last but most important is a picture of a lady standing beside the door of this bank and she was the one who renamed it.  She suggested First Security Bank and that was accepted!  Her name was Corinne Hart!  Thanks Mrs. Hart!  Her daughter, Anita Hart Fuller, has been so much help with this blog!  Perhaps she can fill us in about these pictures!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Few can remember this.....The Roseann Motel-Restaurant in Searcy AR. was a popular spot and this menu opens and prices the food.  Hamburger 35 cents, coffee 10 cents and it goes on and on with those cheap, cheap prices of food.  It is now for sale on ebay.  If the Historical Society does not have a copy, it should have one. It can be found for just a few days by clicking on ebay.com and search for Roseann Menu and it should pull up.  It does not have a date but the seller says the 1960s.  No signs of the building remain but it was there!We did a blog about this before  https://activerain.com/droplet/G2yDand from there you may be able to back further........
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Blogging appreciation from WCHS!  Thanks!Searcy has noticed my blog!  I have written 2008 blogs since about the year 2008.  Activerain is a wonderful blog site and somehow lots of history has gone into my blog.  It was a surprise to receive this certificate of appreciation at the last meeting of the White County Historical Society.  The WCHS does a great job of making all of us in White County and Searcy AR more aware of the importance of history!!Thank you, WCHS!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Dressed with class. Over 100 years ago?This is an old, old picture but it shows how styles change through the years and how the men and women copied the styles.  Women evidently liked the ruffled collar and the fancy sleeves.  Note two bracelets alike, two necklaces alike, slim waists and pins!  Pins used to be worn and were stylish but how many do you see today? And how about that large bow at the back of one's head!!The lady in the middle, Gertrude,  ended up in Searcy AR. She married an Arkansas guy named Ballard Holmes and  lived on our now popular Holmes Road.  They built a large rock house in approximately 1916 that is still there, had 4 kids and helped Searcy grow.  I assume that family is why Holmes Road is named Holmes Road!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Searcy AR grows. Library grows also.Barbara S Duncan, that's me, presented a lovely drawing of Searcy's first library to Darla Ino, Library Director of the White County Regional Library System.  The present library (remember it is moving to a larger one) did not have a picture of the first library which was small and charming in Spring Park.  Barbara offered them this framed print and they seemed glad to have it. It will be displayed in their "historic" room that has lots of interesting items.  I, Barbara, just wrote a blog with a postcard picture of the library.  Click to see it https://activerain.com/droplet/HZDy and from there you my go back further and see more about its construction. Try this one https://activerain.com/droplet/g52D. And another. https://activerain.com/droplet/5gms ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Lovely farmhouse.....now history.This charming house had its space on Country Club Road.  Land, barns, storage.  It was a typical outside-of-town farm, owned and operated by the same family for so many years.  Here is the remaining chimney. The house is gone.And here are a few of the typical farm buildings that the farm included and are still there.  They bring back good memories! Drive by!There is now a street called Seabiscuit going to the back of the farm where a new subdivision is being built.  The new properties will be within walking distance to Searcy Country Club. The city has come out to meet the historic farm and now we have a lovely     subdivision called Belmont Estates built by builder Clay Hite.  Searcy grows!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Remember this?  Library in Spring Park, Searcy AR.This card does not have a date on it but the place to put a stamp asks for a one cent stamp.  So how long ago was that?  Some of the old one cent stamps have become collectible.  When I became a Searcy resident, my children and I went to this library.  It was a small house near the entrance to Spring Park,  It was a charming little place and my kids loved going there.  I don't remember what the buildings in the background were.  Searcy Sleuths?  Do you remember?Here's another blog about the library and includes the ladies who might have helped with it. Click https://activerain.com/droplet/g52D
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Artificial Intelligence?MLS lets AI write our listed house remarks. They turn out to be awful descriptions with too much verbiage. So I am curious.  Let's test them, if you know how.  I don't know how but let's see if we could direct them to do a realistic picture of this house that was in Searcy AR and is now gone. Does it only write?So this old house, beautiful at the time, was captured in a drawing by Arni Anderson in 1974.  The location was at 311 W. Center Street and Townhouse Apartments took its place. Perhaps AI could search courthouses and find what it used to look like?Me?  I am impatient.  I have a copy of how it used to look.  Here goes!It was lovely, wasn't it!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Have you ever noticed that a yearbook may be called "Panther" or some name but you have a hard time finding the city that it is from?  Here are our Panthers but it was a search to find that they are from Judsonia AR. (Remember the city that was destroyed in 1952 by a tornado.)So what are they good for? They are historic for sure! Looking through them reminds you of your favorite or least favorite teachers, students that you had crushes on or hated, hair styles, clothing styles, sports events, school events of all kinds!  And these are from kindergarten to 12th grade.Yes, they could remind you of so much, things that make you sad and things that make you smile.  Be prepared to spend some time if you find some of the books from a long time ago.  Help me find an owner for these.  They are...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 Is this lovely!I had never seen one until this was discovered in a saver's house.  He collected all sorts of items that are now offered to the public at a sale this weekend.  I believe there are three of them to be offered.  The estate sale is at 104 Lynn Street, Judsonia AR starting in the morning.  Other offerings are shown on estatesales.net.I am amazed at the complexity of construction!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 What a picture!  Have you noticed how all the girls now want long hair, usually parted in the middle and hanging down over the chest?  Evidently, it was a style many years ago also.  I have loads of old pictures and came across this stunning photograph.Condition is not the greatest.  On the back it gives the name of Mary Burton and is a post card, never mailed.  It seems to have been the favorite way to get a portrait.  Another thing I notice is that the photographs are often taken in front of some hanging item in the background as you see in this one.And that skirt?  Definitely handmade.  I can tell by the hem!I do love the old photographs. 
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