Searcy, AR Real Estate News

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Early Porter Rodgers Hospital was on Woodruff Street.Here's a good picture of the old historic hospital that was named Porter Rodgers Hospital.  You can see the sign nicely.  It was on Woodruff Street in Searcy AR.  It appears to have been raining when the picture was taken.  History seems to say that the hospital started out as Wakenight Sanitarium and was built in 1920.  Dr. Rodgers bought it in 1943 and renamed it.  In 1947 a big addition was made to the hospital and brought rooms up to 50 or more.  This picture seems to show where a driveway had been and probably led to a house that was torn down for the addition.  It also shows what looks like a fine older home that had the addition attached.This picture was shared with me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person, whose father collected lots o...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Shriner's Parade in 1940'sThis is a great old picture from the 40's and loaned to me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person, whose father saved lots of historic documents.  If it were larger the detail would show much better.  You could read J. D. Phillips & Son on the store in the background.  Beside it is the Silver Dining Car.  Then we have the American Legion Hut which has been in the news lately because it is being revived with a new roof and other repairs.  The Legion Hut was built in 1939 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.  The Historical Society is taking charge and getting some things done to it.  It is the only one of the three buildings that remains and is an important part of Searcy's history.Then the old vehicles are interesting and the brick streets show...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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 This "The Way We Were" photograph shows young girls gathered for a picture taking.  Searcy Daily Citizen once had a feature called The Way We Were and published lots of older photographs of folks around Searcy AR.  A family member clipped and saved SO many of the articles that I am having fun looking through them.  This one has no date but goes back a long time.  Read the names and you'll remember several of the girls.  I now need to do a drive-by and see if the house is still there.And here it is!  The records say this was the Royston home.  It is still lovely.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Check all these names and see if you find a relative.  In this May 27, 1979 Searcy Citizen article and photograph names are printed and you might find a close relative.  They were to hold a class reunion.  I think they are a pretty handsome looking group.  Check them out.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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  Here's a picture of the original Smith-Vaughan store in Searcy AR.  I love the picture of the lady hurrying across the street with her package. This location was at the corner of Spruce and Arch where Sowell's Furniture is now located.  It still has the corner door entry which was evidently popular way-back-then.  The question for Searcy Sleuths is whether the phone for this store was truly 1, the number one.  That is what is on the ad and what motivated me to write this blog.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Stark!  Beautifully unadorned building in Searcy AR.Driving along Booth Road might lead you past this building and you can't help staring and admiring it.  It can only be described as STARK. Extremely simple. Sternly plain. It is always perfectly maintained with the property mowed but it has no landscapingSo I did a little sleuthing.  I found that it was moved onto the property from the pumping station. Our "pumping station" is located on Highway 267 in Searcy but there is reportedly one in Georgetown also.  The person who moved it had been transferred to our town to work at the pumping station.  His name was A. W. Lawing and reportedly he rescued the steel building and moved it there possibly because the building was to be used no longer.Folks around Searcy know that the pumping statio...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
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Welcome to a new subdivision coming to Searcy AR.  This sign has just gone up at the Corner of Sawmill Road and Country Club Road on the West side of Searcy AR.  The land has been in the Phillips family for many years and is now to be turned into a subdivision by Clay Hite, a popular builder in this area.  Hite has already completed several subdivisions in our town but this one may be the grandest yet.The sign says it is to be Belmont Estates, a grand sounding name.  We'll have to find out more from him about the name, the price range of homes and covenants.  It is a great place for a subdivision and I think it will be one that will be popular. 
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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
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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
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 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
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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
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 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
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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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