10 Years Ago
Summer Roachell won the Hot Springs Country Club Junior Stroke, finishing 36 holes at 76-71—147.
The 130th Faulkner County Singing Convention was held at Faith Baptist Fellowship Church in Naylor. Officers were Raymond Bush, president; James Fuller, vice-president; Bro. Donald Hill, chaplain; Janette Fuller, secretary; Margie Fulmer, treasurer; and Dean Patton, sergeant-at-arms.
Individuals who had a hand in either the construction or the planning of the new Hendrix Student Life and Technology Center signed the steel beam during the “topping out” ceremony. The building was scheduled for completion in December 2009/January 2010.
25 Years Ago
Dr. Tom Roberts, an orthopedic surgeon at Conway Orthopedic Clinic, was pictured showing Sherri Spotts an x-ray of her foot at the clinic’s new offices on the second floor of Conway Regional Hospital. Other doctors associated with the clinic were Dr. Robert McCarron, Dr. J. Ted Ghormley and Dr. Benjamin Dodge.
Marilyn Battles was recognized for 25 years of dedicated service at Worthen National Bank. She joined the bank in 1967 and in 1993 was vice-president of consumer lending. In 1992, she became the first woman elected to the Greenbrier Public School Board.
50 Years Ago
Mrs. Guy H. Jones was the honoree at a “grandmother’s shower” at the home of Mrs. Stewart K. Prosser. Mrs. W.A. Ledbetter and Mrs. George Love served refreshments to the 30 guests.
The home of Mrs. Audie Lynch was the setting for an informal coffee in honor of Miss Elaine Gresham, bride-elect of Steve Ward. Other hostesses were Mrs. Charlsie B. Little and Mrs. Denver Prince.
A huge biennial political rally, complete with catfish dinners, was planned at the YBMA Fairgrounds. C. Homer Jones would be master of ceremonies and timekeeper for the political speeches.
75 Years Ago
Two Faulkner County girls, seven and eight, were stricken with spinal meningitis and were receiving treatment at University Hospital in Little Rock. Their rural home, seven or eight miles southeast of Conway, was quarantined.
Mrs. Ben Andrews opened Andrews Beauty Shop at 924 Davis Street. Mrs. Andrews would be assisted by Miss Hope Arnold.
Seven school districts in Faulkner County were eliminated through consolidation by the end of June. A total of 103 school districts were eliminated statewide as the need for better quality high schools caused the small one-room and two-room schools to be combined to form larger districts.
100 Years Ago
Fire nearly destroyed the Steed Hotel on the corner of Van Ronkle and Harkrider streets. A bed in one of the upstairs bedrooms caught on fire. Fire Chief R.C. Dickerson answered the alarm promptly. Before the bed could be checked, another bed was discovered to be on fire. One of Mr. Steed’s sons was cross-examined by several men who suspected he had been playing with matches. He steadfastly denied having set the beds afire, saying “the Kaiser must have done it.” Damage to the three or four rooms was thought to be about $200.