All About Arkansas Real Estate

By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Sears Roebuck home? 1908 built?  Plan 115?This home has just sold and reportedly it is a Sears Roebuck home that was built over 100 years ago.  The setting is magnificent with huge trees.  A search turned up a similar home shown below in an advertisement.  The price is amazing, isn't it!  The actual home has had some add-ons and changes.  For sure a porch in front was enclosed and part of it became a closet.  It would be interesting to know if anyone out there knows how the homes were shipped and put together.  Help us out, Searcy Sleuths!  
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
This makes me think of all the Searcy experts who help me with this blog.  It is an Avon Super Sleuth Magnifier which has a handle that screws onto the magnifying glass and is called Everest After Shave.  The after shave is still in the handle and contains alcohol!  Age is not stated but it has been in my attic for many years.  Searcy Sleuths, can you help with this vintage item? This blog is a tribute to all of you and I do like the artwork!  You are a handsome group!!  
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(Collier & Associates)
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
A different style for Searcy AR house, now gone.This house at 1302 E. Race in Searcy AR has been taken down and I will miss it.  It was the only house in Searcy of this style.  Arches, a tower, and when it was built in 1934 it was probably considered "way out in the country."  The courthouse says it was 1460 sq. ft. of living space and that is where I found this picture.  When I drove by a day or so ago, it was being taken down.  I wish we had some history of its builder.  Searcy Sleuths?  I do know that it was Riley Real Estate for many years but who built that style house and why?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Remember the old depot on S Main Street in Searcy?Most likely you will not see it when you drive by again because it is finally going down.  I hear that it has been sold and when I stopped by a few days ago it was almost gone.  Its story is rather interesting in that it was owned by a railroad but no one could find anyone at the railroad to ask about purchasing it and reviving it.My friend, Shelly Churchwell, told me that no one had noticed that the deed had a reverter clause which said that if the railroad ever stopped using it it would revert back to the previous owner......one of the members of the Lightle family.  Of course that person has been long deceased but he had heirs.....over 20 of them who had to agree to let a new owner have it!So it has successfully been sold and unfortun...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Disco Palace!This is a rare photo loaned to me by Beverly McMinn and she gave me a little history about the building.  It is located at 101 N. Main in Searcy AR.  Note the famous place in the background on the left?  That looks like the Rendezvous Restaurant to me!  And here is the front of the building at that time.  The sign that says either hotel or motel is a sign pointing to the Mayfair Hotel.  I wish we could read all of it.Corner entries were popular back then and there are several in Searcy.  Check out Quattlebaum Music.  Very interesting about this building is its history.  Reportedly it was built in 1928 and it has been a funeral home, a candy company, attorney's office and the colorful Disco Palace.  (Disco Palace didn't last long.) It was bought in 1979 by Dr. Ron McMinn and...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Great Picture from 1982 advertisementAnyone who has lived in Searcy AR for many years will remember at least one of these guys and it is the best picture that I have found with the father, V. W. Duncan, on the left and known as PoDunk, and his two sons with him.  This ad was in the 1982 Searcy High School yearbook.  The sons are Montie and Rodger, and they were all car dealers at 704 East Race St. in Searcy.  The location is now the home of Four Seasons and V. W. and Montie have passed.  Their car lot was last called Duncan's Chrysler Plymouth Jeep....as I best remember.  V. W. Duncan's favorite saying through the years was, "What Old PoDunk says it is, it is!"  He built the business and welcomed the boys when they grew up and joined him.  The company did ads in the yearbooks but I just...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Stop and StareThat's what I did when I saw these in the window of a building at the corner of Beebe Capps and Sawmill Road in Searcy AR.  The glare sorta hurts seeing the detail in these pieces of paper that covers the window but check it out for yourself.Perhaps it is intended to be art.....but I think it is accidental art from paper that has been damaged.  My favorite is the center one which reminds me of a cowboy from the waist down with his guns showing!Interesting for sure!!!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
An estate sale visit cost me again.  I found several old bound copies of Harding's The Bison newspapers.  They were from back in the 70's and 80's.  This was an advertisement from September 13, 1985.Click here  to see the tribute that I made for her when she passed away in 2013.  This little ad above shows her creative and humorous nature and  reminds me of how much we still miss Tina Beavers DanielThe tribute has many pictures and you'll see lots of Searcy real estate agents in it.  Notice that in the ad she was Beavers.  Later she married Walt Daniel and we loved and respected Walt immediately and still do.  Here's that link again.https://activerain.com/droplet/6SSV
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Picture on Feb 2 2022.  Another one bites the dust in Searcy AR?  Picture from White County Courthouse.Another double-take for me!  Passing by this house at 301 East Market today made me stop and stare because there was a huge machine attacking it.  I was so sad to see that it is apparently being taken down.  It looks historic and when I went to the National Register of Historic Places I found it there. It was placed on the Historic Register in 1991.  It says that Ben Lightle built the home in 1898 after moving to Searcy from Carlisle in Lonoke County.  It is an example of Folk Victorian architecture.  If you want to search the history there go to this address. https://www.arkansasheritage.com/arkansas-preservation/properties/national-registry?cities=SearcyHurry for your final view, how...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
There is money waiting for some folks......but not for me YET.  Therefore, I decided a good name for this blog would be, Give a Gift for Free.  That is what I did.  This website is easy to find and search.  So I decided to search for money that might be for family members.There was money!  My daughter's name search said she had $50 waiting for her.....and I gifted her with this information.  She claimed it....got it....thanked me for the information. But that was not the end.  A few weeks later while I was searching, her name was there again!  And this time it said for over $50!  She really thanked me then.Perhaps the best surprise, however, was stumbling over a friend's name and seeing that "over $50" notice.  Not just his name, but names of other members of his family.  He didn't get ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Dot Beck had a wonderful school for kids!Kids and parents loved the Dot Beck Kindergarten in Searcy AR.  My own son, Paul, first on the left front row, loved going there.  I seem to recognize a few others of the children but it would be nice if everyone could be named.  The second lady on back row, left, was Lorene Smith.  Lorene became a REALTOR, owned her own real estate office, and was very successful in her new profession.  Dot Beck is the first on right on back row.  The kids are beautiful and it would be nice to see them in a group today.
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
1982 Newspaper Clipping for Searcy AR actressAnother interesting newspaper clipping has shown up.  Seems that I can remember relatives talking about a Susie Wasson and how she grew up in Searcy and had become a fairly famous actress.  This clipping tells about her.  I googled her and found that she was born in 1942  and says she was Susanne Wasson.  This clipping says she was in Star Trek.  Searcy Sleuth Expert Anita Hart Fuller says that is incorrect and her birth would have been earlier and that, in fact, Susie lived across the street from her on West Arch Street!   Searcy Sleuths, do you remember her?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Searcy boys look older?I was given a treasure.  It is a 1922 Searcy High School yearbook.  The yearbooks back then were called The Reveille.  Some of the pictures in it were small but this one showed up nicely so I decided to share it. I do like the guy's uniforms.  Note a couple of them have funny kneepads.  The guys are identified only by their last names.  For some reason, they seem to look older than the young guys of today.Last names were:  Sowell, Smith, Thomas, Ferrel, Butler, Adcock, Watson, Hassel, Harder, Robertson.    
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Old Calendar by Ramsey Printing Co. Searcy ARI found this while digging through old files looking for something else.  It is a 1948 calendar plus note pad.  Pretty nice, isn't it.  BUT!!!  Where was 801 North 8th Street in Searcy Arkansas?  It was a long time ago when phone numbers started at the number 1.  This company had phone number 170....pretty low.Do any of our Searcy Sleuths remember this company?
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
  You may want to go visit!The Barkin' Barn is located near downtown Searcy AR on Gum Street and is open on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They would like to have longer hours but need more volunteer workers.When I entered the store, I was stunned to see so many fine items for sale at very low prices.  Many families are having to scale down and are donating lovely and beloved items to charitable organizations.  Barkin' Barn is operated by the Humane Society .  Someone called me and said they had even seen a 1968 painting done by Barbara S. Duncan!  It must have been called Bell Book and Candle.Plan a visit.  You will be amazed!
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Old, but full of charm.Its new look.I have a tendency to stop and stare at some strange, in bad condition, but charming houses.  That's why I have the first picture above.  It was (and is) located at 721 Plateau Street in Kensett AR.  I don't remember how long ago it was when that picture was made.Just now I noticed in our MLS a familiar looking property that is on the market.  The price is $125,000 and it is totally redone.  The redone house lost some features that made it so charming but there is no doubt that it is much more livable now.  I'll bet the ones who buy it will want a copy of my old picture.It was built in 1936 says the listing. 
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Interesting Memory from Roseann Restaurant MotelOn ebay right now is this old menu from the now-gone Roseann Motel in Searcy AR. It is not forgotten, however, because it was quite popular and was located on East Race.  The listing says it is from the 1950's.  One very interesting thing about it is possibly a bit of sexism?  Look at this closeup.Note it says their good food is "prepared by expert women cooks." I don't believe it would be correct today.  Were women cooks better cooks or did it mean that women were only useful for cooking?  Now glance at the prices and compare to today's pricing.  Ouch!! 14 oz T-Bone for 3.50!  I never knew that chicken livers were fried in butter!Try this older blog that tells about the hotel.   
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Anita Hart FullerThe lady on the left above has been so helpful with this blog.  She has supplied us with lots of historical pictures and information.  Google her and she how many times she pops up.  Here she has popped up again!  An old scrapbook has her in it with this article about saving lives making up a full page.  Note the date 1995.And those of us in Searcy AR remember her daughter, Karen Fuller, who worked as a beloved news anchor in Little Rock AR for many years.  The scrapbook, actually, is about Karen.  Now Karen and Anita have moved back to Little Rock AR for retirement.  Google Karen also and learn how she was loved as she lived and worked in Little Rock.  How does she look now?  Still beautiful.  Here she is!Welcome Back, Karen and Anita!!  
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Another house gone.I wasn't surprised when I drove by this house a few days ago and saw that it was being taken down.  It has been in bad condition for a long time.....probably not livable.  But it was the subject of a blog or two because of its rumored history.  The address is 407 E Vine and it was once a part of the house on the West side of it (410 N Oak) thus I called it half a house.The bigger part of the house is in beautiful condition and when they were originally  combined the two were located facing Race Street on the corner of N Oak and E Race.  They were moved back so that a newer house could be built.  It is still there and is called The Watkins House.Here is the way it looked earlier.  The courthouse said it was built in 1915.  The other part of it was built in 1890 says th...
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