10 Years Ago
(2008) Work began on the future site of Hendrix College’s multi-million dollar The Village at Hendrix development. Workers were clearing structures at two ball fields. It would be the first full-developed “new urbanism” neighborhood in Arkansas.
The Town and Country Mobile Home site was rezoned to MF-2 to make way for an apartment complex for college students.
Wallace Poole, local Willie Nelson tribute performer, headed to New York City to play a concert at the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square for Nelson’s 75th birthday.
The Conway Men’s Chorus celebrated 10 years with a spring concert at Reynolds Performance Hall.
25 Years Ago
(1993) St. Joseph seniors Christie Imboden and Brian Strack were pictured rehearing a scene from “The Groom Said No,” the senior class play. There were 18 graduating seniors.
Conway Regional Hospital performed its first “organ harvest.” A kidney was taken and was successfully transplanted in an Arkansan.
Tom and Barbara Jean Nabholz were pictured signing the register at the Toad Store.
Erica Berry was crowned Miss Greenbrier while Emberlee Ferguson was crowned Teen Miss Greenbrier at the 1993 Greenbrier “Pure Country” pageant held at Greenbrier Primary School. Dessie Morgan was crowned Junior Miss Greenbrier and Krissy King was selected Petite Miss Greenbrier.
50 Years Ago
(1968) The Charles B. Edward Insurance Agency moved from 817 Parkway to a new building at 1117 Prairie Street. The Parkway office was purchased by William J. Farris and was being renovated for the Farris Insurance Agency.
As part of Law Enforcement Week, Ray Powell, 46, the meter officer, was honored. He had been with the Conway Police Department for almost five years.
Robert L. Gatewood, manager of Pence Funeral Home and author of a Faulkner County History from 1778 to 1964, said that the history of Faulkner County found in the front of the telephone directory was incorrect on several points.
75 Years Ago
(1943) Horace P. Barham, Jr. 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Barham and a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force, was a prisoner of war of the Japanese in the Philippine islands, the war department notified his parents.
Four of the largest retail groceries in Conway—Food Center, George Simons’ groceries, Hiegel and Thessing groceries—used big display advertisements in the newspaper to feature special bargains in soaps, washing powders, etc., along with their usual Friday grocery announcements. Lever Brothers assisted the grocers in preparing these special advertisements.
100 Years Ago
(1918) There was a box supper at the old Methodist church one and one-half miles south of Saltillo for the benefit of the Red Cross.
The farm furlough secured by L.E. Halter for his son, Edward, to assist in the wheat harvest was refused by the young man. Edward suffered a severe case of pneumonia while in camp at Camp Beauregard and was in the hospital for several weeks. “I don’t want any furlough,” he wrote his father, “as I am already two months behind the other boys in my training and I want to be ready as soon as they are.” Edward had been assigned to work in the mobile ordnance repair shops.