75 years ago
Elbert Herbert Bishop, gunner’s mate first class, United States Navy, recently re-enlisted for a period of four years aboard the U.S.S. Chicago, which is based in Los Angeles harbor. Bishop, whose home is at Vilonia, first enlisted in the Navy 14 years ago as an apprentice seaman, and during his continuous service has been promoted through the various ratings to first class gunner’s mate.
50 years ago
G. M. Reynolds, while fishing at Lake Conway July 4, 1959, lost his water-proof Hamilton wrist watch -— in approximately five and one-half feet of water.
Reynolds, 72, a man of perseverance, made five trips in the past two years attempting to find the 21-jewel timepiece.
He succeeded on his last trip yesterday.
The lake is being drained and at a marked spot where the watch was dropped, Reynolds, accompanied by W. H. Stevens of Conway, using a metal detector, found the watch within 20 minutes upon arrival at the location Reynolds dug into four inches of mud to locate the watch only two feet from where the detector had indicated.
The extent of damage to the watch has not been determined.
25 years ago
Jennifer Lescalleet, 17-year-old senior at Vilonia High School, was crowned Arkansas State Maine-Anjou Queen during the annual Maine-Anjou State Cattle show held in September at Pine Bluff.
The statewide competition is open to high school students. Judging is based on sportsmanship, herdsmanship and school performance.
Miss Lescalleet is a daughter of Ray T. and Jane Lescalleet of Vilonia. She is an active member of Future Homemakers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, the Spanish Club and the school yearbook staff.
She will compete for the national Maine-Anjou Queen title in February at Fort Worth, Texas.
10 years ago
Conway High School senior Brittany Coburn was named the 2001 Homecoming Queen during festivities prior to Friday’s game. She is a daughter of Mike and Deborah Coburn. Bittany was presented an autographed game ball and a bouquet of roses