75 years ago  


Mrs. William Harton and her daughter, Nancy, assisted by Miss Minnie Flippen and her church school class of girls, the “Joy Givers,” entertained the Four-Way girls’ class and their counselor, Mrs. H.C. Brooke, at a delightfully planned masquerade party on the spacious lawn of the Harton home. After playing “Cat and Witch” and “Witch and Goblins,” the guests gathered around a teepee built of tall canes, within which a kettle of witch’s brew simmered over a realistic fire. Barbara Parsons as the “witch” stirred the brew, and each guest drew her portion from the kettle, which proved to be bits of licorice wrapped in orange paper with names of future vocations written in white. Each person pantomimed the vocation while the others guessed the meaning. The girls then unmasked and assembled in front of the tent of Madam Know-notsky, represented by Mrs. Brooke, who was assisted by the gray shadow of “Father Time” impersonated by Carolyn Brooke. As the wheel of progress was turned from 1934 to 1954, the girls were given brief glimpses into the future. The climax of the evening was a ghost scare arranged by Mrs. Harton with Bill Harton, Doug Shelton, Martin Dickerson and David Sibley as ghosts. Guests, other than those mentioned, were Ellen Landers, Fannie Mae Lancaster, Marry Ann Baskin, Katherine Greene, Mildred Carter, Helen Hall, Nell Rose Simmons, Emma Carolyn Calhoun, Laura Dale Cox, Eloise Rhode, Violet Sibley, Jane Hobbs, Margaret Hess and Joyce Biggs.


50 years ago 


Jim Turner, a swift striding halfback, put on a prolific scoring show in the first half to set the Conway Wampus Cats off to a 25-6 victory over Van Buren. Turner, the state’s leading class AA scorer, threaded his way for three touchdowns on identical plays to boost his point total to 91 for the season. The junior struck on runs of 21, 22 and 18 yards, all on counter plays, twice through the inside and once on a wide sweep. Linebackers Wilbur Owen and Harold Eidson, defensive tackles Gary Standefer and Sonny Smith and middle guard Jack Roberts kept the middle plugged. Johnny Simmons, who scored once, was Conway’s leading ground gainer with 131 yards on 18 carries. Turner picked up 117 yards on 16 tries.


25 years ago


Wesley United Methodist Church was building a new sanctuary on Highway 64 near Squirrel Hill. The church had been located at 710 Fourth St. The Conway School Districts Board of Education voted to purchase the old sanctuary at a cost of $100,000. It would be used as an adult education center. Douglas Edwards was pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church. 

10 years ago 


Little Maria Esperanza Limas was recovering at Conway Regional Medical Center after an operation had been performed to correct the alignment of her hip joints by Dr. Tod Ghormley. She had been noticed in Honduras by the Rev. Bobby Bowman of Greenbrier at a rural hospital where he had served as administrator for several years. Bowman had asked the people of Mount Olive Church of Guy and Pleasant Valley Church of Plumerville to help with the expense of flying the child to Conway. CRMC agreed to forgive the monetary expenses of the operation and therapy sessions. Dr. Ghormley performed the medical procedure gratis. Many other have helped to give Little Maria a much better life. Dr. Ghormley had made mission trips to Honduras many times. Recently he was joined by other Conway medical personnel, including Michelle Peyton, a physical therapist at the medical center; Lisa Stevenson, a Kimberly-Clark corp. nurse; and Ben Holman, a university student who served as a scrub technician. Ten professionals were members of the team. It was inspiring to read about people from Conway going to countries with such great needs. We have so much. It is nice to know some people in Conway are willing to share some of what we have been given.