75 years ago
For the Johnson’s Store column: "Boss" Sims, who had been real sick with malaria, was improving some at this time. "Sonnie Boy," little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ode Taylor, fell and broke his arm. He was carried to the office of Dr. Lynn Brittain, who set it, and he is doing nicely now. Mrs. George W. Williams and daughters, May Louise and Marjory and Mrs. J.M. Layton were shopping in Little Rock Saturday.
Engineer Don C. McCrea of the Public Works Administration announced that plans had been approved for a $100,000 courthouse at Conway.
50 years ago
Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell ate his hat (a fedora made of cake) because unemployment failed to fall below three million last month as he had predicted. "I was off a hundred thousand in my predictions due entirely to the steel strike, not to any weakness in our economy," Mitchell said. Unemployment in Oct. was 3,270,000 though employment was 66,800,000, a record for the month. Mitchell in April had predicted that by last month employment would rise to 67 million and joblessness would drop below 3 million. When AFL-CIO President George Meany accused him of talking through his hat, Mitchell promised to eat his headpiece on the front steps of the Labor Department if he were proved wrong. Aides to the secretary had a hat made of cake so the boss wouldn’t get indigestion paying off. Actually, Mitchell’s prediction of 67 million employed by October came true much earlier. June, July, and August all showed working totals topping that figure. Because of the steel strike the figure since had slid back below 67 million.
25 years ago
Crawford and Frances Macon were honored at a 50th anniversary party at Hidden Valley Catfish House. Mr. and Mrs. Macon were married Nov. 30, 1934, in Conway. They were parents of six children and had 19 grandchildren.
A doe, apparently a pet, wandered away from its home. Jan Adams, animal control officer at the Conway Animal Shelter, lured the deer with a piece of bread and captured it. Shelter officials were trying to get in touch with the owner, but were having trouble making contact with the name listed on the collar.
10 years ago
The Conway Area Men’s Chorus presented its Christmas concert at St. Peters Episcopal Church. The program included several traditional Christmas songs such as "Angels We Have Heard on High," "The Little Drummer Boy," "O Tannenbaum," "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells." Patty Oeste was soloist for some selections, while Wrenetta Austin and Brooklyn Lunsford provided accompaniment. The chorus was under the direction of Richard Hardin.
The Town and Country Garden Club met in the home of Beth Horton, 2006 Robinson Ave. Sandra Shepherd presided over the business session. Faye Sanson gave the treasurer’s report. Hazel Lasley read the old story, "Let’s Keep Christmas" by Peter Marshall.