75 years ago


Mr. and Mrs. P.Z. Rogers quietly celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage Monday at their home on Front Street, with a family dinner at the noon hour. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, who was Lucy Ann Beard, were married in Searcy Dec. 27, 1887. They have made their home in Conway for 45 years. Mr. Beard was engaged in the mercantile business here until recently. Members of the family who reside in Conway are Mrs. W.C. Vaughter and Jack Rogers. One son, E.M. Rogers of Dallas, Texas, was not present.

50 years ago


Two Arkansas State Teachers College seniors have been accepted for membership in the 1963 Freshman class of the University of Arkansas Medical School, it was announced today.

They are Billy Ray Sevier and Melvin L. Belknap, both of Conway. Letters of acceptance were received last week.

Balknap is married to the former Jean Forbes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Forbes of Rosebud and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Farmer of Conway.

Sevier is a graduate of Conway High School and attended the University of Arkansas one year. He entered ASTC in 1959. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Sevier Jr. Mrs. Sevier is the former Catherine Pence. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Pence. Young Sevier was selected for the all-AIC football team.

25 years ago


About 13,500 birds of 76 different species were sighted in Conway’s 20th annual Christmas Bird Count, exceeding the total of the previous year’s count.

According to coordinator Martha Johnson, unusual and unexpected sightings included a formation of Canada geese, double-crested cormorants on the Arkansas River and at Lake Conway, a roadrunner and two wild turkeys.

The most outstanding report was of a peregrine falcon near the Arkansas River. According to Martha Johnson, the peregrine is making a comeback after being threatened by the widespread use of the insecticide DDT.

An unusually low number of ducks were sighted, and only one bald eagle was reported. No cowbirds or red-headed woodpeckers were seen, and only two pileated woodpeckers were reported.

The Conway Christmas Bird Count is one of 19 Arkansas counts and more than 1,500 held during a two-and-a-half week period in North and Central America. The results of these counts are reported annually by the National Audubon Society in the group’s "American Birds" publication.