100 years ago (1916)
C.E. Durham of the Durham Real Estate and Insurance Agency of this city announced today that Guy R. Farris of Little Rock, a brother of Cashier Frank Farris of the Farmers State Bank, had purchased an interest in his business and would be a partner. Mr. Farris will devote special attention to the real estate branch of the agency.
Dr. Stonewall Anderson of Nashville, Tenn., former president of Hendrix Collge, has just consummated the purchase of 240 acres of farm land three miles southeast of Conway for a consideration of $5,000. W.D. Cole Jr. sold him 160 acres and Frank Henze sold him 80 acres adjoining. The sales were made through the C.E. Durham agency.
75 years ago (1941)
Vinson Fulks of New York City, formerly of Conway, was appointed manager of the film developing and camera repair department of Macy’s Department Store. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Fulks of Conway. Fulks also reported that he had received $50 from a dart board manufacturer for an improvement he had suggested.
Reynolds Middleton, 22, son of County Tax Assessor and Mrs. Ed Middleton, was notified that he had been accepted for appointment to the Army Air Corps and would be assigned to Spartan Field in Muskogee, Okla.
V.H. Gragson advertised a four-room house, located at Conway and South boulevards on a lot 120 feet by 240 feet, for sale for $400.
50 years ago (1966)
The brick home of Mr. and Mrs. John Franklin at 1618 Davis St. was destroyed in a mid-day fire. Franklin said the fire broke out in the kitchen while he was in the backyard. Mrs. Franklin and the couple’s three children were not at home.
Construction got underway on the new Village Shopping Center located on Oak Street east of Safeway supermarket. Con-Ark Builders Inc. was the contractor.
Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Shephers assumed management of the Sands Restaurant on Oak Street. The Shepherds purchased the 32-unit Sands Motel in December.
Sam Hindsman, head basketball coach at Arkansas Tech for 18 years, resigned and was replaced by Deward Dopson.
25 years ago (1991)
Five players from Faulkner County colleges were first-team selections on the 1991 All-AIC basketball team. They were Zach Burks and Clifton Bush for the University of Central Arkansas men; Checola Seals for the UCA women and Kyle James and Tim Pickering for Hendrix.
Dr. Carl Fulton of Greenbrier and Marty Sikes of Conway were selected as two of the Arkansas Jaycees’1991 Ten Outstanding Young Arkansans.
10 years ago (2006)
An eighth-grade student from El Dorado spelled "acidulous" correctly to win the Arkansas State Spelling Bee and qualify for the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C. McKinley Hudson, 13, won the contest Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The event featured spellers from kindergarten through eighth grade from across Arkansas. His prizes include an expense-paid trip for himself and a parent to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June, a $100 U.S. savings bond, and Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.