100 years ago (1916)
Dr. J.H. Reynolds, president of Hendrix College, will go to Birmingham, Ala., next week to attend a convention of the college presidents of the south, which will be in session April 4 to 6. He will make an address on "A Plan for College Day in the Sunday School." At the adjournment of the convention, the body will hold an open discussion on "The Best Method of Suppressing Lynching in the South." The following week Dr. Reynolds will attend the convention for the Education and Industry of the south, which will be held in New Orleans, La. At this convention, Dr. Reynolds will speak on "The Province of the College."
75 years ago (1941)
Wayne Tilmon, administrative assistant in the county agent’s office, said the 27,556 bales of cotton ginned in Faulkner County in 1940 was by far the highest production per acre in the county’s history. The all-time record was 39,864 bales in 1931, but that was on 76,710 acres, compared with 44,000 acres in 1940. Arkansans were being urged to turn in their old aluminum automobile license plates for shipment to Great Britain for the manufacture of war materials. A warehouse located at the rear of a building at 1061 Front St. was destroyed by an early morning fire. G.L. Bahner, owner of the building, said the fire apparently originated from a grass fire that was set and thought to be extinguished.
50 years ago (1966)
Dr. J. Russell Cross, pastor of Walton (Ky.) Presbyterian Church, was visiting friends in Conway. He was the former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Conway. Clarence Ackermann, who formerly operated Ackerman’s Bakery, had joined Simon’s Grocery in the bakery department. Mickey Mantle, star player for the New York Yankees, was testing his injured shoulder but said it was too soon to say if he would be able to continue his 15-year career. Mantle had undergone surgery eight weeks earlier and was still experiencing pain. He had not tried to throw a baseball, he said.
10 years ago (2006)
In the past 40 years, Warren Stanford has seen the population of Conway grow five times its size and the city limits expand miles in every direction. Currently a part-time supervisor for contractors, Stanford was presented with the Employee Service Award for 40 years with the street department at a recent city council meeting. Mayor Tab Townsell also declared March 16 to be Warren Stanford Day. "If a person is in a line of work they have been doing for so long, like me, it’s not really work anymore," Stanford said. "I really look forward to the days I go to work." Originally hired underformer Mayor Walter Dunaway, Stanford has worked under five different mayors and said he has seen a phenomenal amount of change since then. Stanford had roots in street work even before changing his employee status from the state to city level in 1966. Once he got into construction work in Little Rock, he said he was transferred to Conway [having been] moved to town to widen Harkrider Street from College Avenue toward Mayflower, he said. City Engineer Ronnie Hall had nothing but good things to say about what Stanford has done for Conway, and added, after all these years, Stanford is still very good at what he does. "He’s still very observant when it comes to watching construction and pretty critical of the contractors’ work," Hall said. "I would hope to have that alertness when I’m that age."