100 years ago (1916)
The fortieth anniversary of the organization of a Baptist Sunday school at Conway was celebrated at special services at the First Baptist church. Six former superintendents, G.E. Hilliard and M.E. Dunaway of Little Rock, W.B. Clayton, A.J. Meadors, J.J. Doyne and J.W. Conger, made talks. The first Sunday school was held in a small frame building on Mill street and the congregation’s first house of worship was located on Chestnut street and was destroyed by a tornado in 1883, it was brought out.
J.C. Dawson and Greeson Drug Company announced their gasoline filling stations would remain closed on Sunday.
Coach James J. Harrison of Fordyce brought his high school baseball team to Conway for four games, two each with Hendrix and the State Normal.
Marriage licenses were issued to W.C. Henry and Mary Poole, Guy; C.L. Hardin, Wooster, and Maudie Pierce, Holland.
75 years ago (1941)
For most batters, three strikes means out. But for Mickey Mantle, three strikes mean he’s back in. Exactly two months after his right shoulder was operated on, Mantle stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter Friday in the New York Yankees’ exhibition game against Philadelphia. The ailment-plagued star struck out, but the Yankees, who won the game 7-6, were enthused. It was Mantle’s first appearance in a game this spring, and it came far ahead of the schedule Mantle thought he would have to follow. The early appearance, however, does not mean Mantle is ready to romp into his 16th year unhindered. He still has pain when swinging left-handed, and he doesn’t know if he can throw.
25 years ago (1991)
Forget all those stereotypes about "retired" people. Lucy Gandy and Pat Coates of Guy volunteered as managers of the Toad Store because they had the time. Ms. Gandy and Ms. Coats said they decided to become involved because, as former educators, they liked the idea that all the proceeds from the event would go toward scholarships for students from Faulkner and Perry counties. The store was packed with Toad Suck Daze paraphernalia. The 10th anniversary of the event was scheduled to begin in May.
10 years ago (2006)
Downtown Conway has seen many changes over the last few decades with old businesses relocating and new ones coming in, but one thing has been a constant for more than 45 years -Russell Mills. Mills, 65, is the longest tenured barber in Conway with his first 75-cent haircut in the city dating back to December of 1961.
His barber shop, Gentlemen’s Choice, has been in the same location on Parkway Avenue since 1975. Mills grew up in Greenbrier and attended Eaton Barber School in Little Rock. He spent a few months in Crossett after graduation until his boss decided to move his business to Conway and Mills came along.
His wife, Pat, to whom he has been married for 43 years, worked as a school teacher before retiring. Talking to Mills one gets the feeling the only time he would even think of retiring is if someone asked him about it. "I’m just going to stay here," he said. "Only time I get bored is when I am not working."