February 1

10 Years Ago

(2008) The Conway Symphony Designer House was held at the Ward Mansion to benefit the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Fourteen designers worked on the house. During the event, antiques, art and decorating items were for sale.

Pictured were Bob Courtway seventh and eighth graders who placed third in the Rebel Invitational Junior High Quiz Bowl Tournament: Jolyon Larson, Vincent Senclair, Ian Shrum, Parker West, Parker Matthews, Madeleine Stephens and Selene Spatz.

Conway running back Isaiah “Magic” Jackson committed to UCA while his teammate Benton Conque elected to play at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

25 Years Ago

(1993) Homespun, handmade and home-cooked crafts and cuisine from President Clinton’s home state were becoming hot items since an Arkansan made it to the White House. Demand for things made in Arkansas even had affected sales at the Smithsonian Institution. The American History Store of the Smithsonian said that the store started stocking Arkansas products just in time for the inaugural events. Arkansas-made wooden spoons, toiletries, soaps and packaged foods were selling at the museum’s store. Craig’s Original Barbeque sauce as well as Della Gourmet Rice from Brinkley—both white and brown—attracted attention.

50 Years Ago

(1968) Cub Scout Pack No. 32 presented awards to the following at its monthly meeting at Ida Burns: Bobby Stevens, Mark Quattlebaum, Gene Hankins, Ronny Rossi, Bart Castleberry, Danny Lesslie, Buddy Clark, Guy Murphy, Jr. and John Courtway.

Jerry Case of Den No. 1 and Bobby Stephens of Den No. 5 were first and second place winners of the annual Boy Scout pine derby. Tom Walsh was coordinator.

Mel Barker, motion picture producer, would be producing a movie using local boys and girls between three and 15. Most of the scenes would be made in the park.

75 Years Ago

(1943) A congregation filled the church to capacity to hear the farewell sermon of Dr. Blake Smith as pastor of the First Baptist Church. Night services by three other churches, the First Methodist Church, Second Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church were dismissed in honor of Dr. Smith, so their members might hear his final sermon as a pastor here.

Producers of bottled milk, both wholesale and retail, would meet in the office of Conway Agent James H. Moore for the purpose of deciding upon sending a representative to the OPA milk price hearing to be held in Little Rock.

100 Years Ago

(1918) The repaired sections of the steam boilers that were damaged by the cold weather arrived and a force of men worked all day and until midnight putting them in place at the Conway Public School. If three long blasts were blown by the whistle of the electric light plant by 8 o’clock the next morning, patrons would know that the repairs to the heating plant had been completed and the regular sessions of the school would be resumed.