10 Years Ago
It was rumored that a Panera Bread Café was coming to the Village at Hendrix.
The annual Greenbrier Tour of Homes was focused in the Wooster area with the homes of Tom and Rita Grumbles, John and Beverley Bergstrom, Todd and Tammie Patton, Greg and Heather Oaks, Dr. Jason and Leann Skinner, Brent and Carrie Brown and Tommy and Peggy Browning open. The tour raised funds for the Greenbrier School District.
Mallory Tate, a CHS graduate, was crowned the 2008 UCA Homecoming Queen during the Bears football game against Sam Houston.
25 Years Ago
In front of a standing-room only crowd, the Conway School District’s Board of Education decided to allow Conway Junior High School students to continue to participate in the sex education workshop Excel. The program had been challenged by two UCA health education faculty members.
About 125 properties in the Rolling Hills and Thousand Oaks subdivisions were annexed into the city after two years struggling to get permits for city water.
James Munson, Jr. of Munson’s Fish Market on Markham Street, was pictured with his two-year-old son, James Munson III, fixing a new tie-down gill net.
50 Years Ago
Walter Cunningham, one of the Apollo 7 astronauts, was married to Lo Ella Irby, who spent her childhood in Conway. Her aunt, Mrs. B.H. Hawk, called the newspaper to relay that information. Her father, Oliver W. “Bug” Irby, died about 1937 as a result of an accident at the old Swift & Company plant. The family moved to California after his death.
Bea Benedict, matriarch of “Petticoat Junction” died at 62 of pneumonia and lung cancer. She was starting her sixth season playing Kate Bradley and had filmed five episodes before she had to go to the hospital.
75 Years Ago
Mrs. Eva C. Radley purchased the six-room residence at the corner of Donaghey and College Avenue from Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Wilson. The Wilsons had purchased the Homer F. Hess home on College Avenue.
According to a survey, 83% of the student body at ASTC were members of some church. Of the 17% remaining, only six students expressed no church preference. The Methodists had the largest student membership followed by the Baptists.
The city council declined a bid of $100 for the fixtures, valued at $1,000, in the city hall which formerly was used by the old Bank of Conway.
100 Years Ago
The most sweeping quarantine order ever issued in the state of Arkansas was made effective. The state had been placed under quarantine on account of the epidemic of Spanish influenza. Every school, church, moving picture theater and place of public assemblage had been ordered closed and was to remain closed until permission was given by the state board of health to reopen. It was not only in Arkansas but throughout the nation in response to an order issued by Surgeon General Blue to all state health offices.