May 21


10 Years Ago

Kris Allen took the title of “American Idol” over Adam Lambert in the finale of the show. A large crowd gathered in Simon Park for a watch party to witness the event. Some 38 million of the nearly 100 million votes during the four-hour period were cast from Arkansas.

The 54th edition of the Harley O. Weatherly 4-ball began its three-day run at Conway Country Club. Butch Phillips and “Slick” Mitchell were slotted in the top flight as were Todd Smith and Tracy Harris. Christ Waltz and Greg Sims as well as Greg Dunseath and Dane Glover were considered top challengers.


25 Years Ago

Conway Corporation held an open house at their newly expanded office on Prairie Street and had a reception for retiring board chairman Frank E. Robins III. The corporation’s 1904, 200-hp Corliss steam engine and 150 kw generator were on display.

Twenty-nine piano students of Sharon Duncan presented their annual recital at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Guy. The five piano students of Jennifer Johnson, one of Duncan’s students, also performed.

Worthen National Bank of Conway opened a branch at Morningside Drive while First National Bank of Conway opened its West Branch at Salem and Prince.


50 Years Ago

New American Legion Auxiliary Officers were Mrs. Imogene Doyle, president; Mrs. Clarence White, first vice president; Miss Jewel Lasley, second vice president; Mrs. Maggie Griffith, secretary; Mrs. Sarah Mae Fortson, treasurer; Mrs. Paul Davis, sergeant-at-arms; Mrs. H.O. Weatherly, chaplain; and Mrs. Gertrude Simpson, historian.

St. Joseph delegates to Girl State were Patsy Dussex, Margaret Hoyt, Carol Siebenmorgen and Janet Allgeyer.

Donna Diehl, 11, was selected Faulkner County Rodeo Princess while Kathy Starkey was crowned Faulkner County Junior Rodeo Queen at the Faulkner County Saddle Club’s spring rodeo. Cathy Sanson was presented the trophy for Faulkner Rodeo Queen.


75 Years Ago

Conway High School students Madge Ethridge, Mary Jane Nowell and Rose June Stone were named delegates to Arkansas Girl State. Scotty Moore was chosen as a delegate to Arkansas Boy State.

Baccalaureate services for the Conway High School Class of 1944 would be held at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Harold B. Tillman, pastor, would deliver the sermon.

Guy Dillahunty, who succeeded Theo Ashcraft as manager of Sterling store at Conway, purchased the six-room brick Ashcraft home at 515 Center Street. Dillahunty said his wife and three children would arrive from Searcy the following week.


100 Years Ago

Happy Valley’s “Faithful Workers” met for their home club meeting. They made a glass of peanut butter for the bank exhibit. Cottage cheese and candy were served to the members and visitors. Most of the girls had made their caps and aprons. Their gardens were planted and looking fine. The poultry and pigs were also doing fine. The club planned to have a box supper.