75 years ago
Mary Milster Mitchell, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mason E. Mitchell, left for Hopkins, Mo., where she would spend the winter with her grandmother, Mrs. J.N. Otis. Mary Milster had traveled considerably and would be making the 600-mile trip alone.
Dr. Robert L. Taylor of New York was the guest of his mother, Mrs. B.D. Taylor. Since graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1932, Dr. Taylor had served as an intern in St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. For the past 13 months he served as a surgeon in the New York hospital.
50 years ago
The Arkansas Children’s Colony opened. Arkansas became the nation’s 47th to achieve such a facility. Construction of the $1,200,000 project had been underway for a year. A dream had come true for Arkansas with the opening of the Children’s Colony in Conway. The Colony would be a training school for the education, training and care of mentally retarded children.
It was a big day for Judy Appleby of Stuttgart, Judy was the first child to be admitted to the Arkansas Children’s Colony at Conway. She was 12 years old, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Appleby. She was welcomed by A.N. Florentz of Little Rock, chairman of the Colony board. "I sure am happy," said Judy as she bounded up and down on one of the 32-capacity cottage beds. The second child admitted was Mary Dollar of Damascus. TV station KARK took pictures of the children as they toured the facilities. Formal dedication of the Colony was scheduled for Oct. 4.
25 years ago
M.M. "Twig" Satterfield, president of Satterfield Oil Co. in Conway, was appointed to a nine-member board to help choose the Arkansas winner of an award the U.S. Senate had authorized to recognize businesses that used exceptional practices to increase production. The appointment was announced by U.S. Sens. Dale Bumpers and David Pryor.
Mary Gentry joined the staff of Conway Beauty Academy Inc. as night instructor. Mrs. Gentry had worked as a hairdresser and instructor in the Conway area for 26 years.
10 years ago
Shirley Gunter’s family had lived on the same Liberty property since before the Civil War, but she had reached beyond her great grandfather’s land during her 73 years. She had worked for the Community Action Program for Central Arkansas, which provided food, clothing, and shelter to lower income residents, for 26 years before announcing her retirement this year. Mrs. Gunter had seen a lot of changes in the program through the years. She would be missed. Although Mrs. Gunter would volunteer at CAPCA, she also wanted to pursue other interests, such as craft making and traveling.
Daisey C. Fielder, a life long resident of Faulkner County, died at age 100. Mrs. Fielder was survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and one great-grandson.