75 years ago
Bruno Richard Hauptmann rested his defense against the charges that would send him to the electric chair for kidnapping and murder of Baby Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. The defense ended its case after sensational testimony attempted to place the Lindbergh kidnap ladder (used to reach the baby’s bedroom) in the possession of a man other than Hauptmann 20 hours before the crime. The defense also used lumbermen to dispute the testimony of the state wood expert that part of the kidnap ladder came from Hauptmann’s Bronx attic. The defense called 53 witnesses in 11 court days to present its case.
50 years ago
The Conway Board of Education renewed the contract of Superintendent Haws Gibson for two years and re-elected all principals in the Conway system for the 1960-61 session. Mr. Gibson was serving his 11th year as head of Conway schools. The Conway schools had made rapid strides under Mr. Gibson’s administration. The faculties of both elementary and high schools contained more teachers with master degrees than probably any system in Arkansas for a city its size. The following principals were re-elected: Hal Robbins, Eugene Landers, Wilburn V. Smith, Miss Ivah Kuykendall, Miss Julia Lee Moore, and Harry R. Gatling. Four substitute teachers were named by the board. They included Mrs. James H. Clark, Mrs. Donna Lynn, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Muse and Mrs. Mary Virginia Oliver.
25 years ago
Conway High School’s boys and girls swimming teams easily won the AAA-North Central District meet at Hendrix College. Heidi Hattlestad lowered the 100-yard breaststroke record with a time of 1:19.59. The boys’ 200-yard individual medley mark also fell as Mike Neuhofel clocked a 2:03.79. The boys 400-yard freestyle relay team went 3:33.18 — their best time of the year. The team was Neuhofel, Bryan Benafield, David Behrens and Jay Grenier. First places were made by Heidi Hattlestad in the 200 freestyle; Ruth Poindexter in the 200 individual medley; 100 butterfly, Stacy Robertson; 100 freestyle, Poindexter; 100 backstroke, Cookie DeBoer; 400 freestyle relay, Shannon Soppe, Cookie DeBoer, Candy DeBoer, and Stacy McChristian; Boys 200 medley relay, C.V. Briggler, Joe Poindexter, Mike Lewis and John Pickett; 200 freestyle, Harold Robertson; 50 freestyle, Joe Poindexter; 1-meter diving, Doug Tyler; 500 freestyle, Neuhofel; 100 breaststroke Benafield; and 100 backstroke, Greiner.
10 years ago
University of Central Arkansas economics professor Jim Bell and Jimmy Bryant, UCA Archivist, put together a collection of Negro Baseball League memorabilia and had it on display at the UCA Torreyson Library in conjunction with Black History Month. Bell had collected baseball cards, photographs of early black major league stars including Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, James "Cool Papa" Bell and Ray Dandridge, baseballs, clothing and other bits of paraphernalia. Posters announcing games showed admission prices for the all-star games was 40 cents for adults and 15 cents for kids. The exhibit represented only a fraction of Bell’s collection.
Mary Hale and Guy Ballard were crowned Valentine king and queen at the Faulkner County Nursing Center. Residents were treated to a Valentine’s Day party complete with snacks and entertainment.
Martha Cox and Preston Shoup were crowned Valentine king and queen at the Heritage Nursing Center. Residents enjoyed cookies, punch and other treats. Miss Teen Conway Renee Lawrence was part of the entertainment at the Valentine party.