75 years ago  


A jury of eight men and four women spent 11 hours and six minutes in a bare room of the old courthouse in New Jersey, where Bruno Richard Hauptmann had been on trial since Jan. 2 for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. "We find the defendant, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, guilty of murder in the first degree," intoned Foreman Charles Walton Sr., in the deathly quiet of the littered, smoke-filled courtroom. Polled individually, the jurors affirmed the verdict in quavering voices. He was sentenced to "suffer death" the week of March 18 in the death house at Trenton, N.J. Daubing at her tears, Mrs. Hauptmann’s last words as she left the courtroom were: "I am not afraid. I still hope." Defense lawyers said an appeal would be made.


50 years ago 


Rex Lovell was named head football coach at Conway High School. Lovell succeeded Ken Stephens. He served as Stephens’ line coach last fall. In other coaching changes, Bill Nutter, junior high coach, would move up to the assistant senior high football post and probably would become head track coach. C.J. Robinson, former Ola coach and now science instructor at Conway Junior High, would take over the junior high basketball position and assist in football. David Teague, social studies instructor in junior high, would assist in the junior high athletic program. Lovell finished Arkansas State Teachers Club in January, 1952, and immediately became head football and basketball coach at Clinton to replace Mike Malham, who moved on to Catholic High in Little Rock. The 1952 Clinton Cagers, under Lovell, went to the semifinals of the state tournament, and then won the state meet the following season. Lovell entered military service in June 1954 and was discharged in June 1956. He then became head football and basketball coach at Wynne. His overall football record was 26-23-1. Wynne had just moved into the double A ranks when Lovell took over. After three mediocre seasons of rebuilding the football program, Lovell decided to leave the coaching profession. He enrolled last summer at ASTC as a pre-dental student. At ASTC, he was hired to fill a vacancy on the football staff while carrying his pre-dental studies. Lovell planned to drop the dentistry plans to accept the position at Conway High School. "This is too good an opportunity to turn down," Lovell said. He was married to the former Hilda Presley of Clinton. They had one son, Roy Dale.


25 years ago


Hospital officials were completing final preparations before work began next month on the $16.7-million expansion project of Conway Memorial Hospital. Bill Langford, executive director, told the board of directors of the hospital that Nabholz Construction Corp., the construction management firm for the project, would receive its first official work order next week. The firm project, would received its first official work order next week. The firm projected construction would be completed by Sept. 15, 1986. Another two of three months would be needed to transfer certain departments. The project entailed construction of a four-story medical tower on the hospital’s wet side. It would house administrative offices, obstetrical-gynecological departments and 116 beds. In the current hospital, radiology, respiratory therapy, physical therapy departments and other departments would be expanded and remodeled. Harrell Clendenin, hospital administrator, said the admissions office in the southwestern section of the building would be moved to the business offices in the hospital’s east side. Admissions would remain in that location until December 1986 when it and most other administrative offices would be moved to new quarters.


10 years ago 


When Robert "Bob" Nabholz began his construction on a virtual shoestring in 1949, little did he know that it would develop into an entity that would garner national notice. Through the dint of hard work and his insistence on integrity and excellence, Nabholz nourished and honed the tools of success in grand style, brining four Conway firms bearing his name into existence. Nabholz Construction Corp. had constructed more than $2 billion in structures. The company celebrated in its 50th year in business last year. The essence of the firm was contained in essential facts that ruled that Nabholz way of doing business: always earning profit, never failing to finish a job or defaulting on a bid, never experiencing two years in a row of declining sales. Some 80 percent of its work was done for past clients. At this time, the company had 750 employees and sales in the neighborhood of $250 million. Bob Nabholz was described as a man of ordinary tastes, never flamboyant, a burly man with the gentleness of kitten, someone who was at home with the famous and not so famous and a person who believed in community participation.