By JENNY OLIVER
special to the Log Cabin
75 years ago
Conway High School football gladiators forgot the weather for 20 minutes or just long enough to put over a 27-0 victory over Judsonia High School at Young Memorial stadium. The game, reduced to five-minute quarters, was staged in the heaviest kind of downpour before a surprisingly-sized crowd of nearly 200 persons. Water covered the field at shoe-mouth depth and rain fell almost in torrents all the time the boys were in action. Judsonia was here for a game, and the local lads did not want to disappoint the v isitors. The Counway boys wore their practice uniforms, and every boy that dressed was given a chance to wallow. The game proved costly for the high school athletic department. Rain fell on the hot globes of the flood lights and broke six of them. The bulbs cost nearly $6 each. Tom Mabry, big fullback, made two of the touchdowns and the other two were made by W.H. Cragson Jr., quarterback.
50 years ago
The Backfork Home Demonstration Club met at the home of Mrs. Shelby Jean Moreland with Mrs. Treasie Rey Kelso, presiding. Mrs. Floyd Perkins gave the “eye opener.” The group discussed how o make decorated hotpeds. Mrs. Crace Jolley won the door prize.
Halfback Herman Lasker caught one touchdown pass and ran for another six-pointer as Pine Street’s Polar Bears whipped Lincoln High of Forth Smith, 13-7. Pine Street jumped into a 7-0 early in the game. After moving to the Pirates’ 30, fullback Carl Joe Robinson passed to Lasker on the 13 yard line. Three more players moved the bull to thefive and on the fourth down, Robinson hit Lasker in the end zone. With six minutes remaining, the running of Robinson and Laker put th eball on the eight. Two penalties moved to closer and Lasker crashed through for the winning touchdown. The victory was Pine Street’s first of the season.
25 years ago
About 300 members of St. Joseph Catholic Church signed up to take part in “Renew,” a spiritual renewal process with th e stated purpose of helping “parishoners develop a closer relationship with Christ.” Robert D. “Ash” Nabolz was the chairman of the program at St. Joseph. “Renew hits at the grass=roots level of Christianity and Cathlocism. It hits at the person in the back pew, the one who doesn’t come to church every Sunday, who doesn’t become involved in the parish,” Nabholz said. “The word ‘renew; indicated a reappraisal, a re-evaluation of one’s faith,” the Rev. Joe Beniger, pastor of St. Joseph, said. The program was divided into five six-week sessions. Members of the core group that would oversee the groups included Bob and Barbara Nabholz, Beniger, Terry Henderson, Barbara Hall, Grace Lachovsky and Bill Swift.
10 years ago
Bob Johnson’s metal sculptures could be found at several sites in Conway. The most recent installation was at the new K-Life building at Hogan Lane in west Conway. There stood an impressive interpretation of the letters “K” and “L” to depict the organization’s name. As materials became availible, Johnson planned to install a “ichthys,” the Greek symbol denoting a fish, next to it. Johnson treated his works mainly from scrap materials from jobs he completed as a welder from Conway Steel Co. It seemed that folks at Superior Federal Banks’s new building on Salem Road and College Avenue liked Johnson for a neighbor and invited him to move some of his sculptor’s onto their vacant lot between the bank and his house. Among these pieces were “Cosmic Snowflake,” “Sky Blue,” “Spewing Forth,” “rejoice, This is the Day the Lord Has Made,” and “Tie Breaker.” “sky Blue” was in honor two years ago in the Tri-County Art Show. Fellow County artist and yard exhibitor Gene Hatfield had purchased “Sky Blue” from Johnson as well as a cross which he ntended to install at a cemeteru in Mount Vernon. A graduate of Conway High School, Johnson had worked for 24 years as a welder, Other examples of his work were on display at the Baptist Student Unions at the University of Central Arkansas and at Central Baptist College.