75 years ago 

Complimenting Miss Mary Lee Little, bride-elect, Mrs. W.O. Wilson and Miss Nannie Lou Denison entertained at the home of Mrs. Wilson, 9331 Center Street.Interesting contests and games were played. Among the contests was “Cupid’s Art Gallery.” Pictures depicting marriage, bride, bridegroom and scenes in their home life were displayed around the wall of the living room. Miss Olive Smith won the prize fro giving the most current answers concerning the pictures. Louise and Helen Denison assisted the hostess. Oscar D. Middlebrooks grew a 195-pound watermelon, described by Hope authorities as the largest edible watermelon known in the history of the trade.

50 years ago

New officers installed in the Orpheus Club held its annual picnic at the home of Mrs. Mabel Sherin. New officers were Mrs. J.J. Kane, Mrs. Horace Adams, Mrs. Orville Book and Mrs. R. V. Packard. The picnic was an old-fashioned southern affair with members wearing Scarlet O’Hara costumes and roses in their hair. The menu consisted of southern fried chicken, hot buscuits and pink lemonade. Mrs. W. Clifford Thompson’s costume was judged best. A medely of southern songs led by Mrs. Robert Moseley were sang at the close of the picnic. Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Medora Silas assisted Mrs. Sherin.
Mr. and Mrs. George Schrekenhoffer and children Louis, Steve and Cindy, returned home after visiting his parents in Springfield, Mo.

25 years ago

George J. Simon Jr., 44, co-owner of Simon’s grocery, died at Conway Memorial Hospital. Survivors were his wife, a son, and three daughters.
Don W. Bone, industrial c redit manager of AFCO Metals in Little Rock, joined First State Bank & Trust as a vice president. He would be a loan officer at the bank. Bone was married to the former Sharon Gibbs of Conway. They had two daughters, Stephanie and Scarlett.

10 years ago

Debora Wilson was the new executive director of the Faulkner County Chapter of the Red Cross. A graduate of the University of CEntral Arkansas, she had already targeted elementary schools as the area for her brand of instruction, hoping to make young people knowledgeable about the ways and meaning of the Red Cross. For more than 80 years the Red Cross had been teaching people how to react when emergency situations struct - at home, at work and anywhere. Teaching lifesaving first-aid skills,  life-saving techniques, methods to prevent common accidents and injuries, how to keep your family healthier and happier and how to safeguard the home against accidents were the goals of the agency.