10 Years Ago
Doodles For You, a paint-your-own pottery studio, opened at 931 B Locust (former location of Junk Queen which moved to Washington Avenue). Jennifer Seifert was the owner. She had bought the inventory of Not So Artsy, an existing studio on Salem Road, which went out of business.
James Fay and Lou Ann Pew celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 12.
Carl J. Barger held his first book signing for “Cleburne County and its People.” He retired to Conway after serving as a superintendent in various Arkansas schools for 31 years.
25 Years Ago
Mark Ledbetter, fire chief for 78 days, resigned, saying in a letter to Mayor David Kinley that he was not suited for a desk job and asking the mayor to return him to his former position as assistant chief.
The day after the 4th of July celebration, early morning golfers discovered vandals had damaged three greens at Conway Country Club. Flags and poles from four holes and six tee markers were also missing.
The Greenbrier City Council voted to create a planning and zoning commission that would have five to seven members.
50 Years Ago
Craig Strause, David Buckley, Melinda Morrow, Beverly Westbrook, Roger Lacy, Steve Thompson and Elizabeth Witherspoon participated in a creative drama class taught by Miss Leona Scott, SCA drama teacher.
Toran Elizabeth Pate, Miss Conway, was pictured leaving with Mrs. Clifford Horton, her official chaperone at the Miss Arkansas pageant.
Melvin V. White was one of ten high school seniors who, with their parents, were guests at the Governor’s Mansion. The students were honored by Gov. and Mrs. Winthrop Rockefeller as recipients of the Arkansas Opportunity Fund, created in 1963 to provide scholarships based on ability and character.
75 Years Ago
Rev. George W. Culleney, vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal chapel, said that the Conway congregation planned the construction of a new church building. The new building would accommodate 125 members and was expected to be built of Batesville stone at a cost of $12,500-15,000.
Fifty-five Faulkner County men were being called up for selective service exams on July 16.
Approximately 100 Kiwanians and guests attended a fish fry given by the Conway club at Camp Kiwanis, site of the local club’s camp for boys and girls. A softball game between Conway and Morrilton would precede the supper.
100 Years Ago
Wearing a tag on which had been placed 52 cents in postage stamps, Donald, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Nelson, went by parcel post from Conway to the home of his parents, five miles south of Conway. Donald was “mailed” by Mack See, at whose home he had been visiting, and the “parcel” was promptly delivered to the addressee by rural carrier D.F. Tucker. Mr. Tucker said the only live articles which the regulations provide for carrying by mail were queen bees and day-old chicks, but occasionally children were carried for short distances by mail at parcel post rates.