100 YEARS AGO, June, 1917
♦ At a recent regular meeting of the Eastern Star, the following officers were elected: Mrs. J.S. Westerfield, worthy matron; Mrs. J.H. Hartje, secretary; W.H. Duncan, treasurer; Mrs. J.R. Donnell, conductor; Mrs. Annie Schroeder, assistant conductor.
♦ Gubernatorial thirst for soda pop nearly caused Dr. C.H. Brough to miss his train here Tuesday night and, in fact, did rob him of his breath for the time being. During a long stop here, Governor Brough thought he had time to purchase six bottles of pop from Caspar Dum, but Governor Brough’s calculations were entirely upset when he stopped to shake hands with several men in the streets. Governor Brough made his purchase of the six bottles of soda pop but as he hastily ran to catch his train, four of the precious bottles were jarred loose from their moorings. After casting several longing glances back at the lost bottles, he finally decided they were not worth his missing the train, and with a little sprinting, he succeeded in climbing aboard, just in time.
75 YEARS AGO, June, 1942
♦ On display at Hiegel Lumber was a new book entitled, “Color for America.” Of special interest to the homemaker, the book represented in a practical, down-to-earth manner ideas and suggestions for home decoration.
♦ The Centerville community was planning the “biggest and best picnic in its history.” All candidates for county, state and national offices had already promised to be there. Ball games would begin at 10:30 and continue throughout the day. The McGintytown string band would furnish music during the day. The Arizona Ranch girls and Lonnie Glosson and his Sugar Creek gang would present a dual feature program at night.
50 YEARS AGO, June, 1967
♦ A new 21-unit apartment complex was being built on Clifton Street by Starkey Construction.
♦ William Clay Brazil of Morrilton, son-in-law of Circuit Judge and Mrs. Russell C. Roberts of Conway, received a degree from the UA School of Law. He planned to practice in Fayetteville after taking the bar exam.
♦ Rev. John Jump was named the new pastor of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. He succeeded the Rev. J. Hilman Byram.
♦ Dr. J. Norman Manley, optometrist, completed a master’s degree in psychology. He was the first black graduate of SCA before earning a doctorate of optometry from Ohio State.
25 YEARS AGO, June, 1992
♦ The Rev. Larry O. Pillow, pastor of Second Baptist Church, was among 103 students receiving degrees during commencement exercises at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a doctor of ministry degree. He was also awarded the John and Charlotte Canning Award that annually recognizes the doctor of ministry candidate who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding effectiveness.
♦ Girl State, which had its beginnings at Arkansas State Teachers College, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Girl State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, had allowed thousands of high school girls to learn about government by running for office in mythical cities, counties and state. Girl State began meeting at Harding University in Searcy in 1991.
10 YEARS AGO, June, 2007
♦ Funding for a nine-field boys’ baseball complex at the city’s YBMA Park and a girls’ softball complex on Siebenmorgen Road would be decided through a bond issue election. The measure called for the issuance of a $13.5 million bond issue so that the plans can be realized by 2010.
♦ Stephen Michael Carter, Samuel B. Castleberry and Rachel Anne Simms received baccalaureate degrees from Ouachita Baptist University.
♦ Members of the 413 AAA Gun Battalion met at the Best Western on Oak Street for a 32-year reunion. The group fought at Normandy and in the Allied European campaign of World War II.