Through the Cabin Window – December, 2017

100 YEARS AGO, 1917

♦ A special service in the interest of Armenian and Syrian sufferers was held by the Methodist church Sunday schools across America. The program consisted of special Christmas music, a pantomime of the story of the Good Samaritan and an address on the conditions and needs of the remnants of the Armenian race.

♦ The annual municipal Christmas tree lighting was held on the public square and everyone was invited to attend. There were Christmas carols and old Santa made an appearance to receive contributions to be sent to the war-stricken Belgian children instead of giving out the usual gifts to children.

75 YEARS AGO, 1942

♦ Frank Dunn, minister of the Church of Christ and principal of the Central grammar school at Conway, announced that he had resigned from both positions to accept a position as associate minister of the Denver Heights Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas.

♦ Lt. George D. Mobbs of Wooster, with the army air force in northern Africa, was wounded in action. He returned to base with a dozen bullet holes in his plane. Mobbs attended ASTC and received his early flight education at the Kenneth Starnes flying service under the civilian pilot training program. His injuries were not serious.

50 YEARS AGO, 1967

♦ Contributions toward a $5,000 goal reached $3,600 in a two-fold campaign by the Conway Band Aids to raise $3,000 to send the 84-member CHS band to the Cotton Bowl parade January 1 and $2,000 to pay toward the new uniforms. The largest contribution made was $2,500 by Conway Corporation.

♦ Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Stanfill held an open house at their home in honor of the Conway Junior High and Conway High School faculties and the Conway Board of Education. A second open house was held the next night to honor elementary teachers and administrative staff in the district.

25 YEARS AGO, 1992

♦ Jess Setzler was named Employee of the Year at the annual AETN employee recognition dinner. He had worked for AETN since 1977 and was the graphic arts supervisor.

♦ Philip Kordsmeier, president of Kordsmeier Remodeling Service was honored for 25 years of service with the company. He was presented with a plaque and a gold watch.

♦ Paul Hiegel was pictured watching yard foreman Ray Martin move lumber from an extension of a lumber tree recently installed at Hiegel Lumber & Hardware. The lumber tree provided 2,000 linear feet of horizontal storage with drive-through loading capacity.

10 YEARS AGO, 2007

♦ Miss Arkansas 2007 Katie Bailey, a Conway native, was pictured visiting Simon Intermediate to talk to students about ways to prevent bullying.

♦ Hayden Browers, Tiana Farmer, Dontay Penn and Hannah Smith were pictured picking up coins from the fourth-grade classrooms at Ellen Smith Elementary. The coins were being collected to purchase food for the Rice Depot’s Food for Kids program.

♦ An article about the Very Merry Christmas Store, a holiday gift shop opened in August by John and Patti Fesler on Front Street, was featured in the full-page Christmas ads. The store carried a variety of Christmas items.

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