Category Archives: “Looking Back”

Christadelphian Bible School: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

Tucked away on Highway 124 in northern Faulkner County is the Arkansas Christadelphian Bible School. The school sits on land donated by James Daniel Martin in 1885 for holding Christadelphian gatherings. Martin was a member of a Christadelphian ecclesia that formed in the Georgia Settlement of Conway County in the early 1880s.

The community that developed on the Martin land was first called Continue reading

Faulkner County Singing School: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

One of my fondest memories of attending my grandparents’ little country church was the singing. Anytime I would visit, the song director, Uncle Doyle Havens, and my grandfather, Unis Burnett, would draft me to sing in the choir. No, I had no special talent, it was just expected Continue reading

Lollie Plantation: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

For those of you who have lived here your whole lives, this story will not be new to you. It is one of the most well told stories in Faulkner County. But if you haven’t heard this story or just knew there had to be a story behind the name “Lollie Bottoms,” here it is. Continue reading

The Wet Years: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

After the saloons closed in 1888, Faulkner County was “dry” for 45 years. In 1919, temperance movements across the nation succeeded in getting the 18th Amendment to the Constitution ratified so on January 1, 1920, the entire nation banned the production, sale and distribution of alcohol.

But by 1933, Prohibition, as this era of American history became known, became highly unpopular. Crime rates and violence rose Continue reading

Photographing Conway: “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.

To preserve the past, something must be kept and passed on to future generations. Letters, newspaper clippings and other documents tell us part of the story. Items that were used by previous generations also have a story to tell. And then there is the history that is preserved through a photograph.

Sam Fausett, “Conway’s photographer,” Continue reading