Category Archives: “Looking Back”

Local Funeral Homes: “Looking Back”

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

Although death and burial rituals have long been part of the human existence, funeral homes are a relatively new addition to the process. The Pence, Doolin and McNutt funeral homes provided these services to Conway and the surrounding area.

In the 1940s, burial associations often provided funeral products and services to their members. Each funeral home worked with an association. Their funeral home cars also Continue reading

A Historical Record of Visiting: “Looking Back”

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

Some of the most interesting remnants of our local history are the curious items sent in by rural correspondents to the Log Cabin. They provide a glimpse into the lives of Faulkner County residents that can’t be found elsewhere. Continue reading

Deep-Rooted Drug Stores: “Looking Back”

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

In the early days of medicine, drugs were often dispensed by country doctors who made house calls. The doctor usually had two bags, one for his tools and one for the variety of remedies he would prescribe. As towns grew, doctors opened up offices with drug stores usually established somewhere nearby.

Various sources say that the drug store on the southeast corner of Oak and Front was originally established in 1890 by Dr. J.F. Kincheloe. Kincheloe Drug later became Continue reading

Highway Cafés: “Looking Back”

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

In the 1940s, Hwy. 65 was re-routed away from downtown. Its new path followed Harkrider Street through Conway before it continued northward through Greenbrier to Damascus.

Hwy. 64, coming from the east, merged with Hwy. 65, coming from the south, at Oak and Harkrider and then split again at what locals called the “Y” with 64 going west and 65 continuing north. The “Y” is still evident in front of Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The development of this new thoroughfare and the rise of the automobile led to Continue reading

Shopping for Shoes: “Looking Back”

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

Shopping for shoes was always a special occasion. We usually had to have new shoes in the fall when school started because our feet grew while we were running barefoot all summer. We also had to have new dress shoes in the spring to match that perfect Easter outfit Mom had picked out at Jack and Jill’s.

Blue Ribbon Shoes Continue reading