Category Archives: “Looking Back”

What’s New: “Looking Back”

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

Getting a clear answer to this question is much more difficult than it used to be. In the past, most Faulkner County residents could pretty much get their local news by reading the Log Cabin Democrat or listening to the local radio stations. And when the Log Cabin Weekly edition was published, you could find out what was going on in the various communities too.

State and national news were a little more Continue reading

The One Room Schoolhouse: “Looking Back”

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

This week teachers and children will be returning back to their classrooms for another year of learning. Almost everyone would agree that today’s classrooms are far different from the classrooms of the past. So in tribute to the start of a new school year, here’s a peek at what a typical day was like at a Faulkner County school 100 years ago. Continue reading

YBMA: “Looking Back”

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

For many, growing up in Conway and Faulkner County included time spent at the Y.B.M.A. Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds served as a backdrop to many of our fondest memories. In the spring and summer, we gathered for ballgames. Every game ended with the trip to the concession stand for a snow cone. In the fall, we gathered for rodeos and the highly anticipated county fair.

So what was Y.B.M.A.? On March 11, 1937, Continue reading

Home Demonstration Clubs: “Looking Back”

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

Since Faulkner County was predominantly agricultural and rural, most of the women who lived in the area were occupied with managing the family farm, raising children and putting food on the table.

Although the first home demonstration-type work in Faulkner County was done by boys and girls in tomato, poultry and pig clubs, women started forming Home Demonstration Clubs in Continue reading