County Cotton Gins: “Looking Back”

Although many Faulkner County farmers brought their cotton to Conway to be ginned and then shipped on the Little Rock-Fort Smith Railroad, some farmers preferred to take their crop to a local gin. Cotton gins could be found in many of the rural communities of Faulkner County. Here are just a few of them:

The Little Plantation in the Lollie Community southwest of Conway consisted of approximately Continue reading

Will Rogers Comes to Conway: “Looking Back”

One of the most important celebrities to ever visit Conway in yesteryear was Will Rogers, an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, humorist and newspaper columnist from Indian Territory in Oklahoma.

Rogers, who got his start as a rope-spinner on the vaudeville stage, was known for his off-the-cuff wisecracks about the current politics. His well-known motto was “All I know is Continue reading

World War I Centennial: “Looking Back”

November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that officially ended World War I. More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during the Great War. With a casualty rate far greater than World War II, 116,510 U.S. soldier died from combat and disease while another 200,000 were wounded.

Although World War I began in 1914, the United States did not enter the conflict until Continue reading

Through the Cabin Window – November, 2018

100 YEARS AGO, 1918

♦ HUNS SIGN DRASTIC TERMS TO END WAR was the headline. The Armistice between the Allies and Germany had been signed, it was officially announced by the state department. Hostilities ceased at 11 a.m.

With not a pound of explosives to be found in the county, B.F. King and a party motored to Little Rock to get a supply of powder with which Conway would continue the noisy celebration Continue reading