Seeing a Show: “Looking Back”

In the 1960s, goin’ to the movies meant going to the Conway Theater on Front Street or going to the 65 Drive-in. The drive-in was south of town across from Ward Bus factory. The Conway Theater was located on Front Street between Clarence Day’s Store and Smith Ford.

The first movie I remember going to see at the Conway Theater with the family was the original “True Grit” with John Wayne. But what I remember the most Continue reading

Spanish Flu 1918: “Looking Back”

The 1918 Spanish Flu was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was called the “Spanish Flu,” not because it originated in Spain, but because this neutral nation freely reported the news of the flu while the countries involved in the war kept quiet about the severity and spread of the disease to keep up public morale and not reveal illness among the soldiers during wartime.

We now know the flu was caused by the H1N1 virus with genes of avian (bird) origin. First identified in military personnel in the spring Continue reading

Through the Cabin Window – December, 2018

100 YEARS AGO, 1918

♦ The official American casualty list from WWI announced the names of over 6,000, including two boys from Faulkner County. Solomon W. Styers of Mayflower was killed in action, and Irwin Smith of Greenbrier was listed as missing in action.

♦ Conway young men in service overseas were notifying their relatives of their safety following the signing of the armistice. Some of the cards received were dated the exact day of the termination of hostilities. The men sending the cards were Continue reading

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