Latest Facts and Fiddlings Out Soon

Facts and Fiddlings journal, Faulkner County Historical Society

The fall 2015 issue of the Faulkner County Historical Society’s Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings will be available soon. It will feature the research and writings of Charles D. Parsons who is steeped in the history of the families, the institutions, the local history, and the genealogy of Harve Township in Faulkner County. He is an eighth generation resident of Holland and a social studies teacher at Greenbrier High School.

One article in this issue covers the shooting and death in the county that happened over 100 years ago. Continue reading

Downtown Shopping Destinations: “Looking Back”

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

Need groceries? Need clothing? Need sheet music for the piano lessons? When I was growing up, downtown Conway was a major shopping destination for most people in Faulkner County. Shoppers could get almost all of their errands run on Front Street or Oak Street.

All your jewelry needs could be met either at Dayer Jewelry or Fletcher Smith Jewelry, both located on Front Street. Next to Dayer’s Continue reading

Bridge to the Past: Historical Society Seeks to Preserve 1870s Structure

Springfield-Des Arc Bridge, Faulkner County, Arkansas circa 1890

by Carol Rolf
Published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on August 16, 2015

Photo of bridge by Wayne Kizziar, used with permission.

Back in the day, the Springfield-Des Arc Bridge was an important part of a trade route that connected Des Arc on the White River in Prairie County with Springfield, which was the seat of government in Conway County from 1850-1873. Des Arc was a steamboat landing on the White River. Continue reading

Goin’ to School (Part 2): “Looking Back”

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

Students and teachers are headed back to the classroom! But for the first time in 45 years, I will not be among them. After a lifetime of going to school (30 years of that as a teacher), I have retired. Forty-five first days of school and lots of memories!

There was no public Pre-K or Kindergarten in the late 1960s. I attended a half-day First Baptist Church Kindergarten class taught by Betty Courtway, wife of Bob Courtway. Mr. Courtway was a member of the Conway School Board. Later the district named a middle school after him. Her enthusiasm for children and learning gave us all a good start. Continue reading

Goin’ to School (Part 1): “Looking Back”

Reprinted here by special permission of the author, Cindy Beckman, a retired Conway High School history teacher who writes local history.Soon teachers and children will be returning to the classroom for another year of learning and growing. But going to school in Faulkner County hasn’t always been the experience that it is today. We all have those school days memories that pop into our head at this time of year.

Students a century ago would only have attended school about six months out of the year Continue reading