Serving in World War II: “Looking Back”

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

In 2007, AETN created an oral history program called In Their Words which attempted to preserve the experiences of Arkansas’ World War II veterans. Eventually more than 500 stories were recorded and archived. I encourage you to go to www.intheirwords.org and read some of their stories.

Many other stories will remain untold but my grandmother helped me preserve a few of them in the summer of 1999. Pleasant Valley joined Continue reading

Museum Open House Set for November 7

Dog Trot Cabin, Faulkner County Arkansas

Come celebrate the season at the OPEN HOUSE at the Faulkner County Museum and Dog Trot Cabin on Saturday, November 7, from 10 am to 4 pm on the Conway Courthouse square. The Museum’s main building and railroad exhibit will be open as well.

The cabin will be decorated for the season and volunteers will demonstrate traditional skills such as wood working, rope making, Dutch oven cooking, blacksmithing, etc. Continue reading

Pleasant Valley Goes to War: “Looking Back”

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

War often requires sacrifices and effort at home as well as in the battlefield. Pleasant Valley, a small Faulkner County community of about 50 or 60 families, contributed greatly to the war effort during World War II. Many of its young men had gone to serve in the military so those who were left behind worked doubly hard to do all they could for the war effort.

The community became well known for its efforts to provide agricultural products that were greatly needed by the troops. In the November 8, 1942 Arkansas Gazette Magazine section, the efforts of the community were featured in Continue reading

The “Spirits of Cadron” Return October 23, 24

Cadron Blockhouse, Faulkner County, Arkansas

We regret the “Spirits of Cadron” was cancelled due to rainy weather! The “Spirits of Cadron,” a popular fall event of past years, returns this year on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24.

Sponsored by the Faulkner County Historical Society and the Faulkner County Museum, this entertaining, eerie, and sometimes spooky occasion takes place from 6 to 9 PM each night at the Cadron Blockhouse at Cadron Settlement Park. Cost is only $2 per person or $5 per carload. Continue reading

Uncle Tobe: “Looking Back”

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

Riley Thompson Hankins enlisted in the 10th Alabama Cavalry on August 5, 1863, at the age of fifteen. He did not participate in any major battles but was in a few minor engagements before the end of the war. Returning home, he married in 1869 but his first wife died in childbirth. He later married again.

He and his second wife, Malissa, had twelve children, Continue reading