2020’s Most Endangered Places in Arkansas

Preserve Arkansas’s 2020 Most Endangered Places list includes a nationally significant military hospital, a Trail of Tears witness structure, the Grapette Company headquarters, a Charles Thompson-designed bank, a historic mercantile, Lafayette County’s first jail, and a New Deal-era high school building. Preserve Arkansas is also featuring Little Rock’s oldest municipal golf course as “One to Watch.”

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Spring 2020 Facts and Fiddlings Published

The spring 2020 edition of Faulkner Facts and FiddlingsFaulkner Facts and Fiddlings, the journal of the Faulkner County Historical Society, has been published. Society members should have received their copies in the mail this past week.

This issue features stories written by several people in the community who have a passion for preserving our county history as well as a love for preserving the history of their own families.

The first article is an eyewitness account of the 1927 Flood as told to Edna White by her mother and how it impacted the Troutman family that lived in the Lollie community.

The second article, by Annette Greenland, retired professor, is a brief account of the founding of First Presbyterian Church in 1892. Greenland researched and wrote the article as part of the church’s 125th anniversary in 2017.

Also included in this issue are two stories about early St. Joseph Catholic Church parish families. Collected and documented by Nancy Breeden Mitchell, retired educator, the cover story is of the Dayer-Moix family while the second story shares the history of the Dougherty, or Daugherty, family.

Mitchell’s stories were written as part of St. Joseph Catholic Church’s 125th anniversary in 2004 and originally published in the Catholic Cabin, a publication of St. Joseph. More of these accounts will be reprinted in future issues of Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings.

Readers will also find a letter submitted by Carla Wilson Evans. It was written by Major Wilson to Mike Wilson in 1997 and gives a brief sketch of the Wilson family that settled in what became Wilson Township in the southern part of Faulkner County.

As usual, Lynita Langley-Ware, director of the Faulkner County Museum, also updates readers on “Doin’s at the Museum.” While the museum is temporarily closed, Langley-Ware has been informing and entertaining history buffs on the museum’s Facebook page with virtual exhibits and Artifacts of the Day.

Copies of the journal are normally available for sale at the Faulkner County Museum and the Faulkner County Library but since both are temporarily closed, to order a copy send a check for $5.00 to FCHS, P.O. Box 731, Conway, AR 72033.

Jimmy Bryant Set to Speak at Annual FCHS Meeting

Jimmy Bryant, former UCA Archivist who is now Director of Arkansas Heritage for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Faulkner County Historical Society which will be held Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mills Library located in Hendrix College’s Mills Center.

Bryant, a Conway resident and former Faulkner County Historical Society board president, now oversees the four heritage museums and four heritage resource agencies that work to preserve, protect and promote the natural and cultural history of Arkansas. Continue reading

Waddy William Moore III

Waddy William Moore III
January 29, 1928 – June 15, 2019

Waddy William Moore III, of Conway passed away on the morning of June 15, 2019 at the age of ninety-one years and six months. He was the only son of Waddy William Moore, Jr. and Floretta Elizabeth Williams Moore, both deceased.

He is survived by Gay, his wife of almost sixty-six years, their two daughters, Bonnie Moore McNeely (Dennis) of Roswell, GA and Elizabeth Moore Peatross (Kenneth) of Little Rock, AR, and five grandchildren, William Charles McNeely, Elizabeth McNeely, Lucy Moore, Rachel Peatross and Shea Peatross. Continue reading