Category Archives: “Looking Back”

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

Lewis Livestock Auction: “Looking Back”

For decades, Tuesday was auction day for area farmers who raised livestock. On that day, livestock was rounded up, loaded into trailers and taken to the auction in Conway.

The first Conway livestock auction was held in October 1943. Major Lewis of Shirley and his partner, Homer Brown, would hold sales every Tuesday in J.H. Berry’s on the east side of Markham by the Old Gin building. Continue reading

The Dipping Vat Saga: “Looking Back”

From 1907 to around 1943, Arkansas participated in a federal initiative to eradicate the ticks that caused Texas tick fever among the state’s cattle herds. The ticks mainly came into the state during the 19th century Texas cattle drives, although there is some evidence that they were in the state before the Civil War.

Arkansas’ climate and the common cattle practices at the time provided Continue reading