Category Archives: “Looking Back”

Local Indian Tribes: “Looking Back”

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

One of the interesting exhibits at the Faulkner County Museum is the Indian exhibit. It includes a vast collection of artifacts, many of which were collected by Fred Wilson, the mail carrier in Greenbrier for a number of years. My grandmother told me they often found arrowheads while farming cotton and put them Continue reading

Kelso-Waddle Blacksmith Shop in Greenbrier: “Looking Back”

Picture: The Kelso-Waddle Blacksmith Shop in Greenbrier in the early 1900s. Clyde Kelso and Tom Waddle are the two men in the middle with rods and horseshoes in their hands. Kelso is sixth from the right holding a horseshoe.

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

At the turn of the century, every village had a blacksmith shop. Its services were always vitally needed because most communities were agricultural and needed farm implements as well as shoes for their horses. Even the townspeople needed blacksmiths for their horses and buggies as well as Continue reading

Faulkner County Historical Society: “Looking Back”

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

When the Faulkner County Historical Society (FCHS) was organized on April 16, 1959 under the sponsorship of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, its stated purpose was to bring together those people interested in the history of the county.

The society’s major function would be to promote Continue reading

The Flagstones: “Looking Back”

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

In the early days of Conway Station, visitors came to the business district on foot while others rode an animal—often a horse, donkey or mule. Farmers often came in an old wagon while a few traveled by horse and buggy. The sidewalks and the streets were mostly dirt and when it rained, Continue reading

Oldest Faulkner County Town: “Looking Back”

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

Although the city of Conway gets a lot of attention as the county seat and center of much commerce, Greenbrier is actually the oldest town in Faulkner County. It predates Faulkner County, being a village in Conway County until Continue reading