The Faulkner County Fair: “Looking Back”

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

The Faulkner County Fair is a tradition that has been around since 1909. However it has not always been in the same location, nor was it always a free fair.

The first Faulkner County Fair was held October 4-7, 1909. The Faulkner County Fair Association, a corporation organized by the Conway Board of Trade, sold stock to raise the funds to build fairgrounds Continue reading

The Teenage Years: “Looking Back”

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

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6). Parents of all generations have worried about what their teens might be doing when they are out with their friends. About forty years ago, two of the major activities for Conway teens were the First Baptist Church youth group and youth choir.

On any given Sunday or Wednesday evening Continue reading

Fall 2015 Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings

Harve Township, Faulkner County, Arkansas (Courtesy of ArGenWeb)

Photo from ArGenWeb, used with permission.

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

A very long local mystery is solved through Parsons’s research in one article. It covers a controversial death in the county that happened over 100 years ago. Continue reading

Goin’ to Get Ice Cream: “Looking Back”

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

Today we turn the page to fall. Even though the official first day of fall is still a few weeks away, Labor Day is often seen as the end of summer and the beginning of football season. Today teachers and students take a breath and get ready for the long haul to Thanksgiving. Today the white capris and flip flops get stored away Continue reading

Goin’ to Town: “Looking Back”

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

Those who make the daily commute from the northern part of Faulkner County to Conway know the frustration of traveling the busy Highway 65. Some have opted to take the alternate route down Highway 25, which has increased the amount of traffic on that somewhat peaceful highway as well. But making the trip to Conway used to be even more challenging and difficult. Continue reading