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

Groups Focus on Preserving Old Grave Sites

gravestone, Faulkner County Historical Society

by Jordan Gass-Pooré
Published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on August 24, 2015

Without records or maps, a young Theresa Lundberg, her mother and siblings would routinely search for the burial site of her maternal grandfather.

All the Lundbergs knew was that he was somewhere in a Catholic cemetery in the small town of Pomfret, Md., where his wife and many other family members are buried.

“It kind of became a game for my sisters and I,” said Lundberg, a Bella Vista resident. Continue reading

Latest Facts and Fiddlings Out Soon

Facts and Fiddlings journal, Faulkner County Historical Society

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

One article in this issue covers the shooting and death in the county that happened over 100 years ago. Continue reading

Downtown Shopping Destinations: “Looking Back”

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

Need groceries? Need clothing? Need sheet music for the piano lessons? When I was growing up, downtown Conway was a major shopping destination for most people in Faulkner County. Shoppers could get almost all of their errands run on Front Street or Oak Street.

All your jewelry needs could be met either at Dayer Jewelry or Fletcher Smith Jewelry, both located on Front Street. Next to Dayer’s Continue reading