Yesterdays (June 15)


75 years ago  


Vilonia High School planned to hold commencement in the school auditorium. Misses Mildred Downs and Ione Hanna were selected valedictorian and salutatorian. The 18 members of the class included Avy Blessingame, Lola Black, B.E. Butler, Mary Lou Campbell, Wilson Cato, Cornelia Dallas, Mildred Downs, Wilson Dallas, O.D. Gunter, Ione Hanna, Janette Hill, Naomi Kirkpatrick, Joel Morris, Howard Stewart, Darrell Simmons, Hubert Tucker and Troy Williams.


50 years ago 


Overwhelming response completed a halt in the drive by the Pine Street Booster Club to collect items for the Menifee tornado victims. Fay Howard said five one and one-half ton and four pickup truckloads of clothing, food, bedding, etc. had been delivered to a distribution headquarters in Menifee.

Charlotte Hardy was the new president of the Greenbrier Student Council. Others selected to hold offices were Sharon Mack, Tyrone Kelso, Madeline Carter and Betty Brannan. Mrs. Blake Browning was sponsor. 


25 years ago


The Rev. Tom Weir delivered his first sermon as pastor of First United Methodist Church. He was a native of Copperas Springs and attended junior high school and high school in Conway. He graduated from Ole Main High School in North Little Rock. He was a graduate of Hendrix College and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. L.V. Weir of Mayflower.

The children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cummins held a reception in celebration of their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary at Holiday Inn. The couple were married at the home of the Rev. Charles Wilkins of Dardanelle. The Cummins were parents of a son, a daughter and had four grandchildren. They were former owners of Co-Ed Café.


10 years ago 


Advent Arts and Acoustics Cafe in conjunction with the University of Central Arkansas Division of Student Services was selling a compact disc of Faril Simpson live in concert to raise money for charities in Conway. The CD was being sold for $14. Simpson performed at Advent Cafe on Aug. 6. The CD contains seven original songs written by Simpson; along with many humorous stories told by him that share the origins of each song. Simpson is a noted songwriter and folk singer in central Arkansas. He performed many years with bluegrass and folk groups including The Conway Fiddle Band, Okry and The Professors. Simpson is a retired chemistry professor at UCA, where he taught 29 years from 1958 through 1987.