New Journal focuses on 'Greatest Generation'

The Fall-Winter issue of the “Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings,” a semi-annual journal published by the Faulkner County Historical Society, is available for purchase.

 

The current issue commemorates Veterans Day and specifically focuses on poignant war remembrances of county veterans.


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Several are personally written accounts by those who are now deceased, while others are interviews made in recent months.

Veteran stories are by or about Homer Hoffman, Johnnie Walter, Marie Hiegel Pinter, H. P. Barham, Jr., Al Hiegel, William T. Mattison, Doyne Montgomery, Hubert L. Tucker, Larry Yarbrough, Tony Nahlen, Curtis Breeden, and brothers Leon and Billie Hazel.

A number of photos and documents accompany their personal accounts.

Also included are articles about war bonds and rationing and wartime recipes; military training on the campuses of Hendrix College and Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas); the Tuskegee Airmen; the Gold Star Mothers organization and a poem by Ron Spradlin.

A special article features the Honor Flight Network which provides World War II veterans with free flights to Washington, D. C. to see the United States National World War II Memorial. The memorial was dedicated in 2004.

Editor Vivian Hogue states, “The time seemed right to do this. We are grateful to those who answered the call for stories and photos as they are first-person accounts either by interview or from personal diaries.”

Rebekah Bilderback, a teacher for the Greenbrier School District, said, “This special edition will be an invaluable resource that is relevant to students. I am looking forward to adding this to my collection of primary documents.”

Hogue adds, “Those of the WWII era are often called “The Greatest Generation” in America’s history. Citizens of that time still remember the unity of purpose. They credit the bravery of military men and women, strong allies, patriotism, spiritual belief and sacrifice at home for our victory in war.

“Whether the hardship was at home, in business or in battle, they still say they did what they had to do to help the country’s war efforts.”

FCHS President, Judge Charles E. Clawson says, “I have always been proud of the Facts and Fiddlings and the people who work so hard to edit and publish each issue. As a basic source for local history it is invaluable.

“This issue not only continues that record of excellence, but also helps to preserve the record of sacrifice and achievement of those who gave so much to secure our freedoms and live here with us every day. We were, until now, unaware of their valor.

“I hope if you are not a member of the FCHS you make an effort to purchase a copy and share their story.

The historical society was founded in 1959 at which time it began its first issues highlighting people, events, locations and customs in Faulkner County history.

Conway native, Vivian Lawson Hogue, is editor of the publication. Judy Corcoran is Assistant Editor.

The journal will be available for a special edition price of $10 at the Faulkner County Museum on the courthouse square and at the Faulkner County Regional Library at 1900 Tyler Street.

Museum hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library hours are Monday -Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The society also offers its 1986 book of county history, “Faulkner County: Its Land and People,” for sale on compact disc. It requires Adobe Reader which is free and available at the Adobe website. The cost of the disc is $15, which includes shipping and handling.

Checks may be made to FCHS and mailed to P. O. Box 731, Conway, AR, 72033.