Tuesday, November 15, 2005


(Some of it from 5/18/04 on our old site)

Ann Shannon Snodgrass

At this point in my life, I make lists of Things to Do and still rarely remember why I went into the next room but, when I play popular music from 1957-1959, I can sing every word and include all the nuances of the original recording. Hmm. I wonder if educators are ignoring a valuable resource by not singing their lectures to their students. Also, thanks for the great ideas about creating photo scrapbooks for grandchildren.

Tom Pry

Ann, you’re quite welcome for the scrapbook idea. Wish I could take credit for it, but that goes to my wife, Karen.

Finally … you’ll note that we haven’t posted many “new” items lately. There’s a simple reason for it: you haven’t been sending any. They don’t have to be full articles, folks, just random memories or thoughts about the past, not necessarily directly involved with SHS. It’s my job, as Editor, to take what you send and make it presentable, but I need the basic material.

You supply the bricks, I’ll build the house.

Bricks, please.

FOOTNOTE: Attended a meeting of the Arkansas Railroad Club Sunday, 11/13. This is a Little Rock organization (simultaneously the LR chapter of the National Railway Historical Society). Met a gentleman named Jim Wakefield, a self-described “Student of Railroad History.”

His particular area of interest is the Missouri & North Arkansas. According to him, the M&NA (sometimes called the “May Not Arrive”) did NOT originate in Springfield, MO. According to Jim (say, that’d make a good title for a TV show, wouldn’t it?), it was SUPPOSED to start in Springfield but, due to one thing or another, it actually started out in Joplin, MO, running over tracks leased from the old Kansas City Southern.

Note to Ernie Simpson: next time you’re in Searcy, look at the junk piles on the north side of Beebe-Capps, just east of Main Street, down at the first light. There is every reason to suppose that the dilapidated combination car (part passenger, part freight) sitting in that field is the one that used to be connected to your old M&NA “Blue Goose.” A guy in Little Rock has offered to pay the cost of transporting it to Pioneer Village if the White County Historical Society will take it on and give it a home.


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