Sunday, September 03, 2006


For those of you readers who live far from the environs of Searcy, there’ll be a couple of well-known names missing the next time you come to town: Bolton-Vaughan and (gasp!) Truman Baker.

The set-up comes in a copyrighted story in Sunday’s Citizen, in part:

It’s not exactly the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys, but a trio of Searcy auto dealerships recently experienced the equivalent of an NFL three-team trade.

The principal players in the deal are Gregg Orr, Jim Tarkington and the soon-to-be-retired Roger Vaughan.

Orr, a car dealer based in Texarkana, purchased the established Searcy dealerships Truman Baker Chevrolet/Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep and Bolton-Vaughan GMC/Cadillac.

In the process, Orr moved his existing Toyota dealership in Searcy from its headquarters on Race Avenue to the former Bolton-Vaughan lot on Poplar Street. Orr also hung his shingle across the Hwy 67/167 expressway at the Truman Baker lot.

Jim Tarkington , formerly of Truman-Baker, moved into the spot vacated by Orr on
Race Street to form Tarkington Lincoln/Mercury/Mazda.

More of our past is gone.

Tom Pry


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