Orval Faubus’s Hat

Gov. Orval Faubus (in dark suit) at the Springdale Savings and Loan Association dedication, June 11, 1960. Howard Clark, photographer/Caroline Price Clark Collection (S-2001-82-375)

Donated by James McNally

This circa 1960 hat was made for Gov. Orval Faubus by Harry Rolnick, co-owner and designer of Resistol Hats. Rolnick and E.R. Byer founded Byer-Rolnick Company in Dallas in 1927. Byer-Rolnick specialized in Western and dress hats branded Resistol for “resist all weather.” Resistol hats quickly became famous for their trademarked “Self-Conforming Band” and “Kitten Finish” (a method of processing felt which produced a softer texture than conventionally-made felt).

Campaign Clicker

Donated by Martha Lankford

John Paul Hammerschmidt (1922-2015) served Arkansas’s Third District in the U. S. House of Representatives for twenty-six years. A native of Harrison (Boone County), he attended the Citadel in South Carolina before receiving an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was later granted a request to change that appointment to West Point. Before making the transfer, he attended the University of Arkansas for the 1940-41 school year. Upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hammerschmidt decided to go to work for a naval yard in California to aid in the war effort. Foregoing his appointment to West Point, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as a combat pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater, where he flew 217 combat missions.

Hammerschmidt’s political career started in Harrison and eventually led to challenging and defeating Democrat Jim Trimble for the Third District seat. He retired from Congress in 1993 but continued to be actively involved in public life as he served on several state and national committees.

Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt (third from left) at a National Chamber of Commerce convention in Washington, D. C., April 1973. Also pictured, from left: Springdale businessman Sandy Boone, Virginia Hammerschmidt, and Springdale Chamber of Commerce president Lee Zachary. Springdale Chamber of Commerce Collection (S-77-9-283)

1888 Presidential Campaign Button

Donated by Dorothy Gill Leslie

Benjamin Harrison (left) and Levi Morton distributed badges like this during their 1888 campaign as the Republican nominees for president and vice president. They lost the popular vote by 90,000 but managed to beat President Grover Cleveland in the electoral college vote of 233 to 168.

This badge belonged to John Rees Gill He and his wife, Della Ahart Gill, lived for a time in the Madison County community of Pettigrew, where John Gill became the town’s first postmaster in 1898.

Radar Unit

Donated by the Springdale Police Department

The Springdale Police Department used this Dominator radar unit to catch drivers exceeding the speed limit in the mid-1960s. One officer sat in a squad car with the radar unit, clocking the speed of a vehicle as it passed. When there was a violation, he radioed another officer waiting in a squad car down the road who would then pull the speeding driver over and issue a ticket.

“Radar Will Getcha If You Don’t Watch Out” was the caption for an April 12, 1965, Springdale News photo feature describing the department’s two-man radar operation. One officer (Karl Martens, pictured here) sat in a squad car with the radar unit, clocking speeds of cars as they passed. When there was a violation, he radioed another officer waiting in a car down the road who would then stop and ticket violators. Charles Bickford, photographer/Springdale News Collection