Picking Beans

Picking beans at the McGarrah farm near Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1955

Picking beans at the McGarrah farm near Siloam Springs (Benton County), July 1, 1955. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bauer Collection (S-92-144)

Standing, from left: Mrs. Bob Anderson, Bob Anderson, Geneva McGarrah Bauer, unidentified, Tom Anderson, Tom Alverson, Tom Alverson (bushel basket on shoulder). Crouched, from left: Pearl McGarrah, Jack Bauer.

Geneva Bauer (the woman looking at the camera) is holding a list of basket weights used to estimate the pounds of beans picked. Workers was paid ten cents per pound of beans. This truckload was headed for Dallas to fresh-market buyers.

 

Brogdon and Hazel Produce Warehouse

Brogdon and Hazel produce wholesale warehouse on Emma Avenue, Springdale, Arkansas, circa 1939

Brogdon and Hazel produce wholesale warehouse on Emma Avenue, Springdale, circa 1939. Natalie Henry, photographer. Martha Hall Collection (S-96-112-15)

Forrest Hazel (1891–1981) and Preston Brogdon (1899–1951) ran a bustling wholesale produce market in downtown Springdale for more than thirty years, during the town’s heyday as an agricultural hub where local farmers sold a variety of crops which were shipped out via rail or processed locally.

In the late 1930s, artist Natalie Henry was hired to paint a WPA mural for the Springdale post office. She spent a few days in Springdale taking photos as a way to inform her artwork, including this street scene in from of Brogdon and Hazel’s warehouse.  Today, Natalie Henry’s mural, “Local Industries,” hangs in the Shiloh Museum. Learn more about the mural under the “New Deal” section of our 1920 to 1950 online exhibit. Martha Hall Collection (S-87-37-5)

 

J. A. Steele General Store

J. A.Steele General Store, Elm Springs, Arkansas, circa 1914

Joseph Albert Steele (1866–1931), a lifelong resident of Elm Springs (Benton County), was a storekeeper and buyer and seller of local farm products. In the May 6, 1917, issue of the Egg Reporter magazine, Steele noted a downturn in the number of eggs being brought to his store, lamenting,“There is no agitation for increasing the poultry and egg production shown in this section.”  Russell Charlesworth and Frances Reeves Collection (S-87-37-5)

 

Henbest Sisters

From the 1870s to the 1910s, John Albert and Susan Henbest farmed and raised a family in the Washington County community of Mount Comfort. John and Susan were the parents of fourteen children; ten lived to adulthood. Seven Henbest daughters posed for this portrait around the year 1900. Back row, from left: Zoe, Lottie, Kate. Front row, from left: Margaret, Rosetta, Roxie, Mamie. Theda Henbest Dennington Collection (S-93-49-25)

From the 1870s to the 1910s, John Albert and Susan Henbest farmed and raised a family in the Washington County community of Mount Comfort. John and Susan were the parents of fourteen children; ten lived to adulthood. Seven Henbest daughters posed for this portrait around the year 1900. Back row, from left: Zoe, Lottie, Kate. Front row, from left: Margaret, Rosetta, Roxie, Mamie. Theda Henbest Dennington Collection (S-93-49-25)

Gilbert Family

General Clayton Gilbert with his grandsons in Bentonville, circa 1918. James Gilbert Troutt, seated left; William Troutt, held by his grandfather. The woman at the right is unidentified.  Jo Hall Collection (S-96-2-128)

General Clayton Gilbert with his grandsons in Bentonville, circa 1918. James Gilbert Troutt, seated left; William Troutt, held by his grandfather. The woman at the right is unidentified.  Jo Hall Collection (S-96-2-128)

Parthenon

Parthenon (Newton County), circa 1929. The group stands next to a school bus for the Parthenon Consolidate School District. Elmer Casey, who taught at Parthenon, is the man wearing a suit and tie, standing in the center of the group. Elmer Casey Collection (S-83-115-16)

Parthenon (Newton County), circa 1929. The group stands next to a school bus for the Parthenon Consolidated School District. Elmer Casey, who taught at Parthenon, is the man wearing a suit and tie, standing in the center of the group. Elmer Casey Collection (S-83-115-16)