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)

 

Wadsworth Building

Wadsworth Building, corner of Spring and Mountain streets, Eureka Springs, circa 1900. The occasion for this gathering of well-dressed folks is unknown.

At the time of the photo, the building was occupied by Matthews and Hawkins Hardware Company. By 1905, that business was known as A. N. Matthews and Son. In 2019, the Wadsworth building is home to Fain Herbacy and White River Tobacco. Virginia Vafakos Collection (S-2019-38-1)

Wadsworth Building, corner of Spring and Mountain streets, Eureka Springs, circa 1900. The occasion for this gathering of well-dressed folks is unknown.

At the time of the photo, the building was occupied by Matthews and Hawkins Hardware Company. By 1905, that business was known as A. N. Matthews and Son. In 2019, the Wadsworth building is home to Fain Herbacy and White River Tobacco. Virginia Vafakos Collection (S-2019-38-1)

Pumping Water from the Pond

Tom Farish (right) and an identified worker at a irrigation pond in Lowell (Benton County), July 1946.

The portable pump was sending much-needed water to fields of green beans. Farish (1897–1946) and Joe Steele were co-owners of Steele Canning Company, regional processors of beans, tomatoes, and spinach. Maudine Sanders Collection (S-2006-132-152)

Tom Farish (right) and an identified worker at a irrigation pond in Lowell (Benton County), July 1946.

The portable pump was sending much-needed water to fields of green beans. Farish (1897–1946) and Joe Steele were co-owners of Steele Canning Company, regional processors of beans, tomatoes, and spinach. Maudine Sanders Collection (S-2006-132-152)