Utley House

Utley House, 3 April 2022

The E. F. Utley house was built between 1914 and 1922 in Cabot, Lonoke, Arkansas and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Dr. F. E. Utley (Francis Edwin Utley) who was born 10 Feb 1881 in Greenbrier, Faulkner County, Arkansas to Francis David Utley and Amanda Melvina Snow. Dr. Utley married Rosa Lee Ray on 29 Dec 1901 in Hardinville, Faulkner County, Arkansas. He died in the house on 25 Oct 1952 and was buried at Mt Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

(Note: listed on the 1940 US Federal Census twice. Once at home with the family and the other as a TB patient at the Arkansas State Tuberculous Sanitarium near Booneville in Logan County.)

Rosa Lee Ray was born 27 August 1881 in Arkansas and died 1 Dec 1955 in Pulaski County, Arkansas. She is buried next to her husband.

The Utley’s had three children; Arlis Dee Utley, Geneva Pauline Utley and Francis Edward Utley, Jr.

Lordy, It’s Been Awhile!

Abandoned in Cotton Plant

Honestly, I thought I deleted this blog a long time ago. I was surprised to see it still existed.

Things have changed.

The blog is no longer known as Along the Way Arkansas. So, welcome to Arkie.ology!

Arkie.ology is my way of documenting all things Arkansas.

So sit back, relax and enjoy my visual road trip throughout the Natural State.

 

Fixer Upper

The old place is deteriorating fast these days. Wonder how much longer it will be until it completely falls down?

On Bearskin Lake Road, Scott, AR

 

Cotton in the Raw

“Life is like a cotton. Don’t make it heavier by dipping it in the water of sorrow but make it lighter by blowing it in the joy of air.”

There’s a small patch of cotton growing at the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott, Arkansas. As many times as I’ve driven past the museum, and have even stopped from time to time this year, yesterday was the first time I’ve noticed it!

Cotton and farming played an important role in the history of Scott, AR. Many prominent businessmen and lawyers from Little Rock owned plantations in the rich, fertile bottom land of Western Pulaski County along the Arkansas River. Very few of the plantations still exist today but the Plantation Agriculture Museum has gathered many of the items from those plantations as displays throughout this state park.

Trumpeter Swans of Heber Springs

“If we are willing to be still and open enough to listen, wilderness itself will teach us.”

Stephen Harper

The Math of Sunflowers and Crop Overlays in Lightroom

sunflower field near Conway, AR

I would try to explain the math of sunflowers but let’s face it, it’s math, and we all know how good I am at math. NOT! It blows my mind if I can’t count or figure it up on my fingers and toes. A great explanation of the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio found in middle of a sunflower is located at¬†Nature Blows My Mind! The Hypnotic Patterns of Sunflowers.

For all my photographer friends out there using Lightroom. Did you know you can use the Golden Ratio overlay when cropping photos? While using the crop tool if you press the O key you can cycle through the many crop overlays available. When you find an overlay you like, if you press Shift O you can rotate the orientation of that overlay to fit your image if need be. More information on crop overlays in Lightroom can be found on Have Camera Will Travel.