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.
While researching a new photo project I fell in love with this little shotgun house in Little Rock. I had never seen it in person before but I felt strangely connected to the house by looking at pictures of the place online.
A week later, I’m researching my 3rd great-grandparents and, low and behold, I see that their address looked awfully familiar. Sure enough, the little house I felt connected to is exactly where they lived in the 1920’s.
There are not many of these shotgun style houses, built between 1890 and 1920, left in Little Rock and Preserve Arkansas has listed them as the “Most Endangered Places” in Arkansas.
Wow, there’s only two places in Cabot that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Only one house and the Confederate Cemetery. I photographed 10 more houses the other day and I know there’s still more in town that could be eligible.
The 2 1/2 story Dr. E. F. Utley House, at 401 W. Pine Street in Cabot, was built sometime between 1914 and 1922 and is an example of an “American Foursquare” with Colonial Revival-style detailing.
During the time it was constructed, Cabot had a population around 447 people and had a bank, a weekly newspaper, two nurseries and a telephone exchange.
The property is known as the Utley House for Dr. E. F. Utley, a local “horse and buggy” doctor who owned, lived and saw patients in the house from about 1935 to 1955.
The house has been reported to be haunted by the current owner. Sounds of people walking across the upper floors and down the stairs are often heard. The front entrance door has also been seen to open by itself even when fully latched.
The property was listed in National Register of Historic Places on June 3, 1998. (By a strange coincidence, this image was taken June 3, 2017, 19 years later)