Izard historians to hear about Izard County baseball
The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the Izard County Senior Center on Highway #9 south of Brockwell, Arkansas, at 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. If anyone has any baseball memorabilia from past Izard County games, players, or teams, please bring them. A display table will be set up for viewing.
Jerry Blankenship will be the guest speaker for the program. Jerry grew up in Melbourne in the 1950's and 1960's during the heyday of baseball in the area. His program will be about his memories of Fudge Park, the players, the promoters, and the excitement and entertainment it brought to all ages.
Jerry, retired from pharmacy, owned and operated Blankenship Pharmacy in Melbourne for 25 years and his dad, Fred Blankenship, also a pharmacist, established the business in 1950 as City Drug Store. This was back in the day when you could play catch in the street in front of the drug store and only be disturbed by an occasional car passing by slowly.
Mrs. Carolyn Atkinson, President of the society, invites everyone to attend this meeting. "Play Ball! How we love to hear those words! Everyone is certainly invited to come to this meeting to learn about some baseball games and players during the past in Izard County!"