Only the memories remain

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Moore house on Highway 18 was taken down making room for the new 4-lane highway.

The way is being cleared for the new four-lane Highway 18 as it will reconnect back to the existing highway where the Moore homeplace was located.

Molly Ann Fulkerson discovered at a public meeting in 2008 the new highway plans would take the four lanes through her home located on Highway 18 approximately two miles southeast of Manila.

Molly Ann said the home was built by her grandmother, Ida Moore, in 1929. Through the years Fulkerson's parents, Sam and Marge Moore, lived there raising their children, and later Molly Ann and her family lived there. Her son, Clint Armani, made the fourth generation of family members to live in the home.

Molly Ann Moore Fulkerson is pictured on the front page of the May 27, 2008, edition of the Town Crier, as she talked to an engineer with the highway department. Fulkerson was surprised to discover the proposed highway would go through her house. The picture was taken at a May 20 public meeting held at the Manila Airport Center.

Molly Ann remembers in the early 1950s the house had to be moved back further away from the highway.

"The house was not on a permanent foundation and logs were put under it and it was rolled back from the highway," Mrs. Fulkerson remembered.

She and her mother stayed in the house while it was being rolled to its new location.

The house had been remodeled and rooms added through the years.

Mrs. Fulkerson retired from Wesson Farms in July 2012 and moved to California on Aug. 1 that year. The Highway Department purchased the house in December 2014.

A construction crew from Pine Bluff was in the area recently doing the demolition work.

The same crew took down another landmark home in the area, the Noonan homeplace on Highway 77.

The house was built in the 1930s. Mr. and Mrs. Noonan's granddaughter, Bobbie Fleeman, of Manila, said Mr. Noonan was one of many carpenters in the area. When Mr. Noonan suffered a stroke his carpenter friends knew he owned 25 acres just out of Manila and they joined together and built the house in two days. When Mr. Noonan passed away in 1939, Mrs. Noonan opened a restaurant and moved to Floodway.

The house, built in two days, was the home of five generations of the Noonan/Roach family. It was located on Highway 77.

Her daughter and husband, Mary Nell and Walter Roach, and their young daughter, Bobbie, moved into the house on Highway 77. Their three younger daughters, Dorothy "Dot", Kay, and Nellowen, were born in the house.

After the girls grew up, Mr. and Mrs. Roach bought a home in Florida and their daughter, Kay Harrison, and her husband, Wallace, moved into the home where they raised their three children.

An aerial shot of the Noonan/Roach home.

The Harrison's youngest son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Joy, and their children made the fifth generation to live in the home before the Highway Department purchased the house. The new four-lane highway will cut off Highway 77 at the Noonan homeplace and go to the Moore homeplace.

The houses are gone but the memories will remain.

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