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Donation of the Month


Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
Donor: Callison-Lough
One of Rogers’ oldest and most dignified companies continues to serve the community.  Callison Funeral Home, which was started in 1912 by A.D. Callison, has gone through several changes over the years.  Started in the business district of Walnut Street it has abandoned its downtown roots and moved to a new purpose built location.
A.D. Callison Undertaking Company started in 1912 at 115 W. Walnut.  It was a paint and wallpaper store as well.  Callison continued to provide both funerary services as well as home décor services until the company moved to the stately home of H.L. Stroud at the corner of 4th and Walnut.  With the purchase of the Stroud home the business changed its name to Callison Funeral Home.  It would have several other names through the years as partners came and went.  The last partner, Max Lough, expanded the business branching into the surrounding communities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville and Gravette.
Business always centered on the patron.  In the 1920s, Callison purchased 117 W. Walnut to expand his business.  This allowed for more room upstairs for sitting rooms, a chapel, a display room for caskets and an onsite morgue.  It also allowed more room for the paint and wallpaper business, which though a side line continued to expand.  A motorized hearse purchased in 1917 and an ambulance sat in a building in the back lot. 
With the purchase of the Stroud home in the 1930s, newly expanded rooms allowed for the comfort of those who grieved; as well as room for an onsite funeral director.  All of the updates did not detract from the ‘home’ feeling, which provided a warm comforting feeling for the family.
Today’s funeral home lacks the warm home feeling with a more stark plain business look.  But the company continues to strive for the best possible experience during a very difficult period.  With full service accommodations straight from the pages of A.D. Callison’s playbook, the business hasn’t changed even though the name and location have.


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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