Who’s That Guy?

Born and raised right here in the great city of Little Rock, I have always been fascinated with my city’s past, present and future. I hope to post intriguing tidbits, stories and adventures to entice people to explore and help make Little Rock even better.


31 responses to “Who’s That Guy?

  1. Jason Gammel

    September 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Nice Blog. I’m in.

  2. Gibson Scheid

    May 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hello !
    I stumbled upon your blog yesterday when I was trying to find information about 555 to share with a friend who is visiting Little Rock. My grandfather, Roy E. Stueber, founded 555 so I was thrilled to read your comments about what used to be on Broadway. I have some pictures of the original building and the Rainbow Garden nightclub from a book about my grandfather, aptly titled The Roy Stueber Story by Frank Burke. I would be happy to share them if you are interested.
    Thanks again for this special post. I look forward to hearing more about my birthplace.
    Gibson Scheid

    • masonellis

      May 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Gibson, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I would love to see your pictures. I think it would be a good entry for my History of Little Rock series!

      • Gibson Scheid

        August 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Sorry for the belated reply. I am happy to send you some pictures of 555. I wil try to do so this week, if you are still interested at this late date. Please let me know.

    • Betsey Mowery

      January 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Hi there – trying to get more information on the crystal chandelier donated by Mrs Roy Steuber to the Women’s City Club. It still hangs in the ballroom of our building, and I wondered if you knew any details about where it was made.
      Betsey Mowery
      Junior League of Little Rock Historian/Archivist

      • Gibson

        January 31, 2013 at 11:59 am

        Hello Betsey
        Thank you for your inquiry. I know the family has more information on the crystal chandelier donated by my grandmother, Mrs. Roy Steuber. I will look in my files and get back to you.

      • Gibson Scheid

        April 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

        Sorry for the long overdue reply. I was not able to find additional information about the crystal chandelier donated by my grandmother. Did you happen to find more information? I know it is quite beautiful, and I think it hung in the ballroom above the 555 building on West Broadway.

      • Gibson Scheid

        May 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        I apologize for the very belated response,but it took me awhile to locate information on the chrystal chandelier donated by my grandmother, Mrs. Roy Stueber. There was an article in the Arkansas Democrat(date unavailable) that said the donation was a Tiffany crystal chandelier. I have the article if you would like me to scan it and send it to you.
        Gibson Scheid

      • Missy Scheid Nance

        January 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

        I am the granddaughter and the chandelier is a “tiffany”. Please contact me at

    • hd

      April 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      i am interested in a picture of the 555 building with an airplane on top. do you have some picture of the original 555 building. i would love to see them. i remember the 555 signs along the highway in 1955. H.

      • Gibson Scheid

        April 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        I believe it was a car, and I might be able to find a picture of it. I am traveling, but will see what I can find over the weekend. Thanks for your interest in 555.
        Great memorIes..
        Gibson Scheid

      • Charles Reid Moose (Jr.)

        July 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

        There was an airplane on top of the 555 building about 1939, built by my father, in Charlotte, Ark. I remember several of the details of its construction, and seeing him taxi up and down a field to run in a souped-up motorcycle engine, before its wings were attached.
        It was a single-seater, but I occasionally sat in his lap when he would go to a flying farmer breakfast. On the 555 building, a dummy wearing overalls of my brother, Bob, sat in the cockpit
        I don’t recall how long it was there before it was broken up by a severe storm.

    • jerry burchfield

      October 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Arkansas Democrat-Gazette write Tom Dillard has an article today (10/27/13) on Mr. Stueber. Let me know if you’d like a copy.

      • gibsonworks

        October 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        Hi Thanks for taking the time to let me know about this article. I would love to have a copy for the family. This is very kind of you. Best, Gibson

        On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM, LIFE IN THE ROCK wrote:

        > ** > jerry burchfield commented: “Arkansas Democrat-Gazette write Tom > Dillard has an article today (10/27/13) on Mr. Stueber. Let me know if > you’d like a copy.”

    • donna watson

      October 31, 2015 at 11:18 am

      wow cant believe there are ppl out there interested in that 555 building. My reason my parents met there around 1941-42 my dad was stationed at camp robinson, my mom just happen to be there .. she was only 16.. my great uncle played in the band but all i can remember is his name was Tiny
      i would love it if someone had pictures of this dance place anything !!

    • Greg

      November 8, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      I have a 1940’s Zippo lighter that has “Compliments of 555 Roy Stueber Pres.” on it

      • gibsonworks

        November 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        HI Are you interested in selling it? Best Gibson On Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 4:50 PM LIFE IN THE ROCK wrote:

        > Greg commented: “I have a 1940’s Zippo lighter that has “Compliments of > 555 Roy Stueber Pres.” on it” >

  3. Chase Hawkins

    May 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm


    I work with Little Rock Parks & Recreation. A while back, I stumbled across your article on the master plan and the one from Nolen back in 1930. I had NO idea about all of that history! I walk past the exhibit in city hall almost daily, and never even thought anything about it. Thank you for sharing! I went back and checked out past entries on the blog, and have tried to keep up with new ones. I always enjoy reading your material and always learn something new! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Sharlene Shockey

    August 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Mr. Scheid,

    I came upon your message while googling the Old Roy Stueber House located on Arch Street. My husband and I bought the property around 2005 and lived there for approx 4 years and in turn sold it to some friends of ours. The house has so much history and I wondered why it had not been put on the Historical Registry in Little Rock.

  5. Gibson Scheid

    August 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you so much for your email. My mother, Myonne Stueber Ehler grew up in the house on 202 Thayer with her mother, father and two grandmothers. I have fond memories of visiting my grandmother at her house. Would love to know more about your time in the house. I thought the house had be added to the Historical Registry, but apparently it has not. I have a fax of 4 homes in “historic hillcrest”. I do not know the source of this document, but it lists the Stueber house, 202 Thayer, Rose House, 111Fountain Street, Gunter House, 1010-12 Kavanaugh Blvd and the Markwood Apartments, 1000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
    If I learn any more I will pass it your way. If you happen to have any pictures of the interior of the home, I know my mom (now 87) would love to see them.
    Thanks so much.
    (Ms.!) Gibson Scheid

    • Sharlene Shockey

      September 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hi. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Yes, I have some interior pictures
      of the house when we lived there. Do you have an email address that I would be able to
      send them to? My email is

  6. Joe

    August 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

    great blog, thanks

  7. Betsey Mowery

    October 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for your email! I saw the article and thought it was well written. I think my husband put the paper in the recycling, so I’d love a copy!

    • Jerry Burchfield

      October 31, 2013 at 8:04 am

      See copy attached.     

  8. Mike Higgs

    July 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Gibson, I have several original 555 items in my collection. If interested I can send photo’s
    Thanks, Mile Higgs

  9. Lynmaria

    January 3, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I would love to have more information on the amazing 202 Thayer home: builder, history, etc. We came close to buying it over a year ago. It is one of the prettiest homes I’ve ever laid eyes on. I read somewhere that it once had a pool which would be even more intriguing due it’s 1932 construction date. Thanks so much….love this blog though I am a transplant from Memphis.

  10. Dee Eanes

    February 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve researched John Otto Kumpe’s children and grandchildren. His oldest daughter, Mary Kumpe Cloos Dreher is the mother of Carrie Dreher Wolters, who is the mother of Henrietta Wolters Steuber. Henrietta married Roy Steuber and they had Myonne. Myonne married a Scheid and then an Ehler. There are internet photos of Myonne at NW Univ at Chicago in the 1940s. There are documents of she and Henrietta going to London. I have Tom Dillard’s article 27 Oct 2013 and many obits including Roy’s, and Henrietta’s and her mother’s, father’s, grandparents, etc. Some with photos attached. Is “The Roy Stueber Story” in print? I’d love seeing any family photos. They were a handsome family. Advertised on a 1940s postcard of his 555 building at 3rd and Broadway in LR “largest gas station in the world” had a Model-T Ford on the roof.

  11. gibsonworks

    February 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I was both surprised and delighted to read this post. My mother is Myonne Ehler. She is 90 and lives in Santa Barbara, California. You shared more information than I knew about my grandmother’s parents. I do think that John Kumpe died before my grandmother, Henrietta was born. Her mother Carrie Dreher Wolters and my grandfather’s mother, Mary Stueber, both lived with my grandparents and mother. It was quite a full house! Just curious…how did you happen to decide to do this research. Thanks so much for sharing this. I will make sure my mother and siblings see it.
    Gibson Scheid

  12. Dee Eanes

    February 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Glad you were delighted. I have been researching the Kumpes for several years because of my adored grandfather, John Henry “Jack” Kumpe, 1882-1965, Ironton, Ar. He lived with my family while I was growing up. He mentioned some of his older ancestors, including his grandpa, John. “Jack” was the oldest son of Henry Payne Kumpe (d. 1929 LR), who was the youngest child of John Kumpe (1807 Germany – 1887 LR). Three of Jack’s youngest daughters are living.
    John Kumpe and his wife, Lucinda, and many of their children are buried at Mt. Holly and Oakland cemeteries. Some are buried at Ironton Baptist church cemetery.
    Did Myonne have more than five children? I’m so glad to know she is still living and I hope doing very well.
    My husband and I are retired in LR. Our two sons and their families live here, also. I’m planning to publish a Kumpe book but realize that many will not see it. Therefore, I’m more than happy to share my research with interested family. I will try to attach obits, wills and other documents on your family in an email.

  13. gibsonworks

    February 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Hello Dee
    I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond. As I mentioned, this is very informative. I am glad I stumbled across it. My mother, Myonne, gave birth to 6 children. Her first child died when she was 3 months old. She had 4 children (Mylissa, Gibson, Hank, and Lisbeth) with my father, Philip Scheid, Jr.
    I told my mother about your research and she was very excited to learn about it. I know that all of us will look forward to your Kumpe book. I will be visiting my mother (who lives in Santa Barbara) in a couple of weeks and see if I can obtain additional information. If there is something specific that would be helpful, please let me know.
    Thanks again and best, Gibson Scheid


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