PB native, historian speaks at Sesame Club meeting


The Sesame Club met recently for its Spring Luncheon in the Oak Room at Pine Bluff Country Club.

The tables were decorated with multi-colored spring bouquets. Straw hats, which many of the attendees donned, along with Robin’s nest filled with delightful blue candy eggs, were favors at each table.

Vice president, Diana Millenbaugh, welcomed members and asked Jane Nixon to introduce her daughter, Lyn Bayless, who was visiting from Mount Pleasant, Tenn.

To continue the study of the “Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States and its Impact on Jefferson County”, Millenbaugh introduced the guest speaker, Pine Bluff native and historian, Paul Perdue.

Perdue opened by saying that his love for Pine Bluff came from his grandfather, Jack Perdue. He went on to state that his love for history came from his father, David Perdue, who had always been a collector of Civil War memorabilia and artifacts.

Perdue’s interest in Pine Bluff related postcards began in 1987 when he and his father saw a collection of around 20 cards on display while visiting the Jefferson County Historical Museum, which at that date was located in the Jefferson County Courthouse. Perdue began a search that took him from attics to eBay to acquire his collection of over 700 cards. The architectural structures depicted in these cards have increased Perdue’s passion to remember and maintain old Pine Bluff.

The Sesame Club members were privileged to view the debut of an 1887 black and white drawing of Pine Bluff recently acquired by Perdue. The artist drew what would be an aerial view of Pine Bluff looking south toward Main Street, showing the Arkansas River, the high bluff bank, homes, stores and churches. Perdue could point out the then location of Trinity Episcopal Church as well as other churches and homes from the 1880’s.

Following the luncheon, Millenbaugh thanked the hostesses, Susan Brown, Bonnie Green, Jane Nixon, Jo McKeown and Jackie Walker. Millenbaugh announced that the next meeting of the Sesame Club would held May 27 at the Pine Bluff Country Club with guest speaker, Jack Atkins.