"Dry-Land Farmers Living in Dust Storm Areas Are Hard Folk to Discourage"
Clovls activities, is office will. gets it and work and n time, has of is he can much In and vote elected, my power, make held Monday, a to an April DRY-LAND FARMERS LIVING IN DUST STORM AREAS ARE HARD FOLK TO DISCOURAGE Editor's Note: This is the second second of three stories describing the situation and the outlook in any connection were and day night with her sister, Mrs. George Overstreet. There will be another program here Wednesday night, April 17, and also eighth grade graduating exercises. exercises. Everybody be sure and comr. The sing has been started here every Saturday night. Mr. Algla Holifield Is the leader. Everybody has a special invitation to attend and help make it a good sing. Don't forget your song books. Boy with Upset Stomach Dead After Operation (By Associated Press) FALL RIVER, Mass, April 17.-William 17.-William Spicgclblatt. 9, of Ncw- poit, R. I., who underwent an operation operation a few days ago for a disarrangement disarrangement of Internal organs similar to that of Alyce Jane Mc- Hcnry, died at 5 a. m. here at the Trucsdalc Hospital. The boy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Spicgclblatt and was known as "Buddy." He had been at the hospital several days before his presence was known and the operation operation for diaphragmatic hernia was performed at Trucsdalc Hospital Hospital Saturday. At that time. Dr. Philemon E Truesdale, head of the hospital, said no information would be given on Buddy's operation or subsequent condition. Doctors at the hospital said Buddy's Buddy's condition had not been normal, that he had suffered rheumatic fever three years ago and that this affected his heart. For 48 hours, the boy's condition appeared favorable but he weakened weakened during the night. He was the third child operated upon at the hospital for a ruptured diaphragm since March 1. RAINEY The play given by the senior class Friday night was well attended and enjoyed by all. Prof, and Mrs. J. R. Duckworth and Miss Ethle Pearl Anderson visited visited Mr. Duckworth's parents, near Taylorsville Sunday. Prof, and Mrs. J. S. Lightsey were Elllsville and Laurel visitors Wednesday. Wednesday. Misses Hazel Landrum, Amalla Klrkland, Blanche Ralncy and Mr. Vernon Raincy attended the senior graduation sermon at Moselle Sunday Sunday night. Prof, and Mrs. G. S. Llghtsey, Beatrice Thornton and Mrs. Pottridge Pottridge were Laurel visitors Saturday afternoon. Misses Dorothy Ruth and Sue Lightsey visited Bcnnle Fay Ralney Sunday afternoon. Messrs. Alna and Karvey Bishop were visitors In this community Sunday The party given In the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Molds Saturday night was well attended and enjoyed enjoyed by every one. Miss Ethle Pearl Anderson spent Saturday night in the teachers' home. Prof, and Mrs. J. S. Llghtsey, Prof, and Mrs. J. R. .Duckworth, Miss Desseree Ralney and Mr. L. O. Ralney were Hattiesburg visitors Monday afternoon. Master Edward Cooper is spending spending this week with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Duckworth. Misses Hazel Landrum and Amalla Amalla Kirkland spent Saturday night the dust-plagued sector of the southwest, the source of dust storms which have swept as far cast as the Atlantic seaboard, and west to the Pacific coast. In t Tf Will nigh tend e Emmons home, e members of the eighth grade receive their diplomas Friday . Everybody is invited to at- the graduating exercises. mall service* In Canada are llmlled almost entirely to the mining mining treas and to remote points whli \ lack speedy ground transport transport By ROBERT GEIGER Associated Press Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD, Colo., April 17.-A 17.-A man unfamiliar with the high plains dry-fanning region, birthplace birthplace of the black blizzard, might see only despair and desolation in wind-scoured fields and dust-drifted dust-drifted roads and farmyards. It does look pretty desperate, and some families have given up hope and moved away. Not many. Dryland Dryland farmers have been through dust storms before, and most of them echo the anonymous old timer, n veteran of the panhandle, who salfi: It takes gnc to live out hcrÂ«-- let 'cr blow!" As a matter of record, they had storms a century ago much like those of 1935. The Rev. Isaac McCoy, pioneer surveyor and missionary, reported one in western Kansas in November, November, 1830, which cut visibility to 30 yards, made hoof-prints invisible and masks imperative. Again, in 1913, sand and dust drifted drifted to the eaves of isolated farm buildings in one section, and In spots the region looked as it docs today. Hard To Discourage With this background of experience experience and endurance, and the knowledge knowledge that, given water, they can get remarkable crops, the dry-landers arc hard to discourage. Traveling through the dust sector --through southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, the west end of the Oklahoma panhandle and the north tip of the Texas panhandle-you panhandle-you sec a region which now has appearance of a vast desert, with miniature shifting dunes of sand. A rain might turn it green overnight, overnight, but that is how it looks now. There arc spots where wheat fields still were green last week. Many of the fields that were planted planted to wheat last fall give the illusion illusion of a great colony of ants, with hills marking spots where tumbleweeds tumbleweeds have caught and dust drifted around them. These little dunes are about a foot high. In other places the drifts are as high as fences, especially in corners. Roads arc blown clean of sand (surfacing material) for miles at a stretch, and in many parts of the region a powdery white silt coven the countryside. On the roads can be seen an occasional occasional car, loaded with a farm family, usually with a truck following carrying household goods. Somi ^re headed for eastern Kansas or Missouri, Missouri, or eastern Oklahoma, where rainfall has been normal, or to the Colorado mountain country. Many Will Return Postmaster Herman Davis, of Springfield, Colo, says about a dozen dozen families have moved away, but most of them made a temporary change of address, planning to return return when rain comes. J. R. Peters of Boise City, Olda., said he would leave "immediately" If he had means. But E. H. Llbbey. a neighbor, out of Sunday's big dust storm smiling. smiling. "They'll have to carry me out of this country feet first." he said, grinning. "I won't leave voluntarily." voluntarily." "However," he added, "I'm going to move about 20 miles west, where the dust ain't so bad. I live farther down that way now than the prairie dogs wll^ live, but I'm sticking It out." Edna Lynn, social service director of Texas county, Okla., one of the biggest wheat counties, says that many farmers who swear they will move away every time a dust storm strikes, change their minds with the first sunny day. Withal, a salty sense of humor prevails. In Guymon, Okla., a farmer pur- cll^ed a pair of rubber boots, slung them over his shoulder and started down the three block of main street, where farmers stood In gossiping groups. The sight of the rubber ' boots brought shouts of laughter.