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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Page Ten - Blytheville (Arfc.) Courier Newt - Monday. May «. 1961 OBITUARY Hugh Wheat Rites Tuesday Services for Hugh Wheat, 68, who died at his home this morning at 2228 Carolyn, are to be held at Cobb Funeral Home chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2, the Revs. Glen Johnson and P. H. Jernigan, officiating. Born in Alabama, • he-had lived in Blytheville 51 years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maggie Wheat of Blytheville; A daughter, Mrs. Harold Wood, and a brother, Frank Wheat, both of Blytheville; F,our sisters, Mrs. L. L, Bearden, Blytheville, Mrs. Will H.'.Walker, Blytheville, Mrs. Lillian Martin, Memphis, and Mrs Jimmie Jones, Memphis; and two grandchildren. •Burial is to be to Elmwood Cemetery. Dee Criner Dies Here :Dee Criner of 502 South Lake died early this morning in Doctor's Hospital. He was 56. Born In Ripley, Tenn., he had lived Sere 35 years. He was a welder. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Helen Criner; And two sisters, Mrs. Billy Hopper of Blytheville and Mrs. Margaret Vernon of Memphis; Service will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel. Dr. Myron Dillow will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers wffl b« Curt Bartholomew, Joe McCIure, Barney Cozart, Speck McGregor, Henry. Westbrook and Harold Dozier. ins to VC to Sprout By ROBERT TUCKMAN . SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — There is growing belief that the Viet Cong and more than 20,000 recent reinforcements from North Viet Nam will come out of hiding soon and fight. , . They have been lying low for weeks. One reason, American military men say, is that the Communists have been critical- y short of supplies. They have been hurt by the repeated learch-and-destroy sweeps by illied ground forces and incessant U.S. air strikes. The Reds are thought to be regrouping and resupplying to ake the initiative with the onset if the monsoon rains, when the CITY Mrs. Holder Rites Today Mrs. Alma Jarrett Holder of S09 Webster died Saturday in Doctor's Hospital. She was 60. Born in Smyrna, Term., she had lived here about 40 years. She was a member of First Methodist Church. - .. She leaves a son, Prentis E. Holder of Blytheville; Five sisters, Mrs. Snow McDonald of Monette, Mrs. Cleara King of St. Louis, Mrs. Odell Ward of Los Angeles, Mrs. Bernice Ross of Susanville, Calif., and Mrs. Eunice Hiho of Oakland, Calif.; ' Seven brothers, Forrest Jarrett of Blytheville, Buford Jarrett of Keiser, E. B. Jarrett of Duck Hill, Miss., Hershel Jarrett of Memphis, Douglas Jarrett of Los Angeles, Clyde Jar rett and Curtis L. Jarrett, both of Oakland; and two grandchildren. Services were held today at 10 a.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Virgil Keeley officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert L. Brashier, Max Hill, Herman Besharse, Joe Hamby, George Ingram and Silas Esqee. Grover Key Dies at Home Grover Key of 2329 West Rose Street died Saturday in his home. He was, 53. Born in Bowden, Ga., he had lived here 30 years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Viola Key; .-His mother, Mrs. Ola Key of Winfield, Mo.; A daughter, Mrs. Pearley Fay Corkren of Houston; Five sisters, Mrs. Willie Hamilton of Memphis, Mrs. Minnie Lee Wright of Winfield, Mrs. Jewel Key of Booneville, Miss., Mrs. Maxine Barber of O'Fallon Mo., Mrs. Inez Southern of Lepanto; Seven brothers, Walter Key of Turrell, Ark., Vachel Key of Blytheville, Roy Key of Manila, Theo Key of Fort Smith, Leon Key of California, Bill Key of St. Charles, Mo., Willard Key of Winfield, and four grandchildren. Services are today at 3:30 p.m In Cobb Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Tommy Carney officiating. Burial will be in Dogwood Cem etery. Pallbearers will be CI a u d e Duncan, D. W. Young, Ed Edings, Earnest Sigmin, Maxwell Key, Comer Franks, Clifford Southern and Eddie Harris. weather prevent* the Arneri- is from providing ground forces with full-scale air cover and support. The monsoon season, just beginning, runs into August. Some military men argue that instead of a single massive offensive, the Communists will make many small-scale attacks. The most probable targets are allied outposts along the Laotian and Cambodian frontiers. * + * Military sources say that Cambodia is where some of the infiltrating North Vietnamese have joined Viet Cong units and sought sanctuary from American guns. Some branches of the Ho Chi Minh Trail from the (Continued from Page One) decade — during and immediately after World War II—The iopulation mushroomed to 16,221, which was an increase of more than 10 times that from 1930 to 1940. That which undoubtedly bolstered Blytheville's growth (arid economy) was the opening of the Army Air Base in 1942. The government poured $10,000,000 in development of the 2,640-acre tract of land northwest of the city. When the base was declared surplus by the War Assets Administration in July, 1947, the city was given first choice in taking over the site. The city received all runways, airport facilities and about 12,000 acres. A year later it was given the remainder of the base with the exception of the Veterans Housing Quarters which the govern- nent reclaimed and leased to :he American Legion Post here. Deed to this portion was not de- Ivered until early in 1949. Ap- jlication for a deed to the re- nainder of the base was filed or by the city later in 1949. In April, 1957, a wing of north end there. In recent weeks, however, the United States has ruled out Cambodia as a sanctuary. Artillery and infantrymen have fired across the border when attacked from Cambodia. To counter reports say, this, intelligence the Communists have pulled back into Cambodia about 20 miles. The monsoon drives are expected from these new sanctuaries. One particularly sensitive spot, hold, long a Viet Cong strong- is the French-lamed c Zone just inside South Viet Nam along the Cambodian border. American infantrymen, have repeatedly swept through this area and destroyed huge caches of supplies but have made : «By minor contact with the enemy. The giant B52 bombers also have subjected/the area to incessant heavy, bombing. U.S. intelligence is reasonably sure that more than 20,000 North Vietnamese have entered South Viet Nam and neighboring Laos and Cambodia since the first of the year. They filter down the Ro Chi Minh Trail, not as organized units but in small groups or individually. U.S. officials say the infiltration rate reached 5,500 in March, about 1,000 .more than previous months, and the April figure could;have been as high as 7,000. i57-Bs moved here from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, reactivating the base. In 1958 the facility became a contingent of Strategic Air Command and was recently earmarked to become part of Tactical Air Command. Before Blytheville could hope to shake loose the fetters hobbling it. to an agricultural economy it needed an adequate supply of fuel for industry. In 1947 at Forrest City a start was made in that direction. Eastern Arkansas Natural Gas Consumers Association was -formed. Its purpose: to bring gas to Northeast Arkansas (and Blytheville.) A major objective of the group was to have each of the municipalities adopt uniform franchises which could be presented to one natural.gas distributor. Blytheville adoptee theirs in March, 1948. Two years dragged by and in 1950 definite plans were laid to bring natural gas-to-this area Two proposals were offered,. One by Ark-Mo Power Co.; the other by'f.J.'Raney and Soils, a bond firm in Little'Rock that represented the group that later organized the Mid-South Gas Company. The Ark-Mo pro- posal was accepted and awarded by City Council in 1950. Although the city fathers had long been aware of the need to court industry, it was not until 1953 that an organized movement was begun to forge an economic bond between agriculture and industry. Because of improving farm technology the employment status was beginning to sag. Agriculture was to continue as the area's economic backbone, but with consolidation of farms and the advent of mechanization, more and more workers had to wipe the Delta soil off their palms, snake the dust from their feet and try elsewhere for their daily bread, Something drastic had to be done. The Chamber of Commerce did it by purchasing a 27-acre site adjacent to Elm Street and developing it into an Industrial park. Factories began to sprout. By 1960 it was necessary to acquire 17 additional acres. Today the Industrial employment figure stands at about 1,750 jobs. The strip of land on Elm is called "Industry Row" and the Chamber sees bigger and better plums in Blytheville'* future: "In 12 years we have averaged 100 new jobs per year. In those 12 years every industry that has opened its doors has done so through the direct efforts of the Chamber," says Jada McGuire, Chamber executive vice-president. As an example he points to Continental Oil Company who decided to locate here in 1964 and just recently began produc- ng anhydrous ammonia. McGuire said if Conoco goes ahead with expansion of present facili- ,ies the results would be the same as adding a new industry. He said he believes that Continental is just the first of an industrial complex that will eventually grace the river front 0. A. Downing Of Gosnell Dies 0. A. Downing of Gosnell died Saturday In Chickasawba Hot- pttal. He was W. BWL In JMJW, Ala., be Md lived here about 40 years. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Flossie Downing; five sons, William E. Downing, Adran Downing and Joe.Downing,, all o{ Fort Worth, Tex., Ben H. Downing and Ronald Kirk Downing, both of Blytheville; Five danghters, -Mrs. Madge Pruitt, Marilyn-Wright, Mrs. Donna Fay Moore, Mrs. Shirley Ann Moore and Miss Pamela Joyce Downing, all of Blytheville; Three sisters, Mrs. N a d i e Owens of Clarksdale, Miss., Mrs. Joyce Duken of Detroit, Mrs. Juanita Jewuitt of Flint, Mich.; , Five brothers, Ben Downing of Montgomery, Ala., Rufus Downing of Qulin, Mo., Edgar Downing of Ulbourn, Mo., Hershell Downing of Fenton, Mo., Leroy Downing of " a c k s o n, Miss.; 23 grandchildren. Services will be today at Z p.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel. Rev. William L. Kreii officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Jonei, Uland Jones, S. D, Slat- urn, Nornwn Davis, r o r m a n Shields *nd Jewel Grant. at Barfield Landing. Max Logan, a local Industrial champion of development, agrees. "River Rail Terminal Company 'says 'they are willing and • waiting • to build any sort of. port facilities an industry wants." McGuire predicts that- In ten years Blytheville will be known as- much for its industrial, life as it. will'for its agriculture. . ."This area will be a rich farm land for many years and all of us appreciate what agriculture has done for Blytheville but farming is in such an advance state that industrial employment is needed," he said. The Chamber projects that by 1975 Blytheville population will have swelled to 35,000. If this is to happen industrial development will have to be pushed even more. No one realizes this more than Recently the Chamber. a $113,000 bond issue was approved toward the purchase of a ISl-acre industrial park east of Blytheville. A subscription drive is underway to raise $150,000. When obtained it will be used with the bond issue funds to purchase the industrial acreage. According to McGuire. this will leave $36,500 which the city hopes can be matched with federal funds to provide about $73,000 for site development. "We've lost several major in- said. ...... When he speaks of a major industry, he is referring to one with an employment potential Of about 500 jobs, he said. Mayor Jimmie Edwards said he feels one of the city's industrial drawing cards is the vocational training school at Biirdette. The Vo-Tech school will handle about 200 students on a quarterly basis. "We have more economically deprived persons than we do rich people." the Mayor said. "So what we have to do is to help them to help themselves. Give them on-the-job training so they can better themselves." Mayor Edwards said he felt the Vo-Tech school would be sufficient for Blytheville's higher educational needs for many years to come. He said he felt Blytheville's families would continue to commute to Arkansas State College at Jones- bdr.6 or send their children to other and larger colleges. One of the great challenges Blytheville faces, according to the . Mayor, is developing its "greatest asset" —the .people. While industrial development will come from the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce and related groups ,the city must be kept a well-balanced institution, he said. "We. have 50 churches here that represent a variety of denomination's. There is no bickering or quarreling among them. The churches help make the seople the good foundation of our society that induces visitors to return and make this their home," he said. The Mayor predicted an upswing in cultural activities. "I like to think the Air Base has given us a fresh outlook. Why for them first time in history the high school seniors recently presented a musical play. Something that was undreamed of several years ago! "They had to get that inspiration somewhere. I think the intellectual climate of Blytheville is changing because of our Air Base people." Because of the need for a balanced way of life and because of the demand for increased cultural activity, Mayor Edwards 'says he would place civic center as number one oh the city's list of things needed, "People have more time on their hands now than ever before. We need some place for persons with cultural interests to go and expend their energies : 'Also there is no better way to sell our city to other Arh- ansans than to have them come and visit would help draw state convert-! tions to Blytheville," he said, j The Mayor carried his "mo- 1 dernize Blytheville" theme a step further by predicting that great strides in beautifying the city will be made through Urban Renewal which began operating here in 1964. He said, the theory behind UR is "you help yourself a.little and we will help a lot." Though Blytheville has expanded tremendously in the past 15 years Mayor Edwards says the real growth explosion is yet to come. "The transition from an agri- ts colorful cascadings at night, fountain almost stands a guarantee that the rest of the :ity will equal its beauty. At the same time the fountain and Jie park imply the economic jrosperity of the city. The challenge, then, is to make that prophecy more than a dream.. The city's '. leaders and many of the populace be- ieve it is possible. Time will tell. dustries had an because we haven't industrial site," McGuire said. He added that with the site the city can hope to attract five or six companies that will add 2,000 to 3,500 jobs to the economy. "There is a very good possibility that we will be able to get • major industry to locate here every other yew for the next ten yean or w," McGuire RACE (Continued from Page One) 1945 to enter the grocery ahd wholesale dry goods, businesses. Se was in the automobile business for five years and the him ser: and furniture .business for 10 years. For the last 10 years he has dealt in lumber, furniture, insurance and rental property. "I've cut my business activity down so I can make this race," said in a hotel room interview while he was in Little Rock planning his campaign. Sulcer * * has been making Daily Record Ester an Ml en any tab between March 22 and April 25. t occurred on March 22 In 1818, but will not be so early *ga'» n the 20th Century- ' Ketoer.Ark. ' .: . ; • A eoM front moved rapidly through the stite last night and much cooler air; will cover the state today end Tuesday, Rainfall associated, with the front was widely, scattered and a Y<t- inch total -at Calico Rock was the heaviest amount, reported during the past 24 hour*. anywhere in the state; . The cold front is expected to push steadily through the state and lie along the Gulf Coast by tomorrow morning: Much cooler temperatures are expected over Arkansas today and tonight. Yesterday's high .readings ranged mostly In the upper 80s. Overnight lows ranged from 46 at Walnut Ridge to 64 at Hot Springs. The five-day forecast, 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. next Sunday, calls for temperatures to average two to six degrees below normal. Cool through period with minor day-to-day chan ges. Normal highs 74 to 81. Normal lows S3 to 60. Rainfall will total around one inch as showers but locally near two inches in heavier centers toward the end of the week. , Soil temperatures will fall decidedly today in resnbnserto the colder air and. cloudy skies. By tomorrow morning some two- inch soil temperatures will drop down Into the 50s especially in the north Delta. However, increasing sunshine tomorrow should help' them recover to more moderate readings. Sttura«y's high— 1> Sunday'* - law — W • • Yesterday's high— 89 • Orernlgbt low— 47.. , . W«Veaa ' »Mclpttatl6n— -traw Precipitation Jan. 1 t£ data— 18.49 Sunset today — 8:St 18.94 World De«hi N1W YO*K (AP) -Walter 8. Gifford, 81, former U.S. ambassador to Great Britain from 1950-53 and retired president of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co., died Saturday. NEW YORK (AP) - Lee Sirris, 68, a pioneer in coast-to- coast radio broadcasting as a pianist and composer, died Saturday; For some years he had his own National Broadcasting Co. 'program entitled "Piano Moods.", Robbery Nets Gunman $1,340 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A gunman wearing a stock. ing over his face drive-in restaurant $1,340, ported Fayettevillc today. robbed a here of Police re- Officers ; said the man, armed with a small caliber automatic pistol, entered the restaurant late Sunday night and put two employes in a large efrigerator cooler. The two freed themselves within. 30 minutes and were not njured, officers said. This Date A Year At* Tesurday'a high— 90 Overnight low— 63 Precipitation Jan. 1 to date r^rcen^i ?e Plans speeches around the state and had his sound truck ready )efore any other candidate entered the race. He has parked Kie truck, which has his name on the side, in shopping .center parking lots in.the Little Rock area to get his name before the public. Sulcer said he plans a vigorous personal campaign. He said he won't use television much because pre-empting programs might irritate potential voters. He said he plans to spend $50,000 and would like to spend $75,000 if that much is avail' able. "My contributions have been voluntary," We said. "I haven't asked for a nickel. .That doesn't mean I won't ask, because I will!" He did not say how much he has spent-so far. "If I can get the people of Arkansas to make the candidates come out and meet them in person, then I think I'm the sure winner," he said. Sulcer said he believes.on* of fee main issues in the campaign will be who put the .candidates into the race. He said appeal to the Negro vote and to organized labor will be Important. "I think I have the besi appeal to the Negro because I plan to name a top Negro ed ucator to the state Board of Education," he said. . to woo labor by supporting a $1 an hour mini mum wage. "I -.will .-set; up. a Labor Management Board am this board could regulate the minimum wage," he said, believe that farm labor, ployes of small businesses, persons on Social ecurity arid domestic workers • should • be ex eluded from the minimum wage law." Sulcer has been married for the last seven years to the former Doris HoUoway. The couple has one child. iliBiiiHiHniiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiioiiTininiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiii! What's For Lunch? BLYTHKVttLE Tuesday Scalloped Potatoes & Beef Blue Lake Beans Corn Bread " Butter Cherry Cobbler Milk GOSNELL Tuesday Hamburgers Relish French Fries Tomato Catsup Fruited Jello Bread Butter Milk - , - tigiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Tiny Tiger CLAWSON, Mich. (AP) 'Officer," said the caller, "I got i tiger under the hood of my :ar." " It was a live ocelot under the lood of Bruce Crandall's car, nuzzling the manifold. Sgt. Donald Smith and Officer red Mclntyre extracted the animal with a dog warden's pole and loop. William Vigus of Rochester claimed the 2-year-old beast, a let named Occie. He said the animal, a gift from his son in Nicaragua, had run off March 30. A tropical animal, Occie often crawled under car hoods for warmth, Vigus told police in this Detroit suburb. cultural comunity to a balanced economy was done in just a few years. Now that our reconomy Is balanced — 22 percent of .the people are employed in industry, 10 percent through the Air Base, 18 percent in commercial pursuits and about SO percent in agricultural — our real growth is yet to come." The complex future of Bly> theville may well be illustrated by Founders Park, graced by Its lighted fountain. Definitely modern in structure, able to evoke 'Ohhhl'and Luna 10.Still Orbiting MOSCOW (AP) — The S6vie Union's Luna-10 satellite com •••••••••••••••*•••••• SERVICES BY COBB ROME C6URTKICS SERVICE HUGH WHEAT, 1 p.m. TUM- 4»y, Cobb Chapel. , * „ * * DEE CRINER, 3:SO p-m. Tues- dij, Cobb Chip*!. * + ' * ALMA JARRETf HOLDER It tjn. Monday, Cobb Chapel. * <r * GROVEfc KEY, 3:30 p.m. M«n d«j, Cobb Chapel. "'.*,'* * 6. A; DOWNING, 2 p.». Mend«y, Cobb Chapel. CAPITAL FOOTNOTE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A "Senate jovemment Opera- ions subcommittee will study reports of widespread use of .SO, a hallucinatory drug, on college campuses and in big city ghettos. Sen. 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