The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 4, 1939 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 4, 1939
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JuimsJWoiilclJQiieslion Him Had Fantastic Rise From ^isli Washer To Mulii- Millionaire ; BY MASON DIXON «EA Service Special Ccrrespoiidcn NEW ORLEANS, la., Aug 4_ With, the widening or the Fiiqulry Into Louisiana's "liot oil" situation Part of the graft and corruption Picture which nine federal atic stale agencies are probing, the one question heard where nnanclcis businessmen and oil men gather Jsi/'When is BIlllMLs comiii" back from Greece?" ° Pov William George Helis, who came rolling Into Ijouistana "practi caljy broke" in a battered old mito- inobltesomc five years ago, now Is the dominant Independent oil nro- Uucer in the United States (some say. In the world) and his fabulous i or tune came from Louisiana oil There are oilier Americans with greater fortunes, though only r few. But Bill Kelts enjoys one of the biggest individual yearly incomes of any American citizen. ''Hot oil" probers want his expert testimony on various phases of a racket that by common report has run into millions of dollars m Louisiana since the state began to g\ish black gold WHAT "HOT Oil," : MEANS "Hot oil" is oil produced from wells, in excess of Ihe "allowables," Ihe official production }!:nlt prorated among oil producers by slate authorities. In Louisiana, that means the state department of conservation, William G. Hankin, commissioner hi charge of that department, recently resigned on request of aov. Ear) K. Long; Commissioner Rahkin, In the face of public clamor and formal demands of citizen organizations, to the end refused to open the public records of his department to public inspection. ,. A federal la\v with teeth in it menaces hot oil operators If they ship their hot oil over a state line though the federal government has nothing to do with the setting of pro-rata allowables of production. It is (he Connolly Act also kncwn a.s tlie "Hot Oil Act" It expired June 29, 1939. Congress waited until the very day it expired, then re-enacted it. Helis, who drove into Louisiai from the California oil fields, a oil adventurer, practically penn less, and in some five years rcse fantastic fortune and close ass ciatioii"w<mv"teadtng political fi< nres in Louisiana under the ai ministration of Gov. Richard We' ster Leche, who resigned nnd fire June 25, 1939, is one ot tl amazing figures of the America oil fields. His fortune, made America, had reached staggerii proportions before he became 1< gaily an American citizen, Sain day, Aug. 20, 1938. BORN IN GREECE He \vas bnrn in Troj)ea Greec Oct. 1, 1886, he told the Unite States Circuit Court in New Or leans, where he took tlie oath o allegiance lo the United Slate before United States Circuit Jiidg ' Rufus E. Poster. He entered th United States through the,port o New York in 1904, a ,-peimilcs Greek immigrant, just 18 years old He couldn't speak a word of Eng lish. He got his first job as a dish . washer in an obscure little Greei restaurant in downtown Jftn, Vcrk. He held that job nearlj two .years, studying English ever waking moment.' "I never could learn to like dish-washing," U his only eommen on that period. Then, \vith his savings in hi pants pockets, he headed west Ii the Oklahoma cil fields he got a job as "roughneck" on a rig HI set out to leam the oil game the hard way. He learned it. He die some payday reveling with thi other roughnecks, but in tlie mail lie saved his money. Already he visloned the day when "I'll be working for Bill Helis." He was heading to be a wildcatter on his own. When they struck oil on signal Hill, Los Angeles, Calif., Bil Hells quit his job, joined the rush was one of the Signal Hill pioneers, and he hit oil. Nobody knoas to this day just how much money he needed to get his lease, but lie got it. Twenty-eight years ago he „„<, in Pennsylvania. There ho married a girl of Pennsylvania Dutch family. Four children were born, and every child was born in a different state as Bill Helis followed the new oil fields. Miss Marie Helis became Mrs. Roland Brown of Hollywood, wife of a. Warner Brothers scenario writer and movie director. Her two sisters, Miss Esther Helis and Miss Virginia Helis, as yet are unmarried. The are vacationing now, all three sisters and their mother, in Nassau, in the Bahamas. WANDERING FAMILY One son was bom of the marriage, William George Hells Jr. He was graduated at the University of Southern California, with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees, then went to Oxford University in England, and won his doctorate in international law, United Slates Circuit Court records in New Orleans give a pic- lure of the family wanderings. William George Helis Sr. rcpre- Hill Helis—he turned oil into gold export all the rest of that oil, his own, duty free. "There's a let of oil in Greece" said Bill Hells as on March 13, OP ITS 153,1 Seven Year Development Behind Wellington Suj>er Craft LONDON (UP)M3ombers capable of carrying n war-load Jwm n Ixmdou airdrome lo any point in Em-ope except the eastern half of European Russia nnd of reluming to their starting point without Intermediate landing urn in large production for the British Roval Air force.. Alongside, the lircoklands nulo- noblle race truck stands n factory expanded to many ilmc.s Its former productive capacity and fully equipped .\\llh the most motion plant and machinery, which Is jlvcn over to manufacture M the VIckers Wellington tvvlii-cnglnct monoplane, a craft of "geodetic construction credited by the nl ministry with a range In still nh carrying military load, of 324 miles. ' Substantial numbers of thcs formidable planes arc already tl service, and rate of output Is con •itantly accelerated. Production Figures Vague Maintenance of Die present rat of ciilput requires Issue from th factory's "finished" stores eac week of 1,500,000 fittings a week excluding such details as boltt nuts and washers. Goods aggre gate 150 tons a day. I,, the pas the daily total wns only about si tons. T. C. L. Westbrook, works super Jnlenrtenl, said tlial the factory L 20 weeks ahead of a program out lined more than two years ago be fere a single Wellington had bed Cans' 556 Quarts Of .Fruits, Vegetables And Meat Gils X ' 1Unrl ", ° f lllsclolls |' AlllioiiBli nlioiit $2.TO was BIOTit '"'"" ,!"'L.S? .M. ««"'«• '«*» -ml fc^nSy , ,, , • "" ....... " J "HVI llll'HI.V 101 winter use wiihoin. spcmlhiff <»)<• nickel is the record of M,. S w H Ungdon whose '' afdy Drive Of Mayor.' - •Successful ' fr " a pnniry she'lvos' of SHELBY, o TS «0m and win. nnd -'^'o minis- foods. f>5U iiunvls ,s n iuli> t ,|\] s nut yci ovcrlloiVlliK i not nil shi IMI mill tin 'miking Mils town of 7~000 community nnd cod i ,. — ">• HUM ii tvi ( 11 iti; ij nil of this wiis made from Ihe rale of oBits, vegetables, fmllt, and chickens In the past 12 months. Mr. ami MLS. Langdon have al- rendy sold In ih c n,.. s t six months m 193!), $,-j4 ivorth of vegetables mid fniiu, $M worth of chirk- having hud Ulill/iillon of till die iaiul and IsU'itl work Ijy the owners made llicin iiutepeiideiii, nl- ,.,,„, _ •" ""ivj nun ul(: awnnl 1 ' IW ° lm "? nBl sntcl y Ojic of tlicni Is the n fi v. D. n Young, pastor of tlie First Lutheran Of! 1939, crew from th Louisiana on 'a -tain fo7°New j „„',?* J^ 1 '"*?" (s , «V ««», York, lo sail on the. steamship ^g"^ °^ «« Kin ff George of Greece—financed by Helis. sents tiiat in )913, lie was residing in Indiana, and there wns granted his first naturalization papers which "an election official and a court officer tcld him made him an American cilizen." Following that episode, he represents, he established residence in nine -different, slates, was accepted as n qualified voter in all of them, and voted in elections. In the World War, lie represent.'!, , ., he volunteered and served with the ] _.. Kansas National Guard, which qualified him as an American citizen, anyway. He had resided in New Orleans since 1934, he represented, and in 1937 sought passports .w he could make a visit to his native Greece, and thus learned he wasn't legally an American citizen. So Saturday, Aug. 20, 1938 United States Circuit Judge Rufus E Foster in Neiv Orleans administered :he oath of allegiance and the Greek with the biggest income became the American with the big- jest income. 3REEKS MEET GK£EK His real Louisiana start was in he Leevillc field. It is a dcsolnte stretch of coastal marsh down in Conte dl Savoia for Athens. With them went a Hells feotogisl, pa,- ieonthologist and chemist, William George Helis Jr. was in charge. They shipped two portable oil field drilling; rigs. One was a light rig fcr exploratory drilling. The other was a heavy portable rolary rig mounted on a heavy motor truck, powered by two Diesel engines, and with n must capable of supporting 112,000 pounds of drill stem or pipe. Tiiis is the rig Bill Helis believes will revolutionize oil field drilling, both for efficiency and economy. The eyes of the oil producing world are focussed on that hole Bill Hells Is drilling In Greece. KeiserNews Entertains Bridge Clubs Mrs. H. H. Robinson Sr. was hostess to her two table bridge club and the Young Matron's club at a party at her home Thursday afternoon. Besides the members guests were Miss Lorene Porlis Ward of Lepanto, Mrs. C M Diai and daughter, Miss Dial. High score prizes went to Mrs W C Wall and Mrs. A. L. Hall, cut prize to Mrs. E. cohn, guest prize n- i w w n w 7 IS w. W. Watson. XT l.r Y*7 JUVIMIU.-U uy , N. Wnllis, and developed by hi, In conjunction with u, 0 vicker company over the past sevei snla ower Lafourclie Parish (county) ' -.-.*^. 4 H.UHIHJ/ list below the bayou town of 3oiden Meadow, la.., on the road o the Grand Isle bridge. Bill leiis, his closest friends say, got ils stake from two fellow-Greeks, ne running a Greek restaurant in jafayctle, La., the other running a Jrcek. restaurant in Memphis, Venn., and made them both rich icn. Money was flowing in now. Helis plate and nn iced drink was serve t 5 » E. H. Robinson attended to bus ness in St. Louis this week. Miss Ruth Bushings, of Basset is visiting Miss Kathcllne Mon gomery. Mrs. R. H. Robinson Jr. is tl guest of Mr. and Mrs. P. P. clay o Catrcn, Mo. Dorothy Aim Sullivan of Par! Tenn, is the guest of her cousii Virginia Sullivan. Mrs. J, O. Polk, Mrs. Norm Kennon and Dr. J. T. Polk spen Tuesday in Memphis. Mrs. W. C. Wall and Miss Fran ces Nail spent Tuesday in Memphl with her mother who is in th Baptist hospital. Miss Helen Carter of Trenton Torn., is the guest of her sister Mrs. I. L. Lindsy. Miss Betty Lou Brock spent several days with Mr. and Mrs. w. W Anderson and family of Lilbourn Mrs. W. E. Bruce attended to bustness in .Memphis Monday. Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Mayes visltcc Mrs. Charles Howard in Joncsboro Sunday. R. H. Robinson and -Patsy and Mary Lee Robinson met Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wickard, of Little •Idencd his l7uisia"na orations ™*. Cllax f 3 ^(ckari ot Little nd except for that one Grand Isle ! S ?ckl v,l lenl , phls Sunday ' Dr ' tlnd Plsode where he nnilprt ,m ±! ¥": Wickard returned to Little plsode where lie pulled up pipe oluntarily on a half-completed ob, he hit oil every time. It is an cpcn secret among his loscst friends that lie financed the sending to the throne of Greece • the present ruler. King George King George II of Greece was rateful. Bill Helis emerged with >e biggest oil lease in the world, very square inch cf Greece, the liole 50,000 square miles of it. while other oil men had ughed at the Idea of oil in recce, Bill Hells had sent his rusted gcophyslcist there, and lanced an exhaustive two-year irvey. That's where Bill Helis and his n, "Buddy to the rest of the mlly, arc today, living in a 3«se in Athens, directing their merican oil crew IS SO.V 'ORKS WITH HIJI Under the terms ' of his lease til Greece, Bill Helis can employ merican workmen, he has no ob- gatlon to build roads or construct I any other public works, and after he gives the Greek government 8 Uock Sunday night. Barney Anderson, of Lilbourn was the guest of Mrs. Howe Bedford and family for tlie weekend Charles and Leonard Ellison left Monday for the Future Farmers of America boys' camp at Hot Springs. Miss Maxin'e Rains, of West Memphis, is the guest' ot Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Kamp, of Kelser. New Liberty News Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Stephenson, Mrs. Pearl Hill, Mr. and Mrs. R. L Marshall left Wednesday for Fayetteville, where they will visit relatives. They will also stop at Nashville and other points. Mrs. J. p. Wheat has returned from a week's visit with relatives at Aberdeen, Miss. ' Mrs. Floyd Fondren of Sardis, Miss., Is spending this week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Aycock, and family. Miss Kelener Jarratt, who has •jeen ill at her home, is able to be out. Mr. and „ w.wn fcvicuLmtuf o mi, U per cent of any oil he hlta, ho can and son, Mrs. Parker Cassidy to years, geodetic construction i. aimed to reduce structural welph without loss of strength. Performance of the Wcllingtoi bomber, which Is powered with tw Bristol Pegasus XVIII two-spec< supercharger alr-ccoled radial en Bines, includes maximum speed Ii tevel night ot 265 (miles an hou at a height of 17,000 feet, accordini to new figures just revealed by th air ministry. Three Models Developed Later models, Wellington II an, HI, have more powerful engine- nnd their performance In somo re specls Is considerably betler. Norma cruising speed of the No. 1 mode is 215 m.p.h. at 15,000 feet Th maximum range of 3,240 miles, iisin, the full fuel capacity of ),000 im penal gallons, Is obtained at ceo nomlcal cruising- speed of 180 Service "ceiling" is 20,300 feet Normal loaded weight of Diane is'24,850 pounds — a H UH . more than 11 Ions, but it ( fl kcs off easily with more : than 27000 pcunds. Its useful load is considered exceptionally high, a quality of the mcdern British meight-car- slriking power of the Royal Atr Porce In terms of weight, of bomb< carried per man of lite flying personnel. 'si There ore three gun stations one of them forward, one amidships and cne in the tail aft of the tailfhi and rudder. Despite its size Hie craft is easy to maneuver home at Catron, Mo., Sunday after a two weeks' vacation spent with relatives here and in Nnshvillc. Tcnn. Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Aycock have returned to their home at Morehouse, Mo., after having spent the weekend with relatives here Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sweet and son, Bobby, of Gosnell, wns the iiiest of Mrs. Sweet's mother, Mrs. . H. Maddox, and family Thursday. Huffman News S«n Ts Born A son was born to Mr. and Mrs.! eo Zarlcar Monday, July 31. Tlie )aby, who weighed 10 pounds has •icon named Wayne Morris. . *.vni till II IV tomatoes, pepper relish, pjck- li'd peaches mid minced moiU , „,(. -nil from lu'r pantry sliolt. ' M>r supper slu- coulil upon somi; , — *-,.,.,*,«,,: more jur.s and luuv novk rhmf .ami nmyor of the town. I with chill sauce, Miua.'h rniilh h I lie other is ixroy Coffey, who pens, pickled onions iuWm iX «s m .niter of n Baptist church cc! with veselnblri 'pear Sd 'lie KOV. Young selected him ll »d blackberry p!i>. r.T_.. (|l)J , s s||(i ^^ c(m | mun such vailed menus f or s y u . .--••—- •«;,. luiiuj; jieieciccl nun """ ul for his chief of iwlico three years' For .?,' i , , |with siu-ii vinieu menus for slv i Jiisl couldn't see why we could ""* more limn 50 varieties lire Ot MflVrt fhf> Iv/icl . .<r>u A _.i . ivii'njt fVii. r,.i ... »,, ,""? a 10 b * sl ' 1)ollcetl <- m - Hiiily hi t, c counlry-or nt least I ' for fuJim; .„.,., )M, ul i. -U..MVIJ—ui m, luiist, \ '^ ^ tl{ 'k but oiu? ami a iiulf aoros _-- _...„ .... pastor-mayor said. '" BKW ciiouch vi'uelablcs, fnilts, Cclfey and I decided to apply big- l"6s "'»! chickens (or Mr ami city technique to our crime and ac- A11 ' s - LiuiBdon l« feed a laiiillv or cldcnt prevention." '.four people, 30 chickens mid two one of the thing., w i,|ch has P'S S " l « mst of less limn live ilol- cnuscd |H)l( c e olllccrs throughout llirs » wcok f<»' Iho past year he slate lo comment is the mailmi' A " °< ">« mcnls wcvc unusunlly tvyo-wi\y mdlo syBlcm inslalled In n l'l' c(1 ^"i: us Ilicy had their own ohclby's police cruisers. nu'at, frcsli eggs, dully, -—.->>. Expenses Arc riiroil nnd fiult.s ut all Tlie system, said to compare fa- vorubl> with those used In nmjor cities of the country, was Installed for only $800. ' The reason: Police Chief Coffcy ami his force ol seven did all the uork. "Before we could >ise the system," CDfley said, "all seven on the force had to learn how to operate Ihe sols, know Ihc Morse code and become licensed dictators. It wns a big Job, but the men stcmed to iict ti Wg kick out of It, 11 Dut that was only the beginning. A criminal Identification division was set up with cameras nnd fingerprinting equipment, colfcy Inaugurated a series of crime prevention and safely talks at schools nml before club groups. The olllccrs started regular monthly Inrgel practice. Soon every man on the force was n crack shot "Then the crime totals begun to drop," Coftcy said, "i u,|,, k we scared all the lawbreakers out!" But even more grntifylnj; t o die two crusading ministers wns the decrease in accidents. Safety Awarded in 19,17-.'!8 In 1937 and 1938 the National Safety Award was presented to Shelby for absence of fatal traffic accidents. r,,,"Wc were In line for the award again Ihk year," Chief Coficy said, "until our record WHS broken' when K woman drove into (lie path of a train." The chief helps the mayor with municipal court, activities, keeping records nnd enforcing sentences. "And we do enforce the sentences," Young said. "We don't lic- Heve in suspended sentences or In pulling ow • punches in any way." Hut the technique of the two ministers Includes the velvet glove as 'ivell as tlie mailed fist — even though intoxicated drivers who are first offenders are fined $100 ami costs. Juvenile offenders are segregated from adult prisoners. "We Iry lo nip crime," Young said, "before it Iwcomcs a Imblt." Osceola Youth Is New Army Recruit Mnrzell Hughes of Osccoln, who Ims enlisted In the United States Army, is to be sent lo Hawaii for service, It has been announced by He recruiting station al Memphis. America's motor truck lied ompriscs approximately 4,250 000 chicles. •section. Com and potatoes ure planted In (lu> orchard, a portion of Ihc "'•'-' yai'il is In a ferllilm- bed ""'' fl '" a tl ' ( ' t ' fi scntltred over llt« front and hack yinds, ns well us In tl«> orchard, They have 27 plum, eight apple, three cherry, ono crabapple and ten poach trees and a grape »r- uor, in addition to their berried Most of nn old \ wur t rc c. died .'.o Mr, Uingdon grafted the good part M the tree onto an upple ti'cc ami both fruits, now 1111 the tree. A large brunch of nn apple Ireo wns TERMINIX TERMINATES TERMITES BRUCE-MEMPHIS Knitted to the crnbappio tree and ooth are loaded. A new orchard or 2^0 plum tree.? w&s planted this year by MI. Langdon who has long l-ccn Interested In fruit, trees. Besides the orchard and garden, they now have 80 fryers, 54 young Willels, nine hens and four brood sows which will fatrbw October 1st Two of these will I t|ie Winter for meat. Mi. and Mrs. Langdon have resided at (heir suburban place u mile soutli cf Blythcvllle on Highway ci, for the past 14 years. They own four acres but the rema'ind r :r Is In the house plot, corn and cotton, making two and ii half acres devoted to this, Mr. Tatigdon docs all of the cultivating of the truck and orchard and Mrs. Lang- clou does nil of the canning with both of (hem taking care of'lho pigs niul chickens, Nearly 50,000 communities, In ' which live 8,000.000 men, women and children, depend' entirely upon trucks to bring them the necessities of life. Citing In (lie K*vh.v ni) .1 FREE TICKET! Trade here and get free tickets to either I? it?, or Roxy Theatres nl our expense. $10 In Trade Adult TicXel $5 In Trade — Junior TlcVei RITE PRICE STORES HI K. Main 330 w. Main Studebaker's 1939 sales to date are nearly 3 times as great as a year ago! n&ney-sawty ^H^H H j^ non The average private truck pays wo and one-hair times as much axes as the average passenger utomobile. our money on ii winner and get :i Siudcbnker Clinmpioji! This newest and finest lowest price car holds 35 official A.A.A. records for gas-saving anil sustained long-distance performance! . You pay only a lowest price for this car that's making sales history for 1939. Yet yon get a recognized Champion in beamy and restful riding-a roomy, luxurious, true-blood Studebakcr that you'll drive with pride and economy for years! BuzzStiitf- A marvel of handling ease! This Champion is easily the best bal- iinccd, most responsive lowest price car. Stiiclebakcr's expert Commander arrd President craftsmen build it. At no extra cost, you get steering wheel fear shift, planar independent suspension, non-slam door latches, many other desirable Studcbafccr innovations. 'Jake a trial drive in a Champion now; Low down payment-easy C. I. T. terms.. Yorkj returned to hi, ionic Tuesday 'from St. limls vnere he visited bis mother, Mrs Llbbie York. Mrs. W. M. Crowe, who has been I for two weeks, continues to Im- rove. Mrs. Lorn Mae Webb and Mrs earl Henson spent Wednesday in ootcr with their mother "Vinnie Copeland Mrs. The condition of Mrs. Addie lunn, who has been confined lo er bed for some time, Is unim- roved. Miss Peggy Holmes h ill at her ome. City Wants Tips On Mosquito MONCTON, N. B. (UP)—Bcsi- cnts ot this city are looking for- ard to the day when they can sit n their front verandas without taring the drone of a mosquilo. ic city will seek information from Winnipeg concerning the pest and s extermination. Dr. M. L. Skaller ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OP HIS NEW CLINIC ON THE 2ml Floor of The 1st. Natl. Bank Bldg. •Uso your head, and'iton^t UJD your fingernails when mosquitoes bite. Scratching mny lend, to Irritation and trouble. Such pests. When they bite—you Itch, then yot scratch, oftca irritate skin. Be ready to quickly relieve this discomfort of non-poisonous insect bites with famous Mexican Heat Powder. Soothes—cools—relieves the itching. Also for baby's heat rash, w bringing comfort to thousands. WHY PAY MORE? Keep Summer Clothes, Cool, & fresh al Less Cost to Yourself. Dresses Cleaned G.JC Suits Cleaned 65c PHONE 162 PEERLESS CLEANERS Cherry A Franklin <*• ' • A imoimciiigfappoiiitmcnt of J.F. Livingston Motor Sales Co. 111 15. Main ,S(. I'hcme 1078 Hlylhcvillc, Ark. as authorized dealer for STUDEBAKER COMMANDER AND PRESIDENT AND THE NEW LOWEST PRICE Studebaker Champion Slutlcbakcr owners, new ami old, arc assured of (ho utmost in courtesy and attentive consideration of their requirements as a result or this new Slwlebaker sales and service representation in (his city. .

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