The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 8
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Rural' Depression Victims DYES , ., PAGE EIGHT Ira itTi 'F, IS dll GOAL Project Conceived by W. R. Dyess in Search of Cine for Rural Poverty Henn from Ihe \\ by the hands of mon who believe (lie i ' Arkansas fnrmci can build n more equilable agricultural economy, Dycss Colony recently celebralcd Its second birthday.' Its friends believe that It lias passed (lie experimental stage. Widespread niial poveity in ft state us .potentially rich its Arkansas seemed unreasonable to the laic \V R. Dyc«,, himself a Mis- sislppl county plantalion owner When he was appointed stale relief administrator ho re.solved to do wjinethiiif about It. It was in 1934 thai he conceived (lie Idea of n rural colonization project (hat would ulvc depression victims among the farmers of Arkansas an opijnrtunlly to slum whit they could do with (jood land good equipment, nnd expert Buldaiice A laige aiea of second) Eronlh tmibei land In the .south-1 —————___ ^n.^cd 0 b^mSS!ei, W " ! ; rl ' C " w " 1 ^ ° f <"" ™«'»"< founder, the latc w. „. Uyos s. ">e lenilt of U\ defaults <mcl wast IW| y llls mom '»>cm, unveiled at .Dycss colony hist Mny available it \eiv low niliw Mr (he second nnnlwru>n> ,,r u.. .,.,1.11,1 BLYTI1EVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER Find Opportunity at Colony . (he second nnnivcrsnry of its establishment. available it \civ low pi Ices. Mr went to work , Woikrr- Alt irk I'orcsl Puidiascs were made v,llh funds obtained (hionuli « sped,!! crant from (he PERA nnd within a slim I lime 10,000 ncics IHV wall- Ing for (he a\e nnd (he plow. It, was jungle crown up \uth under-{ brush and rone'i of n was s ,|i,_ jrct to oieiftow. But those IGOM. acres me pnit of one or 'the! ttoild's paiden snots Muscle, vis. ion nnd cxpeil Dimming were iniulred to nnke llils niea pro- 1 cliictivc, lo fuini! (he hopes of I the humlicds of finiillw, who were lo leiup (hen homes and come to this land fm a new s!mt Col Lnuicnco Westbiook, now assistant, nntlnnnl ndminMrnlor and at that lime relief ruirni'ils- tiatoi of Te\as, Imd planned n model ngncultmal cniininnnly si- mitar lo the Prciich center *llh ili Mlhife aiH suiroimdhi3 fa nns. Mr Die.",' plan cnvMtmed n laigd and more cv>ind»d community, sought to dlstnbule (he population o.'ei n hrgci area .ind prouilc educational and lecrca- (ionnl facilities In May, 1914. constitution started on the project then known as ' Colonballrn Project No 1 A sur- ^ey was made mntcilals ordered ami by the 18th. 115 licnw lou- ring mules v.eic put fnlo gear and clearing work began. In or<!<?i to utilise (lie standing limner ami lower the cost of building, six (•round hog sawmills were installed With these small milts and one steam mill (he laud was clcaiecl, and unskilled laboi working at capncily stncVed (he piles of seasoning lunibci highci mid liiijltcr. v Three rtiagllnes were put to ditching and roadwoik Right-of- ways, one day 'an avenue of imick and the next day n passable thor- . , , , , oughfare, carried (ho laborers to A tj ' p!c: " llolllc M °y<™ colony Is shown in the miner nlc-tii nil parts of (he men The Tyronzn I The n >^ of more (Imn -ICO families now -living at (he colour SMS^^S pWM !j 5T:. uis ttat °< »*••»*»- w.v* 1 " coiouj ncd off water from low lands. Wililprntss Gi\cs These pictures show u (;[ , IlD w i]doraess that'was Dycss colony little moie Ih.-in (wo years nuo nnd some of Ihe Improvc- menls tluU lun-e followed iis eonmiest. The ,,pper picture shows read ImlldiiiB In Ihe early days of (he colony. In (he center is the *"'^!l^'!:!_''''' i j^.^ ( L botl0m " '"° !l<lml " lst »" 1 «» "«i!ldi»B. n community cenler \vhfrc stores nnd ndmlnisli-nllvi! olfico.s were to go U]), Siiwcd oak tics were ulllixed in the Inylng of llvis nillrs of trad: from Evmliilo Junction on (ii» I'llseo (o Hie Colony. Hy.cnrly summi-r everything wa-i ready for (lie conslruiiipn of tlic first three houses and n corps of 25 carpenters went to work o'l plans dniwn by Architect' Howard The first Ihvee homes, of ilncc four and fire rooms each serv •(! as models. Land iillolmeiii wiis on the basis cf 10 acres per j-.iom ,- ir in other words, small families were to -live In suv.ill houses on small farms. Orlninal plmw culled for outdoor .sanitary toilets This was dimiyed uiul indoor hivutoi-1 Ics were built with perfeelcd septic tnnks 10 prevent water con- hmjlnntion. Will! ti, 0 wiling of (he colony on July 30 construction moved into another slagc and by early AitfiHst four homes were complete and 1111 additional crew of expert carpenter, was hired to c.xpelilc tlic' program. ' " It is interesting lo note (hat "•'• «i . ii. cmui] lot 1 ] Bassctt. who found now hope and happiness at Dyess. i* «»4i i m_» vjncs * i «tj ~— Fioin 500 to 1,5(,0 men were at Hie lemporary lieadquarters. >nadc in ^I_ JH le> ' :icd '" bnr ™ cks , But now that i:ie nrst dent war, Iwas turn escli crew ot seven men was re- <iniiril lo lay three foundations In |u day; eucli l(j-mnn crew to con- i.stiuct. Ihe i'rame of iv live-room i lioiiue in if, hours; four men ( 0 shingle, n house in sis hours; each cishl-imm crew to place the silling in six horns and six paint- i'is to paint the house in six huu's. With 1,-tOO men employed hc- Iwcen the middle of August and .September 15 the entire tract I look on ;i new .shape ns readily I evidenced by airplane photographs. The almost uncharted woodland was intei'secled by roads. its creeks and ditches spunncd by wide bridges built of native'lum- ber. Spotted by eott.ijjra in little I'lol:; of cleared ground the for- rcst gave wuv (o man's "iiiiuisiry. The community center look the spotliBht thai fall. The large biiildfncs were designed and staked out and pouring of concrele bcsim. Grouped loxellter in convenient proximity are the atlmln- Istintive building. commissary, cafe and adjacent stores and poslofiice. hospital, giu-agc, shops, community building which now serves as a school anj other facilities iiccessury (o (lie life O i 'i community. The railroad was finished In November. On-r y>. miles 01 rhet- or-way had been cleared, 21 mii t .. (jindctl and five mile.s of ditching nnished. Over 100 farm cottages ind 18 residences were wired for ilectrlclty althoiigli available power was not sufficient to light more than the units In the center. So much for construction ' The building of Dycss Colony WILS the first consideration, of course, but the matter of supervision, selection of families and education •amc next and occupied Just us imiiortant a place In the scheme of development. Wilh the moving In of w. If. Smith and his family, the first of the original 13 families, the colony entered .still another phase. Families of (jooil record who had been netims of (he economic emergen- ;y. were considered eligible. They were ylfcn adequate land, com- lorttiljle living quarters, work relief to tide them over until paying crops could be raised and .sold. Health, Industry and community welfare-thesc were vital lo the land of colonists If their experiment was to survive. If (hoy ladn't co-operated wholeheartedly ivlth Ihe government that w:is giving them tliis chance perhaps (hey .vould not have survived. Today, we have a community hat is not simply for the purpose of growing saleable crops for (he naiket but also ;i milt for the advancement of its component Individuals, (jiving them n chance for i fuller and more rounded life. Educational facilities will bo •omplete with the projected new high school. About 4,000 agrlcul- urlsts will be united in one com- non objective—the making of a lew nnd better day for the farmer and his children. Over MB families are now in- sliillcd in comfortable homes and the maximum will soon be reached, according lo Colony Adminis- trator'E. S. Dudley. A few weeks ago n colonist,' forking near a brush pile on his )lct, started a deer, just an hull- Cation of the frontier's reluctant retreat, before the advance of Colony, the government's najor experiment in agricultural 'chabilitatlon. Astronomers are not yet certain whether the tiant planets Jrpiter, I Saturn, Uranus nnd Neptune iiavt! I any solid surfaces. ' I ' WEDNESDAY, JULY Mishap With Cigarette Causes Flood,'Not Fire iu les Use More Water __ v ., „. f' , cll - sU " lli; ''s of ,Ti>l«| r <?!s . Conn, (in*) •— Mrs. I consumption by [Id p?-cent i ' e 'l tydia Mills dropped her elgarett" month, ac'.oMin-. ti"> tin '"^ 'while she was driving near her, tervlcc director. " 5 " i Home, she leaned over to pick up' j Ihe lighted eluarcttc. Tlis car struck ! a lire hydrant. I The flood that followed put the I'avccl r,:inlrns, made of olocks i\ lev; Indies ihir clmlor and for Knockabout wear for a day al Walker Park! PRADO CORD WASH. Others $1M to $3.50 You'll know ;il ;i jflancc dial these slacks aix> not lo be cunijiarcd wilii I In- usual nin of washable trousers- liiuc a:ul white I'rado Cords ab.milule- ly iinshrinkalile!! Oel two or three pair lor iiiiiicknlionf wear. All size.-: BAD CLOTHING CO. .'MS WEST MAIN STUKHT Hlyllicvillo's Wiisli Slack. Hea.InimHors i 1915 i r 1936 TWENTY-ONE YEARS of Continuous Service Few drug stores in tins section of Arkansas can boast a onger record of service, a record of which wo aic justly proud, for during this time we have worked diligently lo meet the exacling obligalions of a drug store to (lie community. We arc aware that our reputation of reliability imposes an extra responsibility upon us ... that of caning on a service that began nearly a quarter of a centuiy ago. Walker Park Opcninfi ttrings You a Timeli; Special Hvcnt PEDIGREE $195 Regularly are $2M X'clelirnle tlto opening of (his beau- lifnl new 11:1 r|; hy woariiif ji fresh new straw l,at. We're making ii easy fur y,i n i n Mils tiim-lv .--jilo nf smart liinl van] l'cilij;, w ' straws. \nur (ilit straw must lie a hit f;«le<! so (ilicy dial iiujmlsr . . . W l a ncw onc (niliiv! Keep Cool With MEAD CLOTHING CO. ,11-) WIvST MAIN' STUKl'T tilylhovilie's Straw Hat llc;ul(|ii:irlers Men's While Shirts H .^itf* <^ \f They're PRR-SHUUNK] Of sturdy broadcloth. Krgutar cr Nil-Craft non-wilt collars! So Easy To I sunder! Rayon Panties Uriof panties and widc-H™ .styles toe. nil ,,f c ,, 0 i tai] '. orcd ray tin. you save n lot at (his low price. Regular sizes. Chiffon Silk Hosiery A lot of qi-.nlity for this low price! Full-fashioned, wilh picot tops, in newest colors. O^-lC'-i. Buy plenty now! n's Iliffli Cradc Seersucker Pant .Sanforized! Can't shrink! TM1I cut.' Well made. All -sizes' All Wool Bathing Trunks CIV | n 'Jl OQ Out IU $J,i>o Solid color trunks with smart contrasting piped sides. White Mrbbcd belts with rrst-|iroof buckles ' OITor! i\lcn's 'I'nck fjtilch Polo Shirts Will cul! Well tmdc! Zlp- lier fronls! All colors! IJcir- galn priced! Boys' Sizes Al 25c Special I' Cannon M;ulc Towels q^ •$> C Ka . 13 x 3G! Unii;-;;i n [ ( |, price! Limited ijiiaiitilj-! Anolhor Shijunenl of Those New Summer Sheers -<W> ^ Yd. 3G inches \vtc3cj Fost to washing! Large assortment! Special OfTci-! Highway \A. linhfcai'hcd Muslin ' Yd. 3(i inches wide! Heavy weight. Only a few \y<V,r, loll! Men's Fancy Socks 5c .., They're made of fturdy cot- Ion nnd rayon. New paltorns and color combinations! Women's and Chil ( | rc[ r s All \Vfui1 S8c to J1.S8 An enormous vaticty -f brand new sty/si ^n ...„, and fast eolii;.' ' Cliiltlrrr.'.s 1t, : ,,ks - l;)c Jitiy New .A I This Low I'rit'u! Size Wasli^lotli

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