The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 35
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 35

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 35
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; WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1936 BLYTHEV1LLR, (ARK.) 'COURIER NEWS Wild Life Diminishes as Land Is Cleai'i-d for Agriculture Game trails vanish with Ins' lengthening of plow furrows, and In. Mississippi county where the past quarter of a century has seen the borders ol a wilderness slowly retreat before spreading fields "nd modern Highways, one does not look for or find an over-abund- ancj of wild life. Within the memory of a great many old-time sportsmen who still lire here, the county ollered all tiiat could be desired in game native to this section. Destruction ci its natural habtua by the encroachment of agriculture and gradual extermination by the guns of 'mutters has caused wild life to dwindle to such numbers Uiat by no stretch of the imagination could this county now be termed a hunter's paradise. Nevertheless there remains considerable sport for those w'no care to sack it, anil of such variety that the hunter may ' ciijoy his shooting during most ^" months of the year. • : " Some Deer anil Turkeys Left... j Deer and turkeys are perhaps the least common and most coveted game remaining in the county. These are still to be found in nil least one large tract of limber in -the nig Lake section adjacent to the Missouri state Una. The trad has 14,000 acres and is on; of the largest of such' wooded areas remaining in (he state. Last season several camps of deer liuntm-s were established there'dur- ing Kie brief period allowed for .deer hunting in this state. Hunters are , given a ten day period each December in which deer mny be killed, and each hunter is allowed a bag limit of only one buck per year. Docs arc protected at all times. Deer cannot be hunted with dogs in this county, although tills 'prac- ; ttce is permitted by state law in other sections of Arkansas. ' Prior to the establishment of tiie Dyess colony a number of deer and .turkeys were to be found in Uic tlmberland of that section ot the county, but recent development of that area has virtually caused the extermination of these two varieties of game there. The rigid regulations designed to . protect deer arc similar to restrictions on wild turkey hunting. A , I'.unter is allowed a bag limit ot t'< one gobbler per year, and hens are : l 'k fully protected 'during the open sea r _son, which is from April 1 to^Aprij '30' A goM many turkeys have been killed in lliis .county in recent years, and several were reported" i .bagged this spring. £\, Quail Fairly Plentiful ^ Quail shooting is one of the most popular kinds of hunting in the county at this time. The season which covers a 00-day- period from December 1 to'January 31 is eagerly awaited ea<fii year by hundreds of residents in various sections -of the county. These birds are fairly plentiful here and provide considerable sport. Each hunter is allowed a bag limit of 12 per day. Tlie quail are commonly found nrotino* fields of grain where they feed and ajong ditch banks Where brush and small igrowth provides cover. Although there.are probably not over 50 or 60 hunters in the county who shoot doves, these birds nre plentiful. Those 'who derive pleasure from lielrt shooting find that doves offer a satisfactory sport. .They provide a rapidly moving tar- 'get requiring considerable skill tc 'tiring down. A, daily bag limit of 20 is placed on doves, which may be 'minted from September 21 to December ID. Squirrel hunting has long been a favorite sport, with many, and these little animals are fairly abundant • in several sections of the county, namely, in the Big Lake timberland, in the Dyess colony territory. in t'he Milligan Ridge section and In woods along the Big Lake floodway. They ate found in Fewer - numbers in other scattered woods but not in such abundance as to •provide the best hunting, while f uhe well known red. or fox squir- 'rels arc predominant here, there nre also a number of the more favored grey' squirrels. Sonic Duck Hunting The squirrel season will be restricted to the period from August 15 to December 31 if regulations made by the state fish and game commission last year are upheld. The commission attempted lo close the spring squirrel Snooting season from May 15 to June 15 and lengthen the fall season, which had opened October I, but a suit filed some time ago challenging the validity of the new regulations, resulted in an injunction preventing 1'ic commission from putting tbe new regulations into effect until the case is settled. Thus, squirrel hunting was allowed during the spring season as in former years. Tlie bag limit for one day's hunt is eight squirrels, and two day's kill may be possessed except wW!e hunting or returning from a one day hunt. In Big Lake this county might still offer one of the nation's best sh'ootlng areas but for the fact that imorovement in drainage conditions has eliminated much of the overflow wster which attracted ducks, and the establishment of a vast wild life refuge encompassing most of the territory that formerly . A was the haunt of sportsmen. A few I J years ago Big Lake was known, far Waterway of Fornfer Years offers n more console test of the miller's skill, patience and stamina :hnn wild geese. Perhaps this is one reason for t'ne fact that there arc comparatively few goose hunters In tlie coinity. Those who ure valiant enough to stand (or hours .n a misl-boimd sand pit with halt- frozen 'nnhds and feet Just for the opportunity of taking a crack al a big still find their spurt' along the many sandbars of the Mississippi river. The s: a son on i?cese and ducks ouens November 20 and closes December 19, The bag limit of ducks Is 10 daily and of cccse four. Ltvn decoys, 'once permitted, are no longer lewl and there' are now main- ot'.ier strict it^uliillons to protect these' waterfowl. In spite of the fid tint I'le county Is belli? rapidly cleared u-i aijd placed Inlo cultivation. Its woods and swainns' still . shelter a considerable number of fur bear- Ing animals. Many farmers devote their winters to commercial trao- plng. taking the pelts of the raccoon. mink nnd o'possom. ' which are the most common of the fur- bearing animals remaining here. Many miles of the county's 1100 miles of dltche.s nre flanked by woods and ofler Rood trapping territory. Some of the pelts are shipped away to market and olhers are bought by local dealers or Itinerant fur buyers who come here during the season. The state law prohibits tlie use ! of .deadfalls and the traps used 'must be smooth jawed. The trapping season lasts from December 1 to January 31, nnd trappers arc allowed .until Kbruary 10 to dispose of pelts. . .,..•,• f SECTION D ' PAGE, 3 OFFICE IT A series of lakes and bayous once connected Blytheville with 'Hie Mississippi river and at certain seasons were navigable by smalt beats. T\vo links in this old waterway, now for. the most part converted into' farnr land by drainage, are -shown above. Tlie upper picture is of Buford's, lake, northeast of here, while the lower picture shows an old bridge over Buford's bayou, which connected Buford's and Crooked lakes. and wide as a wonderful duck Mooting grounds, and today the hunters who remember il as it was in its heyday are apt to shake their heads and heave melancholy sighs with the suggestion that ducks might still be bagged in the county. There are a few hunters, how- ever, wiio find some duck shooting along the east side of the Big Lake reservation and along the Mississippi river. Some years, if there is plenty of water and other conditions are favorable, a fairly, large number of ducks may be killed. First Merchant Wouldn't Argue About His Prices Get Lady of Their Choice for Postmistress Despite *.G. 0. P. Rule Politics have been the basis of many amusing and Interesting stories about tlie early clays In Osceola. One tolls of the manner In which (he Democrats "put It over" tlie Republicans during the Mc- KlnlCy administration. There was n momneni on foot by the osceola Democrats to have a deserving lady of the town appoint, cd postmistress. With a Republican president, however, the Democrats knew It would be Impossible lo have their choice for IVils position appointed, but they thought that II would be an easy matter to have n negro receive the a|>jx>lnl- ment. T'nis they agreed on and a negro of high character and Intelligence by the name of j. 11. Rlg- slns was selected by the Democrats to be promoted for the appointment. It was agreed between the can dldate and the Democrats that 'he would vacate us soon as appointed so that the young woman whom they wanted to have the appointment could bcjjut In office as sub- fitllute. However, the plan find to have a dramatic surface so that no one would suspect a plot had been devised. Soon after his appointment Rig- It was 75 years ago that the first store between Osceola and Carul'n- crsville was started by James Barficld . . ' ' . Prior to that time people living in this section bought supplies from "trading boats" which floated dpwrt the. Mississippi riven These boats carried the same stocks- as' the stores in towns but came only, evr e'ry several months. Mr. Williams a shrewd man in business matters according to old-timers '_whq> remember him, conceived ^tjie'ldea that customers would him as quickly as lo the trading boats, gins took his place behind tlie desk In the postchlce only to have John A. Unwell, ono of the ffljmliir sfaerlrTs of Mississippi county, step up (o the window lot receiving mall mid ask him what he was doing behind Hie poslmtistcr's de.iX. Several clllMiis, in on UK ruse, were planted about the postofflce, when Mr. Lovcwcll advised Ihe negro thai Oscepln citizens wore not In favor of a negro postmaster and that would be given Just ten minutes to vacate. Tills speccn.wos delivered strong descriptive adjectives, which were not to bo laughed at In those days, declare old timers. Wltliln the time sot by Mr. Lovewell, Riggins had vacated and Mrs. Mamie Driver luid been Installed as » substitute. Sic was latei 1 ap- isolnled lo Hip position which she held for severs I years. However Hie proverbial 111 wind helped ic Increase business In Luxora, for it Is saUl that many resWctits who Chinese and Japanese- use llio- same written Inngunge, though' life ... '.. --.----•--— --..,-.-.. ,..--, ....V..WH ., I,IB*V i/\*>t,i,mahvi spoken languages arc oultc 'di£». with a flourldi ot gunplay sml to the extent that they changed fcrcnt, . ' "-!) were not nwnre of the political plot, resented n negro postmastci their address lo Luxota and *«nt there to post t'nclr mnll. ' ,,.; The malclilcek Is Uie'oIdcst'lyjKr of gun still In common use t'xl,\v; The Chinese, 'lartar/i Slklic,, Turks and Persians si 111 use-'.hi* weapon ami many of the j>W)Si actually were made in the Kith century. ••- I 1 Of 'all the migratory birds none so he ordered'the goods from St. .store in Blytheville for many years. Louis and built'his small store near the river bank. A story of how expensive commodities were In those days Is lold by E. M. Huffman, who as a boy often went to Mr, Williams' store from his home at Huffman. Women shopping would ylew the several patterns of boll goods which the proprietor had taken from the shelves for their Inspection. Often they would complain about the price and say, "That is very high," and would ask him to .reduce the price. 'It Is told he never did but when a woman' started talking about the .material'being too high •he would throw the bolt to the top shelf of the store:and say, "It wasn't as high on that counter as It Is now. Is that high enough for you?' He was very successful as a merchant' as was his' grandson, the late T. J. Mahan. who had the largest SERVING THE BUILDING NEEDS OF A PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY SUPPLY CO. ED. JONES, Mgr. Beauty edalists Who Know How ^^ ',i ,.,',., For Your Hair and Skin Get Your Summer Permanent Now FINESSE is the keynote of our superiority. A deftness '( that comes'with years of experience. An intuition conceiving the relationship between coiffure and personality. A smooth,, professional type cf workmanship which embodies both skill and careful attention to every detail: ' " Sue!) finesse is making us the inevitable choice : of Blytheville's smartest women. Visit our shoppe and be convinced. JACKSON'S BEAUTY SHOPPE aiO N. Second Sf. - Res. Phone 798 . H Mrs. W. Jackson. Miss GoWa Read 1'rop. and Operator Operator "OEING beautifully dressed just isn't enough this season! Your entire ensemble, your complexion, your nails, your coiffure ... all must play a part if you are to be well groomed. And the mode for summer de- 1 mands perfect grooming above all .else! It's not difficult, either, if you let one of these ( , • " Blytheville Beautician's care for your beauty problems. You'll find the prices reasonable, too! i BLYTHEVILLE BEA UTICIANS CAN SERVE YOU BETTER Permanents of Natural Beauty All Types of Beauty Work MODERN BEAUTY SHOP UlLLIE HURST, Prop. Klyllicvilk',' Ark. Telephone 2-10 (jlcnene Bldg. Cool Warns for Heat Waves Comfort is necessary in hot weather, but your appearance need not suffer when we have such attractive waves designed to keep your head cool. MARGARET'S BEAUTY SHOP Ingram Jildg. Phone lOfi Zotos and Nestle Permanents GUARD THOSE ELUSIVE SUMMER CHARMS Your skin, hair, eyes and hands, all require constant expert care, for this is the only, SURE way you can stay charming under such unfavorable conditions. Guard -your summer charm the easy way with regular treatments at . Grace-Elanore Beauty Shop 104 North liroadwav Phone 229 SUMMER-TIME BEAUTY Require? Added Care Special facials to combat the effect of sunburn, cool coiffures to make; hot days more bearable, deft manicures to maintain! summer daintiness are beauty services in which our operators are most skilled. ELAINE BEAUTY SHOP BEAUTY SCHOOL "Tlw B«t In Btaulr Service" "Under Expert : Supervision" Located On Corner 2nd and Ash • - Phone 43

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